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AUGUST 30, 2017

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National Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution rejecting hostile and threatening statements against Pakistan made by US President and top US commander in Afghanistan.

Senate has unanimously passed a motion asking the government to launch a regional diplomatic initiative to coordinate responses to President Trump's new Afghan policy.

National Security Committee has decided to keep a robust defence posture of Pakistan to ensure national security in challenging environment.

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

At the UN, Pakistan has told Security Council that ground realities, not political expediency should guide the Council's decisions on peacekeeping.

China says India should learn lesson from the border standoff between the two countries in Doklam area.

UN Secretary General has called for lifting of blockade of Gaza Strip.

UN Human Rights Chief has termed US President's criticism of journalists as attack on freedom of press.

Test player Sharjeel Khan has been banned for five years in a spot fixing case.

Bangladesh beat Australia by twenty runs in the first test in Dhaka today.

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NA RESOLUTION
National Assembly has passed a unanimous resolution rejecting hostile and threatening statements against Pakistan made by US President and top US commander in Afghanistan.

The resolution moved by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif condemned attempts by Trump Administration to provide more space to India in Afghanistan, considering it a move highly detrimental to regional stability.
The resolution moved by Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif also rejected the claims of Nato Commander in Afghanistan General Nicholson regarding presence of Taliban Shora in Quetta and Peshawar.

The House condemned attempts by Trump Administration to provide more space to India in Afghanistan, considering it a move highly detrimental to regional stability.


The Resolution also condemned Indian State terrorism in occupied Kashmir and reiterated Pakistan's continued diplomatic, political and moral support to Kashmiris for their struggle for right to self-determination.

It also rejected the US claims of giving Pakistan billions of dollars in add. It said that Pakistan's economy has suffered a loss of more than 123 billion dollars in war against terrorism.

The resolution denounced complete disregard and lack of respect for Pakistan's immense sacrifices in countering terrorism.

The National Assembly through the resolution acknowledged sacrifices of the security forces in their counter terrorism operations.

The resolution extended support to counter-terrorism operations being conducted by the armed forces of Pakistan along with the Rangers and Law Enforcement Agencies.

It reiterated that as a responsible nuclear state, Pakistan has a robust and credible command and control system in place, which has been universally recognized.


The resolution called upon the government to commence a diplomatic initiative, particularly with friendly countries in the region to inform the international community of Pakistan's counter-terrorism strategy.

The resolution expressed serious concern over increasing concentration of ISIS and other terrorist's networks in Afghan provinces bordering with Pakistan.

The resolution asked the Afghan Government to close all safe havens being provided to banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, Jamat-ul-Ahrar and other terrorist organizations from where terror attacks are conducted against Pakistan.

The resolution demanded the US, NATO and Afghan Government to ensure that India is denied the use of Afghan territory to conduct terrorist attacks against Pakistan.

The House reiterated Pakistan's desire to lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The House has now been prorogued.


SENATE
Senate has called for crafting a national policy paper putting forth Pakistan's narrative for US policy-makers.

This suggestion was made in report of the Committee of the Whole unanimously adopted by the House today.

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 Pakistan should also formulate its own comprehensive South Asian policy.

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 destabilise 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 outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan operating freely in Afghanistan.

The report also emphasized Pakistan to focus on 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 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 banned TTP Chief Mullah Fazlullah and other hiding in Afghanistan and operating against Pakistan.

 

NSC
The National Security Committee has decided to keep a robust defence posture to ensure national security in a challenging environment.

This decision was taken in its 13th meeting held in Islamabad today with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.

The Committee reviewed internal and external security situation and the threats and challenges to national security in the evolving regional and global context.

US President Trump policy on Afghanistan and South Asia was also discussed in the meeting.

The meeting was attended by Defence Minister Khurrum Dastgir Khan, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, National Security Advisor, Director General ISI and senior civil and military officials.


PM-MUQAM
Advisor to PM on Political Affairs Engr. Amir Muqam called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in Islamabad today.

Overall political situation and development projects of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were discussed in the meeting.

 

HAJJ
More than two million Muslims from around the world began the Hajj pilgrimage at Mina today.

After staying at Mina today, the Hujjaj will move to Arafat soon after Fajr prayers tomorrow 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-e-Maghrib, the Hujjaj will leave for Muzdalfa where they will offer Maghrib and Isha prayers and spend the night in the open sky.


PRESIDENT
President Mamnoon Hussain says Auditor General of Pakistan has an important role in promotion of transparency and national development.

He was talking to Auditor General of Pakistan Javaid Jehangir, who called on him after assuming his office in Islamabad today.

The President hoped that under the newly appointed Auditor General of Pakistan, the institution will take further measures for financial betterment and concentrate on stopping wastage of funds and corruption in government institutions.


COMMERCE
Minister for Commerce Muhammad Pervaiz Malik says economic and social indicators are on the rise in Pakistan and the country offers a lucrative market for investment.

Talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad today, he said United Kingdom is Pakistan's biggest trade partner in Europe.

He said Pakistan's inclusion in European Union's "Special Incentive Arrangement for Good Governance and Sustainable Development" has been the major catalyst for promoting bilateral trade.

The Minister said that UK has been a great supporter of enhanced market access for Pakistani products in the European Union.

The British High Commissioner said UK is always ready to work on ways to increase bilateral trade.


AMBASSADOR
Pakistan's Ambassador to the European Union, Belgium and Luxembourg Naghmana Alamgir Hashmi says political and economic engagement and cooperation between Pakistan and the EU has been on constant rise.

She was talking to a delegation of Iqra University Karachi, comprising 61 students and faculty members in Brussels.

The Ambassador said growing trade potential between Pakistan and the countries of European Union has increased at a considerable pace in the wake of grant of GSP plus status to Pakistan.

 

KAMRAN
Minister for Statistics Kamran Michael says Population and Housing Census has been carried in a transparency manner.

Talking to media in Islamabad this evening, he said that all objections raised in this regard have been addressed.

He said time is required to finalize figures of census in order to remove every type of ambiguity.

The Minister rejected all allegations regarding process of census.


COMPENSATION
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.


SHEHBAZ
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif says corruption allegations of three billion rupees are totally false and baseless.

He stated this while addressing a Press conference in Lahore today.

 

SPEAKER
Speaker Balochistan provincial Assembly Raheela Hameed Khan Durrani says the government is taking effective measures to materialise the vision of a literate Balochistan.

This she said while addressing a stakeholders consultative conference in Quetta today.

 

G-B
Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly has unanimously passed Gilgit-Baltistan Child protection bill and Gilgit-Baltistan maintenance of public order bill today.

The bills were presented in the House by the Law Minister Dr Muhammad Iqbal.

In a resolution, the Assembly paid tributes to former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif for giving approval to over one hundred billion rupees projects for the uplift of Gilgit Baltistan.

The House will meet again tomorrow at 11 am.


NOTICE
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has taken serious notice of the killing of a citizen in a firing incident by police in Rawal Town check post in Islamabad this afternoon.

He sought report from Inspector General of Police Islamabad.

BAN
Sindh Government for Home has imposed ban on display and carrying of arms, collection of hides and setting up of camps for collection of hides on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha.

A notification in this regard was issued today.

 

SUSPECTS
Seventy suspects were arrested during search operations in different areas of Swabi today.

Arms and ammunition were also recovered from them.


 

 

LODHI
At the United Nations, Pakistan has told the Security Council that ground realities, not political expediency should guide the Council’s decisions on peacekeeping.

Participating in the debate on UN Peacekeeping Operations, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said sustaining peace requires investing in peace.

She said saving lives, restoring order and maintaining international peace and security should remain the overarching objective.


FAROOQ-BARJEES
AJK Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider and Federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs Barjees Tahir say Indian conspiracy to change the demography of Occupied Kashmir will be forcefully raised at international forums.

Addressing a joint news conference in Muzaffarabad today, they said India will never succeed in its nefarious designs to repeal Article 35-A of its constitution.

Both the leaders said enduring peace in South Asia can only be achieved through peaceful settlement of the longstanding Kashmir dispute.


KASHMIR
In occupied Kashmir, Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Gilani has paid glowing tributes to the illegally detained Hurriyat leaders and activists languishing in different jails of India and the occupied territory.

In a statement issued in Srinagar today, he said the people of Kashmir are striving for securing their right to self-determination guaranteed by global community.

Meanwhile, people held forceful protests at Hajin in Bandipora district today after Indian troops launched a cordon and search operation in the area.

Indian police and troops fired teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering clashes between the demonstrators and the forces’ personnel.


AFGHAN-BLAST
Four people were killed in a suicide attack on a house of parliamentarian Zahir Qader in Jalalabad today.

A spokesman for the provincial Governor said two suicide bombers detonated themselves outside the house.

Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

 

CHINA-INDIA
China says India should learn lesson from the border standoff in Doklam area.

Addressing a news conference in Beijing today, Chinese Foreign Minister Wan Yi hoped that India will prevent similar things from happening again.

The standoff in Doklam ended when India withdrew its troops from the area.


ROHINGYA
At least eighteen thousand and five hundred Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh since fighting erupted in Rakhine state of Myanmar six days ago.

Spokesman for international Organization for Migration's Asia-Pacific Chris Lom said today that number of Rohingya Muslims are still stuck on the Myanmar side of the border.

At least ninty-nine Rohingya Muslims have been killed since then.


UN PALESTINE
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed for large-scale humanitarian aid to Gaza.

Speaking at a UN-backed elementary school in Gaza Strip today, he ordered immediate release of four million dollars from the world body's relief fund.

He also called for lifting the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

He said he was deeply moved to be in Gaza to witness one of the most dramatic humanitarian crises.

The UN Secrtary General said he has a dream to come back to Gaza one day and to see Gaza as part of a Palestine state in peace and prosperity.


GAZA
Meanwhile, dozens of Palestinians intercepted the convoy of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in Gaza today.

They urged the UN Secretary General to intervene and put pressure on the Israel to stop crimes against the Palestinians in Israeli prisons.

They also condemned the UN silence toward the situation prevailing in the Gaza Strip for more than ten years.

The UN Secretary General will visit the UN headquarters in the Gaza city and get a briefing from UN officials on the situation in Gaza.


UN-TRUMP
UN Human Rights Chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein says US President Donald Trump’s criticism of journalists amounts to an attack on the freedom of the press.

Addressing a news conference in Geneva today, he said the US President's anti-media statements could provoke violence against reporters.

He said Donald Trump has also made worrying remarks about women, Mexicans and Muslims.

Last week, the US President called journaists truly dishonest people, and also described New York Times, Washington Post and CNN as fake organizations.


MISSILE
The United States has successfully conducted a missile defense test off the coast of Hawaii today, a day after North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan.

The test, using Standard Missile-6 guided missiles, intercepted a medium-range ballistic missile target.

IRAQ
Iraqi forces have succeeded to liberate forty percent of Ayadhiyah town from Islamic State militants.

In a statement in Baghdad today, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah from the Joint Operations Command said the troops are facing tough resistance from the militants inside the town, as hundreds of IS fighters who withdrew from Mosul and Tal Afar have gathered in the town,


EGYPT
Egypt has put the names of more than three hundred and fifty people on its terrorism list.

The designation bans those on the list from travel, puts them on a watch list and grants authorities the right to freeze their assets.


HARVEY
In the United States, tropical storm Harvey has again made landfall in Louisiana state.

Low-lying New Orleans is bracing to receive up to 25cm of rain in 36 hours, with flash floods a major risk.

The storm, which earlier achieved hurricane status, has dumped record rainfall in the region.

Large parts of the Texas city of Houston are underwater, and more than twenty people are reported dead.

Thousands of people there have fled their homes in search of emergency shelter amid severe flooding.

 


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