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HEADLINES

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Pak-Afghan border was reopened for all kind of traffic this morning.

 

PML-N Parliamentary Party is holding its meeting in Islamabad today to discuss overall political situation of the country.

 

Brisk preparations are underway to celebrate Pakistan Day on Thursday.

 

The Prime Minister has reiterated Pakistan's commitment to effectively deal with climate change.

 

North Korea says it is not deterred by the US threats of possible pre-emptive strikes to halt its nuclear and missile buildup.

 

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BODER

Pakistan-Afghanistan border at Torkham and Chaman was reopened for all sort of traffic this morning.

 

Opening of the border was announced by Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif yesterday as a gesture of goodwill to the Afghan people.

 

The border was closed on 16th of last month due to a number of terrorist attacks in different parts of the country which claimed the lives of more than one hundred and thirty innocent people.

 

The terrorist attacks were planned and supervised inside Afghanistan.

 

Sources of political administration Khyber Agency told our Peshawar correspondent Lutf ur Rehman that only those Afghan nationals will be allowed to cross the border who have valid traveling documents.

 

WELCOME

The United Nations has welcomed Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif's decision regarding reopening of the Pak-Afghan border.

               

This was stated by Deputy Spokesman of the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq in a regular news briefing in New York.

 

He said the people of the two countries would be able to move freely after the decision.

 

SPOKESMAN

Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria says Afghanistan should take measures to address the concerns of Pakistan regarding terrorist elements using its soil..

    

In an interview, he said there are elements using the soil of Afghanistan for terrorist activities in

Pakistan.

   

Nafees Zakaria said border management system would work effectively to control such elements. 

 

To a question, he said Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has ordered to re-open the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as a goodwill gesture. 

 

MEETING

The Parliamentary Party meeting of PML-N will be held in Islamabad today.

 

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will chair the meeting.

 

The meeting will review overall political situation in the country.

 

BILL

The National Assembly will resume discussion on 28th Constitutional Amendment bill in its session beginning at four p.m. in Islamabad today.

 

The bill was tabled in the House regarding extension of  Military Courts period.

 

Following the discussion the process of voting on the bill will also be held today.

 

Earlier, Minister for Law and Justice Zahid Hamid presented  the bill in National Assembly  for consideration yesterday. 

 

Speaking on the first reading of the bill Sheikh Rashid Ahmad of Awami Muslim League, Syed Naveed Qamar of PPP and Shah Mahmood Qureshi of PTI supported the bill conditionally, explaining that the government should fulfill its commitments regarding fair trial, formation of national security committee and reforms in the judicial system.

 

In his address Pakhtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party Mahmood Khan Achakzai opposed the bill.

 

ABID

Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said opposition parties are trying to halt development work carried out by PML-N government.

    

Talking to a private news channel, he said Pakistan Peoples Party should focus on addressing the issues of Sindh.

 

Abid Sher Ali said Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has initiated a large number of  projects for the people of Sindh.   

 

SAAD

Minister for Railways Khawaja Saad Rafique has approved re-structuring and strengthening of Legal and I.T Department of Pakistan Railways.

 

Presiding over a meeting in Lahore, he stressed the need to induct technical staff to fulfil requirements of the department.

 

In another meeting, Minister was briefed on passenger coaches' upgradation project.

 

PAK-INDIA

Indus Water Commissioners of Pakistan and India will hold second round of talks in Islamabad today. 

 

The Pakistani delegation is being headed by Mirza Asif Saeed while P K Saxena is leading the Indian delegation. 

 

On the first day, both sides discussed issues relating to water resources and dilated upon ways to resolve bilateral differences.

 

PREPARATIONS

Brisk preparations are underway to celebrate Pakistan Day on Thursday.

 

Troops and organizers are busy round the clock in rehearsals of Pakistan Day Parade to be held at Shakarparian parade ground Islamabad.

 

Special feature of the parade this year will be participation of Peoples Liberation Army China's Tri Services and Saudi Special Force's contingents and Turkish Jannisary Military band. 

 

Amongst other dignitaries, Chief of South African National Defence Force, General Solly Zacharia Shoke will also witness the parade.

 

Strict security measures have been taken in twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi to avoid any untoward incident.

 

PLAN

Islamabad Traffic Police has chalked out traffic plan on the occasion of  full dress rehearsal of Pakistan Day parade in Islamabad today.

 

PM MESSAGE

International Day of Forests is being observed in Pakistan as elsewhere in the world today.

 

The Day is being celebrated to raise awareness about importance of all types of forests.

 

In his message on the occasion, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said the government realizes the importance of trees as best instruments of Climate Change Mitigation.

 

He said it is a matter of pleasure that Pakistan has already ratified the 'Paris Agreement' whereby Pakistan is committed to deal with impacts of climate change through technology framework and enhanced capacity building.

 

The Prime Minister said Green Pakistan Programme has already put in operation in the country to fight adverse impacts of Climate Change.

 

SUSPECTS

Twenty suspects were arrested in Hangu last night. Arms and ammunition were recovered from them.

           

Meanwhile, police foiled an attempt of terrorism by unearthing and defusing four grenades in Bannu.

 

ATTORNEY

Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf Ali called on Governor Riyadh Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz in the Saudi capital.

 

During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, besides a number of issues of common interest.

 

NORTH KOREA

North Korea has said it is not deterred by US threats of possible pre-emptive military action to halt its nuclear and missile buildup.

 

A spokesman for Pyongyang's Foreign Ministry condemned US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's recent talk of tougher sanctions and possible military action.

 

IRAQ

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has expressed optimism that the United States will accelerate its support for his country's struggle against the Islamic State group.

  

Speaking at a Washington think tank shortly after his White House visit, al-Abadi said he got the impression that the Trump administration will take a more aggressive approach towards the Islamic State group.

 

He said the Iraqi forces working with allies and supported by American airpower are on the brink of fully liberating Mosul.

 

US-RUSSIA

In the United States, Federal Bureau of Investigation is probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

 

This was stated by FBI director James Comey while giving evidence to the congressional intelligence committee in Washington.

 

He said the investigation would examine possible links between individuals in the Trump campaign and the Russian government and whether there was co-ordination between the two.

 

UN-HAITI

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has proposed to shut down the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti and replace it with a much smaller presence.

 

The proposal comes as the United States is planning major funding cuts to the world body.

 

UN Security Council will decide on the future of the Haiti mission next month.

 

WEATHER

Cloudy weather conditions are likely to prevail in most upper and central parts of the country today.

 

However, rain/thunderstorm is expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara Divisions, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

 

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

 

Islamabad sixteen degree centigrade , Lahore and Peshawar nineteen, Karachi twenty-three, Quetta eleven, Murree eight, Gilgit fourteen and Muzaffarabad nine degree centigrade.


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