Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister has directed the Interior Minister to implement recommendations of the Dawn Leaks Committee in letter and spirit.
President says Pakistan will welcome international community's role in promoting peace and stability in South Asia.
Islamabad says Kulbushan and Ehsanullah's revelations are irrefutable proofs of Indian involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Pakistan has assured Kabul that it would never allow its soil to be used against Afghanistan.
The United States has handed over modern equipment to Pakistani law-enforcing agencies to enhance their anti-terrorism capacity.
Student community held massive protest demonstrations across Occupied Kashmir today to condemn ill-treatment by the Indian forces.
China has opposed deployment of anti-missile defence system by the United States in South Korea.
Russia urges Israel to avoid heightening tension in Middle East by air-strikes against Syria.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan to implement the recommendations of Dawn Leaks Committee in letter and spirit.
The direction was given during a meeting between the Prime Minister and Interior Minister in Islamabad today.
The Interior Minister briefed the Prime Minister about important issues including Dawn Leaks Report.
According to a spokesperson of the Interior ministry, all the legal and administrative formalities for implementation of the recommendations are being finalized.
The spokesperson said a formal announcement of the recommendations will be made within a couple of days.
Member National Assembly Mehmood Khan Achakzai called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today.
According to PM house statement, they discsused political situation in the country.
President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the international community to join hands to combat terrorism as this menace has grown into a global problem.
He was talking to Italian Army Chief General Danilo Errico in Islamabad today.
The President said Pakistan is desirous of peace and stability in the region and will welcome positive role of international community.
Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan is committed to eradicate extremism and terrorism through National Action Plan and Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad will continue till elimination of the last terrorist.
Mamnoon Hussain said that Pakistan attaches great important to its relations with Italy and stressed the need for enhanced cooperation in defense sector.
On the occasion, the Italian Chief of Army Staff said that the armed forces of both the countries share the same values and commended the role of Pakistan Army in the fight against terrorism for peace and stability in the region.
He said cooperation between the militaries of the two countries will continue in future as well.
Addressing the participants of 106th National Management Course of National School of Public Policy in Islamabad, the
President said Pakistan has always acted sincerely for peace and stability in Afghanistan and welcomes constructive role of Russia in this regard.
He said the process of FATA reforms will be completed successfully and all stakeholders have been taken into confidence in this regard.
Foreign Office says India stands fully exposed as a state sponsoring and perpetrating terrorism in Pakistan.
At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said the revelations made by former TTP spokesperson Ehsanullah Ehsan and the confession statement of RAW agent Kulbushan Yadav are irrefutable proofs against India.
The spokesperson said India is not only sending spies inside Pakistan to perpetrate terrorism but also using Afghan soil to destabilize the country.
Nafees Zakariya said the killing of about thirteen Indian RAW agents in the mother of all bombs attack in Afghanistan has once again vindicated our claim.
He said Ehsanullah Ehsan in his revelations has mentioned that Jamaat-ul Ahrar is working on Indian agenda to destabilize Pakistan.
Nafees Zakariya said that the international community should take notice of Indian subversive and terrorist activities.
Deploring the Indian atrocities and restrictions on social media in occupied Kashmir, the spokesperson said international community especially the United Nations should stop India from persecution of innocent people in the valley.
To a question, the spokesperson once again made it clear that the Islamic military alliance is not against any country. He said proper procedure was followed with regard to the appointment of former Army Chief Raheel Sharif as head of the alliance.
Pakistan says it would never allow its soil to be used against Afghanistan.
This assurance was given to Afgan authorities by a high level Pakistan Army delegation headed by Chief of General Staff Lieutenant General Bilal Akbar during a visit to Afghanistan today.
The delegation conveyed the Afghan authorities that Pakistan Army has control in all areas and is determined to defeat terrorism being a common threat.
The delegation is visiting Afghanistan on the directions of Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The Pakistani side met Afghanistan's Acting Defence Minister Tariq Shah Bahramee and Afghan Army Chief General Mohammad Sharif Yaftali.
The delegation conveyed condolences on behalf of Qamar Javed Bajwa on loss of innocent lives in Mazar e Sharif terrorist attack and expressed solidarity with Afghan forces and people.
Free medical treatment in Pakistan to injured of Mazar e Sharif attack was also offered by the delegation.
The delegation also held talks on bilateral border coordination measures.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has emphasized the need for strengthening defence cooperation with the Russian Federation.
He expressed this desire during meeting with his Russian counter part in Moscow.
The Minister expressed the hope that his visit would further strengthen the already flourishing enhancing defence relations between the two countries.
Khawaja Asif said that Pakistan acknowledges Russia's role in global as well as regional affairs.
The federal minister stated that there is a need to encourage and enhance Russian Navy participation in joint exercises with Pakistan Navy.
Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has urged the youth to prepare themselves to benefit from the opportunities offered by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Addressing a seminar titled "CPEC myths and realities" at FAST University in Islamabad today, he asked the youth to play a constructive role in transforming the economy to a modern industrial one by value addition.
Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC is the platform of inclusive growth, where 85 thousand jobs will be created for our youngsters.
The Minister said Pakistan has achieved an economic growth rate of five per cent and has been able to create a favourable socio-economic eco system which enjoys political stability.
He said a favorable eco-system is attracting the interest of key global investors which are now eying Pakistan as a potential market for investments.
Ahsan Iqbal said that CPEC has changed the global narrative about Pakistan as the next emerging economy.
Ahsan Iqbal noted that CPEC energy projects will result in generation of additional 10000 MW power which will be added to the National Grid by next year.
Briefing media on economic performance of the government in Islamabad today, Planning Minister said the government has saved over five hundred billion rupees in developmental projects.
He said the government is adhering to policy of saving, maintaining standard and transparency in the development projects.
Ahsan Iqbal said the government has also improved the scrutiny and monitoring of ongoing development projects.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says Pakistan attaches immense importance to its relation with Poland.
She was talking to Ambassador of Poland, who called on her in Islamabad today.
She said the government wants boost multi-dimensional relations with Poland.
Pakistan has reaffirmed its full cooperation with the government of Iran for strengthening coordination and security along the border.
This resolve was expressed by Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi at a meeting with Iran's Ambassador in Islamabad today.
United States embassy has officially handed over Bomb Protection Suits and Medical Equipment to Pakistani Law Enforcement agencies.
High ranking Pakistani police and emergency response officials received state of the art bomb protection suits, bomb disposals kits and emergency medical supplies at a ceremony at Police Lines Headquarters in Islamabad today.
The donations were provided under State Department's Anti-Terrorism Assistance program.
The equipment received under ATA will be used by the provincial police forces of Balochistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab.
In addition, Rescue 1122 received medical equipment, including "jaws of life" and first responders' medical kits to be used during natural disasters and other emergencies.
Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah has expressed satisfaction over adherence to safety culture in Pakistan Navy.
In his address during Pakistan Navy’s Annual Safety Review for the year 2016 in Karachi today, he said that that during war or peace time, safety and professionalism complement each other in the successful execution of naval operations.
Our Karachi representative Javed Samejo reported that the safety review is being held every year to enhance safe working environment in Pakistan Navy.
The security forces in their ongoing operation Raddul Fasaad have killed ten terrorists across the country.
According to ISPR, five terrorists of a banned outfit were killed by Frontier Corps in Gwaak and Mand areas of Balochistan. Two FC personnel were also injured in exchange of fire.
Three terrorists were killed in an operation by Counter Terrorism Department at Jahanian in district Khanewal today.
In Karachi, two culprits were killed in an encounter with police in Lyari.
Meanwhile, twenty four criminals, including a target killer have been arrested during raids in various parts of Karachi. Sindh Rangers also arrested an eight-member gang of dacoits in raids in Gadap and Hub areas.
And nine terrorists were arrested during search operations in Punjab while two terrorists, who were planning terror attacks, were arrested from Khyber Pakhtunkhawa.
Huge quantity of arms and ammunitions was recovered in all these operations.
Prime Minister's Youth Skill Development Programme has so far provided training to over seventy three thousand youth in a bid to combat soaring unemployment in the country.
According to official sources, a PC-I of Phase-IV for training of 100,000 less educated and unskilled youth has been sent to the concerned ministry for approval.
The sectors to be focused under Phase-IV are agriculture, health, paramedics, business and IT, hospitality and tourism, media related trades, fashion and beauty and manufacturing industry.
The program is aimed at enabling youth and poor segments of population to get good employment, secure economic empowerment, acquire skills to improve probability of getting a productive job.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today.
The chief minister said the country is heading towards the path of progress and prosperity.
Shahbaz Sharif said people will reject negative politics in the upcoming general election in 2018. The government is completing different development projects with quality and transparency.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the government has provided laptops among students on merit basis.
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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says E-Service Centers will be established in FATA to provide all basic facilities to tribal people.
Talking to a delegation of Punjab Information Technology Board in Peshawar today, the governor said that at initial stage one model center will be established and it will after be extended to all tribal areas.
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said E-Service Centers will have all facilities including issuance of driving and weapons licenses domicile certificates, national identity cards, birth and death certificates and vehicle transfer documents.
The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Highways Authority has decided to repair one hundred and seventy eight kilometer roads in different areas of the province.
Seven wind energy projects to be completed by June next year in Sindh will generate one thousand megawatts of electricity.
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Senior officer of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Director General, Directorate of Electronic Media & Publications (DEMP) Muhammad Saleem assumed additional charge of Director General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation today.
Talking to officers and union representatives after assuming the charge, new Director General said he will go all out to further enhance the image of organization and resolve problems faced by PBC workers.
The Director General also visited different sections of Central News Organisation.
Director News and Current Affairs Rao Sadiq Ali briefed him about working of the News Wing.
Muhammad Saleem previously served on key positions including Principal Information Officer, Chief Media Officer and PRO to Prime Minister of Pakistan, Director Minister Office Ministry of Information, General Manager and Director General PEMRA and Head of Media and Public Relations Wing in PTA.
Mardan police arrested the main accused of Mashal Khan murder case today.
Addressing a News conference in Mardan, Deputy Inspector General of Police Alam Khan Shinwari said that the main accused Imran was arrested on a tip off and he has confessed to his crime.
Anti-Narcotics force has recovered 163 kilograms drugs valuing 196 million rupees in several operations carried out across the country.
According to ANF sources, intelligence based operations were carried out in Pishin, Qilla Abdulla, Rawalpindi, Attock, Sialkot, Wazirabad, Layyah, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Haripur.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjees Tahir has strongly denounced the arrest of Kashmiri leader Aasia Andarabi by the Indian forces in Srinagar.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad today, he said the Kashmir struggle cannot be weakened by the arrest of Hurriyat leaders.
He said the Indian government has imposed ban on use of social media which depicts its abhorrent face and evil intensions. The ban is aimed at hiding the brutal acts of Indian forces in the held valley from the world community.
All Parties Hurriyat Conference AJK Chapter presented a Memorandum to United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan in Islamabad today drawing attention towards human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
In occupied Kashmir, unrelenting student protests marked by clashes and shutdowns continued today against the illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir by India.
Thousands of students raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans marched on the streets in Srinagar, Sopore, Shopian, Pulwama, Kupwara and other parts of the territory to condemn ill-treatment meted out to the student community.
Earlier, five Indian army personnel including a captain and a Junior Commissioned Officer were killed in an attack on an Indian army camp at Panzgam in Kupwara district today.
Indian police and paramilitary forces arrested the ailing Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Aasiya Andrabi during a late night raid on her house in Srinagar. APHC leaders denounced arrest of Aasiya Andrabi and other Hurriyet leaders.
Meanwhile, students of Jamia Milia Islamia held a protest in New Delhi to condemn raids on students in academic institutions of the held territory.
China has opposed the deployment of anti-missile defense system by the United States in South Korea.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesperson Yang Yujun said in Beijing today that China resolutely opposes the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile defence system.
He pledged that his country would continue real combat-oriented military training and drills to safeguard national security.
Israel launched a missile strike and destroyed an ammunition depot in Syrian capital Damascus today.
According to Syrian state media, the strike caused a large explosion and fire at a military site near Damascus international airport.
Syrian rebel sources said an arms depot run by Lebanon's Hezbollah movement, which is fighting in Syria as an ally of the Assad government was the target.
Meanwhile, Russian has strongly criticised Israeli over the missile strike and said that Israel and other countries should avoid any action that heightened tension in the region.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have held a meeting in Moscow today to discuss a dispute over four islands and North Korea' missile program.
It was the leaders' third meeting in the past seven months.
Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that both the countries would be working to boost economic cooperation irrespective of the resolution of the dispute.
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said that Britain would be willing to join the United States in launching strikes against Syrian government forces in response to an alleged chemical attack in Idlib.
In an interview, he said it will be very difficult for the UK to reject a U.S. request for military assistance against Assad.
A Russian warship has sunk off the Turkish coast after collision with a cargo ship.
According to the Trukish Coastal Authrity, all the members of crew have been rescued.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim called his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev, to express his sadness over the collision.