PM, Interior Minister discuss overall political situation

Interior Minister Syed Mohsin Raza Naqvi called on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore today. The exchanged Eid greetings and good wishes with each other. The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction at the law and order situation in the country on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. Overall political situation in the country also came under discussion during the meeting. Source: Radio Pakistan

Ahsan calls for Institutional resolve to discourage chaos, anarchy

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has called upon state institutions to exhibit greater determination in keeping chaos and anarchy far from the country. Addressing a reception hosted in his honor in Jeddah, he said that every institution of the country will have to ensure that chaos and anarchy cannot be allowed anymore. The Minister said that the stock market had crossed the seventy thousand points barrier, which was a testimony that the economy was heading in the right direction. Ahsan Iqbal said Saudi Arabia and other Gulf-friendly countries were going to invest billions of dollars in Pakistan and urging overseas Pakistanis to play the role of 'sales agents' while staying there and fill the markets with Pakistani products. Source: Radio Pakistan

PM lauds Army, Police for ensuring law and order during Eid

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has commended Pakistan Army and personnel of Police and other security agencies for ensuring law and order in the country on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. In a statement, the Prime Minister was appreciative of steps taken by the officers and soldiers of Pakistan Army, the Inspector Generals of Police of the four provinces, the heads of the security agencies and the officers of the administration. He said the officers and personnel of the Pakistan Army and security agencies have rendered immense sacrifices for the establishment of law and order in the country. The Prime Minister said the entire nation salutes the officers and personnel of the Pakistan Army, Police, Security agencies and Administration who are assigned to perform their duties away from their loved ones on the occasion of Eid. Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan, Kuwait reaffirm desire to strengthen bilateral ties

Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah called Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and extended warm greetings to him on the auspicious occasion of Eid ul Fitr. During their conversation, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked the leadership of Kuwait for their messages of felicitations on his re-election. He recalled the historically cordial and brotherly ties between Pakistan and Kuwait and reaffirmed Pakistan's resolve to further strengthen the bilateral relationship with a view to securing mutual benefit for the peoples of both countries. In this regard, the Prime Minister emphasized the need to enhance economic and trade ties between Pakistan and Kuwait and assured the Kuwaiti side that the successful and timely implementation of the agreements and MoUs signed by the two sides last year would be ensured. The two leaders also prayed for peace and prosperity of their two nations, unity among the ranks of the Ummah, and, most importantly, for an end to Israeli atrocities against the inno cent Palestinians in Gaza. The Kuwaiti Prime Minister conveyed his best wishes for the people of Pakistan and reaffirmed his country's desire to strengthen and deepen its cooperative partnership with Pakistan. Source: Radio Pakistan

17 dead as devotees’ truck falls into ditch in Hub, Balochistan

Seventeen people have been killed and fifty others injured after a truck carrying pilgrims plunged into a ravine in the Hub district of Balochistan. The truck was en route to the Shah Noorani shrine in Khuzdar from Thatta. President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif have expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human lives in the tragic accident at Shah Noorani. Commiserating with the bereaved families, the President prayed for the departed souls. The Prime Minister, while condoling with the families, prayed for the departed souls and the early recovery of those injured in the accident. He directed to provide all possible medical treatment to the injured. Meanwhile, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah attended the funeral prayers of seventeen people at village Qasim Jokhio in Thatta this afternoon. He met with the heirs and children of the deceased and expressed his sorrow over the loss of precious lives. He said that the Sindh government would take care of the he irs of the deceased and injured people. Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Railways lauded for excellent initiative for families in KP

The people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have called an initiative of Pakistan Railways for launching Safari Tourists train from Peshawar Cantt Railways Station to Attock Khurd as an excellent and revolutionary step. The Safari Train will start its journey from Peshawar Cantt which will reach Attock Khurd via Peshawar City, Nowshera, and Jahangira. The ancient bridge of Attock Khurd and the museum built at the railway station added to the historical significance of this trip. The main objective of this tourist train is to promote tourism and introduce the passengers to the wonderful heritage. During the journey, the Safari Train will pass through the tunnels of Khairabad and Attock Khurd and cross the old iron girder bridge over the Indus River to reach the historical heritage site of Attock Khurd. This Safari train will depart from Peshawar Cantt on Sunday at nine in the morning. Source: Radio Pakistan

Pak Army celebrates Eid-ul-Fitr with local people in North, South Waziristan

In North and South Waziristan, Pakistan Army and the local people celebrated Eid-ul-Fitr together with great enthusiasm. Several events were organized in this regard. Tribal elders, local people and children participated in regional dance and sports competitions. Pakistan Army distributed books, toys and other gifts amongst the children. Jirgas were also held between Pakistan Army and local leaders for long-lasting peace in North and South Waziristan. Source: Radio Pakistan