11 Jul, 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.

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.

West Indies have set a victory target of 286 runs for Pakistan in a match of ICC Women World Cup 2017 at Leicester.


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 this 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 as the report is neither final nor is it a decision.

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 the Supreme Court.

He said the 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 Zafarulla 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 this 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.

A three-member Bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has summoned PTI Chairman Imran Khan tomorrow 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.

Pakistan Railways, Economic Cooperation Organisation and Islamic Development Bank, at a meeting in Islamabad today, 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 Rafiq 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 today to review the plan for upgradation of ML-I.

Railways Minister Khwaja 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.

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

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 Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah in Islamabad today.

They discussed issues of mutual interest and professional matters.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has condemned state terrorism in the 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 today.

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.

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

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.

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 today 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.

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