Black Day was observed today across Pakistan and the world over to express solidarity with Kashmiris against Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.


Adviser on Foreign Affairs has rejected India's attempt of equating freedom movement of Kashmiris with terrorism.


Kashmiris in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan go to poll tomorrow to elect Legislative Assembly.


 Railways Minister says Imran Khan wants to overthrow an elected government at all costs.


The Senate has passed a unanimous resolution paying tributes to the people of Turkey for thwarting military coup.



Black Day was observed today across the country and the world over to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people and condemn grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.


Rallies and functions were held across the country, Azad Kashmir, held valley and in different countries to draw attention of the world community towards the burning issue of Kashmir.



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 forty-nine as another youth succumbed his injuries 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.



Chairman All parties Hurriyet Conference Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyet leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have extended their strike till 25th July.


In a joint statement, they said a public meeting will be held on Saturday to pay homage to the martyrs.


The leaders appealed to the people to strictly follow the programme and give a message to India that the people of Kashmir would not take rest till the presence of a single Indian soldier on their land.



Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has rejected India’s attempt of equating freedom movement of Kashmiris with terrorism.


Addressing a ceremony held in Islamabad in connection with Black Day, he said the people of Kashmir are fully justified in demanding their right to self-determination.


The Advisor expressed concern that India is avoiding holding Composite Dialogue with Pakistan by linking Kashmiris struggle with terrorism.


Sartaj Aziz said there is a need to initiate a serious dialogue over the issue to resolve it.


He said Pakistan would continue to raise Kashmir issue at all international fora and has expedited its diplomatic efforts to apprise the world of the ongoing atrocities against the Kashmiris in Indian Held Kashmir.


Sartaj Aziz said the involvement of Kashmiri leadership was vital for the success of any talks on the issue and a step forward towards a meaningful resolution.



Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Tariq Fatemi have strongly condemned the inhuman and oppressive measures of the Indian armed forces. 


They were addressing a special ceremony organized by the ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad today to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of Black Day being observed by Pakistan to condemn the brutalities by Indian forces against innocent and unarmed civilians in the Held Kashmir.


They said that Pakistan is a party to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. They demanded India to implement those resolutions to resolve the issue, which will lead to establishment of lasting peace in the region.



Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has called for an end to brutal repression of innocent civilians by occupation forces in Occupied Kashmir. 


She stated this while Briefing the UN Security Council President, Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan and top U.N. officials on the deteriorating situation in Indian occupied Kashmir in New York.


She underscored the need for granting the right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir and justice for victims of such heavy handed Indian tactics.


The Ambassador said that the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir was worsening because of non implementation of UN Security Council resolutions.



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 rights. 


The Minister regretted Indian occupation forces are killing and maiming youth in held Kashmir only for demanding 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.




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.


Polling material has already been shifted to the polling stations under the supervision of the Army personnel.


Special security arrangements have been made by deploying 36,000 personnel of Army, Rangers, Frontier Constabulary  and Police to maintain law and order.


The polling will start at 8 AM and will continue without any break till 5 PM, however voters present in the polling stations will be allowed to cast their vote even after expiry of the time.




Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq says Imran Khan wants to overthrow an elected government at all costs.


In a statement, he said if the present government is toppled on gunpoint then no government could work in future.


The Minister said there would be anarchy if democracy is derailed in the country.


He termed Imran Khan's statements are lethal to democracy.



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.



Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Nicholson called on Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif in Rawalpindi today.


During the meeting regional security issues and matters of mutual interest including border management mechanism along Pakistan-Afghanistan border were discussed.  




Estonia is all set to take EU presidency from Britain next year.


A spokesman for EU President Donald Tusk said in Brussels today in the first major step towards Brexit, Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Britain would no longer take the position next July.


The spokesman said there was broad agreement when EU ambassadors met in Brussels that Estonia's Presidency be brought forward by six months to take the place of the UK.




In Afghanistan, at least twenty eight Daesh militants have been killed in military operation in eastern Nangarhar province.


The operation was launched in Achin and Kot districts of the province with the assistance of foreign troops.





Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.


However rain with thunderstorm is expected at a few places in upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA and Kashmir during evening and night.



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