Text Bulletin 2100 hrs
JULY 15, 2017
PML-N leaders say the Party is united under the leadership of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
Pakistan is holding negotiations with Turkey, Thailand and Iran to work out Free Trade Agreement.
Counting of votes is continuing in by-election for National Assembly constituency NA-260 Quetta-cum Chaghi.
In Occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have welcomed call of UN Secretary General and China for negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute.
OIC has strongly condemned closure of the al-Aqsa Mosque by Israel as crime against Palestinian Muslims.
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 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.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said PML-N will win 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 country is moving ahead on path of progress and development.
He said main challenges facing the country, including terrorism and power shortage, have been addressed effectively.
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.
Chief of Jamiyat-e-Ulema-e-Islam Maulana Fazlur Rehman says he is confident the Supreme Court will dispense justice in Panama Papers case.
Talking to 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 achievements made by government on economic front and said 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 Pak-China friendship will open new vistas of economic opportunities in the country and emphasized the need for unity to make it successful.
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.
National Disaster Management Authority has said 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.
FC Baluchistan recovered a cache of explosives and accessories from Och area of Dera Bugti today.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 .
Iran and the European Union have launched a joint project to cooperate on nuclear safety programs.
Under the agreement, the EU will support the Iranian Nuclear Regulatory Authority to develop a nuclear regulatory framework and support Iran's accession to several international nuclear conventions.
In the ICC Women's World Cup against Sri Lanka at Leicester Pakistan chasing a victory target of 222 runs scored 130 for the loss of 4 wickets in 30 overs, a short while ago.
Earlier,Sri Lanka women scored 221 in alloted overs.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in lower Sind, Mirpurkhas, Hyderabad, Karachi divisions, Balochistan, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Makran divisions, in Sukkur, Larkana, D.G. Khan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.