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DATED: JULY 22, 2016

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HEADLINES

Pakistan Muslim League (N) sweeps the AJK elections emerging as the single largest party.

Prime Minister hopes the newly elected MLAs of Azad Kashmir would reinforce their support to the people of Occupied Kashmir in their struggle for right to self-determination.

Prime Minister has termed the peaceful elections in Azad Kashmir as a victory of democratic forces.

Information Minister says the people of Azad Kashmir have voted in favour of Prime Minister's vision of development.

Global Kashmir Day is being observed on Friday on the call of APHC leaders.

The National Security Committee meets in Islamabad on Friday to review security issues and regional situation.

Turkey's parliament ratifies a motion for a three-month state of emergency in the country.

Turkish President has vowed to restructure the armed forces after the abortive coup. 

 

The second cricket test between Pakistan and England begins at Manchester on Friday.

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AJK-RESULTS:

Pakistan Muslim League (N) has emerged as a single largest party in the AJK elections with winning twenty-eight seats so far in the forty one members Legislative Assembly.

 

The AJK Election Commission has so far declared the unofficial results of 38 constituencies.

 

According to unofficial results announced by AJK Election Commission, All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference  and Pakistan Peoples Party have won three seats each, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf two while Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Party got one seat. An Independent candidate has also returned to the Legislative Assembly.

           

 

PM CONGRATULATION

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has extended his congratulations to the elected representatives and people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir on the successful conduct of general elections.  

 

In a statement in Islamabad, he said the peaceful elections in AJK are a victory of democratic forces that  explicitly reflects the peoples' faith in democracy.

 

The Prime Minister said winning or losing is part of elections, but the important thing for a vibrant democracy is the continuity of process.

 

He expressed the confidence that newly elected representatives of AJK would reinforce their support to the people of occupied Kashmir in their just struggle for independence.

 

Nawaz Sharif urged the elected representatives to work for the well-being of people.

 

He said the federal government will extend all possible assistance to the newly elected government of AJK to better serve the people.

 

RASHID

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said the people, newly-elected public representatives and institutions of Azad Kashmir deserve full appreciations for peacefully holding the Legislative Assembly elections.

 

In a statement, he termed the peaceful elections as a victory of democracy. 

 

Pervaiz Rashid said Kashmiris have responded to PML-N's critics and expressed confidence in Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's development vision by their votes.

 

He vowed that Pakistan will continue to promote the Kashmir cause under the Prime Minister's dynamic leadership.

 

AZIZ

Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said Pakistan has intensified its diplomatic efforts to sensitize the world about the ongoing Indian atrociteis against the people of Kashmir.

 

Winding up debate in the Senate he said letters had been written to President of the United Nations General Assembly, President of the UN Security Council, OIC, Human Rights Commission on the plight of Kashmiris and excesses of the Indian security forces.

 

He said an encouraging response has been witnessed from the  international community.

                 

The Advisor said there is a need to initiate a serious dialogue on the Kashmir issue to resolve it peacefully.

 

Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan would approach the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to send a fact finding mission to the Indian Held Kashmir to investigate the slaughter of innocent civilians.

 

KASHMIR:  

In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyet leaders have called for observing Global Kashmir Day on Friday and a march towards Islamabad town in the Valley on Monday.

 

The leaders in a joint statement in Srinagar also  called for complete shutdown in the occupied territory on Saturday.

 

They said that on Sunday, complete strike would be observed in the day and blackout in the night while on Monday, besides observing total shutdown, a public meeting would be held in Islamabad town to pay tributes to the martyrs.

 

The APHC Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, in a statement in Srinagar, thanked the government and people of Pakistan for observing Black Day against Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir and raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations.

 

Meanwhile, In India, Congress leader, Jyotiraditya Scindia, initiating a discussion on Kashmir situation in Lok Sabha, called for holding plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.

 

Tamil Nationalist and Periyarist Movements in Tamil Nadu staged a protest in Chennai to express solidarity with the people of occupied Kashmir. They also condemned India's state terrorism in the territory.

 

PM-MEETING

The National Security Committee meets in Islamabad on Friday.

 

It will review national security issues and regional situation.

 

DAR-BUSINESSMEN:

Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar says the government has been able to achieve an economic turnaround in the country during the last three years.

 

He was talking to a delegation of Pak-USA Business Forum led by Hafeez Khan who called on him in Islamabad.

 

He said the businessmen of Pakistani origin abroad could take advantage of the tremendous opportunities being offered in the country.

 

Ishaq Dar said the situation is now conducive for investment, as the government is focused on promoting economic growth.

     

He invited Pakistani American businessmen to come forward and invest in the country. 

     

Members of the delegation complemented the Finance Minister on achieving macroeconomic stability.

     

They expressed interest in investment opportunities in the small and medium enterprises.   

 

 

TURKEY

Turkey's parliament has ratified a motion for a three-month state of emergency with a vote of 346 for and 115 against.

 

Speaking at the parliament after the vote, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the motion applies to the state itself, not the nation.

 

He said the pro coup forces targeting democracy and the future of the state will be eliminated forever.

                         

 

AFGHANISTAN

Thirty-five Daesh rebels and 22 Taliban militants have been killed during Afghan and US airstrikes in eastern Nangarhar province.

 

 

UN-SUDAN

A dozen police officers from Britain, Germany and Sweden have been banned from returning to the U.N. peacekeeping mission in South Sudan after they left during recent fighting without consulting mission chiefs.

 

According to U.N. deputy spokesman sudden departure of the officers affected the operational capability of the mission and the morale of staff.

 

ITALY

In Italy, rescuers have pulled over one thousand  migrants to safety and recovered seventeen dead bodies from rickety vessels in the Mediterranean.

 

According to Italy's coastguard around one thousand one hundred twenty eight people were plucked from five rubber dinghies and three boats in the Strait of Sicily.

 

CRICKET

The second cricket test between Pakistan and England begins at Manchester on Friday.

 

The match will start at 1500 hours Pakistan Standard Time.

 

Pakistan is leading the four match series 1-nil.

 

 

 

 

OLYMPICS:

Russia is facing calls to be kicked out of the Olympics after its track and field squad lost their appeal before Court of Arbitration for Sport over being banned from the Rio Games for state-sponsored doping.

 

According to an Olympic spokesman, the possible ban could be imposed on Russian squad after further talks of the International Olympic Committee executive board on Sunday.

 

     

 

WEATHER

 

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

 

However, rain-thunderstorm with windstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

 

Light rain and drizzle is also expected along Sindh-Makran coast.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Friday morning:

 

Islamabad twenty four degree centigrade, Lahore thirty two, Karachi twenty eight, Peshawar twenty nine, Quetta twenty two, Gilgit thirty, Murree sixteen and Muzaffarabad twenty one degree centigrade.


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