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Interior Minister says the fight against terrorism will be taken to its logical conclusion with unity and harmony.

Pakistan is negotiating free trade agreements with Turkey, Iran and Thailand to bolster its exports.

Government is pursuing concrete plan for educational reforms in FATA.

APHC Chairman has condemned Indian Defence Minister for opposing talks with resistance Kashmiri leadership.

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NISAR

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan has reaffirmed the government's commitment to purge the country of the menace of terrorism. 

Addressing passing out parade of FC in Warsak today, he said the fight against terrorists will be taken to its logical conclusion with unity and harmony in our ranks.

The Interior Minister lauded the sacrifices rendered by security forces to achieve the major successes in the war on terror.

He said 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 handful of elements have distorted the image of Islam through their sordid acts but we will eliminate them with full force.

The Minister said government has taken several steps to improve the capacity of security forces. He said over the last three years, eighty billion rupees have been spent on the capacity building of civil armed forces. He said efforts are afoot to raise new wings in the civil armed forces.

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NISAR-PRESS

Later talking to the media persons, Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan said the matter of Kulbushan Yadav will be taken to logical conclusion in accordance with the country's law and constitution.

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PM

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is leaving for Saudi Arabia tomorrow on a two day visit to attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh.

He is attending the moot on the invitation of Saudi King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

More than thirty five leaders of Islamic world as well as the Secretary Generals of OIC, Arab League and Gulf Cooperation Council will attend the moot. 

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump has arrived in Saudi Arabia to take part in the summit.

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SAAD

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique says government is spending hefty amounts on promotion of education at grass-roots level in the country.

Addressing a function in Lahore today, he  said the only way to put the country on path to progress and prosperity is to promote education.

The Minister said development projects to uplift scio-economic condition of the masses are being completed at fast pace across the country.

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FTAs

Pakistan is negotiating free trade agreements with different countries including Thailand, Turkey and Iran, to bolster its exports. 

According to officials, several rounds of negotiations have been held so far with Thailand and Turkey.

They said the main text of the agreement on Trade in Goods has been finalized with both the countries and currently negotiations are underway on the items to be given concessionary market access.

The officials said negotiations with Iran are underway on trade in goods, services and investment. The first round of negotiations was held December last year in Tehran while the second meeting is likely to be held in July.

According to the officials, several other measures are also being taken including incentives to the industries,  promotional activities and establishment of Exim Bank, to enhance the country's exports.

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FATA

The Government is pursuing concrete plan for educational reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Areas.

According to official sources, two hundred and forty eight million rupees are spent annually on scholarships and stipends regularly awarded to talented and deserving students of FATA.

FATA University has been established to provide easy access to higher education to the people of these areas.

A number of cadet colleges have been established in the tribal areas to provide quality education to children at their doorsteps.

Under Public Private Partnership, Army Public Schools, Peshawar Model Schools and Beacon House Schools will also be opened in FATA shortly. 

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KASHMIR

In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has condemned the Indian Defence Minister Arun Jaitley's statement in which he said New Delhi will not hold talks with resistance Kashmiri leadership.   

In a statement in Srinagar today, he condemned the shifting of ailing Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi to Amphala Jail in Jammu and said that RSS-led regime has virtually turned Jammu and Kashmir into a battle field.

He said Kashmir is a disputed territory and its disputed status cannot be changed by the statements of Indian leaders.

Addressing a public gathering in Badgam, APHC leader Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi underlined the need to resolve the Kashmir dispute in lines with the UN Security Council's resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiris.

He urged the global community to take notice of Indian brutalities and atrocities against innocent people of Kashmir, who are engaged in achieving their right to self determination.

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SUSPECTS

Ten suspects including four proclaimed offenders were arrested during search operation in Serdehri area of district Charsadda this morning.  

Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.

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SYRIA

Sixth round of talks between the Syrian government and opposition to seek solution to the Syrian conflict concluded at UN headquarters in Geneva today.

Speaking to journalists in Geneva after the talks, UN special envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said talks, which were held in peaceful atmosphere, witnessed incremental progress.  

He said the objective of talks was to address constitutional and legal issues, which could provide a strong, legal and constitutional basis for any future negotiated political process.

He said another round of intra-Syrian talks would be held next month.

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ROUHANI

Report says Iranian incumbent President Hassan Rouhani is leading initial count of votes in the presidential election.

Speaking at a news conference in Tehran, Iran's Interior Ministry Deputy Minister Ali Asghar Ahmadi said over 40 million people cast their vote in the election and turnout remained above 70 percent.

Iranian state TV has reported that out of 26 million votes counted so far, Hassan Rouhani won 14.6 million.


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