Prime Minister has laid stress on strengthening democratic values in the country.


Federal government has allocated ten billion rupees to compensate terrorism-affected people of FATA.


Iraqi forces have recaptured Hawija, one of the last strongholds of Islamic State Group.



Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has laid stress on strengthening democratic values in the country.


Addressing 157th foundation day ceremony of Lawrence College Gorra Gali in Murree on Thursday, he said that country's problems should be resolved through democratic means.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says the PML-N government will continue the journey of progress and prosperity.


Talking to PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi in Lahore  on Thursday, he said people will hold accountable those who are putting hurdles in the way of progress.


The Chief Minister said the sit-in group tried many a time to obstruct the process of progress, but failed.



The federal government has allocated ten billion rupees to give compensation to the FATA people whose houses have been damaged in terrorism-related incidents.


According to spokesman of FATA secretariat, eight billion rupees have so far been disbursed among owners of twenty-eight thousand seven hundred houses.


Owner of each completely damaged house is being given four hundred thousand rupees.


Similarly, a cheque of one hundred and sixty thousand rupees is being given to the owner of partially damaged house.


Survey of remaining damaged houses in South and North Waziristan agencies is  underway.



Pakistan Stock Exchange witnessed a bullish trend at the start of business on Thursday with 350-point increase in 100-Index.


The Stock Exchange surpassed the level of 40,800 points after this increase.


The business community says this bullish trend will help boost business and trade and bring investment in the country.



The AJK government has approved a project to convert scenic spot Pir Chanasi into an international tourist resort.


The approval was given at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider. 


The meeting was informed that a company of international repute will install a chairlift from Pir Chanasi to Jhattiyan at a cost of 1.5 billion rupees.


In the next phase, the company will construct a five start hotel and a public park at Pir Chanasi. The government has allocated 250 Kanal land for the purpose.


Speaking on the occasion, Raja Farooq Haider said the government is evolving a comprehensive strategy for promotion of tourism in AJK. 



Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder and The United Kingdom Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, commonly known as Red Arrows, will perform in an air show at Sea View Beach in Karachi on Thursday.


The event, which will begin at 1330 hours, is being organized to celebrate 70 years of friendship between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.


Radio Pakistan Karachi correspondent reports that the foreign team consists of over one hundred and twenty personnel, including pilots, engineers and essential support staff.


One terrorist has been killed in an encounter with police in Karachi.


SSP District Central said a huge quantity of arms and ammunition was also recovered during the operation.



In Syria, sixty civilians have been killed in air strike in    Deir al Zor province.


The opposition activists have accused Russian jets of targeting small boats of civilians  fleeing across the Euphrates River.



In Iraq, government  forces recaptured Hawija, one of the last strongholds of so-called Islamic State on Thursday,


The area had been under the militant group's control since 2014.



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


The match will start at 4.30 pm Pakistan Standard Time.


Sri Lanka is leading the series one-nil.

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