Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Prime Minister has inquired after health of the injured of Sehwan Sharif blast in a hospital in Shaheed Benazirabad.
Security has been beefed up across the country in the wake of recent terrorist incidents.
Senate has passed a bill to institutionalise marriages of the Hindu community.
A Delhi court has acquitted three Kashmiri Youth booked under fake charges.
In Pakistan Super League, Peshawar Zalmi will face Quetta Gladiators while Islamabad United will meet Karachi Kings at Sharjah today.
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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited a hospital in Nawabshah today, and inquired after the health of those injured in yesterday's blast at Sehwan Sharif.
He was accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, National Security Adviser Nasir Janjua, Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair, Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa.
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 today.
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.
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 today 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.
Three-day mourning is being observed in Sindh from today 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 are being held for the departed souls along with prayers for early recovery of the injured.
All shrines in Sindh have been closed for general public in view of yesterday’s tragic incident at Lal Shahbaz Qalander.
Meanwhile, security has been tightened in Karachi, and Rangers personnel have been deployed at Abdullah Shah Ghazi Mazar and all shrines in the city.
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.
Law enforcement agencies carried out search operations in suburban areas of Islamabad today.
Forty-two suspected people, including twelve Afghans, were arrested during the operations.
Arm and ammunition was also recovered from their possession.
Security forces killed thirty two terrorists in encouters and search operations in different parts of the country today.
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 today.
Police killed two terrorists during an encounter near Chak 91of Sargodha.
The Senate was informed today 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.
The Senate today 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.
The Minister laid before the House three more bills.
These are "The Companies Bill, 2017", "The Pakistan Air Force (Amendment) Bill, 2017" and "The National Commission on the Rights of the Child Bill, 2017".
The chair referred these bills to committees concerned for further deliberations.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif says the government has taken effective measures for promotion of Information Technology in the government sector.
He was chairing a meeting in Lahore today to review distribution of laptops in the province.
The Chief Minister said students are getting benefits from the government's laptop scheme.
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.
A Delhi court has acquitted three Kashmiri youth from all fake charges leveled against them in 2005.
Muhammad Rafiq Shah, Muhammad Hussain Fazili and Tariq Ahmad Dar were arrested in connection with three bomb blasts in New Delhi's markets.
In German city of Bonn, the meeting of like-minded countries including Western and Arab countries as well as Trukey is being held today to discuss Syrian conflict.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will also join the group supporting the Syrian opposition for talks pushing a political solution to the nearly six-year war.
In Afghanistan, five police officers were killed when their security posts came under attack in Kunar province today.
Provincial governor Waheedullah Kalimzai said the police aided by other security officials managed to repel the attackers and killed several Taliban.
In Pakistan Super League at Sharjah today, 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.
In the super six phase of ICC Women's World Cup qualifier in Colombo against Pakistan, Ireland chasing the target of 272 runs were 94 for 3 in 29 overs, a short while ago.
Earlier, Pakistan scored 271 runs for the loss of five wickets in fifty stipulated overs.