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Army Chief has categorically stated that terrorists will never succeed to regain their lost relevance. 

Pakistan has expressed the desire to enhance relations with the new US administration.

Pakistan handed over an Indian Army deserter to Indian authorities at Wagah border today.

In Occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Gaw Kadal today to pay tribute to martyrs of deadliest massacre in the area twenty-seven years ago.

United Nations has launched a fresh appeal for 550 million-dollar humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

The fourth One Day International between Pakistan and Australia will be played at Sydney tomorrow.

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COAS

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has categorically stated that terrorists will not succeed in their attempt to regain lost relevance.

 

He stated this in a statement issued following Parachinar blast in Kurram agency in  which twenty-two people were martyred and eighty seven other injured today.

 

PARACHINAR

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif have expressed 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 has sought report of the incident.

 

Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb reiterated the government's commitment to eliminate terrorism from the country.

 

She said the enemies of peace in the country will be dealt with an iron hands.

 

The Minister of State said such cowardly attacks cannot dent the resolve of the nation against the menace of terrorism.

 

FUNERAL

Funeral prayers of the twenty-two martyrs of the blast was offered at Parachinar, Khurram Agency this evening.

 

Inspector General of Frontier Corps Major General Shaheen Mazhar Mehmood,  MNA Sajid Tori, Political Agent Khurram Ikram Ullah and a large number of  people from different walks of life attended the mass funeral prayers.

   

Later, the bodies were handed over to the relatives and heirs of the martyrs.

 

 

JHAGRA

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra visited Combined Military Hospital Peshawar today and inquired about the health of injured of Parachinar blast.

   

He directed the hospital administration for provision of best available resources to the injured.  

 

The Governor also announced provision of three hundred thousand rupees to heirs of each martyr, one hundred and fifty thousand rupees to each critically injured and one hundred thousand to each minor injured by the federal government.

 

 

ISPR

Corps Commander Peshawar Lt. General Nazir Ahmed Butt also visited CMH Peshawar and inquired about the health of people injured in Parachinar bomb blast.

 

 

PAK-US

US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale called on Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.

 

During the meeting, matters pertaining to bilateral interest, including trade and economic ties were discussed.

 

Expressing good wishes for the US President Donald Trump, Finance Minister said Pakistan wants to increase bilateral trade and economic relations with the new US administration.

 

He said there is immense potential of increasing trade and investment between the two countries.

 

The Minister also highlighted increasing foreign investment in Pakistan after economic stability in the country.

 

Speaking on the occasion, the US Ambassador David Hale said the United States considers Pakistan an important partner and US gives special importance to its long-term relations with Pakistan.

Pakistan has welcomed the successful transition of power in the United States of America.

 

In a statement today, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz felicitated American President Donald J. Trump on assuming the office as 45th President of USA.

 

SARTAJ

Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that Islam is a religion of peace but negative perception of Islam is being spread in the West.

 

He was addressing the book launching ceremony of Barrister Zafarullah Khan in Islamabad today.

 

Sartaj Aziz said Muslims around the world are concerned about their future and we have to highlight the positive identity of Islam and Muslims in the world.

 

The Advisor said efforts should be made to revive the true spirit of Islam.

 

NISAR

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said the government is putting forth its best efforts to honour the confidence reposed by people.

 

Addressing a public meeting in Chakri near Islamabad today, he said better results are pouring in now due to hard work and effort of present government.

 

The Minister said despite criticism of the opposition parties he is committed to serve the people and country.  

 

Meanwhile, addressing different public meetings in Rajar, Sihal and Taxila today, Interior Minister said politics is done on the basis of action and performance, not on empty rhetoric and false allegations.

 

He said people of Pakistan have mature enough to judge things on the basis of performance of political parties.

 

 

CHOHAN

Pakistan handed over an Indian soldier, Chandu Babulal Chohan, to Indian authorities at Wagah border this afternoon.

  

According to Foreign Office, the Indian soldier had 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 tranquillity 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.

 

SHUTDOWN

In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown was observed in Gaw Kadal and its adjoining areas today on completion of 27 years of the deadliest Gaw Kadal massacre.

 

Call for the strike and demonstrations was given by the joint resistance leadership. All shops and business establishments remained closed while traffic was off the road in Maisuma and Lal Chowk areas of Srinagar.

 

The puppet authorities imposed restrictions in these areas and deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength across the city to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the Gaw Kadal massacre.

 

Addressing a function in the memory of the martyrs at Gaw Kadal, Hurriyet leaders demanded bringing to book the troops involved in such massacres in the occupied territory.

 

More than 50 innocent people were killed in Gaw Kadal area of Srinagar on January 21 in 1990 when Indian forces had resorted to indiscriminate firing on peaceful demonstrators who were protesting against the molestation of several women by troops.

 

UN-AFGHAN

The United Nations has launched a $550 million dollar humanitarian appeal for Afghanistan.

 

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Bowden said in statement that around 9.3 million people will be in need of help this year, which is thirteen percent more from last year.

 

The statement said, aid organizations are expecting around one million more Afghans to  return from neighboring countries this year.

                 

SYRIA-KILLING

Four civilians were killed in a car bomb blast at a camp for displaced people in Rukhban area  Syria near border with Jordan.

                 

EGYPT

In Egypt, eight people were killed when a shell hit a house in southern Rafah in the north of Sinai today.

 

CRICKET

The fourth One Day International between Pakistan and Australia will be played at Sydney tomorrow.

 

Australia lead the five-match series two-one.

 

WEATHER

Mainly cold and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twenty-four hours.

 However, Partly cloudy conditions are likely to prevail in most parts of the country. Light rain, snowfall is expected at one or two places of Quetta division and Gilgit-Baltistan.

 

Foggy conditions are likely in plain areas of Punjab & upper Sindh during night and morning hours.

 

 

 

             


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