Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will lead Pakistan delegation to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York from Monday.  Foreign Office in a statement in Islamabad on Friday said the Prime Minister will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders and the Secretary General of the United Nations on the sidelines of the General Assembly Session. It said the Prime Minister will address the Council on Foreign Relations and will interact with the United States Pakistan Business Council. The Prime Minister will also have extensive interaction with the international media. There will also be a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistan-US agree to make collective efforts to combat IED threat                             

Pakistan and the United States have agreed to make collective efforts to combat the Improvised Explosive Device threat.  An agreement to this effect came during the visit of Director of the US Department of Defence's Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Organization Lieutenant General Michael Shields to Pakistan. During the visit, General Shields and his delegation met with the Pakistani Army's Chief of General Staff, the Director General of Military Operations and officials from the Interior Ministry.  He also met with the Chairman of the Pakistani Army's Counter Improvised Explosive Device Organization to discuss initiatives, training and other areas of military cooperation between the two countries. General Shields also visited the Counter IED, Explosives and Munitions School at the Military College of Engineering in Risalpur. The Commandant of the Military College of Engineering briefed General Shields on their efforts to train.

Terrorism reduced in Pakistan due to successful counter-terrorism operations: Ashan Iqbal

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says Pakistan became an unprecedented story of success during the last four years due to upward trajectory in diverse fields.  Addressing a news conference in Lahore, he said incidents of terrorism have reduced by eighty to ninety percent as compared to 2013 and peace has been restored in the length and breadth of the country due to successful counter-terrorism operations.  The Interior Minister said a star studded world eleven Independence Cup tournament imparted a positive and soft image of the country at international level. He said efforts of the government are yielding fruits as the country witnesses' remarkable economic growth.  Interior Minister says participation of World XI in Independence Cup tournament in Lahore has promoted soft image of Pakistan at international level.

China expresses satisfaction over the security of its citizens working on CPEC related projects in Pakistan

Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal says China Pakistan Economic Corridor is an emblem of historic ties between the two countries.  He was talking to ambassador of China in Pakistan Sun Wei Dong who called on him in Islamabad.  He said Pak-China relations are based on mutual goodwill and long term cooperation in economic and defence fields.  During the meeting it was decided to impart training on modern lines to the law enforcement agencies.  Ahsan Iqbal said Balochistan has great significance in CPEC project and  it has been divided into northern and southern zones due to security reasons.  The Chinese ambassador expressed satisfaction over the security of Chinese citizens working on CPEC related projects in Pakistan. Ahsan Iqbal said  Pakistan and China will unanimously foil conspiracies against China Pakistan Economic Corridor. 

ECP finalizes all arrangements to conduct bye-elections in NA-120 Lahore

A spokesperson of Election Commission in Lahore said the polling will be held from 8 am to 5 pm without any break. He said there are 3,21633 registered voters including 1,79505 male and 1,42128 female voers in NA-120. A total of 220 Presiding officers, 568 Assistant Presiding Officers and 568 polling officers will perform their election duties.  Meanwhile, all necessary administrative and security measures have been finalized to hold free, fair and impartial by-election.

Flooding claims 54 lives in Niger

In Niger,  fifty four people have been killed by flooding unleashed by three months of torrential rain in Capital Niami. UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said more than 11,000 homes were destroyed, dispalcing nearly 200,000 people. 

China urges US to resume dialogue for establishing peace on Korean Peninsula  

China has called on the United States to refrain from making threats over North Korea. Chinese Ambassador told reporters in Washington that United States should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue for peace in the Korean Peninsula. 

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