LAHORE: Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Miftah Ismail and Governor Punjab, Muhammad Baligh ur Rehman in a group photo with the delegation of businessmen at Governor House.
PM says a big thank you to Antonio for his support
Nation pays tribute to Quaid-e-Azam for his untiring struggle, leadership qualities: PM
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres left for the US on Sunday after wrapping up his Two-day visit to Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif while appreciating UN Secretary-General Guterres’ support for the Pakistan flood victims said that he was deeply touched by his empathy and leadership. In his tweet today, PM Shehbaz wrote: “A big thank you to UN SG @antonioguterres for his unprecedented support of the flood victims. His two-day visit has been critical in raising awareness about the human tragedy. Deeply touched by his empathy and leadership. Pakistan needs global support to overcome this challenge. The extent of the destruction that has enveloped Pakistan left the UN Secretary General speechless on his tour to the camps and flood-affected areas in the sweltering heat. His voice has come to represent those affected by floods. He spoke about climate change, and the world should take note. Sindh's chief minister thanks the UN for its assistance. While bidding him farewell on Sunday, CM Shah thanked the UN chief for coming to Pakistan to show support for those impacted by the floods and for visiting flood relief camps to learn firsthand about the challenges the afflicted people are facing. He praised the UN secretary-general for making personal efforts to solve these issues. The entire nation, according to Prime Minister Shehbaz on Sunday, paid respect to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, for his tireless efforts, cunning, and leadership abilities that resulted in the protection of Muslims' rights in the subcontinent. The prime minister announced in a series of tweets that the country was commemorating the 74th death anniversary of the Father of the Nation today. The aspiration of the Muslims of India to establish their own independent state would not have been realised without his active leadership. The nation must follow the enduring ideals of religion, unity, and discipline set forth by the Father of Pakistan, the prime minister declared today. He continued, saying that in addition to facing financial hardship, the nation was also facing a natural disaster in the shape of floods.
Iraqi Interior Minister announces to open all entry points for Pakistani Zaireen on request of Rana Sanaullah
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The number of visas for Pakistani Zaireen would be increased, and all entry points will be open to them, according to Iraqi Interior Minister Othman Ali Farhood Moshir Al-Ghanimi. The Iraqi interior minister also declared that all pending visa applications at the Iraqi Embassy would be processed right away. Othman Ali Farhood Moshir Al-Ghanimi, the interior minister of Iraq, made the declaration on Sunday while speaking by phone with Rana Sanaullah Khan, his counterpart in Pakistan. During the phone discussion, Rana Sanaullah Khan and his Iraqi counterpart spoke about the issue of the delay in the granting of visas to Pakistani Zaireen, the rise in the number of visas, and the challenges Pakistanis encounter while trying to enter Iraq. Rana Sanaullah Khan asked his Iraqi counterpart to allow 5,000 Pakistanis who are currently living in Iran to enter Iraq. Additionally, Rana Sanaullah asked his Iraqi counterpart to keep the Iranian border open for Pakistani Zaireen who planned to enter Iraq through Iran. Additionally, Rana Sanaullah asked for the issuance of special visas for Zaireen planning to travel to Iraq in honour of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA).
Govt to abolish fuel adjustment charges from power bills next month
By Our Correspondent
GUJRANWALA: The fuel adjustment costs on electricity bills are almost going away, according to the energy minister, who also blames the previous administration for raising power rates. Federal Energy Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan told the media in Gujranwala on Sunday that the previous Imran Khan-led administration had wrecked the economy of the nation with its shrewd policies and that the people had to suffer the brunt of its narrow economic outlook. Every exaggerated electrical bill, according to him, was stamped with Imran Khan's name. He claimed that the former prime minister even sold the Pakistani State Bank to the International Monetary Fund. Additionally, he sought to know what happened to the funds that had been raised by the previous administration to build a dam. He claimed that while the PTI was spending billions on public rallies, the country was experiencing record flooding and widespread damage. "If you have the resources to hold rallies, then use these resources to fund the rehabilitation of flood victims," he continued. He claimed that the PTI has produced a play in the nation. The minister insisted that they had nothing to report to the populace on the advancements they had made throughout their four-year tenure.
Karachi: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on the occasion of 74th death anniversary of Father of Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah offer Fateha at his Mazar.
‘Flood relief, rehabilitation impossible without business community's help’
By Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The country's flash floods and torrential rains have resulted in significant losses for the government, according to Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Miftah Ismail, who stated on Sunday that wealthy individuals will need to step forward to provide assistance and support to those affected by the floods. According to him, it would be impossible to complete the rehabilitation of the affected people and the reconstruction or repair of the damaged roads, bridges, railway lines, and other infrastructural elements without the active involvement of the business community and industrialists. These opinions were shared by Miftah Ismail during a discussion with a group of businessmen and industrialists at the Governor's House. SardarAyaz Sadiq, the federal minister for economic affairs, was also with him. Shahzad Salim, Shahid Abdullah, Arif Saeed, Khalid Afridi, Farooq Nasim, Zubair N. Chattha, Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Abbas Mukhtar, Murad Saigal, and Adnan Aftab were all members of the delegation. Miftah Ismail informed the group that the government had already granted Rs 70 billion for aiding and rehabilitating flood victims, and that an additional Rs 50 billion will be made available for the same purpose.
Religious Affairs Ministry allocates Rs45 million for scholarships to minority students
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: For the fiscal year (FY) 2022–2023, the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony has set aside Rs 45 million to fund scholarships for students from minority communities. Muhammad Umar Butt, the ministry's spokesperson, stated on Sunday that the ministry had requested applications from eligible students from primary through university level, especially those who were enrolled in government educational institutions, received at least a 50% on their annual exams, and had parents with incomes that did not exceed Rs50,000. He added that teenage students might open minor bank accounts or joint bank accounts with their parents for the purpose, but that having a bank account was required for easy money transfers. He instructed the students to complete the application forms on the new required proforma and submit them together with a certified copy of their exam results.
Human mismanagement main cause of the disaster
By Sardar Khan Niazi
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged the world to amplify its assistance to Pakistan in the wake of the natural disaster along with substantial debt support for the South Asian nation to help the country overcome numerous challenges including economic stability. He noted that Pakistan, despite its little contribution to climate change is bearing the negative effects of the phenomenon of natural disasters. Therefore, it is essential for other countries, particularly those contributing to carbon emissions, to mobilize resources for Pakistan following the devastating monsoon. Reiterating the UN’s commitment, strong support and solidarity with the flood-affected populace of Pakistan, he said, “It is not a matter of generosity, but a matter of justice.” Undeniably, the developed countries have been affecting the global environment, and due to the pollution, they have been making the climate warmer and warmer, which resulted in more floods and glacial melting and giving rise to catastrophic situations as in Pakistan. Pakistan is not responsible for this environmental pollution, but it is still suffering due to the pollution of others. The UN secretary general stressed upon the developed countries to massively support Pakistan due to the pollution they have released affecting the global environment. Pakistan has no resources to compensate for the loss of lives, crops, and livestock. The volume of devastation is so enormous that it is not possible for the government to tackle the situation through local resources. Those who have created such a situation must massively support Pakistan, as it cannot do it alone. Pakistan is passing through an arduous movement in its history as the hill torrents have submerged a third of its landmass and floods have severely affected one in every seven Pakistani. The monsoon rains have caused heavy losses in hilly areas, planes, and urban centers destroying business markets, and food grain stores, and killing hundreds of thousands of livestock. They badly damaged road infrastructure, restricted movement and transportation of relief goods to flood-hit areas and ruined standing crops over millions of square kilometers in Southern Punjab and Sindh, which has prompted fear of malnutrition and famine in the country. Increasing prices of agricultural produce show that unless the situation comes to normal in the rural belt, the kitchen basket effect on inflation will not decrease; as a result, all the IMF plans for economic recovery may go down the drain. With the intense impact of global warming and the greenhouse effect, which caused a global heat wave of huge proportions; it was all natural that Pakistan would be part of the devastation. However, the Pakistan government must take into account the human mismanagement factor in this disaster. With the development of the cities as urban centers, which attract a major chunk of economic activity and migration within, the eco-balance has given way to haphazard development. The result of that state of affairs has been the chaos, which we all are witnessing as urban flooding. The reason for that state of affairs lay in the utter disregard for the environmental safeguards, that the various tiers of government; federal, provincial, and municipal were supposed to observe. The main offender has been the free rein given to the builders to build as much as they can; wipe out trees and green areas, as they will. The absence of greenery deprived the falling water of the opportunity to be absorbed into the land and of minimizing the prospects of stagnating water on the roads, open spaces, or in the residential areas or markets. These days, flood is not the swelling of the rivers; it is now the failure or breakdown of the urban drainage system. That is why the major cities remain submerged in water.
People will not respond to Imran's call for creating chaos: Marriyum
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Marriyum Aurangzeb, the minister of information and broadcasting, stated on Sunday that despite Imran Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), calling for turmoil, anarchy, and violence in the nation, the populace would not heed his appeal. Imran Khan's demand for a demonstration, according to Marriyum, is yet another fake because nobody pays attention to individuals who make fun of the Election Commission and make threats against the judiciary. The populace did not react to those waging defamation campaigns against Army martyrs and planning to wreck Sri Lanka's economy, she continued. She claimed that the plea for assistance from Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif to those impacted by the floods has been heeded by the populace as a whole. Imran Khan was chastised by the minister for leaving his supporters in the middle of a protest that he had called on his own. Instead of uniting the entire nation in the flood relief and restoration efforts, he was hellbent on causing disruption and disorder. She claimed that Imran Khan wants to destroy all institutions, individuals, and national interests because he was consumed by his ego. She claimed that Imran Khan wants to reestablish a corrupt system of government in the nation by putting figures like Usman Buzdarand Bushra. Marriyum claimed that Imran Khan, the man behind the so-called "Haqeeqi Azadi" (genuine freedom) movement, hired a former CIA director to help him with his public relations efforts in the US. She claimed that Imran Khan had been spending millions of rupees on personal PR but was unwilling to contribute even a single rupee to flood victims. The individuals who wasted billions of dollars on promoting disorder and anarchy are only capable of hypocrisy, she continued.