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DATED: FEBRUARY 17, 2017

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HEADLINES

Senior Afghan diplomats were summoned at GHQ on Friday and handed over list of wanted seventy-six terrorists.   

The Senate has been informed that security is being enhanced in the country under Safe City projects.

Security forces have killed thirty-two terrorists in different parts of the country.

Former Indian Finance Minister Chidambaram has criticized Indian government for human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

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GHAFOOR:

Pakistan has asked Afghanistan to hand over seventy-six terrorists.

 

Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said the high officials of Afghan embassy were summoned at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi on Friday and given list of seventy-six terrorists hiding in Afghanistan. 

 

He said the Afghan officials were asked to take action against those terrorists and hand them over to Pakistan.

 

BORDER

Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings at Torkham and Chaman have been closed for all sorts of traffic.

 

The border points have been closed to stop entry of terrorists from Afghanistan.

 

Several banned terrorist organizations, including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar are based in Afghanistan, and they have been carrying subversive activities in Pakistan from there.

 

Security forces have increased patrolling, surveillance and checking on check posts along the Pak-Afghan border.

 

Meanwhile, several terrorists were killed in an exchange of firing with security forces in Khyber Agency on Friday.

 

According to ISPR, the terrorists attacked Pakistani border post in the agency from the Afghan side.

 

Two FC soldiers were also martyred in the attack.

 

SENATE-QUESTIONS

The Senate was informed on Friday that security of the federal capital is being enhanced under Safe City project.

 

Minister of State for Interior Balighur Rehman told the House during question hour that 1900 CCTV cameras have been installed at different points in Islamabad.

 

He pointed out that these cameras are helping to identify the criminals and check crimes.

 

The Minister of State said Punjab Government is also going to implement Safe City project in six cities in the province.

 

To a question, Balighur Rehman said there are three model addiction treatment and rehabilitation centres running under supervision of Anti-Narcotics Force, one each in Islamabad, Quetta and Karachi.

 

He pointed out that these centres have treated 3408 drug addicts during the last three years.

 

TERRORISTS:

Security forces killed thirty-two terrorists in encounters and search operations in different parts of the country on Friday. 

 

In Karachi, eleven terrorists were killed during a search operation in Manghopir area. In another encounter with Rangers, seven terrorists were killed near Kathor on Superhigway. Three Rangers personnel were also injured in the two incidents.

 

Security personnel killed four terrorists in a raid on their hideout at Bakakhel in Bannu. Three others were killed in Regi area of Peshawar during a search operation. 

 

In Quetta, security forces shot dead two terrorists of a banned organization during a combing operation on eastern bypass near Saryab Road.

 

In another encounter in Mohmand Agency, a terrorist was killed in an encounter. A security personnel was also martyred.

 

Arms and ammunitions were also recovered from the possession of terrorists. 

 

In Khurram Agency, two terrorists were killed in retaliatory fire when challenged by security forces in Shabak area on Friday.

 

Police killed two terrorists during an encounter near Chak 91 of Sargodha.

  

 

TOLL:

Death toll has risen to eighty-one in the terrorist attack at the Shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif last night. 

 

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.

 

MOURNING

Three-day mourning is being observed in Sindh from on Friday over the Sehwan Sharif suicide blast.  

 

The national flag is flying at half-mast on all the government and other important buildings.

 

Quran Khwani and Fateha Khwani will be held after Juma prayers for the departed souls along with prayers for early recovery of the injured.

          

Meanwhile, security at all the shrines in the province has been enhanced, and strict measures are being taken to ensure safety of these places and of lives and properties of the people.

 

CHIDAMBARAM

Former Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said that the Kashmir dispute needs a political solution.

 

In an interview in New Delhi, he said that the approach of BJP government as well as the PDP-BJP regime in occupied Kashmir is wrong and if the government persists in its present approach it will lead only to more conflict and more violence.

 

P Chidambaram said ruling establishment under Prime Minister Narendra Modi is violating individual and human rights and intimidating independent think tanks.

 

The Congress leader said that the sub-continental ties are at their lowest point.

 

PSL:

In Pakistan Super League at Sharjah on Friday, Peshawar Zalmi will take on Quetta Gladiator at 4: 30 p.m. while match between Islamabad United and Karachi Kings is scheduled at 9:00 p.m. tonight.


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