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Nation celebrated Yaum-e-Takbeer today to commemorate the nuclear tests of 1998, which made Pakistan world's seventh atomic power.

Railways Minister has stressed the need of continued democracy and political stability to cash in on economic gains made during the past four years.

Minister of State for Information says PML-N holds constitutional institutions of the country in high esteem.

World Bank has upgraded rating of Benazir Income Support Program as `Highly Satisfactory'.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister says rapid bus transit project in the province will be completed in six months time.

Construction of one hundred-bed mental hospital in Quetta is in progress to facilitate the patients.

Thousands of people defied restrictions and attended funeral prayers of martyred Hizbul Mujahideen commander in Pulwama district today.

UN humanitarian relief coordinator says civilians are facing great hardship in Iraqi city of Mosul in the wake of continued fighting.

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YAUM-E-TAKBEER

The nation is celebrating Yaum-e-Takbeer with zeal and fervor today to commemorate 1998 historic nuclear tests.    

With demonstration of nuclear capability, Pakistan became the seventh nuclear world power and the first in the Muslim world on 28 May 1998.

The nuclear tests made Pakistan's defence invincible. 

Different organizations are holding special programmes and functions to highlight importance of the day.

Radio Pakistan is broadcasting special programmes in connection with Yaum-e-Takbeer. 

SAMAR

Nuclear scientist Dr Samar Mubarak Mand says by conducting nuclear explosions in 1998 Pakistan made its defence invincible.

Talking to PTV on Yaum-e-Takbeer, Dr Samar said 19 years ago Pakistan became the first nuclear state of Islamic world, which could thwart all external threats.

Dr Samar said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had encouraged them and extended his full support to the cause.

Replying to a question, he said because of the nuclear program, many nuclear medical centers are working in the country for the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular and other diseases.

SAAD

Addressing a function in connection with Yaum-e-Takbeer in Lahore, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says nuclear tests were conducted in the best interest of the country, despite enormous international pressure.

Khawaja Saad Rafique said due to effective polices of the government, the country's economy has taken off and there is a need to strengthen democracy and keep political stability for further economic progress.

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a gateway to new avenues of progress and prosperity for Pakistan.

He criticized Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf Chief Imran Khan for crossing all moral limits in disrespecting state institutions.

AFTAB

Talking to newsmen on the occasion of Yaum-e-Takbeer in Attock, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab said the nuclear capability has made defence of the country insurmountable.

He said that besides making the country a nuclear power in its previous tenure, the PML-N government has launched mega development projects throughout the country in the current tenure for welfare of the people.

TARIQ-DAY

Addressing a ceremony in connection with Yaum-e-Takbeer in Islamabad, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr.Tariq Fazal Chaudhry has said Nawaz Sharif had made defence of Pakistan impregnable in 1998 by conducting nuclear tests.

He said Prime Minister has now started a mission to make Pakistan economically strong and prosperous.

 

MUQAM

Prime Minister Advisor's Ameer Muqam has said the government in committed to make load Pakistan a shedding-free State by 2018.

Addressing a news conference in Peshawar today, he said the government has initiated a number of power projects to overcome energy crisis in the country.

Ameer Muqam said the country was facing many problems like  terrorism, economic instability and load shedding when PML-N took power in 2013 but now due to prudent policies of the government, the country has been put on the path to development and prosperity.

The advisor said the government will add more than ten thousand megawatt electricity to national grid next year.

Ameer Muqam said PML (N) will again come to power in 2018 on the basis of its performance.

DAY-LEADERS

Talking to Radio Pakistan Lahore correspondent, PML-N leader and Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board Siddiq-ul-Farooq lauded Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for making Pakistan a nuclear state.

Another PML-N Leader and Punjab Chief Minister's Special Assistant Rana Muhammad Arshad said 1998 nuclear tests have made defence of the country impregnable.

AJK-DAY

In Azad Jammu and Kashmir Yaum-e-Takbeer was observed throughout the state today also with renewed pledge to defend the geographical and ideological frontiers of the country.

Functions, rallies and seminars were held throughout the state to mark the day.

Speakers on the occasion said that Pakistan emerged as first nuclear power of the Muslim world on this day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif despite global pressure decided to carry out the nuclear tests.

They lauded Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and armed forces of the country for adopting a courageous stance to make the country’s defense impregnable.

PM-AJK

Addressing main function at Muzaffarabad, Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Raja Farooq Haider Khan said that Muhammad Nawaz Sharif by taking bold and courageous step on 28th May, 1998 made the country’s defense impregnable.

He said that a strong, stable and a nuclear Pakistan is a guarantor to the success of Kashmir liberation movement. He said no power on earth can browbeat Pakistan as its defense has become very strong.

On this occasion, a number of resolutions were unanimously passed expressing full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

In one of the resolutions, international community was demanded to take serious notice of deteriorating human rights violations in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

JIT

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says PML-N holds constitutional institutions of the country in high esteem.

Talking to a news channel today, she said appearance of the son of an elected Prime Minister before the Joint Investigation Team has substantiated PML-N stance in this regard.

Maryam Aurangzeb said Hussain Nawaz could have avoided the JIT notice but he appeared before it, although he has expressed reservations over two members of the JIT in his petition filed in the apex court.

Earlier, Hussain Nawaz appeared before the JIT in Islamabad today and recorded his statement.

WB-BISP

World Bank has upgraded the rating of Benazir Income Support Program as `Highly Satisfactory'.

According to Economic Survey 2016-17, Department for International Development conducted the annual review-2016 of BISP with an overall score of A.

The survey said BISP is committed to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and be the major contributor towards  eradication of extreme poverty.   

The number of BISP beneficiaries has increased from 3.73 million in 2012-13 to five million in 2014-15. At present the number of beneficiaries is around 5.42 million.

POWER

Power production in the country reached seventeen thousand four hundred megawatt today.

In a statement, spokesperson of the ministry of water and power said uninterrupted power is being supplied to all parts of the country during Sehar timings.

KHATTAK

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says rapid bus transit project will be completed in the Peshawar record record six months time.

 

Talking to a delegation of Asian Development Bank led by its Country Director in Peshawar today, he said project implementation unit has been established for reconstruction of three hundred kilometre highways in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The Chief Minister said the project will be completed at a cost of two hundred and thirty-two million dollars with assistance of Asian Development Bank.

Pervez Khattak said seventeen industrial zones are also being established across the province.

The Chief Minister welcomed Asian Development Bank's willingness to upgrade category-B and category-C hospitals of the province.

CENTER

The federal government has started work on the construction of Expo Centre in Peshawar to facilitate business community of the province.

Official Sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the expo centre will be established at a cost of five billion rupees.

The centre will help enhance trade with Afghanistan and Central Asian counties besides promoting business activities and creation of job opportunities in the province.

HEALTH

Balochistan provincial government is giving priority to provision of modern health facilities to the poor masses in far flung areas of the province.

A senior official of Provincial Health Department told our correspondent in Quetta that construction of a fifty beds hospital in Pasni area of Gwadar district is in progress at cost of more than four hundred forty-nine million rupees.

Besides, a 100 bed mental hospital is being constructed at Bolan Medical Complex in Quetta city at a cost of more than three hundred thirty-three million rupees.

PFA

Punjab Food Authority has declared various cooking oil and ghee brands sub-standard and unfit for human consumption due to absences of various essential ingredients.  

According to a spokesman of PFA, the brands include Kisan Sunflower Cooking Oil, Eva sunflower Cooking Oil, Darja Awal Cooking Oil, Sahar Cooking Oil and twenty-three Venaspati Ghee brands.

The results of the samples test are available on Punjab Food Authority website.

TELECOM

The revenues from telecom sector has reached over 234 billion rupees during first two quarters of the current fiscal year.

As per official information, the commercial launch of 3G and 4G services has opened new opportunities of revenue generation for mobile operators in the country.

The availability of 3G and 4G services has enabled development of new applications and database services.     

SESSIONS

The National Assembly and the Senate will resume their sessions in Islamabad tomorrow.

The Senate will meet at 11.a.m. while the National Assembly  at 4:00 pm.

Both the Houses will discuss the Finance Bill 2017-18.

EC

Election Commission of Pakistan has introduced computerized electoral rolls system at its provincial offices.

ECP spokesperson said computerized rolls system will gradually be established at district offices across the country in the next two months.

He said the new system will facilitate the people in registration as voters and will also be helpful for preparation of electoral rolls for elections.

ENCOUNTER

In Karachi, one target killer was shot dead in an encounter with Counter Terrorism Department in the SITE area of the city today.

The deceased, identified as Sohail was involved in a number of target killing incidents.

DAY

International Day of Action for Women's Health is being observed today.

The day aims at reminding the governments and the international agencies of their commitment to women's health and rights.

FO

Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a bus in Minya Province of Egypt, resulting in the loss of precious lives.

 

In a statement today, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said the people and the Government of Pakistan extend their sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray for early recovery of the injured. 

He said Pakistani nation stands in solidarity with the people and government of Egypt in their struggle against the scourge of terrorism.

The spokesperson said Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

AJK-PRESIDENT

President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan said India's objections to China Pakistna Economic Corridor  were fake and disingenuous.

He said under what law India claims sovereignty over Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir while it has occupied illegally some parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

The AJK president was addressing a one day international seminar on 'Belt and Road Initiative: CPEC and regional integration ' organized by The Institute of International and Cultural Affairs.

He said the territory did not belong to India because it has moved its 700,000 troops to the Occupied Kashmir to maintain its illegal occupation in Jammu and Kashmir.

The President said that the Belt and Road Initiative is an undertaking with no precedent.

The AJK president said the 'Belt' comprised a series of land corridors linking China with Europe through Central Asia and the Middle East, while the 'Road' was a maritime route linking China's ports to Africa, and through the Mediterranean to Europe.

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has strongly condemned  the Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.

In a statement, he expressed profound grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of  Kashmiri youths in occupied Kashmir.

He said that Indian army has unleashed an era of cruelty and oppression against Kashmiri people.

The Chief Minister urged the world community to take notice of Indian aggression and violation of human rights in Occupied Kashmir.

BILAWAL

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has termed the Indian terrorism in Held Kashmir as attack on humanity.

In a press statement issued in Karachi today while expressing distress over the silence of international community on Kashmiris’ genocide by Indian armed forces he said that India continued its barbarism against Kashmiris at the advent of holy month of Ramadan.

He said Kashmiris are facing state terrorism only for struggling  for their inalienable right to self-determination.

IHK

In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people while defying curfew and other restrictions participated in the funeral prayers of top Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sabzar Ahmad Butt in Tral area of Pulwama district, today.

According to Kashmir Media Service, people from different areas of the territory made their way into Tral to participate in the last rites of Sabzar Ahmad Butt who along with his associate Faizan Ahmed was killed by Indian troops at Saimoh in Tral area of the district, yesterday. 

Despite restrictions and heavy deployment of Indian forces, a large number of people had gathered for funeral prayers of   Sabzar who was buried amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans at his ancestral Ratsuna village in Tral.

The funeral prayers of Faizan Ahmed were offered at Darul Uloom road in Tral.  Mourners drove in thousands to the town to have the last glimpse of the young martyr.  He was buried next to Burhan Wani’s grave at Eidgah in Tral.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown, marked by curfew and other restrictions, was observed in the Kashmir Valley, today, against the killing of Sabzar Ahmed Butt and other youths by Indian troops.

All shops and other business establishments were closed while traffic remained off the road.

     The strike was observed on the call of joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.

     The strike will also continue, tomorrow, while a march towards Tral will be held on Tuesday to pay tributes to the martyrs.

      On the other hand, the authorities placed almost all Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik either under house arrest or in jails to prevent them from leading anti-India protests being held  tomorrow.

MOSUL

UN humanitarian relief coordinator Lise Grande has said that civilians are facing great hardship in  Iraqi city of  Mosul as military assault entered into final phase in the city.

 

She told media  that the  residents are in grave danger because the Islamic State militants are directly targeting families in the city,

Many people in the city are already facing severe shortages of water and electricity.

Iraqi forces said they made gains in a new assault on IS and they are striving to drive the militants out of the last remaining strongholds in Old City they still control.

LANKA

The death toll in Sri Lanka's devastating floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains has risen to 146.

The Sri Lankan Disaster Management Center today said, 112 people are still missing while 442,000 people have been affected due to the floods. 

BRITISH AIRWAYS

More than  a third of British Airways flights from Heathrow have been cancelled because of a worldwide computer system power failure yesterday. The fault continued on the second day today.

GERMANY

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Europe must take its fate into its own hands.

Addressing an election rally in    Munich today, she said Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency have divided the Western nations.

She said while Germany and Europe will strive to remain on good terms with America and Britain, we have to fight for our own destiny.     

Polls show Chancellor Merkel, in power since 2005, is on course to be re-elected for a fourth term.

FRANCE

France has announced that a French hostage kidnapped  in Congo has been released.

President's office said in a statement today that  French hostage was among five workers, including Congolese and a Tanzanian, kidnapped from a gold mine.

AFGHANISTAN

Fifteen members of a same family were killed when a pickup truck veered off the road and plunged into a river in northern Afghanistan today.

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