Text Bulletin 2200 hrs
AUGUST 30, 2017
National Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution rejecting hostile and threatening statements against Pakistan made by US President and top US commander in Afghanistan.
Senate has unanimously passed a motion asking the government to launch a regional diplomatic initiative to coordinate responses to President Trump's new Afghan policy.
National Security Committee has decided to keep a robust defence posture of Pakistan to ensure national security in challenging environment.
Manasik-e-Hajj started today with the gathering of Hujjaj at Mina in Makkah.
At the UN, Pakistan has told Security Council that ground realities, not political expediency should guide the Council's decisions on peacekeeping.
UN Secretary General has called for lifting of blockade of Gaza Strip.
National Assembly has passed a unanimous Resolution rejecting hostile and threatening statements against Pakistan made by US President and top US commander in Afghanistan.
The resolution moved by Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif condemned attempts by Trump Administration to provide more space to India in Afghanistan, considering it a move highly detrimental to regional stability.
It also rejected the claims of Nato Commander in Afghanistan General Nicholson regarding presence of Taliban Shora in Quetta and Peshawar.
The Resolution also condemned Indian State terrorism in occupied Kashmir and reiterated Pakistan's continued diplomatic, political and moral support to Kashmiris for their struggle for right to self-determination.
It also rejected the US claims of giving Pakistan billions of dollars and said that Pakistan's economy has suffered a loss of more than 123 billion dollars in war against terrorism.
The resolution denounced complete disregard and lack of respect for Pakistan's immense sacrifices in countering terrorism.
The House acknowledged sacrifices of the security forces in their counter terrorism operations.
The Resolution extended support to counter-terrorism operations being conducted by the armed forces of Pakistan along with the Rangers and Law Enforcement Agencies.
It reiterated that as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan has a robust and credible command and control system in place, which has been universally recognized.
The resolution called upon the government to commence a diplomatic initiative, particularly with friendly countries in the region to inform the international community of Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategy.
It asked the Afghan government to close all safe havens being provided to banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamat-ul-Ahrar and other terrorist organizations from where terror attacks are conducted against Pakistan.
The House has now been prorogued.
Senate has called for crafting a national policy paper putting forth Pakistan's narrative for US policy-makers.
This suggestion was made in report of the Committee of the Whole unanimously adopted by the House today.
The committee called for a regional diplomatic initiative to coordinate Pakistan's response to US President's Afghan strategy in consultation with friendly countries.
It said Pakistan should also formulate its own comprehensive South Asian policy.
It also emphasized augmenting efforts to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute, where Indian Human Rights violations know no bounds.
The House urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to ensure that the territory of either state should not be used for terrorist activities against each other. Kabul was also urged to check hideouts and sanctuaries of outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan operating freely in Afghanistan.
The report also said that Kabul should also address Pakistan's concerns regarding terrorists like banned TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah and other hiding in Afghanistan and operating against Pakistan.
The National Security Committee has decided to keep a robust defence posture to ensure national security in a challenging environment.
This decision was taken in its 13th meeting held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.
The Committee reviewed internal and external security situation and the threats and challenges to national security in the evolving regional and global context.
US President Trump policy on Afghanistan and South Asia was also discussed in the meeting.
More than two million Muslims from around the world began the Hajj pilgrimage at Mina today.
After staying at Mina tonight, the Hujjaj will move to Arafat soon after Fajr prayers tomorrow where they will listen to Hajj sermon to be delivered from Masjid-e-Nimra.
They will stay at Arafat till the call for Maghrib prayer.
After Azaan-e-Maghrib, the Hujjaj will leave for Muzdalfa where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the night in the open sky.
Minister for Commerce Muhammad Pervaiz Malik says economic and social indicators are on the rise in Pakistan and the country offers a lucrative market for investment.
Talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad today, he said United Kingdom is Pakistan's biggest trade partner in Europe.
He said Pakistan's inclusion in European Union's "Special Incentive Arrangement for Good Governance and Sustainable Development" has been the major catalyst for promoting bilateral trade.
Pakistan has inked a memorandum of understanding with Japan International Cooperation Agency on energy conservation.
Speaking on the occasion in Islamabad today, Minister of State for Power Abid Sher Ali said the government has established National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority aiming at production of the most efficient electrical home appliances.
He said under the programme, JICA will extend support for developing an effective phasing out strategy of inefficient appliances and for the study of upgrading National Power System Expansion plan.
The head of JICA delegation, Yasuhiro Tojo appreciated the efforts of the present government to overcome energy crisis and extended technical support for strengthening the energy conservation regime.
At the United Nations, Pakistan has told the Security Council that ground realities, not political expediency should guide the Council’s decisions on peacekeeping.
Participating in the debate on UN Peacekeeping Operations, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi said sustaining peace requires investing in peace.
She said saving lives, restoring order and maintaining international peace and security should remain the overarching objective.
In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani has paid glowing tributes to the illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory.
In a statement issued in Srinagar today, he said the people of Kashmir are striving for securing their right to self-determination guaranteed by global community.
Meanwhile, people held forceful protests at Hajin in Bandipora district today after Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation in the area.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed for large-scale humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Speaking at a UN-backed elementary school in Gaza Strip today, he ordered immediate release of four million dollars from the world body's relief fund.
He also called for lifting the blockade of the Gaza Strip.
In Afghanistan, at least 11 civilians were killed and 16 wounded in an aerial strike in Logar province today.
Mainly hot and humid weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, widespread rain/thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected in Hyderabad, Karachi, Sukkur,Faisalabad, Sahiwal, Multan, D.G khan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Sargodha & Bahawalpur divisions.