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The first T-20 of three-match Independence Cup series between Pakistan and World-XI has just begun in Gaddafi stadium Lahore. Earlier, World-XI won the toss and put Pakistan into bat. Sarfraz Ahmed leads Pakistan team while South African cricket star, Faf du Plessis is leading the World-XI. All administrative and security measures have been finalized for hold these matches successfully.

Host: Dr.Shoaib Ahmad

Analysts Live on Phone:

Yasir Hameed ( Cricketer)

We strong welcome the international players for playing role in retrieving the international cricket in Pakistan. It is a big day for Pakistan cricket. The crowd is very excited. Pakistani players will also be excited as they are playing at their home ground after a very long time.

Topic: Pakistan takes into confidence leadership of friendly countries in the wake of new US policy on Afghanistan-FM calls on Turkish leadership on next leg of his diplomatic tour

Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif calls on Turkish Prime Minister Bin Yaldrim Ali in Ankara. Advisor on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua and senior Turkish official also present on the occasion. Both leaders discussed issues of mutual interest and regional interest, especially with focus on peace and stability in Afghanistan, besides the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Earlier, on Monday he held separate meetings with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif in Tehran. The foreign minister exchanged views with the Iranian leaders on the entire spectrum of bilateral relations and regional security scenario especially in the backdrop of new US strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia

US intention to cut military aid for Pakistan will be counter-productive to Pakistan's efforts to combat militancy and terrorism

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said it would be counter-productive for the United States to sanction Pakistani officials or further cut military assistance, warning it would hurt both countries’ fight against militancy. U.S.-Pakistan relations have frayed since President Donald Trump last month set out a new Afghanistan policy and lashed out at nuclear-armed Pakistan as a fickle ally that gives safe haven to “agents of chaos” by harboring the Afghan Taliban and other militants.

Analysts Live on Phone: 

B.A. Malik (Former Ambassador)

OIC, United Nations and other international organizations should have to put pressure on the government of Myanmar to give the Rakhine Muslims citizenship and returning their assets so that they go back to their own country. Rohingya people are denied their basic rights. They need to be recognized in giving their identities. Our Foreign Minister is on official visit to the neighbor countries including Turkey to discuss the bilateral and regional matters.

Mushtaq Ahmed Mehr (Former Ambassador)

It is a good development that the government has decided to give new direction to the foreign policy. The foreign Minister arrived in Ankara to hold talks with Turkish leadership and will take the Turkish leadership into confidence the instability in Afghanistan. Khawaja Asif has rightly said that the NATO forces had failed to restore peace in Afghanistan and also emphasized a politically-negotiated solution to the conflict.


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