SEP 02, 2016      


In Mardan, eleven persons were martyred in a suicide attack at the gate of district courts today.

The National Assembly has been informed that ten billion rupees have been provided for capacity building of civil armed forces against terrorism.

Two advanced unmanned and auto pilot naval crafts have been added to Pakistan Navy`s combat fleet.

A two-day European Union Foreign Ministers meeting begins today to evolve strategy against extremism.



Eleven people were martyred and forty two injured in a suicide attack at the gate of district courts Mardan today.

According to police sources, the martyrs include one policeman, two lawyers and eight civilians.   

The suicide bomber first hurled a hand grenade at the gate to create panic and then blew himself up.

The injured have shifted to District Headquarters Hospital Mardan and Mardan Medical Complex.



Condemning Mardan blast, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that terrorists shall not get any space to hide in Pakistan.

In his condemnation message, he said these receding elements are showing frustration by attacking soft targets.

He said these cowardly attacks can not shatter our unflinching resolve in the war against terrorism.

He expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and  prayed for eternal peace for the departed souls and grant of courage to bear this irreparable loss with fortitude.



Four suicide bombers were killed by the security forces who entered Christian Colony, Warsak Road, Peshawar this morning.

According to the ISPR, the security forces took prompt action and eliminated the terrorists.  

One civilian was killed and five people including three security personnel were injured in exchange of firing with the suicide bombers.

The injured have been shifted to the hospital.   

Schools located on Warsak Road have been closed for an indefinite period.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has expressed satisfaction over successfully foiling the attack in Peshawar by four suicide bombers.

In a statement, he commended the ability and efforts of  security agencies including army, FC and police to promptly neutralise the terrorist attack.



Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif has also appreciated the Army, Frontier Corps and Police for prompt and effective response and defeating the terrorists attempt.



Punjab Chief Minister, Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the last three years of PML-N's government are a testimony to its selfless service to the people of Pakistan.

He was talking to a delegation of party leaders who called on him in Lahore today.

He said the Punjab government is taking concrete steps for the welfare of masses and economic development of the country.



The National Assembly was informed today that ten billion rupees have been provided for capacity building of civil armed forces in order to effectively confront the menace of terrorism.

Parliamentary Secretary for Interior Maryam Aurangzeb told the House during question hour that 28 wings of civil armed forces have been raised as per the National Action Plan at a cost of about 30 billion rupees.          

She said all the provinces have now counter-terrorism departments to proactively fight terrorism.

The Parliamentary Secretary told the House that in the first phase mapping of the seminaries have been completed in the provinces and now the process of their registration is underway.

To a question, Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal informed the House that the government is giving special emphasis on completion of ongoing development projects.         

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad said the government is giving special incentives to attract foreign investment in the country. As a result of these steps, Pakistan has become one of the most attractive destinations for investment.

The House offered Fateha for those who lost their lives in the Mardan blast this morning.

Earlier, the 35th session of the National Assembly began in Islamabad today with Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq in the chair.



Two advanced unmanned and auto pilot naval crafts have been added to Pakistan Navy`s combat fleet.

According to spokesperson of Pakistan Navy, the unmanned Scan Eagle Aerial and the auto pilot ATR are armed with latest  bladed propellers and are capable of flying for six consecutive hours.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of these crafts at Mehran base Karachi, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zakaullah said the inclusion of these latest crafts is part of Pakistan Navy Aviation Vision 2030.



A two-day meeting of European Union's Foreign Ministers begins in Slovakia today.

The foreign ministers of 28-nation bloc will discuss Turkey, extremism and the European Union's evolving global strategy.

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