DATE: 11-07-2017                             


Finance Minister says gaps and flaws in JIT report on Panama Papers case will soon be challenged in the apex court.


Planning Minister says political stability is imperative for attaining sustainable development in the country. 


China says every effort will be made to ensure timely completion of CPEC projects.


OIC Foreign Ministers have said Kashmiris' just struggle for freedom cannot be equated with terrorism.


Amnesty International says US-led military coalition has violated international humanitarian law in Iraq.


Thailand has approved building the first stretch of a high-speed railway network to link Bangkok with southern China.


Pakistan's Naseem Akhtar has won World Under-18 Snooker Championship in Beijing.





Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the JIT investigation report on Panama Papers case contains many gaps and flaws, which will soon be challenged in the Supreme Court.


He was addressing a joint news conference along with Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Barrister Zafarullah Khan in Islamabad on Tuesday evening.


Ishaq Dar said the PML-N legal team is reviewing the report, and the response will be submitted to the court with arguments and evidence. He said many documents included in the report do not contain any signatures.


He said a narrative is being tried to be built since the report was submitted to the court. He said patience should be observed till the decision, and the democratic process should be allowed to be continued.


Ishaq Dar rejected as baseless the allegations leveled against him about his financial matters. He said all the record of his tax returns and financial matters is available, and will be presented to the court.


Speaking on the occasion, Khawaja Saad Rafique said the allegations leveled in the JIT report will be replied in Supreme Court.


He said JIT did not ask any question about the documents submitted to the court. He said the JIT acted partially, and its report is based on ill-intentions.


He said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif does not own any offshore company.


The Minister termed the JIT report part of a conspiracy against the government. He said PTI Chief whose party received foreign funding is playing the key role in the conspiracy.


Barrister Zafarullah Khan said the JIT report is being presented as a decision. He said there is a difference between a court decision and an investigation report.                               



Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says political stability is vital for attaining sustainable development and prosperity in the country.


Addressing PML-N youth convention in Islamabad on Tuesday afternoon, he said whenever the country embarks upon a path of progress, anti-developmental elements become active to create political instability.


The Minister said anti-development forces are busy in hatching conspiracies to break the current momentum of expeditious development in the country.


He said the back of terrorism has been broken and the country's security forces have rendered unmatched sacrifices. He said tourism is thriving in the country as a result of improved law and order situation.


He said huge investment has been made in human resource, energy, and infrastructure sectors. He said 10,000 megawatt of electricity will be added to the national grid by next year.


Ahsan Iqbal said world financial institutions are now acknowledging the economic achievements of Pakistan and predicting that Pakistan will be among top twenty economies by 2030. 


He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will prove to be a milestone in country's history, and it will make Pakistan a trade hub in the region.                    



PML-N leaders say their party has always respected the state institutions and courts.


Talking to media persons in Islamabad on Tuesday, PML-N Leader Daniyal Aziz said we know well is happening and ready to confront it.


Expressing his views, PML-N leader Talal Chaudhry said PML-N will not allow anyone to fan clash among the state institutions.


In his remarks, PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi said PTI Chief wants to halt the process of fast-paced development in the country.                     



A three-member Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has summoned PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday in a case seeking his disqualification.


The Chief Justice said certain important questions were raised in the petition. He expressed dissatisfaction over the reply submitted by the counsel on behalf of Imran Khan.


He said Imran Khan should appear in person and explain his position.                       



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says establishment of economic zones under CPEC carries much significance for the development of the country.


He said this during a meeting with a high-level Chinese delegation in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The meeting reviewed progress of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and preparations for 7th Joint Cooperation Committee.


Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC is helping in improving infrastructure, and overcome power outages in the country.


The Minister for Planning said one belt one road initiative will bring closer the Asian, European and African countries.


He said development of Gwadar is priority of the government and its master plan will be completed soon.


The Chinese delegates said every possible effort will be made to ensure timely completion of CPEC projects.


During their four-day visit, the Chinese delegation will hold meetings with Pakistani leaders, business community and review the proposed of economic zones.


The Provincial Governments will also brief the delegates about their Special Economic Zones and their investment plans.                



Pakistan Railways, Economic Cooperation Organization and Islamic Development Bank, at a meeting in Islamabad on Tuesday, discussed possibility of financing infrastructure projects along the Pakistani section of Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul railway route. 


One of the proposed projects is the restoration and upgradation of 612 kilometer Quetta-Taftan Railway Track.


Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique said the initiative can open a new era for Pakistan Railways as Quetta Taftan is an important section.                       



A meeting between officials of Ministries of Railways of Pakistan and China was held in Islamabad on Tuesday to review the plan for upgradation of ML-I.


Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique and Railways Minister of China Li Xuedoung led their sides in the discussions. 


On the occasion Saad Rafique said ML-I project will generate employment and speed up development in the Country.


Li Xuedoung said ML-I up-gradation plan joining Peshawar to Karachi formed a significant part of CPEC's improvement.


He said it will benefit people especially along the route and contribute to economic and social development of Pakistan.                    



Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has called upon world community to fulfill its promise for honourable and dignified return of Afghan refugees to their homeland.


Addressing a conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, he pointed out that about three million Afghan refugees are living in Pakistan because of which the country is facing a lot of problems.



Minister of State for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar says Pakistan will reiterate its five ambitions for family planning 2020 during upcoming summit in London.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, she said government will ensure access of citizens to information and services of a standardized family planning.


She said all the provincial Ministers, participating in the summit, will also promise to supervise their respective provinces for achievement of aims and objectives of the family planning.


The Minister said after devolution the provincial governments have taken significant measures to take forward the population programme.                     



Chief of Malaysian Army General Dato’ Sri Zulkiple Bin Haji Kassim called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Tuesday.


They discussed matters of mutual interest including defence, training and security cooperation between both the countries and overall regional security situation.


Later, the delegation was given detailed briefing on operational and training activities of Pakistan Army.


General Dato’ Sri Zulkiple Bin Haji Kassim acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for elimination of terrorism.


The Chief of Malaysian Army laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada. A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army also presented the guard of honour to the visiting dignitary.                    



The Malaysian Army Chief also called on the Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah in Islamabad on Tuesday.


They discussed issues of mutual interest and professional matters.


The Malaysian Army Chief also held a meeting with Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman.


They discussed matters of mutual interest and professional affairs.


The Malaysian Army chief appreciated role of Pakistan Air Force during operation Zarb-e-Azb.



Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says quality education is the best way to improve the living standard of the people.


Addressing the 9th Convocation of the Kohat University of Science and Technology on Tuesday, he said the nation has great expectations with young generation for development of the country.


Earlier, the Governor gave away gold medals and degrees to the graduating students.                  



Security Forces have recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition placed in a civil truck during intelligence based operation near Kohat tunnel.


According to ISPR, weapons and ammunition was being transported from Dara Adam Khel to Wana.


The weapons include more than six hundred pistols, one hundred and six SMGs, rifles, ammo boxes, five hundred and seventy nine pistol’s magazines and more than seven thousand rounds.


Two terrorists were also arrested in this connection.                    



Federal Government has chalked out a plan to meet any eventuality in tribal areas during monsoon.



A high-level meeting in Karachi on Tuesday with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair reviewed security of Chinese nationals working on CPEC projects in the province.



President Mamnoon Hussain has congratulated the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community Prince Karim Aga Khan on his Diamond Jubilee. 


In a facilitation message issued on Tuesday, he said Aga Khan is a friend of Pakistan and he has rendered unprecedented services for social welfare and development in different parts of the country.



Minister of State and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme, Marvi Memon on the directions of Prime Minister, visited Poonch on Tuesday to condole with families of shuhada and enquire about the health of those injured as a result of Indian firing from across the LoC.


Marvi Memon appreciated befitting response of Pakistan Army to Indian violations of LoC and called upon international community to urge India to immediately put an end to atrocities against innocent Kashmiris.


She also urged the international community to play its role in resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions for a durable peace in the region.



The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has condemned state terrorism in the Indian occupied Kashmir and called upon India to implement the UN Security Council resolutions to resolve the Kashmir dispute.


This condemnation came during 44th session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Cote d'Ivoire on Tuesday.


The Council also called upon the United Nations and the International Community to play their due role in stopping the continuing bloodshed in the Indian occupied Kashmir.


The resolution, adopted unanimously by the 56 member Council, noted that Jammu and Kashmir remains the core dispute between India and Pakistan, and its early resolution is imperative for bringing peace to South Asia.


The Council expressed its support to the widespread indigenous movement of the people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir for their promised right to self-determination and observed that the just struggle of Kashmiris cannot be equated with terrorism.


It deplored the continued use of live ammunition and pellet guns by Indian forces causing mass blinding and killings of innocent Kashmiris.


The Foreign Ministers condemned India for illegal detention of Kashmiris and incarceration of Hurriyat leaders.


They paid rich tributes to the Kashmiris for heroic struggle for realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.


They also noted with deep concern the Indian attempts to bring demographic changes in Indian occupied Kashmir in violation of its obligations under UN resolutions and international law.                                   



In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed on Thursday to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of July 13, 1931 martyrs.


According to Kashmir Media Service, Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over will observe the day to reiterate the pledge that they will continue the mission of their martyrs till the achievement of the inalienable right to self-determination.


The day will be marked by a march towards Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where martyrs of 1931 are buried.


On 13th July 1931, the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris outside Central Jail in Srinagar during the court proceedings against Abdul Qadeer who had asked Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule.


Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership has written a petition to the member states of the United Nations, international organizations and human rights defenders urging them to play their role in finding out a just settlement of long standing Kashmir dispute.


The petition says Kashmir is being ruled by military power and legitimate rights and aspirations of Kashmiri people are being trampled by the Indian occupation forces.



Amnesty International says the US-led military coalition in Iraq has violated international humanitarian law that may amount to war crimes in the battle for Mosul.


The Amnesty International in a report said on Tuesday that Islamic State militant group also flagrantly violated the law by deliberately putting civilians in harm's way to shield their fighters and impede the advance of Iraqi and coalition forces.


Meanwhile, the United Nations Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has also called for accountability and dialogue to heal the trauma of Mosul after Iraqi troops retook the country's second city from the Islamic State group.


In a statement, he demanded that the offenders should be brought to justice after a thorough probe.



The United States and Qatar have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for combating terrorism and its financing.


The agreement was signed during the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Doha.


A senior advisor to Rex Tillerson, R.C. Hammond told reporters in Doha that the two counties signed the Memorandum of Understanding outlining future efforts in which Qatar can take to fortify its fight against terrorism and actively address terrorism funding issues.



The Thailand government has approved 5.2 billion dollars to build the first stretch of a high-speed railway network that will link Bangkok with southern China.


The funding approval from Thailand's cabinet came after military ruler General Prayut Chan-O-Cha invoked his powers last month to clear legal and technical hurdles standing in the way of the deal. 


The project is part of China's huge regional infrastructure plan to build a high-speed rail network connecting the southern Chinese city of Kunming with Laos, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.                  



The United States test fired its THAAD missile defense system against an intermediate-range ballistic missile in the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii and Alaska on Tuesday.


In a statement, the US Missile Defense Agency said the successful demonstration of THAAD missile bolsters the country's defensive capability against emerging missile threats for North Korea and other countries around the globe.



The first round of a comprehensive economic dialogue between China and the United States will be held on 19th of this month in Washington.


A spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Geng Shuang in a press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday said that the consensus to hold comprehensive talks was reached between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US counterpart Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg.


During the upcoming dialogue, the two sides will exchange views on various economic and trade issues of common concern.



In Turkey, at least fifty-two people associated with different technical organizations have been arrested as part of a probe into the information technology network of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization.


According to police, the detained suspects were among the one hundred and five people against whom the arrest warrants had been issued by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's office.



Sudan has urged the United States to permanently lift the economic sanctions against it.


In a statement, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Ghandour said Sudan has met all commitments towards Washington and any decision other than the permanent lifting the sanctions is illogical and unacceptable.


The United Nations in a statement on Monday had also said that there has been a significant improvement in Sudan's humanitarian access over the past six months and it is looking forward to a positive decision by the United Sates about lifting of sanctions against Khartoum.

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