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On the invitation of King Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will leave for Saudi Arabia on a three-day visit tomorrow to participate in the first trilateral US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh. In addition to King Salman and President Trump, 55 Heads of State and Government from the Muslim world have been invited to participate in the Summit. The Summit in Riyadh will provide an opportunity for the participating countries to discuss how to overcome the menace of terrorism and extremism across the world. The Summit is expected to delink ‘terrorism’ from any particular religion, culture, civilization or region. In his address at the Summit, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will focus on Islam’s message of peace, tolerance and unity. He will highlight the great sacrifices and major successes achieved by Pakistan in defeating the scourge of terrorism and extremism in the region. The Prime Minister will also join the world leaders to attend the inauguration ceremony of the World Center against Extremism, an important counter-radicalization initiative by Saudi Arabia.

Topic: ICJ has not given any order regarding consular access to Jadhav: Sartaj

Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz says New Delhi will not succeed in his nefarious designs to hide subversive activities of its spy Kulbhushan Yadav. Talking to editors and senior anchors in Islamabad on Saturday, he said that Pakistan has strong position regarding merit over the case of Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav. He said that Yadav was convicted as per law and constitution of Pakistan and our stance against the Indian spy is based on truth and reality. The Adviser said that Kulbhushan Yadav was using fake passport in Pakistan and was involved in numerous subversive activities to destabilize Pakistan. He said that when there will be matter of our national interest and security then there will be no any compromise.

Topic: Nisar expresses firm resolve to end menace of terrorism

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has reaffirmed the commitment to purge the country of the menace of terrorism. Addressing the passing out parade of FC at Warsak on Saturday, he said that the country has achieved major successes in the war on terror due to the sacrifices rendered by the security forces. He said this has led to reviving the sense of security amongst the people. He said this fight will be taken to its logical conclusion with unity and harmony in our ranks. The Interior Minister said that certain elements are on the payroll of our enemies and receiving funds from them to stoke anarchy and unrest in the country. He said these elements are killing innocent people including children and women in the name of Islam. He said these handful of elements have distorted the image of Islam through their sordid acts but we will eliminate them with full force. The Interior Minister said the government has taken several steps to improve the capacity of security forces. Over the last three and a half years, eighty billion rupees have been spent on the capacity building of civil armed forces. Efforts are afoot to raise new wings in the civil armed forces. Referring to the role of the FC, the Interior Minister said the FC personnel are the protectors of Pakistan and they will have to set new trends of professionalism and commitment in order to free the country of all undesirable elements.

Topic: FC foils massive terrorist bid in Quetta: ISPR

The security forces recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunitions in Quetta today. According to ISPR, the arms include 503 grenades, five IEDs, one RPG-7, two rifles and other ammunition. Terrorists were plotting for a big terrorist attack in the city. However, preemptive operation of Frontier Corps foiled the nefarious design of terrorists.

Topic: Rs 180billion earmarked for export promotion: Dar

A delegation of All Pakistan Textile Processing Mills Association called on Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today. During the meeting, matters in respect of textile exports, taxes and proposals for the next budget came under discussion. Talking on the occasion, the minister said that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has given a package of 180 billion rupees for the promotion of exports. He said that while finalizing the budget, proposals of the delegation will be given due consideration. Meanwhile, a delegation of fertilizer sector also called on Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today. The Minister on this occasion said that the government is providing subsidy on fertilizers to facilitate farmers. He said during the current fiscal year, agriculture sector performed with 3.46 percent growth rate while overall GDP growth rate remained 5.28 percent.

Host: Saeed Akhtar

Co-host: Raheel Swati


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