DATE: 14-11-2016                                 


President and Prime Minister have strongly condemned unprovoked firing by Indian forces at LoC in which seven soldiers were martyred.


Indian High Commissioner was summoned to Foreign Office on Monday afternoon to ask him to convey his government to respect ceasefire along LoC.  


In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leaders have called for settlement of Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of Kashmiris.


Government has decided to keep prices of gas unchanged for domestic consumers.


Turkish President arrives in Islamabad on Wednesday to discuss bilateral and regional issues with Pakistani leadership.


Moscow will host a round of Russia-Pakistan-China talks on Afghanistan next month.


Iran and China have signed an agreement to hold joint military drills.


Super Moon is being sighted in Pakistan tonight after sixty-eight years.





President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have expressed deep grief and sorrow over loss of precious human lives in the latest violation of Line of Control by Indian forces.


Paying rich tributes to the martyred Pakistani soldiers, the President said sacrifices of the valiant soldiers will not go in vain. He said India is continuously committing severe LoC violations.


Mamnoon Hussain said Pakistan has highlighted the Kashmir issue on diplomatic front in an excellent way that has unveiled the real face of India before the world.


Paying high tributes to martyred Pakistani soldiers, the Prime Minister said it is extremely unfortunate that Indian forces have continuously violated ceasefire agreement at LoC, in the recent days.


He said we are fully capable of defending our soil against any aggression.


He said Indian Forces have resorted to escalating tension on LoC only to detract world's attention from grave human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.                  



Seven soldiers have been martyred in unprovoked firing of Indian forces across Line of Control at Bhimber Sector.


In a statement ISPR said Pakistani troops effectively targeted Indian posts while responding to unprovoked firing.


According to sources, the Indian side also suffered major causalities as a result of Pakistan's retaliatory fire.



Army Chief Raheel Sharif has vowed to continue to respond effectively to the Indian unprovoked firing and maintained that no stone will be left unturned to defend motherland.


He said this while attending a briefing in Jhelum on Monday.


The Army Chief also attended funeral prayer of the soldiers in Jhelum, who embraced martyrdom in Indian cross border firing at Line of Control.


General Raheel Sharif paid rich tributes to the valour and sacrifice of the brave soldiers.                     



Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has urged world community to take notice of Indian provocations against Pakistan as any escalation of tension between the two nuclear armed neighbors could prove catastrophic for the whole region.


In an interview, he said over the last several months, India is heating up situation at the LoC and the working boundary due to some internal compulsions.


He said the regional countries should be wary of the extremist tendencies of India.        



Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has strongly condemned Indian Ceasefire violation on the Line of Control.


In a statement on Monday, he expressed grave concern over the recent unprovoked Indian firing on the LoC and the working boundary which resulted in the loss of civilians and personnel of armed forces.


He also expressed the apprehension that the Indian actions may lead to strategic miscalculation. He emphasized that Pakistan was exercising maximum restraint in the face of Indian belligerence.                            



Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer has said Pakistan's desire for peace should not be taken as its weakness.


In a statement, he said Pakistan will continue responding effectively to India's provocative acts.


Condemning Indian provocation along the Line of Control, the minister said India will have to suffer huge losses if it resorts to cross the border or certain limit.                    



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said Pakistani troops are giving befitting response to Indian provocation and aggression along the Line of Control. 


In a statement, she said the entire Pakistani nation stands behind their valiant soldiers.               



Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry summoned Indian High Commissioner on Monday afternoon and condemned the unprovoked Ceasefire Violation of Indian occupation forces at Line of Control.


The Foreign Secretary deplored the increasing Indian ceasefire violations at the LoC and the Working Boundary especially during last two months.


He said that this belligerent attitude of Indian occupation forces was a serious threat to the regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.


The Foreign Secretary asked the Indian High Commissioner to convey to his government that it must stop the provocative firing and observe the ceasefire.


He said that Pakistan is pursuing a policy of restraint, which should not be construed as a sign of weakness.



Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria has said India is continuously violating ceasefire to divert attention of the world from gross human rights violations being committed by its security forces in Occupied Kashmir.


In an interview with Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel tonight, he said Indian forces committed more than two hundred and fifty ceasefire violations during last few months. He said during unprovoked Indian firing twenty six Pakistani civilians have been martyred and more than one hundred injured besides losses to the buildings.


Nafees Zakaria said seven armed personnel martyred during on Sunday night's unprovoked firing have scarified their lives for protection of the national objective. He commiserated with the bereaved families and paid rich tributes to the martyrs.


Foreign Office Spokesperson said India is involved in sponsoring and financing terrorist activities in Pakistan to destabilize it. He said India is also involved in activities against China Pakistan Economic Corridor and creating law and order situation in Balochistan.  



Talking to British MP, Lord Commissioner of H.M Treasury Andrew Griffiths in London on Monday, AJK President Sardar Masood Khan called upon British government to use its influence to stop human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.


He updated him on the current human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.



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


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



In occupied Kashmir, senior Hurriyet leaders have said Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory and peace in South Asia is linked to settlement of Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of Kashmiris.


Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement in Srinagar expressed strong resentment over the rallies taken out by Hindu extremist organization Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh in Jammu and Chenab valley.


Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi also condemned the statement of RSS Chief Bhagwat Sangh.


Several people were injured when Indian police used brute force and fired teargas shells on mourners at Eidgah road in Srinagar, on Monday.                         



The Government has rejected the summary of Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority for an increase in gas prices.


Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said in Islamabad on Monday that gas prices will remain unchanged.


He said OGRA has been informed about this decision accordingly.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif had made it clear that no increase will be made in gas prices for the domestic consumers.                   



Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says refund claims of exporters of 21.5 billion rupees have been repaid out of twenty five billion rupees.


Addressing a ceremony in connection with revenue collection in Islamabad on Monday, he said promise for refund of Sales Tax by 30th of April this year has been fulfilled.


He said Companies Ordinance 2016 will prove a major step in the development of the country.


He said that all the difficulties faced by Real Estate sector would be resolved.


Finance Minister congratulated Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and all other stakeholders for successful operational of the Gwadar port.                          



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak called on Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Monday.


Matters pertaining to the supply of gas to Karak and Hangu districts were came under discussion.                         



Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that the new Islamabad airport must be completed on the lines of a truly modern airport having all the requisite facilities.


Chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Monday, he directed for the constructed of quality link roads to the new airport for ensuring easy and speedy access.


He said Pakistan's cultural diversity must be reflected prominently in interior designing of the new airport.


The Prime Minister was briefed on the overall design, link roads and interior designing of the new Islamabad airport.                             



Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said present government is committed to delver the nation and make Pakistan a peaceful, brighten and economically strong country.


Addressing a meeting of newly elected chairmen and vice-chairmen in Gujranwala, he said some elements were creating hurdles in the way of progress and prosperity of the country.


He said Panama Leaks issue was exploited against Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif by PTI Chief Imran Khan and other opponents to derail democracy and stop pace of development in the country.                       



Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has directed the railways authorities to demolish the encroachments on the both sides of the railway tracks to ensure safety of trains.



Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor focuses on infrastructure development.


Talking to Chinese Xinhua news agency on sidelines of the concluded Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference, he expressed hope that the project could be a driver for joint oil and gas projects.


He said, we are hopeful that Chinese oil and gas companies will invest in energy sector and also in other sphere of business in Pakistan.  



State Minister for Water and Power, Chaudhry Abid Sher Ali says Government is fully committed to honor its promise about ending load shedding up to 2018. 


Addressing business community in Faisalabad on Monday he said process will start for curtailing prices of electricity from next year.


Abid Sher Ali said as a result of hectic efforts of government, the power production has been increased from 13500 to 17000 mega watts. He said in October 2018 another 8000 to 10000 mega watts of electricity will be added into the system to meet country’s needs.                     



Chairperson Benazir Income Support Porgamme Marvi Memon says it is high time to revitalize spirit of Sufi teachings for betterment of the society.


She expressed these views during her visit to Bhit Shah on Monday where the Urs of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai is underway.


Marvi Memon said Bhitai’s message of peace, patriotism and humanity are guiding principles that can serve as a beacon of light in current situation.                                 



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that the progress and posterity of the country is linked with the development of its four provinces.


He was talking to Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in Lahore on Monday evening.


Matters of mutual interest, promotion of inter-provincial harmony and other important issues were also discussed during the meeting.                            



PPP central leader Jahangir Badar who died on Sunday night was laid to rest in Miani Sahib Graveyard Lahore on Monday evening. 


Earlier, his funeral prayer was offered at Punjab University Law College Ground from where he started his political journey.


A large number of people from all walks of life including Punjab Governor Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, former Prime Ministers Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and Yosaf Raza Gilani, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, religious scholar Molana Tariq Jamil and PPP workers and leaders attended the funeral.                          



A three-day special anti-polio drive was launched in district Shangla and Kohistan on Monday.



World Diabetes Day is being observed on Monday.


Its aim is to raise create awareness about the disease and suggest steps for its prevention.



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will arrive in Islamabad on a two-day visit on Wednesday on the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain


According to Foreign Office Spokesperson, President Erdogan will be accompanied by a high-level entourage, including Ministers and senior officials, besides a large number business community members.


Besides meeting with President Mamnoon Hussain, President Erdogan will also hold talks with Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif during the visit.


The exchange of views between the two leaders will cover entire range of bilateral relations, as well as regional and international issues.


The Turkish President is also scheduled to address Joint Session of the Parliament.


President Erdogan will also travel to Lahore, where the Prime Minister will host a banquet in the honour of visiting dignity at Shahi Fort.                        



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said Pak-Turkey ties have flourished during PML-N government.


He was talking to Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Sadik Babur Girgin in Lahore on Monday.


Matters of mutual interest, further promotion of Pak-Turk relations and enhancing cooperation in different sectors were also discussed.             



Russian Foreign Ministry has said Moscow will host a round of Russia-Pakistan-China talks on Afghanistan in Moscow next month.


According to sources Russia's Foreign Ministry director of the Second Asian Department said the aim of the talks will be to establish a wider regional partnership regarding Afghanistan.



Chinese President Xi Jinping has reaffirmed the importance of relations with the United States.


In a telephonic conversation with US President-elect Donald Trump on Monday underlining potential in China-U.S. cooperation, he said economic cooperation is the "only correct choice" for world's two powers.


In a statement, President-elect Donald Trump thanked President Xi for his good-wishes on his election.



Iran and China have signed an agreement to hold joint military drills and cooperate in fighting terrorism.


The agreement was signed between Iranian Defense Minister Gen. Hossein Dehghan and his Chinese counterpart Chang Wanquan in Tehran on Monday.


The two sides have upgraded their military ties in recent years and naval ships of the two countries are regularly visiting each other's ports.



The EU has urged all parties to the landmark Iran nuclear accord to stick to their commitments after US President-elect Donald Trump said he might ditch the deal.


EU Foreign Ministers at a meeting in Brussels said the deal signed last year by the world powers must be respected as the bloc seeks to expand economic and other ties with Iran.                                 



In Syria, air striker destroyed the only hospital in the rebel-held town of Atareb in Aleppo on Monday.


The warplanes pounded the town and knocked down hospital out of service permanently.                         



Egyptian authorities have reopened Rafah border crossing with the blockaded Gaza Strip.


In a statement, Gaza’s border crossing authority said the terminal will remain open in both directions for five days.



New Zealand is planning to send military helicopters and a navy ship to rescue about 1,000 tourists and hundreds of residents who remain stranded in the coastal town of Kaikoura after a powerful earthquake hit the country.


Meanwhile, strong aftershocks continued to shake New Zealand on Monday.

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