National Security Committee reiterates that regional peace and progress is directly linked to resolution of all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir. The Committee expresses grave concern over frequent incidents of cross-border firing by Indian forces over the Line of Control and strongly condemned the grave violations of human rights inflicted upon innocent people of occupied Kashmir. The National Security Committee reaffirms its continued commitment to pursue peace and stability in Afghanistan through an Afghan owned and Afghan-led peace process. The Committee expresses satisfaction over the gains of anti-terrorism operations particularly Radd-ul-Fasaad and Khyber-IV and resolved to continue with these operations till elimination of the last trace of terrorist elements. 

Meanwhile, Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to strengthen institutional cooperation to effectively combat terrorism. The understanding came at a meeting between Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai in Kabul.

Kashmiris' struggle to rid of Indian occupation has gotten new momentum after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani: Khawaja Asif

In an interview, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has says New Delhi will not succeed in strangulating the voice of the people of Kashmir through coercive means. He rules out any breakthrough with India in the prevailing circumstances. Pakistan will ensure its security at all costs and is fully capable to respond to any subversive activity from any quarter. Peace in Pakistan is linked to stability in Afghanistan. Pakistan attaches great importance with Russia and China.

Pakistan's economy is stable and moving towards growth: PM

Talking to a delegation of Pakistan Business, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says the country is poised to become a major player in the regional economy. Major policy reforms have been initiated to facilitate the business community. Laws relating to establishment of Special Economic Zones have also been formulated to attract investment in the country with complete freedom of transferring dividends and movement of capital. The government has also improved security ambiance, particularly in Karachi to help business community conduct trade in a peaceful environment. 

Interior Minister vows that no one would be allowed to disturb peace in Karachi 

Chairing a meeting on Karachi law and order in Islamabad, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says the enemy of the country will be dealt with iron hands. Karachi is the backbone of Pakistan's economy. 

Meanwhile, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain says the defence industry of the country is producing state-of-the-art products. Chairing a review meeting on performance of the ministry, he expresses satisfaction over increased level of exports during the PML-N government.

US Army Central Command says military-to-military exchanges between United States and Pakistan allow them to build relationships necessary to advance counterterrorism efforts in the region

A six-member US delegation of United States Army Central Command led by Lieutenant General Michael Garrett is on a three-day visit to Pakistan this week. Lt. Gen. Michael Garrett and the members of delegation met Pakistan Army's Chief of General Staff, the Director General of Military Training and the Director General of Military Operations at the Army General Headquarters. He also met Director General of Joint Staff and Director General of Joint Warfare and Training to discuss operations, training, and other areas of military cooperation between the United States and Pakistan. The US General says it is my distinct honour to visit Pakistan and this visit is significant in continuing to build the relationship between our two militaries and countries.

Minister for Climate Change reaffirms his pledge to boost efforts for protection of the country's wildlife and their habitats, particularly snow leopard, from worsening efforts of impacts of global warming-induced climate change

He held a meeting with Regional Director of International Union for Conservation of Nature Aban Marker Kabraji in Islamabad. Mushahidullah Khan says human-caused climate change has become today a major threat to the survival of the wildlife species and their habitats. Pakistan is home to a diverse array of wildlife ranging from the highest peaks, to the driest deserts, to freshwater and marine environments and to all the places in between. He told the Regional Director of IUCN that the present government was taking all-out efforts for protection of wildlife and their habitats from both climate and human-related threats. The IUCN's regional director assured support of her organization in all possible forms for protecting the country's wildlife, their habitats as well as ecosystems and overall biodiversity. 

Azadi Train received an enthusiastic response from the general public on the second day of its stay at Lahore Railway Station on Wednesday

The local people, including youngsters, students, senior citizens and families took keen interest in the galleries and cultural floats of all four provinces including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir. The local people are visiting Railway Station in large number to welcome the beautifully illuminated Azadi Train, which is plying across the country as part of 70th Independence Anniversary celebrations. The Azadi Train will leave for Multan tomorrow morning.

China says it will not hold talks with India over border dispute until New Delhi withdraws its troops from Chinese territory

China has once again reiterated that it would not hold talk with India over border dispute until withdrawal of Indian border guards from the Chinese territory. At a regular press briefing in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying said Chinese side was committed to peace and stability of the China-India order and the Chinese troops always patrolled along the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control. She urged the Indian side abide by the LAC and relevant conventions between the two sides and uphold peace and stability of China-India border.

Host: Shahid Amin

Co-host: Hamid Habib 

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