DATED: SEPT 10, 2016    



Hajj rituals begin in Makkah on Saturday.

Prime Minister says the government will bring FATA at par with rest of the country. 

Information Minister rejects PAT Chief's remarks against the Prime Minister as baseless.

MD Sharif Group of Industries says no foreigner is working in their sugar mills.

The United States and Russia have reached an agreement on Syria, beginning with ceasefire on Monday.



Hajj rituals begin in Makkah on Saturday.


Millions of Aazmeen-e-Hajj including one hundred and sixty thousand Pakistanis will gather at Mina after Fajar prayers.


On 9th of Zil-hajj, they will reach Arafat by bus or train where the Hajj sermon will be delivered at Masjid-e-Nimra.


After the Hajj sermon, the faithful will offer Zohar and Asar prayers together and will spend night in open.




Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has asked Pakistani Aazmeen-e-Hajj to strictly follow Rummi timings issued by the Saudi Government.


In an interview with Radio Pakistan, he said the step has been taken to avoid any kind of inconvenience during Jamarat. 


The Minister said all possible measures have been taken to provide maximum facilitation to Pakistan pilgrims. He said for the first time air coolers have been installed at Arafat to protect pilgrims from scorching heat. 


Sardar Muhammad Yousaf said over 1,600 guides and 2,500 volunteers of a social organization will assist Hujjaj in Mina and Arafat. He said 36 percent pilgrims will reach Mina through buses, while the rest will be transported through train. More details from our correspondent.




Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousaf telephoned President Mamnoon Hussain in Makkah and apprised him about the Hajj arrangements.


The Minister said the best possible food and accommodation arrangements have been made for all the Hujjaj.


The President lauded the Hajj arrangements and said that the steps taken by the ministry are commendable.



Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the government would bring Federally Administered Tribal Areas at par with rest of the country constitutionally, socially and economically.


In a statement in Islamabad, he said we will abolish all discriminatory laws in FATA and the people of FATA would themselves decide their future.


The Prime Minister said the government is giving  a political, economic and development package to FATA which is unprecedented in country’s history.


He said people of FATA had rendered countless sacrifices for the country.


He saluted their spirit and love for the country. 




Managing Director Sharif Group of Industries Yousaf Abbas Sharif says all the workers in the sugar mills of the Sharif family are Pakistanis.


In a statement in response to the allegation of Pakistan Awani Tehrik Chief Tahirul Qadri regarding nationality of the workers Yousaf Abbas Sharif said there are over 1100 workers in the mills, and no one of them is a foreigner. 


Yousaf Abbas Sharif said legal notice will be served on Tahirul Qadri for his baseless allegation about the mills.



Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has termed the allegation of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Chief Tahirul Qadri against the Prime Minister as false, misleading and fabricated.


In a statement in Islamabad, he said Tahirul Qadri is trying to get the support of false allegations after failure of his movement based on falsehood. 


The Minister said a person who has been declared a liar by the Judicial Commission cannot mislead the people. 


Pervaiz Rashid questioned why Tahirul Qadri is silent over the atrocities of Indian security forces in the Occupied Kashmir.


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Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says people of the country have rejected the politics of protests and sit-ins.


In an interview with a TV channel, he said PTI has failed to deliver in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


He said Imran Khan should pay attention towards his government and work for the betterment of the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said every political party has right to express their views but according to the predefined limits.



Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri says effective steps are being taken to tackle the challenges of terrorism in Balochistan.


Addressing a meeting regarding Quetta Safe City Project in Quetta he said the government is determined to make Quetta city safe and peaceful.


It was informed on the occasion that one thousand four hundred cameras would be installed under the project in the provincial metropolis.





Federal Investigation Agency has arrested deputy assistant director of NADRA Dalbandin, Zahoor Ahmed on charges of issuing fake computerized national identity cards to Afghan and Iranian nationals on large scale.


He has been shifted to FIA Headquarters in Quetta for further interrogation.




Azadi Train has reached Dera Ghazi Khan.


It has been warmly received by people including Members of National and Provincial Assemblies.


The train will depart for its next journey on Saturday morning.



Ambassador of Morocco, Mustapha Salahdine paid a farewell call on Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi in Islamabad.


During the meeting, the two sides reiterated their resolve to further cement bilateral relations. 


Tariq Fatemi said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with the brotherly country of Morocco.


He commended the outgoing ambassador for his contribution in promoting relations between the two countries and wished him success in his future endeavours.



In Iraq, twelve people have been killed and over forty injured in two suicide bomb blasts at a shopping mall in eastern Baghdad.


According to reports, one of the bomb went off at the entrance to the mall while the other in the parking area.




The United States and Russia have reached an agreement on a nationwide cease-fire in Syria, starting from Monday.


An announcement to this effect was made after a daylong marathon talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov in Geneva. 


Under the plan, the Syrian government will end combat missions in specified areas held by the opposition.


The United States and Russia will carry out joint air strikes against militant groups in these areas if Syrian government and opposition groups abide by the truce for a week.




The UN Security Council has agreed to immediately begin work on a new draft of sanctions on North Korea after its fifth nuclear test.


During a closed door meeting at UN Headquarters, the Council strongly condemned the latest nuclear test by North Korea.


The meeting agreed to begin drafting a new resolution under article 41 of the UN charter, which provides for the sanctions.




Pentagon says the United States and its regional allies are well protected against any threat from North Korea's missiles.


Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis said in Washington that we recognize North Korea's missiles as a real threat and always ensure to outpace it.


He said we have built a defensive architecture and have a range of missile-defense technologies, including the Aegis Combat System, Patriot missiles and sophisticated radars.




FATA Region defeated Lahore Whites by 34 runs in the National T-20 tournament in Multan last night.


Batting first, FATA Region scored 117 runs in 19.3 overs.


In reply, Lahore Whites were all-out on 83 runs in 17.5 overs.





Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country on Saturday.


However, rain with thunderstorm is expected at isolated places of Kashmir and adjoining hilly areas.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Saturday morning was: 


Islamabad twenty-five degree centigrade, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar twenty-seven, Quetta eighteen, Gilgit fifteen, Murree seventeen and Muzaffarabad twenty-one degree centigrade.

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