Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister has said the government is working on a plan to improve condition of educational institutions.
Interior Minister says law and order situation has improved with joint efforts of national institutions.
Sahiwal Power Plant has been connected to national grid after its completion.
Minister for Defence Production inaugurated fifteen hundred-ton Patrol Vessel of Pakistan Maritime Security Agency at Karachi Shipyard on Friday.
Army Chief has approved plan to support conduct of population and housing census to begin in March.
Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to regional cooperation under the umbrella of SAARC.
Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance bilateral trade from one billion to five billion dollars.
Hurriyet leadership has categorically stated that people of Kashmir will never compromise on their fundamental right to self-determination.
In Somalia, Al-Shabab group has claimed killing of fifty-one African peace-keeping troops in Lower Juba region.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the government is making hectic efforts to take the country on the path of progress and prosperity.
He was speaking at the launching ceremony of the report "Powering Pakistan for 21st Century: How Maths and Science Power Nations," in Islamabad on Friday.
Nawaz Sharif regretted that in the past, the vital areas of food security, environmental issues, educational reforms, economic stability were ignored.
He said his government is endeavoring to improve the condition of the educational institutions and is upgrading all schools in the federal area in order to bring these at par with those in the modern world.
He said this pilot initiative will be expanded to cover each and every corner of the country to ensure improvement in facilities and quality of education.
He urged the nation to focus on learning mathematics and sciences to make progress in all spheres and attain a coveted place in the comity of nations.
The Prime Minister said the future of every nation is based on learning mathematics and sciences.
The Prime Minister said there are numerous challenges in the way but we can address them through collective will and determination, forgetting petty political differences.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says law and order situation in the country has improved due to joint efforts of national institutions.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of Sangjani-Piswal Interchange near Islamabad on Friday, he said the country is facing different challenges but overall situation in all the sectors has improved.
He said protests and sit-ins are not solution to any issues. He said being united we can resolve all problems facing the nation.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the ongoing road projects will not only link different parts of the country but also bring together minds and hearts of people living in different areas. He said strong basic infrastructure and development is guarantee the future of the country.
Earlier, the Interior Minister inaugurated Sangjani-Piswal Interchange at M-I.
The project has been completed at a cost of 650 million rupees in a short period of eight months.
The interchange will benefit one million local population besides significantly reducing the travel time from Taxila and Hazara to Lahore, Karachi and Dera Ismail Khan. The travel time between Islamabad and Dera Ismail Khan will be reduced to three hours.
The project has been completed during a record period of eight months.
Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif says Sahiwal Power Plant has been connected to national grid after its completion.
In a Tweet message, he said the power plant, after its successful testing, will generate 1320 megawatt electricity from June this year.
The Cabinet Committee on Privatization has approved transaction structure for privatization of SME Bank.
The committee, which met with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair in Islamabad on Friday, also gave approval to divestment of 8.3 percent government shares in Mari Petroleum Company.
It also approved to initiate the process for listing of Gujranwala Electric Power Company's shares on Pakistan Stock Exchange through an Initial Public Offering.
Ministry of Information's request for delisting of Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company Limited from the privatization program was accepted by committee.
A five-member Larger Bench of Supreme Court, while hearing Panama Papers case on Friday stated that it will dispense justice in the case.
In his remarks, the Bench's head Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the court will continue to hear the case till it makes up its mind and makes it sure that the requirements of justice are fulfilled.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa made it clear that the bench will not be dictated by the wishes of the people.
Earlier, Shahid Hamid, the counsel of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, continued his arguments in the case. He submitted that Ishaq Dar has nothing to do with Panama Papers case.
He said his client who remained in detention in the military regime, was forced to sign the confessional statement in a NAB case. He said that every forum and court has given his client a clean chit in every case.
Later talking to newsmen, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said PTI has resorted to criticism of the government after realizing that it will not win the next general elections in 2018.
She said people have rejected Imran Khan.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain inaugurated 1500-tons Maritime Patrol Vessel on Friday.
The vessel has been built for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency at Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works with the cooperation of China on Friday.
Addressing the gathering, the Minister said it is yet another landmark project that speaks volumes of the evergreen friendship between Pakistan and China.
The Minister said the government is committed to develop maritime infrastructure along the coast for trade expansion.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has approved plan to support conduct of sixth population and housing census.
According to ISPR, as many as two hundred thousand troops will take part in the exercise besides continuing other security responsibilities.
Germany has acknowledged Pakistan's achievements in fight against terrorism and its continued efforts for peace and stability in the region.
This was stated by German Ambassador to Pakistan Ina Lepel during a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Friday.
Matters of mutual interest and regional security issues were also discussed during the meeting.
Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman says the government is strenuously working to achieve the goal of a Digital Pakistan by ensuring digital access to every nook and corner of the country
She was addressing the inaugural ceremony of Pakistan Internet Exchange Points at Higher Education Commission in Islamabad on Friday.
The Minister of State said the development of Internet Exchange Points is another initiative in technological advancement in the country.
She said the government is focusing on connecting the unconnected people so that the fruits of development can reach at grass-roots level.
She said that optic fiber network will also be improved for better connectivity.
Anusha Rehman said leading international companies in telecommunications are ready to invest in Pakistan and they are working with the Government to utilize human resource in the country.
Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana says the government is taking steps to ensure provision of medicines to the people at affordable prices.
Talking to a delegation of pharmaceutical companies in Lahore on Friday, he said the government will provide all possible support to the pharmaceutical industry.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says empowering youth with modern knowledge is a priority of the provincial government.
Chairing a meeting to review matters related to Lahore Knowledge Park Project in Lahore on Friday, he directed to carry out work on the project in a professional manner.
He said the provincial government is providing all necessary resources for it.
Punjab Chief Minister's Adviser on IT and Chairman Punjab Information Technology Board Dr Omar Saif says the IT Board is executing two hundred and thirty-six small and big projects to promote IT technology in government departments.
In an interview with Radio Pakistan Lahore representative Muhammad Yasser Aslam, he said the entire land record of the province is being digitized to eliminate the Patwari culture and facilitate the fifty-five million land owners.
Omar Saif said stamp papers are being computerized to check irregularities
He said the government has already computerized seven hundred and twelve police stations to eliminate the traditional Thana culture.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the matchless sacrifices rendered by police, Army, and other security forces for restoring peace in the country will always be remembered.
Addressing the 10th martyrdom anniversary of police officer Malik Saad Shaheed in Peshawar on Friday, he said the sacrifices offered by students and teachers of Army Public School Peshawar and security forces have made the future of the nation safe.
Meanwhile, addressing a book launching ceremony the Governor said no effort is being spared in development of tribal areas.
In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a special programme has been launched to control hepatitis, HIV and Thalassemia.
Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah inaugurated Thatta-Sujawal bridge on Friday.
The coal laden trial Freight Train of Pakistan Railways which had departed Karachi reached the coal terminal of Sahiwal Coal-Fired Power Plant on Friday.
According to a spokesman of Pakistan Railways, another train loaded with coal is expected to reach Sahiwal Power Plant on Tuesday.
He said the project for the supply of coal for the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in a record time.
The United Nations has appreciated key role of Radio Pakistan in disseminating the message of peace and development among millions of listeners.
This was stated by Director UN Information Center Vittorio Cammarota while talking to Director General Radio Pakistan Khurshid Malik in Islamabad on Friday.
Vittorio Cammarota said Radio Pakistan is an engine to promote UN objectives in Pakistan.
He said together with News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan, UN Pakistan has produced over one hundred programmes highlighting the activities of the world body in the country.
He said Radio Pakistan has massive outreach in remotest parts of the country, which makes it a more effective medium.
Director-General PBC Khurshid Malik informed the guest that Radio Pakistan is broadcasting 1,130 hours programmes daily in twenty-three regional and local languages of the country from its networks.
A twelve-day training course on Multimedia Journalism concluded at Pakistan Broadcasting Academy in Islamabad on Friday.
The course mutually organized by Radio Pakistan and Radio Netherlands Training Centre, particularly featured the 'Changing Perspectives on Women Rights'.
Over twenty-five participants from Jordan, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan attended the course.
The participants of the course from other countries acknowledged the peaceful environment of Pakistan and the hospitality of its people.
A five-day training workshop on "Legal Framework" under the auspices of Election Commission of Pakistan concluded in Islamabad on Friday.
Twenty-nine district election commissioners from across the country attended the workshop.
The participants were imparted training in the fields of International Electoral Rolls Standards, Unification of Election Laws, Conduct of Election, Election Monitoring and Dispute Resolutions.
Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to regional cohesion under South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation for promoting welfare of the peoples of the region.
Talking to outgoing SAARC Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa in Islamabad on Friday, the Advisor said due to several impediments and challenges, SAARC has been unable to fulfill its vision.
The Advisor said SAARC Secretariat could play an important role to bring all member states together and ensure timely and effective implementation of the Organization's programme and activities.
Secretary General SAARC emphasized the need to overcome the difficulties that the organization faced.
He expressed the hope that the 19th SAARC summit will be held in Islamabad as soon as possible.
National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua has said Pakistan and Iran need to further improve bilateral relations.
He was talking to Iranian parliamentary delegation led by Allauddin Boroujerdi, in Islamabad on Friday.
The Advisor said Pakistan attaches great value to its relations with Iran.
Matters pertaining to security of the region also came under discussion during the meeting.
Later addressing news conference in Islamabad, Allauddin Boroujerdi said Pakistan and Iran have agreed to enhance bilateral trade from one billion to five billion dollars.
He said Gwadar and Chabahar are sister ports, and they will help boost bilateral trade.
He said Iran Pakistan Gas Pipeline is on the top priorities of both the countries.
Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan says peaceful settlement of the long-standing Kashmir dispute is imperative for establishing durable peace in the region.
He was addressing a function in connection with the Black Day at Pakistani High Commission in London on Friday.
The AJK Prime Minister said the unresolved Kashmir issue is a question mark on the performance of the United Nations and it needs immediate attention of international community.
Raja Farooq Haider Khan said India is committing worst human rights violations in held valley but Kashmiris are determined to liberate their homeland from illegal Indian occupation.
In Occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq says peace and stability will not be achieved in the South Asia in an environment of subjugation and repression of the Kashmiri people.
Addressing Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid Srinagar on Friday, he denounced Indian authorities for pursuing the policy of oppression in occupied territory.
Mirwaiz made it clear that the people of Kashmir were struggling to achieve their fundamental right to self-determination, and were not ready to compromise on it in any case.
The Bar Association in a statement in Srinagar claimed that India was planning to harass the legal fraternity through its intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, illegally detained General Secretary of the All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement called upon the world powers to mediate on the Kashmir dispute to avert the threat of a disastrous war in South Asia.
In Somalia, Al-Shabab group has claimed killing of fifty-one Kenyan soldiers working under African Union Peace Keeping Mission in that country.
The attack took place in Lower Juba region of the country.
However, a Kenyan military spokesman has rejected the report and said the Kenyan soldiers killed scores of Al-Shabab militants in their retaliatory attacks.
The upcoming UN-mediated Syria peace talks in Geneva have been postponed till late February.
This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov while speaking at a meeting in Moscow on Friday.
The talks were set for 8th of next month.
Lavrov said Russia has floated a new draft Syrian constitution to encourage debate.
UN envoy to Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, has warned that those seeking military solution to the conflict in that country will only prolong the sufferings caused by war.
Speaking at a briefing in Security Council alongside UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O'Brien, he urged both sides to demonstrate political courage and will to stop the war.
Britain says it will continue to obey EU rules on negotiating trade deals as long as it remains a full-fledged member of the bloc.
This was stated by Finance Minister Philip Hammond in Brussels on Friday.