JULY 14, 2017


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

Minister of State for Information has expressed serious concern over reports that JIT is still functioning despite submitting its final report to the apex court.

Finance Minister has assured the government will fulfil financial needs of armed forces to ensure country's security and defence.

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

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.

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.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has expressed serious concern over reports that JIT is still active, despite submitting its final report in the Supreme Court.

In a statement, she said the JIT should have formally sought more time from the Supreme Court if it could not complete its work.

The Minister of State said that the government will not accept any addition to the volume -10 of the JIT report after Monday last, which was the final date for JIT to complete its task.

She said the JIT ceases to exist after submission of its final report to the apex court.

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.

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.

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.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has assured the government will fulfil financial needs of armed forces to ensure country's security and defence.

He said this while chairing a meeting to review matters related to financial requirements of Pakistan Air Force in Islamabad today.

The Minister praised PAF's instrumental role in the ongoing operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad.

He said the improved security situation in the country has attracted a number of international companies and investors to explore business opportunities in Pakistan.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Turkish 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.

In the ICC Women's World Cup at Leicester England, Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka tomorrow.

The match will start at 2:30 pm PST.


Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, rain, dust-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls is likely at scattered places in Mirpur Khas, Hyderabad and Karachi divisions, while at isolated places in Lahore, Gujranwala, Dera Ghazi Khan, Zhob, Kalat, Malakand divisions, FATA & Kashmir.

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has assured to extend all out cooperation in elimination of terrorism and improving law and order in Balochistan.

Addressing a briefing on security situation in Quetta today, he hailed efforts of the Pakistan Army in socio-economic domain and considerable willing surrender of fararies.

General Bajwa appreciated achievements of Army, FC, Police, intelligence and other agencies including provincial administrations in improvement of security situation in Balochistan.

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