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OCTOBER 12, 2017 

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 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.

Army Chief says Pakistan has done its best in the war against terrorism despite constraints for the sake its own future.

Prime Minister has invited Japanese entrepreneurs to invest in Pakistan's industrial sector to produce value-added goods.

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

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

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

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PAK-TRUMP
President Donald Trump praising the release of a 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.

 

PAK-ARMY
Earlier 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.


BAJWA
Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reiterated that Pakistan has done its best despite constraints and shall continue its efforts for the sake of the future of Pakistan.

He was talking to a US delegation comprising Ms. Lisa Curtis, Ambassador Alice G. Wells, Ambassador David Hale and others representatives in Rawalpindi on Thursday.

General Bajwa highlighted concerns of Pakistan regarding peace and stability in the region.

The delegation briefed General Bajwa on contours of US strategy in South Asia.

Views were exchanged on regional security situation including Afghanistan and how Pakistan has positively contributed towards peace and stability in the region.

The delegation appreciated and acknowledged Pakistan Army's contributions and Pakistan’s sacrifices in war on terror.


 

PAK-US
Earlier during delegation level talks in Islamabad both Pakistan and United States were agreed to continue discussions on all matters of mutual interest for bilateral cooperation and peace in the region.

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.

 

PM
Ambassadors of Iran and Japan separately called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad on Thursday.

Talking to Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Honardoost, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stressed the need for enhancing mutually beneficial trade and investment relations between the two countries.

Meanwhile, talking to Japanese Ambassador Takashi Kurai, he said Pakistan looks forward to greater level of cooperation between the two countries.

He said both the countries can enhance bilateral cooperation in areas of trade, investment, infrastructure, energy and people to people contact.

He welcomed companies from Japan to invest in Pakistan that would enhance the capacity of Pakistan industrial sector to produce value added goods.

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

Takashi Kurai appreciated Pakistan's economic growth and said that Japan gives importance to investment security, infrastructure and business friendly environment.


Prime Minister has invited Japanese entrepreneurs to invest in Pakistan's industrial sector to produce value-added goods.

 

TANVEER
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".

 

COMMISSION
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.


 

KASHMIR
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 .

 

FO-P5:
Pakistan has expressed grave concerns over growing incidents of firing and shelling by Indian forces on the Line of Control and Working Boundary targetting civilian population

Briefing Heads of Missions of the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council in Islamabad on Thursday, the Foreign Secretary said these violations have resulted in martyrdom of 45 civilians and 155 injuries, including women and children this year.

She said that Pakistan had displayed restraint but has been compelled to respond. She said Indian actions are a serious threat for the maintenance of regional peace and tranquility and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

 

SYRIA-DEAL
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.


 

CRICKET
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.

 

WEATHER

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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