Text Bulletin 2100 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 peaceful neighbourhood is the hallmark of Pakistan's foreign policy.
Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to facilitate peace process in Afghanistan.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs says India will never achieve its nefarious designs by targeting unarmed Kashmiri people.
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 Bahawalpur.
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, the 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.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that civil and military leadership are on same page to eliminate the menace of terrorism.
In an interview with Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel tonight, she said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has appointed the best army officers to lead the army and the new army chief will continue the mission of his predecessor to achieve the objectives of National Action Plan.
She said the government took bold steps to control terrorism according to the vision of Prime Minister and ratio of terror incidents has significantly dropped during the last three year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President Ashraf Ghani thanked Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees for more than three decades.
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.
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.
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 condole with the government and the people of Cuba on this irreparable loss.
He said Pak-Cuba relations touched new heights under his dynamic leadership.
Pakistan's Representative at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi says India has failed to secure its objective through its belligerent rhetoric against Pakistan.
In an interview today, she said India's recent aggression on the Line of Control and threats against Pakistan are aimed at diverting the world attention from the blatant human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and intimidating Pakistan.
Maleeha Lodhi said Pakistan had been raising the issue of grave human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir and the provocations on the Line of Control at the international forums.
On the second day of second cricket Test against New Zealand at Hamilton, Pakistan made 76 for 5 at stump today.
Earlier, New Zealand in their first innings were all out for 271.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm (with light snowfall over the hills) is expected at isolated places of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Shallow foggy conditions likely in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.