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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken serious notice of the lynching of a student at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan. In a statement on the murder of student Mashaal Khan by a mob at the university, he said the state will bring the perpetrators of this incient to the book. The Prime minister said the state will not allow any citizen to take the law into his own hands. He directed to apprehend those responsible for this brutality. The Prime Minister expressed grief and sorrow over the murder of the young student and said every Pakistani should promote tolerance and rule of law in the society.


Topic 02: PM lauds the role of Christian community in Pakistan’s development-Christian Community celebrating Easter today

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has lauded the role of Christian community in the development of Pakistan. In his message on the eve of Easter, he congratulated the Christian brethren and said that protection of all minorities living in Pakistan is moral and Constitutional responsibility of the government. Nawaz Sharif said prosperity of Pakistan and peace lie in unity. He assured all minorities, including Christians, that Pakistan belongs to all of us. He appreciated the role of Christian community for its role in achieving national objectives. The Christian community in the country is celebrating Easter on Sunday. Strict security arrangements have been put in place at churches.


Topic 03: 100 killed as bomb hits evacuees in Syria

In Syria, at least 100 people have been killed when a blast hit a bus convoy carrying evacuated residents of besieged towns in Aleppo. According to Syrian State TV, the blast occurred at Rashidin where dozens of buses carrying residents of Fuaa and Kafraya villages were waiting to enter the city.

 

Topic 04: Iran needs 'no one's permission' to build up missiles: Rouhani


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Teheran needs "no one's permission" to build up its missile capability. Addressing an event showcasing locally built military hardware, he said on Saturday that strengthening the capability of the Iranian armed forces is aimed at defending the country only and we will not ask for permission from any one to build up the armed forces, build missiles and aircraft.

 

Topic 05: 14 civilians killed in south Sudan clashes

In South Sudan, 14 civilians have been killed in the latest fighting between troops and armed opposition in northwestern town of Raga. Meanwhile, the United Nations has once again warned of the risk of genocide. The acting envoy of the U.N. secretary-general, Moustapha Soumare says both sides must show restraint and protect all South Sudanese citizens.

 

Topic 06: Trump sabre-rattling on North Korea has a flaw: Kim Jong-un has nothing to lose

In the lead-up to North Korea’s latest missile test, Donald Trump had battled to convince Kim Jong-un he was picking a fight with the wrong guy. The US president pounded Syria with 59 Tomahawk missiles and then ordered a naval “armada” into the waters around the Korean peninsula. He dropped the “mother of all bombs” on eastern Afghanistan and used Twitter to hammer home his message. “North Korea is looking for trouble,” the US president tweeted last week as Kim’s technicians made the final preparations for Sunday’s botched but nevertheless defiant test.

Topic 07: Turkey referendum: Historic vote on presidential powers under way

Voting is under way in Turkey in a landmark referendum that will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be granted sweeping new powers. Mr Erdogan is seeking to replace Turkey's parliamentary system with an executive presidency. Supporters say the move would streamline and modernise the country, but opponents fear it could lead to greater authoritarianism. A "Yes" vote could also see Mr Erdogan remain in office until 2029. About 55 million people are eligible to vote across 167,000 polling stations, with the results expected to be announced late on Sunday evening. Mr Erdogan would be given vastly enhanced powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament. The new system would scrap the role of prime minister and concentrate power in the hands of the president, placing all state bureaucracy under his control. Mr Erdogan says the changes are needed to address the security challenges faced by Turkey nine months after an attempted coup, and to avoid the fragile coalition governments of the past.

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Co-host: Ghulam Murtaza

 


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