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Headlines

17-02-2017

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The death toll in Sehwan Sharif bombing has risen to seventy-five.  

Army Chief says the recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan have been orchestrated by hostile powers having their sanctuaries in Afghanistan.

Rangers killed seven terrorists in an encounter in Karachi this morning.

Commerce Minister has assured full support to poultry exporters for capturing the UAE market.

France says US position on Middle East peace is confused and worrying.

Lahore Qalandars beat Karachi Kings by seven runs in a Pakistan Super League match at Sharjah.

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CM SINDH

The death toll has risen to seventy-five in the terrorist attack at the Shrine of Laal Shabaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif.

Radio Pakistan correspondent Nooor Hussain Chand reports that over two hundred fifity people have been admitted to different hospitals in Sehwan, Dadu, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Karachi, Shaheed Benazirabad Nawabshah and Larkana.

Sindh Chief Minister Sayed Murad Ali Shah  visited the shrine  and Taluka Hospital Sehwan last night.

The Sindh government has declared a three-day mourning. 

I G Sindh A D Khawaja said the Dargah has been sealed. The security ha salso been upgraded in province at all public and religious places especially at Shrine of Great Poet and Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhati.

 

BAJWA

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.

He said security forces will not allow hostile powers to succeed and we stand by our nation.

The Army Chief appealed to the nation to stay calm.

Meanwhile, Director General ISPR, Major General Asif Ghafoor in a tweet said Pakistan-Afghanistan border has been closed with immediate effect until further orders due to security reasons.      

 

D.I. KHAN-KILLING

Four police personal were martyred and another was injured in firing by terrorists on a police van near Mission Morr area of Dera Ismail Khan last night.

 

ENCOUNTER

In Karachi, seven terrorists were killed in an encounter with Rangers near Kathor on Superhighway this morning.

According to Ranger's spokesman, terrorists attacked their convoy that was returning to Karachi after rescue work at Sehwan. One Ranger official was also injured in the clash.

Meanwhile, four terrorists were killed in a raid on their hideout at Bakakhel in Bannu.

 

TERRORIST

A security personnel was martyred and a terrorist killed in an encounter in Mohmand Agency.              

According to official sources, the security forces were conducting a search operation in the agency when terrorists opened fire on them.              

The security forces retaliated injuring one terrorist, who then blew himself up.              

The security force also arrested sixty seven suspects during the search operation.              

Arms and ammunition have been recovered from them.

 

DAR

A meeting was held  in Islamabad to review progress on the reformatory measures and enforcement actions against money laundering and terrorism financing.

Finance Minister,Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired the meeting.

According to a Finance Ministry statement Director General Financial Monitoring Unit gave a briefing on the actions recently taken to curb the menace of money laundering and terrorism financing.

Foreign Office shared a number of parleys held with diplomatic community about latest reforms undertaken by Pakistan.

The meeting reaffirmed the government's resolve to continue to strengthen the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism framework and collectively work towards peace and security of the country.

 

TANVEER

Minister for Defence Production, Rana Tanveer Hussain has  said Pakistan and Sri Lanka could cooperate in counter terrorism in a comprehensive manner including sharing of experience and working together to eliminate the menace.   

He was talking to Commander, Sri Lankan Navy, Vice Admiral R C Wijegunaratne who called on him in Rawalpindi. 

Rana Tanveer Hussain said Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Sri Lanka and there is a considerable potential for cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

 

DASTGIR

Commerce Minister Engineer Khurram Dastgir says the  government will extend full support to poultry exporters for capturing the UAE market.

He said a big market is available for poultry exporters in the gulf region after the UAE lifted ban on Pakistan poultry products.

Talking to a news channel, he said poultry exporters should use modern technology and procedures to ensure international standards.

Poultry exporters appreciated the steps of the present government in convincing the UAE, which paved the way for lifting of the ban.

 

PAK-YEMEN

Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada says Pakistan enjoys cordial and brotherly relations with Yemen and wishes early return of peace in the brotherly country.    

He was talking to Ambassador of Yemen to Pakistan Muhammed Motahar Ali-Shab, who called on him in Islamabad.     

Riaz Pirzada said Pakistan will continue to work for resolving the Yemen crisis.

The Yemeni Ambassador expressed confidence that relations between the two countries will further grow. He thanked Pakistan for awarding scholarships to students of his country for higher education.

 

BARJEES

Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Chaudhry Barjees Tahir has  demanded the United Nations  to resolve Kashmir issue immediately as per its resolutions.

Addressing the inaugural session of 3-day "Nazria

Pakistan Conference" in Lahore, he said Kashmiris have been striving for the internationally acknowledged right of self-determination since 1947.  

The Minister said Indian state terrorism cannot suppress the indigenous Kashmir liberation movement. He said that Kashmir has become a focal point for the entire world and the time is not far away  when Kashmiris will achieve their goal.

 

FRANCE

France says U.S. position on Middle East peace  is confused and worrying.

This has been stated by French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault while talking to newsmen after a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Germany.

He affirmed that the only realistic option was a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

US-ME

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has said  United States still supports a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Talking to newsmen at the United Nations in New York, she  stressed that a peace deal was not for Washington to impose but could only come from the parties themselves. Haley's comments came after President Donald Trump said that he was open to ideas beyond a two-state solution.

PSL

Lahore Qalandars beat Karachi Kings by seven runs in the eighth match of Pakistan Super League at Sharjah last night.

Bating first, Lahore Qalandars scored 179 runs for the loss of eight wickets in allotted twenty overs.

In reply, Karachi Kings scored 172 runs for the loss of eight wickets in the stipulated overs.    

Fakhar Zaman of Lahore Qalandars, who scored 56 runs, was declared player of the match.

In on Friday's matches, Peshawar Zalmi will play against Quetta Gladiators while Karachi Kings will take on Islamabad United at Sharjah.

 

CRICKET

In an ICC Women's World Cup Qualifying match, Pakistan will take on Ireland at Colombo on Friday.

 

WEATHER

 

Partly cloudy weather conditions are expected in upper parts of the country. However, rain with snow over the hills is expected at scattered places in Malakand, Hazara, Mardan divisions, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir, while at isolated places in Quetta, Kalat and Kohat divisions during the next twelve hours. 

Cold and dry weather is likely to prevail elsewhere in the country.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad fourteen degree centigrade, Lahore fifteen, Karachi twenty one, Peshawar and Muzaffarabad thirteen, Quetta ten, Gilgit eight and Murree six degree centigrade.

 

 


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