DATED: 31-10-2016



Planning Minister says elected Prime Minister cannot resign on demand of a political party.

Jamiat Ulema-e- Islam-F chief has said there are no short cuts for coming to power.

All CNG stations in Punjab and Islamabad will remain closed on Monday and tomorrow due to maintenance work.

AJK prime minister has warned India not to undermine peace in the region through warmongering approach. 

In Syria, thirty-eight people including fourteen children have been killed in rebels shelling in Aleppo.

In the third Test match against West Indies at Sharjah, Pakistan resume their second innings at overnight score of 255 for eight.



Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says politics of agitation of PTI is a hurdle in the way of economic stability of the country.      


In an interview, he said Pakistan is heading towards progress, prosperity through China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.


He said the government had never stopped any political party but PTI had a plan to lockdown Islamabad which could not be allowed.


The minister said it is responsibility of the government to keep the capital city open and functional and the rule of law would be maintained.


Ahsan Iqbal said the Prime Minister, who is elected by the people of Pakistan, would not resign on demand of a political party that had been rejected by the masses through votes.




Spokesman to the Prime Minister Dr Musadik Malik has asked Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf to take written permission from the administration for holding peaceful protest at a specific area.


In an interview, he said if PTI or other political party would take permission from the government through written application, then the government would provide security to them.


Dr. Musadik said peaceful protest is the right of every political party in a democratic system but the government would not to allow anybody to block the city and violate the law.


He said the government would utilize all available resources to protect lives and properties of citizens during the protest.




Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Political Affairs Dr Asif Kirmani has alleged that both PTI chief Imran Khan and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had the same agenda to destabilize Pakistan.


In an interview, he said India is attacking the country's border while Imran Khan is planning to 'attack' its capital.


He said holding peaceful protest is the right of everyone but the government would not allow them to violate law and create anarchy in the country.


To a question, he said those who were demanding accountability of others should first present themselves for accountability for their misdeeds.


He said the people had rejected the politics of PTI as evident from the party's defeat in by-polls and local government elections.



Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman says Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) should think of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa before creating law and order situation in Islamabad.


Addressing religious students in Peshawar, he said If anyone tried to lock down Islamabad, the government would have take steps as per law to stop them.


Maulana Fazlur Rehman said those who wanted to come into power should first get the public mandate instead of opting for short-cuts. 


He said the JUI-F condemned those who are carrying out terrorist activities in the name of religion.




The Interior Ministry says Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be provided foolproof security if he comes alone in the Federal Capital.


In a statement, spokesperson of the Ministry said that contacts were made with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and informed that if Chief Minister comes with armed mob then he will not be allowed to enter Islamabad.


The spokesperson said that KPK Provincial Minister tried to enter Islamabad with arms and armed protestors which could never be allowed.                




Governor Punjab Rafique Rajwana says the glorious religion of Islam is based on humanity, love, brotherhood and peace.


Talking to a delegation of the Ulema in Lahore, he said the most inevitable element, which the Muslim Ummah needs a lot today is unity and harmony. 


He urged Muslim World to forge unity among their ranks in order to highlight the true image of Islam.


Rafique Rajwana asked Ulema to play their active role in curbing extremism and sectarianism and promote moderation while brushing aside sectarian conflicts. 




Chairman All Pakistan Compressed Natural Gas Association Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha has announced that all CNG outlets  in Islamabad and Punjab would remain closed from 6 am on Monday till tomorrow due to maintenance.





The government will formulate a broad-based national counter extremism policy to root out the menace of terrorism.


A meeting of Steering Committee on formulation of National Counter Extremism Policy was held in Islamabad under the chair of Convener Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed.  


Talking on the occasion, Mushahid Hussain Syed said it is time that a comprehensive national doable framework be introduced to overcome extremism in the country.  



The Election Commission of Pakistan will geo tag all polling stations across the country by April next year. 


According to ECP sources, best possible efforts are being put in place to ensure transparency in elections through advanced technology.


In its efforts towards this end, the ECP has developed two softwares of Geographic Information System and Result Management System.


The Geographic Information System will provide online authenticated map of all polling stations in the country which will help eliminate the practice of ghost polling stations that mar the transparency of the system.


The Result Management System will provide authentic results effectively compiled and uploaded by the respective returning officers of the particular area.





Counter Terrorism Department apprehended four terrorist during operation in Sargodha last night. 


According to C T D officials, weapons and four suicide jackets also recovered from them.




Pakistan High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Syed Ibne Abbas has stressed the need to bring Pakistan and Britain closer on cultural scene.


He was speaking after inaugurating the first edition of Lahore Literary Festival in London.


The High Commissioner said holding of Lahore Literary festival in London is aimed to build cultural bridges between the two countries.


A large number of writers, poets, artists, think tank, notables, students and media persons attended the event.




AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider has strongly condemned the continuous unprovoked firing by Indian troops on the Line of Control and working boundary.


In a statement, he warned that India should not undermine peace in the region through her warmongering approach. 


The Prime Minister said the whole nation and armed forces are ready and united for the defense of the motherland.


He said India is trying to divert attention from its ongoing atrocities and brutalities in the occupied Kashmir.


Raja Farooq Haider said Pakistan is desirous of peace in the region and discourage confrontation with any country.




In Syria, the rebel forces have opened a new front in Aleppo to break the government's siege of the city.


Both sides have made conflicting claims of gains in the fighting. They have also accused each other of using poison gas.


Meanwhile, thirty eight people including fourteen children have been killed in rebel shelling of government-held areas of Aleppo during the last 48 hours.




In Iraq, government forces claim to have recaptured a number of villages surrounding Mosul.


The government troops and Kurdish fighters are advancing on Mosul from the north, east and south to retake the Islamic State's last stronghold in the country.


Meanwhile, the International Organization for Migration has said that nearly eighteen thousand people have fled their homes toward government-held areas since the Mosul operation began.




On the second day of the third cricket test against West Indies, Pakistan resume their first innings at the overnight score of 255 for 8 in Sharjah on Monday.





Partly cloudy weather condition is expected in most upper parts of the country on Monday.  


However, light rain is expected at a few places of Malakand and Hazara divisions, Gilgit and Kashmir. Weather will remain dry elsewhere in the country. 


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Monday morning:


Islamabad twelve degree centigrade, Lahore seventeen, Karachi twenty-one, Peshawar sixteen, Quetta eleven, Gilgit five, Muzaffarabad twelve and Murree ten degree centigrade.

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