DATE: 08-07-2016                            


Pakistan says terrorism could only be defeated with unity and cooperation of international community.


Prime Minister is returning home tomorrow after his successful heart surgery in London.


Pakistan and Germany have agreed to enhance relations between parliamentarians of the two countries.


The government has directed to restore power supply in the flood-hit areas of Upper Chitral on priority basis.


FC and law enforcement agencies have recovered a huge quantity of arms and satellite phones in different areas of Balochistan.


Hurriyat Conference has welcomed Pakistan's continued political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmir cause.


US President says Washington will continue to work with the European Union to meet global challenges despite Britain's move to leave the alliance.


Final of Euro Cup 2016 will be played between host France and Portugal on Sunday.





Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that terrorism can only be defeated with unity and cooperation of the international community.


Talking to newsmen in Islamabad today, he said the forthcoming NATO Summit in Warsaw is taking place under the long shadows of terrorism, turmoil and continuing conflicts.


The Adviser said operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan and concerted operations in other parts of the country against terrorists have been very successful and its dividends have started reaching the people of Pakistan.


He said Pakistan appreciates acknowledgement of our contributions by the international community in the war against terrorism.


Sartaj Aziz said we expect that as we intensify our efforts to facilitate peace process in Afghanistan. The dividends of our counter-terrorism operation will also help in bolstering the Afghan peace process.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is returning home tomorrow after successful heart surgery in London.


This has been confirmed by his daughter Maryam Nawaz in a tweet.


She said the Prime Minister would be reaching home tomorrow evening.


Maryam Nawaz thanked people of Pakistan for praying for the early recovery of Nawaz Sharif.


Meanwhile, Pakistan International Airlines has deputed a dedicated aircraft to bring back Prime Minister's Camp Office partly shifted to London due to his health issues.


A PIA Spokesperson clarified that an aircraft had to be dedicated for this purpose as the required seats were not available in regular flights.


The spokesman said there won't be any significant delay in PIA flights due to Prime Minister's special flight.


He said alternate arrangements have been made by PIA to facilitate the passengers.                         



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has appealed to the nation to pray for renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and his health.


In a statement, he said there are few men who have done as much good and made as much a difference to the lives and livelihoods of the Pakistani people as Abdul Sattar Edhi.

His tireless work has helped save hundreds of thousands of lives and shown us what it means to be a man who works for the people.


The Prime Minister noted that despite all his success, Edhi has always stayed humble, living a simple life in a small house.      


Nawaz Sharif said in his most difficult hour, may Allah Almighty bestow upon him all the fortune that he bestowed upon the people of this country and treat him with the care that a man of his stature deserves.


The Prime Minister said Edhi is and will always be a patriot and a philanthropist worthy of every ounce of praise given to him.

The Prime Minister's appeal came after reports that condition of Abdul Sattar Edhi worsened this evening.


His wife Bilquis Edhi and son Faisal Edhi, told a news conference in Karachi that Abdul Sattar Edhi has been shifted to Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation after deterioration of his health.


They said he is in ICU on a ventilator.


They appealed to the people to pray for his early recovery.




Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has said that Khyber Pakhtun Khwa government failed to deliver during the last three years. 


In a statement today, he said basic health facilities are not available to the people of the province. He said the people of KPK are in search of the government while PTI leader Imran Khan is trying to spread anarchy in Punjab.


He said Imran Khan has failed to fulfill all the promises made with the people.



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Berlin in Germany.


They expressed satisfaction over the status of bilateral relations between the two countries.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said Pakistan and Germany enjoy cordial relations based on common interests and shared perceptions on major international issues.


He said Pakistan strongly desires to further diversify its existing relations with Germany through people-to-people contacts and parliamentary cooperation.


The Speaker said terrorism and extremism are the biggest threats to peace and stability in the region as well as the entire world and it can be curbed through closer collaboration amongst the world community. He said Pakistan is rendering unprecedented sacrifices for world peace and security.


Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need for enhancing interaction among parliamentarians, intellectuals and business communities for closer cooperation. He appreciated German leadership's keen interest in expanding and deepening bilateral relations with Pakistan.


The German Chancellor said Germany also attaches great value to its relations with Pakistan and wants to further cement them.


She said Pakistan is an important country in the region and it is a strong desire of Germany to see it as a prosperous and stable country, which is also in the interest of the region and the world. 


Angela Merkel agreed on enhancing relations between parliamentarians of both the countries. She assured the Speaker National Assembly of Germany's continued support and cooperation in diverse fields.



Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif  visited troops deployed on frontlines along the line of control in Kel and Bagh Sectors today.


The Army Chief greeted them Eid and spent time with them. He said high state of morale of troops, operational preparedness and vigil being maintained along the LoC is highly commendable.


While paying rich tributes to the supreme sacrifices of officers and men of Pakistan Army, General Raheel Sharif appreciated their spirit of valour, sacrifice and extreme commitment for defence of the motherland.




Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan, Major General Sher Afgun visited Awaran, Wadh, and Basima areas of the province.


During his visit, he met Jawans, of Frontier Corps Balochistan, and tribal elders.


Speaking on the occasion, he said the elements, which are working on foreign agenda would not succeed in their nefarious designs.


Meanwhile, Frontier Constabulary and the law enforcement agencies in separate raids in Loralai, Turbat and Sibbi, have recovered a huge quantity of arms and satellite phones.


According to an FC spokesman, they have also arrested several suspects and their facilitators during the raids.



Prime Minister's Focal Person for relief activities in flood-hit areas of Chitral, Engr Amir Muqam says every effort would be made for speedy rehabilitation of flood affected people in Drosh area.


He was presiding over a meeting in Chitral today to review the ongoing relief and rehabilitation activities in the affected areas.


He said he is visiting the area on the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to supplement the relief activities.


Amir Muqam said electricity supply would be restored to the flood-hit areas on priority basis.


He said he would meet the Prime Minister soon upon his return from London to apprise him about the devastation of floods in Chitral.


Earlier, Deputy Commissioner Chitral briefed the Focal Person about the ongoing relief and rehabilitation activities and the damages caused by recent floods in Upper Chitral.


He said a summary of fifty million rupees has been sent to the authorities concerned for construction of nine bridges and twenty-two roads while ten million rupees have been released by PDMA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for the flood-victims.


The Deputy Commissioner said five hundred temporarily made houses are immediately required for accommodation of flood victims.


Later, Engr Amir Muqam visited flood-hit Urson Valley and inspected activities there.


He directed the authorities concerned to expedite relief and rehabilitation efforts to restore the civic facilities as soon as possible.



Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Asghar Nawaz visited flood affected Ursoon village in Chitral today.


He met the flood affected people and distributed food items.


On this occasion, he said all possible assistance will be provided to PDMA KP for helping the rains and flood affected people of Chitral.



Pakistan Red Crescent Society has distributed relief goods among the rain and flood affected people of Chitral.


The goods include plastic buckets, water filters and other necessary items.


The affected people have already been given food items and compensation amount.


The injured are being provided free medical treatment in District Headquarters Hospital Chitral.                                                          



Governor Punjab, Malik Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana says Punjab government is introducing revolutionary reforms in education and health sectors for public welfare.


Talking to newsmen in Multan today, he said a policy has been chalked-out to run state owned hospitals and educational institutions under public-private partnership.


He said administrative affairs of hospitals and educational institutions will be handed over to private organizations and the government will allocate funds for both sectors to ensure delivery of best and free of cost services to the masses.


The Governor said Multan Kidney Centre and the newly built unit of Children Complex Hospital will be inaugurated soon.


He hoped Multan Metro Bus Project would bring a revolutionary change in the city.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said law and order has improved in the province as a result of matchless sacrifices of law-enforcing agencies.


Talking to newsmen in Nowshera today, he said the government is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to ensure durable peace in the province to attract local and foreign investors.


The Chief Minister said the government has introduced reforms for uplift of different sectors and is taking concrete steps to eliminate corruption.


Pervez Khattak said the government is committed to implement its reforms agenda for public welfare.



In Sindh, work on two coal fired Port Qasim  power projects having a total capacity of 1320 Megawatts is in full swing and these projects are expected to start generating electricity by the end of next year.


Our Karachi correspondent reports that the project is being carried out under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at a cost of two billion dollars.


The project is among the Priority Implementation Projects in the energy sector being implemented under CPEC.



Social Welfare Department Sindh is initiating a number of schemes for under privileged segments of society on which 290 million rupees will be spent during the current financial year.


According to official sources, the schemes include establishment of Darul Atfaal in Karachi and upgradation of existing rehabilitation centres for handicapped persons all over the province.


The department is also carrying out schemes to establish centre for senior citizens in Karachi and establishment of Darul Aman at Mirpurkhas and Jacobabad.



According to report issued by the Flood Cell Peshawar this evening, River Kabul at Nowshehra and Warsak, River Indus at Khairabad (Attock), River Panjkora at Dir and River Shah Alam at Takhtabad are flowing in low flood.


Rest of the rivers in the province are flowing normal.



Four people were killed and fourteen others injured in a road accident in Mera Shahabkheil area of Lakki Marwat today.


Four people were killed in a road accident in Lala Musa.




The Federal Government will provide seventy-eight billion rupees for various ongoing and new development projects in   Azad Jammu and Kashmir.


Official sources told our Muzaffarabad correspondent Altaf Andrabi that these projects include Neelum-Jhelum Hydro Power project, which is being made operational next year with generating capacity of 969 MW electricity.


Construction of Taobut- Muzaffarabad Express Way will also be started to boost tourism in  Neelum Valley, which will usher in an era of economic prosperity in the region.


Other projects include water supply scheme Chaksawari Mirpur, women university Bagh, Medical colleges of Mirpur and  Muzaffarabad and Construction of   a new  building of AJK Legislative Assembly.



In Occupied Kashmir, APHC Secretary General Shabbir Ahmad Shah has expressed satisfaction over Pakistan’s continued support to the Kashmir cause.


In a statement in Srinagar, he hailed the recent remarks of Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz that Pakistan would continue political, moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle.


Chief of Hurriyet Forum Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing Juma congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar today said the international community should take cognizance of the fact that India has unleashed worst type state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.


He announced that Kashmiri Hurriyet leadership would jointly observe the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day on 13th July.


Meanwhile, the APHC has strongly denounced the house arrest of Hurriyet leaders and activists on the Eid day.


On the other hand, clashes erupted amid a shutdown in Janglat Mandi area of Anantnag-Islamabad town today after youth staged demonstrations against the arrest of innocent civilians. Most of shops and business establishments remained closed in the town.




US President Barack Obama says the United States and its European allies will continue to work together on critical global challenges despite the decision by Britain to leave the European Union.


Speaking at the opening of two days meetings with European State leaders in Poland, he said the United States and the EU agree to improve security, share information and stem the flow of foreign fighters to prevent terror attacks.


However, he said leaders on both sides of the Atlantic need to address the economic frustrations of their people.



NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg  says the alliance will adopt new measures to protect its allies from emerging threats.


In his preliminary remarks at Warsaw Summit, he said the Summit is a landmark opportunity in which important decision on how to strengthen the defence and deterrence of the member-states would be discussed.



The United States and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced missile defense system to counter North Korea's missile threat.


In a joint statement in Seoul, South Korea's Defence Ministry and the U.S. Defence Department said the missile system will be used only to counter the threat from North Korea and would not be directed towards any other country.


However, China has opposed the deployment of the missile system and warned that it will seriously damage regional security in northeast Asia.




Leaders of Russia, France and Germany have expressed concern over a recent uptick in fighting in eastern Ukraine.


Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke on phone to discuss eastern Ukraine.


Moscow said the leaders expressed concern over the recent violations of the cease-fire that the three countries acted as guarantors for last year.



Seventeen Yemeni Houthi rebels were killed and dozens others wounded when Saudi-led Arab Coalition targeted a gathering of Houthi militias and their allied forces in Mokha city, west of Taiz province today.


Heavy clashes also took place between Houthi rebels and forces of the Yemeni Army-backed Popular Resistance committees on the eastern, northern and western fronts in Taiz.



In  Syria, twenty two people were killed and several others injured in an air strike in Idlib province today.


The incident took place on the last day a three-day ceasefire announced by the Syrian army.




In the United States, five police officers have been shot dead and seven injured by sniper fire in Dallas city.


The shooting was carried out by two snipers during protest against shooting of two Black-men by police in Minnesota.



In South Sudan, five soldiers have been killed and two other injured in clashes between rival army factions in Juba city.    



Two people were killed and sixty-six others injured as typhoon Nepartak hit Taiwan's east coast today.


The typhoon caused winds of up to 198km per hour in the eastern Taitung area.


More than 15,000 people had to leave their homes. Hundreds of flights were also cancelled and offices and schools shut.


The storm is expected to hit China's Fujian province tomorrow morning.

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