DATE: 13-08-2017                                    


Interior Minister has called for joint efforts to eradicate terrorism from the country.


Chinese Vice Premier arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a two day official visit to Pakistan.


Nation will celebrate 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan on Monday with a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat.


Ministry of Religious Affairs has made elaborate arrangements at Jeddah airport to facilitate the pilgrims arriving from Pakistan.


In Afghanistan, several senior Islamic State commanders killed in US air strike in Kunar province. 





Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized the need for joint efforts and cooperation to eradicate terrorism from the country. 


Talking to media in Quetta on Sunday, he said significant achievements have been made in war against terrorism and remnants of terrorists are on run. 


He said the government worked out a uniformed policy to uproot the menace of terrorism in the country since 2013.


The interior minister said enemies want to divide the country.

The war against terrorism can be won through solidarity, unity and integrity.


Replying to a question, Ahsan Iqbal said that the law enforcement agencies are fully alert and will succeed in finding a clue to the real motives involved behind such nefarious acts of terrorism.


Addressing the news conference, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri said that the law and order situation has considerably been improved in the province.


He said that several commanders of the banned outfits have already been finished during the on-going war and operations against terrorism in the province. 


Earlier, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal along with Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri visited the CMH Quetta.


They inquired after the health condition of security forces personnel injured in suicide bomb attack at Pishin Bus Stop.


They prayed for early recovery of the injured saying that the nation is proud of sacrifices being rendered by the security forces for the protection of motherland. 



Minister for Foreign Affairs Khawaja Asif says terrorists will not succeed in their nefarious designs as the whole nation stands united against terrorism.


Strongly condemning the terrorist attack in Quetta at Pishin Stop, he said such cowardly acts of terrorism cannot shake our unflinching resolve against this menace.


Khawaja Asif said the sacrifices rendered by the nation and security forces will not go in vain.


He expressed heartiest condolences with the bereaved families of those martyred in attack in Quetta and prayed for early recovery of the injured.



China's Vice Premier Wang Yang along with his delegation arrived in Islamabad on Sunday on a two-day visit to Pakistan. 


The Vice Premier is undertaking the visit to Pakistan on the directions of President Xi Jinping as a special gesture to participate in the 70th Independence Day Celebrations of Pakistan.    


The special visit of Vice Premier Wang underscores the close brotherly and cooperative ties between Pakistan and China and Beijing's strong political support for Islamabad.


Wang Yong will call on President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and discuss promotion of bilateral relations.                           



Nation will celebrate 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan on Monday with a renewed pledge to safeguard the motherland against any threat and make it a true Islamic welfare state as envisioned by founding father Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.      


The day will dawn with thirty-one gun salute in the federal and twenty-one gun salute in the provincial capitals.    


Special prayers will be offered for the prosperity, integrity and solidarity of the country, unity of the Muslim Ummah and success of the long drawn struggle of Kashmiris after Fajr prayers.


The main event of the day will be flag hoisting ceremony at Parliament House premises. President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yong will jointly unfurl the national flag at the ceremony.


The President will address the nation on the occasion.


Radio Pakistan will broadcast a special day-long transmission on the Independence Day.



The special Azadi train left Peshawar for Rawalpindi on Sunday morning.  



Ministry of Religious Affairs has made elaborate arrangements at Jeddah airport to fully facilitate and guide the intending pilgrims arriving from Pakistan. 


Talking to our correspondent Zahid Hameed at the airport, Incharge Jeddah Hajj Terminal Inam-ul Haq said as per the understanding reached between the governments of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, a fast track system has been established under which the hujjaj are sent to Makkah within forty to forty five minutes after going through the necessary documents verification. 


Inam-ul-Haq said that this year the ministry of religious affairs has arranged VIP buses for the pilgrims. 


Inam-ul-Haq said that a medical mission has also been set up at the airport where doctors and paramedical staff remain present round the clock to provide timely treatment and free medicines to any pilgrims.


Responding to a question, the Incharge of Jeddah Hajj terminal said so far about forty four thousand five hundred and thirty seven hujjaj have landed at Jeddah airport.


He said the pilgrims under the private scheme are also equally treated. 



Two day long Baba Gundi Festival concluded at Chupurson in upper Hunza on Sunday.


A large number of local people, national and International tourists attended the festival.


A friendly Polo match was also played on the occasion.



In Karachi, six persons were killed and four injured when fire broke out in a van near Karachi Zoological Garden on Sunday morning.


According to police sources, the dead and injured belong to the same family were going for a picnic when fire broke out in the van.   



The 17th death anniversary of Pakistani pop singer Nazia Hassan is being observed on Sunday.


She started her music career at the age of ten years and became one of the most prominent singers in Pakistan and India.


Nazia Hassan received numerous national and international awards including Pakistan's highest civilian award, Pride of Performance.



Radio Pakistan will broadcast in its national hook-up at 1530 hours a special feature programme in connection with the death anniversary of Pop singer Nazia Hassan.


Another special programme at 1605 hours titled "SILK ROAD BELT AUR MERITIME SILK ROAD KE TEHAT TA'AWUN" under the series of "DAR KHULA KHUSHALI KA" will also be broadcast.



In Occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred three more youth in Shopian district, on Sunday.


The youth were martyred by the troops during a siege and search operation in Awneera area of the district. 


The troops blasted a mosque and four residential houses during the operation in the area.


Earlier, two Indian army personnel were killed and several others injured in an attack on the forces during joint operation in Awneera.


Meanwhile, in a statement, Chairman Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Bharatiya Janata Party and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are making hectic efforts to do away with the special status of Jammu and Kashmir by challenging Article 35A in the Indian Supreme Court.


He said it is basically aimed at reducing the 75% Muslim majority of the state into a minority and change its basic character in order to undermine and deeply affect its disputed nature.          



In Afghanistan, several senior members including provincial emir Abdul Rahman of Islamic State's have been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Kunar province.


This was stated by senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan General John Nicholson in a statement.


Earlier, Afghan officials said as many as sixteen civilians including women and children have been killed in an U.S. airstrike in Nangarhar.

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