DATE: 03-08-2017


Foreign Office says all necessary measures will be taken to mitigate the threat emanating from presence of Daesh in Afghanistan.


Pakistan and the United Sates at a meeting in Islamabad have reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and the broader regional issues.


A formal welcome ceremony in honour of new Prime Minister was held at the PM House in Islamabad on Thursday.


Britain has acknowledged Pakistan's continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region.


China has accused India of concocting excuses over the illegal entry of its military into Doklam border area.


In India, train service remained suspended for several hours after the Maoist rebels abducted three railway workers in Bihar.





Pakistan says it will take all necessary measures to mitigate the threat emanating from presence of Daesh in Afghanistan.


In his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria said these measures include effective border control and management.


He pointed out that there are swathes of ungoverned territories in Afghanistan and Daesh and other terrorist outfits are gaining grounds there.


The spokesman rejected insinuations of Indian External Affairs Minister against Pakistan and said our sacrifices and losses in the war against terror are unmatched.


He said by levelling baseless allegations, India is trying to hide its own hands in state-sponsored terrorism in Occupied Kashmir.


To a question he said Pakistan wants to have sustained, meaningful and result oriented dialogue with India that addresses all issues particularly the Jammu and Kashmir.


Nafees Zakaria said peace in the region is not possible without resolving the Kashmir dispute.


The spokesman said visiting Acting US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs and Acting Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alice Wells had a meeting with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in Islamabad on Thursday.


The two sides reviewed entire gamut of bilateral relations.


He said the visit is taking place in the backdrop of US policy review on Afghanistan and the region and it provided an important opportunity to Pakistan to share its perspective on Afghanistan and broader issues relating to this region.


He said latest human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir also came under discussion.      



A formal welcome ceremony in honour of new Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was held at the PM House in Islamabad.


On the occasion, National anthem was played. A smartly turned out contingent of the armed forces presented salute to him. He also inspected the guard of honour.


Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had taken oath of the office on 1st August after being elected to the top slot. He has been in politics since 1988 and won the election of member of national assembly six times.


In former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's cabinet, he was the minister of petroleum and natural resources.                       



British High Commissioner Thomas Drew held a meeting with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Thursday.


Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed.


The British High Commissioner acknowledged and appreciated Pakistan's continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region.



President of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter of PML (N) Amir Muqam says he never held a meeting with former PTI leader Ayesha Gulalai to hatch any conspiracy against the PTI.


Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Thursday, he said he will sue the PTI chairman for hurling baseless accusations against him. He said he is a straightforward person and never indulges in conspiracies.


He said the Ayesha Gulalai's issue is an internal matter of PTI but the allegations hurled by Gulalai should be investigated.



Ameer Muqam said Imran Khan is promoting negative politics in the country.                            



A six-day anti-polio drive has been started in thirteen sensitive union councils of three districts of Karachi.


One thousand polio teams are taking part in the drive.



The business community in Turkey showed great interest in Pakistani mangoes at a Mango festival organized by the Pakistani Embassy in Ankara. 


Speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival, Pakistan's ambassador in Ankara, Sohail Mahmood said they want to popularize Pakistani mangos, and facilitate their availability in Turkish markets.


He said Pakistan was the fifth largest producer of mangos, out of over 100 countries, with a production of 1.8 million tons per year.



A demonstration was held in Islamabad on Thursday to protest the arrest of Hurriyet leaders and killing of youth by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.



A British parliamentary delegation, on a visit to Pakistan, has expressed concern over continued human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.


Addressing a news conference along with AJK President Sardar Masood Khan in Islamabad on Thursday, members of the delegation said the world should take cognizance of the genocide of Kashmiri people in the occupied valley.


They said their delegation will visit Azad Kashmiri on Friday.


Azad Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan said the British parliamentarians are playing an important role in highlighting the Kashmir dispute.


He said particularly the labor party is at the forefront and has expressed the commitment to play its role in resolution of the lingering Kashmir dispute.       



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their fresh act of state terrorism have martyred two more Kashmiri youth in Kulgam district.


The Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani and Hurriyet forum Chief, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq have expressed grief over the killing of youth.


Meanwhile, the authorities have again suspended the mobile Internet services in south Kashmir.


On the other side, two Indian soldiers including a Major, Kamlesh Pandey, were killed and two other personnel were critically injured in an attack at Matribugh Zaipora in Shopian.



China has accused India of concocting excuses over the illegal entry of its military into Chinese territory.


In a statement, Chinese Foreign Ministry said China will take all necessary measures to safeguard its legitimate and lawful rights and interests.


China has repeatedly called on India to withdraw its forces from Doklam area.



In India, heavily-armed Maoist rebels abducted three gatemen of railway level crossings in Bihar.


The incident caused disruption of 25 trains movement for several hours on the Patna-Howrah section.


Meanwhile, Indian security officials claimed that the three abducted railway employees have now recovered in an operation.



Italy has begun the naval mission to help the UN backed Libya's government for migrant flows.


Italy is sending six ships into Libyan territorial waters to provide logistical support to Libyan naval vessels for rescuing migrants.



In Yemen, five soldiers were killed and several others injured in two suicide car bomb attacks near a security checkpoint in Redhoom district of Shabwa province.


Security officials said attackers were affiliated with al Qaeda.



Parts of Hazara division received spells of monsoon rain of varying intensity with strong winds from late on Wednesday night to on Thursday morning, causing flood in some low lying areas.


The district administration is on high alert to deal with any eventuality, as NDMA has issued flood and land sliding alert in the division.


Met Office has forecast more rain with gusty winds at scattered places in Hazara division during the next twenty four hours.

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