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17-07-2017

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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.

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 tomorrow.

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DGMO's

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 today.

The Director General Military Operation notified Pakistan’s demarche to his Indian counterpart to protest deliberate targeting of Pakistan Army’s vehicle, resulting in maryrdom 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.

 

SUPREME COURT

Earlier, Supreme Court adjourned the hearing of Panama Papers implementation case till tomorrow.

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

Presenting his arguments today, 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.

   

OBJECTIONS

Khawaja Haris, the counsel of Sharif family, submitted objections on the findings of JIT report in the Supreme Court.

He said JIT report has no substantive evidence against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family; hence it should be rejected.

He said the withholding Volume X of the JIT report was a "malafide act" and requested that it be made available to the premier before the case proceeds.

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, through his counsel, has submitted different objections to the findings in the JIT final report.

He said the findings are beyond the mandate given to the JIT by the Supreme Court.

He said the findings relate to his wealth and income, which are not mentioned in the court order.

He said malafide of the JIT is also evident from the fact that it has questioned even the substantial amounts given to registered charities.

 

MARRIYUM-SC:

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 today, 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.  

BLAST

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 this 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.

 

ADD BLAST

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

 

BLAST-QUETTA

One Frontier Corps personnel was martyred in a bomb blast near FC checkpost in Chaman today.

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

 

JHAGRA

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 today, 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.

 

CM AIRPORT

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

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.

 

BARJEES

Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhary Barjees Tahir says Kashmir issue has come to limelight 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 today.

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.

 

KASHMIR

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.

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.

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.

 

CHINA-INDIA

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

China Daily reported today 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.

 

AFGHANISTAN

Afghan forces have retaken district in southern province of Helmand from the Taliban and pushed 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.

 

MANCHESTER

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.

 

 

NIGERIA

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

 

 

CRICKET

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

 

WEATHER

Rain-thunderstorm with isolated heavy falls and gusty winds are expected at scattered places in Sindh, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Islamabad, Upper Punjab and Kashmir while at isolated places in Southern Punjab and Gilgit-Baltistan during the next twelve hours.


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