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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.

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.

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 an 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.


 

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.

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.

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.


 

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.


 

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.

 

ECC:
Economic Coordination Committee has provisionally approved sovereign guarantee for 39 billion rupees for construction of 1320 megawatt Coal Power Project in Jamshoro.

The ECC meeting which held in Islamabad on Friday with
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair, also approved allocation of 12 million kilograms of surplus tobacco to all the tobacco companies and dealers on pro-rata basis.

The meeting also approved to deregulate the margins on High-Speed Diesel for the Oil Marketing Companies and dealers under the policy of liberalization and deregulation.


 

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.


 

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.

 

SALMAN
Saudi King Salman says there is consensus with Russia’s leadership on broadening bilateral relations between the two countries.

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.


 

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 is unacceptable.

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


 

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

The series will be played from 13th of this month in Dubai.

Sarfraz Ahmad will lead the squad.

 

TEST
On the first day of the second cricket test against Pakistan at Dubai, Sri Lanka in their first innings were 243 for  3  a shortwhile ago.

Earlier, Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat.

 

WEATHER
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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