Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
President has emphasized the need for enhanced cooperation between Chinese and Pakistani institutes in scientific education and research.
Prime Minister says economic cooperation between Pakistan and Bahrain will promote bilateral relations.
Federal government has released funds to acquire land for Mansehra airport.
In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, on Wednesday, against the brutal killing of four youth by Indian troops in Budgam district.
Pope Francis has demanded urgent steps to protect civilians in Iraq.
President Mamnoon Hussain has emphasized the need for enhanced cooperation between Chinese and Pakistani institutes in the fields of scientific education and research.
He was addressing a seminar titled 'CPEC: Opportunities and Challenges' in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The President urged the scientists and researchers to synchronize their efforts with the Corridor project to reap maximum benefits from the CPEC.
He said the educational institutes of the two brotherly countries should sign agreements for cooperation, mutual sharing of knowledge and expertise.
Addressing the seminar, Minister for Science, Technology and Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain said CPEC will enhance economic activities in the region by integrating the regional economies through diverse linkages.
He said youth of the country will have to be proactive for benefiting from the project. The Minister said CPEC has particularly enhanced the importance of Gwadar Port which has now become a regional trade hub.
Addressing the seminar, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Wei Dong said China has shared its economic experience and dividends with the regional countries through One Belt One Road vision.
He said CPEC is a project of peace and prosperity.
The Ambassador said Pakistan`s economy has witnessed significant growth during recent years and China is very on it.
Sun Wei Dong said the Chinese investment under the CPEC has widened the horizons for more foreign investment in Pakistan.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says economic cooperation between Pakistan and Bahrain will further boost their fraternal relations.
Talking to the Minister of Industry and Trade of Bahrain in Islamabad on Wednesday, he said that relations of both countries are based on common culture, history and strong people to people contacts.
Pakistan-Bahrain Business opportunities conference begins in Islamabad on Thursday.
A delegation of businessmen and investors from Gulf countries led by Bahrain's Commerce Minister Zayed R. Alzayan has arrived in Islamabad to attend the conference.
The conference is jointly organized by Ministry of Commerce and Pakistan Embassy in Bahrain.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik said it is for the first time that such a large business delegation arrived from any Gulf country at Pakistan.
The federal government has provided an amount of four hundred and fifty million rupees for land acquisition for airport in Mansehra.
An official of district administration said the revenue department had launched the process of land acquisition following Civil Aviation Authority’s survey report.
He said a total six thousands kanal of land would be acquired for the project.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the journey of progress and prosperity will continue under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.
He said this in a statement in Lahore on Wednesday.
The chief minister said PML-N government is completing several mega projects across the country.
He said Pakistan is thriving economically, however, some people wants to keep country backward.
Sindh government says it has approved 600-busses for the Intra-City Bus Project.
Decision to this effect was taken in a meeting chaired by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Karachi on Wednesday.
Minister for Transport and Mass Transit Sindh Nasir Hussain Shah told the meeting that work on Karachi Circular Railway and Green Line Bus Rapid Transport Project is underway with full swing.
Addressing the meeting Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said the government will provide financial assistance to the transporters to operate Intra-City Buses in the province.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has completed the refurbishment of three schools and a basic health unit in Dera Ismail Khan.
Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that the projects were completed with the financial assistance of United States of America at a cost of about five hundred thousand US Dollars.
Minister for Education Gilgit Baltistan Muhammad Ibrahim Sanai says the government is determined to promote local languages.
In an interview to Radio Pakistan's Gilgit correspondent he said a Language Department will be set up in Baltistan University.
The Minister said Federal Curriculum Committee is preparing recommendations for the curriculum which will help to include new local languages in it.
Twenty six suspects were arrested during search operations in different areas of Peshawar on Wednesday.
Counter Terrorism Department also arrested a terrorist Aziz Ur Rehman from Dosehra Chowk in Mardan on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Sindh Police have arrested 17 persons including seven criminals during raids at various areas of Karachi on Wednesday.
According to the police, the seven arrested criminals were involved in killing of police officer, street crimes, drug peddling and other heinous crimes.
Ten persons have been arrested on violation of temporary residential act.
Weapons, ammunition and drugs were also recovered from their possession.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed, on Wednesday, against the brutal killing of four youth by Indian troops in Chadoora area of Budgam district.
The Indian troops shot dead three youth Zahid Rashid, Saqib Ahmad and Ashfaq Ahmad by opening fire on demonstrators at Chadoora on Tuesday.
Over thirty people had sustained injuries in the troops’ firing on the protesters. Another Kashmiri youth was killed when Indian forces’ personnel blasted a house in the area.
Pope Francis has demanded for urgent action to protect civilians in Iraq.
While issuing special appeal for peace in Iraq the Pope said on Wednesday that forces involved in the battle for liberation of Mosul have an obligation to protect innocent people.
Francis greeted an interfaith group of Iraqis in St. Peter's Square and encouraged them in helping Iraq find reconciliation among various ethnic and religious groups.
Afghanistan plans to double the number of elite special forces in the country.
Government officials said that currently 17,000 troops are performing their duty as special forces but due to persistent attacks of Taliban insurgents number of these forces will be increased.
Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said commando forces have to be strengthened and to be better equipped. Afghanistan has 300,000 forces among them special forces are carrying out offensive operations across the country.
Meanwhile Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow said we discussed cooperation to fight against terrorism.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has signed the letter that will formally begin the UK's departure from the European Union.
Giving official notice under the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk.
The letter will be delivered by the British ambassador to the EU on Wednesday.
It follows the last year referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU.
The second T-20 international between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Port of Spain on Thursday.
Pakistan lead the 4-match series by 1-0.