“PM will return home tomorrow after successful heart surgery”: Maryam

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif is returning home on Saturday after successful heart surgery in London. This has been confirmed by his daughter Maryam Nawaz in a tweet on Friday. She said the Prime Minister would be reaching home on Saturday evening. Dedicated PIA aircraft to also bring PM’s camp office back to Pakistan.

Dedicated PIA Aircraft to Bring PM’s Camp Office Back to Pakistan

Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has deputed a dedicated aircraft to bring back the Prime Minister's camp office partly shifted to London due to his health issues. The PIA Spokesperson clarified that due to the Prime Minister's health issues, the PM Office had partly been shifted to London, where a camp office had been set up. He said since Prime Minister has now recovered after his surgery and allowed to travel; the whole camp office has to be shifted back to Pakistan. He said as many seats were not available on PIA's regular flights due to which the only option was to depute a dedicated aircraft.

Pakistan Calls for Strengthening Int’l Cooperation to Combat Intensifying Terrorism

Nabeel Munir says LEAs, Zarb-e-Azb, one of largest national counter-terrorism operations in world, has resulted in significant successes. Pakistan's Deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Nabeel Munir told the UN General Assembly that no country alone can defeat this menace. He said the only way forward in this fight is to strengthen international cooperation, and that the United Nations is the best vehicle to accomplish that objective.

Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that terrorism could only be defeated with unity and cooperation of the international community. Talking to the media persons in Islamabad today, he said the forthcoming  NATO Summit in Warsaw is taking place under the long shadows of terrorism, turmoil and continuing conflicts. Within the last week alone, we have seen major terrorist attacks in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. The adviser said that operation  Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan and concerted operations in other parts of the country against terrorists have been very successful and as a result, dividends have started reaching the people of Pakistan. He said Pakistan appreciates acknowledgement of our contributions by the international community. We expect that as we intensify our efforts to facilitate the peace process in Afghanistan, they will also capitalize on the dividends of these counter-terrorism operations to facilitate this process.

Govt Expedites Relief Activities in Chitral Flood-Hit Areas

Prime Minister's focal person for relief activities in flood hit areas of Chitral Amir Muqam has said no effort will be spared for early rehabilitation of people affected by the recent rains in Chitral. Talking to the people in Chitral on Friday, he assured that all available resources will be provided for the relief and rehabilitation of the affected population. Amir Muqam said Prime Minister instructed him about relief activities in Chitral on phone from London.

Tax Reforms to Bring Down Fiscal Deficit

The Government is pursuing a strategy of revenue mobilization and expenditure rationalization to bring down the fiscal deficit to below four per cent to gross domestic product (GDP) during the current financial year. Under the strategy, the Government will further streamline the tax concessions and exemptions introduced under Statutory Regulatory Orders, reform the tax administration, focus tax compliance and establish the Tax Policy Research and Analysis Unit to raise tax to GDP ratio.

26 Suspected Arrested In Vehari

Twenty six suspects of banned outfits were arrested during search operation in district Vehari on Friday. The operation was carried out by Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) after complaints of collection of donations by the banned organizations.

US, S Korea to Deploy Advanced Missile Defense System against N Korea Threat

The United States and South Korea have agreed to deploy an advanced missile defense system to counter North Korea's missile threat. In a statement in Seoul, South Korea's Defence Ministry and the US Defence Department said the missile system will be used only to counter the threat from North Korea and would not be directed towards any other country.

19 Arrested Following Saudi Arabia Suicide Attacks

In Saudi Arabia, nineteen people have been arrested following the recent suicide attacks in Medina and two other places. In a statement in Riyadh, the Interior Ministry said a 26-year-old Saudi man, Naer Moslem Hammad al-Balawi, who had a history of drug use, has been identified as perpetrator of the Medina attack.

4 Police Officers Killed By Snipers amid Protests in Dallas, US

Four police officers were shot dead in Dallas, Texas during a protest against police shootings in Minnesota and Louisiana. Police said it appears that two snipers shot ten police officers from elevated positions during the protest/rally. Reuters reported that shots were fired during demonstrations at Belo Garden Park in Dallas. Footage showed a heavy police presence with officers taking cover behind vehicles on the street. 


Khaleej Times

Why Syrian refugees are facing a backlash in Lebanon

Syrian refugees live in pitiful circumstances, with only 5 percent of teenagers attending school.

A deadly wave of attacks by Syrian suicide bombers and fears of further attacks has generated a backlash against the Syrian refugee population that has inundated tiny Lebanon over the past four years.

Syrian refugees live in pitiful circumstances, with only 5 percent of teenagers attending school. Strict residency requirements have left around half the refugee population without legal status, according to human rights activists.

But the arrest of more than 100 refugees in the first 24 hours after last week's bomb attacks and calls for the Syrians to be either marshaled into a vast camp or removed from the country altogether place even greater pressure on the refugee population that could encourage the spread of militancy, analysts warn.

"The residency policy is failing," says Houry. "It's not like the numbers of refugees are going down. They are still here except that more than half of them now no longer have legal status. And they are hiding from the authorities even when they don't represent any security risk. Not only is this bad for human rights; it's not a smart security policy.


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