Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
Pakistan has urged the international community to put pressure on India for talks to resolve Kashmir dispute.
Federal Cabinet holds special meeting in Lahore on Friday to discuss rapidly deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir.
The President has reiterated Pakistan's desire to promote friendly ties with neighbouring countries for peace and stability in the region.
Islamabad has vowed to thwart conspiracies against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at all levels.
Interior Minister has expressed serious reservation over remarks of some US Congress members regarding Pakistani role in war against terrorism.
World Bank has reiterated its commitment to early implementation of Dasu hydro power project.
Army Chief has confirmed death sentence to another twelve hardened terrorists.
The United States has proposed increased military cooperation to Russia to target Islamic State and Al-Qaeda hideouts in Syria.
Pakistan has urged the United Nations to get its resolutions on Kashmir implemented.
At the 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 the international community to pressure India to hold talks with Pakistan for resolution of the 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.
He said Pakistan is effectively taking up the issue with the international community, including OIC.
A special meeting of the Federal Cabinet is being held in Lahore on Friday to discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir.
To be chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the meeting will discuss the oppressive actions of the Indian security forces against innocent civilians. It will also discuss the overall situation in Kashmir after brutal assassination of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani.
The Prime Minister will take the cabinet into confidence on measures taken so far besides the future course of action on the issue.
Organization of Islamic Cooperation has expressed serious concern over incidents of human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir by Indian forces.
In a statement, the OIC Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission demanded that extrajudicial killings and abrasive human rights violations of the State should stop forthwith.
It demanded that an independent, fair and transparent inquiry should be conducted against individuals responsible for these killings and culprits must be held accountable at all levels.
Hurriyat leader, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq has warned that India is highly mistaken if it thinks the voice of Kashmiris can be suppressed through brutal use of force.
In an interview with Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs Channel, he regretted that instead of showing flexibility following the killing of dozens of Kashmiris, New Delhi has despatched more troops and police to Occupied Kashmir as part of its suppressive policies.
The Hurriyat leader said on Thursday even Indian media is acknowledging the fact that Kashmir is a political issue and not a question of economic interests or package of incentives.
Death toll in the latest Intifada triggered by the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani in occupied Kashmir 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 persons succumbed to their injuries at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar.
Over 2,100 people have so far been injured due to firing by Indian troops and police on peaceful demonstrations during the ongoing Intifada.
The occupation authorities continued 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.
On the other hand, hundreds of students, trade union activists, women’s rights groups, lawyers and other groups wearing black bands gathered at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to condemn the genocide of unarmed civilians by Indian armed forces in occupied Kashmir.
A rally to express solidarity with people of occupied Kashmir was held in Quetta on Thursday.
Representatives of religious and political parties, social organizations and a large numbers of students participated in the rally.
The participants chanted slogans against the brutality of Indian Army in the occupied Kashmir and demanded right to self-determination for the Kashmiri people.
In Azad Kashmir, the day of solidarity with Kashmiri martyrs will be observed on Friday to pay tributes to the Shuhada-e Kashmir and to condemn the Indian state terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is effectively pleading the cause of Kashmir at global forums.
Addressing PML-N workers at Charhoi near Kotli in Azad Kashmir on Thursday evening, he asked Kashmiri voters to strengthen their cause by exercising their right to vote in favour of PML-N.
The Information Minister said that under the PML-N manifesto, fifty billion rupees will be allocated for road infrastructure in Azad Kashmir. He said the Prime Minister has promised to set up two airports in Azad Kashmir besides an expressway from Mirpur to Muzaffarabad. He said that hospitals will be set up in all tehsil headquarters of Azad Kashmir. He said five helicopters will be dedicated for ambulance service in the far flung areas of the liberated territory.
President Mamnoon 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.
Talking to Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafique Rajwana in Islamabad on Thursday, the President underlined that steps should be taken to ensure welfare of people by improving their standard of life.
The governor apprised the President of developmental activities being undertaken in the province with specific reference to the ongoing projects in the southern Punjab.
Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says the only pre-requisite to development is political stability and continuity of policies, which is possible only through democratic system.
Addressing the annual meeting of Pakistan Engineering Council in Islamabad on Thursday, he said the elements trying to create uncertainty by disseminating rumours about future of the government should be given shut up call.
Ahsan Iqbal asked the opposition parties to work diligently in their respective provinces instead of creating uncertainty about the country's stability.
A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Privatization was held in Islamabad on Thursday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair.
The meeting considered proposals regarding divestment of Pakistan Steel Mills, PIA, KAPCO and Power Sector Entities.
The Committee observed that despite massive efforts, there has been no serious engagement by the Sindh government on the offer made by the Federal Government to acquire Pakistan Steel Mills. Keeping in view the facts the Committee allowed Privatization Commission to go ahead with the plan for divestment of PSM following due process.
The Committee had discussion on the proposal regarding restructuring of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation and desired that its decision of 7th May be fully implemented.
The Committee allowed Privatization Commission to initiate process for listing of shares of qualified Discos on the stock exchange through IPO.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says Pakistan is committed to thwart conspiracies against China-Pakistan Economic Corridor at all levels.
He was talking to a Chinese delegation led by Minister of State for Security Geng Huichang in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Interior Minister said both sides must be cautious about regional and global powers who do not want to see CPEC for their vested interests.
The meeting discussed in broader spectrum of coordination between security establishments of the two countries in intelligence sharing, counter terrorism coordination, and security of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
The Interior Minister maintained that secure and successful completion of CPEC will add new dimensions to the Pak-China friendship cementing bilateral economic as well as strategic bonds.
He said CEPC will also help Pakistan and China expand their trade in the region and beyond.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Pakistan is committed not to allow any group to use its territory for violence in any other country.
Regarding security of the Chinese citizens working across Pakistan in different development projects, including CPEC, the Minister pointed out that a Special Security Division is already working under Pakistan Army to secure the lives of Chinese workers.
The Chinese Minister appreciated the efforts of Pakistan in the fight against terrorism Especially the gains achieved under operation Zarb-i-Azb.
Pakistan has expressed serious reservations over remarks of some US Congress members and officials regarding Islamabad's role in the war against terrorism.
Reservation was expressed by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while talking to US Ambassador David Hale in Islamabad on Thursday.
The Minister said Pakistan and Pakistanis have sacrificed a lot in the war against terrorism, but the US parliamentarians have no realization about it. This has created severe reaction inside Pakistan.
The Interior Minister said unnecessary objections and allegations against sincere efforts of Pakistan for durable peace in the region can create problems in the path of achieving the common goals.
Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said the successes gained in the war against terrorism reflect Pakistan's sincere efforts for safe future of the region.
The US Ambassador said the US government recognizes the efforts of Pakistan for peace in the region and successes of Pakistan in the war against terrorism, particularly the operation Zarb-e-Azb.
Addressing National Counter Extremism Workshop in Islamabad on Thursday evening, the Interior Minister said the next phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb will be ideological battle to defeat the terrorist mindset.
He called upon the religious scholars, media persons, politicians and opinion leaders to play their due role in this regard.
Advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam has asked PESCO to complete on-going projects of grid stations and feeders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on fast track basis.
Chairing a meeting in Peshawar on Thursday, he gave directions for replacement of defective transformers of Mardan and Mansehra grid stations.
PIA will start Hajj flights from the 4th of next month, which will continue till 5th of September.
According to PIA spokesman, the post Hajj operation will start from the 17th of September and last till 16th October.
The Election Commission presented a report on electoral reforms to the Supreme Court on Thursday outlining several proposals for the 2018 general elections.
Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali said consensus of all political parties is necessary for implementation of proposed electoral reforms.
Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah has said judicial system will be improved and developed on modern lines with a view to make judiciary an institution for provision of speedy justice.
He was speaking at a reception hosted in his honour by Rawalpindi High Court Bar Association on the occasion of his first visit to Lahore High Court Rawalpindi Bench after taking oath of the office.
The Chief Justice emphasized upholding merit during trial of cases without any discrimination right from lower judiciary level. He said that IT networking has been made functional from district to provincial level to ensure transparent hearing of all cases.
He said the process of accountability in the judiciary has been started.
World Bank has reiterated its commitment to early implementation of Dasu hydro power project.
The reaffirmation came during a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad on Thursday to review implementation status of the project. Country Director of World Bank Patchamuthu Illangovan was also present in the meeting.
The Country Director World Bank appreciated the government for undertaking the project with strong commitment. He assured full support for financing arrangement of the project.
The Finance Minister highlighted that early implementation of Dasu Project Stage-I is a national priority to make affordable power available.
Officials of the Ministry of Water and Power and WAPDA informed the meeting that land acquisition process will now be expedited following resolution of the issue of provincial tax.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has confirmed death sentence awarded to another twelve hard-core terrorists.
The convicts were involved in heinous offences related to terrorism, including killing of civilians, attacking armed forces and law enforcement agencies and destruction of schools and communication infrastructure.
The convicts were tried by military courts.
The convicts included Muhammad Asif, Shahadat Hussain and Yasin who were active members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The other nine convicts including Muhammad Qayyum Bacha, Muhammad Tayyab, Said Akbar, Muhammad Ayaz, Barkat Ali, Aziz-ur-Rehman, Hussain Dar, Ishaq, Behram Sher, belonged to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Preparations for celebrating Jashan-e-Azadi in a befitting manner have been started focusing on creating awareness among the general public about 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 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.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai has arrived at a camp of Burundian refugees in Rwanda to encourage the girls there to pursue their education despite the challenges they face.
The refugees in the Mahama camp have fled the ongoing turmoil in neighbouring Burundi, where President Pierre Nkurunziza's decision last year to pursue another term led to protests and killings.
The United States has proposed an increase in military cooperation and sharing intelligence with Russia to identify and target the Islamic State and al Qaeda headquarters, training camps and supply routes in Syria.
The Washington Post reported that this coordination would mark a major shift after years of rivalry between Washington and Moscow, which support opposing sides in Syria's five-year-old civil wars.
US Secretary of State John Kerry will present the document of cooperation to Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to Moscow later on Thursday.
NATO and Russia have failed to overcome their differences on Ukraine issue.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels on Thursday that NATO allies and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements on Ukraine.