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The United Nations has expressed concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following unprovoked Indian firing across the Line of Control, killing at least two civilians. In a statement, UN Secretary-General, Spokesman Stephane Dujarric also expressed concern over situation in Occupied Kashmir. He said the world body is closely monitoring the situation in the held valley. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guetteres’ spokesman said in response “The situation (in Kashmir) continue to be of concern to us”.

Analyst on Telephone:

Lt Gen (Retd) Raza Muhammad Khan (Defense Analyst)

Indian forces are not only involved in unprovoked firing at LoC and the Working Boundary but also targeted the UN Observer group few days back. India basically wants to divert the world’s attention from its brutalities and violation of human rights in Indian Held Kashmir. We welcome the statement of UN Secretary General in which he reiterated his call for Pakistan and India to find a peaceful solution through dialogue. All the countries in the world have been focusing on economic developments whereas Indian is adopting an inflexible attitude.

Punjab budget with total outlay of over RS1970b

A tax-free people-friendly Punjab Budget for next fiscal year with a total outlay of over 1970 billion rupees was presented in Punjab Assembly in Lahore on Friday afternoon. In her budget speech, Provincial Finance Minister Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha said despite all difficulties, a balanced budget has been presented. A huge amount of six hundred and thirty five billion rupees have been proposed for the next fiscal year's Annual Development Program. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will prove a game changer. Under CPEC, various power generation and infrastructure projects are being completed speedily.

Paris climate deal: Dismay as Trump signals exit from accord

There has been widespread international condemnation of President Trump's announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Trump said moves to negotiate a new "fair" deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers would begin. The Paris agreement commits the US and  one hundred and eighty-seven other countries to keeping global temperatures rises well below two degrees Celsius
Only Syria and Nicaragua did not sign up to the deal. World leaders reacted with anger and defiance after President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the United States, the world's second biggest carbon emitter, was quitting the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Host: Waqas Saleem

Co-host: Zahra Sikandar


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