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- Pakistan has urged Muslim world to adopt joint strategy against terrorism.
- Islamabad calls upon world community to take notice of human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
- European Parliament has expressed deep concern over the plight of Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.
- In Iraq, twenty-six people have been killed in suicide car bombing and gunfire north of Baghdad.
- France has qualified for the final of Euro Cup Football, beating Germany by two goals to nil at Marseille.
President Mamnoon Hussain has urged Muslim world to adopt a joint strategy against the menace of terrorism.
During his telephonic conversation with the Prime Minister of Turkey Binali Yildirim, the President said Pakistan and Turkey are already cooperating for the elimination of terrorism.
The two leaders said that Pakistan and Turkey are true brothers and intimate friends; share perception on different issues and fully support each other's stance on all international fora.
Prime Minister Yildirim said Turkey supported Pakistan on the issue of membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group with
open heart and would continue to back Pakistan at international fora in future as well.
He said friendly and brotherly relations between the two countries are getting further strength and depth with the passage of time.
He extended Eid greetings to President Mamnoon Hussain.
The President also conveyed Eid greetings to the Turkish leadership and masses.
The Turkish Prime Minister also thanked Pakistan for expressing solidarity with the government and people of Turkey over the recent incident of terrorism.
Pakistan has called upon India to respect the basic rights of Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir.
In a statement, Advisor on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz expressed deep concern over the detention of Kashmiri leaders on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. He termed the detension as violation of fundamental right of religious freedom of Kashmiris.
The Advisor also urged the international community to take note of the situation.
Sartaj Aziz said celebration of Eid this year is specially significant because it is being observed all over the globe on the same day, from Pakistan to the Middle East and Europe to the Americas, and by Kashmiris in Azad Kashmir as well as Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Commerce Minister Engineer Khuram Dastgir Khan says the government has succeeded to a great extent in overcoming the issues of energy problem, inflation and extremism.
Talking to different delegations in Gujranwala, he said the government has steered the country out of difficulties in only three years.
The Minister said record development projects are being completed to ensure provision of amenities to the people.
Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony will launch the second phase of Hajj training on Monday.
In this phase, training will be imparted to intending pilgrims in a number of cities, including Sukkur, Haiderabad, Nawab Shah, Dera Ismail Khan, Samundri; Tandlianwala, Dir and Mianwali.
The Ministry has chalked out a comprehensive strategy to train intending pilgrims in over two hundred and fifty cities of the country. Hajj traning has already been completed in one hundred and thirty-eight cities.
The training covers how to wear `Ahram' and observe sanctity of the holy places besides performing rituals at Madina and manners of offering prayers at Masjid e Nabvi and `Salam' at `Roza e Rasool (Peace Be Upon Him).
Punjab government will provide forty billion rupees loans to two million families within two years under Chief Minister Punjab Apna Rozgar Scheme.
This was stated by Member of Punjab Assembly, Madiha Rana while talking to Radio Pakistan Faisalabad correspondent Zainab Fiaz.
She said that twenty-one billion rupees interest free loan has been given to one point six million families during the last four years and return of these loans is highly satisfactory.
At least two terrorists of a banned outfit have been killed in an encounter with police near Mangopir area of Karachi.
A policeman also sustained injuries in the encounter.
The terrorists were involved in target killings and attacks on police personnel in Karachi.
At least four people have been killed by unidentified armed men in Jhaho area of Awaran district.
The reason of killing could not be ascertained.
Meanwhile, a lady constable of Levies force and her husband have been killed near Prinkabad area of Mastung district.
The European Parliament has passed a resolution reiterating its deep concern about the plight of Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar.
The resolution urged Myanmar to end brutal repression and systematic persecution against the country's Muslim minority.
The European lawmakers called on Myanmar to implement specific measures and policies to prevent direct and indirect discrimination against the Rohingya in the future.
A recent UN report expressed similar concern, citing denial of citizenship, forced labour and sexual assault of Rohingya.
In China at least 35 people have been killed in a landslide in northwestern Xinjiang region.
State media reported the landslide caused by heavy rain hit a village in the Kunlun Mountains, burying houses and their occupants.
In Iraq at least 26 people have been killed and 50 others wounded in an attack on a mausoleum north of Baghdad.
The Mausoleum of Sayid Mohammed bin Ali al-Hadi, is located in Balad, about 93 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Security sources say a suicide car bomb blew up at the external gate of the mausoleum, allowing several gunmen to storm the site who started shooting at the pilgrims.
Syrian government forces took a step toward completely encircling rebel-held parts of Aleppo city.
The army's advance toward the Castello Road, which brought it to within its firing range, came during a 72-hour ceasefire announced by the Syrian army on Wednesday, which a monitoring group said had been a ruse.
Its capture brings the Syrian government closer to its long-standing objective of encircling rebel-held areas of the northern city.
North Korea has said the new US sanctions targeting its leader Kim Jong-Un amounted to a declaration of a war and vowed to take strong retaliatory measures.
Pyongyang's foreign ministry in a statement said the move by the United States constituted the worst-ever hostile act and an open declaration of a war against the North Korea.
The US has placed Kim on its sanctions blacklist, calling him directly responsible for a long list of serious human rights abuses recently.
Pyongyang, in its first response to the sanctions, urged Washington to withdraw them immediately, warning that the North would instantly cut off all diplomatic channels if they failed to do so.
England Women cricket team beat Pakistan Women by 57 runs in the third T-20 at Chelmsford last night.
Batting first England scored 170 for five in 20 overs.
In reply, Pakistan scored 113 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the stipulated overs.
England has won the series by 3-0.
France has qualified for the final after beating Germany by 2 goals to nil in the second semi-final of Euro Cup Football 2016, at Marseille.
Portugal has already qualified for the final of the Cup beating Wales 2-0 in the first semi-final at Stade de Lyon, in France.
Final of the Euro Cup will be played on Sunday at Stade de France.
Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
However, rain with dust-thundershower may occur at isolated places of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Peshawar, Kohat, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:-
Islamabad twenty-seven degree centigrade, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar twenty-nine, Quetta and Muzaffarabad twenty-three, Gilgit sixteen and Murree eighteen degree centigrade.