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HEADLINES

PML-N leadership has called for making JIT proceedings in Panama Papers case public.

Advisor on Foreign Affairs says meaningful dialogue between Pakistan and India is the only way to resolve all outstanding issues.

Forceful anti-India protest demonstrations were held across occupied Kashmir despite strict curfew and other restrictions on first martyrdom anniversary of Burhani Wani.

The 50th death anniversary of Madar-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah is being observed today with reverence.

[0700]: Polling for by-elections in PS-114 Karachi and GBLA-4 Hunza Nagar will be held today.

The United Nations has welcomed ceasefire agreement between the United States and Russia to quell fighting in southwest Syria.

[0700]: The United States and China have reiterated commitment to resolve North Korean nuclear issue through dialogue. 

Prime Minister approves nomination of Najam Sethi and Arif Ejaz as members of PCB Board of Governors.

[0700]: Karachi Ronaldinho Friends Seven beat Giggs Seven by 2-1 in first international footballers friendly exhibition match in Karachi last night.

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JIT

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif says all the audio and video recordings of the JIT proceedings into Panama Paper case should be made public for ensuring transparency.

He was addressing a joint news conference along with federal ministers Ahsan Iqbal, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Saad Rafique in Islamabad. 

Khawaja Asif said people should come to know what kind of questions were raised and what replies were made.

He said PML-N will not accept the JIT report if the Qatari prince’s letter was not made part of investigation.

The Minister said the JIT needs to get authenticated the letter of the former Qatri prime minister and make it part of the evidence before submitting its final report before the apex court.

Minister for Petroleum Shahid Khaqan Abbasi also expressed reservations on the JIt’s conduct. He said Nawaz Sharif presented himself for accountability before the JIT despite having immunity.

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq said PML-N, being the biggest political party of the country feels that efforts are on to snatch its mandate.

Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said despite all conspiracies, PML-N continues moving on the course of development and it defeated opponents in bye-elections as well as in the elections of cantonment board, local bodies, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.

The JIT will submit its final report to the Special Bench of Supreme Court tomorrow.

 

KIRMANI  

Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Political Affairs Asif Kirmani says major issues like loadshedding and terrorism have been overcome to a large extent.  

Addressing a PML-N workers convention in Islamabad, he said the untiring efforts of the government are bearing fruits and the country is making rapid progress.

Asif Kirmani said there are some elements who want to destabilise the country. But despite all hurdles created by opponents, Muhammed Nawaz Sharif remained committed to serve the nation.

 

MUQAM  

Advisor to Prime Minister Engineer Ameer Muqam says no one can stop the developmental works being carried out by the PML-N government. 

 

Speaking at foundation stone laying ceremony of 220-KVA grid station at Jalozai Nowshera, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved six hundred million rupees for Sui gas in NA-5 Nowshera constituency to facilitate people of the area.

Amir Muqam said PTI believes only in hollow slogans and people have rejected its politics.

 

TANVIR

Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain has said growing Pak-China cooperation will capitalize on the mutual strengths for larger good of peoples of both the countries.

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, he expressed hope that the agreement signed between the two countries to enhance cooperation in science and technology will be implemented in letter and spirit.

                 

AZIZ

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says effective Pak-Afghan border management is essential for curbing terrorism. 

In an interview, he said Pakistan is fencing the border with Afghanistan to check infiltration by terrorists.

Sartaj Aziz said reconciliation among the warring groups in Afghanistan is necessary for durable peace in the war-torn country.

To a question, the Advisor said India has failed to isolate Pakistan diplomatically and it should come to the negotiating table for benefit of the peoples of the region.

He said composite and meaningful dialogue between Pakistan and India is the only way to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

Sartaj Aziz said Kashmir is an international dispute as acknowledged by the United Nations in its resolutions and it should be resolved through negotiations.

 

SHAHBAZ-FAZL

JUI-F Chief and Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazlur Rehman called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore.

Both the leaders condemned atrocities inflicted on innocent people of Occupied Kashmir and unprovoked firing at the Line of Control by the Indian forces.

  

They paid rich tribute to sacrifices rendered by people of the Indian Occupied Kashmir for the right of self-determination.

 

KASHMIR (RECAST)

Forceful anti-India protest demonstrations were held across occupied Kashmir despite strict curfew and other restrictions on first martyrdom anniversary of Burhani Wani.

People came out of their houses in many areas and staged protests. They raised pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

Dozens of civilians, including women, were injured when Indian troops used brute force in various districts of the held valley.

 

FATIMA

The 50th death anniversary of Madar-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah is being observed today with reverence.

Various government and private organizations have chalked out special programs to highlight the services rendered by Fatima Jinnah for creation of Pakistan.

                         

POLLING

Polling for by-election in Sindh Assembly constituency PS-114 Karachi has begun. It will continue till 5.00 pm without any break.

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

Similarly, people have also started costing votes in by-election for Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly seat GBLA-4  Hunza Nagar.

The polling will continue till 4.00 pm without any break.                      

                      

CHINA-US

The United States and China have reiterated commitment to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue through dialogue.

The resolve was expressed during a meeting between US President Donald Trump with his Chinese counterpart on the side-lines of the G20 summit in the German city of Hamburg.

 

The two leaders discussed bilateral counter-terrorism cooperation, regional security situation and other global hot-spot issues.  

                       

US-SAUDI

The United States and Saudi Arabia have discussed measures to resolve on-going conflict between Arab nations and Qatar.

The exchange of views came during Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir's meeting with his US counterpart Rex Tillerson on the side-lines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.

They urged all the parties concerned to come on negotiating table to resolve the Gulf crisis.

                             

UN-SYRIA  

The United Nations has welcomed the ceasefire agreement between the United States and Russia to quell fighting in southwest Syria.

In a press briefing in Damascus, Deputy UN Special Envoy for Syria Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy said the United Nations supports efforts to de-escalate violence in Syria.

                          

PM-PCB

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved nomination of Najam Sethi and Arif Ejaz as members of Board of Governors of Pakistan Cricket Board for three years.

Their nomination will come into effect from 6th of next month. 

                     

FOOTBALL

Karachi Ronaldinho Friends Seven beat Giggs Seven by 2-1 in first international footballers friendly exhibition match in Karachi last night.

From Ronaldinho's side, Roberts Pires and Saadullah scored goals, while the only goal from Giggs Seven was scored by Nicolas Anelka.

The second exhibition match will be played at Fortress Stadium in Lahore today.

Earlier, talking to media, Chief Executive of Leisure Football Leagues Ishaq Shah said the visit of international footballers is aimed at reviving and promoting international sports in Pakistan.

                    

 WEATHER

AND FINALLY THE WEATHER!

Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain-thundershowers with gusty winds are likely at few places of Rawalpindi, Malakand, Hazara, Zhob, Kalat divisions, upper FATA, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-

Islamabad twenty-eight degree centigrade, Lahore thirty, Karachi and Peshawar twenty-nine Quetta twenty-three, Gilgit twenty, Murree nineteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-two degree centigrade.

                    

 


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