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DATED: FEBRUARY 17, 2017

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HEADLINES

Pak-Afghan border crossings at Torkham and Chaman have been closed.

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

The Senate has passed a bill to institutionalise marriages of the Hindu community.

A former Indian Finance Minister has criticized Indian government for human rights violations in Occupied Kashmir.

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BORDER:

Pakistan-Afghanistan border crossings at Torkham and Chaman have been closed for all sort of traffic in the wake of yesterday's terror attack at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif.

 

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 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 injured in the attack.

 

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.

 

 

PM-SEHWAN:

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Sehwan on Friday in the wake of yesterday's terrorist attack resulting in the loss of innocent precious lives.

 

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Janjua will accompany the Prime Minister.

    

 

MOURNING:

Three-day mourning is being observed in Sindh from on Friday over suicide blast at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan Sharif.

 

Eighty-one people were killed in the blast, while two hundred and fifty people have been admitted to different hospitals in Sehwan, Dadu, Hyderabad, Jamshoro, Karachi, Shaheed Benazirabad, Nawabshah and Larkana.

 

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.

 

SECURITY:

Security has been beefed up in Rawalpindi and Islamabad following the recent wave of terrorist acts in different parts of the country.

   

According to police officials, patrolling has been enhanced on important roads besides increase in deployment of personnel at all entry and exit points, mosques and commercial centers.

   

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed to further strengthen security at holy shrines in Islamabad instead of closing them.

    

 

TERRORISTS:

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

 

SENATE BILLS:

The Senate on Friday passed "The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016." Moved by Minister for Law Zahid Hamid, the bill provides for solemnization of marriages by Hindu families.

         

The Minister said the bill will institutionalize marriages of the Hindu community. He said there was no documentation previously in this regard. He pointed out that the bill has full backing of Hindu community, members of the National Assembly and other concerned forums.

 

 

ZONE:

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and a Chinese company have signed a memorandum of understanding for construction of Industrial Zone at Rashakai Mardan.

 

The project which is part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, will boost trade and economic activities in the region. 

   

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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