Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat assumed the command of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee on Monday while new Army Chief will take his command on Tuesday.
Pakistan says it is pursuing policy of peace despite unprovoked Indian firing along the Line of Control.
Planning Minister say all development projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed by 2030.
Finance Minister has said all provinces will be taken into confidence regarding the next National Finance Commission Award.
Awami National Party says PTI government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has failed to launch a single mega project in the province.
In Syria, government forces have taken control of several areas in Aleppo city.
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat assumed the command of Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.
Formal ceremony in this regard was held in Rawalpindi on Monday where outgoing Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mahmoud handed over the command to General Zubair
General Zubair also inspected the guard of honor.
General Zubair Mahmood Hayat is the 17th head of Joint Chiefs of Committee.
Chief of Army Staff designate General Qamar Javed Bajwa also attended the ceremony
Officers from all three armed services were present on the occasion.
Change of Command ceremony for Chief of Army Staff will take place at GHQ in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.
Outgoing Army Chief General Raheel Sharif will hand over the command stick to the newly appointed Army Chief, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, at the ceremony.
Federal Ministers, former services chiefs, senior army officers, and other dignitaries will attend the ceremony.
The newly appointed Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat and the outgoing CJCSC General Rashad Mahmood will also participate in the ceremony.
President Mamnoon Hussain has eulogized the professionalism and preparedness of Pakistan Army and said that the defence of the country is in safe and capable hands.
He said this while talking to outgoing Chief of the Army Staff General Raheel Sharif who paid a farewell call on him in Islamabad on Monday.
The President paid glowing tribute to General Raheel Sharif for his invaluable services in curbing the menace of extremism and terrorism through operation Zarb-e-Azb and restoration of law and order in all parts of the country.
He said that the professional and leadership qualities of General Raheel Sharif as Chief of the Army Staff will always be remembered.
General Raheel Sharif thanked the President for his guidance and support in discharge of his official responsibilities.
Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif also paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday.
The Prime Minister praised General Raheel Sharif for his valuable services rendered as Army Chief and extended his best wishes for his post retirement life and happiness for his family.
Earlier, General Raheel Sharif also made a farewell visit to ISI headquarters in Islamabad on Monday.
He appreciated the services of ISI for the defense of the country and war against terrorism.
Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said Pakistan will give a befitting response to any Indian adventurism.
In an interview, he said we know how to respond to Indian aggression but we are pursuing policy of peace. He said we want to have good relations with India.
The Minister said Pakistani troops are inflicting more damage on the Indian side in response to their unprovoked firing along the Line of Control.
Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a project that would change the fate of the coming Pakistani generations.
Addressing a seminar on "CPEC, Impact on Economy of Pakistan" at the Punjab University Lahore on Monday, he said CPEC is a shared vision of the Chinese and Pakistani leadership which will benefit the people of both countries.
He said the project will be completed by 2030 in different phases and on completion it will create new job opportunities in the country.
Ahsan Iqbal said China is investing forty-six billion dollars In Pakistan under CPEC, out of which thirty-five billion dollars are being invested in energy sector while rest of eleven billion dollars are being invested into projects related to infrastructure and Gwadar port.
Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar says decisions regarding National Finance Commission Award will be taken with consensus.
He was talking to newsmen after chairing a meeting in connection with preparation of 9th NFC Award in Islamabad on Monday.
The Minister said on Monday's meeting was very fruitful and encouraging. He said in on Monday's meeting second report on NFC was reviewed and participants held frank discussion on matter relating to the 9th Award.
He said 10th of next month has been fixed for preparation of final report on the Award and the next meeting will be held in the third week of next month.
Eleven newly inducted members of Punjab Cabinet took oath of their office at Governor House in Lahore on Monday.
Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana administered the oath to the new cabinet members.
The eleven ministers who took oath include Jehangir Khanzada, Naghma Mushtaq,Amanatullah Khan Shadi Khel, Khawaja Salman Rafique, Sheikh Allauddin, Muhammad Manshaullah Butt, Mehr Ijaz Ahmed Achlana , Syed Zaeem Hussain Qadri, Muhammad Naeem Akhtar Khan Bhabha, Malik Ahmed Yar Hanjra and Khawaja Imran Nazir.
The twelfth Minister, Syed Raza Ali Gilani is currently abroad and he did not take the oath on Monday.
Portfolios of the new ministers would be announced later.
Besides, Member Provincial Assembly Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan and Rana Muhammad Asghar have been appointed as Special Assistant while, Rana Maqbool Ahmed and Azmul Haq as Advisors to the Punjab Chief Minister.
Polling is underway for By-election on National Assembly constituency NA 258. The polling will continue till 5:00 pm without any break.
Over four hundred nine thousand eligible voters are using their right of franchise to elect the representative of their choice.
Fourteen candidates are in run. Pakistan Tehreek-E-Insaf has withdrawn its candidate and MQM Pakistan has boycotted the elections.
The constituency fell vacant after resignation of Hakeem Baloch from National Assembly. He is also contesting election on the PPP ticket.
Strict security measures have been taken to hold the election in a peaceful manner.
Parliamentary Leader of Awami National Party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Sardar Hussain Babak has criticized performance of PTI government in the province.
In a statement in Peshawar, he said the PTI government has so far failed to launch a single mega project in the province.
Sardar Hussain Babak said the so-called billion trees tsunami and container school projects are aimed deceive the people.
He said PTI Chairman Imran Khan is known for taking U-turn and unexpected announcements.
Minister for Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine of Sri Lanka Rajitha Senarathne and High Commissioner of Pakistan Syed Shakeel Hussain have jointly inaugurated Pakistan’s Food, Shopping and Cultural Festival with Painting and Photographic Exhibition in Colombo.
The event was attended by several important personalities from the Sri Lankan business and trade sectors along with Sri Lanka based diplomatic corps and a large number of people from different walks of life.
Kashgar University of China and Karakorum International University Gilgit-Baltistan have signed an agreement to exchange educational and research activities.
Acting Vice Chancellor of Karakorum International University, Dr. Arifun-Nisa Naqvi and Dean of Chines language Mr. Lue young signed the agreement at a ceremony held in Gilgit on Monday.
Under the agreement, both universities will cooperate with each others during the next three years.
Six-day polio eradication campaign was kicked off in Karachi on Monday.
During the campaign, one point five million children in ninety-nine union councils of the city will be administered with polio drops.
Strict security measures have been taken to ensure safety of polio teams.
Former Director News Pakistan Television Burhan-ud-Din Hassan passed away in Karachi on Monday.
His funeral prayer will be offered in Karachi Cantt on Monday evening.
In Occupied Kashmir, Dukhtaran-e-Millat has criticized the puppet regime for not allowing the illegally detained Hurriyet leader, Dr. Muhammad Qasim Fakhtoo a telephonic conversation with his family and termed it inhuman.
The DeM General Secretary, in a statement in Srinagar, said the court decision was ridiculous.
Dr Qasim’s wife, Aasiya Andrabi, has been jailed because of her political ideology and detained under draconian Public Safety Act at Baramulla Sub-Jail.
The spokesman said Aasiyah Andrabi is not provided basic facilities in jail.
In Syria, government and its allied forces have taken control of key areas of Aleppo, including Hanano, Holak and Jabal Badro and Al Sakhour.
Meanwhile, thousands of residents are fleeing eastern Aleppo after a rapid advance by troops and its allied forces.
Oil prices further fell (in international market) on Monday due to disagreement between OPEC and non-OPEC crude exporters, over reducing of oil production.
Earlier, oil prices had tumbled more than 3 percent on Friday.
A meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC producers which was scheduled on Monday was called off after Saudi Arabia refused to attend.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries will meet in Vienna on Wednesday to decide on the details of a cut, potentially including non-OPEC members like Russia.
On the fourth day of second cricket Test against Pakistan at Hamilton on Monday, New Zealand declared their second innings at 313 runs with five wickets in hand.
The scores are:
New Zealand 271 & 313 for 5 declared.
Pakistan 216 and 1 for 0