Dated: 21-4-2017



PML-N leaders say Supreme Court verdict has further strengthened democracy in the country.

Pakistani community in the United States has hailed the court decision in Panama Papers case.

The 79th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today.

In Occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership has called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers today to express solidarity with the students.

UN Security Council has strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile test and threatened to impose new sanctions on it.

The first cricket Test of three-match series between Pakistan and the West Indies will be played at Kingston tonight.





Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq says Supreme Court verdict has further strengthened democracy in the country.

He was addressing a news conference along with Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb and MNA Daniyal Aziz in Islamabad.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq said all attempts of PTI chief Imran Khan to come to power through backdoor, including sit-ins, Islamabad lock-down threat and attack on the national institutions, have failed.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Information  Marriyum Aurangzeb said  Imran Khan politicized and exploited Panama issue to abuse people, institutions, family and personality of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said during the last four years, PTI failed to launch any development project in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

PML-N leader Daniyal Aziz said Imran Khan can no more befool the masses by leveling false allegations.



The PML-N workers are observing "Day of Gratitude" today on the verdict of Panama Papers case. 

A spokesman of PML-N said special prayers will be offered at Friday congregation for the development, progress and prosperity of the country. 



Pakistan Muslim League-Zia Chief Ijaz-ul-Haq has urged the Opposition to support government for resolving problems in energy, water and other sectors.

In an interview, he said political parties should give time to the government for addressing the problems being faced by the country.

Ijaz-ul-Haq expressed that those who themselves are involved in corruption scandals are demanding resignation from others.         

To a question, he said the entire nation should show patience and wait for JIT investigation report.



Pakistani community in the United States has hailed the decision of the Supreme Court on Panama Papers case.

Talking to APP in Washington, President of "Pakistan Link" Hamid Malik termed the decision victory of democracy and justice.

Other members of the Pakistani community said the split decision showed that the country’s judiciary is an independent entity and working without any political pressure.



Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says Pak-China strategic partnership is essential for peace and development in the region.

He was talking to a seven-member delegation of Communist Party of China led by Member of its Central Committee Lu Xinshe in Islamabad.

Lu Xinshe said the leaders of Pakistan and China have demonstrated an unflinching resolve to further strengthen bilateral relations.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak has invited Chinese and other foreign companies to invest in Pakistan.

In an interview with Global Times in Beijing, he said Pakistan Government is implementing favorable industrial policies under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.

Pervez Khattak termed his meetings with Chinese investors very successful.

He said his government has signed 60 memoranda of understanding  with investors in China, in addition to 25 MOUs signed by local businesses with companies.



The government has released an amount of over fifteen billion rupees for Burhan-Hakla road, which will link M-I to Dera Ismail Khan.

Similarly, an amount of 700 million rupees have been released for the construction of one hundred and eighteen kilometer long Thakot to Havelian Road.

In addition, funds have also been relesed for the projects of Basima-Khuzdar Makran Coastal Highway to new Gwadar International Airport under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.



The Senate and National Assembly will resume their sessions at the Parliament House in Islamabad today.

The Upper House will meet at 10: 00 am while the National Assembly session will start at 10:30 am.

Both the houses will discuss important national issues besides transacting legislative business.



According to unofficial results, Pakistan People's Party candidate Jam Madad Ali has won the by-election to Sindh Assembly in constituency PS-81 of district Sanghar.

PPP candidate secured 35,901 votes while PML-Functional candidate Jam Nafees Ali took 26,427 votes.



The 79th death anniversary of national poet and philosopher Dr Allama Muhammad Iqbal is being observed today.

Allama Iqbal promoted Two-Nation Theory and gave concept of a separate Muslim state in Indian Subcontinent where they can independently live in accordance with their religion and cultural traditions.

Various literary and cultural organizations have chalked out special programmes across the country and abroad to pay homage to the national poet. Radio Pakistan will also broadcast special programmes befitting the occasion.

Born on 9 November 1877 in Sialkot, he breathed his last on 21 April 1938  in Lahore.



The joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement issued in Srinagar has called for peaceful protests today after Friday prayers to express solidarity with the students.

The resistance leaders said that an undeclared martial law had been imposed as the occupied territory had been virtually handed over to the armed forces, who were killing anybody coming in their way.

The freedom leaders criticized the puppet administration for invading the educational institutions and assaulting students terming it manifestation of naked state-terrorism.



In India, at least thirty-seven people have been killed due to severe heatwave in the southern state of Telangana during the current month.

Severe heatwave conditions are prevailing at many places over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi.



Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's latest missile test and threatened to impose new sanctions against it. 

In a unanimous statement, the Council demanded North Korea to conduct no further nuclear tests and said Pyongyang's illegal missile activities are greatly increasing tension in the region and beyond.



The United Nations has called for a surge in diplomacy for peace in the Middle East.

Reporting on the dire situation across the Middle East region, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov told the Security Council that the restive sitution in the Middle East continues to threaten international peace and security.

He urged the UN Security Council to assume a leading role in resolving the crisis.



US President Donald Trump praised Chinese efforts in the wake of North Korean state media's warning of  preemptive strike on the United States.

Addressing a news conference, Trump said  he is confident Chinese President Xi Jinping would try very hard to pressure North Korea over its nuclear and missile programmes.



A French policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded in central Paris in an attack.

President Francois Hollande termed the attack an act of terrorism. 

Meanwhile, the Islamic State Group has claimed responsibility for the attack.



The first cricket Test of the three-match series between Pakistan and the West Indies will be played at Kingston tonight.

The match will begin at 8.00 pm Pakistan Standard Time.



Isolated rain with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, Dera Ismail Khan, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hour.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad twenty-three degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar twenty-two, Quetta and Murree fifteen, Gilgit seventeen and Muzaffarabad eighteen degree centigrade.

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