Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
General Zubair Hayat has been appointed new Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee while General Qamar Javid Bajwa new Chief of Army Staff.
Prime Minister says regional connectivity and economic integration are key pillars of Pakistan's foreign policy.
Pakistan has reassured its commitment to facilitate peace process in Afghanistan.
President has regretted that India has never reciprocated Pakistan's gestures for good neighbourly relations.
Sindh Rangers have reiterated the resolve to continue Karachi operation till its logical conclusion.
Prime Minister's National Health Programme was launched in Bajaur Agency today.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference says delay in solution of Kashmir issue poses threat of war between Pakistan and India.
Pakistan has paid homage to former Cuban President, Fidel Castro who passed away in Havana today.
Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa has been appointed as new Chief of Army Staff after being promoted to the rank of general.
President Mamnoon Hussain made the appointment on the advice of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif today
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister House, Lt. General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has also been promoted as four star general and appointed as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
Lt. General Qamar Javed Bajwa is currently working as Inspector General Training and Evaluation at General Headquarters. He has also commanded the Army's 10 Corps. He belongs to the Infantry's Baloch Regiment.
Lt. General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has served Director General Strategic Plans Division and Corps Commander Bahwalpur.
Presently, he is working as Chief of General Staff at the General Headquarters.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif called on President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad today.
They discussed matters of national importance. The Prime Minister took the President into confidence on appointment to the office of Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee and Chief of Army Staff.
The Prime Minister also briefed the President on his visit to Turkmenistan and the outcome of his meetings with world leaders during the first ever global conference on Sustainable Transport.
Later, he newly appointed Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gen. Zubair Mahmood Hayat separately called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister House this evening.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif paid a farewell visit to Naval Headquarters in Islamabad today.
On arrival, he was received by Naval Chief Admiral Zaka Ullah.
Talking to the Naval Chief, the chief of army staff appreciated services of Pakistan Navy for maritime security.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan has acquired the status of gateway to Central Asia in the emerging global order.
He was addressing the two-day International Conference on Sustainable Transport in Ashkhabat today.
He said regional connectivity and economic integration are key pillars of Pakistan's foreign policy.
Nawaz Sharif said peaceful neighbourhood has remained norm of Pakistan`s foreign policy and no development policies can yield fruit without peace and security.
Highlighting role of Pakistan in different inter-governmental developmental transport agreements, he said Pakistan is signatory to a number of bilateral, regional and international agreements on traffic and transit.
He said we are working on integrated Transit Trade Management System.
Nawaz Sharif said under Inter governmental Agreement on Trans-Asian Railways Network, Pakistan Railways has taken concrete steps to facilitate rail traffic through its territory.
He said under the Inter Governmental Agreement on Asian Highway Network, work is continuing on highways within our territory.
The Prime Minister said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will go a long way in transforming Pakistan into a hub of economic and regional activity.
Nawaz Sharif said through projects, like CPEC and One Belt One Road, Pakistan has converted its geostrategic location into a geo economic advantage.
He said CPEC is a package of multiple infrastructure and development and it will boost connectivity within the region and integrate China, Central Asia, South Asia and Middle East.
Prime Minister announced Pakistan`s joining of Ashkhabat Agreement and Lapis Lazuli Corridor.
Addressing the conference, President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said modern transport is helpful in stabilizing global relations at regional and international levels.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in his address said modern transportation is imperative for bolstering international relations and overall progress of the global community.
Talking to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Ashgabat, the Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Nawaz Sharif reiterated Pakistan's keen desire for deepening engagement with Afghanistan stressing on the need for enhancing bilateral political interaction, security coordination, trade and transit, connectivity and people to people exchanges.
Prime Minister said Pakistan would continue its serious efforts for facilitating the peace process, including through the Quadrilateral Coordination Group
They discussed need of cooperation to combat the scourge of terrorism, which was a common enemy and a serious challenge to peace.
They also agreed on need for continued engagement in other areas, including coordination for smooth, safe and dignified repatriation of Afghan refugees and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan.
Discussing the importance of economic development for peace and stability in Afghanistan, President Ashraf Ghani thanked the Prime Minister for Pakistan's new development package of five hundred million dollars which it announced at Brussels last month.
President Ashraf Ghani thanked Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees for more than three decades.
President Mamnoon Hussain has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor project will create immense economic opportunities for the country.
He was addressing the convocation of Riphah International University in Islamabad today.
The President said several projects under CPEC are already in completion phase. He said Gwadar port has been opertionalized and trade convoys have started playing on the corridor project.
He said several other countries, including Russia and Central Asian States have expressed interest in joining this project which clearly shows significance of this mega project.
He said CPEC also envisages several power projects of nuclear, coal, solar and wind energy. He said efforts are also being made to make Diamer Basha Dam part of the corridor project which will help the country meet the water shortages.
The President said certain countries are involved in hatching conspiracies against Pakistan but with the blessings of God Almighty, they themselves will become victim of those plots. He said Pakistan has always desired to have friendly relations with India but the country has never reciprocated to the goodwill gestures.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said people are fully endorsing the development agenda of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
In a statement, she said the people have rejected the elements impeding the process of development. The people have also rejected the politics of allegations.
She said Nawaz Sharif has been voted to power by the people.
She said projects in the areas of education, health and infrastructure are a testimony of government's people friendly initiatives.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the PML (N) government is fully committed to improve governance through transparency and integrity in its operations and fight against corruption.
He stated this during signing of the letter of Intent to join Open Government Partnership in Islamabad today.
Ishaq Dar said the Government has already signed the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development Multilateral Convention on anti-tax evasion.
He said that OGP is a multilateral forum where governments deliberate and work together to promote transparency, fight corruption and strengthen governance through new technologies.
A meeting to review preparation for holding of 6th population and house census was held in Islamabad today with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.
Addressing the meeting, the minister directed Statistics Division to keep close coordination with armed forces to ensure the security and credibility of census operation.
He expressed satisfaction on preparation made by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics in this regard.
The meeting was informed that necessary preparation have been completed for the census.
Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that promotion of education and skilled manpower is imperative for progress and prosperity of the nation.
Addressing a ceremony in Gujranwala today, he said the government is providing scholarships of billion of rupees and other facilities to students to increase education standard.
Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has started consultations for the 2017 Hajj policy.
A consultative workshop was held at Directorate of Hajj in Karachi today presided over by Minister of State for Religious affairs Pir Amin ul Hasnat.
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Director General Sindh Rangers Major General Bilal Akbar has said Karachi operation will continue till its logical end.
Addressing a ceremony in Karachi today, he said law enforcement agencies are conducting operation for the last three years and they have improved law and order situation in the city.
He said that federal and provincial departments have started work to establish Victims Rehabilitation Center, Correctional Center and Skill Development Center in the city.
Corps Commander Peshawar Lt. General Hidayat-ur-Rehman visited Ghalanai Camp in Mohmand Agency today.
He appreciated the security forces for foiling the terrorist attempt on Ghalanai Camp this morning.
Four terrorists were killed in attack while two security personnel also embraced martyrdom.
He said quick and effective response of the troops saved precious lives.
The Crops Commander also visited Combined Military Hospital Peshawar and inquired about the health of injured jawans.
Inspector General Frontier Corps Maj General Mazhar Mahmood Shaheen also appreciated the bravery of the Shaheed and injured FC jawans in foiling the terrorist attack pm Ghalanai Camp.
Prime Minister’s National Health Programme was launched in Bajaur Agency today.
PML-N Member National Assembly from Bajaur Agency Shahabuddin Khan inaugurated the programme in Ghakhi area of Salarzai tehisl.
Tribal elders, social activists and workers of Pakistan Muslim League-N participated in the ceremony.
Under this programme, free medical treatment will be provided to thousands of poor families across the agency.
On this occasion, Prime Minister’s National Health cards were also distributed among more than three hundred people.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is establishing seventeen Industrial-Economic Zones in different parts of the province.
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President Azad Kashmir Masood Khan says China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will ensure progress and prosperity in the region.
He was talking to a delegation of Pak-China Business Council in Islamabad today.
He said both countries are committed to complete the CPEC projects well in time to further strengthen Pak-China friendship.
Masood Khan said that Kashmir will also be linked through highways for the people of the area to get benefit from this mega project.
The delegation informed that CPEC Council finalized six mega projects for Pakistan, which include cement plants, oil refinery and others.
It said that one hundred seventy companies are working in CPEC Council and offices of the council are being established across the country.
A ten-member delegation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor Council led by Senator Talha Mehmmod arrived in Gilgit today.
Home Secretary Ahsan Bhutta and IGP Gilgit Baltistan Zafar Iqbal Awan separately briefed delegation about investment opportunities in mining, hydro power and tourism sectors and security in the region.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says Pakistan will never withdraw its political and moral support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.
Talking to media in Nankana Sahib today, he said Pakistan stand by its Kashmiri brethren and this support will continue till implementation of United Nations' resolution on Kashmir issue.
He said India will never achieve its nefarious designs by targeting unarmed Kashmiri and unprovoked firing on LoC and Working Boundary.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani says India is escalating tension on the Line of Control to divert world attention from the brutalities of its forces and the ongoing uprising in the held territory.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar expressed grief over the loss of precious lives in the recent Indian shelling on the LoC.
He said targeting of common people, passenger buses and ambulances by the Indian forces was the most cowardly act.
The APHC Chairman said the risk of war between the two nuclear powers would remain unless the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Farida Bahenji in their addresses at public meetings in different areas of the state called for settling the Kashmir dispute for ensuring durable peace in South Asia.
On the other hand, two Indian troops were injured when unknown gunmen attacked a convoy of Border Security Force in Wadipora area of Handwara, today.
Pakistan has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of former Cuban President Fidel Castro.
In a statement today, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said the government and the people of Pakistan condoles with the government and the people of Cuba on this irreparable loss.
The Advisor said that late President Castro steered his nation through numerous daunting challenges with statesmanship, honour and dignity.
He said Pak-Cuba relations touched new heights under his dynamic leadership.
It may be recalled that former Cuban President Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90 in Havana.
He remained President of Cuba for nearly fifty years.
The Cuban government has declared nine days of national mourning .
French President Francois Hollande says embargo should be lifted against Cuba once and for all.
He spoke at a summit of French-speaking nations in Madagascar today,following the death of former leader Fidel Castro.
In Syria, one Turkish soldier was killed in a clash with Islamic State militants during an offensive in the northern Anifah district.
Meanwhile, the Syrian army says it has captured Hanano district in Aleppo city.
In Somalia, eleven people were killed in a car bomb explosion near a busy market in the capital Mogadishu today.
Somali Police said death toll may rise as the targeted area is densely populated and most of the injured were serious.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned to extend the state of emergency by three months.
He gave the threat in a speech in Istanbul today, after the European Parliament voted to back freeze in accession talks with Ankara.
Russia has lodged protest with Ukraine against its plan to carry out missile tests in the region of Simferopol near Crimea next month.
Russia's Defence Ministry handed over a protest note to the Ukrainian Defense Attache in Moscow.
Ukraine's National Security and Defence Council has dismissed Moscow's claims that Kiev had breached international agreements.
Ukraine's planned missile tests come against a backdrop of Moscow's military build-up in Crimea, which Russia annexed in 2014 following the toppling of a pro-Russian Ukrainian president.
In Seoul, hundreds of thousands of people rallied today for a fifth week of protests to demand President Park Geun-Hye's resignation over a corruption scandal.
A parliamentary vote to impeach Park can also take place as early as next week as a growing number of ruling party politicians back the opposition-led campaign to oust the president.
Park's presidency has been rocked by allegations that her close friend Choi Soon-sil,used her ties to the leader to meddle in state affairs and wield improper influence.
In Bangladesh, thousands of protesters gathered in Dhaka today demanding of the government to scrap a massive coal-fired power plant that will destroy the world's largest mangrove forest.
UNESCO has already urged Bangladesh to halt construction of the plant.