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HEADLINES 1300 HRS

Interior Minister says the matter of Kulbushan Jadhav will be resolved in accordance with law and constitution of the country.

Islamabad has said it is willing for dialogue with New Delhi on all core issues but talks and terror cannot go together.

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

US President has arrived in Saudi Arabia to attend US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh.

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NISAR

Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says the matter of Kulbushan Yadav will be taken to logical conclusion in accordance with the country's law and constitution.

Talking to media persons in Warsak near Peshawar today, he said Kulbushan Yadav is an Indian spy who was involved in henious crimes against Pakistan and convicted as per the country's law.

The Interior Minister said Pakistan desires cordial relations with Afghanistan but will not accept Afghan leadership to speak the language of our enemy India.

Earlier, addressing passing out parade of FC in Warsak today, the Interior Minister said the fight against terrorism will be taken to its logical conclusion with unity and harmony in our ranks.

He said certain elements are on the payroll of our enemies and receiving funds from them to stoke anarchy and unrest in the country.

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

He said over the last three years, eighty billion rupees have been spent on the capacity building of civil armed forces.

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BASIT

Pakistan has reitertated the resolve not to compromise on issues related to national security.

In an interview with an Indian newspaper, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said Pakistan never falters its principles to cater for temporary benefits.

He emphasized that Pakistan has always been willing for dialogue with India on all core issues but talks and terror cannot go together.

The High Commissioner said dialogue is the only way forward and and any pre-conditions to talks do not work.

About the issue of Indian spy Commander Jadhav, Abdul Basit said Pakistan is on solid grounds regarding the issue as the very case testifies the fact that there are external elements behind terrorism in Pakistan.

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PM-ACKHAKZAI

Chief of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Mehmood Khan Achakzai called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Islamabad today.

Matters pertianing to national interest and political situation came under discussion in the meeting.

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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.

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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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