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Pakistan has urged the international community to put pressure on India for talks to resolve Kashmir dispute.

Federal Cabinet holds special meeting in Lahore tomorrow to discuss rapidly deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir.

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 Dassu hydro power project.

Army Chief has confirmed death sentence to another twelve hardened terrorists.

 

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BRIEFING 

Pakistan has urged the United Nations to get its resolutions on Kashmir implemented.

At the weekly briefing in Islamabad today, 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.

 

CABINET

A special meeting of the Federal Cabinet is being held in Lahore tomorrow 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.

 

OIC

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.

 

MIRWAIZ

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 today even Indian media is acknowledging the fact that Kashmir is a political issue and not a question of economic interests or package of incentives.                   

 

KASHMIR

Death toll in the latest Intifada triggered by the martyrdom of Burhan Muzaffar Wani in occupied Kashmir rose to thirty-nine today.  

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, today, to stop people from protesting against the killing of innocent people by Indian forces.

                       

PERVAIZ 

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 this evening, he asked Kashmiri voters to strengthen their cause by exercising their right to vote in favour of PML-N.

 

DAR-COMMITTEE

A meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Privatization was held in Islamabad today 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 of Sindh government on the offer made by the federal government to acquire Pakistan Steel Mills. Keeping in view the facts, the Committee allowed the Privatization Commission to go ahead with the plan for divestment of Pakistan Steel Mills 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.   

 

NISAR

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 today.

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.

 

NISAR-HALE

Pakistan has expressed serious reservations over remarks of some US Congress members and officials regarding Islamabad's role in the war against terrorism.

The reservation was expressed by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan while talking to US Ambassador David Hale in Islamabad today.

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.

              

NISAR-WORKSHOP 

Addressing National Counter Extremism Workshop in Islamabad this 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.

 

DASSU 

World Bank has reiterated its commitment to early implementation of Dassu hydro power project.

The reaffirmation came during a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today 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.

 

TERRORISTS

Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has confirmed death sentence awarded to another twelve hardcore 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. 

 

NATO

NATO and Russia have failed to overcome their differences on Ukraine issue. 

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels today that NATO allies and Russia have profound and persistent disagreements on Ukraine.

 

TEST

In the first cricket test against England at Lords, Pakistan were 244 for 4, a short while ago.  

Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.

 

WEATHER

Rain with thunderstorm is expected at scattered places in Upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Islamabad, Upper Punjab, Kashmir and isolated places of Kalat and Makran divisions during the next twenty four hours.


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