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“India is avoiding dialogue with Pakistan to resolve outstanding issues including Kashmir, Siachen and Ser-creek”: Sartaj

Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan is not shying away from dialogue with India and Indian Prime Minister's logic in this regard is beyond perception. Commenting on recent statement of Indian Prime Minister, he said, it is actually India which is shying away as it knows that it has to discuss Kashmir and other issues on the dialogue table. He said we have a format of comprehensive and composite dialogue with India that includes issues like people to people contact, visa and fishermen issue, trade and economic cooperation, Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek. Indian Army has stakes in Siachen and when last time both the governments reached an agreement, the Indian Army rejected it. 

Six Month Extension Approved in the Stay of Registered Afghan Refugees in Pakistan

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has approved six month extension in the stay of registered Afghan refugees in Pakistan . In a direction to the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions, the Prime Minister said that Afghan refugees can stay in Pakistan by 31st December this year. He directed the ministry of SAFRON to take up matter with Afghan authorities and United Nations Higher Commissioner for Refugees in this regard. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan will supply wheat free of cost to the refugee camps to be set up in Afghanistan for three years as a goodwill gesture. He said the wheat will be provided on the basis of number of members in a family

PM Seeks Progress on Ongoing Energy Projects

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sought a detailed update on the progress of ongoing energy projects and given instructions for expediting work on them. Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar while chairing a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Energy in Islamabad on Wednesday stated this. The meeting reviewed progress on the ongoing power projects to see whether the timelines of the schedule of activities were being observed. The meeting also reviewed the status of energy projects, which are in the pipeline.

International

Death toll in terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport has risen to 41

10 foreign nationals and three others with dual Turkish citizenship were among the 41 people who were killed in the attack. A total of 109 injured people out of 239 have been discharged from hospitals in Turkey's most populous city. According to Governor of Istanbul Vasip Sahin, three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance of Ataturk international airport. Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said early signs suggested the so-called Islamic State was behind the attack.

Sports

PCB to Hold All-Rounder’s Camp After Eid

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to hold a camp for all-rounder’s after Eid to find the likes of Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Mahmood. A source in PCB said that several players in recent times have tried becoming regular all-rounder but they have failed to fill the vacuum created by Abdul Razzaq and Azhar Ali. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has also underlined the need to find suitable all-rounder. The PCB selection committee found it difficult to categorize the likes of Anwar and Bhatti as regular all-rounder.

Pakistan to take on Somerset on July 3

The Pakistan cricket team will play their first practice match against English county Somerset in from July 3-5 at Taunton. The second practice match will be held on July 8-10 against Sussex in at Hove. Pakistan players are all scheduled to arrive Taunton today from where their cricket tour will officially begin. Team manager Intikhab Alam said in a statement that Pakistani players spent quality time at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground. Pakistan will take on England in the first Test on July 14.

Sri Lanka batsmen sing in the rain to post 305 for 5

Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka produced a fine 128-run stand for the second wicket, Sri Lanka's highest partnership of the series to date, before the senior pairing of Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews assumed responsibility for the closing stages, to lay the foundations of a challenging 42-over total of 305 for 5 in a dank and rain-affected fourth ODI against England at the Kia Oval.

Pakistan A team’s match against Yorkshire ends in draw

The four-day match between Pakistan A team and Yorkshire ended on draw at Leeds on Wednesday. Yorkshire scored 246 in their first innings, while Pakistan A made 357 in their first innings. Yorkshire were 57 without any loss at the end of four day.

Poland to lock horns with Portugal in first quarterfinal on Thursday

The first quarterfinal of the ongoing Euro Cup 2016 will be held on Thursday. Poland will take on Portugal in this important fixture. The second quarterfinal will be held on Friday between Wales and Belgium. The third quarterfinal will take place between Germany and Italy on Saturday, while the last match of the super eight will be held between Iceland and France on Sunday.

Taekwondo Federation hails Murtaza Hassan, Najia Rasool

President Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) Col ® Wasim Ahmed has lauded Murtaza Hassan Bangash and Najia Rasool for getting best referees awards in the recently held the 87th International Kyorugi Referee Seminar & 101st International Kyorugi Referee Refresher Course and 27th International Poomsae Referee Seminar held in Hohhot City, Inner Mongolia, China. It is worth-mentioning here that amongst 500 International Referees Murtaza Hassan Bangash was declared Best Referee in Poomsae and Najia Rasool the Best Referee in Khyrougi. Indeed it’s a big honour for PTF as well as for Pakistan Sports, Wasim said. 

Weather Update

Rain with Thundershower Expected

Rain-thundershower with isolated heavy falls accompanied by strong gusty winds is expected at scattered places in Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Sibbi, Naseerabad, Makran Sukkur, Larkana, Hyderabad, Mirpur Khas, Shaheed Benazirabad, Karachi divisions during next 24 hours. However, rain-thundershower is also expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Multan, D.G Khan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Kohat, Mardan, Bannu, D.I. Khan Divisions, FATA, Islamabad and Kashmir.

PMD Arranges to Create Awareness among the People about Monsoon

Director General Pakistan Meteorologist Department Dr Ghulam Rasul says that Met Department has made comprehensive arrangements to create awareness among the people about monsoon. Talking with Radio Pakistan Correspondent Ijaz Hussain, he said predications of the department about the weather are 90 percent accurate and efforts are being made for further improvement made in this regard. Ghulam Rasul said effective communication system is being used between concerned departments to avoid any untoward incident during the monsoon season. Dr Ghulam Rasul  said people of Pakistan may contact Met Office landline numbers 111-638-638, 051-9250363 and 051-9250364 to know about the recent and upcoming weather situation of any part of the country.

Analyst:

Col. Retd. Waseem Ahmed Janjua (President, Pakistan Taekwondo Federation):

“We are working very hard with our athletes for improvement. We have made considerable progress in last 10 years. We sent our 9 refries to China and stood third. From 24th of July, we are going to call 200 participants from all over Pakistan and qualifying athletes will be given proper facilities and training. Their physical and written test will also be conducted without any discrimination. In last April, we got 3rd position in a competition held in Philippine.”

 


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