Prime Minister says he is ready to host grand political dialogue to evolve consensus on overcoming the challenges.


Pakistan and the United States have agreed to constructively engage each other for achieving peace and stability in the region.


Advisor on National Security says India is not in a position to launch a big and immediate war against Pakistan.


Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces near Sher Shah Bandd in Multan late on Wednesday night.


Saudi King has arrived in Moscow for talks with Russian leaders.


The second cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at Dubai on Friday.




Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has 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.


To a question, he said there is a need to change the law of National Accountability Bureau through a grand political dialogue.


About the election of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif as the President of PML-N, the Prime Minister said the party leaders and workers want Nawaz Sharif to continue as head of the party.


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.


About Pak-US relations, the Prime Minister said there is no need to do more by Pakistan.


Referring to his meeting with the US Vice President on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session, the Prime Minister said he presented Pakistan's point of view effectively before the US administration.


He said Pakistan is rendering huge sacrifices in the war against terrorism.


He said the United States has not even paid the whole amount of the Coalition Support Fund billed by Pakistan.


Regarding Afghanistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said peace in Afghanistan cannot be achieved through war alone and a negotiated settlement is the only option to achieve peace in that country.



Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said Pakistan and the United States share a common desire for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.


Talking to US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Washington, he said Pakistan is winning its war against terrorism and incidents of terrorism in the country have seen a marked decline with a salutary impact on economic and commercial activities.


The two sides agreed to remain constructively engaged with a view to achieving the shared objectives of peace, stability and economic prosperity in the region.   


During the meeting, the US Secretary of State acknowledged the sacrifices rendered by the people and armed forces of Pakistan in the war against terrorism.


Talking to a private TV channel, Khawaja Asif said Pakistan and the United States want peace in Afghanistan and the entire region.


The Foreign Minister said he held a fruitful meeting with his US counterpart and also invited him to visit Pakistan, which he has accepted.


He said Pakistan will not accept US policy of India's role in Afghanistan as New Delhi is using western border for carrying out terrorism activities in Pakistan.



Prime Minister's Advisor on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua has said that India is not in a position to launch a big and immediate war against Pakistan. He said Pakistan army is giving a befitting response to the enemies on eastern border.


He said threats to national security can be faced with national unity and solidarity.



Two terrorists were killed in an encounter with the security forces near Sher Shah Bandd in Multan late on Wednesday night.


According to Counter Terrorism Department Punjab, the  terrorists, who belonged to a defunct terrorist organization, were busy in planning to target sensitive installations.


Hand grenades, rifles and pistols were recovered from them.



FC Balochistan has apprehended five terrorists during operation in Kahan, Loralai and Kuchlak areas of the province.


According to ISPR, six hideouts of the terrorists were also destroyed in the operation.


Weapons and ammunition were recovered from terrorists.



The DG Rangers Major General Muhammad Saeed has said that the culprits involved in knife attacks on women in different areas of Karachi will be arrested soon.


In a statement issued in Karachi, he said Sindh Rangers and police are keeping a vigilant eye on the activities of anti-social elements.



In Occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in Srinagar against the increasing incidents of braid-chopping master-minded by Indian intelligence agencies across the territory.


According to Kashmir Media Service, a large number of people, mostly women, also staged similar protests in Bemina and Khanyar areas of Srinagar.


Complete shutdown was observed in Seer area of Anantnag-Islamabad district against protecting of a suspected braid-chopper by Indian Army.



King Salman of Saudi Arabia arrived in Moscow on a three-day official visit to Russia. 


He will meet President Vladimir Putin and discuss the situation in the Middle East and North Africa, especially focusing conflict situations in the region.



South Korea has shown willingness for talks on revising a 2012 trade pact with the United States after initial differences that followed President Donald Trump’s threat to terminate the accord unless it was renegotiated.


South Korea’s Trade Ministry said this after a day of talks in Washington.


The US trade representative, Robert Lighthizer has said the United States look forward to stepped-up talks to resolve outstanding implementation issues and engage soon on amendments that will lead to fair, reciprocal trade.



A Turkish court has sentenced thirty-four people to life in prison for attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.


Exiled cleric Fetullah Gulen, who lives in the United States, was among those on trial, but did not appear in court and no verdict was given in his case.



Spain has rejected calls by the leader of Catalonia for mediation over the region's demands for independence which have sparked a violent political crisis.


In a statement, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's office said there would be no talks until Catalan president Carles Puigdemont abandons the independence drive, which Madrid brands illegal.


Meanwhile, Catalonia's regional President has accused Spain's King Felipe-VI of deliberately ignoring millions of Catalans by urging the region to end its bid for independence.



Three US Army special operations commandos have been killed and two wounded in firing in southwest Niger.


The officials said the commandos were attacked by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb militants.


In a statement, US Africa Command said the US forces are in Niger to provide training and security assistance to the Nigerien Armed Forces in their efforts against violent extremists.



The human rights group Amnesty International has urged European nations to stop sending Afghans who do not qualify for asylum back to their country.



Bangladeshi authorities have destroyed about 20 boats that ferried Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar, accusing smugglers of using the huge exodus to bring methamphetamine into the country.


Refugees told Reuters that border guards also beat and arrested passengers and crew as they landed at Shah Porir Dwip, on the southern tip of Bangladesh.



The second cricket Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at Dubai on Friday.


The match will start at 4.30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.


Sri Lanka is leading the series one-nil.




Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.   


However, light rain with thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Malakand Division and Gilgit-Baltistan.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Thursday morning:


Islamabad nineteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five, Karachi twenty-six, Peshawar twenty-two, Quetta fourteen, Gilgit and Murree fifteen and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade.

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