OCTOBER 13, 2017


Prime Minister says we will have to work hard to strengthen democracy in the country.

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

Chief of General Staff British Army has acknowledged Pakistan Army's achievements in fight against terrorism.

PML(N) leaders Maryum Nawaz and retired Capt. Muhammad Safdar appeared before Accountability Court in Islamabad on Friday and the hearing was adjourned till Thursday next.

Six people were died in a road accident near Hasanabdal on Friday.

In the 10th Asia Cup Hockey tournament in Bangladesh, match between Pakistan and Japan ended in a draw.



Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says development in the country is only possible when there is democracy.

He was speaking after inauguration of oil and gas well project Jhandial-one at Jhandial in Attock on Friday.

The Prime Minister said no other force other than democracy can deliver in the country. He said we will have to work hard to strengthen democracy in the country.

He said development projects have been completed in all sectors including economy, infrastructure and energy in all parts of the country.

He said during the last four years more than ten thousand megawatt energy has been included in the national grid. He said that one hundred and three discoveries have been made in the oil and gas sector during the last four years. He said similarly eight hundred and fifty million cubic feet gas that is 22 percent of the total gas production has been added in the system during the tenure of the present government.

He said all the sectors are being provided uninterrupted gas supply twenty four hours a day.

He said that unparalleled development projects have been completed during the tenure of the present government in all sectors.

The Prime Minister said the project will open new avenues of progress and development in the region by boosting business and creating new job opportunities.
He announced gas supply schemes for all the areas of the region.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said after completion of the power projects Pakistan will become self-sufficient in this sector and will bring prosperity and development in the country.


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 reform both Internal and external policies to solve the issues faced by the country regionally and internationally.


Chief of General Staff UK Army General Sir Nicholas Patrick Carter called on Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa in Rawalpindi on Friday.

The visiting dignitary acknowledged Pakistan Army's achievements in fight against terrorism and continued efforts for peace and stability in the region.

He said UK greatly appreciates Pakistan's sacrifices in this regard.

Matters of mutual interest including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two Armies were discussed during the meeting.

Earlier on arrival at GHQ, CGS UK Army, laid floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada.

A smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army presented guard of honour to the visiting dignitary.

The visiting dignitary will address participants of National Security and War Course later on Friday.


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 Zakariya 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.


Pakistan has reaffirmed its commitment to promote peace and stability in South Asia.

Speaking in the UN 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.

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

PML(N) leaders Maryum 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 Chaudhary regretted on Friday's incident at the accountability court.

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


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


AJK President Sardar Muhammad Masood Khan says government is making all out efforts to provide quality education to the students in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

He said while addressing the Annual Parents Day function of Nobel School and College in District Sudenhoti on Friday.

He said traditional educational system is being reformed throughout the state.

The President said that revolutionary changes are being introduced in education sector and promotions and other incentives are being linked with the performance of teachers.


In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that India has declared a war against innocent people of the territory while as international community instead of taking any serious note of this is acting as a mute spectator.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that during the past several decades Kashmiris while nourishing their freedom movement and demanding their right to self-determination had presented huge sacrifices.

He said that New Delhi with its military might brutally had killed thousands of Kashmiris and was carrying assault on women’s modesty and dignity in the territory.

Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region has sent 6,000 reinforcements to the disputed, oil-rich city of Kirkuk.

Rudaw News, quoting Kurdish Vice President Kosrat Rasul, says the reinforcements were sent to Kirkuk in response to threats from Baghdad to attack the oil-rich city.

Meanwhile ,Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ruled out the use of military force against the Kurds.


Qatar has asked the World Trade Organisation to set up a dispute panel to adjudicate on its row with the United Arab Emirates.

Qatar said in a document published by the WTO , escalating a trade complaint it lodged with it in July.

The initial complaint, which also included Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, triggered a 60-day window to settle the issue in talks without entering years of litigation.

The document did not mention Saudi Arabia and Bahrain and it was not immediately clear if Qatar would also ask for adjudication in its complaints against them.

It said ,it would make the first request at the next meeting on 24th of this month.


In the 10th Asia Cup Hockey tournament in Bangladesh, the match between Pakistan and Japan ended in a 2-2 goals draw.

Pakistan will play its next match with India on Sunday.



Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty four hours.

However, rain- with thunderstorm is expected at a few places in Malakand division, upper FATA, Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan.

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