DATE: 18-05-2017                        


Pakistan says International Court of Justice's decision has not changed status of Indian Spy Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in any manner.


Minister of State for Information has said Pakistan will vigorously fight Kulbhushan case without compromising on its national security. 


Army Chief vows to defeat enemies of Pakistan who are waging a sustained hybrid war against the country from multiple directions.


Foreign Office says transferring nuclear material to India by NSG members will have serious implications for strategic stability in South Asia.


The government has assured the National Assembly that FATA Reforms Package will be implemented in consultation with all stakeholders.


Lowari Tunnel will be opened for public in July.


Pakistan and Turkey at their talks in Islamabad have discussed ways to strengthen institutional exchanges between the two countries.


Massive demonstrations were held in occupied Kashmir on Thursday to condemn crackdown by Indian forces against students inside their educational institutions.


Saudi Arabia has announced to set up a new national defense company for arms manufacturing.




The Attorney General Office has said that the International Court of Justice's decision on Thursday has not changed the status of Indian Spy Commander Kulbhushan Jadhav's case in any manner.


In a statement, it said in on Thursday’s interim order, ICJ has stated that by way of provisional measures, the status quo be maintained in the case of Commander Jadhav. The Court has clearly underscored that the provisional measures are without prejudice to the final determination of the merits and jurisdiction of the case. 


The statement said the provisional measures are a procedural process only to enable the Court to have full consideration at a later hearing. It said these measures have no bearing whatsoever on the final decision of the Court.


The Attorney General office said that Pakistan attended the hearing out of its utmost respect for the Court and pursuant to the established jurisprudence that the challenge to jurisdiction can be made via appearance and not by abstaining from the process. In addition, Pakistan attended because of its conviction that the only way to resolve all outstanding issues is through peaceful means.


The statement said we are confident that India would not be able to hide the subversive activities it is trying to carry out through its agents like Commander Jadhav.


It said that in our submissions on Monday last, we had assured the Court unambiguously that Commander Jadhav would be provided every opportunity and remedy available under the law to defend his case.  


It said Pakistan is determined to pursue this case to its logical end.                                   



Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said issuing of stay by the International Court of Justice in interim case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav is not something extraordinary.


In an interview, he said courts sometimes grant such orders which do not have any bearing on long-term running of the case.


Sartaj Aziz said the matter of consular access was not included in operational order of the court. Advisor to Prime Minister said our stance is that security reasons are also very important.



Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said any reporting on the interim order of International Court of Justice on Kulbhushan Jadhav case should be done responsibly.


She was speaking at the anniversary of a private TV channel in Islamabad on Thursday evening.


Marriyum Aurangzeb said sensationalizing this issue by media will not serve the national cause.


She said Pakistan will vigorously fight this case without compromising on its national security.


The minister of state said Pakistan hired the best legal counsels in this case and any speculations in this regard are baseless.



Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has vowed that fight against terrorism will be continued with support of all organs of the state and people.  


He was addressing a seminar in Rawalpindi on Thursday.


The army chief said Pakistan's enemies are actively pursuing divisive tendencies in the society. The enemies are waging the biggest and most sustained hybrid war against us from multiple directions and using multiple ways.


He said Indian Leadership has made no secret of their active involvement in proxy struggle in erstwhile East Pakistan and now in Balochistan.


He said we have defeated terrorism together and we will go after extremism too and root it out with our values, mental faculties and physical energies.


Referring to the sacrifices rendered by the armed forces and the nation against terrorism, the Army Chief said Pakistan stands at the most critical phase in the war on terror.


General Qamar Javed Bajwa said it is unfair and dangerous to associate extremism with Islam. Referring to the rising extremism in India, the army chief said it has given in to extremism and hate has been mainstreamed  there.


He said the Hindutva extremism of the RSS, deprivation of Palestinians, the burning and desecration of mosques or gurdwaras in western capitals, the rise of hyper nationalists and the monster of racism, are all manifestations of extremism.



President Mamnoon Hussain says the country’s economic growth rate has reached  5.28 percent due to effective policies of the government.


He was addressing the 35th undergraduate convocation of Army Medical College in Rawalpindi on Thursday.


He said the Government is also endeavoring to improve standard of life of farmers with measures to ensure sustained agricultural growth to reap maximum dividends.


Mamnoon Hussain said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a project of opportunities which will benefit Pakistan and the entire region.


The president said that work on many energy and power projects is undergoing on fast track basis and hoped that by 2018 electricity load-shedding will either be completely eliminated or greatly minimized.


He said the government is committed to provide affordable and the best possible medical facilities to people.   


The president said medicine is a sacred profession and it is the responsibility of medical practitioners and professionals to work with dedication in alleviating the sufferings of needy people.                         



Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif arrived in Islamabad from Hong Kong on Thursday.


During his visit to Hong Kong and China, he met with Chinese President Xi Jing Ping, Premier Li Keqiang and other key leaders of the world.


Nawaz Sharif also attended Belt and Road Forum.


The prime minister also addressed businessmen at an investment conference in Hong Kong.



Pakistan says India's fastest growing nuclear programme will have serious implications on strategic stability in South Asia.


This was stated by Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria at weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, while responding to latest reports that India has material to make 2,600 nuclear weapons.


He urged Nuclear Suppliers Group members to consider risks involved in transfer of nuclear material to India and its NSG membership bid.


The spokesperson said Advisor Foreign Affairs has written a letter to the UN inviting its attention towards demographic changes being engineered by India in Occupied Kashmir in violation of UN Security Council resolutions.


The spokesman said the joint survey of some villages on Pak-Afghan border has been completed and a decision about reopening of the border would be made on the basis of its outcome.                           



Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that the government is committed to FATA reforms.


Replying to points raised by Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah and others on the issue in National Assembly on Thursday, he said FATA Reforms Package comprising 36 points was formulated in consultation with all stakeholders.


The Minister said that the government believes in the supremacy of the Parliament, which is why the Tribal Areas Rewaj Act was laid before the House the other day.


He said mainstreaming of tribal areas and abolition of FCR are main points of the package.


Abdul Qadir Baloch rejected all rumours about the FATA reforms.               



On a point of order, Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif strongly regretted the procession led by an MNA outside PESCO office in Peshawar. He said the protestors ransacked the PESCO office and manhandled the staff there.  


He pointed out that there is 89 percent power pilferage in the feeder where the MNA resides.


The House has now been prorogued.                           



The power shortfall on Thursday recorded at 2824 MW as the total generation stood at 16166 MW against demand of 18990 MW.


According to data provided by the ministry of water and power, the hydel share remained 4760 MW, Genco's 2516 MW and Independent Power Producers 8890 MW.


It is said there is no un-scheduled load-shedding in any part of the country.



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is really a game-changer but some foreign powers are trying to scandalise it. 


He was addressing the 14th CEO Summit Asia 2017 and the book launch of 100 performing CEOs, leaders and companies of Pakistan in Lahore on Thursday.


Ahsan Iqbal said the government is focusing on infrastructure and energy in the Annual Development programme 2017-18.               



Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that the government is spending all available resources on the development and modernization of Pakistan Railways.


He was talking to newsmen in Lahore on Thursday afternoon.


The minister said that a modern signal system will be installed and fence will be placed along with the Railways tracks near the populated areas to avert accidents.


Saad Rafique said the Asian bank has agreed to give loan to the Pakistan Railways for up gradation of railway lines.


He said efforts are underway to enhance the revenue of railways up to forty one billion rupees.



Advisor to Prime Minister Amir Muqam has said China Pakistan Economic Corridor will benefit the whole country by connecting all parts of Pakistan with each other.  


Addressing a public meeting in Dir Bala on Thursday afternoon, he said federal government believes in the politics of serving people and has started a number of projects in all provinces without any discrimination.


He said Lowari Tunnel is near completion and will be opened for public in July this year.



Punjab Chief Minister's e-Rozgaar Program will formally be launched at University of Gujrat on Friday.  


It is being organized by Punjab Information Technology Board and Youth Affairs, Sports, Archeology & Tourism's joint project.


Under e-Rozgaar, PITB aims to open five centers in the first instance within the current month at Gujrat, Lahore, Taxila, Wah Cantt and Faisalabad.


The training will equip the youth of Punjab to have a range of avenues to generate self-sustainable income through online freelancing for various sites around the globe in technical, non-technical and creative areas.    



The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has lauded the sacrifices rendered by tribal people for peace and stability of the country.


Addressing a tribal jirga in South Waziristan Agency on Thursday, he said the patriotic tribal people left their homes in the national interest.


Iqbal Zafar Jhagra said the federal government has launched multi-purpose development packages costing billion of rupees to bring FATA at par with other parts of the country.   



Balochistan government is making all out efforts for promotion of Information Technology in the province.


A spokesman of Provincial Information Technology Department told our correspondent in Quetta on Thursday that a project for capacity building of IT professionals  is being executed at a cost of 100 million rupees.


He said Information Technology Training Centers are also being established in various areas of the province at a cost of ninety million rupees.



The first session of Pakistan-Turkey regional consultations at Directors-General level between the Foreign Ministries of Pakistan and Turkey was held in Islamabad on Thursday.


The Turkish side was led by Ambassador Fazli Corman, Director General South Asia while Director General Afghanistan, Iran & Turkey Mansoor Ahmad Khan represented Pakistan side.


The two sides held in-depth discussions on regional developments. These discussions were held as part of the on-going process to strengthen institutional exchanges between the two brotherly countries.



A protest rally of students was held in Muzaffarabad on Thursday to condemn Indian state terrorism and to express solidarity with the students and people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.


A large number of boys and girls students holding banners and placards in their hands participated in the rally.


The banners and placards were inscribed with pro freedom and anti India slogans. They were chanting “Go India Go Back” and “Lay Kar Rahain Gay Azadi”.



In Occupied Kashmir, several people mostly students injured when Indian police used brute force on protesters staging forceful anti-India demonstrations in Kulgam, Islamabad and Shopian on Thursday.


The protestors held massive demonstrations against the arrest of students inside the colleges' premises and raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.


Indian police and troops fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesting students.


Meanwhile, the puppet authorities shifted Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi, and her associate, Fehmeeda Sofi, from Srinagar to Amphala jail in Jammu, on Thursday. Aasiya Andrabi was moved to the Jammu jail despite her critical health condition.


Addressing a seminar of students in Srinagar, on Thursday, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the puppet authorities are forcing the Kashmiri students to pick up stones.


The seminar was held in connection with the Martyrdom Week being observed to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent martyred Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone and martyrs of Hawal.



Saudi Arabia has announced to set up a new national defense company for arms manufacturing.


The Saudi Arabian Military Industries, SAMI will work in repair and maintenance of planes as well as in the manufacture of unmanned aircrafts, weapons, missiles and Defense Electronics.


Government-owned, SAMI aims to become one of the world’s top 25 defense companies by 2030.



Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir has said commercial and political deals will be signed during first foreign trip of US president Donald Trump to the kingdom on Tuesday.


Addressing a press conference in Riyadh, he said President Trump’s visit will “reinforce historic partnership” between Saudi Arabia and the United States.


He said Arab-Islamic-American Summit will be attended by 37 leaders and it will focus on combating terrorism, trade, investment, youth and technology.



Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has called upon the United States to replace its envoy Brett McGurk because of his support for the PKK/PYD in Syria.


In a statement in Ankara, he said we have conveyed to the Trump administration that Obama-era officials can damage relations between the countries.



In Iran, twelfth presidential elections will be held on Friday.


Four candidates including incumbent President Hassan Rouhani, Seyyed Mostafa Hashemi-Taba, Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and Seyyed Mostafa Mirsalim are in the run.



In Syria, fifty people including twelve Syrian Army troops have been killed in Islamic State militants attack on government-held villages in Hama province.



China and ASEAN countries have agreed on a framework of Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.


The consensus came at a meeting of senior officials in the Guiyang city on implementation of Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the South China Sea.



Russia and France have agreed to jointly work on current international and regional issues, including the fight against terrorism.


Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron discussed boosting ties between Paris and Moscow in their first telephonic conversation.

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