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HEADLINES

JULY 14, 2016

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Pakistan says Indian atrocities cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiris 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.

The United States says it will continue to support Pakistan's efforts to combat terrorism and build a more stable and democratic society.

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

NATO and Russia have failed to overcome deep differences on Ukraine at their talks in Brussels.

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, Advisor 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.

 

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.

 

PAK-US

The United States will continue to support Pakistan's efforts to combat terrorism, violent extremism, and build a more stable and democratic society.

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

He said support to Pakistan in the fight against terrorism is in long-term national interest of the United States itself.

The spokesman once again lauded the statement of Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif that Pakistan's soil will not be allowed to be used against any other country.

When asked if the United States still supports UN resolutions promising right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir, the spokesman said US policy and position on Kashmir has not changed. 

However, he said the United States wants Pakistan and India to hold dialogue to settle the Kashmir issue.

 

SHEHBAZ-FAZL

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

 

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. 

 

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.

 

YEMEN:

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

 

UK:

Britain's new Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to work to hold the United Kingdom together in the wake of its decision to quit the EU.

Talking to newsmen after assuming her office in London, she said her government will fight inequality.

Prime Minister May said after leaving European Union, we will forge a bold and positive role for ourselves in the world.

 

FRANCE-UK

French President Francois Hollande has congratulated new UK Prime Minister Theresa May on assuming her new office and urged her to quickly begin talks on the country's divorce from the EU.

In a phone call, Hollande reiterated his wish for early negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union.

TEST:

The first cricket test between Pakistan and England is being played at Lords this 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 rainfall 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 today.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this 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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