He was talking to troops at Suran and Kalaya during his visit to Pak-Afghan border areas in Mohmand and Orakzai Agency on Saturday. The Army Chief said he is proud of the great sacrifices rendered by the security forces and people of Pakistan in their effort to purge the country from fasaadis. He said that fencing on Pak-Afghan border has been started and Bajaur and Mohmand agencies being high threat zones are first priority in this regard. The Army Chief said additional technical surveillance means are also being deployed along the border besides regular air surveillance.

Host: Zahra Sikandar Hayat

Co-Hosts: Yusra Mushtaq, Maha Khan Jadoon

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Mansoor Akbar Kundi (Defense Analyst):

Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa since taken the charge as Chief of Army Staff is determined to wipe out the menace of terrorism by all means. COAS wants peace in the country and has taken strict measures against terrorism so far. Terrorists used to come to Pakistan by crossing Pak-Afghan border and went back after carrying out terrorist activities in our country. This is the reason that COAS has directed to seal Torkham and Chaman borders and initiated Operation Radd-ul-Fasad against the militants throughout the country. COAS also met with US Commander in Afghanistan and high Afghan officials in this regard and asked to support Pakistan to eradicate terrorism. General Qamar Javed Bajwa visited Pak-Afghan Border areas in Mohmand and Orakzai Agency and directed to initiate the process of fencing Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. Pakistan and Afghanistan need to cooperate with each other for peace in the region by making Border Management system more effective. It is a positive development that COAS stated to utilize all available resources for restoration of peace.

Census 2017: First phase of population census in 63 districts to conclude on Monday

The population and household count in the first block of the phase one under the 6th population and housing census in sixty-three districts across the country will conclude on Monday. The homeless people in the first block will be counted on Tuesday. The First Block of the First Phase includes sixteen districts in Punjab, eight in Sindh, fourteen in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, fifteen in Balochistan and five each in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Analyst on Telephone:

Habibullah Khattak(Member, Census Committee):

The second phase of census 2017 will began soon. We have to face certain issues in first phase of population census. The circumstances of the country were the main hurdles in the population and household count before 2017. The major benefit of census will be observed during NFC award. All the concerned departments and security institution are providing full support in holding census.

The government is determined to end poverty by providing skills and job opportunities to the young generation-2nd phase of PM’s youth training program begins

The Government has started the second phase of Prime Minister's Youth Training Program. During this phase, fifty thousand internships will be awarded to youth having completed sixteen years of education. According to details, a quota of twenty five thousand has been allocated for Punjab, ninety five hundred for Sindh, three thousand for Balochistan, over fifty eight hundred for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, one thousand for Azad Kashmir and fifty eight hundred for Gilgit Baltistan, FATA and Islamabad Capital Territory. The internees will be paid twelve thousand rupees per month as a stipend during the one year long internship.

Operation RADD-UL-FASAD continues in full swing to eliminate terrorism from the country-41 suspects arrested in Peshawar, Hangu

Forty-one suspects were arrested during search operations in Peshawar and Hangu district on Sunday morning. According to detail, fifteen suspects including two proclaimed offenders were arrested in different areas of Peshawar while twenty-six suspects including four proclaimed offenders arrested in Hangu.

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