Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
AUGUST 27, 2017
The Prime Minister has inaugurated the country's first Liquefied Natural Gas terminal at Port Qasim.
Army Chief says Pakistan has taken indiscriminate action against terrorists and eliminated all their safe havens.
Foreign Minister has said global community should acknowledge Pakistan's unparalleled sacrifices and huge economic losses in the fight against terrorism
Chinese Foreign Minister has reaffirmed Beijing's continued support to Pakistan and vowed to further strengthen all weather strategic friendship.
Frontier Corps Balochistan has busted a terrorist network during ongoing anti terror operation in the province.
Commander of US-NATO forces in Afghanistan says the United States wants a peaceful solution in Afghanistan and expresses hope that Taliban would enter the peace process in the country
As tensions between China and India persist over border dispute the Indian army chief has warned that its troops on border will remain alert as two sides have not been able to come up with its resolution
In Myanmar at least ninety six people mostly Rohingya Muslims have been killed in the ongoing violence against the minority Muslim community.
In the United States hurricane Harvey has caused wide spread devastation killing at least five after it struck the Gulf Coast of Texas.
In a boxing fight in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather has defeated Conor McGregor by technical knockout in 10th round
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has expressed the confidence the energy issues faced by the country would be resolved soon and loadshedding will be completely eliminated by November this year.
He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of the second LNG terminal at Port Qasim in Karachi today.
The Prime Minister said the inauguration of this terminal is a great success in the right direction.
He said the terminal has so far handled one hundred LNG cargo ships with 6.1 million tons of LNG.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said previous three governments made several attempts to introduce LNG source of energy but failed.
He said with capacity to inject 600 mmscfd RLNG in the
system, the new terminal has emerged as the single largest gas
source in Pakistan.
He said with the supply of RLNG, the country is saving about
1.5 billion dollars each year as compared to other expensive energy resources like diesel or furnace oil.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the projects initiated by the government to over come energy crisis in the country have started yielding positive results.
The Prime Minister said PML(N) government does not believe in hollow slogans and completion of the second LNG terminal at port Qasim is a proof of that.
He said the terminal will facilitate transporting LNG to power house for producing cheap energy.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that functioning this terminal will be equally beneficial for industrial sector and the common man.
Earlier, the Prime Minister was briefed that the work on this project began in July 2016 and completed in a record period of one year.
He was further informed that the terminal will formally start functioning on 1st of November this year.
The terminal has a capacity to handle seven hundred fifty million standard cubic feet gas per day.
Our Karachi correspondent Altaf Pirzado reports that the terminal has been constructed by Pakistan Gas Port Consortium Limited in collaboration with the national and international private sector companies.
Meanwhile, addressing a ceremony hosted by Pakistan Gas Port Consortium in Karachi today, the Prime Minister said the government is committed to supply gas to every corner of the country.
He said the government wants to reduce dependence on oil for energy production in the country.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa says Pakistan has indiscriminately eliminated all safe havens of terrorists on its soil.
Addressing Quadrilateral Counter Terrorism Coordination forum in Dushanbe today, he said terrorism is a multinational threat.
Qamar Bajwa said terrorism will be defeated through coordinated border management and intelligence sharing.
He also apprised the forum about Pakistan's achievements in war against terrorism.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says Pakistan has rendered great scarifies and suffered huge economic losses in the war against terrorism.
Talking to APP, he said recognition of these sacrifices by the world community is essential for elimination of terrorism.
He said no other country has done more than Pakistan to eliminate terrorism.
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan will continue its efforts to wipe out terrorism with commitment by taking action against terrorists without any discrimination.
He said Pakistan is minutely reviewing the new US strategy about Afghanistan and South Asia.
He said Pakistan is a peace loving country and keen to develop cordial relations with neighbouring counties on equal basis.
The Minister said after parliament's session, he would visit regional countries for bilateral consultation on current issues.
China has reaffirmed its continuing and firm support to Pakistan and vowed to further strengthen the all weather strategic cooperative friendship with it.
The assurance was given by Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi while talking to Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Beijing during her recent visit to China.
The Chinese foreign minister lauded Pakistan’s contributions and great sacrifices made in the fight against terrorism.
He said international community should also fully recognize these efforts.
The entire gambit of bilateral relations, regional, global issues, as well as the situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, were discussed.
The foreign secretary, while underlining the importance of Pakistan-China friendship, reiterated Pakistan’s support to
China on all issues of its core interest.
She said the recent visit of Vice Premier Wang Yang on the occasion of 70th independence anniversary of Pakistan, has further solidified the time tested friendship between the two countries.
Pakistan and China agreed to continue close consultations on efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and underscored the importance of the Trilateral Afghanistan-China-Pakistan Foreign Minister’s meeting.
Operation Rudd ul Fasaad continues in full swing across the country.
According to ISPR, FC Balochistan conducted special Intelligence Based Operations in Kahan, Dera Bugti, Chattar and Uch areas in which two terrorists were killed four terrorist camps destroyed.
In another operation in Turbat, FC Balochistan foiled terrorist activity.
ISPR said, during last two days, FC Balochistan has busted a network of terrorists and their facilitators.
Two terrorists' facilitators have been arrested and heavy cache of arms and ammunition recovered which was being transported to carry out terrorist activity in Turbat.
Sindh Rangers arrested six accused wanted to Law Enforcement Agencies, during raids in various parts of Karachi today.
Arms, ammunition and narcotics were also recovered from them.
Commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson says the United States wants a peaceful solution in Afghanistan and hopes that Taliban would enter the peace process in the country.
In an exclusive interview with Afghan media outlet TOLO news, General John Nicholson said civilian casualties are a real tragedy in Afghanistan.
The US commander again levelled baseless allegations that Afghan Taliban leadership has presence in Pakistan.
Pakistan has strongly rejected these allegations and maintained that Islamabad has taken military action against militants of all hue and colors. Pakistan has successfully completed operation Khyber IV, eliminating terrorists in Rajgal and Shawal valleys
The top security council of Pakistan, National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has outrightly rejected the specific allegations and insinuation made by President Trump against Pakistan.
As tensions between China and India persist over border dispute the Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat has warned that its troops on border will remain alert as two sides have not been able to come up with its resolution.
He expressed these views in a ceremony titled "India's challenges in the current geo-strategic construct" at Savitribai Phule Pune University.
General Bipin Rawat said during flag meetings with China, the chinese side would be convinced that troops of both the countries should go back to the pre-June 16 position at Doklam plateau.
He said that China is responsible for the ongoing standoff at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction, however he said that it should be dealt with at diplomatic and political levels.
He pointed out that such situation can emerge again and again and gave a message to Indian troops not let down the guard.
Commenting on the recent scuffle between the troops of both the countries in the Ladakh region, he said both countries had a joint mechanism to resolve such issues amicably.
Hajj flight operation to airlift over one hundred and six thousand pilgrims under the government scheme has completed.
The last PIA flight carrying two hundred seventy-five Hujjaj landed in Jeddah this morning.
Under the private scheme, over fifty four thousand pilgrims have also arrived in the holy land.
Ministry of Religious Affair's Special Facilitation Centre remained operational at the Jeddah airport throughout the month long flight operation to ensure prompt transportation of Hujjaj to their places of accommodation.
The Azadi Train left Hyderabad Railway Station for Karachi today.
A large number of people and Pakistan Railways authorities saw off the train.
Speaking to Radio Pakistan Hyderabad correspondent Tariq Mehmood, Pakistan Railways' spokesman said the Azadi train consists of art galleries, illustrated with pictures of people who sacrificed their lives during the independence movement.
Preparations of Eid-ul-Azha are in full swing across the country.
Details from our correspondent.
People have hailed the concession package announced by Pakistan Railways on the occasion of Eid ul Azha.
Under the package, Pakistan Railways has reduced fares to twenty-five percent on all trains to facilitate hundreds of thousands of commuters proceeding to their home towns to celebrate the festival.
Talking to APP, the passengers said the latest initiative of Pakistan Railways would help increase the number of passengers as people like to travel by train.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government has spent billions of rupees on development of backward areas of the province.
He was talking to Member National Assembly, Sultan Mehmood Hanjra and Provincial Minister for Prisons, Ahmed Yar Hanjra who called on him in Lahore today.
Shahbaz Sharif said the government is giving special attention to the development of South Punjab where mega projects have been completed.
He said more than ten percent funds have been allocated for development of South Punjab and he personally monitors all the on-going projects.
Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has directed the concerned authorities to finalize necessary formalities for initiating practical work on Mass Transit Circular Railways Project in Peshawar.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has established a special unit in Peshawar to monitor the situation arising out of dengue fever.
According to official sources, the unit will respond when dengue fever case is reported from any part of the province.
A helpline has also been established in Peshawar to guide people about precautionary measures. The helpline number is 1700 and it is working round the clock.
The Punjab government also established similar helpline which guides people about dengue in Pashto language.
The helpline No. is 0800-99000.
Teams of doctors from Punjab are also providing treatment to dengue patients in Peshawar.
Balochistan government is giving priority to provision of clean drinking water to the poor masses in far flung areas.
The Chief Engineer Provincial Public Health Engineering Department told Radio Pakistan Quetta today that for this purpose, a pipeline is being laid from Shadi Kaur Dam to Karwat area in Gwadar district at a cost of 3.5 billion rupees.
Similarly, a project of construction work of Halak Dam for supplying clean drinking water to the residents of Quetta is to be initiated at a cost of 500 million rupees.
He further said that small scale desalination plants are to be installed in Gwadar district at a cost of 500 million rupees.
Gilgit-Baltistan government is working on a comprehensive plan to further improve performance of excise and taxation department.
An amount of 120 million rupees has been allocated in the current development budget for this purpose.
Government will set up three excise police stations and Anti narcotics cells to curb the menace of narcotics and prevent entry of illegal vehicles in Gilgit Baltistan.
An earthquake of five magnitude on richter scale jolted several areas of Khayber-Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab today.
According to Met office, the epicentre of the earthquake was sixty-seven kilometers North of Mingora and its depth was seventeen kilometers in the earth.
The earthquake jolts were felt in Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Harripur, Peshawar, Mingora and adjoining areas.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir President has convened special session of the AJK Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad tomorrow.
The Assembly will adopt unanimous resolutions condemning US President Donald Trump's recent speech negating Pakistan's role in the war against terrorism and blacklisting Hizbul Mujahideen.
He will also condem US decision about declaring Syed Salahuddin as terrorist.
The members will express their strong reservations over President Trump's speech and sanctions imposed by US on Hizbul Mujahideen.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama district, today, against the killing of three youth by Indian troops following an attack on Police Lines in the district.
All shops and business establishments were closed while public transport remained off the road in the district.
Shutdown was also observed in Bandipora district against the mysterious killing of one 24-year Muzaffar Ahmad Parrey.
Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar today, expressed concern over the plight of Hurriyat detainees, lodged in different detention centres and jails. He said that the political prisoners were rebuked, intimidated, humiliated and even thrashed by callous jail authorities without any reason.
The APHC Chairman reiterated that India could not break the Kashmiris’ resolve and resilience through such arbitrary measures.
Meanwhile, speakers at a seminar in Srinagar said that India and its agencies intend to change the discourse from right to self-determination demand to special position under the Indian Constitution by making an attempt to abrogate Article 35A.
In Myanmar at least ninety six people mostly Rohingya Muslims have been killed in the ongoing violence against the minority Muslim community
An announcement posted online by the office of the country's leader, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, said the death toll from the violence that started Thursday night.
Ceasefire has been declared against Islamic State group on the Syria-Lebanon border.
The U.S.-backed Lebanese military said the cease-fire is to allow negotiations over the fate of several Lebanese soldiers captured by militants three years ago.
In Iraq, government forces have retaken most of Tal Afar from Islamic State rebels.
In a statement, Iraqi military said in Baghdad that fighting is ongoing in al-'Ayadiya, a small area just outside the city. Iraqi forces are waiting to retake the city's surrounding areas to declare a complete victory.
Tal Afar is the last bastion of Islamic State group after the fall of Mosul in July.
At least five deaths and more than a dozen injuries have been reported in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey that tore across the Gulf Coast of Texas.
According to US National Hurricane Center, the system, now a tropical storm, is expected to pound the region with torrential rains and catastrophic flooding for days.
Emergency officials reported rising floodwater, heavy building damage and flooded roads. Thousands of customers were without power.