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HEADLINES

        OCTOBER 25, 2016          

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Sixty police cadets have been martyred in a terror attack on Police Training Centre in Quetta.

Prime Minister has directed security agencies to bring perpetrators of the terrorist attack to task at the earliest.

A two-day Ministerial Conference of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation begins in Islamabad today.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has taken exception to massive human rights abuses in Occupied Kashmir.

West Indies resume their second innings of the second cricket test against Pakistan at overnight score of 171 for 4 in Abu Dhabi today.

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QUETTA-ATTACK:

Sixty law enforcement agencies' personnel were martyred and about hundred and ten injured in a terrorist attack on Police Training Centre in Quetta last night.

This was informed by Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfraz Bugti while talking to media in Quetta.

He said three suicide attackers broke into the training centre, of whom two blew themselves up while the third was shot dead by police.

He said the exact number of casualties could not be ascertained yet. 

The Home Minister appreciated the security forces for conducting the operation in coordinated manner and getting the building of the training centre cleared from the terrorists within three hours.  

Talking to our correspondent Muhammad Aftab Sherazi,  Inspector General Frontier Corps Balochistan Major General Sher Afgan said the attackers of police training centre belong to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi Al-Alami who were receiving directions from Afghanistan.

President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on the Police Training Center.

The President directed the authorities concerned to ensure provision of best medical care to the injured.

The Prime Minister directed the federal and provincial authorities to bring the perpetrators to task as soon as possible.

 

US-CONDEMNATION:

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.

 

DAR-IMF

Managing Director International Monitory Fund Christine Lagarde says Pakistan has graduated with success from a frontier market to an emerging market during the last three years.

Talking to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in Islamabad, she said inclusion of Pakistan in the Morgan Stanley Index is a signal from the global financial markets that Pakistan can be placed amongst the world's emerging economies.

Briefing the IMF MD about economic reforms of the government, Ishaq Dar said fiscal consolidation has given fiscal space to the government to increase development spending from 300 billion rupees to 800 billion rupees.

The Finance Minister said government is now focusing on further expansion of the revenue base, improving export competitiveness and business climate and ensuring skill based education for the youth of the country.

 

CONFERENCE:

The two-day 15th Ministerial two-day Conference of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation begins in Islamabad today.

It has been organized by Economic Affairs Division in collaboration with Asian Development Bank.

More than two hundred participants from ten member countries and multilateral development partners are attending the event.

The member countries include Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan while Georgia participate as an observer. 

According to the schedule, the meeting of senior officials of the group will be held today while the Ministerial Conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif tomorrow.

 

AHSAN:

Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says the government would not allow PTI to disrupt routine life of citizens.    

In an interview, he said the PTI chief Imran Khan is using the slogan against corruption for political survival in general elections 2018.

He said the government is sincere to resolve the matter of Panama Papers and demonstrate maximum flexibility.    

He said if PTI is sincere to bring reforms in the system, it should join the government to further strengthen electoral process in the country.

   

SPEAKER:

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq says Indian forces' violence against people of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has imperiled peace in the region.

Addressing the 135th General Assembly of Inter Parliamentary Union in Geneva, he stressed the need to ensure protection of fundamental rights of people as enshrined in constitution of every democratic state.

The Speaker said people of Occupied Kashmir have been under general curfew since July this year and more than 150 people have been killed in cold blood by the Indian occupation forces.

He said the indiscriminate use of pellet guns on unarmed protestors has left over eight hundred people blinded.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said the entire Kashmiri leadership is incarcerated under inhumane conditions.

He said the people of Occupied Kashmir look to the forum of Inter Parliamentary Union to help end the repression and violence that they continue to face.

                                  

TEHMINA:

Pakistan's permanent representative to United Nations in Geneva, Tehmina Janjua says International fora have been strongly condemning Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir.

In an interview with Radio Pakistan's News and Current Affairs Channel, she said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has issued strict statement against India's human rights violations and demanded release of Hurriyet leaders.

She said Pakistan is providing data to the United Nations and other international fora about killings and other human rights violations by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir.

 

BLACK DAY:

Kashmiris living on both sides of the Line of Control will observe Black Day on Thursday to protest against the Indian invasion of Jammu and Kashmir on this day in 1947.

The day is observed to mark extreme resentment and indignation over the continued unlawful and forcible occupation of Jammu and Kashmir state by the Indian tyrannical forces.

In Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir, the day will be marked by complete shutdown coupled with a wheel jam strike and anti-Indian demonstrations.

Black flags will be hoisted atop the buildings at both sides

In Mirpur, a major protest rally will be staged to be followed by a big procession and demonstration.

Speakers on this occasion will highlight the importance of early settlement of the Kashmir problem besides registering protest against the continued forcible and illegal Indian occupation.

 

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.

 

SYRIA:

In Syria, government forces have captured the strategic hilltop of Bazo in Aleppo city in latest fighting.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Bazo was taken amid heavy bombardment by the government troops.

Meanwhile, airstrikes in the northwestern province of Idlib have killed at least 13 people.

The people were killed in the towns of Kfar Takharim and Khan Sheikhoun, where a market was hit.

In a related development, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a telephone call have agreed to search for ways to resolve the Aleppo crisis in an upcoming meeting in Geneva.

 

IRAQ:

In Iraq, Islamic State group has launched counter attacks across the country to relieve pressure on their stronghold in Mosul.

Islamic State fighters have hit Kirkuk, Rutba and Sinjar.

                              

 CHINA:

In China, ten people have been killed and more than one hundred and fifty injured in a powerful explosion at a building in northern city of Yulin.

Officials suspect that the blast was caused by illegal explosive material stored in the building.

 

CRICKET:

Pakistan Disabled cricket team beat defending champion England by three wickets to win the ICC Academy PD Twenty20 Tournament at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

England set a target of 137 for 5 in 20 overs which Pakistan achieved in 19.2 overs.                         

 

TEST:

On the fifth and last day of the second test match at Abu Dhabi against Pakistan, West Indies resume their second innings at the overnight score of 171 for 4.

Pakistan has set a victory target of 456 runs for the West Indies.

The score:

               Pakistan 452  & 227 for 2 declared.

                West Indies 224 & 171 for 4.

 

WEATHER:

 

Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country today. 

However, rain with thunderstorm is likely at a few places in Malakand Division and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Temperature of some major cities recorded this morning:

Islamabad and Murree twelve degree centigrade, Lahore eighteen, Karachi twenty five, Peshawar fifteen, Quetta four, Gilgit seven and Muzaffarabad fifteen degree centigrade.


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