OCTOBER 12, 2017


Pakistan and the United States have agreed to continue discussions on all matters of mutual interest for bilateral cooperation and peace in the region.

Pakistan Army has recovered five foreigners being held hostage by Afghan terrorists through an intelligence based operation.

Prime Minister has reaffirmed his commitment for merger of FATA with Khyber Pkahtunkhwa.

European Union has recognized Pakistan's challenges in hosting the second largest concentration of refugees.

In Occupied Kashmir, forceful anti India demonstrations were held across the territory against increasing braid-chopping incidents.

The first One Day International between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Dubai on Friday.


Pakistan and the United States have agreed to continue discussions on all matters of mutual interest for bilateral cooperation and peace in the region.

The understanding came during delegation level talks in Islamabad on Thursday.

US Interagency delegation was led by Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South Asia Ms. Lisa Curtis.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua led the Pakistani side.

The two sides reviewed the State of play in the relationship in wake of the US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

Reiterating Pakistan's stance for a politically negotiated settlement owned and led by the Afghans, Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan's constructive participation in all regional and bilateral mechanisms aimed at pursuing a peaceful solution to the Afghan conflict.


Pakistan Army has recovered five foreigners being held hostage by Afghan terrorists through an intelligence based operation.

Hostages include one Canadian, his US National wife and their three children .

They were captured by Terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012.

US intelligence agencies had been tracking them and shared information about their shifting across to Pakistan on 11th of this month through Kurram Agency border.

The operation by Pakistani forces, based on actionable intelligence from US authorities was successful and all hostages were safely recovered.

Freed foreigners are being repartriated to the country of their origin.

The success underscores the importance of timely intelligence sharing and Pakistan's continued commitment towards fighting this menace through cooperation between two forces against a common enemy.


DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor has said that there are no safe havens in the country as our armed forces have successfully eliminated their sanctuaries.

Addressing at Karachi University on Thursday, he said fundamentalism even exist in west and India as it has various forms.

DG ISPR said that geographically global economy is linked with Pakistan.


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

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.


Pakistan and the European Union have agreed to further expand their relations in diverse sectors.

An understanding was reached at the 8th meeting of EU-Pakistan joint commission in Brussels.

The EU side reaffirmed its strong support for democratic institutions, electoral reforms, rule of law, human rights, economic development and poverty reduction in Pakistan.

They also recognised the challenges faced by Pakistan in hosting the second largest concentration of refugees.

Pakistan side underscored the need for sustained international assistance for voluntary return of Afghan refugees with safety and dignity.


The 64th session of World Health Organization's Regional Committee for Eastern Mediterranean concluded in Islamabad on Thursday.

Health ministers and healthcare experts from over twenty one countries of the region attended the four day event.

Addressing a joint press conference at the end of the session, Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar said Pakistan's efforts for polio eradication have been appreciated internationally.

She said a comprehensive framework has also been chalked out for complete eradication of Hepatitis from the country by 2030.

The member states agreed to establish high level coordinating mechanism and designate a climate change focal point to align the development of public health with climatic changes.

The WHO committee member states also resolved to collaborate in adolescent, maternal and neonatal health issues in the region.


Minister for National Food Security and Research Sikandar Hayat Bosan has said that introduction of new rice varities in collaboration with China will help improve export of rice from the country.

He was addressing the concluding ceremony of the Training Course on Hybrid Rice Technology in Islamabad on Thursday.

The Minister said good quality seed is pre-requisite to increase per acre yield.

He said the government will continue making all out efforts to increase rice production in the country.

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb has said that a bill for welfare of journalists will be presented before the cabinet for approval next week.

She was speaking at the meeting of Senate's Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha in Islamabad on Thursday.

The Minister of State said the bill envisages establishment of a welfare fund for the journalists in which government and the media owners will equally contribute.

Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly unanimously passed a resolution condemning the statement of US Defense Secretary against CPEC and Gilgit Baltistan.

The resolution was jointly presented in the House by Deputy Speaker Jafarullah Khan and Member Assembly Muhammed Shafi Khan.


First Ever Photographic Exhibition on Empowerment of Women in connection with 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan was held at the European External Action Service in Brussels on Thursday.

The event was organized by Embassy of Pakistan in collaboration with the European External Action Service which will continue for three weeks.

The exhibition comprises of selection of photographs of high achieving women of Pakistan and also the efforts for empowering women in various fields of life.


International Islamic News Agency, a specialized media organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is beginning a two-day meeting of its Executive Council and General Assembly in Jeddah on Friday.

It will explore the plan to enhance the Agency’s work and transform it into a union.


In occupied Kashmir, the students of Kashmir University and Central University of Kashmir staged forceful demonstrations, on Thursday against increasing braid-chopping incidents in the territory.

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had given the call to hold demonstrations against disgraceful incidents of chopping of braids of women .

However, the puppet authorities had announced the closure of schools across the Kashmir Valley to prevent the protests.

Carrying banners and placards, the students chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.

The resistance leaders have also called for protests across the territory after Friday prayers, on Friday against braid-cutting.

In a latest tactic of state terrorism, more than 100 braid-chopping incidents have taken place in the Valley during the past few weeks.


The United Nations accusing Myanmar has termed the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims as coordinated and systematic.

A report released by the U.N. human rights office says attacks against the Rohingyas and widespread burning of villages reflected a strategy of instilling "widespread fear and trauma" to prevent those displaced from ever returning to their homes.

In Syria, government troops are pushing deeper into an Islamic State stronghold in the country's east, the town of Mayadeen.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says clashes with militants intensified on Thursday in the town, as government forces advanced into neighborhoods of Mayadeen on the Euphrates River.

Troops cut off the road linking Mayadeen and the town of Boukamal on the border with Iraq.


Renewed high winds are fanning catastrophic wildfires that have killed at least 23 people in northern California.

The state fire chief says thousands of people have been left homeless by the 22 huge blazes, which are spreading fast unpredictably.

Nearly 300 people are missing.


The first day and night One Day Internationl of five match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Dubai on Friday.

The match will begin at 4:00 p.m PST.


Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.

However, rain-thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Malakand division, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

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