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THURSDAY, 21ST OF
OCTOBER THE 12TH
Interior Minister has said Pakistan is ready to work with United States for peace and security in the region.
Pakistan has called for making serious efforts for negotiated settlement between Afghan government and Taliban for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
A research cell will be established to bring improvement in various sectors in tribal areas.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister says diplomatic row with the United States on visa issue will be solved soon.
1st One Day International of five-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Dubai tomorrow.
Minister of Interior Ahsan Iqbal has reaffirmed Pakistan's readiness to work with the United States as a partner for achieving peace and security in the region.
He was addressing a gathering of students, academicians, think tank analysts, and media persons in Washington.
He said Pakistan desires a broader and comprehensive partnership with the United States, beyond security and particularly in the education sector.
Ahsan Iqbal said implementation of the National Action Plan in conjunction with the sweeping counter-terrorism operations and sacrifices rendered by security forces and people have improved security situation in Pakistan.
He said that Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan and will support any effort for political reconciliation in Afghanistan, which is the only path towards obtaining lasting peace in the region.
The Interior Minister said blaming Pakistan for security failures in Afghanistan is unhelpful for Islamabad, whose sacrifices in the fight against terrorism are without parallel in the region.
About China Pakistan Economic Corridor, Ahsan Iqbal said it will not only overhaul Pakistan's transport and energy infrastructure, but also act as a catalyst for regional integration.
Pakistan's Ambassador to United States, Aizaz Chaudhry has said Islamabad greatly values its relations with Washington spanning over seven decades.
Addressing a function in Washington, he said Pakistan has reversed the tide of terrorism after rendering tremendous sacrifices in fighting the menace effectively.
Aizaz Chaudhry reiterated Pakistan's firm commitment in supporting efforts of the international community including the United States for bringing peace in Afghanistan.
Pakistan has called for making serious efforts for negotiated settlement between Afghan government and Taliban for achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan.
This was stated by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua while speaking at a meeting of the SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan in Moscow.
She also emphasized the importance of early return of Afghan refugees and combating drug production and trafficking which continued to affect stability of Afghanistan and the region.
The Foreign Secretary underlined the challenges faced by Afghanistan including deteriorating security situation marked by increasing ungoverned spaces being used to provide sanctuary to the terrorist groups
The member countries unanimously supported measures for strengthening interaction between Afghanistan and the SCO countries.
They welcomed Chinese proposal for hosting the next meeting of the SCO Contact Group on Afghanistan in Beijing early next year.
Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch has said that a research cell will be established to bring improvement in various sectors of Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Talking to a news channel, he said the Research Cell will provide help in exploring mineral resources and boosting agriculture, livestock and industrial sectors.
Abdul Qadir Baloch said all stakeholders are supporting the reforms in FATA being introduced by the government.
To a question, the Minister for SAFRON said the government wants to streamline the system in FATA and all necessary steps are being taken to achieve the objectives.
Minister for Defence, Engineer Khurram Dastgir Khan has said the PML-N government is enjoying full support of the masses.
Talking to news men in Gujranwala, he said PML-N will win next general elections with a thumping majority by the dint of its performance and continue the journey of progress and prosperity of Pakistan.
Khurram Dastgir lauded former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for successfully overcoming the crises confronted by the country.
Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan has said that continuity of the democratic process is the only solution of all problems being faced by the country.
Talking to newsmen in Islamabad, he said PML-N government believes in practical steps for development instead of politicking on non-issues.
Criticizing the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said the PTI has failed to resolve problems of the people of province.
Senator Mushahid Ullah said the PML-N government is developing infrastructure for better transportation under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor and other projects.
Pakistan Rangers Sindh have arrested seven miscreants from different parts of Karachi.
According to a statement, the Rangers arrested five accused from Derkhash, Pridi and Zaman Town who were involved in extortions, dacoity, drug peddling and street crimes.
Two other accused were arrested from Sharifabad and Baghdadi areas.
Arms, ammunition and drugs were also recovered from the detainees.
China has lodged a representation with the United States after a US destroyer intruded into China's territorial waters in the South China Sea.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson at a news briefing in Beijing has said a guided missile destroyer intrusion in its territorial waters is the violation of international laws and damaged China's sovereignty.
Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai has met with China's Assistant Foreign Minister Li Hui in Moscow ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Contact Group meeting.
A statement issued by the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Karzai highlighted Afghan Government’s high expectations from this meeting and sought China’s support on SCO platform.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek has said a diplomatic crisis between the United States and Turkey that led them to stop issuing visas to each other’s citizens is overblown and will likely be resolved soon.
Simsek told an event in Washington that Turkey considered the safety and security of US diplomats and employees in Turkey a top priority and described the detention of staff at US missions in Turkey as routine investigations.
In the United States, wild fire in California has yet not been controlled.
More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crew from around the country were being rushed to California to overcome the critical situation which have left at least 21 people dead and thousands homeless
Facebook is launching a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company’s existing Oculus Rift product.
Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg speaking at a conference said the “Oculus Go” device would cost 199 dollars and will be launched early next year.
The first match of Pool-B of Asia Cup Hockey will be played between Malaysia and China while South Korea will take on Oman in Dhaka today.
Final of the tournament will be held on 22nd of this month.
The 1st One Day International of five-match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played at Dubai International Stadium tomorrow.
Mainly hot and dry weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours.
Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:
Islamabad and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty-five, Karachi twenty-four, Peshawar nineteen, Quetta ten, Gilgit eight and Murree fifteen degree centigrade.