Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
Text Bulletin 0700 hrs
Black Day is being observed across the country and on both sides of Line of Control today to denounce Indian brutalities in Occupied Kashmir.
Prime Minister says Pakistan will vigorously plead the case of Kashmiri brethren at all the international fora.
Pakistan has said it is fully engaged with the United States to improve relations, neutralizing the anti-Islamabad lobby.
Government reiterates that Rangers operation in Karachi will continue till its logical end.
In Syria, twenty one people have been killed in airstrikes on the rebel held town of Aleppo.
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 Zohr prayers for martyrs of Kashmir.
Pakistani diaspora will lodge strong protests in front of the national parliaments of their respective host countries and UN organizations.
Pakistani missions abroad will sensitize the local media as well as various caucuses in different regions on the Kashmir issue.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged India to grant right to self-determination to Kashmiris as pledged by it before the world community.
In a message on the occasion of black day today against atrocities of Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir, he said no state can be allowed to trample human rights in the name of political interests and state strategy.
The Prime Minister said Kashmir cannot be considered internal affair of India as the United Nations has declared it a dispute and India itself made a commitment to hold plebiscite to determine will of the Kashmiri people.
Nawaz Sharif pointed out that 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.
He said Pakistan cannot remain oblivious to Indian atrocities against people in Occupied Kashmir.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan stands firmly with Kashmiri brethren at this hour of trial and would fight their case vigorously on diplomatic, political and human rights fronts.
Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani has admitted adjournment motion to discuss the recent wave of aggression by the Indian Forces in Occupied Kashmir and fixed it for debate tomorrow.
The adjournment motion was moved by Senators Sassui Palijo, Col (R) Syed Tahir Hussain Mashhadi, Sirajul Haq, Mohammad Azam Khan Swati, Mushahid Hussain Syed, Chaudhary Tanvir Khan and Sherry Rehman.
Speaking on the occasion, the Senators said that it was a matter of utmost national importance as Indian security forces are carrying out aggression against innocent Kashmiris.
They also urged the United Nations to implement its resolutions regarding Kashmir.
Iran has called for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.
Expressing regret over ongoing unrest in occupied Kashmir, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that the crisis could only be resolved through peaceful means.
Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says safeguarding national interests is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy.
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.
He said Pakistan understands that foreign assistance is an investment in bilateral relationship. He said we are shifting our trend from aid to trade in our relationship.
Sartaj Aziz said 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.
He said the State Department has publically recognized that Pakistan has made meaningful progress in eliminating safe havens, paying a huge cost in fighting terrorism.
Sartaj Aziz said we are fully engaged with US to strengthen the bilateral relations and neutralize the anti-Pakistan lobby.
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.
The Minister said Pakistan's forex reserves are at the highest level of twenty three billion dollars right now while revenue collection of 3112 billion rupees also shows sixty percent increase compared to three years ago.
He said number of measures have been taken in the current budget to encourage exports, agriculture and industry.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has said that PTI leader Imran Khan is making efforts to grab power through undemocratic tactics.
In a statement, he said people would have made him accountable if Imran Khan was in a country like Turkey.
He regretted that Imran Khan is levelling baseless allegations against NAB and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
He said son of Mr. Ishaq Dar has filed a defamation case against Imran but he has not responded to three notices issued by the court.
Spokesman to the Prime Minister Musadik Malik has said that Rangers is not targeting any political party rather its operation is across the board to maintain law and order in Karachi.
Talking to a private news channel, he said as a result of the operation, law and order situation has improved in the city and it would continue till its objectives are achieved.
Responding to a question regarding notification of Rangers powers in Sindh, he said the matter is expected to be resolved with mutual consultation among all the stake-holders.
He said it is necessary that Rangers stay for more time to eliminate criminals from Karachi.
PML leader Maryam Nawaz says Prime
Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is feeling better now after getting treatment for an infection in part of his leg incision.
In a Tweet message, she said the Prime Minister will soon move to Islamabad from Lahore.
The Prime Minister had undergone a heart surgery in London in May and returned to Lahore this month on the advice of his doctors after recuperating from surgery.
Chief Secretary of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sikandar Sultan Raja has said four to five army personnel will be employed at each polling station in Azad Kashmir during Thursday's elections.
In an interview he said four Police personnel will also remain vigilant at every polling station.
The Chief Secretary said control rooms have been established at Chief Secretary office, Chief Election Commissioner office and Brigade Headquarters which will be connected with quick response force.
In Syria, twenty one people including six children were killed in a rebel-held Syrian town of Aleppo in Air strikes probably carried out by Russia.
England-A 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.
In reply, England-A achieved the target in 36.2 overs for the loss of three wickets.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during next twelve hours.
However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Gujranwala and Malakand Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-nine, Karachi and Peshawar twenty-eight, Quetta twenty-two, Gilgit sixteen, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty degree centigrade.