Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
Youm-e-Takbeer is being observed today to commemorate historic nuclear tests conducted by Pakistan on this day in 1998.
Prime Minister has vowed to make national economy strong and stable like invincible defence.
Minister of State for Information says government's security policy has led to reduction in incidents of terrorism by 85 percent.
Pakistan has strongly condemned martyrdom of twelve civilians by Indian forces in their fresh acts of state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan beat Bangladesh by two wickets in an ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match at Birmingham.
Youm-e-Takbeer is being observed today to commemorate the historic nuclear tests Pakistan conducted on this day in 1998.
With demonstration of nuclear capabilities Pakistan became the seventh nuclear world power and the first in the Muslim world.
The nuclear tests made Pakistan's defence invincible.
Special prayers have been offered for the progress and prosperity of the country, supremacy of the constitution, prosperity of the nation and eradication of terrorism.
Different organizations will arrange special programmes and functions today to highlight importance of the day.
Radio Pakistan will broadcast special programmes in connection with Yaum-e-Takbeer.
In his message on Yaum-e-Takbeer, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the nation is showing unity to make Pakistan Asian Tiger in economic terms as it had shown unity in 1998.
He said nineteen years ago, we made the country’s defense impregnable. Today, with same dedication and passion, the country’s economy is also being made strong and stable.
The Prime Minister said the journey of national economic development is going on with a fast pace and “just like nuclear explosion.
He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a mix of various projects, which will usher in a new era of prosperity.
He said Pakistan’s economic stability is also a symbol of regional prosperity. Pakistan wants other states from not only South Asia but others also to join the race to collectively bring prosperity in the region.
Nawaz Sharif said Yaum-e-Takbeer is a strong message to the enemies that aggressors against Pakistan will meet an exemplary fate.
He said Pakistan’s nuclear programme created balance of power in South Asia.
Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is striving to make the economy strong like the defence of the country.
Addressing a public gathering in Murree, she said while the Prime Minister is making efforts to change the economic profile of the country through development projects, the political opponents of the government are trying to block the road to progress.
The Minister of State said the PML-N government gave the first ever security policy to the country, and terrorism has almost been stamped out.
She said incidents of terrorism have decreased from 2500 to only 160 per year representing nearly 85 percent fall.
Marriyum Aurangzeb said those who want to disrupt the process of development have failed in their designs.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says the PML-N government has won hearts of people by presenting people and business-friendly budget.
Talking to newsmen in Narowal, he said people-friendly budget protected rights of the people belonging to all spheres of life besides covering their needs and demands.
He said the business-friendly budget will also keep the industrial wheel moving ahead towards the goal of economic stability besides giving boost to the industrial sector.
He said the government is also successfully fulfilling its all public promises.
Chairman Board of Investment Miftah Isamel says the economic indicators are positive and the government is striving to increase foreign investment in the country.
In an interview, he said with increase in investment economic growth target will be achieved and it will also enhance capacity of private sector.
Miftah Ismail said the government's borrowing is aimed at development purpose and the amount is being spent on energy and infrastructure projects.
The National Assembly and the Senate will resume their sessions in Islamabad tomorrow.
The National Assembly will meet at 4:00 pm while the Senate will resume its session at 11:00 am.
Both the Houses will discuss the Finance Bill 2017-18.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain has also summoned joint session of the Parliament on Thursday.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have congratulated the nation and believers on the advent of holy month of Ramzan.
In their separate messages on the occasion, they said fasting in holy month of Ramadan brings patience and discipline in our lives and enables us to strengthen ourselves in facing difficulties.
Both the President and the Prime Minister have stressed the need that we should help the needy people in this month.
Pakistan has strongly condemned killing of twelve youth by Indian forces in Pulwama and Baramulla districts of occupied Kashmir since Friday.
In a statement, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz called upon the United Nations and international community to stop bloodshed in occupied Kashmir.
He said the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir are being increasingly criticized in many parliaments around the world.
Sartaj Aziz said India has also been heightening tension at the Line of Control to hide the crimes against the innocent Kashmiris.
He reaffirmed the government and the people of Pakistan’s
unflinching support for their Kashmiri brethren in occupied Kashmir in their just struggle for the right to self-determination
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed today to condemn use of brute force by Indian troops against unarmed civilians following martyrdom of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Butt.
The call for the two-day shutdown was given by the joint resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.
In a joint statement in Srinagar, the leaders also called for a march to Tral on Tuesday to pay tributes to Sabzar Ahmad Butt and other youth martyred by the troops.
Paying homage to Sabzar Ahmad Butt, they said the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris would not be allowed to go waste and their mission would be accomplished at all costs.
Egyptian Air Force planes have launched fresh offensive against suspected terrorist camps in Libya.
The operation has been launched on the direction of the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-SISI.
According to Egyptian military sources, six strikes were carried out near Derna in eastern Libya to dismantle terrorist networks.
Turkey will send 15,000 tons of humanitarian aid to Somalia during the holy month of Ramadan.
Turkish Red Crescent Aid Organization President Kerem Kinik said the aid, which includes flour, sugar, medicine and baby food, would benefit three million people in all regions of Somalia.
Somalia is one of several African states facing famine due to drought.
In the second warm-up match of the ICC Champions Trophy at Birmingham, Pakistan beat Bangladesh by two wickets.
Batting first, Bangladesh set a victory target of 342, which Pakistan achieved in 49.3 overs at the loss of eight wickets.
The third warm-match of the championship will be played between India and New Zealand at The Oval today.
Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to play T-20 matches as part of their efforts to renew cricketing ties with each other.
This was stated by Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shahryar Khan while addressing a joint press conference alongwith his Afghan counterpart.
Mainly very hot and dry weather is expected in plain areas of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-
Islamabad twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore thirty , Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-five, Quetta twenty, Murree nineteen, Gilgit fourteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-one degree centigrade.