PAKISTAN THIS WEEK
Pakistan strongly retaliates unprovoked ceasefire violations killing five Indian soldiers at LoC
Pakistan has violently responded to Indian forces unprovoked ceasefire violations at Tatta Pani along Line of Control. Director General ISPR in a tweet message said Indian bunkers were destroyed and five Indian soldiers killed and many injured during the befitting response from Pakistani side. Indian troops committed unprovoked firing along LoC in Nezapir sector yesterday’s evening also. 2 Civilians were injured in Indian misadventure.
UN Secretary General Take!
Indian state terrorism- UN expresses concern over deteriorating situation in IOK and escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following unprovoked Indian firing across the LoC
The United Nations has expressed concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following unprovoked Indian firing across the Line of Control, killing at least two civilians.In a statement, UN Secretary-General, Spokesman Stephane Dujarric also expressed concern over situation in Occupied Kashmir. He said the world body is closely monitoring the situation in the held valley. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guetteres’ spokesman said in response “The situation (in Kashmir) continue to be of concern to us”.
Topic 02: PM chaired the meeting of National Security Committee - Matters pertaining to internal and external security of the country, situation on western border and along the Line of Control came under discussion
The meeting expressed serious concern over aggravating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir and continued brutalities of Indian forces against innocent Kashmiri people. It was reiterated that Pakistan will continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to people of occupied Kashmir. The meeting also discussed security matters related to China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. The participants expressed satisfaction on progress of operation Radd-ul-Fassad in the country.
Topic 03: Govt allocates Rs49b for next fiscal year for development of health sector
The Government has allocated forty-nine billion rupees for the next fiscal year for the development of health sector in the country. According to official sources, the phase-II of Prime Minister`s National Health Programme is being launched with a total cost of ten billion rupees. Under another programme, eight billion rupees have been allocated for up-gradation of hospitals. In view of the emerging challenge of drinking water scarcity, "Clean Drinking Water for all" program is being launched for which over twelve billion rupees have been proposed. The government will also enhance investments in vertical health programs including family planning, primary health care and population welfare schemes.
Topic 04: “Pakistan is taking immense steps against terrorism to stabilize the situation in the country." Russian President
To a question from Indian journalist on Pakistan Russia growing cooperative ties Putin in a rare public snub to India said “just because Russia has a special relationship with India, it does not mean India should be restricted in having contacts with other "partnering countries”. “This is ridiculous." Putin refused to offer comment on baseless Indian accusation against Pakistan that it was involved in cross border terrorism in Kashmir saying “Pakistan is taking immense steps to stabilize the situation in the country.”
Topic 05: London attack: Six killed in vehicle and stabbing incidents- Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack in London resulting in loss of precious lives and injuries to many
In London, six people have been killed and 48 others injured in a terror incident. Police said a van hit pedestrians on London Bridge last night before three men got out and stabbed people in nearby Borough Market. The three attackers wearing fake bomb vests were shot dead by police.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an emergency security cabinet session today to deal with the crisis.
In a statement denouncing the terrorist attack today, the Prime Minister said we stand in solidarity with the people and Government of the United Kingdom.
He expressed condolences to the bereaved families and prayed for early recovery of the injured. Foreign Office spokesperson said the people and Government of Pakistan stand in solidarity with the United Kingdom and its people in this hour of grief. People and Government of Pakistan extend their deepest sympathies and condolences to the bereaved families and pray for early recovery of the injured.
Topic 06: Pakistan urges Afghanistan to focus on deteriorating security situation in the country instead of blaming Pakistan- Rapid slide in the security situation is troubling not only for Afghanistan but for all its neighbors
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi in an interview with Voice of America says Pakistan is ready to help address the shared threat of violent extremists to the region but Afghanistan should desist from externalizing its internal problems. The timing of the attacks on Kabul suggests those who carried them out want to sabotage any renewed effort towards a negotiated peace. Terrorism and violent extremism is a common enemy and need a joint resolve to fight it. Meanwhile, UN envoy to Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto urged the international community to help put an end to the cycle of violence and support the foundations of a lasting peace.
Host: Daniyal ahmad Chughtai
Co-hosts: Yusra Mushtaq & Maha Khan Jadoon