Text Bulletin 1300 hrs
Death toll from bomb blast in Parachinar this morning has risen to twenty-one.
The government has reiterated commitment to eliminate the last terrorist from the country.
In Occupied Kashmir, Indian forces today arrested pro-liberation leaders to prevent them from leading anti-India demonstrations.
Fourth One Day International of five-match series between Pakistan and Australia will be played at Sydney tomorrow.
Twenty one people were killed and fifty-four injured in a bomb blast at vegetable market in Parachinar, Kurram Agency, this morning.
According to ISPR, the bomb blast occurred at 8:50 am. The injured have been shifted to hospitals.
President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have expressed their deep grief over loss of precious lives in the deadly blast.
Expressing their condolences for the departed souls, they 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.
Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb also condemned the blast, and expressed sorrow over the loss of lives.
In a statement, she reiterated the government's commitment to eliminate the last terrorist from the country.
She said the enemies of peace in the country will be dealt with an iron hand.
The Minister of State said such cowardly attacks cannot dent the resolve of the nation against the menace of terrorism.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif says the world is appreciative of liberal economic policies and business friendly environment in Pakistan.
He was talking to media persons in London after his arrival from Switzerland where he attended World Economic Forum in Davos.
The Prime Minister said during his stay in Switzerland he highlighted Pakistan's economic strength in an effective manner and presented the country as a secure investment destination.
Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said 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 sectors of economy.
He said there is a significant decrease in loadshedding, and it would be a thing of the past very soon. Terrorism in the country has been curtailed due to operation Zarb-e-Azb.
To a question, the Prime Minister said negative politics is not in the interest of Pakistan.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called on Governor Muhammad Rafique Rajwana in Lahore today.
They discussed law and order situation and development projects in the province.
The Chief Minister said PML-N is providing selfless service to people under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.
He said the government has taken effective measures to protect lives and properties of people.
In occupied Kashmir, Indian police has arrested the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, and Hurriyet leader, Hilal Ahmad War, in Srinagar to prevent them from leading anti-India demonstrations, today.
Call for the demonstrations has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on the occasion of completion of 27 years to the deadliest Gaw Kadal massacre.
Indian police lodged them in Central Jail and Kothi Bagh Police Station in Srinagar.
The puppet authorities have deployed Indian police and paramilitary personnel in Srinagar to prevent people from holding anti-India rallies.
Meanwhile ,In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown is being observed in Gaw Kadal and its adjoining areas, today, on the completion of 27 years to the deadliest Gaw Kadal massacre.
All shops and business establishments are closed while traffic is off the road in Srinagar.
The United State Senate has confirmed retired Marine general James Mattis as defense secretary for President Donald Trump and John Kelly for homeland security.
These confirmations were the first action taken by senators after Trump was sworn in.
In Italy, sixteen people were killed and many other injured in a bus crash on a motorway in northern area of the city today.
The bus was carrying around 50 passengers.
The fourth One Day International between Pakistan and Australia will be played at Sydney tomorrow.
Australia lead the five-match series two-one.