Text Bulletin 2000 hrs
JULY 16, 2017
Pakistan Army has launched Operation 'Khyber-IV' against terrorists in Rajgal Valley of Khyber Agency with the backing of air force.
DG ISPR, addressing a news conference in Rawalpindi today, said the operation has been designed to check infiltration of Daesh militants from Afghan side to carry out terrorist activities in Pakistan.
Army spokesman says India is committing massive ceasefire violations on Line of Control to divert world attention from grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Four Pakistani soldiers feared martyred on the Line of Control in Neelum Valley when their vehicle fell into river after being hit by Indian troops unprovoked firing.
Senate will meet in Islamabad tomorrow afternoon.
Intending Hajj pilgrims have been asked to get themselves vaccinated against different diseases ten days before leaving for Saudi Arabia.
In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and adjacent areas against martyrdom of two youth.
The men's final of the Wimbledon tennis is in progress between Roger Federer of Switzerland and Marin Cilic of Croatia in England.
Pakistan Army launched a massive operation code-named Khyber-IV against DA'ISH in Rajgal Valley of Khyber Agency along the Pak-Afghan border today.
This was announced by Director General Inter Services Public Relations Major General Asif Ghafoor at a news conference in Rawalpindi today.
He sad DA'ISH has increased its influence on the Afghan side and objective behind the Operation Khyber-IV is to check their intrusion from across the border to carry out terrorist activities on our side of the border. He said international border with Afghanistan will be fully secured and terrorists' hideouts on our side will be destroyed.
The ISPR Chief said one division troops with support of PAF are taking part in the operation. He said Rajgal Valley is the toughest terrain in FATA.
Asif Ghafoor said about 500 families are living in this area, who have shifted to safer places. He said due to effective security operations in the tribal belt, incidents of terrorism have considerably decreased in the country.
Turning to Operation Raddul Fasaad, the ISPR Chief said 46 major operations and over 9,000 intelligence-based operations were launched, while over 10,707 joint check points were established across the country.
Commenting on security situation in Karachi, he said incidents of terrorism have declined by 98 percent.
Elaborating situation on the Line of Control, Asif Ghafoor said India is committing massive ceasefire violations on LOC to divert world attention from the grave human rights violations and indigenous struggle of Kashmiris for their right to self-determination in Occupied Kashmir.
To a question, he said the Army Chief will take a final decision on the appeal of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jhadav.
Making a statement on situation in Afghanistan, Asif Ghafoor said Afghan forces are losing their hold over the areas under the government's control. He said Afghan forces will have to strengthen their footprints on its soil to check the influence of terrorist outfits like DA'ISH.
ISPR chief said Pakistan has decided to fence its entire border with Afghanistan and first phase of fencing is underway. To a question he clarified that Pakistan does not approve presence of foreign troops on its soil and any coordinated operation with Afghanistan will be meant for actions by both the countries in their respective territories.
To a question, the DG said Raymond Davis has written his book as contractor and such books have their own agendas, which could be exposed later on.
Answering a question, he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is extremely important for Development of the country. He said the security forces of Pakistan are fully vigilant to foil enemies designs against CPEC.
Indian troops targeted an Army vehicle moving along Neelum River on line of control at Athmuqam in Azad Kashmir today.
According to ISPR, the vehicle fell into the River and four soldiers drowned.
Body of one Shaheed has been recovered and search for remaining three is in progress.
Pakistani troops effectively responded to the cease fire violation.
Federal government has launched a relief and rehabilitation program for terrorism affected people of Tehsil Bara in Khyber Agency.
FATA Secretariat officials told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that the affected people are being given cash assistance to repair their damaged houses.
So far, more than one point five billion rupees have been distributed among four thousand six hundred and thirty-nine families.
The 264th session of the Senate will start at the parliament house in Islamabad tomorrow at four in the afternoon.
During the session, the house will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.
The Supreme Court resumes hearing of Panama Papers case tomorrow.
The three member implementation bench of the apex court headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan will hear the case.
Earlier, the Joint Investigation Team formed to probe the Panama Papers case submitted its report before the bench last Monday.
PML-N leaders say some foreign elements are involved in hatching conspiracies against Pakistan.
This was stated by PML-N leader Muhammad Safdar while addressing a function along with Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhary in Islamabad this evening.
Muhammad Safdar said Pakistan's enemies are against the restoration of peace and elimination of terrorism from the country. He said people of the country will foil all the conspiracies against the country.
Muhammad Safdar said political stability is imperative for prosperity and development of the country. He said Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is symbol of the development of the country.
Tariq Fazal Chaudhary said PML-N will completely fulfill its promises made with people of the country.
Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that PML(N) has always given priority to national interests.
He was addressing a link-canal inauguration ceremony at Bangla Sukhanwali in Sheikhupura today.
The Minister said PML-N does not believe in the politics of vengeance.
He said that baseless allegations are being leveled against the sincere leadership of country.
The Minister said the government has launched billions of rupees mega development projects.
Rana Tanveer Hussain said that PML(N) will go to next year's general elections under Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's leadership
Prime Minister Advise Engineer Amir Muqam says Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has taken concrete steps for development and prosperity of the nation.
Addressing a public meeting in Peshawar this evening, he said mega projects are being implemented all over the country.
He hoped people will vote for PML(N) in the next general elections due to its pslendid performance.
Amir Muqam criticized policies of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf and said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government failed to initiate even a single mega project in the province.
Earlier, Amir Muqam inaugurated supply of natural gas scheme in Bazid Khel area Peshawar.
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Barjees Tahir says allegations leveled in Panama Papers case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif would be proved wrong.
In a statement, he said Nawaz Sharif will continue to lead the country on path to progress and prosperity.
The minister said PML(N) leaders and workers stand united behind the Prime Minister and will foil conspiracies against PML-N leadership.
The vaccination campaign for intending pilgrims starts tomorrow.
A spokesman of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony told Radio Pakistan that vaccines against contagious diseases has already been provided in sufficient quantity to all the Haji camps across the country.
He said the intending pilgrims should ensure that they are vaccinated at least ten days before their departure schedule.
Hajj flight operation begins from 24th of this month and will continue till 26th of next month.
The intending pilgrims can check their flight schedule on the Ministry's website.
Meanwhile, the Ministry has launched SMS service to help prevent private Hajj scheme pilgrims from any swindling.
Official sources at the Ministry said that an intending pilgrim should send the first four digits of his Hajj Group Organiser enrolment number from his mobile phone to 8331 to check its authenticity.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the nation has rejected politics of protest, long marches and sit-ins
In a statement, he said the public has given mandate to PML-N to serve the nation.
Shahbaz Sharif said a handful of political elements cannot held the entire nation hostage through non-democratic practices.
The Chief Minister said elements who are creating hurdle in the way of progress and prosperity of the country will not succeed in their designs .
Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority Punjab has started interest-free loan scheme for bright students.
In an interview, Chairman TEVTA Irfan Qaisar Sheikh said the amount reserved for this program will be increased from fifty million rupees to one hundred million rupees.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says China Pakistan Economic Corridor will help in further improvement of the existing friendly relations between the two countries.
Talking to a delegation of National Development and Reforms Commission of China in Peshawar today, he said CPEC will usher a new era of prosperity and development in the region.
The Chief Minister said the region is becoming hub of economic activities due to this mega project.
He said a number of Memorandums of Understanding have been signed with Chinese companies including CPEC City, Circular Railway and Peshawar model town.
Earlier, presiding over a meeting in Peshawar the Chief Minister said the provincial government is expecting massive Chinese investment in the province.
Pervez Khattak said work on generation of 225 megawatt electricity from gas at Hattar Industrial Estate is in progress.
Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair says country earns huge foreign exchange from the export of fish and the government is focusing much attention to the wellbeing of the fishermen.
This he said while talking to five member delegation of Pak Fishermen Welfare Association which called on him in Karachi today.
He said the government is taking concrete steps for provision of modern equipment besides rehabilitation of infrastructure to facilitate fishermen.
Sindh Government is making all out efforts to provide basic facilities to the masses.
Official sources told our Hyderabad Correspondent that up- gradation of sewerage system of Qasimabad and Hyderabad talukas will be completed at a cost of one point two billion rupees during current financial year.
A new water filter plant for Hyderabad will be set up at a cost of one point three billion rupees.
Meanwhile, a thirty-bed pediatric intensive care unit will be established at Liquat University Hospital, Hyderabad at a cost of fifty million rupees.
A four-day anti-polio drive will commence in eight districts of Balochistan from tomorrow.
During the campaign over six hundred twenty three thousand children under five years of age would be administered anti-polio drops.
Islamabad administration has declared Rawal Lake water fit for human consumption.
According to the administration, samples of water from Rawal Lake were tested after tons of fish were found dead.
TheRawal Lake reservoir is used as the main source of water for Rawalpindi. Our correspondent with more details (TAPE)
Five people of the same family were killed and fourteen others injured when a passenger coach fell into a ravine at Ghatti Das area near Chilas today.
The coach was on its way from Faisalabad to Gilgit.
The injured have been shifted to DHQ Hospital Chilas.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says the Organization of Islamic Cooperation has expressed its full diplomatic, political and moral support to the Kashmiris for their just right to self determination.
Talking to PML-N workers at Islamabad Airport today, he said the OIC has adopted a resolution in this regard.
Raja Farooq Haider said the OIC has also supported the stand of Pakistan on Kashmir.
He said the OIC Contact Group in its recent meeting thoroughly debated the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir and strongly condemned grave human rights violations by India in the held valley.
In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people participated in the funeral prayers of two martyred youth in Tral and Pahoo areas of Pulwama district, today.
These youth, identified as Mukhtar Ahmad Lone and Parwez Ahmad Mir were martyred by Indian troops during a violent military operation in Satoora area of Tral yesterday.
They were laid to rest amid pro-freedom and anti-India slogans in their native Amurabad and of Pohoo areas of the district.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown was observed in Pulwama and adjacent areas against the killings. Mobile and internet services were suspended in the district.
On the other hand, Indian troops conducted a search operation in about a dozen villages of Kupwara district for the third consecutive day, today.
In a statement in Srinagar today, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani said Jammu and Kashmir is becoming a flashpoint in the fast changing global scenario.
He warned that any further delay in the settlement of Kashmir dispute might prove disastrous for regional peace.
Friends of Kashmir and the Canadian Council for Justice and Peace has organized a conference on the Kashmir issue in Ottawa.
Addressing the conference, Pakistan's High Commissioner Tariq Azim Khan said over 153 innocent Kashmiris have been
brutally killed by Indian occupation forces during the last one year.
He said the use of pellet guns has blinded hundreds of people and they are even denied medical aid in hospitals.
Lord Nazir Ahmed on the occasion said that if referendum can be held in East Timor and South Sudan to ascertain wishes of the people then why not in Kashmir, which is the longstanding dispute on the agenda of the UN Security Council.
The participants observed one minute silence on the occasion for the martyrs of Occupied Kashmir.
In Occupied Kashmir, eleven Hindu pilgrims were killed and several others injured when a bus plunged into a deep gorge on Srinagar-Jammu highway near Banihal, today.
The Yatris were on their way to a shrine in Srinagar.
Israeli authorities reopened the al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City today, following a two-day closure.
The mosque was closed on Friday after two Israeli officers and three Palestinians were killed in a gun battle in the area.
Meanwhile, local Muslims have condemned the new security measures put in place by Israeli authorities, following the deadly gun battle.
Palestinian worshippers refused to enter the holy mosque for prayers today after metal detectors and cameras were added to the compound's gates. They offered prayer at the entrance of the mosque.
In Turkey, a debate will be held in the parliament tomorrow on whether to extend the ongoing state of emergency in the country for another three months.
Opposition Nationalist Movement Party is expected to support the move in the assembly.
Turkey declared the state of emergency on July 20 last year, after the failed coup.
The United States has called on Iran to immediately release its citizens and other foreigners detained on national security charges.
The demand was made in a statement by a State Department, after an Iranian spokesman said an unidentified US citizen has been sentenced to ten years in prison for his alleged "infiltration" of the country.
Britain says it will take responsibility for the money it owes to the European Union after leaving the bloc.
This was stated by British Finance Minister Philip Hammond while talking to BBC today.
Hammond said Britain's financial settlement would be top of the agenda when the Brexit negotiations resume in Brussels tomorrow.
The United Nations says malaria has caused around two thousand deaths in South Sudan during last six months, warning that the situation is likely to deteriorate in coming days.
The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in its latest report that over nine hundred twenty eight thousand malaria cases have been reported in the country since last January.