Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
PML-N's senior leadership at a meeting in Islamabad is thrashing out a new course of action following Supreme Court verdict in Panama Papers case.
Four people were killed in a landmine explosion in Panjgur this morning.
Sri Lanka and China have signed a deal to lease out Hambantota port to Beijing as part of One Belt One Road initiative.
An American-British woman mountaineer has successfully scaled the second highest world peak K-2.
A consultative meeting of Pakistan Muslim League (N) is in progress in Islamabad.
The meeting being attended by senior leadership of the party is discussing the future course of action following the Supreme Court verdict in Panama Papers case.
It will be followed by a meeting of the parliamentary party of the PML (N) to be held at Punjab House at four pm.
Former Federal Minister and party leader Ahsan Iqbal told our correspondent that the parliamentary party meeting will discuss the situation arising out of the Panama Papers case verdict.
He said the meeting will also decide the name of next leader of the house.
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has said the future of Kashmir is linked with Pakistan.
Talking to the media persons in Islamabad today, he said despite serious reservations, the PML (N) leadership has implemented the Supreme Court judgement in Panama Papers case.
He said PML (N) will not allow the democratic process to derail.
At least four people have been killed and five injured in a landmine explosion in Panjgur.
The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital.
The Neelum Jhelum Hydropower project is scheduled to start electricity generation with commissioning of its first generating unit by February next year.
It was informed during a meeting of the project's Board of Management held in Islamabad.
The meeting was informed that filling of water in reservoir of the project will start in October this year while commissioning of the power generating units will commence in February next year.
Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project comprises four generating units with cumulative generation capacity of 969 MW.
In occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom movement is indigenous and has nothing to do with global organizations.
In a joint statement in Srinagar, the leaders said Indian secret agencies are desperate to malign Kashmir freedom movement and, under a well-thought-out plan, devising policies to bring bad name to the freedom struggle in held valley.
They denied existence of ISIS and Al-Qaeda like groups in Jammu and Kashmir saying there is no role for these groups within our movement.
The resistance leaders said that world has also acknowledged the disputed status of Jammu and Kashmir and we are pursuing a peaceful movement for its resolution.
They urged Kashmiri people to follow every programme of joint resistance leadership with persistence and wisdom and exhibit unity among their ranks.
Sri Lanka has signed 1.1 billion dollars deal with China for the control and development of the southern deep-sea port of Hambantota.
Sri Lanka's government says Hambantota port is expected to play a key role in China's Belt and Road initiative, known as new Silk Road, which will link ports and roads between China and Europe.
China has expressed serious concern over South Korea's decision to proceed with deployment of four additional units of the U.S. THAAD anti-missile defense system.
In a statement in Beijing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that deployment will not resolve South Korea's security concerns and will only make things more complex.
The ministry reiterated a Chinese call for the system to be withdrawn.
Meanwhile, China has also urged North Korea to respect UN Security Council resolutions and stop all acts that could worsen tension in the Korean Peninsula.
The move came after North Korea conducted another successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile.
In Turkey, a rally was held in Istanbul to show solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli restrictions on Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Speakers at the rally said al-Quds is a source of pride and honor for the entire Muslim Ummah and we share the grief and pain of Palestinian people.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is pushing forward with a controversial weekend vote, despite growing domestic political opposition, international condemnation and deadly street protests.
Earlier, Maduro's forces faced small groups of protesters defying a ban he had imposed on demonstrations against the election he has called tomorrow to choose a new body to rewrite the constitution.
A 52-year-old American-British woman mountaineer Vanessa O'Brien has successfully scaled the second highest world peak K-2.
Vanessa is also the Honorary Ambassador of the US-Nepal Climbers Association.