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Successful recovery of a foreign couple by Pakistan army indicates Pakistan’s commitment to work with the US towards regional peace

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. 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.        

Mattis hopeful freeing of hostages in Pakistan to boost cooperation

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Thursday he was hopeful that the freeing of a kidnapped U.S.-Canadian couple and their three children in Pakistan was a harbinger for closer cooperation in the future. “This is a very positive moment and the Pakistan Army performed well,” Mattis told reporters on board a military plane, adding he hoped this would be “a harbinger for the future.”

Country will have surplus electricity by next year: Cabinet committee on energy informed

A meeting of Cabinet Committee on Energy was held with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in chair. The meeting reviewed progress of transmission line projects for Port Qasim, Coal-Fired Power Plants, Neelum-Jhelum project, Hydel Power Projects, Tarbela-IV and Golen Gol Hydel Power Project. Managing Director NTDC informed the meeting that transmission line to evacuate power from Port Qasim power plant will be completed by the end of this month. Similarly, two projects of worth 5.1 billion rupees to provide electricity to all the valleys in Chitral, have been prepared. Ministry of Power informed the meeting that Iran is interested in providing another 100MW of electricity in addition to the existing arrangement for 100MW.

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Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbassi has launched commemorative postage stamp in honor of one of the founding members of Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam, Maulana Mufti Mahmood. A special ceremony to this effect was held in Islamabad on Friday.The postage stamp has been launched in recognition of invaluable religious as well as political services of Maulana Mufti Mahmood.

President Mamnoon Hussain says issues of national narrative can only be solved through strengthening sense of ownership amongst the youth.

He was addressing a workshop at National Defence University in Islamabad on Friday. The President said during the past three decades the country has gone through rapid changes in political, social, economic affairs and as a result behaviors also changed. Mamnoon Hussain said in such a situation, the society needs to collectively denounce negative narrative.The President stressed to reformed both Internal and external policies to solve the issues faced by the country regionally and internationally.

Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategy rare example of success in fight against terrorism across region: Ahsan

Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal has emphasized over the importance of Pakistan-U.S. partnership in achieving common regional objectives and promoting mutual interest. He was speaking at a round table discussion of U.S. scholars and think-tank analysts at the Middle East Institute in Washington.He said the hostages release in an intelligence sharing based operation was testament to value of close cooperation between the two countries.

Pakistan renews its proposal for bilateral arrangement on nuclear-test-ban in region

Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to promote peace and stability in South Asia. Speaking in the U.N. General Assembly's first committee, Pakistan's permanent representative to the World Body in Geneva, Farukh Amil renewed Islamabad's proposal for a bilateral arrangement on a nuclear-test-ban in the region.He said Islamabad's security policy is defined by restraint, responsibility and avoidance of the arms race.    

Trump expected to decertify Iran nuclear deal- how US allies will react?  

President Donald Trump is poised to break with US allies and withdraw his backing from the Iran nuclear accord, undermining a landmark victory of multilateral diplomacy. On Friday, the “America First” president is expected to declare to Congress that retaining the 2015 agreement is no longer in the US national interest.

Turkish forces set up positions in Syria's Idlib: rebel

Turkey’s military announced on Friday it had begun setting up observation posts in northwest Syria’s Idlib province, part of a deployment that appears partly aimed at containing a Kurdish militia.Turkey says its operation there along with Syrian rebel groups it backs is part of a deal it reached last month with Russia and Iran in Astana, Kazakhstan, to reduce fighting between insurgents and the Syrian government.

Fatah, Hamas sign accord for Palestinian reconciliation

Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah signed a reconciliation deal on Thursday after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of Gaza, including the key Rafah border crossing, a decade after seizing the enclave in a civil war. The deal brokered by Egypt bridges a bitter gulf between the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas, an Islamist movement.

India eyes airport in Sri Lanka, near Chinese Belt and Road outpost

India is in advanced talks with Sri Lanka to operate an airport on the southern tip of the island, where China has invested heavily as part of its Belt and Road initiative, a Sri Lankan minister said.Sri Lanka’s civil aviation minister, Nimal Siripala, said the country had been looking for alternative investors in the Hambantota area, where China has built a seaport and is in discussions to build an investment zone and a refinery. “It was during this time India came up with a proposal,” Siripala said Monday. “They were ready for a joint venture with the Airport and Aviation Services Limited,” he said, referring to the state-run company that runs Sri Lanka’s main airport in the capital Colombo and the one in the south, in Mattala.

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