Stop becoming part of the problem
By Sardar Khan Niazi
Marked with mounting debt stock, higher inflation, and large-scale unemployment, Pakistan's economy is in trouble. Pakistan is one of the fifty-two countries facing a debt crisis. The most acute problem confronted by its economy is the repayment and servicing of external debt. Regular borrowing to service this liability has created a spiral with more borrowing creating a looming economic crisis. This extraordinary degree of indebtedness has made Pakistan exceedingly vulnerable to economic shocks and weakened the country politically vis-a-vis powerful external lenders. It has also significantly compromised Pakistan’s capability to invest in education and healthcare. A thorough examination of this borrowing trend reveals that Pakistan is absolutely under the control of the USA and its allies as far as borrowing is concerned. A softer schedule for borrowing for Pakistan was allowed when we supported the US wholeheartedly in the Cold War, the Afghan War, and then in War against Terror. In short, Pakistan has been leveraging its geography for financial gains. It cannot continue to operate its external account with this mindset. Hence the need for a reset. Pakistan, which was economically weak when created in 1947 has been brought to the verge of an economic collapse due to short-term planning and popular politics. In economic terms, the state and the ruling elite are living beyond their means. Nonetheless, there is no national or social alarm on these matters nor are there apparent or implied actions to end these practices. The result is, that only from 1976 to 2021 Pakistan had an accumulated increase in external debt of over $ 75 billion. Recently, the International Monetary Fund gave Pakistan a $1.16 billion lifeline to avoid an imminent default. Pakistan also secured pledges for a total of $9 billion in investments and loans from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. With such a poor condition of the economy, why VVIPs cannot do without bulletproof luxury vehicles? Some ministers ride in bulletproof vehicles pretending to face a threat to their life. Why do they jump into politics if they feel their lives are susceptible to danger? The despondent people we witness in areas hit by floods carrying their bags of clothing on their heads and wading through water to safety shows what an unjust world we live in. A thought of carelessness and negligence crosses our minds on seeing the disparity between the super-rich and the downtrodden deprived by the system. Is it not sad to know that in a country where people from the poorest segment of society are forced to take their lives for want of food, luxury stores still display imported bags of dog and cat food for the pets of the affluent? Nevertheless, what haunts us most is that we have too big a government and too small an economy to feed it. Observe any government department, and one finds layers upon layers of bureaucrats drawing huge salaries and enjoying other privileges such as housing and luxury cars. The vehicles seen in the parking lots of national and provincial assemblies, the extravagant dinners and lunches and marriage ceremonies, the Umras and Ziarats from untaxed money, and the travel on foreign airlines, are just wasteful acts and a burden on the country’s economy. The most expensive cars bearing green registration plates are seen parked outside the homes of our national leaders. The problems the country is facing do not support such a lifestyle. There is a need for responsible behavior by the leaders. Our leaders continue to ignore this state of circumstances. Their political rhetoric and the instability of their political mandate show that they are all engaged in just point scoring. They are actually part of the problem and not the solution.
Naval Chief reviews rehabilitation and grieve over flood loss
By Our Correspondent
KARACHI: Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi on Friday visited flood affected areas of Sujawal to review flood relief operations by Pakistan Navy. According to a Pakistan Navy news release, the Naval Chief received a comprehensive briefing on ongoing rescue and relief operations. During the briefing, the Chief of Naval Staff was given a detailed review of the inundated areas and on-the-ground flood situation, as well as Pakistan Navy's ongoing relief and rehabilitation operations. Speaking on the occasion, the Naval Chief emphasised that heavy rains during the ongoing monsoon season had resulted in human losses and infrastructure damage. The Naval Chief urged continued efforts and support to overcome the challenges posed by natural disasters. The Admiral met with troops stationed in flood-affected areas and praised their professionalism and dedication to providing timely assistance and assistance to flood victims. The Chief of Naval Staff also praised the efforts of the Pakistan Navy, civil administration, and various philanthropic organisations in providing ongoing assistance to our aggrieved brothers and sisters.
Shehbaz implores SCO members to stand up against climate change risk
Peace in Afghanistan, according to him, will ensure peace in Pakistan and region
SAMARKAND: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has called for devising a sustainable plan to mitigate adverse impacts of climate change to save future generations. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif addressed the annual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's Council of Heads of State in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Friday. The Prime Minister urged SCO members to stand up and build a barrier against climate change. Climate change, he claims, is causing devastating floods, cloud outbursts, and unprecedented rains. He stated that as a result of climate change, Pakistan has been devastated, displacing millions of people and killing fourteen hundred people, including 400 children. According to Shehbaz Sharif, the disaster has damaged people's homes and washed out crops. According to him, people in flood-affected areas are also suffering from diseases. He expressed optimism that the country would be able to overcome the situation. The Prime Minister also thanked members of the SCO for their assistance in this time of need. In response to the situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that peace in Afghanistan will ensure peace in Pakistan and the region. He stated that we must all work together to support all good initiatives in Afghanistan for its people. He stated that ignoring Afghanistan this time would be a huge mistake. Shehbaz Sharif stated that strengthening Afghanistan in the areas of security and counter-terrorism should go hand in hand with the SCO's support for the Afghan people in the socioeconomic arenas. The Prime Minister urged the international community to help Afghanistan build a sustainable economy and unfreeze its financial assets. Shehbaz Sharif stated that Pakistan has been a victim of terrorism and that the country has made significant sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. He urged SCO members to work together to combat the threat of terrorism, extremism, and separatism. The Prime Minister reaffirmed Pakistan's firm commitment to advancing the SCO's goals.
Attempts are being made to restore railway operations following the floods: Saad Rafiq
By Our Correspondent
QUETTA: Minister of Railways Khawaja Saad Rafiq says that he is trying to restore railway operations after the flood. Khawaja Saad Rafiq, Minister of Railways, inspected the collapsed bridge near Harak Railway Station in Quetta Division. Railway officers and military personnel were also present. The Federal Minister of Railways was briefed on the bridge's restoration work. He also examined the affected railway lines. Balochistan railway operation from Karachi will be restored soon, according to Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq. There will be no delays in railway rehabilitation. The flood also destroyed a hundred-year-old, extremely strong bridge. The bridge's reconstruction will have to be done in two shifts.
‘BISP effective Social Protection Program for poor & vulnerable segments of society’
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety/Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Ms. Shazia Atta Marri has said that BISP is the most successful Social Protection Programme committed to support the poor and vulnerable segments of society. In recent floods across the country BISP has disbursed Rs. 27,645 million to 946,967 flood affected families. She stated this during a meeting with a World Bank delegation here at the BISP headquarters in Islamabad.
Sherry apprises Japanese ambassador Mitsuhiro
Flood devastations, relief activities & assistance required for rehabilitation
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman on Friday met Japanese Ambassador Mitsuhiro Wada and apprised him of the devastation caused by the flash floods across the country, current relief efforts and the assistance required for rehabilitation and reconstruction. Ambassador Mitsuhiro Wada expressed deep sorrow on behalf of the Japanese government and people for the loss of precious lives and the widespread devastation caused by the floods. "We are still receiving new data," Sherry Rehman told the ambassador. More than 12,000 people have been injured and 1,508 people have died. Over 300 bridges have been destroyed, and nearly 13,000 kilometres of road have been severely damaged, cutting off access to flood-ravaged areas." She stated that immediate rescue and humanitarian relief had become an urgent task because those who had survived were unable to find dry land to pitch their tents. "We've had a series of cascading climate events since the beginning of the year, with temperatures reaching 53 degrees in Sindh, followed by heatwaves and three times the normal amount of GLOFs," she added. The spread of diseases such as cholera, dengue fever, and others, she said, would exacerbate the health crisis among the affected population of 33 million people. The ambassador briefed the minister on humanitarian assistance and conveyed the Government of Japan's extension of Emergency Grant Aid of $ 7 million to Pakistan. The minister thanked the ambassador and stated, "We are extremely grateful to the people of Japan for extending their support and look forward to supporting Pakistan in rebuilding as resilience will require more funds." Our goal is to rebuild better with climate resilient infrastructure and to address the looming food, livelihood, and water insecurity that will emerge once the waters recede."
SC issues notice to the govt in Shahbaz Gill torture case
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has issued notice to the federal government in the alleged torture case of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill during his incarceration. On Friday, a three-judge bench led by Justice Ijazul Ahsan and comprised of Justices Sayed Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi and Jamal Khan Mandokhail heard the PTI's petition challenging Gill's alleged torture while in police custody and his physical remand. During the next hearing, the Supreme Court requested the investigation officer's record. The case was then adjourned indefinitely by the bench. Gill was arrested last month after a sedition case was filed against him after he made a speech during an interview with a private TV channel. He was arrested for allegedly inciting mutiny within the ranks of the military in his speech. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted Gill post-arrest bail in the case on Thursday. During the hearing, however, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah stated, "Such reckless statements were not expected from a person who claims to be an academician and is held out as a spokesman of a political party."
Asif Zardari decides to camp in Lahore amid rumors of govt change in Punjab
By Staff Reporter
LAHORE: Former president and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari has decided to camp in Lahore. The move by Zardari – known as the ‘guru of reconciliation’ – has come amid rumors of another change of government in Punjab. Sources said that Zardari will reach Lahore next week, and he is likely to camp in there for a long period. The ex-president will meet important political players during his stay in the provincial capital. Along with it, he will also meet officials of PPP organizations to revive the party in the province.
KP CM approves deduction from salaries of parliamentarians to provide relief to flood-hit people
By Staff Reporter
PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan on Friday approved summary for deduction from monthly salary of parliamentarian and government servants for helping the flood-stricken people. According to a notification issued here, the deduction would be made from salary for the month of September 2022. The deducted amount would be contributed in KP Chief Minister’s Flood Relief Fund, adds the notification. Chief Minister, Speaker KP Assembly, Deputy Speaker, Provincial Ministers, Advisers, Parliamentary Secretaries and Members Provincial Assembly (MPAs) will contribute their whole month salary in the Flood Relief Fund. Whereas the government servants serving in BPS 17 to 22 will make a contribution of five days salary. Similarly, a deduction of two days will be made from salary of employees serving in grade 3 to 16, the notification stated. The deduction will be made at source and the order is applied to all the employees of provincial government including consultants, contract engineers and employees of projects.
Publication of ogra annual report for f.y. 2020-21
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Oil & Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) released its annual report for fiscal year 2020-21. In FY 2020-21, a deadly virus (COVID-19) humbled the human race and ignited a development emergency. Its impact was multi-facet, the CVOVID-19 pandemic was-and continues to be- a uniquely common experience for our generation, with no space for bystanders. However, OGRA with all odds teamed up and resolved to show ‘resilience’ while facing multiple challenges and moving ahead. During the fiscal year the Oil Marketing Companies built an additional oil storage of 95,379 MT including 50,019 MT of Motor gasoline and 45,360 MT of High Speed Diesel in the country. Consumer related activities: OGRA entertained consumers’ complaints against Natural Gas, LPG, CNG and Oil companies free of cost. These complaints were resolved expeditiously and in judicious manner by providing remedial measures. OGRA resolved 8,272 complaints out of 8,361 during FY 2020-21 and provided financial relief of Rs. 118.31 million and a number of 1,341 gas connections were provided to consumers being due against their complaints. Fortunately, OGRA has one of the highly skilled, trained and well-equipped human resource and with their hard work and commitment, OGRA has pursued objectives successfully.
Electricity becomes more expensive; Govt issues new slab rates
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Just to impress the IMF, the federal government has given another shock to the nation as it made electricity more expensive by issuing new slab rates for even the poor consumers. The government released new electricity slab rates on Friday. As per the new slab rates, the electricity rates for the user of 100 units monthly have been increased from Rs7.74 to Rs13.48 per month. The rate for the user of 200 units per month has been increased from Rs10.06 to Rs18.58 per unit and for users of 300 units per month, the rate per unit has been increased to Rs21.47. Per unit rate of 400 units per month will be cast Rs24.63 that was earlier Rs14.63 per unit. For monthly consumption of 500 units, the price per unit will be Rs26.9 and Rs27.1 per unit for the users of 600 units per month. The rate for those using 700 units per month will now pay Rs27.65 per unit.
NFRCC instructs for supply of food grains on fast track for flood victims
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The National Flood Response Coordination Center (NFRCC) instructed for supply of food grains on fast track for flood victims. The National Flood Response Coordination Center has taken a major decision regarding the delivery of food and essential food items to the people as a result of the flood disasters. All chief secretaries and federating units participated in the meeting chaired by the deputy chairman and a detailed review of food security was taken.
Karachi: Administer Karachi Barrister Murtaza Wahab is presenting a commemorative shield to the Consul General of Turkey on behalf of Baldia Uzma Karachi.
In the Court of Miss Nazish Nawaz Kayani Sahiba, Suit for claims for expenses and maintenance, Halima Bibe vs Muhammad Rizwan,Notice to Muhammad Rizwan, Ghulam Fareed s/o Muhammad Shafaat Sakna e Paharwal Tehsil Sarai Alamgir District Gujarat Whereas respondents cannot be served in ordinary manner, It is proclaimed in this court on 20-09-2022at 8 am ex-party proceeding will be taken against you.
In the Court of Mr Imtiaz Ahmed Gondal Additional District and Sessions Judge Sarai Alamgir, Civil appeal, Sajid Raees VS Muzamal Hussain,Notice to Muzamal Hussain, s/o Muhammad Saeed, caste Rajput, Sakna e Khambi, Tehsil Sarai Alamgir, District Gujarat. Amjad Rais s/o Muhammad Aslam. Afsha Bibi, wife of Muhammad Raees Sukna, Khambi Tehsil, Sarai Alamgir District, Gujarat,( currently residing in England) Respondents,Whereas respondents cannot be served in ordinary manner, It is proclaimed in this court on 20-09-2022at 8 am ex-party proceeding will be taken against you.
PTI parliamentary party decides to hold a grand rally in Muzaffarabad on Sep. 29
By Staff Member
MUZAFFARABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Azad Kashmir chapter has decided to hold a historic gathering at Muzaffarabad on September 29, 2022 in which the PTI chairman Imran Khan, as the chief guest, will deliver a keynote address. The decision to this effect was taken during the party’s parliamentary party meeting, which was chaired by the AJK premier Sardar Tanvir Ilyas Khan here on Friday. Government Ministers including Khawaja Farooq Ahmed, Sardar Mir Akbar Khan, Chaudhry Muhammad Rashid, Abdul Majid Khan, Dr. Nisar Ansar Abdali, Diwan Ali Khan Chaghtai, Sardar Fahim Akhtar Rabbani, Chaudhry Arshad Hussain, Chaudhry Muhammad Akmal Sargala, Chaudhry Yasir Sultan, Chaudhry Maqbool were present in the meeting. Gujjar, Azhar Sadiq, Chaudhry Muhammad Akbar Ibrahim, Special Assistants Chaudhry Muhammad Faiq Nair and Chaudhry Muhammad Iqbal, Advisor to the Government Hafiz Hamid Raza, Parliamentary Secretary Imtiaz Naseem and others were present on the ocassion. During the meeting the parliamentary party decided to participate in the local body elections with full strength. On the proposal of the Prime Minister, the meeting also decided to provide tax exemptions to investors for the promotion of industry in Azad Kashmir. A committee under the chairmanship of Finance Minister Abdul Majid Khan has been constituted to determine the tax exemptions. The committee has been tasked to submit the report to the Prime Minister within 15 days.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs holds briefings on CPEC for diplomatic missions
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted briefings on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) for resident diplomatic missions of several countries from East and Central Asia and the Middle East. According to a statement issued by Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, chaired by the Additional Secretary (Asia-Pacific), two rounds of briefings were convened on 15 and 16 September 2022. The panel of briefers also included senior officials of the Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, and the Board of Investment. In her briefing, the Additional Secretary shared the underlying vision of CPEC, which was based on Pakistan’s desire for connectivity and interest in deepening linkages with Central Asia, the Middle East, and the East Asian region. She emphasized that CPEC had added a new dimension in the Pakistan-China All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partnership, which was based on mutual understanding and respect. Pakistan welcomes development partners and enterprises from around the world to strengthen investment and trade linkages and consider opportunities in Special Economic Zones (SEZ).
WHO and COMSTECH Celebrates World Patient Safety Day
By Staff Reporter
Islamabad: World Health Organization in collaboration with COMSTECH celebrated “World Patient Safety Day” under the slogan of “Medication without Harm” at COMSTECH Auditorium on Friday. World Patient Safety Day is marked annually on 17 September. It aims to raise awareness on how to prevent, reduce risks, errors, and harm that occur to patients during the provision of health care. In keynote address, Dr. Palitha Mahipala, Head of Mission/WHO Representative to Pakistan said that WHO’s vision is to ensure that every patient receives safe and respectful care, every time, everywhere. He said, around 134 million adverse events happen in hospitals due to unsafe healthcare practices. Out of which estimated 2.6 million patients die annually. The social cost of patient harm is estimated to be US$ 1 - 2 trillion a year. He said that the theme of this year’s commemoration is “Medication Safety” which addresses a critical component of safety in health care. Dr. Mahipala said that unsafe medication practices and errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems across the world. He mentioned that globally the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at $42 billion annually. He informed that the most harm arises from systems failures in the way care is organized and coordinated, especially when multiple health providers are involved in a patient’s care. Dr. Mahipala said, in Pakistan, a small research study on Patient Safety & adverse events conducted in 2021 in 5 hospitals throughout the country, which found that diagnostic errors comprise 40%, while surgical or procedure-related errors comprise 32% error, complications of childbirth-15%, adverse medication-related events 9%, and healthcare-associated infection or pneumonia 4% of all adverse effects. He said that WHO has called 2020-2030 a decade of patient safety. He informed that WHO Pakistan in collaboration with the federal ministry of health & provincial departments of health is taking concrete steps to accelerate medication safety and improve the quality of care in Pakistan. He reiterated that WHO Pakistan stands committed to support the Government of Pakistan to ensure safe healthcare practice at all levels. Dr. Mahipala said that the humanitarian crisis caused by recent floods in Pakistan, we are extremely concerned that the health gains of the past few years are at increased risk of collapse.
Spanish Ambassador meets CM Punjab, discussed cooperation in various sectors
By Staff Reporter
LAHORE: On Friday, Spanish Ambassador Jose Antonio De Ory Peral met with Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi in this city to discuss matters of mutual interest and expand cooperation in various sectors. During the meeting, it was agreed to expand cooperation in the commercial, industrial, and agricultural sectors. Spain would provide technical assistance to Punjab in order to increase the cultivation of olives, oranges, and other citrus fruits. Chief Minister Parvez Elahi stated that cooperation with Spain would be promoted in agriculture, alternative energy, textiles, livestock, and mass transit. "We welcome Spain's offer of technical assistance in various fields and will provide all necessary facilities to Spanish investors in Punjab," he said, adding that there were numerous opportunities for foreign investment in the province. The Spanish ambassador paid tribute to Spain's Pakistani community. The possibility of acquiring Spanish aeronautical technology to launch an air ambulance service in Punjab, as well as the launch of Spain's most recent mass transit system in various Punjab cities, was considered. The Honorary Consul of Spain in Lahore, the Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Muhammad Khan Bhatti, and the chief secretary were also present.
The Office of Deputy Director Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency sub region Rawalpindi
The Office of Deputy Director Punjab Housing and Town Planning Agency sub region Rawalpindi The public at large is informed that Syed Hassan Faheem Gillani S/o Syed Naeem ud din Gillani R/o D-29 Sector 3 Khayaban-e-sir syed Rawalpindi hasprenented transfer files of 3 plot,776-C in favour of 1.Muhammad Qayyum S/o Muhammad Yaqoob.2.Nazeer Ahmed & 777/C & 778/C in favour of Javed Ahmed S/o Shabbir Ahmed plot Situated sector 2,ADS-1 Khayaban-e-sir syed Rawalpindi Through Attorney Number 1861/4 volume no.527 dated 24.12.2002 registered by sub registrar urban 1 Rawalpindi.Syed Faheem Hassan Gillani is attorney of other legal heirs that is still valid till date. If any person has any objection he can immediately inform to this office otherwise the said plot will be transferred and after this no objection shall be entertain.
CHANGE/CORRECTION IN FATHER'S NAME
I Ahmad Hassan have been passed secondary school certificate annual examination 2022 under roll number 545613 from B.I.S.E., Sargodha. My father’s name is Ubaid ur Rehman Ahmad whereas on certificate has been mentioned as Ubaid ur Rehman which is incorrect. I want to get changed my father’s name from Ubaid ur Rehman to Ubaid ur Rehman Ahmad. If any person/organization/agency have any objection, than the same may be intimated in writing within 15 days to the secretary, Board of intermediate & Secondary Education, near 49-tail Faisalabad road, Sargodha.
CHANGE/CORRECTION IN FATHER'S NAME
My father's name is Muhammad Adeeb instead of Muhammad Adeel which may be corrected in board record i have passed 10th exam under roll no 137084 annual 2022 from Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Sahiwal Rana Moeez Ahmad S/o Muhammad Adeeb Chak No 147.EB Tehsil Arifwala Distt pakpattan.
Pakistan to send delegation to Iran to boost ties
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will send a delegation to Iran to advance trade collaborations in various areas, including in energy sector, the office of the prime minister of Pakistan said in a statement on Friday. Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Sherif reiterated his invitation to President Raisi to visit Pakistan at the earliest convenience and the president renewed his invitation to the premier to visit Iran, according to the statement. The prime minister underscored the need for closer bilateral engagement for boosting economic and energy cooperation, operationalizing barter trade, opening border sustenance markets, and facilitating Pakistani Zaireen. During the meeting, both sides affirmed the desire to strengthen cooperation in economic, trade, connectivity, energy, culture and people-to-people links. Both the leaders positively evaluated the outcome of the Pakistan-Iran Joint Economic Commission and agreed to further promote bilateral relations in diverse fields. The prime minister thanked President Shavkat Mirziyoyev for expressing condolences and sympathies by sending humanitarian aid for the flood-affected people.
ICCI demands limited imports from India to cope with rising inflation
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Friday urged the government to allow limited imports of essential items from India to cope with the rising inflation due to heavy floods in the country. In a statement Friday, Muhammad Shakeel Munir, President ICCI has said that the recent flash floods in the country have created prospects for shortage of many agricultural items including wheat, vegetables and cotton etc. due to this inflation was on the rise and has called upon the government to allow limited imports of essential items including wheat, vegetables and cotton from India through Wagah border in order to cope with the rising inflation and save the people from more problems. He said that besides causing losses of billions of rupees to the economy, the floods have destroyed crops on millions of acres of land while the stagnant water in Sindh was diminishing the prospects for cultivation of wheat, vegetables and other agricultural products.
Huge funds needed to rebuild schools destroyed in floods, education experts
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Educationists and experts stressed on rehabilitating and rebuilding the education infrastructure destroyed in the recent floods to minimize the learning losses during a cross-sectoral conversation on “Defending Education Against Climate Change.” The conversation was organized virtually by the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training’s STEAM Policy Unit. Strong public-private partnership models, development and implementation of a comprehensive remedial and accelerated learning program, and international commitment to rebuild the destroyed educational infrastructure on war footing were some of the solutions put forward by the experts to ensure nimble access to education for the displaced children. “From our conversations with the Punjab Education Department, we know that it takes around Rs. 12 million to rebuild one school. This means we need a whopping Rs. 216 billion to rebuild 18,000 schools destroyed in the recent floods.” This sobering reality was shared by senior education expert and author of “Teachers, Bureaucracy, and Politicians,” Javed Ahmed Malik. Focusing on the infrastructural damages and the looming specter of learning losses, international Education Activist, Moiz Hussain shared, “From the initial reports, over 3.5 million children have been affected by the floods”. Drawing from past precedents of rehabilitating and rebuilding the education infrastructure after a natural calamity, Head of the STEAM Policy Unit, Salman Naveed Khan pointed out that the process was often considerably slow and even staggered. The situation of girls during this time of crisis is especially vulnerable. If we don’t act swiftly, girls, as always, will have far bleaker chances of ever resuming education than boys in the aftermath of this disaster, said senior Gender and Climate Change Specialist, Afia Salam. Fozia Parveen, Assistant Professor at The Agha Khan University stressed that climate education should not merely be taken as information about natural disasters, and pollution, but should come hand-in-hand with practical skills which can effectively help a community protect itself during a crisis caused by climate change. Arooj Khalid, Senior Project Officer at Science Fuse said that, during our science activities in schools in Balochistan, female students eagerly told us about the impact of climate change on their lives. STEAM Pakistan is an initiative of the Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, which aims to enhance secondary-school-aged students’, especially girls’ access to science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths education across the country.
Tobacco industry evading billions of rupees of FED through undeclared, illegal increase in prices
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) issued a press release to raise concerns about the potential damage of Unofficial Increase in Cigarettes Prices by tobacco industry. According to the tobacco control experts, the recently announced unofficial raise of 20 Rupees by tobacco industry will cause 80 billion loss to national exchequer. Malik Imran, Country Head for Campaign for Tobacco Free-Kids (CTFK), appreciated that for the first time since 2019, the government has increased FED rates on tobacco products. This will provide PKR 27.4 billion in additional revenue while resulting in 200,000 fewer smokers; 1.2% reduction in smoking prevalence among adults; 1.23% reduction in smoking intensity among adults; and 71,900 lives saved. He revealed that, the Tobacco Industry has increased the prices of their cigarette brands, but have not declared it and even printed it on the cigarette packs to evade taxes, resulting in billions of Rupees of loss to the national exchequer, while the industry is illegally making huge profits. Dr. Ziauddin Islam - Country Lead - Vital Strategies; Former Technical Head/Director, Tobacco Control Cell, Ministry of NHSR&C; Former Technical focal Person of Govt. of Pakistan for WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) stated that the number of smokers in Pakistan has reached up to 29 million. Tobacco consumption is causing serious health implications on Pakistanis and yearly, 170,000 people die due to tobacco consumption. Pakistan became a Party to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) on February 27, 2005. But tobacco industry's deceptive tactics have not made it possible for Pakistan to improve our tobacco control efforts whereas all our regional neighbors’ have moved forward in this regard. Khalil Ahmed Dogar, Program Manager, (SPARC), pointed that that every year tobacco industry tries to manipulate policymakers in order to fill its coffers at expense of lives of Pakistanis.
SC admits PTI petition against Gill’s interrogation
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Friday approved for a preliminary hearing a PTI petition against the second physical remand of Shahbaz Gill and the interrogation that was conducted after the PTI leader was handed over to the police for a second time. The apex court issued notices to the government and the Investigation Officer (IO) of the case against Gill. The IO has been told to appear before the court with all the records. During the hearing, Justice Mazahar Naqvi came down hard on the government counsel. Shahbaz Gill was arrested on August 9 under sedition charges but a lower court sent him to jail on judicial remand only two days later, rejecting the plea of investigators who had sought more time to question the PTI leader. After the Islamabad High Court ordered the lower judiciary to hear the investigator’s pleas again, Additional Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry sent Gill to police custody for two days. The PTI protested the decision and Imran Khan went on to issue threats to the judge, warranting a terror case against him as well as contempt of court charges. After Gill landed in police custody for the second time, he was interrogated and led a police team to his residence in the Parliament Lodges, where a satellite phone and pistol were recovered. Following the discovery, the PTI filed a petition before the Supreme Court of Pakistan against the second remand and requested the court to declare interrogation conduct so far as null and void and against the law. On Thursday, the apex court constituted a three-member bench, under Justice Ijazul Ahsan, and set the petition for a hearing on Friday. Other members of the bench include Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi and Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail. The bench met Friday morning and admitted the petition for a preliminary hearing. During the hearing, Justice Mazahar Naqvi questioned did the police want to recover Shahbaz Gill’s tongue that he used for uttering the words [which led to his arrest]. The justice said that things recovered from Gill had nothing to do with the case. Justice Mazahar said that Shehbaz Gill will have to approach the relevant forum against torture inflicted upon him. Who has stopped the accused from filing an application, the justice said. Justice Mandokhail said that did the police never subject anyone to torture under the PTI rule. The justice also asked if the court didn’t have the power to send someone on remand or whether the court could interfere with the job of an investigation office. Gill’s counsel, Salman Safdar, said that the ruling to remand Gill into police custody for the second time was the most controversial in the country’s history. Salman Safdar, however, was reprimanded by Justice Naqvi for saying that the Code of Criminal Procedures (Cr PC) also applied to the apex court. Why did you come unprepared for the case? The justice asked. Salman Safdar said that the case against Gill was registered at the instigation of PMLN’s media cell. Justice Mazhar said that the case was registered after Gill gave a beeper. He said that the court could only examine the legal position of the magistrate’s order in a review case. The top court later adjourned the hearing for an indefinite time.
Rawalpindi, Member Provencial Assembly Samuel Yaqoob along with Additional Deputy Commissioner Headquarters Marzia Saleem is distrubuting Checks of Educational Duties Among Minority Students.
Rawalpindi: Under the auspices of the Insaf Students Organization, a rally is being held in favour of Chairman PTI Imran Khan.
PTA Conducts QoS Survey in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa & Balochistan
By Staff Reporter
Islamabad: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has carried out an independent Quality of Service (QoS) Survey in 14 Cities of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan in order to measure the performance and quality of Cellular Mobile Operators’ (CMOs) services being provided to their customers. During the survey, KPIs enlisted in the Next Generation Mobile Service (NGMS) license and Cellular Mobile Network Quality of Service (QoS) Regulations 2021, were checked using state of the art automated QoS Monitoring & Benchmarking Tool. The checked KPIs pertained to voice, network coverage, SMS and mobile broadband/data services.
SC to hear Ishaq Dar’s plea against abscondment on Sep 21
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan Friday fixed the petition of former finance minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Senator Ishaq Dar regarding his appeal against the order of the accountability court declaring him an absconder in a corruption case. The two-member bench headed by Justice Ijazul Ahsan and Justice Sayyed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi will hear the case on September 21. In his petition in the Supreme Court, PML-N senator said that he was in the United Kingdom (UK) due to his prolonged illness and the cancelation of his passport by the Pakistan Tehreek—e-Insaf (PTI) government in2018. He said that due to the cancelation of the passport, he could not travel between September 2018 and May 2022. However, the applicant said he received a new passport in May this year. Hence, he pleaded with the top court to order an immediate hearing of his pending application in the accountability court. In November 2017, Ishaq Dar was declared an absconder by an accountability court in Islamabad in a corruption reference filed against him by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The former finance minister had previously announced to return to Pakistan in the end of July. However, his advisers suggested him to extend his stay in London until the top court completes adjudication on his petition. The former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also directed PML-N-led government to resolve legal complications and contrive a suitable environment for Dar’s return to Pakistan.
17 criminals held; liquor, drugs andweapons seized
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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police apprehended 17 criminals involved in different criminal activities and recovered 3530 gram heroin, 2460 gram hashish, 30 liter liquor 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 inlooting innocent people. Following these directives, Sangjani police team crackdown against criminal elements involved in illegal activities and arrested 04 accused namely Ahsan Ullah, Muhammad Rafique, Hamza and Muhammad Nadeem. Police team also recovered two 30 bore pistols with ammunition and 49 liter petrol from their possession. Similarly, Kirpapolice team arrested 03 accused namely Hazrat Bilal, Mudassir Yousuf and WaheedUllah involved in drug peddling and possessing illegal weapons. Police team recovered 2880 gram hashish, one 30 bore pistol with ammunition and 30 liter liquor from their possession. Industrial Area and Tarnol police teams arrested two accused namely Bilawar Khan and Muhammad Nasir during checking and recovered1400 gram heroin and 1050 gram hashish from their possession. Moreover, Sabzi Mandiand Noon police teams crackdown on drug peddlers and arrested two accused namely Babar Ali and Abdul Rehman and recovered 2300 gram hashish and 110 gramIce from their possession. Koral and Sihala police teams arrested two accused namely Waris Khan and Bakht Sheer for possessing illegal weapons and recovered 01automatic rifle, one 30 bore, 9mm pistols with ammunition, 02 Hand Grenade andone dagger from their possession. Cases have been registered against the nabbed accused and further investigation is underway. During a special crackdown against proclaimed offenders and court absconders Bani Gala and Tarnol police teams arrested 02 proclaimed offenders, while Kohsar and Ramna police team arrested 02 court absconders. 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.
Rawalpindi: People's Trade Rice Cell President Tariq Waheed Butt congratulated the newly elected office bearers of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Group Ad. Group photo with Sohail Altaf, Ahsan Naseem Sad, and Risha Qab Rafiq Jamz, Sarosh, Faisal Shahzad, Nadeem Rauf, Sheikh Hafeez, and others.
President Alvi asks PIFD to hire bigwigs in Art and Design to enhance students’ learning
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has advised the management of the Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design (PIFD) to approach eminent persons in the field of Art and Design for sharing their knowledge, experiences and learning with the students of the institute to add value to their learning trajectory. President Dr. Arif Alvi gave these remarks while addressing the 12th meeting of the Senate of PIFD, Lahore, at Aiwan-e-Sadr on Friday. The Institute should develop its rules and regulations, bylaws, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on a timeline, taking into account any applicable laws and regulations, as well as benchmarking the best practises of other reputable institutions, according to the Institute's president, who addressed the gathering. In addition to attracting and keeping highly qualified and experienced teachers, he said that it would help reinforce and speed up decision-making about academic, administrative, and human resource matters, which would further promote good governance and bring value to the institute. In order to provide first-hand exposure to its students about the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the relevant industry, President Dr. Arif Alvi further advised the institute to establish close links with relevant stakeholders of the private sector in fashion designing, textile, jewellery, gemological sciences, furniture, leather & ceramic design, and marketing. He continued by saying that it will assist people acquire the information and abilities needed to improve the quality and worth of the goods produced in the nation. The President additionally urged the institution to consider the potential for forming partnerships and connections with pertinent businesses as well as using corporate social responsibility to secure those industries' collaboration and input in order to further strengthen its services.
‘Collapsing economy failed to prevent by the imported govt’
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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan said on Friday that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank reports show that this imported govt has failed to prevent economy going into tailspin despite inheriting a stabilized economy moving on an upward trajectory. In a series of tweets, he poked fun at the coalition government by claiming that the Economic Survey showed that the economy was performing better than it had in the previous 70 years in terms of growth rate (6%), industry, agriculture, employment, construction, exports, remittances, and tax collection, which was at an all-time high. According to the Economic Survey, PTI's economic performance in terms of growth rate (6%), industry, agriculture, employment, construction, exports, remittances, and tax collection was the best in 70 years. The PTI Chairman continued, "Now Pakistan is experiencing record inflation that is affecting everyone, along with unemployment, food insecurity, and a falling rupee. The former prime minister referred to the federal administration as "directionless," adding that "the only accomplishment of this cabal of fraudsters has been to secure another NRO for the billions they looted from Pakistan." He also enquired as to who was behind a "conspiracy" against Pakistan. The PTI chairman added, "This gang of thieves' only success has been to obtain another NRO for the billions they looted from Pakistan. Who is behind this conspiracy against Pakistan, is what the entire country wants to know. Imran Khan claimed a day earlier that the current administration has lost all credibility both inside and outside of Pakistan and that it has a strategy for dealing with the country's suffering economy. Imran Khan claimed that the government had promised that the economy would improve after the IMF released its loan tranche, but despite receiving funds and putting rigorous conditions in place, the situation has not improved.
KS Relief sends out two more planes with relief supplies
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ISLAMABAD: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KS Relief) has dispatched two more air cargo planes carrying tents, blankets, food and non-food items, and dates to provide immediate and urgent relief to flood victims. Nawaf Saeed Almalkiy, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, and Dr. Khalid M. Al-othmani, Director of King Salman Relief Pakistan office, visited flood-affected areas in Sehwan Shareef and distributed relief to those in need. These items will aid in providing immediate relief to flood-affected people in all provinces of Pakistan. The package will benefit victims by providing quick and early relief and will be distributed in collaboration with the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The Saudi People's Campaign for the Relief of Flood Victims in Pakistan has been launched by the King Salman Relief Centre, which has established an Air Bridge to carry out relief operations.
Pakistan Army deployment approved by federal govt for Chehlum security
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ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Friday approved the deployment of the Pakistan Army and civil armed forces for security across the country ahead of the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA). On the basis of the Ministry of Interior's summary, the federal government approved the notification for the deployment of forces. In accordance with Article 245 of the Constitution, the federal government authorised the Pak Army's services for Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, and all four provinces.
Sh Rashid believes that hidden ‘reconciliation efforts' will bear fruit by October 15
Says actual issue of appointment has fallen between the PPP and PM Shehbaz
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ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and Pakistan Awami League Chief Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has observed a kind of schism between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the Pakistan Peoples Party on the issue of an important 'appointment,' while lauding the beautiful'swing' delivered by PTI Chief Imran Khan and hoping that behind-the-scene'reconciliation efforts' will bear fruit by October 15. Sh Rashid wrote on Twitter on Friday, "The actual issue regarding appointment has fallen between the PPP and Shehbaz." Imran Khan went after delivering a stunning swing. Bilawal despised flying to Samarkand in Shehbaz's plane. As a result, the behind-the-scenes reconciliation efforts can continue until October 15. Otherwise, judo karate will be practised on the streets. The MQM must bear the consequences of its policies. Time waits for no one if decisions are not made on time."
PDM leaders applaud the President's proposal for reconciliation
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ISLAMABAD: Government representatives have welcomed President Arif Alvi’s reconciliation proposal and recommended to convince the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leadership. According to reports, the country's political temperature is still high, but President Arif Alvi has stepped into the fray and volunteered to serve as a bridge builder between the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI). In response to the President's proposal for reconciliation, government members stated that they have been saying since the beginning that the country cannot progress without reconciliation. In this regard, Senator Azam Swati stated that fair and transparent elections are the only way to improve the country's situation. Senator Manzoor Kakar, on the other hand, stated that whoever takes steps toward reconciliation will be remembered. Following President Dr. Arif Alvi's exclusive interview with Dunya News on Wednesday, political leaders are predicting that the results of what is going on behind the scenes will be revealed soon.
Canadian Govt announces match donations up to $3m to help flood victims in Pakistan
OTTAWA: In response to the flooding in Pakistan, the Canadian government has announced that it will match individual donations up to a total of three million Canadian dollars through the Humanitarian Coalition of 12 charitable organisations. This was stated by Pakistan's High Commissioner to Canada, Zaheer Janjua, during a webinar on 'Exploring Shariah-compliant Investment and Charitable Opportunities through Roshan Digital Account' and a fundraising dinner held in the Canadian capital under the auspices of Pakistani Canadian charitable organisation 'Dil Canada' for Pakistan flood relief. The High Commissioner thanked the Canadian government and people for committing $5 million in aid and then matching it with another $25 million in funding in response to the flooding in Pakistan.
Social media users can play vital role, bringing attention to Kashmir cause: PM AJK
By Our Correspondent
MUZAFFARABAD: Prime Minister Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan, has said that besides highlighting the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom struggle the social media users can play a significant role in projecting tourism and soft image of the government of Azad Kashmir. The AJK premier expressed these views in a special message in reference to the Azad Kashmir government's social media policy. He emphasised the growing importance of digital media, saying that it was critical to pay attention to social media in order to fight the fifth-generation war. He stated that social media users in the state (AJK) should play a positive role in highlighting the Kashmiris' freedom movement, the development of the state, tourism promotion, and the government's soft image. He stated that strict action was being taken against those who spread disinformation and blasphemous content on social media in accordance with the policy. He urged social media users to be responsible and to become the voice of the voiceless. "Those who work on social media should become an arm of the government, and those who spread rumours on social media should be held accountable," he said. Concerning the regulation of social/digital media in Azad Kashmir, the PM stated that a committee has been formed under the chairmanship of the Director General of Information, and that the government has initially provided Rs 3 crore. "All social media platforms with a large number of subscribers will be registered, and funds will be provided in the form of advertisements," he added.
Indian state terrorism will exacerbate Kashmiris' desire for independence: Mushaal
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ISLAMABAD: Mushaal Hussein Mullick, Chairperson Peace and Culture Organisation, made it clear that the supremacists Narendra Modi government crossed all limits of barbarity and state terrorism, however she added that these brutal and inhuman acts would serve no purpose but would further augment the thirst of undeterred Kashmiris for independence. Mushaal, the wife of imprisoned Kashmiri Hurriyat Leader Mohammad Yasin Malik, said in a statement on Friday that the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir (IIOJK) would not give up their freedom struggle no matter what. She stated that they would not be deterred from their ultimate goal of freedom, and that they would fight for freedom to its logical conclusion despite all odds. She claimed that, despite ongoing incidents of Indian state terrorism and the grant of voting rights to Indian citizens in the internationally recognised disputed territory, the world powers remained criminally silent. The world community ignored the atrocities committed against the Kashmiri people, she lamented, while relevant human rights organisations remained silent. Mushaal stated that India's unabated military violence and bloodshed posed a serious existential threat to Kashmiris who had been subjected to brutal suppression for the previous seven decades. The Hurriyat leader bemoaned the fact that the Indian fascist government was still killing and arresting civilians as part of its systematic and nefarious genocide campaign. Mushaal revealed that during so-called cordon and search operations, innocent people were harassed and humiliated. Furthermore, she claimed that the notorious India regime was using extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, and the killing of youth in bogus encounters as a war tactic to suppress Kashmiris' legitimate struggle for self-determination. She stated that over the last three decades, approximately 1,22,771 people have been arrested, 7,023 have been killed in custody, 10,5996 homes or buildings have been destroyed, 22,776 widows, 10,7466 children have been orphaned, and 10,086 women have been raped or subjected to other sexual assaults.
Pasban-e-Hurriyat condemns the arrest of religious pious in IIOJ&K
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MUZAFFARABAD: Pasban-e-Hurriyat Jammu and Kashmir strongly condemned the arrest of religious pious in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) under draconian law PSA. Chairman Pasban-e-Hurriyat Uzair Ahmad Ghazali stated in a statement issued here on Friday that the arrest of Maulana Abdul Rasheed Daoodi, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri, Maulana Abdul Majeed Madni, Maulana Moin-ul-Islam Nadvi, and Maulana Faheem Muhammad Ramadan is the worst colonial example of Indian rulers. "The tyrannical government is trying all imperialist tactics to silence every voice raised for freedom, self-determination, rights, and justice in the state with force, brutality, and terrorism," he said, expressing outrage over the arrests of important scholars from all schools of thought. He maintained that during the previous five years, freedom-loving leaders and activists, including leaders of various parties, scholars, lawyers, and business leaders, journalists, and intellectuals, had been imprisoned in jails on false and fabricated charges. Ghazali stated that after the Indian government failed to silence the voice of Kashmiris in IIOJ&K, they began arresting important clerics who preach Islam. "In India, such acts are planned to turn the Muslim majority state into a minority, which the people of the state will not accept in any way," he said again.
ISLAMABAD: Senator Saleem Mandviwala, Director of Pakistan Bairt-ul-Mal, Amir Fida Paracha meeting at PBM Head Office.