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

The puppet authorities continued to impose curfew across the held Valley and detain Hurriyet leadership on the 12th consecutive day today.  

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.

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

President says government is committed to improve living standards of the people of Balochistan.

The Government has launched 'Science Talent Farming Scheme' to groom scientists.

In Libya, militants have shot down a helicopter killing three French soldiers near Benghazi.



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 are being 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.


The Black Day is also being observed in Sindh against the Indian aggression and atrocities in occupied Kashmir.

Speakers addressing seminars and rallies strongly condemned the inhuman brutality of Indian troops against the unarmed Kashmiri people in the occupied Kashmir.


The Black Day is being observed in Lahore against the Indian forces' atrocities on innocent Kashmiri people in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

In this regard, a large number of political, social and academic institutions are observing this day to highlight the plight of Kashmiri people in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Special functions, seminars, and protest rallies are being taken out by various organizations to record the protest.


Rallies were also staged in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA today to express solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

Speakers addressing the rallies said that sacrifices rendered by Kashmiri people to achieve their right to self-determination will not go waste.


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. Various rallies were also staged in the province.


In Gilgit-Baltistan, black day was observed to express solidarity with their Kashmiri brethren in Occupied Kashmir.

Addressing a protest rally in Gilgit, Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman said people of Gilgit Baltistan will not leave their Kashmiri brethren alone at this crucial juncture.   

He paid great homage to Kashmiri martyrs who sacrificed their lives for their in alienable 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 forty-nine as another youth succumbed of 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.

Kashmiris and their sympathizers held a demonstration at Watford in UK while the leaders and activists of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front staged a sit-in in front of the UN office in Brussels against genocide of Kashmiris by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

The protesters demanded the world community to pay attention to the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied territory and play role in an amicable settlement of the Kashmir dispute to save the Kashmiri people from Indian brutalities.                         


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 appraise 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.

He said Pakistan would continue to extend moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmiris.


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 fulfill 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 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.


Chairman Kashmir Committee Maulana Fazlur 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.


Jamaat-e-Islami chief Sirajul Haq says Pakistan is incomplete without Kashmir.    

Addressing a Kashmir Caravan in Islamabad today, he said the people of Occupied Kashmir are fighting for accession to Pakistan.    

He said Pakistan would continue extending its political, moral, and diplomatic support for the just cause of the people of Kashmir till the last drop of blood.   

Sirajul Haq said that the martyrdom of Burhan Wani has given new vigor to the Kashmir movement.


Minister for Kashmir Affairs Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has said Pakistanis and Kashmiris across the world observed Black Day today to highlight atrocities being perpetrated by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

Talking to reporters in Islamabad today, he said Pakistani people are raising question with United Nations for resolution of Kashmir dispute.

The Minister said our ambassadors and diplomatic missions are also raising voice to invite attention of international community towards Kashmir issue.


The AJK President, Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan has said Pakistani and Kashmiri by observing Black Day has sent a loud and clear message to world that Kashmiris struggle for right to self-determination can never be silenced through gross human rights violations and brutalities by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

In an exclusive interview to Azad Kashmir Radio Muzaffarabad on the occasion of Black Day today, he that Kashmiris are a peaceful nation and struggling to achieve their internationally recognized right to self determination.

AJK President said that it is prime responsibility of the United Nation and world community to take serious notice of massive human rights violations and put pressure on India to stop state terrorism in Occupied Kashmir.                            


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.


Command and Staff Conference of Pakistan Navy was held at Naval Headquarters Islamabad today.

Addressing the conference, Naval Chief Admiral Zakaullah condemned the atrocities being committed by Indian forces against Kashmiri people in Occupied Kashmir.

During the conference, operational preparedness, development projects, and professional matters of maritime situation were discussed.


Radio Pakistan in its national hookup today at 9.10 pm will broadcast special drama of " Chanaroon Ki Aaq" in connection with Observance of Black Day.


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 four hundred twenty-seven candidates are in the fray for 41 direct seats of AJK Legislative Assembly. 

Over two point six million voters of twenty-nine constituencies of AJK and 12 reserved seats for refugees of Jammu Kashmir settled in Pakistan will exercise their franchise.    

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 expiray of the time.   


Corps Commander Rawalpindi Lt Gen Malik Zafar Iqbal visited various areas in Azad Kashmir to review the security arrangements ahead of general elections in the area. 

The Corps Commander visited army troops who have been requisitioned by  the Election Commission of AJK for assistance in conduct of  safe and secure General Elections.


The Senate was informed today that the issue of violations of Line of Control by India has been raised at 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.         

To a question, he said that government has decided to place the matter of review of land reforms before the Council Common Interests.

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.      

Answering a question, he said that 63 NADRA registration centres are operational in Balochistan province.


Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House that during the last ten years five hundred fifty-five educational institutions were damaged and four hundred ninety-one partially damaged by militants and during the operation against them in FATA.

He said six hundred fifty-five institutes are under construction and rehabilitation through Annual Development Plan funds and other donors agencies.


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.


Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif arrives in Islamabad from Lahore tomorrow after improvment of health.

His health has improved considerably.

He had reached Lahore last week after successful surgery in London.


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.


Balochistan Chief Minister Nawab Sanuallh Khan Zehri has said ninety five per cent terrorism has been eliminated in the province while remaining five per cent terrorists would be dealt with an iron hand.

He said this in Quetta today while addressing a function of distributing laptops among position holder Balochistan's students studying in Universities of Punjab.

Sanaullah Zehri said people of Balochistan are peace-loving and opposed to violence and disturbances.

In fact, he said the situation in Balochistan was being disturbed through conspiracies sponsored by foreign forces, but Pakistani security forces have foiled their attempts.


The Government has launched "Science Talent Farming Scheme" with initial funding of one point five 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.


Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan has said that his party is struggling for real democracy in the country.

Talking to newsmen in Islamabad today, he said that his statement regarding martial law was misinterpreted


British High Commissioner to Pakistan Thomas Drew called on Interior Minister Chaudhary 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.


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.   

They also exchanged views on ways to establish lasting peace in Afghanistan.    

The visiting dignitary lauded the role of Pakistan Armed Forces in breaking the nexus of terrorists and for their efforts to bring peace in the region.


Regulators of the Asia-Pacific region have agreed to enhance mutual cooperation in the Information Communication Technologies.    

The understanding reached on the conclusion of Sixth two-day Asia- Pacific Regulators' Roundtable jointly organized by International Telecommunication Union and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority in Islamabad today.


Iran's parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has accused that United States undermining nuclear deal and failing in the fight against the Islamic State group.                  

In a statement, he warned that Washington risked forcing Tehran into a path of renewed confrontation by putting obstacles in the way of its promised readmittance to the world economy.              

Larjiani said the West had failed to give Iran sufficient recognition for its contribution to the fight against IS.          


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.


In Yemen, at least four policemen were killed and six wounded in a bomb blast in the city of Aden today.    

The Islamic State Group has claimed the responsibility of bomb blast.      

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