OCTOBER 12, 2017


President Trump lauding Pakistan Army's operation to rescue the American hostages from Afghan terrorists has hoped to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in future joint counterterrorism operations.

Pakistan and the United States have agreed to continue discussions on bilateral relations and regional peace in the wake of US strategy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

Prime Minister has reaffirmed his government's commitment for merging FATA with Khyber Pukhtunkhwa.

Pakistan and Ukraine have agreed to explore new avenues to enhance bilateral cooperation in field of defense production.

Minister of State for Information says a bill for welfare of journalists will be presented in cabinet for approval.

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

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

Egypt has extended a nationwide state of emergency for three months.

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


President Donald Trump praising the release of an American family long held by Taliban calls it a "positive moment" for U.S. relations with Pakistan.

In a statement ,he hopes to see this type of cooperation and teamwork in future joint counterterrorism operations.


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.


Pakistan and 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 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 Afghans, Foreign Secretary reaffirmed Pakistan's constructive participation in all regional and bilateral mechanisms aimed at pursuing a peaceful solution to Afghan conflict.

It was noted that persistent Indian refusal to engage with Pakistan despite Pakistan's repeated overtures for a comprehensive dialogue was adversely impacting regional stability.

The US delegation emphasized the importance of reinvigorating the bilateral relationship in order to achieve the common objectives of peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.


Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly has 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.

In another resolution, the House demanded Government job to the heirs of Pak Army soldiers belonging to GB who embraced martyrdom during services .

The resolution was tabled by Member assembly Javed Hussain.

The assembly in another resolution presented by Deputy Speaker Jaffrullah Khan demanded setting up of Urdu and Law departments in Karakrum International University's main and sub-campuses.


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.


Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Pakistan attaches high importance to its relations with Iran and Japan.

Talking to Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Takashi Kurai in Islamabad on Thursday, he welcomed Japanese companies to invest in Pakistan that would enhance capacity of industrial sector to produce value added goods.

The Prime Minister highlighted the significant improvement in the economic and security environment in the country and attributed it to the successful law enforcement operations against terrorist groups.

The Ambassador of Japan appreciated Pakistan's economic growth and stated that Pakistan's perception particularly in Japan has changed to a business-friendly country.

Talking to Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost in Islamabad on Thursday, he said both Islamic countries are enjoying close and cordial relations.

The Ambassador conveyed the greetings of the Iranian leadership to the Prime Minister and emphasized the importance that Iran attaches to its relations with Pakistan.


Pakistan and Ukraine have agreed to explore new avenues to enhance bilateral relations especially in the field of defense production.

The agreement was reached during a meeting between Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain and Ukraine Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak at Kiev on Thursday.

Rana Tanveer Hussain said that bilateral ties between the Defense industries of both countries strengthened over a period of twenty years and we want further enhancement in this collaboration.

During the meeting a number of important issues of mutual interest were discussed .

Minister for Defense Production Rana Tanveer Hussain is on four days visit to Ukarine to attend XIV International Specialized Exhibition "Arms and Security-2017".


An important meeting convened by National Security Adviser Nasser Khan Janjua was held in Islamabad on Thursday to review progress of the reforms for mainstream the Madrasah students.

National Security Advisor gave a presentation on the efforts made so far to enable the students of Madaris to get absorbed in the mainstream educational system of the country.

All appreciated the progress made so far and reiterated to continue to work together for provision of better opportunities to students of Madaris.

Among others, Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Baleegh Ur Rehman ,prominent members of Wifaq ul Madaris and Itihad-e-Tanzeemmat-e-Madaris Pakistan Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman attended the meeting.


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.

She said proposed bill has been prepared in consultation with the relevant stakeholders.

Members of the standing committee appreciated the effort put in by the Minister of State for framing of the proposed bill for journalists.


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.

Speaking on the occasion, Chairman, Pakistan Agriculture Research Council, Dr. Yusuf Zafar said that cooperation, between Pakistan and China under CPEC has enabled Pakistan to export hybrid rice seeds for the first time in the country's agriculture history.

Secretary Chinese Embassy Dr. Liu Shijie showed his full support and commitment for the betterment of Agriculture Sector in Pakistan.


Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says mutual confidence among national institutions guarantees stability and prosperity of the country.

In a statement in Lahore on Thursday, he said that responsibility of safeguarding democracy goes to judiciary, bureaucracy, parliament, media and armed forces jointly and equally.

He said that future of Pakistan lies in democracy.

The minister dubbed all those politicians who supported martial law as wrong doers.



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.


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

The inauguration was attended by a large number of European and Pakistani officials including Pakistan's Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg Mrs Naghmana A. Hashmi and Managing Director of EEAS for Asia and the Pacific Gunnar Wiegand.

Speaking on the occasion Ambassador Naghmana A. Hashmi said Pakistani women have made immense and invaluable contributions in all walks of life.
She said the government of Pakistan is ensuring to empower women in every sector.


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-Care 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.

She said laboratories have been upgraded to improve diagnosis of epidemic and chronic diseases at early stages.

Saira Afzal Tarar said the devolution of health sector to provinces has led to a healthy competition among them .

She said Pakistan`s valuable human resource has been acknowledged internationally as many countries seek assistance of Pakistani doctors, scientists and healthcare experts.

The committee urged the member states to endorse national action plans for anti microbial resistance in line with global action plan.

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.


Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani says parliament is the supreme institution as per constitution of the country.

Addressing a ceremony at National Press Club in Islamabad on Thursday, he said the parliament will have to play its role for redressal of the problems faced by the people.

The Chairman Senate said a strong democracy is vital to take forward the country and address the challenges facing the country.


Election Commission of Pakistan for the first time will use "Electronic Voting Machines" during by-election in NA-4 Peshawar being held on 26th of this month.

Briefing media in Islamabad this afternoon, Secretary Election Commission of Pakistan Babar Yaqoob said this system will be new for voters and candidates.

He said ECP does not want to take any initiative without testing.

Regarding use of biometric machines in NA-120 by-polls, he said the experiment remained successful.

He said services of Pakistan Army will be taken to maintain security during NA-4 Peshawar by-elections.

Secretary Election Commission said ECP is committed to hold Election 2018 according to the law and constitution and no stone will be left unturned in realization of this objective.

A voter can cast vote within twenty seconds with the help of this advanced system.


The Auditor General of Pakistan Javed Jahangir called on Sindh Governor Muhammad Zubair in Karachi on Thursday and discussed professional matters.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that Auditor General has a very important role in ensuring the transparent use of government accounts and development funds .

The Governor lauded the steps to computerize the whole system of payment of salaries and pension to the government employees .

The Auditor General said reforms are being introduced in audit department to enhance its performance .

Minister for Privatization Daniyal Aziz says selective accountability of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family is being conducted despite presence of 450 other names in Panama Papers.

Talking to newsmen outside Accountability Court in Islamabad on Thursday, he said Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz always surrendered itself before the courts.

The Minister said PTI Chief Imran Khan is running away from judicial proceedings and not appearing before the courts.


The accountability court Islamabad has adjourned hearing of the reference filed by NAB against Finance Minister Ishaq Dar till Monday.

Judge Muhammad Bashir is hearing the case.

Prosecution witness Tariq Javed recorded his statement before the judge on Thursday and also submitted some documents.

Ishaq Dar's counsel Khawaja Haris raised objections on the documents saying these are not verified and anybody can prepare them.


The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of the disqualification case against PTI leader Jehangir Tareen till Tuesday next.

Defendant's counsel Sikandar Bashir continued his arguments before a three member bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Mr. Justice Saqib Nisar.

Counsel for the petitioner Akram Sheikh objected to the land lease agreements submitted by Tareen and pointed out that these are not registered.


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif says record development schemes are being completed in less-developed areas of Southern Punjab.

Addressing a public gathering after inaugurating Speedo Bus Service in Multan on Thursday,Chief Minister said Multan is third city after Lahore and Rawalpindi where Metro Bus Project has been completed.

He said farmers have been given subsidized fertilizers and small farmers are getting interest-free loans.

Shahbaz Sharif said people of Southern Punjab will also be provided clean drinking water from next year and for this purpose 24 billion rupees have been earmarked.


Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says steps are being taken to improve the healthcare system with full transparency across the province.

He stated this while addressing a signing ceremony of Memorandum of Understanding between Punjab government and an international pharmaceutical company in Lahore on Thursday.

Chief Minister said this MoU will benefit thousands of cancer patients.

He said state-of-the-art hepatitis filter clinics are being established to provide best healthcare facilities to the masses.

The Chief Minister said eradication of stigma of spurious and sub-standard drugs from Punjab and provision of quality medicines to the people is a historic step of the provincial government.


French Police has praised measures taken by Punjab police for curbing menace of terrorism.

This was disclosed during a meeting of a French Police delegation with Inspector General of Police, Punjab Arif Nawaz in Lahore on Thursday.

During the meeting, delegation was briefed about training of the Punjab police, Information Technology and Safe City project.

Chief of Naval staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi visited mausoleum of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to pay homage and reverence to the founder of Pakistan.

He laid floral wreath, offered Fateha and recorded impressions in the visitors’ book.

While recording his impressions, Naval Chief described it as a great honor to visit mausoleum of Father of the Nation whose golden principles are the beacon of light in overcoming confronting challenges.


Pakistan rangers Sindh have arrested eight accused during an action in various parts of Karachi.

Weapons have also been recovered from them.

Meanwhile, counter terrorism department of Sindh police has arrested two target killers belonging to a political party in Karachi.

They were involved in many incidents of target killing.


Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak says rapid bus transit project will help in resolving traffic problems in Peshawar on permanent basis.

Presiding over a meeting in Peshawar on Thursday, he said the foundation stone of this mega project will be laid down on Thursday next.

Pervez Khattak said the buses would arrive by April next year for which all modalities are being finalized.

The construction work on infrastructure development at the proposed Dasu Hydro Power Project site is in full swing in Kohistan.

An official of project told Radio Pakistan correspondent that the construction work on 2160 MW Dasu Hydro Power Project (stage-1) will be started soon.

The under construction projects include relocation of Karakoram Highway in the project area worth 14.538 billion rupees, construction of right bank access road worth 2.713 billion rupees and construction of 132KV transmission line from Duber Khwar Hydel Power Station to Dasu worth 1.583 billion rupees.

He said the government has awarded two contracts of worth 80 billion rupees to a Chinese firm for carrying out main civil works in the first stage of the Dasu hydropower project.

Four thousand three hundred twenty megawatt Dasu hydropower project is being constructed by Wapda on River Indus upstream of Dasu town in district Kohistan and its stage-I will be completed in five years. It will contribute more than 12bn units electricity per annum to the national grid.


Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez Ur Rehman says PML (N) government is rendering services in all districts irrespective of party affiliation.

Talking to various delegations in Gilgit , he said federal government has enhanced the development budget of Gilgit Baltistan from 8 billion to 18 Billion rupees which has expedited development process in the area.

He said projects costing 100 Billion rupees under public sector development program are also being implemented in the area.

Chief Minister said that these projects after completion will bring Gilgit Baltistan at par with developed parts of the country.

In Balochistan ,government is striving for promotion of communications sector in order to provide modern communications facilities to the people of remote areas .

According to official sources, a project of blacktopping various link roads in Qilla Saifullah is in progress at a cost of one billion rupees.

Similarly, a road is being constructed in Murgha Kibzai area of Zhob district at a cost of 100 million rupees.


Pakistan's first ever Women Resource Centre is being established at National Library in Islamabad to inculcate the habit of reading among women folk.

An agreement to this effect was signed in Islamabad on Thursday between the National Commission for Status of Women and National Library.

Speaking on the occasion, Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage Irfan Siddiqui said equipping women with education and keeping them abreast with modern social issues is a key to progress, prosperity and reformation of the society.

Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan says Kashmiris are looking towards the civilized world to help stop atrocities by Indian forces in the held valley.

Addressing a seminar in connection with Kashmir EU Week in Brussels on Thursday, he said Kashmiris are expecting that European Union would take notice of the deteriorating human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.

He demanded European Union to send its fact finding mission to the held valley to investigate the massive human rights abuses by Indian troops in the occupied valley.

Raja Farooq Haider Khan also urged United Nations to implement its resolutions granting Kashmiris their birthright, right to self determination.


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.

Meanwhile, the puppet authorities continued to place Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Zafar Akbar Butt under house arrest.

The Hurriyat forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in their statements strongly condemned the continued detention and house arrest of Hurriyat leaders and activists.

Complete shutdown was observed in Shopian and Hajin areas, on Thursday, against the recent killing of youth by Indian troops.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat in a statement in Srinagar said that the puppet authorities were continuously denying medical facilities to illegally detained party Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi in jail.


All Parties Hurriyet Conference says Kashmiri women are frontline freedom fighters and acts of cowardice by Indian forces cannot stop their struggle.

The APHC organized a protest-rally in Islamabad on Thursday against 'braid chopping' of Kashmiri women by Indian occupied forces in the held Kashmir.

Addressing the rally, APHC leaders said that so far Indian forces have chopped braids of one-hundred Kashmiri women.

They said after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani last year, women were actively participating in the freedom movement of Kashmir and India was now afraid of their passion for freedom.

They appealed to the United Nations to pressurize Indian government to stop human rights violations in the held valley.

The speakers said India through its secret agencies and forces is conducting grave human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

They said India has completely failed politically in Occupied Kashmir and was now reacting cowardly out of sheer frustration.

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.

Agenda items also include the supportive role of Member States’ news agencies to the cause of Palestine and Al-Quds Al-Sharif, achieving greater joint action among these agencies, and the part IINA training center takes in honing the skills of media professionals from IINA member news agencies.

The participants will also discuss the news agencies’ role in countering terrorist and Islamophobic narrative, and participation in the OIC prize to recognize the work of outstanding media professionals.


Egypt has extended a nationwide state of emergency for three months, starting on Friday.

A presidential decree was released on Thursday by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

The emergency was first declared in April by President Sisi for three months after Daesh attacks on two Churches in Tanta and Alexandria killed 46 people.


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.

Meanwhile, Myanmar Ambassador to Japan Thurain Thant Zin has denied of ethnic cleansing or genocide of Rohingya Muslims in the country despite violence that has led half a million of them to flee the country.

The Ambassador talking to reporters in Tokyo on Thursday said his government is prepared to help resettle all who have fled.

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled across the border in what the United Nations has called "textbook ethnic cleansing."


Three Syrian opposition factions have reached a cease-fire deal for a southern part of Damascus.

Egypt's state-run MENA news agency reported the deal was reached under Egyptian and Russian auspices in Cairo on Thursday and came into effect immediately.

Three parties to the deal are Army of Islam, Jaysh al-Ababil and Aknaf Beit al-Maqdis, which is linked to the Palestinian Hamas group.


A British jihadi Sally Jones,nicknamed the “White Widow” recruited online for Daesh has been killed in Syria by a U.S. drone .

The Sun newspaper reported quoting a British intelligence source on Thursday that Jones and her son had been killed close to Syria’s border with Iraq, as she was attempting to flee the IS stronghold of Raqqa.


The United States has announced to withdraw from the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization accusing the body of "anti-Israel bias."

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Thursday that Washington would establish an observer mission to replace its representation at the Paris-based agency.

The head of UNESCO Irina Bokova in a statement voiced profound regret over the decision by the United States and called it a loss to multilateralism.


Turkey and the United States have agreed to resolve diplomatic dispute between the two countries through dialogue.

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said in an interview in Ankara on Thursday that earlier talks between their foreign ministers were constructive.

He said a U.S. consulate employee arrested in Turkey had not demanded lawyer access and the U.S. mission can apply to send a lawyer to see him.


Russia has accused the United States that its military presence in Baltic states is contradictory to the Russia-NATO agreement

In a statement, Russian Defence Ministry said Washington has deployed a division of its forces in the Baltic states near Russian borders.

Meanwhile, Moscow has also protested over the stolen Russian flags from its consulate in San Francisco.


China has urged the European Union to abide by World Trade Organization's rules regarding its imports.

At a regular briefing in Beijing, Ministry of Commerce spokesperson Gao Feng said that the European Union’s new trade requirements lack awareness of WTO rules.


Britain has urged the European Union to take a step forward and move talks on to future relations.

British Brexit negotiator David Davis says settling terms of the U.K.-EU seperation is dependent on discussions of future relationship.

On the other hand,European Union says that talks on the Brexit bill are deadlocked.

EU negotiator Michel Barnier insists that there can be no talk about trade and other issues until the terms are agreed including the amount Britain must pay to settle its financial commitments.


In Vietnam,at least 37 people were killed and another 40 missing as floods and landslides ravaged northern and central parts of the country.

Heavy rains lashed swathes of the country this week, with northern Hoa Binh province the hardest hit.

Hundreds of soldiers and militia have been deployed for rescue efforts.


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.

Entire towns in the state's wine-producing region have been abandoned.

The fires are among the deadliest in California's history and have sent smoke as far south as San Francisco, about 60 miles away.


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