Prime Minister says legal and administrative steps are being taken on fast track basis for the merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.


Punjab Chief Minister has said continuity of democratic system is imperative for development in the country.


Palestinian Movements, Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation and power sharing.


In Asia Cup Hockey, Pakistan will play their second match against Japan in Dhaka on Friday.




Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reiterated commitment for merger of FATA with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 


He was talking to Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra in Islamabad on Thursday.


The Prime Minister said that work on creating an enabling environment and taking required legal and administrative measures for the purpose was being done on fast track basis.


Overall situation in the province and steps being taken for mainstreaming of FATA were discussed during the meeting.


Developmental projects in the province also came under discussion.



Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan would support any effort for political reconciliation in Afghanistan which is the only viable path towards obtaining lasting peace in the region.


He was addressing a gathering of students, academicians, think tank analysts, and media persons at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.


Ahsan Iqbal said  blaming Pakistan for the security failures in Afghanistan is unhelpful as well as offensive to the people of Pakistan whose sacrifices in the fight against terrorism are without parallel in the region.


He also briefed the audience about the National Action Plan to counter terrorism and extremism.


The Minister said the sweeping counter-terrorism operations undertaken by the country’s security forces, has been critical to improving the security situation in Pakistan.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that continuity of democratic system is imperative for development in the country.


In a statement on Thursday, he said 12th of October is remembered as black day in the history of the country when a dictator in 1999 derailed democracy and halted the process of development.


Chief Minister said PLM-N government  is striving hard for the development of the county.



Punjab Mass transit Authority started running new buses on feeder routes for Multan Metro Bus service from on Thursday.  


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated the Metro Speedo Bus service.


In first phase of the project, 11 feeder routes have been added to the Multan Metro bus System operating 100 air conditioned buses.



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is spending twelve billion rupees for the provision of improved healthcare services to people in the province.  


According to official sources, separate Hepatitis centres are being set up besides construction of additional wards in Khyber Teaching Hospital, Lady Reading Hospital and Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar.


Similarly, medical instruments are being purchased for hospital of Swat and Rural Health Centres in Swabi, Kohistan and Swat districts are also being up-graded.



All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Syed Ali Gilani has said that India is trampling fundamental rights of the people in the held valley. 


In a statement issued in Srinagar, he said  security forces personnel during their raids resort to loot and humiliate women and elderly.


Meanwhile, spokesman of Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Omer Farooq in a statement has condemned the continued detention and house arrest of its leader.



Palestinian groups Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation.


Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement on Thursday that both groups reached an agreement upon a mediation by Egypt.


A Hamas official told Reuters that details are expected to be released at a news conference in Cairo.


Egypt has helped the two movements to form a power-sharing unity government in Gaza and the West Bank.



In Vietnam, at least thirty seven people have been killed in flash floods and landslides.


The Vietnam Disaster Management Authority said in a statement on Thursday that another 40 people are missing.



In the 10th Asia Cup Hockey tournament, two match are being played on Thursday.


The first Pool-B match will be played between Malaysia and China while in the second match South Korea will take on Oman.


Pakistan will play their second match against Japan on Friday.

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