Daily The Patriot edition of 05-10-22

Govt will unveil historic Kissan package for agriculture sector: PM

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif announced on Tuesday that the government will launch a historic Kissan package for agricultural growth next week. He described agriculture as the backbone of the national economy and stated that it was critical for the country's socioeconomic progress. The prime minister, who met separately with several farmer delegations, asked the appropriate ministers' committee to make practical proposals for resolving growers' difficulties as soon as possible, in cooperation with their representatives. Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan, Minister for National Food Security Tariq Bashir Cheema, Punjab Provincial Assembly Member Rana Mashood Ahmad Khan, and other top officials attended the discussions. In light of the committee's recommendations and the country's present economic condition, the prime minister stated his determination to offer all feasible relief for the growth of the agricultural sector and to safeguard the welfare of producers. In this regard, he also stated that the historic Kissan package will be unveiled during the Kissan conference next week. While referring to the steps he had taken for the development of the agriculture sector and the welfare of the Kissan brothers during his tenure as Punjab chief minister, the prime minister recalled how he had always protected farmers' interests and provided them with subsidies for the payment of electricity bills, the provision of fertilisers, and the procurement of agricultural tools.

PTI sit-in, security personnel would be utilised under Article 245: Rana Sanaullah

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Tuesday finalized a comprehensive strategy to deal with the long march of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf towards Islamabad. Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan approved the strategy while chairing an in-camera meeting with Interior Secretary Yusuf Naseem Khokhar, Frontier Corps Commandant Salahuddin Mehsud, Chief Commissioner Islamabad Usman Yunus, Inspector General of Police Dr Akbar Nasir, and law enforcement agency representatives. Rana Sanaullah, speaking at the meeting, stated that security personnel will be utilised in accordance with Article 245 during the PTI sit-in. "This 'Fitna' will never be supported by us. Imran Khan wishes to split the country." The group was informed that around 20,000 people were anticipated to take part in the lengthy march. During the long march, it was decided to use the Sindh Police, Rangers, and FC to maintain law and order in the Federal Capital. It was also determined that the security of public buildings and the Diplomatic Enclave in the Red Zone would be handed over to the Pakistan Army, which would be deployed in accordance with Article 245 of the Constitution. The conference decided that the lengthy march would not be permitted to enter the Federal Capital at any cost, and authorised the relevant agencies to take action against persons and groups giving logistical and financial assistance to the PTI for their march. During the meeting, another decision was made to prohibit the carrying of weapons entirely. It was also determined to take action against federal workers who intended to join the PTI's lengthy march. During the lengthy march, directives were made to protect freedom of movement and the operation of educational institutions.

Sachi Baat

Our focus should be people's Issues; one should talk about the country apart from personal interest: SK Niazi

40-year-old records of inflation have been broken in US and UK: Dr. Farrukh Saleem The decision regarding Imran Khan in ECP will be based on merit: Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: SK Niazi, Chief Editor, Pakistan Group of Newspapers, talks on the program "Sachi Baat". He stated, “Roze News does not depend on Punjab government advertisements; our focus should be people's Issues; one should talk about the country apart from our personal interests. Maryam Nawaz should speak on public issues instead of talking more about Imran Khan. Political instability affects foreign investors. Political stability is very important for the improvement of the country's economy. It is better to have an election, but the election is not happening at the moment." Senior economist Dr. Farrukh Saleem talked on "Sachi Baat" about the current condition of Pakistan and presented his expert opinion on the state of the economy. Dr. Farrukh Saleem stated, "Inflation has affected the whole world. The 40-year-old records of inflation have been broken in the United States and the United Kingdom. Ishaq Dar took the oath of the Ministry of Finance for the fourth time. Ishaq Darne tells his preferences, Uncertainty in the country has a negative impact on the economy and the economic policy of developed countries remains constant. 30 to 35 billion dollars have been damaged by the recent floods. PTI is going to protest again due to the fact that more political instability will come. Instead of focusing on the economy and helping the flood victims, political goals are being achieved. There is a need for leaders who do not divide Pakistanis. Only positive politics should be done for the next 6 months. The economy and political stability are closely related". Because of the current political instability, a general election is expected to be held ahead of schedule. Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad, the ex-secretary general of Pakistan's Election Commission, spoke exclusively to "Sachi Baat". On the question of Imran Khan's case in the Election Commission of Pakistan and probably disqualification, He stated, "The Election Commissioner says that the decision regarding Imran Khan will be based on merit. He says that there is no fear or panic related to the Imran Khan case. They will make a decision according to the constitution. The Election Commission's powers regarding corrupt practices are wide. Kanwar Dilshad revealed that "The Election Commission rejected the proposal of the Sindh government regarding the election."

Dar stresses, need of expanding commercial connections with Afghanistan

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Tuesday emphasized on leveraging the advantages of proximity and further cementing trade and economic ties with brotherly country Afghanistan. According to a finance ministry tweet, the minister conveyed well wishes to the designated envoy on his new job at a meeting with Head of Mission-designate to Afghanistan Ubaid Ur RehmanNizamani, who called on him. Meanwhile, in a meeting with the finance minister, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador HamadObaid Ibrahim Salim Al-Zaabi expressed the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority's strong interest in investing in Pakistan and discussed ways to expand bilateral economic cooperation. The finance minister met separately with UK Deputy Opposition Leader Rt Hon. Angela Rayner and House of Lords member Lord Wajid Khan to address regional and bilateral concerns.

Two troops killed and 3 terrorists slain in a military convoy strike: ISPR

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Two soldiers were martyred and three terrorists were killed after a military convoy was attacked by terrorists in Hassan Khel area of Peshawar district. Terrorists opened fire on a military convoy in the Hassan Khel - Peshawar District, according to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The military launched an immediate response and fought the attacks efficiently, killing three terrorists. The forces also collected guns and ammo from the terrorists who were dead. According to ISPR, the terrorists who were slain were still actively engaging in terrorist actions against security personnel. Two troops were killed after a fierce exchange of fire. Lance Naik Muhammad Pannah of the Pakistan Army (age 30 and a native of Jaffarabad District) and Sepoy Shamas Ullah of the Frontier Constabulary were among those killed (age 36 years, resident of South Waziristan District). Both warriors battled valiantly and willingly accepted martyrdom. "Sanitization of the region is being carried out to eradicate any more terrorists located in the vicinity," it said. In a separate incident, security personnel noticed and confronted militants in the Tank area. The security officers killed four militants during a heated exchange of fire. Weapons and ammo were also retrieved from the terrorists who were dead.

ISLAMABAD: H.E. Mr Sheikh Sauod bin Abdulrahman bin Faisal Al-Thanni, Ambassador of the State of Qatar called on the Federal Minister for Finance & Revenue Senator Muhammad Ishaq Dar at Finance Division.

CJP Bandial describes article 62(1-F) as a "draconian law"

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday remarked that Article 62(1-F) of the constitution is a ‘draconian law’. The CJP made these statements while hearing PTI leader Faisal Vawda's appeal against his disqualification. In his arguments before a three-member Supreme Court bench, PTI leader Faisal Vawda's counsel stated that Faisal Vawda fought the election in 2018 and the petition seeking his disqualification was submitted two years later. According to the IHC decision, Faisal Vawda has embraced his dual nationality. In response, the CJP stated that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has the authority to investigate the oath declaration. The matter is significant, and the Supreme Court will consider it thoroughly, according to CJP Justice Umar Ata Bandial. The CJP called Article 62(1-F) a harsh provision and stated that we must check if ECP can reject somebody for life. The hearing was later postponed until October 6. Mr Vawda has sought to overturn a February 9 ruling by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) that resulted in his disqualification as a senator for life. Earlier in April, the Supreme Court denied PTI leader Faisal Vawda's bid to stay the ECP's February 16 decision on his lifetime ban.

District Youth Polo Festival concluded Chitral polo team won final trophy

By Gul Hamad Farooqi

CHITRAL: Polo is also called the king of games or the game of kings. But this game of kings is also a very expensive game. The royal nature people of Chitral have kept this game alive for centuries. The ten-day District Youth Polo Festival was concluded in Chitral with the support of the district administration in which 17 teams from Tehsil Darosh and Tehsil Chitral participated. The final match was played between polo teams of Drosh and Chitral. As the polo ground of Drosh has been lying deserted for the past 38 years, the players of Drosh are not able to practice polo regularly due to devastated condition of their only polo ground, but even than they played polo very well. In the final match, Chitral polo team won the final trophy by defeating Drosh polo team by three goals than one. Polo coach Aftab Alam says that polo is an expensive sport that needs the attention of the government, it can also promote tourism. But a polo player get only Rs 5000 in a year which is not sufficient. On the occasion of the final match, Deputy Commissioner Lower Chitral Anwar-ul-Haq was the chief guest who distributed trophies and prizes among the players. DC Chitral says that by further promoting the polo game, tourism will also be promoted through it. District Sports Officer Chitral Aamir Zaman while talking to the media said that now there will be revival in the playgrounds across Chitral. On this occasion, Prince Hishamul Mulk, a player of the Drosh polo team, also expressed his concern and said that there is a lot of potential among the players of Droshh, but the government should also pay attention to the game of polo. A large number of spectators were present in the polo ground to enjoy final polo match. At the end of the game, the players also threw the traditional Bhangra, which the audience enjoyed. Players of both teams presented traditional dance turn by turn.

Our doors open for public hearing; DG Anti-Corruption Nadeem Sarwar

By Staff Reporter

MULTAN: On the direction of Director General Anti-Corruption Nadeem Sarwar, an open court was held in Multan, like across Punjab, under the leadership of Director Anti-Corruption Multan Mian Muhammad Athar. Director Anti-Corruption Mian Muhammad Athar heard the pleas of the accused in the open court and issued orders for proceedings on the spot. On this occasion, Director Anti-Corruption Multan Mian Mohammad Athar while talking to media delegation Sheikh Arshad Ali, Syed Amin Gilani, Ashraf Khan and others said that on the direction of DG Anti-Corruption Nadeem Sarwar today open court was held in Multan. The main purpose of open court is to provide quick and timely justice to the people. The general perception about anti-corruption is that people get justice late. The purpose of open court is also to provide quick and timely justice to the people Mian Athar addressed the public and said that an open court will be held on the first Tuesday of every month. Those who have bribery, abuse of authority or any other issue from any provincial department or any officer should come to the anti-corruption office in Multan. Our doors are open at all times for the public's hearing. Finally, Sheikh Arshad Ali said on behalf of the delegation of journalists that holding an open court under the direction of DG Anti-Corruption Punjab is a good practice. Naas will be provided with immediate and timely justice and in the provincial departments and officers Exceeding authority Bribery and will be discouraged.

FPCCI holds reception in honour of PIAF Chairman

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) Chairman Faheem Ur Rehman Siagol has said that the government and the private sector would have to work together to get rid of the issue of stagnant exports and help accelerate the pace of industrialization across the country to strengthen national economy. He was addressing a reception hosted in his honour by FPCCI former Vice President Saquib Fayyaz Magoon, which was also attended by Hyderabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and Interior Sindh BMP Chairman Adeel Siddique and All Pakistan Customs Clearing Agent Association patron-in-chief Haji Asif. Besides, FPCCI Vice president Shabbir Mansha Churra, FPCCI ex-VP Khurram Sayed, Khurram Ejaz and Sultan Rehman, the leaders of various sectors, including Khalid Puri, Aman Paracha of Tea Association; Qamar Anwel and Shahid Anwel, senior leaders of BMP and PATIDA; Saleem Khan, the leader of Marble Association; Izhar ul Haq, the group leader of PIFFA; Faisal Khalil, the group leader of MASPIDA; Nasir Maqbool, the chairman of MASPIDA; Danish Jawed, leader of Bed wear manufacturer Association and Faraz Pervaiz, the leader of Weaving Mills Association also attended the meeting.

Maintenance of law and order is my first priority; DPO Chakwal 

By Distract reporter

CHAKWAL: District Police Officer Kamran Nawaz Panjotha said on Tuesday that all SHOs appointments and speeches will be strictly on merit and based on their performance they will be posted in police stations. Preferential culture will be discouraged and all SHOs have been given the order of the day to treat every incoming questioner on priority basis. The doors of my office are also open to the public at all times and access to the oppressed will be ensured. He was talking to senior journalists in his office. The DPO further said that the crackdown against gangs, advertising criminals, drug peddlers and illegal arms holders will continue all the time. In response to another question, the DPO said that in hindsight, I also have my own opinion that there is no law and order problem in Chakwal district and it is a peaceful district and all resources have been used to solve crimes here. He said that a special security plan has been created for Eid Milad-ul-Nabi and Deputy Commissioner Chakwal has already exempted the celebrations organized in mosques regarding Eid Milad. The organizers of the Milad have been requested to immediately inform the nearest police station about their program so that security arrangements can be made. DPO Kamran Nawaz Panjotha further said that strict action will be taken against drug dealers and illegal arms holders. will be done, the patrolling system is being improved across the district, under the open door policy, the doors of my office are open to the public at all times, I will not transfer SHOs and other police personnel for the next ten days. A decision will be made after evaluating the performance within the next ten days as to who should be transferred.

All illegal encroachments from the Bus Stop should be removed immediately says DC Dr Hasan Waqar Cheema

By Tahir Nakash

Attock: Deputy Commissioner Attock Dr. Hasan Waqar Cheema along with Assistant Commissioner Attock Saman Abbas visited the lorry depot Attock. They inspected the cleanliness of the lorry depot. He said that the fare should be displayed clearly and the seating area of ​​the public should be made better and more comfortable so that the passengers do not face any problem. Deputy Commissioner Attock Dr Hasan Waqar Cheema visited Darul Islam Colony Attock in connection with dengue surveillance and reviewed the anti-dengue activities. He reviewed the process of indoor resident spray. Deputy Commissioner Attock ordered to file an FIR against the concerned persons on the discovery of dengue larvae. He has directed the health department and the municipal committee to use all resources to eradicate dengue larvae. The people have also been appealed to keep their surroundings clean and dry so as to stop the growth of dengue larvae.

Spread of diseases rising in flood-hit Sindh areas 

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The spread of several diseases in flood-affected parts of Sindh continues. It has been reported that a malaria and gastroenteritis outbreak is raging in Shahdadkot. Another 10-year-old child has died of malaria, bringing the total number of deaths in the area to 36. Various infections have been reported at relief camps put up for flood victims in the Hyderabad district. During the last 24 hours, 37 people suffered from diarrhoea, 117 from skin disorders, and six from eye infections, according to the Health Department. In addition, 32 suspected and two confirmed malaria cases were reported. 124 people reported respsiratory infections, while 220 people reported other illnesses. During the previous 24 hours, 581 people received medical attention. Diseases are on the rise in Tangwani as a result of floodwater accumulation. Even after a month, the floodwaters in Tangwani's low-lying neighbourhoods have failed to drain. Mosquitoes are proliferating at Mirani Mohalla, Madrasa Mohalla, Station Mahalla, and PTCL Road, all of which have several feet of water. Hundreds of people in Tangwani and Kacha are sick with malaria, gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, and skin illnesses. Patients who cannot afford the fees charged by licenced doctors are obliged to seek treatment from quacks. Furthermore, due to the district administration's neglect, there is a lack of malaria and diarrhoea medications. People with sufficient finances prefer private hospitals over public ones due to a lack of facilities. Train booking in advance is prohibited until October 20. Advance booking of trains has been prohibited until October 20, as train drivers have expressed concern about accidents owing to the railway track, which is still wet in several spots, according to the 24NewsHD TV channel on Tuesday. It has been learned that the prohibition will not apply to the already restored Rehman Baba Express and Khyber Mail trains. Furthermore, the embargo will not apply to the trains that will be restored beginning October 5. It should be noted that on October 2nd, the railway authorities restored train service in Karachi.

CM seeks plan to solarise govt hospitals 

Condoles loss of lives in a road accident, takes notice of the death of a youth in police custody

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi ordered the completion of health projects on the fast track and asked for a workable plan to shift government hospitals to solar energy in a phased manner. While presiding over a meeting to review ongoing health sector projects, the CM ordered a full assessment of the solarization of the hospitals and approved funds for the construction of the dental hospital in Jubilee Town. He directed to complete the Institute of Child Health under a public-private partnership and said that the mother and child block of Ganga Ram Hospital should be completed this month. Similarly, he said that the upgradation of DHQ hospitals in Gujranwala and Sahiwal should be completed soon. The DHQ hospital in Gujranwala was being developed as a 500-bed teaching hospital while DHQ hospital Sahiwal would be designed as a 773-bed teaching hospital to provide the best healthcare facilities to the patients. The CM directed that the installation of 30 dialysis machines and other equipment in the 250-bed Institute of Urology and Transplantation Rawalpindi should be completed soon and the outdoor and emergency block of Fateh Muhammad Buzdar Institute of Cardiology DG Khan be made functional as soon as possible. He approved in principle the release of funds for the installation of a pet scan and cyclotron machine in Nishtar Hospital Multan. The 256-bed trauma centre and emergency of Jinnah Hospital would be operationalised soon. The CM also approved the funds for installing the latest machine in the oncology ward of Jinnah Hospital. The meeting was told that a 200-bed emergency ward will be completed in General Hospital Arfa Karim Tower in the first phase. Provincial Minister Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Dr Yasmin Rashid, Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal, former principal secretary GM Sikander, finance secretary and health department officials attended the meeting. Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has expressed a deep sense of grief and sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in a traffic accident on Sahiwal Road near Pakpattan. He extended heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved families and directed that the best treatment facilities should be provided to the injured. He also sought a report from the administration about the accident and ordered legal action against the responsible person. Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has sought a report from IG police about the death of an accused due to torture in Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate police station. He ordered legal action against the responsible officials and added that a report be submitted to him after holding an impartial investigation.


I Umal Baneen have been passed secondary school certificate annual examination 2022 under roll number 500979 from B.I.S.E., Sargodha. My father’s name is Kazim Hussain whereas on certificate has been mentioned as Kazim which is incorrect. I want to get changed my father’s name from Kazim to Kazim Hussain. If any person/organization/agency have any objection, than the same may be intimated in writing within 15 days to the secr tary, Board of intermediate & Secondary Education, near 49-tail Faisalabad road, Sargodha.


I Talha Uman have passed secondary school Annual Examination 2020 under Roll No 445526 from Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Gujranwala. My Father's name is Riaz Ahmad where as on my certificate my father's name has been mentioned Muhammad Riaz which is incorrect. I want to get change my father's name from Muhammad Riaz to Riaz Ahmad, If any person /organization/ agency has any objection, the same may be intimated in writing to Secretary Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Gujranwala whithin 15 days. From: Talha Uman s/o Riaz Ahmad P.O Sohawa Bolani vi lage Sohawa Dilo aana District Mandi Bahauddin


I have changed my name from Muqaddas to Muqaddas Niaz. Kindly correct this in all my academic and government records where it is written Muqaddas. Muqaddas Niaz, daughter of Niaz Ahmed, resident of Bhutto Nagar Road, Tehsil and District Sahiwal.

CEO Rawalpindi Cant Board Imran Gulzar takes action against Dengue

By Fahad Altaf Raja

RAWALPINDI: Rawaloindi On the special instructions of CEO Rawalpindi Cantonment Board Imran Gulzar, the dengue teams along with the health department taking action, in different localties of Rawalpindi including including Bikramandi, Ahmedabad, Dhok Syedan, Chamanabad, during the survey, larvae were recovered from 18 places. During the incident, which was destroyed on the spot, 8 FIRs were filed while notices were issued to 15 people. CEO Imran Gulzar is personally supervising the dengue teams. The process is ongoing on an emergency basis and no one will be tolerated. The safety of the lives of the citizens is the first priority. The public is also requested to follow the SOPs.

Flight ban: European aviation commission agrees to meet with CAA this month

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The European Commission has agreed to meet with representatives of Pakistan’s apex civil aviation body on October 25 as part of a technical meeting to deliberate and eventually lift the ban on direct flights from Pakistan to European destinations. If approved, it could see Pakistan International Airline (PIA) restart direct flights to destinations such as the United Kingdom (UK) by the end of October. A Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson told media that the invitation for the meeting is a major first step in resumption of direct Pakistani flights to European destinations. Asked about what would the pathway to reversal of the flight ban would look like, the official said that once the technical discussion is concluded, the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) will probably be asked to conduct an audit of the airline online.0

Afghan Envoy Calls on CG COMSTECH

By Staff Reporter 

ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Sardar Ahmed Khan Shakeeb, met with Coordinator General, OIC- Ministerial Committee of Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Chaudhary, at COMSTECH Secretariat on Tuesday morning. Prof. Chaudhary highlighted the role of COMSTECH to strengthen the science and technology in 57 Muslim Countries. He informed about the ongoing joint programs with Palestine, Yemen, and Somalia. Coordinator General highlighted that the President of Pakistan , who is chairman of COMSTECH has emphasized the need of supportig high educaton and skill development in Afghanistan. In this regard various programs for the academic and reearch trainings of Afghan students and researchers in CCoE universities of Pakistan will be started.

PAC holds Naatia Mehfil-e-Mushaira

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Arts Council organized holds Naatia Mehfil-e-Mushaira in connection with Ashra Shan-e-Rehmatulil Alameen. The Mushaira was presided over by renowned orator Naseem Sahar while Abdul Qadir Taban and Dr. Farhat Abbas participated as special guests. Ms. Jaya Qureshi was the guest of honor at the Mushaira. Ali Asghar Samar, the president of Bazm Ahbab Qalam Pakistan, performed the duties of host. Muhammad Zubair had the honor of reciting the Holy Quran in the program. Naseem Sahar said in his presidential speech that reciting Naat is also an act of worship. The chain of remembrance of the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) will continue until the Day of Judgment, because our Messenger (S.A.W) is the last prophet, there is no need for a messenger or a prophet anymore. The way all the great poets paid homage to the Holy Prophet and described his attributes through their words is admirable. Madinah State is a symbol of justice, fairness and equality. It is necessary to follow the principles of Madinah state to eliminate class injustices in the society, he added. Ali Asghar Samar, president of Bazm Ahbab Qalam, presented poems about Holy Prophet (S.A.W) and explained why we celebrate Milad-e-Nabi. Abdul Qadir Taban, Dr. Farhat Abbas, Ms. Jaya Qureshi, Syed Mazhar Masood, Prof. Khalilur Rehman Ibrahimi, Miss Rukhsana Nazi Junaid Naseem Sethi, Nasir Ali Nasir, Naeem Akram Qureshi, Nusrat Yab Khan and other poets recites Naats in remembrance of Holy Prophet (S.A.W).

Ministry of Education signs agreement with Fedral Government education institutions to promote STEAM education

By Nazakat Hussain

ISLAMABAD: While transitioning from the exam-centred to learning based approach, the Ministry of Federal Education & Professional Training’s (MoFEPT) STEAM Pakistan program is focused on improving conceptual understanding and analytical skills of school children across the country, with a specific focus on girls’ education. Launched in early 2022, the program has already started its interventions in middle and high schools in the Islamabad Capital Territory. As part of the program, MoFEPT signed a Letter of Understanding (LoU) today with the Federal Government Educational Institutions (FGEI) for a roll-out of STEAM interventions across all of its high schools. FGEI’s Director General, Major General Muhammad Asghar, HI (M), stated that “STEAM Pakistan project will complement the various measures taken by FGEI to attain the objective of quality education and promote the conceptual learning and development of soft skills in youth”. The LoU intends to support FGEI’s efforts on targeting students in middle schools across its network, with MoFEPT providing technical support for systems, teacher training, and STEAM content. Additional Secretary Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry at the signing ceremony remarked, “It is important that we focus on our children’s learning, and today is a great opportunity for the Ministry of Federal Education to collaborate with another Ministry for this purpose. The Ministry looks forward to providing similar technical support to provinces on STEAM”. FGEI currently manages 190 high schools in 45 districts across all provinces and AJ&K, and a total of 311 schools (including 13 higher secondary schools) and 47 colleges across Pakistan with over 8,000 teachers and 200,000 students. FGEI operates under the aegis of Ministry of Defence. STEAM Pakistan is a collaborative project through which Malala Fund and partners are providing support to the Federal Ministry of Education and Professional Training to advance secondary school-aged girls’ access to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education in Pakistan.

Renowned wrestlers arrive in Pakistan to help, entertain flood victims

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Renowned international wrestlers including Tiny Iron reached Pakistan to promote sport and help flood victims. They arrived in the country under the banner of the Ring of Pakistan. These wrestlers include Tiny Iron, Adam Flex, Amale Dib, Maria May and Baadshah Pehalwan Khan. They will participate in the event at DHA Sports Complex in Multan. The wrestlers will also visit the flood relief camp set up in the area. International wrestlers will hold a press conference at DHA Arena on Tuesday. The competitions of Ring of Pakistan will be held in Multan, Karachi and Islamabad. Wrestlers from more than 20 countries are expected to participate in the events. International wrestlers will also visit Rajanpur to show solidarity with the flood victims. Also, on October 6, international wrestlers will hold a press conference in the federal capital. Wrestlers will play an active role in fundraising under Ring of Pakistan for their arrival in Pakistan and for the rehabilitation of flood victims.

Federal ombudsman directs all passenger handling authorities at Islamabad airport 

The purpose to provide maximum facilitation to overseas Pakistanis

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Federal Ombudsman Mr. Ejaz Ahmad Qureshi taking cognizance of numerous complaints of citizens against management of Islamabad International Airport constituted a team of senior officers comprising Mr. Ahmad Farooq, Senior Advisor, Dr. Inamul Haq Javeid, Grievance Commissioner for Overseas Pakistanis, Mr. Pervez Haleem Rajput, Consultant (Implementation) and Mr. M. Javed Chaudhary, Director Media to investigate the issues at Islamabad International Airport and submit report to check the performance of One Window Facilitation Desk; delay in Immigration; unnecessary checking by Customs and to review the progress on the recommendations of his earlier team’s visit on 27-4-2022. The committee has submitted its preliminary report after making inspection, listening to the complaints of the general public, witnessing the working of different counters, One Window Facilitation Desk and holding meeting with the management of the Airport and other Federal Government agencies responsible for handling the passengers. The Team also inspected the One Window Facilitation Desk where representatives of 12 agencies remain present round-the-clocK. The Ombudsman said that Islamabad International Airport is the airport of federal capital; therefore, its services must be of international standards. The Airport Manager informed that under the directions of Wafaqi Mohtasib, separate counters for senior citizens, business class passengers and ladies have been established, however senior citizens complained to the team regarding improper functioning of their counters. The FIA and Customs authorities complained of shortage of staff. The team observed that only two luggage rapping machines were working due to which long queues were witnessed. The team directed the CAA authorities for installation of two more rapping machines. The passengers complained and requested for provision of facility of Visa Protector Stamp at the airport. The team assured to take up the matter with the concerned ministries. The team directed the airport doctor for checking of hygiene standards alongwith expiry date of food items provided at airport and asked for submission of fortnightly report to WMS. The team appreciated the performance of CAA in maintaining cleanliness and ASF for good security arrangements at the airport. The team observed and noted that awareness boards are only in English, therefore directed to install awareness/guidance boards in Urdu language, as well. The Ombudsman called upon the Secretary Civil Aviation Division and heads of FIA, Customs, PIA and other relevant agencies to inquire into the problem areas and take immediate necessary measures for resolution of the issues.

Temperature drop downturns dengue onslaught 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: A drop in temperature in the federal capital has resulted in reducing the number of dengue cases, as only 34 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. According to the statistics provided by the DHO Islamabad, 21 of the total 34 cases were reported in rural areas of the capital while the rest 13 were reported from urban premises. The total number of dengue cases has gone up to 2,586 cases while six people have lost their lives to the viral disease in the current year. While, Rawalpindi reported 84 new cases of dengue in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 2609 in the current season. A total of 110 patients are under treatment in Benazir Bhutto Hospital, 78 in DHQ, and 65 in Holy Family Hospital. Three people have been reported dead due to the dengue epidemic this year. On October 2, the federal capital reported 73 more dengue cases taking the total tally of cases to 2,508 in the current season, District Health Officer (DHO) Islamabad reported. While on September 28, the federal capital reported 90 more dengue cases taking the total tally of cases to 2,162 in the current season.

NEPRA slaps Rs10 million fines on NTDC over 2021 breakdown

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has imposed a fine of Rs10 million on National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) for a power breakdown in September 2021. In September 2021, Jamshoro Grid Station was tripped, causing partial suspension of electricity supply in the HESCO region and Karachi. Sharing details of the decision, the NEPRA said that the fine on NTDC was imposed over its failure to provide adequate electric supply during September 2021 breakdown. “The NTDC took 2.33 hours to fully restore electricity from Jamshoro Grid Station.” The NEPRA added that it issued a showcause notice to the body to probe the failure, but NTDC failed to reply within the given time. On September 1, last year, several areas of Karachi faced power outages which were caused by the tripping of an extra high tension (EHT) transmission line in Sindh’s Jamshoro district, K-Electric said.The Ministry of Energy said lightning struck the Jamshoro grid station at 4:09pm which damaged its isolator related to the circuits of the 220kV Jamshoro-Tando Mohammad Khan line.

RAWALPINDI: Deputy Commissioner Rawalpindi Tahir Farooq presiding over the meeting held in connection with the anti-dengue campaign.

Dar’s intentions reflect improve confidence of business community: Shahid Rasheed

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Former President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Dr. Shahid Rasheed Butt on Tuesday said intentions of the Finance Minister Ishaq Dar are good which is improving the confidence of the business community. His announcement to push the dollar below Rs200 is commendable and he will succeed in his aim soon, he said. Shahid Rasheed Butt said that bringing down the dollar is laudable and the public wants to see the currency mafia behind bars. In a statement issued here today, he said that Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where the local currency is thrashing the dollar. He said that currency dealers, Hundi mafia and banks have turned the currency market into a stock market where they continue to destroy the country's economy by collusion, speculation and rumours. In other countries, strict action is taken against such mafias who destroy the economy for personal interests, but in Pakistan, the central banker’s feels comfortable after issuing show-cause notices, he observed. He said that banks are also taking undue advantage of the situation. They have been taking 100% more profit on opening LCs. Banks have been charging ten rupees more than the dollar rate, action should be taken against them and the looted capital should be returned to the business community, he demanded. The rumourmongers should not be allowed to become active again; instead, the government should break their backs. Shahid Rasheed Butt said that due to the decrease in the value of the dollar, a few automakers had reduced prices slightly, but the big companies that make motorcycles have not made any reductions which should be noted because the transport system in the country is dysfunctional and the common man is compelled to use a bike. He said that motorcycles need to be made safe for the public while adding a sidecar to motorcycles will not only make them safer but also make it easier for women and children to travel.

CPEC is substantial framework for cooperation between Sino-Pak: Alvi

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has expressed the confidence that the partnership between Pakistan and China will continue to flourish in every sector for the mutual benefit. He spoke at a Roundtable Conference on 'CPEC and Pakistan as a Paradise for Investment' in Islamabad, saying that two nations have an excellent collaboration in the sphere of information technology. He stated that the two nations' connection is very deep and has been strengthened through people's friendship. According to the President, the CPEC is a comprehensive and meaningful framework for bilateral cooperation. He stated that the proposal included not just physical infrastructure improvements to boost connectivity, but also energy projects and Special Economic Zones (SEZs). He was convinced that Pakistan will soon emerge as a powerful country in the international community. He added that Pakistan may benefit from China's experience in poverty reduction and health-care reform. The President stated that the Central Asian states are also very interested in the CPEC project since Gwadar Port would offer them with access to global markets. President Arif Alvi emphasised the need of providing incentives to both indigenous and foreign investors in the country. He stated that incentives should be designed to make their products competitive in global marketplaces. He stated that, considering the importance of SME, Pakistan wishes to assist and support this vital sector of the economy.

Asad urged govt to support ICCI's plans on industrial zone

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Asad Umar, Secretary General PTI and Ali Nawaz Awan President Islamabad Chapter of PTI visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry to congratulate the new Office Bearers of ICCI. Khalid Iqbal Malik Group Leader, Mian Akram Farid, Zafar Bakhtawari, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi former Presidents ICCI, Waqar Bakhtawari President Chakwal Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Tahir Abbasi, Ch. Nadeem ud Din Gujjar, Nasir Mahmood Chaudhry and others were also present at the occasion. In a speech to the business community, Asad Umar stated that the establishment of a new industrial zone in Islamabad was a key objective of the PTI administration, and he asked the current government to fully support ICCI in establishing this significant initiative that would generate employment, increase industrialization, and boost the economy. He said that Islamabad's population was rising at the quickest rate in the country and that developing industrialization was vital to absorbing young people into jobs. He noted that the ICCI platform was bringing in new talent to lead the business community, which he thought was admirable. Speaking at the ceremony, Ahsan Bakhtawari, President of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stressed that reviving the economy should be the top priority of all stakeholders, and that all stakeholders must collaborate to create a favourable atmosphere for businesses to grow. He noted that the ICCI was prepared to act as a bridge between the government and the opposition in order to promote political and economic stability in the country, which was required for increased business and investment growth. He congratulated PTI Secretary General Asad Umar and PTI Islamabad Region President Ali Nawaz Awan on their visit to ICCI to congratulate the new office bearers. Faad Waheed Senior Vice President and M Azhar ul Islam Vice President ICCI said that making Pakistan a strong economy was the key to improve the future of our generations and all political parties should play a role to achieve this goal. Khalid Iqbal Malik Group Leader, Mian Akram Farid, Zafar Bakhtawari and M Ejaz Abbasi former Presidents ICCI also spoke at the occasion and thanked Asad Umar for his role in passage of an amended bill of rent control act during PTI government that resolved the 40 years old issue of business community.

Coalition partners, will consulted before fresh elections : Zubair

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif’s spokesman and former governor Sindh Muhammad Zubair Umar has said that assemblies will complete their constitutional tenure and decision regarding new elections will be taken in consultation with the coalition partners. Speaking to a private news station, Muhammad Zubair stated that the current administration has a constitutional tenure that would expire with the approval of the no-confidence resolution against former Prime Minister Imran Khan.

ECP denied govt's request to postpone Karachi LG polls

By Our Correspondent

KARACHI: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has rejected the Sindh government’s request for further delay in the local body elections in Karachi Division. The local body elections in the Karachi Division are set for Oct 23, but the Sindh government has written to the ECP requesting a three-month postponement of the polls in the Karachi and Hyderabad divisions. The Sindh government claims that it lacks security personnel and logistical support. It said that police and other security personnel are too busy providing help to flood victims to call in police from other cities in Sindh for the polls. The ECP, on the other hand, rejected all Sindh government petitions and demanded that police be deployed in the Karachi Division at all costs. The Sindh government is responsible for preserving peace and order throughout the election, according to an ECP spokeswoman. According to reports, a meeting of ECP top officials was conducted on Tuesday in Islamabad, and it was determined that the local body elections will go place on schedule. It is worth noting that the second round of Sindh's LG votes was initially planned for July 24. Due to persistent monsoon rains in the region, the polls were postponed for a month just days before the planned date. For the third time, following request of provincial govt, election commission again pushed the election from Aug 28 to Oct 23.

Lifetime disqualification law is unjustified: Fawad Ch

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhary has said that the lifetime disqualification law is not justified. Talking to the media on Tuesday, he said that the new parliament will do legislation about the lifetime disqualification. "The constitution should also include provisions for judicial reform. There is a need for legislation on issues like as bench formation and suo motu notice "He persisted. According to him, Pakistan is the only country in which the judiciary selects and dismisses judges. "Either the parliament appoints a judge and the judiciary has the right to dismiss him, or the judiciary appoints the judges and the parliament has the power to remove it," he continued.

UN launched fresh $800 million appeal for flood victims in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations has upscaled its humanitarian appeal for the flood affected people of Pakistan to $816 million from previous $160 million assistance, considering a multitude of rehabilitation and health -related issues, cropping up in the post flood situation, Julien Harneis, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan said at a briefing in Geneva, held prior to main event held simultaneously in Geneva and Pakistan on Tuesday. "There will be an increase in child morbidity, and it will be really horrific unless we respond quickly to help the government in boosting the provision of health, nutrition, water, and sanitation services across the impacted areas," said the UN official. - PR

PTI head assaulting state to sustain his dwindling political career: Tarar

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) Attaullah Tarar on Tuesday regretted that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan was attacking the state and its institutions just to furbish his fading politics and for personal gains only. In a news conference, he said it was regrettable that the PTI chairman was slandering state institutions and corrupting the brains of the youth for political advantage. He stated that the Pakistan Army is currently assisting flood victims around the country. "Pakistan army personnel have protected all international borders and made unrivalled sacrifices for the country's security," he continued. He said that the PTI created a false narrative of regime change following the victory of the no-confidence resolution in the National Assembly, which removed Imran Khan from office in a democratic and constitutional manner. He said that a large number of PTI National Assembly members had quit the party due to disagreements with their leadership on key subjects. Tarar said that the PTI head had instructed his party members behind closed doors not to blame the United States for the change of rule in Pakistan. He said the PTI head remarked, "We will not take the name of the United States, but we will play with the cypher," and that bringing the cypher to Imran Khan's residence was a violation of the secret act. Attaullah Tarar stated that during the difficult times when the people of Punjab were severely impacted by floods, the province government allocated Rs 1.3 billion to purchase new automobiles for ministers and advisors. According to Attaullah Tarar, PTI officials are utilising Punjab province resources to propagate their anti-state agenda. He stated that Pervaiz Elahi had awarded around 832 positions to his favourites. He expressed regret that the PTI leadership in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, and Azad Jammu Kashmir had failed miserably to heal the wounds of flood victims. He stated that PM has visited flood-stricken parts of the nation and interacted with affected families in KPK, Punjab, Balochistan, and Sindh.

PM AJK met with US envoy Donald Blome one on one

By Our Correspondent

RAWALKOT: American Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome and Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Sardar Tanvir Ilayas Khan on Tuesday held a detailed meeting with a wide-ranging agenda here on Tuesday. The conference, which took place at the house of the AJK Premier in Rawalakot, included extensive discussions on the subject of Kashmir as well as the development of the freed region. On this occasion, a proposal was made to the American ambassador for the formation of a special economic zone, a dry port, and investment in tourism and the hydroelectric sector in Azad Kashmir. According to the plan, Azad Kashmir has a vast pool of human resources that may be used to deliver outsourced services, consultancy, and IT services. The plan also emphasised the importance of SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and Arts & Crafts in enhancing the region's economy. According to the ambassador, SMEs account for the vast majority of businesses worldwide. "Azad Kashmir has a vast scope within this sector (SMEs), which, if executed, may be highly beneficial in growing the state's GDP," according to the plan. Referring to the region's highest literacy rate, the proposal presented to Ambassador Blome emphasised the importance of establishing academic exchange programmes between AJK and American universities, through which students who have completed two years of study in AJK universities can study in the US for a year before completing their final year or semester at their respective institutions. The proposal also briefed the American ambassador about the scope of tourism in Azad Kashmir. The initiative also requested collaboration in agriculture, energy, and power generation. Ambassador Bloom was promised that the government of Azad Kashmir will fully support investment. On this occasion, the Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir drew the American ambassador's attention to the deteriorating situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir, urging the US to play a critical role in resolving the lingering conflict, which he described as the primary cause and consequence of human rights violations in the region. The PM also expressed his gratitude to the US government for its aid and assistance it had provided in relief and rehabilitation of quake victims in 2005.

Maryam announces filing lawsuit to retain her passport for three years

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Vice President Maryam Nawaz announced filing an application against the case in which her passport was captured but is now provided on the orders of the court. Maryam attended a news conference, questioning why her passport was confiscated since no complaint was filed with the police and no referral was lodged with the NAB. When Imran Khan was in power, he liked the institutions very well, but when he was disallowed to change his diapers, he ridiculed the word "neutral." She claimed Imran Khan has turned the word "neutral" into an insult, and that he has also initiated a campaign against the victims of the chopper tragedy. Maryam further stated that if NROs are not found at the President's House covert meeting, Imran would begin criticising them. The PML-N leader said that once the Chief Election Commissioner discovered Imran Khan's crime, he turned wicked and crooked. She stated that Imran Khan is looking for neutrals who would give him a vote of confidence and that if they start changing his nappies today, everything will be OK. She said that the officer who inquired into Imran Khan's diamond necklaces as a bribe for his wife turned against him.

PTI submitted referral against Yousaf Raza Gillani to Senate Chairman

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Tuesday submitted a reference against Senator Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani to the Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. According to the reference, former PM Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani gave expensive automobiles to former President Asif Zardari and Nawaz Sharif from the Toshakhana. It asked the Senate chairman to remove Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani from office. Syed Yousaf Gillani told the media that under Imran Khan's four-year tenure, lawsuits were filed against opposition figures. "For the first time in the country, a no-confidence motion was successful. Because of the IMF agreement, inflation has skyrocketed. Why didn't Imran Khan undertake an inquiry into the cypher? "He continued. He stated that he respects the courts while the Toshakhana issue is still being heard.

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