Federal Cabinet has reposed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister, endorsing his decision not to step down.


Planning Minister says political stability is critical for sustainable development in the country.


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


Amnesty International has demanded an end to human rights abuses in Occupied Kashmir.


Israel has suspended a plan to allow construction of Palestinian homes in West Bank.





Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has categorically stated that he will not resign on the demand of a group of conspirators.


He made this announcement while addressing the federal cabinet in Islamabad today.


The cabinet, which reposed full confidence in the leadership of the Prime Minister, endorsed his decision not to step down.


The Prime Minister said PML-N bagged more votes in general elections than the aggregates of those demanding his resignation.


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 crisis in the past.


The cabinet approved proposals of a number of agreements and memoranda 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 dollars 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 promotion of trade with Azerbaijan and Tajikistan.


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.     



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says political stability is critical for sustainable development in the country.


He was addressing China-Pakistan Economic Corridor International Logistic Forum in Islamabad today under the auspices of National Logistics Cell.


The Minister said fast development also need consistency in policies.


He said Pakistan has paid a heavy price for political instability in the past. 


Ahsan Iqbal said Gwadar port project remained suspended due to political instability, and the incumbent government has revived the project.


The Minister said Pakistan Railways has been revived.


He said work on Karachi-Peshawar motorway is underway and Multan-Sukkur section of the motorway under CPEC will be completed by the end of next year.


He said nine special economic zones under CPEC are being established in consultations with provinces.




The 9th meeting of the Working Group ECO Container Train on Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul route was held in Islamabad today.


The meeting discussed infrastructure improvement and possibility of a "Corridor Management Mechanism."



Pakistan Railways is going to upgrade its network in the country at a cost of 870 billion rupees.


This was stated by Railways' senior official Muhammad Ashfaq Khattak while talking to newsmen in Lahore today.


He said up- gradation work of railway lines from Lahore to Multan, Nawabshah to Rohri and Peshawar to Rawalpindi will be started soon.




Canada has appreciated Pakistan's efforts for peace and stability in the region.


The appreciation was made by Canadian High Commissioner Perry Calderwood at a meeting with Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi today.


Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed in the meeting.



Pakistan will continue to uphold principles of human dignity, equality and non-discrimination.


This was stated by Human Rights Minister Kamran Michael at a meeting about implementation of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights held in Geneva.


The Minister reaffirmed the government's commitment to give further impetus to implement the provisions of the Convention in accordance with Pakistan's international human rights obligations.



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


At the weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya 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 to divert world attention from its atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.


The spokesperson said Indian forces committed five hundred and forty two ceasefire violations this year, martyring eighteen civilians.


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 issuing visa to the mother of RAW agent Kulbushan Yadav.


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


To a question, Nafees Zakariya said Pakistan believes that there is no military solution to the Afghan situation and the issue should be resolved politically. 



AJK President Sardar Masood Khan says durable peace in South Asia is not possible without resolving the Kashmir dispute. 


Addressing a seminar at German Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin today, he said peace in South Asia requires engagement, but India is blocking all channels for dialogue on Kashmir.



Amnesty International says military solution to the Kashmir dispute is not possible.


Talking to AJK President Masood Khan in Berlin today, Amnesty International representative Dr Michael Gottlob said Occupied Kashmir is being treated like a colony.


He said massive human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir should come to an end.


Dr Gottlob said the space for human rights and human rights defenders is shrinking in India as Indian authorities are denying visas to block fact-finding missions' visit to Kashmir.



Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed Kashmir Martyrs’ Day today with renewed pledge to continue the mission of these martyrs till the achievement right to self-determination.


Shutdown marked by curfew in Srinagar, Badgam and Shopian districts and strict restrictions in all other major towns and cities was also observed across the territory.


All shops and business establishments were closed, while traffic was off the road in the valley.



Israel has frozen a plan to allow construction of thousands of Palestinian homes in a West Bank city


According to report, Israel's security cabinet took the decision in a meeting despite the plan was previously approved.


Palestinians are facing great difficulties in gaining construction permits in the West Bank city.




The Organization of Islamic Cooperation will hold a forum in London from Saturday to explore mechanisms for countering Islamophobia.


According to an OIC Press Release, the forum will look at the role of the media and civil society in countering Islamophobia from a legal and human rights perspective.




Pakistan's Amaad Fareed beat Nathan Lake of United Kingdom 3-2 in Pakistan Vs World-V International Squash Series 2017 at Mushaf Squash Complex in Islamabad today.


Amaad Fareed who is world 272 made the upset in a sensational match with British player who is on 55th in the international ranking.




The Met Office has forecast more rain with thunderstorm at isolated places in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, eastern Balochistan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.


However, isolated heavy falls are also likely during the period. 


Light rain/drizzle may also occur at a few places along the coastal areas of Sindh.



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