Developed countries responsible for climate change
By Sardar Khan Niazi
The climate meetings always end without indicating any progress, although the talks assume a special significance in view of extreme weather events like fires, floods, and heat waves that have thrashed several parts of the world. Climate-induced torrential rains and floods lashing Pakistan have so far killed over a thousand people and affected over thirty million, and 6.4 million surrounded by water are in urgent need of shelter, food, water, and medical help. The need is to rescue and shelter the huge chunk of the population stranded over hundreds of square kilometers in all four provinces of Pakistan. Extreme weather events of the type witnessed in Pakistan will increase in severity and frequency unless there is an agreement at the earliest to slow down the rate and limit the amount of global warming by reducing human emissions of heat-trapping gases, as the globe edges closer to the warming threshold of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. The climate change spectacle and its hostile effects must alarm the world to take steps to conserve nature and ensure its sustainability for future generations. Pakistan is no exception. Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries affected by climate change and has been ranked among the top 10 by the German Watch Institute. Climate change and natural disasters, such as floods, pose potential risks of diseases, like malaria or cholera, and reduce the efficiency of the people. Financial and health barriers lead to an economic recession. Developing countries lack sufficient resources, so it is vital for them to do whatever they can against climate change. It is essential for them to realize their complex relationship with ecology. Historically, they have been dependent on the environment for their survival. However, the modern age has witnessed the control humans have over the environment, and that makes it their responsibility to care for it. This is possible only through a national effort urging developed countries to take initiative. The International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and such entities play a major role in ensuring nature’s successful conservation. None can deny the dependence of humans on the ecosystems, and their actions in the future will bear testimony to whether or not they did justice to this responsibility when they could. Unfortunately, some of the G20 developed countries have been responsible for the massive emission of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels during the Industrial Revolution and after. They need therefore to bear a greater responsibility for combating climate change. When scientists raised their voices against the catastrophic impact of global warming, the powerful carbon lobby in these countries denied there was a continuing rise in global temperature. The US ex-President Donald Trump, who shared that retrogressive thinking, called the concept of global warming a conspiracy to make US manufacturing uncompetitive. The Kyoto Protocol committed state parties to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and called upon developed countries to assume greater responsibility. The G20 meeting was interested only in Russia-bashing, a subject that is nearer the heart of the USA and its allies, forgetting the climate issue, the main item on its agenda, and the human suffering. The Environment Minister of Indonesia started the meeting by urging countries to cut emissions in order to prevent the planet from reaching a point where no future will be sustainable. If the G20 ignored the elephant in the room, it goes to its discredit. The G20 leaders are highly mistaken if they think that peanuts in aid can mitigate the suffering undergone by millions caused by the greed of the developed world’s industrial giants.
PM directives on fuel charges adjustment being implemented: Marriyum
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Marriyum Aurangzeb, Minister of Information and Broadcasting, announced on Sunday that notification had been given on Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's decision about the "fuel costs adjustment," and that implementation had begun. She stated in a tweet that the respite provided by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif applied to consumers who consumed less than 300 units of power. She stated that customers who use 300 units or fewer would not be charged a fuel adjustment on their electricity bills. According to the minister, fresh bill payments have begun on the PM's orders, and the deadline for bill payment has been extended. She stated that for those customers who have already paid their bills, the required amount will be deducted from the next month's payments.
ISLAMABAD: Air Marshal Hamid Rashid Randhawa HI(M) Deputy Chief of Air Staff Administration inspecting PAF flood Relief Camp.
PM Shehbaz announces Rs5m grant for laborers restoring pivotal Bibi Nani Bridge
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QUETTA: On Sunday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif approved a Rs5 million subsidy for labourers working on the reconstruction of the Bibi Nani Bridge. PM Shehbaz Sharif visited the Kichi district of Balochistan province to inspect flood-damaged road and railway facilities. Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Quddus Bizenjo and other authorities welcomed the Prime Minister. Khurram Agha, Chairman of the National Highway Authority (NHA), briefed the prime minister in detail during an overhead inspection of the damaged railway bridge in Bibi Nani and the rehabilitation work on the Pinjra bridge, which was entirely swept away by the floods. After receiving a briefing from the relevant authorities on the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts of the area's road, rail, and bridge infrastructure, he stated that during the current situation that arose as a result of the monsoon rains and floods, the entire nation was working in unison and inspiration to overcome the problems, which was very important. The premier expressed gratitude that everyone had contributed to resolving the country's significant problems following the natural disaster. The prime minister praised the work of district administration officials and others, saying their dedication and commitment had been a source of encouragement for the people. He thanked everyone who had helped with the relief and reconstruction efforts. He stated that the chief minister and chief secretary have been coordinating and cooperating with the appropriate authorities. It was your dedication to the country, he added, adding that their efforts would serve as a lighthouse for the people. He believed that teamwork might produce outcomes in difficult circumstances. The prime minister offered a Rs5 million relief award for labourers working in the challenging situation, as well as a Rs1 million grant for staff working on the restoration of gas pipes. A committee would be formed to distribute the money based on merit.
Pak Navy extends relief operations in South Punjab, Sindh
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy relief activities continued across the country, with emphasis on flood-affected districts in South Punjab and Sindh. According to Pakistan Navy spokesperson Rear Admiral Naeem Sarwar in a message on the official Twitter handle of Director General Public Relations, hovercrafts and helicopters were deployed to transfer stranded civilians to safer regions. He further stated that Pakistan Navy troops supplied medical assistance and rations to the affected population. Relief efforts by the Pakistan Navy were expanded to include Rajanpur, DI Khan, Mirpur Khas, Sukkur, Dadu, Sanghar, and Sajawal.
Pak Army engineers repair flood-damaged Bahrain Bridge
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RAWALPINDI: On Sunday, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa fulfilled his vow to restore the Bahrain Bridge, which was devastated by recent floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Pakistan Army Engineering Corps has increased its efforts to restore damaged infrastructure across the province, as directed by the Army Chief. During his visit to Swat on August 30, General Bajwa vowed to restore the Bahrain Bridge within six days. The bridge connects Bahrain to Swat, Mingora, and Khwaza Khela, and when it was washed away during the recent floods, Bahrain was cut off from the rest of the world. The Army engineers toiled day and night to restore the Bahrain Bridge, much to the delight of the people who live in these areas.
Pakistan seeks long-term ties with the US: Chairman Senate Sanjrani
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ISLAMABAD: The United States has renewed its support and solidarity with the government and people of Pakistan in the aftermath of the country's destruction wrought by flash floods and rainfall. The support was expressed during a meeting between a US delegation and Senate Chairman Mir Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani on Sunday in Islamabad. The delegation included Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, chairwoman of the Pakistani caucus in the US Congress, Congressmen Al. Green and Thomas Suozzi, and US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome. The meeting was also attended by Speaker of the National Assembly Raja Pervez Ashraf, Deputy Chairman of the Senate Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Senator Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, and Senator Dilawar Khan. The team expressed concern and sorrow at the loss of life and property during the country's recent floods, and committed to continue assisting Pakistan in dealing with natural disasters. The team also praised Pakistan for its crucial contribution in establishing peace and security in the region. On the occasion, Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani briefed the team on the present flood situation in the country and extended gratitude to the US for its assistance to Pakistan during this tough period. He described USAID's assistance to flood-affected communities in Pakistan as critical. Sadiq Sanjrani emphasised the importance of the delegation's visit in expanding Pak-US ties, saying Pakistan seeks long-term and sustainable relations with the US.
DADU: Pakistan Navy personnel rescue families trapped in flood waters.
Miftah wants nation to live within its means
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Miftah Ismail, Federal Minister of Finance, stated on Sunday that the country must live within its current national resources in order for the government to progress toward self-sufficiency. The Minister stated that the flood damage is projected to be $10 billion, which will aid in the rehabilitation of flood victims. Import payments should equal dollar inflows, implying that luxury item restrictions may last longer than currently envisaged, according to Miftah Ismail in an interview with Bloomberg News at his residence in Karachi. "I want to see a Pakistan that lives within its means," the Finance Minister said, adding that "nothing can happen in a year," but "we can begin." The International Monetary Fund (IMF) gave Pakistan $1.16 billion less than a week ago, he claimed. According to the Minister, Pakistan has also received pledges for a total of $9 billion in investments and loans from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
1200 medical camps setup in flood-hit areas: Qadir Patel
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ISLAMABAD: Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel announced on Sunday the establishment of 1,200 medical camps across the country in flood-affected districts, as victims battle water-borne infections. In a statement made today, the minister stated that 1200 medical camps will be set up across the country to provide basic health care as well as medicines and vaccinations to those affected. "We will provide medications for skin disorders, eye infections, and diarrhoea," said Qadir Patel. In addition, 400 medical camps would be set up in eight districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, including Dera Ismail Khan, Peshawar, and Tank, 300 in six districts of Balochistan, and 95 in Karachi. Concerns have been expressed by the World Health Organization about the development of waterborne infections among flood victims. Nearly 500,000 flood-displaced individuals are housed in relief camps.
KP CM endorses 2022 climate change policy
By Our Correspondent
PESHAWAR: Mehmood Khan, Chief Minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), approved a Climate Change Policy 2022 on Sunday to combat the destruction caused by natural disasters. According to reports, the Climate Change Police 2022 has identified 129 elements in the country that are causing climate change. The policy also identifies 172 climate-friendly activities that must be implemented. Climate change, according to CM Mehmood Khan, is a pressing issue. The action comes after the worst floods in living memory in Pakistan killed over 1,100 people, including more than 350 children. Up to 33 million people have been affected by the floods, and the Flood Response Plan now faces the onerous job of providing help to 5.2 million individuals. The floods, dubbed a "monster monsoon" by Pakistan's climate change Minister Sherry Rehman, have submerged more than one-third of the country. It will take some time to determine the full extent of the harm. However, with infrastructure across the country devastated, preliminary estimates imply that damages might total approximately USD 10 billion.
Balochistan's land connection with other provinces is disrupted, says CM Bizenjo
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QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo stated on Sunday that the province's land connection with other provinces has been severed, causing difficulties not only in transportation but also in the supply of goods and relief activities. After briefing the Prime Minister on the rebuilding of the Panjara Bridge, CM Bizenjo told the media that the Balochistan national highway network had been seriously damaged by recent heavy rains and floods. Chief Minister Balochistan has expressed delight with the rehabilitation of Panjara Bridge, praising Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's personal interest, Chairman NHA Captain (Rtd) Muhammad Khurram Agha, and his team's efforts. "The Prime Minister's specific interest in the repair of communication facilities is a source of encouragement for us," said CM Bizenjo, "and we expect that NHA will play its full role in the rehabilitation of other impacted highways as well."
Price hike is still a problem
By Our Correspondent
CHAKWAL: Senior journalist Khawaja Babar Saleem Mahmood said on Sunday that the district administration's visits to vegetable and fruit markets have revealed a slight difference in prices, but the market committee's daily release of vegetables and fruits. Prices need to be implemented. None of the porters and shopkeepers are selling anything at the prices of the market committee and this is the artificial inflation that has killed the common man and the people of Chakwal district are safe from the disaster of flood, but the inflation is the way it is. There is dancing out of the bottle, it is increasing the problems of the people and the mood and mood of the people has also started showing anger and anger which is not right for any civilized society. He was speaking live from Chakwal Press Club studio. Zulfikar Mir, the host of the program, said that the punishment of electricity load-shedding was present, now due to the continuous outage in the Sui gas areas, the stoves of people's houses have become cold, the neighborhood of Osmanabad on Pindi Road and other areas have been cold since the previous day. and the needle gas department is telling that the team of the department will come from Rawalpindi to fix it, however, the people are not satisfied with the electricity bills, there is talk of ending the fuel adjustment up to 300 units, but the pressure of the IMF But the electricity rates are continuously being increased per unit which means that the bills for the coming month will also be terrible. Young journalist Mehran Zafar Malik said that the inflation situation in the villages is not satisfactory in any way, protests are going on in Jhangar and Kahun areas regarding the cement factory, but on the other hand, the residents of Chauganj Ali Shah are also in favor of setting up the factory. have come forward. Senior journalist Raja Iftikhar Ahmed said that the performance of the Punjab government of Chaudhry Pervez Elahi has been revealed so far, ten to twelve government officers are being exchanged on a daily basis, due to which there was anxiety in the bureaucracy. And due to these exchanges, people's problems are increasing day by day.
Evacuations ordered as several Sindh cities face new flood threat
By Our Correspondent
KARACHI: On Sunday, numerous Sindh cities, including Badin and Juhi, were advised to evacuate due to a new flood threat. The devastation inflicted by floods has lingered in Sindh, with some cities facing new flood threats and several remaining submerged. For the past 24 hours, a tremendous torrent of floodwater from the Indus River has passed through Mud Mangi near Nawabshah. After 25 hours, the water level has begun to fall. The administration, on the other hand, is on high alert, and the river embankments are being monitored. The swollen Manchhar Lake also sent flood warnings to many cities including with Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro Fareed Uddin issued an order to evacuate the area. The shores of Manchar Lake were expected to break at any time, according to the government command, therefore people were asked to flee. "There is strain on the dam of Manchar Lake from RD 54 to RD 58, and the lake's water level has begun to rise." "Due to the high amount of water in Manchar Lake, the situation has reached an exceedingly dangerous level," it stated. People have been asked to evacuate as quickly as possible and to take precautions. Sajid Ali Sajid's house, the famed singer of Kot Faqir, has also been carried away in the flood that has now penetrated Badin, forcing families to leave their homes and live under the open sky. Gambit city has also come to represent hopelessness. Sindh's second main specialised commando training centre has been swamped by recent rains and floods. In the command centre, which is flooded in seven to eight feet of water, boats are being rowed. 1,350 police commandos in training from throughout the country have been dispatched to their home areas.
KPK has not gotten the anticipated federal assistance: Shaukat Yousafzai
By Staff Reporter I
SLAMABAD: Shaukat Yousafzai, spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, lashed out at the federal administration on Sunday, claiming that the infrastructure was worse damaged than in the 2010 flood and that the federal government did not receive the relief as promised. Shaukat told a press conference in Islamabad that 289 people have perished, over 675,000 people have been displaced, and 87,000 homes have been destroyed. "Chief Minister Mehmood Khan visited practically all disaster-affected districts, talked with people, consoled them, and oversaw relief efforts," he added. He stated that flooding had caused a massive calamity in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, but that the federation and the prime minister were constrained to making pronouncements. "Shehbaz Sharif announced 10 billion in the media, but there was no support in any form of relief activity," Shaukat continued.
May 25 torture: police report recommends show-cause notices to cops
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: The Punjab police have completed a report on torture events that occurred on May 25 during the PTI's long march and have recommended issuing show-cause notes to the personnel involved. According to sources, a four-member police team investigating the May 25 occurrences has completed their probe and endorsed the findings of a PTI-formed committee. "DIG Security Mehboob Rasheed has forwarded the report to DIG operation," they stated, adding that cops found guilty of torturing demonstrators on May 25 will be issued a show-cause notice at first. If the officers fail to satisfy the authorities about their behaviour on the day, they will be terminated from service or a case will be filed against them in the second phase. According to a report published on August 23, the Punjab administration is unsure whether to file charges against police officers who were reportedly involved in violence during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-(PTI) Insaf's Azadi March on May 25. Political advisors and high officials, including the Chief Minister's Secretariat, have encouraged the Punjab government not to file FIRs against police officers, according to sources. According to sources, the provincial government has been instructed to take departmental action against police officers rather than file criminal charges. According to insiders, filing lawsuits against police officers will harm the force's morale. According to sources, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) officials have asked the Punjab Chief Minister to file charges against the police officers.
PDM Politics has no principle or ideology, says CM Punjab
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi met with prominent lawmaker Nazir Ahmad Jutt at the CMO. While speaking on the occasion, the CM stated that the current period requires thinking above politics, and that the real politics at this time is to serve the bereaved humanity, which we are doing under the leadership of Imran Khan. In order to prevent contagious infections, he stated that we have increased the number of special medical camps in flood-affected areas. He informed that necessary medical facilities and preventive medicines for infectious diseases are abundant in flood-affected areas. According to the CM, Chief Secretary Kamran Afzal is back in the devastated districts on his orders, and the Provincial Ministers are also directing relief efforts. CM indicated that he is personally overseeing the rehabilitation of the affected individuals. CM decried the fact that, despite the circumstances, the PDM parties continue to engage in politics. He admonished the opponents for their lackadaisical attitude, implying that they do not value their brothers and sisters' trials and tragedies. He chastised these people for their irresponsible behaviour on every critical occasion, including the flood, and stated that their politics are not based on any principles or ideologies. CM emphasised that helping flood victims is a kind of worship, and that it is our communal responsibility to assist our beleaguered brothers and sisters. The CM emphasised that Punjab government is mobilising all available resources to assist flood victims.
LAHORE: Provincial Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal is receiving the relief materials sent to the flood victims by the United Arab Emirates on the instructions of the Chief Minister of Punjab.
Flood victims surround PPP Sindh president Nisar Khuhro
By Our Correspondent
LARKANA: Flood victims surrounded PPP Sindh President Nisar Ahmed Khuhro on Sunday after he left for a press conference at the Larkana Press Club. Residents of the Bakrani region protested and encircled the PPP president outside the press club due to a shortage of food, tents, and medical care for flood victims. The protesters blamed the absence of elected politicians and local government officials during the flood victims' trying moments. Nisar Khuhro told flood victims that their problems will be resolved. Later, in an interview with the media, he declared that the monsoon rains had ravaged the region, displacing millions of people. "The Sindh government is aiding flood victims and providing them with whatever resources we have," he said. This is not the first time a PPP politician has been besieged by flood victims; in fact, many videos have emerged showing people opposing the entry of PPP leaders in flood-affected communities, blaming them for a lack of relief efforts. Sindh province remained the most affected in flood-hit areas, with strong monsoon rains and consequent flash floods affecting almost 10 million people and killing about 518 people, according to a report. According to reports, at least 518 people were killed and 15,051 were injured in flash floods caused by torrential rainfall across Sindh. Sindh's focal person for flood relief stated in a statement that the provincial government has constructed 1,975 relief camps for flood victims. The focal person stated that almost 581,010 people had been relocated to relief camps. According to the focal person, the excessive rains and consequent floods in Sindh have affected over 9.18 million people. Over a lakh animals were killed as a result of the rains and floods.
Cheema ensures that adverts are distributed transparently to publicationers
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: Omer Sarfraz Cheema, Advisor on Information to CM Punjab said today that Government will support genuine newspapers and will ensure transparency in distribution of advertisements to these publications. He was interacting with the Punjab based member publications of APNS. He stated that print media must also develop an appropriate mechanism to counter fake news. The newspaper industry comprises of the most educated professionals who play the role of a watchdog for the society. Therefore, publishers and journalists carry a lot of responsibility on their shoulders. He said we are a media friendly government and will support the genuine press in the Punjab. In his remarks, President of APNS Sarmad Ali highlighted the issues faced by the newspapers in Punjab. Jamil Athar, Mumtaz Tahir and Munir Jilani highlighted the issues of the regional press in Punjab. The meeting was also attended by Awais Khusnood, Irfan Athar, Furqan Hashmi, Bilal Mehmood, Mohsin Sayal, Noorullah, Waqaruddin and Tanvir Shah. Provincial Secretary Information Raja Mansoor was also present.
Sindh govt administers cut to Manchar Lake to 'save' Sehwan
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SEHWAN: The water level at Manchar Lake has risen "dangerously," prompting authorities to order the evacuation of residents in adjacent communities. Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon stated that the lake was closed on Sunday to prevent flooding in Sehwan. He stated that the cut will affect Wahar, Jafarabad, Deobak, Arazi, and Channai, as well as other UCs. The relocation would affect 125,000 people, and dozens of towns will be flooded; however, many local residents in the vicinity have been evacuated. Officials stated that the water level in Manchar Lake had reached a dangerous level, and that the action was taken to rescue cities. It is worth noting that the dead toll from Pakistan's terrible floods has risen to 1290, as the country deals with a relief and rescue mission on an almost unparalleled scale. Floods caused by record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in the northern Himalayas have affected 33 million people, killed at least 1,290 people, wrecked over 540,000 homes, and killed over 700,000 animals. The provinces of Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Sindh remain underwater in large areas of the country.
3,146 people evacuated to safer localities: NFRCC
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The National Flood Response & Coordination Centre (NFRCC) said on Sunday that during the last 24 hours, 3,146 persons were evacuated to safer areas, including 479 trapped civilians. According to the NFRCC press release, Pakistan Army engineers are working to fortify the banks of Manchar Lake. Peshawar Corps Engineer troops opened Bahrain Bridge to aid authorities connects people in Swat Valley by rebuilding communication infrastructure and raging lakes. Furthermore, the Frontier Works Organization (FWO) and the National Highway Authority (NHA), with the assistance of Rawalpindi Corps troops, opened the Karakoram Highway (KKH) to light traffic. The army aviation helicopters flew 307 missions, evacuating stranded civilians from various flooded districts. The army helicopters flew 31 missions in the last 24 hours, evacuating 479 individuals to safer locations, according to the NFRCC. Furthermore, 44 tonnes of supplies and medications were transported by army helicopters in the last 24 hours.
Islamabad reports 22 more dengue cases
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The district health officer (DHO) in Islamabad recorded 22 dengue cases in the last 24 hours. Cases of the mosquito-borne sickness have increased in the city during the monsoon season. According to DHO Islamabad figures, 22 dengue cases have been registered in the federal capital, with 17 reported in rural areas and 5 in urban areas. According to the DHO Islamabad, 163 instances have been reported in rural areas and 51 cases in urban areas, with one patient dying as a result. In a recent report, the Sindh health department stated that the number of dengue cases in Sindh had reached 839 in the previous 24 days. The vast majority of cases (787 in total) were reported in Karachi. District Central had 185 instances, Malir had 150, Korangi had 38, and Kemari had 22. Outside of Karachi, the number of cases reported in Thatta city (13) was higher than in other districts, according to government data. Meanwhile, Hyderabad recorded nine dengue cases, Badin two, Umerkot seven, Mirpur Khas four, and Tharparkar and Larkana two each. Health experts have warned that if precautions such as insecticide spraying are not adopted, the dengue virus might become a pandemic.
RAWALPINDI: Citizens in Dhok Kala Khan, stand outside in line at the utility store.
Cigarettes Manufacturers to Pay Advance Excise Duty, Not the Farmers
By Staff Reporter
Islamabad: The newly imposed advance excise duty on tobacco purchases will not affect farmers, but rather manufacturers, and will help to reduce the massive tax evasion in the tobacco industry. Tax evaders are putting pressure on the FBR through farmers to rescind this substantial documentation requirement, creating the misleading appearance that farmers are being taxed. Recently, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Farmers Rights Protection Association (KPFRPA) spoke out against the advance excise charge, incorrectly linking it to farmers. "FED on un-manufactured tobacco has been increased from Rs 10/per kg to Rs 390/per kg w.ef 23.08.2022, by promulgation of Tax Laws (Second Amendment) Ordinance,2022, in terms of S.No 7 of Table 1 of the First Schedule to the Federal Excise Act 2005," said an FBR spokesperson. He further stated that the FED is levied on unmanufactured tobacco for cigarette makers by Green LEAF Threshing Units (GLT Units) following the processing and conversion of tobacco green leaf as described in sub-section (2A) of Section 2 of the Federal Excise Act 2005. According to him, the amount of FED is modifiable in accordance with Section 6 of the Federal Excise Act 2005, based on the amount of duty collected. As a result, the primary goal of imposing FED on unmanufactured tobacco is to identify inactive undocumented parts of the tobacco industry. Furthermore, he stated that no FED is imposed or payable on raw tobacco leaf delivered to GLT Units by tobacco growers/farmers. Experts feel that the application of advance excise duty has aided in the documenting of tobacco purchases by producers of cigarettes and other tobacco products, as all manufacturers who buy tobacco from farmers must process it through GLT plants. It is worth noting that the previous government raised tobacco taxes from Rs. 10 per kg to Rs. 300 per kg, but had to reverse the decision owing to lobbying pressure from illegal cigarette producers in power corridors.
RAWALPINDI: Due to the incompetence of the administration on the 6th road, vehicles, and motorcycles parked at no parking lots are causing problems in the traffic flow.
ISLAMABAD: Relief goods being off loaded from a PAF helicopter during flood relief operation.
26 more die, 11 hurt due to monsoon catastrophe: NDMA
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ISLAMABAD: The extraordinary severe monsoon rains that swept throughout the country on Sunday claimed more lives and property, bringing the total death toll in various incidents to 1,290, with 12,588 people injured since the start of the rainy season. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a standard 24-hour situation report that accounted for overall life, property, and infrastructure losses caused by the severe rains that lashed out across the country. Heavy rains and flash floods killed a toddler and a man in Zhob, with more information on the latter to come. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, two people died as a result of roof collapse and flooding in various districts, including a woman in DI Khan due to flooding and a kid in North Waziristan due to roof collapse. However, a man in Lower Dir and three children in North Waziristan were reportedly injured in separate roof collapse accidents. The NDMA underlined that the Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) reconciled it’s death data as the number of a deceased woman was reduced by the PDMA. According to the statistics reconciled by the NDMA, two males and two women died, and each figure was decreased by the PDMA Sindh. However, PDMA Sindh had yet to provide segregated data for nine persons. A man drowned in flood water in Punjab's District Rajanpur. 22 persons were killed in Noushero, Sindh, including four men and an infant. Feroze, two men, a woman, and four children in Shikarpur, two men, a woman, and two children in Badin, a man died in Matiari as a result of a house collapse, a man died in Khairpur, and three children perished in Ghotki. There were no reports of incidents or losses in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT), Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Punjab, or Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). In Balochistan, M-8 was closed owing to land sliding in a 24 km portion of the Wangu highlands, which closed the highway between 100 and 140 kilometres (Km). N-95 was closed in KP because the route (Madyan) between Behrain and Laikot (27 km) was closed. The N-50 was reopened to traffic except for the breached part of the Sagu bridge, and approaches on both sides of the bridge were being prepared.
Japan hands over emergency relief goods to Pakistan
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Japan recently handed out emergency assistance materials to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) at the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, including tents and plastic sheets. According to a news statement published on Sunday, Chief Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Pakistan Office Kinoshita Yasumitsu and Consul-General of Japan in Karachi Odagiri Toshio were in attendance. Based on a request from Pakistan, Japan decided to send these items through JICA on August 29. The first batch of commodities, delivered earlier on August 31, was dispersed in Balochistan. Odagiri expressed Japan's sadness at the enormous damage in Pakistan caused by the unprecedented flooding, which has eclipsed even the devastating floods of 2010, and expressed hope that these commodities will assist the victims. Furthermore, he stated that there was a great demand for food, water, and medication in the impacted areas, and that the UN had issued a request for assistance. As a result, Japan would continue to collaborate closely with Pakistan, and the Japanese Embassy, Consulate-General, and JICA will work together to respond to the situation, he added. Kinoshita offered his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families who had lost precious lives and loved ones. "Japan has likewise undergone many disasters in the past," he remarked. In this terrible moment, the entire JICA family is with you. JICA has a decades-long disaster management collaboration with Pakistan," he continued.
China Cultural Center in Pakistan has launch a series of online activities to celebrate 2022 China Tourism and Culture Week” in September
By Abid Ali Narejo
ISLAMABAD: China Cultural Center in Pakistan has launched a series of online activities to celebrate the global “2022 China Tourism and Culture Week” in September. The officially launch ceremony of "2022 Chinese Tourism Culture Week" is scheduled to be held in Beijing on 6th September. Minister of Culture and Tourism H.E Hu Heping will attend and address the event. In conjunction with the launch ceremony, the 2022 China Tourism and Culture Week will start from September and end on September 15. 2022 China Tourism and Culture Week is jointly hosted by Bureau of International Exchange and Cooperation, Department of Intangible Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and People's Daily Online, and organized by Overseas China Cultural Center and Overseas China National Tourism Office. The event intends to promote Tourism and Culture on six themed topics including “City Constructions”, “Intangible Cultural Heritage for Poverty Reduction”, “Yellow River Culture”, “The Silk Road”, “Rural Revitalization” and “China Travel Course”. The Silk Road series of documentaries aim to promote tourism and culture aspects of cities along the Silk Road. The playlist includes documentaries on "Cultural Heritage of Xinjiang”, “Xinjiang is a Wonderful Place”, “Dunhuang, a Cultural Sanctuary of Mankind”, “All’s well in Gansu”, “Root & Soul”, “A Glimpse of Ningxia”, “Qinghai, the Province of Grand Beauty”, “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Qinghai”, “Shaanxi Culture”, “The Tibetan New Year” and “New Tourism in Xizang” . City Construction aims to promote tourism resources in different cities across China such as Enshui, Hebei, Xijiang Qianhu Miao Village, Guizhou, Xi’an Shaanxi, Luoyang Henan, Dunhuang Gansu. Documentaries focusing Intangible Cultural Heritage on Xizang, Jiangxi, Guangdong and Beijing aims to portray the role intangible cultural heritage is playing in poverty reduction across China. Yellow River series of documentaries highlight the beautiful cultural and tourism resources of cities along the Yellow river, and “Rural Revitalization” series documentaries fully demonstrate the tourism and cultural aspects of villages across China. A week full of Cultural and Tourism enrich activities will provide a cultural and tourism feast for the viewers across Pakistan. So join us online to appreciate and experience China's magnificent natural scenery, colorful cultural deposits, rapid urban and rural development, and the beautiful visualization of people living and working in peace and contentment. In the following weeks, China Cultural Center in Pakistan will be sharing a variety of interesting virtual and online activities through short videos, trailers and posters covering performance, culture, cultural heritage, cuisine, beautiful landscapes and more. For more details on upcoming exciting events, stay tuned and follows China Cultural Center in Pakistan on social media platforms, including facebook, Official Wechat account and Wechat Channels!
ICTP continued crackdown against vehicle having black paper, tinted glasses
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: According to facts provided by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ops) Islamabad ICTP, Special squads were formed to take action against vehicles with tinted glasses and black papers in the capital city. The officers' and Jawans' efforts have greatly reduced the frequency of fatal accidents, and more similar actions are needed to safeguard the safety of citizens' lives and make Islamabad an accident-free city. In the future, the ICTP intends to adopt a zero tolerance policy because it is morally responsible to raise awareness about road safety while enforcing legislation. Similarly, the behaviour of persons on the road reflects societal norms. ICTP officers have received extensive training through seminars and have been told to approach individuals with compassion, sincerity, and humility. The belief that breaking traffic laws causes accidents. To maintain smooth traffic, the role of residents is also highly crucial, according to ICTP.
AIOU’s fourth batch of vocational training in GB concluded
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Vocational education is a crucial tool for economic stability in any community, and Allama Iqbal Open University's (AIOU) efforts to provide vocational education to the youth will benefit the country's social and economic development. In the realm of vocational education, the AIOU provides noteworthy services. This was stated by Raja Mohammad Azam Khan, Minister for Education in Gilgit-Baltistan, at the graduation ceremony of the fourth batch of the six-week vocational training course for youth in Gilgit, Skardu, Hunza, Shigar, and Ghizer on Sunday at Karakoram International University in Gilgit-Baltistan. Introducing hotel management courses for Gilgit-youth Baltistan's will promote the tourism sector by providing adequate hospitality in tourist areas, he said. It is worth noting that the AIOU has begun skill development courses in these areas with the assistance of Alight Pakistan and the TAF Foundation. In the last year and a half, over 250 male and female students have graduated.
Pakistan Army held free medical camp in a flood-affected area
By Our Correspondent
AZAD KASHMIR: The Pakistani Army created a free Army Medical Camp for the residents of the area in Union Council Patni, a very poor area near to the Barnala Line of Control in Bhimbar District Azad Kashmir, where over one hundred patients checked in within one day. While there were patient lines, 470 men, 367 women, and 281 children checked in and were given free drugs after being diagnosed with a variety of ailments. There was one major ranking doctor, four captain physicians, three specialist female doctors, one specialist doctor, two general surgeons, two physician doctors, a maternity and a child specialist doctor, as well as over thirty nurses and one lady health worker. Colonel Masood Ahmed, in charge of the Bhimbar area Military, stated at the end of the medical camp that nations must be established together in a civilised society. They should also actively participate in social operations, which is why the Pakistani Army constructed the medical camp as a goodwill gesture. People yelled chants such as Pak-Army Zindabad to express their thanks to the Pakistani army. Finally, it should be noted that this area of the Line of Control is underdeveloped, the roads are in poor condition, there is no clean drinking water, no medical facilities for the poor, and the population of approximately 12 thousand people in this Union Council has been living in a difficult reality. The electricity supply is restricted. The power is off for the entire day, and the system is functioning on low voltage. Government schools do not have any facilities. Only two private buses go from Barnala to Patni for a large population owned by an Ajk Assembly member in this area. The internet and mobile networks are also down. The government should give emergency services to the residents of this area. Actions must be taken all over the place.
LAHORE: A delegation of JUI-F Lahore headed by Maulana Ashraf Gujjar met with JUI-F Chief Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman.
Rasheed predicts September a "savage" month and declares that Imran will march on Islamabad
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed, the leader of the Awami Muslim League (AML), has declared September to be a cruel month, claiming that Imran Khan will call for a march on Islamabad as soon as the floodwaters recede. Rasheed, who served as Imran's interior minister, claimed that the worst floods in recent history have reduced the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to ashes. He argued that the foreign community was unwilling to donate to existing government leaders while people's purchasing power was degrading and they couldn't afford petrol and electricity. "September will be brutal." "Imran will issue a call for [a march on] Islamabad as soon as the floodwaters recede," Rasheed stated in a series of tweets on Sunday. According to the AML leader, the government has reached an agreement with the IMF to collect an additional Rs608 billion in taxes. They robbed the national exchequer first, and now they are looting the poor man's pocket, he remarked. Rasheed also indicated that he will appear before Lahore High Court Justice Amjad Rafiq. The former minister is accused of corruption for allegedly accepting large sums of money in a land deal. He petitioned the Lahore High Court for an injunction against a Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment investigation. Meanwhile, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad remarked on Sunday that the government has been "ultrasound," and the floods have soiled the PDM's character, and that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan will launch an Islamabad march after the floods have subsided. The AML Chief claimed on Twitter that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had inked a new agreement with the government to collect 608 billion.
Further relief flight from the UAE arrived at the PAF base in Lahore
The first humanitarian aid flight from Qatar arrived at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport on Sunday
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: In continuation of the humanitarian air bridge built between Pakistan and the UAE, a relief flight slated for Sunday arrived at the Pakistan Air Force base in Lahore, Pakistan. According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, Prime Minister of Pakistan Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif praised UAE representatives for their timely and meaningful help for the people of Pakistan during times of terrible difficulty. Mian Aslam Iqbal, Minister of Industries, Punjab Government, and Rashid Al Ali, Charge de Affairs of the UAE Embassy, were there to receive the plane carrying humanitarian commodities, together with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NDMA. A relief flight scheduled for Sunday arrived at the Pakistan Air Force base in Lahore, Pakistan, as part of the humanitarian air bridge created between Pakistan and the UAE. According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif complimented UAE delegates for their prompt and significant assistance to the people of Pakistan during difficult times. Mian Aslam Iqbal, Punjab Government's Minister of Industries, and Rashid Al Ali, Charge de Affairs of the UAE Embassy, were on hand to greet the plane carrying humanitarian supplies, as did representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the NDMA. Pakistan is grateful to the Government and people of Qatar for their solidarity with the people of Pakistan during these times of disaster. According to FO Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, Pakistan has received 35 humanitarian assistance flights from several nations so far.
President applauds gold medalist Fida Baloch
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi congratulated Fida Hussain Baloch on her gold medal at the Asian Bodybuilding Championship in Kyrgyzstan on Sunday. The president also complimented him for receiving the event's "Elite Pro Card." The president stated that the keys to success in any profession were passion and struggle, and he expressed his delight at the achievement of Pakistani players and athletes in bringing honour to the country. Ten Pakistani bodybuilders competed in 14 different categories at the Asian Bodybuilding Championship.
Rana Tanveer of Pml-N is barred from entering NA-118 by ECP
By Our Correspondent
NANKANA SAHIB: The District Monitoring Officer (DMO) of Nankana Sahib prohibited Federal Minister of Education Rana Tanveer Hussain and other public officials from visiting the NA-118 constituency on Sunday. The DMO of Nankana Sahib issued orders prohibiting the education minister from visiting the constituency and served Tanveer Hussain with a notice. Rana Tanveer of the PMLN was forbidden from participating in the election campaign by District Monitoring Officer Sheikhupura on August 30 and summoned with a written reason. Earlier, the Returning Officer (RO) validated the nomination papers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and other NA-118 Nankana Sahib by-election candidates. The RO rejected objections raised over the nomination papers of Imran Khan. The returning officer also approved the nominations of all 10 candidates.
Another nerve-racking finish, Pakistan defy odds to beat India by 5 wickets in Asia Cup
The Blue Shirts set a 182-run target for the Green Shirts in the Super Four match of the tournament
DUBAI: A standoff between Pakistan and India is usually fraught with tension and excitement, and this encounter was no exception. The play-by-play was captured on Twitter with netizens transfixed to their screens, each catch, drop, and run evoking a gamut of emotions in all of us. In their Super Four encounter of the Asia Cup 2022 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Pakistan pursued a 182-run total set by India. The Green Shirts won the toss and opted to bowl first, which seemed like a positive omen until players were injured or diverted from their typical performance, driving supporters insane with the will they-won't they tension in the second innings. With a powerful batting lineup, the Blue Shirts made life difficult for their opponents and their opponents' fans.
AJK President for completion of Rathua Haryam Bridge over Mangla Lake
By Our Correspondent
MIRPUR: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry has asked the Public Works Department of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (PWD-AJK) to redouble its efforts to complete the much-delayed project as soon as possible, emphasising the need for early completion of construction work on AJK's longest Rathua Haryam bridge over Mangla dam reservoir. On Sunday, the AJK president stated this while speaking at a briefing session organised by the PWD-AJK on the Rathua Haryam Bridge in the State capital. The president directed the concerned authorities to remove all hurdles to the project's completion and warned that no more delays would be accepted. "The Rathua Haryam Bridge project has been delayed for a long time, and the local populace has suffered greatly as a result," he added, adding that Kashmiris residing abroad have also expressed their concerns about the situation. On this occasion, the briefing was attended by Public Works Minister Chaudhry Azhar Sadiq, Public Works Secretary Zafar Mahmood, Presidential Affairs Secretary Dr. Syed Asif Hussain, Planning and Development Secretary Chaudhry Raqib, former Chief Engineer Khalid Sultan, Planning and Development Chief Aamir Latif, and others. The PWD-AJK provided President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry with a full report on the bridge's construction and the problems that hampered progress on the project.
AJK resident Tabarak Hussain martyred in custody of Indian army
By Our Correspondent
ISLAMABAD: A mentally impaired Azad Jammu and Kashmir inhabitant Tabarak Hussain, who unintentionally crossed the Line of Control in Rajouri area of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, was slain in Indian army custody on Saturday. Tabarak Hussain was shot at and injured by Indian troops after unintentionally crossing the LoC in the Naushera area of Rajouri district in August, according to the Kashmir Media Service (KMS). According to the Indian army, he died of heart arrest. Soon after his detention in August, the Indian army and media turned their guns on Pakistan and launched propaganda claiming that Tabarak Hussain was a terrorist sent by Pakistani authorities to attack an Indian army base. However, other videos of Tabarak Hussain have surfaced on social media in which he does not appear to be a normal person, and even a layperson might conclude that he is mentally ill. He was shown tied with ropes and shackles in some of these recordings, preventing him from leaving his home or harming himself or others. As part of India's devious international efforts to malign Pakistan and its intelligence organisations, Indian officials alleged that Tabarak Hussain was paid a pittance of Rs 30,000 by a colonel of the Pakistan intelligence agency to attack the Indian army station. Because Tabarak Hussain was mentally challenged, the Indian authorities couldn't bring him before the world to criticise Pakistan, so they murdered him in detention. Tabarak Hussain was also seized by Indian officials on April 25, 2016, after inadvertently crossing the LoC, and was imprisoned for 26 months until being deported across the Attari-Wagah border due to his mental condition. India is seeking to slander Pakistan and the Kashmiri liberation struggle through harmful propaganda, as the fascist Modi is willing to use any evil strategy to smear Pakistan and the indigenous resistance movement in Kashmir.
Major flood-damaged road infrastructure repaired
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Under Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif's orders, rehabilitation work on a number of flood-damaged highways, roads, and connection roads had been finished, while restoration work on the remaining parts was being carried out on an emergency basis. The Minister of Communication and the Chairman of the National Highway Authority (NHA) are working to restore damaged road infrastructure in various sections of the country as soon as possible. The prime minister is personally supervising the road reconstruction work and getting regular updates, according to a news release from the PM Office Media Wing. Various damaged roads in the four provinces and Gilgit Baltistan have been repaired over the last two weeks. The prime minister has already stated that the repair of communication and connection roads is a high priority. N-15 from Mansehra to Chilas via Naran had been reopened, as had N-25 from Karachi to Chaman, where the Hub to Khuzdar portion had been flooded. The Karakorum Highway N-35, which had been closed for traffic from Indus Kohistan to Hunza districts, was also totally restored. Similarly, N-40 Quetta-Noshki section, N-45 Chakdara-Dir section, Indus Highway N-55 Rajanpur Taunsa and DIKhan-Pezu sections, N-65 Sibbi-Quetta section, N-70 Fort Munro section, N-90 Alpuri-Basham section, N-140 Gilgit-Shandour section and Strategic Highway S-1 Shangous section were restored for traffic.
KARACHI Dr. Imran Yousuf, Founder, Transformation International receiving certificate of appreciation upon his global community services from Paul Chiang, Member of Parliament & Secretary together with Navaid Bukhar.