Major targets under Zarb-e-Azb have been achieved and militant camps and hideouts along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region cleared – ISPR

(DG ISPR addressed a news conference in Peshawar this afternoon)

"The security forces have unearthed and averted fourteen terrorist attacks in different parts of the country. One thousand four hundred and seventy combing operations have been conducted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and FATA since 1st July this year to control the menace of terrorism. Seven facilitators of suicide attacks on Christian Colony Peshawar and District Courts Mardan have been arrested. Both the terrorist attacks were planned in Afghanistan and the suicide bombers entered Pakistan from Afghan soil. The information about terrorist attacks has been shared with the International Security Assistance Force, the Afghan government, army and intelligence. Security forces have established twenty check posts along Pak- Afghan border to control cross border movement of terrorists. Our soldiers are firmly established at the eastern border and are closely monitoring all developments. We have always talked responsibly... We never pointed finger at others until we found concrete evidence"

Sawaraj’s statement is a litany of falsehoods about Pakistan and a travesty of facts and history. It only reflects the deceit and hostility of her Government towards Pakistan: Foreign Office Reply

Sawaraj's statement is a litany of falsehoods about Pakistan and a travesty of facts and history. It only reflects the deceit and hostility of her Government towards Pakistan. We reject all the baseless allegations made in that statement. These allegations are designed principally to deflect global attention from the brutalities being perpetrated by India's over half a million occupation force against innocent and unarmed Kashmiri children, women and men in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Their call for freedom has been met with characteristic Indian brutality. During the last two and a half months, over a hundred innocent Kashmiris have been killed, hundreds blinded and thousands injured by Indian bullets and pellets, including infants, children, women and men. This is the worst form of state terrorism, a war crime that India has continued to perpetrate in the situation of foreign occupation in Jammu and Kashmir for the past many decades. Pakistan demands a full and impartial investigation of these Indian atrocities and massive human rights violations in Kashmir. We ask that India accept the investigation proposed by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and allow them access for the purpose. Jammu and Kashmir never was and can never be an integral part of India. It is a disputed territory, the final status of which has yet to be determined in accordance with several resolutions of the UN Security Council. The right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination has been recognized and promised to them by the UN Security Council and by India and Pakistan. For 70 years, India has prevented the Kashmiris, through force and fraud, from exercising this right and holding the UN supervised Plebiscite to enable the Kashmiris to determine their political destiny. The struggle of the Kashmiri people for self-determination is a legitimate struggle. And, they have the right to receive moral and political support from the international community.

NA passes unanimous resolution condemning Indian claim in UNGA

Rising on a point of order, Leader of the Opposition Syed Khurshid Ahmad Shah demanded convening of joint session of the Parliament for discussion on Kashmir issue in the wake of bellicose statements issued by Indian leadership. He said India is raising new issues to pressurize Pakistan. He said Kashmir issue has acquired importance due to increased atrocities by the Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. He said there is a need to hold a thorough debate in the Parliament on the issue. Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz told the House that Pakistan is gaining support of international community on the issue. The Advisor said Pakistan will not accept any pressure from India and continue to expose brutal Indian atrocities being perpetrated in Occupied Kashmir by the Indian forces. He said Pakistan will continue to highlight worsening human rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir. The National Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution condemning the Indian claim in the UN General Assembly that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India.

Unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty to be an act of war by India: Sartaj

Adviser for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty will be an act of war. Speaking in the Senate on Tuesday, he said the treaty is an international agreement and a joint document signed by Pakistan and India, which can only be revoked mutually rather than unilaterally. He said according to our assessments India is not following the option of revoking the treaty but they are trying to use provisions of the treaty to construct run of the river projects. Probably, they will misuse these provisions by constructing structures which are not allowed under the treaty. Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan is identifying all the possible misuses and activities that India can undertake to interfere in the treaty as well as its implementation. He said we have prepared a dossier in this regard which will be shared with P-5 countries, the World Bank and others to warn India that this is what is likely to happen and we must persuade or pressurize New Delhi not to do so otherwise consequences are very clear. Earlier, in its observation, Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani said that unilaterally revision of Indus Water Treaty by India will be an act of war. He said Pakistan should consider that what the need of having India in SAARC is. He said there is no need to import Indian movies to Pakistan and a free trade policy with India.       

Govt taking measures to promote art and cultural activities: President

President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is taking various measures to promote art and cultural activities in the country. Addressing at 5th meeting of Steering Committee of Federal Government Artists Welfare Fund in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said the artists are national assets and cultural ambassadors of the country. He said they are rendering great services in art and culture and promoting soft image of the country. The meeting was attended by Atta-ul-Haq Qasmi, Mustafa Qureshi, Muhammad Qawi Khan and Asghar Nadeem Syed.  


Bomb blasts kill 19 in Iraq

In Iraq, 19 people were killed in a series of bomb explosions in Baghdad. At least sixty one civilians were also wounded in explosions at al-Jadida, Rezvaniyeh and al-Rashid districts of the capital.

Kerry calls for solving Syrian crisis through talks

US Secretary of State was talking to reporters during a trip to Colombia. US Secretary of State John Kerry has called for solving the Syrian crisis through talks.

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