Pakistan says it will continue to raise voice against Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.


The death toll in Indian troops' firing in occupied Kashmir has risen to eighteen.


Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq says Indian government has given free hand to troops to kill maximum Kashmiris.


Lowari Tunnel will be completed by March next year upon the directive of Prime Minister.


National Assembly Speaker has reiterated government's resolve to settle all outstanding political and security issues in the region peacefully.


Over eight thousand youth from across the country have received loans under Prime Minister's Youth Business Loan programme.


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Pakistan has strongly condemned continued martyrdom of innocent Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir.


Foreign Office Spokesman in a statement in Islamabad today said extra-judicial killings of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and scores of other innocent Kashmiris are deplorable and condemnable.


He said such acts are a violation of fundamental human rights of Kashmiris and cannot stop the people of Jammu and Kashmir from demanding their right to self determination.


The Spokesman said Pakistan also has serious concerns over the detention of Kashmiri leadership in Indian held territory and called upon the Indian government to fulfill its human rights obligations as well as its commitments under the United Nations Security Council Resolutions.


Pakistan reiterated the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is only possible by granting right to self determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, as per the United National Security Council resolutions, through a fair and impartial plebiscite under UN auspices.


Meanwhile, talking to Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs channel, Foreign Office spokesman said Pakistan constantly invites attention of the United Nations, international community, and human rights organizations to plight of Kashmiris in Indian Held Kashmir.


He said detention of Hurriayt leaders by the Indian forces on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr is condemnable.


The Spokesman said Pakistan is deeply concerned over Indian government's attempts to convert Muslim majority into a minority through demographic changes in Occupied Kashmir.


To a question, Nafees Zakariya said the people of Kashmir are a major stakeholder in Kashmir dispute and their participation in  resolution of this longstanding issue is a must.



Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says Pakistan will continue to raise voice against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.


He was talking to media along with special assistant to Prime Minister on political affairs Asif Kirmani following enquiring after the health of Azad Kashmir PML-N candidate at PIMS in Islamabad today.


Referring to brutal activities by Indian forces yesterday in Occupied Kashmir, he said United Nations and international Human Rights Organizations should take notice of these human rights violations.


Pervaiz Rashid said India could not suppress the freedom voice of Kashmiris by committing such unprecedented atrocities against unarmed people.


He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has also condemned the brutal incidents in held Kashmir.


The Information Minister said Chief Election Commissioner of Azad Kashmir should play his due role in providing peaceful environment for upcoming elections in Azad Kashmir.


He asked the Chief Election Commissioner Azad Kashmir to take measure to ensure free and fair elections in Azad Kashmir.


He said Prime Minister has appealed to the nation to observe Yaum-e-Dua today.



Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Birjees Tahir has strongly condemned the brutal activities of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.


In a statement today, he said India cannot suppress the peaceful liberation movement of the people of Kashmir with force.


He urged international community to take notice of Indian brutalities in held Kashmir.



And in occupied Kashmir, death toll in firing by Indian troops on protesters has risen to 18 while over 200 have been injured, so far.


One youth lost his life when security forces opened fire on protesters in Pulwama this morning.


Earlier, three people, who were seriously injured in firing incidents yesterday, succumbed to their injuries last night.


Meanwhile, curfew was imposed in the occupied valley today.


On the other hand, a two-day shutdown is also being observed in the entire Kashmir Valley from today against the killing spree unleashed by Indian army and police following the martyrdom of Burhan Wani.


Call for the strike was given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyet Leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.



Chairman Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has termed recent martyrdom of innocent youths by Indian troops declaration of war against people in Occupied Kashmir.


Speaking in a programme of Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel, he said indiscriminate firing on peaceful demonstrators shows that Indian government has given task to troops and police to kill maximum Kashmiris.


Mirwaiz urged the international community to take cognizance of such atrocities by the Indian forces against innocent civilians.


He said establishment of colonies for retired troops and other such plans of Indian government are aimed at changing of demographic position of Occupied Kashmir.


Mirwaiz said Kashmiri Hurriyat Leadership and people are facing the worst kind of persecution and human rights violations.



In occupied Kashmir, a state of emergency has been declared in hospitals as the number of people injured in firing by Indian troops on protesters is on the rise.


Principal Government Medical College, Srinagar, Dr Qasiar Ahmad told media that a medical emergency has been declared in view of the ongoing situation in Kashmir and routine admissions operation and leaves of the doctors have been cancelled.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says members of the Election Commission are likely to be appointed by 25th of this month.


Talking to newsmen in Lahore today, he said government wants to evolve consensus on Terms of Reference on Panama Papers.


The Minister said we want a law to ensure indiscriminate accountability.


Ishaq Dar said country's interest should be kept supreme over personal agenda. He said Pakistan of 2018 will be brighter and prosperous state. 



Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan says power projects being carried out at a cost of billions of rupees under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will help in ending power outages in the country.


Addressing thanks giving function in Gujranwala in connection with returning of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, he said people had given mandate to PML-N for serving the nation in general elections.


He said government is not only constructing roads for providing better communication facilities and boosting business activities in the country but also constructing schools, hospitals, medical colleges and other infrastructure to facilitate the people.


In connection with thanks giving day, a ceremony was held in Peshawar also. Here is a report from our correspondent.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says country will continue to move forward on path to progress and prosperity under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's leadership.


He was talking to a group of PML-N elected representatives in Lahore today.


Shahbaz Sharif said today's Pakistan is far better, peaceful and economically sound than that of 2013.


He said the national economy has improved due to concrete economic policies of PML-N government.


Shahbaz Sharif said the foreign currency reserves have touched a record high level.


The Chief Minister said government's sincere efforts to bring country out of energy crisis are proving fruitful and government's tireless efforts in this regard will end load-shedding for good.


Shahbaz Sharif said sit-ins and protests are no solution to the political issues. He said those, who are putting hurdles in the way of progress, are not sincere to public. 




Prime Minister's Adviser Engineer Amir Muqam says the Luwari Tunnel will be completed by March next year at all costs.


Talking to newsmen during a visit to the Luwari Tunnel site today, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed to complete the tunnel in March instead of December next year.


Amir Muqam said the project will bring a revolution in the life of the people of Chitral. The tunnel will also facilitate the transportation of local products to markets across Pakistan and abroad thereby improving the economic conditions of the people and the area.  


The twenty-seven billion rupees project consists of two tunnels of eight point six and one point nine kilometres and four bridges.


Amir Muqam said the government is also constructing Chitral-Gilgit Road, which will promote tourism in this part of the country. 


He said the government is also working on feasibility of linking Chitral with Central Asian Republics via Afghanistan.



Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehamn says the ongoing development projects in Tangir and Dareal will soon be completed to provide immediate benefits to the people.


Addressing a public gathering at Tangir in district Diamer, he announced to restore allocated quota of wheat supply to both the Tehsils, which was earlier reduced by the department concerned.


Hafeez-ur-Rehamn assured to depute officers in Diamer district for smooth functioning of administration to address problems being faced by the people.



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says bilateral engagement with Germany will continue to broaden on basis of mutual respect and interests.


He made these remarks while talking to the President of German Parliament Norbert Lammert in Berlin today.


Both the leaders agreed on strengthening Pak-German friendship through enhancing parliamentary and people to people contacts.


Sardar Ayaz Sadiq reiterated resolve of the government for a peaceful neighborhood and its desire to settle all outstanding political and security issues in the region.



The Government has accorded priority to the power sector in the Public Sector Development Programme where a total investment of four hundred and ten billion rupees is planned for the current financial year.


Of this, about one hundred and fifty seven billion rupees have been proposed from the budget. In addition, two hundred and fifty three billion rupees will be invested by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company, Power Companies and WAPDA from the self-generated resources on power generation and distribution projects. 



Over eight thousand youth from across the country have so far received loans under Prime Minister's Youth Business Loans programme to set up their own businesses.


According to official sources, another eight thousand cases are in process, on which the loans will be given within the next three months.  About fifty percent loan seekers are women under this scheme.


Loans amounting to over seven billion rupees have been disbursed by the National Bank and First Women Bank while three hundred million rupees by the private banks.


The sources said the recovery rate of Youth Business Loans Scheme is ninety seven percent.


Meanwhile, under Prime Minister's Interest Free Loan scheme, so far loans were given to one hundred seventy-five thousand people. Loans under this scheme are being given in far flung areas, including FATA.



Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Disaster Management Authority has initiated reconstruction of damaged houses and rehabilitation of flood hit-families in Chitral.


Army troops deployed in the area are also busy in reconstruction of infrastructure and helping out affected people to rebuild their houses.



The Provincial Disaster Management Authority Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has issued alert about heavy rain and thunderstorm from tomorrow that can cause flash floods at different places of the province.


The district administrations throughout the province has been directed to be vigilant and take precautionary measures to avert human and material losses.



The Frontier Corps Balochistan has apprehended eighteen suspects in search operations in Quetta today.


According to FC spokesman the search operations were carried out in Killi Badini and kechi Baig areas of Sariab road.


Arms and Jihadi literature were also recovered from them.




UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has expressed grief over the sad demise of renowned social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi.


In a message, Ban Ki-moon said late Edhi was a living legend, who always taught love, justice and kindness towards humanity regardless of religion and race. He said Edhi has changed lives of several people with his simplicity and honesty.



In India, death toll has risen to fifteen due to flash floods from torrential downpours in Madhya Pradesh state.


The State Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a message said some major roads are still flooded after days of heavy rain.


India has been in grip of its worst water crisis in years, with three hundred million people suffering from drought.



In Syria, government forces have repelled a fierce assault by opposition fighters seeking to reopen their only supply route into Aleppo city.


The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 29 fighters from the Islamist Faylaq al-Sham rebel group and Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front were killed in fighting or by mines laid by the government troops.



In Turkey, five soldiers and a village guard were killed and fifteen people including ten soldiers wounded in a car bomb attack on military outpost in Van province today.


The army in a statement blamed the attack in the mainly Kurdish province on separatists from the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.



Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced victory of his conservative coalition government in 2nd July's general elections.


Talking to reporters in Sydney, he said we have won the election and done so peacefully.


Counting of votes is still underway, but the opposition leader Bill Shorten called Prime Minister to congratulate him on being re-elected.


The final of Euro football Cup 2016 is being played between host France and Portugal at Stade de in Paris tonight.

France qualified for the final after beating Germany by two goals to nil while Portugal defeated Wales by two-zero in the semi-final.


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