Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Over twenty people were killed in a blast in Parachinar today.
Army Chief has categorically stated that terrorists will fail to regain their lost relevance.
Interior Minister says government is carrying out development activities in backward areas on priority.
Pakistan has handed over Indian soldier Chandhu Babulal to Indian authorities on humanitarian ground at Wagha border.
British parliamentarians debate Kashmir issue in House of Commons.
Thousands of protestors have staged demonstrations in different countries against new US President.
Twenty one people were killed and fifty-four injured in a blast at vegetable market in Parachinar, Kurram Agency, today.
According to ISPR, the 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 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 iron hands.
The Minister of State said such cowardly attacks cannot dent the resolve of the nation against the menace of terrorism.
Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says security situation in FATA has greatly improved after Operation Zarb-e-Azab.
In an interview in Peshawar today, he said most of terrorists in FATA have been eliminated, and a few remaining are hitting soft targets in frustration.
Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa has categorically stated that terrorists will fail in their attempt to regain lost relevance.
In a statement following Parachinar blast, he directed for provision of best possible medical treatment to the injured.
Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar Ali Khan says the governmnet is carrying out development activities in backward areas on priority.
Addressing a ceremony in Chakri near Islamabad today, he said the government is putting forth its best effortss to honor the confidence reposed in it by people.
The Minister during the last three years electricity supply, water supply schemes, roads network and health and medical facilities have been ensured in the Chakri area.
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 Nawaz Sharif.
Meanwhile, PML-N leaders Daniyal Aziz and Talal Chaudhry held separate meetings with Shahbaz Sharif in Lahore.
Political situation and development projects figured in the meeting.
Work on the construction of Swat Motorway is in progress.
Official sources told Radio Pakistan Peshawar Correspondent that the project, which is part of China Pakistan Economic corridor, will be completed at a cost of forty-one billion rupees by the end of this year.
It will link Islamabad-Peshawar motorway with Chakdara.
The Motorway, on completion, will boost tourism, trade and economic activities in Malakand division.
Pakistan School Safety Framework will be finalized in March this year.
The framework, being finalized by the National Disaster Management Authority in collaboration with UNICEF Pakistan, will help promote a safe learning environment in schools against natural and man-made hazards.
Besides, it will ensure preparedness of the school community against hazards and enable schools to develop a comprehensive response mechanism against any disaster.
Pakistan handed over an Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, to Indian authorities at Wagah border this afternoon.
According to Foreign Office, the Indian soldier deserted his check post in occupied Kashmir and crossed the Line of Control over severe grievances with his superiors and leadership.
Pakistan convinced the soldier to return to India being an Indian national, and address his grievances through local grievance mechanisms.
The Foreign Office said Pakistan's decision to return the Indian soldier is based on humanitarian grounds and the commitment to ensure peace and tranquility at the Line of Control and the Working Boundary.
It said despite Indian belligerence, Pakistan believes in peaceful neighbourhood and rejects all actions aimed at undermining regional peace and security.
Member Parliament David Nuttall, Bury North and Chairman All Parties Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in the British Parliament, proposed a motion in House of Commons London.
The debate commenced in main Chamber of HOC which was carried with heavy majority. Almost 70 MPs attended the debate but 29 made the contributions.
Kashmiris from all over the UK were present to support the MPs.
Kashmiri Leadership has praised the All Parties Kashmir Parliamentary Group specially David Nuttall MP, Barrister Imran Hussain MP, Nusrat Ghani MP, Robert Felalow MP and all others.
Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement For UK & Europe Raja Najabat Hussain said Kashmiri Nation is proud of British Kashmiris and their hard work which brought some fruitful results.
He said that they will have next step to organize a similardebate in the European Parliament.
Thousands of protesters in Australia and New Zealand have joined womens' marches organized around the world in a show of disapproval of U.S. President Donald Trump as he began his first day in office.
In Sydney, about 3,000 people gathered for a rally in Hyde Park before marching on the U.S. consulate downtown.
In New Zealand, there were marches in four cities, involving around 2,000 people protest against President-Donald Trump.
Elsewhere in Asia, hundreds of people joined protests in Tokyo, including many American expatriates.
And in Manila about 200 demonstrators from a Philippine nationalist group rallied against Trump outside the U.S. embassy in Manila.
Worldwide some 673 "sister marches" are planned for today , in addition to a protest in Washington D.C..
Humanitarian groups say they need five hundred and fifty US million dollar to aid the most vulnerable in Afghanistan.
The appeal was launched during a lunch meeting between United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden with Afghanistan's chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul today.
Bowden says the current scale of need in Afghanistan calls upon the humanitarian community to deliver increased levels of assistance to ensure the lives of many Afghans.
Abdullah said the displaced and the tens of thousands of refugees returning from neighboring countries are in dire need.
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.
Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh says he would step down to keep peace in his country after 22 years in power, following last-chance talks with Guinea and Mauritania's presidents before a military intervention.
In an announcement on state TV, he said, my decision was not dictated by anything else than the supreme interest of Gambian people.
The fourth One Day International between Pakistan and Australia will be played at Sydney tomorrow.
Australia lead the five-match series two-one.