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Headlines

JUNE 11, 2017

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Pakistan has rejected reports about deployment of its troops in Qatar as baseless.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs says India's stubbornness and ceasefire violations are destabilizing the entire region.

Planning Minister says Pakistan's full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation proves effectiveness of our foreign policy.

The government has developed a special software for Election Commission to ensure free and impartial general election.

In occupied Kashmir, joint resistance leadership has condemned Indian forces' crackdown against civilians.

Russia has warned the United States not to attack pro-government forces in Syria.

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Pakistan has ruled out deployment of its troops in Qatar.

In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson described reports appearing in some foreign press and media regarding deployment of Pakistani troops in Qatar as completely fabricated and baseless.

He stressed that these false reports appear to be part of a malicious campaign aimed at creating misunderstanding between Pakistan and brotherly Muslim countries in the Gulf.

BIRJEES
Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says Indian stubbornness and Indian ceasefire violations are destabilizing the entire region.

In a statement, he said New Delhi is continuously escaping dialogue process to prolong its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Minister strongly condemned the growing incidents of unprovoked firing by the Indian forces at Line of Control and martyrdom of youths in fake encounters in occupied Kashmir.

He said Indian forces during the last one year violating ceasefire agreement have martyred numerous civilians across the LoC.

He reiterated that Pakistan will not back out from stance on Kashmir and will continue to support their right to self determination.

AHSAN
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the PML-N government has put the country on path to economic and political stability after pulling it out of energy crisis.

This he said while talking to the newsmen in Narowal today.

The Minister said the national economy is in take-off position due to effective economic and industry-friendly policies by the government.

He said Pakistan's full membership of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation is a great success, which prove effectiveness and positivity of our foreign policy.

In an interview, Planning Minister said one hundred thousand youth will be given training in information technology sector this year to produce trained manpower.

The Minister said scholarships are being awarded to talented youth under the US-Pakistan Knowledge corridor.

Replying to a question about China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Ahsan Iqbal said that projects under CPEC offer immense dividends for socio-economic development of Sindh and Balochistan as most of the energy and infrastructure projects within the ambit of CPEC are in Sindh and Balochistan.

ZAHID
A special software has been developed for Election Commission of Pakistan and NADRA to ensure free, fair and impartial general election in 2018.

This was stated by Law Minister Zahid Hamid while addressing party workers in Pasrur today.

He said the Election Commission of Pakistan would soon get complete autonomy to become a full-fledged independent national institution.

He said the government has put in new effective and positive electoral suggestions into Electoral Reforms Agenda.

Zahid Hamid said next general election would be held on time under electoral reforms.

RAILWAYS
Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that over five hundred thousand passengers will be facilitated during the Eid operation.

Chairing a meeting in Lahore today, he said that travelling facilities will be provided to eighty five thousand people every day during the Eid days.

He said that a special quota will be reserved for women, senior citizens and disabled.

NA
National Assembly will resume its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow at four in the afternoon.

According to the agenda, general discussion and consideration of the recommendations made by the Senate of Pakistan will be held during the session.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar will wind up the general discussion on the budget for the next fiscal year in the house.

TERRORISM
Three policemen were martyred and one person was injured when terrorists opened fire on them at Sriab road in Quetta city today.

Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri has strongly condemned the firing incident and expressed sorrow over martyrdom of three police personnel in the incident.

The funneral prayers of the martyred police personnel were offered in Quetta this afternoon.

CARAVAN
Pakistan and China will embark upon Cultural Caravan on CPEC route to strengthen region's economic, cultural connectivity, showcase soft image and trade potential of the region.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb along with Chinese Minister for Culture would formally launch the Cultural Caravan from Urumqi (China) in August this year.

The 60-member troupe comprising Chinese and Pakistani artists, musicians, dancers, photographers, anthropologists, writers and filmmakers riding on 15-fully equipped vehicles would reach Gwadar in 30 days from Urumqi.

PAK-TURKEY
Pakistan and Turkey are celebrating seventy years of diplomatic relations this year.

To mark this milestone in a befitting manner the embassies of the two countries are organizing cultural and literary events.

In this connection a press conference was held at the conclusion of a Pakistani film's shooting in Turkey.

Addressing the Press Conference, Pakistan's Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood said efforts are underway to further increase Pakistan-Turkey collaboration in joint production and exchange of films and TV serials.

KASHMIR
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has condemned Indian forces' crackdown against civilians saying that Kashmiri people are being harassed in all possible ways.

The resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar today said that raids and crackdowns had become a regular feature in the occupied territory and the people of Kashmir were being held hostage for hours by Indian troops on gunpoint.

They urged the international human rights organizations to take notice of occupational forces' inhuman treatment towards the Kashmiri people.

Meanwhile, Indian police arrested Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik along with his associate, Noor Muhammad Kalwal in Shopian district, today.

QATAR
Kuwait says Qatar has agreed to listen to the concerns of other Gulf countries.

Kuwaiti Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah al-Khalid al-Sabah was quoted by KUNA news agency as saying that his country would continue its efforts to patch a rift within the Gulf.

Meanwhile, Iran has sent four cargo planes of food to Qatar.

US-RUSSIA
Russia has warned the United States not to attack pro-government forces in Syria.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov conveyed the message to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call.

Russian foreign minister urged the American side to take concrete measures to prevent such incidents in future.

RAQQA
Meanwhile, the US-backed Syrian fighters captured their first western district in Islamic State held Raqqa today.

It comes days after seizing an eastern neighbourhood from the militants.

WEATHER

Rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, D.G. Khan, Bahawalpur, Peshawar, Bannu, Kohat, Mardan, D.I. Khan, Hazara divisions, FATA, Islamabad & Kashmir, while at isolated places in Malakand & Gilgit-Baltistan.

Hot and dry weather is likely in other parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.


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