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JULY 18, 2017

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HEADLINES

Supreme Court resumes hearing of Panama Papers implementation case on Tuesday.

Minister for States and Frontier Regions says India is trying to create trouble on eastern and western borders to halt economic development in Pakistan.

Election Commission has directed political parties to submit statement of accounts for the outgoing financial year.

Participants of an international conference in Toronto have demanded end to human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.

Massive rallies have been held in Gaza to demand release of detainees from Israeli jails.

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

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SUPREME COURT

Supreme Court resumes hearing of Panama Papers implementation case on Tuesday.

 

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

 

Sharif family submitted its objections to JIT report before the apex court on Monday.

 

Counsel for Sharif Family Khawaja Haris, 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 Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed himself presented his point of view before the apex court.

 

 

TARIQ

Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division Tariq Fazal Chaudhry says Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf  is looking for back-door channels to come into power.

 

In an interview, he said after loosing in almost every election, the party is now expecting from the courts to get some decision in its favour.

 

The Minister said Prime Minister has presented himself and his family for investigation into the Panama Papers and wrote a letter to the Supreme Court in this regard.

 

He said we had raised reservations on two members of Joint Investigation Team but despite their conduct, the government continued its cooperation.

 

He said the government expected fair and transparent investigations by JIT but it prepared partial report and violated the law during investigations.

 

SAAD

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says no institution is involved in any conspiracy against the system.

 

In an interview, he said the national institutions are following the constitution and law of the country.

 

He asked the political parties to wait for the next general election.

 

BALOCH 

Minister for States and Frontier Regions, Abdul Qadir Baloch says anti-Pakistan forces are hatching conspiracy to disrupt China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and peace in the country.

    

In an interview, he said India is trying to create trouble on eastern and western borders to halt the economic development in Pakistan.

 

He said different operations have been launched by Pakistan Army to restore peace so that political and economic activities could be managed in a befitting manner. 

    

Abdul Qadir Baloch said anti-state elements are well aware that Pakistan will have economic prosperity through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiatives.

    

He said army, with support of the people and government, will foil nefarious designs of such elements.

 

 

ECP  

Election Commission of Pakistan has asked political parties to submit their statement of accounts for the outgoing financial year by 29th of next month.

   

According to the Election Commission, printed forms are available in the Election Commission Secretariat, Islamabad and in the offices of the Provincial Election Commissioners.

 

Prescribed form-I can also be downloaded from the ECP's website. 

 

The Commission has advised leaders of all political parties to submit the statement of accounts of their parties, duly audited by a Chartered Accountant.

     

It said the statement received through post, fax, courier service or any other mode will not be entertained.

 

 

FATA:

Member National Assembly from Bajaur Agency Shahabuddin Khan says the government is determined to replace the Frontier Crimes Regulation with a people-friendly system in the tribal areas.

 

Talking to a delegation of tribal students in Bajaur, he said the FATA Reforms Package will not only overcome problems faced by tribal people but also further improve their socio-economic condition.

 

 

FTA

The 8th round of Free Trade Agreement negotiations between Pakistan and Thailand will start at the end of this month.

 

According to APP, both sides will discuss text of the Free Trade Agreement, tariff reduction modality and request list by the both sides.

 

The two countries are likely to sign Free Trade Agreement on 22nd of next to enhance bilateral trade between the two countries.

 

PAK-TURKEY

Pakistan's Ambassador to Bahrain Javaid Malik held a meeting with head of Turkish Navy in Bahrain.

 

Speaking on the occasion, he said Pakistan Navy is playing an important role in the Combined Maritime Task Force.

 

Javaid Malik said Pakistan and Turkey are enjoying historical friendly and brotherly relations.

 

DAY

Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control will observe Accession to Pakistan Day on Wednesday. 

 

The day is observed on July 19 every year to commemorate the historic resolution adopted from the platform of All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference in Srinagar in 1947, demanding Kashmir’s accession to Pakistan in accordance with the partition plan.

 

KASHMIR

International Kashmir Solidarity Conference was held in Toronto to discuss human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

 

The participants called upon the United Nations to stop India from grave human rights violations in the held territory.

 

They condemned the use of pellet guns by the Indian occupation forces to willfully blind a whole generation of Kashmiris.

           

They urged the Indian government to allow UN independent investigations into crimes that are against International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law.

 

GAZA

In Gaza, thousands of Palestinians staged a protest rally to demand release of their relatives held in Israeli jails.

 

The protesters carried photos of their incarcerated relatives and banners in a march outside the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross.

 

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Prisoners’ Affairs, more than six thousand five hundred Palestinians are currently held at detention facilities throughout Israel.

 

UN-IRAQ

The United Nations has warned that the path to conclusive defeat of Daesh is fraught with difficulties despite a major victory in Mosul.

 

UN special envoy on Iraq Jan Kubis told Security Council that Daesh's ultimate defeat can only be secured through inclusive solutions, and addressing the grievances, needs and aspirations of the Iraqi people.

 

SYRIA:

Syrian army has captured five oil fields in Raqqa following battles with the Islamic State group.

 

The captured fields include Dbaisan, Houran, Bir Rmailan, Zamleh and Rajem Jouzeh in southern countryside of the city.

 

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have also claimed that they made new progress against the IS militants in Raqqa.

 

TURKEY:  

Turkey says it cannot legalise the PKK and PYD terrorist groups.

 

In a statement, the country's National Security Council alleged that arms sent by certain allied countries in northern Iraq and Syria have been delivered to PKK.

 

EU

European Union will restrict exports of inflatable boats and other equipment to Libya in a drive to curb the smuggling of migrants.

 

Meanwhile, Italy has delayed a bill to grant citizenship to children of migrants.

 

CRICKET 

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

 

Meanwhile, Australia will face India in the second semi-final at Derby on Thursday. 

 

JU-JITSU

Muhammad Ammar and Abu Hurraira will represent Pakistan in the mens' duo event of Ju-Jitsu competitions of The World Games being held in Wroclaw, Poland later this month.

 

It is for the first time that Pakistan has qualified for the major global event after grabbing silver medal in the last Asian Championship in Turkmenistan in October 2016. 

 

WEATHER:

 

Rain-thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Sindh, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi, Quetta, Naseerabad, Makran divisions, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Islamabad, Lahore, Gujranwala, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Faisalabad divisions and Kashmir during the next twelve hours. 

 

Rain-thunderstorm is also likely at isolated places in Bahawalpur, Multan, Sahiwal, D.G. Khan divisions and Gilgit-Baltistan.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Tuesday morning:

 

Islamabad and Peshawar twenty-four degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-seven, Karachi twenty-eight, Quetta twenty two, Gilgit twenty-one, Murree eighteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-five degree centigrade.


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