DATE: 12-06-2017                           


Prime Minister has left for Saudi Arabia to hold talk with Saudi leaders on latest situation in the Middle East.


United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have signaled easing of tensions with Qatar.


Pakistan has lodged strong protest with Indian Deputy High Commissioner as two more civilians were martyred in unprovoked Indian shelling along the Line of Control on Monday.


Minister for Petroleum says five new oil and gas discoveries have made in Sindh.


In Occupied Kashmir, protest demonstration was held against raids and crackdowns by Indian forces at Chhatabal in Srinagar on Monday.


In the ICC Champions Trophy, match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka is underway at Oval.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has left Islamabad for Saudi Arabia for consultations with Saudi leadership on the emergent situation among GCC member countries.


He is accompanied by Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar, Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa and senior officials.                                    



The United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have given signals of easing tensions with Qatar after a week of growing diplomatic row with Doha.


UAE President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Bin Saud directed the officials to show leniency to Qatari-Emirati and Qatari-Saudi families on humanitarian grounds.


Earlier, Kuwait had said that Qatar is ready to listen to the concerns of Gulf Arab states, which have severed diplomatic and economic ties with Doha.



Meanwhile, Qatar says it has started shipping cargo through Oman to bypass Gulf countries which have cut off sea routes with Doha.



Two civilians were martyred and three others injured due to unprovoked firing and shelling of Indian forces at Jandrot and Hot Spring sectors of the line of control on Monday.


According to ISPR, Indian troops targeted civil population with heavy weapons.


Pakistan Army effectively responded to the firing. There are reports of casualty and damage inflicted to the Indian posts in the firing.        



Indian Deputy High Commissioner J. P Singh was summoned to the Foreign Office in Islamabad on Monday and a strong protest was lodged with him over the Indian firing on the Line of Control.


The Foreign Office said deliberate targeting of civilians is condemnable and contrary to human dignity and international human rights and humanitarian laws.


Pakistan urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 ceasefire arrangement; investigate the incidents of ceasefire violations and instruct its forces to respect the ceasefire in letter and spirit for peace on the LoC.                               



Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says five new oil and gas discoveries have been made in Sindh.


He made the announcement in this regard at a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.


The Minister said that these discoveries will lead to addition of 600 barrels per day of oil and 70 million cubic feet of gas.


He said there have been 98 oil and gas discoveries during tenure of the present Government and so far 944 million cubic feet of gas has been added to the system.


Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said addition of 70 million cubic feet of gas per day means a saving of 150 million dollar a year in the import of LNG.


The Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources emphatically stated that the present Government is strictly abiding by the constitutional provisions in distribution of gas.


He said that in 2010 SNGP was getting 1665 cubic feet of gas per day which has come down to 1120 cubic feet this year, representing 35% decrease.


As against this, gas in the system of SSGPL which was 1174 cubic feet in 2010 has increased to 1207 cubic feet this year, registering three percent hike.                              



British High Commissioner Thomas Drew called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Monday.


Matters of mutual interest and regional security issues came under discussion during the meeting.



A three member bench of Supreme Court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal has adjourned hearing in the case of Photo leak of Hussain Nawaz till Wednesday.


Earlier, Joint Investigation Team probing Panama Papers case submitted its reply regarding leakage of the photo.



President of Pakistan Muslim League (N) Nawaz Sharif has ordered cancellation of party membership of Nihal Hashmi.


He has taken the decision on unanimous recommendation of the committee formed to investigate the objectionable statement of Senator Nihal Hashmi.


The committee in its recommendations noted that Nihal Hashmi violated the party policy and discipline by churning out a controversial statement. Therefore, he should be ousted from the PML (N).             



Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz leaders say report submitted by the Joint Investigation Team in the Supreme Court of Pakistan vindicates the stance of Sharif family.


They were talking to newsmen in Islamabad on Monday.


Parliamentary Secretary for Information Mohsin Shahnawaz Ranjha said strict action should be taken against the elements involved in photo leak.


Daniyal Aziz said Chairman PTI has failed to satisfy the courts in asset cases.


Maiza Hameed said Prime Minister and his family has made a history by presenting themselves for accountability at every level.                              



A Chinese Navy delegation called on Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi on Monday.


Talking to the delegation, the Governor said friendly relation between Pakistan and China will be further strengthened with the completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.


The Governor informed the delegation about investment opportunities in Karachi saying the city has become ideal for foreign investment after restoration of peace.


The leader of the Chinese delegation said China gives utmost importance to its relations with Pakistan. He said CPEC will immensely benefit both the countries.



Sindh Rangers in a targeted operations in various areas of Karachi arrested eight criminals including three members of MQM London militant wing on Monday.


A spokesman of Sindh Rangers said the arrested criminals were involved in target killing, extortion and other heinous crimes.


He said illegal weapons, ammunition, looted items and drugs were recovered from them.



In Occupied Kashmir, protest demonstration was held at Chhatabal in Srinagar against raids and crackdowns by Indian forces in the territory on Monday.


Addressing the protesters, Hurriyet leader Masroor Abbas Ansari said that many youth had been killed during the military operations. He said that recent killing of student in Shopian was a proof that Indian forces had a free licence to kill innocent Kashmiris.


Meanwhile Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has expressed serious concern over the plight of political prisoners lodged in various jails and demanded their immediate release.



In Afghanistan, the head of Haqqani network has denied any involvement in recent deadly attacks in Kabul and western Afghanistan.


In an audio message, Sirajuddin Haqqani condemned the recent suicide truck bombing in Kabul in which 150 people were killed.


He also condemned suicide attacks on a funeral and at a mosque in Herat province.                       



Meanwhile, two top security officials have been suspended after the bombing in Kabul and subsequent protest over security in the capital.


A statement issued by presidential palace says that Kabul Police Chief Gen. Shah Hassan Frogh and Kabul Garrison Commander Gen. Gul Nabi Ahmadzai were suspended from duty after an investigation by the attorney general in which they were found responsible for security lapses.



Japan says it is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations.


A senior official of Japanese Defense Ministry said the move is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's push to bolster Japan's military role.


He said Japan will host a meeting with defense officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on Thursday to discuss the sharing of equipment and technology.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its National Hook-up at 1605 hours on Monday a Special Feature Programme in connection with the Death Anniversary of Renowned Broadcaster "Shakeel Ahmed".

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