DATED: 6th October, 2017

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Interior Minister says Pakistan is committed to root out the menace of terrorism from the country.  

The National Assembly was informed on Friday that under Prime Minister's National Health Programme, free of cost health services are being provided to families living below poverty line.

In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik from his residence in Srinagar, on Friday.

Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. 

About twenty-two people have been killed in tropical storm Nate in Central America.

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Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that a compensation package will be announced for the heirs of those killed in on Thursday 's terror attack at Jhal Magsi in Balochistan.      

Speaking in the National Assembly on Friday, he strongly denounced the terror attack.

He said Pakistan is committed to fighting against terrorism and Jhal Magsi like cowardly incidents cannot shake our resolve.


Minister for National Food Security Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan told the house during question hour that surplus stock of wheat is available in the country and efforts are being made to export the commodity.

Minister for Water Resources Syed Javed Ali Shah said during forthcoming Rabi season, the country may face water shortage.

He said therefore it has been decided at the IRSA advisory committee that the shortages will be passed on to Punjab and Sindh provinces while Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan shall remain exempted from any cut in water share.


Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar has said the Prime Minister's National Health Programme is providing free of cost health services to the families living below poverty line.


The House on Friday adopted a motion electing members for the standing committees on Ministries of Narcotics Control, Postal Services, Privatization and Statistics.

The motion was moved by Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmad.

The House has now been adjourned to meet again on Monday at five pm.


Outgoing Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong made a farewell call on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Friday.

The Prime Minister commended the services of the outgoing Ambassador in further strengthening the strong bonds of friendship between Pakistan and China, and in facilitating the smooth and expeditious execution of the CPEC projects.  

He observed that Ambassador Sun Weidong had also contributed significantly in expanding people-to-people contacts. 


PML (N) members of National Assembly from Balochistan called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Friday and discussed matters pertaining to development projects in their constituencies.   

On the occasion, the Prime Minister expressed grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in on Thursday 's terror attack at Jhal Magsi.                         


President Mamnoon Hussain says educational institutions play crucial role in human resource and overall economic development of the country.       

He was talking to the Chancellor of Riphah International University Hasan Muhammad Khan and Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Anis Ahmad in Islamabad on Friday.    

The President said women constitute about half of the population and emphasis should be laid on both their secondary and higher education.

He appreciated the establishment of Women Institute of Science and Humanities at Riphah International University.



Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb says the government is determined to accomplish the challenging task of revival of sports, films and national heritage in the country.   

She was speaking at 20th International Sports Press Association Asia's extraordinary Congress in Islamabad on Friday.     

The Minister of State said security situation has considerably improved in Pakistan as a result of an all-encompassing campaign launched by the government to eliminate the menace of terrorism.


Radio Pakistan is introducing a new format of "Khabarnama" from Monday, the 9th of October.

A number of new segments are also being added to Khabarnama with its duration being enhanced from thirty minutes to an hour.

The new segment besides news stories will be comprised of sports, science and technology, business, entertainment and weather news in detail.

Khabarnama will also include live reports by our correspondents from across the country.

The Khabarnama will also be lived video-streamed on Facebook with 2.6 million followers.

It is pertinent to mention that Radio Pakistan broadcasts news from 0600 in the morning till 12 midnight.


In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik from his residence in Srinagar, on Friday.

The police raided his residence and took him into custody.

Early in the day, the authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house detention at his  residence preventing him from moving out.

The action was taken to prevent people from converging at the mosque and stage demonstration against the increasing braid-chopping incidents across the territory. Call for the demonstrations was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik.


In India, all the seven military personnel on board were killed when an Indian Air Force helicopter crashed in Arunachal Pradesh this morning.


The Mi-17 V5 chopper was on an "air maintenance mission" when it crashed.


Saudi King Salman says there is consensus with Russia’s leadership on broadening relations with Moscow.

According to the Saudi state press agency, King Salman told business officials in Moscow that Saudi Arabia is completely and fully satisfied with the matching opinions sensed from the Russian leadership towards working to move the level of relations to a broader perspective.


The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday to a little-known international campaign group ICAN. 

The aim of this international campaign is to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. 

It began in Australia and was officially launched in Vienna in 2007.

Meanwhile, after award Nobel Peace Prize  in a statement, nuclear disarmament group ICAN says that is now the time to ban nuclear weapons. The statement also said, this is a time of great global tension, when fiery rhetoric could all too easily lead us, inexorably, to unspeakable horror.                      


Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Central America with torrential rains that forced thousands from their homes, uprooted trees, knocked out bridges and turned roads into rivers.

Forecasters predicted it will strengthen into a hurricane headed for Mexico and the United States.


Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.

However, rain and thunderstorm with gusty winds is expected at isolated places in Malakand and  Hazara divisions  and Gilgit-Baltistan.


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