Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
Nation celebrated Yaum-e-Takbeer today to commemorate the nuclear tests of 1998, which made Pakistan world's seventh atomic power.
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'.
Thousands of people defied restrictions and attended funeral prayers of martyred Hizbul Mujahideen commander in Pulwama district today.
German Chancellor says Brexit and Donald Trump's presidency have divided the Western nations.
The nation celebrated Yaum-e-Takbeer with zeal and fervor today to commemorate 1998's historic nuclear tests.
With demonstration of nuclear capability, Pakistan became the seventh world nuclear power and the first in the Muslim world on 28th May 1998.
The nuclear tests made Pakistan's defence invincible.
Different organizations held special programmes and functions to highlight importance of the day.
Radio Pakistan broadcast special programmes in connection with Yaum-e-Takbeer.
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.
Addressing a function in connection with Yaum-e-Takbeer in Lahore, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said 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.
Talking to newsmen on the occasion of Yaum-e-Takbeer in Attock, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab said 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.
Addressing a ceremony in connection with Yaum-e-Takbeer in Islamabad, Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Dr.Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said Nawaz Sharif has now started a mission to make Pakistan economically strong and prosperous.
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.
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.
The advisor said the government will add more than ten thousand megawatt electricity to national grid next year.
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.
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.
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.
Earlier, Hussain Nawaz appeared before the JIT in Islamabad today and recorded his statement.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan said India's objections to China Pakistna Economic Corridor were fake and disingenuous.
He was addressing a one day international seminar organized by The Institute of International and Cultural Affairs.
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.
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.
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.
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 he said Kashmiris are facing state terrorism only for struggling for their inalienable right to self-determination.
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.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.