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Date:17.02.2017

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 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.     

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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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 today, he said it is time for us to unite and fight against internal and external terrorists.

   

Nawaz Sharif 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 every Pakistani will have to make his contribution in eliminating the scourge of terrorism.

 

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

 

US-SHRINE:

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

    

Addressing a function in Karachi, he said the tragic incident reminds 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 today, he said nothing can justify this barbaric crime.

    

 

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 Islamabad's efforts to fight against terrorism, maintain national stability and protect people's safety.

 

CONDEMNATION:

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

 

BAJWA VISIT:

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that terrorists will be targeted ruthlessly and indiscriminately anywhere and everywhere.

 

Speaking during his visit to Nawab Shah and Sehwan today, he said there will be no let up in the ongoing operation against the terrorists.

 

         

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 today, he asked the nation to stay steadfast with full confidence in their security forces.

    

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

                

 

Meanwhile, during a visit to Nawab Shah and Sehawan today, the Army Chief said terrorists will be targeted ruthlessly and indiscriminately.

 

He said there will be no let up in the ongoing operation against the terrorists.

 

                     

 

BAJWA-CALL:

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa today telephoned Commander Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan General John Nicholson.

 

He expressed his concerns over continued acts of terrorism in Pakistan with impunity from Afghanistan.

 

He asked Commander RSM to play role to stop use of Afghan soil for terrorist attacks in Pakistan.

 

 

 

 

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 no cross border and unauthorized entry will be allowed to Pakistan from Afghanistan.

 

DG ISPR said Afghan authorities have been given a list of seventy six terrorists and asked to target them and hand over to Pakistan.

 

 

MOURNING :

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.

 

SARTAJ:

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

 

Sartaj Aziz 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 ensure that its soil is not used for terrorist acts in Pakistan.

 

 

SENATE :

Senate was informed today that FATA Development Authority is taking steps to develop industrial sector in the region.

 

Minister for States and Frontier Regions Abdul Qadir Baloch told the House during Question Hour that Marble City in Mohmand Agency 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 taken action against 112 illegal cable TV networks during the past six months.

 

 

BILLS:

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 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".

         

 

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.   

 

The House has now been adjourned to meet again on Monday at three 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.

 

 

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 today, he said that planning and 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.

 

                           

KASHMIR:

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

 

Call for obsering 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.

 

                              

 

ICC-WOMEN:

In the Super Six phase of ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier in Colombo, Pakistan beat Ireland by 86 runs today.

 

Earlier, Pakistan scored 271 runs for the loss of five wickets in stipulated fifty overs.

 

In reply, Ireland could score 185 runs for all out in 48.5 overs.

 

 

WEATHER:

  

Rain-thunderstorm with snowall over the hills is expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Quetta, Zhob, Kalat divisions, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during the next twelve hours.

 

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