DATE: 17-07-2017                          


Pakistan Army has warned India that it would take strong and effective measures against unprovoked attacks from across the Line of Control.


Prime Minister's counsel has categorically rejected the procedure adopted by JIT and its report on Panama Papers case.


Minister for Information says the Prime Minister's resignation cannot be demanded on the basis of JIT report based on unconfirmed documents.


Minister for Petroleum has announced discovery of a large oil and gas reserve in Tando Adam.


Senate on Monday held a condolence reference in memory of late Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani.


Uzbekistan has lauded Pakistan's sacrifices in the war against terrorism.


China has warned India that situation would worsen if it continued to ignore its calls for withdrawing forces from Sikkim.


The first semi-final of the ICC Women's World Cup will be played between England and South Africa at Bristol on Tuesday.





Pakistan Army has warned to take strong and effective measures if unprovoked Indian attacks from across the Line of Control continue.


The warning came from Director General Military Operation Pakistan Major General Sahir Shamshad Mirza, during his weekly hotline contact with his Indian counterpart on Monday.


The Director General Military Operation notified Pakistan’s demarche to his Indian counterpart to protest deliberate targeting of Pakistan Army’s vehicle, resulting in martyrdom of four soldiers and injuries another soldier and a civilian passerby.


He emphasized the importance of controlling tactical actions of under command troops, since these indiscretions can potentially spiral major standoffs.


He said such acts have the potential to escalate, which will be extremely detrimental to peace and stability.



Earlier, Supreme Court adjourned the 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, the counsel for Sharif Family, Khawaja Haris argued that the JIT report has no substantive evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, hence it should be rejected.


Earlier, PTI counsel Naeem Bukhari and Jamaat-e-Islami lawyer 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.



Earlier, submitting his objections in the Supreme Court, Khawaja Haris categorically rejected the contents of the report and procedure adopted by the Joint Investigation Team in compiling the report.


The counsel also requested the Supreme Court that nothing should be against the law, and accordingly the JIT report should be rejected and the case against Sharif Family be dismissed.


The Counsel said there should be end to selective justice. The law should not be used only against one family and the legal proceedings should be initiated against all whose names are mentioned in the Panama papers to ensure justice across the board and fair-play.



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the report of 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 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. 


Marriyum Aurangzeb demanded that volume 10 of the JIT report should be made public. She questioned that under what rule JIT is still working.


The Minister of State said the JIT could not find any evidence against the Prime Minister about corruption or money laundering.


She said some quarters are engaged in hatching conspiracies against the Prime Minister, but their nefarious designs will be frustrated after decision of the apex court.  


The Minister said the language used in the JIT report shows the report is based on ill-intention.


She said the demand of Prime Minister's resignation on the basis of unconfirmed documents presented by JIT in the Supreme Court is absolutely unjustified.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the government has always given priority to progress and prosperity of the country.


In a statement in Lahore on Monday, he said PTI hatched a serious conspiracy against progress and prosperity of the country by first staging sit-ins and then lock-down of Islamabad.


The Chief Minister said now again, the sit-in group is trying to play with destiny of Pakistan through lies and allegations.



The parliamentary party of PML-N Azad Jammu and Kashmir has reposed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.


This was stated by AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.


He said Azad Kashmir government fully supports all the decisions of federal cabinet.



Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan and China have agreed to cooperate in the field of higher education.


He was addressing inaugural session of the first Pakistan-China Forum on Higher Education, at Air University in Islamabad on Monday.


The event was jointly organized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Chinese Association of Higher Education.


The Minister assured full support to Higher Education Commission in capacity building of existing higher education institutions to prepare human resource for the CPEC.


He appreciated the efforts of Higher Education Commission for building CPEC University Alliance and CPEC Consortium of Business Schools.


Ahsan Iqbal welcomed Chinese scholars to Pakistan, which he hoped will explore new avenues of cooperation between the two countries.


On the occasion, the leader of Chinese delegation, Ms. Xiaomei Wang, highlighted the need for greater cooperation between academia of the two countries.



European Union Ambassador to Pakistan Jean-Francois Cautain held a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad on Monday. 


They discussed Pak-EU economic cooperation agreements and expressed the resolve to further strengthen the partnership and cooperation.



A large oil and gas reserve has been discovered in Tando Muhammad Khan district in Sindh.


This was announced by Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi while addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Monday.


He said twenty four million cubic feet of high quality gas and seven hundred sixty five barrels crude oil per day is being extracted from the well.   



A condolence reference was held on Monday in the Senate in memory of Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani.


Speaking on the occasion, the senators said that Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani was a man of commitment who actively participated in the legislative business of the House.


They said his services for Upper House of the Parliament and strengthening it will be remembered for long time.


In his concluding remarks, the chairman said the death of Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani is a great loss for the Senate and people of the country and Balochistan.


He said it is day to renew the pledge that democratic norms and system, parliament and the constitution will be safeguarded at all costs.  


The House will now meet on Tuesday at 3 p.m.



Earlier, the House also passed a condolence resolution expressing deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Senator Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani. 


The resolution moved by Leader of the House Raja Zafar-ul-Haq stated Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani worked for strengthening democracy in the country and always raised voice for the neglected segments of the society.


Agha Shahbaz Khan Durrani was elected from Balochistan on the seat of technocrats and Ulema in 2015.


He died on 25th of last month.



Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Furkat Sidikov called on Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Zubair Mahmood Hayat in Rawalpindi on Monday.


Matters related to bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two brotherly countries and regional security environment were discussed during the meeting.


Both sides reaffirmed the resolve to continue supporting efforts for peace and stability in the region.


The Uzbek Ambassador appreciated the professionalism of Pakistan Armed Forces and sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in war against terrorism.



An eight-member Pakistani delegation led by Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence, Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has reached Jakarta on a four day study tour of Indonesia.


The visit, arranged by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency, is aimed at seeking deeper understanding of democratic system in Indonesia.


The delegation includes senior Parliamentarians, representatives of major political parties and members of PILDAT Dialogue Group on Civil Military Relations.


The delegates attended a lecture on Monday by Mr. Jakob Tobing, who is one of the most prominent architects of the new democratic Indonesia.



Sindh Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali inaugurated Thar Airport in Islamkot on Monday.


Speaking on the occasion he said the airport will help accelerate investment in Thar Coal field.


The airport has been constructed at a cost of one point five billion rupees.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says the government has allocated over twenty-four billion rupees for development of Federally Administered Tribal Areas.


Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar on Monday, he said seventy percent of the amount has been allocated for ongoing projects while thirty percent for the new schemes.


The Governor directed the concerned authorities to accelerate the pace of development and ensure efficient utilization of funds in tribal areas.



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. 


Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra visited CMH Peshawar on Monday and inquired about the health of those injured in the suicide attack in Hayatabad.


Speaking on the occasion, he said terrorists can never weaken the nation's resolve to eliminate the menace of terrorism.



One Frontier Corps personnel was martyred in a bomb blast near FC Check-post in Chaman on Monday.


The blast took place when the FC personnel was inspecting a suspicious article near the post.



National Disaster Management Authority has directed officials concerned to sensitize vulnerable communities about taking precautionary measures owing to possibility of low to medium level flooding in Nullahs of Chenab River.      



Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir says Kashmir issue has come to lime light due to effective foreign policy of the present government.


He was presiding over a meeting of the AJK cabinet, PML Azad Kashmir parliamentary party and Party's central and district wings in Islamabad on Monday.


The Minister said China and Turkey have extended their full support to Pakistan on the Kashmir issue, which reflects the successful foreign policy of the government.


The participants expressed full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.



In Occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has said that the lingering Kashmir dispute is proving detrimental for South Asia and hundreds of millions of people living in the region are in a state of constant anxiety, confusion and uncertainty.


In a statement in Srinagar, he said there is every possibility of Jammu and Kashmir turning into a battlefield if practical steps are not taken for settlement of the decades old dispute.


He emphasized that any delay in the resolution of Kashmir issue could lead to a dangerous situation in the region.


The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said that the torture and oppression of Kashmiri youth was forcing them to join armed resistance against India’s illegal occupation.


On the other hand, activists from dozens of organizations staged a protest rally in New Delhi against the discriminatory policies of the Bharatiya Janata Party government in India.


The protestors carrying placards vowed that they would take on the communal and fascist forces head on.


They also highlighted human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The protesters said that the people of Kashmir are being brutally silenced for demanding the withdrawal of armed forces from their territory.



International Sufi Peace Conference has termed Indian state terrorism a serious threat to international peace.


The conference held in Birmingham in its declaration says a durable peace in South Asia could not be maintained without resolving longstanding Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions.


The Conference strongly condemned state terrorism by Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir.


The declaration says Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance and discourages extremism and terrorism.


Member AJK Legislative Assembly and Chairman Ulema-O-Mushaikh Syed Ali Raza Bukhari and other prominent religious scholars in their addresses said India will never succeed to suppress the voices of Ulema and Mushaikh of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and people of occupied Kashmir.



China has warned that India's act of repeatedly ignoring its calls for withdrawing forces from Sikkim will worsen the situation.


China Daily reported on Monday that the Sikkim Section of the China-India border has been delimited, and both Chinese and Indian governments have repeatedly acknowledged it.


China has made it clear that there is no room for negotiations on the border and India should know its incursion will by no means be allowed to become a fait accompli.                   



Afghan forces have retaken district in southern province of Helmand from the Taliban and push them back from around its capital, Lashkar Gah.


Defense ministry spokesman, General Dawlat Wazir said two-day offensive saw security forces take the district center of Nawa, to the south of Lashkar Gah, killing more than 50 fighters and destroying vehicles and equipment.


He said the operation would continue with security forces moving further south to the town of Garmsir.



In Manchester, a mosque has been severely damaged in a suspected arson attack.


Five fire engines tackled the blaze at the Nasfat Manchester Islamic Centre, in Droylsden Road.


The building was the target of an arson attack three years ago.



The European Union has imposed sanctions against sixteen more high-ranking Syrian military officials and scientists for chemical attacks on civilians.


An EU statement said the move by the bloc's foreign ministers brings to 255 people now facing a travel ban and an assets freeze over President Bashar al-Assad's violent crackdown on civilians during the five-year civil war.



In Egypt, security forces killed nine militants in central Sinai and destroyed a number of ammunition storehouses belonging to them.


A military spokesman said in a statement in Cairo that the raid came after the forces discovered their terrorist cell and plot to carry out an anti-government operation.



In Nigeria, eight people were killed and eighteen injured in a suicide attack on a mosque in the Borno state's capital Maiduguri on Monday.


No group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.



A Jordanian court has sentenced a soldier to life imprisonment for killing of three American military trainers outside an army base in the country last year.



South Korea has offered military and Red Cross talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to ease military tensions along the inter-Korean border.


In a statement Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk said in Seoul that dialogue is aimed to stop all hostile acts that escalate military tensions near the demarcation line dividing the two sides.

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