Headlines 1200 hrs

Finance Minister says prices of essential commodities have not been increased in the budget.

Punjab Chief Minister has said a historic relief package of over nine billion rupees has been given to facilitate people in Ramazan.

Attorney General has said Pakistan will present all evidence before the International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

Pakistani and Indian Cricket Boards' officials are meeting in Dubai today to resolve cricket issues between the two countries.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has warned of stern action against profiteers who raise prices of daily use commodities on the pretext of the budget.

In a statement, the minister asked relevant departments to check the prices in the market and take action against profiteers accordingly.

He said that no price hike was made in daily use commodity in the federal budget, so anyone using it as pretext for raising prices should be punished.



Attorney General for Pakistan Ashtar Ausaf says Pakistan will present all evidence before the International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav case.

In an interview, he said Kulbhushan Jadhav is an Indian agent and we have sufficient proofs of his involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan.

He said Pakistan's stance has not been rejected by ICJ on Kulbushan as interim verdict of ICJ is neither defeat or victory of any country.

The Attorney General said Pakistan is a responsible country and will not violate the international laws. However, he made it clear that Pakistan will also never compromise on its national security.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed to keep a check on quality, supply and prices of eatables in Ramazan bazaars so that relief could be provided to people.

In a statement, he warned that no compromise will be made on quality of items.

The Chief Minister directed the cabinet committee on price control to ensure availability of flour, sugar, pulses, ghee, vegetables and fruits  at subsidized rates during the holy month of Ramazan.

He said a historic relief package of over nine billion rupees is being given to people in Ramazan.

The Chief Minister has directed to launch a ruthless crackdown against profiteers and hoarders.



Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says the government will provide every assistance to the universities to promote research-based education.

Addressing a laptop distribution ceremony at the NED University in Karachi today, he said that laptops are essential aid for research.

The Governor said the scheme aims to equip students with necessary tools to excel in their respective fields.



Balochistan government is taking concrete measures to promote fisheries sector to make the province self-sufficient in production of white meat.

An official of Fisheries Department told our Quetta correspondent that work on construction of a Fish Jetty and Fish Harbour in Bela area of Lasbela district is in progress at a cost of more than 536 million rupees.

Similarly, a fish processing plant is being established in Pasni   at a cost of over 269 million rupees.

The official said an auction hall will be completed in Gwadar at a cost of 200 million rupees.



United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has trained about eight hundred Afghan youth in various technical trades residing in different areas of Pakistan.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent they were trained under Skill Development Programme.

The training is aimed at preparing Afghan youth to become responsible citizens and play a positive role in the reconstruction of their country.



Australia has decided to increase its troop presence in Afghanistan following a formal request from the United States.

Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne said sending of thirty new military advisers will raise Australia's total deployment in Afghanistan to 300.

She said that the troops would help train Afghan security forces.

The US authorities have also recommended to send at least 3,000 more soldiers to fight Taliban in Afghanistan.

There are about 13,000 NATO troops currently in the country.



A meeting between Pakistani and Indian Cricket Boards officials is being held in Dubai today.

Talking to newsmen in Lahore today, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Shahryar Khan said Pakistan and India had signed an agreement to play different cricket series from 2014 to 2023, but India has backed out.

Chairman PCB Shahryar Khan, Chairman Pakistan Super League Najam Sethi and Chief Operating Officer Subhan Ahmed will attend the meeting in Dubai.

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