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HEADLINES

Pakistan says India stands totally exposed on the issue of terror financing and subversive activities after Kulbushan episode.

Punjab Chief Minister has said children hospital Faisalabad will be upgraded into a one thousand-bed health facility.

UNHCR appeals for five hundred and fifty million dollars aid to ensure repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland.

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FO
Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya has said that India stands totally exposed on the issue of terror financing and perpetrating subversive acts in Pakistan.

Talking to Radio Pakistan today, he said India has been blowing the trumpet on the issue of terrorism since long but the fact is that the country's intelligence agency itself is involved in terrorism.

He said Kulbushan Yadav was an agent of RAW and serving officer of Indian Navy.

Spokesman said the agent has been awarded death sentence after due judicial process.

To a question, Nafees Zakariya said the United Nations and the US have expressed their desire to play a role for resolution of all disputes between the two countries including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir.

PLAN
The government plans to formulate a national youth employment framework in collaboration with International Labour Organization.

According to official sources, the framework will focus on training and education and exploring employment opportunities for the youth at mega development projects including China Pakistan Economic Corridor.

It will also look into overseas employment opportunities for the youth and social protection for unemployed youth.

The sources said that the provincial governments have also agreed to develop provincial youth employment strategies under the national framework.

SHAHBAZ
Chief Minister Punjab Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said that modern hospitals equipped with latest healthcare facilities are being established across the province.

This he stated after inaugurating a fifty bed Emergency block at Children hospital in Faisalabad this morning which has been completed at a cost of one point five billion rupees.

Shahbaz Sharif said this hospital will be expanded to a one thousand bed hospital to provide the best possible health care to children.

Earlier, Chief Minister visited the residence of Inspector Fida Hussain Shaheed in Samundri this morning who had embraced martyrdom during an operation against terrorists in Sahiwal last month.

He paid tributes to the martyred Inspector and expressed condolences with his family.

The Chief Minister announced a financial assistance of ten million rupees for his family.


ROAD-SHOW
A two-day road show being organized by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government begins in Beijing tomorrow.

A delegation of provincial government headed by Chief Minister Pervez Khattak will attend the road show wherein
eighty three projects will be highlighted.

The aim of the show is to attract maximum Chinese investment in the province in hydel power generation, communication, tourism, science and information technology.


UNHCR
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has appealed for five hundred and fifty million dollars to ensure voluntarily repatriation of the Afghan refugees from Pakistan.

A UNHCR spokesman told our Peshawar correspondent that the world body needs additional resources to provide financial assistance to those Afghan refugees who have opted for voluntarily repatriation to their motherland.

The UNHCR has opened a repatriation center at Chamkani near Peshawar to register those refugees who want to go back to Afghanistan.

Pakistan is currently hosting one point three million registered and about one million unregistered Afghan refugees which have put extra burden on the resources of the country.

The stay of the Afghan refugees in Pakistan expires by end of this year. (Rehman/pesh desp


TRAIN 
Pakistan Railways in an effort to enhance connectivity among all the provinces has extended the journey of Jaffer Express from Quetta to Peshawar.

According to Railways spokesperson, the train left from Peshawar this morning and it will reach Quetta at about 1400 hours tomorrow.

Earlier, the train was shuttling between Quetta-Rawalpindi only.

Online ticket reservation facilities are being provided to facilitate passengers.

ISPR 
The intelligence agencies have foiled a major terrorist bid in Lahore on the eve of Easter.

According to ISPR, one terrorist was killed and a woman arrested during an operation of security forces near Punjab Housing Society in the city.

Four security personnel were also injured in the operation.

Suicide Jackets and explosives were also recovered.

KASHMIR
In occupied Kashmir, the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik has strongly condemned the detention of Hurriyet leaders and restrictions on a condolence meeting in Budgam.

In a joint statement in Srinagar the three leaders said puppet authorities are choking space for peaceful political activities.

They said the situation is increasingly turning from bad to worse, resulting in political uncertainty in the occupied territory.

They hailed the people of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam for their exemplary poll boycott. The resistance leadershop said that this had conveyed a strong message to the world community that election drama amid ten hundred thousand Indian troops was unacceptable and could not be a substitute for the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.

CANADA
Canada has announced new sanctions against the Syrian regime in response to the chemical attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

In a statement, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland said new sanctions against key officials are part of Canada’s continued efforts to pressure the Assad regime to stop the violence against innocent people.

He said Canada is working with its allies to end the war in Syria.


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