Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
In a telephonic conversation with the Prime Minister, US President-elect has offered to play a role for resolution of Pakistan's outstanding issues.
Prime Minister says CPEC will transform socio-economic landscape of Pakistan by bringing prosperity to the people.
Finance Minister directs to take strict measures against criminal elements involved in the smuggling of gold and currency.
Army Chief says the war against terrorism will continue till its logical conclusion.
The Rabi-ul-Awwal moon has been sighted.
Hurriyet leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq says a just solution to Kashmir dispute is legal and moral responsibility of the United Nations.
International Cricket Council has cleared bowling action of Pakistani right arm off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif telephoned US President-elect Donald Trump and felicitated him on his victory.
During the telephonic conversation, Donald Trump said he is ready to play any role that Pakistan wants him to do to find solutions to the outstanding problems. He said it will be an honor and he will personally do it.
Donald Trump said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has a very good reputation, and he is doing amazing work, which is visible in every way. He is looking forward to meet the Prime Minister soon.
On being invited to visit Pakistan by the Prime Minister, the US president-elect said he would love to visit fantastic country, fantastic place of fantastic people.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects will transform the socio-economic landscape of Pakistan and improve living standards of the people.
He was chairing a meeting to review progress on CPEC, in Islamabad today.
The Prime Minister said the government's endeavors have started yielding substantive results. He said China has proven to be real friend of the people, State and the government of Pakistan. He said the energy projects under CPEC have provided an impetus to the energy roadmap of the country.
While highlighting the significance of CPEC, the Prime Minister said this strategic economic initiative of Pakistan is attracting the world in general and regional countries in particular. He said the CPEC has changed the negative security narrative into an exceedingly positive economic narrative for Pakistan.
He said the success of CPEC has been instrumental for increased international investments in Pakistan.
The meeting was briefed about energy projects under the CPEC including Coal, Hydel, Wind, Solar, LNG as well as power transmission lines besides Gwadar Port.
Meanwhile, chairing another meeting in Islamabad, the Prime Minister said all areas of the country will be connected with six and four-lane motorways.
Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar briefed the meeting about the status of work on major road projects being executed simultaneously across the country.
The meeting was informed that an investment of one thousand billion rupees has been made by the present government for construction of state of the art road networks.
Prime Minister said that during the current financial year, 334 billion rupees have been allocated for construction of major roads network compared to a mere 65 billion rupees annual allocation made during the previous government.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has directed the agencies concerned to take strict measures against criminal elements involved in the smuggling of gold and currency.
Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, he said action will be taken against forex and bullion smuggling, which is detrimental to the interest of Pakistan.
The Minister asked FIA, IB, Custom Intelligence and State Bank of Pakistan to keep strict vigilance in this regard.
The government has revised the petroleum prices for the next month.
Addressing news conference in Islamabad this evening, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said the prices of kerosene oil and light diesel oil have been kept unchanged, while petrol and high speed diesel prices have been increased.
He said petrol prices have been increased by two rupees per liter against OGRA's proposal for 4.01 rupees per liter. Similarly, high speed diesel price has been increased by 2.70 rupees per liter against OGRA's proposal for 5.41 rupees per liter.
Ishaq Dar said the government will bear the addition burden of over four billion rupees.
Five more coal fired power plants would be set up in block -II of Thar by December 2021, which would increase the production capacity of coal-based electricity to around 3000 Megawatt.
This was told by Chief Executive Officer of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company Shamsudin Ahmed Sheikh while talking to a group of journalists from Islamabad at Islamkot, Tharparkar today.
He said the coal mining projects cost is 845 million US dollar.
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says defence and security of Pakistan against external and internal threats will remain his ultimate objective.
He was speaking to troops in North Waziristan today during his first visit to field formations after taking over command of Pakistan Army.
The Army Chief said war against terrorism will continue with focused approach, and it will be taken to its logical conclusion.
Earlier, the Chief of Army Staff visited Corps Headquarters Peshawar.
The National Assembly passed a unanimous resolution condemning ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and gross human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir by Indian troops.
The resolution urged the international community to take notice of the atrocities being perpetrated by the Indian forces on the people of Kashmir.
It strongly denounced escalation of tension by India on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary calling it an effort to divert the world attention from the grave situation in Occupied Kashmir.
The resolution also condemned the continued unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces on the Line of Control and Working Boundary resulting in the loss of innocent human lives, including women and children.
The resolution said India's lack of cooperation and limited access to UN Military Observers Group to fulfill its mandate like monitoring of ceasefire violations on LoC is appalling.
In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq says the United Nations is legally, and morally bound to resolve the long-pending dispute .
In a statement in Srinagar, he deplored silence of the western world over grave human rights situation in occupied territory. He said that only a just and an amicable resolution of the Kashmir dispute could ensure durable peace in South Asia.
He expressed concern over the continued tension between Pakistan and India along the Line of Control .
Rabi ul Awwal moon has been sighted.
This was announced by Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee Mufti Munibur Rehman after chairing a meeting of the committee in Islamabad this evening.
The 12th Rabi ul Awwal will be on Monday, the 12th of the next month.
The United Nations Security Council has imposed new sanctions on North Korea aim to cut its annual export revenue by more than a quarter in response to Pyongyang's fifth and largest nuclear test in September.
The 15-member council unanimously adopted a resolution that cuts North Korean coal exports by 60 percent with an annual cap of over 400 million dollar, on sales. It also bans the export of copper, nickel, silver, zinc and statues.
The International Cricket Council has cleared the bowling action of Pakistani right arm off-spinner Muhammad Hafeez.
He was banned from bowling in international cricket for 12 months in July 2015 suspected bowling action.
Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.
However, cloudy weather conditions with chances of light rain and snowfall over the hill are expected at isolated places of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.
Shallow foggy conditions are likely to prevail in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.