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PM Abbasi meets Nawaz Sharif in Lahore

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday held a meeting with ousted PM Nawaz Sharif at the latter’s Jati Umra residence in Lahore.

According to the party spokesman, overall situation of the country and development projects were discussed in the meeting.

Reports said upcoming by-election in Lahore’s NA-120, where Nawaz Sharif’s wife Kulsoom Nawaz in PML-N candidate, was also discussed in the meeting.

Earlier, Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif welcomed Khaqan Abbasi at Lahore airport.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi today had a meeting with former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at Jati Umra Lahore.

Chief Minister Punjab Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif and Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar were also present during the meeting.

Wide-ranging issues of national importance and overall situation was discussed during the meeting.

Efforts of the government to continue developmental agenda also came under discussion. Prime Minister also briefed the meeting about his recent interactions with parliamentarians and members of the Party.

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China defends ally Pakistan after Trump criticism

BEIJING (NNI): China defended its ally Pakistan on Tuesday after U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States could no longer be silent about Pakistan’s “safe havens” for militants and warned it had much to lose by continuing to “harbour terrorists”.

Asked about Trump’s speech, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Pakistan was on the front line in the struggle against terrorism and had made “great sacrifices” and “important contributions” in the fight.

It may be noted that Donald Trump on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would dispatch more troops to America’s longest war and vowing a fight to win.

“We believe that the international community should fully recognise Pakistan’s anti-terrorism,” she told a daily news briefing.

The US President also insisted that others, the Afghan government, Pakistan, India and NATO allies, step up their own commitment to resolving the 16-year conflict, but he saved his sharpest words for Pakistan.

Senior U.S. officials also warned security assistance for Pakistan could be reduced unless the nuclear-armed nation cooperated more in preventing militants from using safe havens on its soil.

“We are happy to see Pakistan and the United States carry out anti-terror cooperation on the basis of mutual respect, and work together for security and stability in the region and world,” Hua Chunying said.

China and Pakistan consider each other “all-weather friends” and have close diplomatic, economic and security ties.

China has its own security concerns in the region, in particular any links between militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan and Islamist groups China blames for violence in its far western region of Xinjiang.

“We hope the relevant U.S. policies can help promote the security, stability and development of Afghanistan and the region,” Hua said.

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Another dengue patient dies in Peshawar

Wisal Yousafzai

PESHAWAR: A woman resident of Tehkal area died of dengue in Peshawar on Tuesday after which the death toll due to the epidemic reached 12 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ capital.

30-year old Nehayat Bibi was under treatment in Hayatabad Medical where her husband Zubair was also getting treatment of dengue. Her ten year old son is also suffering from the same disease.

Meanwhile World Health Organization (WHO) team visited Tehkal area on Tuesday and took samples of water from different parts of the locality. WHO team found presence of dengue larva in 23 water samples. The report of the team said that dengue larva is present in around 87% water of Tehkal area.

The report of the team further said that the tyre shops, motorcycle mechanics and wood work shops were main cause of the outbreak of dengue in the area.

The report recommended use of mosquito repellants to counter the outbreak and avoid falling prey to the fatal disease.

The WHO team also the situation critical normal in the area, adding that immediate steps should be taken to eradicate the disease and provide best healthcare facilities to the patients.

According to the Deputy Commissioner Office data in Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar total 1177 positive dengue cases were reported while 452 patients were admitted, 264 patients were discharged while 188 patients of dengue were still admitted in the hospital.

In Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar around 320 dengue positive cases were reported, 58 patients were admitted, 34 discharged while 24 patients were still admitted while four new cases were reported in the hospital.

In Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar total 39 positive cases were reported of dengue, 29 patients were still admitted in the hospital and ten new cases were reported in the hospital.

Meanwhile Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Department has established Dengue Response Unit the unit will monitor the situation of dengue across the province.

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Govt will make sure completion of developmental projects on time: PM Abbasi

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said incumbent government is committed to complete the ongoing uplift schemes in the stipulated time in the better interest of the masses.

Abbasi said this while meeting with the PML-N senators in Islamabad on Tuesday. In the meeting the senators discussed the ongoing development schemes in different parts of the country and PM Abbasi assured that government is working hard and is focused particularly on the development projects in the better interest of the masses.

Shahid Khaqan said that government believes in rule of law and upholding the democratic values and strengthening of institutions in the country.

He added that because of PML-N policies a good and positive image of Pakistan was restored on the International level and now the foreigner’s investors taking interest in investing in our country.

 

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Imran rejects Trump allegations against Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan has strongly condemned the US President Trump speech about Pakistan and blaming for providing safe heavens to the terrorists.

He shared his views over the twitter on Tuesday. Imran Khan said that US trying to put all the burden of its failure in Afghanistan despite that Pakistan lost 70000 lives in America’s War on Terror and it also destroyed our economy in billions of dollars still the America wants do more from us and blaming us for its failure.

Imran said that Trump reminded us to stay away from others wars and now it is time for Pakistan to say to America never again. He also criticized the US and India for failing their policies in Afghanistan and blaming Pakistan.

 

 

 

 

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Khursheed Shah criticize low attendance of MNAs in National Assembly session

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in National Assembly, Khursheed Shah criticized the low attendance of the members of the national assembly on Tuesday during the NA session.

Khursheed Shah said that it is shameful that members are absent and such a low attendance in the session, he (Shah) is ashamed to see such attendance in the national assembly.

It is shameful for the lawmakers because when they know that is expected that Electoral Reforms Bill 2017 will be discussed. Senior Leader of PPP also criticized the PM for not coming and adding that if the PM attends the session the others members will be present in the session.

Speaker Ayaz Sadiq directed Ahmed, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, to ensure the maximum presence of lawmakers and ministers of the ruling party.

 

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Afghanistan will be graveyard for US troops: Taliban spokesman

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ISLAMABAD: Taliban Spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid has warned the America that if they send more troops to Afghanistan that the land of Taliban will be their graveyard.

Taliban issued a statement to the media after the Donald Trump announcement of new policy regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan and it also indicating  that US will sent more troops to Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban and other armed groups.

If America conitunue its policy of sending more troops to Afghanistan than Afghanistan will be graveyard for another super power, Taliban spokesman added.

Taliban rejected the Donald Trump’s policy and termed it nothing new in it and adding that US were trying to defeat the Taliban in the last 15 year but they were failed every time and the history will repeat itself.

Meanwhile, senior commander of Taliban told foreign media that Donald Trump is not different from the previous presidents as he was only showing the arrogant behavior like they way President Bush.

 

 

 

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Shahbaz Sharif will be new president of PML-N

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Ousted Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif held a meeting and discuss the political strategy in prevailing and in future.

Nawaz informed the younger brother regarding the decision to nominate him as the president of PML-N. MNA Hamza Shahbaz and Salman Shahbaz were also present in the meeting.

Both the leaders also discussed the current political situation in the country and the ongoing political campaign in the NA-120. Shahbaz accepted the decision of Nawaz and they agreed to announce the formal decision on 7 September in the party meeting.

 

 

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Trump asks India for economic support in Afghanistan

F.P. Report

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump warned Pakistan to stop providing the safe heavens to the terrorists which were creating problems for the neighboring countries and US in the region.

Donald Trump said this while announcing his policy regarding Afghanistan and Pakistan. According to report from the White House, the US is planning to send 3900 more troops to Afghanistan.

Trump said that my instinct was to pull out from the Afghanistan as we already spent billions of dollars of our taxpayers and thousands of US troops lost their lives in Afghanistan. But after the details discussions with cabinet and Army Generals, we reached to the point the consequences of the immediate exit will not in favor of US and it will provide space for terrorist to fill the blank space.

Trump said that US will remain in Afghanistan but he did not give the exact time frame of US presence and adding that this time, “we will not attack our we attack for win”.

As many as 20 declared terrorists organization are working in Afghanistan and Pakistan which was the highest concern in region of the world and especially when India and Pakistan both are the nuclear power, he added.

President also asked the other countries especially India to support Afghanistan in economic development as it was the major and important country of the region and Indian can be very effective in the economic development of Afghanistan.

Trump criticized Pakistan for providing safe heavens to the terrorists on its soil and adding that Pakistan gain much from partnering with US in the war in Afghanistan and now they have loose much if they continue to provide space to terrorist on its land.

We will never be silent anymore about the Pakistan policy of providing safe heavens to terrorists organization including, Taliban and other groups which is a threat to the region and the world.

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Pakistan Army successfully completes Operation Khyber-4

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RAWALPINDI: Announcing successful completion of Khyber-4 operation in Rajgal Valley, Director General Inter Services Public Relations (DG ISPR) Major Gen Asif Ghafoor says 52 terrorists were killed and five arrested by the armed forces during the operation.

The operation was launched under Radd-ul-Fasaad, a countrywide anti-terror initiative launched by the military to wipe out terrorists. Operation Khyber-4 was aimed at securing the international border with Afghanistan by preventing Daesh and other local militants on Afghan side of the border from infiltration.

Addressing a press conference in Rawalpindi Monday, DG ISPR said that Pakistan Army has achieved the ground objectives in Shawal and Rajgal. He added that 52 terrorists were killed and 31 others were wounded while four of them surrendered. He said that the military operation was tough as two soldiers embraced martyrdom.

DG ISPR also said that scores of landmines were defused by the troops in the operation. He said that the Operation Khyber-4 was carried out with strong and complete planning. ‘Every single terrorist in Rajgal and Shawal was our target,’ he said. He went on to say that a clearance operation is currently taking place in Khyber Valley, where 91 security checkposts have been set up.

Ghafoor added that the military had consultation with NATO forces during the operation. He said that the security forces have carried out 3300 operations under Radd-ul-Fasaad so far. He added, ‘Rangers carried out 1728 operations across Punjab.’

The DG ISPR stated that criminal activities in Karachi have decreased following operations in the provincial capital. He said that 95 percent of displaced persons have also returned home. He further said that that Pakistan Army fully facilitated the IDPs.

Ghafoor added that that border movements in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have been made more effective. ‘Over 250 cross border attacks were foiled by the forces,’ he said. He also stated that former military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf served in Pakistan Army for 40 years and he gives statements regarding the defence as a political leader.

Ghafoor stated that there is no terrorist network in Pakistan. He added, “We have told the United States that indiscriminate action is being taken against terrorists in the country.” He further said that Pakistan is the only country which fought terrorism all by itself.

DG ISPR went on to say that they are in support of FATA reforms as the people should be given their rights. He said that India wants to declare the freedom movement of Kashmiris as a “terrorist movement”. Speaking on the Dawn Leaks inquiry, he said that it is the responsibility of the federal government to probe the matter. He denied that Pakistan Army has anything to do with the ongoing political situation in the country.

“Time is coming when reforms will be made in state institutions. The reforms will help the government and military,” he added. He went on to say that those who burn the national flag are not Pakistanis. “Is the nation ready to forgive them? When the people are not to forgive him so how can we?” he asked.

He praised Sindh Rangers for cracking down terrorist networks in the provincial capital, adding that Karachi police should be strengthened to lower the street crimes in the city. “Incidents of extortion and target killing are low as compared to past,” he said.

‘Punjab CM initial target in Arfa tower attack’

ISPR DG stressed that Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif was the initial target in terrorist attack near Arfa Software Technology Park. Punjab CM was scheduled to visit Arfa tower but the terrorists switched their target to police later on, he revealed. Asif Ghafoor told that terrorists had planned further attacks on Shehbaz Sharif which were foiled by the intelligence agencies.

Pakistan Army spokesperson said Pakistan belongs to everyone and no one can harm it if we stay together, adding that differences can occur inside the territory but we are all the same outside the boundary.

He commented that former military dictator Pervez Musharraf talks about politics in his personal capacity, ‘only COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa can give policy statements about the army’.

Pakistan Army on 16th July had announced that Operation Khyber-4 will be launched against terrorists.