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  1. Two weeks ahead of elections in Egypt, the media have been under close scrutiny, with an increase in cases of journalists being arrested and websites blocked CAIRO: Egypt´s judiciary announced Monday it has set up a hotline to gather complaints of "fake" news in the traditional or electronic media that could pose a threat to national security. Two weeks ahead of elections in Egypt, the media have been under close scrutiny, with an increase in cases of journalists being arrested and websites blocked. "The Egyptian judiciary has set aside mobile telephone numbers to receive complaints on the instant messaging app WhatsApp and by SMS, so long as the name of the complainant and their personal details are given," it said in a statement. It said the initiative was aimed against "premeditated fake information damaging to national security and the country´s interests".
  2. Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White and Joint Staff director Marine Lt Gen Kenneth McKenzie brief reporters at the Pentagon in Feb 2018. Photo: Department of Defense With Pakistan encountering trouble with the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) once again, the United States has asserted that Islamabad has the ?opportunity to do more.? ?Well, with respect to Pakistan we believe that Pakistan can do more to combat terrorism,? Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W White said at a weekend news briefing in Washington. Responding to a question regarding the Pentagon and secretary's views on Pakistan's or Afghanistan's future in light of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and China recently voting against the US resolution as far as Pakistan is supporting terrorism, White said this is ?an inflection point.? ?This is an inflection point and this is an opportunity and Pakistan has an opportunity to do more,? she said. ?They've been victims of terrorism. So, we'll look forward to continuing to work with them to see where there are opportunities,? the Pentagon chief spokesperson added. Pakistan will be placed on FATF grey list in June: FO FO spokesperson says India violated LoC ceasefire 400 times this year Further, when asked about Pentagon?s view on Pakistan welcoming Afghan government?s latest offer for peace talks with Taliban, White said, ?Our goal is to help the Afghan Security Forces become capable enough to ensure that the violence ends. The Taliban has to abandon terror, it has to abandon violence, and it has to support the Afghan constitution. Then they have to come to the table. And that is, ultimately, for the people of Afghanistan to come to an ultimate political resolution.? Last week, Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal said that the country would be placed on the grey list of the FATF in June. Member states of the FATF were persuaded by Washington to place Pakistan back on the ?grey list? of nations with inadequate terrorist financing or money laundering controls. Pakistan was on the list for three years, until 2015. Senior US diplomat arrives in Islamabad, meets foreign secretary Situation in Afghanistan and bilateral relations also came under discussion during the meeting Further, on February 26, US Deputy Assistant to the President and National Security Council Senior Director for South and Central Asia Lisa Curtis held a meeting with Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua during an emergency visit to the country. The meeting was held at the Foreign Office.
  3. Photo: AFP LONDON: Trolling, impersonating, demonising: these are just some of the behaviours encouraged in a new online game launching Tuesday in which young players become ?fake news tycoons? ? to counter growing misinformation. Researchers at University of Cambridge have teamed up with a Dutch media collective to develop an English version of the game aimed at inoculating people against the spread of so-called fake news. The exercise encourages participants, who are tasked with building audiences for their imaginary fake news sites, to stoke fear, anger and mistrust by simulating the manipulation of online content. In the game they choose polarising falsehoods to publish, cultivate an army of Twitter bots, fabricate evidence, and propagate dubious articles and conspiracy theories. ?If you know what it is like to walk in the shoes of someone who is actively trying to deceive you, it should increase your ability to spot and resist the techniques of deceit,? said Sander Van Der Linden, director of the university?s Social Decision-Making Lab. ?We want to help grow ?mental antibodies? that can provide some immunity against the rapid spread of misinformation,? she added. The psychological theory behind the effort is called ?inoculation?. Researchers at Cambridge last year found that briefly exposing people to tactics used by fake news producers can act as a ?psychological vaccine? against bogus anti-science campaigns. A pilot study conducted with teenagers in a Dutch high school used an early paper-and-pen trial of the online game, and showed the perceived ?reliability? of fake news to be diminished in teens that played compared to a control group. ?A biological vaccine administers a small dose of the disease to build immunity,? said Van Der Linden. ?Similarly, inoculation theory suggests that exposure to a weak or demystified version of an argument makes it easier to refute when confronted with more persuasive claims.? The game, based in part on existing studies of online disinformation, takes its cues from actual conspiracy theories about organisations such as the United Nations, and about issues such as vaccines. It is set to be translated for countries such as Ukraine, where disinformation campaigns are particularly rife.
  4. Randeep Hooda is one of the fittest actors in Bollywood. Be it acting or other activities, the actor is known for doing everything to the best of his capabilities. Many know that the actor is quite active in sports and also co-owns Super Fighter League (SFL) team 'Haryana Sultans'. This time the actor has taken a new job in hand and will help train a handful of Mumbai's firefighters in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). This will be the first-ever MMA firefighter league and his team's captain Ranvindra Balhara will be training the five firefighters for the same. © Twitter The team will be launched next month and it is believed that even Randeep will take a personal session with them. That would be one session to watch indeed! Just to refresh your memory, let us remind you that Randeep was appointed as the face of the city's fire brigade in 2016 and is taking this role very seriously. © Twitter Talking about this step he said in a statement, “It's a matter of honour to contribute constructively to these role models who are risking their lives for us. This is my way of giving back to the universe by creating more grassroot awareness for these heroes. This association will be used to promote the welfare of the fire services personnel and their families as well as empower them with combat skills that highlight discipline and focus at its core.” © Twitter The Chief Fire Officer Prabhat Ragandale will be part of this league as well. As reported by IANS, if everything goes as per plans, this will be the first ever Fire Fighters Combat League. The basic aim of the team is to increase awareness of combat sports and firefighters in our country. Well, this indeed looks like a great initiative and it would be interesting to see how the whole plan works out.
  5. LONDON: Britain announced Tuesday it was setting up a new national security unit to combat "disinformation", just weeks after Prime Minister Theresa May accused Russia of using fake news to undermine Western institutions. "We are living in an era of fake news and competing narratives," the prime minister's spokesman said. "The government will respond with more and better use of national security communications to tackle these interconnected, complex challenges." The new National Security Communications Unit was approved at a meeting of the National Security Council, which comprises ministers and senior security officials. "This will be tasked with combating disinformation by state actors and others," the spokesman said. "It will more systematically deter our adversaries and help us deliver on national security priorities." In a speech in November, the prime minister accused Russia of mounting a "sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption", including meddling in elections. "It is seeking to weaponise information, deploying its state-run media organisations to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in an attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions," she said. She warned: "You will not succeed... The UK will do what is necessary to protect ourselves, and work with our allies to do likewise."
  6. LONDON: BAE Systems and Qatar have entered into a contract valued at around 5 billion pounds ($6.7 billion) for the country to buy 24 Typhoon combat aircraft, the British defense group said on Sunday. The company said delivery was expected in late 2022 and that the contract was subject ?to financing conditions and receipt by the company of first payment, which are expected to be fulfilled no later than mid-2018?. ?We are delighted to begin a new chapter in the development of a long-term relationship with the State of Qatar and the Qatar Armed Forces, and we look forward to working alongside our customer as they continue to develop their military capability,? Charles Woodburn, BAE?s chief executive, said in a statement. In September Qatar?s defense minister was reported to have signed a letter of intent to buy the 24 Typhoon jets from BAE in a move that could anger other Gulf countries boycotting Doha.
  7. French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday proposed a raft of measures to combat the "horrific and shameful" violence against women. Photo: AFP file PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday proposed a raft of measures to combat the "horrific and shameful" violence against women, as he pledged to make gender equality a major cause of his administration. "Our entire society is sick with sexism," Macron said in a speech in Paris to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 39-year-old leader began with a minute of silence to remember the 123 women killed in 2016 in France by their partner or ex-partner. "France must no longer be one of those countries where women are afraid," he said. Public awareness of sexual assault and harassment has been heightened following the charges levelled by women against Hollywood movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The scandal has touched off a worldwide wave of such allegations by women on the internet under the hashtag #MeToo -- in French called #balancetonporc which has seen 500,000 tweets since mid-October. Macron outlined three priorities over the five-year term of his presidency from fostering gender equality to giving better assistance to victims of sexual abuse and enforcing harsh measures against aggressors. Nearly 225,000 women are said to have been victims of physical or sexual violence by their partner in France, but fewer than one in five have made a complaint to authorities. Macron proposed new measures against this scourge including making a sexual insult an offence in order to combat harassment in the street. He also called for making 15 the minimum age of consent for *** -- there is currently no such law in France. To make it easier for women to file a complaint, they will be able to go online from their homes and speak directly with people at police stations and learn what steps they can take. The French president said he wants "to fight for the non-negotiable equality of both sexes" making it a "major cause" during his term in office.
  8. Here you are raving about 4G speeds on your smartphone while America and Russia are busy building 6G fighter jets that can tackle more or less any airborne attack with the snap of a finger. These sixth generation aircrafts are being developed and boast of some mind blowing features that will revolutionise security and defence in a way the world couldn't ever imagine. © The National Interest The U.S., for instance, has been working on their sixth gen F/A-XX programme since its announcement in 2014. XX stands for a unique number, like 22 in the case of the F- 22 Raptor, that would take numeric form once the prototype sees the light of day. The fighter jet will have with state of the art technology that would help it attain higher speeds and altitudes as compared to other jets. © YouTube The idea is to employ Adaptive Versatile Engine Technology or ADVENT to these next gen fighter jets, in order to help them achieve better fuel economy as well as hermeneutic cruise speeds. These jets can also be launched and land on the U.S.'s swanky new $16 billion warship USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78. But that's not all. These fighter jets will also be covered in smart skins that will be built out of sensors and communicative channels that will gather information from all available sources, like satellites, and keep the pilot updated. The best features of the fighter jet that caught our eye, at least, were improved stealth mechanisms that make it difficult to be detected and the possibility of flying it unmanned, because a reduced number of casualties is a sign of true advancement. © Defence Talk Now, if the U.S. is building smart jet fighters, how can Russia be far behind? They unveiled the MiG-41 sixth gen fighter jet that was touted to fly above the atmosphere. Does that make this a spaceship, woah! Well probably, except that it's not going to fly to the moon, so the flight would still be at a limited altitude, insane nonetheless! The MiG-41 comes with pretty much the same features as the ones in the proposed F/A-XX jets-- improved stealth properties, advanced laser weaponry, smart skins, Mach 4-4.3 speeds (which means that the jet is capable of going four or four point three times the speed of sound-- super duper sonic, 4500kmph, to be specific), can be operated unmanned and intercept most forms of airborne attacks. © Sputnik While the F/A-XX is supposed to relieve the old F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets, the MiG-41 would put the MiG-31 Foxhound to rest in its birth place. The F/A-XX won't be operational till 2030 but the MiG-41 could be seen taking charge early in 2020.
  9. Britain's Prince Harry speaks at an event on mental health, at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), in central London, Britain October 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters LONDON: Britain?s Prince Harry said on Monday the mental health of serving soldiers was as important as ensuring they were ready to take part in conflicts. He was speaking as he launched a new partnership between Britain?s Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the younger royals? charity. Harry, who spent 10 years in the military, including two tours of Afghanistan, joined forces with Britain?s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon to promote a new initiative to offer mental health support to those in the armed forces, their families and veterans. ?Crucially, fighting fitness is not just about physical fitness. It is just as much about mental fitness too,? Harry said. The new partnership will see the Royal Foundation, established by Harry, his elder brother Prince William and William?s wife Kate to support their chosen charities, provide advice and resources to the MoD to raise awareness of good mental health and improve training, education and information sharing. ?Our soldiers, sailors and airmen are the best in the world but we will only maintain that if we are as serious about improving mental health as we are our combat skills and cutting-edge technology,? Fallon said. Prince Harry is greeted by Britain?s Defence Secretary Michael Fallon and the Chair of Royal Foundation Keith Mills as he arrives to speak at an event on mental health at the Ministry of Defence in Central London on October 9, 2017. Photo: Reuters Since Harry left the military, he has made campaigning over mental health issues and the fate of veterans two of his priorities. Earlier this year he revealed he himself had come ?very close to a breakdown? a number of times following the death of his mother, Diana, when he was 12 years old. Harry is also the creator and founder of the Invictus Games, a multinational sporting event for wounded, sick or disabled military personnel.
  10. KIEV: The destruction of two ammunition depots this year have dealt the biggest blow to Ukraine?s combat capability since the start of its separatist conflict, security and military officials said on Thursday. Massive explosions at a military depot in the Vynnytsya region, 270 km west of Kiev, forced the authorities to evacuate 24,000 people on Wednesday. Another large depot was destroyed in March. It is not clear if the explosions were accidents or sabotage, either of which would underscore poor security at the bases, but officials traded blame for the resulting losses. ?The country has suffered the biggest blow to our fighting capacity since the start of the war,? the secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, told journalists. Earlier the defence ministry said the Vynnytsya depot contained 83,000 tonnes of ammunition. ?There are many violations of fire and air safety at our arsenals. And these are the consequences,? Turchynov said. ?We?ve shown that we?re not capable of protecting our strategic arsenals.? Prosecutors have launched an investigation into the Vynnytsya blaze, which the authorities have said may have been started deliberately, citing ?external factors?. Chief military prosecutor Anatoly Matios said the site?s alarm system was out of order and its security team lacked sufficient guards and up-to-date equipment. ?The main issue which must be addressed is the personnel problem of guards whose salaries are very low, and in general security is carried out by elderly people, who certainly don?t have hawk-eye vision,? Matios told journalists. There have been four large fires at ammunition and weapons depots since late 2015 - an additional drain on Ukraine?s military, which has been fighting separatists in eastern regions for more than three years. ?It will be hard for the government to restore the military reserves that have destroyed by explosions over the past two years. This is hundreds of billions of hryvnias,? Matios said. Both Matios and Turchynov said Ukraine?s General Staff, which is responsible for the military?s day-to-day operations, should be held accountable for security failings at the depots. In a post on Facebook, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko denied accusations his institution was incompetent. The comments were intended to ?sow doubt about the armed forces? ability to protect its people, (and) undermine trust in the army,? he said.
  11. Recently, the news of China building a whole vertical forest city went viral, and rightly so! That's such an innovative way to combat pollution. And seems like India is also catching up a little bit. Bangalore has added another green pillar in the city in order to reduce pollution while also improving the cityscape. Now, there are two of these pillars at the Electronic City Flyover along the Hosur Road stretch. © Saytree/Facebook This has all been done by Saytree, an NGO, who helped in erecting vertical gardens on the pillars along Hosur Road. © Saytree/Facebook Durgesh Agrahari, head of partnership and projects of Saytree, said, “The idea behind constructing vertical gardens was to make the city landscape aesthetic and at the same time reduce air pollution. The journey has not been easy since we installed our first on a pillar in March this year.” © Saytree/Facebook To achieve sustainable pillars, the NGO began by experimenting with around 20-25 saplings of different varieties to understand the adaptability of the plants in a harsh environment, especially during peak traffic hours. © Saytree/Facebook With this initial experimental project, the team learned that about 90% of the saplings were able to adapt well. “We also had issues with maintenance of the structure. Irrigating the plants was a problem, especially after we realised some people were stealing the motors that pumped water for the gardens. For the pilot, we used plastic pots and learned that a lot of our saplings were being stolen,” said Agrahari. © Saytree/Facebook The NGO also decided to use a special platform made of wood, instead of using plastic to make it even more eco-friendly, and simultaneously reducing the chance of the saplings being stolen. © Saytree/Facebook To ensure better survival of the plants, the NGO has also improvised an irrigation method. The whole project is part of a corporate social responsibility of a leading IT firm. If there is one thing that we need more of in India it's these kinds of environmentally friendly buildings.
  12. Egypt's President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in Budapest, July 3, 2017. AFP/Attila Kisbenedek CAIRO: Egypt has created a "national council" to combat the rise of extremist "terrorism" that has targeted its security forces and Coptic Christian minority, in a presidential decree issued on Wednesday. The decree ? published in Egypt's official gazette ? sets up a "national council to combat terrorism and extremism" by adopting a "global national strategy". The council is to be chaired by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and will comprise the Sheikh of Al-Azhar ? the highest religious authority in Egypt ? and its Coptic pope, as well as the parliament speaker, premier, and cabinet members, including the youth and sports minister. A primary task of the high-powered panel will be to develop "job opportunities in the regions hit by extremism", to examine the prospects for industrial zones and of amendments to existing legislation. Egypt has been fighting an insurgency waged by Daesh, which is based in North Sinai province, where hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed since the military's ouster in 2013 of Sisi's radical predecessor Mohamed Morsi. At the same time, new groups have attacked security forces in other parts of the country, including the Hasam group ? an extremist movement the government says is linked to Morsi's outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Daesh militants have killed dozens of Copts in church bombings and shooting attacks in Egypt since December, and the group has threatened further attacks.
  13. BRUSSELS: NATO will increase troop numbers in Afghanistan to help train local forces facing a resurgent Taliban but will not return to a combat role, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday. The alliance ended its longest-ever military operation in 2014 when it handed over post-9/11 frontline duties to the Afghan military and took on an advice and training mission. But NATO commanders have asked for more troops following recent Taliban gains, stoking fears that NATO could get sucked back into the conflict just as it faces a host of new threats including Russia, terrorism and cyber attacks. "I can confirm we will increase our presence in Afghanistan," Stoltenberg said as he arrived for a defence ministers meeting at the 29-nation alliance's headquarters in Brussels. An increase of up to 3,000 troops from the current figure of 13,500 soldiers is under consideration, diplomatic sources said, though Stoltenberg did not give a precise figure. He said 15 countries had already pledged more contributions and he hoped for more. "We have to understand this is about training, assistance, advice... It is not to conduct combat operations but to help the Afghans fight," Stoltenberg said. The extra troops could help bolster Afghan special forces, improve Kabul's air force to provide ground support and evacuations, and step up officer training, he added. 'The long haul' About half of the soldiers in what is known as the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan are currently from the US. US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is due to brief the allies later Thursday but Stoltenberg said he did not expect him to give specific troop numbers. "We will look into how we together can... have enough troops to help the government and break the stalemate and so lay the ground for a political solution," Stoltenberg said. US President Donald Trump has pushed the Cold War-era alliance to do more to counter terror and for the allies to increase defence spending to ease the burden on Washington. British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said London would provide just under 100 troops, on top of 500 already in Afghanistan. Fallon also emphasised that the troops would have no combat role and that the deployment was needed to help Afghanistan combat terrorism which threatened regions across the globe, including Europe. "We're in it for the long haul," Fallon told reporters. "There is every incentive to stay the course." Separately, a senior NATO military official played down concerns that the alliance would get embroiled once again in Afghanistan, where it took over the lead role from US forces in 2003. The real increase would number only in the hundreds to meet fresh tasks contained in a new Afghan government plan for the war, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity. It only comes to thousands if current shortfalls in Resolute Support Mission numbers were included, the official said. Terror, cyberattacks, Russia Stung into action by Russia's intervention in Ukraine, NATO has embarked on its biggest military buildup since the end of the Cold War to face a more assertive Moscow. Defence ministers will discuss progress just as four "tripwire" battalions totalling some 4,000 troops complete their deployment in the three Baltic states and Poland. In a statement to mark the event, the four countries and the four lead nations -- Britain, Canada, Germany and the United States -- said the battlegroups were "ready and able to deter and, if necessary, immediately respond to any aggression." Stoltenberg warned on Wednesday that NATO must also step up its defences against cyber attacks after ransomware hackers caused chaos worldwide. NATO agreed last year that a cyberattack could warrant invoking Article 5 -- the alliance's 'all for one, one for all' mutual security guarantee. The global terror threat, highlighted by the Daesh militant group, also figures high on the ministers' agenda after NATO leaders agreed at a summit last month to join the US-led anti-IS coalition.
  14. People can deny Global Warming all they want, but as of now one of our biggest problems is pollution. The air we breathe is getting worse day by day, and the condition of the environment is just not improving, especially in places like China and India. While our country is struggling, China has already started planning a perfect way to tackle this problem. Recently, the pictures of a road built on top of 5-storey building made us go crazy and now they're building a Vertical 'Forest City'. Honestly, the whole country is so experimental with their architecture, it's so impressive. © Stefano Boeri Architetti Covering buildings with trees and plants is already a prevalent way of reducing their carbon dioxide footprint. Since that sounds like a perfect and natural solution, China has gone and taken this philosophy to a whole other level. © Stefano Boeri Architetti As of now, Liuzhou is building a whole entire city covered in trees so that it will act like a huge air filter. The planned complex will span about a kilometre along the Liujiang River, and will have everything from office buildings and apartments to schools and hotels, all engulfed by around 40,000 trees and more than a million plants. © Stefano Boeri Architetti The main aim of the whole operation is to make the green towers soak up all the air pollution in the area and produce fresh and clean oxygen. The whole process will also help with the growth of other local flora. Along with that, the gardens are also planned in such a way they'll provide residents with shade from the sun, as well as natural insulation during the winter. © Stefano Boeri Architetti The man behind this simply amazing design is Italian architect Stefano Boeri, and he has also planned two similar ‘forest towers' in Eastern China. The Italian firm was commissioned to build the city in order to host 30,000 people, and be connected to nearby Liuzhuo via a fast-rail line and electric cars. © Stefano Boeri Architetti This innovative city is currently under construction, and is scheduled to be completed by 2020. If everything goes as planned, it is expected to soak up close to 10,000 tons of CO2 per year, while generating 900 tons of oxygen. China is going green, literally!
  15. Warner Bros. has released a brand new trailer for 'Middle Earth: Shadow Of War' and it highlights the open world setting that will be the main feature of the game. The trailer shows off some amazing vistas and environments that people can explore in the game. Some of these locations include Gorgoroth, Ungol and the Island of Nurn. The new story trailer also shows Talion and Celebrimbor using the power of the New Ring to forge an army and confront the deadliest of enemies, including Sauron and his Nazgul, in a monumental battle for Middle-earth. The video features a host of new allies, villains and creatures that The Bright Lord will encounter throughout this completely original narrative, which is brought to life through the expanded Nemesis System. (c) Warner Bros The video also shows off some sequences which hint at a new and improved combat system that can only be described as ‘brutal’. The game is set between the events of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings' and the game continues the story of 2104’s highly acclaimed game 'Shadow of Mordor'. The game is developed by Monolith and they say that the game has a "richer, more personal and expansive world.” (c) Warner Bros The game also brings back the uber popular ‘Nemesis System’ which gives the game a unique edge as each playthrough will be different from the other. 'Shadow of War' launches on October 10 for PS4, Xbox One and PC. The video game will also have support for graphic enhancement on the PS4 Pro and Microsoft’s upcoming “Scorpio” console. Microsoft is the exclusive marketing partner for the game which denotes that there will be exclusive content available on the Xbox One and we will see more information at Xbox’s E3 event in the coming days. It is the first glimpse at 'Shadow Of War’s' environments and gameplay and you can watch the full trailer below:
  16. PM Nawaz Sharif paying his respects at Roza-e-Rasool, where he later offered Nawafil. Photo: Twitter MADINA: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Muslim across the world should join hands to combat terrorism. He was speaking to media in Madina Munawwara on Monday. He also remarked that he hasn?t decided if he will be a part of the World Centre Against Extremism, a counter-radicalisation initiative by the Saudi government Speaking about the summit, he said that the Arab Islamic American Summit will go a long way in eradicating terrorism. He added, it was a good step to jointly combat terrorism. He urged Afghanistan to take effective steps to counter terrorism. On his interaction with US President Donald Trump, he remarked that it was quiet positive. Defeating terrorism our mutual goal, Trump says in Saudi summit The session was earlier addressed by King Salman Bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia PM won?t hold bilateral meetings in Saudi Arabia Foreign Office says ?full agenda of half-day summit? doesn?t permit bilateral meetings Pakistan has rendered great sacrifices in the war against terrorism and it has suffered a loss of over one hundred and twenty billion dollars, besides losing twenty-four thousand lives in this fight. The PM visited Masjid-i-Nabwi where he offered prayers. He was accompanied by his wife Kalsoom Nawaz, son Hussain Nawaz, foreign affairs adviser Sartaj Aziz among others. He prayed for peace, progress and prosperity of the country as well as unity among the Muslim world.