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HEADLINES

APRIL 15, 2016

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President says Pakistan is committed to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir.

Commerce Minister has urged SAARC countries to bring down non-tariff barriers to pursue greater economic integration in the region.

Syrian army has mounted a large-scale military operation to liberate the strategic city of Aleppo from the Islamic State militants.

Nine people have been killed in a powerful earthquake in Japan.

Three matches are being played in the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup in Malaysia today.

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MAMNOON-ADDRESS:

President Mamoon Hussain says Pakistan is committed to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir.

Addressing the OIC summit in Istanbul, he said Pakistan looks forward to an uninterruptible, sustained and result oriented dialogue with India.

He said Pakistan would continue to extend political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir, in their peaceful efforts for achieving their right to self-determination.

He said the people of occupied Kashmir look towards the OIC member states' support to their just struggle for the right to self-determination and the settlement of the issue in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.

The President called for comprehensive policies and international cooperation to counter terrorism and violent extremism.

He said Pakistan's sacrifices and contribution for countering terrorism are unmatched. He said Zarb-e-Azb operation is successfully progressing towards the goal of eliminating all terrorists.

He said Pakistan desires lasting peace in Afghanistan, which could only be achieved through an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned reconciliation process.

 

MAMNOON-MEETINGS:

Talking to Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on the side-line of OIC summit in Istanbul, the President reiterated Pakistan's continued support to peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan.

He said long-term peace in Afghanistan is possible only through reconciliation among the stakeholders in the country.  

The President said peace in Afghanistan would open new avenues for regional economic cooperation, development of infrastructure and communication network.

Afghan Chief Executive said that Pakistan and Afghanistan enjoy brotherly ties based on commonalities of religion, culture and history.

The President also met President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko..      

During the meeting, the two leaders agreed to extend cooperation in the fields of defence, economy, industry, trade, culture, higher education and research.     

 

PRESIDENT:

In an interview with Turkey English Daily Sabah, Mamnoon Hussain said terrorists are on the run as  Zarb-e-Azb operation has broken their backbone.

The President reiterated that Pakistan is a responsible nuclear state, having stringent nuclear security architecture, including a robust command and control system.

 

KHURRAM:

Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has urged SAARC countries to bring down non-tariff barriers to pursue greater economic integration in the region.

He was talking to the representatives of the SAARC Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Islamabad.

The Minister said trade enhancement in the region requires bold initiatives.

He said Pakistan implemented numerous trade facilitation measures to support Afghan transit trade.

The minister said Pakistan has an understanding with Sri Lanka to further expand bilateral Free Trade Agreement which will boost trade between the two countries.

 

SAAD:

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says the government is ready for transparent and neutral investigation into Panama papers from any state institution.

In an interview, he regretted that the opposition has politisized the matter for point-scoring.      

Saad Rafique said that PML-N will consult parliamentary leaders of opposition parties including PTI to evolve a consensus over forming an independent inquiry commission.          

 

ISMAIL-SHAHBAZ:

Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Speaker Grand National Assembly of Turkey Ismail Kharaman have discussed promotion of cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey in different fields.

Ismail Kharaman lauded Shahbaz Sharif for setting an example by promoting a culture of transparency and high standard in public welfare projects. 

 

AMBASSADOR:

Pakistan's Ambassador to Bahrain, Javed Malik and Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa have discussed business, trade and commercial relations between the two countries.    

Javed Malik briefed the Crown Prince on various steps being taken by the government to ensure stability and create opportunities for foreign investment in Pakistan.

He also proposed the idea of establishing Pakistan-Bahrain Business Council.

The Crown Prince welcomed the idea and assured Ambassador Javed Malik of his support.

     

ANALYSTS:

Analysts and political leaders say that India arms build up is creating strategic imbalance in the region.

Speaking in Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs Programme, PML-N leader Chaudhry Jafar Iqbal said Pakistan wants to promote peace in the region while India is sponsoring terrorism in Pakistan. He urged the world community to force India to stop negative role in the region.

Analyst Farooq Hasnat said false propaganda against Pakistan is a cornerstone of Indian foreign policy. He said India is the biggest importer of arms in the world.

Analysts Dr. Talat Wizarat said Pakistan will never get involved in arms race.She said India is enhancing its weapon and nuclear technology which is a great threat to the security of the region.                            

 

KASHMIR:

In occupied Kashmir, pro-freedom leaders and organizations have strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilians by Indian Army personnel in Kupwara district. 

Dal Khalsa, and Member of Indian Parliament from Bihar, Pappu Yadav, have also denounced the killing of innocent civilians by Indian Army personnel in Kupwara area of occupied Kashmir.

Dal Khalsa head, H S Dhami and Chairman of Sikhs for Human Rights, Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema in a statement said that the thrust of Indian forces to inflict maximum damage on Kashmiri youth is increasing with every passing day.

 

US-IS:

Islamic State is losing its grip in Afghanistan due to steady aerial bombardment from U.S. and NATO forces and the terror group's failure to win over Afghans.

A spokesman for the NATO-led Resolute Support Mission, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, told Pentagon reporters via a video link from Afghanistan.

He said U.S. and NATO forces have significantly decreased their footprint in Afghanistan. 

The U.S. military estimates there are between 1,000 and 3,000 IS fighters left in Afghanistan.

Brigadier General Charles Cleveland said nobody really wants Islamic State in the neighborhood.

 

SYRIA:

Syrian army have mounted a large-scale military operation to liberate the strategic city of Aleppo from the IS militants.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said heavy fighting is reported around the Handarat region, where Syrian government forces and Hezbollah fighters sought to cut off a crucial supply line of the militants.

 

EARTHQUAKE:

In Japan nine people have been killed and more than 250 injured after a powerful earthquake of 6.4 magnitude hit southern Japan.

Thousands fled their homes and many people spent the night in the open in the town of Mashiki, on the island of Kyushu.

LAHORE INCIDENT

Five members of the same family, including a woman and her four children were killed when a two-storey building collapsed near Shairanwala Gate in Lahore.

 

HOCKEY:

In the Sultan Azlan Shah Hockey Cup at Ipoh in Malaysia,

Pakistan will play against Japan, Australia will take on Canada while Malaysia will face India today.

 

WEATHER:

Mainly dry weather in most parts while hot condition is expected in the plain areas of the country during the next twelve hours. 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad seventeen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty three, Karachi twenty six, Peshawar twenty, Quetta sixteen, Gilgit eleven, Murree twelve and Muzaffarabad thirteen degree centigrade.

 


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