DATED: SEPT 27, 2016    



Defence Minister says armed forces are fully capable to face any threat from India.

Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved issuance of Sukuk bonds in international market.

PML-N candidate has won by-election in PP-7 Taxila.

Kashmiri and Sikh communities staged anti-India demonstration in New York.

In Colombia, government and Left-Wing FARC rebels have signed a historic deal to end fifty-two year old civil war.

The third and final T-20 match between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.



Defence Minister Khawaja Asif says Pakistan Armed Forces are ready to protect and defend the country’s sovereignty and integrity.


In an interview, he said our armed forces have rendered supreme sacrifices in the war against terrorism and are also capable to face any threat from India.


The minister said the armed forces recently conducted a war exercise to prepare themselves to counter any untoward situation.


He said if India tries to do any misadventure, it would have to face dire consequences. He said whole nation from Karachi to Gilgit is united to face any aggression.


To a question, Defence Minister said Uri attack was staged by India itself to divert attention from Indian atrocities and barbarism against the innocent Kashmiris in the occupied Kashmir.


Replying to another question, he said PTI’s Raiwind march is not in the national interest as the country is facing threats from India.


To another query, he said Altaf Hussain has some connections with India as during his visit to India during the Musharraf regime he had showed his allegiance to India.




Information Minister Pervez Rashid has said the current Indian government policies will isolate it in the world.


In an interview, he urged the international community to take notice of India's statement regarding cancellation of Indus Water Treaty with Pakistan.


The Information Minister said how a country could get permanent membership of UN Security Council and become a member of Nuclear Suppliers Group by threatening to break Indus Water Treaty and using pellet guns against innocent Kashmiris.


The Minister said Indian government is frustrated due to the indigenous independence movement of Kashmiri people struggling for their right to self-determination.


The minister said it is the responsibility of the Indian people and all peace-loving countries to urge Indian government to stop aggression.



Pakistan's Permanent Representative at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi rejecting Indian External Affairs Minister's statement says New Delhi is sponsoring terrorism against its neighbouring countries. 


In an interview to PTV, she described the Indian External Affairs Minister's statement as pack of lies.


Maleeha Lodhi said the Indian minister described Kashmir as an integral part of India, which is a blatant lie as Kashmir has been on the agenda of the UN Security Council as a disputed territory.


Maleeha Lodhi said another lie is that the Indian External Affairs Minister denied any human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir while entire world has noticed the worst human rights violations in the occupied valley.


She said Indian policy of interference in Pakistan, especially its attempt to destabilize Balochistan, are now on record.




Pakistan has urged the UN Human Rights Council to demand of India to receive the fact-finding mission in Occupied Kashmir as suggested by the High Commissioner for Human Rights.


Speaking at a meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, the Pakistan delegate said that the Council must not fail the Kashmiri people who have been struggling for their right to self-determination.  


He termed the Indian attempts at casting aspersions on Pakistan as an act of desperation by India, which is trying to distract attention of the international community from the terrible human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.


The Pakistani delegate stressed that Jammu and Kashmir is not an Indian internal affair and that this flies in the face of UN resolutions on the subject.


He also denounced India for sponsoring terrorism through its state apparatus in various parts of Pakistan.



In New York, hundreds of Kashmiri and Pakistani community members staged a demonstration in front of the United Nations to condemn the killings of their brethren in Indian Occupied Kashmir.


They raised vociferous anti-India slogans and waved placards.


The demonstrators carried photographs of Kashmiri youth injured by pellets and condemned the use of deadly force against peaceful demonstrators.


A group of Sikhs also joined the rally and demanded self-determination for the Sikhs in Indian Punjab.



Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved reduction in price of imported urea fertilizer lying with National Fertilizer Company Limited.


This was decided at a meeting chaired by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad.    


The ECC also accorded approval to the issuance of Sukuk bonds during the meeting.


The Committee was informed that as the international rating agencies have improved the ratings of Pakistan, the current issue of the Sukuk is expected to bring in a better pricing.



Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir called on Bahraini Primer Minister Khalida Salman Bin al-Khalifa in Manama and discussed within ways to expand bilateral cooperation.


Speaking on the occasion, Bahrain's Prime Minister said the two countries enjoy strong and multi-dimensional relationship.


Khurram Dastgir invited the traders and investors of Bahrain to invest in Pakistan.    


Pakistan's Ambassador in Bahrain Javed Malik, who was also present in the meeting, informed the Bahrain's Prime Minister about the investment opportunities in Pakistan.



Italy has expressed its willingness to invest in different sectors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


This was stated by Pakistani origin member of the Italian Parliament Mr Aftab during a meeting with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervaiz Khattak in Peshawar.


He said a delegation from Italy will soon visit the province to explore modalities of investment.


The Chief Minister said his government is offering attractive incentives to investors.  




Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said protesters should end politics of violence and support the government in ensuring country's development.


In a statement, he congratulated PML-N candidate on winning PP-7 Taxila by-poll and said people have buried the politics of sit-ins and protests forever.




According to unofficial and unconfirmed results, PML-N candidate Umar Farooq has won the by-election in PP-7 Taxila.


Umar Farooq bagged 46,800 votes while PTI's Ammar Siddique secured second position getting 39,655 votes.




The Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels have signed a historic deal to end the fifty-two years of civil war.


President Juan Manuel Santos and rebel leader Timoleon Jimenez used a pen made from a bullet to sign the deal in Cartagena city.


UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and leaders of Latin American countries were present in the signing ceremony.


The president said he hoped the deal would bring the country into a new era.


Colombian civil war killed 260,000 people and left six million internally displaced.



European Union has launched a program worth around four hundred million dollars to issue monthly cash grants to benefit a million refugees in Turkey.


The project is part of a deal under which Ankara will curb the numbers of migrants trying to enter Europe.



Pakistan will take on Hong Kong in men's Under-18 Asia Cup Hockey at Dhaka on Tuesday.


Pakistan won its first two matches against Chinese Taipei and China.




The third and final T20 match between Pakistan and West Indies will be played at Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.


Pakistan is leading the three-match series two-nil.




Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country on Tuesday.


However, rain with thunderstorm is expected at a few a places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions and Kashmir.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Tuesday morning was:


Islamabad twenty-two degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-eight, Karachi twenty-seven, Peshawar twenty-six, Quetta fourteen, Gilgit thirteen, Murree fifteen and Muzaffarabad twenty-one degree centigrade.

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