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Daily The Patriot edition of 18-09-22

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Disaster response and management 

By Sardar Khan Niazi

Pakistan Armed Forces have always played an important role with a proactive approach to help the civil machinery overcome natural disasters like floods, and earthquakes in the country as in the Kashmir earthquake 2005, Floods 2010, Attabad Lake disaster, and Awaran Earthquake 2013. On every occasion our dear homeland Pakistan faces a major challenge, people look towards the armed forces for support. In the present-day flood conditions, wreaking havoc in all provinces of the country the armed forces have been at the forefront in the rescue and help operations for flood victims. The Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Air Force are all vigorously playing a part in these operations and have established relief funds for the victims of the flooding areas. The passion and enthusiasm to help the flood victims are so high that all the general officers of the Army have also donated their salaries to help the suffering people. Several other officers are also giving financial donations on a voluntary basis. It is worth mentioning here that the Pakistan Air Force Women’s Association (PAFWA) has collected cash donations amounting to more than fourteen million rupees. Beyond monetary help, all three branches of the country’s defense are distributing rations on-ground. The Army has established more than 200 relief collection points across the country and the Air Force has also set up camps. All three forces the Pakistan Army, Pakistan Navy, and Pakistan Air Force have been transporting and distributing packages of basic needs of life such as rations, cooked food packs, fresh drinking water, blankets, clothing items, tents, and so on. They have also set up medical camps, which are providing medical treatment and medicine to the patients in flood-hit areas. For the most part, the Pakistan Army is active in massive rescue and relief operations in the affected areas. The Army has established a Relief and Rescue Organization under Headquarters Army Air Defense Command to manage these operations. Pakistan Army teams have rescued a number of people stranded in the flood-hit areas and shifted them to safer places. Who can forget the bravery shown by the Army Commander 12 Corps Lt Gen Sarfaraz Ali, Brigadier Amjad Hanif, Brigadier Muhammad Khalid, Major Saeed Ahmed, Major Muhammad Talha Manan, and Naik Mudassir Fayyaz embracing martyrdom after their helicopter crashed during a flight en route from Quetta to Karachi after rescue operation? Apart from the deployment of the fleet of helicopters of Army Aviation, the Pakistan Navy, and the Pakistan Air Force in flood-hit areas, their emergency response teams are also assisting the civil administration in rescue and relief efforts of South Punjab, Baluchistan, and Sindh. These forces have saved the lives of thousands of individuals. Above all, Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa made detailed visits to the flood-affected areas of Sindh, Baluchistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Punjab and reviewed the ongoing relief operations on the ground. On the other hand, apart from the services of the armed forces, Pakistan has a tradition of volunteer help to cope with a catastrophe. This has been seen in the situation of the current flood in the country. Several civilian volunteers of Pakistan are working on the front lines to conduct rescue operations and deliver emergency relief. A lot of individuals, NGOs, and welfare groups, including political and religious entities set up relief camps in various cities and towns of Pakistan. They are collecting basic commodities and have been sending the same to the flood-hit areas.One can judge the Pakistani philanthropists’ contributions to the flood-hit people. A woman donated all her gold jewelry to the flood victims. British citizens of Pakistani origin and their UK-based charities have sent donations to Pakistan’s flood-hit areas.

Pakistan expresses vision for SCO's strategic direction in face of global and economic transformation: FO

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif’s statement at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit conveyed Pakistan’s vision for the strategic direction of SCO in the face of global political and economic transformation. "Pakistan's commitment to the principles and purposes of the SCO Charter, as well as to the 'Shanghai Spirit' as a core value of the SCO, was also reaffirmed," said the Foreign Office Spokesperson in a press release on Saturday. Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif led the Pakistan delegation to the 15-16 September meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's Council of Heads of State in Samarkand. The annual council meeting is the highest forum in SCO, where all strategic decisions regarding the Organization's future direction are made. All eight heads of state/government of SCO member states attended the Summit meeting in person. “Participation in the Samarkand SCO Summit provided a significant opportunity to present Pakistan’s viewpoint on important national, regional and global issues. The Prime Minister’s comprehensive engagements with world leaders gathered in Samarkand served to further strengthen our bilateral relations with these countries,” the spokesperson added. The prime minister made a compelling case for SCO countries to take collective action to combat the ravages of climate change in his statement at SCO. He described the human tragedy and massive devastation caused by the climate disaster that struck Pakistan. The prime minister expressed deep gratitude to SCO leaders for their support in providing relief and assistance to flood victims. The SCO leaders expressed their solidarity and support for Pakistan at this critical juncture. The president of Uzbekistan on behalf of the Council of Heads of State of SCO appealed to the international community to support Pakistan in overcoming the devastating consequences of the floods.

Saad requested private airlines to begin operations from Quetta 

By Our Correspondent

QUETTA: Federal Railways and Aviation Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique on Saturday underlined the need for making Quetta Airport busier and improving air connectivity in the province. "More private airlines will begin operations from Quetta," he said during a visit to Quetta Airport.

Prime Minister's visit to Mianwali and Tank is hampered by bad weather: Marriyum 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Saturday said that Due to inclement weather, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif was unable to visit flood-affected districts of Mianwali and Tank. She stated in a tweet that the Prime Minister's helicopter had returned from Mianwali due to bad weather. She added that the Prime Minister would visit Mianwaliand Tank as part of his visits to flood-affected areas. The minister stated that the Prime Minister would be inaugurating 100 houses built in Tank. In his previous visit to Tank, the he had promised to build houses for the victims.

PAF prepared to respond to internal and external threats: Air Chief Sidhu 

By Our Correspondent

SKARDU: Pakistan Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu inspected PAF Air Base Skardu in the northern region. PAF chief Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu said that the current situation in the region requires PAF to be ready at all times to respond to any external or internal security challenge. He stated that the PAF's northern air capabilities and military response have been strengthened. The current situation in the region necessitates that we be prepared to respond to any external or internal security challenge at all times, he added. "Advances in space, electronic, and cyber warfare, as well as specific technological sciences combined with artificial intelligence, are profoundly impacting the traditional national security environment," said the Air Chief.

Ahsan praises role of philanthropists and people from all walks of life in assisting flood victims 

By Our Correspondent

NAROWAL: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal Chaudhry says the government is making all out efforts for the relief and rehabilitation of flood-affected people. Speaking at a ceremony in Narowal on Saturday, Ahsan Iqbal stated that the country is facing a natural disaster of such magnitude for the first time in its history.

Appointment of new Army Chief will take place on time: Kh Asif 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Khwaja Asif has said that the appointment of new Army Chief will be held on time as per the procedure expounded in the constitution. The defence minister told a press conference at PID in Islamabad on Saturday that PTI Chairman Imran Khan wanted to make this constitutional appointment controversial for no reason. He claimed that Imran would say one thing one day and then say something completely different the next. The defence minister slammed Imran, calling him a "national criminal" and accusing him of launching "attacks" on national security. He slammed former Prime Minister Imran Khan, claiming that he attempted to obstruct the release of an IMF tranche. He claimed that the PTI chief stated that Pakistan should not be assisted. “Imran is launching attacks on our national security. He is a national criminal,” Asif said adding that the PTI chief could harm the national interests. “This man hungry for power can harm Pakistan,” he remarked. He said Imran could not be seen anywhere during the recent floods. He said that the PTI chief always took U-Turn on things. In terms of Punjab politics, the defence minister stated that Imran would say one thing and Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi would say another.

PM Shehbaz urges the nation to provide baby food and blankets for flood victims

Shehbaz urges philanthropists urgently arrange and send food items for infants 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday appealed to the well-to-do segments of society to come forward and make arrangements for the supply of food items for the infants and the nascent children in the flood-affected areas. Prior to his departure to the United Kingdom and the United States, the prime minister addressed a meeting at Nur Khan Airbase to review the flood situation and rescue and relief measures in flood-hit areas. He also urged the wealthy to arrange blankets, quilts, and warm clothes as the winter season approached. He urged them to make arrangements on their behalf or supply these desperately needed items to the affected areas through well-established humanitarian bodies, provincial departments, and various centres established by the armed forces across the country. The prime minister stated that during his recent visit to Uzbekistan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit, all the heads and leaders of the SCO member states, Central Asian Republics, China, Turkiye, and others expressed solidarity and support to the flood victims of Pakistan, for which he thanked them individually. They had also inquired about additional requirements and support, he said, adding that he had informed them that they were making arrangements and spending billions of rupees with their limited resources. So far, Rs 30 billion has been distributed in a very transparent manner through the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) of the Rs70 billion allocated to support each flood-affected family with a Rs25,000 compensation amount. The prime minister stated that he had informed the SCO member states that the compensation amount was being distributed through a well-known and internationally credible BISP system. They were informed that a joint survey was being conducted to provide the Pakistani government with an accurate estimate of the total losses incurred during the recent floods, he added. The prime minister said the survey would ensure to plug any loophole, adding in collaboration with the provincial governments, the federal government was compensating for the millions of houses destroyed in the natural calamity. The electricity bills of the affected populace had been waived. He further assured the SCO leaders that the whole machinery and the armed forces of Pakistan had been working together, on war footing, to provide relief and compensate the affected families. National Flood Response Coordination Center (NFRCC) officials informed the prime minister about the relief and rehabilitation activities. According to the most recent estimates, floods affected 23 districts in Sindh, 31 districts in Balochistan, 17 districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and two districts in Punjab. The meeting participants were briefed on the losses of infrastructure, men and materials, and jobs in the affected districts. Representatives from national and provincial disaster management authorities briefed the PM on ongoing rescue and relief efforts.

Governor addressed bilateral trade and cultural relations with Jose Antonio de Ory

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE: The newly appointed Ambassador of Spain to Pakistan Jose Antonio de Ory called on Governor Punjab Muhammad Balighur Rehman today at Governor House Lahore today, Issues of mutual interest, bilateral trade and cultural relations were discussed during the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Governor Punjab Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that there are deep ties between Pakistan and Spain which are getting stronger and stronger with the passage of time. He appreciated Spain's role in the GSP Plus scheme for Pakistan and expressed the hope that Spain would continue to support Pakistan in the matter of GSP Plus status in the European Union. Governor Punjab also appreciated Spain's role in the European Union on the issue of GI tagging of basmati rice. He said that Spain is Pakistan's third largest trading partner in the European Union and after the acquisition of GSP Plus, there has been further increase in trade activities between the two countries. Punjab Governor Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that he appreciates the cooperation of Spain to help the flood victims. He said that Pakistan's role in climate change is less while the damage has been more. He said that Pakistan's share in greenhouse gas emissions is very low. Governor Punjab said that the recent floods in Pakistan are due to climate change and industrial pollution. The Spanish Ambassador agreed with the Governor of Punjab and said that the countries responsible for climate change should specially help Pakistan on this occasion. He said that cultural relations with Pakistan will be enhanced.

Noorul Hadi appreciated performance of the RIO DIK about floods 

By Our Correspondent

PESHAWAR: Director Information Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Noorul Hadi on Saturday appreciated performance of the Regional Information Office Dera Ismail Khan for providing timely information to masses regarding the flood situation including rescue, relief and rehabilitation activities. Accompanied by Administrative Officer Farman Ali, the Director Information KP while paying surprise visit to the Regional Information Office Dera Ismail Khan also hoped that staff of the Regional Office would continue timely updating people about issues about natural calamities besides development projects, the government has initiated for the welfare of masses in future. Upon arrival, Regional Information Officer Dera Ismail Khan Sanaullah Bettani gave a detailed briefing regarding performance besides other matters pertaining to arrangements for properly highlighting welfare-oriented policies of the government and raising awareness among people about various development initiatives of public sector departments and organizations. The Director Information was also apprised of issues pertaining to attendance, regularity, circulation figures of newspapers and printing presses in Dera Ismail Khan region. Recently retired Director Information Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Qazi Sibghatullah was also present on this occasion.

KARACHI: A large number of mourners in Chehlam procession of Hazrat Imam Hussain (R A) are offering prayer at MA Jinnah Road.

In Lumpy Skin Disease, the negligence of the Livestock Department expose

By Our Correspondent

CHAKWAL: Senior journalist Khawaja Babar Saleem Mahmood said on Saturday that lumpy skin disease has not only devastated the small farmers of Chakwal district, but also big butchers and milk sellers were badly affected due to this disease. There are and due to the reduction of meat and milk production across the district, people have been attracted towards dry milk. The livelihood of the small farmers in the rainfed areas is related to agriculture and animal breeding, so the Punjab government should provide assistance to the victims on a priority basis because the financial position of the small farmers has become zero due to the death of these animals worth crores of rupees in the entire region. He was speaking live from Chakwal Press Club studio. The host of the program, Zulfikar Mir, said that the arrival of the provincial minister is similar to the arrival of a long-delayed dowry. Lumpy skin disease has given its final blow but now there is a need to compile lists of victims and provide financial support to small farmers as well as butchers who have been rendered jobless during the last three and a half months by this disease. There are and at this time two-time bread has also become a problem for these families. Senior journalist Khawaja Daniyal Saleem said that the negligence and carelessness of the livestock department of Chakwal district has come to light. During this period, the small farmers continued to suffer, but the department did not show any mercy to the victims and the precious animals continued to die in front of the eyes of the victims.

Court Notice

In the Court of Afshan Younas Civil Judge Gujrat Title: Syed Aizaz Mohyuddin etc. Versus Public at Large etc. Notice to: 1. Public at Large, 3.Syed Makhdoom Mohyuddin S/O Syed Badar Mohyuddin Gillani Caste Syed Resident of Shahbaz Pur Tehsil and District Gujrat, presently residing in Abu Dhabi Musfa 17 Number Abu Dhabi Suit For Declaration Whereas in the above mentioned case it has been proved to the satisfaction of the court that the above mentioned defendants are not served in ordinary way. It is therefore proclaimed under order 5 rule 20 CPC that if the said defendants will not appear personally or through a duly authorized agent or pleader in court at 8 AM on 20-09-2022, otherwise case will be decided ex party. Court Reporter Gujrat

Govt taking steps for early drainage of water: Sindh CM

By Our Correspondent

NEW SAEEDABAD: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah inspected Rohri Canal here, during his visit of various districts affected in floods. The Sindh Chief Minister directed officials to drain water from four union councils in New Saeedabad to the Rohri Canal via the Marakh Wah. He ordered immediate action and a strong plan for floodwater drainage. "I am on the entire visit and have visited eight to ten districts so far," he explained. He paid a visit to a Basic Health Unit in Phull that was still under construction and directed that it be completed as soon as possible. "A lot of water is getting into Saeedabad taluka," he said. "The government is taking the necessary steps for water drainage and discharge." “Here is an old water course, DC and irrigation department has been directed to pump out the water,” he said. “So as the farmers could sow wheat and other crops,” he said. “We have also planned to make the irrigation network functional,” he said. “We will also provide them financial assistance,” Murad Ali Shah said. “We have required 1.5 million tents and presently having four to 4.5 Lac tents,” he said. "We are also providing medicines for dengue fever prevention." Apart from dengue, people are suffering from diarrhoea, gastroenteritis, and other diseases, he claims. "It will take some time," he said, "but we will definitely solve people's problems." The government will soon resolve the wheat flour crisis. We release the flour in October, and I've been told it will be available on October 20," he added. "Flour prices in the province will soon stabilise," he added.

Court Notice

In the Court of Muhammad Afzal Bhaddar Naib Tehsildar Gujrat Title: Muhammad Akram etc. Versus Tajamal Hussain etc. Notice to: Tajamal Hussain, Fazal Hussain, Mubashar Hussain sons of Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad Saee, Muhammad Ashraf sons of Nawab, Nasrullah Khan, Mudassar Iqbal, Gul Muzaffar Iqbal sons of Muhammad Ashraf, Muhammad Atif, Muhammad Asif sons of Muhammad, Muhammad Afzal S/O Ahmed Din, Zafar Ullah Khan, Nasrullah Khan, Munwar Hussain sons of Hakim Ali, Nazir Bibi, Sakina Bibi daughters of Hakim Ali, Hafeez Ullah, Asif Raza, Jawad Awais sons, Bushra Begum, Safara Akram, Ishrat Liaqat, Nusrat Shaheen, Memoona Akram, Najeed Kanwal, Aalia Bano daughters of Muhammad Akram, Sakina Bibi widow of Muhammad Akram, Mazhar Iqbal, Fakhar Zaman sons of Muhammad Saee, Shagufta Nasreen widow, Aneela Mukhtar, Saima Mukhtar daughters of Mukhtar Ahmed, Adil Mukhtar, Arshad Mukhtar, Saqib Mukhtar sons of Mukhtar Ahmed, Abdullah grandson of Muhammad Aslam, Hameeda Begum widow, Fiaz Aslam son, Sana Aslam D/O Muhammad Aslam, Ghulam Rasool S/O Khushi Muhammad, Nazar Muhammad S/O Khushi Muhammad, Bashir Ahmed S/O Khushi Muhammad, Nasir Iqbal, Muhammad Ashraf sons of Qurban Ali, Kaneez Bibi, Irshad Bibi, Nazir Bibi granddaughters of Said Bibi, Hussain S/O Peer Bakhsh, Rehman S/O Peer Bakhsh, Aziz Begum, Nazir Begum daughters of Sardar Khan, Muhammad Sharif, Muhammad Nazir sons of Resham Bibi, Rasheed Begum D/O Resham Bibi, Shahnaz Akhtar widow, Muhammad Ali, Muhammad Yaseen sons, Farah Naz, Nazia Akhtar daughters of Arshad Mehmood, Amjad Parvez S/O Muhammad Hussain, Aimna Bibi W/O Muhammad Yousaf, Muhammad Yousaf S/O Nazar Muhammad, Suleman Younas S/O Muhammad Younas, Syed Bashir Hussain Shah S/O Syed Akbar Ali Shah, Mehmood Ahmed Shah S/O Syed Muzaffar Ali Shah, Khalid Hussain S/O Ghulam Ahmed, Khadim Hussain S/O Ghulam Ahmed, Muhammad Arif S/O Sikandar, Ijaz Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed, Sajjad Ahmed, Shahbaz Ahmd, Saqib Adeel sons of Muhammad Ashraf, Azra Perveen, Zahida Perveen, Shahida Perveen daughters of Muhammad Ashraf, Aseena Iqbal D/O Muhammad Iqbal, Anoshia Iqbal D/O Muhammad Iqbal Caste Jatt Warraich, Residents of Narowali Tehsil and District Gujrat Application for divided of land Village Narowali Tehsil Gujrat Whereas in the above mentioned case it has been proved to the satisfaction of the court that the above mentioned defendants are not served in ordinary way. It is therefore proclaimed under order 5 rule 20 CPC that if the said defendants will not appear personally or through a duly authorized agent or pleader in court at 8 AM on 23-09-2022, otherwise case will be decided ex party.

PIAF-Founders Alliance is preparing for the LCCI corporate class polls 

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE: The PIAF-Founders Alliance has announced gearing up for the annual elections of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Corporate Class, deciding to hold back-to-back corner meetings, finalizing a well-tailored election strategy and visiting various markets & industrial clusters to muster up support. A number of important decisions regarding the LCCI elections were made at a meeting jointly led by PIAF-Founders Alliance senior leadership, including PIAF patron-in-chief Mian Anjum Nisar and Mian Mohammad Ashraf, in addition to appointing Mohammad Ali Mian and Mian Misbahur Rehman as in-charges of the Corporate Class electioneering campaign for 2022-23. All of the Alliance's top leaders were present, including PIAF Chairman Faheem Ur Rehman Saigol, Mohammad Ali Mian, Mian Misbahur Rehman, Sheikh Mohammad Asif, Mian Abuzar Shad, and former LCCI presidents. According to the decision, Mian Misbahur Rehman and Mohammad Ali Mian will run the Corporate Class election campaign jointly.

Punjab govt is preparing to digitise urban land records 

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE: The Punjab government has decided to bring residential and commercial buildings of big cities across the province into the land record system. In this regard, the Punjab Land Record Authority (PLRA) has developed a comprehensive strategy for digitising urban land records, and the World Bank will fund the project with Rs 25 billion. All of the documents required for the agreement with the World Bank have been completed. The Punjab government will establish a land information system in urban areas as part of the land record system. The World Bank has offered the Punjab government financial and technical assistance in order to computerise urban land records. Following this offer, PLRA began work on a project to computerise urban land records, based on its previous experience and technical capability. It is pertinent that the preliminary documents for the project namely “Punjab Urban Land Systems Enhancement” (PULSE) have been prepared by the authority while the implementation plan of the project has also been prepared with the mutual consultation and consensus of the concerned departments. In this plan, every citizen's land will be made part of the land record system. According to authorities, the government will be able to increase its revenue with this system. According to them, the PLRA's revenue will gradually increase year after year as a result of the digitization of land records in rural areas. Furthermore, the urban land record system will aid in city master planning. The system will make it easier to avoid land disputes. The "Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme" will benefit from the Urban Land Record System as well. The PULSE project for the computerization of Punjab's urban records has been approved by the Federal Government's Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC), and it has also been approved by the World Bank Board. The project's gestation period was initially set at 5 years.

DRAP recovers 50 hoarded cartons of Panadol in Lahore 

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE: The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) Punjab on Saturday recovered huge quantity of Panadol tablets. Punjab health department spokesperson said that the hoarding was done to cause an artificial shortage of Panadol in Punjab. During an operation in Lahore's Lohari Gate area, the DRAP recovered over 50 cartons of Panadol tablets.

Elahi expressed serious concern over the increasing trend of narcotics in educational institutions 

By Our Correspondent

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi presided over a high level meeting at CMO in which former Federal Minister Moonis Elahi especially participated. The CM expressed grave concern about the rising trend of narcotics in educational institutions, and it was decided during the meeting to enact strict legislation to rid educational institutions of the scourge of narcotics. In this regard, a draught of the Punjab Control of Narcotics Subsistence Act 2022 has been prepared. The CM directed that the law be finalised as soon as possible and stated that the Act would be approved by the Punjab Assembly. Strict punishments will be awarded in the schools, colleges and universities on the usage and sale of narcotics and effective measures need to be taken in order to stop the selling and usage of narcotics in the educational institutions, he asserted. It was decided during the meeting to enhance the punishments on the selling and usage of narcotics and the proposal to fix minimum two years imprisonment and life imprisonment to the maximum came under review. CM stated that an independent sovereign institution will be established to eradicate narcotics, as well as Special Courts. He also stated that anti-narcotics police stations will be established, and that the owners and employees of the centre will be held accountable for narcotics trafficking and use in educational institutions. CM vowed to save the new generation from the poison of narcotics at all costs adding that the narcotics peddling and its usage in educational institutions is utterly unacceptable. He asserted that those found involved in narcotics peddling will not be able to escape from the stern grip of law and vowed to save the new generation from narcotics at any cost. CM directed to make the Act further effective and hold consultations with all the stakeholders in this regard. The CM directed the Additional Chief Secretary(Home) to start the consultation process with all the stakeholders in order to make the Act more effective. The Secretary of Excise provided an overview of the key features of the Punjab Control of Narcotics Subsistence Act 2022. The meeting was attended by Provincial Excise Minister Sardar Muhammad Asif Nakai, Adviser to the Chief Minister Amir Saeed Rawn, Inspector General of Police Faisal Shahkar, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Muhammad Khan Bhatti, former Principal Secretary GM Sikandar, ACS(Home), Secretaries of Finance, Regulation, Law, DG Narcotics Control, and other officials.

Welfare department stressing on social upbringing of population 

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: The Population Welfare Department of Rawalpindi is trying to educate the people about the balance of resources and population, education of girls, the proper interval between births, healthy mothers, and healthy children, and is bringing awareness to them by setting up different types of programs. In this regard, Potli Tamasha is being organized in all tehsils of the Rawalpindi district. These views were expressed by District Officer Behboodabadi Rawalpindi Shireen Sukhan. She said that Patli Tamasha is being organized in all the tehsils of Rawalpindi district from September 21, through which a beautiful message full of information and entertainment will be conveyed to the public in an easy way. Programs will be held in Taxila on September 21, Kotli Sattian and Murree on September 22, and Kahota and Gujjar Khan on September 23. She said that the Department of Population Welfare is not only running an awareness campaign throughout the district but also in the cities of the district and in the villages and remote areas, through which the population is balanced in resources and population and mother and Full awareness is being given about the child's health. The purpose of making Thin Tamasha is also that the welfare program can be conveyed to the simple people of the villages and villages in an easy way and awareness can be given to them. We are trying our best to spread our message to all the cities, streets, neighborhoods, and alleys of the district so that the people can not only be aware of the problems arising from the growing population but can also fight against them.

SCO emphasises the importance of all parties' commitment to the JCPOA 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Conference in its final statement asked for all sides’ full commitment to nuclear agreement with Iran. According to the final statement of the conference held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, JCPOA member countries must remain committed to all of their obligations under UN Security Council Resolution 2231. It also states that the SCO member countries expect all parties to the JCPOA to remain fully and effectively committed to their nuclear agreement obligations. Meanwhile, the SCO heads of state emphasised the importance of expanding defence and security cooperation among themselves, including holding joint war-games aimed at combating terrorism on a global scale and improving methods for combating terrorism. The member countries have also demanded that every country commit to the prohibition of the development, production, and use of chemical weapons, as well as their complete annihilation at the global level in the shortest possible time. The SCO member countries have also expressed their opposition to the use of information and communication technology in military activities, as well as their support for a comprehensive international agreement overseen by the UN to combat the use of IT technology for criminal purposes. The statement has also stated the member countries’ will for preparing a solid list of the terrorist, separatist and extremist groups.

BISP has distributed over Rs 25 billion to 1,005,978 flood affected families 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) has so far distributed Rs 25,149,450,000 among 1,005,978 flood affected families in a transparent manner across the country. On Saturday, flood-affected families received cash assistance from various campsites established in flood-affected areas of Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Punjab. Flood Relief Cash Assistance is providing Rs 25,000 per family to flood-affected families in Balochistan, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Punjab. 128,428 flood-affected families in Balochistan have received Rs 3,210,700,000; 602,977 families in Sindh have received Rs 15,074,425,000; 123,269 families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have received Rs 3,081,725,000.

NDMA claims 37 more people deaths in floods across country 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Another 37 people have died in flood-related incidents during the last 24 hours across the country, said NDMA on Saturday. During the last 24 hours, 32 people died in Sindh and five people died in Balochistan, according to the National Disaster Management Authority. The death toll from floods has now risen to 1,545. There have been 678 deaths in Sindh, 306 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and 299 in Balochistan. In Punjab, 191 people were killed, 22 in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 48 in Azad Kashmir. According to the NDMA, 92 people were also injured in the last 24 hours as a result of rain and flooding. 12850 people have been injured since June 14. Across the country, more than 36,000 houses were damaged. As many as 80 districts in the country are still affected by rain and floodwater.

Pak-Indonesia Joint Business Forum proposes tapping into ASEAN's USD 2.9 trillion economy for trade and exports 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) organized a Pakistan-Indonesia Joint Business Form (JBF) to discuss the potential areas of business cooperation between the two largest Muslim countries. The event's chief guest was Indonesian Ambassador Adam M. Tugio. The two sides identified many areas for mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Indonesia, including real estate, construction, mines and minerals, textiles, information technology, e-commerce, infrastructure development, tourism, women entrepreneurship, youth development, and spices. J7 Group, Fair Deal, Star Marketing, Elaan Marketing, and 5G Group gave presentations about their projects to highlight the potential of JVs and investment for Indonesian investors in them. Speaking at the occasion, Adam M. Tugio, Ambassador of Indonesia that his country was a gateway for the USD 2.9 trillion economy of ASEAN region and Pakistan should tap it for trade and exports by developing close cooperation with Indonesia. He said that China was enjoying a bilateral trade of around USD 600 billion with ASEAN, but Pakistan-ASEAN bilateral trade was less than 1%, which should be increased to achieve better results. He emphasised the importance of encouraging cooperation among women entrepreneurs in Pakistan, Indonesia, and the ASEAN region, which would boost trade between these countries. He stated that his embassy was planning an economic dialogue between the two countries, including B2B and G2G meetings, as well as an exhibition of both countries' products to highlight their potential for bilateral trade. Speaking at the event, Muhammad Shakeel Munir, President of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, stated that the combined population of Pakistan and Indonesia was a huge market of around 500 million people, but their bilateral trade of around USD 4 billion did not match their actual potential. He emphasised the importance of diversifying trade in order to increase its volume. He emphasised the importance of both countries finalising a free trade agreement in order to reduce trade barriers and increase the volume of two-way trade. He emphasised the importance of regular trade delegation exchanges to explore all untapped areas of mutual cooperation between the two countries. Shehzad Cheema, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing & Works said that Pakistan was facing a shortage of 7.7 million housing units and Indonesian investors have great potential to invest in Pakistan's housing sector. He said that his ministry was planning to organize an international expo on housing to attract local and foreign investors.

Chehlum processions for Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) are taking place across Pakistan 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: People across the country are solemnly commemorating the chehlum (40th day of mourning) of Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) grandson Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and his companions who were martyred at Karbala today (Saturday). Today, mourning processions will be held in cities across Pakistan, including Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta, Rawalpindi, Lahore, Islamabad, and others. Security has been increased in cities across the country as a result of the processions. Mobile phone services in Karachi will be suspended along the procession route. To protect mourners, the route of the procession was also sealed with containers on Friday night while pillion riding has been banned across the province. Along the procession routes, police have been joined by paramilitary Rangers. "Security will also be improved at mosques, shopping malls, markets, industrial and commercial zones, public places, and other critical installations," said Sindh Inspector General of Police Ghulam Nabi Memon. Meanwhile, the Karachi Traffic Police have issued a traffic diversion plan ahead of the main procession honouring Imam Hussain (RA) and other Karbala martyrs. The main procession arrived in Quetta on Alamdar Road from Imambargah Saeedabad. The route of the procession had been sealed late on Friday while mobile phone services have been shut along the route of the procession. Officials said that some 5,000 police and other security personnel have been deputed along the route of the procession.

RAWALPINDI: DC Rawalpindi Tahir Farooq is presiding over the meeting organized regarding anti-dengue and corona vaccination campaign.

25,513 drivers fined for non-pattern number plates

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Following the special directions of DIG Operations, Islamabad capital police constituted special squads to take stern action against vehicles with fancy and non-pattern number plates and also against those preparing such number plates and vendors in the capital city. According to the details, Islamabad Capital Police issued 25,513 challaned tickets to vehicles during the ongoing year for violating traffic rules and using fancy and non-pattern number plates. Deputy Inspector General of police Operations Islamabad said that the efforts of the Islamabad capital police officials have helped significantly to reduce the number of fatal accidents in federal capital Islamabad. He further said that similar initiatives need to be taken to ensure safety of lives of the citizens and make Islamabad an accident-free city. In future, the Islamabad capital police aim to enforce a zero tolerance policy against traffic rules violators. Similarly, the behavior of citizens on the road reflects the social norms of the society, he added. He said Islamabad capital police officers are well trained and have been instructed to treat citizens with patience, politeness and devotion. Appealing to the citizens, the DIG (Ops) Islamabad said that to ensure smooth flow of traffic, the role of the citizens is also very important. Obeying traffic rules can save your life and the lives of others as well.

 

Wanted member of bike lifter gang held, four stolen bikes recovered

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: September 17, 2022: Islamabad Kirpa Police team arrested a wanted member of a bike lifting gang and recovered four stolen motorcycles worth hundred of thousands rupees from his possession, a police public relations officer said. He said that, a police under the supervision of SHO Kirpa used human and intelligence sources and apprehended a bike lifter red-handed. The accused was identified as Bilal Ahmed and a police team also recovered four stolen motorbikes from his possession. During the preliminary investigation, the accused confessed to multiple bike lifting incidents from various areas of Islamabad. Case has been registered against the accused and further investigation is underway. DIG Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha directed the police officials to intensify efforts against criminals involved in cars and motorbikes lifting incidents. He 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.

Another tariff increase is proposed for electricity

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Electricity prices may go up by 21 paisa per unit further as the Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA) on Saturday filed an application in the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) for hike in the rates under the monthly fuel adjustment. The petition will be heard by the NEPRA on September 29, 2022. The CPPA claimed in its petition that over 13 billion units of electricity were produced in August at a cost of Rs137 billion. Further, it was stated that the most expensive electricity was produced from furnace oil, which cost Rs35 per unit, followed by electricity produced from LNG, which cost Rs24 per unit. Similarly, the cost of producing coal was Rs20 per unit. The petition also stated that electricity was imported from Iran at a cost of Rs20 per unit. The CPPA reported that due to line losses, Rs27 per unit of electricity was lost from the system.

UK provides fully funded educational scholarships to Pakistani teachers and students

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The United Kingdom has announced fully-funded educational scholarships for students and university teachers all over the world including Pakistan. The scholarship programmes are included Masters and PhD studies. The UK government would bear all the educational expenses under the Commonwealth Programme. According to the details, Masters and MPhil scholarships would be available to students, while PhD scholarships would be available to teachers. Students and faculty at the country's universities can apply through the Higher Education Commission until October 18. The scholarship application process would be handled by HEC. In this regard, candidates could obtain additional information from the HEC website.

Alvi directs SNGPL to provide relief to irate customers

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has directed the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL) to revise the unjust bill of Rs 44,526 charged to a consumer after his gas meter was damaged because of a firing between two groups. The president issued these directives while rejecting a representation filed by SNGPL (the Agency) against a decision of the Wafaqi Mohtasib, in which SNGPL was found to have committed maladministration by charging the complainant unjustified bill and metre costs, according to a press release issued by the President Secretariat Press Wing on Saturday. The president noted in his decision that the complainant's gas metre was damaged as a result of a shooting between two groups and through no fault of the consumer, and that the complainant had filed a FIR with the police on account of the damage to his gas metre. He observed that it was a case of metre damage rather than metre tampering, and the SNGPL report did not indicate that the complainant was involved in a violation of the consumers' gas contract agreement. The president also stated that SNGPL had replaced his gas metre following his formal request, but his metre was sent for flow proving to a local laboratory after more than a month, whereas SNGPL was required to do so within five days under OGRA policy. He ruled that SNGPL lacked the legal authority to recover unregistered consumed gas charges and impose a penalty because the matter belonged to a competent court of law. He also stated that SNGPL can only charge for one year if the period of tampering is unknown, but in this case, the period of metre damage was well-determined, i.e., 20 days until the date of metre replacement. The president upheld the Mohtasib's decision that SNGPL had billed the complainant in violation of the law and OGRA's rules and procedures, which amounted to maladministration, and thus SNGPL's representation deserved to be rejected. He also ordered the agency to submit a compliance report to the Wafaqi Mohtasib within 30 days of his decision. As per details, Brig. Arbab Gul Muhammad, a resident of Peshawar, had alleged unjust billing by the Agency for the month of February 2021 amounting to Rs 44,525/, including the meter cost of Rs 9,004/-. According to him, his meter was damaged due to cross-firing between two local groups and had also registered an FIR with the local police station, and that the Agency had unjustifiably charged him the said amount. Feeling aggrieved, he approached the Wafaqi Mohtasib, who passed the orders in his favour. Subsequently, SNGPL filed a representation with the president, which he rejected.

Imran demands govt hold elections before making his "final call "

By Our Correspondent

CHARSADDA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan Saturday asked the youth of the country to get ready and when I call you, you have to go out with me to achieve real freedom. Former Prime Minister Imran Khan warned the 'imported government' at a crowded rally in Khyber-Charsadda Pakhtunkhwa's district that elections would be held before his final call. He warned that if the election was postponed any longer, the situation would spiral out of control. "Let the people vote for change." A fair and free election will bring stability to the country because the people do not trust them; without general elections, the country will be unstable," he added. Imran Khan also warned that if rulers try to halt our "peaceful revolution," the situation will spiral out of control. He claimed that since the PDM coalition government took power, the rupee has lost 30% of its value. He told the youth, "When I give the call, I tell the imported government to announce the elections before my final call." He maintained, "I want the entire nation to join me in this Haqeeqi Azadi March to send a clear message that we are not with evil, we are against it." "We must follow the path of our Prophet SAW; we must not be a slave to any superpower," he said, adding that we must not participate in other wars. He claimed that by participating in America's war, we had sacrificed 80 thousand Pakistanis. Foreign policy will be liberalised, those who follow the Sunnah of the Prophet SW will be able to break the idol of fear, and those who control the idol of fear will not be able to become great, he reiterated. According to the former prime minister, the oil price was high internationally during our government, but we provided low rates to the people. He claimed that PDM leaders came to power solely to close their corruption cases, and that the Ramzan Sugar Mills case is now being closed as well. He claimed that witnesses in Shabaz Sharif and his son's money laundering cases were murdered. According to him, the wealth of thieves abroad has increased by 30%. He also urged Pakistanis not to elect leaders with offshore businesses. Imran said if he came to power again he will not spare anyone, adding that those whose wealth is hidden abroad will not be made ministers in his government.

Jamat-e-Islami turns to federal Shariat court against ‘transgender rights bill 2018’ 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamat-e-Islami (JI) has filed a petition in the Federal Shariat Court against the Transgender Rights Bill 2018, claiming it’s in contradiction with the Islamic principles of heredity. The JI leader argued that the bill would cause complications in Islamic heredity rules. The petition, filed by the JI senator, would be persecuted by Lawyer Imran Shafique Advocate. Senate’s Human rights Committee had debated the bill in its September 5 session. In the session, the JI leader suggested that if someone files a gender change request in NADRA, they must undergo a medical test first. The bill has given individuals the right to change their gender identity, 30,000 people have applied to NADRA to change their gender, the JI senator said. The authority to identify one’s gender should be with the medical board and not with the individual, he said. Mushtaq Ahmed claimed that the bill is a contradiction with Islamic hereditary principles.

Extraordinary flood damage would necessitate significant rebuilding resources: WB 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The World Bank Saturday admitted that Pakistan’s economy is facing extraordinary losses due to the countrywide flash floods and that huge sums of money will be required to restore social and economic activities even as initial damage assessments put the losses over $30 billion. A joint international post-disaster needs assessment survey will also be launched. "At this time, we do not have a complete picture of Pakistan's flood damage and losses beyond what Pakistani authorities are sharing," a senior World Bank official told a private television channel Saturday. The official declined to be identified because they were not authorised to speak to the media. The official confirmed that the losses will be "extraordinary," and that "significant resources" will be required for recovery and reconstruction. The official was also asked about the impact of the floods on Pakistani society as a whole, given reports that more than 15 million people could be pushed into poverty and the primary budget deficit could rise to 2.8% of GDP, according to the government. According to a World Bank official, in addition to the Pakistan government's surveys and estimates, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the European Union have jointly begun the preparation of a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA). According to the official, the PDNA will provide a comprehensive initial assessment. “The assessment is going to provide an early evaluation of the impacts of the 2022 floods situation, which is still evolving,” the World Bank representative said, adding, “Based on an internationally accepted methodology, and using available data provided by the federal and provincial authorities, as well as other sources of data, it will estimate the physical damages, economic losses, and costs of meeting recovery needs.” Earlier, State Minister for Finance Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha said that economic damage and losses due to floods can go beyond the initial $30 billion estimate.

Corruption charges against Shehbaz, Hamza, Gilani, and Ashraf reinstated following NAB amendments 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The accountability courts have returned 50 National Accountability Bureau references against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Hamza Shahbaz, Yousuf Raza Gilani and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and others, terming them out of their jurisdiction after recent NAB amends. The accountability court, according to details, returned the Ramzan sugar mill reference against Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shahbaz, citing recent amendments to the NAB law. Following amendments to the Accountability Act of 1999, which declared prominent political figures out of the court's jurisdiction, accountability courts across the country have returned a series of NAB references against them. After the recent NAB amendments, the Accountability Court returned NAB's reference against former Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for corruption in USF funds on September 15. On September 13, the court dismissed six rental power corruption cases brought against former Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. Furthermore, following the recent amendments, references against the PPP's Saleem Mandviwala, Aijaz Haroon, former CM KP Sardar Mehtab Abbasi, and PPP senator Rubeena Khalid have been returned.

In two weeks, will make a call against inflation: Fawad

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhary has said that they will give the call against inflation in two weeks. Talking to the media after a meeting of the PTI core committee on Saturday, he said that there is no option except the immediate elections. "The dollar price is rising even after the IMF package, which is concerning," he added. According to Fawad Chaudhary, crime in the country is on the rise. "Elections are the only way to solve all problems. We hope that the country can proceed with the elections without incident "He persisted. He claimed that Punjab had provided the best services to flood victims. "We are primarily concerned with the people. Factories are being shut down. Inflation has made life unbearable. Only people should be able to make political decisions "He continued. Fawad Chaudhary said that there is no room for the technocrat government in the constitution.

MUZAFFARABAD: Chief Justice of the High Court of Azad Kashmir Sadaqat Hussain Raja is praying after planting sapling organized by Central Bar Association Muzaffarabad and Forest Department.

Modi's remarks that "this is not a war era" betray his actions in Kashmir

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Indian leaders’ dual face once again stand exposed after the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that “this is not an era of war”. According to media reports, Narendra Modi told Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Uzbekistan on Friday that now is not the time for war, with food, fertiliser, and fuel security among the world's major concerns. According to reports, Modi also stated that democracy, diplomacy, and dialogue keep the world together. Unfortunately, Narendra Modi’s assertions betray his actions in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir where India has waged a war against the innocent and unarmed Kashmiri people for demanding their UN-mandated right to self-determination. Indian troops have stepped up their state terrorism since Modi regime unilaterally unconstitutionally Contrary to Modi’s remarks, New Delhi is also violating all democratic norms and values in IIOJK and not paying heed to the calls of the international community to resolve the Kashmir dispute through peaceful means of diplomacy and dialogue.

PTI's manifesto includes LB elections: AJK PM

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas has said that his government is committed to holding local bodies elections to transfer power to the grassroots level. He was presiding over a meeting of the PTI Azad Jammu and Kashmir's central governing body. He stated that local government elections are an important part of the PTI's platform. In the local body elections, we prepare and lay the groundwork for new leadership, he said, adding that giving workers from all political parties the opportunity will empower the youth of Azad Kashmir. Important decisions were made during the meeting regarding the preparations for local body elections. The meeting was informed that the process of forming the parliamentary board and accepting applications from candidates will begin this week. The governing body expressed its confidence in Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan's leadership and reiterated its commitment that the entire party stands firm behind Imran Khan's ideology. Imran Khan is the leader of the entire Muslim Ummah, not just Pakistan. The governing body stated that the opposition is abandoning no-confidence motions in order to avoid local elections. It is strongly condemned by us. The PTI government will end its five-year term, but the political future of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir now belongs only to Imran Khan supporters, according to the body. In the meeting, committees were formed regarding the preparations for the general meeting of Chairman PTI Imran Khan on September 29. It was said that the Imran Khan meeting will be the biggest one in the history of Azad Kashmir. On this occasion, the Prime Minister has also formed a committee to ensure the implementation of the government policy in accordance with the government and administrative affairs, to address the concerns of the government representatives in matters related to various ministries, and to remove the concerns regarding the arbitrary adjustment. The committee will be headed by Chaudhry Azhar Sadiq while Ch Maqbool Gujjar, Ch Zafar Anwar, Raja Mansoor Khan, Mir Atiq Ahmed, Ch Aamir Nazir and Sardar Qazi Israel will be members. The committee will not only provide administrative support by making decisions in consultation with ministers/heads of various departments on the exact implementation of government policy, but it will also make recommendations to the Prime Minister. At the conclusion of the meeting, special prayers were offered for the flood victims.

PTI parliamentary party decides to hold a grand rally in Muzaffarabad on Sept 29

By Our Correspondent

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 was made during the party's parliamentary party meeting on Friday, which was presided over by AJK premier Sardar Tanvir Ilyas Khan. The meeting was attended by government ministers such as 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, and Chaudhry Maq 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 occassion. During the meeting, the parliamentary party decided to run in the local government elections with full force. The meeting also decided, on the Prime Minister's proposal, to provide tax breaks to investors in order to promote industry in Azad Kashmir. To determine tax exemptions, a committee chaired by Finance Minister Abdul Majid Khan has been formed. The committee has been given 15 days to submit its report to the Prime Minister.

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