JULY 08, 2017


Minister for water and power says the PML-N will not accept JIT report in Panama papers case if Qatari prince is not made part of the investigation.

Prime Minister has reaffirmed Pakistan's political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris struggle for the right to self-determination.

Kashmiris on both sides of Line of Control observed the first martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Muzaffar Wani today with renewed pledge to continue liberation struggle till achievement of right to self determination.

Pakistan has lodged strong protest with India over martyrdom of five people in unprovoked Indian firing along Line of Control.

President says Pak-China strategic partnership serves as anchor for regional peace and stability.

First death anniversary of Abdul Sattar Edhi was observed today.

The United States, Japan and South Korea have urged UN Security Council to impose additional sanctions against North Korea.

Eight international footballers, including Ronaldinho and Carlos, have arrived in Pakistan to promote football in the country.


Federal Ministers have expressed reservations on the conduct of the Joint Investigation Team.

Addressing a joint news conference in Islamabad this evening, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that PML-N does not fleeing from accountability if it is conducted on the bais of solid evidences.

Speaking on the occasion, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq said PML-N has reservations on the composition of the JIT as two members of the probe body have anti-PML-N designs.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said gone are the days when backdoor was used to come to power.

Addressing the press conference, Minister for Water and Power Kawaja Asif says the PML-N will not accept JIT report in Panama papers case if Qatari prince is not made part of investigation.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says India can not suppress the voice of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination through brute forces.

In a message on the first death anniversary of Kashmiri fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani today, he said the blood rendered by Burhan Wani has infused a new spirit in the freedom movement. The Kashmiri people are steadfast to take their movement to its logical conclusion.

He said Indian atrocities in the occupied territory have helped highlighted Kashmiris issue on the international forums.

The prime minister said the martyrdom of Burhan Wani is a testimony of the fact that Kashmiris have completely rejected the Indian occupation.

Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed Pakistan's political, diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiris for their right to self determination.

He again emphasized the need for implementation of United Nation resolutions on Kashmir and urged India to accept the right of self-determination of Kashmiris.

In his statement, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir said that the martyrdom of freedom fighter Burhan Muzaffar Wani has strengthened the freedom movement of Kashmir.

He said Pakistan will continue to highlight the voice of Kashmiris struggle for freedom and self-determination on all international fora.

The Minister said that every Kashmiri child is determined to follow the foot prints of Burhan Wani.

Balochistan Chief Minister Sardar Sanaullah Zehri has also paid rich tribute to Wani and said that India cannot suppress the Kashmir freedom movement through coercive means.

In occupied Kashmir, the first martyrdom anniversary of popular youth freedom fighter, Burhan Muzaffar Wani is being observed amid complete shutdown and strict curfew today.

Burhan Wani, along with two other associates, was martyred by Indian troops during a fake encounter in Kokernag area of Islamabad district last year.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the anniversary is being observed with a renewed pledge to continue the mission of martyrs till success of the struggle for liberation of Kashmir.

Meanwhile,tens of thousands of Indian soldiers and police personnel patrolled deserted streets across the territory, today, to enforce strict curfew and other restrictions

Mobile and Internet services were also suspended in the occupied area.

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

The Amarnath Yatra on Srinagar-Jammu highway was suspended, today, due to shutdown.

All roads leading to Tral, the hometown of Burhan Wani, were completely sealed with Army conducting flag march .
Despite complete siege of Tral hundreds of youth tried to march towards Burhan Wani’s grave in Sharifabad area of the town.

Dozens of civilians, including nine women, received pellet injuries when troops used force on protesters in Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam and other areas.

All resistance leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik continued to remain in detention or under house arrest.

In Azad Kashmir,the day dawned with special prayers for the martyrs of Kashmir and victory of the freedom movement and Kashmiri people.

In Muzaffarabad, a debate titled “The Role of Burhan Muzaffar Wani in Kashmir Liberation Struggle” was held under the aegis of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Cell.

AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan on this occasion,said that India cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination through the brute use of force.

He said sacrifices of Burhan Muzaffar Wani and Kashmiri youth against Indian atrocities are a testimony of their resolve.

Azad Kashmir Radio Muzaffarabad is airing special programs in connection with the first martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

Pakistan has lodged strong protest with India over its unprovoked firing in Chirikot and Satwal sectors on Line of Control in which five people, including two women, were mrtyred and ten others injured today.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh was summoned to Foreign Office today.

It was stressed that deliberate targeting of civilians is deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.

The Indian side was urged to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement and maintain peace on the LoC.

Pakistan Army befittingly responded to the Indian aggression, silencing the Indian guns.

AJK President Masood Khan and Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan have strongly condemned the unprovoked Indian shelling on Abbaspur and Nakyal Sectors at Line of Control today.

In a statement, they said that India, by targeting innocent civilian at LoC is trying to divert the attention of world community from the deteriorating human rights situation in held valley.

They said such cowardice could not deter people of Azad Kashmir to stop raising voice for their brethren in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan directed the administration of Poonch and Kotli districts to provide best available medical facilities to those injured in the Indian firing.

He also directed the concerned authorities to ensure protection of civilian residing on Line of Control.

President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the resolve that Pakistan will continue to focus on enhancing trade ties with China to bring them at par with bilateral political and strategic relations.

He was talking to Chinese Minister for Science and Technology Wan Gang in Islamabad today.

The President said Pak-China strategic partnership serves as an anchor for regional peace and stability. Friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy.

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the latest example of excellent economic cooperation.

He said use of modern technology in the CPEC-related energy projects will play a key role in the country`s long-term growth and stability.

Mamnoon Hussain said China-South Asian Countries Science and Technology Partnership Programme will enhance our economic cooperation through technology transfer.

The Chinese Minister offered to cooperate in all sectors where Pakistan needs Chinese support, including maritime industry, biodiversity, climate change, renewable energy, establishment of joint scientific labs.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has stressed the need for effective budget implementation to ensure the intended benefits to the general public a timely manner.

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, he said the measures announced in the budget are aimed at improving the welfare of the general public, and enabling higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth.

He also urged the Finance Division officials to ensure continued pursuance of austerity measures in order to maintain financial discipline.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government has ensured transparency, high quality and fast pace in the execution of development projects.

He stated this while talking to Member Assembly Maulana Muhammad Rehmat Ullah in Lahore today.

Shahbaz Sharif said that neither the politics of chaos and anarchy succeeded in past nor would this succeed in future.

He said opponents are devoid of vision and worried to see the country advanced and prosperous.

The Chief Minister said that the well-aware people of Pakistan cannot be mesmerized with hollow slogans and speeches.

Shahbaz Sharif said, the people of Pakistan want nothing but development, prosperity and peace.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that he is personally monitoring the ongoing development work and negligence in the development work will not be tolerated.

He was presiding over the meeting to review the ongoing development work in Karachi today.

The chief minister directed that ongoing development work must be completed on time.

Balochistan government is taking concrete steps to empower youth and reduction of un-employment in the province.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that about eight thousand new vacancies would be created in various departments during the current fiscal year.

Moreover, Balochistan Education Enabler Program is being launched at a cost of 200 million rupees. Poor and brilliant students of the province would be sent to the foreign countries for getting higher education under the program.

Polls for By-election on Sindh Assembly seat PS-114 Karachi will be held tomorrow.

Polling will begin at 8.00 am, and will continue till 5.00 pm without any break.

Tight security arrangements have been taken for smooth conduct of polling.

Meanwhile, by-election on Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly seat GBLA-4 Hunza Nagar , will be held tomorrow.

Polling will begin at 8.00 am, and will continue till 4.00 pm without any break.

The first death anniversary of renowned philanthropist, humanist and social activist Abdul Sattar Edhi is being observed today.

Abdul Sattar Edhi was born in Bantva, Indian Gujarat in 1928.

Later, he moved to Karachi where he established a free dispensary for the city's low-income residents.

He later expanded his charity network with the help of his wife Bilquis Edhi.

By the time of his death, Edhi was registered as a parent or guardian of nearly 20,000 children.

The government of Pakistan in recognition of meritorious services of Abdul Sattar Edhi had awarded him with Nishan-e-Imtiaz in 1989.

In his message on death anniversary of Abdul Sattar Edhi, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said personalities, like Edhi, are an asset not only for the country but the whole humanity.

Nawaz Sharif said the best way to pay tributes to Edhi is that we follow his footsteps and serve the humanity.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that Pakistan is a peace and sports loving country.

He was talking to the visiting delegation international football players including Ronaldinho, Ryan Giggs, Robert Pires, Nicolas Anelka, George Boating, David James and Luis Boa Morte, who met him in Rawalpindi today.

The Army Chief said sports promote peace and their visit is most welcomed by all Pakistanis especially young footballers.

The visiting players thanked Army Chief for organizing their tour and the support and said that Pakistan is a beautiful country and they look forward to enjoy the trip.

General Qamar Javed Bajwa also thanked Leisure League for organizing the trip in collaboration with Pak Army and promoting peace & sports.

The United States, Japan and South Korea today sought additional UN Security Council sanctions against the North Korean regime.

The demand came after a meeting between US President Donald Trump, his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Hamburg, Germany.

According to a joint statement issued after the meeting, the leaders pressed for early adoption of a new UNSC resolution with additional sanctions to demonstrate to the North Korea about serious consequences for its destabilising, provocative, and escalatory actions.

Meanwhile, two U.S. supersonic bombers conducted live-fire drills in South Korea today following North Korea's test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile .

South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoting military sources said that South Korean and U.S. fighter jets conducted precision strike drills aimed at attacking enemy targets hidden underground.

China has issued safety advisory for its citizens staying in or travelling to India, in the backdrop of the ongoing standoff between the troops of the countries near the Sikkim sector.

The Chinese Embassy in India reminded Chinese citizens to pay close attention to the local security situation, improve self-protection awareness, strengthen security and reduce unnecessary travel.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to put aside "distractions" that have strained relations between the two countries.

Meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg, he said the healthy development of relations between the two countries is important to the rest of the world.

However, the Chinese leader said there is no room for compromise on issues related to history and Taiwan and Japan shall honor its words in this respect.

In Germany,deadlock over climate change between the US and the other nations at the G20 summit appears to have been broken.

G20 leaders finally agreed on a compromise in their joint summit statement on climate change that takes note of the US decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris accord.

The statement also says the US will endeavour to work closely with other countries to help them access and use fossil fuels more cleanly and efficiently , given the importance of energy access and security in their nationally determined contributions.

Russia says effective measures are needed for a genuine ceasefire and implementation of Minsk Agreements to end the conflict in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin met with his counterparts from France Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on agenda on the fringes of the G20 summit in Hamburg to discuss Ukraine issue.

Kremlin spokesman said there was an understanding between the three countries that strong measures should be taken to ensure real ceasefire on the frontline and withdrawal of military hardware.

The United Nations has expressed the hope that agreement between the United States and Russia for a cease-fire in southwest Syria will help in the sucess of upcoming peace talks.

The U.N.'s deputy special envoy to Syria Ramzy Ramzy said in Damascus today that the agreement announced in Hamburg, is a step in the right direction.

Meanwhile, Russian, American and Jordanian experts at a meeting in Amman have agreed on a memorandum of understanding to create a de-escalation zone in the regions of Daraa, Quneitra and Sweida.

A new round of U.N.-sponsored peace talks will be held in Geneva on Monday.

In Kenya, nine civilians were killed by al-Shabab extremists from neighboring Somalia in an attack on a village in Jima village of Lamu County today.

Thirty-five migrants, including seven children, were drowned after a boat sank today off the Libyan coast, east of Tripoli.

Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hookup at 2110 hours a special drama entitled "KAMAND" in connection with " 70-years of Independence Celebrations of Pakistan"

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