DATE: 10-07-2017                                


PML (N) has rejected Joint Investigation Team's report on Panama Papers case submitted in the Supreme Court.


The ECNEC has approved eleven development and welfare projects worth two hundred and thirty four billion rupees.


Higher Education Commission will establish around one hundred and fifty community colleges at district level across the country to produce skilled human resource.


A meeting of Corps Commanders has reviewed internal security situation, operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and matters of border management to secure country's frontiers.


National Disaster Management Authority has directed concerned departments to remain alert in view of likely floods after heavy rains forecast for next two days. 


Sri Lanka will buy three hundred thousand metric ton rice from Pakistan.


In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred another three Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district on Monday.


The United States, India and Japan on Monday started the largest naval exercise off the Indian coast.





PML-N has rejected the Joint Investigation Team's report submitted to the Supreme Court on Monday and declared it a collection of an opposition political party.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday evening, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said the report is a compilation of allegations hurled by political opponents of the PML-N. He said they will present their objections before the Supreme Court on the JIT report.


Ahsan Iqbal said the report lacks any substantial evidence against the Prime Minister and his family. He said our legal team is reviewing the report and will submit its arguments in the apex court. 



The Joint Investigation Team formed by the Supreme Court to probe the matters relating to Panama Papers case, submitted its final report before a three-member bench of the apex court on Monday.


The implementation bench, constituted as a consequence of a judgment of the larger bench, is headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal.


The bench said that the parties can take copies of the report from the Registrar Office. However, on the request of the head of the JIT, it was directed that volume ten of the report should not be declassified.


The bench said that the process of mudslinging must also stop.


At the outset of the hearing, the implementation bench disposed of a petition filed by Hussain Nawaz regarding leak of his picture during appearance before the JIT.


The bench said it empowers the Federal Government to make public name of the person responsible for photo leak and form Commission, if needed.


The bench said it cannot constitute a Commission on the issue.


The bench also ordered registration of an FIR against Chairman Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan.


The three-member implementation bench has adjourned the hearing till Monday next.


It is worth mentioning that she six-member investigation team, led by Deputy Director General FIA Wajid Zia, was given sixty days to complete the task.


The team held numerous sessions at Federal Judicial Academy in Islamabad during which Hussain Nawaz, elder son of the Prime Minister, appeared before it for six times; Prime Minister's younger son Hassan Nawaz three times and his daughter Maryam Nawaz on 5th of this month. 


Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif himself appeared before the JIT on 15th of last month and Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif on the 17th.


Among others who appeared before the Commission to record their statements and respond to queries included NAB Chairman Qamar Zaman Chaudhry and son-in-law of the Prime Minister retired Captain Muhammad Safdar.


Apart from its final report, the JIT also submitted before the implementation bench of the Supreme Court fortnightly reports.                      



Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Daniyal Aziz says political rivals of PML-N are hiding their faces as they are real culprits of corruption.


Talking to media in Islamabad on Monday, he said that PTI Chairman Imran Khan tried to invade Islamabad through "lockdown" campaign.


He demanded that volume 10 of the JIT report should be disclosed.


Daniyal Aziz said people of Pakistan know that what is going on behind the scene.                        



Election Commission of Pakistan has adjourned the hearing of Party funding case against PTI till 16th of next month.


Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan in his remarks said Commission will give its verdict after hearing arguments of the petitioner.


Later, talking to media, PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz said PTI chief has failed to give his money trail.


In another case, about contempt of court against PTI Chairman Imran Khan, the Election Commission adjourned the hearing till 19th of this month.                           



The government has approved eleven development and welfare projects worth two hundred and thirty four billion rupees in the country.


The approval was granted at a meeting of the Executive Committee of National Economic Council, which met in Islamabad on Monday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.


The projects approved on Monday include 40.8 MW Koto Hydropower Project in Lower Dir at a cost of over 13 billion rupees, enhancing Public-Private Partnerships in Sindh worth over 19 billion rupees, Integration of Health Services Delivery in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a cost of over 13 billion rupees and Peshawar Sustainable Bus Rapid Transit Corridor Project worth 49 billion rupees.


The projects also include Karachi Neighborhood Improvement Project and Karachi Transformation Project worth over 10 billion rupees, improvement, upgradation and widening of Jaglot-Skardu Road at a cost of 32 billion rupees, and improvement and construction of two additional lanes on either side of Thokar Niaz Baig to Hudyiara Drain Multan Road  in Lahore costing over ten billion rupees.


The schemes also included Punjab Irrigated-Agriculture Productivity Improvement Project costing over 67 billion rupees and Prime Minister's Youth Skill Development Program worth over six billion.                      



Higher Education Commission has planned to establish around one hundred and fifty affiliated community colleges at district level across the country to produce skilled human resource.


Official sources say it t is part of the government's plan to expand the number of higher educational institutions in the country under the HEC Vision 2025.


The officials said over thirty-five billion rupees have been allocated for this purpose in the current fiscal year.


Fifteen new research universities will also be established across the country.



State Minster for National Health Services Regulations and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar has said present government is taking several steps for empowerment of women.


Addressing a gathering of women at Hafizabad on Monday, she said women of country are playing important role in different fields of life.


She said that government is providing soft loans, free of cost cattle and imparting vocational training to enable them to earn their own livelihood in respectable manners as well as to play their vital role in national development.


Saira Afzal Tarar said the PML-N government is committed to curb diseases including polio from the country.


She said women can play proactive role for making the country polio free.               



National Assembly's Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Resources has recommended the Sui Northern Gas Company Limited to give two million new gas connections during the next two years.


The committee meeting chaired by Chaudhry Bilal Ahmed Virk, appreciated Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for making untiring efforts to overcome the energy crisis.


Shahid Khaqan Abbasi informed the committee that the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines issued 1.5 million new connections since the PML-N government came into power in 2013.


He said with the import of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the energy situation had improved across the country including, Punjab where 40 percent gas supply had reduced after the 18th constitutional amendment.                        



202nd Corps Commanders' Conference chaired by Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa was held at GHQ in Rawalpindi on Monday.


The forum reviewed geo-strategic security environment with focus on evolving situation in the Middle East and Afghanistan and its implications on Pakistan. 


It reiterated to continue supporting and enabling national efforts to play positive role in line with Pakistan's national interests.


Progress in Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad, military to military engagement with Afghanistan for better border management, internal security situation of the country including preparations for flood relief operations if required and development plan of the forces was also discussed in the corps commanders' conference.                  



Three security personnel were martyred and four injured in two separate mine explosions near Pak-Afghan border in Kurram Agency on Monday.


The injured were shifted to CMH Thall.


The security forces cordoned off the area and started search operation against terrorists in the area.                 



District Police Officer Qilla Abdullah Sajid Mohmand was martyred in a bomb attack in Chaman on Monday.


According to police, over twelve people, including police personnel, were also injured in the blast.


Injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Chaman.              



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri and Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan have strongly condemned the attack.  


They expressed deep grief and sorrow over martyrdom of the police officer and prayed for early recovery of the injured.                        



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said rail network is being revamped in the country under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


Presiding over a high level meeting in Lahore on Monday, he said we are bringing innovation to Pakistan Railways. He said for the first time after World War II, a historic project to upgrade the railways is going to start with the Chinese assistance.  


The Federal Minister said focus is also on revival and development of branch lines along with upgradation of Railways' main line from Karachi to Peshawar.                           



Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has said his government has initiated work on a number of developmental projects for welfare of people of the province.


Addressing a function in Peshawar on Monday, he said reforms have been introduced in education, health and police departments to provide maximum facilities to people.


Pervez Khattak said under billion trees Tsunami, saplings have been planted on one thousand and six hundred sites of the province.                      



A three-day anti-polio campaign began in twelve districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two agencies of FATA on Monday morning.



The federal government has launched a six month technical training programme for tribal youth.


FATA Development Authority spokesman told our Peshawar correspondent that youth will be trained in Quantity Surveyor, Civil Land and Draftsman, Basic Computer course, AutoCad, Solar Panel and UPS Installation and Repairing.


Besides training, they will also be provided free boarding and lodging as well as monthly stipends.


Interested candidates have been asked to submit their applications in the office of agency coordination officer of their respective agency by the 19th of this month.



National Disaster Management Authority has asked all concerned departments for clearance of sewerage and drainage system in all major cities in view of the forecast of heavy rainfall in next two days.


According to NDMA, heavy rainfalls may cause medium to high flood in Rivers Chenab, Jhelum, Ravi and Sutlej and other nullahs.


NDMA also directed to issue alerts, to people residing close to rivers and water courses. People have been asked to vacate dangerous buildings, remain away from electric wires, avoid swimming during rain, and do not venture into nullahs.


It also asked NHA, FWO and provincial governments to remain vigilant.                      



Sri Lanka will procure three hundred thousand metric ton rice from Pakistan to meet the domestic shortfall because of drought in the country.


This was discussed during a meeting between a high level Sri Lankan delegation led by Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry Chinthaka Lokuhetti and Secretary Commerce Mohammad Younus Dhagato in Islamabad on Monday.


Secretary Commerce informed that Pakistan will initially provide at least twenty five thousand metric ton of rice on urgent basis.


Both sides also discussed about signing a Memorandum of Understanding between the two countries for supply of other commodities.                        



Pakistan Ambassador in Beijing Masood Khalid says regular exchange of youth delegations between Pakistan and China will create better awareness and appreciation of each other's culture.


He was addressing a delegation of Chinese students at Pakistan Embassy College in Beijing on Monday.


The Ambassador said that Pakistan and China share a long and rich history of friendship which has been enriched over the years.                           



Leader of the House in the Senate, Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said the new intifada in Occupied Kashmir is a testimony of continuous Indian barbarism and obstinacy on the issue.


Speaking at a seminar on the Kashmir dispute in Islamabad on Monday, he said the situation in Occupied Kashmir is getting volatile with every passing day due to firm resistance by the Kashmiri people.


Raja Zafar ul Haq said the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani has strengthened Kashmiris' urge for freedom.


Addressing the participants of the seminar, Senator PML-N Abdul Qayyum said Pakistan has always stood by the people of Kashmir and represented the case of Kashmir at every forum.                              



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three Kashmiri youth in Kupwara district, on Monday.


According to Kashmir Media Service, the troops martyred the youth during a violent military operation in Naugam area of the district.


Meanwhile, several people including two women were injured after Indian forces fired teargas shells on protesters in Pantha Chhoke area of Srinagar on Monday.


Complete shutdown marked by anti-India demonstrations, was observed in Kulgam, Shopian and Trehgam areas against the brutalities of Indian forces on the civilian population.


On the other hand, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, in a letter to the Secretary General of Organization of Islamic Cooperation has urged the OIC to play its role in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He wrote that Indian army is using chemical weapons during military operations in the occupied territory.


Syed Ali Gilani also expressed serious concern over the increasing tension between Pakistan and India on the Line of Control.                                



In Occupied Kashmir, the State Human Rights Commission has directed the authorities to provide one million rupees as compensation to the civilian used as human shield by Indian army earlier this year.


Chairman SHRC Justice Bilal Nazki said the state authorities have been asked to compensate Farooq Ahmad Dar for endangering his life and dignity. 


Farooq Dar was tied to the bonnet of an Army jeep and paraded through several villages in Budgam district in April this year.             



The United States, India and Japan on Monday started the largest naval exercise off the Indian coast on Monday. 


The US Pacific command in a statement said the annual drill named Malabar is the latest in a continuing series of exercises to address variety of shared threats to maritime security in the Indo-Asia Pacific.


The drills involve the US aircraft carrier USS Nimitz, India's lone carrier Vikramaditya and Japan's biggest warship Izumo.                     



Iran has called for expanding ceasefire in southwestern Syria to the whole of the country to make it successful.


Iran's foreign ministry spokesman told a local News Agency on Monday that the agreement can be fruitful if it is expanded to all of Syria.


The United States, Russia and Jordan announced a ceasefire and de-escalation agreement for the southwest Syria that took effect on Sunday.                         



US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will start a four-day visit to Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia on Monday for talks with Gulf Arab leaders.


According to US State Department, the trip is aimed at finding a breakthrough in the crisis over sanctions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia and its allies.


Meanwhile, central bank of Qatar says it has 340 billion dollars in reserves to weather any sanctions imposed on it.                       



US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says he is hopeful of improvement of his country's relations with Turkey.


Speaking to Turkey-based American diplomats in Istanbul on Monday, he said the two countries are beginning to restore lost mutual trust. The US Secretary of State said challenges still remain but the first steps to normalize relations have been taken.


Tensions between Washington and Ankara have been high over US support for Kurdish rebels in Syria, Turkey's crackdown on rebels since last year's failed coup and Turkish allegations that the US was sympathetic to the coup-plotters.                          



Turkey has asked Greek Cypriots to refrain from taking one sided measures after the failure of latest talks on re-unification of Cyprus.


Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirm speaking at an energy conference in Istanbul on Monday said the Greek Cypriot leadership must seek a constructive approach rather than setting an obstacle for peace. 


Yildirim also reiterated Ankara's stance that the hydrocarbon resources around Cyprus belong to both sides of the Mediterranean island.                   



North Atlantic Treaty Organization has pledged support to Ukraine against an insurgency by pro-Russian separatists in east of the country.


The backing was reiterated by NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg while speaking at the NATO-Ukraine Commission session in Kiev on Monday.

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