Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says Islam teaches unity, harmony and brotherhood and there is a dire need for adopting these principles for prosperous Islamic world. He was addressing a seminar at Jamia Naeemia in Lahore today in connection with eighth Urs and death anniversary of renowned scholar, Maulana Dr. Sarfaraz Hussain Naeemi Shaheed. Religious scholars should promote true teachings of Islam and stand up against those who are sowing seeds of discord and disunity. We have fought the major battle against terrorists and their hands have been broken. Though isolated incidents of terror are still occurring but the government is committed to trace out remnants of terrorists and their facilitators. The Prime Minister said his government initiated strong and indiscriminate action against terrorists across the country after coming in power and now backbone of terrorists has been broken.

Topic02: strong and stable federating units guarantee a strong federation: Raza Rabbani

In addressing a seminar on "Enhancement of powers of Senate for Stronger Federation" in Islamabad today he said the Senate as upper House of Parliament is representative of the federating units and safeguards their rights along with strengthening the federation. Any increase in powers of the Senate increases the powers of the province The event is being organized on the eve of completion of the parliamentary year of the Senate of Pakistan. In his remarks, Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Asad Qaisar said that strong parliament is imperative for a strong Pakistan.      

Topic03:  Two Pakistan Naval Ships on a goodwill visit to Sri Lanka

Pakistan Naval Ships NASR and SAIF are arriving at Colombo Port for a four-day goodwill visit to Sri Lanka tomorrow. The ships have taken part in a large number of the multinational exercises. The PNS NASR also extensively participated in tsunami relief operations in 2004. A number of professional training activities are planned between the two navies during the visit. The port call is part of the strong traditional, professional and brotherly relationship between the Navies of Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Topic 04: Iran hands over 35 Pakistani immigrants to FIA at Taftan border

Iranian authorities have handed over thirty-five Pakistani immigrants to FIA at Taftan border in Chagai district.
According to official sources, these immigrants were living in Iran without legal documents. Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have arrested eight criminals at Pak-Iran border in Mashkail area. Arms and ammunition have also been recovered from them.

Topic 05: UN: World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945 

The United Nation's humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien said world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis as he pleaded for help to avoid "a catastrophe. More than 20 million people face the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria. UNICEF has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.

Topic06: Palestinian leader invited to White House 

US President Donald Trump has invited Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to visit the White House "very soon".
He extended the offer in a phone call on Friday with the Palestinian Authority president, their first contact since Mr Trump took office. Mr Trump hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February. At that meeting, Mr Trump dropped a long-standing US commitment to a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Topic 07: De Mistura: Election in Syria is improbable under Assad’s regime 

Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy for Syria, ruled out in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya, the possibility of holding an election in Syria under the current regime. De Mistura stressed to Al Arabiya’s New York Bureau Chief Talal al-Haj, that the political transition remains a core point on the coming Geneva talks scheduled on March 23, saying reduced violence, as Astana ceasefire appears to hold, will certainly impact the talks.

Topic08: Iraq says 'no evidence' of chemical weapons attacks in Mosul

Iraqi U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said on Friday there was "no evidence" that Islamic State had used chemical weapons in Mosul, where the militants are fighting off an offensive by U.S.-backed Iraqi forces. The United Nations said last Saturday that 12 people, including women and children, had been treated for possible exposure to chemical weapons agents in Mosul since March 1. British U.N. Ambassador Matthew Rycroft, president of the council for March, said the 15-member body believed that Iraq's investigation into possible chemical weapons attacks was ongoing.

Topic 09: In India,eleven Indian security forces personnel have been killed and three others injured in an attack by Maoist rebels in the central state of Chhattisgarh today

A police official said the incident took place in the Sukma district when the personnel of the para-military Central Reserve Police Force were on a road opening exercise. Armed rebels opened fire at the forces.


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