DATE: 27-09-2016                               


Pakistan says unilateral revocation of Indus Water Treaty will be an act of war by India.


National Assembly has condemned Indian claim that Jammu and Kashmir is its integral part. 


Foreign Office has said India continues to commit worst state terrorism in occupied Kashmir.


Hurriyet leaders have categorically rejected Indian Foreign Minister's speech at UN General Assembly as blatant lie.


Interior Minister has hailed British response to Pakistan's reference against MQM-London chief.


ISPR Director General says security forces have foiled fourteen terrorist attacks in different parts of the country.   


Iranian Naval fleet has arrived in Karachi on three-day goodwill tour to convey message of peace and friendship.


World Health Organization says air pollution kills millions of people across the globe every year.


Third and last T20 between Pakistan and West Indies is being played at Abu Dhabi tonight.





Advisor on 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.


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 about its consequences.


Earlier, in its observation, Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani said that unilateral revision of Indus Water Treaty by India will be an act of war. He said Pakistan should consider what is the need of having India in SAARC. He said there is no need to import Indian movies into Pakistan and a free trade policy with India.


Sherry Rehman said that India has adopted a policy of water terrorism against Pakistan She said if India does so, it will be illegal and set a precedence for China, being upper riparian, to divert waters of Brahmaputra.


Leader of the Opposition Aitzaz Ahsan said that people of Pakistan will deem it an act of war if India unilaterally revokes Indus Water Treaty.


Mushahid Hussain Syed said water is a matter of life and death for Pakistan. He said India has become an irresponsible and rogue state under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He stressed the need for revisiting Pakistan's India policy.       


Sirajul Haq said all agreements with India should be revisited. He said India is also constructing dams on Kabul River in collaboration with Afghan government to barren Pakistan. He said cultural onslaught of India through movies should also be checked.


Muzaffar Hussain Shah said no party can unilaterally annul Indus Water Treaty.


Salahuddin Tirmizi said India can neither fight of war with Pakistan nor it can revoke Indus Water Treaty unilaterally.


Sehar Kamran said India wanted to pressure Pakistan through coercive means.



The House resumed discussion on the President's address to the Joint Sitting of the Parliament.


Taking part in the debate, Taj Haider said the government should take steps to bring investment in the country.


Sirajul Haq said country cannot make progress without rule of law. 


Mushahidullah Khan said those sitting in glass houses should refrain from pelting stones on others. He said previous governments have broken all records of corruption but they are now pointing fingers towards PML-N government. He said PPP has failed to serve the people in Sindh. He said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has desired to join China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which is an evidence of success of Pakistan's foreign policy under Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.      


The House was adjourned due to lack of quorum and will meet again on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30.                                 



During question hour, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the Senate that wheat stock available in the country is around 29.567 million tons which shows 4.167 million surplus wheat over annual requirement of 25.4 million tons. He said there is no threat of famine in the country.


Answering a question, the Minister said that an amount of 20 billion rupees each for cotton and rice growers has been allocated on basis of 50:50 share of federal and provincial governments under the Kissan Package announced by the Prime Minister. 


Replying to another question, Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Pir Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi told the House that Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with Republic of Korea, Bahrain and Kuwait to send skilled and unskilled labour to these countries. He said the government is actively pursuing the case of Pakistani workers in Saudi Arabia and hopefully their salaries will be released next month.                         



The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a unanimous resolution condemning Indian claim in the UN General Assembly that Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India.


The resolution moved by Syed Naveed Qamar said Indian External Affairs Minister in her speech in the UNGA ignored the fact that Jammu and Kashmir is still on the agenda of UN Security Council and Occupied Kashmir is universally accepted disputed territory.


It is said the House resented the parallels drawn between Jammu and Kashmir, a recognized disputed territory and Balochistan, an integral part of sovereign Pakistan. The House warned foreign perpetrators of terrorism inside Pakistan to look at their own policies of terror funding and terror peddling.


The resolution said the Modi government has a history of threats with the misguided belief that Pakistan will move away from its support to innocent Kashmiris being butchewred by Indian forces.



The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly in Peshawar on Tuesday evening unanimously passed a resolution condemning Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.



Pakistan has strongly condemned continued illegal detention of Kashmiri human rights activist Khurram Parvez and urged India to release him immediately.


In a statement, Foreign Office said he has been arrested on flimsy grounds under draconian 'Public Safety Act'.


It said that Human rights organizations including Amnesty International have urged India for his immediate and unconditional release.


The statement said that Pakistan further demand India to desist from stifling the voices of human rights defenders and media personnel in held Jammu and Kashmir.


Earlier, India did not allow him to travel to Geneva to participate in the ongoing session of UN Human Rights Council.


It said Pakistan notes with deep concern that India continues to engage in committing worst form of state terrorism in occupied Jammu Kashmir.              



In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders have categorically rejected the claim made by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj during her speech at UN General Assembly on Jammu and Kashmir.


They said that Kashmir has never been part of India and Sushma Swaraj’s statement is far from reality.


In his statement, the APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah said that by resorting to lies at the international forum, India has made a vain attempt about the historical reality over Jammu and Kashmir.


Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that Jammu and Kashmir was never and would never be the part of India as it is a disputed territory.


On the other hand, hundreds of Kashmiris held protests outside the UN offices in New-York and Geneva to Sushma Swaraj’s speech on Kashmir at the United Nations General Assembly.


Kashmiris settled in the UK, France, Italy and Switzerland gathered in front of the UN building in Geneva and chanted slogans against the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.


Meanwhile, curfew and other restrictions marked by shutdown continued for the 81st straight day, on Tuesday, in the Kashmir Valley. 


Shops, petrol pumps and other business establishments remained closed, while transport remained off the roads. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions also remained closed across the Valley.


At least six persons were injured due to use of brute force by the police on the protesters in Kishtwar town.                    



President Mamnoon Hussain says the government is taking various measures to promote art and cultural activities in the country.


Addressing a 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 service by promoting a soft image of the country.


The meeting was attended by Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi, Mustafa Qureshi, Muhammad Qavi Khan and Asghar Nadeem Syed.                                     



Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said India neither can suppress Kashmir freedom movement through force nor can stop Pakistan from extending political, diplomatic and moral support to just struggle of Kashmiris.


He was talking to Lord Nazir Ahmed, who called on him in Islamabad on Tuesday.


They discussed current Pak-India relations and matters relating to Pakistani community in Britain. 


Nisar Ali Khan termed UK's response to Pak reference against Altaf Hussain encouraging and expressed the hope that further progress would follow in the coming days.                                                                                                                      



Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali says corruption and money laundering are the important issues being faced by third world countries.


He was talking to the heads of SAARC Anti-Corruption Agencies who met him in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The Chief Justice hoped that SAARC would reach out conclusion to evolve strategies and methodologies to curb and control the menace of corruption at regional level.


He also briefed the delegation about anti-corruption laws in the country.


The delegation comprised Chairman NAB Qamar Zaman Chaudhry and heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies from SAARC countries.                                    



SAARC countries have resolved to work collectively to eliminate corruption from the region.


The resolve was made in the joint statement issued on conclusion of the two-day meeting of the representatives of the anti-corruption authorities of SAARC states in Islamabad on Tuesday.


The members agreed to share the experiences, tools and techniques to identity the corruption and corrupt practices and their eradication.


They acknowledged the need for creating a SAARC Anti-Corruption Forum to interact on regular basis for deliberations on the issue.


It was proposed that programmes should be initiated for capacity building of the personnel of the anti-corruption authorities in member states.                               



Japan has appreciated Pakistan's efforts for eradication of polio from the country.


Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Takashi Kurai during a visit Rotary-Shifa Community Health Centre in Islamabad on Tuesday also assured continued support to the government in its pursuit to rid the country of the menace of polio.                   



Director General ISPR Lt. General Asim Saleem Bajwa has said the security forces have unearthed and averted fourteen terrorist attacks in different parts of the country.  


Addressing a news conference in Peshawar on Tuesday, he said 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.


He said seven facilitators of suicide attacks on Christian Colony Peshawar and District Courts Mardan have been arrested.


Asim Saleem Bajwa said both the terrorist attacks were planned in Afghanistan and the suicide bombers entered Pakistan from Afghan soil.


He said the information about terrorist attacks have been shared with the International Security Assistance Force, the Afghan government, army and intelligence.             



Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Rashad Mehmood inspected ongoing High Mark exercises in Pakistan Air Force Operational base on Tuesday.


Speaking on the occasion, he said that nation feels proud on the role of Pakistan Air Force in Operation Zarb-e-Azb.


He said that armed forces achieved successes in Operation Zarb-e-Azb with the cooperation of Air force.


Rashad Mehmood also met the personnel taking part in the exercises and appreciated their professional capabilities and dedication towards the country.


On his arrival, he was welcomed by Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman and briefed him about the ongoing High Mark exercises.                                 



An Iranian naval fleet docked at the Pakistani port of Karachi on a three days visit on Tuesday to convey the message of peace and friendship.


According to the ISPR, the visiting four Iranian naval ships were received by officials of Pakistan Navy and Iranian diplomats.


During the visit, operational training activities, exchange of visits by naval personnel and sports activities have also been planned.                   



Frontier Corps Balochistan foiled a terror bid by defusing an eight kg improvised explosive device planted near a road in Gomazi area of Turbat on Tuesday afternoon.



Anti-Narcotics Force has seized 4.7 ton narcotics worth 10.5 billion Rupees in 17 countrywide operations.


According to ANF, 20 drug smugglers were arrested and four vehicles impounded in operations conducted in all four provinces as well as including Islamabad and Gilgit Baltistan.



PIA has rescheduled its flight to Gilgit and Skardu for on Wednesday due to northern areas air space restriction.


PIA says it is informing passengers about the amended schedule calls to the passengers.                           



The Chairman Evacuee Trust Property Board and senior PML(N) leader Siddiq ul Farooq has said that staging protest on any issue is a democratic right of every citizen and party.


He was talking to our Lahore correspondent Athar Rasool on Tuesday.



Despite lack of support from political parties and people at large, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf is insisting on its Raiwind March.



Sindh Assembly resumed its proceedings at its building in Karachi on Tuesday.


During the proceedings, the House passed three resolutions unanimously.


The House has now been adjourned to meet again on Wednesday at 10:00 am.



World Tourism Day is being observed on Tuesday to raise awareness among people about its importance and positive impact on the people as well as economy.  


This year's theme declared by the United Nations World Tourism Organization was "Tourism for All-Promoting Universal Accessibility".



World Health Organization has blamed air pollution for global "health emergency" killing millions of people per year.


UN body's new report has said nine out of ten people globally live in places with poor air quality and breathe dirty air.


The health agency said 92 percent of people live in areas where air quality exceeds WHO lower limits and some three million deaths a year are linked to exposure to outdoor air pollution.



In Iraq, nineteen people were killed in a series of bomb explosions in Baghdad on Tuesday.


At least sixty one civilians were also wounded in explosions at al-Jadida, Rezvaniyeh and al-Rashid districts of the capital.   



Britain has announced to oppose European Union plans to combine European forces into a single army.


This was stated by Britain's Defence Secretary Michael Fallon while addressing a meeting of the union's 28 defence ministers in the Slovakian capital Bratislava.


He said it was up to NATO, not the European Union, to defend Europe against a more hostile Russia.


France and Germany made the case for the EU's defense plan for a coherent strategy at the meeting.



Ali Bongo has sworn in as Gabon's president for a second seven-year term on Tuesday.


The ceremony held at the presidential palace in the capital Libreville. Addressing on the occasion, he pledged to devote all his efforts for the good of the Gabonese people and to ensure their well-being.

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