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India suppressing just struggle of Kashmiris through brutal force: PM

He said the human rights situation in IIOJK had seriously deteriorated over the last three years.

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said the just struggle of the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) to realize their right of self-determination, guaranteed under several resolutions of the UN Security Council, was being suppressed through brutal use of force by the Indian occupation forces.

In a message on the occasion of Youm-e-Istehsal, he said, “It is the indomitable will and courage of the Kashmiri people that has enabled them to withstand every Indian attempt to terrorize and subjugate them. India has failed, despite all its massive coercive methods, to extinguish their yearning for freedom and to crush their indigenous and legitimate resistance.”

“The Jammu and Kashmir dispute has been on the United Nations agenda for over seven decades. This long-standing dispute must be addressed and resolved with a sense of urgency and responsibility,” he added.

He said it had been three years since India unleashed its illegal and unilateral actions on 5 August 2019 in the IIOJK, with continuing inhuman military siege and callous disregard for the unspeakable sufferings of the Kashmiri people.

The Indian government, under the hold of the BJP-RSS combine, was unabashedly pushing its Hindutva agenda to alter the demographic structure of IIOJK in blatant violation of the United Nations Security Council resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention, he added.

The PM said, “India’s settler-colonialism mindset is driven by its quest to permanently occupy the disputed territory and to obliterate its distinct Kashmiri identity.”

He said by deploying additional troops and imposing unprecedented media restrictions, since 5 August 2019, the Indian occupation forces had turned IIOJK into the largest prison on the planet.

He said the human rights situation in IIOJK had seriously deteriorated over the last three years.

He said “The Kashmiri people remain under military siege, their senior leadership remains incarcerated and their youth continue to be prime targets of Indian occupation forces’ indiscriminate extra-judicial killings through staged cordon-and-search operations.”

In fact, the Kashmiris continue to be deprived of their fundamental rights and freedoms, he added.

He said “As expected, the Kashmiri people have valiantly defied the Indian campaign of brutalization against them. Pakistan has lent all possible support to the Kashmiris in pursuit of their just cause.”

Shehbaz Sharif said parliamentarians, journalists, humanitarian workers, international human rights organizations, and members of the international community had consistently raised their voice on the continuing grave human rights violations in IIOJK.

“India stands exposed before the world, yet again, as an aggressor and oppressor,” he said adding, “It is deplorable that in IIOJK, lndia continues to flagrantly violate the universal ideals of human dignity, fairness and justice with complete impunity”.

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Marriyum Aurangzeb extends gratitude to all who contributed in re-recording of national anthem

"The National Anthem has been re-recorded after 68 years"

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Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has extended gratitude to all who contributed to the re-recording of the national anthem.

Addressing media in Islamabad today (Saturday), she paid rich tribute to the people who paid their role in the development of the country and made Pakistan's defense indispensable.

Congratulating the nation Pakistan's Independence Day, she said the journey of development will continue under the democratic government of Pakistan.

Marriyum Aurangzeb said the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has organized a calendar of activities on the directions of the Prime Minister in connection with Independence Day celebrations.

She said an effort has been made to project the cultural diversity and heritage of the country.

The Minister said the National Anthem has been re-recorded after 68 years, with the participation of 155 singers, 48 musicians and 6 bandmasters.

She said the project was completed in collaboration with various departments including Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and ISPR.

The brass bands of all three armed forces also participated in this national effort.

The new compositions, recorded with excellent imaging have created a rainbow of all the cultural and regional colors of Pakistan.

The Minister also urged the opposition not to promote division and play its role for country's development by strengthening democratic values.

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PM Shehbaz Sharif grieved over losses; seeks report on flood-hit areas of Balochistan

The prime minister also directed the concerned authorities to expedite the rescue and relief operations

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PM Shehbaz Sharif grieved over losses; seeks report on flood-hit areas of Balochistan

Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday expressed his deep grief and sorrow over the human and financial losses caused by recent flash floods in Qila Abdullah after another heavy monsoon rainy spell lashed Balochistan province.

Seeking an immediate report on the affected areas, the prime minister also directed the National and Provincial Disaster Management Authorities to expedite the rescue and relief operations in the flood-hit areas.

A directive was also issued for the submission of a complete report regarding breaches in two dams and the subsequent damages caused by flood water.

The prime minister is soon expected to visit the flood-affected areas of Qila Abdullah.

The prime minister also desired that people trapped in floods should be shifted immediately to the safer areas, besides ensuring arrangements for food and tents for the affectees.

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Independence Day: PM Shehbaz reiterates his call for 'charter of economy'

Says the government has committed itself to taking the country on the path of economic independence

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday offered charter of economy to all political parties for the sake of national unity.

In a televised address to the nation on the eve of August 14, he said the time had come for Pakistan to head in the right direction.

"It's the need of time that we as a nation continue our course in the right direction and don’t allow national interest to be sacrificed at the altar of personal ego and stubbornness.”

Sharif said the government had committed itself to taking the country on the path of economic independence, adding that a “conception of freedom” without the former was impossible.

PM Shehbaz credited the government’s economic policies, such as clamping down on unnecessary imports, for the rupee’s continuous appreciation against the US dollar.

“By adopting austerity, we will depend on our own resources like self-independent nations.”

The prime minister said the government had “worked hard day and night” to take the country out of the current economic crisis in a short time, because of which the country was saved from financial default.

PM Shehbaz blamed the PTI government’s economic policies and decisions for much of the country’s woes, adding that it left the country’s biggest trade deficit in history for which loans had to be taken from allied nations and international financial institutions. “Is this real freedom?”

On the country celebrating 75 years of independence, the prime minister paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives for Pakistan’s establishment and congratulated every Pakistani around the world.

However, he said the “reality” was that the people had only celebrated independence day in name for the last 75 years, instead of adopting its “real aims”.

“That is why my heart is distressed. We must openly admit that we couldn’t give our children that of which they were rightfully deserving.”

He questioned why the nation was still in search of a destination and subject to various crises, foremost being the economic crisis.

In the beginning of his address, the prime minister congratulated the nation on completing 75 years as an independent nation.

He said that the people celebrate Independence Day, Pakistan Day, Quaid-e-Azam Day, and Iqbal Day but the "truth" is, in the last 75 years, the nation has only only celebrated these days but not acknowledged the founding father's purpose.

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