Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
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President and Prime Minister have pledged to continue operations against scourge of terrorism and extremism.
National Assembly has been informed that due to effective measures gas supply situation has substantially improved.
Interior Minister says fourteen Executive Passport Offices will be set up in the country this year.
Islamabad says it is pursuing foreign policy of achieving a peaceful neighbourhood.
Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to accelerate economic activities in the SAARC region.
AJK President has urged the African countries to support Kashmiris in their right to self-determination.
OIC has expressed concerns over President Trump's order banning travelers from seven Muslim countries to the United States.
Pakistan beat New Zealand by ten wickets in the T-20 Blind World Cup in New Delhi today.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called on President Mamnoon Hussain in Islamabad on Monday.
During the meeting, they discussed important international and national issues.
Both the leaders agreed to continue operations against scourge of terrorism and extremism till its total elimination from the country.
They expressed satisfaction over betterment in all sectors including economy of the country.
The President and Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction over the encouraging reports of international institutions over the reduction in corruption in Pakistan.
Earlier, chairing a meeting to review progress on the implementation of Prime Minister's National Health Program in Islamabad,
Prime Minister says federal government will implement National Health Program in the entire country.
The Prime Minister directed the Ministry of National Health Services for extending the programme including FATA, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir with zero tolerance for inefficiency at the implementation level.
He said remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh are more vulnerable to diseases and the prevailing poverty in those areas does not allow people to afford health care facilities.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan Navy is playing a pivotal role in the defence of the motherland.
He expressed these views during his meeting with Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, who called on him in Islamabad on Monday.
The Prime Minister assured that all possible steps will be taken to enhance the capacity building of Pakistan Navy.
On the occasion, the Chief of Naval Staff briefed the Prime Minister over professional affairs of Pakistan Navy and said that Navy is ready to thwart any aggression of enemy.
Chairing a high-level meeting to review the progress of New Islamabad International Airport project and its allied infrastructure in Islamabad on Monday, the Prime Minister said that infrastructure projects are the backbone of a growing economy and are essential for facilitating masses.
Secretary Aviation Division informed that 95% work on the Airport terminal building has been completed and all civil works would be completed by March 2017.
Chairman NHA updated that the New Airport is being provided main road access from both Motorways M-1 & M-2 and also from main GT Road.
He said the airport will also have access from Islamabad Metro that Prime Minister will inaugurate on 14th August, 2017 along with New Islamabad International Airport.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif directed that no compromise should be made on the quality of work for the Airport facilities.
The National Assembly was informed today that natural gas tariff for textile sector is uniform across the country.
Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the House during question hour that the situation of gas supply has improved in the country and it will further improve by next winter due to effective measures taken by the government.
He said during this winter the CNG stations remained operational for three days in a week besides regular supply to domestic and industrial sectors.
To another question, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid informed the House that provision of speedy justice to general public is manifesto of the PML-N Government.
He said that a reforms committee is working on different proposals to improve the judicial system in the country and early disposal of the cases.
He said introduction of evening shifts and increasing the number of judges in the courts is under consideration to provide speedy justice to the masses.
Spokesman to Prime minister Dr. Musadik Malik has said PTI has failed to provide any concrete evidence in Panama Papers case.
Addressing a news conference along with PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad on Monday evening, he said we are fighting the case on solid grounds and the situation will become clear in the coming days.
He said Prime Minister has submitted the details of properties and taxes of three generations. He said the whole money trail of all transactions and all documents regarding Dubai Steel Mills have been submitted in the apex court.
Speaking on the occasion, MNA Daniyal Aziz said PTI leaders should first look towards the corruption they made instead of pointing fingers toward others.
A five-member Larger Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has adjourned the hearing of Panama Papers case till on Tuesday.
Makhdoom Ali Khan, the counsel of the Prime Minister on Monday submitted before the bench details about properties and their settlement amongst family members of the prime minister.
Shahid Hamid, Counsel of Finance Minister Ishaq Dar today completed his arguments while Salman Akram Raja, the counsel of Hasan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz started his arguments.
He pleaded that Hussain Nawaz is the beneficial owner of the London flats and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has no link with these flats.
Salman Akram Raja will continue his arguments tomorrow.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of a nine-year-old girl who was allegedly set on fire by throwing petrol on her.
Her fifty per cent body was burnt and was admitted at Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi where doctors have described her condition as critical.
Taking notice of the issue, the Chief Justice has directed Regional Police Officer, Rawalpindi and District Health Officer, Rawalpindi, to submit report within 48 hours.
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said fourteen Executive Passport Offices will be set up in the country this year.
He said this after inaugurating the Executive Passport Office in Islamabad on Monday.
Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said a number of NADRA mega offices will also become operational in all major cities this year and by March 2017 each district will have its own passport office.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that PML N government has the clear objective to serve the people and up lift their living standard.
Talking to PML(N) district office bearers in Kharan on Monday, he said the government is completing number of projects to overcome energy crisis.
Chairman Privatization Commission Muhammad Zubair is to be appointed as Governor Sindh.
This was confirmed by Muhammad Zubair during an interview with a private TV channel.
The post was left vacant by the demise of Saeed-uz-Zaman Siddiqui earlier this month.
Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Pakistan is investing in energy sector to achieve a constant growth in textile sector.
In an interview with an European Newspaper, New Europe, he said Pakistan's exports have been making their way through international markets including USA and EU since many decades.
The Minister said Pakistan has the whole chain of production including cultivating cotton and sending it up to the cloth factories.
To a question regarding Kashmir issue, he said Kashmiris are facing brutalities at the hand of occupied Indian forces and being killed and blinded.
Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi says Pakistan is pursuing foreign policy goals of achieving a peaceful neighbourhood.
He was talking to a four-member media delegation from Nigeria in Islamabad today.
Syed Tariq Fatemi expressed Pakistan’s desire to enhance relations with African countries. He also apprised the delegation of the Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.
He also briefed the delegation on Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and its commitment to fight this menace.
Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to regional cooperation under the umbrella of SAARC for acceleration of economic and commercial growth.
He was talking to a delegation of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by its President Suraj Vaidya in Islamabad today.
The Adviser recognized the efforts of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry in promoting economic, trade and investment linkages across the region.
He expressed Pakistan's full support for enhancing trade and business amongst the countries of the region.
The President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry assured the commitment of his organization in further strengthening the SAARC.
The Pakistan Railway will commence its largest freight operation tomorrow that is the shipment of coal for the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant.
According to a press release issued by the Railway Headquarters, Lahore, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique will receive the coal-packed train at the Sahiwal Coal Power Plant .
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has stressed the need for proper utilization of natural resources in the province and FATA.
This he said while addressing members of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Peshawar today.
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The federal government has expedited exploration of minerals in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
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Government is utilizing all available resources to provide modern healthcare facilities to people in Balochistan.
Director General Health Services Balochistan told our correspondent in Quetta today that about eighteen billion rupees have been allocated for health sector in the current fiscal year’s budget.
He said special priority is being given to improve medical facilities for maternity at all the health facilities to reduce mortality rate in the province.
Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says Bureau's awareness campaign will continue nationwide this year based on positive feedback it received from all stakeholders.
He said this while chairing a meeting to review progress on NAB's awareness campaign on "SAY NO TO CORRUPTION" in Islamabad today.
Qamar Zaman Chaudhry said that in recent report of Transparency International Pakistan's Corruption Perception Index has improved nine points which is a big achievement for the country due to NAB's efforts.
Radio Pakistan has started work on converting its transmission to state-of- the art DRM Plus technology to make its broadcasts clearer and cost-effective.
Director General, Radio Pakistan Khurshid Malik visited the project at Broadcasting House in Islamabad today where he was briefed about progress on introducing DRM Plus technology.
Under this technology, three channels can be aired from a single transmitter, which will prove cost-effective. This technology enables listeners to get access to text services as well.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is arriving in Islamabad today on three-day visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership over diverse issues.
During the visit, the Palestinian President will have a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif followed by delegation-level talks.
The President of Palestine and the Prime Minister of Pakistan will jointly inaugurate the newly constructed Palestinian embassy complex in the diplomatic enclave, Islamabad.
President Mahmoud Abbas and his delegation will also meet President Mamnoon Hussain and discuss matters of mutual interest..
Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael has strongly condemned the terrorists shooting attacks at a mosque in Quebec City of Canada.
While expressing sympathies with the grieved families, he said that the entire world is facing threats of terrorism and to combat it the menace , is a dire need of time which demands unity and solid polices.
AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan has urged the African countries to support Kashmiris in their internationally recognized right to self determination.
In an interview to Nigerian National Television in Islamabad today, he said that Kashmiris are also struggling for their fundamental rights like people of many African countries.
AJK President said Indian troops are committing massive human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and the entire valley has been turned into a prison.
He lauded the Nigerian government for supporting Pakistan at all international fora including the United Nations.
In Occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani, has said that the puppet regime is implementing RSS agenda by crushing and curbing genuine voices for freedom in the territory.
In a statement in Srinagar, he deplored that even elderly and minors are booked under the draconian law, Public Safety Act to please New Delhi.
He said the law is being used despite that it has been declared dreaded, heartless and unlawful by international community.
Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement Zafar Akbar Butt also addressing a meeting of women workers in Srinagar said that Kashmiri womenfolk have played a central role during the ongoing liberation movement in the territory.
Meanwhile, an anti-India protest demonstration was held at Abi Guzar in Srinagar today.
The Organization of Islamic Conference has expressed grave concern over President Donald Trump's order banning travelers from seven Muslim countries.
In a statement today, OIC warned that such selective and discriminatory acts will only serve the radical narratives of extremists and will provide further fuel to the advocates of violence and terrorism.
It also called upon the United States to reconsider this blanket statement and maintain its moral obligation to provide leadership and hope at a time of great uncertainty and unrest in the world.
President Donald Trump has said that immigration restrictions against seven countries are not about religion and these are only terror related to keep the United States safe.
In a statement, he said this is not a Muslim ban and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression.
Bangladesh has initiated a controversial plan to relocate tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees of Myanmar to a remote island.
According to an official web site, the government has set up a committee ordering authorities to relocate undocumented Myanmar nationals to Thengar Char in the Bay of Bengal.
Some three hundred thousand Rohingya Muslims are living in squalid conditions in refugee camps in Cox's Bazar district.
In Syria, a rebel group Jaish al-Ezza has withdrawn from ceasefire agreement blaming the government and its allies for violations.
In a statement, the group said its decision is in response to heavy bombardment on its positions and surrounding areas in Hama province.
The group also blamed government forces and allied militia for breaching the ceasefire in Wadi Barada near Damascus.
In Yemen, two Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a US drone attack in Shabwa province today.
The officials said the pilot less plane targeted a vehicle travelling in Baihan area.