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HEADLINES 

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan have resolved to fight terrorism and extremism through strong interaction.

Prime Minister has regretted that enemies of the country are busy in conspiracies to halt Pakistan's journey to progress and prosperity.

Petroleum Minister says there will be almost zero gas load-shedding in the country in next winter. 

Pakistan has strongly condemned targeting of civilians in Azerbaijan by the Armenian forces.

In occupied Kashmir, joint resistance has strongly condemned repeated curfew and restrictions imposed by Indian authorities in the territory.

Human Rights Watch says Bangladesh has secretly detained and killed scores of opposition activists illegally.

TRILATERAL:

Pakistan-Afghanistan- Tajikistan have expressed their firm resolve to fight terrorism and extremism through strong interaction.

The resolve was expressed at a meeting of leaders of the three countries held in Pugus palace near Dushanbe in Tajikistan today.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, and Afghan President Muhammad Ashraf Ghani recognized the importance of strengthening trilateral as well as multilateral cooperation in fight against extremism, terrorism, drug trafficking and other organized crimes.

During the meeting Pakistan and Tajikistan acknowledged that a stable Afghanistan is a factor for further integration of the region's countries.

 

PM:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says cooperation between Pakistan and Central Asian Republics in diverse fields is progressing by leaps and bounds.   

He was talking to journalists on-board his plane while returning home after completing his two-day official visit to Tajikistan.

The Prime Minister said all Central Asian Republics are friends of Pakistan and desirous of bolstering bilateral relations and cooperation. 

He said Tajikistan wants to further strengthen communication links with Pakistan. He said the Tajik President expressed desire for trade through Gwadar port.

The Prime Minister reiterated Pakistan's stance of having better relations with the neighboring countries.

He said that development cannot be made without peace and cordial relations with other countries, particularly the neighbours.

Nawaz Sharif said oppressive forces of India have martyred hundreds of innocent and unarmed people in Kashmir. He said Indian forces are using barbaric tactics to strangulate people's voice for their birth right to self-determination.    

Turning to internal situation, Nawaz Sharif said Pakistan is making progress, but some foes of the country want to halt this journey.

He said political uncertainty created by political opponents through their conspiracies has adversely affected the stock exchange.    

In spite of all conspiracies, the Prime Minister said, PML-N will win next general elections as he enjoyed overwhelming support of the people of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister has arrived in Islamabad after the two-day official visit to Tajikistan.

 

DAR:

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says the government is focused on achieving higher, sustainable and inclusive economic growth after achieving macroeconomic stability.

He was talking to vice President of Asian Development Bank Wencai Zhang who called on him in Islamabad today.

The Finance Minister highlighted that provincial transfers have increased significantly due to increase in tax collections during the last 4 years.

On the occasion, ADB`s vice President  said that ADB will further collaborate with the Government of Pakistan on the new initiatives, including the Pakistan Development Fund and the Pakistan Infrastructure Bank.

 

ABBASI:

Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says there will be almost zero gas load-shedding in the country during the next winter.  

Addressing a function in Rawalpindi today, he said two million gas connections were provided in four years of PML-N government as against four million during the past forty-three years.

The Minister said power projects with a capacity of 11,000 megawatt were launched during the last four years.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the world is recognizing Pakistan as an emerging economy.

 

MICHAEL:

Minster for Human Rights Kamran Michael says the government is working to resolve problems of Overseas Pakistanis on priority basis.

He expressed these views during a meeting with Chairman OPF, Board of Governors Barrister Amjad Malik in Islamabad today.

During the meeting it was also decided to make mutual efforts to release those oversees Pakistanis who are still prisoned in jails of different countries in spite of completing their jail terms.

            

NISAR:

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has taken strict notice of the complaint of misbehavior of FIA`s Assistant Director with two Afghan women.

On the directives of the Interior Minister the officer involved has been suspended and inquiry has been started.

 

FO-CONDEMNATION:

Pakistan has strongly condemned targeting of civilians in Azerbaijan by the Armenian forces.

In a statement today, the Foreign Office said Pakistan understands the sentiments of the Azerbaijan people in this situation as similar situation happens on a daily basis with the Indian forces deliberately targeting civilians in Azad Jammu and Kashmir across the Line of Control killing innocent civilians.

 

KASHMIR:

In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leaders, Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have strongly condemned the repeated curfew and restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities in the territory.    

In a statement, they said that the authorities are now extending arm-twisting tactics against traders and civil society members of Kashmir to punish them for their pro- people’s stand.

Meanwhile, complete shutdown will be observed on Saturday as a part of week-long protest calendar to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani.    

 

BANGLADESH :

Bangladesh has secretly detained hundreds of people including opposition activists and many of them have later been killed.

According to New York-based Human Rights Watch report, the security agencies are lifting  people illegally.

The report said hundreds of people have been detained and held at secret locations. 

The report said political tensions are rising in Bangladesh ahead of a national election due next year.

     

OIC:

The two-day forty-fourth session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation will begin in   Abidjan on Monday.

 The Foreign Ministers will discuss several issues, including the Palestinian cause and the situation occupied Kashmir, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Mali, Myanmar, and the Central African Republic. 

The contact group on Kashmir and Muslims in Europe will also meet on the sidelines of the conference.

ICC:

In the ICC Women's World Cup, New Zealand Women beat West Indies Women by 8 wickets at Taunton today. 

Batting first West Indies scored 150 runs in 43 overs for all out. 

In reply, New Zealand achieved the target for the loss of two wickets in 18.2 overs. 

Pakistan will take on New Zealand in its next match at Taunton on Saturday. 

 

WEATHER: 

Rain-thundershowers with gusty winds are likely at isolated places in Islamabad, Karachi, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa  FATA, upper Punjab, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hours. 

Hot and humid weather is expected elsewhere in the country.


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