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Pakistan says it is ready to work with countries fighting terrorism to eliminate the menace.

Finance Minister says electoral reforms package will be tabled in the Parliament soon.

The government has assured the process of population census and data collection will be totally fair and transparent.

US forces have dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State militant group in eastern Afghanistan.

In Syria, eighteen members of US-backed military alliance have been killed in 'friendly fire' by coalition forces.

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FATEMI

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi has said that Pakistan is a responsible state and wants good relations with neighboring countries.

 

In an interview with a private television channel, he said terrorism is an international issue and Pakistan is ready to cooperate with the countries working against the menace.

  

Tariq Fatemi said death sentence to Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav was awarded as per country's law.

 

To a question, he said India is involved in disturbing peace of the region. 

 

US-PAKISTAN

United States has appreciated Pakistan's efforts to confront terrorism and terrorist organizations on its soil.

 

Addressing a press briefing in Washington, the acting spokesman for US State Department Mark Toner urged Afghanistan and Pakistan for joint efforts to defeat the menace of terrorism.

 

DAR

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says electoral reforms package will be tabled in the Parliament soon.

 

He was talking to media after chairing a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reforms in Islamabad.

 

Ishaq Dar said the committee discussed  additional proposals, which were received since the submission of its 2nd interim report on electoral reforms to the Senate and National Assembly in December 2016.

 

The Finance Minister said that 631 new proposals have been received and the Committee would consider all of them.

 

He said the Sub-committee from now onward would meet on daily basis to achieve maximum progress.

 

Finance Minister said it is our endeavour to consolidate nine different election laws into one law.

 

The Minister said a sub-committee is also working on electronic voting and biometrics system.

 

AHSAN

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Vision 2025 will put Pakistan in top twenty five economies of the world by 2025.

 

Addressing a ceremony in Islamabad, he said Pakistan can become next Asian tiger by working hard.

 

Ahsan Iqbal said with time, all the critics are praising our achievements.

 

SAAD

Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has said that country is moving ahead on the path to progress.

 

Addressing a ceremony of traders unions in Rawalpindi, he said that all possible efforts are being made to eliminate corruption from the  country.

 

He said the political parties were not allowed to work independently in the past and people's representatives were awarded death sentences, while others were sent into exile.

 

He said effects of the Martial Law regimes are still being felt by the nation.  

 

MUSADDIK

Prime Minister's spokesman Dr Musaddik Malik says population census and process of data collection will be completed in a transparent way. 

 

In an interview, he said population census carries much importance in future planning.

 

To a question, Dr Musaddik Malik said priority will be given to Sindh regarding gas connections and the province's reservations on this count will be removed.

JAM

State Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Jam Kamal Khan has said that government is working to improve gas infrastructure in the country.

    

In an interview, he said first LNG terminal is already working while the second will become operational in June this year.

    

To a question, Jam Kamal Khan said Sindh Chief Minister is a sagacious person and must not give controversial statements.  

 

YOUSAF

Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Muhammad Yousuf says government is taking all possible measures to facilitate the intending pilgrims in Saudi Arabia.

 

Talking to PTV, he said sixty percent of the pilgrims will perform hajj under government scheme, who will be given three time meal during their stay in holy land.

        

To a question, he hoped that PIA will also give concessions to the people wishing to perform umra and hajj.

 

KHATTAK

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister has said that Malaysian government has expressed willingness for investment in cooperative farming in the province. 

 

Talking to newsmen in Peshawar, he said his government is working on a proposal to provide one hundred thousand acres land to Malaysia in Dera Ismail Khan for this purpose.

 

He said a memorandum of understanding has already been signed with a Malaysian firm for initiating halal food project in Haripur.

         

To a question, the Chief Minister said amendments will be introduced in the Accountability Bill to make the process more transparent.

 

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, a march towards Bagdam is being held today to express solidarity with the families of the eight Kashmiris shot dead by Indian troops during polling for sham Indian parliamentary elections on Sunday.

 

Call for the march has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik. 

 

US-BOMB

The United States has dropped the "mother of all bombs", the largest non-nuclear device  on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State militant group in eastern Afghanistan.

 

According to Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump, the 9,797 kilograms heavy, GBU-43 bomb, GPS-guided munitions, which was first tested in March 2003, had eleven tons of explosives. It was dropped from a MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of Nangarhar province. However, he did not give detail of the damages caused by the bombing.

 

In a statement, President Donald Trump touted the bombing as evidence of a more muscular U.S. foreign policy since he took office in January.

 

CONFERENCE

A peace conference on Afghanistan begins in Moscow today.

 

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.

 

US-KOREA

US President Donald Trump has issued a fresh warning to North Korea, as speculation mounted that Pyongyang may be preparing another nuclear or missile test.

 

In a statement Donald Trump said, North Korea is a problem and the problem will be taken care of.

 

SYRIA

In Syria, eighteen members of US-backed alliance have been killed in a "friendly fire" in northern town of Tabqa.

 

According to a coalition statement, the strike was requested by the partnered forces, who had identified the target location as an Islamic State's fighting position.

 

LIBYA-BOAT

In Libya, at least 97 migrants have gone missing after their boat sank off the coast of Tripoli.

 

According to a navy spokesman, the disappeared are believed to be dead as bad weather is preventing the rescue operation.

 

Libya has become a key departure point for migrants risking their lives while attempting to cross the Mediterranean sea into Europe.

 

MEXICO

In Mexico, at least twenty four people have been killed and nine others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a fuel tanker in Guerrero state.

WEATHER

 

Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while very hot weather is expected in Sukkur, Sibbi, Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal and D.I.Khan divisions.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

 

Islamabad fifteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty two, Karachi twenty six, Peshawar eighteen, Quetta, Murree and Muzaffarabad thirteen and Gilgit seven degree centigrade.


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