DATE: 07-07-2017                           


UN Security Council has added Jamat-ul -Ahrar in list of entities subject to assets freeze and arms embargo.


World Trade Organization has decided in Pakistan's favour on export of a chemical used in the making of mineral water bottles.


Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has held the private oil company responsible for Ahmadpur Sharqia oil tanker tragedy.


Gilgit-Baltistan government has announced to set up first ever Housing Society for government employees in the area.


Puppet authorities have imposed strict curfew in the occupied Kashmir to prevent protest rallies.


In China, forty-four people have been killed in flash floods in Hunan Province.





The UN Security Council has approved addition of Jamat-ul-Ahrar terrorist group in the list of entities and individuals subject to the assets freeze, travel ban and arms embargo.


Pakistan had proposed this listing.


Meanwhile, in a statement issued in Islamabad on Friday, Pakistan has welcomed its listing.


The Jamat-ul-Ahrar operates from Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan and has been involved in a series of terrorist attacks inside Pakistan. Pakistan had proscribed the terrorist outfit last year.                             



World Trade Organization has decided in Pakistan's favour on export of a chemical used in the making of mineral water bottles.


The WTO held that measures applied by European Commission on Pakistani PET (Polyethylene-Terephthalate) were inconsistent with the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement (SCM) of the WTO. 


The report of the WTO adjudicating panel was released in Geneva.


This is being seen as a big diplomatic success of Pakistan at the multilateral forum in Geneva by trade experts who termed it a success of the present government's economic diplomacy.


Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan has appreciated the efforts of his Ministry`s officials who contested the case at the international forum over the last two years.



Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says advancement in science and technology and development of the county`s human resource is vision of the government.


He was addressing students during laptop distribution ceremony in Islamabad on Friday.


The minister said the Science Talent Farming Scheme will produce scientists of international stature.


Ahsan Iqbal said the bright future of the country depends not on the Panama Case but on a well educated youth.


He emphasized the need for provision of equal opportunities to the poor so that they can play an effective role in the country`s development.


Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain said the Science Talent Farming Scheme aims to put the country on the path of progress and development.


He said the Scheme is part of prime minister's vision to provide a platform to the youth for exploring new avenues in the field of science and technology.



Investigation report into Ahmadpur Sharqia oil tanker tragedy has been released by Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority, holding the private oil company responsible for the incident which claimed over two hundred lives.


The report noted that the fitness certificate of the oil tanker was fake and the vehicle was not technically suitable to transport heavy quantity of fuel.


The regulatory authority has directed the private oil company to pay compensation of one million rupees each to the heirs of those killed and five hundred thousand rupees for those injured in the incident.


The authority has also directed the private company to ensure implementation of the decisions. Otherwise, strict action will be taken against it.                             



A union council based poverty reduction plan is being initiated during current financial year at a cost of four point nine billion rupees in Sindh.  


Our Karachi correspondent, reports that this programme aims at reduce poverty, improve the quality of life of the poor and marginalized people through social mobilization.


A community development plan is also being started at the cost of three billion rupees to bridge the gaps in the areas of health, education and women development.



Gilgit Baltistan government has announced to set up first Housing Society for government employees.


One hundred fifty million rupees have been allocated in current annual development program and also identified a piece of land in Gilgit for this purpose.


Gilgit Baltistan Development Authority has initiated papers work of this new project.



Three terrorists were killed during a search operation carried out by Frontier Corps Balochistan in Balangur area of Turbat on Friday.


Arms and ammunitions were also recovered from them.



Pakistan becomes world's second largest host of refugees.


According to latest report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Turkey is on the top in twenty countries by hosting 2.9 million refugees followed by Pakistan with 1.4 million and Lebanon one million.  


Pakistan has been hosting Afghan refugees for last four decades and is now working for their voluntary return and rehabilitation in their homeland.


The report says there were 17.2 million refugees around the world in 2016 with an increase of 7 percent over 2015.


Over half of the total number of refugees originated from Syria, Afghanistan and South Sudan.



The AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan has said that PML-N government would honour its commitment to construct Leepa Tunnel to end the sufferings of local population.   


Talking to a public delegation of Leepa Valley in Muzaffarabad, he said the government is fully aware about the problems being faced by the people of the Valley due to the unprovoked shelling of Indian forces at Line of Control.


He said state government is utilizing all available resources to provide basic necessities of life to the people residing adjacent to Line of Control at their door step.



In Occupied Kashmir, strict curfew and other restrictions have been imposed in all parts to prevent protest rallies on Saturday on the first death anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.  


Restrictions have been imposed in Pulwama, Islamabad, Kulgam, Shopian and Nowhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Rainawari, Khanyar and Safakadal areas of Srinagar district.


Indian authorities have deployed over twenty thousand additional personnel of paramilitary forces in the Valley.


Fearing bike rallies and massive protests, police have been seizing thousands of bikes and scooters in various parts of Kashmir.



Martyrdom anniversary of recipient of Nishan-e-Haider Havaldar Lalik Jan Shaheed, is being observed on Friday.


Havildar Lalak Jan fought from the forefront to thwart heavy Indian attacks in Kargil in 1999. He volunteered himself to be deployed on the front positions.   


He embraced martyrdom due to severe injuries.



In Germany, at least 76 police officers and dozens of protesters have been injured in clashes in Hamburg ahead of the G20 summit.  


The protesters are agitating against the globalist capitalist system, economic disparities, climate change accords and many other issues.


The two day G20 summit under the German Presidency is being held in Hamburg on Friday.


The 20 heads of state will discuss climate change, migration, terrorism and other major issues.


US President Donald Trump will also meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin  on the sidelines of the summit .



The four Arab states Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have warned of new measures against Qatar. 


In a statement, they have described Doha's rejection of their demands as a threat to regional security.


US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to visit Kuwait on Monday, which is mediating the Gulf crisis.



China has opposed the use of overflight under the pretext of freedom of navigation in the South China Sea.


At a daily news briefing in Beijing on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said we are consistently opposed to relevant countries threatening and damaging the sovereignty and security of China.


The statement came after two U.S bombers flew over the disputed South China Sea.



In China, 44 people have been died in flash floods which hit the Ningxiang County in central China's Hunan Province.


China Flood prevention headquarters said over eight hundred thousand people suffered property losses in the floods.   



In Egypt, ten soldiers have been killed including a colonel in two suicide attacks on army checkpoints in border city of Rafah, northern Sinai.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hook-up at 1605 hours on Friday a special feature in connection with the death anniversary of renowned folk singer "MAI BHAGI".

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