Daily The Patriot edition of 17-10-22

PTI is way ahead of its rivals

By Sardar Khan Niazi

None can deny the impact of diverse campaign activities on the behavior of voters and the outcomes of elections. The campaigns remain an important way to win over voters. That is why Imran Khan is holding rallies in different cities and making speeches and continually trying new ways to reach and move voters. The party leader is often responsible for managing the party's relationship with the public and leading the competition against political rivals. As such, he takes a leading role in developing and communicating party platforms to the electorate. It is now a common belief that a party leader can be a vital influence on the way individuals vote and the way elections turn out. The party leader is an electoral force in his own right and evaluated on his own merits with an electoral impact that is unrelated to voter evaluations of other political actors in the campaign. Party leaders’ effects on the outcome of elections are the strongest when parties go to elections and election-specific evaluations of them have a great impact on the people entitled to vote. For success in the field of Pakistani politics, regular direct personal contact with the public in all nooks and corners of the country is necessary and that is something the PDM party leaders in power are not doing. Apart from this, they do not see the needs and problems the people are facing. In this regard, Imran Khan is at the forefront. In the midst of all the political parties, the PTI is way ahead of its rivals in contact with the people. Presenting its message and building, and sustaining its trust in the public. The other political parties’ presence is weak and no match for the PTI. It will leave them at a great disadvantage in the next general election compared to PTI. The PDM leaders are not aware of its consequences. The road to winning elections is long, expensive, and exhausting. Becoming a candidate is only the beginning of the election process. Successful candidates persuade voters. Persuading voters is the essence of a political campaign. Advertising, theme songs, speeches, and even negative campaigning have been around since our country began, and each advance in technology since then has offered new opportunities for candidates to persuade voters. Imran Khan understands that to make a difference in the longer term, it is essential that young people are engaged in formal political processes and have a say in formulating today’s and tomorrow’s politics. For young people to be adequately represented in political institutions, processes, and decision-making, and in particular in elections, Imran Khan tells them their rights and gives them the necessary knowledge to participate in a meaningful way at all levels. In new and emerging democracies, the inclusion of young people in formal political processes is important from the start. Young people’s active contributions can bring democratic values to life, leading to the overturning of authoritarian practices. When young people lead protests that force authoritarian regimes from power, they feel significant if they are included in new formal decision-making procedures. This stabilizes democratization and halts conflict dynamics. Imran Khan believes that a leader has a role to play in promoting young people’s participation in formal decision-making processes. For this role to be effective, it is necessary to understand the interconnected nature of the obstacles to participation in these processes that young people encounter. The PDM leaders dominate their party’s organization, policy development, and electoral campaigns and that control came with a price in the last elections. Imran Khan is undoubtedly a strong leader: his influence on the party has broadened the party base to make it attractive even to the working class.

Imran Khan ridiculed electoral process: Qamar Zaman Kaira

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Kashmir Affairs and Gilgit-Baltistan Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday said that Imran Khan has made this whole by-election a mockery. For him, this election has no meaning as he was contesting just to ridicule the electoral process, he added. The result of by-election will not have any impact on the date of the next general election. General elections would be held on time, he said. Adviser further said everyone has the right to protest, but if anyone tried to challenge the writ of the state, the government is obliged to defend it. - By Staff Reporter

PPP’s Ali Musa Gilani wins NA-157; PML-N secures PP-139

Imran Khan leading majority of NA seats as vote count was underway

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The counting of votes is underway after polling ended for the by-elections on eight seats of the National Assembly across the country and three seats in the Punjab Assembly. By-elections were held in 3 provinces, 3 seats in the National Assembly and 3 seats in the Provincial Assembly are vacant in Punjab, while elections will be held for 3 seats of National Assembly in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and candidates will compete for 2 seats in the National Assembly in Sindh. The constituencies of the National Assembly where the by-elections are being held are: Mardan, Charsadda, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Nankana Sahib, Malir, Korangi, and Multan, while the Punjab Assembly s constituencies are: Sheikhupura, Khanewal, and Bahawalnagar. A total of 101 candidates of various political parties, including independent candidates, participated in the elections, 52 in Punjab, 33 in Sindh and 16 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and about 4.5 voters were registered in these constituencies. In Punjab, 1,434 polling stations had been being established, 979 in KP and 340 in Karachi. NA-22 Mardan II: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Imran Khan is leading the vote count by obtaining 26,935 votes, followed by Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) candidate Moulana Muhammad Qasim who has secured 24,927 votes. NA-24 Charsadda II: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate candidate Imran Khan is leading the vote count by obtaining 29,433 votes, followed by Awami National Party (ANP) Aimal Wali Khan who has secured 26,334. NA-31 Peshawar V: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Imran Khan won by-election for NA-31 Peshawar V by obtaining 59,972 vote and Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Ghulam Ahmed Bilor could secure 34,724 votes. NA-108 Faisalabad VIII: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Imran Khan is leading the vote count by obtaining 45,362 vote, followed by Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) candidate Abid Sher Ali who has secured 32,938 votes. NA-118 Nankana Sahib II: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Imran Khan is leading the vote count by obtaining 22,622 votes, followed by Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) candidate Shazra Mansab Kharal who has secured 19,735 votes. NA-237 Malir II: Pakistan Peiople’s Party (PPP) candidate Abdul Hakim Baloch is leading the vote count by obtaining 12,906 votes, followed by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Imran Khan who has secured 11,471. NA-239 Korangi Karachi I: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Imran Khan is leading the vote count by obtaining 5365 vote, followed by MQM candidate Syed Nayyer Bukhari who has secured 1016 votes. NA-157 Multan: According to unofficial results, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Ali Musa Gillani has won the NA-157 Multan by-election be securing 79,743, while his opponent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Meherbano Qureshi could secure 59,993 votes. PP-139 Sheikhupura: According to unofficial results, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Ch Iftikhar Bhangoo has won the PP-139 Sheikhupura by-election by obtaining 43,435 votes, while Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Abu Bakar Sharaqpuri could secure 41,673 votes. PP-209 Khanewal: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate candidate Faisal Khan Niazi is leading the vote count by obtaining 31,982 votes, followed by PML-N candidate Chaudhry Ziaur Rehman who has secured 15,694. PP-241 Bahawalnagar: PTI candidate Malik Muzaffar Khan is leading the vote count by obtaining 32,708 votes, followed by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate Amanullah Sattar Bajwa who has secured 26,077 votes.

‘Imran always preferred his personal interests’

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Special Assistant to Prime Minister AttaullahTarar said on Sunday that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan was master of U-turns, and he had always preferred his personal interests over the country’s interests. Addressing a press conference at Model Town, along with other party leaders here, he claimed that PML-N and its allies would win the bye-elections, held in Punjab, Sindh and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Sunday. The SAPM said that even if PTI chairman would win the bye-elections, re-election would have to be held on these seats as his resignation from Mianwali National Assembly seat was not accepted yet. He said whoever would vote for him in bye-elections would, in fact, waste his vote. He said that contesting each seat by himself was the failed strategy of Imran, that was why turnout remained very low in urban centers. He said that PTI chairman’s every political move reflected contradictions. His tactics to trap his opponents had been exposed before the nation through audio leaks and other scandals, Atta Tarar said. He asserted that the coalition government, led by the PML-N, was making sincere efforts to save the country through tough decisions. “We have saved the country instead of our politics,” he added. Tarar said that candidates of PML-N and its allies were satisfied and confident about their victory, adding that the PTI always speaks against hereditary politics. But in the bye-elections in Multan, none else but Shah MehmoodQureshi’s daughter was contesting the polls. He said that Qureshi, who was former MNA from Multan, his son MPA and now his daughter was contesting for the MNA seat, which was evidence of hereditary politics in the PTI ranks.

‘Party requested Nawaz to come to Pakistan before next election’

By Staff Reporter

FAISALABAD: The District Monitoring Officer (DMO) in Faisalabad on Sunday ordered the expulsion of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Punjab President and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan for violating the polling code. As per a statement, the DMO took strict notice of the interior minister's media briefing amid voting and ordered the expulsion of Sanaullah from the constituency's jurisdiction. The DMO said that holding a press conference by a public office-bearer on the polling day within the jurisdiction of a constituency is a violation of the election code. The ECP had also issued notice to Rana Sanaullah on the violation of code of conduct on October 15. Earlier on Sunday, Rana Sanaullah said that meeting with someone or attending a ceremony, whether it is held in connection with any happiness or grief, could not be termed as an election campaign. Talking to journalists, the interior minister said he did not violate the law in any area, adding that the federal agencies should comply with the directions issued by the election body. Responding to a question, Rana Sanaullah said: “I have been told that the voter turnout for the by-polls is 20-25%. People's verdict should be accepted in the by-election.” Rana said that he would not allow the culture of sedition and corruption to continue in the country. He further said that he is ready for negotiations without any conditions, adding that the party has requested Nawaz Sharif to come to Pakistan before the next election and lead the next general election campaign.

PM calls for taking collective steps to ensure food security

Shehbaz condoles over demise of senior journalist Khawaja Farrukh Saeed

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Sunday called for taking collective steps to ensure food security in the world. In tweets on social media platform Twitter on the occasion of World Food Day, he said the recent devastating floods in Pakistan had destroyed standing crops on millions of acres. He said an agricultural country like Pakistan had to import edible items to compensate for these crop losses. “Today World Food Day highlights the need for collective measures of the world to ensure food security of different countries.” “Due to climate-induced natural disasters and because of rising prices in the international market, there is a risk of further shortage of already scarce nutritional food at the international level,” the prime minister added. He said that the climate change was having negative effects on our lives and the increase in poverty and hunger were the foremost issues. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of senior journalist Khawaja Farrukh Saeed. In a message of condolence here on Sunday, the prime minister said KhawajaFarrukh was a prominent leader of journalists of Pakistan, particularly of Punjab. The prime minister said all his life he did journalism based on values and traditions and was known for his ideological writings. The services of Khawaja Farrukh for journalism and journalists would be remembered for a long time to come, he added. He prayed to Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the loss with fortitude. -- PR

CM expresses concern over refusal of central to grant permission to Punjab to import wheat

Says enhance the production of food and ensuring food security is the first and foremost priority of the government

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Federal government has refused to grant permission to the Punjab government to import wheat. Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi expressed his deep concern over the refusal of the Federal government to grant permission to the Punjab government to import wheat.CM said that Sindh and other provinces have been provided wheat being imported by the Federal government. The Federal government imported wheat earlier also but did not give share to Punjab and now the Punjab government sought permission to import 10 lac metric tonne wheat on self- payment basis. The Punjab government by taking into consideration public needs sought permission to import wheat according to the constitutional and legal way but the Federal government refused to grant permission. He said that the attitude of the Federal government about the people of Punjab is not only regrettable but condemnable as well adding that Shehbaz Sharif is conspiring to take revenge from the people of Punjab owing to turning out PML-N from Punjab and a nefarious attempt is being made to create wheat scarcity in Punjab. He revealed that 16 thousand metric tonne wheat is still being provided to Islamabad from Punjab.He stated that the stock of wheat is comparatively less in Punjab during the current year due to various reasons adding that the import of wheat in Punjab has become inevitable due to the flood affectees and other reasons. Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi presided over a high-level meeting at CMO in which the available stock of wheat and other matters came under review. Matters pertaining to urea, phosphate, seeds of wheat and subsidy on the wheat being imported came under discussion.CM directed to formulate a better and a practical modus operandi for giving a subsidy. Provincial Agriculture Minister Syed Hussain Jahania Gardezi, Provincial Food Minister Sardar Hasnain Bahadar Dreshak, former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi, Chief Secretary, Secretary Finance, Secretary Agriculture, Secretary Food, Director Food and concerned officials attended the meeting. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said that to enhance the production of food and ensuring food security is the first and foremost priority of the government. Nutritious diet is the fundamental need and right of every human being and a close collaboration between the government and a practical sector is essential in order to ensure food protection. Owing to coronavirus, infectious diseases, climate changes, violent disputes and other confronting challenges have increased the problems of food shortage for lacs of people. The shortage of food production and its distribution challenge is aggravating this problem every now and then. The food distribution mechanism faced a severe loss due to floods in Pakistan which increased the pressure on the prices of edible items. He emphasized that we will have to take steps in a consolidated manner in order to increase the food production and to ensure better nutrition as well. CM in his message on World Food Day urged to stop the wastage of food to mitigate the possibility of food scarcity adding that it is essential to impart vigorous awareness to the common man in this regard.CM stated that the aim to celebrate World Food Day is to further escalate our efforts to resolve the problems occurring due to food scarcity. CM highlighted that we have to reiterate our resolve that all resources will be utilized so as to timely fulfil the necessities of food in the country.

Construction continues without a map in Shujaabad

By Staff Reporter

Multan: The series of illegal constructions continues throughout the city, the annual loss of Millions to the government treasury. The municipal committee of Shujaabad failed to provide relief to the people. According to the details, construction continues without a map in Shujaabad, construction of commercial markets, shopping plazas continues without a map, with the alleged collusion of the Shujaabad Municipal Committee and the building inspector, non-construction continues. It is reported in the newspapers. As the news of the building inspector and chief officer colluding with the owners of the uncharted buildings was published, the commercial markets and plazas of the city were also sealed by the building inspector and chief officer of the municipality. But the building inspector and the chief officer allegedly started de-sealing the sealed plazas and commercial markets without getting the map approved. Due to which the government treasury started losing Millions of rupees annually. Requests were made several times by the civil society to get the approved commercial plazas and market maps, but the illegal construction workers sitting in Shujaabad Municipal Committee refused. Facilitators refuse to give maps of approved commercial plazas and markets to common citizens. Chairman Shujaabad District Banauo Tehreek Sheikh Arshad Ali and General Secretary Hamza Khan Pathan, Additional Chief Secretary South Punjab, Commissioner Multan, Deputy Commissioner Multan and Assistant Commissioner Shujaabad demanded reform.

Additional police personnel deployed at sensitive polling stations at a distance of 400 meters

By Staff Reporter

MULTAN: Additional Inspector General of Police Dr. Ehsan Sadiq paid tribute to the police and other security agencies for conducting peaceful elections in South Punjab. Along with polling station No. 51 Rangeilpur and reviewed the security arrangements, CPO Multan Khurram Shehzad Haider and SSP Operations Hussam Bin Iqbal briefing on the security arrangements, the CPO Multan said that the law and order situation Khurram Shahzad Haider while giving a briefing said that additional police personnel have been deployed at the sensitive polling stations at a distance of 400 meters in the villages. The Additional IG expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements and said that strict security arrangements have been made for the peaceful conduct of the election in South Punjab, regular monitoring is also going on from the South Punjab Police Office and reports should be taken from all the districts. By-elections were held in three districts of South Punjab, Multan Bahawalnagar and Khanewal. Dr. Ehsan Sadiq paid tribute to all the officers and employees for their excellent duty and said that the police are always alert and ready to deal with any situation.

Aslam Iqbal inaugurates development projects in pp-151

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Senior Provincial Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal visited various areas of Provincial Constituency 151 and inaugurated the development projects. The people apprised the minister about water supply and drainage, gas and development problems of the area. Senior Provincial Minister Mian Aslam Iqbal after inaugurating the development projects, addressing the people and talking to the media, said that the goal of development and prosperity would be achieved only through real freedom, under the courageous leadership of Imran Khan, we will achieve the goal of real freedom. The people will give their decision in favor of Tehreek-e-Insaf today, the so-called alliance of 13 parties will be defeated and a new history will be made in the country today regarding the elections. Mian Aslam Iqbal said that Imran Khan's narrative has become the voice of heart of every Pakistani. The rulers sitting in the federation spent the resources of the poor nation only on their children, the stories of corruption of the Zardari and Sharif families are known everyone, and NAB rules were changed to give relief to these corrupt families. The cases of looters are being quashed to block the way of Imran Khan, he added. Senior Minister said that Imran Khan has become strong voice of laborers, farmers and common man and the whole nation stands with the captain in the fight against corruption. We are ridiculed when we talk about the state of Madinah, our ideal is the state of Madinah. Without the justice system, the dream of development cannot be fulfilled, in the societies where justice is killed, they do not progress, Imran Khan is struggling to establish a society based on justice, he said that the people have trusted us and we will fulfil all the promises made with the masses. 80 percent development work have been completed in the constituency and 20% development work is about to complete, he concluded. The people of the area expressed their gratitude to Mian Aslam Iqbal for carrying out the development work; Senior Provincial Minister Mian Aslam inaugurated the development projects in Zubida Park, Millat Road and Kot Muhammadi chowk and held meetings with the people of the area.

Chakwal press club is a constitutional body and is to protected 

By District Reporter

CHAKWAL: A meeting of Chakwal Press Club was held on Sunday under the chairmanship of Chairman Khawaja Babar Saleem Mahmood, in which the resolutions passed jointly determined that Chakwal Press Club is a constitutional body and for its protection and running. All possible steps will be taken. While the former Finance Secretary Imran Qaiser Abbas, which was deposited with him in the membership funds of Rs. . Secretary General Zulfiqar Mir has called this meeting to consult with all the members that because an illegal and self-made body has been created in the name of Chakwal Press Club which has no constitutional and legal position, therefore steps should be taken to discourage such actions. will be done. In the meeting, Senior Vice Chairman Fakhr Mehmood Mirza, Senior Vice President Malik Safiuddin Safi, Member of the Executive Committee Raja Iftikhar Ahmed, Office Secretary Mehran Zafar Malik, Secretary Information Raja Saqib Abbas, Member of the Executive Committee Qazi Waseem Jahangir, Chairman Fundraising Committee Malik Faheem Akhtar, Chairman Executive Committee Faqir Khalid Malik, Vice President Abdul Ghafoor Minhas, Vice President Muhammad Khan Aqil, Member of the Executive Committee Muhammad Ahmad Farooqui, Auditor General Khawaja Daniyal Saleem while giving various suggestions reiterated the determination that Chakwal Press Club is the name of a long struggle and This is the home of journalists, no action will be accepted here through bullying, rigging, coercion and pressure and in this context the entire Chakwal Press Club is standing like a rock under the leadership of Babar Salim Mehmood in the chair. At the end of the meeting, Faqir Khalid Malik offered a special prayer for the development and prosperity of Chakwal Press Club and also offered a special prayer for showing the right path to the misguided people.

Government Blind Students Sultana School Attock A solemn function regarding International White Cane Day

By Tahir Nakash

ATTOCK: A grand function was organized in connection with International White Cane Day at Government Razia Sultana School for Blind Students and Girls Attock. Assistant Commissioner of Attock Dr. Taman Abbas was the chief guest of the event. Colonel retired Shahid Jameel Mian presided over the ceremony. Special students from special institutions across the district, especially blind students, participated in the ceremony and received praise from the participants by expressing their ability and education in the form of recitations, naats, speeches, national songs and tableaus. In this event, the management body of Anjuman Tajran in which Major Asghar, Haji Rahmat, Chaudhry Iftikhar Ahmed and Tahir specially participated and distributed white sticks and gifts to special students. Apart from this, District Attorney Officer Alia Zafar also participated in this program. Colonel retired Shahid Jameel Mian as usual distributed talking calculators, Mp3, braille frames and games to these special students. In addition, he presented a check of Rs.1 lakh as a donation to the building of Government Special Education Center Pindi Gheb, which has been built under your help. Deputy DO Education Syed Taqi Abbas representing CO Authority Malik Fateh Khan encouraged the special children. Special students, teachers, parents, journalists and local people participated in this event. The focal person of the event, Special Education District Attock, Salma Khatun, while highlighting the performance of ten special educational institutions of Attock District, also pointed out some issues. In which the heads of the institution are facing problems due to the lack of staff, especially the absence of teachers, drivers and clerks.

Sindh Governor's visits Mazar of Shaheed Millat Liaquat Ali Khan

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori visited the mazar of Shaheed Millat Liaquat Ali Khan on the occasion of his martyrdom anniversary. Governor Sindh recited surah Fatiha, placed flowers and offered special prayers for the progress and prosperity of the province and the country. Governor Sindh also recorded his comments in the guest book regarding Liaquat Ali Khan, the first Prime Minister of Pakistan. Later, talking to the media representatives, Governor Sindh said that I have come here to pay homage to Liaquat Ali Khan, the first elected Prime Minister of the country. He said that October 16,1951 is the darkest day in the history of Pakistan, because on that day the first elected Prime Minister of the country was martyred. Governor Sindh said that Pakistan was the love of Shaheed Millat, for the solidarity of which he worked day and night. He was the right hand of the Quaid-i-Azam, that is why the father of the nation elected him as the first Prime Minister of the country. Governor Sindh added, He further said that Liaquat Ali Khan struggled along with the Quaid-e-Azam to stabilize the newly established state. Even after the death of the father of the nation, he continued his mission, Governor Sindh observed. He said that he was martyred for loving Pakistan and even at the time of martyrdom, he was worried about the security of Pakistan. Governor Sindh said that the young generation needed to be made aware of the services of Shaheed Millat because the way Liaquat Ali Khan served the country and the nation is unparalleled. Answering a question about the by-elections, Governor Sindh said that the people must use their right of vote and all political parties must abide by the code of conduct and accept victory and defeat as this is the beauty of democracy. On another question, Governor Sindh said that we need to be united so that the problems faced by the country and the province can be resolved. He further said that there is a dire need for national unity and consensus due to two years of Corona and now flood calamity.

04 dead and 1282 injured in 1195 road traffic crashes in Punjab

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Punjab Emergency Service Department responded to 1195 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) in all 37 districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours. In these RTCs 04 people died, whereas 1282 were injured. Out of this 726 people were seriously injured who were shifted to different hospitals. Whereas, 557 minor injured victims were treated at the incident site by Rescue Medical Teams thus reducing the burden of Hospitals.The majority (71%) involved Motorbikes, therefore effective enforcement of traffic laws and lane discipline are essential to reduce this increasing the number of Road Traffic Crashes. Further, the analysis showed those 599 drivers, 39 underage drivers, 175 pedestrians, and 513 passengers were among the victims of these road traffic crashes. The statistics show that 304 RTCs were reported in Lahore which affected 326 persons placing the Provincial Capital at top of the list followed by 84 in Multan with 104 victims andat third Faislabad 82 with 74 victims. The details further reveal that 1283 victims were affected by road traffic crashes including 1033 males & 254 females, while the age group of the victims shows that 240 were under 18 years of age, 658 were between 18 and 40 years and rest of the 399 victims were reported above 40 years of age.

Struggle to make our girls confident, highlight their hidden skills: Iram Mumtaz

RAWALPINDI: The founder and chairperson of Bazaecha Trust, Iram Mumtaz, said that the time has come to give their own shelter to the girls who were made homeless by the earthquake of October 8, 2005, seventeen years ago. With the mutual efforts of everyone, today the girls of the non-profit organization Bazaecha Trust are going to get their home. The purpose of all these efforts is to make our girls confident, highlight their hidden skills, try to make them fruitful citizens of their beloved country, and always to support them to stand on their own feet, so that they become a part of the development of the country and the nation. She said this while addressing the foundation stone ceremony of the new building of Bazaecha Trust. Dr. Waqar, Amira Hayat, and Dr. Anjum, trustees of BAZEECHA TRUST, as well as Directors NoshabaWaqar, Hina Qureshi, Rubina Amir, Maryam Nasir Barki, AzrahDurrani, RaheelaNaveed, other branches of BAZEECHA TRUST, Health Services, Sunshine Home, Mera Ghar, BAZEECHA TRUST Charity Drive, and a large number The ceremony started with the recitation of the Holy Quran and Naat Rasul Maqbool and the National Anthem was presented. Later, the Founder and Chairperson of BAZEECHA TRUST, Iram Mumtaz, gave a brief introduction to the participants about the hard journey of BAZEECHA TRUST and said that the success of BAZEECHA is only due to the selfless and tireless efforts of my childhood friends, and its reward goes especially to those who show their confidence in BAZEECHA TRUST, and today we all managed to organize this memorial ceremony. Chairperson Iram Mumtaz said that after giving thanks to Almighty Allah, I must salute our well-wisher, who requested to keep his name confidential. Today, due to his selfless effort, we are able to provide their own home to 150 girls of BAZEECHA TRUST. Islam also advises the same practice that when you help someone with one hand, the other hand does not know about it, so that the self-respect of the other can be maintained. This spirit of humanity should be present in all of our hearts. She stated, "I am grateful from the bottom of my heart to everyone who helped us improve BAZEECHS Trust."I pray to Allah Pak that when these our girls are successful and become active citizens of society, they will remember all the positive efforts of their benefishers in their previous difficult times in life and will always follow in their footsteps and serve humanity and be a SudQa e Jaria for them. On this occasion, I would like to express my gratitude to the journalists who supported us every step of the way on this journey of BAZEECHA and became our voice in informing about the oppressed people spread across Pakistan. PR

Islamabad Capital Police campaign in full swing against traffic rules violators

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Following the special directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan, Islamabad capital police campaign against traffic rules violators is in full swing and special efforts are being made to maintain traffic discipline in the city, a police public relations officer said. He said that, the main objective of this road safety campaign is to ensure the safety of people, while road users are being educated for lane discipline during driving. Chief Traffic Officer Islamabad Dr. Syed Mustafa Tanweer has constituted special teams to control lane violations on various roads and ensure the smooth flow of traffic in the city. Strict checking is being made against those not using helmets during bike ride. Islamabad capital police education team remains present on all important roads including Islamabad Expressway, Srinagar highway to educate road users about traffic rules. FM Radio 92.4 is also disseminating the messages about road safety and to educate the audience about traffic rules.

Opec+ cuts will push the world into a supply deficit crisis 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: PEW on Sunday said Opec+ decision to cut oil production by two million barrels per day will push the world into another serious crisis. The decision will speed up economic downturn in hundreds of countries and hit almost everyone living on this planet, it said. The move will badly hit the US and EU and help Russia earn more which is unacceptable for the western block which is far from victory in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President PEW. In a statement issued here today, he said that the oil-exporting countries should not reduce production to push the world into a new crisis. The oil importing countries are affected by the high oil prices but the oil exporting countries have also earned more than one and a half trillion dollars but their greed knows no limits He said that the oil exporting countries have become rich due to the rising oil prices and now pushing up the price will accelerate the global recession which will reduce the demand for oil.

Rigid Monetary Policy stance fails to contain inflation: APBF

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF) has warned the authorities that rising inflation can hurt economic growth in Pakistan and a careful policy is required to keep it in control, as the present rigid monetary policy stance of the central bank has failed to contain the hyperinflation in the country. APBF President Syed Maaz Mahmood observed that the industry has suffered from the double-edged sword of food and energy prices with transport inflation peaking to a record 65% while the annual inflation rate increased to 27% in fiscal year 2021-22. He added that the high interest rates in a low growth environment will create bad debts in the private sector, squeezing fiscal space for development, adding that the current monetary policy will also stifle capital formation both in the public and the private sectors. APBF Chairman Ibrahim Qureshi pointed out that despite nominal growth, inflationary pressures are again building up in the economy while steep depreciation of the rupee is pushing up prices of imported industrial inputs, which will further cripple industrial activities.Ibrahim Qureshi said that it is high time that the government should revise interest rates to turn Pakistan into a production economy. Our future lies in strengthening the production sectors, but that would require the government to cut the cost of credit as there is no justification to keep interest rates that high particularly when this policy is unlikely to produce the desired results in the wake of cost-push inflation,” he added.

Rigid Monetary Policy stance fails to contain inflation: APBF 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF) has warned the authorities that rising inflation can hurt economic growth in Pakistan and a careful policy is required to keep it in control, as the present rigid monetary policy stance of the central bank has failed to contain the hyperinflation in the country. APBF President Syed Maaz Mahmood observed that the industry has suffered from the double-edged sword of food and energy prices with transport inflation peaking to a record 65% while the annual inflation rate increased to 27% in fiscal year 2021-22. He added that the high interest rates in a low growth environment will create bad debts in the private sector, squeezing fiscal space for development, adding that the current monetary policy will also stifle capital formation both in the public and the private sectors. APBF Chairman Ibrahim Qureshi pointed out that despite nominal growth, inflationary pressures are again building up in the economy while steep depreciation of the rupee is pushing up prices of imported industrial inputs, which will further cripple industrial activities.Ibrahim Qureshi said that it is high time that the government should revise interest rates to turn Pakistan into a production economy. Our future lies in strengthening the production sectors, but that would require the government to cut the cost of credit as there is no justification to keep interest rates that high particularly when this policy is unlikely to produce the desired results in the wake of cost-push inflation,” he added.

ICCI urges Government to allot land to Chambers of Small Traders and Industries

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) stressed that the government should allocate land to small chambers of commerce and industry in every district, which will facilitate the growth of new businesses, enhance exports, generate jobs and help revive the economy. He said this will addressing a delegation of Rawalpindi Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industries that visited ICCI led by Malik Shahid Ghafoor Parachi Group Leader, Nadeem Sheikh Chairman and Tariq Khan Jadoon President. Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari said that SME sector is the backbone of the economy as it is making 40% contribution to the country’s GDP, 25% in overall exports and provides jobs to 78% of non-agriculture sector, but credit to SMEs is just around 6 percent of the total private sector credit in Pakistan, which is a major barrier for their growth. He said that high transaction costs and tough collateral requirements are the key hurdles which impede bank lending to SMEs and stressed that the government should address these issues to increase lending to SMEs to at least 20% of the total private sector credit so that small businesses can play a more effective role in the economic development of the country. He assured that ICCI would cooperate in resolving the key issues of small traders and small industries to facilitate their better growth. Malik Shahid Ghafoor Parachi Group Leader, Nadeem Sheikh Chairman and Tariq Khan Jadoon President, Rawalpindi Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry said that the small businesses had suffered great losses due to Covid-19 pandemic and are now reviving after a long time. However, they are once again seeing containers on the main entry points of the twin cities, which are creating great concerns in them as they cannot afford any further closure of businesses. They stressed that the government and all political parties should settle their issues through dialogue and avoid any move that may disrupt businesses and create problems for the citizens. They said that chambers of small traders and small industries needed the support of the government for allocation of land to set up their own offices so that they could play a more effective role in the economy. They said that they would work with ICCI for facilitating the growth of SMEs in the twin cities. Naeem Ashraf Senior Vice President, Muhammad Mehfooz Vice President, Rawalpindi Chamber of Small Traders & Small Industries, Zafar Bakhtawari, Mian Akram Farid, Khalid Chaudhry and others also spoke at the occasion and stressed that the government should take all possible measures to save businesses of the twin cities from closure due to any long march or protests as it would be detrimental for the economy.

Russia, western block continue to trade despite Ukraine war 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Former Vice President of FPCCI Atif Ikram Sheikh during the Cold War, trade between Russia and Western countries was not stopped. Russia and western block continue to trade despite the Ukraine war and some sanctions, he said. Atif Ikram Sheikh said that relief should be given to people reeling under runaway inflation by allowing trade between Pakistan and India. In a statement issued here today, Atif Ikram Shaikh, who is also the former chairman of the PVMA, said Pakistan should also reduce the growing poverty without compromising on the principled stand by allowing trade with India. Trade is the best way to reduce tensions and resolve conflicts and the economy needs to be strengthened as no country will pay attention to countries with weak economies. The business leader said that the development of the SAARC region has been stalled due to political tensions, with the main role being the tension between Pakistan and India, due to which the standard of living of the people is on the decline. Pakistan cannot develop in isolation from its neighbouring countries, so the relevant policies should be re-evaluated, he said, adding that peace can help both countries to improve almost every aspect of the economy and society. He said that over a third of the world’s 60 most polluted cities were reported to be in India and Pakistan. The Indus and Ganges basins are under strain, and the glaciers are melting. The climate crisis does not recognize borders, race, religion, caste, or sect. It does not separate common people from the elites. Now it is time for both governments to work together for a prosperous future. He said that it took Europe centuries of horrific battles and the World Wars to conclude working together is better than being in a conflict that Pakistan and Indians should realize. Pakistan’s economy was weak before COVID-19, surviving on an IMF loan and being burdened by external debt. Today it is facing the additional challenge of feeding millions of families that have lost their incomes because of floods.

Unemployed shopkeepers, employees camped outside Centaurus Mall

By Staff Reporter 

ISLAMABAD: Unemployed shopkeepers and their employees have camped outside Centaurus Mall. They said that due to the closure of Centaurus Mall, Hundreds of people have become unemployed and the employees have been forced to starve.

A large number of business leaders have stated that a camp will be held for them soon Meals twice a day will be provided to the employees by Anjuman Tajaran. The leaders are including: President of All Pakistan Anjuman Tajran and Traders Action Committee Islamabad Ajmal Baloch, Secretary and Convenor Traders Committee ICCI Khalid Chaudhry, President of Supermarket Shahzad Shabbir Abbasi, President of Blue Area Raja Hassan Akhtar. Raja Imad Bin Arif, President of Blue Area East, Ahmed Khan, President of F-10 Markaz, Chaudhary Aftab Gujjar, President of G-11 Centre, Abid Abbasi President G-10 Markaz, Raj Abbasi, Shahid Abbasi. 

Search Operation conducted in PS Industrial Area

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police conducted a search and combing operation in the jurisdiction of Industrial Area police station, a police public relations officer said. He said that, following the special directives of IGP Islamabad Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan, search and combing operations are being conducted in different areas of the city, to ensure the safety and security of the Islamabad citizens. Following these orders, a search and combing operation was conducted in the PS Industrial Area areas by local police, CTD and Quick reaction teams under the supervision of SP CTD. During the search operation two suspects were shifted to the police station for verification, While 21 houses and 21 suspects were checked. Moreover 60 litres liquor, 12 bottle's vodka, 05 liter kerosene oil and two illegal motorcycles were also recovered. DIG Operations said that the purpose of the search and combing operations was to heighten the security in the federal capital. All zonal officers were directed to continue these operations in their respective areas. Citizens are also requested to cooperate with police during checking.

Focus on fiscal, energy reforms as IMF program aftershocks appearing: BMP

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ISLAMABAD: The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s Businessmen Panel (BMP) has asked the government to focus on the implementation of fiscal and energy reforms to strengthen the economy, besides ensuring the sustainable growth, as the aftershocks of the IMF program are being felt by the trade and industry now. FPCCI former president and BMP Chairman Mian Anjum Nisar emphasized the need for consistent economic policies to restore macroeconomic stability and market confidence, as $ 1.5 billion production losses have been estimated on account of loss of only cotton crop due to recent flooding. So, the government must have to provide electricity and gas at competitive rates to the export as well as the domestic industry, besides ensuring continuous power and gas supply to the industry, he demanded. He highlighted that Pakistan is among the countries most affected by climate change causing devastating damage to infrastructure and agriculture production. He said that the trade and industry have been enduring the IMF program since decades, but never before has it been so devastating, as the difference this time is the country’s extremely fragile economy and the Fund’s non-negotiable condition of withdrawal of all subsidies with no exemptions or waivers.

Alvi directs Bank to refund money with profit to bank fraud victim

President condolences loss of lives in Turkiye coal mine explosion

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has upheld a decision of the Banking Mohtasib (BM) and directed the Silk Bank Ltd (SBL) to refund the bank account of a fraud victim with Rs 200,000 along with the remaining profit till the date the amount is credited in his bank account as SBL had committed maladministration by failing to appoint honest officials at its bank branch and unjustly withheld the profit amount. The President gave these directions while rejecting a representation of SBL against a decision of BM in a case where a citizen of Multan, Mr Muhammad Shafiq (the complainant), had invested Rs 200,000 in Term Deposit Receipt (TDR) with the bank, however, he was only paid profit for six months and when he went to withdraw the remaining profit from his account, he was informed that his TDR was fake and he had been hoodwinked by the ex-Branch Operations Manager. The President in his decision held that since the complainant had produced original TDR which bore the Bank’s logo, duly stamped and signed by the ex-Branch Operations Manager, the Bank was responsible for any document signed by its employee on purportedly Bank’s stationery and stamp of the Bank. He added that there was no litmus test for the general public to differentiate between the original and fake stationery of the Bank. The President held that the Bank’s contention, that profit amounts of six months were credited in complainant’s account through fund transfers from multiple accounts of the customers and not from the Bank’s payable account as normally done, carried no weight as a customer was usually satisfied when monthly profit was credited in his account. He said that it was not the duty of the customer to scrutinize the records and internal processes of a Bank and to ascertain whether profit was credited in his account by the Bank routed through Bank’s Books and proper vouchers were passed. The President said that the Bank was shifting responsibility to complainant in order to cover its own internal lapses and controls. He observed that the Bank had admitted that the ex-Branch Manager had signed the said TDR and had committed fraud and had been terminated from Bank’s service in a fraud case. He added that it was a well-settled principle of “vicarious liability” that an employee was liable for the loss caused to a customer through the wrongful act of his employee in the course of the employer’s business. The President concluded that the appointment of vigilant bank officials/officers, honest and professional staff was the responsibility of Bank and not of the complainant, who had posed his trust in the Bank. He added that the Bank was the custodian and trustee of the hard-earned money of the accountholder. “The bank official was there in the bank duly posted by the management, and there was unimpeachable evidence of commission of fraud by the bank official with the Bank branch”, he stated. The President, therefore, rejected the Bank’s representation as the bank could not escape the liability in a case of this kind, when the commission of fraud was established and admitted. “It is a case of wrongdoing and maladministration by the Bank officials. The Bank is, therefore, responsible to make good the loss of the complainant without further delay”, held the President. President Dr. Arif Alvi has expressed his sincere condolences and solidarity with the victims of a mine explosion in the northern state of Bartin in Turkiye, which resulted in the death and injury of dozens of its people. The President prayed that Allah Almighty may bless the departed souls with eternal heaven and bless the injured with quick and complete recovery. He prayed for the success of the relief and rescue operation and said that Pakistan stood in complete solidarity with our Turkish brothers and sisters in this hour of need. -- PR

KARACHI: On the occasion of the by-election, strict security arrangements are in place, armed police are doing their duty.

PPP, police engage in rigging, claims Imran Ismail

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KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) senior leader and former Sindh governor Imran Ismail on Sunday claimed that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and police are involved in rigging in NA-237. Commenting on the by-elections, Imran Ismail lambasted the ECP, saying that the ECP has limited itself to statements, adding that the ECP has once again failed. Continuing to take a dig at the ECP, former Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said, “ECP seems to be failing in terms of holding elections as the happening of transparent elections in the presence of the present ECP CEC is just a dream. However, despite using all tactics we [PTI] are winning.”

Mandviwalla condemns PTI for leveling allegations at ECP 

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ISLAMABAD: Former Finance Minister Saleem Mandviwalla has condemned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf for levelling allegations against the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). Saleem Mandviwala deplored that Tehreek-e-Insaf is trying to make the elections controversial by making allegations against a constitutional body. He said that it is a sad act of Tehreek-e-Insaf to level allegations against the Election Commission during the by-elections. PPP Senator Salim Mandviwala said levelling allegations against the commission before results are clear evidence of fear of defeat by PTI.

Minorities for making Population Census process all-inclusive

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ISLAMABAD: The representatives of different religious minorities have urged the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) to ensure proper representation of their youth in data collection for an all-inclusive population census. Chairman One-man Commission on Minority Rights (OMC) Dr Shoaib Suddle presided over a meeting with the PBS officials and the representatives of minorities to ascertain the latest status and plan of the ensuing population census, an official of the OMC told while sharing the recent update on the meeting. The OMC chairman briefed the participants about the purpose of the meeting which mainly related to sharing of concerns of minority communities in relation to their lack of participation in, and certain reservations about the 2017 Census data. After listening to the participants’ suggestions, the Director General (Admin) of PBS agreed to get the following points considered: Inclusion of different marginalized groups in the enumeration teams, trainers and entire process of data collection and data processing; sensitizing the enumerators on cultural, caste and religious factors, so that they fill the census form correctly; train and instruct the relevant staff so that the entire population with its religious, ethnic, caste, gender or racial identity etc., was reflected in the results. Moreover, the minorities’ representatives demanded real-time transferring of data from the field to the main system without any data losses; effective awareness campaigns be launched through electronic and print media regarding the registration process; online registration facility be provided so that people having access to internet may avail this facility; and places of worship should be used for awareness purposes.

KARACHI: NA-237 by-election, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Karachi president Bilal Ghaffar was injured in the attack, PTI has blamed the attack on the People's Party.

Steel industry must be fully strengthened for rapid economic growth: FTO Coordinator

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD, Oct 16 (APP): Steel industry, the mother of all industries, needed to be strengthened for sustainable economic growth, a prerequisite for rapid development, progress and prosperity in the country. This was stated by Coordinator to Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) Meher Kashif Younis, while addressing a delegation of industrialists led by Ahmad Waqar, here on Sunday. Meher said that the iron and steel industry was the bottom line producer industry and the mother of all industries as it helped other secondary industries, besides also contributing towards national development. He said that worldwide, the steel industry was considered one of the vital aspects of stable growth and economic development, adding, "our industrial policy needs to prioritize steel production over sugar, cola and cigarettes production." There was definitely a dire need for promoting the steel sector as the demand for steel was higher than its production and the gap was met through imports. "Even if the reverse was the case, we would have exported steel given its high demand world over," he highlighted.

IMF assures Pakistan of its full support

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has assured its full support to Pakistan after the federal government requested it for more policy support due to the devastating floods. According to details, the finance ministry has issued a statement on the recent visit of Ishaq Dar to the US in which he held meetings the IMF and the WB. The statement said that during the visit, the government requested the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for more policy support due to the floods on which the international lender assured Pakistan of its full support. The statement said that the MD of the IMF assured Pakistan of full cooperation. Finance minister Ishaq Dar thanked the IMF MD for his sentiments, saying that he was determined to complete the loan program despite the challenges faced.

CCI, bazaar associations hold protest demo in Jammu

Desk Report

JAMMU: In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, a protest demonstration was held in Jammu against the opening of another store of Reliance in Jammu. According to Kashmir Media Service, the protest was organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Jammu, along with members of various bazaar associations at Tawi Bridge in Jammu. Earlier, during a meeting of all the major Bazaar Associations convened at the Chamber House, Arun Gupta held threadbare discussions regarding hike in power tariff and opening of Reliance store in Jammu with the presidents of all major Bazaar Associations. The CCI president appealed to the authorities not to allow this business tycoon to open another store in Jammu as it will directly affect the sales of small shopkeepers, which are already struggling for their sustenance due to rising inflation and several other issues concerning their business.

138 days of Jammu-based reserved category employees' protest

Desk Report

JAMMU: In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the protest of All Jammu Based Reserve Category Employees Association has entered 138th day, today. According to Kashmir Media Service, the employees are protesting at Ambedkar Chowk in Jammu. Leader of the protest, Vipen Kumar speaking on the occasion, said they are eagerly waiting to accept their demand by the authorities. He further added that our pious and prominent religious festival, Deepawali is approaching ahead and many employees of different departments are without salary for last four months. Kumar on behalf of all these helpless employees appealed to the administration to immediately release their salaries.

Pakistan’s nuclear weapons well protected by Pak Army: Ch Shujaat

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) supremo Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Sunday said that the country's nuclear weapons are well protected by the Pakistan Army. The PML-Q supremo lashed out at US President Joe Biden by terming his [Biden's] statement in this regard as 'baseless'. Chaudhry Shujaat said, "Before the 2008 general elections, the current US president [Joe Biden] visited our home with Senator John Kerry and Chuck Hagel and praised Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi's education policies. Subsequently, they went on to say that if PML-Q wins the elections, then we will not accept the result." "They [Biden and his aides] reiterated this in an interview, to which Pervaiz Elahi asked them what their reaction would be if something like that was said in their election campaign. On this, the US senator changed the subject and started praising Punjab's health and education sectors. Speaking further about nuclear weapons, Chaudhury Shujaat said, "Our nuclear programme has been supported by 220 million people. Pakistan has never been irresponsible since it began its nuclear programme .Our nuclear weapons are safer than India and other countries. There is no logic in bringing Pakistan's nuclear programme into the discussion."

CHARSADDA: Asfand Wali Khan, Central President of the Awami National Party, speaks to media representatives on the occasion of the NA 24 Charsadda by-election.

Sheikh Rasheed served notice to vacate Lal Haveli

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Awami Muslim League (AML) chief Sheikh Rasheed has been served by Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) notice to vacate Lal Haveli within seven days. The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) served notice to AML chief Sheikh Rasheed to vacate his property including Lal Haveli located in Rawalpindi and Rasheed's political office within a week. Sources told that Rasheed's properties included Lal Haveli, whereas, the ETPB also sought police assistance to vacate the properties. The board decided to conduct an operation on October 19 while the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) will also take part in the action. Sources said that the former interior minister would soon be summoned by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in connection with a probe into occupying ETPB land. Lal Haveli belonged to a Hindu woman prior to partition and was converted into Sheikh Rasheed's political office in 1980 after he entered parliamentary politics. Daily The Patriot reported on September 30th that “A federal secretary allegedly issued "immediate transfer orders" to Asif Khan, Deputy Administrator of Abandoned Properties, on Sheikh Rashid's behalf for illegally occupying Sheikh Rashid's six-and-a-half-marla land near Lal Haveli”.

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