Twenty one people were martyred while 35 others including Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri have been injured in a suicide bomb attack in Mastung on Friday afternoon.  The blast occurred at a Madrassa on the eve of a Dastaar Bandi. Deputy Chairman Senate Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri has been airlifted to CMH Quetta.
President Mamnoon Hussain has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Mastung today in which several people were killed. In a statement on Friday, he expressed the resolve to provide protection to the masses through eradicating the terrorism from the country.

Peaceful neighborhood is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy: Tehmina Janjua

Addressing a seminar in Islamabad today, she said Pakistan gives special importance to its relations with Afghanistan. We have historic relations with the country deep rooted in common faith and culture. She said the recent visits of political and military leadership to Afghanistan are the clear manifestation of Pakistan's policy towards the neighboring country.

Pakistan is determined to root out terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and will not let its soil to be used against any country: Aizaz Chaudhry

Talking to a group of journalists in Washington, Pakistan’s Ambassador to US says peace in Afghanistan is directly linked to peace in the region. Pakistan is willing to work with stakeholders for restoration of peace in that country. Pakistan has rendered tremendous sacrifices in the war against terror, which has also harmed its economy. However, in view of the successful Operation Zarb-e Azb and ongoing Operation Raddul Fasaad, peace has been restored in the country and foreign investors are heading to Pakistan for investment.

In occupied Kashmir, the victims of Indian state terrorism urges the UN to conduct a special inquiry into investigate human rights violations in the territory.

Different groups organized a joint programme in Srinagar to highlight the issue of rights violations in occupied Kashmir valley. Addressing on the occasion, representatives of the groups said that Kashmir has been facing grave human right violations in different forms including disappearances, extra-judicial killings and illegal detentions by Indian forces.

Canadian Minister for International Trade Francois-Philippe Champagne says Pakistan’s inclusion in the global list of top 10 most-improved countries in the World Bank’s 2017 report

In a letter to Pakistan High Commissioner Tariq Azeem, he said it is appreciable that the contribution of the sizable Pakistani Canadian community in support of bilateral relationship and in enriching Canadian society is significant. He reiterated his will to strive for further expansion of commercial ties with Pakistan, which has already reached 1.44 billion dollar during the last year. He also noted that Pakistani students are increasingly choosing Canada as an education destination.

War in Syria is boosting regional instability and international terrorism: UN Chief Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres says the war in Syria is boosting regional instability and international terrorism. In a speech in Britain, he said it is high time to understand that this is a war, which nobody is winning and it is becoming a threat to all.

French president Emmanuel Macron reveals a list of hundreds of candidates for his new centrist political party,  he seeks to win a parliamentary majority in next month's general election

The presidential election left France's traditional parties on the sidelines, with the conservative Republicans and ruling Socialists eliminated in the first round, and Macron facing far-right leader Marine Le Pen in last week's run off. Macron has said half of the candidates for his year-old Republique en Marche (Republic on the Move) for the 577 seats up for grabs in June 11-18 elections will be new to politics

Chinese President Xi Jinping discusses nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula with South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-in - China to Continue Endeavoring for Peace, Prosperity of Korean Peninsula

Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula with South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-in on Thursday, state television said, as Moon set about addressing a raft of problems posed by the North's defiance. Xi told Moon that China has always upheld the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and that the nuclear issue should be resolved through talks, which are in everyone's interests. China was willing to keep working hard with all parties, including South Korea, for the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula, Xi said.

United States says it will soon start delivering weapons to Syria's Kurdish militant group YPG, despite objections from Turkey

A US military spokesman said in Baghdad that the first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and will be dispatched to the militant group very quickly. The decision has provoked anger in Turkey, which considers YPG an extension of terrorist organization, PKK. Meanwhile, the Syrian democratic forces, which is an alliance of Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters, has taken a strategically important town from the Islamic State group in the West of Raqqa city.

White House slapped down calls for a special prosecutor to investigate allegations that Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russia, after the US president abruptly fired his FBI director.

Trump's shock dismissal of James Comey -- the man overseeing federal investigations into suspected Kremlin interference in the 2016 vote -- has sparked a political firestorm in Washington and plunged his young presidency in turmoil. Furious Democrats suggested the FBI's work will now be hopelessly tainted and demanded a special prosecutor akin to those appointed during Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal or the run-up to Bill Clinton's impeachment.

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