Pakisan will continue extending moral, political, and diplomatic, support to the peaceful freedom struggle of the people of Kashmir. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated PML-N candidates Sardar Abdul Khaliq Wassi and Chaudhry Muhammad Siddiq for their victory in Azad Kashmir Council elections. He said Pakistan will not forget the people of Kashmir, who are facing brute Indian atrocities to achieve their birth right to self-determination. The Prime Minister urged the PML-N leaders to focus their energies for the development and progress of Azad Kashmir.


Sartaj Aziz to represent Pakistan at Heart of Asia Conference

Advisor on Foreign Sartaj Aziz will attend the two-day Heart of Asia Conference beginning in Amritsar from Saturday. Pakistan’s foreign office Muhammad Nafees Zakaria has said Pakistan would attend the Heart of Asia Conference due to its commitment to Afghanistan’s peace and stability. The Spokesman said the Heart of Asia Conference would follow previous agenda and every country has its own share of bringing stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan’s participation means its commitment for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

Int'l Day for Abolition of Slavery being observed on Friday
International Day For The Abolition Of Slavery Is Being Observed On Friday, 02 December. The Day Aims At Eradicating Contemporary Forms Of Slavery, Such As Trafficking In Persons, Sexual Exploitation, Worst Forms Of Child Labour, Forced Marriages And The Forced Recruitment Of Children For Use In Armed Conflict. According To International Labour Organization, There Are Currently An Estimated 21 Million Forced Labour Victims Worldwide.
Trump to nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to lead Pentagon

President-elect Donald J. Trump says he will nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to be his defense secretary. Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command. Trump made the announcement Thursday night at a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati. Mattis' selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve around whether a recently retired service member would rely more on military solutions to international problems, rather than take a broader, more diplomatic approach. For Mattis to be confirmed, Congress would first have to approve legislation by passing a law that bars retired military officers from becoming defense secretary within seven years of leaving active duty.

48 Civilians killed in rocket attack in Syria

In Syria, forty-eight civilians have been killed in a rocket attack by the rebels on government-held areas in Aleppo. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Elite Syrian troops have moved into east Aleppo after significant gains against opposition forces. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pledged military operations would continue until the city is "cleared of terrorists". Russia has also offered UN for setting up four humanitarian corridors into east Aleppo to bring in aid and evacuate severely wounded people.

Over 200k muslims protested against Christian Governor in Jakarta
In Indonesia, More than two hundred Thousand Muslims Have Protested Against Jakarta's Christian Governor On Friday, For His Arrest On Accusations Of Insulting Islam. Security Forces Responded With Tear Gas And Water Cannon in clashes that Left One Person Dead and Hundreds Injured.
PM Modi gifted political space to anti-India forces: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi attacked the government on Friday over the mounting death toll of soldiers in IHK as he chaired his party’s parliamentary board meeting for the first time.  Gandhi says Prime Minister Narendra Modi had ceded space to “anti-India” forces to operate, causing the deaths of soldiers.


Opposition slams government over army deployment in Bengal, Parrikar says routine exercise

“It seems out of the way. The army doesn’t collect toll. There is no law and order issue in West Bengal for the army to be deployed?” Ghulam Nabi Azad was quoted as saying by ANI. The BJP dismissed the charges with defence minister Manohar Parrikar expressing that a “routine exercise” had been made into a controversy. “It is a routine army exercise that has been carried out for many years,” Parrikar said. “Bengal was taken into confidence; it happened last year and last to last year. Let’s not drag the army into controversy,” Union minister Venkaiah Naidu was quoted as saying by ANI.  The army has also issued denials, saying they didn’t collect toll and were present near Kolkata as part of a routine exercise that spanned several states.

UAE National Day

In the desert location of Argoub El Sedirah where the union was agreed upon in 1968.  The UAE has now moved to discussing its future endeavors on the red planet and the construction of the world's tallest tower 45 years later. For the UAE's founders, the impossible was bound to become a reality in the shortest span of time. Even before the foundation of the country on December 2, 1971, the vision was clear.Editorials:


1. The Threat to Public Safety if ‘Concealed Carry’ Goes National (NY Times)

2. India’s missing girl children (The Hindu)

Host : Mazhar Iqbal

Co-host: Abdulhameed Tabassum 

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