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Daily The Patriot edition of 07-09-22

We owe our freedom and peace to unprecedented sacrifices of martyrs

US delegation meets COAS

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa says 6th September symbolizes unwavering resolve of our Armed Forces backed by the great Pakistani nation to defend the motherland against all odds. In a statement issued by DG ISPR Major General Babar Iftikhar on twitter on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day on Tuesday, the Army Chief said we owe our freedom and peace to our martyrs who gave unprecedented sacrifices to keep the national flag high. He said the nation salutes its heroes. COAS said that 6 Sep symbolises unwavering resolve of Pakistan Armed Forces backed by great Pakistani Nation to defend motherland against all odds. He said that the nation salutes our heroes. “We owe our freedom & peace to unprecedented sacrifices of martyrs 2 keep the flag high” COAS. He said that Our Martyrs Our Heroes, Jurrat Ke Nishaan. A five-person US delegation led by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee met with Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Tuesday and expressed sympathy for Pakistan's flood-affected citizens. The discussion covered topics of mutual interest, the state of regional security, and bilateral collaboration in several domains, according to the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The US team conveyed their sorrow over the destruction brought on by the latest floods in Pakistan and extended their heartfelt sympathies to the flood victims' families. In this time of need, they promised the people of Pakistan US assistance. Meanwhile, the US officials appreciated Pakistan’s efforts for regional stability and pledged to play their role in enhancing cooperation with Pakistan at various levels.

ISLAMABAD: H.E Sheikh Saoud bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, Ambassador of Qatar called on Minister for Defence, Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

‘National strategy in offing to cope floods after effects’

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Kh Muhammad Asif on Tuesday said the floods have incurred colossal damage to the country and the government was working to form a national strategy to cope with floods and manage post-flood situation which will be challenging. The government would undoubtedly contact the relevant authorities to deal with floods and post-flood situations including starvation that may be tragic given that the country's agriculture and agricultural output were submerged in floodwater, the defence minister told. Despite having less than 1% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, according to Khawaja, the nation is placed sixth among those that are most vulnerable to climate change. He said the government would also appeal to the international community to assist the relief and rehabilitation of the flood victims. “But we will have to get our act together to face this situation after the settlement of the flood victims,” he insisted. To a question, he said the response within the country was very positive and welcoming as the masses were generously supporting their 33 million brethren facing devastation due to floods.

CJ IHC Athar Minallah declares Suri’s acceptance of PTI MNAs' resignations ‘unconstitutional’

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday declared the acceptance of PTI lawmakers’ resignations by National Assembly’s former acting speaker Qasim Khan Suri as unconstitutional. The court issued the orders while hearing a petition filed by PTI leader Farrukh Habib challenging the allegedly piece-meal acceptance of resignations by incumbent NA Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah also rejected a plea by PTI counsel Faisal Chaudhry to process the case before a larger bench for hearing. All the PTI lawmakers had resigned en masse on April 11, two days after former prime minister Imran Khan was ousted from the top office after the no-confidence motion moved by the joint opposition in the parliament against him succeeded. Former deputy speaker and acting speaker of the lower house of the parliament Suri had on April 15 accepted the resignations of 123 PTI lawmakers. Later in April, Ashraf decided to verify the resignations of the 123 PTI lawmakers, by calling them individually or in small groups as some two dozen MNAs belonging to the formerly ruling party approached him seeking a meeting to clarify their stance, according to a report in Dawn. Sources in the NA Secretariat had confirmed that a majority of the resignations submitted by the PTI MNAs were not handwritten and had a similar text printed on the PTI’s letterhead. They said the secretariat staff also had doubts over the signatures of some members as these were not matching with those on the assembly’s roll. According to the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007, a member may “by writing under his hand addressed to the speaker resign his seat”. In 2020, when PTI was in power, former minister Sheikh Rashid had said that printed resignations held no legal value when PDM was threatening en masse resignations. On July 27, the NA speaker accepted the resignations of 11 lawmakers of the party. Ali Muhammad Khan, Fazal Muhammad Khan, Shaukat Ali, Fakhar Zaman Khan, Farrukh Habib, Jamil Ahmed Khan, Muhammad Akram Cheema, Abdul Shakoor Shad, Dr Shireen Mazari, Shandana Gulzar Khan and Ijaz Ahmed Shah are the MNAs who have been denotified from their seats. Subsequently, the party approached IHC earlier this week seeking approval for all the PTI’s MNAs’ resignations and their denotification. During the proceedings on Tuesday, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah remarked that “our decision on the matter already exists; we had ruled that we will not intervene in political matters”, while adding that only the NA speaker could settle the issue. “The courts cannot do anything,” he observed. Advocate Faisal Chaudhry in response accepted that the court has “never interfered in parliamentary affairs” and added that “we also respect the Parliament but it cannot be that they accept resignations in phases”. “If they are to accept them, then they must accept all 123 resignations at once,” he said. However, the court observed that “at the time 34 members had resigned”, but the PTI lawyer said that Suri at the time was serving as the acting speaker when he accepted the 123 resignations and “not a single member challenged it”.

Sacrifices of our soldiers will not go in vain: PM Shehbaz 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said the entire nation is united to meet the challenge posed by devastating floods across the country. Chairing a meeting of the federal cabinet in Islamabad on Tuesday, PM Shehbaz Sharif said the people are once again laced with the spirit of 1965 war to bravely face this challenge. The Prime Minister spoke of the destruction brought on by floods, stating that it has killed over 1300 people, including hundreds of children, and ruined hundreds of thousands of homes. He claimed that in addition to killing off the livestock, the disaster had severely devastated crops. However, the PM expressed happiness that we are once more beginning a new chapter in our history to work together to address the crisis. Shehbaz Sharif claimed that because of the flooding, the Defense and Martyrs Day is being observed simply. Paying tributes to the sacrifices of martyrs and Ghazis, the Prime Minister recalled that on this day our valiant soldiers foiled with their blood the sordid designs of a four times bigger enemy. He said the sacrifices of our soldiers will not go in vain and that the whole nation including the coming generations will always remember their sacrifices. On Tuesday, in honour of Defense and Martyrs' Day, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif paid a visit to the Pakistan Monument in Islamabad's Shakarparian neighbourhood. He presented a flower wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada as a tribute to the brave military personnel. The Prime Minister remarked in his speech on the occasion that the entire country salutes its martyrs and ghazis for their unwavering fortitude and resistance in resisting every evil attack on the motherland. When an opponent of greater size crossed an international border at night to assault Pakistan, he claimed that 57 years ago on this very day, our heroic troops battled valiantly to defend every square mile of the nation.

Pakistan’s circular debt stands at Rs2.253 trillion

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s circular debt has been reduced by 564 billion rupees by making payments to the power plants in the last financial year. According to details, the country’s circular debt currently stood at Rs2.253 trillion even after paying Rs564 billion to power plants. Sources said that the debt of power projects of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) crossed Rs220 billion. The government repaid Rs50 billion for the CPEC power project in June, they added. According to further sources, investors in CPEC's power projects have voiced concerns about the growing circular debt. The IMF also voiced opposition to pricey power plants at the same time. The federal government has stated that the CPEC power project's circular date will finish. According to further sources, the government has promised to pay the CPEC power project if energy prices are decreased.

‘PTI violating sanctity of Defence Day through failed anti-army agenda’

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Tuesday that those spitting in the sky were now violating the sanctity of Defense Day with their failed and anti-army agenda. Using her twitter handle in reaction to PTI leader ChaudhryFawadHussain's tweet, she said that Jawans were proud of their leadership. Taking a jibe at PTI Chairman Imran Khan, she said that the Army Jawans laughed at a person who has made arrangements for his own humiliation and who preferred his own interest over the interest of the country.

ISLAMABAD: Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works chairing a meeting regarding pace of development work in sector G-14/1, and Park Road Housing Scheme.

Bilawal Bhutto expresses grief over martyrdom of five Army men

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed his grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of a Captain among five Pakistan Army men in Miran Shah. He saluted Captain Abdul Wali and Naibsubaidar Nawaz, both of whom had died in battle. In a message of condolence delivered here, the foreign minister also paid tribute to Halwadar Ghulam Ali, Lance Naik Ilyas, and Sepoy Zafarullah. He claimed that the martyrs were the nation's true heroes. He added that the country was proud of its valiant military.

Defence Day observed with simplicity amid devastating floods 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The nation on Tuesday observed its 58th Defence and Martyrs Day today with simplicity amid devastating floods that have submerged a third of Pakistan and killed more than 1,300 people. Details indicate that the country marked Defense and Martyrs Day to honour the Ghazis and martyrs and to reaffirm its resolve to protect the motherland from any dangers. On this date in 1965, Indian forces crossed the border into Pakistan during the night in an attempt to strike, but the country thwarted the enemy's cunning plans. After Fajr this morning, special prayers were said in mosques for the development and prosperity of the nation as well as the freedom of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) from India's oppressive rule.

Lahore Gymkhana delegation presents 20 Million Cheque to CM for flood relief

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The delegation of Lahore Gymkhana, comprising chairman Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman and members of the management committee, met Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi at his office and presented a cheque of 20 million rupees for the CM flood relief fund. They also appreciated the Parvez Elahi-led government's efforts for the rehabilitation of flood victims. The CM stated that every penny of the fund would be spent on the rehabilitation of the victims and added that transparency would be ensured through an effective monitoring system. The passion for helping the needy is commendable and a favourite of Allah Almighty. The government also values the aid for the rehabilitation and resettlement of flood victims, he further said. The CM termed aid for rehabilitation a worth-following example and impressed upon the rich to actively take part in this noble cause. Never before in the history of Pakistan has there been such large-scale destruction by floods; he commented and concluded that the number of special medical camps has been increased in the flood-affected areas along with the provision of necessary medical facilities and anti-epidemic drugs in abundance. The delegation included Dr Jawad Sajid, Dr Ali Razzaq, Shaukat Javed, Kamran Lashari, Parvez Bhandara, Sarmad Nadeem, Wajid Aziz Khan, Samra Maruf Khan, Ahsan Saeed and Olad Hussain Rizvi. Principal Secretary to CM, former principal secretary to CM GM Sikandar and information secretary were also present.

09dead and 937injured in 898road traffic crashes in Punjab

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Punjab Emergency Service Department responded to898Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) in all 37 districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours. In these RTCs 09 people died, whereas 937were injured. Out of this537people were seriously injured who were shifted to different hospitals. Whereas,400 minor injured victims were treated at the incident site by Rescue Medical Teams thus reducing the burden of Hospitals.

The French blue team with the Pak Army in Sindh to train soldiers for the use of super water

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: French blue Team with Pakistan Army is at moment in Karachi with French plane Rescue mission in Karachi. 2 / for which Ambassador of France shortening his holidays and he wanted to contribute to the rescue mission 3/ In the plane Fret (humanitarian help) Tents 80 water pumps high technology evacuating 3000 liters / minute 4 / Seven French doctors to be positionned in a military hospital (to be choosen by Pak authorities) 5/ After the plane we will send by cargo a 50m bridge Bailey 6 / Solidarity of France with Pakistan affected by disaster and a new illustration of catastrophic climate changer.

The Police Department is committed to collaborate and cooperate with UNHCR: Manzoor

By Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: UNHCR provincial office in Peshawar and Commissioner Afghan Refugees (CAR) handed over 05 well-equipped vehicles to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police Department. This was meant to recognize the continued support of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police in various aspects including provision of security, escorting and coordination in relation to the affairs of refugees, humanitarian response and UN operations in the province. “We want to thank and extend our sincere sense of gratitude to the services and sacrifices of Police Department and their effective policing, coordination and cooperation with UNHCR and CAR and other humanitarian actors”, said the head of UNHCR in KP, Mr.GayratAhmadshoev and Commissioner Afghan Refugees Mr. Abbas Khan during the handover ceremony. “This generous contribution is highly valued and appreciated and will strengthen transport section of the department for effective policing in the province”, said Mr. Manzoor Rizwan Deputy Inspector General of Police, Transport and Telecommunication, Head Quarter Peshawar, KP. The Police Department is committed to collaborate and cooperate with UNHCR and other humanitarian actors in the province to carry out their respective mandate, he added. A tribute to police and humanitarian workers was paid for working tirelessly under the most challenging circumstances.

KARACHI: Air Force cadet stands guard at the mausoleum of Pakistan's founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah during change of guard ceremony to celebrate country's Defence Day on September 6, 2022.

CM summons IGP and CCPO Lahore to check murder probe 

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi summoned the IG police and CCPO Lahore to his office to review the progress on the murder of a girl child namely Maria in Sharifpura Lakhodair on Tuesday. The CM expressed his outrage over the slowness in the investigation of the case and said that the killing of an innocent girl is a brutal incident. He demanded to complete the investigation in three days positively and asked the advocate general to submit the case challan to the court without delay. He said, 'I would go to every extent to ensure justice for the victim's family and the perpetrators of the crime would not escape punishment.' The CM ordered locking the swimming pools working without security and lifeguards and ordered indiscriminate legal action against swimming pools lacking security and lifeguards facilities. 'I would personally monitor the progress and justice will be seen to be done,' he added. The CCPO Lahore said that 11 accused, including the owner, have been arrested and the investigation is in progress. Former federal minister Moonis Elahi, Principal Secretary Muhammad Khan Bhatti and Addl Chief Secretary (Home) were also present.

SBP signs MoU with 

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: State Bank of Pakistan signed a memorandum of understanding with for utilizing data about real sector. Under the MoU, Zameen. com will provide data on the prices and rental costs of residential and commercial properties in the country’s metropolitan areas, said SBP statement on Tuesday. SBP will then use this data to study housing market trends, create associated indexes, and include the findings into publications, working papers, and reports. On SBP's data site, Easydata, the aggregate house price and rental indices will also be accessible for the last four years. SBP's Deputy Governor (Policy), Dr. Murtaza Syed, expressed his happiness at the signing of this MoU and stated that the real estate market in Pakistan was still being studied due to a number of problems, including the lack of readily available data.

UNHCR hands relief items, over thousands of tents to Sindh government 

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency has handed over thousands of tents and other emergency relief items to the Sindh government which will benefit hundreds of thousands of flood-affected people in the province. The first three of nine scheduled flights arrived on Monday in Pakistan – with the other six scheduled this week, said the statement released here on Tuesday. UNHCR trucks carrying relief items are also on the road from Uzbekistan, with more convoys scheduled. Emergency relief items are being transported from Peshawar which has already reached Sukkur Humanitarian Response Facilities. The Provincial Disaster Management Authority in Sindh province is receiving a total of 18,800 tents, 310,000 blankets, 76,000 buckets, 56,500 jerrycans, 67,500 plastic tarpaulins, 112,000 sleeping mats, 150,000 mosquito nets, 140,000 solar lamps, 24,700 kitchen sets, 32,000 sanitary napkins, 4,500 bars of soap, and 3,500 dignity kits. Leyla Nugmanova, an assistant representative for UNHCR's protection division, met with Syed Murad Ali Shah, the chief minister of Sindh. The CM's team gave the UNHCR representatives a briefing on the current state of affairs in various flood-affected districts and the harm they had done. The UNHCR Representative and Director General of PDMA Syed Salman Shah signed a memorandum to handover the items for immediate distribution to people affected by the floods. The Sindh CM welcomed the UNHCR’s contribution, terming it timely and important as needs are massive.

Ombudsman office intervenes to release 2.1 million by PBFB 

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: On the direction of Ombudsman Punjab Maj (r) Azam Suleman Khan, the Provincial Benevolent Fund Board has paid educational scholarships and marriage grants to the children of 51 complainants with a total value of 20 lakh 98 thousand rupees. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the spokesman said that the action initiated by the ombudsman office on various complaints for the redressal of public issues, the district education authority Bahawalnagar has paid 31,91,171 rupees as employment dues of a late employee to his widow namely Asma Tariq. Similarly, the primary and secondary health department paid 11,15,904 rupees to Rabia Faisal as employment arrears of her late husband, district education authority Sheikhupura has given 26,37,962 rupees as financial assistance and leave encashment to Muhammad Ashiq while security deposit of 13,24,000 rupees has been returned to Ijaz Farooq by buildings division Hafizabad after the involvement of ombudsman office, the spokesman added.

Court Notice

In the Court of Judge, Banking Court No. 5 Lahore Old State Bank Building OPP G.P.O, Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam Lahore. Suit No. 321/2022. ZTBL Plaintiff Khursheed Ahmad (defendants). Summons U/S 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance, 2001. (Ordinance No: SL VI of 2001). Summons to Khursheed Ahmad son of Allah Dita caste lakral resident Atari chakar post office Bachiki Tehsil and District Nankana Sahab. . Whereas the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of 703702. Summons U/S 9(5) of Ordinance No XL VI of 2001 referred to above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of the service of this summon an application for leave to defend the suit U/S 10 ibid. Take notice that on your failure to file such application within time specified above the Banking Court shall pass a decree as prayed for in the plaint, in favour of the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date for the further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 10- 10-22. Given under my hand and seal of the court this 9-5-2022. Judge Banking Court no.5, Lahore.

Court Notice

In the Court of Judge, Banking Court No. 5 Lahore Old State Bank Building OPP G.P.O, Shahrah-e-Quaid-e-Azam Lahore. Suit No. 321/2022. ZTBL Plaintiff Ali Haider (defendants). Summons U/S 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance, 2001. (Ordinance No: SL VI of 2001). Summons to Ali Haider son of Rai Shehbaz Khan caste lakral resident Atari chakar post office Bachiki Tehsil and District Nankana Sahab . Whereas the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of 140287. Summons U/S 9(5) of Ordinance No XL VI of 2001 referred to above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of the service of this summon an application for leave to defend the suit U/S 10 ibid. Take notice that on your failure to file such application within time specified above the Banking Court shall pass a decree as prayed for in the plaint, in favour of the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date for the further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 10- 10-22. Given under my hand and seal of the court this 9-5-2022. Judge Banking Court no.5, Lahore.

IHC directs Imran Khan to join police investigation in terrorism related case 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday ordered Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan to join the police investigation in a terrorism case registered against him and remarked that if he does not cooperate then “law would take its own course”. The court also stopped the Islamabad police from submitting a challan against PTI Chairman Imran Khan in an anti-terrorism court in the judge threat case. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Saman Rafat Imtiaz was hearing a petition filed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) challenging the terrorism charges against the party chairman for making inappropriate comments against Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry and police officials. The IHC chief justice also directed the PTI chairman to ensure that he cooperates with the federal capital's police in the investigation of the case. A first information report (FIR) was registered against the former prime minister in August under the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) for threatening the additional sessions judge and senior police officers of the Islamabad Police at a rally in the federal capital’s F-9 Park. The FIR was registered on the complaint of magistrate Ali Javed at Islamabad's Margalla Police Station under Section 7 of ATA. Following this, Imran Khan managed to secure transit bail till August 25 from the IHC but was asked to approach the ATC as it was the relevant forum. Then, the trial court extended the interim bail till September 12 in the terrorism case. At Tuesday's hearing, Imran Khan's counsel Barrister Senator Ali Zafar informed the two-member bench that the police have added new sections to the FIR registered against Imran Khan. The lawyer then pleaded with the court to stop the police from taking disciplinary action until next week. The court then asked the police whether they had submitted a challan in the terrorism case in the ATC as of yet. Islamabad Advocate General Barrister Jahangir Khan Jadoon informed the bench that Khan isn't getting involved in the investigation. "The police aren't being given access to Imran Khan [...] and this case is linked to Shahbaz Gill," the advocate general informed the court. The IHC CJ then said that this was a test case for the investigation officer (IO), and in case there is any offence which has been mistakenly added, he should remove it himself.

10 criminals held; mobile phone and weapons recovered 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad capital police have arrested 10 criminals and recovered snatched mobile phone and weapons from their possession, a Police Public Relation Officer said. He said that Islamabad capital police had started a crackdown against criminal elements in order to save the precious life and property of citizens. According to the details, Bhara Kahu police team arrested an accused namely Kashif Mushtaq and recovered one 30 bore pistol with ammunition from his possession. Likewise, the Margalla police team arrested an accused namely Ejaz and recovered one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Similarly, Khanna police team arrested two accused namely Fakhar Zaib and Ehsan Ali and recovered two 30 bore pistols with ammunition from their possession. Koral police team arrested two accused namely Abdul Samad and Muhammad Rawal Abbasi and recovered two pistols with ammunition from their possession. Tarnol police team apprehended an accused namely Muhammad Imran and recovered snatched mobile phone from his possession. Cases have been registered against the nabbed accused and further investigation is underway. During a special crackdown against proclaimed offenders and court absconders Aabpara, Kohsar and Secretariat police teams apprehended three proclaimed offenders.

Record hike in flour price termed alarming 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: FPCCI’s Presidential candidate Atif Ikram Sheikh on Tuesday said the country is currently suffering from an economic, political, climatic, public health and law and order crisis. In these dire circumstances, the price of flour has reached the highest level in the country's history, which is tantamount to punishing the people suffering from poverty and runaway inflation, he said. Atif Ikram Sheikh said that the price of flour has reached one hundred and thirty rupees per kg in different cities, which is unjustified and beyond the reach of the poor. Immediate steps should be taken to deal with this problem otherwise the situation will go out of control, he warned. While talking to the business community, the business leader said that unrest may spread across the country if the price of flour continues to rise and administrative measures were avoided. He said that despite the fertile land and the best canal system in the world, we see a wheat crisis every year. The hoarding, profiteering, reduction in cultivated land, increased costs for fertilisers, seeds, diesel, and other goods, as well as poor seeds, are the causes of the crisis, which is burdening farmers and consumers with the biggest inflation in nearly five decades.

ISLAMABAD: Participants of Defense day ceremony pose for group photo with Principal Prof Sualeh Jabeen and madam Sabah held at Islamabad Margalla College F/7-4 on Tuesday.

AZPROMO delegation to visit Pakistan for Trade Promotion–KhazarFarhadov 

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ISLAMABAD: H.E. KhazarFarhadov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan lauded Muhammad ShakeelMunir, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry for taking a business delegation to Azerbaijan through the first direct launched between Islamabad and Baku and this becoming a pioneer of this initiative as the visit was very successful in improving business linkages between the private sectors of both countries. He said that a delegation of the Export and Investment Promotion Agency of the Republic of Azerbaijan (AZPROMO) was expected to visit Pakistan to conduct market research and explore opportunities for promoting trade relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. He said this while interacting with the business community during his visit to Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI). The envoy said that Azerbaijan and Pakistan were enjoying cordial relations and strengthening economic cooperation should be the key focus of both countries to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. He said that close cooperation of Pakistan with Azerbaijan would open up avenues for Pakistan to improve trade with Central Asian countries. He shared the proposal of setting up a joint working group that would listen to the issues and hurdles being faced by the business community in promoting bilateral trade and propose measures to address them for further increasing bilateral ties between Azerbaijan and Pakistan. He said that both countries have good potential to enhance cooperation in many sectors including banking, IT, energy, tourism, agriculture and SMEs. He assured that the Embassy of Azerbaijan would provide all possible facilitation to the business community of Pakistan in promoting trade with his country. Speaking at the occasion, Muhammad ShakeelMunir, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that the existing level of bilateral trade between Pakistan and Azerbaijan was quite low given the actual potential of both countries and stressed that strong efforts from both sides were needed to improve it. He welcomed the news of the expected visit of the AZPROMO delegation to Pakistan and stressed for regular exchange of trade delegations to explore all untapped areas of mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. He said that Pakistan was producing high quality marble products and establishing a marble warehouse in Baku was important to increase exports of marble products to Azerbaijan. He said that many Pakistani products including pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, surgical instruments, sports goods, cutlery, electrical appliances, textile & leather products, furniture, home-made crafts, food and fruits products, engineering & consumer goods and rice could find a good market in Azerbaijan and emphasized that Azerbaijan should import these products from Pakistan.

Islamabad Capital Police intensifies crackdown against amateur drivers and motorcyclists 

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Police has constituted special squads to take action against amateur drivers and bike riders not using helmets and following the traffic laws. Following directions of Deputy Inspector General of Police (Operations) Islamabad, Islamabad Capital police intensified the crackdown against amateur drivers and those who were not following the traffic rules. In this regard, all Zonal DSPs were strictly directed to take stern action against amateur drivers and to ensure steps for a safe road environment in the city and ensure renewed efforts for awareness about traffic rules among citizens by Islamabad capital police education wing.

Japan to provide emergency grant of $ 7m as flood response 

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ISLAMABAD: Hayashi Yoshimasa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, announced the Government of Japan’s plan to provide emergency assistance of USD 7 million to Pakistan, in response to the devastating flooding nationwide. The epochal levels of rain and flooding have wiped away over a thousand of precious lives, destroying critical infrastructure and disrupting the primary social institutions and livelihoods. Millions of people are left without homes and their hopes and dreams are shattered. "I would like to stress that the Government of Japan remains ready to support the people of Pakistan," said Mr. Wada Mitsuhiro, the Japanese Ambassador to Pakistan.

Students work put on display at PAC

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RAWALPINDI: Punjab arts Council put the work of Fashion and Textile designing classes on display to promote the young talent. Provincial Minister for Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs Malik Taimoor Masood Akbar was the chief guest of the opening ceremony. While addressing the ceremony Malik Taimoor Masood Akbar said that Culture is our identity. Because of culture, we are recognized in the world. By the grace of Allah Almighty, Pakistan is culturally rich. Every region of Pakistan has a strong culture in which Punjabi; Sindhi, Balochi, Pathan, Balti and Kashmiri cultures are famous. Pothohar culture is famous all over the world due to Gandhara civilization. The provincial minister further said that the Punjab government is working day and night for the development of all fields related to art. Approval of the first cultural policy in Punjab province also reflects the government's priorities. Congratulating all the students at the end of the ceremony, Malik Taimur Masoodakbar also announced the establishment of a permanent art gallery in Rawalpindi soon. Naheed Manzoor said that the Punjab Arts Council is in the forefront in promoting its civilization, cultural values and all the fields of arts and crafts through its night and day efforts. Here the young generation is getting awareness of the new dimensions of different aspects of national literature and culture. This institution is trying to improve the soft image of Pakistan in the world. Director Arts Council Waqar Ahmed said that young artists are the future of Pakistan. The platform of Arts Council is always there for the youth. They should convey their art to the world through the platform of Arts Council. At the end of the ceremony, the students were also given certificates of appreciation and shields.

China offers experience sharing in disaster relief and reconstruction

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ISLAMABAD: China has offered Pakistan its full support in sharing experience in disaster relief, post-disaster reconstruction and in formulating reconstruction plans. During an online meeting with Chairman National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA), Director of China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) Luo Zhaohui said that in the next step, China is ready to support Pakistan in the reconstruction of the flood affected areas, and is willing to share its own experience and techniques. According to a Gwadar's report, in the past, China has been highly vulnerable to earthquakes, floods, droughts, fires, typhoons, blizzards and pandemics. It has long experienced its fair share of natural disasters. Against a backdrop of rapid economic growth and an ever-changing climate that threatens to increase the frequency and severity of adverse natural events, China has been making headway to reduce vulnerability and prepare for the inevitable. The country has applied technology to disasters in creative ways. Talking to the media, Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal said, “The world has to be a partner in rehabilitation and reconstruction. We need to build resilient infrastructure that can withstand climate change.” The three points of the federal government's approach are described as rescue and relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction. It is pleading with the international community to assist the nation at this trying time. Pakistan's catastrophic floods has compelled about 500,000 people to abandon their homes and into relief camps, making rehabilitation and reconstruction a huge burden for the nation. The destructive floods have damaged forests, communities, and structures. Damage has been done to infrastructure, including roads, dams, schools, bridges, railroad tracks, and electrical supply lines. According to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) , at least 498,000 people are currently in temporary shelters after swirling waters either engulfed or damaged over a million homes, 3,500 kilometers (2,174.8 miles) of roads and 162 bridges.

IG, NHMP Khalid Mahmood, visited flood relief camp West Zone 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: On the directions of Minister for Communications IG, NHMP Khalid Mahmood, visited flood relief camp West Zone Quetta. The Motorway Police is taking all possible measures to ensure the free flow of traffic on the national highways, including full support to the flood-affected people. On this occasion IG Khalid Mahmood distributed ration to the flood victims in the flood relief camp set up for flood victims in Quetta Beat 14. IG Khalid Mahmood said that on the directions of Federal Minister of Communications Asad Mahmood the Motorway Police established relief camps and health canters in various flood-affected areas. Food and drink items are being distributed to the flood victims. He further said that serving the people is our main motto. Millions of people have been affected by the recent heavy rains and floods. The National Highways and Motorway Police is playing a vital role in providing all possible and timely help to the flood victims in this hour of difficulty. Khalid Mehmood instructed DIG West Zone Javed Ali Mehr to continue the relief work till the rehabilitation of the victims.

ISLAMABAD: Governor Gillgit-Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah called on President Dr Arif alvi at Aiwan-e-Sadr. 

On this day, 57 years ago, we thwarted the evil design of the enemy: Arif Alvi 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: In a message on the occasion of Defence and Martyrs Day on September 6, President Arif Alvi said, “On this day, 57 years ago, we thwarted the evil design of the enemy and defeated it on all fronts. In that testing time, not only the Armed Forces of Pakistan fought fearlessly on ground, in air and in waters, but each and every citizen came out to defend and safeguard the motherland. 6th September therefore stands out in history as symbol of unwavering national resolve, absolute patriotism, profound professionalism and supreme sacrifice.” “It is the milestone that generations look upon to reinforce their resolve for keeping the defence of homeland dearer than their own lives. I honour the Martyrs who gave their life in battle to protect the homeland, the families of the Shuhada for setting a magnificent example by sacrificing their loved ones, and the brave Ghazis who gallantly fought to defend every square inch of our territory. He claimed that throughout all trying times, whether a war was started by the enemy or a situation developed as a result of a national catastrophe, the nation as a whole and the jawans and officers of our Armed Forces had shown the same "Spirit of September," bravery, and commitment. Our success in the two decades long war against terror and the Pakistan Armed Forces’ contribution in peace missions worldwide is a matter of great pride which is also rightly acknowledged by the international community. "Pakistan is dedicated to maintaining world peace and would keep up its policy of peaceful coexistence. I must also stress that our desire for peace should not be interpreted as a sign of weakness. We are fully conscious of both our domestic and foreign responsibilities, he continued.

Ministry of Health reveals results of Third National Survey of Blindness

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The prevalence of blindness and vision amongst the people aged 50 and above in Pakistan has reduced remarkably as the fresh data shows this ratio has come down to only two per cent against the seven per cent recorded in 2004, reveals the Third National Survey of Blindness conducted by the Federal Ministry of Health. “About 44,800 individuals aged 50 and above were included in the survey conducted in 16 different districts (2,800 individuals from each district) randomly selected from all provinces and Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The age and sex adjusted prevalence of blindness was 2.02 per cent with higher prevalence amongst females as compared to males i.e. 2.07 and 1.98 respectively,” disclosed Prof. Asad Aslam Khan (Sitara-e-Imtiaz), National Coordinator, Prevention of Blindness Programme Pakistan, and Chairman National Committee for Eye Health, while announcing results of the survey, conducted from 2019-21, at a ceremony held in Islamabad on Tuesday. He said that objective of the survey was to estimate the prevalence of blindness and vision impairment amongst people 50 and above and to identify major causes of blindness and vision impairment in this population as 80 per cent of all blindness occurs amongst people age 50 and above. According to the survey, there are 9,028,073 people in Pakistan who have any degree of vision impairment from mild to blind. Out of these 484,027 are blind as against the 1.5 million blind as per the 2004 survey). The blindness due to cataract is reduced from 55% of the total blindness to 49%. Dr Shazia Somroo, Parliamentary Secretary Health and Dr Shabana Saleem, Director General Ministry of Health, amongst representatives of NGOs, INGOs and other stakeholders were present at the ceremony. Prof. Asad Aslam, who is also Professor Emeritus, College of Ophthalmology and Allied Vision Sciences, said that the survey has linked blindness to untreated contract (49 per cent), glaucoma, corneal opacity, uncorrected Aphakia, Macular Degeneration and Diabetic retinopathy while the main cause of vision impairment was refractive error (11.9%). Based on the results of the 2nd Survey 2004, the National Committee for Eye Health (NCEH, Federal Health Ministry, prepared and executed two five-year National Plans for prevention of blindness in collaboration INGOs (Sightsavers International UK, CBM Germany, Fred Hollows Foundation Australia, Brien Holden Foundation Australia), Aids to Leprosy, WHO, national NGOs (Alshifa Trust, LRBT, Al Ibrahim and Taxila hospital) and International Agency for prevention of blindness (IAPB).

Muqam inaugurates renovated auditorium at PNCA

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Political and Public Affairs, National Heritage and Culture Division Engineer Amir Muqam on Tuesday inaugurated the renovated auditorium of Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA). The director general and other senior officials of PNCA briefed him about the renovation, installation of latest equipment and modern seating arrangement in the auditorium. Speaking at the inauguration, Engr. Amir Muqam declared that the current administration was committed to showcasing the nation's national heritage and culture.

Imran's stance about Pakistan is conditional: Maryam Nawaz

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif has that Imran Khan's stance about Pakistan is conditional. In a statement issued on twitter on Tuesday, Maryam Nawaz said “if Army remains neutral, I will drag it through the mud, if courts do not legalise my crimes, I will blacken their faces, if ECP exposes the theft of foreign funding, I will attack their integrity”. The curse has to be dealt with, she said. “Imran's stance about Pak is conditional. If Army remains neutral,I will drag it thru the mud,if courts do not legalise my crimes,I will blacken their faces,if ECP exposes the theft of foreign funding,I will attack their integrity. The curse has to be dealt with. #ImranVsPakistan” Maryam Nawaz Sharif tweeted. In a different tweet, Maryam Nawaz Sharif praised moms who instil in their sons the value of defending the motherland and who pray for the nation's survival in the event that they are martyred. She also saluted the boys who depart with the national flag attached to their uniforms and return with it. She stated that the martyrs and their families owe this country a debt of gratitude. Pakistan, Paindabad.

ECP grants two weeks time to PTI for submitting reply of show notice in Foreign Funding Case

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has granted two weeks time to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) to submit reply of the show-cause notice in the Foreign Funding Case. Five-member bench headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Dr. Sikandar Sultan Raja conducted the hearing of the case. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) counsel Shah Khawar Advocate appeared before the Election Commission of Pakistan and argued that they had requested the ECP four week time during the previous hearing and further argued that he had demanded information from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) foreign chapters and it will take time in receiving this information. The top election commissioner said that the two-week period had already expired while a member of the electoral commission noted that the case had previously been heard for eight years. Shah Khawar, the PTI's legal representative, stated that the information was crucial and that he had requested NICOP and a number of other documents from Pakistani contributors.

Pakistan supports non-discriminatory int’l arms control, non-proliferation regime: Sohail

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood on Tuesday said that Pakistan supported a strong rule-based, equitable and non-discriminatory international arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament regime premised on the principle of equal security for all states. The foreign secretary, addressing a conference on “Promoting Strategic Trade Controls through International Cooperation” held by NUST Institute for Policy Studies, said such a regime was imperative for the maintenance of international peace and stability. He claimed that Pakistan shared the concern of the entire world regarding the danger that the spread of WMDs poses to world peace and security. He claimed that Pakistan obviously qualified for membership in the current global export control regimes given its robust scientific and technology sector, which boasts substantial knowledge, experience, and technological capabilities in ICTs, biotechnologies, and nuclear applications.

Mysterious death of Sikh man triggers protest in Jammu

By Our Correspondent

JAMMU: A protest demonstration was held in Udhampur against the killing of a Sikh man, Karan Singh Katoch under mysterious circumstances in a forest area pf Panchari in the district. According to Kashmir Media Service, Karan Singh, a resident of Upper Meer was found hanging on June 27, 2022, after a Special Police Officer visited his house and threatened to kill him. The deceased went missing the same evening and his body was found hanging from a tree, the next day. For several hours, demonstrators, including relatives of the deceased, stopped the road between Udhampur and Panchari. They demanded the filing of a case under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code and the detention of the offenders. The deceased's father, Khajoor Singh, claimed that a SPO had come to their home the day before his son died and threatened to kill Karan Singh. Karan Singh went missing the same evening, and the following day, his body was discovered hanging from a tree in a woodland location. This protest was held under the leadership of Sarpanch Panchari, Kuldeep Kumar Sharma, Sarpanch Upper Meer Naveena Devi and Sarpanch Kultyar Pawan Kumar.

We cannot close our eyes to Climate Change: SAPM Shaza

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Shaza Fatima Khawaja held a meeting with the representatives of the British Council. Matters related to the rehabilitation of flood-affected youth were discussed during the meeting. Sapm highlighted the important issues faced by the people of Pakistan. Shaza Fatima Khawaja said that the world needs to take climate change seriously as it will effect everyone in the future. Sapm further said that it is Pakistan’s right to seek assistance from the world in tackling climate change. Highlighting the issue of illiteracy sapm narrated that Pakistan has the largest out-of-school population. PM's Youth Programme is looking forward to contributing to raise the literacy rate of Pakistan. Shaza Fatima Khawaja also spoke about the ongoing energy crisis and said that Government is planning to solarize electric products. Especially in villages and downtrodden areas, we will solarize the tube wells, this will ultimately play an integral role in combating the country’s ongoing energy crisis, said Shaza Fatima. British council assured financial support to the Prime Minister's Youth Programme in different initiatives to benefit the people from far-flung areas. Representatives of the British council highlighted that a lot of financial issues have emerged after covid-19 and their organization has played a significant role in tackling the adverse impacts of the pandemic.

‘Pakistan needs enhanced financing for natural disasters’

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan urgently needs to enhance the current disaster risk finance approach as risk retention mechanisms are insufficient to cover the losses associated with even the most frequent of flood and earthquake events, Asian Development Bank (ADB) said in a report on Tuesday. The report titled “Narrowing the Disaster Risk Protection Gap in Central Asia” said the private insurance solutions for the natural disasters’ risks have achieved only minimal market penetration. “These challenges are compounded by a challenging external financing context at the sovereign level, making it difficult to access debt quickly and cheaply after a disaster, and low levels of financial inclusion that exacerbate the vulnerability to disaster events of many in Pakistan”, it added.

ISLAMABAD: Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Members of the Committee offering fateha after laying wreath at mausoleum of LNK Muhammad Mehfooz Shaeed, NH, Pind Malkan. 

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