Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif expresses the hope that the current impasse in the Gulf countries will be resolved soon in the best interest of Muslim Ummah. He was talking to Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Jeddah. The two leaders discussed the emerging situation in the Gulf countries. The Prime Minister reaffirmed the strong commitment of the people and government of Pakistan to territorial integrity and sovereignty of Saudi Arabia and safety of Harmain al Sharifain.

India blocks Sikh pilgrims' entry into Pakistan- Minorities are continuously mistreated in India: FO

Despite issuance of visa by the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, a majority of Sikh pilgrims couldn't enter the country after Indian authorities stopped them at Attari Railway Station on “technical grounds”. Under a protocol signed by Pakistan and India, 300 Sikh pilgrims were scheduled to visit Pakistan to attend the 411th death anniversary of Guru Arjan Dev Ji, the fifth of the 11 Sikh gurus.

Indian troops ransack houses, shops in Shopian

In occupied Kashmir, the personnel of Indian army and paramilitary forces vandalized houses, shops and vehicles in Shopian district against celebrations over Pakistan’s win against Sri Lanka in the ongoing Champions Trophy in England, last night. As soon as Pakistan won against Sri Lanka, locals came out of their houses at Vehil in Shopian and burst firecrackers to express their joy over the win.

Guterres voices support for UN agency’s work in helping Palestine refugees in Midle East 

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over Israeli criticism of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) for Palestine Refugees. While expressing his support for UNRWA which is delivering essential services and protecting the rights of millions of Palestine refugees across the Middle East, the UN Secretary General called on the international community to continue assistance to the agency.

Panama cuts ties with Taiwan in favour of China

Panama has cut long-standing diplomatic ties with Taiwan and established relations with China, in a diplomatic coup for Beijing. The Panamanian government said it recognized there was "only one China" and considered Taiwan part of it.

U.S. senators reach deal on Russia sanctions

In United States the Senate Republicans and Democrats have reached an agreement to impose new sanctions against Russia. Top lawmakers on two committees including Banking and Foreign Relations announced the sanctions which would require a congressional review if president attempts to ease or end the penalties.

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