Daily The Patriot edition of 06-09-22

PM Shehbaz expresses satisfaction at the upward trajectory in the Pakistan-US relationship

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: A U.S. Congressional delegation (CODEL) led by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee called on Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Monday. Apart from Congresswoman Lee, the delegation included Congressman Thomas Souzzi and Congressman Al Green. While appreciating the delegation’s visit to Pakistan at a critical juncture when flash floods have ravaged the country, the Prime Minister underlined that the government was fully engaged in the rescue and relief efforts. The Prime Minister added that over 33 million had been affected; more than 1,300 human lives lost; and extensive damage was caused to agriculture, livestock, property, and critical infrastructure. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif underscored that rehabilitation and reconstruction would pose serious challenges and entail commitment of enormous resources. Continued support, solidarity and assistance from the international community was critical in this context. Expressing satisfaction at the upward trajectory in the Pakistan-US relationship, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif underlined the need for a constructive and sustained engagement between the two countries, based on mutual respect, trust and understanding. The Prime Minister underscored that despite being one of the lowest emitters of carbon emissions, Pakistan was facing the brunt of climate catastrophe. He stressed that the developed countries must step up their climate ambition, including towards the provision of predictable climate finance for mitigating the adverse impacts of climate change in the developing world. The Prime Minister appreciated for the flood relief assistance being provided by the U.S. He added that the Congressional delegation’s visit would help enhance global awareness of the scale of destruction caused by the super floods in Pakistan and mobilize greater support. The 3-member Congressional delegation is visiting Pakistan from 4-6 September 2022.

Sachi Baat

Pakistan forces have sacrificed a lot for the country

In the flood situation, a test has come from Allah In this difficult time, the nation needs to come together: Defense analyst General (retd) Muinuddin Haider

The graves of martyrs are our identity: Senior columnist Khushnood Ali Khan 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Chief Editor Pakistan Group of Newspapers SK Niazi while talking in the program "Sachi Baat" says that Pakistan forces have sacrificed a lot for the country he added further that we can not neglect the sacrifices of our heroes they are our real identity The history of Pakistan Army is full of martyrs and Ghazis no one can forget the sacrifices of our soldiers and officers as Pakistani it,s our moral duty to It is very important to remember Pakistan's benefactors and martyrs and we should aware to our young generations by sacrifices of our heroes The sacrifices of Pakistani forces for the country cannot be forgotten Sk Niazi said that There is a very bad flood situation in Sindh, The entire Sindh is full of flood water, Politics should be left for now at least in this dire situation we think about those people who have lost their houses and families it is not the right time to politics its time to save our brothers and sisters from this dire situation. the situation is visible that no one party is able to provide relief at this time the whole pakistan should be united as we can beconme a natioon to rebuild a state we should keep away from politics while we arte not overcome on this situtation fifty percent homes of sindh provinces are devastated in flood water we have need of striong strategy to get out from this situation says SK Niazi. Imran Khan is zeroing himself by giving such controversial statements, Imran Khan wants elections to be held as soon as possible but its impossible elections will be held on their time Imran khan should avoid such controversial statements his statements become the cause of contention among institutions Defense analyst General (retd) Muinuddin Haider's talk in the program "Sachi Baat". In the flood situation, a test has come from Allah In this difficult time, the nation needs to come together All the parties and the people are divided among themselves, General (R) Moinuddin Haider. There was a large-scale flood in the country, Balochistan is also in a bad situation, General (Retd) Moinuddin Haider Illegal constructions need to be stopped. Big buildings are erected on the drains.There is no comprehensive government in Karachi andThere is no infrastructure plan in Karachi, General (Retd) Moinuddin Haider. Conversation of senior columnist Khushnood Ali Khan in the program "Sachi Baat". he said that The graves of martyrs are our identity, Khushnood Ali Khan added that Imran Khan should not have made such a statement about the leadership of the Pakistan Army, Khushnood Ali Khan The President of the State also did not explain Imran Khan's statement himself Imran Khan crossed the red line by making such a statement regarding Pakistan's forces, Khushnood Ali Khan It will not work like this, Imran Khan can say whatever his heart wants Chief Justice Islamabad High Court also gave strong remarks on Imran Khan's statement, Khushnood Ali Khan A great calamity has happened in the country at this time this is the time for politics to serve the people.

Attempt to make senior Pak Army leadership controversial is regrettable: ISPR

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday, while reacting to the statement of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan, said that the attempt to make the senior leadership of the Pakistan Army controversial is regrettable. In a statement issued on Monday, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the attempt to make the senior leadership of the Pakistan Army controversial at a critical time is very regrettable. "Pakistan Army is sacrificing lives every day for the security and safety of the nation," it said. At his rally in Faisalabad on Sunday, the former alleged that Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari wanted to appoint the army chief of their choice because if a "strong and patriotic army chief" came, they would be questioned about their loot. The statement further said there is deep anger in the Pakistan Army over the defamatory and extremely unnecessary statement. The attempt to make the senior leadership of the Pakistan Army controversial at a critical time is very sad. "It is neither in the interest of Pakistan nor in the interest of the Pakistan Army to make the method of appointment of the Army Chief controversial, adding that the Pakistan Army is committed to the supremacy of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan," the ISPR added. Earlier, the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) strongly condemned the anti-army statements of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan. The multi-party alliance, in a joint statement, said that respect for the leadership of all state institutions will be ensured and elements which are conspiring to weaken the country will be dealt with as per law. PDM said that Imran Khan tried to make sensitive professional matters of the armed forces controversial. The entire nation is battling with floods, but egoistic Imran Khan is trying to drive a wedge between the armed forces and the masses. The alliance further said that the country cannot be left at the mercy of an arrogant and fascist man.

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif addressing a press conference.

COAS together with all army is patriotic: President Arif Alvi

Says tax reforms crucial to reduce dependence on foreign aid

By Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said that it is beyond any doubt that COAS together with all army is patriotic. President Dr. Arif Alvi expressed these views while talking to media persons in Peshawar on Monday. According to a private TV channel, he kept on answering to the questions of journalists for an hour. When he was asked a query about the statement of former premier and Chairman Imran Khan with respect to the appointment of next Chief of Army Staff (COAS) a few days ago, the President said Khan can explain his statement on his own and continued he can also be questioned on this matter. “I don’t want to create confusion on the matter. He who passes statement he ought to come forward to explain it.” he added. However, he added no-one needs to be suspicious about the faithfulness of Pakistan Army as it is engaged in providing assistance to the flood victims. He said at this time the biggest issue is to record the private conversation. “How does it suit that a person who is at conversation with his family members while his conversation is being recorded,” he added. Social media is like an animal which should not be given much significance, he said, adding “we will have to bear this as it cannot be regulated; however, anyone should be conscious about his own statements.” He maintained that taping people phones is a very dangerous act; however, it is done all across the world. About E-Voting, the President said he is its supporter as he had worked on it. President Alvi said he was not working on the establishment of a national government but he is willing to take the all on one page and continued he was hopeful of it to happen. “Meetings keep on occurring with the Prime Minister although he is not close in touch with me; however, there is no distance between the duo. Transparency may put an end to distrust among the provinces,” he said. Meanwhile, while addressing a seminar regarding creating awareness for taxpayers in Peshawar, President Dr. Arif Alvi said that tax reforms were crucial for reducing dependence on foreign aid. He said effective taxation system can reduce Pakistan’s dependency on external aid. He said it is the responsibility of the government to not only collect tax with utmost transparency but also to protect the rights of the taxpayers. President Dr. Arif Alvi said the prime responsibility of the state is provision of a uniform education and health system through a transparent tax collection system. He lauded the role of federal tax ombudsman for the resolution of public grievances within a short span of time. He said the alternate dispute resolution is playing a vital role to minimize the burden of cases on courts. The President stressed on the government to mobilize all possible resources for a transparent digitized taxation system in the country.

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi conferring civil award Hilal-e-Pakistan upon US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee in a Special Investiture ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr. 

ISLAMABAD: US Congressional delegation meets Federal Minister Sherry Rehman to express solidarity with people of Pakistan and discuss the ongoing relief efforts. 

The War Heroes

Arif Mahmood

On September 6, we remember those who sacrificed their lives defending the motherland. So let us also remember those brave sons of the soil who were non-Muslims but sacrificed themselves for the motherland. Squadron Leader Peter Christie participated in the 1965 war. When the war of 71 broke out, Peter Christie was working in the PIA on deputation. He left and came back. There was a threat of enemy attack on Karachi. It was necessary to stop it. Base Commander Air Commodore Nazir Latif was also a Christian. (He was awarded the Tamgha e Juarat in the war of 65 and he was awarded the Satarah e Jurat in the war of 71). He said the only way to stop the enemy is to destroy the Jamnagar Airport, but it will be a kill and die mission and there is no chance of a comeback. Who will go? Peter Christie said, "I have been waiting for this day, I will go." During this mission, Peter Christie sacrificed himself for the country. Wing Commander Marvin Leslie was stationed in Karachi as a Flight Lieutenant during the Battle of 65. When the enemy attacked Karachi, he shot down two Indian ships. He was honored with the title of the protector of Karachi' by the citizens. He was awarded Sitara e jurat twice. The airport of Jamnagar was to be attacked again and whoever determined to go there had to think that there was no possibility of returning from the mission. History repeated itself. This time, Commander Marvin Leslie Middlecott stood up for the motherland and volunteered himself even though he had just returned from Jordan the day before. On his way back after the successful attack, he was attacked by Indian MiG , missiles were fired at him. A missile hit the aircraft. Another son of Pakistan was sacrificed for Pakistan. He also participated in the Arab war against Israel and was highly respected by King Hussein of Jordan. Shah Hussain had made a formal request that you will bury the body of Commander Middlecote wrapped in the Pakistani flag, but our request is to place the national flag of Jordan under the commander's head. This will be our tribute to a great commander. But this wish of Shah Hussain could not be fulfilled. Like Squadron Leader Peter Christie, the body of Commander Marvin Leslie could not be found.

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