The valiant forces of Pakistan have broken the backbone of terrorists and foes of the country: Nawaz Sharif

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said Pakistani nation is fully capable of defending the motherland. In his message on the completion of two years of Operation Zarb-e-Azb, he said the valiant forces of Pakistan have broken the backbone of terrorists and foes of the country. The prime minister said personnel of the armed forces and other law enforcement agencies have rendered numerous sacrifices in elimination of terrorism from the country. He said the entire nation, irrespective of caste, creed, and religion, is united in defending territorial and ideological boundaries of Pakistan. Nawaz Sharif stressed the need for fighting poverty, hunger, unemployment, instability, and diseases. He vowed to make Pakistan a cradle of peace, where economic activities can flourish and youth can get better education facilities. 

Government is making efforts for economic development and prosperity of people of North Waziristan agency: President

President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is talking all measures for the rehabilitation of repatriated families in North Waziristan. He said repatriated families will be provided all facilities including education and medical care. He said Pakistan Army has purged North Waziristan of terrorists and established peace. President also paid tributes to sacrifices of tribal people of North Waziristan in war against terrorism.

Pak Army has achieved unparalleled successes in war against terrorism

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif says Pakistan Army with support of the entire nation has achieved unparalleled successes in fight against terrorism. He said this during his visit to forward locations in North and South Waziristan on Tuesday. He spent whole day with the tribes and troops busy in consolidation phase of Operation Zarb-e-Azb. The Army Chief was given detailed briefing on ongoing operations and comprehensive rehabilitation work and its effects on the social landscape of area. General Raheel said that operation Zarb-e-Azb is in its final stage in the fewer left out pockets. The Army Chief also inaugurated multiple projects as part of the post operation comprehensive rehabilitation plan for FATA. He appreciated the support of the tribal brethren in combating terrorism and acknowledged their sacrifices. He assured them that terrorists would never be allowed to return and Army will not go back till the job is fully done. He said besides rehabilitation of IDPs, our focus within FATA will now be on more efficient border management to prevent cross border movement. He said for enduring stability, intelligence based operations and combing operations will continue with same vigor across the country.

Funeral of Ali Jawwad Changezi held

Major Ali Jawwad Changezi who was injured in the firing of Afghan forces on Torkhan border yesterday succumbed to injuries today. Major Ali Jawad's funeral was attended by Chief of Army Staff Gen Raheel Sharif in Peshawar, after which his body was flown to his hometown Quetta for burial. Changezi Shaheed who sustained serious injuries was rushed to CMH Peshawar but doctors could not save his life.

Pakistan seeks support for Nuclear Suppliers Group membership

Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telephoned Foreign Ministers of Austria, Turkey and Argentine. Sartaj Aziz underscored Pakistan's credentials for NSG membership and emphasized the importance of non-discriminatory approach on NSG expansion to non-NPT states.

Pakistan's credentials stronger than India foe NSG membership: Sartaj Aziz 

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan's credentials for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) are stronger than India's if the 48-nation cartel agrees to form uniform criteria for non-NPT states. Pakistan has diplomatically engaged numerous countries over the criteria-based approach for non-NPT countries. "If the group forms such a uniform criteria, then Pakistan has stronger credentials for NSG membership than India." "Our strategy was to apply after India did, after which we would have immediately followed. We have had our application in an advance state of readiness for the past three months for this this purpose." Pakistan has gradually gathered support for the criteria based approach. Advisor to the PM said, "Last week, I telephoned the foreign ministers of Russia, New Zealand and South Korea, who will in future head the NSG, and our viewpoint was that they should support the criteria-based approach, and we have gathered support for it, China was already supporting it." Due to Pakistan's efforts and its strong credentials, if India gains entry into the club, Pakistan will not be left behind.

Airstrike kills 28 Taliban in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, twenty-eight Taliban were killed and sixteen wounded in an airstrike in southern Helmand province. According to an official, the dead Taliban include five commanders; Mullah Raqeeb, Qari Omer, Firdosi, Jahadullah and Bashir Agha. He says that Taliban had gathered in Babaji area of provincial capital Lashkargah to plan attacks on security forces.


England cricket board chief to propose four-day Test matches

Chairman England and Wales Cricket Board Colin Graves will suggest to the International Cricket Council (ICC) to reduce the duration of Test matches to four days. A four-day Test match would mean stiffer over rates (15 overs an hour) and a 30-minute earlier start. The plan is to have 105 overs a day, instead of the current 90. The possibility of a four-day Test match is likely to be discussed at the ICC Board meeting in Edinburgh on June 27.

Pakistan A team’s training camp from June 18

The training camp of Pakistan A team for the upcoming England tour will be held at National Cricket Academy Lahore from June 18-22. Head coach A team Basit Ali will be giving training to the players during the six-day camp. Pakistan A team will leave for England on June 23.

Sana determined to put good show against England

Pakistan women’s team captain Sana Mir has said that her side will try her level best to give a match-winning performance against England in the three One Day International (ODI) and three T20I series against England. Pakistan women team will play two practice games on June 15 and June 17 before the ODI series, which will roll into action from June 20. The T20 series will start from July 3 and conclude on July 7. Sana, who led Pakistan women’s team to two Asian Games gold medals in 2010 and 2014, stated that she left the T20I team captaincy because it was the right time.

PHF hails increase in Punjab’s sports budget

President of Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Brig. (R) Khalid Sajjad Khokhar and Secretary Shahbaz Ahmad Senior have expressed their delight over the 100% raise in the Punjab’s sports budget and termed it a major step to boast sports in the province. A special amount in the budget has been allocated for the change of artificial turf at the National Hockey Stadium, Lahore.

Pak boxers off to Baku

A five-member Pakistan boxing outfit departed for Baku, Azerbaijan here from Islamabad Airport on Monday night to feature in the last world qualifying round for the Rio Olympics 2016. Boxers from around the world will chip in these qualifiers, scheduled to be held from June 16 to 25. Those vying in the event to fulfill their Olympic dream are Awais Ali Khan (81kg), Mohammad Tanveer (75kg), Ali Ahmed (60kg), Niamatullah (56kg) and Mohammad Asif (52kg). If any Pakistani boxer qualifies for Rio Olympics it will be after a gap of 12 years that the country will have representation in boxing at the world’s most prestigious multi-sports event.


Met office predicts hot, dry weather

Met office has predicted hot and dry weather in most parts of the country. However, rain with dust-thunderstorm and gusty winds is expected in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, and Sargodha.  

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