Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
29- July- 2017
The parliamentary party of PML-N meets in Islamabad this afternoon to decide about new leader of the house.
The 39 kilometre first section of Thakot-Havelian motorway project will be completed by April next year.
Hurriyat leadership has condemned slapping of draconian law Public Safety Act on political activists in occupied Kashmir.
Sri Lanka and China have signed a deal to lease out Hambantota port to Beijing as part of One Belt One Road initiative.
The Arab quartet is meeting in Bahrain today to discuss the Gulf crisis.
A three day Shandoor festival has begun in Chitral.
The parliamentary party of PML-N meets in Islamabad this afternoon to decide about new leader of the house in the National Assembly.
Former Federal Minister and party leader Ahsan Iqbal told our correspondent that the meeting will also discuss the situation arising out of the Supreme Court verdict in Panama Papers case.
Earlier,a consultative meeting of the Party was held in Islamabad today to discuss the future course of action.
The meeting was attended by senior leadership of the party.
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.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeezur Rehman said that PML-N has put the country on the path of progress.
He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor is an epitome of tremendous endeavors by the PML-N Government which translated the dreams of development into reality through practical efforts.
120 kilometre Thakot-Havelian motorway project will be completed in December 2019.
According to official sources, the project is being completed at a cost of over 133 billion rupees and 39 kilometre Havelian-Mansehra section will be completed by April next year.
The stretch of motorway from Havelian passes through Abbottabad, Mansehra and Shinkiari, ending at Thakot.
Work on Latamber Dam in district Karak is in progress.
According to official sources, the project will be completed in three years at a cost of seven hundred and sixty million rupees.
On its completion, the dam will irrigate more than twelve thousand acres barren land in Karak and Bannu districts.
In Sindh, Biometric system has been installed in around forty-five thousand schools across the province to improve attendance of teachers.
Our Karachi correspondent reports that special attention is being paid to the education sector in order to enhance enrollment of students and promote girls education.
Similarly steps are being taken to revive around five thousand closed schools in the province and thirty-eight elementary schools are being upgraded to the secondary level.
The Ministry of Religious Affairs has sought input from intending pilgrims to further improve Hajj arrangements.
According to official sources, a questionnaire has been placed at the ministry's website and intending pilgrims can fill the form and share experiences of Hajj to enable the ministry to improve arrangements.
The intending pilgrims have been asked to comment about standards of Hajj training and quality of facilities provided in Haji camps as well at airports.
The questionnaire also sought pilgrims' opinion about quality of residences in Saudi Arabia and the transport facilities from Haram Sharif to their residences.
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.
Twenty criminals have been arrested in a joint operation carried out by Sindh Police and Rangers in Lines area of Karachi.
Arms and ammunition were also recovered from their possession.
Meanwhile, Karachi Police in targeted raids in district west of the city have arrested twenty suspects.
SSP West informed news persons that those arrested include five absconders.
In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has denounced puppet authorities for imposing curfew in Srinagar.
The Hurriyat forum in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned barring prayers in Jamia Masjid for the sixth consecutive Friday and keeping the Mirwaiz under house detention for the past more than one and a half month.
The Hurriyat forum also condemned slapping of draconian law, Public Safety Act, on political activists.
It said that ongoing freedom movement in Kashmir is people’s political struggle based on priceless sacrifices offered by them over the past several decades.
Meanwhile, people observed complete shutdown in Bhadarwah town of Doda district in Jammu region against the ruthless beating of a local Muslim youth by Indian police.
Earlier, hundreds of people took part in a peaceful rally in Beerwah town of Badgam district to protest against the recent killing of a youth by Indian Army.
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.
The foreign ministers of four Arab countries, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain are meeting in Manama today to discuss the Qatar issue.
Egyptian foreign ministry spokesperson Ahmad Abu Zeid said in a statement today that the Arab quartet will evaluate the prevailing situation to resolve the Gulf Crisis.
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.
Iran has condemned new sanctions imposed by United States against its missile programme.
A Foreign ministry spokesman said in Tehran that it is ultimately an effort to weaken our nuclear deal with the world powers.
International Organization for Migration says over 830,000 people remain displaced after battle to retake northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
According to a new report by IOM, since the beginning of Mosul operations in October 2016, the number of internally displaced persons reached 178,952 families.
The report said some 839,118 individuals remain displaced in the aftermath of heavy fighting to retake Mosul.
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 three day annual Shandoor Polo Festival began in Chitral this afternoon.
Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Tourism Abdul Munim Khan inaugurated the festival.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the government is taking steps for the promotion of sports and tourism in the province.
In the first polo match Chitral defeated Ghizar by 9-2 goals.
In a round match of Asian senior men volleyball championship in Indonesia, Thailand defeated Pakistan today.
Earlier, Pakistan had defeated Hong Kong and Iraq.
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.