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Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says Pakistan fully supports the United Nations initiatives for sustainable peace in the world. He was talking to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres at the sidelines of World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday. The Prime Minister said that Pakistan is committed for durable peace in the region. He said that peaceful neighbourhood is the first priority of the government. He said Pakistan has invited India for dialogue for the solution of all outstanding issues including Kashmir. He said that India did not respond to Pakistan's sincere offers. He also highlighted the Indian violations of the Indus Water Treaty signed between the two countries in 1960. The Prime Minister said that resolution of all outstanding issues between Pakistan and India including the core issue of Kashmir is imperative for durable peace in the south Asia.  He said that peace in the region is in the best interest of the people of the region. He said that that Kashmir issue is at the agenda of the United Nations Security Council. He said UN should play its due role for the solution of the Kashmir issue. Nawaz Sharif congratulated Antonio Guterres on assuming the charge of United Nations Secretary General and invited him to visit Pakistan.

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Analyst Live on Phone:

Dr. A.Z. Hilali (IR Expert)

"The meeting of Prime Minister and UN General Secretary was held in a pleasant atmosphere. Prime Minister highlighted certain regional issues including Kashmir dispute during the meeting. PM Also highlighted Indian involvement in state terrorism in Pakistan and Kashmir. Indian government is violating international laws and human rights. UN General Secretary has ensured to pay attention on the issues. It is a positive approach of UN General Secretary. We are hopeful that he will play his role to stop Indian brutalities in Indian Held Kashmir."

INDIAN TROOPS RESORT TO UNPROVOKED FIRING ALONG LOC

Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing at Jandrot, Nakyal, Burwa and Khanjar areas along the Line of Control on Thursday. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Indian forces violated the ceasefire five times during the last 24 hours. Pakistani forces responded befittingly, silencing the Indian guns.

Analyst Live on Phone:

Maj Gen (Retd) Jamshed Ayaz (Defense Analyst)

"Indian government has no concern with the condition of the people of its country. Indian forces are involved in unprovoked firing at LoC and the Working Boundary just to divert the attention of the world from its illegal policies. The present Indian government has the only agenda to destabilize Pakistan through terrorist activities."

PAKISTAN REITERATES COUNTER-TERRORISM SUPPORT TO AFGHANISTAN

Foreign Office says Islamabad possesses ample and undeniable evidence of Indian involvement in subversive activities and terrorism financing in Pakistan. At his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said unfortunately Pakistan is the victim of terrorism, particularly of the Indian-state terrorism. The spokesperson said no nation has done more than Pakistan to defeat terrorism. Our successes are well demonstrated and acknowledged by all. To a question, Nafees Zakaria rejected the Afghan leadership's allegations saying these allegations will prove to be unhelpful in efforts to peace and stability. The spokesperson said increasing foothold of terrorist organizations in Afghanistan is a matter of concern not only for Pakistan but other countries as well. He said Pakistan remains committed to engage with Afghan leadership to fight the menace of terrorism. 

Analyst Live on Phone:

Farooq Mahsud (Expert, Afghan Affairs)

"Afghan government should avoid playing blame games. Instead, it should focus on to resolve the issues of the people of its country. Pakistan has hosted Afghan refugees for the last thirty years in crucial times. Unfortunately, Afghan government is under the strong influence of Indian lobby. Indian agencies are using Afghan land for terrorist activities in Pakistan."

ALL PROVINCES TAKEN ON-BOARD REGARDING IMPLEMENTATION OF CPEC: AHSAN

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says utmost transparency is being ensured in all projects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Addressing a post 6th joint cooperation committee on CPEC follow up meeting in Islamabad on Thursday, he said some elements are hell-bent to hamper Pakistan's development by spreading confusion over these projects. The Minister said the national leadership has foiled all the conspiracies by taking all the provinces, Azad Kashmir, and Gilgit-Baltistan into confidence. Later talking to media, Ahsan Iqbal said CPEC will give impetus to industrialization in Pakistan and help flourish country's business. The Minister ruled out the impression that China will bring its own labor for projects under CPEC. He urged all stakeholders to join forces in successful execution of CPEC, which is a game changer not only for Pakistan and China, but for the entire region.

Donald.J Trump arrives in Washington to take office as the 45th President of US on 20th January 

Donald Trump traded in his private plane swooped into Washington for three days of inaugural festivities. As the president-elect left New York behind, the capital braced for an onslaught of inaugural crowds and demonstrators numbering in the hundreds of thousands.

Donald Trump's inauguration is almost upon us - seeing the 45th President of the United States take office just ten weeks after stunning America and the world by winning the US election. The eyes of the world will be on Mr Trump as he takes the Oath of Office, and offers his inaugural address. US President-elect Donald Trump expresses willingness to work with Russia and China. He also said the One China policy, in which the US no longer acknowledges Taiwan, was up for negotiation. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that the U.S. President -elect Trump cannot unilaterally cancel the nuclear deal signed by Teheran with world powers.  US President-elect Donald Trump has praised the UK's decision to leave the European Union and vowed for a quick bilateral trade deal. In the United States, civil rights activists have kicked off a week of protest to support immigrants' rights and denounce President-elect Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

On 30th November Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif telephoned US President-elect Donald Trump and felicitated him on his victory. During the telephonic conversation, Donald Trump said he is ready to play any role that Pakistan wants him to do to find solutions to the outstanding problems. He said it will be an honour and he will personally do it.

Analysts Live on Phone:

Taimur Shamil (Foreign Policy Expert)

"The new expected Secretary Defense of United States expressed willingness to work with Pakistan for peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan will also be provided some incentives in this regard. General John Nicholson visited Miran Shah along with COAS Gen. Bajwa and appreciated the war against terrorism. We should have to wait and see U.S. policies for India, China and Afghanistan. Earlier, United States was using India to counter China. Donald Trump has criticized U.S. policies regarding Afghanistan and Syria. United States better relations with Russia will be in favor of Pakistan. Trump is a businessman by profession and has also invested in Middle countries. We will have to wait to observe Trump’s policies for Middle East states."

Ali Imran (Editor, News and Views Magazine, Washington)

"We are not yet sure of Trump’s policies. China has always talked about globalization but United States nation is of the stance that globalization is not in favor of United States. The world is eyeing on Trump’s policies. In my opinion, Trump’s main focus will be on the economic development. The new Secretary Defense is willing to work for peace in Afghanistan with the support of Pakistan. Trump has also expressed willingness during his conversation with PM Nawaz Sharif to work together for peace. We hope for the better policies for Pakistan from Trump’s administration."

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