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Rain spell likely to hit Karachi

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Mainly dry weather is expected in most parts of the country, while the central and southern parts are likely to witness hot weather during the next 12 hours, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said on Tuesday.

The hot and dry weather will persist in Sindh, including Karachi, till April 27, during which the mercury is likely to shoot up to 40 degrees Celsius to 42°C degrees.

However, Jawad Memon, the weather expert, has predicted a powerful rain-producing system to affect Karachi. 

He added that most parts of the country are likely to witness clear skies and dry weather during the next few days. “That is why the plains of Sindh and Punjab will be under the grip of hot weather with as much as 40-44°C.”

He further said that the intensity of the weather will reduce after a few days as the rain-producing system could form in the coastal areas on April 27 or 28, which may remain effective till May 6 or 7.

As per the Met department, the highest temperature was recorded at 26 degrees Celcius in Karachi, while to lowest was recorded at -1°C in Leh, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, the mercury shot up to 13°C in Islamabad, Quetta and Muzaffarabad, 20°C in Lahore, 18°C in Peshawar, and 8°C in Gilgit. 

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Zaidong, the ambassador, said China will fully back Pakistan’s counterterrorism operations.

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Reaffirming on Thursday that China will provide Pakistan with unwavering support in its fight against terrorism is Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Jiang Zaidong.

In an interview that was broadcast on television, the ambassador promised to cooperate with Pakistan and said that China will protect the interests and safety of the citizens of the two friendly nations.

Zaidong underscored that efforts to undermine the two nations’ bilateral relationship would be thwarted by China’s cooperation with Pakistan.

Also, he emphasized how crucial China-Pakistan relations have become strategically given the changing nature of the world.

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Zaidong stressed the value of sharing ideas and knowledge between Pakistan and China, acknowledging their shared security objectives.

Stressing that both countries have a common future, he envisioned their partnership having a greater social impact.

Concerning the terrorist attack on Chinese nationals [working on the Dasu dam], the ambassador expressed gratitude to the Pakistani people for their condolences and sympathy and commended the government for its prompt action.

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Early on Friday, light rain in the province capital Lahore and its surrounding areas improved the weather.

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However, the Met Office has forecasted an additional day of rain for the city during the next 24.

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The government will begin coordinated action against lawbreakers in the Katcha region

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On Friday, Mohsin Naqvi, the interior minister, announced that the government would begin a coordinated operation in the Katcha region to eradicate the miscreants for good.

He stated that collaborative efforts in the Katcha region will make use of contemporary technologies, including drones.

According to Mohsin Naqvi, all security agencies, including the police, should make sure that SOPs are fully implemented in order to protect Chinese nationals living in Pakistan.

He declared that any carelessness in this respect will not be accepted at all while presiding over a meeting to review the National Action Plan’s implementation at NACTA headquarters in Islamabad.

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