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Pakistan not oblivious to its defense requirements

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Pakistan will take all possible measures to augment its defense capability. He was winding up discussion on an adjournment motion moved by Javed Abbassi in the Senate on Tuesday over the recent Indian test-fire of supersonic Interceptor missile. He said Pakistan is not oblivious to its defense requirements and upgrading its capabilities through suitable technologies without entering into arms race. The advisor said Pakistan's efforts for peace and friendship must not be interpreted as its weakness. We are fully capable to defend our people and territory. The Advisor said Pakistani scientists and experts constantly monitor and evaluate the strategic threats that Indian nuclear doctrine poses to Pakistan's security. Despite limited resources, Pakistan has developed a robust nuclear deterrent system whose safety and security is acknowledged worldwide. On the diplomatic front, the Advisor one specific proposal under consideration is to move resolution in the next session of the UN General Assembly to declare the Indian Ocean nuclear free zone. We will approach other countries as well to co sponsor this resolution. About the Nuclear Supplier Group membership, the Advisor said Pakistan has undertaken a proactive diplomatic offensive in all the member countries of the group. He said our lobbying in the United States is quite active and our missions are also very active to protect the country's interests.

A high level meeting expresses satisfaction on the successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb

A high level meeting between civil and military leadership was held in Rawalpindi today to discuss issues related to National Security. Federal Ministers Khawaja Asif, Ishaq Dar, National Security Advisor, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary attended the meeting. Meeting was also attended by Chief of Army Staff, DG ISI and other senior military officials. Participants of the meeting dwelt at length on various issues related to external and Internal Security situation of the country including CPEC. The meeting expressed satisfaction on the successes of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. It was agreed that our achievements in bringing stability in the country will have to be sustained whatever it takes. The meeting also took cognizance of ongoing regional developments and inimical designs against our stability and prosperity. Reaffirming Pakistan commitment to enduring regional peace, it was underlined that hostile intelligence agencies and their facilitators will not be allowed to foment trouble inside Pakistan. The meeting expressed its concern on US drone strike in Balochistan and added that it was a clear violation of Pakistan's sovereignty affecting mutual trust and undermined the spirit of Afghan Peace Process under mutually agreed quadrilateral framework. The leadership resolved to protect the core national interests and effectively.    

Pakistan, UK discuss means to strengthen ties

Pakistan and the United Kingdom have agreed to enhance cooperation in trade, economy and other fields. The agreement came at a meeting between UK Minister for International Development Justine Greening and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar at Prime Minister House in Islamabad on Tuesday. The two sides expressed satisfaction over the existing level of bilateral relations and discussed ways and means to further strengthen them. British High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew was also present at the meeting.

11 killed in bomb attack in Turkey

Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attack in Istanbul. In Turkey, 11 people including seven police officers have been killed and thirty-six others injured in a car bomb attack targeted a police vehicle in Vezneciler district. Pakistan has strongly condemned terrorist attack in Istanbul. In a statement, the foreign office spokesperson said Pakistan denounces terrorism in all forms and manifestations. The spokesperson said Pakistan stands in strong solidarity with the fraternal people of Turkey and it is sure that the people of Turkey will succeed in their resolute fight against terrorism. It was the fourth major attack in Turkey's largest city this year. No group has claimed it, but President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed to the involvement of Kurdish militants. Turkish media said four people had been arrested but gave no details. The banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and one of its offshoots have claimed previous attacks on security forces. The attack happened near the city's historic Beyazit Square neighbourhood, a major tourist attraction, and an Istanbul university building. 

Sports:

PSF Annual General Council elects VPs for next term

 Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) at its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Islamabad has elected Tahir Jamil Khanzada and re-elected Qamar Zaman respectively as the vice presidents for the next term. According to PSF secretary Group Captain Amir Nawaz Tahir has been elected as new vice president in place of Amjad Ali Noon, while Qamar Zaman has been re-elected. The meeting also reviewed the performance of players and preparations for World Junior Championship, scheduled to be held in Poland from August 6-17.

Mohammad Amir to get UK visa by Thursday

Left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir will be travelling to UK with Pakistan team as he will get his visa within a couple of days. “Amir will travel to UK with Pakistan team as he is most likely to get his visa by this Thursday,” a source in Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said. Amir, who was banned from cricket for five years following the Lord’s spot-fixing scandal in 2010, along with the then captain Salman Butt and fellow pacer Mohammad Asif, had submitted a visa application to the UK high commission in Islamabad last month. The 24-year-old, who was also sentenced to six-month in a young offenders’ institute in UK in 2011 has already returned to international cricket, early this year.

PBF to send seven-member team for Baku qualifiers

Pakistan Boxing Federation (PBF) will send its seven boxers to feature in the final world qualifying round for Rio Olympics, hoping they will be able to get least a couple of tickets for the world’s most prestigious multi-sports event. The qualifiers will be held at Baku, Azerbaijan, from June 16 to 25.

AFP’s Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS) Level – I Course concludes

The Coaches Education and Certification System (CECS) Level – I Course organized by Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) has concluded here at Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex Islamabad. The ten-day course was held with the technical support of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), said a press release issued here on Tuesday. Director General Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) Muhammad Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera, who was the chief guest of the closing ceremony, distributed certificates among the participants of the course.

Analysts 

Jansher Khan (Former Squash Player):

“The current president of Pakistan Squash Federation is taking keen interest and giving extra time for promoting squash in the country. Our players are much talented but the only problem they are facing is fitness issues. At the moment, two squash academies have been established in Pakistan. One is in Peshawar and the other in Islamabad and we are getting our players trained for senior and junior squash championships. Squash Federation is spending enough money on the training of players at international level. Our players visited China recently and came back with the winning trophy. We will soon introduce World Class players who will earn respect for Pakistan in squash.”


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