Finance Minister says extension of military courts is imperative to flush out terrorists from the country.  

Minister for Defence Production has said exports are growing and manufacturing sector is witnessing remarkable progress.

Russia has threatened to veto a UN resolution about slapping sanctions on Syria against use of chemical weapons in the war.

In Yemen, forty people have been killed in clashes between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels.

Islamabad United beat Quetta Gladiators by one run in a PSL match at Dubai on Friday night.



Finance Minister Ishaq Dar says operation Radd ul Fasaad has been launched across the country to wipe out the menace of terrorism.


Talking to a private news channel, he said the extension of military courts is imperative to flush out terrorists from the country.    


He said parliamentarians discussed the matter recently. 


Finance Minister said the government has no objection to establish the courts.


He said Pakistan Peoples Party did not attend the last meeting to reach consensus on the matter.


Ishaq Dar said operation Zarb e Azb had successfully achieved the objectives in restoring peace in Federally Administered Tribal Areas and other parts of the country.



Minister for Law Zahid Hamid says the tenure of military courts will be extended for two years with the consensus of political parties.


Talking to media in Islamabad  he said consultation is underway for consensus on revival of military courts in the country.


The Minister said  different leaders will give their parties' stance on the issue in next meeting. 


He said the draft of 23rd Constitutional Amendment including Bill of Amendments in Pakistan Army Act will be sent to parliamentary leaders. 


He said the sub-committee has made some necessary amendments suggested by the members of the committee.




Minister for SAFRON Lt. General (Retd) Abdul Qadir Baloch has stressed the need to work in all directions to defeat the terrorism.  


Talking to PTV, he said the government and Pakistan Armed Forces are committed to flush out the menace of terrorism from the country.


He said valiant Pak Armed forces have rendered countless sacrifices in the war against terror. 


The Minister said the whole nation and government wanted to give extension to military courts to wipe out terrorists.



Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain says Pakistan's economy has picked up during last few years with improved law and order situation and better energy supply.


He was speaking at a gathering of Pakistani community in Dubai.  


The Minister said exports are growing and manufacturing sector is witnessing remarkable progress.


He said Pakistan's foreign reserves have increased considerably; stock market is performing well, and industrial sector has shown remarkable performance registering a growth of 6.8 percent during 2015-16.


Rana Tanveer Hussain said international economic agencies are upgrading ratings about the financial and economic stability of Pakistan. World Bank has forecast GDP growth of 5.2 per cent for 2016-17.




Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed to  facilitate the Afghan citizens who come to Pakistan legally.


Taking notice of the problems being faced by Afghan nationals due to the closure of Pakistan-Afghanistan border, he asked the authorities concerned to resolve visa issues of the Afghan citizens.



Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has said  the government attaches top priority to providing peace and security to citizens.


Addressing a high level meeting in Lahore he said  the enemy is plotting a conspiracy to spread anarchy and unrest in the country.


He stressed the need to launch collective endeavours against terrorism.


He directed the  police and law enforcing agencies to speed up operation against miscreants and their facilitators.  


The Chief Minister said that indiscriminate action will be taken against all the elements who mar the peace of the country.




Security forces have killed a commander of alleged militant group and arrested six suspects in search operation in Blangoor area of Turbat district.


A security forces spokesman said the security forces personnel carried out the operation on a tip off.


He said the suspects opened fire at the security forces and in retaliatory fire an alleged militant commander namely Mullah Rafiq alias Duda was killed and six other were apprehended.


Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana says government has fulfilled its another promise with transferring power at grass root level.


He was talking to a delegation of Pakistan Muslim League (N) leaders from Multan at the Governor’s House in Lahore.


The Governor said local government system will solve problems of  masses at their doorsteps.


Rajwana asked PML-N leaders to work for strengthening democracy. 


The delegation apprised the governor about problems of Multan city.




Pakistan Army has assured to provide full support for smooth conduct of National Census. 


The assurance came during a coordination meeting in Rawalpindi for the 6th Population and Housing Census.


The meeting was attended by Commander Army Air Defence Command Lieutenant General Muhammad Zahid Latif Mirza, Secretary Statistics Division, Chairman Pakistan Bureau of Statistics and senior civil and military officers.


The participants reviewed arrangements for successful conduct of the census and expressed their satisfaction on preparations.



Russia has vowed to veto a proposed UN resolution that suggest sanctions on Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in the six years war.


This was stated by Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov while talking to newsmen after a closed-door meeting of the Security Council.


He rejected the measure as "one-sided," and based on "insufficient proof".


The resolution has been drafted by the United States, France and Britain that will be tabled for vote in the Security Council next week.



In Yemen, forty people have been killed in clashes between pro-government forces and Houthi rebels.


Twenty rebels and six pro-government tribal fighters were killed in heavy fighting near Walad Rabi district in Baida province. The clashes flared when Houthi rebels tried to take control of the pro-government tribal territory.


Nine other rebels died when tribal fighters ambushed their convoy in Sawmaa region.


Five civilians were killed in the rebels' shelling in Marib.



International Atomic Energy Agency has expressed satisfaction over Iran's compliance with the landmark nuclear deal it sealed with major world powers in 2015.


The UN watchdog said in a report that Iran is not pursuing construction of its existing heavy water research reactor and has not enriched uranium above an agreed 3.67 percent-limit.



The United Nations says North Korea is defying tougher sanctions against it with more ingenuous tactics. 


A 100-page report by the UN sanctions experts sent to the Security Council says that Pyongyong is evading trade bans by relying on middlemen and front companies.


The report says North Korea's two nuclear tests and twenty six missile launches last year allowed it to reach technological milestones in weapons of mass destruction.



In Argentina, twelve people have been killed and twenty eight injured in a head-on collision between two buses near Rosario city.



In the Pakistan Super League, Islamabad United beat Quetta Gladiators by one run at Dubai on Friday night.


Bating first, Islamabad United scored 165 runs for the loss of six wickets in stipulated twenty overs.


In reply, Quetta Gladiators managed to score 164 for the loss of five wickets.


Muhammad Sami of Islamabad United was declared player of the match.


In the next two matches of the tournament, Karachi Kings will play against Lahore Qalandars while Peshawar Zalmi will take on Quetta Gladiators at Dubai on Saturday.





Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country during the next twelve hours. 


However, light rain is likely at few places in Quetta division.


Temperature of some major cities recorded on Saturday morning:


Islamabad five degree centigrade, Lahore ten, Karachi thirteen, Peshawar eight, Quetta zero, Gilgit two and Muzaffarabad four degree centigrade.





Minister of State for Capital Administration and Development Division has said PML-N government is determined to cleanse the country of terrorism and extremism.


Talking to a private news channel he said operation Radd-ul-Fasaad has been launched throughout the country to eliminate the menace.


The Minister said operations would be carried out in all parts of the country including Punjab province to chase anti-state elements.    


Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry said civil and military leadership has zero tolerance for terrorism and extremism and it would be rooted out.





A terrorist was arrested in Mattani area of Peshawar on Friday night.


He was wanted to police in a number of terrorist acts.


Arms and ammunition including a Kalashnikov and four hand grenades were recovered from him. 

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