JULY 07, 2017


Prime Minister says his government is successfully heading towards permanently eliminating load shedding from the country.

National Security Committee has reaffirmed nation's resolve to fight terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

Interior Minister has vowed that no one will be allowed to misuse social media for hurting religious sentiments and undertaking unlawful activities.

In occupied Kashmir, puppet authorities have imposed curfew and strict restrictions to stop the people from staging rallies to mark first martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Wani.

UNESCO has declared Old City of Hebron in occupied West Bank an endangered world heritage site.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says his government is successfully heading towards permanently eliminating loadshedding from the country.

He was addressing the inaugural ceremony of 760-megawatt first unit of Haveli Bahadur Shah near Jhang today.

The Prime Minister said power generation is being increased at a fast pace, which will boost industry, agriculture, and trade.

He said completion of the first unit of this power project in twenty-one months is unbelievable. He said the government is also working to provide electricity to people at affordable price.

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said our foes are disturbed over unprecedented development being made during PML-N era in the country in all fields.

Nawaz Sharif said groundbreaking of Dasu Dam having capcity of 4500 megawatt will be performed on Monday.

He said Bhasha Dam will also produce similar amount of electricity along with provision of water for irrigation purposes.

The Prime Minister said those who are conspiring against the government have been defeated repeatedly by PML-N in elections. He said these elements want to come to power through backdoors conspiracies, but the people of Pakistan will foil their designs.

The Prime Minister said the government is carrying out unprecedented development work in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, and FATA.

He said 800 billion rupees are being spent on upgradation of Railway system in the country.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Haveli Bahadur Shah, Bhikki and Balloki power plants will add 3600 MW power to the national grid.

The Minister said power transmission and distribution system is also being revamped.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said 168 billion rupees have been saved in Haveli Bahadur Shah, Bhikki and Balloki power plants due to transparency.

He said new power plants will bring development to all sectors besides creating new job opportunities.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that the JIT should have first recorded the statement of Qatari Prince Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim before reaching any conclusion.

In a statement, she said if Pervez Musharraf's views can be recorded at his residence then what is the problem in going to Qatar to record the statement of Shaikh Hamad bin Jassim.

The Minister of State said that allegations leveled in the Panama case will become irrelevant and worthless if Jasim's statement is recorded.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says no one could be allowed to misuse social media hurting religious sentiments and undertaking unlawful activities.

Talking to Vice President of Facebook Joel Kaplan in Islamabad today, he said the government believes in freedom of expression.

The Minister said the entire Muslim Ummah has serious concerns over misuse of social media platforms to propagate blasphemous content.

The two sides discussed steps to remove blasphemous content from social media.

The Facebook Vice President reiterated to keep the platform safe and promote values that are in congruence to community standards in Pakistan.

He also committed to remove fake accounts, explicit, hateful and provocative material that incites violence and terrorism.

National Security Committee has said regional peace and progress are directly linked to resolution of all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir.

The Committee met with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the chair in Islamabad today.

The forum said no other country in the world has done as much for global safety and security as Pakistan did at a huge cost of both men and material.

The meeting said Pakistan has acted as a frontline state in global counter-terrorism efforts with unparalleled sacrifices and successes.

The sacrifices of security forces and law enforcement agencies and the nation's resolve in fighting the scourge of terrorism were acknowledged and appreciated during the meeting.

The meeting said Pakistan will continue to work for peace and progress in Afghanistan through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Pakistan will continue to work with China for greater prosperity of the region and meet common challenges through enhanced connectivity.

This was stated by Pakistan Ambassador to China Masood Khalid while speaking at the 23rd Lanzhou Trade Fair in China's Gansu province today.

He said Pakistan is fully committed to successful implementation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor which is the flagship project of One Belt and One Road initiative.

Pakistan and Cyprus have signed an agreement to abolish visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders.

The agreement was signed by Pakistan's High Commissioner to Cyprus Aftab Ahmad Khokhar and Acting Permanent Secretary of Cyprus Ministry of Foreign Affairs Minas Hadjimichael in Nicosia today.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has appealed to the international community to take immediate steps to stop atrocities being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

In a statement issued in connection with martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Wani, he said his martyrdom has infused a new spirit into the struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination.

In Egypt, 23 Egyptian soldiers were killed in two car bombs at army checkpoints in border city of Rafah in northern Sinai today.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The 18th martyrdom anniversary of Havildar Lalik Jan Shaheed was observed in the country today.

The main function in this regard was held at Hundur in Ghizer in Gilgit-Baltistan, where Commandant Artillery Force Command Northern Areas Brig Tahir Rashid laid floral wreath at the Mausoleum of Lalik Jan Shaheed and offered fateha.

A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army also presented a guard of honour.

Paying great homage to Havildar Lalik Jan Shaheed, Brigadier tahir Rashid said he fought from the forefront in Kargil war to thwart heavy Indian attacks.

On 7th of July 1999, Havildar Lalik Jan sustained serious injuries as enemies pounded the area with heavy mortar shells. But despite being injured, he retained his position and frustrated the Indian assault. He embraced martyrdom due to severe injuries.

He was awarded Nishan-e-Haider, the highest military award for his gallantry.

In occupied Kashmir, the authorities have impounded thousands of motorbikes besides imposing strict curfew and other restrictions in all parts of the territory to prevent protest rallies on the eve of the first death anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

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

The authorities have deployed over 20,000 additional personnel of paramilitary forces in the Valley.

The joint resistance leadership has announced a week-long protest programme to mark the occasion.

According to the protest programme, a complete strike will be observed tomorrow and on July 13, to also pay tributes to the July 13 martyrs who were killed by the Dogra Army soldiers outside the royal jail in the year 1931.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said Burhan Wani is a role model for our youth and his martyrdom serves as a milestone and an inspiration for generations to come.

Meanwhile, the first martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Muzzafar Wani will also be observed in Azad Kashmir tomorrow with the renewed pledge to continue his mission till the success of Kashmir liberation struggle.

The day will dawn with special prayers for the early liberation of Jammu and Kashmir from illegal Indian occupation.

The UN Security Council has approved inclusion of Jamaatul Ahrar terrorist group in the list of entities and individuals facing international restrictions.

Pakistan had proposed this listing.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued in Islamabad today, Pakistan has welcomed this decision.

Jamatul Ahrar operates from Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan and has been involved in a series of terrorist attacks Pakistan. Islamabad had banned the terrorist outfit last year.

UNESCO has declared the Old City of Hebron in the occupied West Bank an endangered world heritage site, sparking outrage from Israel.

Meeting in Polish city of Krakow today, the UN's cultural arm voted twelve to three votes to give heritage status to the Old City area which is home to more than two hundred thousand Palestinians and a few hundred Israeli settlers.

The Palestinian foreign ministry has called the UNESCO decision a success for Palestinian diplomacy despite US and Israeli opposition.

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