Desire to silence Imran Khan may boomerang
By Sardar Khan Niazi
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan who served as prime minister for over three-and-a-half years has taken to public rallies to get people’s support. He has continuously held rallies in different cities. The former Prime Minister is demonstrating his continued popularity with rallies across Pakistan that have drawn huge crowds and signaled to his political rivals that he is still a political force. These demonstrations have only grown larger and more energetic in recent days. Imran Khan enjoys backing from a strong support base that would not sit quietly. Khan has over 17 million followers on Twitter, which is higher than the ratings of many top news shows in Pakistan. Imran Khan said he would soon organize a mass march to the capital, as a culmination of his campaign to force the government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to hold elections, which some analysts say Khan might win due to his growing attraction. He told the cheering crowd that he would soon give them a call for a march on Islamabad. When Imran Khan asked them whether they are ready for it, they answered in the affirmative. PTI has all the right to counter its political rivals. Just to stop a long march to create hurdles is not a democratic way. The PDM government should show courtesy if they are confident in front of the public, which they are not. What many dismiss as sour grapes may actually mark the beginning of something new: the creation of a popular democratic movement in the country. In a series of barnstorming speeches across the country, Imran Khan called for new elections. These speeches clearly worried those in power. The government rejected the demand for early elections. During many rallies, TV stations did not show Imran Khan’s speeches live on instructions from the media regulatory agency. The regulators banned broadcasting his live speeches, purportedly because of his critical remarks about the government. Viewers also had difficulty accessing the speech even via YouTube and other social media. Analysts say that even in the opposition, Khan remains a political force. Imran Khan will win elections whenever the voting takes place; predict many newspaper columnists and former senior politicians. In a by-election in Punjab’s provincial assembly in July, the PTI won power in the region in a result that surprised all commentators, as it implied that Imran Khan could survive as an electoral figure without being in office. Punjab is Pakistan’s most populous province. Khan’s party now controls the Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Gilgit-Baltistan regions. The PTI also won a landslide victory in NA-245, a seat in Karachi, a stronghold of the Pakistan People’s Party and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement: two major allied political parties. Political analysts say this shows the PTI is the only party that is competitive in all provinces. In his speeches, Khan calls for unfettered democracy. He suggests that a country that torments his political staff cannot be a democracy and demands new, free elections without vote rigging. The means by which Imran Khan is delivering his message is posing a challenge to the PDM ruling parties. Making heavy use of social media and live streaming, Khan is intent on getting his message out, even if not receiving coverage from mainstream broadcasters and the print media. Pakistan is a young country, with more than sixty-four percent of its population under thirty years of age. Imran Khan appeals to them through the media of this generation. His appeal to female voters and the young is a political novelty and an asset. The PDM government consists of parties of all stripes. If Imran Khan is capable of outclassing them, he certainly will win the upcoming elections.
In Pakistan, water covers an area about the size of half of Germany: Bilawal
BERLIN: Foreign Minister Bilwal Bhutto Zardari emphasised the importance of Pakistan-Germany connections while reminding the country that it is still suffering from a horrific climatic disaster. On Friday, he spoke at a joint press conference with his German counterpart, Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, in Berlin. Bilawal is now in Germany on an official two-day visit at the request of Berlin. During the news conference, Bilawal stated that the record floods had affected nearly 33 million people, or roughly 40% of Germany's population, while submerging over 140,000 square kilometres - roughly half the area of Germany. Aside from the hope of consolidating and expanding bilateral relations with Germany, the visit will provide an important opportunity to strengthen Pakistan's engagement with an important member of the European Union and share our perspective on climate-induced floods in Pakistan, as well as regional and global issues. The Bilawal will meet with other dignitaries and interact with the media in addition to meeting with Foreign Minister Baerbock.
ISLAMABAD: MNA, Mohsin Dawar calls on Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif.
PM urges int'l community to help flood restoration in Pakistan
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has urged the international community to help Pakistan in rehabilitation and reconstruction for millions of flood-affected people, and play a judicious role to improve resilience and adaptability of the Pakistani nation. The prime minister in his message to the nation on the annual National Resilience Day, which was commemorated on Saturday to commemorate the October 8, 2005 earthquake, the prime minister stated that Pakistan has once again been hit by a climate-induced disaster in the shape of floods. As a result, 1,696 lives were lost, 12,867 people were injured, and over 33 million people were impacted. The prime minister declared October 8 as National Resilience Day across the country to show sympathy with the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir and the rest of Pakistan who experienced human and other losses as a result of the catastrophes. "The day also serves as a reminder that we live in a zone that has been designated as extremely vulnerable to natural disasters. According to the Climate Risk Index, Pakistan is the seventh most disaster-prone country "He made a statement. He said that throughout the years, Pakistan has been hit by a slew of natural disasters, including earthquakes, floods, GLOF occurrences, cloud bursts, enormous rainfalls and severe heat waves, and forest fires that claimed lives and cost millions of dollars. According to him, the recent floods killed a million livestock and ruined four million acres of crops, in addition to causing significant damage to communication infrastructure. Sindh and parts of Balochistan have been the hardest damaged, he said, adding that Pakistan had never faced a tragedy of that scale. Prime Minister Shehbaz stated that the Federal Government, in collaboration with the provincial governments, has deployed all available resources, including financial, administrative, and organisational resources, for the rescue and relief of the afflicted people. He stated that the Pakistan Army has been mobilised at the request of province governments to assist with rescue, relief, and other disaster-related actions. Furthermore, the prime minister stated that the Benazir Income Support Programme was providing Rs 25,000 per household in addition to food, housing, and medical aid in disaster-stricken areas.
Electricity consumers will enjoy reduction prices next month: Khurram Dastgir
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Power Khurram Dastgir Friday said that the consumers of the electricity would be given relief in fuel adjustment price in next month’s electricity bills. Speaking in the National Assembly, he stated that the drop in international oil prices and the strengthening of the rupee versus the dollar have helped to reduce fuel prices. He stated that the adjustment for June was Rs. 10 per unit, but that it is now Rs. 22 paisa per unit. The minister admitted that fuel price increases in electricity bills had hurt individuals in recent months. He stated that the government has fully passed on the assistance to consumers per Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's directives. "Electricity customers should see a reduction in their bills in the coming month," he hoped.
Islam always conveys message of love, peace, and affection: Kaira
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The life of the Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is a paradigm for the globe, and Islam always sends a message of peace, love, and affection to humanity." Qamar Zaman Kaira, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit Baltistan, made these statements after inaugurating Wasil Shahid's calligraphy titled "Salloo Alihhe waalihe (Blessings be upon the Prophet and his family)" here on Friday. Kaira said that Muslims should follow the footprints of Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) for a peaceful and successful life.
Govt's top objective to attract US investment in Pakistan: Dar
Will respond appropriately to Moody's if downgrade is not reversed
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Donald Blome, Ambassador of the United Stated of America to Pakistan called on Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar at Finance Division on Friday. Dar welcomed the Ambassador and remarked that Pakistan and the United States have a long-term, broad-based, and multi-dimensional connection. He also informed the Ambassador about the devastation caused by Pakistan's recent floods. The Finance Minister went on to underline the government's economic plan and initiatives aimed at achieving economic and budgetary stability. He stated that increasing US foreign investment in various areas of the Pakistani economy is the government's top objective, and that the current administration is working on building a business-friendly climate for foreign investors. The Ambassador, Donald Blome, congratulated the Finance Minister on his new position. He also expressed his government's sorrow for the devastation caused by the floods. The Ambassador further emphasised that both countries have solid relations and expressed trust in the government's policies and programmes. He pledged his support for the expansion of bilateral economic, investment, and commercial links between the two countries. The Finance Minister congratulated the US Ambassador and emphasised the current government's aim to strengthen bilateral trade and investment ties with the US. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar warned Moody's Investor Service on Friday that if the agency did not reverse Pakistan's sovereign credit rating reduction, he would provide a "befitting" response in a meeting with its executives next week. "They (Moody's officials) must meet with me." "I told them that if you don't [reverse] this, I will respond appropriately at our meeting next week," he said.
‘COAS stated that will stay away from politics, which is good omen’
Khawaja Asif Says Imran struggle is for power, whereas our war is for survival of country
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said that army chief has talked about staying away from politics which is a good omen. He said if current army chief talks about following the constitution, then I think it is a puff of fresh air. During an interview with a private TV programme, Khawaja Muhammad Asif shared these thoughts. He went on to remark, "We should recognise that political or civilian power is not tied to the army commander at all, as the Constitution states." If Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa says this should happen, I would think it is a good omen and I am ready to rely on it; why should I be sceptical, and a roadmap should be developed." The minister stated that there is no other option except to return to the book of Pakistan's Constitution. "Imran Khan's war is a struggle for power for himself, but our war is a war for the survival of the country," he stated. If anything is critical, it is just the country and its survival." He went on to explain that Imran Khan has no trust in the population or his voters, which is why he has been constantly talking about being granted the right to pick the army commander as a guarantee for gaining power. Cypher, Toshakhan presents, and the 19 million pounds obtained from Britain, he claimed, adding that Imran Khan is making a fuss since there are corruption charges against him. He also stated that Imran Khan may be arrested. "The State owns 190 million pounds of money." "The High Commission sent this sum to the Supreme Court of Pakistan's account, but it was transferred to an account where there was already a Rs 460 billion liability, and it was utilised in its adjustment," he explained.
LHC ruled that pollution emergency be declared in Punjab
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court ordered the Punjab government on Friday to impose a smog emergency and call for a meeting to take precautions before extreme cold weather takes hold. Dense smog has engulfed Lahore once again as October began. The air quality level shot to an alarming level. The rising levels of air pollution in the city have been declared “hazardous” for human health. Justice Shahid Jamil heard the petition of Farooq, a resident of Lahore. The petitioner maintained that the government was not taking any measures to control smog and it soars health issues. The court should order the relevant authorities to take action in order to control and eradicate smog, it maintained. Cars and industries that adds to the smog should be banned, he remarked. The court remarked that the measures to eradicate smog should be finalized and a team should immediately be constituted to take action against those responsible. The court further said that vehicles should be provided to the teams. If this does not happen, the vehicles of the chief secretary’s office will be handed over to them. The court ordered the authorities to declare a smog emergency in the province and directed them to purchase air quality sensors within two weeks. Afterward, the court ordered authorities to submit an implementation report in the next proceeding and adjourned the hearing till October 14. How smog forms Smog is formed by a mixture of pollutants and water vapour in the atmosphere. It can cause health problems such as asthma, flu, coughing, allergies, bronchial infections, and heart problems. Prolonged exposure to environmental pollution also results in shortened life expectancy. These risks may be reduced by wearing masks, managing gaseous vehicular emissions, using eco-friendly products, and reusing and recycling.
Punjab govt refused to transfer CCPO Dogar to federal
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: The Punjab government on Friday refused again to transfer CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mahmood Dogar to the federal government. In the reply submitted by the Punjab government to the federal, it was stated that the provincial government could not release CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mahmood Dogar. Punjab home minister Hashim Dogar said that the CM Elahi-led provincial government has cleared its stance over the CCPO Lahore’s matter, adding that in this regard the federal was already informed. It merits mention here that the federal government asked the CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mehmood Dogar to report to the federal on September 22.
LAHORE: On the occasion of Rabi-ul-Awwal, Baghbanpura Bazaar has been decorated with colorful flags.
Dengue fever cases in Karachi continue to rise
By Our Correspondent
KARACHI: The rise in dengue fever cases continued in Karachi as another 314 infections of mosquito-borne disease were reported during the past 24 hours on Friday. According to Sindh Health Department, as many as 314 cases of dengue fever were reported in Karachi during the past 24 hours, taking the monthly tally to 1,429. The number of dengue cases across Sindh has increased to 9,909 this month. The Health department revealed that almost 253 dengue cases were reported in Hyderabad, 14 cases in Mirpurkhas, three in Shaheed Benazirabad, and two in Larkana Division. A day earlier, as many as 355 cases of dengue virus were reported in Karachi during the past 24 hours as the city remains in grip of mosquito-borne disease. On September 30, the local administration launched an Islamabad-like anti-dengue campaign as the cases of dengue virus were spreading rapidly across Karachi.
Ch Shujat Hussain's phone call to former President Asif Ali Zardari inquired for his health
Army operates constitutionally, has a solid internal system, and civilians and politicians should not meddle in army affairs
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: President of Pakistan Muslim League and former Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujat Hussain contacted former President Asif Ali Zardari by telephone. Ch Shujat Hussain inquired about the welfare of Asif Ali Zardari and expressed best wishes for him. He said that I had contacted to inquire about Asif Ali Zardari’s well-being, Asif Zardari is in the hospital and is in good spirits. Ch Shujat Hussain further said that Imran Khan should first announce his agenda in relation to the long march, the number one item should not be election but should suggest a solution to reduce the prices of essential commodities for the poor man, election is already in his agenda. Leaving everything behind, he should suggest a solution to reduce the prices of flour, sugar, pulses and basic commodities for the poor man. He said that the army is working in a constitutional manner, its internal system is very strong, civilians and politicians should not interfere in the affairs of the army, after assuming the post of army chief, he has no caste, nor any regional identity, the Army Chief’s identity is only Pakistani.
Munda Headworks should be permanently maintained: Arshad Ayub Khan
By Our Correspondent
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Irrigation Arshad Ayub Khan has directed that the best planning should be done for the permanent maintenance of Munda Headworks so that it remains operational for a long time. He has also expressed satisfaction over the water supply to the farmers. Availability of water to farmers is our top priority. He expressed these views on the occasion of presiding over a meeting regarding the water supplies to farmers and permanent restoration of Munda Headworks. Briefing the meeting in detail regarding the ongoing work on Munda Headworks and the steps taken to supply water to the farmers, XEN Charsadda said that in the light of the instructions of the Provincial Minister for Irrigation Arshad Ayub Khan and under the supervision of the Chief Engineer South, temporary dams have been made to supply water to farmers on priority basis, due to which water supply has been restored to the farmers. The meeting was further informed that last day the water supplies in Lower Swat Canal System was 1255 cusecs, which is irrigating 134600 acres of land.
Imran's demand protracted march aimed to destabilise the country and economy: Muqam
PESHAWAR: Adviser to the Prime Minister for Political and Public Affairs and National Heritage, Engr Amir Muqam here on Friday said that Pakistan Tahrik e Insaf Chairman Imran Khan’s proposed long march was an attempt to destabilize the country, democracy as well as the economy. He stated that the people will reject such an unjustifiable move because of the PTI leader's useless agitation politics. Engr Amir Muqam, speaking at a press conference today at the Press Club, said Imran Khan was renowned for doing U-turns and his double standard politics had been exposed in front of the masses on numerous occasions.
Jaffer Bros. donates a fumigation machine and chemicals to Alkhidmat
By Our Correspondent
KARACHI: Alkhidmat Karachi has received a fumigation machine and chemicals donated by Jaffer Brothers Pvt. Ltd. to combat the rapid spread of dengue in Karachi as well as the flood-affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan. The package was handed over in a ceremony held on Friday morning at the head office of Jaffer Brothers and attended by CEO Alkhidmat Karachi Naveed Ali Baig, Executive Director Rashid Qureishi, Manager Disaster Management Sarfaraz Sheikh, CEO Jaffer Brothers Group of Companies Fareed Haroon Jaffer, Director Corporate Services Sabir Zaidi, Manager Finance Tariq Rauf, Head of Corporate Communication Gulrukh Hasan, CEO Energy and Automation Muhammad Aamir Salman and other officials. Speaking on the occasion, Fareed Haroon Jaffer said that Pakistan was facing a dual crisis in the shape of the devastating floods as well as the spread of deadly diseases like dengue. He praised Alkhidmat's initiative of conducting a fumigation drive before and after the floods which had led to the decision of donating the fumigation machine and chemicals to Alkhidmat. He added that Jaffer Brothers was supporting Alkhidmat in its relief and rehabilitation operations and would continue to do so.
In the court of Jahangir Khan Judge Banking Court-II Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Peshawar Camp Court Dera Ismail Khan Suit No. 63/1, Institution 22/09/2022 Date of hearing 11/11/2022 ZTB Tank Branch (Plaintiff) Versus 1. Noor Zaman Khan son of GulZaman Khan Caste AwanGarraUzma Tehsil & District Tank. 2. Saeed Khan son of GulZaman Khan Caste AwanGarraUzma Tehsil & District Tank. Above titled suit is instituted by the ZTBL Tank branch for recovery of Rs. 344192/- along with expenses and mark-up against you before the Banking court. Therefore, it is informed you through this notice that you appeared before the court within 30 days after publication according to law 10(2) Recovery of Finance Ordinance, 2001 and submit your reply after permission of the court. If you are not appeared in the court then ex-parte proceedings will be initiated against you. This notice is issued today 22/09/2022 upon my direction with my signature.
Governor on rehabilitation of flood affectees sent 20,000 ration pack
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: Governor Punjab Muhammad Balighur Rehman sent trucks containing 20,000 ration packs for the flood victims organized by APTMA to help the flood victims here at Governor House Lahore today. Addressing the press conference held on this occasion, Governor Punjab said that the top priority at this time is the rehabilitation of the flood victims. He said that the federal government is actively involved in relief activities in flood affected areas, coordinated efforts are being made in this regard. Punjab province has also share in the relief goods being distributed by the federal government to the flood victims. He said that it is a matter of pride that the government as well as institutions, district administrations and welfare organizations have come together to help the flood victims. Governor of Punjab Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that businessmen have always actively participated in public welfare works in every difficult hour and today, twenty (20) trucks of relief goods were sent here from Governor House Lahore organized by APTMA to flood victims. He said that the doors of the Governor's House are open all the time for this charity. Governor Punjab said that Pakistan has been badly affected by the effects of climate change. He said that the recent floods in the country have caused widespread destruction, millions of people have been affected while thousands of people have lost their lives. The Governor of Punjab said that the universities have been instructed to send the items needed by the flood victims including mosquito nets, tents and other items. In response to a question, Punjab Governor Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that all our focus is only on the rehabilitation of the victims. He said that this is not the time for politics but to help the flood victims. He said that being the federal representative and constitutional head of the province, it is his responsibility to inform the federal government about the problems faced by the people of the province. He said that in this regard, various business delegations keep meeting him and he conveys their problems to the concerned circles. Patron-in-chief of APTMA Gohar Ijaz, Chairman APTMA and philanthropists were also present on this occasion.
PESHAWAR: CM KPK Mahmood Khan chairing a meeting of the "Chief Minister Flood Relief Fund Committee."
The CM directives to Cabinet Standing Committee on price-control
By Our Correspondent
LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has ordered indiscriminate action against those responsible for artificial price-hike in the province. While giving instructions to the cabinet standing committee on price- control from London, the CM noted that inflation is the issue of the common man and added that ease should be created for the impecunious strata through an effective system of price control. The people couldn't be left at the mercy of black marketeers; he stressed and asked the political, as well as administrative teams, to play an active role to save the people from artificial inflation. The CM stressed that the government has a full understanding of the difficulties of the common man. The parliamentarians should monitor the prices of essential commodities in their areas; he said and made it clear that the performance of deputy commissioners and assistant commissioners would be gauged through effective price-control measures. A report on the activities of each district will be prepared and those who would do well would be commended; the CM added and reiterated that there is no room for any negligence in this regard. Those who are negligent in price-control measures must be held accountable; he warned and directed holding price-control committee meetings in DC offices daily. Alongside this, the approved price lists should be displayed at the shops and the prices should be checked as per SOPs, he concluded.
Peshawar: Case registered against protesting schoolteachers
By Our Correspondent
PESHAWAR: A case has been registered against schoolteachers who staged a protest demonstration in Peshawar city, demanding upgradation of their pay scales and restoration of allowances on Friday. According to details, the city police have registered a case against 213 schoolteachers, protesting under the banner of Primary School Teachers’ Association, with Sharqi Police Station. The FIR includes provision of interference in the government, damaging public property and firing and stone pelting on the police administration. The police had rounded up 213 protesting schoolteachers a day earlier. Thousands of primary schoolteachers from across the province assembled outside the provincial assembly building on Khyber Road and demanded their upgradation from BPS-14, 15, 16 and 17 and increase in allowances. protestors said that the provincial government had promised a change but failed to address their problems despite repeated assurances in the past three years.
PESHAWAR: Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan chairing a meeting of the "Chief Minister Flood Relief Fund Committee."
SHC ordered all sales of gutka be prohibited
By Our Correspondent
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday ordered to ensure a complete ban on the sale of Gutka and Mainpuri across the province. The SHC was hearing a plea related to banning the sale of Gutka and Mainpuri in the province. The registrar trademark presented his report before the court. The SHC bench while ordering to ensure a complete ban on the sale of Gutka and Mainpuri, adjourned the further hearing of the case until October 29. The DIG special Branch and DIG Hyderabad appeared before the Sindh High Court bench hearing the case against Gutka and Manipuri business in the province. In the last hearing, the SHC had ordered to finalize the lists of the policemen running the businesses of the contraband items and ordered action against them. The details of properties owned by the cops and higher officials of Sindh police involved in the sale of gutka and mawa should also be presented before the court, the SHC had further remarked. The court also ordered take help of Sindh Rangers to combat the sale of gutka and mawa, if needed.
ICCI and Ministry of Housing and Urban Development will collaborate to stage the inaugural International Housing Expo
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Ministry of Housing & Works have agreed to jointly organize the first International Housing Expo 2022 (IHE-2022) in Islamabad in December this year. This consensus was reached when both sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Secretary Ministry of Housing and Works signed the MoU at a ceremony held in the Ministry. Speaking at the occasion, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Works said that all the major international and national developers, builders and real estate enterprises would be invited to display their projects in the Expo. He said that the Expo will help in attracting local and foreign investment to Pakistan and revive the economic development in the urban areas of the country. He said that the government places affordability, sustainability and inclusiveness of the housing sector at the core of the urbanization process to ensure access to adequate housing for all. He said that the main objective of the Expo is to promote urban regeneration schemes, management of rapid urbanization and development of national urban infrastructure to support urban development and promote affordable green energy housing for all. He hoped that the collaboration between the Ministry and the ICCI for the forthcoming IHE-2022 would be helpful in making the Expo a landmark event. Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry in his remarks said that ICCI intends to construct Pakistan's tallest building in Islamabad and its plan would be announced during the International Housing Expo 2022. He said that the tallest tower would attract investors to Pakistan and make Islamabad a hub of financial and investment activities as happened in UAE after the construction of Burj Khalifa. He said that many investors are interested in constructing high rise buildings in Islamabad and urged that the CDA should amend its building byelaws to encourage vertical constructions, which offer the best solution to tackling the affordable housing challenge in the federal capital and across the country. He assured that ICCI would extend full support to the Ministry in organizing the IHE-2022 in a successful manner. Faad Waheed Senior Vice President, Azhar ul Islam Zafar Vice President ICCI, Khalid Iqbal Malik Group Leader, Khalid Javed, Zafar Bakhtawari, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, Sheikh Amir Waheed, Ameer Hamza and others were present at the occasion. PR
Police conducts mock exercise amid political protest at D-Chowk
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Territory Police has conducted a mock exercise at D-Chowk to deal with any possible law and order situation as well as to protect life and property of the residents. In mock exercise Frontier Constabulary, Pakistan Rangers and Islamabad capital police all divisions, Lady Police officials, Drill Staff along with Anti Riot Kit, Police vehicles, Ambulance and water cannon participated. According to the details, on the instructions of the Federal Minister of Interior Rana Sana Ullah Khan, a joint anti-riot exercise of Islamabad Police, Frontier Constabulary and Pakistan Rangers has been started in order to maintain the law and order situation in the federal capital. In this regard Islamabad Capital Police is being transformed on modern technology to combat harsh situations. The purpose of this exercise is to boost morale of police officials and ensure the security of Islamabad citizens as well as police officials and special measures are being taken in this regard. During the training exercise, traffic police officers were present at D Chowk to ensure traffic diversion, to maintain smooth flow of traffic. All divisions, lady police officials, drill staff participated in the training exercise along with anti-riot kit, vehicles, ambulance and water cannon. IGP Islamabad Dr Akbar Nasir Khan said that Islamabad Police is doing utmost efforts to protect the life and property of the citizens. To resolve public grievances is our foremost priority.
US delivered extra 8 million Pfizer covid-19 vaccine doses to Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD: The United States government has delivered an additional batch of eight million Pfizer COVID-19 pediatric vaccine doses to Pakistan. According to the US Embassy in Islamabad, this shipment increases the United States’ donation to more than 78 million safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine doses to the people of Pakistan, including 16 million pediatric doses. The US is committed to working with the Pakistani government to defend the Pakistani people. In addition to the vaccines, the US government has offered more than $80 million in direct and in-kind assistance to the Pakistani people in their fight against COVID-19. More than two million N-95 masks, 96,000 surgical masks, 52,000 protective eyewear, one million COVID-19 quick diagnostic tests, 1,200 pulse oximeters, and 200 ventilators have been sent to 64 Pakistani hospitals. The US government has also trained over 50,000 health workers across the country, including 30,000 women, on home-based care for COVID-19 patients and built a national network of disease surveillance and response units and teams. In July, the US also sent four mobile testing labs to Pakistan's National Institute of Health in order to improve the country's ability to diagnose ailments in distant and neglected areas.
Wisdom & dialogue keys to counter Islamophobia: Dr. Muhammad bin abdul karim al-issa
MWL Chief emphasises need of projecting civilizational commonality
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, Secretary General, Muslim World League (MWL) has said that dialogue and research bridge the gaps and it is the ultimate solution to the misunderstandings that have been associated to Islam. Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa stated during his presidential speech at the closing ceremony of an Islamophobia conference hosted at the International Islamic University that the problem of Islamophobia is founded on faulty and false information about Islam. According to MWL Chief, commonalities have always brought peace to the world while disputes have produced devastation; therefore, we must try to bring civilizations closer together via the attribute of commonality rather than amplifying the differences. "It is our job to oppose ignorance with wisdom, which is also the history of Islam," MWL Chief added. The conference titled “Islamophobia & its impact on relations between Islamic & Western civilizations” organized by Islamic Research Institute (IRI) in collaborations with Muslim World League, Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , Faculty of Shariah and Law and Faculty of Usuluddin of IIUI, was also attended by Saudi ambassador Nawaf bin Saeed al-Malki. According to Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim, the debate over Islamophobia has been going on for more than a century, and the gap between Islam and the West has expanded as a result of historical events. He stated that the Muslim World League is collaborating with Western scientific institutes to bridge the gap between the Muslim world and the West. He stated that our Muslim World League is attempting to clear up these misunderstandings, and that many Pakistanis work extremely hard in our organisation. Dr. Muhammad stated that the problem of Islamophobia can be solved with wisdom, humility, and goodness. After the Friday prayer, Dr. Muhammad also visited the Shariah and Dawah Academy of IIUI where he was given a detailed briefing regarding the work of the constituent units of university. He appreciated the DAWAH academy for its decades-long services to the Muslim societies.
ISLAMABAD: Mr. Xie Guoxiang Minister Counselor and Mr.Zhu Songsong First Secretary of Chinese Embassy present Rupees One Cror to Chairman NHA Capt(R) Muhammad Khurram Agha.ISLAMABAD: Mr. Xie Guoxiang Minister Counselor and Mr.Zhu Songsong First Secretary of Chinese Embassy present Rupees One Cror to Chairman NHA Capt(R) Muhammad Khurram Agha.
10 criminals held; weapons and narcotics recovered
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: 07 Oct, 2022: Islamabad Capital police apprehended 10 criminals involved in criminal activities and recovered narcotics and weapons with ammunition from their possession, a police public relations officer said. He said that DIG Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha had ordered all zonal officers to curb the crime in their respective areas and arrest those involved in criminal activities and looting innocent people. Following these directives, an Aabpara police team arrested an accused namely Asad Khan and recovered one 9mm bore pistol from his possession. Likewise, the Bhara police team arrested an accused namely Muhammad Nabi and recovered one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Moreover, a Phulghran police team arrested two drug peddlers namely Muhammad Waseem and Muhammad Haris and recovered 210 gram heroin and one 9mm pistol along with ammunition from their possession. Khanna police arrested two accused namely Abdul Azam and Muhammad Asif and two 30 bore pistols from their possession. Lohibher police arrested accused Ahad Ali and recovered one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Noon police arrested the accused Danish and recovered one 30 bore pistol 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 police teams arrested two accused from different areas of a city. DIG Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha said that the safety of the lives and property of the citizens is our prime responsibility and no laxity will be tolerated in this regard.
Interim bail for Shahnawaz Amir's mother, Sara Inam, extended
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: A district and sessions court in Islamabad extended the interim pre-arrest bail of Sameena Shah, mother of prime suspect Shahnawaz Amir, till October 19 in Sara Inam murder case on Friday. According to reports, Shahnawaz Amir's mother and counsel appeared before Additional Sessions Judge Sheikh Muhammad Sohail. The hearing was postponed because Judge Sheikh Muhammad Sohail was unable to attend owing to the death of his mother. The court postponed further proceedings in the matter until October 19. It is worth noting that the district court has requested arguments from plaintiff's lawyer Rao Abdul Rahim today. Shahnawaz was detained on suspicion of murdering his Canadian national wife. The event occurred in a farmhouse in Shahzad Town where the suspect and his mother lived. On September 27, District Session Court Islamabad acquitted journalist Ayaz Amir in the murder case of his daughter-in-law Sara Inam by his Shahnawaz Amir. There is no evidence about Ayaz Amir’s involvement in the murder, the judge said. The police demanded five-day custody of Ayaz Amir to further investigate the murder. However, his lawyer argued that the police has not yet provided a legitimate reason for arresting his client.
COMSTECH Fellowships Program Fellows Complete Training
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Ms. Rizkiyah Dewi and Ms. Yuli Handayani, both from Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia, completed a 6-week COMSTECH Consortium of Excellence (CCoE) Technicians Training Fellowship at the National University of Science and Technology in Islamabad. COMSTECH hosted the fellowship completion certificate award ceremony. Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General COMSTECH, expressed gratitude to the National University of Science and Technology for its kind participation in the CCoE and generous offer of fellowships to scholars from OIC member states, as well as hosting international delegations.
PCEA contributes about Rs. 400 million to flood victims in Pakistan
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The All-Pakistan Chinese Enterprises’ Association (APCEA) has donated more than Rs. 400 million to the flood affectees of Pakistan, according to Gwadar Pro on Friday. The donations include Rs. 280 million in financial aid and Rs. 120 million in the form of tents, ration bags, drinking water, clothing items, medical supplies, and infrastructure repairs, according to the details. "Since the devastating floods began in Pakistan, APCEA has taken immediate and prompt action, urging our members and advising them to donate cash, tents, food, and rebuilding houses and other infrastructures for the relief of Pakistani people," said APCEA Chairman Yang Jianduo in a video message. Under the Prime Minister Relief Fund 2022, APCEA gave Rs. 15.5 million (about US$ 71,340) to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in August. Following the NDMA cash assistance, APCEA began collecting donations under the heading "emergency help." Yang stated that according to their association's data, the total amount received so far "exceeds Rs. 400 million," and that APCEA is also involved in a "large number of flood relief initiatives." He stated that emergency services were "undertaken immediately by their companies." "With each passing day, more Chinese companies and people are joining hands and continuing to support all those who are in need in the face of great disaster, whether it is Covid-19 or the ongoing flood, the people of China have always stood together with the people of Pakistan sharing their concerns," Yang said.
Weekly inflation increased by 0.29 percent
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The weekly report registered an increase in inflation by 0.29 percent, bringing the country’s overall inflation rate to 29.4 percent on Friday. The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has hiked the prices of vegetables (tomatoes, onions), sugar, and 17 basic commodities in its weekly report. Within a week, the price of tomatoes climbed by Rs48.45 per kg, while onions increased by Rs12.69. The price of sugar increased by Rs57 per kilogramme as well.Furthermore, the price of eggs per dozen increased by Rs1.38. The prices of 14 commodities fell, while the prices of the remaining 20 products remained unchanged, with the price of potatoes falling by Rs3.47.
Breast cancer activists will use social media to raise awareness: Alvi
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has said different segments of the society including educational institutions and chambers of commerce have been approached and different tools are being employed to raise greater awareness about breast cancer. In an interactive session with social media experts in Islamabad on Friday, he underlined the need of early disease detection in order to save lives and prevent costly treatments such as mammography. The President described social media as a powerful tool and encouraged its practitioners to come up and play a role in increasing awareness about breast cancer. Speaking about breast cancer was considered taboo in our society, according to Arif Alvi, but over the last four years, a continuous campaign coordinated by First Lady Samina Alvi has generated some positive outcomes in spreading the message about breast cancer in every nook and cranny of the country. Cell phones may also send and receive messages. In response to a query, the President stated that a national level cancer registry has also been established in order to accurately comprehend the disease's prevalence, survival rate, and other criteria. In her remarks, First Lady Samina Alvi stated that given its broad reach, Radio Pakistan's role in disseminating crucial messages across Pakistan is critical. She stated that due to a lack of health facilities and mammography machines, we are focusing more on early disease detection. She stated that we are attempting to raise awareness through a variety of mediums, including radio and television. The First Lady emphasised the importance of working together to accomplish the goal of early disease detection in the majority of women. Men's roles are also critical in this regard. According to Samina Alvi, we are also trying to protect the rights of differently abled people and to guarantee that they have access to job possibilities.
Imran Khan claims he will shortly announce the ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan has asserted that he would soon announce ‘Jail Bharo Tehreek’ (prison movement). Addressing a public gathering in Mianwali today, the former premier warned the ruling coalition against threatening PTI supporters with jail, saying he would give his life for the country's "true independence." "We are not afraid of being imprisoned because I will soon declare a Jail Bharo Tehreek (prison movement)," stated the PTI Chairman, adding that millions of people are ready to fill your jails. Concerning the much-anticipated lengthy march, Imran Khan stated that his party has far better planning for the demonstration than the government. "All of the 'imported' government's efforts against the PTI would fail, and they would be compelled to call elections," he asserted. He advised the people of Mianwali to prepare for the ultimate call, stating that no nation can thrive in the absence of true independence. The former prime minister expressed relief that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has initiated a probe into an alleged cypher, which he claims caused to his government's demise. He went on to say that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf had been pushing for a probe into cypher for six months, and that they had even forwarded the letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) for investigation. Imran Khan emphasised the performance of his government, claiming that the country's economy was reviving during the PTI's reign. "According to the economic study, the country's economy is recovering for the first time in 17 years," he continued.
Pakistan urges int’l community to hold India accountable for blatant mistreatment: FO
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: According to Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, Pakistan reiterates its appeal for a Commission of Inquiry to investigate extrajudicial executions in IIOJK, as proposed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in its 2018 and 2019 Kashmir Reports. He urged the international community to hold India accountable for its blatant persecution of innocent Kashmiris and to play its part in ensuring a just and peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad revealed this during a weekly press briefing on Friday. The FO spokesperson stated at the opening of the briefing that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is on an official two-day visit to Germany at the invitation of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. The visit is a critical chance to improve bilateral collaboration and exchange perspectives on issues ranging from climate-related disasters in Pakistan to regional and global issues. We will keep you updated as the visit progresses. He stated that the Government of Pakistan's primary objective is to maintain the momentum of flood relief efforts and to keep the international attention on the difficult situation. He stated that the United Nations Revised Flash Appeal for USD 816 million was announced earlier this week in Geneva on October 4th. The updated appeal increases the Floods Response from USD 160m to USD 656m.
Deal completed, govt cases closed: Sheikh Rashid
By Staff Reporter
RAWALPINDI: Sheikh Rashid, leader of the Awami Muslim League Pakistan (AMLP), stated on Friday that the current government's contract has been finalised and all cases related to it have been resolved. While adding that the government is attempting to avoid elections, "it is not possible." Former Interior Minister Rashid remarked on Twitter that PML-N leaders Miftah Ismail and Ishaq Dar are mocking each other while the public suffers the repercussions. Moody's has downgraded Pakistan's credit, he said, adding, "I will inform NAB on October 24 that Nawaz sold the One Hyde Park building for 47.5m pounds, and that after selling the One Hyde Park building, Britain has gotten aggressive against the NCA buyer." According to the former federal minister, the SC was had to intervene in order to be active against the UK NCA buyer.
WASHINGTON: Group photo of Masood Khan, Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, along with a representative of Naqeem Muslim humanitarian organizations in the United States.
CDA Agents’ and Land Mafia’s Reign
By Malik Zubair Awan
RAWALPINDI: It has been reported many times before about the nexus of land mafia and CDA Employees working in Estate Wing of CDA. Member States or his DG or from Director to Naib Qasid level working under him one cannot even think about to get his property work done without giving bribery. According to the sources, common people get their work done by paying bribes after circling the roundabout of Estate Office rooms one by one. All this happening under the nose of New Chairman CDA. If someone's vacant land is to be vacated from illegal occupiers or the possession of an agro farm be redeemed. The situation has reached such a level that DG Enforcement Anwar Khan first collects his money and then gets rid of the expropriation mafia. According to the order of Honorable Islamabad High Court, CDA has so far conducted balloting for the local residents of Islamabad have drawn lots of plots in exchange for land, which has been done by CDA three times up till now for the affected people of different developed sectorial arwa or in process of development by CDA. Sources have said that till now about 250 to 350 allotment letters have been given to the victims through transparent ballotings.It is noteworthy and worrying that it was told by inside sources that the Ex-Member Estate Mr. Naveed Ellahi received up to 3 lakh rupees for giving Approval of each file. If this is the case of the Member level, then how much will get those who work under him? Sources revealed that the mastermind of this whole chain is the than holder of Current Charge Director Mr. Zulfiqar Junejo. Many inquiries are up till now are pending nothing has been done regarding scams which new Authority must look into it. These are the people who are the real enemies of their own employees. Those who gave such suggestions to the locals of Islamabad for their own interests that the employees working with them who have been trying hard to accept their legitimate demands / rights since 2006 are now disappointed Some have retired from their services and many employees have died. It is our opinion that if the victims have got the plots then the CDA Employees should also be given.plots as per CDA's policy which is plot fo every employee whos service is above ten years, by doing this it will be another good step towards enhancing employees stander life and equal rights for everyone. At the same time Authority have to put its hand on culprits by removing them.from.powerful seats and also known think.aboyt about employees benefits for the good work done by.them in Capital.
PTI destroying the country’s economy: Gilani
By Our Correspondent
MULTAN: Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, Parliamentary Leader of Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in Senate, chastised Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) for destabilising the country and undermining its economy. Speaking at a news conference at the Multan Press Club here on Friday afternoon, he claimed that the PTI chairman, Imran Khan, was causing chaos in the country and that the verdict in the Foreign Funding case proved that the PTI's former government was imported, while Mr Khan's narrative was a pack of lies. He stated that if the PTI made advances into Islamabad for a protracted march followed by a sit-in, the government would respond. On the one hand, PTI MNAs had resigned from the National Assembly, while on the other, the party was running in a bye-election, according to the former prime minister, who added that a vote of no confidence against Imran was a smart step.
PTI Senator Saifullah Niazi, Hamid Zaman arrested
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Saifullah Niazi has been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from Islamabad. According to reports, Saifullah Niazi was apprehended at the Parliament's main gate. The arrest is claimed to be related to a fundraising website founded by the PTI leader. In contrast, the FIA detained PTI leader Hamid Zaman in a case involving banned fundraising. According to the data, the investigating agency has filed a case against PTI politician and trustee of the Insaf trust, Hamid Zaman, for illegal funding.
Data refutes Amit Shah's remark about "no electricity in AJK areas"
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Narendra Modi-led fascist Indian government is crafting false narratives of development & progress in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir to justify its illegal actions in the territory while at the same time it is peddling lies to underplay the advancement that has occurred in Azad Jammu and Kashmir since 1947. This was said in interviews by specialists and analysts who have been closely following developments in IIOJK and AJK. They were reacting to Indian Home Minister Amit Shah's speech at a government-sponsored rally in Baramulla on Wednesday. Experts and analysts responded to Amit Shah's false claim that Azad Jammu and Kashmir is underdeveloped and has no electricity in its villages, saying that it is difficult for Indian leaders to swallow the progress and development made in AJK since 1947, and as a result, they make these kinds of fallacious statements to deceive people. They claimed that electrification had reached almost every village in AJK and demonstrated their point by presenting data from the Statistical Year Book 2020 of the AJK Bureau of Statistics Planning and Development Department, which stated that 92.99 percent of the AJK population had access to electricity by the end of the year. According to experts and analysts, the Modi regime is attempting to mislead the world by claiming that a new age of so-called peace and development has begun in IIOJK. However, they asserted that the RSS-backed BJP government's illegal move on 5 August 2019 has put the occupied region in reverse gear in all aspects of life, questioning how peace and development can occur in Kahsmir when it has become the world's most militarised zone.
ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Raja Pervaiz Ashraf with Islamabad based Ambassadors/ High commissioners of countries of Arab Group of the IPU at Parliament House.
Another claimed audio recording of Imran Khan discussing horse dealing has been revealed
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: On Friday, another alleged recording of former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan was leaked, the latest in a string of leaks from the Prime Minister's Office, supposedly revealing the PTI head discussing horse-trading in parliament. "You have a misperception that now the number game is complete [...] don't assume this is done," a voice thought to be Imran's says in the audio tape. "As you can see, 48 hours is a long time. Big things are taking place. I'm making my own movements that we can't reveal "According to Imran Khan. The PTI head is said to have gone on to add that he is "purchasing five" lawmakers. "I've made it clear that those five are critical. And tell them that if they get these five [...] and he gets ten, the game is in our hands. The nation is concerned right now. People all throughout the world want us to win in some way. "Thus, don't worry about whether this is right or bad [...] even if they break one, it will make a significant difference," the voice, thought to be Imran's, continues. "You have got it wrong that the number game has been completed," Chairman PTI tells his aides. He stated that the number is insufficient and advised them not to lose faith because the game is not finished. Imran Khan emphasised that the next 48 hours are critical, with several key events taking place. "I'm making numerous strategic actions that can't be made public," Imran Khan remarked. In the tape, the PTI Chairman continued, "I am buying five MNAs, and the five I have are very significant." In the reported audio, the former prime minister suggests to someone that if he gets them five more members, they will have ten and the game will be in their hands. "The public is anxious today, and they want us to win in whatever way, so don't worry about whether it's right or bad," Imran Khan remarked. "Well, whatever the strategies, even one MNA will make a significant impact," PTI Chairman stated.