Pakistan and Tajikistan have agreed to explore new avenues of cooperation- The two countries to increase cooperation in economic, defense, security and counter terrorism fields

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif held wide ranging talks with in the Tajik capital Dushanbe with President Emomali Rahmon. Two leaders inked the Joint Declaration aimed at enhancing regional connectivity between the two countries and the region at large. They emphasized close collaboration between Pakistan and Tajikistan both at the government and people level, besides giving a further boost to their bilateral relations.Pakistan and Tajikistan have signed two agreements in Dushanbe for strengthening cooperation in agriculture and trade.

Topic : Pakistan has successfully test-fired short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile 'NASR'- Army chief Says war must be avoided at all costs and our strategic capability is a guarantee of peace against a highly militarised and increasingly belligerent neighbour.

Pakistan has successfully test-fired short-range surface to surface ballistic missile 'NASR'. According to ISPR, the missile has a range of 60 to 70 kilometers. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa witnessed the launch of the missile. NASR is a high precision weapon system with the ability of quick deployments. Speaking on the occasion, the army chief said war must be avoided at all costs and our strategic capability is a guarantee of peace against a highly militarised and increasingly belligerent neighbour. He said Pakistan will go to any length to ensure regional peace and stability.

President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and services chiefs have congratulated the scientists and the nation over successful launch of 'NASR' missile.

Topic :Maryam Nawaz  appears before JIT in panama papers case – PML-N  believes in rule of law and supremacy of the constitution.  

Maryam Nawaz has said that she appeared before JIT in panama papers case as she believes in rule of law and supreamcy of the constitution.  She was talking to media in Islamabad, after recording her statement before joint investigation team in Islamabad .  Maryam Nawaz said she responded to all questions of  the JIT and it is a matter of pride for PML (N) and its supporters that there is no charges of corruption against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says political stability and continuity of polices are imperative for sustainable development. Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad today, he said harmony among all segments of the society is essential for progress and development.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has clarified that official protocol was not given to Maryam Nawaz during her visit to the federal judicial academy. Reacting to a tweet of PTI Chairman Imran Khan, she said Maryam Nawaz reached the site by family car.She said PTI chief should explain under which capacity he uses the helicopter of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. He said Imran Khan should also explain why he is evading courts in different cases against him.

Topic : Pakistan  strongly condemned the coercive pressure tactics by New Delhi to harass the Kashmiri leadership and subjugate the indigenous Kashmiri struggle to the oppressive Indian regime:Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria

He said this while responding to a question regarding reports about the Indian National Investigation Agency serving a notice to Molvi Manzoor Ahmed and Molvi Shafat Ahmed, uncles of the Kashmiri leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asking them to report to NIA Headquarters in New Delhi.  Earlier, NIA had arrested Shahid Islam, a close aide of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on trumped up charges of terror financing.     He said India needs to realize that the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris for their right to self-determination cannot be crushed through oppressive measures.

Topic: Islamabad urges New Delhi to share timely information on water outflows from its rivers and actual rainfall. 

Chairman National Disaster Management Authority Lt General Omar Mehmood Hayat has urged India to share timely information on water outflows from its rivers and actual rainfall recorded as stipulated in Indus Water Treaty. He was chairing an inter-agencies meeting for floods mitigation in Islamabad . The Chairman asked Pakistan Commissioner for Indus Water to enhance coordination mechanism of early warning arrangements for release of water, especially from eastern rivers.      

Topic :Qatar says Gulf crisis should be resolved through dialogue, and not through blockade.

This was said by Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani while addressing a ceremony in Doha .

Topic :Russia says North Korean nuclear crisis  cannot  be resolved by force.

 This has been stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov while talking to newsmen in Moscow. He said Russia and China  will oppose any attempt to solve  the problem  by force or by strangling North Korea economically.

Topic :Russia, Turkey and Iran have formed a working group to finalize an agreement on creating de-escalation zones in Syria.

This development came after the three nations' talks in  Kazakhstan. The three countries said they would hold the next round of talks in Astana in the last week of August.

Host : Shahid Amin

Co-Host : Hamid Habib & Chishti

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