Interior Minister says Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategy is a rare example of success in fight against terrorism across the region.


At the United Nations, Pakistan has renewed its proposal for a bilateral arrangement on  nuclear-test-ban in the region.


Thirteen dams are being constructed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at a cost of more than twenty billion rupees.


Turkish forces have entered the militants' controlled Idlib province of Syria to create a "de-escalation zone."




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.


The Minister called Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategy, a rare example of success in fight against terrorism in the region.  



Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi 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.


Among others, JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri attended the ceremony.



Minister of state  Marriyum  Aurangzeb  says first draft of the Bill for Safety, security and Protection of journalists  would soon be presented before the cabinet legislative committee for approval. 


Briefing the Senate committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, the minister said the policy has been prepared in consultation with all the stakeholders.


The Minister said that the proposed Bill envisaged the establishment of a welfare fund for the journalists to which both the government and the media owners would contribute.



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.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says PML-N government has set a new precedent by executing mega development projects.


Talking to elected representatives of PML-N in Lahore on Friday, he said government has saved billions of rupees of the nation in these development projects.


The Chief Minister said people have foiled every attempt of opponents to hamper the development and these elements will be rejected in 2018 elections.



In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, government is spending more than twenty billion rupees on the construction of thirteen small dams across the province.


Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar correspondent that these dams are constructed in Malakand, Hazara, Kohat and Bannu divisions.



Accountability Court Islamabad on Friday adjourned hearing of references against Sharif family without proceeding.


PML(N) leaders Marriyum  Nawaz and retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar appeared before the court but judge Muhammad Bashir adjourned the hearing till Thursday next.


Meanwhile, Lawyers protested against the attitude of police deployed  outside the court premises for security.



The master mind of suicide attack on Civil Hospital Quetta has been killed in an encounter with Police and CTD on Qambrani Road in Quetta city.


Meanwhile, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri felicitating the forces personnel said that the law enforcement agencies’ are rendering matchless sacrifices in the ongoing war on terror.      



In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani says India has declared a war against innocent Kashmiri people. 


In a statement in Srinagar, he said the international community instead of taking any serious note of Indian brutalities is acting as a silent spectator.


Syed Ali Gilani said Kashmiris have been demanding their right to self-determination for the past several decades for which they have rendered huge sacrifices.



Turkish forces have entered the militants' controlled Idlib province of Syria to create a "de-escalation zone."


The operation is part of efforts by Turkey, along with Russia and Iran, to set up a de-escalation zone in line with accords signed in the Astana peace process aimed at ending the Syrian civil war.



A small earthquake of 2.7 magnitude  rattled the area near North Korea's Punggye-ri nuclear testing site on Friday. 

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