AUGUST 13, 2017

Nation celebrates 70th Independence Anniversary tomorrow with a renewed pledge to make Pakistan a truly Islamic welfare state.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Vice Premier will attend the flag hoisting ceremony to mark the Independence Day at the Parliament House tomorrow morning.

Special Azadi Train is continuing its country-wide journey in connection with Independence Day celebrations.

Army Chief has reiterated the firm resolve to continue the war against terrorism till durable peace and stability is restored in the country.

Interior Minister has assured full cooperation of the federal government to the provinces for ensuring peace and security.

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism, have martyred three more youth in Shopian district.

Iranian Parliament has approved foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards in response to US sanctions.


The Nation will celebrate the 70th Independence Anniversary of motherland tomorrow with a renewed pledge to safeguard the country against any threat and make it a true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by the founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The day will dawn with thirty-one gun salute in the federal and twenty-one gun salute in the provincial capitals.

After the Fajar prayers, special prayers will be offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country and success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris.

The main event of the day will be the flag hoisting ceremony at the Parliament House.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yong will jointly unfurl the national flag at the ceremony.

The President will address the nation on this occasion.
The President along with Prime Minister, Vice Premier of China, Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly will also lay wreath at Monument of unsung heroes of democracy at the Parliament House tomorrow.

A meeting presided by Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb was held in the Parliament House today to review arrangements for the occasion.

A Fireworks demonstration in connection with celebrations of Independence Day is being organized at Parade Ground Shakarparian tonight at 11:59 p.m.


Earlier, the Chinese Vice-Premier along with a high powered delegation arrived in Islamabad on a two-day official visit to Pakistan. to participate in the Independence Day celebration.

According to Foreign Office, Vice Premier Wang Yang is undertaking the visit on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations of Pakistan.

During his visit, he will attend the flag- hoisting ceremony tomorrow as a special guest.

Wang Yong will call on President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and will participate in the inaugural ceremony of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects, besides witnessing the signing of agreements between the two countries.


Meanwhile, all major public and private buildings, roads and avenues have been tactfully decorated with illuminations, national flags, portraits of the national leaders, banners and buntings to give a festive look.

A host of events including seminars, conferences, lectures, debates, speech contests, exhibitions, quiz competitions, stage dramas and Mushairas have been arranged by different organizations in connection with the day.


Flag hoisting ceremonies will also be held at the provinces capitals, district headquarters and important national institutions.

The main function of Independence Anniversary in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab, will be change of guard ceremony at Mausoleum of national poet, Allama Iqbal.


In Karachi, the flag hoisting ceremony will be held at Mazar-e-Quaid-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The change of guards ceremony will also be held at Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam where a contingent of Pakistan Navy will assume the guard duties at the Mazar.

Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair and Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah will attend the event. On this occasion, school children will present national songs and tableaus.


In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the main function in connection with Independence Anniversary will be held at Governor House in Peshawar tomorrow.

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra will hoist the national flag.

Different educational, cultural and literary organizations have chalked out special functions to mark the Anniversary.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cycling Association has organized a Jashn-e-Azadi cycle race from Peshawar to Nowshera tomorrow morning.

Functions to mark the 70th Anniversary of independence celebrations will also be held in FATA.


Like other parts of the country, the 70th Independence Anniversary will also be celebrated with zest and zeal in Balochistan tomorrow.

The major event will be held in Provincial Assembly where Chief Minister Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri will hoist National Flag.

Similar ceremonies will also be held at the Governor House and Balochistan High Court building.


In Azad Kashmir, flag hoisting ceremonies will be held at all District and Tehsil headquarters of the liberated territory.

In Muzaffarabad, the flag hoisting ceremony will be held at President House where AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan will raise the national flag.

All the three stations of Azad Kashmir Radio are broadcasting special programmes in connection with Independence Anniversary.


The main event of Independence Anniversary will be held in Gilgit.


Aerobatic teams from Turkey and Saudi Arabia will perform along with Pakistan Air Force in Islamabad tomorrow to mark 70th Independence anniversary of Pakistan

The special appearance of "Solo Turk", the famous Turkish aerobatic team of Turkish Air Force and the internationally acclaimed "Saudi Hawks" of Royal Saudi Air Force alongside PAF aircraft will add colors to the mega event.

Besides the two teams from brotherly countries, JF-17 Thunder will also perform.

Another salient feature of the show is the Tri-Services free fall display of Special Services personnel.

Mirage, SAAB-2000, and Augusta-139 from PAF and MI-17 and PUMA helicopters from Army Aviation would also perform in the show. F-16, PAF aerobatics team Sherdil, P-3C Orion, Z-9, Alouette-III and Sea King helicopters would also perform at Sea View in Karachi.


Inter Services Public Relations and Pakistan Air Force have separately released special patriotic songs on the occasion of Independence Day.

The song titled 'Ae Watan Tera Bhala Ho' has been released by ISPR and its vocalist is Shaqat Amanat Ali Khan.

The song released by PAF is titled as 'Surkhrooh'. Its singer is Bilal Ashraf and its writer is Syed Ehsan Abbas.


Special Azadi Train is continuing its country-wide journey in connection with the 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations of the country.

The train departed for other destinations after overnight stay at cant Railways Station in Peshawar this morning.

Azadi Train galleries and cultural floats attracted a large number of people at Peshawar cant Railway Station.

Thousands of people visited Azadi Train Galleries and cultural floats.

The artists of Pakistan National Council of the Arts of all four provinces including Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan also presented National songs.


Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa participated the funeral prayers of Army personnel martyred in a suicide bomb blast in Quetta last night.

According to ISPR, Governor and Chief Minister Balochistan, Interior Minister and Commander Southern Command also attended the funeral.

The Army Chief also visited CMH hospital Quetta and inquired after the health of injured.

Speaking on the occasion, General Qamar Javed Bajwa vowed to continue war against terrorism till restoration of durable peace and stability in the country.

He stressed the need for coordinated efforts among all state institutions to completely root out the menace of terrorism.

Army Chief said our martyrs have scarified their lives for peaceful and prosperous Pakistan.


Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has stressed the need to further strengthen unity among all ranks of the nation to completely efface the menace of terrorism.

Talking to news persons in Quetta today, he said significant achievements have been made in war against terrorism and remnants of terrorists are on the run.

The Minister urged the need for showing complete solidarity and unity to fight the war against terrorism and called upon the opposition parties to join hands to defeat the enemies of Pakistan.

He also assured full cooperation of the federal government to tackle this menace.

Condemning the terrorist attack in Quetta, he said the country is successfully stepping ahead with strong agenda to defeat the menace of terrorism.

The Minister said that aim of such cowardly attacks is to increase the psychological pressure on the nation. However, the enemy is not aware that these attacks further increase the courage and determination of people.

He said eradication of terrorism from the country is prerequisite for prosperity and development of the country.

The Minister said the incident has also reminded that there is a dire need of internal unity to win this war.

He said the elements which are trying to weaken internal unity are the enemy of the motherland.

Earlier, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal along with Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri visited the CMH Quetta and inquired after the health of injured people of Quetta blast.


Ministry of Religious Affairs has made elaborate arrangements at Jeddah Airport to fully facilitate and guide the intending pilgrims arriving from Pakistan.

Talking to our correspondent Zahid Hameed at the airport, Incharge Jeddah Hajj Terminal Inam-ul-Haq said a fast track system has been established under which Hujjaj are sent to Makkah within forty to forty-five minutes after going through the necessary documents verification.

Inam-ul-Haq said a medical mission has also been set up at the airport where doctors and paramedical staff remain present round the clock to provide timely treatment and free medicines to pilgrims.

Responding to a question, he said so far about forty four thousand five hundred and thirty-seven Hujjaj have landed at Jeddah airport.


Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has said that the prudent policies of the government have put the country on the path of development.

In a statement in Islamabad today, he said that freedom is a blessing of Allah Almighty and people of occupied Kashmir will soon celebrate the Independence Day along with their brethren in Pakistan.


Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan has said that contribution of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the development of country is unprecedented.

Talking to newsmen in Lahore today, he said that energy crisis has almost been resolved and Pakistan of 2017 is much better than that of 2013.

The Minister said Parliament is the supreme institution of the country.


Ambassador of Pakistan to Kingdom of Jordan Shafaat Ullah Shah paid a farewell call on Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Al Mulki in Amman.

During the meeting, they discussed matters relating to mutual interest and other issues including bilateral trade.

The Jordanian Prime Minister praised Pakistanis and described them as hardworking and dynamic people.


Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair has said that the role of construction sector is very important in development of economy.

Addressing the 4th International Expo 2017 organized by Association of Builders and Developers Karachi today, he said the federal government is taking keen interest in development of Sindh province, particularly Karachi and Hyderabad.

Pakistan Rangers Sindh has appealed the citizens to cooperate with law enforcement agencies in maintaining law and order situation in the province, particularly Karachi.

A Rangers' spokesman appealed to the citizens to avoid aerial firing during the celebrations of Independence Anniversary.


In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more youth in Shopian district, today.

The youth were martyred by troops during a siege and search operation in Awneera area of the district. The troops blasted a mosque and four residential houses during the violent military operation that began yesterday.

The killings led to forceful protests in the area. Many civilians were injured when troops resorted to pellet firing on the protesters.

Earlier, two Indian soldiers were killed and several others injured in an attack on the forces’ personnel, who were part of the operation.

All trains running between Badgam and Srinagar and Islamabad and Banihal remained suspended for the second day today.

Meanwhile, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a joint statement in Srinagar, said that any attempt to undermine the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir or change its demographic character would be opposed tooth and nail.

The leadership said that people of Kashmir have been sacrificing their lives for their just cause that was acknowledged by the world community but India was using all means to crush the people's liberation movement.

Chairman Hurriyat Forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement in Srinagar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are making hectic efforts to do away with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by challenging the Article 35A in the Indian Supreme Court.


Iran's parliament has overwhelmingly approved more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile programme and foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards. The Parliament took the step in response to United States sanctions.

A total of 240 parliamentarians out of 244 present voted for the bill.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said the bill doesn't violate the nuclear deal.

The move follows a spike in tensions between Tehran and Washington since US President Donald Trump took office with a vow to get tough on Iran.


France called on North Korea with its international obligations and to prevent escalation of tensions without any delay.

In a statement in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his concern over the deterioration of ballistic and nuclear threat from North Korea.


In Iraq, government forces have killed twelve Islamic State militants after fierce clashes in Salahudin province.

The clashes erupted before dawn when dozens of IS militants attacked bases of the security forces after heavy mortar barrage and machine gunfire in Zuwiyah area, north of the Baghdad.


In Syria, twenty-five Islamic State militants have been killed in commando operation backed by Russian warplanes and helicopters in central area of the country.


In India, six people were killed when two buses were swept away by a massive landslide in Himachal Pradesh state today.

The buses were stationed on the highway for refreshments when the disaster occurred.


The 17th death anniversary of Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan is being observed today.

Our correspondent has prepared this report on life and work of Nazia Hassan.


Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hookup at 2110 hours a drama titled "Hamaray par salamat hain' under the drama series 'Khab say tabeer tak' in connection with the 70-years of Indendence Celebrations of Pakistan.




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