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Host: Aneeqa Tariq

Co-Host: Javed Noor

Topic 1: Terror attack in Sehwan Sharif claims 81 lives- The death toll has risen to eighty-one in the terrorist attack at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif. Over two hundred fifty people have been admitted to different hospitals in Sehwan, Dadu, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Karachi, Shaheed Benazirabad, Nawabshah and Larkana.

Analysts on Phone:

Dr. Rasool Bakhsh Raees- IR Expert

We should stay united and well-coordinated to curb the menace of terrorism. Almost seventy thousand civilians have lost their lives. The states which are supporting and providing safe havens to these terrorists, should know that they can never put Pakistan down by such coward acts. Afghani soil has been used by the terrorists who were involved in recent incidents. Pakistan should raise this issue with U.S. and urge for elimination of terrorism from Afghanistan. We will have to secure our borders with Afghanistan.

Live Reports from Radio Pakistan Karachi and Hyderabad's correspondents Tahira Bhatti and Noor Chand.

Topic 2: The United States strongly condemns terror attack at Lal Shahbaz Qalandar's shrine in Sehwan- "We extend our condolences to the victims and their families and wish a full recovery for all of those injured. We also offer our support to the Government of Pakistan as it works to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice," U.S. State Department Acting Spokesperson Mark C. Toner said. "Today's attack is only the latest in a series of violent acts this past week in Lahore, Balochistan, Peshawar and Mohmand Agency", he added. Toner said the U.S. stands with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism and remains committed to the security of the South Asia region. He further assured that the U.S. will continue to work with the Pakistan Government and their partners across the region to combat the threat of terrorism.

Topic 3: Terrorists attack Pakistani border post in Khyber Agency from Afghanistan- The attack was carried out early this morning. Pakistani troops on the post have effectively responded. Two FC soldiers have been injured. There are reports of terrorists killed in exchange of fire.

Topic 4: Army Chief vows to foil terrorists' maneuvers- Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has warned hostile agencies to avoid playing with regional peace and stability as we reserve the right to respond, despite our current policy of restraint. He expressed these remarks during his visit to Mohmand and Bajaur agencies on Thursday. The Army Chief said efforts to ensure that our soil is not used against any other country shall continue and we expect from others to reciprocate in same manner.

Topic 5: Pak-Afghan border closed due to security reasons- Pakistan-Afghanistan Border has been closed with immediate effect till further order due to security reasons. This was stated by Director General ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet on Thursday.

Topic 6: Recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan orchestrates by hostile powers having their sanctuaries in Afghanistan- Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said recent terrorist acts are being perpetrated on directions from hostile powers and from sanctuaries in Afghanistan. According to ISPR, the Army Chief said we will defend the motherland and respond befittingly to these conspiracies.

Topic 7: Nisar reiterates government's resolve to eradicate terrorism: Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says Pakistan is determined to root out menace of terrorism from its soil. He was talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew who called on him in Islamabad on Thursday.

Topic 8: Security forces killed 18 terrorists in different encounters in Karachi- Eighteen terrorists were killed in two separate encounters with Rangers in Karachi this morning. In the first incident, seven terrorists were killed near Kathor on Superhighway. According to Ranger's spokesman, terrorists attacked their convoy that was returning to Karachi after rescue work at Sehwan. One Rangers official was also injured in the clash.

Topic 9: Trump dismisses Russia controversy as 'scam' by hostile media- President Donald Trump dismissed a growing controversy about ties between his aides and Russia on Thursday as a "ruse" and "scam" perpetrated by a hostile news media, and denied any of his associates had contacts with Moscow before last year's election. "The leaks are absolutely real. The news is fake" Trump told a news conference, referring to media reports that his presidential campaign team had contacts with Russian intelligence officials.

Topic 10: Harward says no to national security adviser role- Ret. Vice Adm. Bob Harward turned down President Donald Trump's offer to be national security adviser Thursday, depriving the administration of a top candidate for a critical foreign policy post days after Trump fired Michael Flynn. Trump has since named Ret. Lt. Gen. Joseph Keith Kellogg, who worked under Flynn until his resignation, the acting national security adviser.

Topic 11: U.S. ambassador at U.N. says Trump supports two-state solution- U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Thursday the United States still supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a day after President Donald Trump suggested he is open to new ways to achieve peace. "First of all, the two-state solution is what we support. Anybody that wants to say the United States does not support the two-state solution - that would be an error," Haley told reporters at the United Nations. "We absolutely support the two-state solution but we are thinking out of the box as well: which is what does it take to bring these two sides to the table; what do we need to have them agree on."


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