Manasik-e-Hajj starts today with the gathering of Hajis at Mina in Makkah
Over two million faithful are gathering at the tent valley of Mina
The Hujjaj will move to Arafat soon after Fajr prayers on 9th Zilhaj. Over two million faithful have started gathering at the tent valley of Mina as the Hajj rituals begin on Wednesday. The Hujjaj will offer Zohar, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers at Mina and move to Arafat soon after Fajr prayers on 9th Zilhaj where they will listen to Hajj sermon to be delivered from Masjid-e-Nimra. They will stay at Arafat till the call for Maghrib prayer. After AzaanMaghrib, the Hujjaj will leave for Muzdalfa where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the night in the open sky.
Govt collects over rs1345b as direct taxes during current fiscal year: Senate informed
Law Minister Zahid Hamid says over 24 billion rupees were collected from government employees. The Senate was informed that the government has collected over 1345 billion rupees as direct taxes during the current fiscal year. Responding to a question, Law Minister Zahid Hamid said that over 24 billion rupees were collected from government employees, over 484 billion rupees from Private persons, over 830 billion rupees from Companies and 5.5 billion from Corporations. Replying to another question, the Law Minister said new survey of BISP will be completed by next year to include maximum number of poor people to get benefit from the programme.
MNAsdenounce statement made by Trump regarding Pakistan, South Asia
Members of the National Assembly strongly denounced the statement made by US President Donald Trump and said that the whole nation is on one page against the US new policy. They were speaking on a motion moved by Law Minister Zahid Hamid regarding the US President's new strategy for South-Asia and Afghanistan and remarks about Pakistan. They said the whole nation and all the political parties are united to safeguard the nation's interests. They said that Pakistan is a strong and courageous nation and Pakistanis know well how to defend their motherland.
Pakistan calls for effective deployment of UN peacekeeping missions
MaleehaLodhi says these deployments should be well-resourced. Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. MaleehaLodhi has called for ensuring effective deployment of UN peacekeeping missions and their operations relevant to the ground realities. Speaking at the UN Security Council, she said that these deployments should be well-resourced in order to carry out tasks of maintaining peace and security in the world’s troubled regions.
Security forces conduct search operations in HalkaPlandara, Mohmand Agency
ISPR says suicide jackets, improvised explosive devices, rockets, hand grenades, detonators, were recovered. Security Forces have carried out search operations in HalkaPlandara, Mohmand Agency on reports about a terrorist hideout.
Chinese FM hopes India to learn lessons from recently resolved border standoff
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has expressed hope that India will learn lessons from a recently resolved border standoff between the two countries and avoid such occurrences in the future. He was speaking in Beijing after the two countries agreed to pull back their troops from the common border.
North Korean leader calls for more missile launches targeting Pacific Ocean
N. Korea would continue to watch the US attitude before it decides future actions. North Korean leader Kim Jong UN has called for more missile launches targeting the Pacific Ocean to advance his country’s ability to contain Guam. North Korean official news agency quoted him as saying that North Korea would continue to watch the US attitude before it decides future actions.
UNSC unanimously condemns N Korea missile tests
The United Nations Security Council has condemned North Korea's firing of a ballistic missile over Japan as an "outrageous" threat. In a statement the 15-member Security Council demanded of Pyongyang not to launch any more missiles and abandon all nuclear weapons and programmes. The UN Security Council also said it was of "vital importance" that North Korea take immediate, concrete actions to reduce tensions. It called on all states to implement United Nations sanctions on Pyongyang.
UNSC meets today to discuss deadly violence against Rohingya Muslims
The United Nations Security Council is meeting to discuss the deadly violence against Rohingyamuslims by Myanmar security forces in Rakhine state. Meanwhile, Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh from escalating violence in Myanmar are facing the growing danger of sickness and diseases. Bangladesh authorities are sending them home, despite a United Nations plea that they may be allowed to seek shelter.
Border crossing between Jordan, Iraq to reopen today
The main border crossing between Jordan and Iraq reopentoday for the first time since 2015. According to Jordanian Interior Minister Ghaleb-al-Zubi, the opening of the crossing is of great importance to Jordan and Iraq as it is a crucial artery between the two countries.
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