Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Prime Minister has reaffirmed his commitment to provide conducive environment for development of textile industry.
Islamabad High Court has asked PTI to hold protest at Islamabad's Parade Ground and avoid disturbing public life.
Pakistan says a stable and peaceful Yemen is imperative for regional and international peace.
Kashmiri leadership has warned that frequent skirmishes along the Line of Control can ignite full-fledged war between Pakistan and India.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the government will leave no stone unturned to make Pakistan a secure, peaceful and attractive market for investors.
This he said in a message to the Conference of International Cotton Advisory Committee, in Islamabad today. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar read out the message of the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister said the Government is continuously striving to maintain an investment-friendly environment particularly in textile sector. He said the Government is ensuring infrastructure and provision of facilities and human resource.
The Prime Minister said cotton and textile is lifeline of Pakistan's economy. He said the Government through its policies support textile industry and continue to work for providing conducive environment to make the local industry competitive.
He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would make Pakistan an attractive hub for investment. He said the Government is encouraging investment in textile sector.
The Prime Minister said the goverment is focusing on improving the standard of agricultural products.
In his address to the conference, Ishaq Dar said the government is committed to introduce latest technologies in agriculture sector.
The Finance Minister said the Government has already carried out important amendments in Seed Act of 1976 and the Plant Breeders' Right Bill is under legislation.
He said the government has undertaken various initiatives to facilitate farmers both through budgetary proposals and under Prime Minister's package for farmers.
Dar said economic policies of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have led to macro-economic stability and the now the target is to achieve higher sustainable and inclusive growth.
He said the growth momentum has remained above four percent for the third consecutive year and real GDP was four point seven percent during last financial year. This would have been above five percent but unfortunately failure of cotton crop by nearly thirty percent brought down the rate.
The Finance Minister said revenue has increased by twenty percent annually during the last three years as against just 3.38% in 2013. Foreign exchange reserves are at the highest level of over twenty-four billion dollar providing more than five months' of import cover.
Islamabad High Court has allowed PTI to hold its protest at Parade Ground near Faizabad and go back homes.
Disposing off all petitions filed about the PTI sit-in today, Justice Shaukat Siddiqui asked the administration not to block any road.
Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi has emphasized that a stable and peaceful Yemen is imperative for regional and international peace.
He was talking to newly appointed Ambassador of Yemen to Pakistan Mohammed Motahar Ali-Shabi in Islamabad today.
Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan is deeply concerned over continuing bloodshed and deteriorating security situation in Yemen.
He said Houthis should return to the negotiating table for an amicable settlement of all disputes.
Asian Development Bank has approved 75-million dollars loan for development of Jhimpir wind power project.
The three 50 megawatt wind farms, situated at Jhimpir 100 kilometers northeast of Karachi are expected to be completed by March 2018.
World Cities Day is being observed today with the committment to work together for a planned and sustainable urban life in the wake of rapid growth of population and problems.
This year's theme of the Day is "Inclusive Cities, Shared Development" to highlight the role of urbanization as a source of global development and social inclusion.
In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani has said that civilian killings are part of a well-planned strategy of the puppet authorities.
In a statement issued in Srinagar, he said filling of graveyards with innocent people is a well-planned strategy of the puppet authorities.
Meanwhile, the forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has warned that frequent skirmishes at the Line of Control have the potential to escalate into a full-fledged war between Pakistan and India.
In a statement in Srinagar, the forum said Kashmir dispute remains the core problem between the two countries and global fora across the world can play a role to resolve the dispute between them.
In India, eight prisoners have escaped from a prison in Bhopal by scaling the wall using bed sheets.
According to Police, the prisoners also killed a guard before escaping.
The United Nations says over three hundred million children across the world are suffering from pollution related issues regarding their mental and physical growth.
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in its report released today said air pollution is a major contributing factor in the deaths of around six hundred thousand children under five every year.
UNICEF said about two billion children live in areas where outdoor air pollution exceeds minimum air-quality guidelines set by the World Health Organization.
Report said South Asia has the largest number of children living in such areas at about 620 million, followed by Africa with 520 million.
On the second day of third cricket test at Sharjah against Pakistan, West Indies in their first innings were 38 for 3 at lunch.
Earlier, Pakistan in their first innings were all out for 281.
Pakistan have already won the three-match series 2-nil.