APRIL 07, 2016


Prime Minister says ongoing development projects will speed up economic activity in Gilgit-Baltistan bringing prosperity to the people.

President has said the institution of Ombudsman is playing vital role in providing quick and inexpensive justice to people.

Foreign Office says Iran has assured not to allow use of its soil against Pakistan.

United Nations has condemned large scale home demolitions by Israeli authorities at Um al Khayr in South Hebron Hills.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said the incumbent government accords high priority to the development of Gilgit Baltistan.

He was talking to Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman in Islamabad today.

The Prime Minister said the ongoing development projects would not only generate economic activities in the region, but reduce unemployment and poverty as well.

He assured the Chief Minister that the federal government will extend all out support to uplift of the people of Gilgit Baltistan.

The Prime Minister stressed appropriate steps to attract foreign and local tourists and assured his full support to Gilgit-Baltistan on this count.

The Chief Minister apprised the Prime Minister about the upcoming elections of Gilgit Baltistan Council and discussed names of the candidates.

The Prime Minister stressed that all tickets should be given with consensus and on merit.



President Mamnoon Hussain says the institution of Ombudman is playing vital role in dispensation of justice to people.

He was addressing a ceremony in connection with inauguration of regional offices of Federal Insurance Ombudsman in Islamabad today.

The President said the successful experience of formation of federal ombudsman has led to creation of special ombudsmen offices on tax, insurance and banking.

He said dispensation of justice is the basic component of Islam and it is our responsibility to ensure speedy and inexpensive justice to the people.

He said the establishment of regional offices of the Insurance Ombudsman will help the people easily access the institution and get their complaints redressed.

He called for expanding ombdusman network to other major cities including Quetta so that maximum people could benefit from it.



Iran has assured it will not allow its soil to be used against Pakistan.

This was stated by Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakariya, while addressing weekly media briefing in Islamabad today.

He said the government is considering Indian request to allow consular access to RAW terrorist Kulbhushan Yadav, who was arrested in Balochistan recently.

The spokesman said Pakistan will continue to raise Samjhota Express terrorist attack with India.

To a question, he said India has not apprised Pakistan of progress in investigations into the train bombing.

The spokesman said Pakistan will continue efforts to promote Afghan reconciliation process.



Twelve terrorists were killed and six others injured when security forces repulsed an attack on a post at Mangor Sar area of Kurram Agency this morning.

Nearly fifty terrorists from Afghanistan had attacked the post with heavy arms, which was repulsed.

The security forces have cordoned off the area and launched search operation against the militants.



A massive operation against terrorists and criminals is continuing in southern Punjab.

Officials say around two thousand personnel of law enforcement agencies are taking part in the operation in Rajanpur, Rahim yar Khan, and adjoining areas.

At least four criminals were injured in exchange of fire with security forces in Kacha area of Rajanpur district today.



In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have paid great homage to Kashmiri youth martyred by Indian troops during siege and search operations in Pulwama, Kupwara and Shopian districts.

In separate statements in Srinagar, the General Secretary of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Muhammad Abdullah Tari and the Chairman of Kashmir Freedom Front, Syed Bashir Andrabi said the Kashmiri youth are sacrificing their lives for the great cause of freedom from Indian bondage.

Other Hurriyet leaders and organizations including Bilal Siddiqui and Muslim Deeni Mahaz also paid tributes to the martyrs.

Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Shopian district, today.



The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has condemned large scale home demolitions by Israeli authorities in the Bedouin refugee community of Um al Khayr in the South Hebron Hills. 

Director of UNRWA Operations in the West Bank said that thirty one Palestine refugees, including sixteen children were made homeless in a community.

He said he is appalled by the unjustifiable demolitions, which are in violation of international law and must stop.



Vietnam's new prime minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc was formally voted in and handed a five-year term by lawmakers today to round off a leadership change among Communist top brass.

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