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Nawaz Sharif reviews law and order situation in Quetta

A high-level meeting with the Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif in the chair reviewed law and order situation after terrorist attack on Police Training Centre in Quetta. During the meeting, various aspects of the deadly terrorists attack on PTC were discussed. The participants of the meeting also discussed the prevailing law and order situation in Balochistan especially in provincial metropolis Quetta. Among others, the meeting was attended by Governor Balochistan, Muhammad Khan Achakzai, Chief Minister Nawab Sana Ullah Khan Zehri, Interior Minister, Chaudary Nisar Ali Khan and Army Chief General Raheel Sharif.

Condemnations of international community of Quetta Attack

US:

The United States has also condemned the attack on police training center in Quetta. State Department spokesperson John Kirby said his country stands with Pakistan in this critical hour. He extended condolences to the relatives of dead and expressed sympathies with the injured.

Afghanistan:

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has condemned terrorist attack on Pakistan's police academy. In a president's office statement, Ashraf Ghani said terrorism is a common threat for the stability of the region and world. Ghani called for the need for common combat at a national and regional level to prevent terrorist activities.

IMF MD:

Managing Director International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Police Training Center. She was addressing a news conference along with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad today.

United Nations Pakistan

The United Nations family in Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist targeting recruits and security personnel in Quetta. In a statement, United Nations Pakistan Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Angela Kearney expressed her deepest condolences and sympathy to the families of all those who lost their lives or injured in the brutal terror attack

France and Saudi Arab:

France and Saudi Arabia have condemned the terrorist attack in Quetta and expressed deep grief over the loss of precious human lives in the incident. In separate statements, French Embassy has commiserated with the bereaved families and expressed the resolve that the people of France fully support the people of Pakistan in their war against terrorism. Saudi Ambassador in Pakistan Abdullah Marzouk Al Zahrani has also condemned the attack.

IMF sees good future of Pakistan’s economy with continued reforms

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday said that improved macroeconomic stability as well as strengthened external buffers and public finances would provide a solid foundation for the country's economy. Addressing a joint press conference with Finance Minister, Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar here at a local hotel, the Managing Director IMF, Christine Lagarde congratulated Pakistan for successfully completing its three years programme with the Fund. She said the removal of many tax exemptions and concessions, coupled with higher tax collection, has allowed for greater public investment and social spending. She said that about 1.5 million more poor households were benefiting from targeted social assistance than three years ago, which she said was success of the reform programme. In addition, she said, the power outages have gradually decreased and the financial performance of the power sector has strengthened while the government has implemented a country-wide strategy to improve business climate. She said that while the IMF-supported programme has been completed, Pakistan's partnership with IMF continues through ongoing close policy dialogue and capacity building engagements, adding that the fund would continue support Pakistan to address economic challenges. "I would like to reiterate the IMF's support for Pakistan as the country moves forward to address its economic challenges and realize its vast economic potential," she said.

Visit of Mr. Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank

Mr. Takehiko Nakao, President of the Asian Development Bank called on the Federal Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here this morning for official talks. The Finance Minister welcomed the guest and felicitated him on his nomination for a second term as the President of the Asian Development Bank. He appreciated the leadership of President Nakao in development of pro-growth programs of the ADB. The Finance Minister also expressed his grief and sadness on the latest attack on Police Training College in Quetta. President ADB, Mr. Nakao offered his condolences on the sad incident that took place in Quetta last night. He said that he was greatly grieved to hear the news of the incident. He also said that such incidents are shocking but the world acknowledges the remarkable resilience shown by the government and people of Pakistan for eliminating terrorism.

President Nakao is visiting Pakistan for official talks with the Finance Minister on the Asian Development Bank’s country partnership and for attending the 15th Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) conference which the government of Pakistan is hosting with the collaboration of the ADB on 25-26 October, 2016.

ECP approves allotment of party symbols to candidates of PML-N, National Party

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has directed the Returning Officers to allot party symbols to candidates of PML-N and the National Party. The Commission gave these directions after both the parties conducted intra-party elections in compliance with the law.

Nisar vows to defeat terrorists operating from across border

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that law enforcement agencies are rendering huge sacrifices for the stability of the nation. Addressing passing out parade of police officers in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said fight against terrorism will be taken to logical conclusion. The minister said terrorist are operating from across the border. He said the remnant elements will be defeated at all costs. He said the world is recognizing sacrifices of the Pakistan in the war of terrorism. Chaudhry Nisar emphasized the need for greater coordination amongst the law enforcement agencies to foil the designs of the enemies.

International

Modi's threatening postures raised risk of nuclear conflict in South Asia: Report

New York Times says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's threatening posture towards Pakistan has raised the stakes of a nuclear conflict in South Asia. In a report, the daily says Modi's response to recent militant attacks inside India and in the held Kashmir has stirred up nationalist passion and media frenzy that posed the danger of pushing India into war with Pakistan. It adds that Pakistan is not eager to plunge into war, but Pakistani military would retaliate if India carries out a major strike.    

China censures US for visit to disputed India-China border

China has warned the United States over the visit of its ambassador in India to a contested area on the India-China border. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing in Beijing that China is firmly opposed to the U.S. diplomat's actions that would damage the hard-earned peace and tranquility of the Sino-Indo border region.

No air strikes on Aleppo by Russia; says Konashenkov

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Tuesday that Russian and Syrian military planes had not launched any air strikes on Aleppo in the last seven days, contradicting a monitor who says frontline areas in the city have been bombed since Saturday. In a statement, Major-General Igor Konashenkov said flights over Aleppo by the Russian and Syrian air forces have been completely halted for the last seven days. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says there have been no deaths from air strikes inside residential eastern Aleppo since the ceasefire officially began last Thursday.

21 Taliban killed in Helmand, Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, twenty-one Taliban insurgents including one of their commanders have been killed in ongoing military operations in southern Helmand province. Meanwhile, eight border policemen were killed in a Taliban attack on a police check post in Torkham.  

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