Text Bulletin 1200 hrs
JULY 20, 2016
Black Day is being observed on Wednesday across the country and on both sides of Line of Control to show solidarity with the Kashmiri people.
Prime Minister says India has no option but to bow before the will of Kashmiri people.
All the arrangements have been made free and fair election in Azad Kashmir tomorrow.
In Mali, seventeen soldiers were killed in a terrorist attack on a base in central part of the country on Wednesday.
Black Day is being observed on Wednesday across the country and on both sides of Line of Control to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people and lodge protest against grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Rallies and functions are being held across the country and Azad Kashmir to draw attention of the world community towards the burning issue of Kashmir.
All officials of federal and provincial governments are wearing black arms band while on duty to express political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris.
Special prayers would also be held after Zohar prayer for martyrs of Kashmir.
The Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says India cannot suppress Kashmiris freedom struggle be the use of force and it has no option but to bow before the will of Kashmiri people.
In a message on the occasion of black day on Wednesday against atrocities of Indian security forces in Occupied Kashmir, he urged India to grant right to self-determination to Kashmiris as pledged by its leadership and the United Nations.
The Prime Minister said India has disenchanted and offended three generations of Kashmiris because of its repressive approach and it is time for New Delhi to decide whether it would stop shedding blood of Kashmiris or grant them right to self-determination.
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 disputed territory.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said
Kashmiri people freedom struggle for their right to self-determination cannot be suppressed at gun point.
In a statement on Wednesday, he strongly condemned the killings of innocent citizens of Occupied Kashmir by the Indian armed forces.
The Chief Minister said a durable peace is unattainable in the region without the solution of Kashmir issue, according to the wishes of Kashmiri people.
He said Pakistan will continue its moral, diplomatic and political support for the Kashmiri people's right of self-determination.
Like other parts of the country Black Day is also being observed in Balochistan to express solidarity with the Kashmir people.
All government and private sector employee are wearing black arms band to express political, moral and diplomatic support for the Kashmiris.
AJK Election Commission has said that all the arrangements for holding free, fair and transparent elections tomorrow have been finalized.
Over 26 lakh 74 thousand voters of 29 constituencies of AJK and 12 reserved seats for Refugees of Jammu Kashmir settled in Pakistan will exercise their franchise for 41 legislative Assembly seats.
AJK Election Commissions sources told our Muzaffarabad correspondent that 423 candidates belonging to different political parties including 204 independents are in the field to contest these elections.
AJK EC sources told that the election material has been dispatched to the concerned authorities for presiding officers.
The polling will start tomorrow at 8 AM, and will continue without any break upto 5 PM, however voters present in the polling stations will be allowed to cast their vote till completion of the process.
In occupied Kashmir, All Parties Hurriyet Conference leader Nayeem Ahmed Khan has said that the Kashmiris’ ongoing movement is only aimed at securing their right to self-determination.
In a statement in Srinagar he said that leadership of India must know that the ongoing struggle in Kashmir was not any terrorism.
The security forces have arrested twenty-two suspects in Hayatabad area of Peshawar on Wednesday.
Those arrested also include five Afghan nationals for illegally staying in the city.
Arms and ammunition were recovered from the suspects.
In Mali, seventeen soldiers were killed and thirty five wounded in a terrorist attack on a base in central part of the country.
Defence minister of Mali Tieman Hubert Coulibaly said it is not clear who is responsible for this attack.