Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
JULY 14, 2016
Pakistan says fulfilment of United Nations' pledge to conduct plebiscite is only way to resolve Kashmir dispute.
Finance Minister says the government will support all efforts aimed at improving PIA's services.
Preparations for celebrating Jashan-e-Azadi in a befitting manner have been started.
The United States says it will continue to support Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.
Pakistan ambassador to the United Nations, Dr Maleeha Lodhi says despite Indian suppression, the Kashmiri people are determined to continue their struggle for freedom from foreign occupation.
Speaking on Kashmir in the United Nations debate on human rights, she said occupation forces are resorting to brutal acts to suppress the right of determination of Kashmiri people promised by UNSC resolutions.
Dr Maleeha Lodhi said denial of self determination to people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in the most atrocious human rights violations.
She said fulfilment of the United Nations' pledge to conduct plebiscite is the only way to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting in Islamabad today and reviewed management and financial matters of Pakistan International Airlines in the light of the revamping plan envisaged by the government.
Chairman PIA, Muhammad Azam Saigol informed the meeting that efforts are afoot to improve the service delivery and overall working of the airline to bring it to international standards.
Ishaq Dar said the government is fully prepared to support all efforts aimed at improving PIA’s services. He called for continued efforts to enable PIA to regain its lost glory.
Preparations for celebrating Jashan-e-Azadi in a befitting manner have been started focusing on creating awareness among the general public about the importance of 14th August.
A meeting to finalise the programme was held in Islamabad today which was co-chaired by Information and Railways Ministers.
The meeting decided to form a coordination committee to finalise various programmes and form Azadi Train which will complete its journey from Peshawar to Karachi and Quetta in about thirty days.
The Counter Terrorism Department arrested a terrorist of a banned outfit form Nasir Bagh area of Peshawar today.
He was wanted to police in number of terrorist acts.
Five kilogram explosive was also recovered from him.
One hundred and eighty suspects were arrested in different areas of Peshawar this morning.
Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.
A day-long workshop on formulation of national counter extremism policy is underway in Islamabad.
Six groups constituted at the outset of the workshop are discussing various proposals on how to check extremism in the country.
National Counter Terrorism Authority has organized the workshop being attended by experts from diverse fields.
The United States has reiterated its continued support to 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.
In reply to a question, the spokesperson said the United States wants Pakistan and India to resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue.
In Brussels, NATO and Russia have failed to overcome deep differences on Ukraine.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters NATO allies and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements on Ukraine.
France will send more military advisors to Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State group this year.
President Francois Hollande said in a statement in Paris that French aircraft carrier will also return to the Gulf later this year.
He said, France will intensify its army's efforts to support the Iraqis as they are trying to recapture Mosul from the IS group.
According to Flood Cell Peshawar, River Kabul at Warsak and Nowshera and River Panjkora at Dir are in low flood today.
Rests of the rivers in the province are flowing normal.