DATED: JUNE 20, 2017



Prime Minister says enemies of Pakistan will not be allowed to hinder development process in Balochistan.

Ministry of Religious Affairs has completed all arrangements for this year's Hajj.

Pakistan says Indian forces' action against Kashmiris celebrating its cricket victory tantamounts to violation of freedom of expression.

The United Nations has appreciated Pakistan for hosting the largest number of refugees in the world.

Britain has accepted the European Union's timetable for Brexit talks.

Players of the National Cricket Team were accorded warm welcome upon their return to the country.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Navy personnel near Jiwani, Balochistan.


In a statement, he said enemies of Pakistan will not be allowed to hinder the ongoing unprecedented progress and development in Balochistan.


The Prime Minister said these cowardly attacks cannot shatter our resolve against terrorism and extremism. He said peace has been ensured in Balochistan after countless sacrifices of our valiant security personnel.


The Prime Minister expressed deep grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the attack and prayed for swift recovery of those who were injured.


He prayed for eternal peace of the martyrs and grant of courage to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss.



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Pakistan Navy personnel near Jiwani.


In a statement, he prayed for swift recovery of those injured in the attack.



Two Pakistan Navy personnel were martyred and three others injured when unknown assailants opened fire on their vehicle in Jewani area of Balochistan last evening.




Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has said that all arrangements for this year's Hajj have been completed.


Addressing an Iftar Dinner in Riyadh, he said one hundred eighty thousand Pakistanis will perform Hajj this year.


He said sixty percent of pilgrims will perform Hajj under government scheme while the rest through private tour operators.


The Minister said members of the Hajj Advisory Committee have reached Saudi Arabia to personally monitor Hajj arrangements. They will review matters related to accommodations, transport, and food for pilgrims.




Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, who is on private visit to Saudi Arabia, has performed Umrah.


Upon his arrival at Masjed-e-Nabvi, he was received by a number of officials of the General Presidency and Special Force for Security of the Holy Mosque.




Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan says Pakistan is considered a rising economy due to prudent policies of the present government.


Addressing a gathering in Gujranwala, he said peace has been restored in the country while all conspiracies against the government would also be foiled with support of the nation.




Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has urged opposition parties to support government in its efforts for development of the country, rather than hurling baseless allegations. 


Talking to media in Islamabad, she said development and prosperity of the country is top priority of the government and  Prime Minister is working sincerely in this regard.



Spokesman of the Prime Minister Dr. Musadik Malik says all national institutions are cooperating with the Joint Investigation Team probing the Panama papers' case.


Talking to a private news channel, he said the JIT has shown reservations regarding some institutions, which have submitted their response to the apex court in this regard.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has directed private medical colleges to strictly implement merit policy in admissions.


Chairing a high level meeting in Lahore, he said strictly following merit is the only way forward to raise standard of education.



Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates Essa Abdullah Al Basha Noaimi says his country has a close and cooperative relationship with Pakistan, which has helped both sides to realize achievements in different fields.


Speaking at an Iftaar-dinner he hosted in Islamabad, the ambassador said this relationship has developed over the last many decades.



Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zarkaria says Indian forces' action against Kashmiris celebrating Pakistan's victory in ICC Champions Trophy is complete violation of the freedom of expression


In an interview,  he said India cannot suppress the voice of Kashmiris for their freedom through atrocities.


He said Indian Cricketers, including world class players, also congratulated Pakistan for its stunning victory and India should consider this triumph only a game.



Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq says people of Occupied Kashmir will soon get freedom from the illegal Indian occupation.


In an interview, he said jubilation in Occupied Kashmir on Pakistan's victory is righting on the wall for India.



Sindh Rangers have arrested six criminals in raids carried out at Manghopir Darakshan and Sir Syed areas of Karachi.


Weapons were also recovered from them.



The United Nations has appreciated Pakistan for hosting the largest number of refugees in the world.


A report prepared by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Pakistan has generously hosted the world's largest refugee population for three decades, and it is essential to mobilise more support from the international community.



Qatar says it will not negotiate with its neighbors to resolve the Gulf dispute unless sanctions are lifted against it.


Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani in an interview said, Doha is ready to engage and address the concerns of other Arab states in a proper dialogue with pre-determined principles.


Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates has said the sanctions could last for years unless Doha accepts demands of its Arab neighbors.



UN Security Council has urged Eritrea and Djibouti to resolve their border dispute peacefully following the withdrawal of Qatari peacekeeping troops from their common border.


Djibouti has accused Eritrean troops of occupying the Dumeira mountain area and lodged a formal complaint with the African Union.



The United States is seeking to re-establish military hotline with Russia that has been vital in protecting both sides' forces operating in Syria.


Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford said the United States will work diplomatically and militarily to re-establish deconfliction.


Russia's defence ministry earlier said it would halt its use of the incident-prevention hotline after US forces downed a Syrian jet.




On the first day of formal negotiations in Brussels, Britain has accepted the European Union's timetable for Brexit talks.


EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the talks with Brexit Minister David Davis started on the right foot.


Both sides agreed to discuss divorce issues before negotiations on a future trade deal can start.



Four players of the national cricket team arrived at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore early this morning after winning the ICC Champions Trophy. 


The players, including Hassan Ali, Baber Azam, Fahim Ashraf and Ahmad Shahzad, were warmly welcomed at the airport by the provincial ministers and a large number of cricket lovers and fans of the players.




Meanwhile, team captain Sarfaraz Ahmad and Rumman Raees arrived at Karachi airport this morning.


They were warmly received by Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar along with a large number of cricket lovers.


Sarfaraz Ahmad was presented a bouquet of flowers and a Sindhi ajrak and cap.


Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said Champions Trophy is a gift for the whole nation. He said top cricket players have emerged in the country due to PSL.




Rain/dust-thundershower with gusty winds is expected at scattered places in KP, FATA, Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad division, Kashmir while isolated places in South Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Zhob division during the next twelve hours.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Tuesday morning was:-


Islamabad  twenty-three degree centigrade, Lahore twenty four, Karachi thirty, Peshawar twenty six, Quetta and Gilgit twenty-three, Murree sixteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-two degree centigrade.

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