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HEADLINES

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 Spokesman of the Prime Minister has dismissed JIT report as biased.

 

Advisor on Foreign Affairs says Pakistan will continue to work for peace, progress and prosperity of Muslim Ummah.

 

Organization of Islamic Cooperation has reaffirmed its unequivocal support to freedom struggle in Occupied Kashmir.

 

The United States has urged Myanmar to allow a UN fact-finding mission to investigate killings and torture of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

 

Pakistan will take on West Indies in the ICC Women's World Cup at Leicester this afternoon.

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MUSADIK

The Prime Minister's spokesman, Dr Musadik Malik says Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz is not surprised by the JIT's report in the Panama Papers case.

 

In an interview, he said the report has proved the reservations of Sharif family about the JIT.

 

He said the JIT report is biased and its members have pressurized witnesses to become approver against the Sharif family.

 

SAAD

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says the Joint Investigation Team’s report submitted to the Supreme Court is worthless as the statement of the Qatari prince was not recorded.

 

Talking to a private news channel, he said the JIT report is not against the expectations of the government, however, the PML-N lawyers would go through it to contest it in the court.

 

He alleged that the report is in fact the narrative of PTI.

 

The minister said PML-N has respect for the judiciary and has played a vital role in its restoration.

 

ABBASI

Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbassi says the government is committed to complete all its ongoing development projects within stipulated time.

 

Addressing a public meeting in Havelian he said certain elements always hatched conspiracies against PML-N government when even it kicked off mega projects in the country.

 

He said these people have been exposed and masses would reject them in upcoming general elections.

 

SARTAJ-OIC

Pakistan has reiterated its commitment to work for peace, progress and prosperity of Muslim Ummah.

 

Addressing the 44th Session of OIC Foreign Ministers at Abidjan, Ivory Coast, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Muslim Ummah must redouble its efforts to strengthen fraternal ties and mutual cooperation to ensure peace, solidarity and progress.

 

He said peace and development would remain elusive if the international community fails to address longstanding unresolved political issues, like Palestine and Kashmir.

 

The Advisor said peace and stability in South Asia is not possible without just resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

 

He also reiterated Pakistan's commitment to support efforts for lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

 

Meanwhile, the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir met on the sidelines of 44th session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Abidjan with OIC Secretary General Yousaf A. Al-Othaimeen in the chair.

 

The Group reiterated its unequivocal support to the Kashmir freedom struggle and condemned Indian barbarism in Occupied Kashmir.

 

It reaffirmed OIC's continued support to the people of Occupied  Kashmir in their just struggle for realization of their right to self-determination as enshrined in the UN Security Council resolutions.

 

KHALID

Pakistan Ambassador to China, Masood Khalid says Pakistan believes in peaceful neighborhood and seeks resolution of disputes through peaceful means.

 

Speaking at a talk show of China Global Television Network, he urged India to fulfill its promise on Kashmir and give an access to the military observers group to monitor ceasefire violations on the Line of Control.

 

About India's weapons deal with the US, Russia and Israel and the security situation in the region, he said it is negatively affecting strategic stability in the region.

 

He said Pakistan is against arms race in South Asia but it has a right as a sovereign country to maintain a certain level of military preparedness.

 

On Indian bids to join Nuclear Supply Group, he said it will change the strategic balance in the region.

 

PRISONERS

Pakistan has released seventy-eight Indians prisoners as a good will gesture.

 

Punjab Rangers handed over the prisoners to Indian Border Security Force at Wagha.

 

The released prisoners include one civilian and seventy seven fishermen.

 

KILLING

Five persons of a family were killed and four others injured in a road accident in Noor Wah near Dadu last night.

 

According to details, the accident occurred when a tractor hit a Suzuki van which was going from Sehwan to Dadu.

 

The injured have been shifted to Civil Hospital Nawabshah.

 

DAY

World Population Day is being observed today.

 

This year's theme is "Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations."

 

MYANMAR

The United States has called on Myanmar to allow a UN fact-finding mission to investigate allegations of killings and torture of Rohingya Muslims by security forces in Rakhine state.

 

The US. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said the international community cannot overlook what is happening in Myanmar.

 

She called on the government in Myanmar to fully cooperate with this fact-finding mission.

 

QATAR

The United States, United Kingdom and Kuwait have urged  Qatar and its  neighbours to resolve their dispute through dialogue.

 

The statement came as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and British National Security Advisor Mark Sedwill visited Kuwait which is acting as a mediator.

 

The State Department said Tillerson would hold talks with leaders in Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

 

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, in a joint statement have said that  Qatar has  failed to meet its commitments and pledges of the 2013 agreement.

 

IRAQ

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has formally declared victory over Islamic State militants in Mosul.

 

In a speech on state television, he said the terrorist state of falsehood has collapsed and our mission is now to create stability and clear remaining Daesh cells.

 

Iraq has declared a week-long holiday to mark the victory.

 

SYRIA

Syrian troops and allied militias have captured several Bedouin villages in southeast of the country to consolidate their control.

 

The air and ground offensive, backed by Russian air power, was waged on eight villages from Tal Asfar to Tlul al Shuhaib.

 

Meanwhile, the World Bank has estimated that the devastating war in Syria has cost the country a 226 billion dollars in cumulative Gross Domestic Product losses.

 

UN-SYRIA

Meanwhile, the United Nations has said agreements to de-escalate the fighting in Syria could simplify the conflict and help stabilise the country.

 

Speaking in Geneva, UN envoy Staffan de Mistura said discussions were being held in Amman to monitor implementation of a ceasefire for southwest Syria brokered by the United States and Russia.

 

He said a deal for the rebel-held town of Idlib could also be announced soon.

 

LIBYA

In Libya, four people have been killed in continued clashes between rival factions east of Tripoli.

 

The fighting began on Sunday when armed groups opposed to the UN-backed government tried to approach the capital and met resistance from rival pro-government groups.

 

ICC

Pakistan will take on West Indies in the ICC Women's World Cup at Leicester today.

 

The match will start at 2:30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.

 

WEATHER

 

Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is expected at a few places in upper Punjab, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad divisions, Kashmir, and at scattered places in southern Punjab, D.G. Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur and Sahiwal divisions, Zhob, Kalat divisions, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next twelve hours.

 

Light rain-drizzle is also likely at a few places along Sindh coast.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning was:-

 

Islamabad twenty-four degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-nine, Karachi twenty-eight, Peshawar twenty-seven, Quetta, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad twenty-two and Murree eighteen degree centigrade.


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