DATE: 13-10-2017                           


Prime Minister has reaffirmed commitment to continue creating conducive environment for enhancing business sector.


The President has said issues of national narrative can only be solved through strengthening sense of ownership amongst the youth.


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.


In Vietnam, death toll from devastating floods and landslides has risen to fifty four. 


Pakistan will take on Sri Lanka in the first one day international in Dubai on Friday. 





Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has reaffirmed government's commitment to continue creating conducive environment for enhancing business sector.


He was talking to a delegation of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) in Islamabad on Friday.


He said growth in exports will not only help in reducing trade deficit but also increase employment opportunities.


On the occasion, the delegation lauded government's efforts for enhancing the export package aims at facilitating exporters.



Speaking at a launching ceremony of a commemorative postage stamp in honour of late Maulana Mufti Mahmood in Islamabad on Friday, the Prime Minister said democracy is vital for progress and prosperity of the country.


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


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


Shahid Khaqan Abbasi paid rich tributes to late Maulana Mufti Mahmood and said he always tried to develop consensus on national issues.


The Prime Minister asked the Ministry of Postal Services to issue Commemorative stamps in memory of other important personalities. 


Speaking on the occasion, JUI (F) Chief Maulana Fazlur Rehman thanked the Prime Minister and the Postal Services Ministry for recognizing services and role of Maulana Mufti Mahmood in national affairs.



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 on national security 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.



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.



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.


He pointed out that terrorists are a common enemy and all the countries need to work together to tackle this menace.


Highlighting the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir, Nafees Zakaria said that expeditious resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UNSC resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people is imperative.


The spokesperson said that silence of international community on Kashmir is a matter of serious concerns.



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.


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.



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.



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


PML (N) leaders Maryam 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.


Talking to the media persons, Minister of State for Interior Talal Chaudhry regretted on Friday's incident at the accountability court.  


He said inquiry has been ordered to avoid recurrence of such an incident in future.                   



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif says public awareness is necessary to cope with natural disasters.


In his message on International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction, he said damages of natural calamities can be minimized by adopting precautionary measures.


Shahbaz Sharif said youth should be sensitized about natural calamities and the role of media is very important in this regard.



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. 


The dams will help bring more than sixty thousands acres barren land under cultivation besides controlling floods. 



In Quetta, a policeman was martyred in a firing by unknown   gunmen at Faqir Muhammad Road area on Friday.                 



Counter Terrorism Department arrested three kidnappers during a raid from Kohat Bus stand in Peshawar on Friday afternoon.



Six people were killed and two others wounded when a Peshawar bound coach, coming from Rawalpindi, turned turtle near Hasanabdal.



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 in a classical family of singers.


He was also awarded Pride of Performance.



In Occupied Kashmir, clashes erupted in Sopore area of Baramulla district, on Friday, after the braid of a 40-year-old woman was chopped off by unknown persons in Khushal Matoo village. 


Soon after the incident, hundreds of people assembled at main chowk of the town and staged a protest demonstration against the incident.


Protests were also held in other parts of the valley against the growing incidents of braid chopping.                  



In Vietnam, the death toll from devastating floods and landslides in north and central part of the country has risen to fifty four.


Rescuers are desperately searching for thirty nine people still missing after the heavy rains.       



The first One Day International of five match series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be played in Dubai on Friday. 


The match will begin at 4:00 pm PST.

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