JUNE 14, 2016


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

Minister for States and Frontier Regions has called for early repatriation of Afghan refugees.

Minister for Planning has emphasised need of modern early warning system to check natural calamities.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa budget with a total outlay of over four hundred eighty-eight billion rupees will be presented in the provincial assembly today. 

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

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



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 Orland in US, he said it would strengthen anti-Muslim and anti-Islam lobbies.



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.


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 Zakariya 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.



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.



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.                                  


Information Minister, Pervaiz 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.



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

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.



Five persons were killed and twenty two wounded in a head on collision between a truck and coach near Hub in Balochistan this morning.

The injured have been shifted to hospital.



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.



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.



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.



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



International Blood Donors Day is being observed today.   

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



Astronomers have discovered the largest planet outside our solar system orbiting two stars, at a distance that would make it potentially habitable for people.

A team of NASA astronomers revealed the findings at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society in San Diego, California.



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

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



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


                   England 416 & 233/7 declared.

                     Sri Lanka 288 & 78/1.



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 today.



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 this 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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