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Headlines

JULY 10, 2017

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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.

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

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

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

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

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad this 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.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Law Barrister Zafarullah said JTI report is actually a report of PTI. He said four out of six JIT members were totally ignorant of law. He said JIT members were biased, which was against the spirit of justice. He said the JIT has failed to record the statement of the most important witness in the case.

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said that the PML-N will expose all the lacunas, shortcomings, and contradictions in the JIT report before the Supreme Court. He said Panama Papers has been converted to a political war from a legal matter. He, however, said that we have full confidence in the apex court.

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said findings of the JIT report are based on speculations and suppositions instead of solid facts.

JIT-REPORT
Earlier, JIT submitted its final report before a three-member bench of the apex court today.

The implementation bench, constituted as a consequence of a judgement 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.


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

ECNEC
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 today with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.

The projects approved today 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.

COMMITTEE
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.

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

Presiding over a high level meeting in Lahore today, 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.

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

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.

PRESIDENT-CONDEMNATION
President Mamnoon Hussain has strongly condemned the Chaman terrorist attack targeting police officials in which DPO Chaman embraced martyrdom.

The President prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and expressed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family over this huge loss.

He also prayed for the early recovery of the injured and directed the authorities concerned to provide all possible medical facilities to them.

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

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 today.

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 Hurriyat 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.

IHK-COMPENSATION
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.

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

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.

WEATHER

Rain and thunderstorm with isolated heavy to very heavy falls is expected at a number of places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Faisalabad divisions and Kashmir while at scattered places in Malakand, Peshawar divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan druing the next twenty-four hours.

However, hot and humid weather is likely in rest of the country.


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