DATED: JULY 12, 2017



PML-N has decided to challenge JIT report in Supreme Court.   

Supreme Court has summoned PTI Chief in a case seeking his disqualification.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has urged India to implement UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirms killing of IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

West Indies beat Pakistan in the ICC Women World Cup at Leicester.



Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has decided to contest JIT's report in the Supreme Court.


This was announced at a joint news conference by Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Prime Minister's special Assistant on law Barrister Zafarullah Khan in Islamabad.


Khawaja Saad Rafique said the joint investigation team was politically motivated and we shall contest it with all evidence in the Supreme Court.


Ishaq Dar said a narrative is being  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.


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


Barrister Zafarulla Khan said the JIT report is being presented in a way as if it is a decision. He said there is a difference between a court decision and an investigation report.



Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that a conspiracy is being hatched against government by those who could not see development works and democratic system flourshing in the country.


In an interview, he said the country is making fast-track progress under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif but it is not digestible by his opponents.


The minister said record development works has been carried out in four years of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government.


Rana Tanveer said continuity of the democratic system is essential to strengthen institutions 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 have been raised in the petition. He expressed dissatisfaction over reply submitted by the counsel on behalf of Imran Khan.


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



Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab says the government is committed to provide equal development opportunities to all the districts of Pakistan.


He was addressing a high level meeting of Steering Committee on Prime Minister Sustainable Development Goals in Islamabad to review allocation of funds to all  constituencies.


He directed the concerned authorities to complete the ongoing projects before the deadlines.



The 42nd death anniversary of the first Director General of Radio Pakistan, Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari is being observed on Wednesday.


Z.A. Bukhari served as a distinguished and legendary broadcaster in British India and later in Radio Pakistan, after independence.


He was also a writer, poet and musician.


ZA Bukhari was born in Peshawar in 1904 and died in Karachi on July 12, 1975.


The first death anniversary of former Director General of Radio Pakistan, Agha Nasir is also being observed on Wednesday.


Agha Nasir was a prominent Pakistani director, producer, broadcaster and a TV playwright.




In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance leadership, comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the killing of Hindu pilgrims performing Amarnath yatra.


In a joint statement in Srinagar, they expressed solidarity with the families of the victims.


The United Nations has also deplored the killing of pilgrims in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.


Six Amarnath pilgrims were killed and twelve others injured in mysterious circumstances in Khanabal area of Islamabad district on Monday evening.



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.


The condemnation came during the 44th session of OIC Council of Foreign Ministers held in Cote d'Ivoire.


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.



Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that it has confirmed information that Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed.


This was stated by Director of the Observatory, Rami Abdulrahman, while talking to a foreign news agency.


Russia had claimed in June that al-Baghdadi might have been killed in an air strike by its forces targetting a gathering of IS commanders on the outskirts of Syrian city of Raqqa.


However, Washington said it could not confirm the death while Western and Iraqi officials had also been skeptical about it.




Qatar has reassured its commitment to continue funding for reconstruction projects in Gaza enclave.


The assurance was given by Qatar's envoy to Gaza Mohammed al-Amadi at a news conference in Gaza City alongside UN envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov.


Qatar pledged one billion dollars to reconstruct Gaza after the 2014 war with Israel, which is the largest single pledge.



Moscow has warned to take retaliatory measures against the United States if it fails to solve the issue of expulsion of thirty five Russian diplomats and seizure of its two diplomatic compounds last year.


The warning came from Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while addressing a press conference with EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels.


The Russian facilities in New York and Maryland had been closed by Obama administration last year in response to purported cyber hacking attacks targeting US government, infrastructure, think tanks and political organisations.




US State Department has announced to sell Patriot Air Defense System and related support and equipment to Romania.


Romania is a NATO partner with important geo-strategic access to the Black Sea, where Russia-seized Crimea is located.




The United States has postponed for three months a decision  on whether to permanently lift certain sanctions on Sudan over its human rights record and other issues.


Former President Barack Obama had lifted the sanctions for six months in January last and a decision by his successor, Donald Trump, on whether to scrap them permanently was expected on Wednesday.




China is opening a naval base in Djibouti to ensure performance of its missions, such as escorting, peace-keeping and humanitarian aid in Africa and west Asia.


Xinhua news agency reports that ships carrying Chinese military personnel to the base have left for Djibouti to begin setting up the facility.




West Indies beat Pakistan by nineteen runs in the ICC Women World Cup 2017 under Duckworth Lewis method at Leicester last night.


Batting first, West Indies scored 285 runs for the loss of four wickets in the allotted fifty overs.


The match was reduced to 38 overs due to rain.


Chasing the target of 245 runs, Pakistan were 117 for the loss of 3 wickets when the match was stopped by rain.







Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is expected at a number of places in upper Punjab, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Lahore, Faisalabad divisions, FATA, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Kashmir during next twelve hours.


Rain thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is also likely at scattered places in southern Punjab, D.G. Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Zhob, Kalat divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.


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


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning was:-


Islamabad and Quetta twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-four, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-eight, Gilgit and Muzaffarabad twenty-three and Murree seventeen degree centigrade.

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