Army Chief attends PARA’s closing ceremony
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RAWALPINDI: General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), was the Chief Guest at the Closing Ceremony of the 42nd Pakistan Army Rifle Association (PARA) Central Meet at Jhelum Garrison on Monday, according to Inter Services Public Relations. According to the military media wing, the big shooting event took place at the Army Marksmanship Unit from August 22 to October 10, 2022. Over 2000 shooters from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Civil Armed Forces (CAFs) including Rangers (Sind, Punjab), Frontier Corps, and GB Scouts, as well as civilians, competed in a variety of competitions involving various ranges and types of weapons. As a Guest of Honour, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Babar Sidhu, Chief of Air Staff (CAF), was there and handed out the prizes. Mangla Corps won the Inter Formation Competition, followed by Bahawalpur Corps. Punjab Rangers won the Civil Armed Forces (CAF) category, while Gilgit Baltistan Scouts finished second. In the Inter Services Matches, Pakistan Army won three of four games, including the COAS, CAS, and CNS Matches, while Pakistan Navy won the CISM Match. Pak Navy finished second in the COAS and CNS matches, while PAF finished second in the CAS match. Pakistan Army won the Shotgun, Long Range, and Small Bore Trophies in Open National Matches. The Pakistan Navy won the Prime Minister's 'Skills at Arms' Big Bore National Challenge Match, while the Pakistan Army came in second. Lance Naik Syed Mansoor Ali Shah of 112 Wing Gilgit Baltistan Scouts received the prestigious 'Master at Arms' Trophy as well as a Gold Medal from the 'National Rifle Association of United Kingdom (UK). Maj Ahmad Jehanzeb of the Army Marksmanship Unit received the President's Cup National Challenge Match Trophy.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for interior Rana Sana Ullah chairing a meeting to finalize strategy on PTI long March.
‘Govt not seek Paris Club for debt restructuring’
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ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar declared on Sunday that Pakistan will not seek debt relief from Paris Club creditors. "We have decided not to travel to Paris Club," Dar stated, adding that it was decided not to ask for a reorganisation in conjunction with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. The finance minister went on to stress that Pakistan will make timely payments to international organisations for its national sovereign debt responsibilities. The finance minister also dismissed talk about extending the term of the country's international bond. "God willing," Dar responded, "we will pay the bonds on time." "We are not extending the maturity of the bond." According to Ishaq Dar, all Letters of Credit (LC) payments up to $50,000 would be released before the end of the month. "There are 7,952 pending cases of Letter of Credit payments, and 4,400 of them will be handled following this decision," he said, adding that the government was dedicated to addressing the business community's concerns.
Dr. AQ Khan was very kind; he greeted and met everyone with compassion, says SK Niazi
People do not only know him as a nuclear scientist, but they consider him a social worker too: SK Niazi, One-third of the country is underwater, how many people would come to vote: Tahira Aurangzeb
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ISLAMABAD: SK Niazi, Chief Editor, Pakistan Group of Newspapers, talks on the programme "Sachi Baat". SK Niazi paid a special tribute to the great nuclear scientist Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan. He stated that today (Monday, September 10th) is the death anniversary of the great man and "Mohisn Pakistan", Dr Abdur Qadeer Khan. He often participated in my programs. He has done many favours for Pakistanis. He was very kind. This was his goodness. Every time he greeted and met with compassion with everyone, he used to actively participate in welfare work. People did not only know him as a nuclear scientist, but they considered him a social worker too. Schools and hospitals which he has made by his own efforts are a few of them. SK Niazi lamented in sorrowful words. On his death day, he sated' the worst ever rain and stormy winds I experienced in Islamabad. Similarly, no proper management had been done by the then government (PTI). On the death anniversary and current affairs of Pakistan's (politically & economically) senior politician, member of the national assembly, Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) and mother of current federal minister of information Maryam Aurangzeb, Tahira Aurangzeb participated in "Sachi Baat". She stated, "Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan has worked hard day and night to make Pakistan’s defence impregnable. The people of Pakistan are indebted to the efforts of Dr AQ Khan. He came from abroad, worked for Pakistan, spent his last days here and preferred to be buried in Pakistan. He has not only done his great hard work in the nuclear programme but also in welfare work. After the break, the host, SK Niazi, asked the guest about the current scenario in Pakistani politics and asked a question about whether politicians should be worried about the appointment of the new Army Chief. Politicians got back from the real issues, i.e., post-flood diseases and the rehabilitation of homes; the focus was on the return of Nawaz Sharif, the news chief. The guest replied, "I have seen that Shahbaz Sharif has reached the entire flood affected areas. On the other hand, Imran Khan is busy with his politics. He (Imran Khan) was adamant about announcing the general election. How is it possible to announce the general election? One third of the country is under water. How many people would come to vote? This is a natural disaster, and it happened quickly. It takes time to recover from it. The host urged the ruling party (PML-N) to focus on climate change and the warnings issued by climate experts, as this is, to some extent, a man-made disaster. Why did the administration allow people to do construction in prohibited places? The host replied, "I agree with you that the government must act on this issue. The host further added, "The illegal encroachment near rivers and especially mentioned the Sowan rivers and Lai Nullah". To which the guest said, "You are absolutely right and it should be done accordingly." The host suggested and concluded with the golden words, "The land of state should be divided equally where the allotment of specific allocation and violators should be punished."
Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) observed with zeal
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ISLAMABAD: Muslims throughout the world, including Pakistan, celebrated Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) with religious and traditional zeal. The day began with a 31-gun salute in the federal and provincial capitals, respectively, to honour the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Special conferences, activities, and Mehfil-e-Milad were held to honour the final messenger, whose life and teachings serve as a beacon of light for humanity. On this occasion, people are also organising processions. All public and private buildings, as well as streets, marketplaces, and mosques, had been festooned with colourful lights and bunting. PM Shehbaz Sharif thanked Muslims on the eve of Eid Milad-un-Nabi in a message (PBUH).
‘ANF recovered 49,355 kg of narcotics in last few months’
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ISLAMABAD: The Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) has seized around 49,355 kg of narcotics in recent months, Minister for Narcotics Control Nawabzada Shazain Bugti informed the Upper House of Parliament on Monday. In closing the debate on a motion moved by Senator Bahramand Khan Tangi concerning the unabated use of narcotics drugs, particularly "ice," in the country, with particular reference to educational institutions, the minister stated that his ministry has taken numerous initiatives to rid the society of this menace. He stated that 7486 kilogrammes opium, 2719 kg morphine, 65 kg crystal, 3622 kg heroine, 19808 kg hashish, 10 kg cocaine, 1383 kg meth, 210 kg ecstasy pills, 2700 kg poppy seeds, 1 kg cannabis, 2208 kg ketamine, and other narcotics were seized. Refuting Senator Sania Nishtar's worries regarding alleged torture on drug users in recovery clinics, he said her views were contradictory to reality because all rehab institutions were handled by competent employees. Concerning the amount of drug users in the nation, he stated that his ministry will undertake a report on the subject, with work beginning at the end of October. The report will be completed and released in September of the following year. Bugti stated that discussions with the education ministry were underway to develop a comprehensive strategy to protect the future of the young generation against drug use in educational institutions.
Thar Coal Mines project to be a game-changer for Pakistan: PM
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THARPARKAR: Expressing happiness that the Thar desert was developing fast, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday said that the Thar Coal was the project of Pakistan’s development and prosperity. He stated that, in the face of soaring fuel prices, cheaper energy generation from the Thar Coal Mines project will be a game changer for the entire country's growth. On Monday, the Prime Minister spoke at the opening of the commercial operations of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company's Phase-II during his visit to Thar Coal Mines Block-II in Tharparkar. On this occasion, the prime minister inaugurated a 330 MW power plant of Thar Energy Limited (TEL) and toured the SECMC Mine Phase-II construction site at Islamkot. PM Sharif stated that ignoring the country's indigenous coal deposits was a grave mistake and announced that a conference of stakeholders on Thar Coal mines would be held next week to address formalities. He stated that the federal government, in partnership with the Sindh government, will develop a policy framework for the Thar Coal Mines project, with the goal of connecting it to the rest of the country's coal-powered power plants producing 4,000 megawatts. He stated that the international price of coal has dropped from $67 to $44 and that additional reductions of up to $30 were possible. He said that coal-powered facilities will be a viable business for producing energy at a cost of Rs 10 per unit. Prime Minister stated that the Thar Coal project will preserve the country's foreign exchange and assist the national economy develop. He stated that by March 2023, the Thar Coal Mines project would be linked by a freight rail track for the delivery of coal to other regions of the country. He praised the Sindh government, Hubco, the Chinese government, and Chinese firms for educating local experts and employees, as well as the women who work in the field, such as at water treatment facilities and dumping trucks. He was pleased that Thar was developing quickly after former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto initially visited the area in 1996 and envisioned a prosperity plan for the residents.
FPCCI, KWCCI Malir, Samina Alvi Task force organize Breast Cancer Awareness Seminar
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KARACHI: The Women Entrepreneurs Committee of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry and Karachi Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry Malir (KWCCI Malir) in collaboration with Samina Alvi Task force organized a seminar on Breast Cancer Awareness aimed at providing awareness to women about this disease. In the seminar, President FPCCI, Irfan Sheikh, SVP Suleman Chawla, VP Shabbir Mansha Churra, VP Haji Yaqoob, VP Engr. M. A. Jabbar, VP Shaukat Omerson, Convener Women Entrepreneurs Committee FPCCI and Founder President, KWCCI District Malir, Nazli Abid Nisar, MNA Syma Nadeem, Member Samina Alvi Task Force Misbah Khalid, Dr. Kausar, Plastic Surgeon and Breast Cancer Specialist, South City, Shahid Khan, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce VP, FPCCI Rafat Alam, Dr Sana Mirza, Chairperson and associate professor, Lums, SVP KWCCI District Malir Afzala Shaheen , VP Yasmeen Arif and Farah khan were also attended the awareness session. Irfan Iqbal, FPCCI President, said that it is very important for women to be healthy for the formation of a strong society. FPCCI provided 2 vans equipped with modern medical facilities to Cancer Care for providing healthy life to women, and 300 women were tested out of which 11 women were found to have breast cancer. Nazli Abid Nisar, Convener FPCCI Women Entrepreneurs Committee and Founder President of Karachi Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry Malir, said that we have been organizing seminars with the support of Samina Alvi Task Force for 3 years and to prevent women from this disease, providing awareness. "If a woman is healthy and strong, then a strong society will be formed and women can work by sitting at home alongside men", she said. Nazli Abid was of the view that we want to reach the government from the platform of FPCCI to provide medical teams in cities and villages to prevent breast cancer so that women can be made aware of their health and provide treatment facilities.
Teachers and students participate in Smoke and Drugs Free Campus Walk at KFUEIT
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RAHIM YAR KHAN: An awareness walk regarding Smoke and Drugs Free Campus organized by the DSA in KFUEIT. A large number of faculty members and students participated in the walk. Director of Students Affairs Dr. Aslam Khan said that KFUEIT is trying to provide a healthy environment to its students. According to the rules set by the government, there is a complete ban on the sale of all types of tobacco products within a radius of 50 meters around educational institutions. On the special instructions of the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sulaiman Tahir, the University administration is also taking all possible measures to prevent smoke and drugs, that's why Drugs Advisory Hub has declared Khwaja Fareed University a smoke and drug-free campus. He further said that students should prefer staying in university hostels instead of living outside the university as it will not only provide them with a healthy environment but also reduce the possibility of engaging in drug-related activities. This is essential for their secure future. Parents should keep an eye on their children's activities and stand by the university administration so that our young generation adopts healthy activities and stays away from all forms of tobacco and drugs.
ISLAMABAD: Pashtunkhwa Awami Party Senator Sardar Shafiq Tareen, CEO Imran Khattak, and Imran Minhas are inaugurating the office by cutting the ribbon at G-11 center.
Late khawaja jawaid was the founder of industries in chakwal
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CHAKWAL: Well-known industrialist Khawaja Muhammad Kaleem said that the establishment of Koh Noor Textile Mills in Chakwal in 1974 would not have been possible if the late Khawaja Khalid Saleem and Khan Muhammad Balam had not strongly recommended to the late MNA Amir Khan. However, due to the late Amir Khan's interest, the then Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto approved the establishment of textile mills in Chakwal, while at that time we were being asked at the government level to set up these mills in Balochistan and Haripur, but my late father Khawaja Muhammad Yusuf and my elder brother late Khawaja Muhammad Javed insisted that they should install this mill in Chakwal. He was speaking at Live from Chakwal Press Club in a program organized in memory of late Khawaja Muhammad Javed, Patron General of the Press Club. On this occasion, well-known industrialist Khawaja Muhammad Tanveer was also with him. Zulfiqar Mir, the host of the program, said that Chakwal Group of Industries founded not only textile mills in the backward district of Chakwal, but also established the first English medium school of Chakwal in the name of Jinnah Public in 1975 and now Chakwal Grammar apart from Jinnah Public School. The school is being run without profit or loss. Chairman Chakwal Press Club Khawaja Babar Saleem Mehmood said that in 1990, the Federal Board of Revenue published the list of income tax payers and in it, Khawaja Muhammad Kaleem and Khawaja Muhammad Jahangir of Chakwal were the first and second in the list of tax payers in the country at that time were in position. Indeed, this is no less than a great honor in a backward area. Khawaja Daniyal Saleem said that the establishment of industries by the late Khawaja Mohammad Javed is indeed in its place, but the way Khawajas have patronized educational institutions for the promotion of education in Chakwal, it is because of this that today the literacy rate is 100 percent is going. In the ceremony, Raja Iftkha Rahamad also paid tribute to Chakwal Group of Industries for their services to the region. On this occasion, social activist Babar Butt was also present in the program.
The Coffee Bean & Teal Leaf Finds a New Home in Karachi
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KARACHI: Hollywood’s favorite coffee shop, The Coffee Bean & Teal Leaf, has now found its new home in Karachi. The grand opening took place on Friday, Oct 7, through an invite-only event. This marks the launch of their 12th store in Pakistan, and the very first branch in Karachi. The Coffee Bean & Teal Leaf already has 4 branches in Islamabad, 5 in Lahore, 1 in Sialkot, and 1 in Gujranwala. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf was first brought to Pakistan in Dec 2017 by Entrepreneurs Adnan Azam, Usman Yousuf and Usman Azam. The first store was opened at Mount View Plaza, sector F-6 of Islamabad. “Due in part to the pandemic, we know we took some time to reach Karachi, but we’re finally here and this is just the beginning of our journey in this city of lights,” said Adnan Azam at the launch event. “We recognize Karachi’s undying love for coffee, and we want to give Karachites a space where they can rejuvenate while sipping on their favorite brews” he added. Also sharing his thoughts on the event, Usman Yousuf said, “This branch marks the beginning of The Coffee Bean & Teal Leaf in Karachi. We couldn’t be more excited to launch it here and make a great addition to Karachiites’ list of favorite coffee spots.” “We’re sure that the city will show The Coffee Bean & Teal Leaf love. We invite the coffee lovers of Karachi to come and try it and not hesitate to recommend us to their friends and family,” he added. “The residents of Clifton and PECHS should stay tuned for some great news in the next few weeks. Karachi has so much potential and we have just gotten started” added Usman Azam. Born and brewed in Southern California since 1963, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf is heralded as the oldest and largest privately-held specialty coffee and tea retailer in the world, with over 1200 stores across 31 countries today. The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is focused on sourcing and simmering the best 1% of Arabica beans, and serving more than 20 handpicked entire leaf teas, all from little ranches and private bequests in East Africa, Latin America and the Pacific. The brand is particularly loved in Hollywood, frequented by Johnny Carson, David Beckham, Madonna, the Kardashians, Miley Cyrus and Eddie Murphy and the list goes on. The Coffee Bean is truly international. The espresso and teas are picked from over the world, roasted in LA and ground in best-in-class Swiss hardware, pulled in an Italian “Ferrari of espresso machines” with water that originates from a world-class filtration system and served in mugs from Korea. The chocolate and cocoa originates from Belgium and Switzerland, the spreads from France, and the cheese from italy.
CM deplores the federal govt for politicization of flood affectees
CM pats administration for best Eid Milad-ul-Nabi arrangements takes notice of the sheikhupura incident
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Lahore: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has said that the provincial government has taken timely steps for the rehabilitation of the flood victims. Along with the Provincial Disaster Management Authority and Rescue 1122, the district administration also worked hard to help the flood victims, he said. The families of those, who died due to floods and rains, have been given financial assistance of one million per person. Dry ration has also been provided to more than 168,000 victims, while more than 5,000 blankets and 44,000 plus tents have been distributed to flood victims, he said. More than 1,400 rescue boats participated in relief activities to transport flood victims to safe places and 34,000 bags of flour were also distributed among the victims, he mentioned. Similarly, more than 23,000 mosquito nets and 21,000 life jackets have also been provided. Alongside this, lakhs of animals have been vaccinated, he further said. The CM said that the financial assistance has been increased to compensate for the damages to the houses and livestock by the floods. The Punjab government has not been given a penny for the rehabilitation of the flood victims by the federal government; he regretted and noted that the Punjab government is performing the duty of rehabilitating the flood victims with its own resources. It also sent a medical relief mission to help the flood victims of Sindh and Balochistan, while 2 mobile health units were sent to the flood-affected areas of Sindh, the CM said. The Punjab government was helping the affectees while rising above politics. He lamented that the federal government is playing politics over the flood victims which is unfortunate. Despite being in London, I am aware of the progress on the rehabilitation measures of the victims daily and rehabilitation activities will continue until the resettlement of the flood victims, he concluded. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has expressed satisfaction with the best arrangements for the celebrations of Eid Milad-ul-Nabi and congratulated the administration, police and law enforcement agencies in this regard. He has also appreciated the performance of the cabinet committee on law and order. Due to the foolproof arrangements of the Punjab government, the celebrations were held in a peaceful environment throughout the province; he added and noted that untiring efforts were made to maintain the atmosphere of peace and harmony. The line departments performed their duties diligently to protect the life and property of the people, he said. The way the departments worked as a team is commendable. Parvez Elahi further said that he supervised arrangements from London and added that we will have to work with the same determination in future to protect the life and property of the people.
Driver dead, 2 students hurt in firing on school van in Swat
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SWAT: Some unknown persons opened fire on a school van in Gali Bagh in Swat killing its driver and injuring two young. According to initial details, a school van was sprayed with bullets by some unknown miscreants at Gali Bagh who killed its drive and injured two small students sitting in the van. In another incident, two parties traded fire near a school in Danoh Timergirah, Lower Dir in which three schoolgirls were severely injured. The injured students were shifted to hospital where their condition was stated to be critical. Soon after the incident, police and Elite force reached the place.The firing incident created panic in the area and the school was also closed down temporarily. Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan on Monday expressed grief and sorrow over the attack on school van in Swat.
Lahore declared calamity-hit city due to smog
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LAHORE: The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) on Monday issued a notification declaring Lahore a calamity-hit city due to smog. The notification, which was also produced in the Lahore High Court (LHC), lays out the measures to be taken to control smog. According to it, there will be a ban on all the activities that cause smog across the province. Special teams will be formed to control smog, and a crisis room will be established in the PDMA office. Industries that emit black smoke will be closed, and schools will be bound to buy buses to reduce emissions. The deputy commissioners will take all necessary steps to control smog in their areas. Setting crop residue on fire shall be strictly prohibited. A stern action will be taken against crop burning, and the deputy commissioner concerned will be held responsible. Vehicles and industries that pollute the environment will also be dealt with sternly.
Shan Foods, The Citizens Foundation join hands to provide quality education]
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KARACHI: Shan Foods, a leading name in the food industry, has once again partnered with The Citizens Foundation (TCF), a non-profit organisation working to provide equal education to the underserved and less privileged children, to support its cause by sponsoring one of its schools located in the DehRehri area of Karachi. As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, Shan Foods has been working relentlessly to fulfil the United Nation's outlined sustainable development goals (SDGs). Focusing on the SDG of quality education, Shan Foods previously supported a class of 25 children studying at a TCF school to receive free education for a full year. Shan Foods will now sponsor an entire TCF school to meet the educational needs of the students, further strengthening its role in its mission to empower the impoverished segment of society. Sharing her thoughts at the MoU signing ceremony, Maria Rashdi, Head of Corporate Communications & PR at Shan Foods, said, "Shan Foods has always been committed to working for the betterment and growth of society." Education, being one of the main pillars of a progressive society, has been a focus area that we have been working for.
Islamabad Capital Police starts self defence course
Islamabad Capital Police intensifies crackdown against tinted glasses vehicles
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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 purpose of the course aims at imparting martial arts training to the city's women and men to protect themselves from eve-teasing and molestation. The idea is to empower and sensitize women and men to tackle unpleasant situations. According to the details, following the special directives of IGP Islamabad Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan and instructions of DIG Headquarters Owais Ahmad Malik, a self-defense course has been started by Islamabad Capital Police in which a total of 20 women and 35 men are participating. In the self-defense course, candidates will be trained in human rights law, weapon handling, swimming, live firing practice, repelling, obstacle crossing, horse riding and archery. Earlier on, four batches of women and two batches of mens have completed the training of self-defense courses as well, during the course, separate classes have been organized for participants also. DIG Headquarters said that, self-defence is not just a martial art. It prepares participants to be self-sufficient in situations where their safety is threatened and helps them learn how to take care of one, he further said that the purpose of this course is to promote community policing between Islamabad Capital Police and federal capital citizens. Meanwhile, following the special directions of Deputy Inspector General of Police Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha, Islamabad capital police constituted Special squads to take action against vehicles with tinted glasses in the capital city.
PAC organized Mehfil-e-Milad for ladies
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RAWALPINDI: Punjab Arts Council organized a Mehdil-e-Milad for ladies in connection with Ashra Shan-e-RehmatulilAlameen. Member National AssemblyKanwalShouzeb was the Chief Guest of the ceremony. While addressing the participants of Mehfil-e-MiladKanwalShouzeb said that the birth of Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) is a greater joy for Muslims than Eid. In today's gathering, the lovers of Rasool(S.A.W) proved that our life is incomplete without the love of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). Muslims are at a loss without the love of the Prophet (S.A.W). The Sunnah of the Prophet (S.A.W) is the only way to succeed in this world and the hereafter.NaheedManzoor said that there is no counting the blessings of Zikr Mustafa. Wherever the name of the Prophet (S.A.W) is mentioned, the blessings of Allah are incalculable. We should be thankful to Allah, that He created us in the Ummah of His Beloved Prophet (S.A.W).The life of the Prophet (PBUH) was described as a perfect example for Muslims, she added. Blessings and greetings were sent to Hazrat Muhammad (S.A.W) in the Mehfil-e-Milad.
RAWALPINDI: Member Cantt Board Ward No. 3 Arshad Mahmud Qureshi and Raja Waseem Saifi along with Ulama to be taken out in connection with Eid Milad-ul-Nabi Leading the rally.
CIA Police foil attempt to smuggle drugs through gallant policing
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ISLAMABAD: Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) of Islamabad Police has filed an attempt to smuggle narcotics and recovered a cache of hashish, 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 directions, a police team of CIA foiled a bid to smuggle drugs in a vehicle and arrested two accused. The accused were identified as Hazrat Usman and Ali Rehman. The Police team also recovered 28 kilogram hashish from their possession. Case has been registered at the Industrial Area police station and further investigation is underway. During preliminary investigation the accused confessed to smuggling drugs from KPK to different districts of Punjab. DIG Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha has appreciated the performance of the police team and said that Islamabad police is making all out efforts for the safety and security of citizens. He has also requested the citizens to inform police in case of any such suspicious activity in their areas.
Seed Corporation ensure provision of modern production technology with seed bags for technical guidance of farmers: Hussain Jahanian
RAWALPINDI: Punjab Seed Corporation is playing a key role in providing quality and cheap seeds to the farmers. There is a need to provide better services to the farmers. Minister for Agriculture, Punjab Syed Hussain Jahanian Gardezi said this while presiding over the meeting 122nd meeting of board of Punjab Seed Corporation Directors. Managing Director PSC Shan-Al-Haq gave a briefing on the agenda of the meeting. Provincial Agriculture Minister further said that Punjab Seed Corporation is a trusted organization of farmers. To provide quality seeds to the farmers, while conducting seed trials on their agricultural farms, they should be planted under the supervision of the seed variety discoverer so that the actual potential yield of the seed can be realized. Apart from this, the Punjab Seed Corporation should present a short-term and long-term plan for the supply of seeds to the farmers in Rabi and Kharif season and the progressive farmers and academia should also be consulted while planting the seed trials.
Centaurus Mall GM says Sunday’s fire was not major one
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ISLAMABAD: The general manager (GM) of Centaurus Mall, Islamabad has said that the incident of fire that had erupted on one of the floors of the Mall Sunday was not a major one, and that only one shop had been damaged by it and no loss of life was reported on Monday. Talking to media, Amir Khawaja has said that the mall’s own team has investigated the cause of the blaze. “As often is the case, the fire had spread from the kitchen,” he disclosed. Khawaja has promised to media personnel that details of the investigation will be shared with them. He has said that the firefighters managed to douse the flames in only two hours. The GM has informed that overseas Pakistanis have invested their capital in the mall.
Lubricant oil industry ready to set foot in Gwadar Free Zone Phase II
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ISLAMABAD: In a major development, Chinese lubrication Oil industry is ready to enter in Gwadar Free Zone Phase II as an affiliate of China’s enterprise “Hengmei Technological Grease Company” has agreed to establish lubricant blending plant in Gwadar. According to a Gwadar Pro's report on Monday, Hengmei Technological Grease Company has already been registered and incorporated in Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and after signing the sub-lease deal agreement, it will make its debut in Gwadar Free Zone Phase II ushering in a brand-new chapter of lubrication manufacturing & industry in Gwadar Port. Hengmei is an affiliate of the energy giant Sinopec, which focuses on development and production of greases for upstream petroleum exploration, production and refining. Sinopec namely China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation) is a Chinese oil and gas enterprise. According to an official of Gwadar Port Authority (GPA), Hengmei has a wide scope of business to be set up in Gwadar including the sales and production of lubricating oil, grease, antifreeze, urea aqueous solutions and sealing grease. Apart from accelerating the industrialization process, it will provide numerous job and commercial opportunities for the local community. “Owing to its excellent performance, Hengmei Lubricating oil was conferred with the honorary title of 2019 ‘leading brand’ in the Chinese lubricating oil industry by Chinese Lubricating Oil Brand Summit Committee in 2019,” he added. It will be the fourth Chinese company to be making its mark in Gwadar Free Zone Phase II also called “North Gwadar Free Zone” which is in the phase of full-fledged development and construction. Since Gwadar Free Zone Phase II went into formal action after the groundbreaking ceremony performed by Prime Minister of Pakistan on July 05, 2021, three Chinese companies have already made their formal entry in it. The Chinese company Agvon formally set in motion its physical work by initiating soil testing investigation, first phase of infrastructure development plan. On the allocation of 10-acre land awarded to Chinese Company “Agvon” team is working round the clock. “As per agreement, Agvon plans to build a state of art Fertilizer Processing Plant within the stipulated time period.” The second company Hang Geng has been allocated 10-acre land. It will launch infrastructure work after finishing the required licensing process as per set rules and regulation. The company intends to run a pharmaceutical factory that will produce medicine from animal skins. The third company namely Essatex industries, has also entered into agreement. It has been allocated one acre of land. Apart from this, COPHC official said that there is also a big company that aspired for the allocation of 7.5 square km out of total 9.3 square km land of Gwadar Free Zone phase II. This company announced to invest from $3 billion to $4 billion that will churn out more than 30,000 employments. A senior official of Gwadar Port Authority (GPA) said that with the operationalizing of Gwadar Free Zone Phase II (under-developed), Phase I (already completed and functional) and Gwadar port, economic activity will generate $10 billion per annum.
Business community concerns the deployment of FBR staff inside business center
By Staff Reporter
RAWALPINDI: President of Rawalpindi Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry Tariq Jadoon has said that the voice will be raised for the rights of the business community. The business community is concerned about the deployment of FBR staff inside the business center after the installation of KoPOS and strongly condemns it as harassment. Under the leadership of group leader Malik Shahid Ghafoor Paracha, always organized many important events from the platform of Small Chamber, raising voice for relief for traders and solving their problems. My first priority is the improvement and development of traders and small industry. He expressed these views while addressing the meeting of the new executive body at the beginning of the year at the office of Rawalpindi Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry. On this occasion, Group Leader Malik Shahid Ghafoor Paracha, Chairman Nadeem Sheikh, Senior Vice President Naeem Ashraf, Muhammad Mahfouz, Ex-President Sajid Hassan, Ex-President Sheikh Asif Idris, Muhammad Ilyas, Zeeshan Abid, Shahid Saleem, Sheikh Rehan Hameed, Shafqat Ali, Accountant, Among the female members were Raja Farzand, Nasir Rehan Abid, Asimullah Qureshi, Asifa Wasim and Salma Chattai, and a large number of businessmen of the city.
Chief Commissioner ICT assures to expedite the post-fire structure stability report of Centaurus Mall
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Usman, Chief Commissioner Islamabad and Chairman CDA assured that he would expedite the post-fire structure stability report of the Centaurus Mall and move master to finalize its matters. He also allowed the Centaurus management to arrange the cleaning of the mall besides allowing owners to collect their possessions from the mall. He said this while talking to a delegation of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) that called on him led by its President Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari. Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan former President ICCI and CEO Centaurus Mall, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi former President ICCI and Ch. Naseer Ahmed senior member ICCI were in the delegation. Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President ICCI and Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan former President ICCI and CEO Centaurus briefed Capt. (Retd) Muhammad Usman, Chief Commissioner ICT and Chairman CDA about the fire incident in the mall and thanked him for monitoring the rescue and firefighting operations in his presence. They also thanked Lt. Gen. Sahir Shamshad Mirza Corps Commander 10 Corps Rawalpindi, Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Rescue 1122 and Fire Brigade for their active role in bringing the fire under control due to which the Centaurus Mall was saved from serious damages. They assured that ICCI and the Centaurus Mall Management would fully cooperate with the ICT Administration in completing the technical report and restoring the mall back to its normal operations. Sardar Yasir Ilyas informed the Chief Commissioner ICT that the mall is perfectly fine and fire did not penetrate the structure of the tower due to which the structure is sound & safe. He requested that the tenants and residents may be allowed to reside in Tower-B. He said that each component of the complex is independent; therefore, the entire complex may not be sealed. He said that they would provide full support to the CDA and the Administration for inspection of the mall. He said that the complex may be de-sealed and the residents may not be asked to leave as it will create problems for them.
IHC reserves judgement on admissibility of petition against Section 144 imposition
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday reserved the judgement on the admissibility of a petition against the imposition of Section 144. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition which had been filed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Asad Umar. Babar Awan, on behalf of petitioner Asad Umar, had appeared before the court. It had been contended in the petition that imposing Section 144 to curb peaceful protests was unconstitutional. “The British Raj had created this law which is still being used today,” read the text of the petition. “How is the petitioner affected by Section 144? Did anyone stop Asad Umar from taking permission for a peaceful protest?” the IHC chief justice questioned. “Asad Umar is a leader of the PTI, and he has been engaged in a lot of political activities,” Babar Awan told the court. “In the sit-in case, the Supreme Court has ruled that permission shall have to be taken for a peaceful protest. This party has its government in two provinces. Hasn’t Section 144 been implemented there?” the IHC chief justice questioned further. “The matter of law and order is to be looked after by the executive. The court will never interfere in it,” Chief Justice Athar Minallah stated. “Does the PTI not have governments in two provinces where Article 144 is applicable? When the PTI was in power, had Section 144 not been in force in Islamabad?” he questioned further. “This party has its government in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. You should first go to these provinces and get this law repealed by the assemblies. Get the law abolished through assemblies and then come here,” he said to Babar Awan.
Arif Alvi imbues honorific title of Hilal-e-Pakistan to Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa
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ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has conferred Hilal-e-Pakistan to Secretary General Muslim World League Dr. Mohammad bin Abdulkarim Al-Issa in recognition of his services to Pakistan in different fields. In this regard, a special investiture ceremony was held on Monday at Islamabad's Aiwan-e-Sadr. The award was given in recognition of his services in strengthening brotherly relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia; for being an instrument for the awarding of scholarships to Pakistani students in educational institutions and higher learning in Saudi Arabia; for pursuing and protecting the rights of Pakistani expatriates in Saudi Arabia; and for promoting peace and harmony by holding conferences, seminars, and dialogues within Muslim societies as well as with non-Muslim societies. Later, Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa and his group met with President Obama. Mufti Abdul Shakoor, Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, and Nawaf bin Saeed Al Malki, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, also attended the conference. In a meeting with the secretary-general, the president identified "Islamophobia" as one of the most serious difficulties facing Muslims, emphasising the importance of allaying the world's anxieties about Islam. He stated that Islam supported for international peace, solidarity, and concord and those individuals from all nations needed to be taught about Islam's genuine message. The president urged the need to highlight the true and harmonious nature of Islam in the Muslim world and beyond. He said that Islamophobia needed to be countered and eliminated through peaceful and harmonious actions in the Islamic world. He also emphasised the importance of holding interfaith conferences, dialogues, and gatherings to share views with religious experts and leaders of other religions in order to express Islam's true message. According to the president, moderation in Islamic communities might go a long way toward not only eradicating extremism, terrorism, and intolerance, but also promoting peace and socioeconomic fairness. He also highlighted his concern over the growing tendency of Islamophobia in India, noting that Islamophobia was deeply ingrained in the country and was being encouraged at the state level. He emphasised the importance of taking tangible steps to protect Indian Muslims from the detrimental effects of Islamophobia. During the conference, the president asked the Muslim World League to explore launching scholarships for Shariah, Islamic Studies, and scientific and technical students.
PTI prohibited funding case, IHC sends notice to FIA
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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has issued a notice to the Federal Investigation Agency in Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s prohibited funding case. PTI Senator Saifullah Nyazee filed the petition, which was heard by IHC Justice Amir Farooq. The judge sent notice on the FIA and directed that the petition be included to other applications relevant to the forbidden funding matter. During the hearing, Justice Farooq asked if this was the same case that had previously been filed in the court and was scheduled for hearing on October 19. The lawyer answered in the affirmative. He informed the court that the banking circle conducted an investigation into the subject initially, and that the FIA cybercrime wing was currently looking into it. He stated that the cybercrime unit has launched a new investigation into the cash obtained through the website namanzoor.com. Nyazee was detained by the FIA on October 7 in connection with a forbidden financing investigation. The agency called the PTI leader multiple times but he never showed up for the probe. The FIA detained him on Friday for questioning and interrogation. The FIA also raided PTI officials' homes in Lahore and Islamabad, arresting party members mentioned in the financing investigation for suspected non-cooperation. The agency also apprehended PTI leader Hamid Zaman, who is in charge of Insaf Trust's affairs. On Saturday, the former ruling party petitioned the Islamabad High Court to stop the investigating agency from taking action against its officials. The PTI alleged in their plea that following the ouster of its administration, the party established a website called "namnzoor.com" to solicit donations from Pakistanis living abroad. It goes on to say that the primary contributor may go to the website and enter their information to be sent to the payment page, where they can use their bank account or PayPal to make the payment. According to the statement, the details of these donations have been provided with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in accordance with the Election Act of 2017.
Nawaz Sharif plays no role in major selections, according to Sh Rashid
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ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Sheikh Rashid on Monday prophesied that former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif’s desire of making some important appointments would not be fulfilled. Speaking to the media at the Islamabad kutchehry, he stated that several major choices in the country were expected before November 15, 2022. He referred to Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah as a "hired assassin," saying it was regrettable that he was discussing employing drones to dump shells on Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) activists during the party's scheduled march on Islamabad. "The nation is waiting for PTI Chairman Imran Khan's call to march," he said, adding that there was no time to waste in making the declaration. The former interior minister mocked the coalition government for controlling only 27 kilometres of Islamabad's territory and warned it that its days were numbered. "I am warning you that if any protestor dies during the march, you will have nowhere to hide," he said.
US Coast Guard sends ships to Karachi for joint drills
By Our Correspondent
KARACHI: Two ships of the US Coast Guard visited Karachi port on Monday, and as per the schedule, they will remain there till October 9, 2022. Fast response cutters USCGC Charles Moulthrope (WPC 1141) and USCGC Emlen Tunnell (WPC 1145) visited Karachi port as part of an ongoing series of joint exercises and technical exchanges between US naval forces and the Pakistan Navy, led by US Coast Guard Capt. Eric Helgen, Commodore for Patrol Forces Southwest Asia. "We are really happy to visit Pakistan as we continue to strengthen our partnership in a highly dynamic region," Helgen added. As we mark the 75th anniversary of US-Pakistan bilateral relations, our maritime security collaboration is just one example of the United States and Pakistan's strong partnership, which includes many areas of shared priority such as trade, investment, combating climate change, education, public health, and cultural preservation. "Our relationships are robust and long-lasting, based on staff exchanges and joint exercises to improve coordination and collaboration," Helgen added. “Many US Navy ships have visited Pakistan over the years, which reflect the continued strong relationship and cooperation between Pakistan and the US.”
Article 62 disqualification: Nawaz Sharif says "wasted 5 precious years of my life"
LONDON: Former prime minister and Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif on Sunday criticised the judiciary for his disqualification under Article 62(1)(f) and then terming it ‘draconian law’. Nawaz Sharif told a news conference here, "I was disqualified by Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution, and now they call it a harsh legislation." To exact vengeance on me, the national economy crashed. When $5 million was put in a platter, the response was "absolutely not." The PML-N Quaid stated that they returned to Pakistan despite facing judicial punishments. "Maryam had been arrested before me, and five years of my life had been squandered." I'd want to inquire as to why we were subjected to hundreds of hearings in a bogus case." Nawaz Sharif slammed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, saying he pledged to commit suicide rather than seek loans from the IMF, and the nation is now waiting for him to keep his word. "All of his wrongdoings are being brought to light in front of the country," he continued.
UNHCR urgently seeking US$66 m for flood-ravaged in Pakistan
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ISLAMABAD: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is urgently seeking US$65.8 million to help more than 650,000 refugees and members of their host communities affected by the recent devastating floods in Pakistan. As Pakistan faces a massive task in responding to this climatic tragedy, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees reiterates its plea for further assistance for the nation and its people, who have kindly sheltered Afghan refugees for over four decades. According to a press release, the magnitude of destruction caused by the monsoon on people and infrastructure is difficult to understand.
Barrister Sultan urges diaspora in US raise awareness of Kashmir dispute
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MUZAFFARABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhary has stressed upon the Kashmir diaspora in United States to play their effective role for highlighting the plights of their brethren in illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) through different activities at their host country. The president was addressing a public meeting of the Kashmiri and Pakistani diaspora in Huston, according to a statement published by his office here Monday. He emphasised on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir living abroad in the globe that they will continue to resist till they obtain the right to self-determination guaranteed by United Nations (UN) resolutions. Irfan Hassan Chaudhary presided over the gathering, which was also addressed by Ismahil Shah, Raja Shehbaz, Sardar Rasheed, Chaudhary Ejaz, and others. Barrister Sultan claimed that he presented the opinions of Kashmiris during meetings with US officials, UN representatives and OIC members and highlighted the issue on different forums during his stay in US. He further stated that his speeches had helped these officials grasp many facets of the long-running Kashmir dispute, and that the Indians were now on the defensive. He stated that human rights violations in IIOJK were at an all-time high and that the lives of innocent people in the valley had been cut short, but Indians must remember that she cannot suppress people's devotion to the right to self-determination via the use of guns and horrors. He made it clear that the IIOJK people's resistance will continue against all difficulties till their region was liberated from unjust Indian rule. He appealed Kashmiri people living in US to stand up at this critical juncture of freedom struggle and play their role to raise the plight of people at different international forums in US.
Federal govt ’faulted’ for fire at Islamabad's shopping mall
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The spokesperson for Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister on Monday blamed the federal government for fire in Islamabad’s shopping mall, which is owned by AJK PM Sardar Tanveer Ilyas. In an interaction with media, Raja Usman, the AJK PM's spokesperson, stated that the fire in Centaurus Mall was deliberately caused by the federal government as political victimisation in light of the current circumstances. He stated that the federal government intends to make it a larger story than the Model Town fire, accusing Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah of being involved in the Islamabad shopping mall fire. According to the spokesman, the Islamabad administration was to blame for the fire, and the Inspector-General, Commissioner, and Deputy Commissioner were all intimately implicated in the tragedy. Meanwhile, AJK Food Minister Ali Shan stated that if the mall is not reopened on Tuesday, the territory's President and Premier, together with thousands of Kashmiris, will organise a sit-in. "We don't want to politicise the subject, and we are not doing so," the minister said, adding that they had come to express solidarity with the AJK premier. A fire broke out in the food court of a famous shopping mall in Islamabad the day before, but it was soon brought "under control." After the rescue effort was completed, the deputy commissioner ordered that the building be shut.
Imran promises, govt of peaceful long march
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RAWALPINDI: Regretting that the country had been given to thieves and thugs to rule, former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan on Monday said that each and every party member should take the ‘long march’ on Islamabad as a ‘Jihad’. He was speaking to party officials and workers in Rawalpindi. "We know what you're planning to do to fight the march, but you have no clue what surprise we've got in store for you," Imran stated to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah. He stated that he was preparing people for the march. "The PTI march will be both historic and peaceful." "We will not take the law into our own hands during the demonstration," he added, adding that the prime minister and interior minister would not be able to face the pressure of millions of people within Islamabad. Directing the party's office-bearers and workers to go door to door to encourage people to join the march, Imran made it clear that their promotion within the party and the allocation of tickets in the next general elections would be contingent on how well they performed now; how many people responded to their call. Former Prime Minister stated it was sad that Nawaz Sharif had not shown a money trail for his Avenfield homes in London. "You possess properties in the most affluent district of London, but you have no money trail to demonstrate," he lamented. In the end, Imran took oath from the PTI workers and office-bearers (Rawalpindi chapter) that they would not hesitate to give any sacrifice for the success of the march.