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Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed on taking pragmatic steps towards better future.
This was announced in a joint declaration after a meeting between Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. Both the sides discussed security situation, efforts for combating terrorism and trade relations. The Afghan President said peace in Afghanistan is equally beneficial for both neighboring countries as through the peace both can get rid of poverty.

Pakistan expresses concern over independence referendum held in Iraq: FO spokesman vows to oppose the referendum

Pakistan has expressed concern over referendum recently held in Kurd-dominated areas of Iraq on the issue of Independence. In a statement on Monday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya said the referendum held on 25th September violates the Iraqi constitution and therefore lacks any legitimacy. He said Pakistan joins Iraq and its neighbors, along with the international community, in opposition to the referendum.

Water desalination plant to be set up in Gawadar city: Ahsan Iqbal

Federal Interior Minister, Ahsan Iqbal has said that a water desalination plant would be constructed to provide five million gallons of water per day to the residents of Gawadar city.
“An approval to this important project will be accorded during the next meeting of Joint Coordination Committee,” He hoped that the 300 MW coal power plant being set up in the port city would also start functioning this year, adding, it would not only cater to the requirement of Gawadar city but the surplus electricity would be supplied in other part of Balochistan province.

Reign of terror in Indian held Kashmir-Former Indian Foreign Minister and veteran BJP leader Yashwant Sinha warns BJP government that India has lost Kashmir valley emotionally  

In a recent interview with The Wire Media Foundation, he said I am looking at the alienation of the masses of people in Jammu and Kashmir that is something which bothers me the most. He said Indian government has lost the people emotionally. Yashwant Shina said you just have to visit the valley to realise that they have lost faith in us. Former Indian foreign Minister criticized policies of the India Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government regarding the Kashmir problem. Yashwant Sinha said Indian economy is falling but the Modi regime is praising itself.

At least 20 killed at shooting rampage at Las Vegas concert

A gunman opened fire at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip on Sunday, killing at least 20 people and wounding more than 100 others before the suspect was killed by police. Police described the suspect as being a local Las Vegas man who acted alone, Sheriff Joseph Lombardo of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at a briefing. But authorities were seeking an Asian female who police described as a companion of the suspect, he said.

Referendum opens gate to Catalan freedom from Spanish rule – 800 people injured in riots

Catalonia’s regional leader opened the door to a unilateral declaration of independence from Spain on Sunday after voters defied a violent police crackdown and, according to regional officials, voted 90 percent in favor of breaking away. Despite Spanish police using batons and rubber bullets to disrupt the banned referendum, which was declared unconstitutional by Madrid, the Catalan government said 2.26 million people had cast ballots, a turnout of about 42 percent.

Negotiating with North Korea a waste of time: Trump

US President Donald Trump said negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear program would be a waste of time Sunday after it emerged that Washington had channels of contact with Pyongyang. "I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Port in Libya's Benghazi reopens after three-year closure due to clashes

Benghazi’s commercial port officially reopened on Sunday after a three-year closure due to fighting between rival factions in the east Libyan city. To mark the opening Abdullah al-Thinni, prime minister of a government based in the east, arrived on board a tanker sent from the eastern city of Tobruk. 

Turkey no longer needs EU membership but won't quit talks – Erdogan

Turkey no longer needs to join the European Union but will not unilaterally abandon the stalled EU accession talks, President Tayyip Erdogan told parliament on Sunday.
“We will not be the side which gives up. To tell the truth, we don’t need EU membership any more,” Erdogan said. Turkey’s 12-year-long accession talks have ground to a halt, with the EU especially critical of Ankara’s crackdown following a failed coup last year. 

Afghanistan - 10 security personnel killed in erroneous airstrike of Govt planes in Helmand   

In Afghanistan, ten security personnel have been killed and nine others injured in an erroneous airstrike in Gereshk district of Helmand province. A government official said the incident occurred when government forces were pushing to break through the Taliban frontline in the strategic area that has been the scene of heavy fighting over the past several days.

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