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HEADLINES

20-March-2017

Prime Minister has ordered immediate re-opening of Pak-Afghan border.

President says the government and state institutions are taking practical steps to eradicate menace of extremism and terrorism. 

Pakistan and India will hold Secretary level talks on Ratle Hydro-power Plant in Washington next month.         

In Libya, the national army has killed twenty-three rebel fighters in Benghazi city.

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PM-BORDER

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ordered immediate re-opening of Pak-Afghan border.   

In a statement, he said the decision to is being taken as a goodwill gesture.

The Prime Minister said that in the backdrop of religious, culture, economic and historical ties between the two countries closure of the border is in not in the interests of both the countries.    

He said that recent incidents of terrorism in Pakistan have been traced back to anti-Pakistan elements in Afghanistan.

He 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.

He said Pakistan would continue to collaborate with Afghanistan to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the two countries.

MAMNOON

President says the government and state institutions are taking practical steps to eradicate the menace of extremism and terrorism.   

He was addressing the convocation of National University of Modern Language in Islamabad today.  

The President urged the youth to play an active role in establishment of an enlightened society as elimination of extremist mindset was not possible using force alone.

He said the educated youth should become instrumental in bringing about a sustainable change in the country.

Mamnoon Hussain said China-Pakistan Economic Corridor is the harbinger of economic revolution for the entire region.

He said it is the responsibility of every segment of the society especially educated youth to transform this national narrative.

COURTS

The government is going to table two bills regarding extension of military courts in the National Assembly today.

The House will resume its session at Parliament House in Islamabad at 4:00 pm

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in a statement said amendments to the already tabled Constitutional Amendment Bill and Army Act amendment Bill have been lodged in the National Assembly in the light of consensus arrived in the Parliamentary leaders meeting.

Ishaq Dar said that in meeting of Parliamentary leaders it was also agreed to set up a Parliamentary Committee on National Security with Parliamentary leaders of National Assembly and Senate as its members.   

Meanwhile, the Senate also resumes its session at 3:00 pm today.

ASIF

Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that Pak-India Secretary level talks on Ratle hydroelectric plant will held in Washington on 12th of next month.

He was addressing a news conference in Islamabad on the side-line of the two-day meeting of permanent Indus Commission of Pakistan and India in Islamabad today.

Khawaja Asif expressed the hope that things will move in the positive direction because of meeting between Permanent Indus Commissioners of Pakistan and India.

He said outstanding problems relating to Indus Basin will be discussed during the two day meeting.

Khawaja Asif said the meeting will discuss the design aspects of Pakal Dul, Lower Kalnai and Miyar hydroelectric plants, flood data supply by India.

He said dialogue relating to Indus Waters Treaty was suspended in 2015 and now taking place almost after two years break.

Khawaja Asif reiterated that  Indus Waters Treaty is an International agreement which provides amicable solution of serious water issues between Pakistan and India.

He said Pakistan has welcomed the readiness of India for talks at Indus Water Commissioners level. 

To a question, he said Pakistan is pressing for implementation of arbitration court's decision on Kishanganga.

TEHMINA

Tehmina Janjua has assumed charge as new Foreign Secretary of Pakistan.

Earlier, she served Pakistan as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

ARREST

Security forces have arrested fourteen suspects in different parts of the country.

Karachi police arrested four criminal, including two foreigners from Liaqatabad and Buffer zone areas of the city.                         

Chagai Police arrested ten Afghan nationals from Dalbandin, who were living without legal documents.

IHK

In occupied Kashmir, the resistance leadership has decided to run campaign through distribution of posters to prevent people from casting votes in the upcoming parliamentary by-elections in the territory.

The decision was made after the authorities intensified crackdown against on Hurriyet leaders to prevent them from running poll boycott campaign. But the resistance leaders say they will intensify their campaign to stop people from casting votes.

LIBYA

In Libya, the national army has killed twenty-three rebel fighters in Binghazi.

A spokesman of the National Army said in this attack the government forces captured the final holdout of the rebels in the area. 

Six government troops were also killed in the clashes.

  


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