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Millions of Muslims from across the world who had gathered in Mina for Hajj rituals yesterday will move to Arafat today. Hujjaj will offer Zohar and Asar prayers together and listen to "Hajj Khutba" at Masjid Nimra. They will stay in Arafat till sunset spending the day in prayers. Waqoof-e-Arafat on 9th of Zil Hajjah is the main ritual of Hajj. A large number of Pakistani pilgrims are performing Hajj this year. Saudi Government has made elaborate arrangements like provision of cold drinking water and establishment of a large number of toilets and ablution centres for the pilgrims. Ghilaf-e-Kaa'ba was changed this morning at a simple but graceful ceremony.

"The 68th death anniversary of Father of Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah is being observed with due solemnity and reverence today" 

Different organisations and educational institutions have planned special seminars and ceremonies to pay rich tribute to the Quaid for rendering valuable services for the Muslims of the sub-continent. On this occasion, People from various walks of life would visit the mausoleum of the great Quaid to pay tributes and offer Fateha. Newspapers would public supplements and radio and television channels would air special programmes to shed light on the life and achievements of the Father of the Nation.

"Kashmir unrest: Two more protesters killed in clashes"

In occupied Kashmir, two more youth were martyred and hundreds others injured due to brutal actions of Indian forces on protesters in different areas of the Kashmir Valley, taking the death toll in the ongoing Kashmir Intifada to 95.Thousands of people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Baramulla, Handwara, Sopore, Bandipora, Islamabad, Qazigund and other areas and held forceful demonstrations against the civilian killings in the Valley. They shouted high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. A youth, Sayar Ahmad Sheikh, was killed after he was hit in the head by a teargas shell fired by the forces’ personnel in Tukroo area of Shopian. Another youth identified as Yawar Ahmad was killed after Indian troops pumped pellets into his chest at Batengoo in Islamabad district.

“Death toll soars after air strikes on Syria’s Idlib”

Air strikes that hit a market and areas of the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib Saturday killed dozens of people, a monitor said, a day after Russia and the US agreed a truce for Syria. Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says, It was not immediately clear who carried out the raids that also hit several neighborhoods in Idlib and wounded at least 90 people The initial death toll figure was put at 24, but later soared to 58. But the Britain-based monitor could not immediately confirm how many of the casualties were civilians saying some bodies “were burned beyond recognition”. But according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the dead included 13 women and 13 children, but it was not immediately clear how many civilians were among the remaining victims. After marathon talks in Geneva, US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a ceasefire would begin Monday, the first day of the Muslim feast of Eid al-Adha.

News in Brief

  • Azadi Special Train reached Mianwali this morning.
  • Frontier Corps Balochistan has arrested four suspected terrorists belonging to a banned outfit during a combing operation in Quetta.
  • Buying of sacrificial animals has picked pace across the country as only two days left in Eid ul Azha.
  • PIA has advised its passengers not to carry Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, not even in their check-in luggage to ensure passenger safety.
  • The return of Temporarily Displaced Persons of FATA is in progress and so far more than two hundred thirty-two thousand families have been rehabilitated to their native areas.
  • The death toll due to heavy rain and storm in Madyan area of Swat has risen to five.
  • Countrywide crackdown is underway against the NADRA employees who facilitated issuance of fake Computerized National Identity Cards during the present or the previous governments.
  • In Iraq, twelve people have been killed in explosions in and around capital Baghdad.

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Host:         Sohaib Bin Noor

Co-Host:   Hamid Habib


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