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Date: 17-02-2017

Prime Minister says time has come to handle the monster of terrorism with unity and cohesion. 

Army Chief has asked the nation to remain steadfast in their ranks and have full confidence in the armed forces. 

Over one hundred terrorists have been gunned down in operations in different parts of the country.    

Senate passed a bill on Friday to institutionalize marriages within the Hindu community.

The United States handed over state of the art locomotives to Pakistan Railways on Friday.

In occupied Kashmir, forceful anti-India demonstrations were held on the occasion of Resistance Day on Friday.

A new campaign has been initiated in the United Kingdom to revert the decision to leave the European Union.

In the ICC Super Six Women's World Cup Qualifier Pakistan beat Ireland by eighty-six runs in Colombo on Friday.

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PM-MEETING

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has directed the armed forces and law enforcement agencies to eliminate the enemies with full force.       

Chairing a meeting in Sehwan Sharif on Friday, he said it is time for us to unite and fight against internal and external terrorists.     

Nawaz Sharif said it is an obligation on us towards  future generations and others facing oppression.

The Prime Minister said Pakistan has been fighting a war of its identity since its inception. For the past many years, we have been fighting the enemies from within and those abroad. We have faced dark days in our history. However, we have always come through with a resilience that has been an inspiration for the world.

Nawaz Sharif said it is call of the time that we remain firm and eliminate the heinous acts. He said the government will do its part in ensuring defeat to those who are attacking the rights and liberties of our fellow countrymen.

Nawaz Sharif said the war on terror will conclude with the victory of our people.              

SIRAJ:

Ameer Jamaat e Islami  Senator Sirajul Haq has said that every Pakistani will have to make his contribution in eliminating the scourge of terrorism.

Addressing a news conference in Lahore on Friday, Sirajul Haq said that the terrorist attack at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine is an attack on Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah.

He said the Sufi saints are the symbol of love and brotherhood and they revolutionized the lives of thousands of people.

 

US-SHRINE:

US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale has expressed his grief over the loss of precious lives at the shrine of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.    

Addressing a function in Karachi, he said the tragic incident reminded the entire world community to join hands against perpetrators of such crime.

 

PUTIN-CONDEMNATION:

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also expressed deep grief and sorrow over the tragic bomb blast in Sehwan Sharif.    

In a condolence message to President and Prime Minister of Pakistan on Friday, he said that nothing can justify this barbaric crime.      

He hoped that those behind the attacks will bear the punishment they deserve.

CHINA-SHRINE:

China has also strongly condemned the terrorist attack and offered its support to Pakistan in its fight against menace of terrorism and extremism.

Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson said China would continue to support Pakistan's efforts to fight against terrorism, maintain national stability and protect people's safety.

 

CONDEMNATION:

Tajikistan, Japan and Bahrain have also strongly condemned the Sehwan suicide attack and assured full support to Pakistan against terrorism.

                  

COAS

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that army is fully determined to ensure the security of people against all types of threat.      

In a statement on Friday, he asked the nation to stay steadfast with full confidence in their security forces.      

Qamar Javed Bajwa said that we shall not let the hostile agenda of the enemies succeed whatever it may cost.

 

DG-ISPR

Over hundred terrorists have been killed during intelligence based and combing operations across the country in last twenty four hours.

According to DG ISPR, intelligence agencies are making progress to unearth networks behind recent terrorist incidents.

He said there are linkages of support for these incidents from across the border. He said the border has been closed since last night due to security reasons. He said that no cross border and unauthorized entry will be allowed to Pakistan from Afghanistan. He said that security forces have been given specials order in this regard to have strict watch all along the border.

DG ISPR said Afghan authorities have been given a list of seventy six terrorists who are hiding across since long and planning, directing and supporting terrorist activities in Pakistan. He said Afghan government has been asked to target them and hand over to Pakistan.

Asif Ghafoor said terrorists' hideouts on Pak-Afghan border have been effectively targeted.

 

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.

Meanwhile, all shrines in Sindh have been closed for general public in view of yesterday’s tragic incident at Lal Shahbaz Qalander.

 

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.

 

SARTAJ:*

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz phoned Afghan National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar on Friday and expressed serious concerns regarding terrorist actrivities in the country being  operated from the Afghan soil.

Sartaj Aziz conveyed deep anguish and shock of the people of Pakistan over recent terrorist attacks.

He told the Afghan National Security Adviser that terrorist group Jamat-ul-Ahrar is behind these barbaric acts of terrorism.

Sartaj Aziz said the Afghan government should take strong action against such elements to reaffirm that its soil is not used for terrorist acts in Pakistan.

The Afghan National Security Adviser expressed his government’s condolences over the loss of lives in the recent terrorist incidents in Pakistan.

 

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 to 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.                

 

SENATE

The House was informed that FATA Development Authority is taking steps to develop industrial sector in FATA.   

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House during Question Hour that Marble City in Mohmand Agency, with a capacity to accommodate about 290 industrial units, is in advanced stages of completion, and is being included in CPEC.

He said two industrial estates are being established in FR Kohat and North Waziristan Agency.         

To another question, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb informed the House that PEMRA has issued 3,994 Cable TV licenses across the country.

She said the Authority has taken action against 112 illegal cable TV networks during the past six months, which were operational without licenses across the country.

BILLS

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.

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.

SENATE-ATTENTION

Responding to a calling attention notice moved by Saleem Mandviwala and others regarding the transfer of employees of Pakistan International Airline Corporation to its subsidiary company, Pakistan Airways Limited, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Shaikh Aftab Ahmad informed the House that work on Pakistan Airways Limited has not started yet and there is no question of transfer of employees.

Responding to another calling attention notice moved by Shibli Faraz regarding non-completion of longstanding project of Takht Bhai Flyover in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Shaikh Aftab Ahmad told the House that work on the project is going on speedily and will be completed by the end of April this year.

Chairperson Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Nuzhat Sadiq presented before the House report of the Committee on the mid-year review of budget of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

The House will now meet on Monday at 03:00 p.m.

 

AMBASSADOR

US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale has appreciated growing private sector relationship between Pakistan and the United States in infrastructure development projects.

He said this while addressing a ceremony at Karachi Cantonment Station to handover 4,500 horsepower state of art diesel locomotives to Pakistan Railways.

The Ambassador said these diesel locomotives would support power plants in the country, besides improving Pakistan Railways' capacity to carry even more cargo to the industrial heartland.

 

SHAHBAZ:

Punjab Chief Minister has said that terrorists and their facilitators responsible for Lahore bomb blast have been arrested.

Addressing a news conference in Lahore on Friday, he said that planning and preparation for this blast was done in Afghanistan by a network of terrorists.

He said that the suicide bomber belongs to Afghanistan while another terrorist is from Bajaur Agency.

He congratulated Police, Counter Terrorism Department  and Intelligence Bureau on the arrest of terrorists involved in the Lahore Blast.

CM-BELARUS:

Ambassador of Belarus to Pakistan Mr. Andrei Ermolovich called on Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore on Friday. 

He expressed his interest for extending cooperation with Punjab Government  in Agriculture and Textile sectors.

GOVERNOR-NGO

Governor Sindh has said that the role of non-Governmental Organizations working in social sector is very pivotal as they extend valuable services which help the masses to get basic amenities without hassle.   

Talkint to a delegation in Karachi, he said that educating girls was essential for any society and in Pakistan it was of more significance as the literacy rate in females was very alarming.

Tara Uzra Dawood informed the governor about various ongoing initiatives of DGF specially imparting quality education to girls.

KP-ZONE

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

 

ZONES

Three Industrial Zones are being setup in Muzaffarabad, Mirpur and Bhimber districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir under China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.

Presiding over a meeting of the Board of Directors of Mineral and Industrial Development Corporation in Muzaffarabad on Friday, the AJK Minister for Industries and Social Welfare Noreen Arif said a new era of development and prosperity will start in Azad Kashmir after establishment of these industrial zones.

NHA:

National Highway Authority has executed fifteen motorways and highways projects in the last three years.     

According to details, NHA completed Basima-Nag-Panjgoor-Hoshab Highway (N-85) at a cost of over eighteen billion rupees.

Balance work of 193 km Gwadar-Hoshab section of M-8 was completed at a cost of thirteen billion rupees. One hundred eleven km Kalat-Quetta-Chaman highway was completed at the cost six billion.     

The NHA completed two section of the Faisalabad-Multan

Motorway in 2015. It completed 56 km Khanewal-Multan section at the cost of twelve billion and 58 km Faisalabad-Gojra section at the cost of over nine billion.

Another important project completed during last year was 144 km Raikot-Thakot section of Karakoram Highway which cost over six billion rupees.     

Khunjerab-Raikot section of the KKH was also upgraded at the cost of over five billion rupees.

About 197 km Sehwan-Rattodero section of Indus Highway was upgraded and the project cost over fourteen billion rupees.

IRFAN

 Advisor to Prime Minister on National History and Literary Heritage, Irfan Siddiqui has said the 2017 will be celebrated as Iqbal's year to convey teachings of Poet of East to new generation.

Chairing a meeting at Iqbal Academy in Islamabad on Friday, he said special events will be organized on 140th birth anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal. 

The meeting also reviewed the preparations of International Iqbal conference scheduled to be held in November this year.           

NAVAL-CHIEF

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah visited Pakistan Navy Hospital Shifa Karachi on Friday and inquired after the health of injured of Sehwan Blast, being treated at hospital

                  

FUNERAL:

The funeral prayer of Pakistan Army Captain Taha was offered at PNS Shifa in Karachi on Friday.

Captain Taha had martyred in a landmine explosion in Awaran.

Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah and other officials of Pakistan Army and civilians attended the funeral.

ACCIDENT

Three people, including two women, were killed and two injured when a car collided with a roadside tree on Fateh Jhang-Kohat Road in Attock on Friday. 

 

KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, Resistance Day on Friday was marked by forceful anti-India demonstrations.

Call for observing the Day was given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to protest against the surge in innocent killings by Indian troops.

The puppet authorities deployed Indian police and troops in strength in all major towns to thwart the demonstrations. However, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipore, Sopore,  Islamabad, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Kupwara and other areas and shouted pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans. They also waved Pakistani flags.

Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi addressing public gatherings in Srinagar and Badgam said the Indian troops had been given a licence to kill innocent people in the occupied territory.

On the other hand, a large number of people, including Hurriyet leaders, attended the funeral prayers in absentia held at Lal Chowk in Srinagar on Friday for the victims of recent bomb blasts in Pakistan.                               

BLAIR-UK

A new campaign has been launched in the United Kingdom to mobilise people to change the decision about leaving European Union.

Launching the campaign in London on Friday, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that people voted in the referendum without knowledge of the true impact of leaving the European Union.

He said leaving the European Union will have negative impact on the future generations.

US-GERMANY:  

Germany has warned the United States against hurting European cohesion.

German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen speaking at the Munich Security Conference on Friday said that a strong EU is also in the interest of the US as is a strong unified determined NATO.                      

AFGHANISTAN:

In Afghanistan, seventeen army soldiers were killed in an attack of the Islamic State Group in Nangarhar province.

Afghan defence officials said on Friday the attack the previous night took place in  Dih Bala district  also killed  21 Islamic Sttae militants.

 

BAGHDAD

In Iraq, the death toll from yesterday's car bomb attack in southern Baghdad has risen to fifty-nine while sixty-six  people are injured.

The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the bombing.

NIGERIA:

In Nigeria, the government troops repelled an attack of the  Boko Haram group in  northeastern city of Maiduguri  killing eleven suicide bombers on Friday.

Two civilians were also killed in a suicide attack conducted by three female suicide bombers at a truck station.

SLOVAKIA

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico has narrowly survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote  over high energy prices.

Following a heated discussion, 60 lawmakers voted to oust Fico while 70 voted in his favour.                           

 

S-AFRICA:

In South Africa, six military personnel died and several  injured in a  gas leak at a naval base in the city of Durban on Friday.


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