DATE: 01-01-2017                                          


Pakistan says it has been a direct victim of India's state sponsored terrorism.


Islamabad has reaffirmed solidarity with Ankara in the wake of terrorist attack in Istanbul on the eve of new year.


Prime Minister says the world must put up joint fight against terrorism as it is a common enemy.


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


In Indonesia, twenty three people were killed when a boat caught fire near Jakarta on Sunday.





Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says India’s unfounded allegations against Islamabad are in fact aimed at hiding its own terrorist activities in Pakistan. 


Commenting on media reports about failure of Indian move in UN Security Council’s 1267 Sanctions Committee, he said replete with baseless allegations, the Indian proposal had no merit and was aimed at advancing its narrow national agenda.


Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan has been a direct victim of India's state sponsored terrorism and confessions of RAW's agent Kulbhushan Jadhav about his involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan proves this fact.


He said more evidence of India's involvement in terrorism inside Pakistan will also be shared with the United Nations and international community. 


The spokesman reiterated Pakistan's commitment to continue close cooperation with international community in its collective endeavors for elimination of terrorism.


He said Pakistan has made significant contribution and rendered enormous sacrifices in success of international community’s efforts against 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.



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.



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-Hakla-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.



A Levies Force's personnel was martyred in a roadside bomb blast in Mamond tehsil of Bajaur Agency on Sunday.


Local administration officials told Radio Pakistan Bajaur correspondent that the bomb was detonated by remote control.



Work on 870 MW Suki Kinari hydro project in Mansehra will be started soon that will help overcome energy crisis in the country on its completion.


This was stated by Commissioner Hazara Division Muhammad Akbar khan while talking to media after signing of land handing over ceremony of the project.


The project is a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor which is located on Kunhar River in Kaghan valley.


The project is expected to be completed in 2023.



Ministry of National Health Services is taking a number of steps to control tobacco use in the country. 


According to official sources, Tobacco Control Cell of the Ministry arranged four hundred awareness sessions in which twelve thousand persons of Law Enforcement Agencies and general public were trained and sensitized on the subject.


The sources said the Cell is taking demand and supply reduction measures and a number of other steps to control epidemic of tobacco use.


Tobacco use is a single largest preventable cause of death in the world and Pakistan.



Five day special anti-polio drive will be started in Quetta on Monday.


Over four hundred thousand children under five years age will be administered anti-polio vaccination.



Burundi's Environment Minister was assassinated in the capital Bujumbura early on Sunday. 


According to police, fifty four year old Emmanuel Niyonkuru was shot dead by a gunman on his way to home.



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.  



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism martyred over three hundred innocent Kashmiris during the year 2016. 


According to Kashmir Media Service, 39 of those martyred were killed in custody. The killings by the troops rendered 25 women widowed and 58 children orphaned.


Indian paramilitary and police personnel during house raids, crackdowns, firing, pellet and PAVA and teargas shelling subjected 19,011 civilians to torture.


Most of the killings and other incidents of human rights violations took place in the backdrop of killing of renowned commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani by Indian forces on July 8, last year.


In the last month alone, the troops martyred eight Kashmiris including three in custody. 



In Syria, two security personnel have been killed when two suicide bombers detonated their explosives in Tartous city.


Syrian state television reported that the personnel were part of a security patrol that stopped the bombers.  



In Indonesia, twenty three people were killed and dozens injured after a boat caught fire in waters near Jakarta on Sunday.


According to police, the boat had two hundred and forty eight people on board of which more than two hundred were rescued.                          



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.

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