Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says there is historic opportunity for countries of the region to address apprehensions of neighbours, practice non-interference, build confidence and use all instruments of diplomacy to resolve conflicts peacefully.He was speaking at the launching ceremony of Urdu edition of  book "The Governance of China" by Chinese President Xi Jinping is underway in Islamabad .The Prime Minister said in this regard multilateral institutions especiall the United Nations need to play a more proactive role to eliminate poverty and empower people.Says that, People ask what is the secret ingredient of the phenomenal undertaking of CPEC and we say it is trust and friendship between the two countries.
Chinse Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said the book is a new symbol of deep friendship between Pakistan and China. Common strategy of both the countries is to connect people through one belt one road.

Topic 02: Military rules out compromise on Kulbhushan- Spy agent  confessed to having been working for RAW since 2003 with a mission to create instability in Balochistan and Karachi

Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa presided over the 201 Corps Commanders' Conference at General Headquarters, where participants were briefed on Jadhav, an Indian spy who was sentenced to death by a Field General Court Martial earlier this week.Corps Commanders at a meeting in Rawalpindi expresses the resolve that no compromise will be made on anti state acts.The meeting reviewed national security environment and recent developments in the region.It was also briefed about RAW agent Kulbhushan Sudhir Yadav.Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and process of ongoing National Housing and Population census also came under discussion.

Topic 03: Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad is in full swing against terrorists across the country- 10 terrorists killed during encounter in D.G khan

 At least ten terrorists have been killed in an armed encounter with the security personnel in Basti Dadwani near Choti Zeerin in Dera Ghazi Khan.According to ISPR, three Rangers soldiers have also embraced shahadat in the incident. Two soldiers were also got injured.
During the search operation, terrorists opened fire at the law-enforcers who retaliated killing ten of the attackers.Weapons in huge quantity have also been recovered from them.

Topic 04: Donald Trump 'very proud' after dropping 'Mother of All Bombs' on Afghanistan

 In Afghanistan, thirty six Islamic State militants have been killed in Nangrahar province in a massive bomb strike of the US military. Mother of all bombs’ kills 36 IS fighters in Afghanistan.
Afghan Defense Ministry said the bomb struck a village in the Momand valley where IS fighters were using a network of caves.Chief Executive of Afghanistan Abdullah Abdullah confirmed that the attack had been carried out in co-ordination with Afghan government. 

Topic 05: Lavrov says Russia, US agree strikes on Syria should not be repeated

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says there is a shared understanding between his country and the United States that U.S. air strikes on Syria should not be repeated.He said this while talking to his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem in Moscow.But in Washington, the U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not eliminate the possibility the United States may undertake future strikes.

Topic 06: North Korea condemns US for bringing huge nuclear assets to region

North Korea has condemned the United States for bringing huge nuclear strategic assets to the Korean peninsula.A spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry in a statement said the US action threatens peace and security of the peninsula and pushes the situation there to the brink of a war.Meanwhile, Japan's National Security Council has discussed how to evacuate its nearly 60,000 citizens from South Korea in the event of a crisis.

Topic 07: Peace conference on Afghanistan begins in Moscow

 A peace conference on Afghanistan begins in Moscow.A number of countries including Pakistan, China, India, Iran and Central Asian States have been invited to the conference.
Additional Foreign Secretary Tasneem Aslam will lead the Pakistani delegation in the conference.

Topic 08: Indian Home Minister’s remarks about Kashmir flayed

In occupied Kashmir, APHC General Secretary and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, has strongly reacted against the threat statement of Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh and said that those who brave bullets cannot be cowed down by threats and intimidations. Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, in a statement threatening the Kashmiri youth had said, “One will see a transformed Kashmir in a year no matter how the change takes place”.

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