PM directs steps for water discharge to prevent epidemics in flood area
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Monday directed urgent steps for discharge of water from the flood-hit areas to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases. The prime minister issued the instructions during his day-long visit to the flood-hit areas of Sohbatpur and Khuzdar districts to review the arrangements of relief and rehabilitation. PM Shehbaz proposed taking on board the water engineers and hydrologists to recommend suggestions in line with the post-flood studies. He feared that epidemics and communicable diseases could become a big challenge if the water took months to recede. He directed to ensure availability of drinking water among the flood-affected people. For next crop season, he said, arrangements for the distribution of seeds to locals were in progress. He mentioned that Rs 5 billion had been disbursed among the flood victims of Balochistan under the Benazir Income Support Programme, as each household was given Rs 25,000 to meet their needs. The prime minister said to facilitate the flood-struck population, the government had exempted charging of 300 units in electricity bills during August and September. The Balochistan chief secretary briefed the prime minister about the ongoing relief and rehabilitation activities carried out in the flood-hit areas of the province. He highlighted that a model school, as per the direction of the prime minister, would be built soon in Sohbatpur. PM Shehbaz Sharif, during his previous visit to Sohbatpur, had assured the students at a makeshift school that the government would soon construct a model school equipped with modern facilities. The chief secretary said heavy machinery was at work in five districts of Balochistan to rebuild infrastructure and clear pathways damaged by the floods. It was told that regular sprays were being carried out to contain any possibility of epidemics in the flood-affected areas. Earlier, Shehbaz Sharif took an aerial view of the inundated areas of Balochistan and Sindh. -- PR
Dar urges diaspora to take advantage of IT sector’s investment potential
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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar apprised the Pakistani-American IT/Tech entrepreneurs that government was according priority attention to IT/ Tech sector to tap its true potential. In a virtual meeting the entrepreneurs along with Minister for Economic Affairs, Ayaz Sadiq, the finance minister said that the country’s tech-savvy youth were an immense resource, which needed to be optimally tapped for IT sector’s growth. State Minister for Finance and Revenue, Ms. Aisha Ghaus Pasha; Governor State Bank of Pakistan, Jameel Ahmed and Ambassador Masood Khan along with other members of Pakistan delegation also participated in the meeting, according to press statement issued by finance ministry here Monday. The minister appreciated the interest of Pakistani-American tech entrepreneurs in strengthening Pakistan’s IT sector. He emphasized that this sector had immense potential for growth and could play significant role in strengthening Pakistan’s economy. Dar assured the participants of government’s complete support in their efforts to enable Pakistan achieve exponential growth in its IT exports in the coming years. He said, economy was government’s top priority and for this purpose, it had taken tough but essential decisions in the past few months to put it on recovery path. The catastrophic floods, he said, had compounded the difficulty but the government was confident that through prudent policies would help overcome the challenges faced by economy. In their interventions, the Pakistani-American IT/Tech entrepreneurs appreciated the government’s focus on the IT/Tech sector and reaffirmed their interest in investing in Pakistan. They also made a number of suggestions and proposals to further promote IT sector’s growth, especially exports from Pakistan. The Finance Minister assured them that their suggestions would be carefully examined for proper follow up and urged them to remain engaged with the government to ensure robust growth in Pakistan’s IT sector that is commensurate with our potential.
Imran’s narrative against institutions fizzled out after by polls: Marriyum
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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Monday said the by-election's results had shattered the narrative of a “foreign funded Fitna” (Imran Khan) who bent upon maligning the state institutions by hurling accusations, abuse and threats. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb in a news statement, questioned the rationale behind the narrative pursued by Imran Khan against state institutions after his win on six seats of the National Assembly in the recently held by polls. “Will the absolutely fraud demand resignation of the chief election commissioner in his press conference today. Will the foreign agent make a speech against the ‘neutrals’ today,” she said while posing a series of questions to Imran Khan.
Imran has made a clean sweep in the by-elections: SK Niazi
Muslim League (N) has to face a heavy defeat: Kanwar Dilshad, We acknowledge the success of Imran Khan: Maulana Kamaluddin, voters were beaten and there were also security problems in our constituency: Ghazala Saifi
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ISLAMABAD: SK Niazi, Chief Editor of Pakistan Group of Newspapers, talks on the programme "Sachi Baat". He stated, "Imran Khan has made a clean sweep in the by-elections. He advised Maulana Kamaluddin, "You should accept and believe in the victory of Imran Khan. He further said, "Imran Khan should actively help flood victims. On Sunday, the election and political affairs of the state, Member of the National Assembly of JUI Maulana Kamaluddin participated in the programme "Sachi Baat". We acknowledge the success of Imran Khan. He (Imran Khan) has lost 2 of his 8 seats. Success in some seats should not be compared to the general election. He further said, "The Muslim League (N) should take the defeat in the by-election seriously. Political officials in Balochistan do not come from public mandate, and the reputation of political parties in Balochistan is very weak." There is a need to strengthen the political structure in Balochistan. In Balochistan, the budget is not spent in the right place; Balochistan is rich in natural resources. On the flood, Maulana Kamaluddin criticised Imran Khan for leaving the flood victims alone; Imran Khan should spend the funds collected on flood victims. Ex-Secretary Election Commission Kanwar Muhammad Dilshad participated in Sachi Baat and presented his expert views on the by-election held on Sunday. The Muslim League (N) has to face a heavy defeat; Imran Khan ran his election campaign in the best way. He further said, "Muslim League (N) and People's Party did not run an election campaign against Imran Khan. After Imran Khan was ousted from power, PTI got strengthened. Imran Khan held large rallies across the country; the PML (N) should have approached the Supreme Court against Imran Khan for contesting seven constituencies. The PML (N) government is doing bad governance. Imran Khan's call for Islamabad The long march is very important. He is pressuring the government in a political sense, and maybe this whole system will not be wrapped. The government needs to resolve the issues amicably. Imran Khan's narrative is becoming popular among the people. Imran Khan can get a two-thirds majority in the general election. People are accepting what Imran Khan is saying. The election campaign of the Muslim League (N) was very disappointing. On the appointment of the Army Chief, he said, "The Army Chief has a very important role for the security of Pakistan, and the appointment of the Army Chief should not be made a political issue." PTI leader Ghazala Saifi participated in the programme "Sachi Baat". She stated that in the by-election, voters were beaten and there were also security problems in our constituency. In the by-elections, the PPP forcibly covered the constituencies. There are many factors due to which we lost in our constituency. We will not have to adopt a better strategy than the PPP in the next election. For flood victims, Imran collected 14 billion rupees. He is trying day and night to help the flood victims. She further stated, "Imran Khan has united the Pakistani nation. The federal government is responsible for the flood affected areas of the country, and he is continuing his efforts to restore the flood victims." To one question, she responded, "the funds collected by Imran for the flood victims will definitely be spent on them.
Coalition govt rejects demand for early elections
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ISLAMABAD: The coalition government Monday categorically rejected the demand of Chairman Pakistan Tehreek I Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan for early elections and said the allies would decide about the timing of elections in the country. In a joint statement, the government allies said no group on the basis of its power would be allowed to impose its will. Those who would take law into their hands would be dealt with according to the constitution and law. In the statement, the allied parties in the government strongly condemned the statements and allegations against former president Asif Ali Zardari and Quaid Pakistan Muslim League (N) and former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif. In the statement, the coalition partners said prime minister of Pakistan would decide about the appointment of army chief and it would not be done because of pressure of the foreign funded anarchist and threats and dictation. The targeting of the army chief, leadership of the intelligence agencies, officers, Chief Election Commissioner and others was blackmailing and was not a political attitude but part of a conspiracy which would not be not allowed to succeed. The constitution and law were clear that the prime minister had the constitutional authority to make appointments, of army chief and on other posts. According to the statement, a person deprived of power was targeting national institutions according to a well thought out agenda. The dirty campaign against the martyrs of Pakistan army, statements about mutiny in the army and instigation, were the steps akin to animosity against the country and would be dealt with according to the constitution and law.
15th anniversary of Karsaz carnage
Bilawal pledges to continue struggle for democracy
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KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan People’s Party and Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has paid rich tribute to the martyrs of Karsaz tragedy. In his message issued on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Karsaz tragedy, the PPP Chairman said that today reminds us the sacrifices of the leadership and workers of Party during the struggle to restore and strengthen democracy in the country. Both the leadership and workers fought so many heinous conspiracies and walked through the rivers of blood to accomplish the mission of democracy, equality, peace and prosperity in the country, he added. Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that on October 18, 2007, the blood of 180 people was shed to sabotage the gathering of more than 30 lakh people present in Karachi for the historic reception of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. He said that we should remember our martyrs on October 18 every year and share the grief of their families as well as inform our young generation about our history and the struggles and sacrifices of the generations before them.
ISLAMABAD: A delegation from the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industries holding a meeting with Federal Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah Khan on Monday.
Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology, RYK
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RAHIM YAR KHAN: A two-day 5th International Conference On Applied Zoology (ICAZ-2022) Hybrid Mode started at the Khawaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology (KFUEIT) on Monday.Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Prof Dr Muhammad Ali was the chief guest while KFUEIT VC Prof Dr Muhammad Sileman Tahir inaugurated the conference.More than 150 professors,zoological research scholars from national universities participated the conference.During the inaugural address Dr Suleman Tahir said that the main objective of this conference was to enhance the research work in the zoology.Research was essential for the development of any society.He said that this conference will create development in the society with economic reforms,increase in production and knowledge of basic sciences.When research will increase,it will enhance inventions.He claimed that it was the proof that KFUEIT won the 25 NRPU. VC Quaid-i-Azam University Prof dr Muhammad Ali said that Khawaja Fareed was a poet of nature and personality of a liberal mind in the region.He said that Applied Zoology conference increase the impactful research and the new technologies to enhance production will be introduced.In an online address chairman HEC Dr MukhtarAhmed said that there was neeed to eliminate the distance among acedmia and the universities should introduce the culture of mutual cooperation.He said that with the help of research collective benefits should be obtained.At this occasion Commissioner Dera Ghazi Khan Liaqat Chattha,VC Kohsar University Muree Prof Dr Habib Bukhari,VC Okara University Prof Dr Muhammad Wajid also spoke.Gold medals and certificates were awarded among 40 research scholars of different universities of Punjab and Sindh.
First state-of-the-art cardiac block inaugurated in South Punjab
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MULTAN: Provincial Minister for Labor and Human Resources, Punjab Ansar Majeed Khan inaugurated the first state-of-the-art cardiac block in South Punjab at Khawaja Farid Social Security Hospital in Multan. On this occasion, he said that the construction of the cardiac block has fulfilled a long-standing demand of the workers. The provincial minister said that the cardiac block consists of 33 beds and this project has been completed in a record period of 12 months at a cost of 42.95 million rupees. Will Echo Cardio, CCU, ETT, pharmacy, doctors, nursing rooms and other medical facilities have been provided for the workers and their families in cardiac block. The MS and Director of Works of the hospital gave a briefing to the Provincial Labor Minister. The Provincial Labor Minister said that construction of state-of-the-art hospitals for workers under Punjab Social Security is also underway and the installation of modern equipment in hospitals and dispensaries has been ensured. He said that the work done in our government for the improvement of social security hospitals is unprecedented in history.
Lions Club Internationals to donate $0.2 million to flood victims
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KARACHI: Lions Club International Foundation has planned to extend its philanthropic activities in Pakistan through construction and renovation of 100 housing units for the flood victims in different areas at the cost of USD $200,000. This was stated by Malik Khuda Bakhsh(MKB), Granted Administrator Lions Club International, while talking a delegation of Council of Economic and Energy Journalists (CEEJ) at a luncheon meeting held recently in Karachi. He briefed the office bearers and Members of CEEJ that the allocated funds are required to be transferred to Pakistan through a designated bank account of Lion Club Pakistan which will be approved by concerned authorities including Ministry of Interior. CEEJ President Raja Kamran, Secretary Kashif Munir, Vice President Anjum Wahab, Treasure Ashraf Khan, Information Secretary Masood Ahmed Siddiqui, Ghiyas uddin, Muhammad Ali, Syed Baseem Iftikhar, Shahriar Janjua, Shiraz Ahmed, Kafeel Ahmed, Muhammad Yasir, Huda Sheikh were also present in the Metting. MKB further said that Lions Club International has constituted a committee under his supervision along with a project head Arshad Mehmood who will lead the activities including the search of land, the appointment of auditor, and the selection of Construction Company. Malik Khuda Bakhsh said that Lions Club International may raise amount of funds considering the situation of the affectees of floods in Pakistan. He recalled that Lions Club International had played a vital role in serving Pakistanis including construction of 248 houses after floods of 2010 and 100 housing units for the earthquake affected people in 2005. Malik Khuda Bakhsh expressed hope that authorities concerned will facilitate the organization on priority in order to give speedy relief to victims of flood affected. He remarked that service for fellow Pakistanis is an honor to him on behalf of Lions Club International. President CEEJ Raja Kamran said that the objective of the Council of Economic and Energy Journalists is to increase the skills of our journalists, sit together and solve people's problems. Secretary Ceej Kashif Munir said that Lions Club is doing good work so it should get a place in the media. Information Secretary Masood Ahmed Siddiqui congratulated Malik Khuda Bakhsh on behalf of Lions Club International for receiving the Presidential Award for his excellent services.
Inflation in Pakistan may rise to thirty percent: Mian Zahid Hussain
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KARACHI: Chairman of National Business Group Pakistan, President Pakistan Businessmen and Intellectuals Forum, and All Karachi Industrial Alliance, and former provincial minister Mian Zahid Hussain on Monday expressed concern over the weakness of the rupee against the dollar. The people and many business sectors have breathed a sigh of relief due to the increase in the value of the rupee, but the exporters are worried, he said. Mian Zahid Hussain said that with the improvement in the value of the rupee, the trend of using imported goods is developing among the people, which should be stopped by increasing the taxes. Talking to the business community the veteran business leader said that according to IMF estimates, the global growth rate which was six percent in 2021 will fall to 3.2 percent this year, while it will fall to 2.7 percent in 2023, while average inflation will be twenty percent which will cause huge problems. Inflation will remain up to 20% globally, but in Pakistan, it can reach up to 30% which will make life difficult for the people, he added. Mian Zahid Hussain further said that most of the countries of the world are dependent on America for their economy, whose growth rate is likely to be one percent, which may affect Pakistan's exports. He said that currently, economists all over the world are worried about how to avoid recession if interest rates are increased to control prices. The global economy is facing problems like inflation, rising interest rates, rising debt, destruction of the housing market, and the war between Russia and Ukraine, while the oil exporting countries are trying to increase their profits.
NKATI urges Govt to release exporters' pending sales tax refund claims
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KARACHI: President North Karachi Association of Trade & Industry (NKATI), Faisal Moiz Khan, while expressing deep concern over the undue delay in payment of sales tax refund claims, and demanded to release funds immediately as per the rules, as the exporters, especially the textile exporters, were facing difficulties due to unjustified delay in sales tax refund claims contrary to the sales tax rules. In a statement, NKATI president said that as per Rule F39 of the Sales Tax Act, 2006, sales tax refund claims for which approved electronic refund payment orders (ERPOs) were issued, will pay within 72 hours but funds have been stopped for more than a month, due to which the exporters, especially the small & medium exporters, were facing severe financial crunch. As a result of which the production as well as the exports also badly affected. Faisal Moiz Khan said that several requests have been made by the exporters to the FBR for immediate release of refund claims, but the payment of refunds is still pending. "Due to the government's inability to pay sales tax refunds to textile exporters under approved electronic refund payment orders by the end of December 2022 and FBR's irresponsible statement that the government did not have the relevant funds for the payment, the exporters is facing serious concern, as their billions of rupees are stuck with the government in the form of sales tax refunds, which the government is using delay tactics to pay."
Quran and Prophet Muhammad teachings is last resort for Pakistan, Dr Bilal
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CHAKWAL: University of Chakwal The Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Muhammad Bilal, said on Monday that the main reason for the amazing progress that Europe, China, and America have made is that they have benefited from our Islamic teachings, Quran, and Hadith of the Prophet, and the Muslim Ummah is being humiliated all over the world due to the fact that we have distanced ourselves from our only religion, but we have fallen in love with the world, and this is the reason that we neither belong to the religion nor to the world and still It is past time for Pakistan to start using all of its resources properly, and instead of spending money on domestic imports, alternative arrangements should be made locally. He was presiding over the Serat Conference titled "The Demands of the Present and Our Responsibilities" held under his chairmanship at the K Sethi Hall in the University of Chakwal, in which teachers, students, local elders, and citizens attended in large numbers. While speaking, Dr. Muhammad Bilal Khan said that the Prophet's life is a torch for all of us. The Prophet's lifestyle is written in golden letters in Islamic history. The code of conduct, love and affection he has taught to non-Muslims as well. No one can forget it.
CM Elahi orders the dismissal of NMU doctors
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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi ordered the firing of Dr Mariam Ashraf, head of the anatomy department at Nishtar Medical University (NMU), and two other physicians in the case of rotting remains on the rooftop on Monday. A high-level meeting was conducted, presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Elahi Chaudhry Pervez Elahi. The preliminary investigation report of the incidence of decaying dead bodies on the rooftop of Nishtar Hospital Multan was presented to Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi, and three physicians, three Nishtar Hospital staff, and two SHOs of the respective police stations were suspended. Employees of Nishtar Medical University, Multan, Ghulam Abbas, Muhammad Sajjad Nasir, and Abdul Rauf were also suspended. On this occasion, CM Elahi stated that such behaviour is unacceptable. There is little to censure about this horrific crime. Dr Yasmin Rashid also told Chief Minister Elahi about the investigation findings into the event at Multan's Nishtar Hospital.
Construction sector difficulties are not taking name of decreasing: ABAD
KARACHI: Former Chairman of Abad, former Senior Vice President of FPCCI and Secretary General UB Southern Zone Muhammad Hanif Gohar has said that the construction sector facing the difficulties of the cement sector have increased by 30 rupees per Bag and the price of one Bag of cement has exceeded 1 thousand rupees.
In the Court of Waqas Ahmed Warriach Civil Judge Jhelum Suit for Declaration, Case Title Shair Zaman vs Muhammad Iqbal etc To, Muhammad Iqbal son of Karamdad R/o Chak Balian P.O Mera Tehsil Dina Dist Jhelum. As there is not possible to call the Defendant through Summon in the instant Suit so through proclamation in Newspaper, You are directed to appear in the court on 27.10.2022 at 8:00AM, otherwise ex-parte proceedings will be initiated.
JUDGE BANKING COURT- II
FEDERAL JUDICIAL COMPLEX PHASE-7 HAYAT ABAD PESHAWAR Case No: 68/1 Date 11/11/2022 Suit for recovery of Rs. 1772515/24 HBL Hyderabad Thal BranchBhakkr. Vs Sohail Waqas : Notice Versus Sohal waqas S/o Muhammad Munir cast Olakh R/o Plot No. 85 Chak No. 1 Hyderabad. P/O Hyderabad Tehsil Mankera Dist: Bhakar Where is the Plaintiff Bank has instituted a suit for the recovery of Rs 1772515/24/- against you under section 10(2) of the financial institious (Recovery of finances) Ordinance 2001. You are hereby Summoned to court to appear and defend the suit within 30 days after receipt / publication in the newspaper filling which an expartee decree shall be passed in the favour of of the plaintiff Bank with costs. Seal of the court Banking Court-ll Peshawar (Muhammad Iqbal bhatti. Ad Rs. 400/-)
CHANGE/CORRECTION IN FATHER'S NAME
I, Shaukat Hayat have Passed the Secondary School Certificate Annual 1992 Examination under Roll No 35770 from BISE Sargodha. My Father Name is Said Muhammad Whereas on Certificate my Father's Name has been mentioned as Muhammad Said. Which is incorrect. I want to get changed my Father's Name from Muhammad Said to Said Muhammad. If any person/organization/ Agency has any objection. Than the Some may be intimated in writing to the Secretary, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Near 49-Tail FaisalAbad Road, Sargodha, Within 15 days.
In the Court of Waqas Ahmed Warriach Civil Judge Jhelum Suit for Declaration with Permanent Injunction, Case Title Zubaida Begum vs Muhammad Ijaz etc To, Abdul Majeed son of Rehmat Khan R/o Kontrili Tehsil & Dist Jhelum. As there is not possible to call the Defendant through Summon in the instant Suit so through proclamation in Newspaper, You are directed to appear in the court on 31.10.2022 at 8:00AM, otherwise ex-parte proceedings will be initiated.
CHANGE/CORRECTION IN FATHER'S NAME
I, Muhammad Moeen Khan have passed the Secondary School Certificate Annual Examination 2021 under Roll No. 536325 from BISE Sargodha. My Father's Name is Ghulam Mohayudin. Whereas on Certificate my Father's Name has been mentioned as Ghulam Mohayudin Khan, which is incorrect. I want to change my Father's Name from Ghulam Mohayudin Khan to Ghulam Mohayudin. If any Person/Organization/Agency has any objection, the same may be intimated in writing to the Secretary, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, near 49-Tail FaisalAbad Road, Sargodha, within 15 days.
JUDGE BANKING COURT- II
FEDERAL JUDICIAL COMPLEX PHASE-7 HAYAT ABAD PESHAWAR Case No: 74/1 Date 11/11/2022 Suit for recovery of Rs. 1540074/- NBP Main branch Dera Ismail Khan Vs Muhammad Waqar Ali : Notice Versus Muhammad Waqar ali S/o Muhammad Iqbal cast Baloch R/O Mohalla Gariban D.I.Khan City. Where is the Plaintiff Bank has instituted a suit for the recovery of Rs 1540074/- against you under section 10(2) of the financial institious (Recovery of finances) Ordinance 2001. You are hereby Summoned to court to appear and defend the suit within 30 days after receipt / publication in the newspaper filling which an expartee decree shall be passed in the favour of of the plaintiff Bank with costs. Seal of the court Banking Court-ll Peshawar (Muhammad Iqbal bhatti. Ad Rs. 400/-)
Rana Sohail Ahmed appointed as Advisor to CM Punjab
ISLAMABAD: Chaudhry Pervez Elahi has appointed Rana Sohail Ahmed, Central Vice President of the All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association, as Advisor to the Chief Minister for the Punjab Environment Protection Agency. According to the notification issued yesterday by the Punjab government, Rana Sohail Ahmed, the Central Vice President of All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association, has been appointed as the Advisor to the Chief Minister of Punjab for the Environmental Protection Agency, which has also been issued. The Central President of All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association, Malik Abrar Hussain, has congratulated Rana Sohail Ahmed, calling this appointment an honour for the private education sector of Pakistan, and expressed his determination that the development of the private education sector under Rana Sohail Ahmed's unforgettable services for welfare and improvement will be accelerated and no effort will be left to solve all the problems of private educational institutions on the platform of the association. Members of the Federal Board, including Muhammad Ashraf Haraj, Secretary General of All Pakistan Private Schools and Colleges Association, Additional Secretary Zulfiqar Siddiqui, Malik Deen Muhammad Awan, and other leaders, have also congratulated Rana Sohail Ahmed on his appointment as an adviser. PR
PTCL signs agreement with evision to launch its video streaming platform in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani telecom company, PTCL has signed an agreement with evision– the media and entertainment wing of global telecom services provider, e& – to launch its own video streaming platform in Pakistan. The new Digital Video Over-The-Top (OTT) platform will host the richest collection of Hollywood and Pakistani entertainment content besides a rich assortment of national and international news and sports channels, thereby catering to the diverse news and entertainment needs of everyone in the family. Group Chief Commercial Officer, PTCL & Ufone, Adnan Anjum and Chief Executive Officer, evision, Olivier Bramlyinked the agreement during GITEX Global 2022 in Dubai, where senior executives including President and Group CEO, PTCL & Ufone, Hatem Bamatraf and Chief Executive Officer, e& life,Khalifa AlShamsiwere also present. evision is the media and entertainment wing of global telecom giant, e& and the leading provider of media and entertainment content in the MENA region. evision-led consortium has the majority shares in the leading video streaming platform in MENA, StarzPlay that will technically help PTCL with deploying the new Digital Video OTT Platform to host movies and seasons from leading Hollywood studios in addition to Pakistani films and dramas to cater to a wide range of viewership in the country.
ANF crackdown: 690 kg narcotics seized across country
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RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) recovered over 690 kg of narcotics across the country, and arrested 24 dealers, in a country-wide crackdown against drugs. According to ANF, over 690 kg of narcotics were seized, and 24 dealers were arrested in the last six days. A least nine vehicles, used to deliver narcotics, were captured in the country-wide crackdown, they added. The ANF told that a total of 425 kg of narcotics was seized, and seven people were arrested, in nine operations in Rawalpindi. The ANF conducted four operations in Sindh and recovered 122 kg of narcotics. Six operations were conducted in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) recovering 57 kg of narcotics. An anti-narcotics spokesperson told that all the arrested dealers would be charged under the Anti-narcotics act.
‘Taleem Aur Hunar Sath Sath’ Orientation Drive held at Rawalpindi Women University
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RAWALPINDI: “Taleem Aur Hunar Sath Sath” Orientation Drive, an initiative of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) on directions of the Govt of Punjab, held an event at Rawalpindi Women University on Monday. Former Federal Minister for Planning, Development, Reforms & Special Initiatives Asad Umar and Punjab Special Assistant to Information Technology Dr. Arslan Khalid graced the event as chief guest. PITB DG e-Governance Sajid Latif and Rawalpindi Women University Vice-Chancellor Dr. Anila Kamal joined the event as Guest of Honor. Expressing his views on the occasion, Asad Umar said that digital technology can revolutionize the economy of Pakistan. He highlighted that learning new skills was the need of the hour and youth must focus on this in order to lift Pakistan’s economy along with supporting their families through entrepreneurship. We have a plan to train 1 million students in next 3 years, he added. Dr. Arslan Khalid briefed that the purpose of ‘Taleem Aur Hunar Sath Sath’ drive was to empower the youth and build awareness about making efforts to foster both skills and education. “Along with the degree, students will also be equipped in various digital skills. This program has given equal opportunity to female students as companies with female leaders are making huge profits,” he added. Prof. Dr. Anila Kamal appreciated the efforts of PITB in training students. SajidLatif briefed that the orientation drive will take place in major cities of Punjab so we can guide the university students to focus both on skills and education.
13 outlaws held; weapons and liquor seized
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police apprehended 13 criminals involved in criminal activities and recovered liquor and weapons with ammunition from their possession, a police public relations officer said. He said that, DIG Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha had ordered all zonal officers to curb the crime in their respective areas and arrest those involved in criminal activities and looting innocent people. Following these directives, a Tarnol police team arrested two accused namely Sajjad and Hamad and recovered two 30 bore pistols from their possession. Likewise, the Phulghran police team arrested an accused namely Muhammad Shoaib and recovered one 30 bore pistol with ammunition from his possession. Similarly, the Sihala police team arrested an accused namely Kaleem Ullah involved in illegal gas filling. Industrial Area police arrested an accused namely Erik Masih and recovered 60 liter liquor from his possession. Moreover, Sabzi Mandi police arrested an accused namely Tanveer Ahmed and recovered one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Cases have been registered against the nabbed accused and further investigation is underway. During a special crackdown against proclaimed offenders and court absconders police teams arrested seven accused from different areas of a city.
Pak-China friendship hospital Gwadar to be completed by Dec 2022
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ISLAMABAD: Under the game changer China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Project, the Chinese government is financing the Pak-China Friendship Hospital being established over 68 acres of land which would be equipped with a modern medical facility for the people of the port city of Gwadar. The project has been proposed for implementation of Phase-II of 50-beds hospital to be constructed under the Gwadar Development Authority (GDA) Business Plan (Federal PSDP), an official source told while updating on the mega project. The Hospital would create employment opportunities for the local masses as a total of 40 local jobs would be generated whereas civil work had started by November 2020 which was expected to be completed by December 2022, he said. He informed that one out of six medical blocks (each 50 bedded) along with 20 percent of the residential blocks were completed. Under the proposed project remaining medical blocks, nursing and paramedical institutes, medical college, central laboratory, and other allied facilities would be constructed with a supply of medical equipment and machinery, he added.
Inter-hostel cricket tournament kicks-off at IIUI
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ISLAMABAD: An inter-hostel cricket tournament kicked-off here at the new campus of International Islamic University on Monday. The activity is part of the vision and initiatives of the IIUI President for providing a healthy and quality education environment to the students. The tournament is being organized by the Office of Provost (male) and Protocol and Public Relations (P&PR). All the teams of the hostels of the new campus and Kuwait hostels have been provided separate kits and mentors to lead. The colorful ceremony was joined by enthralled players of 7 teams. The IIUI President inaugurated the event by playing a ball on the pitch as a batsman. The IIUI President appreciated the efforts of organizers saying that sports activities are equally important along with the academic activities. He reiterated his resolve that there will be stone left unturned to provide a healthy and peaceful milieu of learning to the students. He appreciated the joint venture of the offices of Provost and Protocol and Public Relations saying that the tournament is an omen of a new start after a hiatus due to global pandemic. Vice President A&F, Prof. Dr. N.B. Jumani and Vice-president Academics and Prof. Dr. Ayaz Afsar were also present on the occasion. The ceremony was also joined by the organizing committee headed by Provost Male, Dr. Ibrar Anver. It was also attended by Incharge P&PR Nasir Farid, Assistant Director P&PR, Al-Hassan, Assistant Director P&PR, Muhammad Nauman, officers of Provost office Khalid Chaudhary, Assistant Director, Ali Rafie and supporting staff members.
Police conducted search and combing operation in PS Sabzi Mandi jurisdiction
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police conducted a search and combing operation in the jurisdiction of Sabzi Mandi 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 Sabzi Mandi areas by local police, CTD and Quick reaction teams under the supervision of DSP CTD. During the search operation, 32 houses, 15 suspects were checked. 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.
Hanif & Fazal assure support for industrial zone project and ICCI representation in CDA Board
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Hanif Abbasi former Special Assistant to Prime Minister and Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry former Federal Minister along with Senator Ahmed Khan, Zia ullah Shah & Raja Hanif Advocate former MPAs, Sardar Nasim Khan former Mayor Rawalpindi and Farah Naz Akbar President PML-N Women Wing Islamabad visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) to congratulate the new Office Bearers of ICCI. Addressing the business community, Hanif Abbasi and Dr. Fazal Tariq Chaudhry assured that they would fully support ICCI in its efforts for the establishment of a new industrial zone and representation of sitting President ICCI in CDA Board. They said that 11 new routes for Islamabad have been finalized and very soon the citizens would see electric businesses on the roads of the Capital that would provide quality transport and reduce 50% traffic flow. They said that all dead development projects of the twin cities including Bara Kahu Bypass and Rawal Road Interchange have been revived to address traffic issues and facilitate the growth of business activities. They further assured that they would cooperate in addressing all highlighted issues including expediting work on IJP Road and de-sealing of Centaurus Mall. They also asked the business community to cooperate with the government for providing relief to the flood affectees. Senator Ahmed Khan also stressed that the government should cooperate with ICCI in materialization of the industrial zone project and representation in the CDA Board. In his welcome address, Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry said that ICCI has been making efforts since long for the establishment of a new industrial zone in the region to boost industrialization and representation of sitting President in CDA Board to safeguard the interests of business community and requested that both politicians should cooperate with ICCI in these important initiatives. He stressed that the Capital should be made a protests free city and a separate venue may be earmarked for such political activities to save the businesses from any losses. He said that the DC rates for land prices have been hiked by 400-500 percent due to which the business of real estate sector was suffering and emphasized that these rates should be rationalized to facilitate the growth of business activities. He said that work on IJP road may be expedited to save businesses and commuters from problems and a parking plaza in every major market in Capital may be built to address the parking issues. Azhar ul Islam Zafar, Vice President, ICCI said that the closure of Centaurus Mall has rendered about 4000 persons unemployed and around 300 families have been made homeless and requested that both politicians should cooperate in resolving this issue amicably. Zafar Bakhtawari, former President ICCI presented a cheque of Rupees one million to Hanif Abbasi for the relief of flood affectees. Khalid Javed, Mian Akram Farid, Zubair Ahmed Malik, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, Baser Daud, Sheikh Amir Waheed, Muhammad Naveed Malik, Khalid Chaudhry and others were also present at the occasion.
IHC gives last chance to FIA’s lawyer to present arguments in power abuse case
By Staff Reporter ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday gave last chance to the lawyer for Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to present arguments in the FIA’s abuse of power case. Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing on the plea filed by journalist Mohsin Baig against the abuse of power by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). A report had been presented before the court by the federal government. “The FIA has initiated an inquiry against the officials in the case,” the deputy attorney general told the court. The lawyer for Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had also appeared before the court. “Did you not see the deputy commissioner’s report? The FIA is used for political purposes,” the Islamabad High Court (IHC) chief justice questioned him. “Currently, the police and the FIA are not cooperating with each other. Every organisation is trying to save itself,” lawyer for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said. “Give them some time so that they could sit together. I will also give my arguments after reading the report,” he demanasded that the court give him some time for submitting arguments. “I have to see the previous and subsequent report of the deputy commissioner,” he added. “The only difference between the previous and the subsequent report of the deputy commissioner is that the government is different now,” the Islamabad High Court (IHC) chief justice remarked. The court adjourned further hearing of the case till October 28. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials had challenged the order of the justice of the peace to register the case.
IHC gives last chance to FIA’s lawyer to present arguments in power abuse case
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday gave last chance to the lawyer for Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to present arguments in the FIA’s abuse of power case. Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah conducted hearing on the plea filed by journalist Mohsin Baig against the abuse of power by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). A report had been presented before the court by the federal government. “The FIA has initiated an inquiry against the officials in the case,” the deputy attorney general told the court. The lawyer for Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had also appeared before the court. “Did you not see the deputy commissioner’s report? The FIA is used for political purposes,” the Islamabad High Court (IHC) chief justice questioned him. “Currently, the police and the FIA are not cooperating with each other. Every organisation is trying to save itself,” lawyer for the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said. “Give them some time so that they could sit together. I will also give my arguments after reading the report,” he demanasded that the court give him some time for submitting arguments. “I have to see the previous and subsequent report of the deputy commissioner,” he added. “The only difference between the previous and the subsequent report of the deputy commissioner is that the government is different now,” the Islamabad High Court (IHC) chief justice remarked. The court adjourned further hearing of the case till October 28. The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials had challenged the order of the justice of the peace to register the case.
ISLAMABAD: MD Roze News Rafay Khan Niazi visits Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Congratulated the new President Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari. He presented the President with SK Niazi's book Halqa-e-Ehbab. Zafar Bakhtawari and Ch. Khalid were also present on this occasion.
President reaffirms Pakistan’s commitment to eradicate all forms of poverty
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Monday reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to eradicate all forms of poverty said the country would continue taking the required measures for people’s prosperity and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The president, in his message to the nation on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty annually observed on October 17, said the poverty was in fact the violation of basic human rights. He said the floods and other natural calamities were among the major factors causing the poverty. Due to the recent floods in Pakistan, there was also a risk of rise in poverty ratio in the country. He said Pakistan would continue to abide by the principles of poverty alleviation, and protection of earth and environment. The president said the climate change had aggravated the problems confronting the developing countries like Pakistan. He said in wake of the floods, the international community should realize its responsibilities. President Alvi said Pakistan had initiated multiple programs for poverty eradication like National Rural Support Program, Benazir Income Support Program, Ehsaas Program and Sehat Card. The country would also continue to take more measures for poverty reduction in future, he added. He said besides providing food, employment, health, housing and justice, it was also equally essential to ensure people’s inclusion in the politics and their empowerment in order to eradicate poverty. -- PR
Diplomat murder case: Saudi investigation team to visit Pakistan
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: A six-member investigation team of Saudi Arabia will visit Pakistan to review the progress in the probe into Saudi diplomat Hassan al-Qahtani murder case. The Saudi team will also meet the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing into the 2011 murder case of a Saudi diplomat Hassan al-Qahtani. Sources said that the prime suspects of al-Qahtani’s assassination were hiding in Iran, whereas, Interpol also issued red warrants for the arrest of the accused. Sources said that a suspect in the Saudi diplomat murder case was killed in a police encounter. The Saudi investigation team will stay in Pakistan for two days, sources added. An official of the Saudi consulate, Hassan al-Qahtani, had been killed in Karachi’s Defence Phase VI on May 16, 2011, by at least four attackers on two motorcycles after intercepting his vehicle near his residence in Khayaban-e-Shahbaz. Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah had asserted that the culprits involved in the assassination of Saudi diplomat Hassan al-Qahtani in 2011 would be brought to justice soon. The Interior Minister made these remarks during a meeting with the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki who called on him in Islamabad in June. During the meeting, Rana Sanaullah said that security cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia would be further enhanced. “Both the countries would jointly fight internal and regional security challenges,” he said, adding that any conspiracy to mar Pak-Saudi relations would be foiled jointly. He also pointed out that culprits involved in the assassination of Saudi diplomat Hassan al-Qahtani in 2011 would be brought to justice soon. “Red notices had been issued by FIA for the culprits involved in the murder”, he said, adding that all available resources would be utilized to nab the culprits.
Sheikh Rasheed summoned by FBR
Sheikh Rasheed challenges Lal Haveli’s evacuation orders
By Staff Reporter
LAHORE: The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has summoned Awami Muslim League (AML) chief, Sheikh Rasheed, to appear on October 21 after issuing a notice. In its notice, the FBR asked Sheikh Rasheed to appear before the revenue officers in person or through his lawyer. The revenue board also directed the AML chief to provide relevant documents and records. The FBR asked Rasheed to provide tax records from July 2020 to June 30, 2022. In another case, the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) ordered Rasheed to vacate Lal Haveli within seven days. The ETPB in its verdict said Sheikh Rasheed and his brother have ‘illegally’ occupied seven properties including Lal Haveli. Both the APML chief and his brother failed to present relevant documents about the property despite several chances. The ETPB while rejecting the AML chief’s plea for transfer and regularization of the properties ordered the former interior minister and his brother to vacate the properties including Lal Haveli within seven days. The verdict said the hearing was adjourned several times on the request of Sheikh Rasheed to present the documents of the property but he failed to produce them. The verdict further said the ETPB has decided to take back control of the properties as per directions of the Supreme Court. Rasheed challenged the evacuation orders of Lal Haveli by the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) in the court of Additional Session Judge Khursheed Alam Bhatti. 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. This is not the first time Rasheed receives ETPB’s notice as he had claimed to receive an eviction notice in October 2016. Meanwhile, Awami Muslim League (AML) chief and interior minister Sheikh Rasheed on Monday challenged the evacuation orders of Lal Haveli by the Evacuee Trust Property Board. Sheikh Rasheed through his lawyer Sardar Abdul Razaq filed a plea in the court of Additional Session Judge Khursheed Alam Bhatti against the ETPB. Terming the evacuation orders of Lal Haveli as political victimization, Sheikh Rasheed said the property belongs to him from decades and despite hearing the case scheduled for October 24, the Evacuee Trust Property Board served evacuation notice. The court while barring ETPB from taking any action on the matter served notice to the board and summoned its director along with the record on Tuesday (tomorrow). Earlier, the ETPB while rejecting AML chiefís plea for transfer and regularization of the properties, ordered the former interior minister and his brother to vacate the properties including Lal Haveli within seven days. The verdict said the hearing was adjourned several times on the request of Sheikh Rasheed to present the documents of the property but he failed. The verdict further said the ETPB has decided to take back the control of the properties as per directions of the Supreme Court.
PPP challenges Imran Khan to re-contest election on NA-237 seat
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate Abdul Hakeem Baloch on Monday challenged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan to re-contest from NA-237 Malir. It is worth mentioning here that PPP candidate Abdul Hakeem Baloch got 32,567 votes while PTI chief Imran Khan could only bag 22,493 votes. Earlier, the former premier, while leveling the allegations of rigging, demanded the ECP to hold again the election in this constituency. Subsequently, Abdul Hakeem Baloch, challenged Imran Khan, saying that if he [Imran] wants to hold an election, then he [Abdul Hakeem Baloch] is ready to defeat again the PTI chairman. Continuing the conversation, “Abdul Hakeem Baloch said that the people of Karachi have given their verdict. If Imran has courage then come and face me in the election. Imran could not erase the scars of his defeat by shouting the slogan of ‘rigging’. PPP has stunned Imran but this was only the beginning.”
PTI expresses concern over US President’s anti-Pakistan statement
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The senior leaders of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Monday expressed serious concern over the statement of the American President regarding the independence and sovereignty of Pakistan. They were expressing their views at a meeting held in Islamabad to review the current political situation of the country. PTI Chairman Imran Khan presided over the meeting. In the meeting, full gratitude was expressed for the historic success of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in the by-elections across the country. Imran khan praised the workers and officials for mobilizing the people for elections at the constituency level in a very short time. The meeting took a detailed review of US President Joe Biden's inflammatory statement and the reaction of the ‘imported’ government in this regard. The participants reviewed in detail the reaction of the public. The meeting strongly condemned the torture of Senator Azam Swati. The meeting approved to take measures to investigate the torture of Senator Azam Swati and take strict action against those responsible.
Kashmiris to get freedom from India with LoC perishing like Berlin Wall: Sultan
NEW JERSEY: Azad Jammu & Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry on Monday said the day was not far off when the Line of Control (LoC) would perish like the Berlin Wall and the Kashmiris would get freedom from Indian yoke. Addressing a public meeting in New Jersey, United States, he said October 27 was one of the black chapters of Kashmir’s contemporary history as on that day in 1947 Indian forces invaded Kashmir and occupied the territory illegally without taking into account the Kashmiris’ wishes and aspirations, according to a press release issued here. Urging the Kashmiri diaspora community to hold a protest on the day to mark their resentment against India’s illegal and forcible occupation of their motherland, he said, “Kashmiris have never accepted India’s illegal control over the territory”. Paying tribute to the Kashmiris’ decade’s long struggle against the Indian imperialism, the AJK president said, “The day is not far off when their sacrifices will be fruitful and the entire territory will be free from the Indian bondage.” The AJK president recalled that he had led the first million-march against India from London’s Trifalgar Square to 10 Downing Street, the British Prime Minister’s residence, on October 27, 2014, and later in 2015 in front of the United Nations office in New York, in 2016. Over the past several years, he added, he had arranged similar anti-Indian protests in Brussels, Dublin, and Germany along with Kashmiri leader Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai and others.
LG polls in AJK will change dynamics of politics, society: Speakers
MUZAFFARABAD: Local government elections will play an important role in empowering the citizens and removing the frustration in society. These views were expressed by the speakers while addressing a conference organized by the Center for Peace, Development and Reforms (CPDR) regarding local government elections. Leaders of the Pakistan People Party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, Muslim League and Muslim Conference welcomed the upcoming local government elections to be held at the end of November this year and said that these elections will positively affect the politics and society of Azad Kashmir, ushering in a new era of development in Azad Kashmir. People's Party’s former Minister Sardar Javed Ayub, Election Commission member Farhat Ali Mir, Muslim League representative Zahid Amin Kashif, PTI leader Sardar Muhammad Israel Qazi, Shaukat Javed Mir, Shahid Awan, Faisal Jameel Kashmiri, Ershad Mahmud, Dr. Waqas Ali, Murad Ali, Ms. Faiza Gilani, Irtaza Muhammad and others also addressed the conference. Sardar Javed Ayub said that PPP fully supports the local body elections and expects new leadership to emerge from these elections. Middle-class youth will get a chance to come forward. He said that he wants to see the local government system empowered and efficient. Addressing the conference, Member Election Commission Farhat Ali Mir said that the people are participating in this election after three decades. It is the constitutional responsibility of the Election Commission to conduct local government elections every four years. He urged civil society organizations to play an active role in making people aware of the importance of these elections and their participation in them.
ISLAMABAD: Major General Hamed Bin Rafei Al Amri, Director Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Saudi Armed Forces, called on Air Chief Marshal Zaheer Ahmed Baber Sidhu, Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force at Air Headquarter.
Islamabad High Court seeks list of illegal housing societies
By Abdul Rehman
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday sought details from the Capital Development Authority (CDA) regarding illegal housing societies in the Federal capital,Chief Justice Athar Minallah hearing the case, directed the CDA to submit the list of illegal housing societies within one day, Additional Attorney General Munawar Iqbal Dogal adopted the stance that there was no legal hindrance for introducing housing societies on the name of government institutions,He said that the Names of departments and ministries could be used for housing societies as per the laws of cooperative housing societies.He, however, said that the government servants shouldn't be part of any housing society,The court sought the list of illegal housing societies in the federal capital from the CDA and adjourned further hearing till tomorrow.