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Headlines

MAY 20, 2017

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Pakistan says International Court of Justice has not given any order to give consular access to Kulbhushan Jadhav.

Prime Minister is leaving for Saudi Arabia tomorrow to attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh.

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed tomorrow to mark the martyrdom anniversaries of two leaders.

Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected as President of Iran.

The United States and Saudi Arabia signed defence agreements worth one hundred ten billion dollars today.

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SARTAJ

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz says India will never succeed in its nefarious designs to hide subversive activities of Kulbhushan Jadhav in Pakistan.  

Talking to editors and senior anchor persons in Islamabad today, he said that Pakistan has strong position based on merit over the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

He said that Jadhav was convicted as per law and constitution of Pakistan and our stance against the Indian spy is based on reality.

The Advisor said that Kulbhushan Jadhav was using fake passport in Pakistan and was involved in numerous subversive activities to destabilize the country.

He said we will try for early hearing of this case in International Court of Justice and will present our stance with full preparation.

The adviser said the International Court of Justice has not given any order regarding consular access to Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

He said the government had decided to go to the International Court of Justice after due consultation.

He said that the International Court of Justice asked Pakistan to halt the execution of Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav until a final decision in the proceedings. 

NISAR-JADHAV

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said Kulbushan Yadav was involved in henious crimes against Pakistan and convicted as per the country's law. 

Talking to media persons in Peshawar today, he said the matter of Kulbushan Yadav will be taken to logical conclusion in accordance with the country's law and constitution.

The Interior Minister said Pakistan desires cordial relations with Afghanistan but will not accept Afghan leadership to speak the language of our enemy India.

Earlier, addressing passing out parade of FC in Warsak today, Chaudhary Nisar said the fight against terrorism will be taken to its logical conclusion with unity and harmony in our ranks.

Chaudhary Nisar said that the whole nation is united on national security issues and urged the misguided elements to avoid making security issue controversial.

He said the government will take necessary steps for  the betterment of the security forces and twenty-nine new wings would be established in next three months.

     

On Pakistan-Iran ties, he said both countries are tied in Islamic brotherhood and  they will address problems with mutual  understandings. 

CALL ON

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan held a meeting with Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Peshawar today. 

They discussed matters relating to law and order situation in FATA and issue of restoration of blocked CNICs.  

Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said more than one lakh seventy-four thousand CNICs have been verified while one lakh seventy-nine thousand have been restored.

Iqbal Zafar Jhagra briefed the Interior Minister about development activities in FATA.

NAWAZ

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is leaving for Saudi Arabia tomorrow on a two-day visit to attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh.     

He is attending the moot on the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.    

In addition to US President Donald Trump, fifty-five leaders of Islamic world as well as the Secretary Generals of OIC, Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council will attend the moot.

The conference will provide an opportunity for the participating countries to discuss how to overcome the menace of terrorism and extremism across the world.

It is expected to delink ‘terrorism’ from any particular religion, culture, civilization or region.

Nawaz Sharif will also join the world leaders to attend the inauguration ceremony of the World Center Against Extremism, a counter-radicalization initiative by Saudi Arabia.

AHSAN

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says several international investors are eager to invest in the country due to sound economic policies of the government.

Addressing National Excellency Awards distribution ceremony in Lahore today he said conspiracies against the country had been foiled.

He said the country's economy is growing speedily and the GDP growth has reached at 5.3 per cent this year which is the highest in last ten years.

   

The minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has approved internship for 20,000 engineers and 100,000 youths will be given training in information technology.

He said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is a practical picture of Pak-China friendship. Participation of sixty-five countries in One Belt One Road Conference was an example of success of the project.

The minister said the biggest investment of history was being made in the energy sector in Pakistan and 10,000 megawatt electricity will be added to the national grid by 2018.

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown will be observed  tomorrow to mark the martyrdom anniversaries of prominent liberation leaders, Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone.

A march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar will also be conducted to pay tributes to the martyrs.

Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq was shot dead by unidentified gunmen  in Srinagar on 21st May 1990.

At least seventy mourners were also killed in Hawal area of the city when Indian troops fired upon the funeral procession of the martyred.

On the same day in 2002, Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone was killed by unknown assailants .

Indian police arrested several workers of Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee, headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq,  in Srinagar, today when they tried to hold a rally in connection with the Martyrdom Week.

The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, in a press release, urged India to restore access to social media platforms in occupied Kashmir.

IRAN

Hassan Rouhani has been re-elected as Iran's President after winning the twelfth presidential election with a thumping majority.

In a statement, Iranian Ministry of Interior said Rouhani secured 56.88 percent votes, while his opponent Ebrahim Raisi took 38.55 percent of the vote.

The ministry said overall turnout in the election remained above 70 percent.

Hassan Rouhani will serve another four years in the post.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has congratulated Iranian President Dr. Hassan Rouhani on his re-election for a second term.

In a message of felicitation, the Prime Minister said that the Iranian people have chosen President Rouhani to guide the country with his visionary and astute leadership.

US-SAUDI

The United States has signed arms deals with Saudi Arabia worth  110 billion dollars, besides another 350 billion dollars agreement over the next 10 years.

In this connection, President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman signed a series of  joint vision agreement at the Saudi Royal Court today.

A White House official said in Riyadh today this package of defence equipment and services will support the long-term

security of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region.

It will also bolster  Saudi Arabia ability to contribute to

counter-terrorism operations across the region, reducing the burden on the US military to conduct those operations.

WEATHER

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.

However, dust-thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds is likely at isolated places in Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Bannu, D.I khan, D.G Khan, Multan, Sargodha, Sahiwal, Lahore, Gujranwala divisions, Islamabad, FATA, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.

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