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JULY 14, 2016

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HEADLINES

Pakistan says Indian atrocities cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiris struggling for their just right to self-determination.

UN Secretary General has expressed concern over deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir.

Minister for Planning says continuity of democratic system is vital to strengthen institutions.

United Nations says it is playing its role in resettlement of Internally Displaced Persons and honourable repatriation of Afghan refugees.

In Yemen, forty-four people have been killed in fresh clashes between security forces and Houthi rebels.

The first cricket test between Pakistan and England begins at Lords this afternoon.

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SARTAJ:

India cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiris-who are struggling for their just right of self-determination - by using brutal force and committing human rights violations in the Occupied Kashmir.

     

In an interview, Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has expressed its concern over the recent spate of Indian violence in occupied Kashmir.

     

He said Pakistan is raising the issue of Indian forces' brutalities at international fora, including the United Nations Human Rights Council, Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the European Union and others.

     

Sartaj Aziz said the international community should come forward and honour their promises of resolving the lingering Kashmir dispute in accordance with the United Nations resolutions.

 

NAWAZ-AJK:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed PML-N AJK chapter to observe day of solidarity and condemnation tomorrow against Indian brutalities and bloodshed in occupied Kashmir.

 

In pursuance, PML-N Azad Kashmir President Raja Farooq Haider has asked all candidates and workers of his party to raise voice after Friday prayers against atrocities being inflicted on the innocent civilian population in occupied territory.

 

Raja Farooq Haider directed the party workers to suspend the election campaign tomorrow.

 

He also appealed to other political parties to postpone electioneering on that day and observe it as day of condemnation to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.

 

NAFEES:

Pakistan will raise the Kashmir issue and Indian atrocities against innocent Kashmiris at all international forums, including the upcoming session of United Nations General Assembly.

 

In an interview, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakria said envoys from the European Union and OIC member countries have been briefed about the prevailing situation in Occupied Kashmir.

 

He said till the time that the UNGA session is convened, this issue would be raised at all other relevant forums and instructions have been issued to Pakistani envoys abroad to keep monitoring the situation and update the host governments and the human rights organizations over there.

 

BAN-KASHMIR:

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over the deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir.

 

A spokesman for the UN Chief in a regular news briefing in New York said  Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is  ready to mediate peace talks amid heightening tensions between India and Pakistan.

 

The spokesman, responding to question said UN chief had always encouraged direct talks between India and Pakistan for the resolution of their outstanding issues.

 

The spokesman said UN chief regretted the loss of lives in the clashes between protestors and security forces in Indian Occupied Kashmir and called for "maximum restraint." 

 

 

PAK US:

The United States says its policy on Kashmir has not changed.

 

This was stated by State Department spokesman Mark Toner at a media briefing in Washington.

 

He said the United States wants Pakistan and India to hold dialogue to settle the Kashmir issue.

 

Acknowledging Pakistan's steps against terrorists, he welcomed army chief General Raheel Sharif's statement that Pakistani soil will not be allowed to be used against any other country.

 

 

KASHMIR

In Occupied Kashmir, people are facing acute shortage of essential items including medicines due to continued curfew since Saturday morning following the martyrdom of Hurriyat leader Burhan Wani and his two associates.

 

Scores of people talking to newsmen complained that they are not being allowed to move out of their homes even to buy food and medicines.

 

Doctors at various hospitals said that shortage of medicines has been affecting the medical centres.

 

Meanwhile, protest demonstrations and strikes have been continuing against the martyrdom of Burhan Wani and thirty six other Kashmiris.

 

Over 2,000 people were injured including young boys who have lost their eyesight after being hit by pellets fired by Indian troops.

 

 

SHEHBAZ-FAZL:

Amir Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (F) and Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazlur Rehman met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif in Lahore.

 

They discussed matters of mutual interest and political situation in the country. They condemned Indian atrocities against peaceful citizens in Occupied Kashmir.

   

Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said Pakistan Muslim League-N has always given priority to national interests due to which the country is marching towards progress and prosperity.

 

Shehbaz Sharif said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, a lot of work has been carried out in every sector during the last three years and country on Thursday is far more peaceful, safe, and economically strong than the past.

 

He said the three years' performance of the present government has also been acknowledged at international level.

 

 

AHSAN:

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says continuity of democratic system is vital to strengthen institutions in the country.

    

In an interview, he said dictators had ruled the country for more than 35 years and the democratic system had been halted many times.

 

Ahsan Iqbal said politics of agitation and sit-ins is a hurdle in the way of stability and growth of institutions.

 

He urged political parties to promote constructive politics shunning the practice of Opposition for the sake of opposition. 

    

 

 

ZUBAIR:

Minister of State for Privatization Muhammad Zubair says the economy is progressing due to prudent economic policies of the government.

 

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said the economy is showing unprecedented  growth and it had been acknowledged by international rating agencies who have declared Pakistan as one of the top emerging economies of Asia.

    

He said the stock market has jumped from 19000 points in 2013 to 39000 points on Thursday and inflation is at the lowest level in 40 years.

 

Muhammad Zubair said industry is being provided uninterrupted power supply to ensure industrial production, while work is going on to end the menace of loadshedding for good before the expiry of the PML-N government's tenure.

 

 

 

ELECTRICITY:

The federal government has agreed to release twenty five billion rupees to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as arrears of the net profit of electricity.

 

Provincial Finance Minister Muzaffar Said Advocate said this at a meeting in Peshawar.

 

The federal government will also provide one point three billion rupees to the province as net profit of electricity for the current fiscal year.

 

UNRC:

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in Islamabad Neil Buhne says the world body is playing its due role for resettlement of "Internally Displaced Persons" and honourable repatriation of the Afghan refugees.

 

In an interview with Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel, he said about half of the 1.7 million IDPs have returned to their homes.

    

He said Pakistan Government has set a target of settlement of all the IDPs by end of this year.

 

To a question, he said the United Nations spent four hundred million dollars last year for settlement of IDPs.

 

YEMEN:

In Yemen, at least forty-four people have been killed in fresh wave of clashes between security forces and Houthi rebels.

 

Meanwhile, the UN peace envoy Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed arrived in Sana to meet rebels.

 

The UN mediator will also meet with President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi for resumption of talks between the two sides in Kuwait on Friday.

 

 

NATO-RUSSIA:

In Brussels, NATO and Russia have failed to overcome deep differences on Ukraine.

 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg talking to reporters said NATO allies and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements on Ukraine.

 

Stoltenberg said Russia however raised a proposal on air safety in the Baltic Sea where there have been a series of near misses between Russian and NATO military aircraft.

 

 

TEST:

The first cricket test between Pakistan and England is being played at Lords on Thursday afternoon.

 

The match will start at 1500 hours Pakistan Standard Time.

 

Pakistan England cricket series comprises four Tests, five ODIs and one T-20.

 

Misbah ul Haq is leading the national team in the Test series while Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the team in ODIs and Twenty20 respectively.

 

ALERT:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority has issued a red alert about thunderstorm rain with gusty wind in six districts of the province.

 

The districts are Peshawar, Nowshera, Charsadda, Kohat, Hangu and Karak.

 

The administration of these districts has been advised to take precautionary measures to avert human and material losses.                                                                                                             

 

WEATHER

 

Various parts of country including twin cities Rawalpindi and Islamabad received during the past twelve hours.

 

The Met Office has forecast more rain/thunderstorm at scattered places in Islamabad, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, lower Sindh, eastern Balochistan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir on Thursday.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning:-

 

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


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