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The Prime Minister thanked the party leaders and members for reposing confidence in his leadership.  He said he will try his best to come upto the expectations and aspirations of the party and the people. He said the Government would continue to serve the nation despite hurdles being created by some political jugglers.  He said people would reject these jugglers and support those who are busy in nation building.

The Prime Minister said people of KPK voted for PTI on the slogan of change but the party leader is seen only on containers and dancing parties instead of serving the masses.  He said PML (N) would form the Government in KPK as well after 2018 elections on the basis of its concrete performance. Nawaz Sharif reiterated that a number of energy projects are under implementation and electricity load-shedding will be eliminated by 2018.  He said all resources of energy including hydel, wind, solar and nuclear are being exploited and ten thousand megawatt electricity will be added in the national grid by 2018.  He said thirty thousand more will be added in the next few years.  He said his target is not only to end load shedding but ensure its supply to consumers at lower rates. He said law and order situation has improved in the country due to counter-terrorism measures and operation Zarb-e-Azb.

OIC FOREIGN MINISTERS MEET IN TASHKENT TODAY: THE MEETING WILL DISCUSS CHALLENGES BEING FACED BY MUSLIM UMMAH

43rd session of Organization of Islamic Cooperation Council of Foreign Ministers began in Uzbek capital Tashkent this morning. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi will lead the Pakistan delegation. The meeting will adopt resolutions related to political social, educational, humanitarian, economic and legal matters faced by Muslim Ummah. The OIC has been providing support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for realization of their right to self-determination. According to the OIC Secretariat, around 109 resolutions on different issues including Jammu and Kashmir would be taken up for discussion.

BATTLE FOR MOSUL- ISIS TO BE ENVICTED

According to Pentagon official, Iraqi security forces were “ahead of schedule” after the first day of an offensive for the ISIS-held city of Mosul. A US-led coalition has for months been helping train Iraqi forces for the fight for Mosul and the military offensive finally got underway. Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said “Early indications are that Iraqi forces have met their objectives so far, and that they are ahead of schedule for this first day.” The start of the long-awaited assault has raised deep concerns for hundreds of thousands of civilians trapped in second-largest city of Iraq. Aid groups are warning of a massive humanitarian crisis.

YEMEN GOVERNMENT AGREES TO THREE DAYS CEASEFIRE

A 72-hour cease fire was agreed to by Yemeni President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi with the possibility of an extension. This was stated by Yemeni Foreign Minister Abdulmalek al-Mekhlafi. “The President agreed to a 72 hrs ceasefire to be extended if the other party adheres to it.” The agreement triggers a ceasefire which would end the siege of the city of Taez. UN envoy Ismail Ould Ahmed said “We are here to call for an immediate cessation of hostilities, which will be declared in the next few hours.” Agreement obliges all parties “to allow free and unhindered access for humanitarian supplies and personnel” to all parts of Yemen.

RUSSIA, SYRIAN FORCES TO PAUSE ATTACKS ON ALEPPO FOR EIGHT HOURS ON THURSDAY

Russian and Syrian armed forces will pause attacks on the Syrian city of Aleppo for eight hours on Thursday to allow civilians and rebels to leave the city, the Russian Defence Ministry said. But Moscow ruled out a lasting ceasefire, a step that Western governments have been demanding, saying that would only give Islamist rebels in the city an opportunity to regroup. The United Nations, which has long called for weekly 48-hour humanitarian pauses in the fighting, welcomed the Russian announcement. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said “Any lessening of the violence, lessening of the fighting, any pause that's actually implemented, would be very much welcome."

EDITORIALS

SHAMEFUL SILENCE ON DONALD TRUMP’S LIES ABOUT VOTE-RIGGING (NEW YORK TIMES)

It may be too late for the Republican Party to save itself from the rolling disaster of Donald Trump, but the party’s top leaders still have the duty to speak out and help save the country from his reckless rhetoric. The most frightening example is Mr. Trump’s frenzied claim that the presidential election is being “rigged” against him — a claim he has ramped up as his chances of winning the presidency have gone down. Instead of disavowing this absurdity outright, Republican leaders sit by in spineless silence. Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, and Paul Ryan, the speaker of the House, are the two most powerful Republicans in the country and should be willing to put the national interest above their own.

TRUMP POSES AN UNPRECEDENTED THREAT TO THE PEACEFUL TRANSITION OF POWER (WASHINGTON POST)

What has allowed the United States to last for so long as a democracy, when so many other countries have failed? There are many factors, but none is more fundamental than this: When we hold elections, the losing party acknowledges the legitimacy of the winner, and the winner allows the loser to survive to fight another day. Now, for the first time in modern history, a major-party candidate rejects both sides of that equation. If he loses, Donald Trump says, it will be due to cheating that makes the result illegitimate. If he wins, he will imprison his defeated opponent.

THE GUARDIAN VIEW ON CHILD REFUGEES: WHO IS A BROTHER’S KEEPER?

Fourteen children and adolescents arrived in south London today from the camp in Calais which is to be demolished, possibly as soon as next week. As a fraction of the eligible children in the “Jungle” camp it is negligible. There may be as many as a thousand children there who deserve to come to Britain and who are legally entitled to do so. As a fraction of the 88,000 child refugees adrift in Europe, 14 is infinitesimal. Yet by the standards of the British government, these 14 children represent a heroic humanitarian effort. There may ultimately be as many as 300 admitted a figure that the home secretary, Amber Rudd, described as “a good result”. It is a “good result” only from a perspective of remarkable smugness or meanness. The smugness would marvel at the fact that we have taken any refugees in at all when we have so successfully defied our moral and indeed legal obligations for so long.

IRAQ PM MUST AVOID USING MILITIAS IN MOSUL (GULF NEWS)

It has taken months of preparation, but finally the battle has started to retake Mosul from Daesh (the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), which has controlled Iraq’s second city for more than two years. If Iraq had the capability, the counter attack should have happened a few months after Daesh first took Mosul, and the political consequences of this inordinate delay have seriously damaged Prime Minister Haider Al Abadi’s credibility as the leader of a government able to manage an inclusive Iraq dedicated to the service of all its citizens.

Host: Mazhar Iqbal

Co-Host: Tahir Parwaz


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