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DATED: JUNE 29, 2016

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Headlines 

Pakistan has reiterated to resolve all outstanding issues with India through talks.

Minister of State for Interior says safe city projects will be launched in all major cities to overcome crimes.

Chief Minister Punjab says iron-ore reserves in Chiniot-Rajwana will help further strengthen economy.

British Prime Minister has said European Union wants to have closest relationship with the UK after Brexit.

In Turkey, thirty-six people have been killed in suicide bombings and gunfire at Istanbul Airport.

Fourth One-Day International between Sri Lanka and England will be played at the Oval on Wednesday.

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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 comprehension.

    

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.

    

Sartaj Aziz 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.

    

He said Indian Army has stakes in Siachen and when last time both the governments reached an agreement, the Indian Army  rejected it.

 

BALIGH

Minister of State for Interior Engineer Balighur Rehman says government has decided to launch projects like safe city in other big cities of the country to control crimes.

     

In an interview, he said it has been decided to analyze database of Karachi through National Database and Registration Authority.

     

He said National Alien Registration Authority has also been attached with NADRA for this purpose.

     

He informed to launch an SMS service from July, this year for people to verify their family members registered with NADRA.

     

He said no terrorist outfit would be allowed to operate with another name and facilitator of terrorists would also be taken to task.

 

PRESIDENT-PM

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have directed to hunt down the killers of police personnel who were targeted in Quetta.

 

In a condolence message from Makkah-tul-Mukarama, President expressed deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives.

 

The Prime Minister called upon the provincial government to devise an effective strategy in consultation with the Interior Ministry to deal with the recent wave of attacks on the personnel of law enforcement agencies in the province.

 

He expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives  and directed the concerned authorities to ensure best medical treatment for the injured.

 

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the project of iron-ore reserves in Chiniot-Rajwa is of vital importance for strengthening economy of the country.  

    

The Chief Minister expressed these remarks while presiding over a high level meeting in which foreign experts of different countries gave a detailed briefing regarding iron ore reserves in Chiniot Rajwana.

 

KHURRAM

Commerce Minister, Khurram Dastgir Khan has termed corruption allegations against the Prime Minister baseless, saying references filed by Pakistan Peoples' Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf at Election Commission would provide Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz an opportunity to prove its leadership innocent. 

 

In an interview, he said it is for the first time the opposition has taken a proper course instead of sheer blame game.

 

The minister said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has faced these allegations during Benazir Bhutto's tenure in 1993-96 and nothing was proved.

 

KIRMANI

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Dr Asif Kirmani says Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has raised Kashmir issue at all international fora.

 

Talking to PTV, he said PML-N fully supports freedom struggle of the Kashmiri people for their right to self-determination. 

 

He said PML-N will ensure good governance after coming into power in AJK.

 

SINDH-APEX

Sindh Apex Committee's meeting chaired by Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah in Karachi reviewed implementation of National Action Plan.

 

Inspector General Police AD Khawaja briefed the meeting on the kidnapping of the Sindh High Court Chief Justice's son Awais Shah and killing of Amjad Sabri.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister said ample incentives would be given to investigators working on high profile cases.

 

POLIO

Prime Minister’s Focal Person for Polio Eradication Senator Ayesha Raza Farooq says Pakistan is committed to achieve collective goal of polio eradication.

     

She was briefing Technical Advisory Group, which met in Islamabad. 

  

Ayesha Raza Farooq thanked all partner organizations for their technical, financial and political support in polio eradication in Pakistan.

   

Speaking on the occasion, World Health Organization Representative to Pakistan Michel Thieren stressed the need for collective efforts on technical, operational, political and administrative levels to win the battle against poliovirus.”

  

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund Representative to Pakistan Angela Kearney said the fund is fully committed to play its role in polio eradication in Pakistan.

 

GPP

The federal government under its Green Pakistan Programme has planned to plant one hundred and five million trees across the country in five years at a cost of ten billion rupees.

     

According to official sources, the programme would be launched formally along with upcoming monsoon tree plantation campaign in July this year.

     

The Green Pakistan Programme has been chalked out on the directives of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for revival of forestry and wildlife resources in the country.   

 

TURKEY

In Turkey, at least thirty-six people have been killed and more than hundred injured in suicide bomb attacks and gunfire at Istanbul airport.

 

According to governor of Istanbul Vasip Sahin, three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up at the entrance of Ataturk international airport.

 

Officials said the death toll may rise further.

 

PM-CONDOLENCE

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has strongly condemned suicide blasts at Ataturk Airport Istanbul in which several innocent people have lost their lives.

 

In a message, he extended his heartfelt condolences to the Turkish government and people on the loss of precious lives.

 

Expressing solidarity with the people of Turkey, Prime Minister condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

 

YEMEN

In Yemen, 34 people have been killed in airstrikes by  Saudi-led pro-government coalition in the south western region of Taez.

 

12 rebels and three soldiers were killed in clashes in northeast of Sanaa while six rebels and two soldiers died in fighting in Marib.

 

CAMERON

British Prime Minister, David Cameron says the European Union wants to have the closest possible relationship with the UK after Brexit.

 

He made these remarks after discussing situation with EU leaders in Brussels. He said trade and security cooperation would be vital whatever the shape of future links.

 

Earlier, at a meeting European leaders pushed Britain toward the exit door, saying there is no turning back after vote to leave the bloc.

 

UN

The UN General Assembly has elected Sweden, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia and Bolivia as new members of the Security Council 2017.

 

The Netherlands and Italy agreed to split the two-year term, beginning from January1st, 2017 after they were tied with 95 votes each.

 

ODI

The fourth One-Day International of five match series between Sri Lanka and England will be played at the Oval on Wednesday.

 

Sri Lanka lead the series two-one.

 

WEATHER

 

Rain thundershower with strong gusty winds and dust-storm is expected at scattered places of southeast Balochistan, lower Sindh and FATA during the next twelve hours.

 

However, rain with thundershower accompanied by gusty winds is also likely at isolated places of Gujranwala, Lahore, Bahawalpur, Multan, D G Khan division, Upper Sindh, north Balochistan, Malakand, Hazara, D I Khan divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded on Wednesday morning was:

 

Islamabad twenty-seven degree centigrade, Lahore and Peshawar twenty-nine, Karachi twenty-eight, Quetta and Muzaffarabad twenty-three and Gilgit and Murree twenty-six degree centigrade.


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