DATE: 30-08-2017                      


Manasik-e-Hajj started on Wednesday with the gathering of Hujjaj at Mina in Makkah.


National Security Council is holding its meeting in Islamabad with the Prime Minister in the chair.


Members of National Assembly have strongly denounced statement of US President regarding Pakistan and South Asia and said the entire Pakistani nation is united against the new US policy.


China has expressed the hope that India will learn lessons from the recent border standoff between the two countries.





Manasik-e-Hajj started on Wednesday with the gathering of Hajis at Mina in Makkah.


Radio Pakistan special correspondent Zahid Hameed reports from Mina that over two million faithful are gathering at the tent valley of Mina.  


The Hujjaj are offering Zohar, Asr, Maghrib and Isha prayers at Mina and will 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 Azaan Maghrib, the Hujjaj will leave for Muzdalfa where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the night in the open sky.



A meeting of the National Security Committee is underway in Islamabad with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.


Apart from relevant Federal Ministers, it is being attended by all the three services chiefs.


The meeting is expected to take stock of the prevailing security environment.


The meeting is attended by Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Zubair Hayat, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, National Security Advisor retired Lt. General Nasser Khan Janjua and senior civil and military officials.                             



Members of the National Assembly on Wednesday 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. 


They said the foreign policy should be reviewed keeping in view national interests and the changing geo-political situation.


They said that a joint session of the parliament should be summoned to give a strong and clear message to Donald Trump.



The Senate has termed US President Donald Trump's Afghan strategy as one sided by putting the entire onus on Pakistan for the failure of US policy in Afghanistan.


The observation has been made in report of the Committee of the Whole unanimously adopted by the House on Wednesday.


The report said Pakistan's perspective has been ignored despite the ground realities of its sacrifices in the war on terror.


It said Islamabad's legitimate concerns regarding expanding ungoverned spaces in Afghanistan used as sanctuaries and safe havens for orchestrating terrorist attack inside Pakistan have been completely ignored.                      



Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi 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.                      



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 two days after the two countries agreed to pull back their troops from the common border.


Earlier, Chinese Foreign Office spokeswoman had stated that Beijing would complete building of roads and other infrastructure along the Himalayan border with India for border protection and to help local people's livelihoods.


She said that its border troops will also continue their patrols in the Doklam area.                      



The main border crossing between Jordan and Iraq reopens on Wednesday 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. 


Officials said that customs and border arrangements at the crossing have been finalized, whereas strict security measures have been adopted to ensure safety of the 550 km highway from the Jordan border to Iraqi capital Baghdad.



Pakistan Women Baseball team will leave for Hong Kong on Saturday to participate in the 1st BFA Women's Baseball Asian Cup.


The tournament is scheduled to be held in Hong Kong from 2nd to 7th of next month.


Besides Pakistan, Japan, Chinese Taipei, India, Korea and host Hong Kong are participating in the tournament.

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