DATE: 13-07-2017                              


Prime Minister says he will not step down on the demand of a group of conspirators who want to impede economic progress of the country. 


President has reiterated national resolve to eradicate the menace of terrorism from the country.


Karakorum Highway has been re-opened for all kind of traffic.


Pakistan has expressed serious concerns over frequent ceasefire violations by India on the Line of Control and Working Boundary.


Kashmiris across the world are observing Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir on Thursday.





The Federal Cabinet in its meeting in Islamabad on Thursday reposed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and endorsed his firm decision not to step down.


Addressing the Cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said his family earned nothing in politics but lost much.


He said PML (N) bagged more votes in general elections than the aggregates of those demanding his resignation.


The Prime Minister said that he will not resign on the demand of a group of conspirators.


Nawaz Sharif reaffirmed that the journey of progress will not be allowed to derail as the country has already paid a huge price due to political crises in the past.


The Prime Minister said projects worth billions of rupees are being executed but no evidence of any corruption has been found.


Federal Cabinet approved proposals of a number of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation with different countries.


It approved start of negotiations for draft MoU with Maldives for opening up of Defence Credit Line of ten million dollar and an MoU for cooperation in the field of tourism.


The cabinet approved start of negotiations on air services agreements with Azerbaijan, Serbia, Vietnam and Brazil.


Approval was given to signing of MoUs for cooperation with Azerbaijan and Tajikistan in trade promotion.


The meeting approved signing of defence cooperation agreements with Indonesia, Turkey and Poland. It also accorded approval to signing of MoUs with Russia for cooperation in education, finance and banking sectors.           


Earlier, the Federal Cabinet constituted its special committee to propose nomenclature of the new Islamabad airport.                      



PML-N leaders have said PTI Chairman Imran Khan has failed to present his money trail of billions of rupees.


Talking to news persons in Islamabad on Thursday, Hanif Abbasi Daniyal Aziz and Talal Chaudhry said Imran Khan's sister is owner of three offshore companies.


Daniyal Aziz said Imran Khan has been levelling false allegations against PML-N leaders.


Talal Chaudhry said PML N respects judiciary and believes in rule of law.



Four policemen including Superintendent Police Quaid Abad Police Station Mubarak Shah were martyred in a firing incident in Quetta on Thursday.


Police sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that unknown motorbike riders opened indiscriminate firing on the vehicle of the SP.            


President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan and Chief Ministers Balochistan and Punjab have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on police


In a message deploring the attack, the President reaffirmed the national resolve of eradicating the menace of terrorism from the country.


The Prime Minister expressed profound grief and sorrow over loss of precious lives in the attack.


Interior Minister has sought a report from the concerned authorities about the incident.


Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri said nefarious designs of terrorists would be thwarted at all costs.


Chief Minister Punjab paid rich tribute to the martyred policemen.  



Sindh Rangers have arrested thirteen accused including target killers in Karachi.


Weapons were also recovered from them.



At least seventeen people have died and scores of others injured in rain related incidents across the country.


According to details, six people died in Gujranwala while three persons of a family died in a slum area of Islamabad.


Two people died in Shah Kot Town in Sahiwal and a woman was killed and two others injured in Koragni area of Karachi.


Two persons died in Haripur and one each in Buner, Swabi and Mardan districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Six houses were completely damaged and four partially damaged in these districts.


Six people were also injured due to heavy rains in the province.


Meanwhile, Karakorum Highway has been re-opened for all kind of traffic.


Landsliding had blocked the road at Tattapani early on Thursday morning.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed departments concerned to remain vigilant to cope with any eventuality or emergency situation in the wake of torrential rains and floods.


Presiding over the cabinet committee in Lahore on Thursday, he directed the irrigation department to complete repair of embankments of rivers. 



National Monsoon Plantation Campaign will be started in the last week of this month.


Decision to this effect was taken at a meeting in Islamabad on Thursday chaired by Minister for climate Change Zahid Hamid in Islamabad on Thursday.


The Minister said efforts should be made to achieve the targets of Monsoon plantation Campaign.



Pakistan says India's belligerence poses threat to regional peace and security.   


At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria expressed serious concerns over frequent ceasefire violations by Indian forces on the line of control and the working boundary.


He said the Indian side is deliberately heightening tension in order to divert world attention from its atrocities in occupied Kashmir.


The spokesperson said Indian forces committed five hundred and forty two ceasefire violations in the current year in which eighteen civilians embraced martyrdom.


He said Pakistan believes in resolution of all issues through dialogue.


Responding to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan is considering the Indian request for the grant of visa to the mother of Kulbhushan Yadav.


He, however, regretted that the India has imposed strict restrictions on the grant of visa to Pakistani patients.


Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to Afghan issue. He said focus should be on politically negotiated settlement which is Afghan led and Afghan owned.



Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over are observing Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir on Thursday with a renewed pledge to continue the mission of the martyrs till achieving their right to self-determination.


Complete strike is also being observed across the held territory.


Call for the strike has been given by the joint resistance leadership.


A rally is also being taken out towards Naqashband Sahib in Srinagar where martyrs of 1931 are buried.


Meanwhile, Indian authorities have imposed curfew in Srinagar and Badgam and strict restrictions in all other parts of the territory to prevent the march towards Naqshband Sahib. 



In India, at least forty people have been killed and more than one point five million displaced due to floods caused by heavy monsoon rains in northeast of the country.


The flood swamped more than 2,500 villages in Assam state.



US President Donald Trump has arrived in France on two-day visit.


He will hold talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on host of issues including shared diplomatic and military efforts to combat the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.


President Trump will be the guest of honour at France's Bastille Day festivities.



Democrats in the US House of Representatives have introduced a new bill regarding sanctions on Russia and Iran.


They said the new version of bill will send a message to President Donald Trump to maintain a strong line against Moscow.



Radio Pakistan in its National Hook-up will broadcast a special feature programme in connection with the death anniversary of renowned musician/classical singer "Ustad Nazakat Ali Khan", on Thursday at 1605 hours.

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