Text bulletin 2100 hrs
August 29, 2017
Chairing Cabinet meeting Prime Minister has said renowned international rating organisations have recognized Pakistan's economic growth.
Foreign Minister says political solution is the only way forward for enduring peace in Afghanistan.
Chief Census Commissioner has rejected opposition's reservations over census results, saying verification of every individual was ensured during the process.
Election Commission has asked Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to release census results for initiation of delimitation process.
Maryam Nawaz says PML-N Government has initiated a number of development projects including CPEC and Orange Line Train.
US President has warned that all options are under consideration on North Korea's ballistic missile launch over Japan.
Pakistan has recorded an increased GDP growth of 5.3 percent during the current fiscal year due to prudent economic policies of the government.
This was informed during the cabinet meeting held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
The meeting was apprised that large scale manufacturing achieved 5.6 percent growth whereas per capita income increased to 1,629 dollars from 1,334 dollars in 2013.
It was told that remittances increased to 19.3 billion dollars, tax collection reached 3,362 billion rupees and fiscal deficit reduced to 5.8 percent.
It was further informed that forex reserves increased to 21.4 billion dollars and Foreign Direct Investment witnessed an increase of 2.4 billion dollars in the current financial year.
Speaking on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that renowned international rating organizations have recognized upward economic growth of Pakistan despite internal and external challenges.
The Federal Cabinet approved amendments in Rules of Business, 1973 after revamping new federal ministries and divisions.
The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved replacment of four LPG Air Mix projects.
The approval was accorded at the ECC meeting held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
According to details, Air Mix Project Malkot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is proposed to be replaced with project at Balakot, Forward Kahuta with Drosh in Chitral, Hajira in Azad Kashmir to Beor in Kahuta and Abbaspur in Azad Kashmir to Bhun in Murree.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif says political solution is the only way forward for bringing about enduring peace in Afghanistan.
In an interview, he said military solution has already failed to produce desired result.
The Minister said Pakistan has assured all sort of cooperation to Afghanistan for lasting peace in the region.
He said both Pakistan and Afghanistan are interdependent for peace in the region.
Jamat-e-Islami Chief Siraj-ul-Haq has condemned the statement of US President Donald Trump against Pakistan.
Addressing a public meeting in Upper Dir today, he said JI will hold protests across the country on 6th of next month against the statement.
He said the Pakistani nation has rendered great sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said Pakistan is more stable and peaceful today than ever.
Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad this evening, he said China Pakistan Economic Corridor provides new .
The Minister said Central Asian Republics are also eager to reap benefits from the CPEC projects.
He said the government is taking concrete steps to bring economic development through industrialization.
Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa has rejected opposition's reservations over recent census results.
Briefing the Senate Committee on Privatisation and Statistics in Islamabad today, he said verification of "every individual" was ensured during the census process.
Asif Bajwa said that Pakistan Bureau of Statistics had verified the national identity cards of the population through National Database and Registration Authority.
The Election Commission has asked Pakistan Bureau of Statistics to release census data to initiate delimitation process.
The demand was made in a letter written by Secretary Election Commission to the Secretary of Law and Justice.
The letter says seats of national and provincial assembliles are allocated in accordance with the population.
ographic changes in the country.
Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Media Affairs Dr. Musadik Malik says the government is committed to ensure transparency in every sector.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this evening, he said the government believes in welfare of people and a number of steps have been taken in this regard. He said efforts are also being made to increase standard of education in the country.
He said the prime minister has directed to evolve a national water policy to ensure clean drinking water in all parts of the country.
Maryam Nawaz has said that PML-N Government has initiated a number of development projects including China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Orange Line Train.
Addressing a public gathering in Lahore today, she said that opponents are hatching conspiracies against journey of progress initiated by the PML-N in the country.
Over two million faithful will leave for the tent valley of Mina tonight for the Hajj rituals beginning tomorrow.
The Hujjaj will offer Zohar, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers at Mina and move to Arafat soon after Fajr prayers on 9th Zilhaj where they will listen to Hajj sermon to be delivered from Masjid Nimra.
They will stay at Arafat till the call for Maghrib prayer.
After Azaan Maghrib, the Hujjaj will leave for Muzdalfa where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the night in the open sky.
The stay at Arafat on 9th of Zil Hajj is the main ritual of Hajj.
Over one hundred and seventy nine thousand Pakistani pilgrims are performing hajj this year.
A US District Judge has awarded twenty one months imprisonment to Vice President Axact company, Umair Hamid for distribution of fake degrees.
The verdict was announced by Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Joon H Kim.
Axact collected at least 140 million dollars through US based bank accounts from tens of thousands of individuals around the world.
In occupied Kashmir, Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik has said that Indian army has unleashed the worst kind of state terrorism in the territory.
Addressing a big public gathering in Srinagar, he termed the raids, arrests and harassment by Indian National Investigation Agency politically motivated acts.
China says it will complete building of roads and other infrastructure along the Himalayan border with India for border protection and to help local people’s livelihoods.
In a daily news briefing in Beijing today, China Foreign Office spokeswoman Hua Chunying said its border troops will also continue their patrols in the Doklam area.
India withdrew its troops yesterday from the border area with China
US President Donald Trump has warned that all options are under consideration on North Korea's ballestic missile passed over Japan.
In a statement, he said that threatening and destabilizing actions will only increase the North Korean regime's isolation in the region and among all nations of the world.
The Japanese prime minister said said the missile was an unprecedented, serious and grave threat to Japan.
North Korea fired a ballistic missile early this morning that flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean off the northern region of Hokkaido.
Mainly hot and humid weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country duirng the next twelve hours.
However, rain with thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Hazara, Malakand, Karachi, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Mirpurkhas divisions, Islamabad and Kashmir.