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The death toll in Sehwan Sharif bombing has risen to eight one.[0700-seventy five]
Strongly condemning the Sehwan bombing, the United States says it will continue to work with Pakistan to combat terrorism.
Security forces have killed eighteen terrorists in different encounters 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.
The death toll has risen to eighty-one in the terrorist attack at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif.
Radio Pakistan correspondent Noor Hussain Chand reports that over two hundred fifty people have been admitted to different hospitals in Sehwan, Dadu, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Karachi, Shaheed Benazirabad, Nawabshah and Larkana.
Strongly condemning the incident, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said he would do everything in his power to protect the country.
In a statement, he said the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar bombing represents an attack on the progressive and inclusive future of Pakistan where every man, woman and child is entitled to life, liberty and property in the pursuit of happiness irrespective of his religion.
The Prime further Minister said such attacks cannot divide or scare the nation and we must stand united in struggle for Pakistani identity and universal humanity.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah visited the shrine and Taluka Hospital Sehwan last night and inquired about the health of the victims.
The Sindh government has declared a three-day mourning.
I G Sindh A.D. Khawaja said the Dargah has been sealed. The security has also been strengthened at all public and religious places in the province especially at Shrine of Great Poet and Sufi Saint Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai.
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.
The United States has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Sehwan Sharif.
In a statement, US State Department Spokesman Mark Toner said his country stands with the people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism and remain committed to the security of the South Asia region.
He said the United States will continue to work with Pakistan to combat the threat of terrorism.
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.
In another encounter, eleven terrorists were killed during a search operation in Manghopir area. Two Rangers personnel were also injured.
According to Ranger's spokesman, the killed terrorists belonged to a banned outfit.
Meanwhile, four terrorists were killed in a raid on their hideout at Bakakhel in Bannu.
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 forces also arrested sixty seven suspects during the search operation.
Arms and ammunition have been recovered from them.
A meeting was held in Islamabad to review progress on the reformatory measures and enforcement actions against money laundering and terrorism financing.
Finance Minister, Muhammad 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.
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's 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.
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.
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 a 3-day "Nazria-e-
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 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.
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.
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.
In an ICC Women's World Cup Qualifying match, Pakistan will take on Ireland at Colombo on Friday.
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.
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.
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.