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OCTOBER 06, 2017

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Foreign Minister responding to Indian threat of a surgical strike against Pakistan's nuclear installations warned that nobody should expect restraint from Pakistan.

Interior Minister says Pakistan is committed to rooting out terrorism from the country.

National Assembly was informed on Friday that under Prime Minister's National Health Programme, free healthcare is being provided to those living below poverty line.

Minister of State for Information says sports and film are being revived in the country.

Radio Pakistan, responding to its listeners demand, is introducing a new format of "Khabarnama" of one hour duration from Monday.

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

Saudi Arabia and Russia have agreed to expand their bilateral relations.

Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded 2017 Nobel Peace Prize to anti nuclear weapons group International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.

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

Pakistan Cricket Board has announced fourteen member squad for the upcoming five one day international series against Sri Lanka.

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ASIF-STRIKE
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has said that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Pakistan either.

In a interview, he urged Indian leaders not to contemplate such actions as those could have dire consequences.

He said that the Indian air chief said we will hit Pakistan’s nuclear installations and if that happens, nobody should expect restraint from us and that is the most diplomatic language I can use.

Foreign Minister said Pakistan seeks recognition of its legitimate security concerns in the region.

The Minister said Pakistan greatly values its relationship with the United States.

He said Pakistan is extremely concerned about safe havens of terrorists in Afghanistan.

He said our armed forces have done extremely well in counter terrorism operations and no other country can match Pakistan's commitment and success in this regard.


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

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

The Interior Minister said foreign funded elements are targeting soft targets in the country to create an environment of fear and panic amongst people.

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

Ahsan Iqbal urged religious scholars to come forward to address the issue of hate speech and promotion of sectarian harmony.

Earlier, the House offered Fateha for those killed in yesterday's terror attack at Jhal Magsi.


NA-QUESTIONS
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.

She said that over 1.3 million families have been enrolled in the health insurance scheme in twenty four districts.

She said that 2.8 million more families will be enrolled by the end of current financial year.


 

NA-MOTION
The House on Friday adopted a motion electing members for the standing committees on Ministries of Narcotics Control, Postal Services, Privatisation 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.


 

PM-AMBASSADOR
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.

Referring to the conferment of Hilal-i-Pakistan on Sun Weidong, the Prime Minister said it shall stand as a testimony of the outstanding performance of the Ambassador.

Ambassador Sun Weidong thanked the Prime Minister and the Government of Pakistan for extending every possible cooperation in the performance of his diplomatic duties.


PM-BALOCHISTAN
PML (N) members of National Assembly from Balochistan called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi 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 yesterday's terror attack at Jhal Magsi.


MAMNOON
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.

The President expressed satisfaction over the standard of higher education improved during the last few years in the country.


MARRIYUM
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.

She said under the education reforms program in the federal capital, the Government is ensuring that play grounds and sports activities remain an essential feature of all educational institutes.

She said sports journalists are our national heroes and they are soldiers in the fight for imparting the soft image of Pakistan.

Earlier, she distributed awards among the living legend of sports journalism.

The four day event of International Sports Press Association Asia is being attended by over seventy seven sports journalists from thirty three different countries around the world.


KHABARNAMA
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 comprising 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 live 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.


 

AHSAN
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that nomination form regarding under oath declaration of candidates over finality of the Prophethood has been restored to its previous status.

He was addressing a news conference flanked with Law Minister Zahid Hamid and Special Assistant to Prime Minister Barrister Zafarullah in Islamabad this evening.

Ahsan Iqbal said now the controversy over this issue should end.

He said some elements are making baseless propaganda on the social media for their vested interests.

He urged Ulema and general public to play their due role in spreading Islam's message of peace and love.

Speaking on the occasion, Law Minister Zahid Hamid said that every Muslim is a firm believer in the finality of the Prophethood. He said that the election reforms bill was finalized in consultation with all the political parties in a transparent manner.

Barrister Zafarullah said that a person cannot remain Muslim without believing in finality of the Prophethood.


HAJJ
Hajj operation 2017 concluded on Friday.

According to the ministry of Religous Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, the last flight carrying 185 pilgrims reached Islamabad this morning.

All the Hujjaj of government and private schemes have returned home after performing Hajj in Saudi Arabia.


SAIRA
Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar says behavioral change is required about awareness of rights of the fellow citizens.

She was addressing a campaign-launch about 'road rights of ambulance' organized by International Committee of Red Cross and partners in Islamabad on Friday.

The Minister said ambulances are not mere vehicles but symptomatic of struggling life for which every minute is important.

The theme of the campaign was 'Pehly-Zindagi' (Life First) with slogan of 'give way to ambulance as first right is of life'.

Speaking on the occasion, Head of ICRC delegation in Pakistan Reto Stocker said the campaign seeks to sensitize people to the issues face by ambulance which is life-saving mode of transport.


 

RAJWANA
Corps Commander Lahore Lieutenant General Sadiq Ali has paid a farewell call on Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana in Lahore on Friday.

Speaking on this occasion, Muhammad Rafique Rajwana said that entire nation stands by the armed forces in performing their sacred obligation of defence of the country.

Corps Commander Lt Gen Sadiq Ali said that Pakistan Army is paying its responsibilities with dedication and devotion to meet the challenges.


 

SCHEMES
Punjab Provincial Development Working Party has approved two schemes of development sectors with an estimated cost of over three billion rupees.

These schemes have been approved in the meeting of Provincial Development Working Party of current fiscal year presided over by Chairman Planning and Development Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan in Lahore on Friday.

The approved development schemes include; widening of Aik Moria Pull, Improvement and Rehabilitation of Roads .


DEVELOPMENT
About one hundred and sixty five developmental projects in Bahawalnagar District are being carried out at a cost of fourteen billion rupees during the current financial year.


CENTRES
The Sindh Government is implementing establishment of Non-Formal Education Centers in Existing middle schools of Sindh province at a cost of forty million rupees.

An official of education department told our Radio Pakistan Hyderabad Correspondent Saeeda Chandio, that the objective of the project is to enhance literacy rate in the province.

He said that the project started in December 2015, is expected to be completed by June next year.


 

ARRESTS
Sindh Rangers, during raids in different areas of Karachi arrsted ten suspects on Friday.

According to Rangers spokesperson, the arrested also include members of militant wing of a political party, dacoits and members of Lyari gang war.

weapons and looted goods have also been recovered from them.


IMRAN
Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan says peace has been restored in tribal areas due to armed forces’ operations and tribals’ matchless sacrifices.

Addressing a news conference in Peshawar this afternoon, he said the merger of FATA into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should be done at the earliest for development of the region.

Imran Khan said Khyber Pakhtunkhwa can appropriately administer tribal areas due to its closeness with it.

He said it is high time to give tribal people their due rights of development and prosperity.

Imran Khan said after merger, FCR will be abolished and the tribal people will find a forum in the form of Provincial Assembly for solution of their problems.


 

ROAD
Federal government is constructing thirty-two-kilometer-long northern bypass Peshawar at a cost of twenty-one billion rupees.

According to sources of the National Highway Authority, the project will be completed by the end of this year.

 

ZAMAN
Minister for postal services Maulana Amir Zaman has said that provision of basic facilities to the people of Balochistan is mission of the federal government.

In an interview with our correspondent Guldar in Loralai on Friday, he said funds in the federal Public Support Development Program will be increased for backward districts of the province in order to accomplish all pending development schemes ther.


GB-MINISTER
Minister Tourism Sports and Culture Fida Khan says Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman has approved two hundred and thirty million rupees special grant for the development of Ghizer district.

 

SERRA
Thirty-nine billion rupees are required for the ongoing reconstruction projects in the earthquake 2005 affected areas of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

This was stated by the Secretary State Earthquake Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority (SERRA) Sardar Muhammad Farooq Tabbasum while addressing a news conference in Muzaffarabad on Friday.

He said 166 billion rupees have been spent out of 205 billion estimated cost of the reconstruction program.

He said the projects assisted by Chinese government have been completed while those sponsored by Saudi Arab and Kuwait are underway.

He also informed that 1533 projects are in the final stage of completion while work on 909 projects is to be launched.

 

KASHMIR
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.

The puppet authorities also imposed restrictions in Srinagar and suspended mobile, internet and train services to prevent the demonstrations.

The puppet authorities once again sealed the Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, on Friday, disallowing the faithful to offer Juma prayers inside the historic mosque.

Kashmiri people including women staged massive demonstrations across the territory, to protest against the incessant braid-chopping incidents calling it a conspiracy masterminded by the Indian agencies to create sense of insecurity and fear-psychosis among the masses particularly womenfolk.

 

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

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.


NOBEL
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.


UN
U.N humanitarian aid chief said that Rohingya Muslims are still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh and the United Nations is bracing for a possible further exodus.

U.N. under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs Lowcock told reporters in Geneva on Friday that the situation in Rakhine unacceptable.

He said some 515,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine in six weeks since.


 

STORM
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.


INDIA
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.


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