DATE: 20-03-2017                                


Prime Minister has announced to re-open 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.


Islamabad has expressed the desire to further boost its relations with Saudi Arabia.


Punjab Chief Minister inaugurated Speedy Feeder Bus service in Lahore on Monday.


Afghan government has announced support for US call to increase the number of foreign forces in Afghanistan.


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


In a statement, he said the decision 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.                  



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 on Monday.


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



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


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


Khawaja Asif expressed the hope that things will move in the positive direction as a result 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.              



Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi says Saudi Arabia is true and trusted friend of Pakistan.


He said this while speaking at a luncheon ceremony hosted in honour of the out-going Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Abdullah Marzouk A-Zahrani in Islamabad on Monday.


Special Assistant appreciated the contribution made by the outgoing Saudi Ambassador in further strengthening the existing excellent bilateral ties between the two countries.


Tariq Fatemi expressed the desire that the bilateral relations between the two countries would continue to grow in years to come.


The lunch was also attended by the Heads of Mission of all GCC countries in Pakistan.



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


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



Islamabad High Court has granted protective bail to former Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon.


He has been granted protective bail till 5th of next month.                   



Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif inaugurated "Punjab Speed" Feeder Bus service in Lahore on Monday.


Addressing the inaugural ceremony, he said that the government is committed to provide modern travelling facilities to the masses.


He said in the first phase, two hundred air-conditioned buses will connect Lahore city with the 27-km-corridor of Metro Bus Service.


The Chief Minister said over one hundred and twenty thousand passengers will benefit daily from the new bus service.       



Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has lunched online municipal services to the people in Peshawar city at a cost of forty-seven million rupees.


Official sources said the online system will be extended to the whole province form the next fiscal year.



Governor State Bank Ashraf Mahmood Wathra says all possible efforts are being made to provide modern banking facilities to the people of Balochistan.


Talking to media in Quetta on Monday, he said all the domestic and foreign banks including Chinese banks are making their contribution in promotion of financial and trade activities regarding China Pakistan Economic Corridor project.


The Governor said banks branches are being opened in Gwadar and Khuzdar to boost trade and economic activities.           



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


Sindh Rangers arrested six criminals involved in target killing, terrorism, kidnapping for ransom and other crimes in Karachi city.


Three terrorists belonging to banned Tehreek-e-Talban Swat were also among them.


Weapons were also recovered from them.


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


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



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.


Meanwhile, Chairman of Kashmir Economic Alliance, Mohammad Yasin Khan said in an interview that the business community of occupied Kashmir wants to become part of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor Project.


He said we all want to link CPEC and profit from it but it will be fruitful only after a political solution of the Kashmir dispute.



Afghan government has announced support for U.S. call for more foreign soldiers in Afghanistan.


While terming terrorist activities as serious threat, the Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said additional troops would help improve security situation in the country..


Commander of the U.S. led international military force in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson had recently said that more troops are needed to effectively train and advise Afghan soldiers.



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.                  



Israeli ambassador was summoned at foreign ministry in Moscow to explain an exchange of fire between Israeli jets and Syrian government forces.


The Russian Foreign Minister expressed concern over the exchange of missiles firing between the two countries.

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