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HEADLINES

16-April-2017

Prime Minister says use of brute military might against innocent Kashmiris who refused to participate in the recent sham state elections cannot suppress their human urge of freedom.

Finance Minister has reaffirmed government's commitment to ensure transparent and credible national census.

Minister of State for Information says PML-N will win 2018 general elections on the basis of its performance.

Election Commission has designed polling station-wise result management system to improve accuracy and transparency of result process.

Banks will start receiving Hajj applications under government scheme from tomorrow.

Christian community celebrated Easter in Pakistan as elsewhere in the world today.

In Turkey, counting is underway in historic referendum on introduction of Presidential form of government.

China and Nepal began first-ever joint military exercises with focus on counter-terrorism in Kathmandu today.

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PM-KASHMIR

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has called upon international community to play its role for a just resolution of the Kashmir issue according to the aspirations of Kashmiris.

In a solidarity message issued today, he said world community should play its role to stop human rights violations by Indian forces in held Kashmir.    

The Prime Minister said brute force is being used against the innocent Kashmiris as they did not participate in the fake elections in Occupied Kashmir.

He said that Kashmir is for Kashmiris and a day will dawn when their due struggle will bear fruit.

AJK PM

The AJK Prime Minister also asked the world nations to take notice of massive human rights abuses by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

Addressing to a press conference in Muzaffarabad today, he said lowest turnout in sham parliamentary elections in occupied Kashmir shows that Kashmiris do not accept any electoral or political process under Indian constitution.

The AJK Prime Minister said Pakistan is a pivot of hope for Kashmiris. 

KASHMIR

Meanwhile, a complete shutdown was observed in Occupied Kashmir today, against the cold blooded murder of a youth and ruthless beating of students by Indian troops in Srinagar and Pulwama districts.

Call for the strike was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. All shops and other business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road. 

Syed Ali Gilani asked India to stop singing the mantra of democracy and humanity as its army has crossed all limits of humanity in the occupied territory.

APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and other Hurriyet leaders in their statements said that Indian forces were carrying out genocide of the Kashmiris to quench their thirst for blood.  

Meanwhile, the Kashmir University Students Union in a statement in Srinagar while condemning the attack on students of Degree College Pulwama called for protests against the brutal act tomorrow.              

CENSUS

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says all out efforts are being made to ensure transparency and credibility of the 6th population and housing census. 

Addressing a news conference along with Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa in Islamabad today, he said first phase of the census operation has been successfully completed in 63 districts. 

He said second phase of census will start from 25th of this month and conclude after one month. 

Ishaq Dar said the information gathered through census will be made public in about two months.

Asif Bajwa said six teams of international observers are monitoring census operation. He said they have expressed satisfaction about credibility and transparency of the drive. 

ADD CENSUS

Asif Bajwa said that in the second phase census operation will be completed in 87 districts across the country. 

ASIF

Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif has stressed upon the younger generation to forge unity in their ranks to overcome the fast growing tendency of intolerance in society.

Addressing laptop distribution ceremony at University of Gujrat Sub Campus in Sialkot, he said education is key instrument for bringing social changes in the society.

The minister said hectic efforts are continuing to weed out the menace of extremism and terrorism from the country.

MARRIYUM

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb says PML-N will win 2018 general elections on the basis of its performance.

Talking to dignitaries in Gojra today, she said government has started robust development activities across the country to improve living standard of the common man.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said that energy projects have been started across the country to overcome the power shortage. She said that the country will get rid of the power load shedding by next year.  

MEDIA

Addressing a news conference in Faisalabad this evening, Minister of State for Information said legislation is underway for safety, security and welfare of the journalists.

She said access to information bill will be introduced during the current session of the National Assembly.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said government is also starting training programmes for working journalists to enhance their professional skills. 

ADD MEDIA

To a question, she said Prime Minister's health care program has been started in the country that is biggest health care program in Asia.

She said all promises made with general public during election campaign are being fulfilled.

 

ECP

Election Commission of Pakistan has designed polling station-wise result management system for general elections to improve accuracy and transparency of result process.         

According to official sources, the new system  is being used by Returning Officer in pilot projects during bye-elections.       

The sources said the system has capacity to store all  scan pages of Forms -XIV, XVI & XVII along with data stored into database permanently for audit and accountability purposes.

Orientation training sessions are currently being conducted for officers and other staff.      

HAJJ

Banks will start receiving Hajj applications under government scheme from tomorrow.     

According to details, applicants can submit their forms in banks till 26th of this month. The draw will be held on 28th April.

Applications can be submitted with branches of Habib Bank Limited, United Bank Limited, National Bank of Pakistan, Muslim Commercial Bank, Allied Banks Limited, Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited, Bank of Punjab, Bank Alfalah, Meezan Bank and Habib Metro Bank.     

Successful applicants will be informed through letters and SMS.

Results of the balloting for successful candidates will also be available at www.mora.gov.pk and www.hajjinfo.org

AYAZ

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says government has made historic headway in tackling terrorism, lifting economic profile of the country and bringing improvements in various sectors.

Addressing a function in Lahore today, he said enhancement of economic relations with China under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will open new vistas of development in Pakistan and the entire region.

He said people will vote for development, not for hollow slogans in the general elections 2018.

SESSIONS

Sessions of the Senate and the National Assembly will be held at the Parliament House in Islamabad tomorrow afternoon at four. 

In the last sitting of the Upper House, the Chairman while exercising his powers, adjourned the Senate session sine die.  

Both the houses will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.

NHA

Chairman National Highway Authority Shahid Ashraf Tarar says all provinces are being connected through a network of high-quality roads and highways.           

In an interview in Lahore today, he said a number of roads projects have been launched in Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.       

He said completion of these projects will enhance trade and business activities and generate jobs in the country.

INAUGURATION

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has inaugurated Railways Track Flyover in Raiwind this evening.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Chief Minister said flyover has been completed within six months at a cost of more than one billion rupees.

He said Provincial government is  paying equal attention to uplift of urban and rural areas.

CM-GOVERNOR

Governor Khyber Pakhtukhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra held a meeting with Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore today. 

They discussed matters of mutual interest and ways to promote inter-provincial harmony.

Speaking on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister said provincial government has included brilliant students from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other provinces in its educational programs to promote national unity, brotherhood and inter provincial harmony.

ZUBAIR

Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair says special powers of Sindh Rangers must be extended as they have played a vital role in restoration of peace in Karachi.

This he said in a book launching ceremony in Karachi today.

The Governor said citizens of the metropolis are also satisfied with performance of Rangers.

CM-GB

Gilgit Baltistan Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman says government is committed to attract investment in various sectors.

Talking to a delegation in Gilgit, he said Gilgit-Baltistan Investment Board has been set up to promote economic activity in the area.

He said government will ensure provision of incentives and security to investors.

POLIO-CAMPAIGN

A three-day anti polio campaign begins in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Balochistan tomorrow.  

Provincial Health Department sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that more than six point six million children up to five years of age will be administered anti-polio drops during the campaign.

In nineteen districts of Balochistan, more than one million children up to five year of age will be vaccinated against polio. 

Polio teams will also be available at railways stations, bus stands and public places to ensure administering anti-polio drops to every child.

Special security measures have been taken to ensure security of polio teams.     

POLIO

A three-day anti-polio campaign will also be started in district Thatta tomorrow.

Nearly two million children would be vaccinated against the crippling disease. For this purpose, 539 teams have been formed in thirty union councils of the district.

FOREST

Chief Conservator Forest, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Siddiq Khattak  says eight hundred million saplings have been planted in the province.

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ARMS

Security forces have recovered huge cache of arms and ammunition in Kalaya area of Aurakzai Agency and Parachinar area of Kurram Agency.   

According to ISPR, the recovered arms and ammunition include rockets, IEDs, explosive, grenades, mortor bombs  and communication equipment. 

The operations were conducted on credible intelligence. A  Markaz of outlawed TTP established in under ground tunnels  in Kalaya, Aurakzai Agency, was also destroyed during the offensive.

ANF

Anti-Narcotics Force has seized 5067 kg narcotics in two separate raids in Killa Abdullah district near Pak-Afghan border.

According to ANF sources, 2793 kg opium  were recovered in Gulistan area, and 2274 kg opium in Noorak Sulaiman Khel area.

EASTER

Christian community is celebrating Easter today.    

Strict security arrangements have been put in place at churches.

PM-MESSAGE

In his felicitation message on the eve of Easter, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated the Christian community and said that protection of all minorities living in Pakistan is moral and Constitutional responsibility of the government.   

He appreciated the role of Christian community in developmet of the country.

DASTGIR

Commerce Minister, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan progress, also lauded role of Christian community in progress and prosperity of the country.

Addressing a ceremony in connection with easter in Gujranwala today, he said Christian community is playing its role in promoting interfaith harmony in the country.

TIRMIZI

Pakistan says presence of Daesh in Afghanistan poses threat to regional and global peace and the menace needs to be eliminated.

Speaking at a seminar on "Pakistan and Current Geopolitics" at the University of Michigan, Pakistan Consul General in Chicago Faisal Niaz Tirmizi said dialogue between the Afghan Government and Taliban is the only way forward to end war in Afghanistan .

He also stressed the need for a genuine and result-oriented talks between Pakistan and India  to resolve all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Kashmir.

The Counsel General welcomed the US offer to facilitate a dialogue between the two countries, but regretted that India has once again rejected the offer.       

Talking about CPEC,he said the project would not only boost economy of Pakistan and China, but also have a positive impact on other regional countries and the Persian Gulf region.

US-AFGHANISTAN

U.S. national security adviser Herbert Raymond McMaster met President Ashraf Ghani and other senior Afghan officials in Kabul today and discussed bilateral ties, security and counter- terrorism issues.

This is the first high-level visit by a Trump official just days after the U.S. military dropped a massive conventional bomb in eastern Afghan province of Nangrahar.

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, two militants of the Islamic State group have been killed in a drone strike in Nangarhar province.

TURKEY

In Turkey, counting is underway in historic referendum on introduction of Presidential form of government. 

The electorate voted Yes or No to an 18-article proposal that could see Turkey switch from a parliamentary to a presidential system.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan who cast his vote in Uskudar district of Istanbul today said he believes in the people’s sense of democracy.

PENCE

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has reaffirmed his country's commitment to its alliance with South Korea.

His remarks came today at an Easter Service with American troops based in South Korea.  

Pence's visit to South Korea comes hours after a new North Korean missile launched failed.

Meanwhile, China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson exchanged views on situation of Korean peninsula by phone today.

CHINA-NEPAL

China and Nepal began their first-ever joint military exercises in Kathmandu today in a sign of increased cooperation.

The 10-day drill will focus on counter-terrorism.                           

IRAQ

Iraqi forces have launched a new attack on Islamic State militants in Mosul's Old City.   

The government forces, backed by U.S.artillery and air support, have cleared the east and half of western Mosul and are now focused on the Old City.

SYRIA

In Syria, more than three thousand people are expected to be evacuated today from four areas as part of a population transfer.

The process was briefly stalled when over one hundred people were killed by a deadly blast yesterday.

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 3,000 people will be evacuated from pro-government villages of Foua and Kfarya, while 200 from opposition-held towns Zabadani and Madaya.

DRILL

The 7th “Eager Lion” military training drill will kick off in Jordan on the seventh of next month.

Twenty four countries will take part in the exercise.

The training aims at enhancing cooperation among armed forces of the participating countries, improving their defensive capabilities, training on strategic planning and application in a joint operational environment.

Eager Lion is an annual joint exercise that has been held in the Kingdom since 2011.

For this year, it will focus on current military operational and field priorities, anti-terrorism, and modern war techniques. 

OPEC

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh says his country supports extension of output cuts by OPEC and non-OPEC countries. 

OPEC meets on 25th of next month to consider extending the cuts beyond June.

The oil market has been oversupplied since mid-2014, prompting members of the OPEC and some non-OPEC producers to agree to cut output in the first six months of 2017.

DROWN

Twenty migrants trying to reach Europe drowned in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya today.

 

 

 

 


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