JULY 14, 2017


Prime Minister has reiterated that he would not resign at the demand of defeated elements.

Nawaz Sharif, addressing the parliamentary party meeting in Islamabad today listed successes of his government including breaking the back of terrorists and economic recovery.

70th Independence anniversary celebrations of Pakistan began with the launch of official logo today.

Security forces have killed five terrorists in Quetta and Khyber Agency.

Hajj operation will commence from 24th of this month.

The government has set up a cell to obtain advance information from India on rains and floods situation.

In Egypt, gunmen killed five policemen in Giza province today.

Pakistan play their last match in ICC Women World Cup against Sri Lanka at Leicester tomorrow.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said in unequivocal terms that he will not resign on the demand of defeated elements.

He was addressing PML-N parliamentary party meeting as president of the party in Islamabad today.

The Prime Minister regretted that some elements fanning political instability and uncertainty are harming the country.

He said the controversial JIT report on Panama Papers case is merely a pack of baseless allegations by opponents.

Nawaz Sharif said the JIT report has no substantive evidence, and there is not a single sentence in the entire report which gives a clue that he is guilty of corruption.

However, he expressed confidence that the Supreme Court will listen to his reservations on the JIT report.

The Prime Minister said he believes in democracy, rule of law and independence of judiciary.

He thanked the nation and his party members for standing by him with full force.

Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said the stock market, which had reached a record 54,000 points, has plunged because of the unscrupulous elements and enemies of progress and prosperity.

He recalled that before 2013, Pakistan was going to be declared a failed state, but PML-N government not only averted that danger but also brought about an economic turnaround in the country.

The Prime Minister said a number of power projects were launched during his tenure and several of them have been completed. He said the load-shedding will become a tale of the past soon.

Nawaz Sharif said the government launched operation against terrorists with the cooperation of armed forces and back of terrorists has been broken.

He said economy is progressing and hopefully, we will achieve the growth rate of six and seven percent and even beyond.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says a conspiracy is being hatched to disrupt development works and democratic system in the country.

In an interview today, he said billions of dollars investment is coming to Pakistan through CPEC projects.

The Minister said no corruption charges or irregularities have been found in any tenure of Nawaz Sharif.

To a question, he said the Prime Minister enjoys support of majority of voters of all the provinces as well as Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and FATA.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says PML-N will continue to serve people.

Talking to elected PML-N representatives in Lahore today, he said Pakistan is progressing rapidly with implementation of mega projects.

The Chief Minister said some politicians are trying to derail the journey of development and prosperity of Pakistan, but they will not succeed.

Opposition parties have extended their support to democratic system in the country.

Talking to reporters after chairing a meeting of parliamentary leaders of opposition in Islamabad today, Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah said elections should be held on time.

He said the opposition wants to resolve all issues amicably as it is in the best national interest. He said the opposition does not favour politics of agitation in the country.

PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi said their fight is not against democratic system.

Jamaat-e-Islami chief Siraj-ul Haq said we want accountability for all, as no one is above the law.

Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said the opposition wants to preserve democracy in the country.

MQM-Pakistan leader Farooq Sattar also reiterated the opposition's decision to support democracy.

JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman says enemies of Pakistan are creating hurdles in the way of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Talking to newsmen in Karachi today, he said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been elected by people, and he needs not to step down on demand of certain elements.

Talking to APP, ANP leader Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour said his party is against resignation of the Prime Minister before the decision of the Supreme Court in Panama Papers case.

He said all the parties agreed to wait for the final verdict of the apex court in the case and let the government complete its tenure.

A spokesman of Interior Ministry has clarified that nothing unpleasant happened during the cabinet meeting yesterday, and Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan did not walk out of the meeting.

In a statement issued in Islamabad today, the spokesman said there is no truth in the news broadcast on some media channels in this regard.

The spokesman said Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan could not attend the parliamentary party meeting of PML-N due to personal engagements and recalled that he could not attend several parliamentary party meetings in the past as well.

The 70th Independence Day of Pakistan celebrations have started with the launch of official logo at an impressive ceremony in Islamabad this evening.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said the theme of celebrations is promotion of cultural diversity of Pakistan.

She said the celebrations will continue till the end of this year and promote culture of all the provinces, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said during the celebrations, Radio Pakistan, PTV and all other departments of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will arrange and broadcast special prorammes depicting the culture of Pakistan.

The Minister said the government's achievements in various sectors, including energy, security, infrastructure, health, and education during the last four years will also be highlighted.

She said incidents of terrorism have been reduced by eighty-eight percent in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq said Pakistan is making progress in all spheres.

He said Pakistanis support democratic process in the country in accordance with the vision of
Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

Prime Minister's Advisor on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui said despite a number of hurdles, the country is progressing on the path of development and prosperity.

Minister for Housing and Works Akram Khan Durrani has said that the government is committed to provide affordable residences to Federal Government employees.

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad today, he said elements creating hurdles in projects of public interest will not succeed in their nefarious designs.

Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan have agreed to increase bilateral trade relations.

The understanding came at a meeting between Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid and Kyrgyz Ambassador Erik Beishembievpaid in Islamabad today.

The Minister said Pakistan will participate in "International Snow Leopard Conservation Summit" scheduled to be held in Kyrgyzstan next month.

Hajj operation under government scheme will begin on 24th of this month, and it will continue till 26th of next month.

According to the Ministry of Religious Affairs, the first Hajj flight will take off from Islamabad for Madina.

The intending pilgrims can check their flight schedule on the Ministry's website www.hajiinfo.org

An Iranian delegation led by Director General South East Railway Company Majid Arjooni held a meeting with Secretary Ministry of Railways Parveen Agha in Islamabad today.

The Iranian side said Quetta-Taftan section is an important railway section in Islamabad, Tehran and Istanbul Container Train Corridor.

The two sides discussed technical and mechanical issues of this section of the track.

Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says use of advance technology will help check crime in the society.

He was speaking after inaugurating two new websites of Citizen Police Liaison Committee in Karachi today.

The Governor said CPLC is playing a vital role to restore law and order in the city.

Outgoing Consul General of Russia Oleg Avdeev paid a farewell call on Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah in Karachi today.

Matters of mutual interests were discussed during the meeting.

The Chief Minister lauded the services of the outgoing Russian Consul General in Pakistan for promotion of bilateral relationship.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor says the pace with which peace, stability and economic prosperity are taking place in the country bears no precedent in the history of Pakistan.

Talking to PML-N provincial Vice President Arshad Qureshi in Peshawar today, he said as a result of these achievements, the fate of the nation will change.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has despatched relief goods to thirteen rain-affected districts of the province.

According to Provincial Disaster Management Authority, seven hundred and fifty tents, one thousand and fifty blankets, twelve hundred and fifty mats, nine hundred quilts, thirteen hundred kitchen sets, and six hundred and fifty gas cylinders have been sent to the rain-hit areas.

These relief goods will be distributed among people whose houses have been damaged due to heavy rains.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government is spending over seven billion rupees for uplift of irrigation system during the current financial year.

Security forces have killed five terrorists in exchange of fire in Quetta and Khyber Agency.

According to ISPR, two suicide bombers were killed by security forces foiling a terror bid on a border post in Khyber Agency.

Two soldiers were also injured in exchange of fire with terrorists.

Meanwhile, three terrorists have been killed during exchange of fire with security forces at Esa Nagri area of Quetta.

Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah says every possible effort will be made to modernize air defence under costal command to further strengthen national defence.

He was addressing the groundbreaking ceremony of 21st Air Defence Battalion of Pakistan Navy at Ormara today.

The Naval chief said air defence is top priority of Pakistan Navy.

Pakistan Navy's 21st Air Defence Battalion, established in 2005, provides air defence to all the units of Pakistan Navy and important national installations.

All arrangements have been finalized to hold by-election for NA-260 Quetta-cum-Chaghi constituency tomorrow.

Polling will start at 8:00 am and continue till 5:00 pm without any break.

The provincial government has announced that schools and colleges in Quetta and Chaghi will remain closed tomorrow.

The seat fell vacant due to death of MNA Abdul Rahim Khan Mandokhail of Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party.

A farewell ceremony was held in honor of Radio Pakistan's outgoing Director of News and Current Affairs Rao Sadiq Ali at National Broadcasting House in Islamabad today.

Rao Sadiq Ali retired today after rendering 34 years of meritorious services in Radio Pakistan. The function was attended by Director General Radio Pakistan Sheraz Latif, directors of different departments and a large number of employees.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General PBC appreciated the services of the outgoing Director of News and Current Affairs.

Senior most controller of PBC News Javed Khan Jadoon today assumed charge of Director of News and Current Affairs after the retirement of the outgoing Director Rao Sadiq Ali.

Earlier, Mr. Jadoon has been heading the News and Current Affairs Channel of Radio Pakistan. He made untiring efforts to make the channel competitive and vibrant amongst the world of news and current affairs.

Javed Khan Jadoon has vast experience in reporting and working in the National News Room. He has worked as special correspondent of Radio Pakistan covering VVIPs.

He has also served as head of PBC News Bureau in New Delhi for two years and covered hot issues between Pakistan and India. Javed Khan Jadoon has covered important multilateral events, including NAM Summit in Havana, extra-ordinary OIC Summit in Makkah, Afro-Asian Summit in Jakarta, Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland, and SAARC summit in Islamabad, besides UN General Assembly in New York.

The new director has been awarded National Excellence Award for Best Reporter of PBC and excellence Award for Best Current Affairs' programmes.

Four people were killed when their vehicle plunged into Kunhar River in Kaghan Valley today.

A cell has been established at the office of Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters to obtain advance information from India on rains and floods and pass it on to all concerned.

Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Waters Mirza Asif Baig says his Indian counterpart has agreed to provide the advance flood information in monsoon in line with arrangements made last year.

As per agreement with the Indian Commissioner, the information regarding the flood flows will also be broadcast by Jammu Radio Stations at 0900 hours, 1430 hours and 2240 hours Pakistan Standard Time.

AJK President Masood Khan says time has come for a democratic solution to Kashmir dispute by granting right to self-determination of Kashmiris.

Addressing the Kashmiri and Pakistani diaspora in Berlin, he urged them to raise awareness in Germany and Europe about human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir and for a just political solution to the issue.

Masood Khan said Kashmir's freedom movement is absolutely peaceful and purely indigenous.

In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has strongly denounced the unrelenting restrictions on the movement of its Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, who completed seven years under continued house arrest today.

The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar said the puppet authorities had confined Syed Ali Gilani in his residence on gunpoint since 2010 and never produced any written order or court ruling regarding his house arrest.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama town today to protest against the use of brute force on protesters by Indian troops.

Meanwhile, the puppet authorities kept the Hurriyat leadership under house arrest and did not even allow them to offer Juma prayers.

Juma prayers were not allowed at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar for the fourth consecutive week today.

In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has demounced continued repression of legitimate rights of the Kashmiri people.

The Hurriyat leadership in a joint statement in Srinagar said this attitude of the puppet authorities has no constitutional or moral justification.

They said that the pro-India parties continue to be on the mission of subverting the struggle of Kashmiri people for their vested interest.

In Egypt, five policemen were killed when armed assailants opened fire on a car near a security checkpoint in al-Badrasheen area of Giza province today.

According to Egyptian Interior Ministry, the attackers who were on motorcycle, managed to flee.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

In Jerusalem, two Israeli policemen were shot dead when gunmen opened fire on them near Al- Aqsa mosque today.

The attackers were also killed by the Israeli police in the retaliation.

Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held telephonic talks following the attack and spoke for restraint and calm.

In Saudi Arabia, a security forces personnel was killed and another wounded when their vehicle was attacked in Qatif province.

According to the Saudi Interior Ministry, the vehicle was attacked during the routine patrolling in Al-Nasira area of the province.

Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said he plans to extend emergency rule imposed in the country after an attempted coup on July 15 last year by another three months.

He made these comments at a briefing to media representatives in the capital Ankara ahead of official commemorations of the coup anniversary to be observed tomorrow.

Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced holding democracy watch rallies in the entire country which will begin from tomorrow and end on Sunday midnight to mark the anniversary.

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