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PM said that he is ready to host a grand political dialogue to discuss and evolve consensus on the ways and means to handle various challenges being faced by the country. In an interview with a private news channel, he said such dialogue will be among all political parties and not a governmental dialogue. The Prime Minister said democracy is a process and national economic agenda should be above politics and continue even after the change of any government. The Prime Minister dispelled the impression that Election Bill 2017 was passed in a haste saying that it was discussed in detail in the committees and sub-committees of the National Assembly and Senate.
    
Indian policies are a threat to regional peace and stability: India trying to sabotage Pakistan's economic activity, CPEC by fomenting terrorism: FO

Pakistan says India is trying to sabotage its economic activity and particularly the China Pakistan Economic Corridor by fomenting terrorism. This was stated by Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria while responding to questions during his weekly news briefing in Islamabad today. He said Pakistan has clarified and raised the issue of Indian involvement in terrorist activities in Pakistan on every forum and has provided evidence in this regard.

Karzai slams new US policy on Afghanistan

Former Afghan president Hamid Karzai has condemned America’s new policy on Afghanistan as a `message of war and bloodshed`. The Afghan leader, who worked closely with US political and military officials when he was in power, said at a reception on Tuesday that more emphasis should be placed on negotiations. In August President Trump said that he had overcome his initial reluctance to keep US troops in Afghanistan because he feared a hasty US withdrawal would leave a vacuum for terrorists to fill. He said the US had decided to fight to on and that he would not impose a timetable for the withdrawal of US troops. The World Bank warned on Wednesday that surging tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme could be a threat to robust growth in Asia.

N. Korea tension threat to Asian growth: WB

The World Bank warned on Wednesday that surging tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme could be a threat to robust growth in Asia. The bank predicted that developing East Asia and the Pacific would expand 6.4 per cent this year, 6.2pc next year and 6.1pc in 2019, slightly better than their last forecasts in April.

Trump dossier' on Russia links now part of special counsel's probe: sources

The special counsel investigating whether Russia tried to sway the 2016 U.S. election has taken over FBI inquiries into a former British spy’s dossier of allegations of Russian financial and personal links to President Donald Trump’s campaign and associates, sources familiar with the inquiry told Reuters.
A report compiled by former MI6 officer Christopher Steele identified Russian businessmen and others whom U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded are Russian intelligence officers or working on behalf of the Russian government.

Putin says military strike against North Korea not sure to succeed

President Vladimir Putin said that a military strike against North Korea designed to destroy its nuclear and missile program might not succeed because Pyongyang could have hidden military facilities that nobody knows about. Russia is strongly opposed to the idea of such a strike, an idea U.S. President Donald Trump has floated, favoring a mixture of diplomacy and economic incentives instead.

Kurdish referendum - Khamenei says Iran, Turkey must act against Kurdish secession

Iran and Turkey should prevent Iraq’s Kurdistan region from declaring independence, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said this after meeting Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Tehran, state TV reported. Relations have generally been cool between Shi‘ite Iran and mainly Sunni Turkey, a NATO member. But both have been alarmed by the Iraqi Kurds’ vote for independence last month, fearing it will stoke separatism among their own Kurdish populations.

Spanin crisis - Catalonia moves to declare independence from Spain on Monday

Catalonia will move on Monday to declare independence from Spain after holding a banned referendum, pushing the European Union nation toward a rupture that threatens the foundations of its young democracy. Catalan President Carles Puigdemont said he favored mediation to find a way out of the crisis but that Spain’s central government had rejected this. 

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