DATE: 03-10-2016


The nation, political leadership, and armed forces have assured continued support to Kashmiris and vowed to defend motherland against heinous Indian designs.


Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing at Neza Pir and Kailer sectors on the Line of Control on Monday.


In Occupied Kashmir, normal life remained crippled by curfew and other restrictions for the 87th consecutive day on Monday.


Prime Minister has convened a meeting on Tuesday to discuss National Action Plan against terrorism.


Senate has demanded construction of 250 kilometre road from Sir Creek to Karachi to check sea intrusion.


Chairman Senate says democracy is vital for the progress and prosperity of the country.


Pakistan and Belarus have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in energy sector. 


In Syria, an unspecified number of people were killed when two suicide bombers blew themselves up in Hama city on Monday.





The nation, political leadership, and armed forces have assured continued support to Kashmiris and vowed to defend motherland against heinous Indian designs.


This resolve was expressed in a joint statement issued after a meeting of leaders of political parties convened by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad on Monday.


It condemned the recent unprovoked Indian aggression and repeated ceasefire violations that pose a threat to regional peace and security.


The political leaders rejected Indian efforts to shift the focus from its brutal atrocities to suppress the indigenous uprising of the Kashmiri people for liberation from Indian occupation, to false claims of terrorism across the LoC.


They also rejected the Indian government’s ridiculous claims that Kashmir is an integral part of India.


The political leadership also condemned Indian documented interference in Balochistan to destabilise Pakistan.


The leaders regretted Indian designs to scuttle all diplomatic efforts for bilateral and multilateral dialogue, including the refusal to engage constructively at the SAARC forum.


They also slammed Indian intent to use water as a weapon against the people, not only of Pakistan but of the region, in flagrant violation of its international obligations.


They said any Indian attempts unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty shall be taken as an act of aggression.


The leadership urged the international community, especially the P5, to take concrete steps for implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions to grant right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people.


They expressed the resolve to stand resolute and united in the face of external aggression and all threats to regional peace and security.                        



Earlier addressing the meeting, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the government will make relentless efforts to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people at every international forum with the support of all political parties.


The Prime Minister said the political leadership stands united on matters of national importance, particularly the Kashmir cause and Indian threats. He noted that Kashmiris' movement cannot be suppressed by the Indian brutalities. He said Kashmiris' struggle for their right to self-determination is legitimate and UNSC mandated. He said Kashmiris and Pakistanis are inseparable.


Nawaz Sharif thanked the political leaders for their valuable inputs and suggestions, saying the government will try to implement them as much as possible.                     



Leaders of the political parties while appreciating meeting of have strongly condemned Indian aggression on Line of Control and human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.



Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing at Neza Pir and Kailer sectors on the Line of Control on Monday.


According to ISPR, Pakistani forces gave befitting response to the Indian firing. 



Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif visited Headquarters of Strike Corps Mangla on Monday.


On this occasion, DG Military Operations also accompanied him.


Army Chief reviewed operational preparedness of Corps.                        



In occupied Kashmir, normal life remained crippled due to shutdown and enforcement of curfew and other restrictions for the 87th consecutive day, on Monday.


Police and paramilitary forces were deployed in strength in all major cities and market places to prevent anti-India and pro-freedom rallies and protests in the territory.


In a statement in Srinagar, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that India continued to punch the Kashmiris economically, breaking open the houses, destroying everything even the household items, burning food grains, damaging the fruit-laden trucks and blocking their entry to the Valley.


Meanwhile, Indian police during its continued crackdown operations arrested more than 60 people and slapped draconian Pubic Safety Act.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will chair a meeting on National Action Plan in Islamabad on Tuesday.


All Provincial Chief Ministers including CM Gilgit-Baltistan will attend the meeting.


Advisor on National Security Nasser Janjua Will brief the meeting.                             



Meanwhile, National Security Committee will also meet in Islamabad on Tuesday with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the chair.


They meeting will review the situation on Line of Control.


The continued atrocities of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir will also came under discussion.


The meeting will be attended by Advisers on Foreign Affairs and National Security, Foreign Secretary, Services Chiefs, DG ISI and Ministers of Defence, Interior, Information and Finance.


All Chief Ministers will also attend the meeting at special invitation.                      



Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that his government is striving hard to implement the National Action Plan in true letter and spirit in the province.


He said this while presiding over a meeting in Karachi to review the implementation of Apex Committee decisions regarding National Action Plan.


The Chief Minister expressed his satisfaction on the progress of the NAP in Sindh and said improvement is needed on prosecution side.



The Senators have called upon the federal and provincial governments to take effective steps for development of agriculture sector in the country.


They were speaking during discussion in the Senate on a motion moved by Taj Haider regarding the multiple problems being faced by agricultural sector.


The members said that the agriculture sector is facing a number of problems including shortage of water, poor quality seeds, insufficient fertilizer supply and lack of best quality pesticides.


They said in order to meet the water shortage, more big and small dams should be constructed all over the country.


The Senators said there is also great need of land reforms to meet the challenges being faced by the agriculture sector.


Winding up discussion on the motion, Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan called upon the provincial governments to join hands with the federal government to address the challenges being faced by agriculture sector.


He said that under the 18th amendment 30 billion rupees out of 32 billion rupees have been transferred to the provinces and they should use the funds for uplift of the agriculture sector.


The Minister said the federal government has announced Prime Minister's Kissan Package for providing relief to the growers.           



Speaking on a motion moved by Muhammad Ateeq Shaikh regarding the rights of tax filers, Minister for Law Zahid Hamid said that there are 19 provisions under which filers have benefits over the non-filers.


He said the FBR has issued a list of top taxpayers. He said they are issued special cards under which special privileges have been announced for them.



Speaking on a motion moved by Azam Khan Swati regarding transparency in development of Housing Schemes by the Ministry of Housing, Minister for Housing Akram Khan Durrani said that the government will construct ten thousand flat for the government employees.


He said in Islamabad's F-14 and F-15, ten thousand kanals of land has been acquired that will be used for government housing project.


Three resolutions were passed in the House on Monday.


The first resolution which was moved by Chaudhry Tanvir Khan felicitated Pakistan cricket team on the achievement of number one position in Test cricket rankings.


The second resolution recommended to the government to give incentives to local car manufacturers to boost up production of low priced vehicles in the country.


The third resolution moved by Sassui Palijo recommended to the government to construct a 250 kilometer highway along the coast from Sir Creek to Karachi to serve as a wall against sea intrusion.


Two bills were also introduced in the House on Monday.


They include: "The Protection of Economic Reforms (Amendment) Bill, 2016" and "The Corporate Rehabilitation Bill, 2015".                   



Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has said that democracy is vital for the progress and prosperity of the country.


Addressing a function in Islamabad on Monday, he said the passage of 18th amendment has strengthened federation.   


He emphasized the need for further strengthening upper house of the parliament.



The National Assembly on Monday passed three bills.


These are "Central Law Officers (Amendment) Bill, 2016", "The Legal Practitioners and Bar Councils (Amendment) Bill, 2016" and "The Code of Civil Procedure (Amendment) Bill, 2016".


The bills were moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid.



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq has accepted the resignation of MNA Abdul Hakeem Baloch who had been elected from NA-258 Karachi on PML-N ticket. 


After the acceptance of the resignation, the Speaker declared that NA-258 constituency seat stand vacant.



The National Assembly resumed discussion on report of the FATA Reforms Committee.


Taking part in the debate, Syed Naveed Qamar said no reforms should be made without the consent of the people of FATA.


He said federal government can implement all laws of the settled areas in FATA through a notification.


Similarly, he added that jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and the High Court can be extended immediately.


Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao said the people of FATA should be given representation in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in upcoming general elections of 2018.             



Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko is arriving in Islamabad on Tuesday on three day visit to hold talks with Pakistani leadership on host of issues of mutual interest.


This is the second visit by Alexander Lukashenko to Pakistan in 16 months.


The two countries are expected to sign a number of important agreements and MoUs during the visit.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and President Lukashenko will inaugurate the "Fourth Pakistan-Belarus Business and Investment Forum" in Islamabad on Wednesday. 


A 23-member business delegation from Belarus is already in Pakistan to explore mutually beneficial business opportunities through business to business deals with Pakistani counterparts.                           



Pakistan and Belarus have agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in energy sector.


Consensus to this effect was reached at a meeting between Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Deputy Prime Minister of Republic of Belarus Vladimir Semashko in Islamabad on Monday.


Issues of mutual interest at regional and international level also came under the discussion.



Pakistan is keen to expand its inter-parliamentary relations with all the European countries including Czech Republic.


This was stated by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq while talking to Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Pakistan in Islamabad on Monday. 


He underlined the need for a robust trade and economic partnership for genuine development in the region and beyond.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq expressed the desire to intensify cooperation with the Czech Republic in the areas of defence, energy, education, culture, infrastructure and industries.


Ambassador of the Czech Republic said that his country acknowledges Pakistan's aspiration for regional peace and security.                                     



Pakistan Railways has launched officially the Electronic-ticketing system to facilitate the passengers for booking their seats on line.


The system was inaugurated by Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq in a ceremony held at the railways headquarters in Lahore on Monday.


Addressing the media, he said that the government has taken many practical measures for the development of the Pakistan Railways.


He said that the E-Ticketing system has initially been launched for five trains including Green Line.



The News and Current Affairs Channel has launched a new two hours morning show titled “Subah Bakhair Pakistan” to be broadcast daily from 08:10 hrs to 10:00 hrs from Monday to Friday.


The morning show is aimed at informing and educating millions of listeners of Radio Pakistan about the latest happenings on the national and international scene.



Balochistan Governor Muhammad Khan Achakzai has said government is focusing on promotion of education sector, as it is key to progress and prosperity.


He said this while talking to a delegation of Vice Chancellors of public sector universities in Quetta on Monday.


The delegation apprised the Governor about the functing of their respective universities.


The Governor assured them to extend fullest cooperation in addressing various problems being faced by the universities.



Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is taking keen interest to resolve the problems of tribal people.


He was talking to member of Pakistan Engineering Council Engineer Azhar Habib Durrani who called on him in Peshawar on Monday.


The Governor said repatriation process of Temporally Displaced Persons is in progress and will be completed by the end of this year.


Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said local government election in FATA will be held next year.


He said Frontier Crimes Regulation will be abolished after FATA reforms.


Meanwhile, Voice President of Sindh Bank Shehroom Khan also called on the Governor and discusses matters of mutual interest.              



The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is spending about ten million rupees on providing free skill training to the youth belonging to minorities.



Chairman National Accountability Bureau Qamar Zaman Chaudhry has urged the officers of department to make tireless efforts for the eradication of corruption from the society.


He was addressing the opening session of a three-day Director Generals conference in Islamabad on Monday to review the progress of NAB.


Chairman NAB reviewed performance of NAB Bureau's and stressed upon the importance of the team work.                              



In Afghanistan, Taliban have captured Nawa district near Laskargarh, the capital of Helmand province on Monday.


Earlier, Taliban fighters entered the northern Afghan city of Kunduz on Monday, almost exactly a year after they briefly seized it in their biggest success of the 15-year war.


Witnesses said Taliban entered Kunduz city from four directions before clashes broke out.


According to Afghan Army commander in Kunduz, the fighting is continuing.



In Syria, an unspecified number of people were killed when two suicide bombers detonated explosive belts in Hama city on Monday.


According to state media reports, the attacks came as a coalition of rebels edge closer to government-controlled Hama city, which has remained relatively isolated from the brutal violence of Syria's five-year war.



In Colombia, people have rejected a landmark peace deal with Farc rebels in a shock referendum result, with 50.2 percent voting against it.


The deal was signed last week between President Juan Manuel Santos and Farc leader Timoleon Jimenez after nearly four years of negotiations.


Addressing the nation, President Santos said he accepted the result but he would continue working to achieve peace.



Hurricane Matthew (storm) is heading towards densely populated Haiti and Jamaica which can trigger landslides and floods.


Officials in both the countries are trying to protect buildings and move people out of danger zones to shelters.

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