Text Bulletin 1500 hrs
Manasik-e-Hajj started on Wednesday with the gathering of Hujjaj at Mina in Makkah.
National Assembly and Senate have termed new US Afghan policy as one-sided and said that it has put the onus from failure of US policy on Pakistan.
In North Waziristan, political administration has started to pay compensation cheques to those whose houses have been damaged in terrorism related incidents.
In Occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in Bandipora district on Wednesday against search operation by Indian troops.
In Afghanistan, four people have been killed in a suicide attack on the house of a prominent Afghan parliamentarian in Jalalabad.
Test player Sharjeel Khan has been banned for five years after he was found guilty of spot fixing in Pakistan Super League.
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.
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 Members said that Pakistan is not responsible for US failure in Afghanistan.
They said that US strategies of use of power and dialogue have failed in Afghanistan.
The members categorically rejected US President's blame of safe heavens of terrorists in Pakistan.
They said that national narrative against terrorism should be changed.
The members proposed that Chairman Senate and Speaker National Assembly should write letters to their US counterparts for formulation of a committee consisting of Parliamentarians, diplomats and Military Personnel.
They said this committee should give a strategy to end the allegation of safe heavens once and for all.
The members said Pakistan has always been articulating peace and stability in Afghanistan. They said peace in Afghanistan is in the best interests of Pakistan.
The Senate has stressed the need for crafting a national policy paper putting forth Pakistan's narrative for US policy makers.
This suggestion has been made in report of the Committee of the Whole unanimously adopted by the House on Wednesday.
The committee called for a regional diplomatic initiative to coordinate Pakistan's response to US President's Afghan strategy in consultation with friendly countries.
It said that Pakistan should also formulate its own South Asian policy that should be comprehensive as peace cannot be compartmentalized and segmented.
It also emphasized augmenting efforts to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute, where Indian Human Rights violations know no bounds. The report said that India cannot be net security provider in the South Asian region given its conflictual relationship with all its neighbors.
The report said that military escalation in Afghanistan will destabilize Pakistan and the region and would have negative consequences for Europe as well.
The House urged Pakistan and Afghanistan to ensure that the territory of either state should not be used for terrorist activities against each other. Kabul was also urged to check hideouts and sanctuaries of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan operating freely in Afghanistan.
The report also emphasized Pakistan to focus border management and security along the Pak-Afghan border and fence the entire Durand Line.
It said that Pakistan should maintain its principled stance that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and should continue pursuing a politically negotiated settlement with the Afghan Government in the lead.
The report said that Pakistan would be willing to contribute in the shared objective of exterminating all forms of terrorism.
The report said that Pakistan needs to present a clear dossier on India's cross border terrorism with names, dates and unimpeachable evidence, including Indian Spy Kulbhushan Jhadav case.
It said that the focus of the dossier must be on Indian actions to destabilize Pakistan by using Afghan territory.
The report also said that Kabul should also address Pakistan's concerns regarding terrorists like TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah and other hiding in Afghanistan and operating against Pakistan.
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.
The political administration of North Waziristan Agency has started distributing compensation cheques among people whose houses have been damaged in terrorism related incidents.
The compensation cheques are being distributed among six hundred and sixty-eight people whose houses had been either partially damaged or completely destroyed.
Owner of each completely damaged house is being given a cheque of four hundred thousand rupees.
Similarly, a cheque of one hundred and fifty thousand rupees will be given to the owner of each partially damaged house.
In Occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations at Hajin in Bandipora district on Wednesday, forcing the Indian troops to call-off a cordon and search operation in the area.
According to Kashmir Media Service, people took to the streets as soon as Indian troops and police personnel launched a siege and search operation in Khos Mohalla and Wahab Parrey Mohalla localities of Hajin.
They raised high-pitched anti-India and pro-freedom slogans.
Meanwhile, the Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said the Kashmiris are pursuing a rightful mission of freedom and their liberation movement is based on principles.
In a statement issued in Srinagar, he said that the Kashmiri people are striving for securing their inalienable right to self-determination as guaranteed by global community.
The APHC Chairman applauded the commitment and dedication of pro-freedom prisoners including Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Masarrat Aalam Butt and Aasiya Andrabi.
APHC leader Farida Bahenji, in her statement, strongly denounced the arrest and harassment of Hurriyat leaders.
Four people were killed in a suicide attack on the house of a prominent Afghan politician in eastern city of Jalalabad on Wednesday.
A spokesman for the provincial Governor Nangarhar province said two suicide bombers detonated themselves outside the house of parliamentarian Zahir Qader in Jalalabad.
Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In Syria, sixty-four people have been killed in fierce fighting between government forces and the Islamic State group in Raqqa province.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Wednesday, the clashes came with the army pressing an advance through Raqqa province towards neighbouring Deir Ezzor, the only remaining province of the war-ravaged country which is still in the hands of the Islamic State militants.
Test player Sharjeel Khan has been banned for five years, after finding guilty of spot fixing charges during Pakistan Super League.
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.