JULY 15, 2017


PML-N leaders say the Party is united under the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

JUI-F Chief says Pakistan cannot afford political instability at this juncture.

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee says Indian intelligence Agency RAW is operating from Afghanistan to create instability in Pakistan.

Pakistan is holding negotiations with Turkey, Thailand and Iran to work out Free Trade Agreement.

Counting of votes is continuing in by-election in National Assembly constituency NA-260 Quetta-com Chaghi.

In Occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have welcomed call of UN Secretary General and China for negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute.

UN Security Council has unanimously extended the mandate of its political mission in Iraq till 31th July next year.


PML-N says those demanding resignation of Prime Minister should first read the JIT report.

This was stated by Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary while addressing a news conference along with MNA Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad this evening.

He said PML-N is united under the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said the jurisdiction of JIT was to investigate the ownership of London Flats but it worked beyond its ambit and started investigation against Sharif family.

He said that JIT could not find even a single example of corruption during the last thirty-five year political career of the Nawaz Sharif and Shahbaz Sharif when they were holding the public offices.

He said there is not any stance of money laundering and tax evasion in JIT report.

Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said the PML-N parliamentary party has expressed unwavering support to the Mrime Minister and voiced complete confidence in his leadership.

Daniyal Aziz said that the remarks in the report against the Prime Minister are based on mere speculations instead of proofs.

He said the words like most likely and seems have been used to declare Prime Minister Owner of the flats that are not acceptable.

He questioned why JIT did not record the statement of the Qatari Prince who was an important and main witness.

Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that PML-N will win the next general election on the basis of its performance.

Addressing a public gathering in Sheikhupura this evening, he said under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif the country is moving ahead on the path of progress and development.

He said the main challenges facing the country, including terrorism and power shortage, have been addressed effectively.
Mega development projects are underway throughout the country.

Rana Tanveer said PML-N has come into power through vote of the people. He said those demanding resignation of the Prime Minister should wait for the next elections as he was elected with a heavy mandate.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjees Tahir says PML-N believes in rule of law and supremacy of democracy.

He was addressing a press conference along with office bearers of the PML (N) labour wing at Lahore today.

He said that we had no expectation from the Joint Investigation Team and its report is a revenge and not an accountability.

Barjees Tahir said our legal team has pointed out forty-three mistakes in the JIT’s report and it’s a conspiracy against PML-N.

The minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will not resign on the wishes of few individuals.

He said that our all party leaders have reposed confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.


Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad says
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif possess the mandate of about 200 million people and tendering resignation on the desire of few individuals is boyond comprehension.

Talking to newsmen in Attock today, he said the PML-N government has put the country on the track of development by launching mega projects.


Chief of Jamiyat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman says he is confident that the Supreme Court will dispense justice in Panama Papers case.

Talking to the media persons in Karachi today, he said Panama Papers case has nothing to do with eradication of corruption but is aimed at pushing the country towards instability.

Maulana Fazlur Rehman recounted the achievements made by the government on the economic front and said that Pakistan cannot afford political instability at this juncture.

Responding to a question, the JUI-F chief said Pakistan and China have transformed their 70- year long friendship into a strong economic partnership.

He said that Pak-China friendship will open new vistas of economic opportunities in the country and emphasized the need for unity to make it successful.

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says certain political elements are trying to secure personal gains at the cost of benefits of people.

He was talking to MNA Rao Muhammad Ajmal in Lahore today.

Shahbaz Sharif said negative politics affects development process in the country.

He said the government is strenuously working to overcome energy crisis.

Outgoing Governor State Bank of Pakistan Ashraf Mahmood Wathra paid a farewell call on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.

The Finance Minister lauded the services of Ashraf Wathra rendered as Governor of central bank and congratulated him on the successful completion of his tenure.

The Minister said that he remained committed to his work throughout his tenure and contributed significantly to smooth implementation of monetary policy and regulation of the money market.


Ministry of Religious Affairs has completed residential arrangements for Hujjaj performing pilgrimage this year under the government scheme.

A spokesperson of the ministry told Radio Pakistan Islamabad correspondent that every effort will be made to facilitate the pilgrims.

Under the government scheme, 107, 526 people will perform Hajj this year while 71,000 citizens will go for pilgrimage through arrangements made by private Hajj operators.

Meanwhile, Hajj flight operation will begin from 24th of this month, which will continue till 26th of next month. The intending pilgrims can check their flight schedule on the Ministry's website www.hajiinfo.org.

The government is focusing on modernizing trade mechanism to facilitate international and domestic trade and enhance export.
This was stated by senior official of Ministry of Commerce while talking to APP in Islamabad.

The official said we are working to search new trade avenues and markets in different regions of the world to get access to these markets for promotion of the country's trade.

He said the government is committed to diversification on internal trade for enhancing supply chains to enhance country's exports.

The official said Free Trade Agreements with Turkey, Thailand and Iran are under negotiation phase and agreement would be finalized in this connection in coming months.

The official said that priority of the government would be to initiate the FTAs on same pattern with Latin American countries for promotion of free trade.

He said Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Cuba have huge import potential for promoting trade from Pakistan.

Construction work on Dera Ismail Khan-Hakla Motorway has been expedited on the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the project will be completed at a cost of one hundred and forty-two billion rupees by the end of next year.

The two hundred and eighty-five kilometers long Dera Ismail Khan-Hakla Motorway, which is part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, will boost trade and business activities in the country.

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says the security forces have rendered matchless sacrifices for maintaining peace.

He was addressing passing out parade at Police Training School Mingora, Swat today.

He said the government has made police department free from political interference.

Pervez Khattak said the PTI-led government has introduced reforms in all departments to provide better services to the people.

Earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated work on upgradation of Saidu Medical College, hostel and an academic block.

These projects will be completed at a cost of about nine hundred million rupees in a period of two and half year.


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra held a meeting with Chairman of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), Raja Zafar-ul-Haq in Islamabad today.

They discussed the situation in the country, especially in the context of the overall emerging scenario in the region.

Both the leaders were of the view that the process of development and progress should continue in the country.

They agreed that completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects and mainstreaming FATA in the overall national development arrangements would never be compromised.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government has finalized arrangements for establishment of a special force for protection of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that recruitment of personnel for the force will be stared next month.

The force will comprise three thousand and eight hundred personnel. Over one billion rupees have been allocated for the purpose.

The force will provide security to CPEC-related projects, engineers and technicians working on these projects.

Irrigation system in Sindh is being upgraded on modern lines in keeping with global environmental requirements and rapidly growing water needs.

Radio Pakistan's Karachi correspondent reports that fourteen billion rupees has been spent on strengthening of canal banks, re-sectioning of canals, and construction of bridges.

A project costing o ver eight billion rupees has also been worked out in cooperation with World Bank for strengthening of embankments and construction of small dams to control floods.

Sindh government has announced vocational short term training with monthly stipend program 2017-18 for unemployed youth of the province.

Balochistan government is making all efforts to make Quetta and Gawadar crime-free cities by spending billions of rupees.

Official sources told Radio Pakistan Quetta correspondent that the Safe City Projects in Quetta and Gawadar are underway and will be completed within fixed time.

More than fourteen hundred security and vigilance cameras would be installed at all important places of Quetta at a cost of 1740 million rupees. Scanners would also be installed at all entry and exit points of the city.

Similarly, Safe City Project is also being executed in Gawadar with the cost of more than 1475 million rupees.

Counting of votes is in progress for by-election in NA-260 Quetta-Cum-Chagai.

The polling in the constituency has ended in peaceful atmosphere.

National Disaster Management Authority has said that it is actively monitoring the on-going Monsoon Weather System throughout the country.

According to NDMA spokesperson, the Authority has established Emergency Operations Centre at National and Provincial levels which are working round-the-clock.


Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmoud Hayat says Pakistan is fully aware of the designs of hostile agencies especially RAW against the country.

Addressing passing out parade of cadets at Pakistan Naval Academy in Karachi today he said the Indian intelligence agency is operating from Afghanistan to stoke unrest and instability in the country and sabotage the multi billion dollars China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

The Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said we are committed to tackle these threats through synergetic efforts. He categorically stated that the country is capable to beat back the designs of the enemies.

General Zubair said Pakistan is vital to regional solutions. Attempts to coerce and isolate it have failed in the past and also meet the same fate in future.

He said Pakistan seeks peaceful coexistence with all neighbours. He said peace and stability in Afghanistan is essential for peace in Pakistan.

About anti-terror operations, the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee said Pakistan is determined to wipe out the curse of terrorism.


AJK President Sardar Masood Khan has urged the European Parliaments to take notice of serious human rights violations by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

He was talking to Secretary International Relations and Spokesman of the Socialist Party of Spain, Senator Oscar Lopez in Madrid.

He said that India should be held accountable for its crimes against humanity in the held valley.

Oscar Lopez termed the situation in Kashmir as worrying and said that the rights of Kashmiris must be respected and protected.

Head of the International Cooperation of the Spainish political party Pablo Yanez Ciudadanos also called on AJK President and expressed concern over the continuing tensions in South Asia and human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.

The Spanish leaders underlined the need for dialogue between India and Pakistan to address the longstanding issue of Kashmir to maintain peace in the region.

Addressing a fucntion in Elcano Royal Institute in Madrid, Sardar Masood Khan said India's systemic violations of human rights in Occupied Kashmir are fraught with most serious risks for peace and security in South Asia.

He demanded that the ongoing massive violations of human rights in Occupied Kashmir should come to an end.


In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred three youth during violent siege and search operation in Tral town today.

People took to the streets in Satoora area of Tral to protest against the army operation.

They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Indian police and troops fired teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators injuring many of them.

Complete strike was observed in Islamabad town today against the desecration of Jamia Masjid and arrest of dozens of boys by Indian forces.

Indian police and paramilitary personnel barged into the mosque, yesterday and arrested several minors, including the son of Hurriyat leader, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza.

Meanwhile,Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Shabbir Ahmed Shah, in their statements in Srinagar, welcomed the recent assertions of the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and China for settlement of Kashmir dispute though talks.


The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has strongly condemned closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel describing to a crime against Palestinian Muslims.

OIC Secretary-General Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen in a statement termed the closure of the mosque as attack on the rights and freedom of Palestinians to practice their religious rites.

He called on the international community to act immediately to deter repeated Israeli attacks against Islamic and Christian holy sites in occupied East Jerusalem .

Al-Aqsa remained closed today after a deadly shooting attack outside one of its entrances yesterday in which three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen were killed.


Iran and the European Union have launched a joint project to cooperate on nuclear safety programs.

Director of EU nuclear safety unit, Olivier Luycks and director of Iran's nuclear safety center,Hojjatollah Salehi, officially announced the start of the 2.85-million-dollar project in Tehran.

Under the agreement, the EU will support the Iranian Nuclear Regulatory Authority to develop a nuclear regulatory framework and will support Iran's accession to several international nuclear conventions.

UN Security Council has unanimously extended the mandate of UN political mission in Iraq till July 31, next year.

It called on the Iraqi government to continue providing security and logistic support to UN presence on the ground.

The mission expressed support for Iraq's development efforts on political, electoral and humanitarian levels.

The United Nations envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura has urged the Syrian regime to address the political transition issues at the next round of peace talks due to be held in September this year.

He said this while talking to reporters after the latest round of peace talks, which ended without any breakthrough in Geneva .

The UN envoy said Syrian regime has to discuss and tackle issues of political transition issues for peace in the country.

France has expressed willingness to play a role of mediator to resolve the crisis between Qatar and four other Arab states.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said this while talking to reporters in Doha after talks with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani.

He called for dialogue and calm between the Arab states.

Qatar's foreign minister welcomed French support in finding a solution, based on constructive dialogue and respect for state sovereignty and international law.

Turkish, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has asked Western leaders to make a choice between Turkey and terrorist organizations, like the Fetullah Gulen's group.

In an article published today in "The Guardian" on the first anniversary of last year's defeated coup in Turkey, Erdogan wrote that there is no way to sugar-coat this betrayal of Turkey’s friendship, which is incompatible with bilateral relations and fundamental values.


Cuban President Raul Castro says Cuba and the United States can cooperate and live side by side, respecting their sovereignty and independence.

Speaking in the National Assembly in Hawana, he said attempts to subvert the Cuban revolution would not succeed.

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