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Gold price falls Rs500 per tola in Pakistan

The price of the yellow metal settles at Rs241,429 per tola

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Karachi: Gold price plunged by Rs500 per tola in the local bullion markets of the country on Tuesday. According to the All Pakistan Gems and Jewellers Association, the price of the yellow metal settled at Rs241,429 per tola.

The 10-gram gold price fell by Rs429 to settle at Rs207,047 per tola. The price of gold jumped by Rs500 per tola on Monday.

   

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Shehbaz cabinet approves Operation Azm-e-Istehkam

PM Shehbaz Sharif says operations will be carried out against terrorists only

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Islamabad: The federal cabinet on Tuesday accorded approval to the decisions taken by the National Action Plan's Central Apex Committee, including Operation Azm-e-Istehkam.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who chaired the meeting, said that citizens would not face any trouble during the operation and neither would their houses be raided.

"Only intelligence-based operations (IBOs) would be carried out against terrorists," PM was quoted as saying.

On Saturday, the Apex Committee gave the go-ahead to the military operation. 

Earlier, PM Sharif chaired a meeting of Central Apex Committee on National Action Plan in Islamabad on June 22. The meeting was attended by key  the ministers of the federal cabinet, including the Deputy Prime Minister & Foreign Minister, Defence Minister, Interior Minister, Finance Minister, Law Minister, and Information Minister. Additionally, the Chief Ministers of all provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan, Services Chiefs, and Chief Secretaries of the provinces, along with other senior civilian, military, and Law Enforcement Agencies officers, were present.

The forum conducted a comprehensive review of the ongoing counter-terrorism campaign and assessed the internal security situation. The progress on the multi-domain tenets of the National Action Plan was scrutinized, with particular emphasis on identifying shortcomings in the implementation for addressing the same at top priority. The necessity for a comprehensive and reinvigorated counter-terrorism strategy, founded on complete national consensus and system-wide synergy, was underscored.

The Prime Minister approved a reinvigorated and re-energized national counter-terrorism campaign through launching of Operation *AZM-E-ISTEHKAM*, with consensus of all stakeholders including the Provinces, Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir, symbolizing the national resolve to eradicate extremism and terrorism from the country.

 AZM-E-ISTEHKAM will integrate and synergize multiple lines of effort to combat the menaces of extremism and terrorism in a comprehensive and decisive manner. 

In the politico- diplomatic domain, efforts will be intensified to curtail the operational space for terrorists through regional cooperation. The renewed and full blown kinetic efforts of the armed forces will be augmented by full support from all Law Enforcement Agencies, empowered by effective legislation to address legal voids that hinder effective  prosecution of terrorism-related cases and award of exemplary punishments to them. 

The campaign will be duly complemented by socioeconomic measures aimed at addressing genuine concerns of the people and creating an environment that discourages extremist tendencies. The information space will be leveraged to promote a unified national narrative in support of the campaign. 

The forum reiterated that the fight against extremism and terrorism is Pakistan’s war and is absolutely essential for the nation’s survival and well-being. The forum resolved that  no one will be allowed to challenge the writ of the state without any exception.

The forum also reviewed measures to ensure foolproof security for Chinese nationals in Pakistan. Following the Prime Minister’s approval, new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) were issued to relevant departments, which will enhance mechanisms for providing comprehensive security to Chinese citizens in Pakistan.

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Gaza civil defence says Israeli strike kills 10 relatives of Hamas chief

The strike hit the Haniyeh family home in Al-Shati refugee camp

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Gaza Strip (Palestinian Territories) (AFP): The Gaza civil defence agency said an Israeli air strike early on Tuesday killed 10 members of Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh's family, in an attack the Israeli military did not immediately confirm.

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