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DATED: JUNE 17, 2017

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HEADLINES

Pakistan says it will fully cooperate for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Pakistan Railways has decided to run five special trains on the eve of Eid ul Fitr to facilitate passengers.

Martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) is being observed with due solemnity  on Saturday.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed on Saturday to condemn killing of civilians by Indian troops.

The new US Administration has rolled back former President Obama's business dealings with Cuba.

The final of the ICC Champions Trophy between Pakistan and India will be played at The Oval on Sunday.

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QADIR:

Minister of States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch says Pakistan will extend its full cooperation for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

   

In an interview he asked all parliamentarians to support the government on this issue.

 

The Minister urged all political parties to evolve a joint strategy on national security.

   

Abdul Qadir Baloch  said the valiant forces of Pakistan are fully capable to respond to any misadventure from India.

 

KHAWAJA

Pakistan Railways has decided to run five special trains to facilitate passengers on the eve of Eid ul Fitr.

 

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique in Lahore.

 

The meeting decided that additional coaches will also be attached with regular trains to cope up with rush of the passengers.

 

The Minister directed Railway Officers and Staff to work round the clock to make the Eid operations successful.

 

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif will appear on Saturday before the JIT probing the Panama Papers Case.

 

In a statement in Lahore he asked the party workers not to gather outside the Federal Judicial Academy Islamabad.

 

Shahbaz Sharif said PML-N has always given priority to the supremacy of law and Constitution.  

 

TUNNEL:

Work on construction of Lowari Tunnel has almost been completed and it will be opened for traffic shortly.

 

Sources of the National Highway told our Peshawar correspondent that work on the Tunnel was resumed under the directive of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif about three years back.

 

The Prime Minister took keen interest in the completion of the tunnel and provided twenty five billion rupees for the project. 

 

After opening of the tunnel, Chitral will remain linked with rest of the country throughout the year. It will reduce journey time between Peshawar and Chitral from fourteen to seven hours. 

 

ALTAF-INTERPOL

Federal Investigation Agency has formally requested Interpol for issuance of Red Warrants against MQM founder, Altaf Hussain, who is wanted by Pakistani courts in various criminal cases.

 

Interpol Headquarters in France has contacted its office in Britain for the issuance of Red Warrants of Altaf Hussain.  

 

The Interior Ministry said the Interpol has also sought information about legal position of Altaf Hussain's stay in the United Kingdom. 

 

MICHAEL

Minister for Human Rights Kamran Michael says the government has taken several steps to safeguard rights of minorities in the country.

 

He was talking to a European Union delegation led by its ambassador, Jean Francois Cautain, in Islamabad.

 

Kamran Michael said these include Hindu Marriage Act, 2016 and Christian Marriage and Divorce (Amendment) Bill, 2016 among others.

 

NADEEM:

Commander 10 Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza visited troops deployed along Line of Control in Iftikharabad Sector.  

 

He expressed his satisfaction on operational readiness and vigilance exercised by the forward troops.

 

The commander expressed his concern over continuous ceasefire violations by Indian troops targeting innocent civilians residing close to LOC.

 

He urged for a befitting response to Indian ceasefire violations.

 

He lauded high morale of the troops and unflinching resolve of civilian population of the area. 

 

ZUBAIR:

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat has held meetings with political and military leadership of China. 

 

Matters related to prevailing strategic environment and bilateral defence and security cooperation figured in the meetings. 

 

Both sides resolved to stand together as Iron Brothers during the current and emerging scenarios.

 

BANQUET

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa arranged a dinner in honor of legendary cricketers Sir Vivian Richards and Ian Chappell at Army House Rawalpindi.

  

The Army Chief welcoming both the cricketers thanked them for visiting Pakistan.

 

He termed their visit a good sign for revival of cricket in Pakistan.

 

 

YOUM-E-ALI

Martyrdom day of Hazrat Ali (RA) is being observed with due solemnity  on Saturday.

 

Various programmes have been chalked out in connection with the day where Ulema and scholars will shed light on the life and services of Hazrat Ali (RA) for Islam.

 

 

RADIO

Radio Pakistan is broadcasting three day special programs to mark the martyrdom anniversary of the fourth Caliph of Islam.

 

In this connection, a program titled "Muqam e Saydena Ali Karam Ullah Waj Ho Sahaba e Kram ki Nazar Mein" will be aired at 03:20 pm on Saturday. 

 

DAY

The World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is being observed on Saturday.

  

Its purpose is to highlight ways and means to prevent desertification and  drought at global level.

  

This year the link between land degradation and migration will be examined. 

 

KASHMIR:

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed on Saturday in the entire held valley against killing of civilians by Indian troops in Rangreth and Arwani areas.

 

The call for the shutdown has been given by joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gillani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

 

 

TURKEY-FM:

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, who is in Saudi Arabia, held talks with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz at Al-Safa Palace in Makkah on Friday night.

 

The two leaders reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries.

 

They also discussed the latest developments in the region.

 

 

 

IRAQ

The United Nations says up to one hundred fifty thousand people are trapped in old city of Mosul in Iraq.

 

In an interview, the UN Deputy Special Representative and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq said conditions in the old city of Mosul are desperate with very little food and no clean water.

 

Nearly eight hundred sixty thousand people have already fled from Mosul due to fighting between the US-backed Iraq forces and Islamic State group since October last year.

 US-CUBA

US President Donald Trump has rolled back the former President Obama's administration business dealings with Cuba.

 

Speaking in Miami, Florida, President Trump said his new policy would tighten rules affecting travel and sending funds to the Caribbean island nation.

 

The new policy bans most US business transactions with the Armed Forces Business Enterprises Group of Cuba.

 

It also calls for tighter enforcement of a longstanding ban on American tourists going to Cuba.

 

President Trump also signed a presidential directive rolling back parts of Obama's opening to Cuba.

 

US-SHIP

Seven crew members of a US Navy destroyer went missing and one injured after it collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel off the coast of Japan.

 

HOCKEY:

Canada beat Pakistan by six goals to zero in  the World Cup hockey qualifying round match in London on Friday night.

 

In the third match, Pakistan will play against India on Sunday.

 

 

CRICKET:

The final of the ICC Champions Trophy between Pakistan and India will be played at The Oval on Sunday.

 

The match will start at 1430 hours Pakistan Standard Time.

 

WEATHER:

 

Islamabad, Rawalpindi and adjoining areas received rain early on Saturday morning.

 

The Met Office has forecast more rain with dust and thunderstorm associated with gusty winds at few places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, Kohat, Zhob divisions, FATA and Kashmir during next twelve hours.

 

However, hot and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the country.

 

 

ASIF

Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif says Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif has put the country on the path of progress and prosperity.

 

In a statement in Sialkot he said development projects are underway across the country under his visionary leadership.

 

The Minister said due to effective measures taken by the government law and order situation has also improved during the last four years.

 

Khawaja Muhammad Asif expressed the hope that the nation will repose trust once again in Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the next general elections due to the performance of his government.


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