Prime Minister's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says consultations are underway on Pakistan-Afghanistan coordination mechanism for peace and stability in the region.  Relations with Afghanistan are improving after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of SCO summit in Astana. The Advisor said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Tajikistan on Wednesday to attend Pakistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan summit.

No change in Kashmir policy, says US

The US State Department has said that the designation of Hizbul Mujahideen leader Syed Salahuddin as a global terrorist does not reflect a change in the US policy on Kashmir.

“Our policy on Kashmir has not changed,” said a State Department spokesperson when asked if the designation indicated a change in the US policy on Kashmir, which Washington sees as a disputed territory.On June 26, the State Department declared Salah­uddin, whose real name is Mohammad Yusuf Shah, a “specially designated global terrorist”.

DG ISPR rules out presence of Da'ish in Pakistan

Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor has ruled out presence of Da'ish in Pakistan. In an interview, he said Pakistan Army has successfully foiled terror activities in Pakistan through intelligence based operations.He said border security mechanism with Afghanistan is being improved and better coordination with Afghan authorities to cope with terrorist threats are also being enhanced.

US president urges regional powers to implement sanctions on North Korea

US President Donald Trump has called on regional powers to implement sanctions on North Korea. He made the demand in a statement after one-on-one talks with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, in Washington. President Trump urged North Korea to stop its nuclear weapons programme. The two leaders said they are open to renewed dialogue with North Korea provided Pyongyang gives up its weapons programmes.

US, Turkish presidents urge Qatar, other gulf countries to reduce tension

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump have held a telephonic conversation over the resolution of the dispute between Qatar and other Gulf countries. According to a Turkish news agency, the two leaders agreed that the ongoing tension should be reduced for the sake of the region's security and stability. They also discussed bilateral ties, and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Hundreds flee Mosul as Iraqi forces squeeze is militants

The United Nations has warned that the intense fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul has put innocent lives in greater danger.According to the UN report, supplies have run low and drinking water is scarce for the civilians held as human shields by the militants.Meanwhile, hundreds of civilians fled Mosul's Old City as Iraqi forces slowly squeezed the last pockets of Islamic State militants.

Gunman opens fire in New York hospital

In New York, a gunman opened fire inside a hospital north of Manhattan, killed a doctor and wounded six other people before taking his own life. The gunman, a former doctor at the hospital, killed himself in the attack. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the shooting was not an act of terrorism, but rather workplace-related.He said the attack had been a "horrific situation in the middle of a place that people associate with care and comfort".

UN approves nearly $600m cut to peacekeeping budget

The United Nations has approved a nearly six-hundred million dollars cut to its peacekeeping budget following pressure from the United States. The UN General Assembly approved by consensus the annual budget expected to total 7.3 billion dollars down from the current 7.87 billion dollars spent on peace missions worldwide.

China condemns US sanctions over 'North Korea funding'

China has condemned a US decision to impose sanctions on a Chinese bank for allegedly laundering North Korean money. A foreign ministry spokesman urged the US to stop wrongful actions to avoid harming co-operation.

Nearly half a million Syrians returned to their homes this year: UNHCR

The United Nations says nearly half a million Syrians have returned to their homes this year.The UNHCR in a statement said most returned to Aleppo, Hama, Homs and Damascus due to improved security in these areas.

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