Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Pakistan has called upon world community to pressure India for negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute.
The death toll in Indian firing in the Occupied Kashmir has risen to thirty-nine.
President has urged foreign investors to avail great investment opportunities in Pakistan.
Pakistan Railways will run special Azadi Train from Peshawar to Karachi to highlight Independence Day's importance.
Election Commission presented report on electoral reforms in Supreme Court on Thursday.
Pakistan have won the toss and elected to bat in the first cricket test against England at Lords.
Pakistan has urged the United Nations to get its resolutions on Kashmir implemented.
In his weekly briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said it is the responsibility of the world body to resolve international disputes including Kashmir.
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 great sacrifices for decades.
He said Pakistan is effectively taking up the issue with the international community including OIC.
In reply to a question, the spokesperson said Pakistan is taking comprehensive steps against terrorism and extremism which were acknowledged by the international community.
He said Pakistan is also extending cooperation to the neighbouring countries against terrorism.
To another question, Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan and the United States have shared goals on defeating terrorism and both the countries are cooperating with each other to eliminate this menace.
Answering a question about recent statement of Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, he said such statements are unhelpful for peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The Spokesman said preparations are underway for SAARC Summit to be held in Islamabad in November.
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.
In occupied Kashmir, the death toll in the latest Intifada triggered by the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani rose to thirty-nine on Thursday.
Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force shot dead a 25-year-old youth, Hilal Ahmad, at Hanji Danter Harnag in Islamabad district. Two injured succumbed to their injuries at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.
Over 2,100 people have been injured so far due to firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells by Indian troops and police on peaceful demonstrations during the ongoing Intifada.
On the other hand, the occupation authorities continue to impose curfew and other restrictions in the held territory on the sixth consecutive day, on Thursday, to stop people from protesting against the killing of innocent people by Indian forces.
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 carrying 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.
President Mamoon Hussain has urged foreign investors to avail great investment opportunities in Pakistan.
He was talking to the envoys designate of a number of countries in Islamabad on Thursday.
The President said Pakistan is desirous of further promoting friendly and brotherly relations with all countries, particularly with its neighbours for peace, stability and prosperity in the region.
The envoys who presented their credentials included Bangladesh High Commissioner Tarik Ahsan, Ambassador of Azerbaijan Ali Fikrat Oglu Alizada, Ambassador of Republic of Korea Suh Dong-gu, Ambassador of Somalia Mrs Khadija Mohamed Al-Makhsumi, Ambassador of Sudan Tageldin Elhadi Eltahir and Ambassador of Sweden Ms Ingrid Johansson.
Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting in Islamabad on Thursday 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.
Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says comprehensive government policies have put the country on path to progress.
He was addressing the 24th annual session of Pakistan Engineering Council in Islamabad on Thursday.
Ahsan Iqbal said the global media is now terming Pakistan as Asia`s number one emerging economy.
Preparations for celebrating Jashan-e-Azadi in 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 on Thursday, 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.
Speaking on the occasion, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said that a special Kashmir float should be installed in the Azadi Train to highlight struggle of the Kashmiri people for their just right to self-determination.
He also suggested to make arrangements for highlighting mega project of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq said every effort will be made to make the Azadi train a real representative of Pakistani people.
Secretary Information Syed Imran Gardezi briefed the meeting about the salient features of Independence Day celebrations.
Election Commission presented a report on electoral reforms in the Supreme Court on Thursday, outlining several proposals for the 2018 general election.
Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said consensus of all political parties is necessary for implementation of proposed electoral reforms.