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Black day being observed today to slam indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir - PM urges India to grant right to self-determination to Kashmiris as pledged by it before the world community

Black Day is being observed across Pakistan today to express solidarity with Kashmiri brethren and protest grave human rights violations by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. Rallies and functions will be held all over Pakistan and Azad Kashmir to draw attention of the world community towards the burning issue of Kashmir. Kashmiris in Occupied Valley will also observe Black Day. All officials of federal and provincial governments will wear black arms band while on duty to express political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris. Special prayers will also be held after Zohar prayers for martyrs of Kashmir. Pakistani diaspora will lodge strong protests in front of the national Parliaments of their respective host countries and the United Nations organizations. Pakistani missions abroad will also sensitize the local media as well as various caucuses in different regions on the Kashmir issue. On July 15th, Cabinet meeting which took place in Lahore decided to mark 20th July as Black day.

Message of PM on Black Day

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged India to grant right to self-determination to Kashmiris as pledged by it before the world community. No state can be allowed to trample human rights in the name of political interests and state strategy. Kashmir cannot be considered internal affair of India as the United Nations has declared it a dispute India itself made a commitment to hold plebiscite to determine will of the Kashmiri people. If the issue of human rights violations in other countries can be raised at UN and other forums, then why not the issue of human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to Indian atrocities against people in Occupied Kashmir. Pakistan stands firmly with Kashmiri brethren at this hour of trial and would fight their case vigorously on diplomatic, political and human rights fronts.

Pakistan envoy to UN briefed President of Security Council on Kashmir situation

Pakistan envoy to UN Maleeha Lodhi has delivered a letter to the president of UN Security Council written by Pakistan's adviser on foreign policy Sartaj Aziz. She was briefing  the President of the Security Council on the situation in occupied Kashmir. Denial of self-determination to people of Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir has resulted in the most atrocious human rights violations. Occupation forces are resorting to brutal acts to suppress the right of determination of Kashmiri people promised by UNSC resolutions. Despite Indian suppression the Kashmiri people are determined to continue their struggle for freedom from foreign occupation.

"Safeguarding national interests is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy": Sartaj Aziz

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says safeguarding national interests is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy. He stated this while making a policy statement in the Senate last evening; he said the opinion made by some US Congressmen about Pakistan does not reflect the overall US policy. Pakistan understands that foreign assistance is an investment in bilateral relationship. We are shifting our trend from aid to trade in our relationship. An amendment to cut assistance to Pakistan was defeated in the US Congress. He said Pakistan does not pursue aid but is focusing on trade. State Department has publically recognized that Pakistan has made meaningful progress in eliminating safe havens, paying a huge cost in fighting terrorism. We are fully engaged with US to strengthen the bilateral relations and neutralize the anti-Pakistan lobby.

“Pakistan made visible progress in terms of improvement in the economy over the last three years”: Ishaq Dar

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan has made visible strides in terms of improvement in the economy over the last three years. He was talking to a delegation led by Chief Executive Officer of Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank, Keiko Honda in Islamabad. Pakistan's forex reserves are at the highest level of twenty three billion dollars right now. Revenue collection of 3112 billion rupees also shows sixty percent increase compared to three years ago. Number of measures has been taken in the current budget to encourage exports, agriculture and industry.

Azad Kashmir elections to be held tomorrow

Polling for 41 constituencies in Azad Jammu and Kashmir would be held tomorrow (21st July). According to details, as many as 423 candidates are participating in the elections while 26,74,586 people would exercise their voting right. The constituencies have 11,90,839 female and 14,83,747 male voters. Strong competition will be seen between Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Muslim Conference. On the other hand, the security personnel have declared Bagh, Haveli, Charhoi, Kharo Shah and Nakkial as most sensitive. The local administration has deployed four army offices at sensitive polling stations while only army men would be deputed in other constituencies. Frontier corps and police officers would also perform duties during the elections. Moreover, central control room of Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has been established in Muzaffarbad.

Sports

English Lions beat Pakistan-A by seven wickets

English Lions beat Pakistan-A by seven wickets in one day game of second cricket match of triangular series. Batting first, Pakistan-A scored 244 runs for all out in 46 overs.  Sharjeel Khan was the top scorer as he played the inning of 125 runs from Pakistan side. Tom Curran gave 39 runs and took four wickets in nine overs. In reply, English Lions achieved the given target in 36.2 overs for the loss of three wickets. Ben Duckett played important role in the victory of English side by scoring 163 runs

South Africa’s Elworthy appointed as World cup organizing head

South African Steve Elworthy will head up the organization of the 2019 Cricket World Cup being hosted in England and Wales after the former international cricketer was appointed managing director on Tuesday. He possesses vast experience in the organisation of major tournaments. He was tournament director of the 2007 and 2009 World Twenty20 competitions and the 2013 Champions Trophy held in England and Wales.


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