DATE: 01-01-2017                                  


Pakistan has reiterated its continued cooperation to international community in collective endeavors against terrorism.


Significant improvement was witnessed in women's rights in Pakistan during last year.


British government has taken up the issue of using pellet guns in occupied Kashmir with India.


North Korea says it is in final stage to test fire an inter-continental ballistic missile.





Pakistan has made significant contribution and rendered enormous sacrifices in success of international community’s counter-terrorism efforts.


This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria in response to queries regarding media reports on failure of Indian move in the UN Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee.


The Spokesman said we are deeply committed to the common cause of eliminating terrorism and look forward to continuing close cooperation with international community in this collective endeavor.


Nafees Zakaria said India has deployed terrorism as an instrument of state policy, and has been involved in perpetrating, sponsoring, supporting, and financing terrorism.



The spokesman reaffirmed Pakistan's solidarity with Turkey in the wake of new terrorist attack in Istanbul in which thirty nine innocent people were killed.


He said government and people of Pakistan are deeply anguished at this despicable act of terrorism against defenseless people who had gathered for new year celebration. 


The statement also reaffirmed Pakistan`s condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and the country`s support to Turkey in its resolute fight against this menace.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says terrorism is a common enemy and the world needs to put up a joint fight against this menace.


In a statement, the Prime Minister strongly condemned the terrorist attack at Istanbul in Turkey on the eve of new year.


He extended, on behalf of the people and government of Pakistan, heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Turkey over loss of precious human lives in the attack.


The Prime Minister said Pakistani people share the grief of Turkish people and stand by them, in this most painful time.


He said Pakistan itself has suffered great losses of lives and property by terrorism. Nawaz Sharif vowed to continue to ensure all measures for eradication of this menace.



Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq says Pakistan has entered a new year of development, prosperity and stability.


In a message on advent of 2017, he expressed the hope that Pakistan would overcome all challenges.



Significant improvement was witnessed in women's rights in Pakistan during last year.


In an interview, Chairperson National Commission for Status of Women Khawar Mumtaz said, significance of women's rights was staunchly advocated and endorsed at every level with enhanced awareness.


She said the passage of anti honor killing and anti rape bills by Parliament have further strengthened women's rights in the country and provided them utmost security.      



Federal Government has released over forty two billion rupees for different motorways and highways projects under Public Sector Development Programme during first six months of current financial year.


These projects are being executed by National Highways Authority. 


According to Planning Commission, over thirteen billion rupees have been released for 229 kilometers long Lahore-Abdul Hakeem section of Lahore-Karachi motorway. The motorway is an important part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor. 


About six billion rupees have been released for construction of Burhan-Halka-D.I. Khan motorway which is also part of CPEC.


Four billion rupees were released for land acquisition and construction of Sialkot-Lahore motorway during this period.


Similarly, 2.8 billion rupees have been released for widening and improvement of 459 kilometers N-85 Hoshab-Nag-Basima-Surab road.


During this period, three billion rupees were released for Lowari Tunnel and access roads.



The British government has taken up the issue of using pellet guns in Kashmir with India.


Baroness Anelay of St. John’s, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office stated this while responding to a number of written questions submitted by member House of Lords Lord Nazir Ahmed.


Baroness Anelay said that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Alok Sharma discussed the use of pellet guns and alternative methods of crowd control in Kashmir with the Indian government’s representatives in October.


She said we engage with India on human rights matters and will continue to work collaboratively on the promotion and protection of human rights.



Police in Turkey have launched a manhunt for the gunman who killed at least thirty-nine people in a terrorist attack in Istanbul.


Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said sixteen of those killed were foreigners but that only twenty one of the bodies had so far been identified.


He said sixty nine people were in hospital, four of them in a critical condition.



North Korea is set to test-launch an intercontinental ballistic missile. 


This was stated by the country's leader Kim Jong Un in a televised speech.


He said research and development of cutting edge arms equipment is actively progressing and ICBM rocket test launch preparation is in its last stage.



In Indonesia, five people were killed after the fire ripped through a boat carrying tourists to islands north of capital Jakarta on Sunday.


A spokesman of the local police said seventeen people were also injured in the incident. The authorities saved ninety eight people in a rescue operation.

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