Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
AUGUST 16, 2017
National Security Committee, at a meeting in Islamabad, has reviewed internal and external security situation.
Minister for Defence Production says exports of defence products have considerably increased during the tenure of PML-N government.
Joint resistant leadership in occupied Kashmir says pro-freedom leaders are being subjected to psychological torture in detention centres.
China says it will not hold talks with India over border dispute until withdrawal of Indian troops from Chinese territory.
Four-day car rally begins in Shigher area of Gilgit Baltistan tomorrow.
National Security Committee has reiterated that regional peace and progress is directly linked to resolution of all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Its meeting was held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
The meeting reviewed internal and external security situation and the foreign policy imperatives in regional and global context.
The Committee expressed grave concern over frequent incidents of cross-border firing by Indian forces over the Line of Control and strongly condemned the grave violations of human rights inflicted upon innocent people of occupied Kashmir.
The National Security Committee reaffirmed its continued commitment to pursue peace and stability in Afghanistan through an Afghan owned and Afghan-led peace process.
The forum resolved to work at all levels with the people and Government of Afghanistan for removal of all irritants in Afghanistan for terrorist incidents in Pakistan.
The Committee expressed satisfaction over the gains of anti-terrorism operations particularly Radd-ul-Fasaad and Khyber-IV and resolved to continue with these operations till elimination of the last trace of terrorist elements.
Prsident Mamnoon Husssain says the pace of economic development in the country will increase after elimination of terrorism.
Talking to outgoing UAE Ambassador Essa Abdulla Al Basha Al Noaimi in Islamabad today, he said Pakistan has been the biggest target of terrorism in the region.
Meanwhile, President of Aga Khan Council for Pakistan Hafiz Sherali called on the President in Islamabad today and handed him over a letter from Prince Karim Aga Khan.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said multiple projects being implemented by Aga Khan Development Network are making a visible difference in the lives of people.
He appreciated the role of Aga Khan Development Network, Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Health Services in promoting social sector development, especially in northern areas of Pakistan.
Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today.
The Minister briefed the Prime Minister on working of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and discussed development schemes in Mansehra.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain says the defence industry of the country is producing state-of-the-art products.
Chairing a review meeting on performance of the Ministry today, he stressed the need for promotion of local defence products in international markets.
The Minister expressed satisfaction over increased level of exports during the PML-N government.
Election Commission has given another opportunity to PTI to provide details of party funding by the 7th of next month.
At its hearing in Islamabad today, the Commission rejected plea of PTI for halting proceedings of the case.
The Commission said this will be the last opportunity for PTI to submit details of party funding.
Later talking to newsmen, petitioner Akbar S Babar said PTI Chief Imran Khan is fleeing accountability.
He said Imran Khan is pursuing the agenda of confrontation among state institutions for his vested interests.
Azadi Train received an enthusiastic response from the general public on the second day of its stay at Lahore Railway Station today.
The local people, including youngsters, students, senior citizens and families took keen interest in the galleries and cultural floats of all four provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir.
The local people are visiting Railway Station in a large number to welcome the beautifully illuminated Azadi Train, which is plying across the country as part of 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
The Azad Train will leave for Multan tomorrow morning.
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has said that the Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders arrested by New Delhi-based National Investigation Agency and Enforcement Directorate are being subjected to psychological torture in jails and detention centers.
The leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the solitary confinement of the leaders.
They said that Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Ayaz Muhammad Akbar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Altaf Shah, Merajud Din Kalwal, Peer Saifullah and Nayeem Ahmed Khan were being subjected to inhuman treatment.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed at Aaripanthan in Beerwah area of Badgam district today, to mourn the brutal killing of four youth in indiscriminate firing by Indian troops on this day, last year.
China has once again reiterated that it would not
hold talk with India over border dispute until withdrawal of Indian border guards from the Chinese territory.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Hua Chunying during her regular press briefing in Beijing said Chinese side was committed to peace and stability of the China-India order and the Chinese troops always patrolled along the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control.
She urged the Indian side abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides and upholds peace and stability of China-India border.
She said the skirmish in Ladakh has nothing to
do with Doklam standoff between China and India.
Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has arrived in Kuwait to discuss Gulf crisis.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain had severed diplomatic relations with Qatar in June, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism.
The four states have also imposed a sea, land and air embargo on Qatar and presented a list of demands for Doha or face further sanctions.
Iran's military chief of staff General Mohammad Hossein Bagheri has arrived in Ankara for talks with Turkey's leadership aimed at narrowing differences on the Syria crisis and coordinating policy on Iraq.
Iran's official IRNA news agency has described the visit as
unprecedented in the history of bilateral relations amid differences on the Syria crisis.
The United States and Japan have conducted air drills in wake of current situation in Korean peninsula.
The U.S. Air Force in a statement said , these training flights with Japan are aimed at to preserve peace and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific .
The exercises have been conducted in the East China Sea.
In Philippine, at least 32 people have been killed during anti-drug operations in a province north of the capital, Manila.
Four day long Desert Car Rally begins in Shigher area of Gilgit-Baltistan tomorrow.
The event which has been organized in collaboration with Pak- Wheels, will continue till Sunday.
Over one hundred Car drivers are expected to participate in the Rally.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at few places in Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.