Shanghai Cooperation Organization is poised to grant full membership to Pakistan in its upcoming summit in Astana on Thursday.


Six local workers of a Chinese Company have been released by their abductors in South Waziristan.


In occupied Kashmir, the authorities put  Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest today.


Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt have cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar.




Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakaria says the upcoming SCO Summit will provide Pakistan a forum to effectively implement its agenda of regional connectivity.


Talking to Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel today, he said the summit being held in Astana Kazakhistan on Thursday is a milestone in Pakistan`s foreign policy as the country will get full membership of the Organization.


He said the summit will provide an opportunity to member countries to enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation.


Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan is looking forward to strengthening its ties with all member countries of SCO.




Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq has said leakage of Hussain Nawaz's picture from JIT's examination room is a question mark on the investigation process.


In a statement, he said action should be taken against those responsible for sharing in-cmera proceedings of the JIT and picture. He said publication of the picture and internal proceedings of the JIT are regrettable.


The Minister said Hussain Nawaz' under investigation picture was leaked to humiliate Sharif family and the PML-N.


He said secret hands behind leakage of the picture of investigation room to the social media and the PTI leader should be exposed.  He said as to which sources released contemptuous remarks and JIT's internal proceedings to the media.


He questioned under which rule threatening conversation was conducted with Tariq Shafi and others during the investigation process.



Senate is continuing discussion on the budgetary proposals for the next fiscal year.   


Taking part in the debate Yaqoob Nasir appreciated the steps taken by the government for bringing improvement in the security and economic situation of the country. He said massive allocations have been made in the budget for the development of infrastructure and addressing the issue of energy crisis. He proposed that the prices of essential commodities should be reduced in order to provide relief to the common man.


Participating in the debate, Sassui Palijo said the government has failed to achieve economic targets set for the fiscal year 2016-17. She said the government had promised to bring affluent class into the tax-net but it has failed to take any step towards that end. She also expressed concerns over the increase in public debt.


The chair adopted an adjournment motion for discussion regarding stay in execution of Kulbhushan Jahdav granted by the International Court of Justice.       


The motion was moved by Sirajul Haq.



Special cells for redressal of grievances of Overseas Pakistanis will be established in Supreme Court and High Courts of Pakistan.


Decision to this effect was taken in the light of National Judicial Policy Making Committee.


The cells will be approached by the Overseas Pakistanis through email for redressal of their grievances.



Six local workers of a Chinese oil and gas company have been released by their abductors in Wana, South Waziristan Agency.


They were kidnapped from Dera Ismail Khan in November last year.



AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider says time has come to raise the longstanding issue of Kashmir at the UN Security Council.


Talking to media in Islamabad today, he said India wants displacement of over half million population living along the LoC, but valiant forces of Pakistan are effectively foiling enemy's attempts.


Raja Farooq Haider said India wants to escalate situation on the Line of Control by targeting civilian population . He said the AJK Government will not leave any stone unturned to mitigate sufferings of the people living along Line of Control.


The AJK Prime Minister said the government and the people of Azad Kashmir fully support Nawaz Sharif's Kashmir policy. 


To a question, he said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will bring progress and prosperity to the entire region.



In occupied Kashmir, the authorities arrested Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Yasin Malik and  put Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest today.


The top resistance leaders were scheduled to address a joint press conference in Srinagar today. 


Heavy contingent of police has been deployed outside the residences of the Hurriyet leaders. Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested in a police raid on his Maisuma residence in Srinagar.


Meanwhile, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism, martyred four Kashmiri youth in Bandipore district today.



Four Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Egypt announced to cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar today.


These countries said they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar and expell that country's diplomats from their territories.


Saudi Arabia has also announced to shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off the country from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.


Saudi government said it took the decision due to Qatar's support for various terrorist and sectarian groups, including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and groups supported by Iran in Saudi Arabia's restive eastern province of Qatif.


Egypt and Bahrain also accused Qatar of facilitating terrorists.



Qatar's Foreign Ministry said the step by the Arab nations are unjustified and based on unfounded claims and allegations.


It said the decisions would not affect the normal lives of citizens and residents.



In the ICC Champions Trophy, Australia will play against Bangladesh at Oval today.


The match will start at 17:30 Pakistna Sandard Time.

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