DATE: 03-07-2017                           


Prime Minister says the armed forces are fully prepared to counter any threat.


Hassan Nawaz recorded his statement before JIT probing Panama papers case on Monday.   


The government has issued notification revising Basic Pay Scales and Allowances as per announced in the budget.


Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations has urged world powers to help resolve Kashmir and Palestine issues.


US President held telephonic conversation with Saudi, UAE and Qatar leaders discussing the Gulf crisis.





Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistan's armed forces are fully capable to promptly respond to any threat.


He was talking to Air Chief Sohail Aman who called on him in Islamabad on Monday.


The Prime Minister praised the professionalism of Pakistan Air Force.


Matters pertaining to PAF development strategy and future goals were also discussed.


The Air Chief briefed the prime minister about operational preparedness of the Air Force, particularly the training aspects.


Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar and Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz were also present on the occasion.                                



Hassan Nawaz appeared on Monday before the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama papers case and recorded his statement.


It was the third time that he appeared before the investigation team.


Later talking to the media-men, Hassan Nawaz said he has submitted all the relevant documents relating to his business in Britain. He said these documents include all information including his bank accounts and loans.


Hassan Nawaz said he has been doing business in Britain for the last fifteen years and the British authorities have not accused him of any wrongdoing.


He said we will respond to all queries but justice should be done in the case.


Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has also arrived at Judicial Academy to appear before the JIT.


Hussain Nawaz will appear before the JIT on Tuesday while Marriyum Nawaz on Wednesday.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Punjab Chief Minister have already recorded their statements before the investigation team.


The JIT is expected to present its final report to the Supreme Court on the tenth of this month.                             



Talking to the media persons outside the Federal Judicial Academy, PML (N) senior leader Asif Kirmani said the family of the prime minister has submitted attested documents before the JIT.


He noted that the report of the JIT will remain incomplete as long as it does not record the statement of the Qatari prince.


He said Qatari prince has repeatedly invited JIT to record his statement.



Minister of State for Religious Affairs Pir Amin-ul-Hassnat has urged religious scholars to play their role in promotion of sectarian harmony in the country.


He was addressing a meeting of National Ulema Council in Islamabad on Monday.


He said the terrorists have no religion or sect.


Deploring Parachinar incident, he said certain elements are hatching conspiracy to impede the development process in the country.  


In his address, National Security Adviser Nasser Janjua said Parachinar incident has aggrieved the entire nation.



Federal Government has issued formal notification for revision of Basic Pay Scales and Allowances as announced by the Finance Minister in his budget speech.


The revised scales applicable to civil employees of the Federal Government and those paid out of civil estimates and the defence estimates would be effective from first of this month.



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has suspended the DIG Jail Ashraf Nizamani and the area SHO over the escape of two prisoners belonging to a banned outfit from Central Jail Karachi.


He was presiding a high level meeting to review security arrangements of Central Jails of the province in Karachi on Monday.


The Chief Minister sought detail inquiry report from IG CTD regarding the incident. 



Sindh government has issued directives for installation of bio-metric System in all government hospitals of the province to ensure presence of employees.


Official sources told Radio Pakistan's Karachi correspondent lists of ghost employees have also been sought from all districts and Taluka hospitals.


All hospitals have also been directed to install CCTV cameras to monitor provision of medical facilities to the patients on daily basis.



Five thousand families of Temporarily Displaced Persons comprising thirty thousand individuals have returned to their native areas in North Waziristan Agency from Afghanistan.


Official sources told our Peshawar correspondent that they were provided all necessary assistance, including food items.


They said the remaining one hundred and seventy TDPs families will soon return from Afghanistan.


These people had shifted to Afghanistan after Zarb-e-Azb operation against terrorists in 2014.  



Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi has urged the major powers to help resolve Kashmir and Palestine issues.


In an interview to the London-based Alquds Alarabi Newspaper, she said big powers are obstacles in the way of peaceful solution of these issues, which are reflective of deteriorating situation in the region.


She said in Indian occupied Kashmir, the human rights violations are unprecedented in scope and intensity and these atrocities have been condemned by international media.


On Palestine issue, the Security Council has continuously endorsed a two-state solution.



In Occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference has termed the notice issued by New Delhi’s Enforcement Directorate to APHC Chairman Syed Ali Gilani and his colleagues as unjustified.


An APHC spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said the move is an attempt to pressurize and intimidate Syed Ali Gilani and the resistance leadership.


The Enforcement Directorate had served a notice on Syed Ali Gilani and others in a fifteen-year-old fake case. However, no foreign exchange was recovered from Gilani’s house in the raid of 2002.


The APHC said the notice is a pressure tactic aimed at deterring the pro-freedom people from advocating their just cause.



US President Donald Trump held telephonic discussion with Saudi, UAE and Qatar leaders discussing the Gulf crisis.


He spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz, Abu Dhabi's crown prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani.


He urged need for unity in the region to accomplish goals of the Riyadh Summit.



U.S. President Donald Trump has discussed North Korean issue with Chinese and Japanese leaders over telephone.


In a statement, White House said Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed their commitment to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.


The US President and Japanese Prime Minister reaffirmed that the United States-Japan Alliance stands ready to respond to any threat or action taken by North Korea



Beijing has called the presence of a US warship near a disputed island in the South China Sea a serious political and military provocation.


It claimed that The USS Stethem sailed within the territorial limits of Triton Island.


The United States has repeatedly warned China against its occupation of islands in disputed waters, but Beijing says it has sovereign rights over these islands.



In Indonesian, eight people have been killed and five injured in a helicopter crash in central Java.



In Germany, seventeen people were killed and thirty-one injured when a coach burst into flames after colliding with a lorry on a motorway in Bavaria state on Monday.



The thirty-eight death anniversary of legendary Punjabi folk singer Alam Lohar is being observed on Monday. He was born in 1928 and died on 3rd July, 1979.


Alam Lohar is famous for his rendition of Waris Shah's Heer, which he had memorized in 36 styles and forms.


Alam Lohar was also honoured with Pakistan's highest Pride of Performance Award in 1979.



Radio Pakistan in its national hook-up at 1605 hours on Monday will air special feature in connection with the death anniversary of "AALAM LOHAR".

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