Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Pakistan says it will continue working with commitment for the progress of the region and world.
At least one hundred and fifty suspects have been arrested across the country under ongoing Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
Reuters News Agency says number of foreign tourists to Pakistan has risen significantly due to improved security situation.
In Occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has issued fresh calendar of protests against Indian atrocities.
European Union has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea over conducting nuclear and ballistic missile tests.
The final of Pakistan Super League will be played on 5th of next month in Lahore.
Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary has said that final draft of Islamabad Declaration of the 13th ECO summit has been finalized focusing on the connectivity among the member states.
Briefing media after the conclusion of two-day senior officials meeting of ECO member countries in Islamabad, he said the recommendations will be presented to the Council of Ministers meeting to be held in Islamabad tomorrow.
He said that the main focus of the summit is on connectivity in the sectors of energy, infrastructure, transport and trade among the regional countries and beyond.
The Foreign Secretary said this summit has special importance because the ECO region and the member states have made tremendous developments in connectivity during the last three to four years.
He said Pakistan has also taken a number of initiatives for connectivity with the Central Asian states through Afghanistan, Iran and China through landmark China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.
To a question, he said it is the responsibility of Afghanistan not to allow anyone to use its soil against Pakistan.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has directed to carry out census activities professionally with complete coordination among concerned departments.
He was chairing a meeting to review preparations for the upcoming housing and population census in Islamabad today.
He emphasized that timelines should be observed for all the activities.
Minister of State for Information, Marriyum Aurangzeb says statement of Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari regarding Supreme Court is totally irresponsible.
In an interview to PTV, she said Bilawal's statement is another attempt to threaten the institutions.
Marriyum said the opposition wanted to use Panama Case for political scoring.
To a question, she said the decision to hold final of Pakistan Super League in Lahore is great news for the nation.
She said the nation will thwart the evil designs of terrorists through its joint efforts.
State Minister for Water and Energy Abid Sher Ali says that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is committed to make Pakistan load-shedding free by 2018.
He was talking to media at Haveli Bahadur power plant today.
The Minister said government has connected provinces with motorways which will raise the living standard of the people, besides providing them with the basic facilities.
He said on the directions of Prime Minister, open courts are being held regularly to hear public complaints.
At least one hundred and fifty suspects have been arrested across the country in latest search operations under Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.
Of them, nineteen suspects have been arrested in Hafizabad and twelve in Kabir-wala.
In Khushab, police have arrested fifteen suspects during a search operation in Behl area.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, forty five suspects were arrested during a search operation in Hangu and thirty five including five Afghan nationals from Umerzai area of Charsadda today.
Arms and ammunition were also recovered from the suspects.
Police also arrested twenty-four suspects including two Afghan nationals from Kot Momin, Atta Shaheed areas of Sargodha today.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah says to provide security to CPEC projects is our top most priority.
He was presiding over a meeting on security of CPEC in Karachi today.
The Chief Minister said CPEC is very vital for Pakistan.
He said it is our responsibility to provide security to the Chinese working on CPEC projects.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said more than two thousand police personnel of Sindh police will be deployed for the security of CPEC projects.
The number of foreign tourists to Pakistan has risen significantly.
According to a report of Reuters News Agency, despite designs of militants to foil the tourism industry a large number of tourists from across the world are visiting the country.
Quoting the statistics given by Gilgit-Baltistan tourism department the report says tourists number rose to nearly seven hundred thousand last year as compared to two hundred and fifty thousand in 2014.
Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said Kashmir is the jugular vein of Pakistan and we will always support Kashmiris' right to self-determination on every forum.
He was talking to the Ameer of Markazi Jameeat Ahle-Hadees Professor Sajid Mir in Karachi today.
The Governor said ‘Kashmir will become Pakistan’ is a slogan of every Kashmiri.
He urged the world community to support the Kashmiris to get their right of self-determination as per the UN resolutions.
National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights has appreciated the role of Ministry of Foreign Affairs for effectively highlighting Kashmir cause on International Fora.
The meeting of the Committee was held in Islamabad today with MNA Babar Nawaz Khan in the chair.
The Committee recommended that international media must be kept engaged on human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
In Occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyet Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has appealed to Japan and the international community to help stop grave human rights violations by the Indian forces in held valley.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was addressing members of Japanese media in Tokyo through a video conference from Srinagar.
Mirwaiz said lasting peace, stability and economic development would elude South Asia until the Kashmir dispute is resolved according to aspirations of Kashmiri people.
Meanwhile, joint resistance leadership has issued fresh protest calendar for the next fortnight starting from Wednesday.
In Afghanistan, an Afghan Taliban commander has been killed in an air strike in Kunduz province.
Kunduz governor Asadullah Amarkhil said Mullah Abdul Salam Akhund was killed when he was holding a meeting in Dasht-e-Archi district.
He was also Taliban shadow governor in Kunduz province.
The European Union has imposed additional sanctions on North Korea over nuclear and ballistic missile tests carried out in defiance of the UN Security Council.
The European Council, comprising the EU's 28 member states, said the new measures include restrictions on trade in metals from North Korea, ban on sale of new helicopters and vessels to Pyongyang, and tighter controls on other sectors.
The main opposition group at Syrian peace talks in Geneva plans to meet Russian envoys later today to discuss political transition.
The High Negotiations Committee negotiator Mohammed Alloush told media that the opposition wanted to discuss the promises the Russians did not keep.
Alloush said the opposition would also talk on humanitarian situation and will emphasize that talks should focus on a real political change.
Meanwhile, Turkey-backed Syrian rebel groups clashed with government forces near
Al-Bab city in northern Syria.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has approved the holding of final match of Pakistan Super League in Lahore on 5th of next month.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of Provincial Cabinet Committee in Lahore today which was chaired by Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif.
The Chief Minister said this decision has been taken in the best interest of country and nation.
Rain with thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Quetta, Zhob, and Kalat divisions during the next twenty-four hours.
However, rain with thunderstorm may occur at isolated places in Malakand, Bannu and D.I. Khan divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.