Text Bulletin 2100 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.
Complete shutdown was observed in Occupied Kashmir today 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 today.
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 Pakistan is open for business. There are over one thousand multinational companies profitably operating in Pakistan.
The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industries' delegation expressed the hope to further strengthen trade ties with Pakistan.
Minister for Commerce, Khurram Dastgir Khan says Pakistan has been invited to conclude a Free Trade Agreement with Gulf Cooperation Council.
He was speaking during a meeting with high level Bahrain delegation led by Minister for Commerce and Industry, Kingdom of Bahrain Zayed R. Alzayani in Islamabad today.
Khurram Dastgir Khan supported the idea of concluding a Free Trade Agreement with Gulf Cooperation Council that comprise of Six countries including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
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 today, 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 today with Muhammad Afzal Khokar in the chair.
Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif held a meeting with Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Rawalpindi today.
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 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 today.
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.
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.
Pakistan Navy celebrated Golden Jubilee of its elite Special Service Group today.
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.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed across the territory, today, 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.
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.
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.
Pakistan Cricket Board has imposed one year ban and one million rupees fine on fast bowler Muhammad Irfan for not informing the Anti Corruption Unit regarding his contacts with bookies' during the PSL tournament.
Addressing a news conference in Lahore today, PCB officials said out of one year, six months of ban may be suspended if the fast bowler pays the imposed fine and fully cooperates with the Board under the Code.
Speaking on the occasion, Muhammad Irfan admitted his mistake and apologized to the nation for it.
He said he was contacted by bookies twice, but he failed to inform the Anti Corruption Unit of the Board in this regard.
The second T-20 between Pakistan and the West Indies will be played at Port of Spain tomorrow.
Pakistan lead the 4-match series by 1-0
Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Hot weather is expected in Sindh and south Punjab.
However, light rain with thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of Quetta and Zhob divisions.