DATE: 17-07-2017                               


Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of Panama Papers implementation case till on Tuesday. 


Minister of State for Information says Supreme Court is not bound by JIT report and it will make decision according to law.  


Prime Minister has strongly condemned the killing of an FC major in a terrorist attack in Peshawar on Monday. 


Ministry of Religious Affairs has started SMS service to protect Hajj Pilgrims against fraud of unauthorized tour operators.


First round of talks on withdrawal of Britain from European Union began in Brussels on Monday.





Supreme Court has adjourned its hearing of Panama Papers implementation case till on Tuesday.


A three-member bench of the Court, headed by Justice Ejaz Afzal, is hearing the case.


Presenting his arguments on Monday Khawaja Haris, the counsel for Sharif Family, submitted that the JIT report has no substantive evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family; hence it should be rejected.


Earlier, PTI lawyer Naeem Bukhari and Jamaat-e-Islami lawer Tausif Asif presented their arguments on the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the JIT report.


Awami Mulsim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed himself presented his point of view before the apex court.



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that report of the Joint Investigation Team probing Panama Papers case does not reflect the decision of the court. 


Talking to media outside the Supreme Court in Islamabad on Monday, she said that Supreme Court is not bound to accept the recommendations of the JIT report. She expressed the confidence that the apex court will give its verdict according to law of the country.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said that documents submitted by JIT are not verified and asked as to who will take the ownership of these documents.


She demanded that the volume ten of the JIT report should be made public. She questioned that under what rule JIT is still working. She said the people of the country need answer to this question.


She said that JIT could not find any evidence against the Prime Minister about corruption or money laundering of public money during his tenure of holding public offices for thirty-five years.


She said a group of people is engaged in hatching conspiracies against the Prime Minister. She said their nefarious designs will be exposed after the decision of the apex court.  


Talking about on Monday's terrorist attack in Peshawar, she said that such dastardly attacks cannot deter the resolve of the government to eliminate terrorism.



An officer of Frontier Corps, Major Jamal Sheran, was martyred and seven people, including three FC personnel were injured when their vehicle was hit by a suicide bomber riding a motorcycle near Bagh-e-Naran in Hayatabad Peshawar on Monday morning.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the attack.


He expressed deep grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of Major Jamal Sheran and prayed for eternal peace of his departed soul and grant of courage to the bereaved family.


The Prime Minister said elements involved in terrorist attacks deserve no mercy and will meet their fate soon in view of the unflinching and united resolve of the entire nation against terrorism and extremism.


He directed the authorities to hunt down the perpetrators of this heinous act and bring them to justice. He also directed the provincial government to provide best medical treatment to the injured.


Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif and Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra also condemned the attack and prayed for the departed souls. 



The 264th session of the Senate begins at the parliament house in Islamabad at four on Monday afternoon.


The house will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.



Ministry of Religious Affairs has started SMS service for Hajj Pilgrims to protect them from fraud of unauthorized and bogus Hajj tour operators.


In a statement, the spokesperson of the ministry said details about tour operators could be obtained by sending SMS containing the first four digits of company license numbers to 8331.


The Ministry has advised the intended pilgrims to check the quota and authenticity of Hajj operator before booking.   



Four-day anti-polio vaccination drive began in eight districts of Balochistan on Monday.


The drive is being conducted in Jaffarabad, Naseerabad, Zhob, Loralai, Barkhan, Qila Saifullah, Musa Khel and Sherani.     


During the campaign, more than six hundred thousand children below the age of five will be administered polio drops.


Eighteen hundred teams have been constituted for the purpose.



Federal government has provided loans worth four hundred and forty-five million rupees to tribal youth to start their own businesses.


A spokesman of FATA Development Authority told our Peshawar correspondent that so far sixteen thousand and eight hundred youth have been provided loan.


The loan is being given to those youth who have completed technical training in different trades.



Director-General Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Shiraz Latif chaired a meeting at National Broadcasting House in Islamabad to review professional matters relating to News wing. 


Director News and Current Affairs Javed Khan Jadoon briefed him about steps being taken to further improve standards of news broadcasts.


The Director-General held out an assurance to facilitate working of the News department.                    



World Day for International Justice is being observed on Monday.


It marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute on this day in 1998 which seeks to protect people from genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression.  



In Occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani has said that any delay in solution of Kashmir issue could lead to dangerous implications for the region.


In a statement, he said that Jammu and Kashmir is becoming a flashpoint and its disputed nature is outspreading beyond limits.


Meanwhile, Hurriyet leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was not allowed to attend the funeral prayers of his maternal uncle in Srinagar on Monday.



In India, voting is underway for Presidential election.


The two candidates, including ruling National Democratic Alliance's nominee and former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and the opposition's candidate and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar are contesting the election.


A total of 4,896 voters, including 776 Members of Parliaments and 4,120 state assembly members are eligible to cast their ballot.



The first round of negotiations on Britain's withdrawal from the European Union have begun in Brussels.


European Union Chief negotiator Michel Barnier and UK Brexit Secretary David Davis British are leading their teams in the talks aimed to minimise economic and social disruption.


Talking to media, Michel Barnier said now it's time to make this a successful negotiation.



Turkey has signed a missile defense deal with French and Italian firms.


The deal encompasses the development and joint production of missile defense systems.



NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Turkey and Germany to put an end to their dispute over lawmakers' visiting Turkish air bases.


The disagreement between the two countries began after Turkey refused to allow German lawmakers to visit military personnel at Incirlik and Konya bases.



China and Poland have agreed to utilize opportunities from the Belt and Road Initiative to enhance their bilateral cooperation.


The understanding came during a meeting between chairman of the Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress Zhang Dejiang and Polish President Andrzej Duda in Warsaw.



In China, eighteen people have been killed and eighteen are missing in flash floods in northeastern city of Jilin.


The city is severely flooded and more than one hundred thousand people have been relocated to other safe areas.



The 1st Semi-Final of the ICC Women's World Cup will be played between England and South Africa at Bristol on Tuesday.



Three-day long Shandur Polo Festival will begin from 29th of this month.


In the Shandur polo tournament, five each teams from Gilgit- Baltistan and Chitral will take part.


A 23-members Gilgit Baltistan polo team arrived at Phander in Ghizer valley and started practice.

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