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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has categorically stated that terrorists will fail in their attempt to regain lost relevance.In a statement following Parachinar blast, he directed for quick evacuation of the injured people and provision of best possible medical treatment to them.According to ISPR, the bomb blast occurred at 8:50 am in which twenty one people were killed and fifty injured in a bomb blast at Sabzi Mandi in Parachinar this morning.Army and FC troops are under taking relief and rescue operations. According to the ISPR, the injured are being shifted to CMH and Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar through Army helicopters.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and President Mamnoon Hussain have expressed his deep grief over loss of precious lives in the deadly blast. 

Expressing his condolences PM directed for urgent medical assistance to the injured.Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra also condemned the blast and sympathized with the bereaved families.The Interior minister sought report of the incident.State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marrium Orangzeb has also strongly condemned bomb blast in Parachinar. She expressed grief sorrow over the loss of precious lives and prayed for the departed souls.

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Pakistan's economic indicators are positive - World appreciate the Pakistan's liberal economic policy and business friendly environment: PM

Talking to media persons in London after his arrival from Switzerland World Economic Forum in Davos Prime Minister said his Davos visit was very successful where he met with various business and world leaders.In Switzerland he highlighted Pakistan's economic strength in an effective manner and presented the country as a secure investment destination as Pakistan's stock market has achieved first position in Asia while it has become 5th in the world.He hoped the country will cross five percent GDP growth in coming fiscal year as the government is focusing on all crucial sector of economy.Nawaz Sharif highlighted CPEC would not only benefit Pakistan but also prove to be a game changer for the entire region as 55 billion dollars is being invested in the country under the CPEC. 

Indian soldier captured on day of 'surgical strikes' to be returned

Pakistan Army is to return Indian soldier Chandhu Babulal to Indian authorities at Wahgah border as a goodwill gesture.The sepoy deserted his post at the the Line of Control due to his grievances against his commanders.The Indian soldier wilfully crossed LoC on 29 September and surrendered himself to Pakistan Army.As a gesture of goodwill and in continuation of Pakistan's efforts to maintain peace and tranquility along the LoC, sepoy Chandhu Babulal has been convinced to return to his own country stated by ISPR.

Pakistan urges WB to stop India from building dams

Islamabad called upon the World Bank to stop New Delhi from building water reservoirs on the rivers flowing into Pakistan and appoint the chairman of the court of arbitration and independent neutral expert to adjudicate water disputes between the two countries.
New Delhi has avowed plans to build ‘several dams’ on the rivers flowing into Pakistan while Prime Minister Narendra Modi has threatened to ‘run Pakistan dry’.
Islamabad warned on Friday that it would use all options available to safeguard its water rights in case Delhi revoked the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT).

President Elect Donald Trumpechoed hard-line stance against "radical Islamic terrorism" in his first address as the 45th president of the United States

"We will ...unite the civilised world against radical Islamic terrorism which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth,"The Republican has consistently criticised Muslims and during the campaign pledged to ban them from entering the USA, promising a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims” entering the country.American Muslims have expressed “tremendous levels of fear” after Donald Trump was unexpectedly elected as the 45th President of the United States, with some saying they had been warned not to wear their hijabs.

Obama’s last strike ‘killed 100 al-Qaeda fighters at a training camp in northwestern Syria’

A US strike ordered by the administration of former President Barack Obama killed more than 100 Al-Qaeda fighters at a training camp in northwestern Syria. The air strike occurred Thursday, a day before Obama left office, at a camp in Idlib province that had been operational since 2013, Pentagon spokesman Navy Captain Jeff Davis said."

Turkish bill boosts President Erdogan’s powers

Turkey's parliament early Saturday backed a controversial bill that would dramatically expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The parliament in a late-night session approved the seven final sections of the 18-article constitution and in a final vote the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) received 339 "yes" votes for the bill as a whole.The party needed at least 330 or more votes -- a three-fifths majority -- for the adoption of the constitutional change and to send it to a referendum for final approval.

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