Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Daily The Patriot edition of 08-09-22

PM stresses sustainable system to cope with Pakistan’s climate change challenges 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said unprecedented floods in the country had caused heavy losses to lives and infrastructure and emphasized putting in place a sustainable system to cope with the challenges of climate change. The prime minister said trillions were required to carry out relief and rehabilitation activities in the flood-hit areas, however vowed the entire process would be carried out in a transparent manner. Following an assessment of the Sago Bridge reconstruction efforts, the prime minister addressed the community and those affected by the floods, stating that the nation was dealing with an unprecedented flood crisis that had resulted in losses to infrastructure, crops, and lives. The first 100 prefabricated homes with two rooms and a bathroom would be built in Dera Ismail Khan to shelter widows and orphans in the first phase, the prime minister announced with the help of a philanthropist. He promised that the dwellings would be constructed in two weeks and that he would personally visit the site to determine whether the government could implement the scheme in other regions of the nation. He recalled that during his previous visit to Tank and DI Khan after floods, the people were in the phase of rehabilitation till the floods hit them twice. He lauded the politicians, local administration and armed forces for acting in unison while contributing their efforts for the rescue and rehabilitation of the affected people across the country. The prime minister declared that now was the time to put politics aside and show a commitment to the wellbeing of the populace. He said that the coalition administration increased the aid provided to flood victims under the Benazir Income Support Program from Rs 28 billion to Rs 70 billion. He declared that each affected home would receive Rs 25,000 in a transparent manner to lessen their hardship. Additionally, Rs 1 million would be provided as compensation to the deceased's family members.

Imran Khan’s ego ruined economy, foreign policy: Musadik

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Petroleum Dr Musadik Malik on Wednesday said the national economy and foreign policy were ruined due to the ego of Imran Khan, who nowadays claimed himself as a “savior” of the country. “It was the ego of Imran Khan which severely damaged the economy and foreign policy of Pakistan and now it is becoming the cause of his (Imran Khan) own destruction,” Musadik said while addressing a news conference. Citing a proverb “the fish is the last to see the water”, he said it was only Imran Khan who was not worried about his actions, as the whole nation knew what he was doing. It was extremely remarkable, he said, that someone who ruled for four years and wrecked the nation now saw himself as its saviour.

KARACHI: Federal Minister planning, development and reform Prof. Ahsan Iqbal is being briefed by CM Sindh Murad Shah on flood related destruction and assistance relief work in Sindh.

Agronomical resumption

Sachi Baat

At this time, there is a need to leave politics and serve the people, says SK Niazi

Only democratic behavior can work in a democratic country: Arif Chaudhry, Our loans have doubled in the last 4 years, Dr. Shahhadhasan Siddiqui, Everyone is doing politics, no one cares about the country, Arshad Arif

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Editor in chief Pakistan Group of Newspapers and Chairman of Rozenews SK Niazi while talking in the program "Sachi Baat" said that If elections are held, Imran Khan will get a two-thirds majority there is no doubt Imran khan is a very popular leader as compared to other politicians. Imran khan desired no limits for me further he added that people in the government also kept giving statements against the army this is not the right time for politics this is time to give relief to people we should rebuild our Pakistani people's houses this very dire situation people have lost their houses and business and politicians are busy in just extravagant shits no one is serious for the public which is totally panic for the country. At this time, there is a need to leave politics and serve the people this is the time to unite and help needy people who are flood affected. At this time, there is a need to leave politics and serve the people he added further. At this time, all politicians including Imran Khan should avoid politics. Law expert Arif Chaudhry's talk in the program "Sachi Baat" he said that Imran Khan's popularity has increased enormously and People have high hopes for Imran Khan people are thinking Imran khan is a leader who can deliver in a better way so that is why he is too famous among the people. Obstacles are being created in the way of Imran Khan, Arif Chaudhry he added further that Only democratic behavior can work in a democratic country. Economist Dr. Shahid Hasan Siddiqui's talk in the program he said that Our loans have doubled in the last 4 years, Dr. Shahhadhasan Siddiqui Currently, inflation is more than 20%, he added further if IMF gave a loan to Pakistan under strict conditions. Enemies are plotting against Pakistan, Dr. Hasan Siddiqui Colonization of flood victims will be the most difficult phase. Senior analyst Irshad Arif's talk on the program "Sachi Baat" in the program "Sachi Baat". Everyone is doing politics, no one cares about the country, Arshad Arif. This is the time to understand the political situation of the country he added that despite getting a loan from IMF, the dollar is going up but the government should talk to Imran Khan for the sake of the country he said that the crime rate in Lahore city has increased to an alarming extent the state of the country's economy is very bad, Arshad Arif.

Govt decides to withdraw POL pricing authority from OGRA

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The government on Wednesday decided to withdraw the authority of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) to decide prices of petroleum products. According to sources, the market will determine the prices of petroleum products starting from November. Masroor Khan, the head of the OGRA, presided over a significant meeting. Participants in the conference included the chiefs of the petroleum division and oil marketing businesses. The question of deregulating the prices of petroleum products was thoroughly discussed in the meeting, according to the sources. For the creation of the final TORs, oil refineries and other parties will also be given the benefit of the doubt.

Miftah Ismail claims electricity prices to go down by October

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Miftah Ismail has said that electricity prices in the country will come down by October, however petroleum prices will depend on international prices, media reported. The finance minister held a press conference along with Defense Minister Khawaja Asif and said that electricity prices are expected to come down by October. Recent floods have destroyed the cotton crop in Sindh, which will result in cotton import increasing the import bill by $1-2 billion. Criticizing the former Premier Imran Khan the Finance Minister said that the PTI Chief used to say that he would commit suicide before going to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for financial relief, but he went to the IMF anyways. He continued by saying that although the PTI government had given the IMF assurances that they would not subsidise gasoline and electricity, he had broken his word in February by announcing amnesty for his friends. Imran Khan asserts that while the Peshawar BRT his government built cost about Rs90 billion/km, there was corruption in the Lahore BRT, which was built for Rs27 billion/km. He continued by saying that the PTI Chief should clarify whether or not he utilised the funds raised in the UK under the guise of charity for his own political and personal expenses. He stated that Imran should clarify whether or not PTI received any of the donations made to the Shaukat Khanum hospital. “If PTI wants independence from the USA then why have they hired an American firm on heavy salary?” he questioned.

ISLAMABAD: Political Counselor at Embassy of the USA in Pakistan Bradley Parker called on Federal Minister for Law and Justice Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar at Ministry of Law.

US Embassy Political Counselor calls on Law Minister 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Political Counselor at Embassy of the United States of America (USA) in Pakistan Bradley Parker on Wednesday called on Federal Minister for Law and Justice Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar. Matters of mutual interest and legal education system were also discussed in the meeting. Both reiterated commitment to work together in this regard. Parliamentary Secretary for Law and Justice Mehnaz Akbar Aziz was also present in the meeting.The minister said that environment-friendly measures were being taken to reduce the effects of climate change in Pakistan. Reforms in the criminal justice system were the game changers, he added. He said that the Prime Minister of Pakistan was concerned about climate change and steps were being taken in this regard. There was an alarming situation regarding climate change worldwide and environment friendly measures were being taken in Pakistan to reduce the effects of climate change, he added.

A delegation of Qatar Charity headed by Nawaf Abdullah Hammadi and Commissioner Malakand Division

By Our Correspondent

SWAT: A delegation of Qatar Charity headed by Nawaf Abdullah Hamadi met with Commissioner Malakand Division Shaukat Ali Yousafzai here on Wednesday. The delegation included Amin Abdur Rahman, Country Director of Pakistan for Qatar Charity, Ahmed Abdullah and A Rehman Bakumal from Bahrain and Michelle Shakir Dawood from Kuwait, and others. At the time of the meeting, Member Provincial Assembly Mian Sharafat Ali, and Additional Deputy Commissioner Swat Sohail Ahmed were also present. The Qatar Charity delegation reviewed several issues of potential Qatari help to the flood-affected districts of the Malakand Division with Commissioner Shaukat Ali Yousafzai during the discussion. The Malakand Division Commissioner praised the Qatar Charity delegation for sending the delegation to show support for the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, especially the Malakand Division, at this difficult time and for their guarantee that they will provide aid and help for rehabilitation. Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, the commissioner of Malakand Division, stated during the meeting with the delegation that there is a close bond between the people of Qatar and Pakistan, and that during times of difficulty, the Qatari people have provided for Pakistani citizens in general and the residents of Malakand Division in particular. While discussing various proposals, Commissioner Malakand Division Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said that the flood situation in Malakand Division has damaged the tourism infrastructure which is fundamental for the economic development of this area. Commissioner Malakand Division Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said that in the field of education, schools have also suffered damaged, and infrastructure related to agriculture has also suffered a blow. Shaukat Ali Yousafzai, the commissioner for Malakand Division, claimed that numerous homes and other pieces of private property were also damaged, putting families in a tough financial situation. He claimed that by declaring an emergency in the affected districts, rescue and relief efforts were conducted on an urgent basis, resulting in the affected families receiving assistance in a timely manner, while the road and other infrastructures need to be restored for the Malakand division's economic development. The Qatar Charity delegation promised to support relief efforts and informed Commissioner Shaukat Ali Yousafzai of the Malakand Division that a technical team would visit the districts for a thorough evaluation.

QUETTA: Flood affected peoples colleting their Rashan distributing by Muslim Hands International.

Chakwal city has become a garbage dump

By Our District Reporter

CHAKWAL: Senior journalist Khawaja Babar Saleem Mahmood said on Wednesday that Municipal Committee Chakwal is one of the few big municipal committees in Punjab which have funds worth crores of rupees, but the situation is that Chakwal city has become a garbage depot in terms of cleanliness. Yes, there is a ban on the recruitment of new cleaning staff and during the last democratic local government period, the chairman of the municipality, Chaudhry Sajjad Ahmed, is on record that I do not have the authority to recruit even a sweeper, which can be clearly seen that in this whole system The stench and stench has spread and this system has now completely failed to solve the problems of the people. The municipal committee has so much funds that Chakwal city can be made a model city by giving the cleaning management on the contract of Chakwal city to a private company, but it seems that no authority is paying attention to this. He was speaking live from Chakwal Press Club Studio. The host of the program, Zulfikar Mir, said that the priorities of the government are different and the bees are being killed, the municipal system was already nothing and now the people have become angry by handing over the bureaucracy. Senior journalist Muhammad Shafiq Malik said that there is no such thing as government in the federation and Punjab, half of the country is submerged in flood and political parties are playing a game of back and forth.

Quetta: Eight suspected drug peddlers killed in shootout

By Our Correspondent

QUETTA: At least eight suspected drug peddlers were killed while two other sustained injuries during an exchange of fire with police at City Nala near Quetta’s Jinnah Road on Wednesday. According to details, the police carried out operation at City Nala against the drug peddlers considering the increase in the number of the drug addicts. During the conduct of the operation, an intense exchange of fire took place between the cops and the drug peddlers. As a result, eight suspects were shot dead while two other sustained injuries. In addition, during the operation, the police also detained 12 additional individuals. The raiding squad also destroyed a number of makeshift bases located at City Nala and seized drugs and weapons from those bases' contents.Two street vendors were said to have escaped from the Kalri police station in Karachi's jail earlier in March.

QUETTA: Azfar Mahesar DIG Quetta addressing a press conference.

GDA MPA Moazzam Abbasi resigns over failure to assist flood victims 

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Sindh Assembly member Moazzam Abbasi, who hails from Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), has resigned as an MPA citing failure from the provincial government to assist flood victims in his Larkana constituency. Moazzam Abbasi, who was elected an MPA from PS-11 Larkana, has sent his resignation to Speaker Sindh Assembly Agha Siraj Durrani. In his resignation letter, the MPA blamed the provincial government for its failure to assist the flood victims in Larkana, a stronghold of PPP and from where Bilawal Bhutto is elected an MNA. According to the MPA from the Sindh opposition party, "Sindh has been submerged in flood water as a result of the province government's inefficiency, corruption, and mismanagement." It is important to note that Sindh has seen almost 518 fatalities and 10 million affected by high monsoon rainfall and consequent flash floods.

PBF demanded competitive tariff rates for power looms to become functional 

By Our Correspondent

FAISALABAD: Pakistan Businesses Forum (PBF) Central Punjab, Vice Chairman Waheed Khaliq Raamay said almost 50 to 75 processing mills closed and almost 10 printing mills are closed in faisalabad region. Similarly fifty thousand looms mills closed due to high price of electricity. Talking to media on Wednesday, he said mostly factories received bills at Rs 55 per unit which is unbearable. Almost 300 to 350 embroidery machines were closed till date. Waheed further said Pakistan’s electricity and gas tariffs for the Textile industry remain the highest in the region—rendering firms uncompetitive—despite the RCET tariffs being in play. The general industrial tariff remains at 0.15USD/KWh, twice that in Vietnam and 1.5 times higher than Bangladesh and India. Likewise, Pakistan’s textile industry faces the highest gas/LNG tariff in the region. Pakistan’s textile industry is paying 9 USD/MMBtu, which is 3.5 times more than Uzbekistan, and 1.5 times Bangladesh’s industrial tariff. Pakistan’s textile industry must price its power inputs at a tariff lower than the regional average tariff of 0.072USD/KWh, to stay regionally competitive. The current RCET for electricity (from the national grid) is higher than the regional average. RCET is an imperative across the whole value chain, not just for the value-added/exporting elements—if upstream such as spinning firms cannot produce yarn at a competitive rate, processing firms would lose their market competitiveness even with lower energy tariffs. We must understand the entire textiles industry value chain, and not just the direct exporting parts, are equally dependent on RCET, being interdependent and more so as the up-stream value chain has a higher energy demand. PBF official has urged the government to continue with its various subsidies to support its plans to invest up to $7 billion for generating over 700,000 jobs and fetching $20 billion in exports, with a target to achieve $50 billion in exports by 2026.

Another 18 die as hundreds more evacuated from flood-hit areas

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: As many as 18 more people lost their lives and 17 others got injured as the Army helicopters carried out another 20 sorties to rescued hundreds of flood affectees. This was said in a statement released on Wednesday by the National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NRCC). In the past 24 hours, flash floods across the nation have resulted in 18 fatalities and 17 injuries. The number of flood fatalities has now reached 1,343, while 12,720 people have been injured. 383 Army Aviation helicopter missions have been flown to various locations so far to evacuate persons who are stuck there. 20 missions had been flown in the previous 24 hours, evacuating 217 people who were stuck and delivering 30 tonnes of aid to flood victims. In addition, 3,847 stranded people have so far been rescued by helicopter operations. In order to collect and distribute relief supplies for flood victims, 278 Relief Items Collection Points and 147 Relief Camps have already been established in Sindh, South Punjab, and Balochistan, respectively. 4,973 Tons of food, 925 Tons of nutrition, and 28,50,229 Tons of medical supplies have already been collected. Up to this point, distribution has included 4377.9 tonnes of food, 887 tonnes of nutrition, and 25,96,769 doses of medication. More than 98,551 individuals from around the nation have received free medical care and treatment at more than 250 medical camps that have already been built. Ration and other sustenance items collected through Army Relief Items Collection Points distributed in Sindh (287 Tons), Bln (125.7 Tons), KP (100 Tons) & South Punjab (35 Tons) 1200 Tents procured by Pak Army have arrived Pakistan for onwards distribution to flood affectees. The Pakistan Navy has constructed 16 flood relief coordination centres, 6 central collection points, distributed 419577 litres of mineral water, 2532 tents, and 1127 tonnes of food across the nation. A total of 807 families (2687 Personnel) have been housed in 02 tent cities that have also been built. Moreover, 12476 stranded persons have been rescued by PN's 23 Emergency Response Teams (ERTs) stationed in 10 districts.

Pak-China collaboration to boost home appliance industry: Report 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: "Home appliance in Pakistan is a huge market of 200 million people while its industry size is not big enough as compared to the market, "said Faisal Afridi, President, JW Group(partner with Haier & MG) in Pakistan. The electrical appliance industry in Pakistan is growing rapidly with an output value of around $1.1 billion, which, however, still cannot meet the local demands. Pak-China collaboration in this industry is a key source for introducing the best quality electronics appliances in Pakistan. It can also assist Pakistan in achieving its industrial progress, according to a report carried by Gwadar Pro on Wednesday. "In Pakistan, different local and Chinese brands have tried to provide electronic products at a reasonable price to Pakistani consumers by adopting the roadmap of assembling and manufacturing. A part of this effort is also being contributed by our company. We have launched LED TVs of Hisense, microwave ovens and water dispensers of Midea in Pakistan," said Imran Ghani, CEO, Tri-Angles Electronics Private Limited, which is the distributor of Hisense and Midea in Pakistan. "In Pakistan, power cuts are quite common. We are the first manufacturer to make fully automatic washing machines in Pakistan. But when power shuts down, the machine cannot automatically restart." General manager of Haier Pakistan Industrial Park Hu Ganggang introduced one typical example of the localization of home appliance products in Pakistan. "We redesigned the washing machine with a new function that when power shutdown happened, the machine can restart automatically when power supply comes again. And we named this updated machine one touch, which means that you only need to touch the button once." In addition to import, Pakistan's demand for related technologies is also earnest. Currently, many Chinese electronics-related companies are transferring technology and increasing investment in Pakistan. The two countries have great cooperation potential in the realm of home appliances. "In the world, the national labs and national standards are important. Pakistan was unfortunately far behind in labs related to home appliances and electronics. Haier had set up an air-conditioning lab in Pakistan, which made it the first company that has established a national laboratory in Pakistan." Faisal Afridi told us that all the related products manufactured in Pakistan can be certified from here. "In the long term, it will benefit our country in such a way that when we export our product to other countries, it will be approved naturally with a certification from Pakistan." He added.

There is enough talent and ability in special children: Anwar Zeb Khan 

By Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Zakat, Ushar, Social Welfare Special Education and Women Empowerment Anwar Zeb Khan on Wednesday issued directives to concerned authorities of Special Education Complex district Mardan to ensure provision of all facilities to special children in the complex. The provincial minister unexpectedly paid a visit to the Special Education Complex and Rehabilitation Center in the Mardan area and given these instructions. The minister spoke with the special children there, asked about the amenities offered in the facility, and went over various administrative issues during his visit. The provincial minister received a briefing on the events taking place at the complex. The minister claimed that children with exceptional needs had enough talent and aptitude, noting that these children simply require appropriate direction and care. Anwar Zeb Khan said, "The day is not far when our country would be among the developed countries if every responsible person executes his responsibility with sincerity and honesty," and he said that the social welfare department has been established for the welfare of the people.

UK's High commissioner calls on cm Punjab

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The British High Commissioner Dr. Christian Turner met with Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi and former federal minister Moonis Elahi at the chief minister's office and discussed matters of mutual interest. Punjab and the UK agreed to promote cooperation in various fields including health and technical education. The British high commissioner expressed his regret over the loss of life and property due to floods and vowed to continue cooperating with the Punjab government in education, health and other sectors. The CM praised the UK for its assistance in helping the flood victims and described Pakistan and the UK as great allies in development and prosperity. The province government cherishes British collaboration for enhancement in the social, economic, and political spheres, he added, and he expressed a desire to strengthen bilateral ties in several areas. He claimed and added that a thorough strategy has been developed for the restoration of flood-affected areas and the victims. He also mentioned that the government would continue the reforms programme that was started with British support in several sectors. He stated and said that houses would be built for the flood victims and that the survey to recoup animal losses had begun. According to Chief Minister Elahi, a plan was developed in 2002 to safeguard the rainwater in the mountainous region of Koh-e-Sulaiman, but the subsequent administration did not move on with the project. Now that the province government was restarting this programme, he added and expressed his hope that this worthwhile initiative would aid in resolving the issue brought on by the rains in Koh-e-Sulaiman. He added that the government was also eliminating the restriction on early hiring in order to create jobs. Advisor Amer Saeed Raan, UK's representative in Punjab Ms Clara Strandhoj, political advisor Talal Raza and senior development advisor Sana Zia were also present.

IHC to hear Shahbaz Gill’s bail plea on Sept 9 in sedition case

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Wednesday set September 9 as the date of hearing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shahbaz Gill’s bail plea in sedition case. The reason list was published by the IHC registrar office. Hearing on the bail request will be conducted by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah. It is important to note that, at Shahbaz Gill's request, the IHC has sent a notice to the prosecutor for a response. Shahbaz Gill had not previously appeared in front of a judicial magistrate's court. His presence was recorded via a video hookup. His case was going to be heard by Judicial Magistrate Shoaib Akhtar.

COMSTECH Organizes Training on Managing Science and Technology Parks

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: COMSTECH in collaboration with the Pardis Technology Park, Iran and ICCBS Technology Park and Technology Incubation Center, Pakistan organized an international training workshop on managing science and technology parks at COMSTECH. The inaugural session of this two-day workshop was addressed by Director General for International Affairs & Public Relations of Pardis Technology Park, Mr. Amin Reza Khaleghian. He stressed the need of the establishment and optimum management of science and technology parks in OIC member states. He talked about the programs and activities of the Pardis Technology Park. The Coordinator General COMSTECH, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary welcomed the participants and said that the science and technology parks are part, and parcel, of knowledge economy ecosystem. He said STPs play a central role in fostering linkages between the academic institutions and industries. Prof. Choudhary said that science and technology parks are indeed time tested institutions since 1951 and contributed in economic development of many countries, including USA, UK, China, France, and Germany. He claimed that the OIC nations are becoming more and more aware of the value of science and technology parks, and that numerous success stories can be found in nations like Turkey, Iran, Malaysia, Egypt, and now Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and a number of central Asian members. According to Prof. Choudhary, the majority of OIC member states, particularly those in Africa, are still falling behind in their efforts to tap into the creative potential of their young people through such projects. The Inter-Islamic Network on Science and Technology Parks was established by COMSTECH and other partner institutions with the goal of strengthening S&T parks. This network is situated in Iran. The Pro-Rector for Research, Innovation & Commercialization, NUST addressed the session and highlighted the importance of the science and technology parks and their role in the socio-economic development of economies.

Contagious diseases cases on rise in flood-hit areas

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: An outbreak of contagious diseases has surfaced in flood-hit areas, citing sources. “In last 24 hours, 87,373 cases of infectious diseases have been reported,” according to sources. “Most of the cases being reported from the flood-ravaged areas of Sindh,” sources said. “Overall, 14,686 cases of diarrhea have been reported across the country in last 24 hours, 10,802 cases of the disease were reported from Sindh,” sources said. “Diarrhea also rapidly spreading in flood-stricken areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan,” according to sources. In Balochistan 1890 cases and KP 1382 cases of the contagious disease reported.A total of 20016 cases of skin illness in flood victims were documented in one day. According to authorities, Sindh reported 16,107 skin infection cases, Balochistan 1802 cases, and KP 1168 cases.In the past 24 hours, sources have reported 15,532 cases of lung infections in flood-affected districts, including 11,190 cases in Sindh, 1749 cases in Balochistan, 1374 cases in Punjab, and 1219 cases in KP.

Painting exhibition held to Mark Defence Day

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Arts Council organized a painting exhibition to mark Defence Day in collaboration with Vescopk. Colonel (retd) Syed Muhammad Safi and Naheed Manzoor were the chief guests of the exhibition. Paintings of martyrs, Ghazis, tanks, armored vehicles and warplanes of the Pakistan Air Force were placed in the exhibition. The chief guest of the ceremony, Colonel (Rtd) Syed Muhammad Safi said that the war of 1965, the people fought alongside the Pakistan Army. We will not hesitate to make any sacrifice to defend our beloved motherland, to maintain its independence and sovereignty. Naheed Manzoor said that the Day of Defense and Martyrs reminds us of the unparalleled courage and bravery of the armed forces and the nation. 57 years ago today, the armed forces and the nation crushed the evil intentions of the enemy. September 6 is a bright symbol of unwavering determination, patriotic spirit, great sacrifice in our history. I salute the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the defense of the country. Director Arts Council Waqar Ahmed said that September 6 is a memorable day in our national history; this day reminds us of the unprecedented unity and determination of the Pakistani nation.

Islamabad Capital Police starts self defence course

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Police launched a self-defense course for women and men, in which the participants will be trained in human rights laws, weapon handling, swimming, live firing practice, repelling, crossing obstacles, Horse-riding and archery exercises. The course's goal is to teach martial arts skills to the men and women of the city so they may defend themselves against sexism and eve-teasing. The goal is to educate and empower both men and women to handle uncomfortable circumstances. According to the specifics, the Islamabad Capital Police has begun a self-defense course in which a total of 30 women and 24 men are enrolled, in accordance with the special orders of IGP Islamabad Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan and instructions from DIG Headquarters Owais Ahmad Malik. Candidates will receive instruction in human rights legislation, weapon handling, swimming, live firing practise, repelling, obstacle-climbing, horseback riding, and archery during the self-defense course.

Pakistan to seek more global aid in health sector: sources 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to approach global institutions for further assistance in plugging health sector shortcomings, sources said on Wednesday. According to details, Pakistan has decided to approach UNICEF, World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to seek assistance in the health sector. According to sources, the nation will request supplies of the drugs and medical gear needed during pregnancy and delivery from international organisations. According to additional reports, the nation would also look for vaccines and medications for a number of illnesses, such as cholera, typhoid, malaria, and diarrhoea. According to additional sources, international organisations would be pushed to donate medical supplies, nutritional sachets, and pills for water purification. They continued, "The country will also request delivery of antibiotics and multivitamins." It is important to note that Pakistan was receiving supplies of medications and medical supplies from international organisations. It was reported earlier in September that Pakistan would approach major international lenders for financial support to deal with the country's devastating floods, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank (WB), Asian Development Bank (ADB), and others. A joint report of the NDMA, finance, and planning and development ministries documenting damages due to the floods will be delivered to the international lenders, according to persons with knowledge of the situation.

Anti-corruption efforts vary in scope and in strategy: Subhani 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Oil & Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) has been working with NAB over the years on awareness and preventive efforts to eradicate corruption, and has held several seminars etc. Once again, in collaboration with National Accountability Bureau (NAB), OGDCL arranged a seminar on the subject of “Our Faith, Corruption Free Pakistan” here in the OGDCL Head Office, Islamabad. Mr. Khalid Siraj Subhani, Managing Director/CEO stated that just as corruption takes many forms, anti-corruption efforts vary in scope and in strategy, thus, a general distinction between preventive and reactive measures is sometimes drawn. He also appreciated the initiatives taken by the Bureau and welcomed the Chief Guest and Speaker of the event Mr. Zahir Shah, Deputy Chairman, NAB and other officials from NAB. Adding further he accentuated that as an organization, from time to time and with experience, we have made efforts to ensure corruption free environment and has always been encouraging proposals that support transparency. The Chief Guest and Speaker highlighted the scope and aim of the institution and the best practices for conduct effective investigations. He also emphasized on the methods in which participants can play an integral role in eliminating this evil from the society. Anticorruption drive has resulted in an excellent impact in eradication of corruption and to recover looted money from corrupt elements by adopting Since its establishment, the "Accountability for All" policy has been crucial to ensuring merit and fostering a culture of transparency that is still unheard of. Additionally, he stressed the importance of teaching self-accountability to the next generation. Doing so will tremendously aid in eradicating this evil, which continues to be the main factor impeding the stability and economic development of our dear country.

Pakistani rupee helpless in face of soaring US dollar

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The spineless rupee keeps buckling under the pressure of US dollar as the greenback continued showing an upward trajectory in the interbank trading despite the arrival of IMF tranche last month. During the morning activity on Wednesday, the dollar rate was appreciated by Rs2.58 and it was being traded at Rs224 in the interbank by noon. Yesterday, the US currency gained Rs1.56 in its value and was closed at Rs221.42. According to experts, the government is responsible for the dearth of dollars in the open market which is causing rupee’s slump. They say that the government has made it mandatory to declare cash and other valuables at arrivals. This move didn’t auger well and the Pakistanis are avoiding bringing foreign currencies. Besides this, a grey market has also emerged in the open market where rate of dollar is up as compared to the interbank rate.

Ethiopia keen to promote trade ties with Pakistan: Envoy 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: H.E. Jemal Beker, Ambassador of Ethiopia to Pakistan said that his country is keen to promote trade ties with Pakistan as increasing bilateral trade would be very beneficial to the people and economies of both countries. He said this while exchanging views with Muhammad Shakeel Munir, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) during his visit to Ethiopian Embassy. The Envoy stated that Pakistan has a great potential to focus on the Ethiopian market in order to explore new opportunities for increasing its exports. Ethiopia imports a large number of goods from China and India. He claimed that Ethiopia is thinking about starting direct flights with Pakistan, which would strengthen bilateral trade connections and people-to-people exchanges. According to him, Ethiopia imports 80% of its pharmaceutical supplies, and investors from Pakistan's pharmaceutical industry should establish joint ventures there to serve the local market's demands and sell surplus to other African nations. He named construction, textiles, medicines, and marble as possible sectors for bilateral collaboration between Pakistan and Ethiopia. He suggested that ICCI take a business delegation to Ethiopia in order to establish communication with Ethiopian peers and look into possible commercial partnerships. In order to foster economic ties between the private sectors of both nations, he suggested that ICCI sign an MoU with the Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce. He also pledged that his Embassy would make it easier for Pakistani businesspeople to research the Ethiopian market for trade and investment. Speaking at the occasion, Muhammad Shakeel Munir, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that Pakistan has made a Look Africa Policy to explore huge untapped region of Africa for trade and exports and close cooperation between Pakistan and Ethiopia would helpful in getting better access to African market. He said that many Pakistani products including marble & granite, pharmaceuticals, cement, leather, rice and sports goods can find a good market in Ethiopia and stressed that Ethiopia should focus on Pakistan for imports. He said that Pakistan and Ethiopia should consider negotiating a preferential or free trade agreement to promote trade relations up to their actual potential. He said that both countries should encourage regular exchange of trade delegations to explore all potential areas of mutual cooperation. He said that ICCI has already taken its delegations to Azerbaijan and UAE and would also consider taking a delegation to Ethiopia. He further said that ICCI would like to work closely with the Ethiopian Embassy to promote business relations between Pakistan and Ethiopia.

ISLAMABAD: Group Chairman Islamabad DR Amjad in photo with others during tree planting and sapling ceremony at G-8. 

Minister for Agriculture, Punjab Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi chaired 47th meeting 

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RAWALPINDI: Modern research must reach at the door step of farmers so that their cost of production can be reduced. Agricultural projects should be designed according to market and commercial scale demands so that the people can get quality agricultural commodities at cheap prices. Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi, the minister of agriculture for Punjab, made these comments while presiding over the 47th meeting of the Punjab Agricultural Research Board. Additionally present at the meeting were other board members and Punjab's Secretary of Agriculture, Ali Sarfraz Hussain. Dr. Abid Mehmood, the chief executive of PARAB, gave the agenda on this occasion. 22 agricultural, livestock, and forestry projects were presented during the conference and examined by the Executive Committee of PARB. Provincial Agriculture Minister Syed Hussain Jahanian Gurdezi approved 21 projects costing Rs. 352.319 million in consultation with board members. On this occasion, the Minister said that agricultural scientists have to play their constructive role for increasing national production and better output. The agricultural plan must be put into practise on a commercial scale in order to satisfy public need, increase farmer earnings, and maintain stable pricing in addition to meeting consumer demand. Ali Sarfraz Hussain, the secretary of agriculture for Punjab, stated that this time, the goal of the research should not be "Research for 'Research,' but the generation of varieties that can boost the profitability of the farmers on a commercial scale. He gave the order to prioritise projects involving public-private partnerships. Members of the board, Mrs. Shahida Ahmed, Secretary of Agriculture for Punjab, Ali Sarfraz Hussain, progressive farmer Kissan Ithaad Khalid Khokhar, and other participants attended the meeting.

Pakistan stands with China in wake of Sichuan quake disaster: Alvi 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday, expressing grief over the loss of lives in China following the earthquake in its Sichuan area, said Pakistan will stand with China in difficult times. “I assure you that the people of Pakistan and the government of Pakistan stand with the Chinese people and the government of China with the same spirit as the Chinese people are standing with the victims of unfolding super floods,” he said in a message of condolence for the Chinese people. President Alvi expressed his profound sadness and grief at learning of the devastating earthquake that struck Sichuan province in southwest China and caused the loss of countless lives as well as extensive property damage. “On behalf of the people of Pakistan, and myself, I wish to convey my deepest condolences to the Chinese leadership and my heartfelt sympathies to the people of Sichuan, over the loss of 66 precious lives in the recent earthquake, which has also caused damage to communication infrastructure and other properties,” he said. The president sent his deepest sympathies to the families of those who passed away and prayed for those who were injured to heal quickly. He wished that the relatives of the missing individuals would soon be reunited with them, and that the residents of the earthquake-affected regions would quickly rebuild their houses and return to their usual lives. He expressed confidence that the Chinese leadership and people of China were fully capable to win the battle against this natural calamity with their proven abilities and resilience.

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Khaqan asks NAB ex-chairman to public his assets

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Former premier and senior Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said while talking to media here, “I have requested former National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal many times to public his assets so that the people of Pakistan know his reality,”. Speaking to press after a case brought by the NAB against him was heard, the former prime minister criticised the former NAB chairman for falsely accusing people. "I have long advocated for the installation of cameras in courts so that Pakistan's citizens can see the corruption that the politicians have engaged in," he declared. In my instance, there is no allegation, no witness, and no verifiable statement. "But still, during the previous four years, 12 persons have been implicated as defendants in the investigation," he continued. Although their lives are in a deadlock, the case shows no progress at every hearing for a week. The NAB chairman has left, but the cases are still there, he said. The truth of such cases is obvious from this man, who was unable to handle the prosecution of cases appropriately. "Today, I request Justice (r) Javed Iqbal to present himself for accountability and publicly disclose all of his assets in and outside of the country, including those in Australia," he said. "The integrity of the post he has served at requires him to publicly disclose all of his assets so that the people know the reality of a person who used to file cases against others."

ISLAMABAD: Mr. WADA Mitsuhiro, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan called onto Khawaja Saad Rafique, Federal Minister for Railways and Aviation in his office.

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Maryam appeals for return of passport citing fundamental rights

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Vice President Maryam Nawaz approached Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday for the return of her passport, which remains under judicial custody for four year. Maryam originally submitted an appeal on April 21 in the Lahore High Court that she wished to perform Umrah and visit London to see her ailing father Nawaz Sharif later she had withdrawn her application. She did, however, submit the application through her attorney Amjad Parvaiz this time. Her attorney claimed in the application that the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had constructed a politically motivated case against Maryam on the basis of untrue claims. No references to sugar mills have been filed against her in the last four years, according to the appeal, which also stated that someone cannot be deprive of their fundamental rights for an extended length of time. The petition argued that the court ought to direct the registrar high court to return the passport. To obtain bail in the Chaudhry Sugar Mills case, Maryam Nawaz had given up her passport at the Lahore High Court (LHC) .

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UNHCR hands over relief items to Sindh govt

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) 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 in Pakistan on Monday – with the other six scheduled this week, said a statement issued here. The UNHCR trucks carrying relief items were also on the road from Uzbekistan, with more convoys scheduled. Emergency relief items are being transported from Peshawar and had already reached Sukkur Humanitarian Response Facilities, the statement added. “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 soap and 3,500 dignity kits are being given to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority Sindh, the UNHCR said. UNHCR’s Assistant Representative for Protection Leyla Nugmanova called on Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah. The CM’s team briefed the UNHCR officials about the current situation in various flood-affected districts and the damages caused by floods. The UNHCR Representative and Director General of PDMA Syed Salman Shah signed a memorandum to handover the items for immediate distribution to the flood victims.

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Muqam’s hotel reported to be illegal

By Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: The water and soil conversation department of Khyber Pakthunkhwa on Wednesday revealed that the hotel of Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Engineer Amir Muqam, is being built illegally, as report of encroachments on large hotels destroyed by floods in Swat and Kalam have been issued. According to the report of the Water and Soil Conservation Department of KP, the river protection law was ignored in the construction of hotels in Swat and Kalam and the hotel of Prime Minister’s advisor Amir Muqam was also made illegally, while in the report the question was also raised that who will carry out the operations against the hotel of Amir Muqam. According to the report, the anti-encroachment operation was suspended under pressure from Islamabad as a result of the influence of the proprietor of the New Honeymoon Hotel. Up to 200 feet of work have been done on the river's banks during the past 12 years, and additional proposals include hiring a GIS specialist to ensure that the 2016 Rivers Protection Act is implemented. The Rivers Protection Act modifications were also mentioned in the report. Additionally, the Rivers Protection Act, which was passed for the Indus River but cannot be applied to the River Swat, was filed to the DC Swat along with an encroachment report from six significant hotels.

Pakistan beat Afghanistan by one wicket to qualify for final 

Match will be memorable and everyone will have forgotten that I am a bowler: Naseem Shah

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan won the match and qualified for the finals of the tournament thanks to Naseem Shah's 2 sixes in the last over against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup. Pakistan beat Afghanistan by one wicket after a thrilling encounter. The highlight of this match was Naseem Shah who played an important role in the success of the team by hitting 2 sixes in the last over. After the match, in a conversation with Ravi Shastri, Naseem Shah said that when he came to bat, he knew that he could hit sixes, he tried and succeeded. This match will be memorable me and everyone will have forgotten that I am a bowler: Naseem Shah.

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Sherry Rehman speaking at the launch of Lyari Cleanup Initiative.

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Air Force Day being observed with national zeal

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Air Force Day was observed Wednesday [7th, September] with national zeal to commemorate the dexterity and valor of the defenders of air space of the country against Indian aggression in September 1965 war. Due to their unmatched military prowess and unwavering courage, the brave Pakistani pilots in the 1965 war managed to completely destroy Indian air aggressiveness while also handing India a humiliating loss. In less than a minute, the PAF ace Muhammad Mahmood Alam, also known as M.M. Alam, shot down five Hawker Hunter Mk. 56 fighters from the Indian Air Force.

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Naima Ansari appointed Honorary Coordinator, FTO Secretariat

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Federal Tax Ombudsman has appointed Ms. Naima Ansari, President, Islamabad Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IWCCI) as Honorary Coordinator (Business Liaison) to FTO Secretariat. The decision was taken keeping in view the services of Ms Ansari for the business community and her keen interest in promoting the women entrepreneurs. A notification has been issued by the FTO Secretariat has been issued which says that the coordinator will be responsible for liaison with local chambers, trade associations, market associations, general trade bodies and other business related organizations. The coordinator will also communicate with taxpayers and convey difficulties, disagreements, and concerns with a particular focus on businesswomen who are having difficulty with FBR. According to the notification, the Coordinator will take aggressive measures to resolve complaints quickly and look for ways to boost the effectiveness and integrity of the tax system. The coordinator will help the FTO office build relationships with key players in the business community and act as a liaison between the private sector and the FTO office. As the FTO occasionally assigns her other responsibilities, Ms. Ansari will also look for suggestions, opinions, and comments from the business community regarding any modifications and enhancements to the current tax laws, practises, and policies. In response to the development, Naima Ansari praised ICCI and FTO and expressed her gratitude for their confidence in her. She also promised to do her best to further the interests of the business community. Dr. Asif Mehmood Jah, the Federal Tax Ombudsman, President ICCI Shakeel Munir, Group Leader ICCI Khalid Malik, SVP IWCCI Sadaf Asim Abbasi, and others attended the event.

SLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq witnessing the Singing Ceremony of Advance Loan Agreement worth 1.6 M USD for Lahore Water and Wastewater Management Project with Asian Infrastructure Bank.

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Indian Army to use multi-copters to keep watch on Kashmiris’ movement

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JAMMU: The Indian Army is inducting its fleet of multi-copters to keep a close watch on the movement of the people in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The multi-copters, ready for operation, are outfitted with the newest technology for round-the-clock surveillance, media reports citing sources claimed, according to Kashmir Media Service. On the condition of anonymity, a senior official told Jammu-based publication Early Times that "the multi-copter will maintain eye throughout night utilising infra red and other modern breakthroughs" in addition to having high-precision vision during the day. He explained the new machines' technological specifications, saying that "the multi-copters have high altitude operability and long range recce in addition to nighttime surveillance employing infrared imaging and other characteristics." These helicopters will be stationed near the Working Boundary and the Line of Control. The official said the multi-copters are also capable of usage during cordon and search operations in IIOJK.

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