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Defence Minister says the government is committed to weed out terrorism with the support of nation. 

Planning Minister has stressed the need to adopt best global practices to uplift productivity of agriculture sector.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has announced to constitute a judicial committee to investigate incident of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan.

Eleven regional countries at the conference in Moscow have supported reconciliation process with Taliban in Afghanistan.

The United States will dispatch its troops to Somalia.

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ASIF

Minister for Defence Khawaja Asif says the government is committed to weed out terrorism from the country with the support of nation.

               

Addressing party workers in Sialkot, he said operation against terrorists would continue till the elimination of the last terrorist from the country.

               

Khawaja Asif said Pakistan is closely monitoring tense situation along its eastern and western borders and our defence is in strong hands and we have capability to give a strong response to enemies.

 

DAR-RAYMOND

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says Pakistan believed in a peaceful neighbourhood and the government is keen to work with friends and partners for peace and stability of the region.

 

He was talking to US National Security Advisor Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster on telephone.

 

They also exchanged views on matters of bilateral interest.

 

The finance minister congratulated Gen McMaster on assuming the important responsibility as the National Security Advisor.

 

Referring to the tremendous success of operation Zarb-e-Azb and encouraging results of the ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasad, he said these demonstrated our commitment to eradicate terrorism.

 

Gen McMaster said administration of President Trump looked forward to work with Pakistan to pursue the common objectives of peace and security and economic well-being of the people.

 

He said sacrifices made by Pakistan's armed forces as well as civilians to improve the security conditions were admirable. He said Pakistan had also made impressive progress on the economic side. 

 

ECC

The Economic Coordination Committee has approved proposal for allocation of 10 mmcfd gas from Tolang Gas field to SNGPL. The price of gas will be as per the applicable petroleum policy.

 

The meeting of ECC was held in Islamabad with Finance Ishaq Dar in the char.  

               

The Committee also considered a proposal of the Ministry of Petroleum regarding transportation of crude oil from Adhi Oil Field, and authorized the concerned company to deal with the transportation arrangement of crude oil from the field purely on open competition basis without any involvement of the government.

 

IQBAL

Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says a thriving agricultural sector could contribute towards a large share of exports and can help the country become a leading export oriented economy in five years.

 

He stated this in a meeting on “Cluster Development based Agriculture Transformation Plan Vision 2025” in Islamabad.

 

The minister directed to undertake a strategic review of agriculture sector to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

 

Ahsan Iqbal stressed that Pakistan must leverage the comparative advantage it holds in the agricultural sector to capture the major share of global agricultural demand.

 

Iqbal stressed to adopt the best global practices around the world to uplift the productivity of the agriculture sector of Pakistan.

 

COMMITTEE

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Pervez Khattak has assured provincial assembly that a judicial committee will be constituted to investigate the incident of Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. 

 

Responding to a point of order of Parliamentary Leader of Awami National Party Sardar Hussain Babak, he said those responsible for the violence and killing a student will be brought to justice.

 

Pervez Khattak said no one would be allowed to take law in his hand.

 

FO

Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakria says India was involved in spreading terrorism in Pakistan.

 

In an interview, he said Indian subversive designs against Pakistan had been exposed after the trial of Kulbhoshan Yadav.

 

To a question, the spokesman said Indian barbaric activities against innocent Kashmiris in the Occupied Kashmir had also been exposed to the world.

 

To another question regarding Col (Retd) Habib, he said Nepal's government was cooperating with Pakistan in this matter.

 

NASSER

Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security Nasser Khan Janjua has said that Pakistan and India need to interact with each other to resolve bilateral disputes including Kashmir issue.

 

He was addressing members of Pakistan Institute of International Affairs on National Security Perspective in Pakistan in Karachi. 

 

He said we are acting as a frontline state in war against terrorism but unfortunately the world fails to acknowledge the role of Pakistan.

 

He also briefed the audience on initiatives taken to improve situation in Balochistan besides highlighting the economic potential and geographic importance of the province.

 

ISPR

Commander 10 Corps Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza visited troops deployed along Line of Control in Bagsar Sector.

 

According to ISPR, he reviewed the operational preparedness and expressed satisfaction on operational readiness and vigilance exercised by forward troops.

 

Lieutenant General Nadeem Raza expressed his concern over continuous ceasefire violations by Indian troops targeting innocent civil population residing close to LOC.

 

He lauded the high moral of deployed troops and unflinching resolve of civil population of the area.

 

He urged for a befitting response to Indian unprovoked firing.

 

MOSCOW

In Russia, senior diplomats from eleven countries at a peace conference on Afghanistan have agreed to support reconciliation efforts initiated by Afghan government to resolve differences with Taliban.  

 

The meeting was attended by senior diplomats from Afghanistan, China, India, Iran, Pakistan and  Central Asian states in Moscow. 

 

They also urged Taliban to shun fighting and engage in direct dialogue with government.

 

TURKEY

In Turkey, people will vote in a referendum on a new political system tomorrow.

 

The 'yes' vote would mean approval of constitutional changes that would replace the parliamentary system with a presidential one.

 

SYRIA

Syrian government is to restore control in two towns evacuated by opposition and rebel fighters. 

 

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, government troops and allied forces have already entered Madaya, one of the opposition-held towns evacuated of rebels.

 

The Madaya evacuation is part of a deal to evacuate some 30,000 Syrians from pro-government and pro-rebel besieged areas, in a deal struck by rebels and the government.

 

PYONGYANG

North Korea has warned the United States to end its military hysteria or face retaliation. 

 

A spokesman for the General Staff of the Korean People's Army said today the provocative moves of the U.S. in the political, economic and military fields against Pyongyang will thoroughly be foiled.

 

The statement comes at a time when North Korea is marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founding father Kim Il-sung.

                                 

US-SOMALIA

The U.S. military is sending troops to Somalia after nearly two decades.

 

The U.S. Africa Command said the deployment is for logistics training of Somalia's army to enable it to fight the extremist group al-Shabab.

 

The United States pulled out of Somalia after 1993, when its two helicopters were shot down in Mogadishu and bodies of Americans were dragged through the streets.

 

WEATHER

 

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

 

Very hot weather is expected in Naseerabad, Makran, Sibbi, Sukkur, Shaheed Benazirabad, Larkana, Hyderabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, D.G. Khan and D.I.Khan divisions.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

 

Islamabad fifteen degree centigrade, Lahore twenty four, Karachi twenty six, Peshawar eighteen, Quetta thirteen, Gilgit nine, Murree twelve and Muzaffarabad seventeen degree centigrade.


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