Minister for Water and Power says no un-scheduled load shedding is being carried out anywhere in the country.


Pakistan says it has taken various initiatives for durable peace in the region.


Australia has decided to suspend air strikes in Syria.


Triumphant Pakistani cricketers returned home to rousing welcome today.



Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Asif says no un-scheduled load-shedding is being carried out anywhere in the country.


In a tweet message, he said electricity generation has reached  14977 megawatts while the demand was 17689 megawatts this morning. 


He said there is a shortfall of 2712 megawatts.



Pakistan has reiterated its continued support for all efforts aimed at sustainable peace in Afghanistan.


This was stated by Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations in a meeting with UN Secretary General  Antonio Guterres in New York on the occasion of World Refugees Day.


She informed the Secretary General about initiatives taken by Pakistan for improving relations with Afghanistan and peace in the region.


Maleeha Lodhi said Pakistan is hosting millions of Afghan refugees over the last four decades.



Meanwhile, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry has asked Afghanistan to stop pointing finger at Islamabad for every issue.


Taking part in a debate in Washington, he said terrorism is a common enemy and the two countries need to evolve a joint strategy against it.


Afghan Ambassador said foreign forces are behind tension between Pakistan and Afghanistan. 



The United Nations has appreciated Pakistan for hosting the largest number of refugees in the world.


A report prepared by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Pakistan has generously hosted the world's largest refugee population for three decades, and it is essential to mobilise more support from the international community.



World Refugees Day is being observed today.


Its objective is to highlight the plight of refugees who are forced to leave their homes, besides commemorating their courage and perseverance in the wake of ordeals confronting them.


In Pakistan, various events are being held to mark the day.



Election Commission of Pakistan will meet in Islamabad tomorrow to discuss delimitation of constituencies.


Chief Election Commissioner Sardar Raza Khan will chair the meeting.


Chief Census Commissioner Asif Bajwa will brief the meeting about the census data required by the election commission for  delimitation of constituencies.



In occupied Kashmir,  General Secretary of APHC and the Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party  Shabbir Ahmad Shah has urged Pakistan to take the Kashmir dispute to the International Court of Justice.


In a statement issued in Srinagar, he said that Pakistan being a stakeholder of Kashmir dispute had every right to refer it to the international court of justice.


He appealed the permanent members of Security Council and UN Secretary General  to grant Observer status to Kashmir in the World Body.


Meanwhile a report released by Kashmir media service today says that  Indian state terrorism during the last twenty eight years has forced over thirty five thousand Kashmiris to leave the territory and live as refugees.



Members of Pakistan Cricket Team received heroes' welcome on their return to the country. 


Hassan Ali, Baber Azam, Fahim Ashraf and Ahmad Shahzad, were warmly welcomed at  Lahore airport by provincial ministers and a large number of cricket fans.


Captain Sarfaraz Ahmad and Rumman Raees were warmly received by Governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair and Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar along with a large number of cricket lovers at Karachi airport.


Junaid Khan, Amad Waseem and Shahdab Khan were accorded a warm welcome at Islamabad airport by a large number of fans and Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz.



In Afghanistan, eight security guards have been killed by gunmen in northern Parwan province.


A spokeswoman for the provincial governor Wahida Shahkar said today the guards were attacked in Bagram district on their way to Bagram airbase.


No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.



Australia has decided to suspend air strikes in Syria.


The decision was announced by Australian Defence Minister Marise today following the U.S. downing of a Syrian military jet on Sunday and Russia's subsequent threat against coalition aircraft.

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