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HEADLINE

AUGUST 03, 2017

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Islamabad says strong Pak-US partnership is critical to sustainable peace and security in the region.

Foreign Office has said India is trying to hide its state-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir by leveling baseless allegations against Pakistan.

The third phase of distribution of compensation cheques among terrorism-affected people of South Waziristan has been launched.

Governor Sindh and Corps Commander Karachi have reiterated their resolve to take operation against terrorists to its logical end.

In occupied Kashmir, two youth were martyred and three Indian army personnel including a Major killed in two separate incidents in Kulgam and Shopian districts today.

Head Coach Pakistan Cricket Team has ruled out compromise on performance and fitness in selection of national team.

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TEHMINA

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua has expressed the hope that the ongoing US review will result in a comprehensive political strategy to promote reconciliation and peace in Afghanistan and the region.

She was talking to a US delegation led by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G Wells in Islamabad today.

During the meeting, Pakistan's perspectives on challenges confronting the region including the security situation in Afghanistan were shared with the American side.

Ambassador Wells was assured that Pakistan supports all initiatives aimed at promoting sustainable peace and security in the region, and it was emphasized that a strong partnership with the United States is critical to achieve these shared objectives.

US Acting Assistant Secretary of State acknowledged Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

She agreed on the importance of a strong partnership between the two countries and gave US perspective on how to move forward this relationship in the coming years.

Ambassador Wells reiterated that the objective of bilateral cooperation is to seek a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan.

 

BRIEFING

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

At this weekly news briefing in Islamabad today, 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 Jammu and Kashmir.

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

 

SHAHID-ZUBAIR

Corps Commander Karachi Lieutenant General Shahid Baig Mirza called on Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi today.

They discussed law and order in the province, ongoing operation in Karachi and other matters of mutual interest. 

The Governor and the Corps Commander reiterated their firm resolves to take the operation against terrorists and criminals to its logical end.

The Corps Commander said anyone attempting to disturb peace will be dealt with an iron hand.

 

CAMPAIGN

A six-day anti-polio drive began in thirteen sensitive union councils of three districts in Karachi today. 

Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent reports that over three hundred and forty-one thousand thousand children under the age of five will be administered anti-anti-polio drops.

One thousand polio teams are taking part in the campaign.

 

SHAHBAZ

Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the country cannot afford politics of unrest and anarchy.

In a statement in Lahore today, he said no one can prove corruption of a single penny in the projects of the incumbent government.       

The Chief Minister said the international institutions are acknowledging policies of the PML-N government and transparency in mega projects.

 

CHEQUES

The third phase of distribution of compensation cheques among the people whose houses were damaged due to terrorist acts in South Waziristan has been launched.

Over seven thousand compensation cheques are being distributed among the affected people.   

The owner of each completely destroyed house is being given four hundred thousand rupees, while the owner of each partially damaged house is being handed over a one hundred and sixty thousand rupees.

ATC

An Anti-Terrorist Court in Abbottabad has awarded 14-year imprisonment each to two terrorists of outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

Qari Shafique and Qari Altaf had been arrested from Balakot.

 

BAJWA-THOMAS

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

Matters of mutual interest and regional security were discussed.

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

 

CONDEMNATION

Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has condemned the terrorist attack on United States forces in Kandhar.

In a statement, he offered heartfelt condolences on the death of two Special Forces soldiers who died in the incident.

He said we fully understand the loss and pain of victims' families as Pakistan is undergoing a similar trial in fight against terrorism.

 

KASHMIR  

In occupied Kashmir, two youth were martyred and three Indian army personnel including a Major were killed in two separate incidents in Kulgam and Shopian districts, today.

The youth Aaqib Ahmad Ittoo and Suhail Ahmad Rathar were shot dead by Indian troops during a siege and search operation in Gopalpora village of Kulgam. 

In a separate incident, three Indian army personnel including a Major were killed and two other critically injured during an attack at Zaipora in Shopian district.

 

US-RUSSIA  

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says the US sanctions tantamount to a full-scale trade war.

In a Facebook post, he hoped that our relations with the new American administration will improve is finished.

 

MINNESOTA  

In the United States, at least two people were killed and dozens wounded in an explosion at a school in Minneapolis city today.

According to reports, the blast occurred in a utility area as students were playing soccer and basketball.

 

IRAN  

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has vowed to continue missile program, despite international pressure.

He made those remarks at a ceremony in Tehran today.

 

COACH  

Head Coach of Pakistan Cricket Team Mickey Arthur has said new talent will be included in the team purely on the basis of performance and fitness.

Talking to media in Lahore today, he said we are paying ample attention to bring about a significant improvement in all departments of the game including bowling, batting and fielding.

Mickey Arthur said we have set a target to obtain top position in one day and T-20.

 

TEST  

On the first day of second cricket test against Sri Lanka at Colombo, India in their first inning were 344 for three at stumps today.

Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat.

India lead the three match-series 1-0.

 

WEATHER

Mainly hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala divisions, Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.


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