Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given directions for immediate re-opening of Pak-Afghan border. In a statement, he said recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan. However, the decision to re-open the border is being taken as closure of the border for a long time in the backdrop of , religious, culture and historical ties between the two countries would not be in the interest of the people and the economy. He said the decision to re-open the border is being taken as a goodwill gesture. The Prime Minister hoped that the Afghan Government would take measures to address the reasons for which the borders were closed. The Prime Minister said they have reiterated time and again that durable peace in Afghanistan is imperative for peace and security in Pakistan. Pakistan would continue to collaborate with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the two countries.

Host: Muhammad Waqas

Co-host: Ghina Mehr

Analyst Live on Phone:

Prof. Dr. Ghulam Mustafa (Political Analyst)

Pakistan has cultural, economic and linguistic ties with Afghanistan. Afghanistan government is ignorant of Pakistan importance for its survival. Small lobby within Afghanistan is involved in making propaganda against Pakistan. The closure of border put social pressure of government in Kabul. This is high time that Afghanistan should realize opening of border as a good will gesture by Pakistan.

Pakistan keeps on making efforts for resumption of Commission level talks-The two-day 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India begins in Islamabad

The two-day 113th meeting of Permanent Indus Commission between Pakistan and India began in Islamabad on Monday. Water Commissioner Mirza Asif Saeed is heading the Pakistani delegation while India's Indus Water Commissioner P K Saxena is leading the Indian delegation.  The agenda of the talks includes discussions on the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India and programme of tours of inspection and meetings by Pakistan and India to the sites of their interest in the Indus basin. The meeting is taking place after almost two years break. Earlier, these talks were held in May 2015.

Noose has been tightened against the banned terrorist outfits : Nisar

Minister for Interior Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has said that noose has been tightened against the banned terrorist outfits and proscribed sectarian organizations to restore peace in the country. He was responding to a motion moved by Sehar Kamran and others regarding implications of the statement made by him in the Senate on 10th January, 2017, in which he made a distinction between the banned terrorist outfits and the proscribed sectarian organizations in the country.  Eradication of terrorism from the country is a shared responsibility of all the stakeholders including federal and provincial governments, security forces and civil law enforcement agencies, people of the country and media and they should play their role in this regard to make the country cradle of peace.

Analyst Live on Phone:

Jan Achakzai (Leader PML-N)

No doubt that government has done a great job in restoring peace in the country. National Action Plan is being implemented despite lots of challenges. The government has an absolute resolve to get rid of terrorism.

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