JULY 15, 2016


Special cabinet meeting is being held in Lahore today to discuss rapidly deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir.

In Azad Kashmir, the day of solidarity is being observed today to pay tributes to Shuhada-e Kashmir and condemn Indian state terrorism in the valley.

Interior Minister says successes in war on terror reflect Pakistan's sincere efforts for regional stability.

Railways Minister says the government and opposition would soon reach a consensus on the names of members of Election Commission.

French companies are showing keen interest to invest in Pakistan.

In France, eighty people have been killed as a truck hit a crowd in nice city.



A special meeting of the Federal Cabinet is being held in Lahore today to discuss the rapidly deteriorating situation in Occupied Kashmir.

To be chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the meeting will discuss the overall situation in Kashmir after brutal assassination of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and oppressive actions of the Indian security forces against innocent civilians.

The Prime Minister will take the cabinet into confidence on measures taken so far, besides the future course of action on the issue.



In Azad Kashmir, the day of solidarity with Kashmiri martyrs is being observed today to pay tributes to Shuhada-e Kashmir and condemn the Indian state terrorism in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

In pursuance of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's directives, PML-N Azad Kashmir President Raja Farooq Haider has asked all candidates and workers of his party to raise voice after Friday prayers against atrocities being perpetrated on the innocent civilian population in the held territory.

He appealed to party workers and other political parties to postpone electioneering today and observe the day of condemnation to express solidarity with the Kashmiri brethren.



Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir says Pakistan is highlighting the Kashmir cause at all international fora, including the United Nations.    

In an interview, he said Pakistan firmly believed in  the just struggle of Kashmiri people and their right to self-determination.



Chairman APHC Syed Ali Gilani says Indian occupied forces have started new wave of terror in the valley.

In an interview, he said Kashmiri people are peace loving and want peaceful settlement of the issue but it is India which is using the dialogue as a weapon of delaying tactics.

APHC leader said Pakistan has made many sincere efforts to resolve the issue through Indo-Pak dialogue and engaged India 150 times to resolve the core issue.



Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir says PML-N will usher in a new era of prosperity and development after coming into power in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.      

Addressing a public meeting in Bagh, he said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif wants equal and non-discriminatory progress in the country.

Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Azad Kashmir Abdur Rasheed Turabi said they have decided to support PML-N as the party is determined to bring change in lives of the people.



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan says successes gained in the war against terrorism reflect Pakistan's sincere efforts for safe future of the region.

He was talking to the US Ambassador David Hale in Islamabad.

The Minister expressed serious reservations over remarks of some US Congressmen and officials regarding Islamabad's role in the war against terrorism.

He said Pakistan and Pakistanis have sacrificed a lot in the war against terrorism, but the US parliamentarians have no realization about it. This has created severe reaction inside Pakistan.

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said unnecessary objections and allegations against sincere efforts of Pakistan for durable peace in the region can create problems in the path of achieving the common goals.

The US Ambassador said the US government recognizes the efforts of Pakistan for peace in the region and successes of Pakistan in the war against terrorism, particularly the operation Zarb-e-Azb.



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says the government and opposition would soon reach a consensus on the names of members of Election Commission.

In an interview, he said the government and opposition are holding consultations on the issue and the process would be completed before July 25 deadline. 

The Minister said the Prime Minister would not appoint the members, rather the committee consisting of government and opposition would appoint them.      

He said the government has prepared proposal for the appointment of members.



World Bank has appreciated the government for undertaking Dassu hydro power project with strong commitment.

Country Director World Bank Patchamuthu Illangovan assured full support for financing arrangement of the project at a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad.

The meeting reviewed implementation status of the project.

Country Director World Bank reiterated commitment to early implementation of Dassu hydro power project. 

He also appreciated the government for undertaking the project with strong commitment.

The Finance Minister highlighted that early implementation of Dasu Project Stage-I is a national priority to make affordable power available.



Ambassador of France Martine Dorance says French companies are taking great interest in Pakistan and are optimist about the business environment in the country.

Addressing a reception in Islamabad to commemorate the National Day of France, she said the economic ties between Pakistan and France are bound to grow.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid said Pakistan regards France its economic, political and strategic partner.

The minister said Pakistan places its relations with France at top priority and there is a huge potential to improve the bilateral ties.

He hoped both the countries would work to harness the potential to bolster the multiple ties between the two friendly countries.



In Afghanistan, twelve Daesh militants have been killed and a Daesh Radio Station destroyed in separate drone strikes in Nangarhar province.

According to spokesman for Nangarhar Governor Attaullah Khogyani the attacks have been carried out in Mohmand Dara area in Achin district.



In France, eighty people have been killed and one hundred and twenty others injured when a driver drove a truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice.

According to official sources, Police shot and killed the driver, who drove the heavy, long-distance truck hitting the mass of spectators.

Local government Chief Christian Estrosi told the media that the man had opened fire on the crowd and weapons were found in the truck.

The driver was not yet identified.

U.S. President Barack Obama has condemned the Nice incident.

In his address to the nation early today, French President Francois Hollande termed the truck attack in Nice as a terrorist attack.

He said we have to do everything to ensure that we can fight against the scourge of terrorism.

The French President also extended state of emergency for three months.



On the second day of the first cricket test against England at Lords, Pakistan resume their first innings at the overnight score of 286 for the loss of six wickets today.

Misbah ul Haq with 110 runs was at the crease.

Pakistan England cricket series comprises four Tests, five ODIs and one T-20.



A three-day South Asian Cadet and Junior Table Tennis Championship 2016 is being played in Karachi today.

Teams from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Maldives will participate in the championship.



Rain thundershower occurred at scattered places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Malakand, Bannu and Kohat divisions during the last twelve hours.

Islamabad received 74 milimeters rains, Rawalpindi 59mm, Sialkot 48mm, Kohat 34mm, Bannu and Dir 16mm.

While Rain-thunderstorm and windstorm is expected at scattered places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, D.I. Khan, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, while at isolated places in Multan, Sahiwal, D.G.Khan, Bahawalpur, Kalat and Makran divisions during the next twelve hours.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit twenty three degree centigrade, Lahore twenty eight, Karachi twenty nine, Peshawar twenty seven, Quetta twenty five, Murree eighteen degree centigrade.

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