Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
The Prime Minister has directed to expedite work on ongoing power projects for their completion on time.
The government has extended stay of registered Afghan refugees in the country for another six months.
Commerce Minister has directed to intensify trade diplomacy in European Union states after Britain's departure from the bloc.
Pakistan has achieved tremendous success in anti-terror operations because of concerted efforts of the government and security forces.
Presidents of Russia and Turkey have agreed to meet in person in a bid to improve bilateral relations.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sought a detailed update on the progress of ongoing energy projects and given instructions for expediting work on them.
This was stated by Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar while chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy in Islamabad today.
The meeting reviewed progress on the ongoing power projects to see whether the timelines of the schedule of activities are being observed. The meeting also reviewed the status of energy projects which are in the pipeline.
Secretary Water and Power said that in line with the Prime Minister’s instructions, maximum facilitation has been provided to general public during Ramadan by ensuring smooth and uninterrupted supply of electricity at the time of Sehar and Iftar.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved six month extension in the stay of registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan.
In directions issued to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and States and Frontier Regions, the Prime Minister said Afghan refugees can stay in Pakistan by 31st December this year.
He directed the Ministry of SAFRON to take up matter with Afghan authorities and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in this regard.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan will supply free of cost wheat to the refugee camps to be set up in Afghanistan for three years as a goodwill gesture.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has reiterated resolve of the government to forge economic cooperation, enhancing trade and promoting communication linkages with Afghanistan.
He was talking to Afghan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal in Islamabad today.
The Finance Minister said both the countries can play their due role in developing regional connectivity, which will help open up the way to greater economic opportunities.
He stressed the need to streamline movement of people across the border as it will in turn facilitate trade and economic activities.
The Afghan Ambassador expressed the confidence that the two countries will continue to maintain close contacts with a view to prevent such happenings.
Talking to Country Director Asian Development Bank Werner Leipach, the Finance Minister said the government is looking at innovative ways of financing for infrastructure development.
He said various bilateral and multilateral partners are likely to join the Pakistan Development Fund.
The Minister also invited the Asian Development Bank to join PDF as an equity partner.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan has vowed to intensify trade diplomacy in the European Union countries after Britain's departure from the bloc.
In a statement issued in Islamabad today, he stressed the need for looking for new trade partners and strengthening of relations with older ones in the EU to safeguard Pakistan's economic interests.
The Commerce Minister said Pakistan's exports to the United Kingdom under GSP Plus status, after Britain's decision of leaving the EU, will not be affected.
He urged exporters to continue their exports to the United Kingdom without any concern as there is no immediate threat of ending GSP plus status of Pakistan by that country.
Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid says the Prime Minister will launch Green Pakistan Program along with the inauguration of the Monsoon Tree Planting Campaign 2016 on 14th August.
This he stated while chairing an inter-provincial meeting in Islamabad today.
The meeting also decided that federal, provincial and local governments will make arrangements for planting trees in Islamabad, provincial, divisional, district and tehsil headquarters.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf says the government is taking special initiatives for interfaith and inter-sect harmony in the country.
He was talking to Imam-e-Kaba Sheikh Saleh bin Hameed in Makkah today.
On the occasion, Imam-e-Kaaba said that current problems being faced by Ummah can be solved by removing the differences among various sects.
Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has assumed charge as Acting President of Pakistan today.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani are in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah.
Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali says sustainable development can only be achieved with poverty alleviation besides protecting the environment.
Speaking at the opening session of a two-day G-20 Conference on Energy Access in Beijing, he said rapid expansion of clean and sustainable energy offer a win-win solution for the poor and the environment.
Terrorists have been defeated and peace has been restored in the country due to the collective efforts of the government, security forces and all other relevant departments.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that incidents of terrorism have sharply declined due to the sacrifices of general public, tribal people, security forces and political administration officials.
Before launching Operation Zarb-e-Azb, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif took the parliament, politicians, traders and businessmen into confidence in this regard.
The sources said now main focus is on apprehending facilitators of the terrorists to ensure lasting peace in the country.
Four Frontier Corps personnel were martyred in indiscriminate firing by unknown terrorists on their mobile on Double Road in Quetta this evening.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif strongly condemned the attack. In a statement, he said these attacks are signs of frustration of the smoking out terrorists.
He said peace in Balochistan has been restored due to the sacrifices of law enforcement agencies and it will be ensured that their sacrifices do not go in vain.
Nawaz Sharif also directed to extend best medical treatment to those critically injured during the attack.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan also condemned the attack on FC officials and commiserated with the bereaved families.
In occupied Kashmir, leaders and activists of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front held a sit-in protest in Srinagar today, against India's anti-Kashmiri agenda.
The protesters led by JKLF Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik assembled in Nowhatta area of Srinagar and chanted high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
They were protesting against India's designs to construct separate colonies for Indian soldiers and Kashmiri Pandits and Delhi's so-called industrial policy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to meet in person in a bid to improve their ties.
They spoke by phone in a conversation that followed Ankara's expression of regret over the downing of a Russian warplane on the Syrian border by Turkish jets.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has lifted Moscow's travel restrictions to Turkey and ordered to normalize trade ties after his first phone call with counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
European Union leaders say they are determined to stay united at 27 in the wake of the British referendum vote to leave the bloc.
After a summit without British Prime Minister David Cameron in Brussels, they warned Britain that if it wanted to continue to enjoy the seamless EU single market after its departure it would also have to accept that EU citizens can continue to enter Britain.
AND FINALLY THE WEATHER
Rain and thundershowers with isolated heavy falls accompanied by strong gusty winds is likely in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.