Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
JULY 14, 2016
Pakistan has urged the United Nations to ensure implementation on its resolutions on Kashmir.
Finance Minister says government will fully support PIA's revamping plan.
Preparations are underway to celebrate "Jashan-e-Azadi" in a befitting manner.
The first cricket test between Pakistan and England begins at Lords this afternoon.
Pakistan has urged the United Nations to get its resolutions on Kashmir implemented.
In his weekly briefing in Islamabad today, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said it was the UN responsibility to solve international disputes including Kashmir.
He said Pakistan wants to resolve all outstanding issues including Kashmir with India through talks, as war is not a solution to any issue.
He asked international community to pressurise India to hold talks with Pakistan for resolution of Kashmir issue.
The spokesman said Kashmiri people cannot be deprived of their right to self-determination for which they have been rendering sacrifices for decades.
Pakistan permanent representative in 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.
British Kashmiris staged a peaceful demonstration outside the Indian High Commission in London to mark the Kashmir Martyr's Day and to register their protest against the killing of peaceful protesters by Indian troops in occupied territory.
The participants came from different towns and cities of the UK were caring placards inscribing "Stop killings in Kashmir", "UN unfold your preventive diplomacy", "Stop state terrorism in Kashmir" and "Implement UN resolutions in Kashmir".
The protesters raised forceful slogans against India and in favour of Kashmiris freedom from Indian illegal occupation.
Addressing the protesters, Chief Patron of Kashmir Concern Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl said the world needs to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation in occupied Kashmir in which 36 innocent precious lives had been lost.
He said, more than hundred people had lost their eyesight and over 1500 people were critically wounded due to the firing of Indian forces on peaceful protesters.
He appealed to the international community to break its silence over the brutalities of Indian troops in the occupied territory.
Kashmiri-Americans will also stage a demonstration in front of Indian Mission to the United Nations in New York on Sunday to protest against the killing of innocent citizens in occupied Kashmir and to press for their U.N.-guaranteed right of self-determination.
A Kashmiri leader Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai while announcing the plans for the demonstration said in a statement in New York, the killing of 32 innocent unarmed civilians in Kashmir by Indian armed forces since 8th of July is inexcusable and unpardonable.
He appealed to all peace-loving people to join the rally in front of the Indian Mission, which is near the U.N. Headquarters.
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 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.
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.
The Met Office has forecast rains having potential to produce Glaciel Lake Outburst Flood and flash floods in parts of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan in the next six days.
Authorities concerned have been directed to take precautionary measures.
The Met Office has advised local communities to remain alert.