Daily The Patriot edition of 04-10-22

Army, FC continue relief, restoration in Balochistan: ISPR

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army and Frontier Corps continue their relief and rehabilitation operations in the flood-hit areas of Balochistan. According to a statement from Inter Services Public Relations, the Army and FC are assisting civil government in providing help to flood victims. It stated that thirteen relief camps have been built in flood-affected regions of Kohlu, Bolan, Sibi, Dera Murad Jamali, Jafarabad, Nasirabad, Sohabatpur, and Jhal Magsi districts, where residents are being given with cooked food and other amenities. During the last 24 hours, the Pakistan Army, FC Balochistan, PDMA, and welfare groups held 55 free medical camps to combat epidemics and other ailments in flood-affected regions. The ISPR also stated that attempts are being made to repair the damaged infrastructure.

Ishaq raises concern over payment irregularities to flood victims

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting to review the payments of from cash assistance to flood affectees at Finance Division on Monday. Dr. Ayesha Ghous Pasha, Minister of State for Finance and Revenue, Governor SBP, President HBL, Secretary Finance, Secretary BISP, and top executives attended the meeting. The Secretary of BISP informed the audience that about 90% of clients had received monetary support. The remaining recipients will be paid during the following five days. He also stated that there have been a few complaints about payment errors at ATMs and POS. Governor SBP and President HBL also briefed the meeting on the issue, stating that a large amount of relief money had been provided to flood victims and that actions were being taken to resolve the concerns. Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, Finance Minister, expressed worry over the irregularities in payments to flood victims and highlighted that the government stands with the people in their hour of need and will use all available resources to rescue and help flood victims. The Finance Minister also urged SBP and HBL to address flood-related complaints and take every feasible effort to ensure the seamless and timely distribution of monetary aid to those affected. He also authorised the upgrading of the cash distribution system to ensure the availability of cash at all distribution stations, the resolution of cyber-related concerns, and the prompt delivery of relief funds to flood victims.

Marriyum crowns Imran as the champion of drama and conspiracy 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb has dubbed PTI Chairman Imran Khan the champion of conspiracy and drama. She slammed the former prime minister, claiming that when he saw he was going to be deposed via a successful no-confidence vote, he decided to play with the cypher. She reaffirmed the government's determination to see the audio leaks issue through to its conclusion. She believed that if the cypher went lost, it constituted a violation of the Secrecy Act. She stated that the investigative committee will conduct an open examination into the audio leaks and cypher loss since "we do not have any footage of the FIA DG with which we might blackmail him."

Sachi Baat

I advised at first day that Imran should apologies before appear in court, says SK Niazi

First Imran Khan makes a mistake, later he apologizes: Nayyar Hussain Bukhari Two options; one to get the settlement in Parliament and second, general election: Dr. Salman Shah

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: I said on the first day that Imran Khan should apologize before appearing in court. This is the great gesture that Imran Khan himself went to the chamber of Justice Zeba Chaudhry to apologize directly to her. The fact that Islamabad High Court accepted his apology that is commendable. Imran Khan regrets wasting the time of the honorable justices and the court, which could have been spent on other issues if he had done it on the first day. If he apologized on the first day, he would be popular more than that, because people are aware that he is taking U-turns and none of his decisions are quite clear. On the apology of Imran Khan and given clean by IHC, senior politician and ex-Senate chairman Nayyar Hussain Bukhari took part in "Sachi Baat". He stated that "it is the habit of Imran Khan, first he makes a mistake, later he apologizes." On the question of the next general election, he said, "the government has decided that the election would be held on time and would complete its constitutional time". On the transfer of power peacefully, the guest stated, "This credit also goes to the Pakistan People’s Party that first time they peacefully transferred and continued the continuity of democracy." When asked that the focus of the People’s Party should be on the flood victims and governance in Sindh, the conditions are alarming and quite devastating. The guest answered that PPP is a public (Awam) party and people vote only for those who work for the people, and that’s the reason that PPP gets votes there. The program host SK Niazi said, "Bilawal Bhutto is the son of the great Benazir Bhutto and grandson of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. He has studied abroad and people have lots of expectations". The host gets these remarks when the co-host appreciated Bilawal. He has done worldwide donations for the flood victims. On the investigation of ciphers by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), SK Niazi said, "This is a political investigation where ruling parties use it for their own political interest." On a question of the political objectives of Imran Khan on cipher and audio leaks, SK Niazi replied, "We are an atomic power, and leaking or bugging such secret affairs of state is really embarrassing." On the economic situation of Pakistan, senior economist Dr, Salaman Shah talked in Program "Sachi Baat". On the question of the economic condition and the return of Ishaq Dar, the guest answered, "Time will tell if Ishaq Dar did right or wrong for the economics of Pakistan. Our politicians should do beyond politics if they really want to get a better Pakistan economically." When asked a question about the options and remedy, the guest replied, "At the moment, the state has only two options; one to get the settlement in Parliament and the other to go for a general election. How can a majority member be out of parliament and a 13-party coalition ruling party be running Parliament?" when asked about the rupee gaining against the dollar and the Pakistan Stock Exchange increasing the index points and guest replied that "the value of Pakistan is bond is extremely in lower price". When that politician was asked about the economic charter, he should have addressed this high and important issue of the state.

PM Shehbaz refuses to activate flawed real-time dashboard

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif urged the authorities on Monday to upgrade the flood relief digital dashboard by adding additional essential elements, noting that a dashboard of international level would enable greater coordination among institutions and boost the country's credibility. In a briefing on the dashboard being constructed to give real-time information regarding flood relief assistance and its use, the prime minister urged to include more features such as weather alerts and others to make it a "world class" platform encompassing all necessary information. "We should construct a dashboard that the entire nation can be proud of," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will publicly open the facility on Monday. The prime minister cited a dashboard on dengue outbreaks created by the Punjab government during his tenure as chief minister, which he said received international attention since it covered all important information such as hotspots and facilities. He pointed out flaws in the design and advocated for more changes so that it could fulfil the demands of the nation and effectively reflect the government's coordinated efforts for flood relief and restoration. PM Shehbaz said the flood relief dashboard must include all necessary information about each item, such as where relief products such as comforters and baby food were shipped and where they originated. He stated that the government will offer all necessary assistance for the construction of the dashboard, which should not be a temporary solution but rather a facility that can be used for decades. The prime minister stated that the government will conduct a meeting on Thursday to update friendly nations and international organisations providing flood relief assistance on the current situation and the country's future requirements. Lt General Akhtar Nawaz, Chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, told the audience that around 80,000 extra tents were needed in flood-affected districts. He stated that other embassies, including China, Turkey, and others, had indicated a preference for organising tents from the local market. According to a poll, flood victims prioritised food over health and shelter, necessitating actions to provide food for flood survivors.

Ayaz Sadiq expresses gratitude for China during floods catastrophe

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minster for Economic Affairs, SardarAyazSadiq on Monday expressed gratitude for all the support that China has provided to Pakistan and still giving for rescue and relief during floods catastrophe. He was talking to Mr. NongRong, Ambassador of China to Pakistan, who calls on him at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, said a press release issued here. Earlier, the Federal Minster warmly welcomed the Ambassador. During the meeting, matters of mutual interest were discussed. The minister appreciated the long-term cordial relationship that both countries share. “We share a special relationship with China, that we don't share with any other nation in the world”, he expressed. The Chinese Ambassador appreciated the brotherly relations between both nations. He stated that the Government of China was actively participating in providing rescue and relief assistance to Pakistan. By 11th of Oct, all cargoes carrying flood related immediate relief items will be arriving in Karachi, he told. The Ambassador further assured that more assistance would be given in reconstruction and rehabilitation phase He expressed the need for a positive projection of the Chinese contribution on Pakistan's Media. The minister acknowledged that and stated It is important for our general populace to know what China is doing for us and assured to ask Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to provide complete assistance in the said matter. The meeting ended with the vote of thanks from both sides. - PR

PA body orders PML-N’s Ata Tarar to appear at its next meeting

BY Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The privilege committee of the Punjab Assembly (PA), in its hurriedly called meeting on Monday, ordered PML-N’s flamboyant leader Ata Tarar to appear in the next meeting of the committee; failing which police would produce him before the committee handcuffed. Sources said that the committee met with Chaudhry Ali Akhtar in the chair. Senior Punjab Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal, Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid and member of the Punjab Assembly (MPA) Sadia Sohail Rana, all from PTI, submitted to the committee an application against Tarar for making an objectionable gesture with a finger during the PA session some time ago. Sources disclosed that the PTI MPAs, in their application, requested the committee chairman, to punish the PML-N leader for damaging the House’s sanctity through his gesture. The committee chairman, on the occasion, expressed his strong displeasure that Tarar did not appear before the committee last time it had summoned him in connection with the same incident.

Office Head of British High Commission Lahore calls on Ch Shujat Hussain

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League President and former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujat Hussain were met by Office Head of British High Commission Lahore Ms. Clara Strandhoj at his residence here. Senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League Shafay Hussain, Federal Minister Salik Hussain, Javed Akhtar Chatta, Rana Khalid, PML Norway President Muhammad Razzaq and Political Advisor of British High Commission Lahore Talal Raza were also present in the meeting. The Muslim League leaders also expressed their condolences to Clara Strandage on the death of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain. In the meeting, further development of mutual relations between the two countries, the current domestic and international political situation and other matters of mutual interest were also discussed. Ch Shujat Hussain expressed his gratitude for the British assistance in the flood affected areas. He said that there are deep friendly relations between Pakistan and Great Britain which are getting stronger day by day as evidenced by the recent visit of the England cricket team to Pakistan; this will also pave the way for the arrival of teams from other countries to Pakistan. ­Ms. Clara Strandhoj said that Pakistan is currently facing a flood situation for which aid is being sent by both the UK government and the people.

ECC takes up wheat import agenda via Gwadar Port

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: In order to materialize import of wheat via Gwadar Port, Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) has finally taken up the agenda of importing wheat from Gwadar Port in its 11-point plan list, Gwadar Pro reported on Monday. ECC is Federal Institution responsible to authorize key economic initiative in Pakistan. As per the agenda list, the Ministry of National Food Security and Research (MNFS&R) has proposed to allow Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to award the contract of imported wheat, initially for three smaller vessels not exceeding 40,000 MT tonnage, for berthing at Gwadar Seaport. The summary presented by the Ministry of National Food Security and Research regarding the import of wheat through the Gwadar seaport was deferred by ECC in its last meeting. However, it was incorporated in the agenda for the meeting later. Wheat imports via Gwadar promises to usher in a new era of business, commerce and trade vibrancy at Gwadar port. GPA official dubbed the readiness to import wheat through Gwadar port a new milestone saying wheat import will spur up trade activities in Gwadar. “It will also boost up employability as when bustling activity will get underway, skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled man force will be required to handle the entire scale of work,” he added. In 2020, the federal government already allowed the import of wheat at the Gwadar port and onward transit to Afghanistan through bonded carriers-insured and sealable trucks having a tracking device. The Ministry of Commerce (MoC), on the request of the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI), the Gwadar International Terminals Limited and other stakeholders, issued an Office Memorandum (MO) titled ‘Implementation of the import and export policy orders through shipping procedure and instructions for operationalisation of the Gwadar Port’.

LAHORE: Chairman P&D Board Abdullah Khan Sumbal presided over the 16th meeting of the Provincial Development Working Party for the financial year 2022-23.

Sindh CM directs rapid drainage of water from farmlands

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: A session over floodwater drainage chaired by Sindh chief minister was briefed on Monday that the water level in Manchhar Lake and barrages have dropped to normal. A meeting of officials informed that the water level in Manchhar Lake has dropped to RL-117.35 from RL-123.3, while the water in Indus River goes down to normal at Guddu, Sukkur and Kotri barrages. “The water also gushing out from three breaches of the L.S. Bund, Danistar Canal and Aral Head and Tail,” the session was informed in a briefing. “The water level has dropped by 8.5 to 11.5 ft at F.P. Bund, while also going down at Saifullah Canal and Rice Canal.” Moreover, floodwater level has dropped by six to seven feet at Suprio Bund, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah was informed. “The MNV Drain’s RD-194 by 4.2 ft, RD-210 3.5 ft and at RD-346 by 11.4 feet,” the session further briefed. The floodwater level has dropped by 5.85 feet at Khairpur Nathan Shah-Dadu Road, the session briefed.

No chance of KP’s default, salaries to be paid from today: Minister 

By Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Finance and Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra Monday termed the news about the province's default on social media fake and baseless. Addressing a press conference along with Provincial Minister for Higher Education Kamran Bangash, he said that the employees of the province will start getting salaries from Monday. He said that the federation is politicizing the transfer of funds under the electricity profit agreement between the federation and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The federation is fighting an economic battle with the province on political grounds”, he said. They said that the province used to get monthly electricity profit during the PTI government, which made the economic affairs of the province smooth. After the change of government, not a single rupee of electricity was transferred to the province in net profit from April to September, they added. The finance and Health Minister said that the province had to bear a loss of up to 30 billion owing to the arrears. “We raised the issues like budget provision and deduction of tribal districts at every forum, but to no avail,” he said, adding that the flood disaster has also badly affected the economy of the province. They said the federal government should show seriousness for the economic stability of the provinces. They also alleged that the federal government estimates the budget of tribal districts without consulting the province. “In the last six months, the province has invested 45 to 60 billion rupees in tribal districts”, they added.


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Four kids among six die of diseases at flood relief camps in Sindh 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The problems of the flood-hit people in Sindh are yet to diminish, for the spread of diseases in the relief camps continues. As per the official health sources said on Monday, six more people including four children have lost their lives to different diseases in the flood-affected areas of Sindh. Reportedly, a child died due to the spread of viral diseases in Larkana. A man died of malaria in Thal. Another three-year-old child died of malaria in Tangwani. Two children died of malaria and gastroenteritis in Qubo Saeed Khan. In Hyderabad district, a decrease has been recorded in the spread of diseases in relief camps. During the last 24 hours, 37 people fell a victim to diarrhea in the relief campus. Earlier, 109 cases of diarrhea had been reported 48 hours ago. Moreover, 64 flood victims fell a victim to skin diseases at the relief camps, and four cases of eye infection had also been reported. During the last 24 hours, no confirmed case of malaria had been reported, whereas, 80 people fell a victim to respiratory infection. As many as 191 people became of a victim of various other diseases, whereas, 449 people had been given medical treatment during the last 24 hours. On the other hand, dengue has also strengthened its grip in Tangwani, for the area has reported three cases of dengue virus. The dengue patients have been referred to the hospitals of Sukkur due to the lack of facilities in the local hospitals. The spread of dengue and other diseases has picked up pace in the areas where the floodwater is yet to drain. The authorities are unable to control the spread of diseases, and people are turning to private hospitals for treatment. The spread of dengue has also sent a wave of fear among locals. They have demanded that the authorities concerned take immediate notice of the situation and ensure better healthcare in the area. Meanwhile, the Pakistani nation continues providing aid to the flood-hit people. According to the National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC), 11,452 tonnes of food items have been collected so far. Among the collected items, there are 2020 tonnes of essential items and 13526,522 medicines. As far as the distribution of relief items is concerned, 11,334 tonnes of food and 1,993 tonnes of other essential items have been distributed so far. Besides, medical aid camps across the country are providing treatment to the flood-hit people. Pakistan Army Aviation Corps has so far evacuated 4,659 flood victims through helicopters. Relief camps and collection points are fully operational. Pakistan Army has established 147 relief camps and 157 collection points of relief items. Also, Pakistan Navy has established four flood relief coordination centers and 18 central collection points for flood victims. Pakistan Navy has also distributed 1,961 tonnes of ration, 6,919 tents and 739,118 liters of water in different districts. At least 23 emergency response teams of Pakistan Navy have also been deployed. Moreover, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has distributed 6,619 tents and 674,511 food packages. The Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has also distributed ration and clean drinking water. As many as 76,786 patients were treated at 46 medical camps. At least 19,807 people are living in 20 camps of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

Expats donate to CM flood relief fund 

Speaker Sibtain khan calls on CM Punjab

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: President PTI Texas Rashid Bukhari presented a cheque of three million rupees to Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi for CM Flood Relief Fund at his office. GM Faletti's Hotel Irshad B. Anjum and Shahid Butt, who came all the way from Canada, also gave the cheques for the amount announced during the telethon to the CM for the flood relief fund. Speaking on the occasion, CM Parvez Elahi appreciated the passion of expatriates to help the flood victims. With the money collected in the fund, the rehabilitation of the flood victims is going on by the provincial government, he mentioned. It is a pity that the federal government did not help the flood victims of Punjab; he regretted and cited that the federal government did not pay even a penny for the rehabilitation of the flood victims of Punjab. The behaviour of the federal government is regrettable and condemnable in every way, he added. The CM said that the passion of overseas Pakistanis, who gave money on the appeal of Imran Khan, is appreciable as billions of rupees have been collected on his appeal. Expatriates have proved, on every occasion that they are loyal to Imran Khan. Opponents only make up words while Imran Khan shows by doing, he maintained. Parvez Elahi further said the provincial government was fulfilling the responsibility of rehabilitation of all flood victims with its resources and donations from philanthropists and overseas Pakistanis. I took the lead to visit Rajanpur, Taunsa and DG Khan to inspect the flood-affected areas there, he concluded. Rashid Bukhari said that all are duty-bound to help the needy while Shahid Butt stated that CM Parvez Elahi was rendering valuable services to the flood victims. Irshad B. Anjum said that everyone should come forward to help and rehabilitate the flood victims. Former principal secretary GM Sikandar was also present. Meanwhile, Punjab Assembly Speaker Sibtain Khan met Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi at his office and discussed legislation and other issues. The CM expressed his concern over drug peddling in educational institutions and vowed that strict legislation will be enacted to stop it. The draft of the Punjab Control of Narcotic Substances Act, 2022 will be finalized soon to make it law after passing from the Punjab assembly as soon as possible, he added. It is the joint responsibility to save the new generation from the menace of drugs; he stressed and pointed out that the foreign ambassadors, including the World Bank, have appreciated the efforts of narcotics control and offered their cooperation.

LHC orders NAB to return Maryam’s passport 

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has ordered the authorities to return the passport of PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif. The order was passed by 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 on Monday. In her miscellaneous petition, Maryam had stated that the bureau had confiscated her passport in the Ch Sugar Mills case. She stated that after a passage of four years, no reference even had been filed adding that confiscating passport of a citizen is violation of basic constitutional rights. She said she had no intention of fleeing the country as she had returned to Pakistan leaving her mother at deathbed abroad. She said the NAB law does not stop anyone from travelling abroad. She further stated that she had deposited Rs700 million as security and she got bail in the case on merit. She requested the court to order the deputy registrar judicial to return her passport.

Rupee keeps on growing stronger against US dollar

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The rupee continued to gain against the US dollar as the greenback lost Rs1.45 in its value in the interbank trading on Monday. According to the forex dealers, the rupee continued its upward trajectory during morning trading activity as the local unit recovered further bringing down the US dollar rate at Rs227, down by Rs1.45. On Friday, the US dollar was closed at Rs228.45 and the rupee’s value witnessed an appreciation by 0.52%. The rupee seemed to have cultivated a no-holds-barred demeanor against the US dollar as it kept gaining in the interbank trading. The market is upbeat on the Ishaq Dar phenomenon as the recently-installed foreign minister is known for his strong-arming of the State Bank to bring the dollar rate down. During last 6 days, the US dollar was depreciated by Rs12.65. In his presser on Saturday, Dar predicted that the rupee was going to further strengthen in coming days. “Appreciation of the US dollar against Pak rupee is the mother of all evils. Its appreciation against the rupee is artificial and I am telling you that the actual value of the rupee has been manipulated,” he emphasized. The recovery of PKR is also attributed to the strict action taken by the government against hundi/hawala networks and banks involved in speculation. Besides this, the import bill is also expected to shrink on the back of flood-related foreign assistance and a fall in global oil prices, which would prevent the balance of payments situation from getting bad.

ISLAMABAD: Senior journalist and author Chaudhry Amjad Siddique's book "Safar Kahani" launched by Chief Guest, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Qaira along with the participants.

FPCCI and Pak-China youth exchange community have jointly distributed relief material among victims of flood

By Staff Reporter

Islamabad: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry is engaged in relief activities for flood victims in this difficult time. The Vice President FPCCI Capital Office Islamabad and Pak China Youth Exchange Community have jointly distributed relief materials among the victims of the flood. On this occasion, Amin Ullah Baig said that this was the worst flood in history and caused heavy losses to our entire country. The Vice President FPCCI appreciated the efforts of the Former President of Gilgit Chamber of Commerce Mushtaq Hussain for arranging relief goods from Chinese donors and the members of the Gilgit, Hunza, Ghazir and Skardu Chambers of Commerce for distribution among the floor victims. He said that the FPCCI under the leadership of President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh and Chairman Businessmen Panel Mian Anjum Nisar had immediately started funds rasing and on large scale for the arrangement of basic necessities including tents, cloths, shoes/sleeper, for food items, infants’ food, blankets and other necessary items. He said that a big quantity of these items had immediately been distributed in various areas of Gilgit Baltistan on a large scale. He further said that we will not leave our brothers alone in this difficult time. The FPCCI will also help out the flood victims in their rehabilitation across the country. He said that through the platform of FPCCI, the business Community of country as well as foreigners is also contributed their share for this good cause. He appreciated the Chinese business people who helped us a lot and said that China has again proved that it is a real and true friend of Pakistan, for which we pay tribute to the Chinese government, businessmen and people.

Alkhidmat sends 3 more Mobile, 4 Vans, 2 Boat Clinics to affected areas for relief

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Alkhidmat Foundation sent 3 more Mobile Health Units, 4 Mobile Medical Vans and 2 Alkhidmat Boat Clinics to the affected areas to provide immediate and effective medical assistance to the flood victims. On this occasion, Alkhidmat Health Services Chairman Professor Dr. Hafeez ur Rehman while talking to the media said that in view of the increasing cases of measles, malaria and other diseases in the flood affected areas, medical campuses, field hospitals, mobile medical units, medical vans and Medical assistance is being delivered through medical bots. In view of the large number of pregnant women and the lack of facilities in the affected areas, mobile health units have been established which provide general medical examination, ultrasound, health screening, pharmacy and washroom facilities. And medical vans in 10 districts of Sindh and 5 districts of Balochistan are providing basic health facilities and medicines to the victims in the nearby villages every day from morning to evening. While 3 mobile medical boats consisting of 1 doctor and 1 dispenser are reaching remote villages surrounded by water. Medical aid and medicines are being delivered. Dr. Hafeez ur Rehman said that medical aid has been delivered to more or less 340,000 victims through 884 medical campuses, 6 field hospitals, 60 mobile medical vans and 3 medical boats in the flood-affected areas. In the ceremony, Vice President Alkhidmat Foundation Dr. Mushtaq. Mangat, General Secretary Alkhidmat Health Services Dr. Zahid Latif, President Alkhidmat Central Punjab Ikram-ul-Haq Subhani, General Manager Mass Media Umer Idrees, Managing Director Health Services Sufyan Khan, Senior Manager Media Relations Shoaib Hashmi and others were also present.

Islamabad registers downward trend in dengue cases

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Change in weather has decreased the number of dengue cases in Islamabad, the district health officer said on Monday. According to the statistics provided by the DHO Islamabad, 44 dengue cases have been reported in the federal capital. The DHO further said, the federal capital has so far reported 2,552 cases of dengue and six deaths. On the other hand, at least 246 more dengue infections were reported in Karachi in the last 24 hours, the Sindh health department data showed on Sunday. According to the provincial health department report, so far 36 people had their lives due to the vector-borne infection in the mega city. The majority number of cases in Karachi has been reported in district east, where 66 patients have been infected by the virus during the past 24 hours. District Korangi reported 33 cases, Central 55, Malir 28, South 36, Keamari 13 and District West reported 10 cases.

FTO distributes cheques of excess sales tax refunds to taxpayers at ICCI

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Dr. Asif Mahmood Jah, Federal Tax Ombudsman said that the business community was the backbone of the economy and his institution was working as an advocate of taxpayers to provide them speedy, fair and cost free redressal of tax grievances. He said that the mission of FTO was to deliver justice to the taxpayers at their doorsteps. He said this while addressing at Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) a cheques distribution ceremony of excess sales tax refunds to the taxpayers in Suzuki Car cases in light of FTO’s decision. He also congratulated Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari President, Faad Waheed Senior Vice President and Muhammad Azhar ul Islam Zafar Vice President ICCI on their unopposed election and announced to nominate Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari as Honorary Business Advisor of FTO for one year to act as a bridge between FTO and the business community for the facilitation of taxpayers. Dr. Asif Mahmood Jah said that Pakistan Suzuki had charged 17% sales tax from purchasers at the time of car booking, but in the last budget, the sales tax on vehicles up to 1000 cc vehicles was reduced to 12.5 percent. He said that on receipt of complaints from car purchasers, FTO dug out the data of Suzuki car purchasers and worked hard to provide refunds of 4.5% excess sales tax to 9500 car purchasers. He said that the FTO would continue to provide more relief to taxpayers. He urged that the business community should take maximum benefit of the services of FTO to get relief in tax grievances. Speaking at the occasion, Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry lauded the efforts of FTO for providing speedy justice to taxpayers by addressing their tax complaints. He said that refunds of excess sales tax to the taxpayers in Suzuki car cases reflected the commitment of FTO to protect the interests of taxpayers. He assured that Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) would work closely with the FTO to address the grievances of taxpayers. Faad Waheed, Senior Vice President, Muhammad Azhar ul Islam Zafar, Vice President and Muhammad Shakeel Munir outgoing President ICCI also lauded the efforts of FTO in resolving the tax grievances of business community and hoped that close liaison between ICCI and FTO would provide more relief to taxpayers. Jamshaid Akhtar Sheikh outgoing Senior Vice President, Muhammad Faheem Khan outgoing Vice President Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI), Tariq Sadiq & Muhammad Ahmed former Presidents Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI), FTO Advisors including Nisar Ahmed, Almas Ali Jovindah, Majid Qureshi, Dr. Arslan Subuctageen, Mrs. Sarwat Tahira Habib, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) Executive Members and others were also present at the occasion.

PAC organized Islamic Calligraphy Exhibition

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Arts Council organized an Islamic Calligraphy exhibition in connection with Ashra Shan-e-Rehmatulil Alameen. Political Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab, Arooj Raza Sayyami was the chief guest of the opening ceremony alongwith Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Human Development Fund Mr. Zafar Haider Jappa. While addressing the ceremony Arooj Raza Sayyami said that writing the Holy Quran is a great blessing from Allah Almighty. Allah Almighty gives the honor of writing the Holy Quran to those who are lucky. The purpose of celebrating Ashra Shan-e-Rehmatulil Alameen under the Punjab government is to convince the West that how much we love Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Our lives are not complete without the love of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). We need to follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) for success in this world and the hereafter. Aftab Ahmad Khan has painted the Quranic verses on the canvas in a beautiful style, she added. The art works of the presidential award-winning artist Aftab Ahmad Khan (Late) have been placed in the exhibition. Naheed Manzoor said that during prostration, a person is closest to Allah. During prostration, a person is in a spiritual state, where a person speaks his heart to Allah. Looking at today's exhibition, I feel a sense of spirituality. Behind every verse selected for Islamic calligraphy, there is a story. Director Arts Council Waqar Ahmad said that calligraphy is one of the oldest arts in the world. Arts Council is taking substantial steps to promote Islamic calligraphy. Islamic calligraphy classes are a link in this chain. A large number of people from different walks of life participated in the exhibition. The exhibition will continue till October 5.

Islamabad police produce missing Muneeb Akram before IHC

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police on Monday produced a missing citizen, Muneeb Akram, before the Islamabad High Court (IHC). IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, who had asked the police and intelligence agencies to produce the missing citizen on Monday, heard the case. “This is the second or third incident of a person going missing. Tell me, why is this happening? Tell me, who is responsible for this?” the IHC chief justice questioned the representative of the Ministry of Defence. The representative of the Ministry of Defence told the court, “We had asked our agencies to find out about the missing person after the order of this court. After the investigation of the two agencies, it was found that neither of them had him.” At this, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah said: “Our intelligence agencies are among the best in the world. If any citizen is picked up, the job of the agencies is to find out about him, not to just say that ‘we do not have him’.”

Islamabad court extends Shahnawaz’s physical remand for three days 

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ISLAMABAD: District and sessions court in Islamabad on Monday extended the physical remand of Shahnawaz Amir, the main suspect in the murder case of his wife Sara Inam, for three more days. A few hours ago, the same court extended the interim bail of Sameena Shah, the main suspect’s mother in the Sarah Inam murder case. Additional Sessions Judge Sheikh Sohail heard the case and extended Sameena’s pre-arrest interim bail until Oct 7. The court adjourned the hearing of the case till Friday at the request of the father of slain Sarah Inam. On September 26, 2022, a court in Islamabad had extended the physical remand of Shahnawaz Amir and his father Ayaz Amir for three days and one day, respectively. Islamabad police had arrested Shahnawaz for allegedly murdering his Canadian national wife Sara over a ‘family issue’ with the help of dumbbells, a day after she arrived in Pakistan from Dubai. Sara, 37, was the third wife of the alleged murderer. The incident took place at a farmhouse located in the capital’s Shahzad Town suburb where the suspect lived along with his mother.

IHC directs to appoint Akhtar Mengal as convener of commission against harassment of Baloch students

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday directed the government to issue a notification appointing Akhtar Mengal as the convener of the commission that had been formed to prevent harassment of Baloch students. “The government must issue the notification appointing Akhtar Mengal as the convener of the commission within three days,” the court added. It is to be noted here that Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani had apologised to head the commission. “The secretariat of the commission should be established in the Senate. The commission must submit a report on preventing harassment of Baloch students in a month,” IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah passed the orders. Imaan Mazari appeared before the court on behalf of Baloch students while Additional Attorney General Manoor Iqbal appeared before the court on behalf of the federal government. “Kamran Murtaza is available for his inclusion in the commission,” said the additional attorney general while presenting his arguments before the court. “This issue is important. Baloch students are studying in the institution for the purpose of education. Why are they unsafe? The court will issue separate orders on this matter,” said the IHC chief justice. “Why shouldn’t Akhtar Mengal be included in the commission?” he questioned the additional attorney general who then replied: “As the court wills; we have no objection.” The IHC chief justice also asked Imaan Mazari to submit the issues of Baloch students to the commission’s secretariat. “The commission must submit a report to the court by November 7,” the IHC chief justice said, and he adjourned the hearing of the case till November 7.

RAWALPINDI: Additional Deputy Commissioner General Qasim Ijaz is presiding over the meeting held regarding the arrangements for 12 Rabi ul Awal.

Alvi invites CC to join Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign as partners

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ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has called upon all the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Pakistan to become partners in the breast cancer awareness campaign to encourage women to conduct regular self-examination and seek medical advice for the early diagnosis of this deadly disease, which could lead to a complete cure and enable patients to live a healthy life. The President made these remarks during a meeting with senior representatives of various Chambers of Commerce and Industry of the country. First Lady Begum Samina Arif Alvi was also present during the meeting. Representatives from the Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI), Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI), Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI), Rawalpindi Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RWCCI) and Attock Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (AWCCI) attended the meeting. Moreover, representatives of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) and the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) virtually participated in the meeting. According to the President, Pakistan has the highest rate of breast cancer in Asia, with over 90,000 cases diagnosed each year. He went on to say that early identification and treatment might save many lives, since almost 98% of breast cancer cases can be cured if detected early. The President stressed that all Chambers of Commerce and Industry may play an important role in raising awareness about breast cancer and its prevention by spreading the message of self-examination and diagnosis throughout the country in the industries under their jurisdiction. "In this regard, shops, malls, and commercial centres might be used to display awareness messages, leaflets, and other pertinent items," he noted. He also advised that the homepages of Chambers of Commerce and company websites be used to effectively promote the cause of breast cancer. The President said that no social stigma should be attached to the breast cancer awareness campaign and patients should be motivated to share the symptoms immediately with family members. According to the President, promoting the message of self-examination for early diagnosis of breast cancer should not be deemed taboo. He urged the media to continually broadcast and disseminate messages about the necessity of self-examination in their morning and chat programmes, as well as as public service messages, in order to raise public awareness.

Will not negotiate with criminals, says Imran Khan 

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan on Monday slammed the coalition government, saying he can negotiate with political people, not criminals, and that his party will not go to the National Assembly. Addressing the media, the PTI Chairman said: "When you are negotiating, then those negotiations that are underway should not come to the light." He went on to say that some courts make excellent rulings while others do not. According to the former prime minister, the IHC has a reputation for issuing outstanding decisions. In a mocking tone, the PTI chief added that he only had one FIR against him, which was filed for providing bread with tea. The former premier promised to deliver flood relief cash to four provinces, while mocking PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz, claiming the law is different for the powerful and the disadvantaged. Earlier, Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday accepted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief’s apology in contempt of court case. A bigger bench, led by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and comprised of Justices Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, and Babar Sattar, heard the matter and dismissed Imran Khan's contempt notice. CJ Minallah stated at the start of today's session that the bench has reviewed Imran Khan's affidavit. "Imran Khan displayed honesty by going to apologise to the judge," he said, adding that the bench unanimously decided to dismiss the contempt notice. Justice Minallah further noted that the court is "pleased" with Imran Khan's behaviour. Former Prime Minister Imran had filed an affidavit in a contempt of court case in which he was accused of threatening a judge. Imran Khan, in the latest response, although mentioned that he "might have crossed a red line while making a public speech", fell short of apologizing for his remarks. Khan told the IHC that he would "never do anything in the future" to jeopardise the dignity of any court or judiciary, particularly the subordinate courts. The PTI chairman went on to say that he is prepared to take whatever additional actions that the IHC deems appropriate, and that he never meant to interfere with the court's process or undermine the judiciary's dignity or independence. The former CEO stated that he stands by his September 22 declaration and "assures this court once more that he will always adhere by the afore-mentioned commitment, in text and spirit."

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Chairman Privatization Mr. Abid Hussain Bhayo chaired the Privatization commission meeting.

Fazl, Gilani refuse any negotiations with Imran Khan 

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MULTAN: The ruling alliance of Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) head Maulana Fazlur Rehman and subordinate Yousuf Raza Gilani declared the opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s foreign funding case is an open and shut case. They spoke at a joint news conference in Multan on Monday, saying that the nation won independence from the 'Fitna Khan' after a long battle and that the upcoming local government elections will end the chapter forever. They stated that the PTI has no value in their eyes and that they will not engage in discussions with them.

Maryam expresses sadness over ‘confiscation’ of her passport in a ‘fake’ lawsuit

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ISLAMABAD: Commenting on the Lahore High Court’s (LHC) order to return to her the passport, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz said on Monday that the case in which her passport remained confiscated for three years was a ‘fake’ one. She accused former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan of keeping her in 'illegal confinement' of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for three months and then in Kot Lakhpat Jail's death cell only because 'Fitna' (Imran) was afraid of her political stature, according to her tweet. She went on to say that 'Fitna's' politics of vengeance had to end one day since that was how nature operated. Maryam called Imran a "foreign agent" and claimed he was so obstinate that he was still lying to the people today. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) vice president predicted that the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief will meet a tragic end.

Avenfield case will end like Hudaibiya Paper: Sh Rashid

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RAWALPINDI: Awami Muslim League (AML) Chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said that the Avenfield case will also end like the Hudaibiya Paper under the deal. In a tweet on Monday, the AML Chief remarked that people understood Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's and PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz's arrangement. He stated that it will be shown to everyone in November. In addition, when criticising the coalition government on a daily basis, he stated that there are 22 ministers without ministries among the army of 74. They're using 'video audio leakage.' Furthermore, the former minister emphasised that people's issues are connected to energy, gas, bread, inflation, and not cypher. In the list of several predictions made by the political leader he added another saying that the politics of leaks will end after 12th of Rabiul Awwal and the political environment in the country will become even more intense.

Pakistan demands long-term commitment from US to address climate change

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WASHINGTON: Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Masood Khan has called for long term commitment of the US to enable Pakistan cope with the challenge posed by climate induced floods. In his address to the Pakistani-American Press Association in Washington, he stated that both Pakistan and the United States have been partners in peace, and that now they must face this issue together and turn the crisis into an opportunity by rebuilding better and greener. The recent destruction caused by massive floods in Pakistan and Hurricane IAN in Florida and nearby states, according to the Ambassador, has clearly proved that no country is immune to the phenomena of climate change. He stated that we must get together and act quickly before it is too late. The Ambassador expressed gratitude to the US Administration, Congress, the commercial sector, philanthropists, and others who donated in their own capacities to demonstrate solidarity with their Pakistani counterparts.

PM AJK & law minister apologise ex-PM Raja Farooq Haider Khan for unpleasant scene in Assembly

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MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan has apologized to former Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan for the unpleasant incident that occurred between Minister of Law and Tourism Sardar Faheem Akhtar Rabbani and Raja Farooq Haider inside the Legislative Assembly today. Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan stated in his audio message that he apologised to Raja Farooq Haider Khan over the phone, which he accepted. "Raja Farooq Haider Khan is a seasoned politician, and I have always admired him," the Prime Minister added. The Prime Minister expressed regret that an unpleasant occurrence occurred in the Assembly, which exacerbated the house's nice environment. He said that the event happened on the spur of the moment and was not planned. "My entire team sincerely apologises to Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan," he continued. The Prime Minister also encouraged PML-N and other political party workers to exercise political restraint and play their share in stabilising the situation in the capital city. Faheem Akhtar Rabbani, the Law Minister, has also apologised to Raja Farooq Haider Khan for the incident. Meanwhile, Raja Farooq Haider Khan, the former prime minister, arrived at Chhatar Chowk and urged his supporters and Muslim League workers to reopen all closed roads. All highways and connection roads were reopened following Raja Farooq Haider Khan's petition.

Govt to up-grade scale of Mualimmen-i-Quran, reciters

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ISLAMABAD: Government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir has decided to up-grade the scale of recently appointed Mualimeen al-Quran and reciters. According to the decision, 496 Mualimeen al-Qur'an who were recently confirmed in grade 1 would be awarded the seventh scale, and the Ministry of Education will establish a separate directorate general for Mualimeen (teachers) and reciters. Nazra will be taught in primary schools by Grade 7 teachers under the new setup. Grade 9 instructors would teach the Holy Quran to pupils in classes six through ten, along with translation. Similarly, 16-year-old teachers would teach the Quran to children in classes 11 and 12, complete with translation and commentary. Notification regarding the scale-upgradation of Muallimeen (tutors) and reciters and establishment of a separate Directorate General under the Ministry of Education will be issued today. The Prime Minister has already issued instructions to decide the mechanism for recruiting Quran teachers and reciters under the aforementioned scales and completing the examination process as soon as possible. Earlier, Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan said that mosques will be free from power payments. The Rahmatul Ulamain Authority has also been established. The recitation of Durood Sharif has also been made mandatory in official functions. The Prime Minister has directed that the creation of Ijma and Qiyas Boards be completed as quickly as possible.

Treasury, opposition members scuffle in AJK Legislative Assembly

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MUZAFFARABAD: The members of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Legislative Assembly Monday came to blows after Faheem Rabbani of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) threw a cell phone aiming at former prime minister Raja Farooq Haider. Members of the administration opposed the claim that they had given money to Imran Khan. Later, Law Minister Faheem Rabbani used the microphone to insult former Prime Minister Raja Farooq Haider. Earlier, Opposition Leader Latif Akbar accused Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas of rubbing PTI Chairman Imran Khan's hands in order for him to become a Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA), which brought a rebuke from the Treasury benches. While criticising the AJK premier, Opposition Leader Latif Akbar stated that Sardar Tanveer Ilyas's statement at a public assembly in Bagh had left the whole Kashmiri nation in disgrace. He said that one million Indian troops had turned Kashmir into a prison. "What message would the prime minister's public address in Bagh have delivered to occupied Kashmir?" Are we here in the parliament to hear a prime minister who threatens to strike our heads with shoes?" Latif Akbar bemoaned. "The prime minister has arrived in the assembly after rubbing PTI Chairman Imran Khan's hands, but I have been here since 1985," he said. The charge sparked outrage among MLAs on the Treasury benches. The Speaker of the AJK Legislative Assembly then interjected, asking the MLAs on the government benches to raise a privilege motion if they had any objections to the opposition leader's statement. Opposition Leader Latif Akbar, on the other hand, filed a privilege move against the Speaker, claiming that Sardar Tanveer Ilyas had used derogatory language against him in the media and accused him of stealing from Zakat funds. He requested that these charges be investigated. Meanwhile, PTI MLA Faheem Rabbani threw a cell phone aiming at former prime minister Raja Farooq Haider Khan. It made MLAs from the opposition and treasury benches come to blows. The meeting of the assembly was adjourned till 10am tomorrow.

HYDERABAD: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan Sirajul Haque speaking to children in the affected camp during a visit to the flood victims' camp Jamshoro.

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