JULY 9, 2017


Two hundred thousand laptops will be distributed among students under fourth and fifth phases of Prime Minister's Youth Scheme beginning tomorrow .

Minister for Water and Power says PML-N greatly respects the courts.

Finance Minister has rejected media reports as baseless propaganda that he has assured JIT to furnish evidence against the Prime Minister.

Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has been unanimously elected as Vice Chairman of International Conference of Asian Political Parties.

Amritsar-based Sikh organization Dal Khalsa has urged world powers to help resolve Kashmir dispute.

Iraqi Prime Minister today declared victory in Mosul after nine-month guerilling war against the Islamic State group.

In Syria, a ceasefire brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan began in southern parts of the country today.

Legendary soccer player Ronaldino says Pakistan is a peaceful country and urged foreign players to come here to play.


The fourth and fifth phases of Prime Minister`s Youth Laptop scheme begin tomorrow.

Two hundred thousand laptops will be distributed among students of public sector higher education institutions across the country.

Students enrolled in Ph. D , MS, M Phil, Masters and Undergraduate courses are eligible to apply.

Special quota is reserved for students pursuing two or three-year Diploma of Associate Engineering programmes at government colleges and the students of intermediate, graduate and post-graduate programmes at public sector colleges or universities of FATA and Islamabad Capital Territory.

Disabled students are also placed in the reserved quota to benefit from the scheme.

Students can register their profiles with HEC by 30th of September.


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's visit to Dasu tomorrow has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Fresh date for the visit will be announced later subject to weather condition.


Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif says PML-N greatly respects the courts, as it has struggled very hard for independent judiciary.

Addressing a ceremony in Sialkot today, he said PML-N rendered great sacrifies for independence of judiciary and rule of law in the country.

Khawaja Asif said under vibrant leadership of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the country is going to make unprecedented development.

The Minister said economically stable and prosperous Pakistan is our destination and we will never compromise our goal.

The PML-N leader said there is no single case of corruption and irregularity against the government as transparency and merit are our mission.

The Minister said the conscious people of Pakistan have come to know about the negative politics of PTI Chairman.


Minister for Railways Saad Rafiq says PML-N will not let the wheel of democracy be reversed in the country.

Addressing a function in Lahore today, he said PML-N has struggled and rendered great sacrifices to strengthen democracy in Pakistan.

However, he regretted that certain elements do not want democracy to flourish in the country.

Saad Rafiq said besides strengthening democracy, the PML-N government has been successful in stabilizing economy, which has also been acknowledged by international financial agencies.

He said CPEC will bring progress and prosperity to the country and all federting units will equally benefit from it.

The Minister said the people of smaller provinces have complete faith in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, as they know that he has the vision for development of the country.

He said PTI Chairman Imran Khan is continuously evading accountability. He said Imran Khan is scared of presenting himself before Election Commission of Pakistan and for this reason, he is not providing details of foreign funding.


Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has rejected the baseless allegations against him being circulated by a section of the media.

According to Finance Minister's spokesman, Ishaq Dar has never given any assurance to the JIT during his appearance that he will furnish documentary evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

The spokesman said that the finance minister is neither seeking US citizenship for himself and his family nor has he secretly married to a Member of the National Assembly

He said it was also propagated that Ishaq Dar has not paid any tax for his Mercedes Benz car since it was purchased in 2008. He confirmed that Senator Dar has made payments of the motor vehicle tax each year since 2008 till 30th June of the next year.

The spokesman said that proper legal action has been initiated against the people and parties involved in this baseless propaganda blitz.

Finance Division has officially asked Governor State Bank to initiate an inquiry into the sharp deterioration of rupee-dollar exchange rate in the inter-bank market.

The Division has also directed to complete report in this regard within a period of ten days.

The rupee-dollar exchange rate in the inter-bank market deteriorated by 3.1 percent from 104.90 to 108.25 per US dollar on Wednesday last.

On the same day, the Finance Minister took immediate notice and called for a detailed report from the State Bank of Pakistan on this artificial and unnatural deterioration in the exchange rate.


Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad says political parties must have vision for the welfare of the people and all their polices must revolve around it.

Addressing a gathering in Attock, he said people have expectations from their leaders and leaders of PML-N are fulfilling these expecitations.

The Minister said PML-N is the name of a mission and this mission is to make Pakistan developed and prosperous, alleviate poverty and raise living standards of the people.


Minister of State for Housing Barrister Usman Ibrahim says government is committed to eliminate terrorism, extremism, loadshedding, inflation and poverty completely from the country.

Addressing a ceremony in Gujranwala, he said government has fulfilled most of the electoral promises to provide various amenities of life to the people.

Usman Ibrahim said energy sector projects being carried out at a cost of billions of rupee would be completed by next year as a result of which the country would get rid of loadshedding for good.

The 50th death anniversary of Madr-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah was observed with reverence today.

Various government and private institutions, political parties and women wings of many organizations arranged conferences and seminars to highlight the services rendered by Fatima Jinnah.

Radio Pakistan and TV channels aired specail programmes while newspapers published supplements to highlight her role and support to his brother Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in his struggle for the creation of Pakistan.

Fatima Jinnah was one of the leading and pioneering woman figures in the Pakistan Movement and served as the executive member of Pakistan Movement committee.


Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has been unanimously elected as Vice Chairman of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties.

The election took place at a meeting of the forum's Standing Committee, comprising twenty seven members, in Seoul.

Mushahid Hussain Sayed represented Pakistan in the Conference that was attended by over three hundred political parties from fifty two Asian countries.


Polling for by-election in constituency PS-114 Karachi ended in a peaceful manner and counting of votes has been started.

There were twenty seven candidates in the run but tough contest is expected among candidates of Pakistan Peoples Party, MQM Pakistan, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz.

Strict security measures have been taken to maintain law and order in the constituency.


Meanehile, counting of votes is also in progress for by-election to Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly seat GBLA-4, Hunza Nagar-1.

The construction work on Sukkur-Multan section of Karachi-Lahore Motorway (M-9) is in full swing at a cost of two hundred billion rupees.

Our Karachi correspondent reports that 1152 kilometers long motorway connecting Karachi and Gwadar ports with China, Afghanistan and Central Asian states, will be completed by end of next year.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the country has embarked upon road to progress under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

In a statement in Lahore today, he said 1320-megawatt Sahiwal Coal Power Plant has been completed in record period of twenty-two months.


A three-day anti polio campaign begins in twelve districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two tribal agencies tomorrow.

Sources of Provincial Health Department told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that more than three point two million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops in Peshawar, Haripur, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram, Kohistan, Torghar, Shangla, Swat, Upper & Lower Dir, Chitral districts, Khyber and South Waziristan Agencies.

Meanwhile, a six-day special anti-polio campaign in nine union councils of Khairpur district will also start tomorrow. The campaign will begin in other provinces as well.

Over eighteen thousand children will be vaccinated against polio.

Special security measures have been taken to ensure security of polio teams.


Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi says PML-N led government is fulfilling all its promises made with the nation in general elections.

Addressing a gathering in Havellian today, he said government has put the country on the path to development and prosperity.

Prime Minister's Advisor Engineer Amir Muqam says the government is sincerely working to make Pakistan a developed and prosperous state.

Addressing a public gathering at Pabbi in district Nowshera today, he said PML(N) government has launched mega development projects for welfare of people.


Addressing PML(N) women workers’ convention in Peshawar , he said network of development projects is being spread in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA like rest of the country.

He said the agenda of PML(N) is development and prosperity of the country and no one will be allowed to spoil it.

Criticizing the PTI-led government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Amir Muqam said the party is involved in mega corruption in the province.

He said critics of metro bus projects could not present the feasibility report of rapid bus in Peshawar in over four years.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says the provincial government has made province a model through good governance.

Addressing at a public gathering at Akora Khattak in district Nowshera today, he said huge funds have been allocated for promotion of health and education sectors.

He said doctors and para medics have been recruited to overcome shortage of staff in hospitals.

The chief minister said embankments are being constructed on River Kabul at a cost of thirteen billion rupees to protect Peshawar, Charsadda and Nowshera districts from possible flood devastation.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has chalked out a plan for the development of Torghar district.

Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-Ur - Rehman has directed to complete all development projects at the earliest.

This he said while presiding over a high level meeting in Gilgit.

The Chief Minister has constituted a committee to strengthen coordination among Works Department, Local Bodies and Gilgit Development Authority.

He also directed to formulate policy to enhance capacity building of all departments.

Balochistan Government is utilizing all available resources for development of agriculture sector in the province.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that over eight billion rupees have been allocated for agriculture sector in financial year 2017-18.

Construction work on agriculture training centres has been started at a cost of 500 million rupees.

Besdie, Date Market would be constructed in Turbat city for packing and marketing of dates.

A Pakistan-China Friendship concert was held in Beijing today, to give the audience a taste of Chinese and Pakistani culture.

A friendship duet performed by Chinese singer Zhou Zhinou along with some Pakistani students enthralled the audience.

They sang popular Pakistan national songs "dil dil Pakistan, jevay jevay Pakistan and sohni dharti" which are very popular
among the Chinese people.


Pakistan summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner J.P. Singh today again and lodged a strong protest over further unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian forces in Chirikot and Satwal Sectors.

While condemning the unprovoked Indian firing, Director General SAARC Dr. Mohammad Faisal said three more civilians were martyred and one was injured by the Indian shelling on civilian population.

He said deliberate targeting of civilians is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.

The Director General urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire agreement, investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct Indian forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the Line of Control.

The Foreign Office official said UN Miliary Observers Group in India and Pakistan should be allowed to play its role as mandated by the UN Security Council resolutions.

He also said Indian attempts to deflect international attention from worsening situation in Occupied Kashmir due to its repressive measures, by heating up the LoC, shall fail.

AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says Kashmiris are peaceful nation who have been struggling for their internationally recognized right to self determination for the last seventy years.

Talking to media on reaching Ivory Coast today to attend OIC Foreign Ministers meeting, he said Kashmiris are determined to achieve their birthright despite worst state terrorism by Indian forces in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Prime Minister expressed profound gratitude to Pakistani nation for extending exemplary solidarity with Kashmiris on the first martyrdom anniversary of freedom leader Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

He said it is matter of great satisfaction for the Kashmiris residing on both sides of the Line of Control.

Raja Farooq Haider said India has banned the entry of international human rights organizations in occupied Kashmir to blanket the atrocities being committed by its troops.


In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has condemned curfew and other restrictions, imposed by Indian authorities across the territory on the first martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.

In a joint statement in Srinagar, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said India has turned Jammu and Kashmir into a war zone.

They appealed to the people to throng residences of martyrs, tomorrow, and participate in an online Kashmir Awareness Campaign on Tuesday as part of week-long protests.

The Amritsar-based Sikh organization Dal Khalsa leaders H S Dhami and Kanwar Pal Singh have paid great homage to Kashmiri youth Burhan Wani Shaheed.

In a statement, they urged the world powers to break their silence and intervene to resolve the Kashmir dispute.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Trehgam area of Kupwara district on the third consecutive day, today, against the brutalities of Indian army and police.

All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road.


In Iraq, government has declared that Mosul has been completely liberated from the Islamic State militants.

The announcement was made by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi during his visit to the city today to congratulate government forces and Iraqi people on achievement of the major victory.

Meanwhile, a senior military official said today that thirty militants were killed while attempting to escape by swimming across the river Tigris that bisects the city.

A ceasefire in southern Syria, brokered by the United States, Russia and Jordan, began today.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports that there is complete cessation of hostilities and shelling in the three southern provinces since implementation of the ceasefire this afternoon.


In Germany, fresh clashes erupted between police and portesters in Hamburg today, following the end of the G-20 summit.

The protesters gathered in Schanzen district at the close of the summit and set a number of vehicles on fire.

Over two hundred officers have been injured in clashes between police and the protesters since Thursday and more than one hundred forty people detained.

The people were protesting against globalisation on the occasion of the G-20 summit.

In Japan, rescuers continue their search for victims of freak rains that have triggered floods and landslides in southwestern part of the country.

Local media reported today that at least eighteen people have died and hundreds of others displaced by the floods and landslides.

Authorities have warned of more heavy rains and potential landslides.

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