PM says Pakistan will never leave struggling Kashmiris at mercy of brutal Indian forces
Nawaz Sharif urges the PML-N leaders to focus their energies for the development and progress of Azad Kashmir.
He congratulated PML-N candidates Sardar Abdul Khaliq Wassi and Chaudhry Muhammad Siddiq for their victory in Azad Kashmir Council elections. He said Pakistan will not forget the people of Kashmir, who are facing brute Indian atrocities to achieve their birth right to self-determination. Meanwhile, in an interview, Pakistan's High Commissioner to New Dehli, Abdul Basit said UNHRC and OIC have expressed concerns over gross human rights violations in IOK by Indian forces.
General Bajwa visits LoC- “Pakistani troops will respond with 'full force' to Indian ceasefire violations”: COAS
Army Chief was given a detailed briefing about prevailing security situation at LOC in view of recent violations and escalation by Indian troops. According to ISPR, Qamar Bajwa appreciated troops for their operational readiness and befitting response given to unprovoked Indian firing in violation of cease fire agreement. "Indian aggressive posture solely aims to divert attention of the world from atrocities being committed by their troops in Indian occupied Kashmir. Core issue of Kashmir will have to be resolved between the two countries in the line with UN resolutions and aspirations of the people of Kashmir, for lasting peace in the region."- Army Chief
President calls for exchange of delegations with Bosnia-Herzegovina in diverse fields to further expand bilateral cooperation
He was talking to Ambassador-designate to Bosnia Herzegovina Lt General (Retd) Saleem Nawaz, who called on him in Islamabad. The President urged for increase in the number of exchange delegations in the fields of education, culture and other fields. The President also asked for giving scholarship to Bosnian students in Pakistani universities and institutions of higher learning. President Mamnoon expressed good wishes for the new ambassador and prayed for his success in his new assignment.
ADB, Australia agree to provide special grant to Pakistan for NDRM
Asian Development Bank will provide 200 million US dollars, while Australia will extend grant of 4.5 million Australian dollars for National Disaster Risk Management (NDRM) to Pakistan.
Agreements to this effect were signed in Islamabad. Speaking on the occasion, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said Pakistan is to establish a new Public Limited Company for the purpose of better management of future disasters. Later, while addressing National Security Workshop, he said the economy of the country has been improved and strengthened due to the prudent policies of the government.
Pakistan and China vow to forge deeper strategic ties
Pakistan and China have reaffirmed commitment to continue efforts for forging deeper strategic ties. The resolve came during a meeting between Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Rawalpindi.
Both the leaders discussed bilateral cooperation and various facets of "Iron Brothers" relationship between the two countries.
PIA rejects news reports regarding Premier Service
Spokesman of PIA has clarified that impression being given by a segment of media about PIA Premier is not correct. In a statement, the spokesman said the brand new Airbus A-330 which PIA acquired in August this year for starting PIA Premier, was obtained in a transparent manner, strictly in accordance with PPRA rules and on market price. It has played an important role in PIA's regaining passenger confidence and in improving its brand image. PIA Premier has also played a key role in PIA's regaining its market share both internationally as well as domestically, which increased by 22% on domestic flights and 3% on international sectors during the current year.
Pakistan conveys condolences to Cuba over death of Fidel Castro Ruz
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz visited Cuban Embassy in Islamabad to convey condolences to the government and people of Cuba on the sad passing away of their Historical Leader of the Revolution. Signing the condolence book, the Adviser noted that Dr. Castro was an iconic leader, not only deeply admired and revered by the people of Cuba but also inspired millions across the globe with his passion for less fortunate in the society and strong faith in his people. The Adviser further noted that Dr. Fidel Castro Ruz will be particularly missed in Pakistan for the great humanitarian work and for putting Pakistan-Cuba relationship on strong foundation.
The main opposition parties in South Korea announced to push for a vote next week on President Park Geun-hye's impeachment
The opposition had earlier planned to call for a vote this week. The largest opposition Democratic Party announced in Seoul that it would not negotiate with President Park's party on her proposal to step down and the only way left to go is impeachment under the constitution. Earlier, President Park had offered to leave office if parliament arranges a safe transfer of power.
1,959 members of Iraqi forces killed in November: UN
The United Nations said at least 1,959 members of the Iraqi security forces were killed across the country in last month. It is almost three times the figure for October, when the government launched a major offensive to retake the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State. The number of civilians killed in last month was 926, while 930 others were injured.
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