Minister for Planning says modern agricultural machinery will be provided to the farmers on easy installments.


Turkey will provide ten million dollars to Pakistan for rehabilitation of displaced people in tribal areas and affectees of 2014 floods.


Pakistan has urged international community to take notice of Indian brutalities against innocent people in Occupied Kashmir.


The United States has conducted successful test of missile defence system by intercepting intercontinental ballistic missile.


The ICC Champions Trophy begins at Oval tomorrow.





Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the government has introduced special packages for well-being of farmers.


Talking to a delegation of farmers in Islamabad, he said self-sufficiency in agriculture produce is top priority of the government as it is the backbone of country's economy.


He said Prime Minister's package of 180 billion rupees for agriculture yielded positive results, and efforts are being made to increase exports of this sector.


The Minister said modern machinery will be provided to farmers on easy installments to bring innovation in this sector.



Commerce Minister Khurram Dastagir says the politics of baseless and false allegations is not a good sign for democracy.


In an interview with PTV, he asked PTI chief Imran Khan to present himself for accountability and produce evidence regarding purchase of Bani Gala land and foreign funding case filed against him.



Spokesman to the Prime Minister Dr Musadik Malik says Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan has failed to provide 10-year old money trail for purchase of Bani Gala land and party's foreign funding.


In an interview, he advised Imran Khan and his party to better serve the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa rather than criticizing other parties.


Dr. Musadik said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz defeated PTI in all the by-elections, AJK and GB polls, as well as local body elections.



Turkey will provide ten million dollars to Pakistan for rehabilitation of temporarily displaced persons in tribal areas and affectees of 2014, floods.


An agreement to this effect was signed by Turkish Ambassador Sadik Babur Girgin and Economic Affairs Secretary Tariq Mahmood in Islamabad.


Under the agreement, the amount will be equally spent on rehabilitation of internally displaced people of tribal areas and the flood affectees.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the measures taken by the Punjab Government for promotion of education sector are bearing fruits.


He was chairing a high level meeting in Lahore, to review the proposed plan to improve the teachers training programme.


He said enhancing the professional capacity of teachers is among the top priorities of the Punjab Government.


The Chief Minister directed formation of a high level Committee to review the proposed plan and present its recommendations. 



National Assembly Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says Pakistan would vigorously pursue Indian agent Kulbhushan Jadhev's case in the International Court of Justice.


In an interview with PTV, he said Pakistan's legal team would have a meeting with the ICJ president to discuss the modus operandi regarding the case.


Ayaz Sadiq said the legal team would also discuss the appointment of Pakistan's ad hoc judge.



Pakistan says it will continue to work with the Unites States for elimination of terrorism from the region.


This was stated by Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhary while talking to Commander CENTCOM  General Joseph Votel, during his visit to US Central Command Department in Florida.  


The two sides discussed bilateral defence cooperation and maritime security.


Aizaz Chaudhary said Pakistan has a strong commitment to promote regional stability.



Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says Indian brutalities against unarmed civilians cannot suppress the struggle for independence in occupied Kashmir.


In an interview, he said the movement for right to self-determination in occupied Kashmir is indigenous.


He said the international community should take notice of the brutalities being perpetrated against innocent people in occupied Kashmir.


The Spokesperson said Pakistan has effectively raised the Kashmir issue at world fora and the world community now understands the situation.



The United States has conducted successful test of missile defence system by intercepting intercontinental ballistic missile.


The US Missile Defense Agency said a ground-based interceptor was launched at a California air base that shot down a mock ballistic missile fired from the Marshall Islands.


The missile defence system is considered to be a major milestone for a program to defend against a mounting North Korean threat.



In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in has ordered a probe into installation of four more launchers for the controversial US THAAD anti-missile system the country.


According to a presidential spokesman, Moon Jae-in termed it very shocking that the four additional launchers were installed without being reported to the new South Korean government or to the public.


During his election campaign President Moon had called for a parliamentary review of the deployment of THAAD system in the country.



The United States has begun supply of small arms to Kurdish militants fighting against the Islamic State group in northern Syria.


Pentagon said the weapons' transfer has begun ahead of an offensive to recapture, Raqa which is the last major bastion of IS in Syria.


Turkey considers the Kurdish fighters in Syria as an extension of PKK terrorist group and is strongly opposed to weapons' supply to them by the United States.



The United Nations has launched 75.5-million dollars appeal to tackle a swelling humanitarian and migration crisis in Libya.


The UN's High Commissioner for Refugees said the funds would be used for providing essential services to displaced people, refugees and asylum-seekers.



The United Nations says Yemen is facing total social, economic and institutional collapse.


The world body's top humanitarian coordinator Stephen O'Brien told the UN Security Council that Yemen is in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, with almost seven million people on the brink of famine.


He said urgent action is required to cope with the situation.



At least fifty-eight migrants, including children, have been killed in the Mediterranean over the weekend while trying to reach Italy.


More than one hundred migrants are still missing.


About ten thousand people were rescued off the coast of Libya during last four days in major rescue operations.



World No Tobacco Day is being observed today, to highlight the negative impacts of tobacco use on human health and suggest steps for its prevention.


This year's theme for the day is "Tobacco- a threat to development."


On the occasion, World Health Organization has called on governments to implement strong tobacco control measures.



The ICC Champions Trophy begins at Oval tomorrow.


The first match of the tournament in Group A will be played between host England and Bangladesh.


Pakistan will play their first match in Group B against arch-rivals India on Sunday at Birmingham.



Rain with thunderstorm lashed different cities of the country including Islamabad, Rawalpindi on Tuesday evening.


Islamabad received eight millimeter rain, Rawalpindi twelve, Saidu Sharif two, Sialkot and Gujrat six millimeter each, Bahawalnagar five, Murree three, Sahiwal, Toba Tek Singh and Jhang two, Rawalakot three, Kotli two, Muzaffarabad fifteen, Gari Dupata eight, Balakot and Kohat one millimeter each.      



Dust-thunderstorm rain with gusty wind is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Bannu divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.


Hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in other parts of the country.


Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-


Islamabad twenty-one degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five, Karachi thirty, Peshawar thirty-one, Quetta eighteen, Gilgit twenty-six, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad nineteen degree centigrade.

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