Nawaz Sharif steps down as Prime Minister- Supreme Court asks President to take forward democratic process as per constitution
The Supreme Court has disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Panama Papers case. A five member larger bench of the apex court, headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, pronounced its unanimous verdict in Islamabad. PML (N) spokesperson says despite reservations regarding different phases of the Panama case proceedings, the decision of the apex court will be implemented. Addressing a joint news conference, PML-N leaders say Nawaz Sharif is disqualified not for committing any corruption but on the basis of not accepting money from his son.
Operation Radd ul Fasaad and Operation Khyber 4 continue with full swing
According to ISPR, Pakistan Rangers along with Counter Terrorism Department and Punjab Police conducted operations against terrorists and their facilitators in Punjab. During last 48 hours, 42 suspects were apprehended from Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Lahore. The apprehended individuals are suspected of providing harbouring places to the Terrorists in the suburbs of Lahore and Islamabad. At Rajgal operation Khyber 4 continues and 110 square kilometers area have been cleared. A number of terrorist hideouts were dismantled and improvised explosive devices neutralized.
Islamabad reaffirms continued support to Afghan reconciliation process
Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States Aizaz Chaudhry says Pakistan will continue to support an inclusive political reconciliation process in Afghanistan. Speaking at a gathering in Washington, he says it is the only viable path towards obtaining lasting peace in the region. There is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan. Ambassador Chaudhry identifies key steps for restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, including intra-Afghan reconciliation, robust border management, repatriation of Afghan refugees and close cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Indigenously constructed fast attack craft PNS Himmat inducted in Pakistan navy fleet
Naval Chief Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah says Pakistan’s defence policy is based on peaceful coexistence, but the country cannot lower its guard keeping in view prevailing geo-strategic environment. Addressing induction ceremony of Fast Attack Craft (Missile) PNS Himmat at Pakistan Navy Dockyard in Karachi, the Naval Chief says it is a landmark occasion when second indigenously constructed Fast Attack Craft (Missile) is being inducted in Pakistan Navy Fleet. Successful construction of PNS Himmat at Karachi Shipyard is a proud moment for Pakistan Navy, Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works and China State Shipbuilding and Offshore Company.
Pakistan to sell ten Super Mushshak aircraft to Azerbaijan
The agreement to this effect was signed in Azerbaijan. Chairman Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra, Air Marshal Arshad Malik, represented Pakistan while Azerbaijan was represented by Air Force Commander Lieutenant General Ramiz Tahirov. The contract includes operational training and technical support and assistance to Azerbaijan Air Force. Indigenously produced Super Mushshak aircraft is equipped with most modern equipment and capabilities which makes it one of the best military trainer aircraft.
Over 103M trees to be planted across country in next two months
Over one hundred and three million trees will be planted across the country in next two months. According to the Ministry of Climate Change, a formal afforestation campaign has begun to recover the tree cover lost over the last few decades.
Arab states to meet in Bahrain on Saturday to discuss Qatar
The four Arab states, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain will meet in Manama on Saturday to discuss latest developments on their blockade of Qatar. Egypt's foreign ministry said that in two-day meeting, the four countries will press Qatar to comply with their demands, which include stopping interference in their internal affairs.
U.S. expresses strong disappointment over Russia's decision to cut U.S. diplomatic staff
United States has expressed strong disappointment over Russia's decision to cut U.S. diplomatic staff in Moscow. A State Department official said in Washington on Friday that Russia's moves came a day after the U.S. Senate voted to slap new sanctions on Russia.
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