Daily The Patriot edition of 02-10-22

Shehbaz Sharif holds meeting to review relief operations in flood-struck areas 

On China's National Day, PM offers congratulate President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, & Chinese people

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Saturday presided over a meeting of higher officials to review the relief operations for victims in the flood affected areas. The Prime Minister presided over an important meeting to examine the rehabilitation efforts in flood-affected areas, and he issued specific directives to ensure an ongoing supply of relief products and food to flood victims. He urged the provincial governments to give particular assistance for the delivery of relief materials and other necessities, so that the challenges and obstacles may be addressed promptly and efficiently. He also took note of the rise in food costs as a result of the floods and instructed that the challenges encountered in calculating food prices be resolved as quickly as feasible. Shehbaz Sharif instructed that the provision of relief operations and the protection of those participating in the relief operations be made effective with the assistance of the provincial governments. Furthermore, additional precautions were required to be done to avoid any complaints of curtailed or delayed delivery of relief items and monies among flood victims. He also urged the higher authorities to complete the damage and devastation assessment task as soon as possible. Officials from the National Flood Response Coordination Center provided a thorough update on the ongoing restoration efforts in flood-affected communities around the country. The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, Federal Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb, Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, as well as the National Flood Response and Coordination Center Coordinator Major Zafar Iqbal, NDMA Chairman Lieutenant General Akhtar Nawaz, Chief Secretaries of Provincial Governments, DGP DMA, and other senior officials. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has extended heartiest greetings to President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and the people of China on the National Day of China. PM Shehbaz Sharif remarked on Twitter that China's peaceful ascent as the world's second biggest economy and dominant force is a source of stability in an ever-changing globe. PM Shehbaz Sharif stated that China gives a ray of light to the poor world, which is beleaguered by various issues related to climate, finance, food, and energy. According to him, the Chinese model of inter-state relations promotes collaboration over confrontation and serves as the guiding principle in the building of a Community of Common Destiny. PM Shehbaz Sharif expressed his personal admiration for China's exceptional work ethic and national discipline.

Sanjrani emphasises boosting country's exports to achieve self-sufficiency

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani on Saturday urged business community to play their role in increasing country’s exports as development was not possible sans achieving self-sufficiency. Speaking to the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), he stated that entrepreneurs play an important role in economic development by acting as catalysts in the country's industrialisation and economic progress. The event was arranged by the ICCI to honour and recognise past ICCI presidents for their significant contributions. The Senate chairman, who was joined by Senator Naseebullah Bazai, stated that technology growth alone would not lead to economic development unless technological achievements are put to practical use by entrepreneurs. He informed the attendees that ICCI will be invited to the Senate's Golden Jubilee festivities in March of next year. "ICCI represents chambers around the nation, and I welcome ICCI representatives to accompany us on foreign trips." He emphasised the need of gaining access to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Far East, and nations that require our assistance.

Federal Minister Sajid Turi briefed about peace & development projects in Kurram 

By Our Correspondent

KHARLACHI: Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sajid Hussain Turi visited the Pakistan Afghanistan border today at Kharlachi wherein he was briefed on situation at border, trade, export, import, facilitations, trade opportunities and other related matters. The meeting at border was attended by officials of Pakistan Army, FIA, ANF, NLC, FIA, NADRA, Customs and officials of border management. Federal Minister on reaching the Pak Army center, paid rich tribute to the martyrs of Pakistan Army who laid their lives while protecting the country borders against all inimical forces and foreign aggression adding that so far number of Pak Army officers and soldiers embraced martyrdom in terrorist attacks from across the border. He said that Pakistan has always desired peace in the whole reigon to promote trade and stability. Mr. Sajid Hussain Turi said that the historical valley of Kurram is a masterpiece of natural beauty, which is attractive and important not only for tourists and historians but also international traders as it connects Pakistan with Kabul and Central Asia States by shortest, easiest and safest routes through Kharlachi and Borki borders.

Govt sincere about farmers' legitimate demands: Sanaullah 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has termed the farmers protest without any justification. A deadlock between the government and the protesting farmers continued as another round of talks ended without any result Saturday. "In a meeting, the farmers' leaders were informed about the situation," the interior minister said. "There is a Cabinet Committee looking into the electricity bills for agricultural tube wells," he explained. "The group will meet again on Monday to go over all recommendations," the minister stated. "The administration is serious about farmers' legitimate requests and has already agreed to postpone payments on tube well expenses," he added. "A notification has already been published in this regard; protest over the subject is inappropriate," he stated. "Protest by farmers or any other group or party is not permitted in the Red Zone," the minister stated. "In a meeting, the farmers' leaders were informed about the situation," the interior minister said. "There is a Cabinet Committee looking into the electricity bills for agricultural tube wells," he explained. "The group will meet again on Monday to go over all recommendations," the minister stated.

Fiscal and monetary policy cooperation is critical for long-term economic growth: Dar

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar has termed coordination between fiscal and monetary policy as imperative for sustainable and effective economic growth. He was speaking with Jameel Ahmad, Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, who paid him a visit in Islamabad on Saturday. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar spoke on fiscal measures being implemented to help the country's economy recover. He emphasised the importance of fiscal and monetary policy cooperation for long-term and successful economic growth. The discussion went through the efforts being done to stabilise and expand the country's economy. SBP Governor Mr. Jameel Ahmad congratulated the Finance Minister on his appointment and remarked that the presence of the Finance Minister has significantly improved market sentiments, as seen by the rupee's gain. He believed that continued efforts by the government and the Bank would put more pressure on individuals manipulating the foreign currency market. The Governor of the SBP updated the Finance Minister on several macroeconomic policy actions aligned with fiscal policy objectives to promote sustainable growth. He stated that the SBP is firmly committed to supporting the current government's economic initiatives and guaranteed the Finance Minister of his full support. The Finance Minister praised the SBP's efforts to provide digital banking in accordance with worldwide best practises, as well as Pakistan's first Instant Payment System, Raast. He also praised the State Bank of Pakistan's contribution to the country's monetary stability and economic progress.

A worrying moment for the European economy

By Sardar Khan Niazi

After two horrible years of Coronavirus, spending excitement sustained by ample government spending helped exhausted family units recapture a sense of normalcy, however, all that changed with the war over Ukraine. Normalcy is gone and the predicament has become endless. A recession is now almost certain, inflation is touching double digits and an unfriendly winter with on the horizon energy scarcities is approaching fast. Although unwelcoming, this point of view is likely to get shoddier before any noteworthy improvement takes place next year. The crisis is nowadays the new normal. What Europe has been on the road to in the preceding decades, low inflation, and international trade, is no more now. The alteration is intense. A year ago the majority of analysts forecast 2022 economic growth of close to five percent. Now a winter slump has changed the scenario altogether. Family units and big businesses are equally suffering as a devastating drought and low river levels that constrain transport now exacerbate the domino effect of the war, and high food and energy prices. At nine percent, inflation in the euro region is at levels not seen in half a century and it is weakening purchasing power with spare cash used up on petrol, natural gas, and staple food. Retail sales were already plummeting, months before the heating season started and shoppers were scaling down their purchases. In June, retail sales sizes were down virtually four percent from a year earlier, led by a nine percent drop noted down in Germany. Customers turned to discount chains and gave up high-end products, switching to discount brands. They had also started to skip certain purchases. Life is becoming more costly and customers are unenthusiastic to consume. Businesses have so far coped well thanks to superb pricing power due to determining supply controls. However, energy-intensive sectors are even now suffering. Almost half of Europe’s aluminum and zinc producing capacity is already down while much of fertilizer production, which relies on natural gas, stand shut down. Tourism has been the infrequent happy spot with people looking to expend some of their hoarded money and enjoy their first cheerful summer after three years. As workers laid off during the pandemic were unwilling to return, capacity and labor shortages handicapped even the travel sector. Frankfurt and London Heathrow airports, the key airstrips were compelled to limit flights just for the reason that they lacked the workforce to process passengers. At Amsterdam’s Schiphol, waiting times pushed to four or five hours this summer. Airlines also could not manage. Germany’s Lufthansa had to issue an apology to customers for the disorder, acknowledging that it was not likely to go anytime soon. That pain is likely to intensify, especially if Russia cuts gas exports further this discomfort is likely to build up. The gas shock wave today is much greater; it is nearly double the shock wave Europe had back in the 70s with oil. In Europe, there has been a ten to an eleven-fold escalation in the spot price of natural gas over the last two years. While the European Union has unveiled plans to accelerate its transition to renewable energy and discourage dependence on Russian gas by 2027, making it stronger, in the end, supply deficiencies are forcing it to seek a fifteen percent cut in gas consumption. For ordinary people, it will mean colder homes and offices in the short run. Germany for instance wants public spaces heated only to 19 degrees Celsius during winter. It means higher energy prices and therefore inflation as the EU must give up its biggest and cheapest energy supplies. For businesses, it means lesser production, which hurts growth, mostly in industry.

CTD guns down two ‘terrorists’ in Karachi

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have killed two suspected terrorists of banned outfit in an operation in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Maymar area. According to details, the security force conducted the operation on intelligence reports of presence of terrorists in a house in Janjal Goth near Gulshan-e-Maymar. The CTD team reached the site and surrounded the terrorists, a spokesperson said. During the gun battle, two terrorists of the banned outfit were shot dead while four CTD officials sustained bullet injuries. A woman and a child were also present in the house during the operation, the CTD spokesperson added. The spokesperson further said the woman and the girl remained unhurt and were taken into custody. Meanwhile, the condition of two injured CTD officials was said to be critical. The bomb disposal squad has been called as the authorities suspect presence of explosives in the house. The security force has cordoned off the area and an extra contingent has been called. Earlier in September, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) officials arrested ‘suspected facilitators of terrorists’ during a raid at a gutka factory in Karachi. The CTD officials said that a raid was conducted at a gutka factory in Karachi’s Pak Colony and arrested 12 suspects. According to the spokesperson, ‘suspected facilitators of terrorists associated with a banned outfit.’ The CTD officials recovered a huge quantity of hazardous goods from their possession.

ADCR has ordered an investigation into the Qabza group

By District Reporter

CHAKWAL: As in the whole of Punjab, the monthly public revenue open court was held in Chakwal district as well. The Additional Deputy Commissioner of Revenue, Malik Nauman Afzal Awan, heard the problems of the citizens who came to the open court and issued orders on the written requests. Deputy Tehsildar Chaudhry Waheed Sadiq, Deputy Tehsildar Sardar Najaf Hameed, Deputy Tehsildar Raja Gastasab Khan, Deputy Tehsildar Malik Ejaz Saroba, and all the gardawar, patwari, and land centre staff were also present. Khawaja Babar Salim Mehmood and senior journalist Khawaja Daniyal Salim pointed out the possession group (Parrot Group) in Chakwal city and said that with the collusion of the officials of the Finance Department, the land of the Finance Department is worth billions of rupees. Influential people have not only unlawfully occupied four and a half kanals of valuable land belonging to the provincial government on Jhelum Road Chakwal, but it is also being sold, Additional Deputy Commissioner Revenue Nauman Afzal Awan told the Hijral Group. Parrot Group) and the Finance Department While ordering an investigation against the officials of Jhelum Road, orders should be issued on the spot to hand over possession of the land immediately.

Two more children die of malaria and gastro in flood-hit Mehar

By Staff Reporter

MEHRA: Two more children died of malaria and gastroenteritis in Mehar town on Sindh on Saturday taking the death toll from different diseases in flood-hit areas to 40 during this month. More than half of Sindh is grappling with water-borne and vector-borne diseases after the deadly monsoon wreaked havoc in the country. The flood victims living in camps set up in Faridabad area of Mehar are battling with the growing epidemic of water-borne and mosquito-borne diseases. Due to malaria and gastroenteritis, a one-year-old girl named Sahar Khatun died in relief camp while another 3-year-old girl named Musan Ali lost her life in the village of Ali Bakhsh Tiuno. A total of 40 people have died this month as a result of these ailments, but the authorities have turned deafen ears and done little to combat malaria and gastroenteritis. On the other hand, the situation is no more different in relief camps set up in Hyderabad where 90 cases of diarrhea and 137 cases of skin infection were reported in past 24 hours. Official figures show that 24 cases of eye infection, 106 suspected cases and 15 confirmed cases of malaria have surfaced in the city. In the meantime, 133 people complained of respiratory infection and 257 people suffered from various diseases amid deluge. Experts say that outbreak of water-borne and vector-borne diseases has hit all the segments of the society and hospitals are flooded with patients suffering from these acute ailments.

Mr. Shahzada Nasir Maqbool elected unopposed Chairman

Muhammad Aamir Khan senior vice chairman and Mohammad Rauf Vice Chairman of APMSPIDA

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Nasir Maqbool was elected unopposed as Chairman, Muhammad Aamir Khan as Senior Vice Chairman and Mohammad Rauf as Vice Chairman All Pakistan Motorcycle Spare Parts Importers & Dealers Association (APMSPIDA) for the year 2022-23 The Annual General meeting of APMSPIDA was held at Karachi head office on Yesterday elected Chairman APMSPIDA Mr. Nasir Maqbool thanked the new Executive Committee Members for reposing confidence in him to lead the Central Committee. Earlier 3 new members were elected unopposed for the Executive Committee. The new Executive Committee Members elected are Mr. Arif Ganatra, Mr. Muhammad Kamran Suleman & Mr. Yahya Shoukat. Election Commission Members included Asim Ahmad Magoon, Khurram Riaz and Ejaz Usman while Secretary General APMSPIDA Syed Jamal Shah announced the results at the annual General Body meeting.

Such exhibitions helpful in improving economic activities: Hafiz Naeemur Rahman 

A large number of people attended the second day of the Pakistan Lifestyle Expo at the Expo Centre

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Pakistan's largest furniture exhibition, Pakistan Lifestyle Expo, has started in Karachi. On the second day of the successful exhibition, Hafiz Naeemur Rehman said that such exhibitions are helpful in improving economic activities in the country. Pakistan Lifestyle Expo is Pakistan's largest furniture exhibition and was successfully inaugurated on Friday at Expo Center Karachi with thousands of people attending the exhibition on a daily basis. This is the 50th edition of the furniture exhibition in the year 2022. More than 70 national and international brands are selling furniture under one roof with up to 50% discounts during this three-day furniture exhibition. Talking to the media after visiting the participation exhibition, Hafiz Naeem said that it is a matter of happiness Exhibitions are being held frequently in Karachi, and the splendour of the city is being restored. As far as the city of Karachi is the backbone of the country's economy, Hafiz Naeem-ur-Rehman said that locally produced furniture from Pakistan has been placed in the exhibition, which is famous all over the world. He added that I am the organizer of this event. Congratulations that people come to this event and those citizens make this event a success. Adnan Afzal, Director, Organizers of the Exhibition. Hafiz Naeem also went to different stalls and halls. Furniture on display, Bed set, dining set, handmade carpets. The mattress, massage chair, table set. Luxury seats are available under one roof. Chanioti iron rod. Beautiful furniture made of deco paint and other materials has been placed in the exhibition. Sunday is the last day of the three-day exhibition in which thousands of people will participate.

Tax harmonization, policy consistency vital for investments, business environment: Experts 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Tax harmonization in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is crucial to prevent misuse of government’s tax incentives and support for sustainable development of indigenous businesses, said Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) while speaking at public-private dialogue on “Business Regulatory Environment in Newly Merged Districts, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” organized by SDPI at local hotel today. He said that the newly merged districts of FATA offer immense economic and trade potential and have dynamic agricultural value chains which must be harnessed. Member Provincial Assembly of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Syed Ghazi Ghazan Jamal stressed on improving uptake of renewable energy by domestic and commercial consumers.

LHC to hear Maryam’s passport recovery plea on Monday 

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has fixed the hearing of the petition filed by PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz seeking return of her passport on Monday. The LHC registrar office on Saturday released the cause list including hearing of Maryam’s petition. A three-judge bench of the Lahore High Court headed by Chief Justice Muhammad Ameer Bhatti and comprising Justice Ali Baqir Najfi and Justice Tariq Saleem Sheikh will hear the case on October 3 (Monday). Advocate Muhammad Amjad Pervaiz will appear before the court on behalf of the petitioner. Maryam filed her petition for passport recovery in the high court on Sept 7, 2022. On the court order, the NAB had submitted its reply in the case. In her miscellaneous petition, Maryam stated that the bureau had confiscated her passport in the Ch Sugar Mills case. She said she had no intention of fleeing the country as she had returned to Pakistan leaving her mother at deathbed abroad.

The PCB-BRB Group Pathway Partnership has been unveiled 

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board and BRB Group partnership for the PCB Pathway Program was unveiled at the board's headquarters, the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore today. Through this partnership, the BRB Group will sponsor the monthly stipends of the 100 players involved in the PCB Pathway Program. The partnership is aimed at supporting the PCB's initiative of providing financial comfort to the participants and their parents in the pursuit of their Cricketing dreams the stipend will be of great value to the players, especially the ones hailing from underprivileged backgrounds all across the country. PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja: "The PCB Pathway Program participants are being provided a life-time opportunity to train with some of the best foreign coaches in a world-class high-performance environment." "These players will now showcase their talent at the Pakistan Junior League from next week. Through the PJL platform and the partnership with BRB, we are ensuring that the players and their parents get adequate financial help and support. "Our partnership with BRB is a long-term asset-building alliance. In the years ahead, these youngsters will represent Pakistan on the senior stage and compete with the best in the world. Their success will bring a lot of joy and satisfaction to the PCB, our fans and supporters of Pakistan cricket. " BRB Group Chairman Khawaja Bilal Azam: "The BRB Group is delighted to be associated with the PCB Pathway Program. The program is indeed a revolutionary concept that has the potential to shape the future of Pakistan cricket. We closely followed the progress of the first camp last month.

LHC hears Moonis Elahi’s petition for dismissal of FIA case on Oct 3

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court registrar has fixed the hearing of former federal minister and PML-Q leader Moonis Elahi’s petition seeking quashing of the money laundering case filed against him by the Federal Investigation Agency. According to the cause list issued by the LHC registrar office on Saturday, Justice Asjad Javed Gharal will hear Moonis’ petition on Oct 3. The court has summoned lawyers from both parties for their final arguments. Advocate Muhammad Amjad Pervaiz would appear before the court on behalf of the petitioner. While, Deputy Attorney General Asad Ali Bajwa would represent the federal government. The FIA DG and investigating officer have been made respondents in the petition. It is stated in the petition that the FIA’s money laundering case against Moonis was result of the political engineering as government wanted to hold a media trial of the PML-Q leader. The NAB law supersedes all criminal laws and the bureau has already given Moonis the clean-chit in these allegations, it added. The petition further stated that no bank or account holder registered any complaint against Moonis in the FIA, nor did the investigation agency have any proof against the former federal minister of money laundering, corruption, corrupt practices and abuse of authority.

CM chairs a high level meeting to review in detail model town tragedy 

Moonis elahi, Raja Basharat, Khurram Nawaz Gandapur, Amir Saeed Rawn specially participated,All aspects of justice will be fulfilled in the model town case and the affectees will be provided with justice at any cost

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi presided over a high level meeting at CMO yesterday in which former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi, Provincial Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Raja Basharat, Secretary General of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Khurram Nawaz Gandapur and Provincial Adviser Amir Saeed Rawn especially participated. Advocate General Punjab Ahmad Awais, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, Provincial Secretary Law, Secretary Information of Pakistan Awami Tehreek Noor Ullah Siddiqui and other officials attended the meeting. The Model Town tragedy was specially reviewed in the meeting.CM while addressing the meeting stated that all aspects of justice will be fulfilled in the Model Town case and the affectees of Model Town tragedy will be provided with justice at any cost. He said that it is the responsibility of the government to provide justice to the oppressed families of Model Town tragedy adding that those responsible for committing Model Town tragedy will be brought in the court of law. We will become successful before Allah Almighty and the people by fulfilling the responsibility of justice in the Model Town tragedy. CM vowed to utilise all possible steps to provide assistance to the affectees of Model Town tragedy and the decision to make a JIT will be made in the light of the court orders.CM stated that after the occurrence of Model Town tragedy, we reached their first of all and redressed the public grievances. Meanwhile, CM and former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi met with an overseas Pakistanis delegation at CMO in which the office- bearers of PML-Q (New York) presented a cheque of Rs 50 lac to CM Pervaiz Elahi for the CM Flood Relief Fund. The delegation coming from America comprised Shahid Sindhu and Faisal Sindhu while the delegation coming from England comprised Muhammad Afzal,Azam Baig, Muhammad Saleem and Shahid Ameer.CM while talking with the delegation said that each and every single penny being deposited in the CM Flood Relief Fund is being spent on the welfare of the flood affectees. He added that a foolproof system has been chalked out to carry out proper monitoring of CM Flood Relief Fund and denounced that the federation did not contribute a single penny in the CM Flood Relief Fund. He revealed that the heirs of the deceased during the flood have been given financial aid amounting to Rs 10 lac each and the government is also providing financial aid over the loss of a house and the livestock.CM stated that he appreciates from his heart the philanthropists for all out helping the flood-affected people. He lauded that the overseas Pakistanis generously helped the flood affectees on the appeal of Imran Khan adding that the overseas Pakistanis are very close to his heart. He stated that the Pakistanis residing in foreign countries are our asset and the services of overseas Pakistanis for strengthening the economy cannot be forgotten. He apprised that a comprehensive strategy has been formulated to redress the complaints of the overseas Pakistanis. CM stated that the incumbent federal government overlooked the problems of the Pakistanis residing in foreign countries and even snatched from them their right to vote. 0 He highlighted that the parties opposing the right to vote of overseas Pakistanis themselves exposed their dual face.

PAC organized “Qawali Night” to mark Ashra Shan-e-Rehmatulil Alameen

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Arts Council organized “Mehfil-e-Sama” in connection with Ashra Shan-e-Rehmatulil Alameen. Naheed Muntoor and director of Arts Council Waqar Ahmad were the chief guests of Mahfil-e-Sama. Imran Aziz Mian, the son of the world-renowned Aziz Mian Qawal, performed his art and won the applause of the audience. While addressing the gathering Naheed Manzoor said that by celebrating Ashra Shan-e-Rehmatulil Alameen, the world is being made aware of the high and exalted position of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W), and his good deeds. Qawwali is a unique way of expressing emotions. Islam was spread through Qawwali in the Indian subcontinent. Qawwals expressed their love and devotion to Hazrat Muhammad SAW in a beautiful way. The art of Qawwali will never decline in the country of Pakistan. Imran Aziz Mian's legacy of his father. It is a matter of pride to carry forward, she added. Director Arts Council Waqar Ahmad said that Qawali provides spiritual peace to a person. Through Qawwali, Sophia promoted the message of peace, love, brotherhood, tolerance and tolerance. Even today, listening to Qawali, the listeners are enthralled. And they feel themselves in a world where hatred and There is no sign of narrow-handedness for a long time. Assistant Director of Arts Council Muhammad Suleman said that the art of Qawali is attributed to Amir Khusra in sub continent. This tradition of Qawali has reached today's modern Qawwali through the Chishti family, which was brought to the peak by Aziz Mian, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Sabri Brothers. At the end of the event, Director Arts Council thanked Imran Azizmiyan and the audience. A large number of ordinary citizens participated in the event.

One day training organized by rescue 1122 for trainees of emergency medicine foundation

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: One day training course organized by RESCUE 1122 for trainees of Emergency Medicine Foundation Program. These Trainees are working in department of emergency medicine, Holy Family Hospital. Emergency medicine foundation program (EMFP) is one year certificate course in specialty of emergency medicine in collaboration with Royal College of emergency medicine, UK and Rawalpindi medical university. This program is providing an opportunity for capacity building of doctors regarding management of patients presenting in emergency department of hospitals. This one day training course was organized on special directions of Prof Muhammad Umar, vice chancellor Rawalpindi Medical University. Dr Usman Qureshi, Head of department Emergency Medicine, Holy Family Hospital and lead educational supervisor for EMFP did collaboration with Rescue 1122 for organizing it. Training provided by Dr Abdur Rehman Regional director Rescue 1122 and his team. 10 trainee doctors successfully completed this training and received certificates. This event opened new era regarding collaboration between rescue 1122 service and Rawalpindi Medical University for better patient care.

PTI senator also gets relief under new NAB law

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: A member of the Upper House of the Parliament belonging to Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) also got relief under the new NAB laws as a corruption reference against him was sent back to the Bureau. PTI’s Senator Abdul Qadir was an accused in Workers Welfare Board corruption reference. He was a co-accused in the case along with former secretary Workers Welfare Board Iftikhar Rahim. The Accountability Court remarked that under the new law this reference did not fall under its jurisdiction. After the promulgation of NAB (Amendment) Act, so far over 60 references have been returned to the Bureau.

Income tax returns filing deadline extended to Oct 31

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The government has granted one month extension in filing of income tax return for tax year 2022. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has said that the extension has been given on the requests of business community, income tax practitioners and considering the prevailing post-flood conditions. The new deadline for filing income tax returns is 31 of the next month. Ishaq Dar said the government has successfully achieved the revenue collection targets for first quarter of the current fiscal year. He said FBR collected 1635 billion rupees in first quarter of current fiscal year while the set target for this period was 1609 billion rupees. He said during the September FBR collected 685 billion rupees.

Nine criminals held; weapons recovered

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police apprehended Nine criminals involved in criminal activities and recovered weapons with ammunition from their possession, a police public relations officer said. He said that DIG Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha had ordered all zonal officers to curb the crime in their respective areas and arrest those involved in looting innocent people. Following these directives, a Secretariat police team arrested two accused namely Fayyaz and Ghulam and recovered two 30 bore pistols from their possession. The Phulgran police team arrested an accused namely Haider Ali and recovered one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Similarly, the Industrial Area police team arrested 03 accused namely Gul Muhammaf, Muhammad Kashif and Faiz and recovered three pistols from their possession. Cases have been registered against the nabbed accused and further investigation is underway. During a special crackdown against proclaimed offenders and court absconders police teams arrested 03 accused from different areas of a city. DIG Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha said that the safety of the lives and property of the citizens is our prime responsibility and no laxity will be tolerated in this regard.

Condolence reference held at Islamabad in honor of late Tariq Aziz

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: A condolence reference was held here at Islamabad Club on Friday in honour of late Tariq Aziz, the former National Security Advisor and Principal Secretary to the then President of Pakistan. The speakers at reference paid glowing tribute to the services of late Tariq Aziz for the country. They said that Tariq Aziz was a benefactor of Pakistan who served the country with great dedication and commitment. The participants acknowledged and eulogized the contributions of the late Bureaucrat. They termed the demise of late Tariq Aziz as irreparable loss. They prayed that may Almighty Allah bless the departed soul and grant patience and consolation to the bereaved family. They also expressed their sympathies with the family members of the deceased. The Reference was organized by the senior’s officers of Income Tax Group. Speakers from the Income Tax service fraternity and bureaucracy, his friends and family members including Raana Seerat, Sumria Qazi, Parveen Q Agha, Salman Nabi, Saeed Akhtar, Farida Amjad, Tariq Sadiq, Omar Kamran, Abdul Shakoor, Abdul Jalil, Sharif Ahmad, Syed Ijaz Shah, Zafar Bakhtawri, Mehboba Razak, Atif Arif Sheikh, Zahir Kaleem, Brother Khalid Aziz, Grandsons Mekaiel Ayleen, Suleyman, Daughters Tahira Aziz and Hajra Aziz, Javed Zafar and Shamim Ahmed presented inspiring eulogies to Mr. Tariq Aziz and recounted admirable traits of his personality.

Newly elected President RWCCI Riffat Shaheen took charge

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Newly elected President of Rawalpindi Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry Miss Riffat Shaheen, Senior Vice President Miss Saboohi Hussain, Vice President Miss Rahat Jabeen took charge of their positions. An informal charge transfer ceremony was held at Rawalpindi Women's Chamber of Commerce office yesterday. In the ceremony, the former president Miss Uzma Shahid Butt handed over the office to the newly elected president Miss Riffat Shaheen. Miss Uzma Shahid Butt, Founder President Miss Asma Kanwal congratulated Miss Riffat Shaheen and other newly elected leadership.Miss Uzma Shahid briefed Riffat Shaheen on office affairs. On this occasion, the newly elected president Miss Riffat thanked the leadership and members of the chamber for taking charge and said that she is grateful to the women members who expressed their confidence. She will try her best to fulfill everyone's expectations. The women representatives of the chamber are our strength. Business women will be fully informed about the services provided by the Chamber.

Faiq Shah criticizes politicians for humiliating dignity of institutions 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Chairman, Amun Taraqqi Party (ATP) Muhammad Faiq Shah has criticized the politicians for humiliating dignity of institutions and smear campaign against them for gaining personalinterest. Shah while responding to various queries at a public forum here on Friday said ATP is making a vigorous struggle for attainment of public authority and provision of justice to everyone. He alleged politicians and powerful people have snatched authorities from people through fraud, deceit tactics and fake narratives. We will deliver both justice and authority to people, Shah vowed. He made it clear the formula of divide and rule will not run now anymore. Faiq continued to say that all institutions, country and every nook and corner of motherland from Khyber to Karachi belong to Pakistanis and an ideology exists for its protection. The ATP chief vowed to fight for public authority and justice at every fora. Shah noted attempts have been made to weaken, divide and ineffective the institutions. Like and dislike are being imposed instead of making serious initiatives for reforms, he observed. “We want complete and comprehensive reforms for strengthening of institutions”. Faiq informed ATP has devised a strategy and action for bringing holistic reforms. He went on to say that calamity like flood or economic and social issues, if authorities were delegated to locals then there would be an easy fight against difficulties. The party leader questioned: “How the system will run’, when everything came out from PM and CM offices,” He emphasized that the public forum should be stronger to make decisions itself. Justice will be ensured in such an equation, he added. Look upon the democratic governments around the world, whose only duty is to make legislation, he noted. Furthermore, he observed public governments or local bodies systems at a grassroots level make decisions with consent and wish of people and self-accountability and check and balance systems prevailed among them. Similarly, he said at the grassroots level local government, every section of the people has power and represents the public opinion. Shah reiterated his firm resolves that the ATP will bring a system of justice and public power at all levels, hoping that it could resolve problems/issues on priority basis.

Deadlock persists as talks between govt, farmers yield no result

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The deadlock between the government and the protesting farmers continued as another round of talks ended without any results. According to details, no major breakthrough was made during the third round of talks between a delegation of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah. Talking to journalists, representatives of Kisan Ittehad said that the interior minister adopted a threatening attitude during the negotiations. The farmers claimed that the deliberations were halted as the government refused to accept their demands. The farmers noted that they were not afraid of the threats from Rana Sanaullah. “We will not vote for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) under any circumstances,” they added. The Kissan Ittehad has vowed to continue the protest till the fulfillment of demands, warning of marching towards the red zone. Meanwhile, sources said that the federal government has ordered police to remain alert amid protest by the farmers. Action would be taken against the demonstrators if they march towards D-Chowk, they added. Sources further said that the contingent of police and rangers posted in Blue Area were also ordered to remain alert. It is pertinent to mention here that the protest of farmers in Islamabad, who have gathered under the umbrella of Pakistan Kissan Ittehad, has entered fourth day.

RAWALPINDI: Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Tahir Farooq listening to people's problems during an open court at Tehsil Office Raja Bazar.

Annual inflation rate drops after touching 49-year high: PBS report 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The annual inflation report in the country has dropped after experiencing a 49-year high this year, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) reported. The annual inflation rate in the country dropped to 23.18% in September, the PBS report shows. The inflation rate was 27.26% in August, dropping to 1.15% in September. PBS reported that the rate of inflation dropped by 21.% in urban areas, and by 0.3% in rural areas. The rate was 26.1% in rural, and 21.2% in urban areas, it added. Sensitive Price Index (SPI) inflation on YoY increased to 28.6% in Sep 2022 as compared to an increase of 34.0% a month earlier and an increase of 16.6% in Sep 2021. On month on month (MoM) basis, it decreased by -1.4% in Sep 2022 as compared to an increase of 5.2% a month earlier and an increase of 2.7% in Sep 2021. The National Consumer Price Index for Sep 2022 decreased by -1.15% over August 2022 and increased to 23.18% over the corresponding month of the last year i.e. Sep 2021. However, prices of the following food & non-food items increased in September: Tomatoes (33.86%), Vegetables (22.70%), Pulse Moong (19.53%), Potatoes (17.43%), Wheat (15.35%), Eggs (14.20%), Chicken (13.05%), Tea (11.59%), Besan (9.74%), Cigarettes (8.21%), Pulse Gram (6.90%), Pulse Mash (6.25%), Beans (3.21%) and Milk (2.96%). Decreased: Vegetable Ghee (4.50%), Onions (3.86%), Pulse Masoor (3.08%), Cooking Oil (1.89%) and Sugar (0.93%). Increased: Washing Soap/Detergents/Match Box (8.30%), Liquefied Hydrocarbons (6.34%), Stationery(6.01%), Motor Vehicle Accessories (5.22%), Plastic Products (5.14%), Motor Fuel (3.19%), Furniture & Furnishing (2.22%) and Construction Input Items (1.71%). Decreased: Electricity Charges (65.33%) and Motor Vehicles (2.43%).

President Alvi imposes a major penalty of 'Dismissal from Service' on a PEMRA DG 

Enhances the fine from Rs. 20 lacs to Rs. 25 lacs, Women's harassment, according to her, must be reduced in order for women to fully participate in our society

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi, while upholding the decision of the Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace (FOSPAH), has awarded the major penalty of “Dismissal from Service” to a Director General Admin and HR of PEMRA Haji Adam Khan (the Appellant) and also enhanced the fine from Rs. 20 lacs to Rs. 25 lacs. He determined that it was established beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused harassed the female employee with verbal, vulgar, sexual, and demeaning comments and demands. President Dr. Arif Alvi stated in a 33-page written judgement that he took a strong exception and used the full force of the law when such matters were brought to light and proven beyond doubt to ensure a safe working environment for the female gender. This, he added, was intended to unlock their enormous economic potential, which had gone untapped due to their fear of workplace harassment. The President ordered that the amount of compensation be recovered from the Appellant's arrears of pay (if any), pension emoluments, or any other source (property) as per Section 4(i)(d) of the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010 and paid to the complainant as compensation for the hardships she endured at the hands of the Appellant. This historic decision was announced after the President conducted personal lengthy hearings with the accused, the complainant, and their counsels on 22.07.2022 and 25.07.2022, in addition to considering the evidence and recording the statements of the witnesses on record and meticulously reviewing the entire case proceedings. President Dr. Arif Alvi noted in his decision that the accused continued harassing the complainant unabated even during the proceedings of the case by FOSPAH, during his suspension period, by filing applications against the complainant to IG Police, Islamabad and to DG (FIA), Cyber Crime Wing, Islamabad, inflicting grave mental torture on the complainant and jeopardising her repute. The President went on to say that the accused's actions were a flagrant violation of Pakistani laws, particularly the Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act 2010, and a clear example of how women, even those brave enough to come forward risking their reputation, were discouraged from filing harassment claims. “The statistics with reference to the number of cases are infinitesimal as compared to the anecdotal discussion of the frequency of harassment in our society”, he added. In his order, the President wrote that women, who were more than 50% of our society, were unable to work freely because of possible harassment. “Public spaces are reduced for them; educational opportunities which are their right have been denied to them by their parents in certain cases because of the fear of harassment at the educational institutions as they look for “girls/women only institutions”. As a result, women in our society are mostly undereducated, severely underemployed, financially constrained, denied proper inheritance and discriminated against at the time of promotions.

Imran Khan directed workers to expedite preparations for the long march 

Arrest warrants of PTI chief Imran Khan issued

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has directed the party workers to expedite preparations for the long march. The decision was made at a meeting of party spokespeople and leaders. They also developed a strategy for dealing with the political situation. Imran Khan also issued guidelines to party spokespersons and leaders during his speech. "The time has come for true liberty. I have no personal animosity toward anyone. We are fighting the people's case "He continued. According to the PTI chairman, Ishaq Dar's return is essentially the NRO II. "The rulers' goal is to end their cases," he insisted. He stated that the people are fed up with Shehbaz Sharif's government. "The Azadi march is scheduled to begin in the second or third week of October. The people will rally behind us. People have seen the true face of the government formed as a result of the NRO "He finished. Meanwhile, a judge is in Islamabad. Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was arrested on Saturday. According to reports, a magistrate in Islamabad's Margalla district issued arrest warrants for the former prime minister in a case filed on August 20. The case has been registered under sections 188 / 189 and 504/ 506. The case has been registered in Margalla Police Station and the case number is 407. The move came minutes after a Pakistan Muslim League-N meeting in Lahore and a subsequent press conference in which Maryam Nawaz said she was disappointed that Imran Khan has not been arrested yet and Federal Interior Minister said they could not arrest Imran Khan due to pre-arrest bails. The PTI chairman was arrested after threatening a judge and two top police officers during a public meeting at F-9 Park. Meanwhile, Pakistan's Media Regulatory Authority has barred the broadcast of PTI chief Imran Khan's live speeches after he threatened an Islamabad police official and a female magistrate during an address in Islamabad. According to the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Imran's recorded speech will be allowed to air only after an effective delay mechanism to ensure effective monitoring and editorial control is in place.

PTI petitioned, SC for probe into PM House audio leak

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: PTI Saturday moved the Supreme Court, requesting the apex court to investigate the PM House audio leaks and sought criminal charges against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his team for hatching a "criminal conspiracy". A series of audio leaks from meetings held at the PM House in recent months have shocked the country and raised concerns about the building's cyber security. One of the audios allegedly containing PM Shehbaz, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and others contains a discussion about PTI resignations. The PML-N leaders are allegedly heard expressing their views on the PTI resignations in it. They are also discussing whether or not London will accept the resignations. "...the incumbent prime minister and his cabinet members [...] can be heard discussing a heinous strategy to outplay the petitioner from parliamentary politics in the most illegal, unlawful, and objectionable manner," the PTI said in the audio leak petition. According to the petition, the entire discussion revolves around a "criminal strategy/conspiracy" to affect and target the party by accepting the resignations tendered by PTI's MNAs on April 11. According to the party, the prime minister admitted the "actuality and existence" of the referred audio leaks during a press conference on Tuesday. "It is also important to note that Information Minister Maryum Aurangzeb and Federal Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan have both admitted to the reality of the audio leaks," the petition said.

Gilani's terms PTI poses, security risk to country & necessitates an investigation 

By Our Correspondent

MULTAN: Former Prime Minister and central leader of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, said that PTI was a security risk and demanded of the incumbent government to launch investigations against it. Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani expressed these views while holding press conference alongwith Pakistan Seraiki party office bearers at press club here on Saturday. On the occasion, the Pakistan Seraiki party declared its unconditional support for PDM candidate Syed Ali Musa Gilani in the NA 157 by-elections. He claimed that IK's party was meddling with the country's fate and engaging in anti-state activities to advance its own interests. He stated that legal action should be taken against Imran Khan because his (IK) so-called cypher narrative had been exposed.

Sheikh Rashid accuses govt of 'stealing' a US cipher 

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Awami Muslim League Pakistan (AMLP) leader Sheikh Rashid on Saturday accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leadership of "stealing" the US cypher. Former Interior Minister Rashid stated in a series of tweets that the government's statement on cypher has shifted in favour of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. He claimed that only Imran Khan is capable of pulling Pakistan out of its economic and political crisis. Rashid went on to say that the appointment or demotion decision would be made by November 15. He claimed that PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif is waiting, while PML-N vice-president Maryam Nawaz and Finance Minister Ishaq Dar negotiated a "clean chit." He claimed that the rulers have been trapped by the masses and are unable to flee. Earlier, the federal cabinet was informed on Friday that the cypher, which PTI referred to as a conspiracy to overthrow former Prime Minister Imran Khan's government, had vanished from the PM House record. The cabinet has formed a special committee to investigate the audios related to the diplomatic cypher in the cabinet meeting chaired by PM Shehbaz Sharif, and it has been informed that the copy of the cypher is missing from the PM's House records.

LAHORE: Ameer Jamaat e Islami Siraj-ul-Haq addressing a rally in Kasur.

Maryam urged govt to raid Imran Khan's home to recover "original" cipher

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) Vice-President Maryam Nawaz has said that there was definitely a conspiracy against the country and its master was PTI chairman Imran Khan. In a press conference with federal ministers on Saturday, she stated that not only was there a conspiracy, but that sensitive documents were forged as well. Maryam suggested that Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah raid Khan's Bani Gala residence to discover the 'true' cypher, which she claimed was tampered with by the ex-PM for political gain. "Imran Khan should apologise to the nation for waving a forged letter," she added. According to Maryam Nawaz, the tape reveals what type of game being played with the country. She went on to say that the greatest falsehood of the century is that 'Imran Khan can tell the truth.' According to the PML-N leader, even the PML-audios N's were released, however they included nothing detrimental to the country's interests. She stated that, prior to Imran Khan, the Prime Minister House was a location where debates about bringing wealth to the country were common. According to Maryam Nawaz, Imran Khan got away with the original of the cypher as well as tampering with the sensitive document. Imran Khan colluded against Pakistan's sovereignty and national security, as well as its diplomatic connections, and now no country is interacting with Pakistan for fear of the information being revealed, she continued. She said that on the clip, Imran Khan can be heard stating, "We have to simply toy with it," which sums up his 25-year political career. She expressed her dissatisfaction with her party, claiming that an abrogator of the Constitution was free to wander despite a lengthy charge-sheet against him. In light of the leaked audios on the cypher issue, Federal Minister of Finance Ishaq Dar stated that the government has decided to conduct an investigation into former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Dar claimed that the cypher was missing and that no one would be permitted to violate national security. According to the minister, no one should be spared for political reasons.

Kashmir issue, 75-year-old liberation battle, not merely case of HR violations: Experts

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Kashmir issue is primarily a legitimate war of liberation being fought by the people of Kashmir with the support of Pakistan, a fundamental party to the conflict, for the last 75 years. It is more than just a case of human rights violations, and it must be highlighted as such in order to establish the application of international rules of war and the conduct of the Indian occupation as war crimes. A consistent narrative and united direction, as well as the implementation of strong tactics, are essential for this. These perspectives were expressed at the 20th meeting of the Institute of Policy Studies' Working Group on Kashmir (IPS-WGK), a body of experts and opinion leaders on Kashmir affairs that meet on a regular basis since the BJP-led Delhi regime illegally revoked the IIOJK's special constitutional status on August 5, 2019. The session, titled 'Assault on Kashmiri Identity and its Likely Implications,' was chaired by Khalid Rahman, chairman IPS, and was attended by, among others, Ghulam Muhammad Safi, veteran Kashmiri resistance leader; Ambassador (r) Syed Abrar Hussain, vice chairman IPS; Dr Idrees Abbasi, former secretary law, Azad Jammu & Kashmir; Advocate Nasir Qadri (KPRI). The experts reviewed how the people of Jammu and Kashmir have been forced into disempowerment in areas other than politics. India is aiming to disable and marginalise the Muslim majority, its culture, and political participation on a systematic basis. In addition to limiting the number of Muslims in bureaucracy and parliamentary areas, India has attacked Urdu and Kashmiri languages, literature, and even Kashmiri food. The shortcomings of the Delimitation Commission's final report were also highlighted. It was noted that, despite the report's claim to be based on an out-of-date 2011 census, neither geography nor population were used to define electoral seats. Furthermore, it violates democratic values and demonstrates prejudice. It was also stated that Indian policies such as constituency delimitation have not only resulted in Muslim political disempowerment by increasing six seats for the Jammu (Hindu majority) division and one for the Kashmir (Muslim majority) division, but have also created a divide within the territory, with 16 seats reserved for the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Schedule Tribe (ST) communities.

NEELUM: AJK Legislative Assembly Maulana Pir Mazhar Saeed Shah, District Health Officer Dr. Abdul Mateen participate in the inauguration ceremony of typhoid vaccine campaign.

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