DATE: 11-09-2016                           


Millions of faithful have gathered at Maidan-e-Arafat for Waqoof, the main ritual of Hajj. 


Prime Minister hopes CPEC Projects would turn around the economic outlook of the whole region.


In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three youth in Kupwara district on Sunday. 


China and Russia will hold week-long naval drills in South China Sea from on Monday.





Millions of faithful from across the world, including Pakistan have gathered in Arafat on Sunday for the main Hajj ritual, Waqoof-e-Arafat.


Earlier, the Hujjaj spent whole night in open sky in tent city of Mina.


Radio Pakistan's correspondent Muhammad Akram Khan reports that Hujjaj will listen to Khutba-e-Hajj and offer Zohar and Asr prayers together at Masjid Nimra in Maidan-e-Arafat.


Imam Al-Sheikh Saleh bin Hameed will deliver Khutba-e-Hajj on Sunday as the Saudi Mufti-e-Azam, Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh is unwell.


Meanwhile, Ghilaf-e-Kaaba was changed on Sunday morning at a simple but graceful ceremony.


Ghilaf-e-Kaaba is changed on 9th Zil-Hajj every year.



The 68th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed on Sunday with due solemnity and reverence.


In this connection, Quran Khwani and Fateha was held at the Quaid’s Mazar.


Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah along with cabinet members visited the Mazar-e-Quaid. They laid floral wreath and offered fateha.



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says it is the firm resolve of the democratic government to leave no stone unturned to make our beloved country of the Quaid's Pakistan in the real sense.


In his message on the death anniversary of the Father of Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, he said the nation is fully aware of the fact that we are poised at critical juncture of our history. 


The Prime Minister said we have achieved many milestones by acting upon the ideals of our Quaid. The Law and Order situation in the country is much improved and the backbone of extremist elements has been broken.


He said the government is striving day and night to eliminate load-shedding that remained the biggest hurdle in the economic growth. He said completion of China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects will turn around the economic outlook of the whole region.


He said Quaid-i-Azam is indeed ranked amongst the most visionary politicians and great statesmen of the world.


Nawaz Sharif said Quaid-i-Azam respected law and constitution in all his life and fostered positive values in politics. He imparted such inspiring lessons like unity, faith and discipline to the Muslims of the Sub-Continent that they enlighten our lives even on Sunday.



Acting President Mian Raza Rabbani says democracy will become more stable with the strengthening of national institutions and strictly following the constitution.


He was talking to newsmen after laying floral wreath at mausoleum of the Quaid Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and offering fateha, in Karachi on Sunday. 


Raza Rabbani condemned the atrocities by the Indian forces against innocent Kashmiris in Occupied Kashmir. He said many youths have been injured seriously with the use of pallet guns by Indian forces against peaceful protestors. 


The Acting President urged international community to take steps for stopping the worsening human rights situation in Indian held Kashmir.



The government has decided to set up a national gas transmission company and four distribution companies to enhance gas transmission and rein in losses.


The transmission company will only run as a gas transportation vehicle with no tolling fee and will not be engaged in buying or selling of gas. 


The four distribution companies will be set up by splitting the two existing public utilities Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited and Sui Southern Gas Company.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has ordered a crackdown against organized crimes in major cities of the province, including Lahore.


He was chairing a high level meeting on law and order in Lahore.


Shahbaz Sharif directed to take in discriminatory action against the persons involved in these crimes.



Frontier Corps Balochistan has arrested four suspected terrorists belonging to a banned outfit during a combing operation in Quetta.


Frontier Corps also foiled a bid of sabotage by recovering an IED from Chattar area of Naseerabad district.


Later, the IED was defused by FC personnel.                                                                        



The death toll due to heavy rain and storm in Madyan area of Swat has risen to five.


According to official sources, more than ten houses have also been damaged.   



In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three youth at Nowgam in Kupwara district on Sunday.


Meanwhile, undeclared curfew and restrictions continued in the entire Kashmir Valley on the 65th consecutive day, on Sunday. As many as one hundred people were injured in firing of pellets and bullets by Indian troops on protesters in Karimabad area of Pulwama district. The protests were triggered by forces’ raids in the village early on Sunday morning.                                 



China and Russia will hold week-long naval drills in the South China Sea from on Monday.


In a statement on Sunday, the Chinese Navy said the "Joint Sea-2016" exercise will feature surface ships, submarines, fixed-wing aircraft, ship-borne helicopters and marines.



The United States marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on US soil.


The names of the dead will be read out in a remembrance service at Ground Zero in New York of the site of the rebuilt World Trade Center and President Barack Obama will address a ceremony at the Pentagon.

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