NOVEMBER 14, 2016


Planning Minister says CPEC will bring backward areas at par with developed areas of the country.

AJK Prime Minister has urged European Union to help stop human rights' violations in Occupied Kashmir.

In Occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet Forum says the Indian forces have declared a full-scale war against the people.

In Iraq, twelve people, including six suicide attackers, have been killed in a clash in south of Baghdad.



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says backward and neglected areas have been given priority for the first time in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to bring them at par with other developed areas.

In an interview, he said the government is committed to complete China-Pakistan Economic Corridor by 2030 at every cost.

He said CPEC is a project of national importance and all forces in the country should express solidarity instead of political point scoring by making the project controversial.



Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch is chairing a review meeting for repatriation of Afghan refugees in Islamabad.

The meeting is being attended by Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra, Chief Minister KPK Pervaiz Khattak and other parliamentary leaders.



One hundred thirty-seven suspects, including Afghan citizen, have been arrested in a joint search operation in Tarnol and Sangjani areas near Islamabad.

According to police, twenty-five plazas, one hundred and twenty shops and ten hotels were checked during the operation.

Rangers, police and Intelligence agencies participated in the operation.



President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have expressed heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of renowned politician and PPP leader Jehangir Badar.

Paying rich tributes to the services of the late politician who passed away in Lahore last night due to cardiac arrest, the President said the contributions of late Jehangir Badar towards strengthening of democracy in the country would always be remembered. He prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

The Prime Minister paid rich tribute to political struggle of Jehangir Badar. He said Jehangir Badar was a great political asset who worked for the promotion of democratic norms in the country.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has also condoled the death of Jehangir Badar.

Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana and Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the PPP leader.

Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Co-Chairman of the party, Asif Ali Zaradari also paid rich tribute to political struggle waged by Jehangir Badar.

In their separate messages they eulogized the political struggle which Jehangir Badar had fought for the promotion of political struggle in the country.

Namaz-e-Janaza of the deceased leader will be offered at 4:00 p.m. in Lahore today.



AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has urged the European Union to insist upon India to stop human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

Addressing a news conference in Islamabad today, he called upon the European Union to send a fact-finding mission to Occupied Kashmir to analyze bleak human rights scenario in the territory.

Farooq Haider said Pakistani and Kashmir youth settled abroad especially in the European Union will be engaged to sensitize the European people about the lingering dispute.            

Farooq Haider said resolution of Kashmir dispute is imperative for durable peace in South Asia. 

The AJK Prime Minister appreciated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for forcefully raising Kashmir issue at UN General Assembly session.



In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has condemned the use of oppressive and suppressive tactics against the people.

The forum in a statement in Srinagar, said forces have declared a full-scale war on the people in every part of Kashmir by ransacking residences, beating residents, and damaging homes.



US President-elect Donald Trump has made the first top appointments of his new administration.

Besides others, he nominated Reince Priebus as White House Chief of Staff and Steve Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor.



Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says 1,200 asylum seekers will resettle to the United States after President-elect Donald Trump takes oath of his office on 20th January.

Addressing a news conference in Sydney, he said  the United States has agreed to take a "substantial" number of asylum seekers held on Manus Island and Nauru.



In Iraq, twelve people, including six suicide attackers have been killed and six others wounded in a clash in south of Baghdad.

According to Interior Ministry spokesman, security forces killed five suicide attackers who tried to infiltrate Karbala.

However, the sixth bomber broke into a house where he blew up himself, killing six civilians and wounding six others.

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