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HEADLINES

22-O7-2016

Pakistan urges the United Nations to send a fact finding mission to Occupied Kashmir for investigating slaughter of innocent civilians. 

Prime Minister has said PML-N will bring a revolution of development in Azad Kashmir.  

Senate has been informed that reservations of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan on CPEC have been addressed successfully.  

Government and opposition have proposed twelve names each for appointment of members of Election Commission of Pakistan.

Atlantic Media Company of the United States has ranked Pakistan as a relatively stronger economy in South Asian markets.

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observed Global Kashmir Day, today.

In Syria, forty soldiers and pro-regime fighters were killed when rebels blew up a tunnel in Aleppo city today.

France has expressed its willingness for supply of weapons to Iraq in war against Islamic State. 

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NSC-MEETING

A meeting of National Security Committee chaired by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was held in Islamabad today.

While reiterating his condemnation over the continuous Indian oppression, the Prime Minister said this brutal use of force is a blatant violation of fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people which no civilized society permits.

He said the only plausible solution of the Kashmir issue would be the early implementation of UNSC resolution i.e. a fair and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices.

The meeting demanded ban on the use of pellet guns by the Indian troops in the held valley for dispersing people exercising their right to protest.

The meeting decided to approach the Human Rights Council of the United Nations to send a fact finding mission to occupied Kashmir for investigating the slaughter of innocent civilians.

It unanimously called upon the international community to play their role in ensuring the realization of human rights of the Kashmiri people through fulfilling its commitments towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir under the UNSC resolutions.

The meeting reaffirmed its resolve against elimination of terrorism and extremism from the motherland.

The meeting appreciated the role of military and civil intelligence agencies against the nefarious designs of the international agencies and hostile countries.

The meeting decided that effective border management system between Pakistan and Afghanistan should be introduced and enforced as it is in the interest of both the countries.                 

FATEMI

Prime Minister's Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi says inhumane and oppressive measures cannot deter Kashmiris from their demand of right to self-determination.

Briefing Ambassadors of the Middle East countries in Islamabad this afternoon, he expressed serious concerns over the grave human rights violations taking place in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and brutal killings of innocent civilians by the Indian Forces.

The Special Assistant said Kashmiris look towards their Muslim brethren in the Middle East at this difficult and challenging time.

He urged the Middle East states to raise their voice and condemn the blatant human rights violations of innocent Kashmiri Muslims in Occupied Kashmir.

PM-AJK

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said people of Azad Kashmir have rejected negative politics by giving thumping majority to PML-N in Legislative Assembly elections.

 

He was addressing the first ever public gathering in Muzaffarabad this afternoon after his open heart surgery in May last.  

The Prime Minister said success in politics can only be derived through serving instead of staging sit-ins.

He said PML-N will bring a revolution of development in AJK.

He announced there will be a network of roads, highways, motor ways, and hospitals in Azad Kashmir.

Turning to Kashmiris struggle in Occupied Kashmir, Nawaz Sharif said the independence struggle cannot be suppressed by using brute force.

He said a day will come when Kashmir will accede to Pakistan.

He said Pakistan will not abandon Kashmiris struggle to right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister thanked people of Azad Kashmir for their support in Legislative Assembly elections and prayers for his health.

FAROOQ-AJK

Earlier, addressing the gathering, PML-N AJK President Raja Farooq Haider Khan said Azad Kashmir will make progress under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

He said good governance will be ensured in Azad Kashmir while recent elections are the most transparent elections in the history of AJK.

CALL-ON

Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today.    

During the meeting, they discussed matters pertaining to regional and internal security.

SENATE

The Senate today passed a unanimous resolution urging that the UN Security Council to implement forthwith its resolutions recognizing the inalienable right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people.               

The resolution moved by Leader of the House Raja Zafarul Haq expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people over the recent wave of atrocities unleashed by Indian troops in the held Valley.       

The resolution said black laws including Public Safety Act and other punitive measures in Occupied Kashmir should be repealed immediately. 

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Sassui Palijo, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid told the House that the new NFC Commission has started its work.  

The Minister clarified that the 7th NFC Award has not expired rather it has been given a legal cover through a Presidential Order.

SENATE-II

During question hour, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that 1830 million rupees have been invested for the promotion of marble and granite sector in the country.                     

To a question, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal informed the House that the provinces are currently carrying out feasibility studies for the establishment of special economic zones under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.

He said China has also offered to extend cooperation in the establishment of four to five economic zones in different parts of the country.        

The Minister said we have successfully addressed all the reservations of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan on the project. 

The House will now meet on Monday at 4:30 pm.

EC-MEMBERS

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sent twelve names, three each from every province, to the Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq for the selection of members of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

Finance Minister in a statement in Islamabad said today that the meeting of the parliamentary committee to discuss the appointment of members will be held on Monday.

 

Meanwhile, Opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah has also sent twelve names, three each from every province, to the Secretary National Assembly for consideration and appointment of the Members of the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The parliamentary committee would consider the appointment of ECP members in the light of the recommendations made by the government and the opposition.

AHSAN

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal has directed the education authorities to formulate a National Plan of Action for excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects on priority basis.

He was chairing a meeting to review the state of STEM subjects education in Islamabad.

Ahsan Iqbal said science and computer labs in every high school, science fairs and competitions and effective monitoring, evaluation systems will also be a part of the plan.

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has approved reforms programme for improvement of education system under Punjab Schools Reforms Roadmap.

He gave this approval at a meeting in  Lahore today.

The meeting decided in principle to upgrade teachers of primary schools besides approval of policy for the recruitment of 42,798 new teachers.

Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz Sharif said 36,000 additional classrooms will be constructed in schools till 2018.   

The chief minister directed that hundred percent enrolments of children in schools till 2018 should be ensured.   

QAIM

Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Naveed Mukhtar held a meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in Karachi today.

They discussed issues of targeted operation in Karachi, law and order situation, implementation of National Action Plan and extension of powers of the Rangers in Sindh.

CHANDIO

Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister on Information, Moula Bux Chandio says the provincial government is fully committed to maintain peace and ensure rule of law as per constitution.

In a statement, he said special attention is being paid to boost confidence of business community, lawyers fraternity and citizens so that all business and social activities continue to flourish.

KHATTAK

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervez Khattak says greater share has been given to different welfare schemes for minorities in the current year’s budget.

He was talking to a delegation of Minorities in Peshawar today.

The delegation thanked the Chief Minister for taking interest in resolving their problems.

NAB

National Accountability Bureau Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has arrested accused Ex-Secretary Housing Zaki Ullah along with co-accused his brother Ex-Assistant Inspector General Traffic Police Zafarullah Khan. They were allegedly involved in accumulation of illegal assets worth 150.00 million rupees.

During the course of inquiry, it was revealed that during their tenure in government both accused persons piled assets worth millions of rupees in their name and in the name of their dependents.                 

ZEHRI

Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Khan Zehri has said that foreign investment and trade activities have enhanced many folds as a result of improving law and  order situation in the province.

He stated this while presiding over a high level meeting in Quetta.  

He said his government is making untiring efforts for early completion of Gwadar dry port and industrial estate projects.

 

 

KHURRAM

Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan held a meeting with Sri Lankan Minister for Industries and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen on the sidelines of 14th Session of the UN Conference on Trade and Development in Nairobi, Kenya.

During the meeting, they noted a significant improvement in bilateral trade has been recorded since Pakistan Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement came into force in June 2005.

PAK-CHINA

A high level Chinese delegation from Xin Jiang province called on Acting Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi in Islamabad today.

Talking to the delegation, the Acting Speaker expressed Pakistan's desire of widening the scope of relations between the two friendly countries.

Murtaza Javed Abbasi thanked the Chinese government for launching solar power project for the Pakistani parliament.

The delegation apprised the Acting Speaker of its activities including review of CPEC projects in Gilgit Baltistan and assured him of full support for speedy completion of all projects under the CPEC.

PAK-AFGHAN

The first meeting of Pakistan -Afghanistan joint technical working group on the high level consultation mechanism for coordination on border management and related security issues will be held in Kabul on Tuesday.

Pakistan delegation will be led by Director General Military Operation along with representatives of the concerned Ministries and Departments.

AMC-PAKISTAN

Atlantic Media Company of the United States has ranked Pakistan as a relatively stronger economy in the South Asian markets.

According to its report, Pakistan ranked among the top emerging South Asian economies owing to continuity of policies and political stability.  

It said Pakistan Government’s investment in infrastructure and other developmental projects has enhanced the country’s GDP.

Atlantic Media Company noted that current economic conditions of Pakistan are attracting foreign investors.                    

BLAST

One security forces personnel were martyred and two injured in a road side bomb blast at Kalam area of Swat today.

According to police, the remote-controlled IED planted by terrorists went off with a big bang when a patrolling vehicle of security forces passed nearby.

JHAGRA

Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra has strongly condemned terrorist attack on security forces vehicle in Kalam area of Swat.

In a statement, he said such cowardly acts cannot shake resolve of the nation and security forces against terrorism.

AIG

Additional Inspector General of Islamabad Police Aashir Hameed was found dead in his room at police lines today.

Investigations are underway to ascertain cause of his death.

DAY

Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and across the world observed Global Kashmir Day, today, to protest against the killing spree unleashed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.  

Call for the observance of the day was jointly given by the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and Hurriyet leaders, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.

In a joint statement in Srinagar, the leaders also called for complete shutdown in the occupied territory tomorrow.

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada has risen to 50 with the succumbing of another civilian at a hospital in Srinagar.

He was injured four days ago after being hit by a bullet fired by Indian forces on peaceful protesters.

Over 5,000 people have also been injured so far in the incident by Indian troops and police personnel on the protesters.                       

Veteran Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani has saluted the courage and dedication of the Kashmiri people during these tough days of oppression at the hands of Indian occupational forces.

Addressing a gathering in Srinagar, he strongly reacted to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement that India upholds the ethos of democracy, humanity and Kashmiriyat.

Meanwhile, people of Kargil district in Ladakh region observed complete shutdown and staged massive protests against the ongoing civilian killings by Indian forces in the Kashmir Valley.

INDIA

An Indian military plane with twenty-nine people on board has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal.

The Antonov-32 transporter aircraft took off from Chennai   to Port Blair in the eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar.                        

AFGHANISTAN

In Afghanistan, two civilians were killed and four wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Faryab province today.

The explosion took place in front of a shop in Chaghatak village in Almar district.

UN-TALK

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria has expressed hope that a meeting between U.S. and Russian officials will pave the way for a resumption of peace talks between the Syrian warring parties

This was stated by Spokesperson of the envoy in a press briefing in Geneva.

The talks are due to take place in Geneva next week.

 

SYRIA

In Syria, forty soldiers and pro-regime fighters have been  killed when rebels blew up a tunnel in Aleppo city.

IRAQ-IS

France has expressed it readiness to supply weapons to Iraq to support its fight against Islamic State.

Talking to reporters after meeting of the Defence Council in Paris French President Francois Hollande said the artillery weapons will be in place next month.

TURKEY

In Turkey, situation has returned to normal after an abortive  coup to topple constitutional government.

Talking to a group of journalists in Islamabad, Turkish Ambassador Sadik Babur Girgin said his country would honour all its international commitments including that to Pakistan.

He said Pakistan has always been a very good friend of Turkey.   

On the occasion, representative of Turkish Airlines said all flights, temporarily interrupted had been restored from Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.  

GHANA

In Ghana, Presidential election will now be held on 7th December after parliament voted against an amendment to push the vote forward by one month.

 

 

 

 


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