Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
PML-N has nominated Raja Farooq Haider as Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The Prime Minister has vowed to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle to the right of self-determination.
Planning Minister says special attention is being paid on infrastructure development.
Newly appointed members of the Election Commission of Pakistan took oath of their offices in Islamabad on Wednesday morning.
Chinese President has urged social media to play positive role in promoting One Belt and One Road Initiative.
In Syria, twenty two people were killed when a car bomb struck in Qamishli town.
Raja Farooq Haider has been nominated as Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting of PML-N AJK Chapter chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The meeting was also attended by PML-N federal leadership and newly elected member of AJK Legislative Assembly.
Speaking on occasion, the AJK-designated Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider said that he will come up to the expectations of Party leadership of the people.
He said his agenda will be merit, good governance and zero tolerance for corruption.
Addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan will continue to extend moral, diplomatic and political support to the Kashmiri people in their just struggle to the right of self-determination.
He said our hearts beat with the Kashmiri people and we will always stand shoulder to shoulder with them.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan will continue to effectively highlight the Kashmir issue on internal fora. He said it is the basic right of the Kashmiris that the Kashmir dispute should be resolved in according to the UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
He congratulated the newly elected members of AJK assembly and AJK Prime Minister.
Later, talking to the media persons in Islamabad, Prime Minister Designate Raja Farooq Haider said the corrupts will be held accountable.
He said the days are not far off when the Occupied Kashmir will be liberated from the Indian yoke.
Planning and Development Minister Ahsan Iqbal says completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor will not only change fate of Pakistan but also benefit the entire region.
Talking to media men after his address to traders and industrialists at Pakistan Stock Exchange in Karachi, he said due to government's measure economy has been steered on right path.
Ahsan Iqbal said all the sectors are yielding positive trends to all vibrant and effective economic policies adopted the government.
He said special attention is being paid on infrastructure development and strengthening the national economy.
The Planning Minister said for the improvement of Railways one hundred fifteen billion rupees have been injected in Railways.
He further said that bullish trend at Pakistan Stock Exchange is continue and it has become symbol of Pakistan.
Ahsan Iqbal expressed the hope energy crisis facing by the nation will be overcome by 2018.
Minister of State for Information Technology and Telecommunications Anusha Rehman has said usage of mobile internet will be increased due to Four Generation Technology.
She was addressing a ceremony of giving 4-G license to Telenor Company in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Anusha Rehman appreciated the role of mobile company in controlling grey trafficking.
She also lauded the company's cooperation with the government in bio-metric verification system.
Sindh Chief Minister designate Syed Murad Ali Shah says he will take along all political forces including opposition to resolve the problems being faced by people in the province.
He was talking to media men after meeting party leader Makhdoom Jamil-ul-Zaman in Karachi on Wednesday.
Syed Murad Ali Shah said issue of extension of Rangers' power in Karachi has already been resolved and party leadership has issued directives in this regard.
He said the ongoing operation in Karachi could only be succeeded when all the stake holders play their due role in this regard.
The newly appointed members of the Election Commission of Pakistan took oath of their offices in Islamabad on Wednesday morning.
They are retired Justice Altaf Ibrahim Qureshi from Punjab, retired Justice Irshad Qaiser from KP, retired Justice Shakeel Ahmed Baloch from Balochistan and Abdul Ghaffar Soomro from Sindh.
Chief Election Commissioner retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza administered oath to the new members of the Commission.
Radio Pakistan's correspondent says with their oath-taking, the composition of the Election Commission have been completed.
The meeting of Asian Parliamentary Assembly's Committee on Economic and Sustainable Development continuing its deliberations in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The meeting being held under the auspices of the Senate of Pakistan is pondering over issues being faced by the Asian continent in the process of economic and social development.
Sixty-three delegates from nineteen countries are participating in the meeting.
National Accountability Bureau Balochistan produced ex- Finance Adviser to Chief Minister Balochistan Mir Khalid Langau in the Accountability Court in Quetta on Wednesday.
The court once again remanded him to NAB for 14 days.
Mir Khalid Langue was co-accused in mega financial misappropriation case along with former Finance Secretary Balochistan, Mushtaq Ahmed Raisani.
Four persons died and three others injured in rain and flood related incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday.
According to PDMA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two persons died in Abbottabad and two wounded when roof of their house collapsed.
Two children died and one injured due to flood in the River Panjkora near Wari in Upper Dir.
Talks between Pakistan Rangers and BSF are in progress in Lahore.
At the outset of talks, both the parties agreed not to violate ceasefire across the border.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has credited the current uprising to the martyrdom of Burhan Wani.
Addressing protestors through a window of his house in Srinagar, he said we are fighting a big power but our commitment and sacrifices will defeat it.
Ali Gilani said the martyred mujahid commander, Burhan Wani spoke to him over phone ahead of his killing by Indian troops.
He quoted Burhan Wani as having said that we are fighting on our front and we believe Hurriyet leaders too are committed to their job.
Meanwhile, a Sikh delegation from Tral met Syed Ali Gilani and assured him of their full support in the ongoing freedom struggle.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has called on media organizations from various countries to play a positive role in promoting the Belt and Road initiative.
In a letter to Media Cooperation Forum on Belt and Road held in Beijing, he said media institutions can use the platform to promote state to state relations and boost mutual trust.
The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road is aimed at building a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along ancient trade routes.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo has announced a new Cabinet.
It is his second Cabinet reshuffle in less than two years.
In Yemen, several Houthi rebels have been killed in clashes with government forces in southern city of Taiz.
Government forces have claimed to have regained control of a mountain area near Taiz.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has also expedited shelling on Houthi targets near the border after five of its soldiers were killed in the frontier province of Najran.
A military source said that Arab-led coalition aircraft bombed the coastal defense camp in al-Mukha west of Taiz.
In Syria, twenty two people were killed and dozens others wounded when a car bomb struck a crowd in Qamishli town near Turkish border on Wednesday.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion targeted a center of the local Kurdish police and a nearby government building.
In a statement, Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack.