Text Bulletin 1800 hrs
Black Day is being observed today to express solidarity with Kashmiri people against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.
The puppet authorities continued to impose curfew across the held Valley and put all Hurriyet leaders under detention for the 12th consecutive day today.
Senate was informed today the issue of violations of Line of Control by India has been taken up with UN Security Council.
President says government is committed to improve living standards of the people of Balochistan.
In Libya, militants have shot down a helicopter killing three French soldiers near Benghazi.
Black Day is being observed today across the country and on both sides of Line of Control to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people and condemn 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.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid says by observing the Black Day, people of Pakistan are trying to awake conscience of the world community to fulfil pledges made to Kashmiri people.
Addressing participants of a protest rally in Islamabad today, he said Kashmiris are raising their voice for their fundamental right.
The Minister regretted Indian occupation forces are killing and maiming youth in held Kashmir only for demanding for right to self-determination.
The Information Minister said people of Pakistan have responded enthusiastically to the call of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to express solidarity with oppressed Kashmiris.
The Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan is sensitizing the world community about need for solution of Kashmir dispute to prevent human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Addressing a function held in connection with Black Day in Islamabad, he said Pakistan is also trying to mobilize public opinion in different countries to get support for right to self-determination of Kashmiri people.
Sartaj Aziz said the Government has initiated a multi-pronged approach to highlight on international level the Kashmir issue and human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazl ur Rehman has asked Parliament to prepare recommendations for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.
Talking to Media persons in Islamabad today, he said a lasting peace in the region is possible only with the resolution of Kashmir issue.
He said our desire of peace in the region should not be taken as our weakness.
Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference Mirwaiz Omer Farooq has said international community should fulfil its responsibility to help stop atrocities in the Indian Held Kashmir.
Talking to PTV News, he said the current situation in occupied Kashmir is very precarious and the world conscience should wake up now to address this issue.
Replying to a question, he said the United Nations had failed to fulfil its duty to implement its own resolutions on Kashmir.
He said India is unleashing negative propaganda about Kashmiris struggle, which is nothing but struggle for right to self-determination.
In Occupied Kashmir, the puppet authorities continued to impose strict curfew across the Valley and put all Hurriyet leaders under house arrest for the 12th consecutive day to prevent anti-India demonstrations on the Black Day today.
The Kashmir Valley is facing an acute shortage of essential commodities including food and medicines due to the curfew.
No newspaper could hit the stand on the fifth day while Internet connectivity on all mobile phones remained suspended for the ninth day in the Valley. The death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada rose to 49 as another succumbed of his injures in a hospital in Srinagar today.
The residents of Bhaderwah town in Jammu region observed complete shutdown to register their protest against the killing spree in the territory.
Indian Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar has said the movement in Occupied Kashmir is now not Pakistani-driven but principally indigenous.
In an article published in an English magazine "The Week", he said that the situation in Occupied Kashmir has spun out of control due to wrong policies of BJP Government.
He said ignoring the ground realities; Modi Government is riding roughshod over the people in Occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, British Columbia Peoples Party says it joins people of Pakistan in observing Black Day today against human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.
In a statement, it said the party supports the demand for holding of plebiscite to determine future of Kashmir.
Kashmiris in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan go to poll tomorrow to elect Legislative Assembly.
The Election Commission of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has finalized all arrangements to conduct the elections in a free, fair and transparent manner.
Around 427 candidates are in the pray for 41 direct seats of AJK Legislative Assembly.
The Senate was informed today that the issue of violations of Line of Control by India has been raised in the United Nations Security Council.
Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid told the House during question hour that a letter was written to the United Nations Security Council that was circulated among all its members to apprise them about the gravity of the situation.
He said India has erected 460 kilometer long fence along the Line of Control. He said the fence is 500 meter away from the LoC.
Replying to a question, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that Pakistani passport holders are allowed to visit 33 countries without visa.
He said similarly the nationals of six countries are allowed to enter Pakistan without visa.
The Senate today passed a unanimous resolution paying tributes to the people of Turkey for thwarting the military coup in their country.
The resolution moved by Azam Khan Swati stated that the House admires, congratulates and pays tributes to brave people of Turkey who foiled the military coup and saved their country from anarchy and civil war.
The resolution admired all opposition political parties of Turkey for their strong resolve to protect democracy.
President Mamnoon Hussain says government is committed to improve the living standard of the people of Balochistan by completing development projects in the province.
He was talking to Speaker Balochistan Assembly Rahila Hameed Khan Durrani who called on him in Islamabad today.,
President expressed satisfaction over improved law and order situation in the province.
He said new avenues of progress and prosperity will open up in Balochistan after operationalization of Gwadar Port and completion of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew called on Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan in Islamabad today.
Both discussed matters related to bilateral and mutual interest.
They agreed on joint initiatives pertaining to security, counter terrorism and narcotics control.
The Government has launched "Science Talent Farming Scheme" with initial funding of 1.5 billion rupees.
Inaugurating the scheme in Islamabad today, Minister for Planning Ahsan Iqbal said it will help students to fulfil their dream of getting quality education.
The scheme has been devised by Pakistan Science Foundation to groom students from middle class to become future scientists.
The Minister said the long term policies are a pre-requisite for continued national growth and the present Government's vision 2025 endorses the fact.
In Libya, militants shot down a helicopter killing three French soldiers near Benghazi.
In a statement, France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said these soldiers were part of Special Forces operating in Libya.
Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.
However rain thunderstorm is expected at a few places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Kashmir during evening and night.