DATE: 13-10-2017           


Prime Minister says democracy is vital for the progress and prosperity of the country.


Pakistan has once again made it clear that any expanded Indian role in Afghanistan will not be in the interest of the region.


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


International Cricket Council has agreed to set up a nine-nation Test championship. 



Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that the country cannot progress and prosper without democracy.


He was speaking at a launching ceremony of a commemorative postage stamp in honour of late Maulana Mufti Mahmood in Islamabad on Friday.


The stamp has been launched in recognition of his invaluable religious and political services.


The Prime Minister said there might be shortcomings in parliamentary democracy but these are taken care of with the passage of time by the parliament itself.       



Pakistan has once again made it clear that any expanded Indian role in Afghanistan will not be in the interest of the region.


At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Friday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria reminded that India is engaged in using the terrorist outfits against Pakistan.


He said we have provided credible evidence in this regard.


He said Pakistan has always emphasized for an Afghan owned and Afghan led reconciliation process for the resolution of the conflict.


Describing on Thursday's meeting with the US delegation constructive and fruitful, the spokesperson said both the sides have agreed to remain engaged to address the common challenges.



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.  


He said government had turned around the country's economy in the past four years, through economic reform and infrastructure development.


Ahsan Iqbal termed CPEC an engine for growth and prosperity in South and Central Asia.



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.


He said our proposal for a strategic restraint regime in South Asia is based on reciprocal measures for nuclear and missile restraint and instituting a balance between conventional forces, also remains on the table.


The Ambassador said nuclear arms cannot be eliminated without addressing the concerns of states that rely on them for their security.


He said growing mistrust and insatiable desire for military dominance on the part of a few countries are threatening regional and international security.



The 69th birth anniversary of magical voice of the sub-continent, Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is being observed on Friday.


He is popularly known as "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali”.


The legend Qawwal, born in Faisalabad on October 13, 1948 to a classical family of singers.


He was also awarded Pride of Performance.



In Occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyet 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.


Meanwhile, peaceful demonstrations will be held in Occupied Kashmir after Friday prayers on Friday against incessant braid-chopping incidents in the valley.



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.



International Cricket Council has agreed to set up a nine-nation Test championship.


The reforms were approved at a meeting of the Council in Auckland on Friday.


The aim of the test championship is to retain the status of the five-day game amid the rise of T-20 cricket.

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