Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Prime Minister has invited Bahraini entrepreneurs to invest in energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan.
Interior Minister has directed for preparing a proposal to separate Immigration Department from FIA.
Pakistan and Italy have agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in diverse sectors.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor says thirty-five schemes in education sector have been completed in FATA.
Punjab Government will launch Clean Drinking Water Programme in thirty-seven tehsils of Southern Punjab.
Complete shutdown was observed in Occupied Kashmir on Wednesday against killing of four youth by Indian troops in Budgam District.
Jordanian King says peace in Middle East is linked to two-state solution to Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Pakistan Cricket Board has imposed one year ban on fast bowler Muhammad Irfan for contacts with bookies during PSL.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has invited Bahraini investors to explore investment opportunities in commercial and tourism sectors of Pakistan.
He was talking to Minister for Industries, Commerce and Tourism of Bahrain Zayed R. Alzayan who called on him along with a delegation in Islamabad on Wednesday.
The Prime Minister said cooperation between the two countries in economic field will further strengthen the brotherly ties.
He said Pakistani diaspora in Bahrain acts as a human bridge between the two brotherly countries. They have been playing an important role in the development and prosperity of both Pakistan and Bahrain.
The Bahraini Minister of Commerce said he came with a special mandate to expand the scope of economic ties between the two counties.
Talking to a delegation of prominent businessmen and investors from Bahrain in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said Pakistan is a land of unlimited opportunities and offers investment friendly environment in diverse sectors.
He said Pakistan welcomes the initiative of establishing Pakistan-Bahrain Joint Holding Company by Bahraini businessmen, which will help increase bilateral trade and investment.
The Prime Minister said the government as well as business community of Bahrain can benefit from the opportunities and prospects offered by China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
He said Pakistan is open for business. There are over one thousand multinational companies profitably operating in Pakistan.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan offers investment opportunities in various sectors such as energy, agriculture, food processing, infrastructure, information and communication technology, and textiles and leather products.
The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industries' delegation expressed the hope to further strengthen trade ties with Pakistan.
President Mamnoon Hussain says completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will bolster trade and business activities in the country and region.
Addressing a seminar on 'China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Opportunities and Challenges', he termed CPEC a framework of regional connectivity, which will not only benefit Pakistan and China but also the entire region.
The President said the landmark project has the potential to realize the dream of shared goals, destiny, harmony and collective development through enhancement of geographical linkages.
He said CPEC will not only enhance regional connectivity in terms of infrastructure development, it will also lead to economic integration of regional economies.
Mamnoon Hussain said to reap maximum dividends from emerging business opportunities, it was necessary for scientists, engineers and experts in different fields to take charge in changing circumstances.
Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain said CPEC has enhanced the importance of Gwadar Port, which has now become a regional trade hub.
Speaking on the occasion, 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 Pakistan`s economy has witnessed significant growth during recent years.
Sun Wei Dong said the Chinese investment under the CPEC has widened the horizons for more foreign investment in Pakistan.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed the NADRA Chairman to submit concrete proposals within 24 hours for resolving the issue of Pakistan Origin Card.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Wednesday, he also asked the Secretary Interior to prepare a comprehensive strategy paper within a week for separation of Immigration Department from Federal Investigation Agency.
The Interior Minister said modernized Immigration and border management departments will streamline the process of effective monitoring of Pakistan's entry and exit points through air, sea and land routes.
National Assembly Standing Committee on Government Assurances has directed NADRA to complete registration of un-authorized aliens and make arrangements to send them back to their country.
The meeting of the Committee was held in Islamabad on Wednesday with Muhammad Afzal Khokar in the chair.
The Ministry of Water and Power informed the committee that the duration of load-shedding is linked to the losses of feeders. It said that load-shedding is being observed for long durations in the areas of high losses.
Pakistan and Italy have agreed to expand bilateral ties in diverse areas, especially trade and investment.
This understanding was reached at a meeting between Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Italian Undersecretary of State of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Benedetto Della Vedova in Islamabad on Wednesday.
They also emphasized the need to strengthen existing partnership for promoting regional peace and security.
The Adviser highlighted the progress made by Pakistan during the last four years in counter terrorism, economic growth and democratic consolidation.
As members of the Uniting for Consensus Group, the two sides agreed to continue working closely on the issue of United Nations Security Council reform, aimed at making the body more democratic and accountable.
The Italian Undersecretary appreciated the sacrifices made by Pakistan in the sphere of counter terrorism.
He acknowledged the positive contribution being made by Pakistan for regional peace and security.
Talking to Italian Deputy Minister for international cooperation Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said Pakistan wants to expand relations with Italy in different areas including trade, and investment.
Benedetto Della Vedova said high-level interaction between the two countries is progressing well.
He said there is a lot of untapped potential for furtherance of economic cooperation, especially in energy, infrastructure development and automotive sectors. He said Italian companies are already undertaking important projects in Pakistan.
Chairperson Benazir Income Support Program Marvi Memon says BISP is a unique programme that follows a scientific targeting method and technologically advanced payment mechanism.
Talking to a delegation of students from Northeastern Illinois University Chicago in Islamabad on Wednesday, she said the programme has undergone various improvements and reforms are still being made to further streamline the performance of the organization.
She said BISP is the model social safety net that caters to the 5.4 million poorest households across Pakistan.
The National Assembly Standing Committee on National Food Security has been informed that sufficient stock of wheat is available in the country.
The committee met in Lahore on Wednesday with MNA Malik Shakir Bashir Awan in the chair.
The Committee was briefed by Managing Director PASSCO about the steps taken for procurement of wheat during the next season.
The Punjab government will launch Clean Drinking Water Programme in thirty-seven tehsils of southern Punjab in the first phase.
This was stated by Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif while chairing a meeting on progress in Saaf Paani Project.
Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair says the province is rich in natural resources, including vast alternative sources of power generation.
Talking to a delegation of Wind Power Private Limited in Karachi on Wednesday, he said the province has large wind corridors that can be exploited to meet energy needs.
He said the private sector should also come forward to invest in this sector.
In a briefing on this occasion, the chairman of Wind Power Private Limited informed the Governor that several projects of different companies are underway, which will help overcome the power shortage.
Sindh Assembly on Wednesday unanimously passed Sindh Development and Maintenance of Infrastructure Cess Bill 2017.
The bill will authorize Revenue Department to collect infrastructure cess.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the government is spending three and half billion rupees on promotion of education in FATA.
Addressing a function in Peshawar on Wednesday, he said fifty-nine projects in education sector had been initiated in tribal areas, and thirty-five of them have been completed.
The governor said that funds have been allocated for timely completion of all education schemes.
Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said a number of primary, middle and high schools are being upgraded to provide better education facilities to tribal people.
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 at a cost of about five hundred thousand US dollars.
Director General ISPR has said that views of former Ambassador to the United States Hussain Haqqani published in a mainstream US newspaper, especially his account on issue of visas, vindicate stance of Pakistan's state institutions.
In a tweet message on Wednesday, he said the veracity of concerns about his role in the entire issue also stands confirmed.
Commander Mangla Corps Lieutenant General Umar Farooq Durrani reviewed conduct of the ongoing population census in Faisalabad on Wednesday.
He was briefed about the progress of the census by the officials concerned.
Corps Commander expressed his satisfaction on smooth conduct of Census.
Commander Southern Command Lieutenant General Aamir Riaz visited different areas of Quetta on Wednesday afternoon to review the ongoing process of census.
On this occasion, the concerned officials briefed him about the progress in census process.
General Aamir Riaz expressed satisfaction over conducting the process in a smooth manner.
He also met citizens and urged them to ensure their inclusion in the census process so that future strategy with regard to their requirements could be chalked out in a proper manner.
Frontier Corps foiled a terror bid in Quetta on Wednesday.
According to FC spokesman, the terrorists had planted an improvised explosive device on Sabzal Road in Quetta.
However, the FC, on a tip off, reached the site and immediately defused the explosive material.
Anti-Narcotics Force has activated a public complaint number for registration of complaints and facilitation of the general public.
According to ANF, the number 1415 will be operational for twenty four hours.
It urged the general public to share information regarding drug peddling and trafficking or any other narcotics related activity.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif held a meeting with Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.
Matters related to national security and defence figured in the meeting.
Armed forces' readiness and capacity building were also discussed and it was reiterated that necessary steps will be taken towards enhancement of the same.
The Defence Minister lauded high professional standards of the Armed Forces and acknowledged their sacrifices in defence of the country, including war against terrorism.
Pakistan Navy celebrated Golden Jubilee of its elite Special Service Group on Wednesday.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah graced the occasion as chief guest.
The event was marked with a number of activities, including the launching of SSG (N) history booklet and a fire power demonstration.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief of the Naval Staff appreciated the achievements and sacrifices of SSG (N) over the past fifty years in the line of duty. .
Installation ceremony of Colonel Commandant Azad Kashmir Regiment was held at Azad Kashmir Mansar Camp in Attock on Wednesday.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and outgoing Colonel of the Regiment Lt Gen Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmad (R), pinned the badges of the rank of Lieutenant General Hidayat-ur Rehman to install him as Colonel Commandant of the Azad Kashmir Regiment.
Speaking at the occasion, the Army Chief hailed contributions of Azad Kashmir Regiment towards defence of the motherland.
President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan has said the government is taking tangible steps for the empowerment of women.
Talking to AJK Minister for Social Welfare Noreen Arif in Muzaffarabad on Wednesday, he said special measures are being taken for the welfare of women folk.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has strongly condemned the martyrdom of four innocent Kashmiris by Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir.
In a statement in Muzaffarabad he appealed to international community to take serious notice of Indian atrocities on Kashmiris, who are struggling for their internationally recognized right to self determination.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed across the territory, on Wednesday, against the brutal killing of civilians by Indian troops in Chadoora area of Badgam district.
Thousands of people thronged Yaripora area of Kulgam district to attend the funeral prayers of Tauseef Ahmad Wagay. Five rounds of funeral were held for martyr Wagay before he was laid to rest in his ancestral area.
APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani while addressing the mourners over telephone from Srinagar condemned the local pro-India politicians for singing the mantra of fraud elections for their petty gains. He also extended condolences to families of the Chadoora martyrs.
Clashes erupted between protesters and Indian forces in Yaripora soon after the burial of the martyr's body. Funeral prayers in absentia for the martyrs were also held in Ajas area of Bandipora district.
Several people were injured in fierce clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Baramulla, Badgam, Srinagar and other parts of the territory against the killings.
Jordan's King Abdullah has said that peace cannot be attained in the Middle East without creation of a Palestinian state under a two-state solution.
In his inaugural speech at the start of Arab summit in Jordan, he said Israel is wrecking the chances of peace by accelerating settlement building in occupied Palestinian territory.
In his address, King Salman of Saudi Arabia supported a political settlement of Syrian conflict based on U.N. Security Council resolutions and Geneva-based political process.
The Syrian government and rebel groups have reportedly reached a deal to allow evacuation of four besieged areas.
The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said residents of Foah and Kefraya, two government-held towns in the north-west, would be bussed out.
In return, people in two rebel-held towns near Damascus, Madaya and Zabadani, will be given safe passage.
Last month, the UN described the situation in the four towns as "catastrophic".
In Syria, five persons were killed and six injured in a bomb attack on a bus in Homs city on Wednesday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May says Britain's departure from the European Union is an "historic moment and there will be no turning back.
She was speaking to parliamentarians after handing over Briton exit letter to EU officials in Brussels.
British prime minister said now they would make their own decisions to build a stronger and fairer Britain.
On the other hand, EU leaders in a statement in Brussels said they will act as one to watch their interests.
About 146 migrants are feared missing after a boat capsized in Mediterranean Sea.
UN Agency for Refugees says the vessel left Sabratha, western Libyan coast on Monday with children and women among the passengers.
The Rajab moon has been sighted.
This was announced by Chairman Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman after a meeting held under his chairmanship in Karachi on Wednesday.