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DATED: 14 June, 2016

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HEADLINES

Pakistan says it is fully alive to counter emerging challenges at global level.

Minister for Planning has emphasized need of modern early warning system to check flood damages in the monsoon season.

Information Minister has urged political parties to act as partners to resolve issues of poverty, ignorance and diseases.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa budget for next financial year will be presented in the provincial assembly on Tuesday. 

Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism have martyred two more Kashmiris.      

In the Tri-Nation One Day international Series, West Indies beat Australia by four wickets at Basseterre.

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FATEMI

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi says in this age of transformation with fast-paced changes at the global level, Pakistan is fully alive to counter them.

     

In a talk show, he said Pakistan had fully supported the Ashraf Ghani government in Afghanistan but there are certain core issues, which required to be addressed including border management.

     

The Special Assistant said the Quadrilateral Coordination Group was formed to address the Afghan issue but the US drone attack had caused negative impacts on this initiative.

     

About relations with India, Fatemi said Pakistan had sincerely initiated peace process with the neighbouring country, but all those moves were not adequately reciprocated.

      

With regard to Pakistan-Iran ties, the Special Assistant said these had durability and deep strength covering over 60 years.

 

About the firing incident at Orlando in US, he said it would strengthen anti-Muslim and anti-Islam lobbies.

 

QADIR

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has expressed dissatisfaction on the pace of the work in Afghanistan for the repatriation of Afghan refugees.

 

The Minister said this in his meeting with EU ambassador Jean-Francois Cautain in Islamabad.

     

He said for successful repatriation of Afghans refugees, concrete steps are still needed to be taken by the Afghan government.

                 

The Minister discussed various areas of mutual cooperation with the Ambassador especially those related to FATA and Afghan refugees.

               

The Ambassador offered his full support for the various development projects in FATA.

 

 

FO

Pakistan has said unprovoked firing at the Torkham border is not in line with the spirit of cooperation and friendship between the two countries.

 

Talking to Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs channel, Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan lodged a strong protest with the Afghan charge d'Affaires over the incident.

 

The spokesman said border management is concern of both the countries and flow of people should be checked and controlled appropriately.

 

ISPR

Director General ISPR, Asim Saleem Bajwa says the under construction gate at Torkham that came under attack of the Afghan forces is thirty-seven meters inside Pakistan. 

 

In a tweet, he said the gate is considered essential to check and verify documentation of all border crossers with special regard to check terrorists moves.

 

AHSAN

Minister for Planning, Ahsan Iqbal has emphasised the need of modern early warning system to check flood damages in the monsoon season.

 

He made these observations while chairing a high-level meeting in Islamabad on monsoon 2016 impact and level of preparedness.

 

He directed concerned departments to take pre-emptive measures to deal with flooding situation in the upcoming monsoon season.

 

He said national preparedness is a composite for preparedness at provincial levels to deal with calamity like situation due to more than normal rain. 

 

The Minister said proper steps should be taken to inspect the conditions of water reservoirs and headworks.

   

He also stressed for combing operations to remove the snags in drainage system and storm water nullahs at district level. 

 

RASHID

Information Minister, Pervez Rashid says Pakistan Muslim League-N would win upcoming elections of Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly.

     

The Minister was speaking to a group of senior editors and journalists of Azad Kashmir based newspapers at an Iftar dinner hosted in Islamabad. 

 

Federal Ministers Chaudhry Barjees Tahir, Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and Advisor to Prime Minister for Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani were also present.  

 

Pervaiz Rashid said political parties should act as partners and not adversaries, to resolve issues of poverty, ignorance, unemployment and diseases.

 

He said we do positive politics instead of resorting to abuses.

     

Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Barjees Tahir said PML-N wants that elections in Azad Kashmir should be held in a free, fair and transparent manner.

 

 

KP-BUDGET:

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government would present provincial budget with a total outlay of over four hundred eighty-eight billion rupees for next fiscal year on Tuesday. 

     

Provincial Finance Minister Muzaffar Said told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that efforts have been made to give relief to the common man in the budget.

     

To a question, he said funds have been allocated for construction of schools, roads and hospitals in the budget.

 

 

DAR-ADB

The Country Director Asian Development Bank Werner Liepach called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad.

 

They discussed matters relating to the upcoming Ministerial meeting of the Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation, to be held in Islamabad this year.

 

 

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar appreciated the continued support of the Asian Development Bank for socio-economic development of Pakistan.

 

 

JAVED

Pakistan offers vast opportunities of investments and trade for foreign investors.

 

This was stated by Pakistan's Ambassador to Bahrain Javed Malik while talking to the Minister of Bahrain for Industry and Commerce Zaid Rashid Al-Zeyani in Manama.

 

He said economic relations between the business community of the two countries will be further strengthened in future.

 

PAK-US

Pakistan has strongly condemned the killing of 50 innocent people in a terrorist attack in the US city of Orlando.

 

In a letter to US Secretary of State, Foreign Affairs Advisor Sartaj Aziz expressed deep grief and solidarity with the Government of the United States and the bereaved families for the loss of precious human lives.

 

He said Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism and it reaffirms support to the United States in its drive against terrorism.

 

 

KASHMIR 

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism have martyred two Kashmiris including a woman during a search operation in Srinagar and Udhampur districts.

 

Several others including a child were also injured by the Indian Central Reserve Police Force personnel during the operation.

 

FRENCH KILLING

In France, a senior police officer and his female companion have been killed in an attack by a knife-wielding man in the suburb of Paris.

 

The attacker was also killed in the ensuing confrontation with police.

 

 

 

CANADIAN

In Philippines, a Canadian held by the Islamist group Abu Sayyaf has been killed.

 

DAY

International Blood Donors Day is being observed on Tuesday.

    

The theme of this year is "Blood connects us all" with the slogan of "Share life, give blood". 

 

 

CRICKET

In the Tri-Nation One Day International Series, West Indies beat Australia by four wickets at Basseterre on Tuesday.

 

Batting first, Australia scored 265 for seven in the allotted fifty overs while West Indies achieved the target in 45.4 overs.

 

TEST

The third cricket test between England and Sri Lanka ended in a draw at Lords.

 

Score:

                   England 416 & 233/7d

                     Sri Lanka 288 & 78/1.

                 

 

EURO-CUP:

In the EURO Cup Football 2016, World champions Spain beat Czech Republic by one goal to nil at Paris.

 

In another match, Ireland and Sweden remained equal  with 1-1 goal while Italy defeated Belgium by 2-0.

 

Australia will play against Hungary and Portugal will face Iceland on Tuesday.

 

WEATHER:

 

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

 

However, rain-thunderstorm with strong gusty winds is expected at isolated places of Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Lahore, Malakand and Hazara divisions.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Tuesday morning:

 

Islamabad and Quetta twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore thirty, Karachi twenty-nine, Peshawar twenty-seven, Murree nineteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-two degree centigrade.


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