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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 for freedom.

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

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 of votes 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 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 the 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. 

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 the census will start from 25th of this month and conclude after one month. 

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.

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.

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. 

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

AYAZ

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says government has made a 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.

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.      

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 Bank 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.

EASTER

Christian community is celebrating Easter today.

Strict security arrangements have been put in place at churches.

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.                                       

NAFEES

Pakistan fully supports every effort for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria in an interview tonight.

He said Pakistan is in the favour of Afghan-led dialogue and all stakeholders in Afghanistan should come together to resolve disputed matters. 

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.   

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.

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.         

WEATHER

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

Very hot weather is expected in Naseerabad, Makran, Sibbi, Sukkar, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Hyderabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, D.G Khan , D.I Khan and Faisalabad divisions.

 

 


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