Quetta Attack strongly condemned nationally and internationally: Funeral of martyrs being offered
The funeral prayers of the martyred security forces personal was offered in Quetta this afternoon.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif, Chief Minister Balochistan Nawab Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Provincial Ministers, elected representatives and other civil and military officials are attending the funeral prayer. President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Police Training Center. Meanwhile Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has postponed all of his engagements in Islamabad and has reached Quetta. He was accompanied by Interior Minister Chaudhary Nisar and Adviser on National Security Nasser Janjua.
Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has also arrived in Quetta. He was accompanied by the Director General ISI and the Director General Military Intelligence. Army Chief General Raheed Sharif visited Police Training Centre Quetta. Army Chief appreciated the morale, courage and determination of security forces personnel for preventing further damage and saving many lives.
Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has also strongly condemned the incident. U.S, Afghanistan and IMF also have strongly condemned the terrorist incident in Quetta.
Pakistan summons Indian deputy high commissioner to protest against ceasefire violations
Indian Deputy High Commissioner was summoned to the foreign office today and strong protest was lodged with him over the recent unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian troops at the working boundary in Phuklian and Chaprar Sectors. These violations had resulted in the martyrdom of 2 civilians including one and a half-year old innocent baby girl. 6 civilians were also injured as a result of the Indian shelling.
It was conveyed to the Indian side that it should investigate the incident and share the findings with Pakistan, instruct its troops to respect the Ceasefire in letter and spirit and refrain from intentionally targeting the villages and maintain peace on the Working Boundary. Indian troops resorted to unprovoked firing on Line of Control and working boundary at Bhimber and Chhaprar sectors today. According to ISPR, Pakistani troops are befittingly responding to Indian firing. "Till the filing of this report, the exchange of fire was ongoing," the ISPR statement said.
declines to meet Indian delegation
Illegally detained Yasin says New Delhi and its puppet administration has waged a war against the people of territory. Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is in police custody and undergoing treatment at Soura Institute of Medical Sciences in Srinagar, declined to meet a proposed Indian delegation that was seeking to visit him at the hospital. Yasin Malik said Kashmiris are suffering because of the hypocritical and double faced politics of pro-India politicians who try to undermine freedom struggle.
Explosion hits southern Turkey's Antalya, some casualties
An explosion outside a chamber of commerce building in Turkey's southern resort city of Antalya wounded several people on Tuesday but the mayor said there were no life-threatening injuries and the blast may have been an accident. Turkey is on high alert after repeated bombings blamed on Islamic State and Kurdish militants this year. Authorities in the capital Ankara banned public meetings this month for fear of further attacks, and the U.S. State Department has urged U.S. citizens to carefully consider the need to travel to Turkey.
Oil dips on buzzard restart, Iraq; U.S. crude tests below $50
Oil prices dipped on Monday, with U.S. crude briefly falling below $50 per barrel, on news of the impending restart of Britain's Buzzard oilfield and Iraq's wish to be exempted from OPEC production cuts. Buzzard, the North Sea field that contributes to the Forties crude stream and which pumps about 180,000 barrels per day (bpd), will restart on Tuesday or Wednesday, from a month-long planned maintenance, an industry source said.
Kerry voices concern to Lavrov about new Aleppo fighting
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry voiced concern to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday about renewed fighting and air strikes in the Syrian city of Aleppo after a break of several days, the State Department said. Lavrov and Kerry discussed the situation in Syria in a phone call and agreed that experts from several countries meeting in Geneva would continue searching for ways to resolve the Aleppo crisis, the State Department and Russia's Foreign Ministry said. Lavrov told Kerry the United States must fulfil its obligation to separate moderate opposition groups from "terrorists" in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Turkey barges into the Mosul fight: New York Times
It’s been clear from the start that the American and Iraqi-led battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State presented a logistical and strategic puzzle — even a possible nightmare — in which the interests of multiple countries and sectarian groups had to be reconciled and their roles carefully coordinated. Without such coordination, the effort to defeat ISIS and liberate thousands of Mosul residents who have suffered horribly under the terrorist group for two years would be severely undermined. The nightmare scenario has now become more likely with Turkey’s decisionto pick a fight with Iraq. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is demanding a direct role in the battle that no one had designed for his troops, meanwhile seeming to tread on Iraq’s sovereignty.
Donald Trump, the republican who hates the free market: Washington Post
FOR A businessman, Donald Trump displays a rare hostility toward economic freedom. His market-averse views include opposition to trade liberalization agreements past (the North American Free Trade Agreement) and present (the Trans-Pacific Partnership), as well as a neo-mercantilist approach to trade with China. Mr. Trump has repeatedly vilified American businesses, specifically Ford Motor Co. and Carrier, a division of United Technologies, for exercising their right to invest abroad. He has threatened that he would retaliate against both firms — populistic promises that, if kept, might save some jobs in the short run at the cost of many more lost in the long run because private investors, domestic and foreign, would fear exposing their capital to the vagaries of Mr. Trump’s presidential fiat.
The Guardian view on Brexit and the union: consensus not confrontation
Getting out of the EU without precipitating a constitutional crisis is going to be a severe test of the UK’s politicians and the political arrangements in which they operate. It will require tact, diplomacy, patience, and a willingness to try to reach a consensus. So far, there is little evidence of any of these qualities. Most of the blame for that must fall on the prime minister, since although all the participants – the leaders of the devolved assemblies and the UK parliament – have a role in this unprecedented process, she sets the tone: so far, it has been confrontational. She has little alternative but to accept the result, and to play for time while Whitehall works out what needs doing and in what order. But she has sounded high-handed on a hard Brexit, on engaging with parliament and now on the role of the devolved administrations that could lead, all too easily, to the break-up of the United Kingdom.
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