Daily The Patriot edition of 19-09-22

Call to rescind illegal acts by India in IIOJK 

By Sardar Khan Niazi

Pakistan has once again urged the UN, its human rights machinery as well as States to counsel India to rescind its illegal and unilateral actions taken since August 5, 2019, and end forthwith its gross human rights violations of the Kashmiri people. The unabated wanton state-terrorism by the Indian occupation forces resulted in the martyrdom of three more young Kashmiris in fake encounters in Shopian and Islamabad districts of IIOJK. This brings extra judicial killings from August 5, 2019, to 670 and from 1st January 2022 to 150. The Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is the world’s most heavily militarized zone, which has been turned into the world’s largest prison, where people are not allowed to speak freely; APHC leadership, youth, journalists, civil society, and human rights defenders are jailed and silenced. This is an unacceptable and condemnable situation. A just, peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people is indispensable for lasting peace in the region. The recent Amnesty International report echoes the grave and intensifying human rights abuses in occupied Jammu and Kashmir by India since August 5, 2019. The Organization previously documented these egregious violations in its three reports published in as many years. The growing Indian repression and suppression of fundamental rights in IIOJK monitored and documented by the UN Human Rights machinery, and independent civil society organizations and global media testify to the Indian evil designs. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights also issued two reports in 2018 and 2019. The High Commissioner and lots of other organizations have consistently raised deep concerns in several sessions of the Human Rights Council over the wide range of human rights crimes committed by India in the internationally recognized disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan's Foreign Office spokesperson has strongly urged the international community to call upon India to end its gross and systematic violations of human rights in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). It also pressed for asking India to revoke its illegal and unilateral actions since 5th August 2019, and free all political prisoners including the Kashmiri leaders. The situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) is a huge injustice in history. The egregious violations of human rights in the IIOJK have assumed alarming proportions during the last two years. The hardships and sufferings being endured by the people of occupied territory, especially since 5th August 2019 when India took illegal and unilateral measures in the IIOJK, have just become just unbearable. The people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) demanding their inalienable right to self-determination promised to them under numerous United Nations Security Council resolutions are being brazenly brutalized, extra-judicially killed, injured, maimed, tortured, and arbitrarily detained. The indiscriminate use of pallet guns has resulted in the mass blinding of the Kashmiri youth. However, despite using every single tool of oppression, India has failed to break the will of the Kashmiri people. The Muslims in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) are being denied their fundamental right to self-determination as well as freedom of religion or belief. India’s gross, systematic and widespread human rights abuses in the IIOJK are condemnable. The Kashmiri Muslims risk losing their majority and distinct identity due to the demographic changes being effected in the occupied territory, which is in complete violation of the 4th Geneva Convention and tantamount to war crimes. There is an urgent need for the reversal of all illegal and unilateral steps taken by India on and after August 5, 2019, along with an immediate end to the human rights violations in the IIOJK.

Pakistan is considering importing Russian oil on a credit basis

Officials reject previous PTI govt claims of a proposal on the table for importing oil from Russia at a reduced rate

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan can import oil from Russia on a deferred payment basis, according to a senior government official on Sunday, following a meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Samarkand. When asked if there was any proposal on the table for importing oil from Russia at a discounted rate, the official rejected the previous government's claims. "We discussed the possibility of importing oil on deferred payment during our recent interaction with the Russian side," the official said.According to the official, Russia has expressed interest in considering the proposal.If the proposal is implemented, it will be a watershed moment for Pakistan, which imports oil from Gulf countries and has previously received oil on deferred payment from Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Given the likely opposition from the United States, it is unclear whether the government can pursue the option. According to a foreign ministry source, the US has never explicitly told Pakistan not to import oil from Russia, but has "advised us that it is better if we do not enter into such a venture with Russia." Former PM Imran has repeatedly accused the United States of orchestrating his ouster in April.

PM meets Nawaz Sharif, says govt providing assistance to flood affectees

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LONDON: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting with former prime minister and Quaid Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) supremo Nawaz Sharif here on Sunday and exchanged views on different matters. Later talking to media men, he said friendly countries were extending assistance for the flood affectees. The PM said the relief goods were arriving on airplanes, trains and ships, adding that the people of Pakistan were also giving donations and the federal and provincial governments were performing their roles in relief and rehabilitation of the flood-hit people. The coalition government had allocated Rs 70 billion and was giving Rs 25,000 each to the affected families through the Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), he informed.

IMF will help Pakistan with flood relief "under the current programme"

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: According to a statement from the IMF's resident representative, Esther Perez Ruiz, the IMF said that it would support flood relief and reconstruction efforts in Pakistan under the current programme agreed to between the two. The IMF was "deeply saddened" by the devastating impact of the recent floods in Pakistan, according to the statement, and it extended its sympathies to the millions of flood victims.

Shehbaz to address the UN General Assembly session on Sept 23

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif will participate in the high-level debate of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York from 19-23 September 2022. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, other members of the Cabinet and senior officials. According to a statement issued by Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will address the UN General Assembly on 23 September. In focus will be the challenge faced by Pakistan in wake of the recent climate-induced catastrophic floods in the country. The Prime Minister will outline concrete proposals for collectively tackling the existential threat posed by climate change. He will also share Pakistan’s position and perspective on regional and global issues of concern including Jammu and Kashmir, which is one of the long-standing unresolved disputes on the UN agenda. FO spokesperson said that on the sidelines of the UNGA Session, the Prime Minister will participate in the Global Food Security Summit jointly organised by the African Union, European Union and the United States, and a Closed-door Leaders Gathering on COP-27 bringing together select world leaders to discuss climate change. These will be important platforms to deliberate on effective measures required at the global level for addressing the two most pressing challenges confronting the international community today. Asim Iftikahr Ahmad said that the PM will hold a number of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from various countries, President of the General Assembly, the UN Secretary-General as well as heads of International Organisations, IFIs and philanthropic organisations. Leaders will also have the opportunity to interact during the receptions hosted by the UN Secretary-General and the President of the United States. The Prime Minister will also hold interactions with the international media. FO spokesperson said that Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will also have an extensive program attending various high-level meetings and events, bilateral meetings with a number of his counterparts, media and think-tank interactions, besides chairing G-77 and China Annual Meeting of Foreign Ministers, OIC Annual Coordination Meeting of Foreign Ministers, and participation in the meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir. He said that center of multilateralism, the United Nations is the most vital international body, promoting international peace and security, development and human rights, and providing the foundations of a stable and sustainable world order. As the most representative and inclusive multilateral forum of nation states, the UN General Assembly offers the best platform to the international community for advancing shared objectives and common solutions to the common challenges faced by humanity. He said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif ’s participation in the UNGA Session is a manifestation of Pakistan’s abiding commitment to multilateralism, with the UN playing a central role in international affairs for promoting peace and prosperity worldwide. Both in its national capacity and as the current Chair of the largest international grouping of developing countries – the Group of 77 and China – as well as the current Chair of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers, Pakistan will serve as the collective voice of the Global South to promote international peace and security, sustainable development and human rights for all, in accordance with the principles of the UN Charter.

No discussion on COAS appointment in Shehbaz-Nawaz meeting: Defense Minister

According to Khawaja Asif's appointment as new army chief will be in accordance with the Constitution and the law

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LONDON: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif stated on Sunday that there would be no discussion about the appointment of a new army chief with former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during his meeting with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in London. Asif's remarks contradicted the statement of his party's federal minister, Khurram Dastgir, who said on Saturday that PM Shehbaz would make the appointment decision after consulting with Nawaz in London. Without naming PTI chairman and former Prime Minister Imran Khan, Dastgir stated during a press conference that no matter how many times anyone met with army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, PM Shehbaz would make the final decision. The defence minister stated in a statement that the appointment of the army chief will be in accordance with the Constitution and the law, and that the appointment should not be politicised. "Imran Khan is the first political leader, and the PTI is the first political party, to seek institutional intervention," he continued. Asif stated that the consultation on the appointment of the army chief will begin in November, and that the defence ministry, the GHQ, and the prime minister will all be involved in the process. He stated that Nawaz Sharif will soon return to the country. "I would say that if Nawaz Sharif wants to come tomorrow, he should come today," he added. Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS), is set to retire in the last week of November. The issue of the new chief's selection has since sparked debate in political circles, with the PTI and the government trading verbal jabs. The defence minister said at a news conference on Saturday that the appointment of the army chief was a constitutional duty, and the PTI chairman wanted to make the issue controversial. According to the minister, former Prime Minister Imran had proposed that the COAS's term be extended until the elections. He did, however, add that the elections would be held in August of next year, and the appointment would take place in November. Asif went on to say that whatever Imran said didn't matter because PM Shehbaz would fulfil his constitutional duty of appointing the new army chief. The minister went on to say that neither the process of extending the incumbent army chief's tenure nor any such suggestion was in the works. He recalled that Nawaz had appointed four army chiefs but had never debated the issue. The minister went on to say that politics would take place when the time came, and that there would be a lot of it before the elections, but that the government is ready for a "charter of economy" right now. He went on to say that politics could be set aside at this time, referring to the devastating floods that have ravaged the country.

Foreign aid for flood victims to help stabilize rupee: Ahsan

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal Sunday said that the foreign aid being received for the flood victims in the country could help stabilize the Pakistani Rupee. He said although the country had faced more than $30 billion in losses due to the recent floods and torrential rains across the country, but Pakistan economy was able to come out of the crisis. He was talking to media persons during his visit to the flood hit areas of Tehsil Khairpur Nathan Shah, Sindh. He said at this time, everybody should participate in the relief activities rather than engaging in politics. The minister also reviewed the relief camp in the area established by the Pakistan Navy. He was briefed on the navy's rescue mission and relief activities. Ahsan Iqbal, who also heads National Flood Response Coordination Center, inquired about the difficulties being faced by the local administration, civil society and the people residing in the camp. He said the climate change issues had brought disaster in the country but the spirit of Pakistani nation was indomitable to overcome this disaster with unity and solidarity. He said even a developed country could not cope with such a huge destruction, but the people of Pakistan, the federal and provincial governments, civil society and the friendly countries were all working together to get out of this calamity.

07 dead and 957 injured in 908 road traffic crashes in Punjab

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Punjab Emergency Service Department (PESD) Responded to 908 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) in all 37 districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours. In these RTCs 07 people died, whereas 957 were injured. Out of this 568 people were seriously injured who were shifted to different hospitals. Whereas, 389 minor injured victims were treated at the incident site by Rescue Medical Teams thus reducing the burden of Hospitals. The majority (71%) involved Motorbikes, therefore effective enforcement of traffic laws and lane discipline are essential to reduce this an increasing the number of Road Traffic Crashes. Further, the analysis showed that 488 drivers, 28 underage drivers, 119 pedestrians, and 357 passengers were among the victims of these road traffic crashes. The statistics show that 264 RTCs were reported in Lahore which affected 279 persons placing the Provincial Capital at top of the list followed by 74 Multan in with 81victims and at third Gujranwala with 54 RTCs and 52 victims. The details further reveal that 964 victims were affected by road traffic crashes including 794 males & 170 females, while the age group of the victims shows that 180 were under 18 years of age, 520 were between 18 and 40 years and rest of the 264 victims were reported above 40 years of age. According to the data 783 motorbikes, 62auto-rickshaws, 91 motorcars, 15 vans, 08 passenger buses, 25 trucks and 94 other types of auto vehicles and slow-moving carts were involved in aforesaid road traffic accidents.

AAP-HEALTH Sector organized a nutrition camp for IDPs in Hyderabad

By Staff Reporter

HYDERABAD: Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and Program Coordinator of Accelerated Action Plan for Reduction of Stunting and Malnutrition (AAP-Health Sector) Dr. Sahib Jan Badr visited the nutrition camp established at IDPs Tent City Labor Square Hyderabad. Accelerated Action Plan for Reduction of Stunting and Malnutrition Program Coordinator Dr. Sahib Jan Badar gave a briefing to Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon about the health and nutritional facilities provided to the flood affectees. Fawad Ghaffar Soomro, Dr. Lala Jafar Khan, Dr. Yamin Memon, Kiran Dawood Pota, Zahid Hussain, Qurban Ali, Dr. Khalid Hussain Leghari were also present on this occasion.

PMD predicts Rabi ul Awwal moon on Sept 27, Eid Milad on Oct 09

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) has= predicted that there is 'no chance' of sighting the new moon of Rabi ul Awwal, 1444 AH on the evening of Sep. 26 i.e., 29th of Safar. Thus, the first day of, Rabi ul Awwal will likely fall on Wednesday September 28. The new moon of Rabi ul Awwal, 1444 AH will be born on crossing conjunction point at 02:54 Pakistan Standard Time (PST) on Sept. 26, 2022 (Monday), weather department said in a statement. According to astronomical parameters, there is 'no chance' of sighting the new moon of Rabi ul Awwal, 1444 AH on the evening of Monday Sep. 26 i.e. 29th of Safar. The weather is expected to be fair or partly cloudy in most parts of the country on the evening of Monday Sep. 26, according to the climate record.

Lahore: Secretary Minerals Punjab Asadullah Faiz is addressing a seminar organized by the Department of Minerals at a local hotel.

Flour crisis in Balochistan, Alarming situation in ahead of times

By Staff Reporter

QUETTA: Flour crisis continues in Balochistan for past three weeks, with the mill owners blaming the provincial government for failing to procure the required wheat this year. According to details, the prices of flour have skyrocketed in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan while the commodity was not available in most shops across the province. Meanwhile, a 20-kg bag of flour was being sold from Rs2,380 to Rs2,500. Earlier on September 13, flour mill owners have blamed the provincial government for the ongoing flour crisis in the province, alleging that the food department failed to procure wheat according to the requirement for this year. Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Balochistan chapter representatives said there was a huge gap between the demand and supply which created the crisis. They said flour mill owners were being blamed for the crisis, while in reality, the provincial government has imposed an inter-provincial and inter-district ban on the transportation of wheat during the harvesting season. It is pertinent to mention here that the death toll from flash floods triggered by heavy rains has reached 299 in the province. The spokesperson of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) confirmed that the death toll in Balochistan floods reached 299 including 136 men, 73 women and 90 children. At least 181 persons including 92 men, 40 women and 49 children were injured in rain-related incidents across Balochistan while more than 65,000 houses were partially or fully damaged.

Petroleum price decision delayed by yet another day 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The federal government has delayed the announcement of new petroleum prices by yet another day, creating unease among the pump owners, who have reportedly reduced their inventory. The finance division announces petroleum prices twice a month, first at the beginning of the month and then on the 15th day. It was supposed to make an announcement and issue a notification on September 15, but no decision had been made as of the morning of September 18. Federal Finance Ministry official said that the decision was delayed on September 15 because the prime minister and finance minister were on a foreign visit. However, even after their return to the country, there was no announcement for two days.

Indus river water level drops to low flood at Kotri Barrage 

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The water level in Indus River has dropped to low flood at Kotri Barrage, according to the water data shared by the Flood Forecasting Division at its website on Sunday. The water level in the river in upstream at Sukkur and Guddu barrages has dropped to normal flow. The water inflow in the river at Kotri Barrage has been 2,94,500 cusecs and outflow in the downstream has been 2,68,500 cusecs. It is to be mentioned here that the water level drop in the river, will facilitate easier discharge of the water standing in vast areas of Sindh into the river. The water of flash floods in Sindh's districts on the western bank of the river, still standing as a huge lake. Thousands of people have evacuated from katcha area in Thatta district as the flood stream from Kotri moving towards Indus delta to enter in the Arabian Sea. Several flood-affected people have taken refuge at river dykes after their villages submerged in the water. The flooding in the river has badly hit the areas in the route of the river to the sea. Floodwater has damaged crops and thousands of mud houses in the area. The water in the river at Guddu Barrage has dropped with inflow 1,55,000 cusecs and outflow of water 1,40,000 cusecs. The water inflow in river at Sukkur Barrage has been measured 1,53,400 cusecs and outflow 1,51,200 cusecs. The water in the river at Guddu Barrage has been measured with inflow 1,47,400 cusecs and outflow of water 1,35,900 cusecs. The water inflow in river at Sukkur Barrage has been measured 1,50,700 cusecs and outflow 1,47,000 cusecs. Indus River has been normal at Tarbela reservoir with water inflow 1,02,000 cusecs, while outflow has been 94,200 cusecs. The water inflow in river at Jinnah Barrage in Kalabagh has been 1,20,200 cusecs and discharge measured 1,12,200 cusecs. The water inflow in Indus at Chashma has been 1,47,800 cusecs and discharge measured 1,29,100 cusecs. The water inflow in the river at Taunsa Barrage has been 1,31,400 cusecs, while outflow has been 1,14,400 cusecs, according to the water record. Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi and Sutlej rivers are flowing below the low flood level.

Tax incentives demanded to promote solar energy 

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Citing the tax break example of Germany, Pasban Democratic Party PDP Chairman Altaf Shakoor here Sunday demanded that to promote solar energy culture in Pakistan the government should announce generous tax incentives to citizens. He said in Germany anyone operating a photovoltaic system with an output of up to 30 KW on a single-family home or commercial property will no longer have to pay income tax on the electricity yield from the beginning of 2023. The German government approved the measure in its Annual Tax Act 2022. This tax exemption also applies to multi-family houses and mixed-use properties owning a PV system with an output of 15 kW. This tax exemption also applies to multi-family houses and mixed-use properties owning a PV system with an output of 15 kW. In addition, the value-added tax (VAT) will no longer be due on the purchase, import, and installation of photovoltaic systems and energy storage systems. The prerequisite for this is that the systems are installed on or near private homes and apartments as well as on public and other buildings that are used for activities serving the common good. Altaf Shakoor said that the government in Pakistan is not really serious to promote solar energy in Pakistan because dozens of political leaders and their families are involved in businesses related to fossil fuel import and power generation from them. He said powerful oil lobby of the world heavily bribe rulers of under developed countries to continue generate electricity from oil and gas and this lobby tried its best to sabotage any effort to promote renewable energy. He said Pakistan is an all-weather sunshine country and best suited for solar energy usage at micro and macro level. He suggested to give tax incentives to domestic, commercial, agricultural and industrial consumers for installation and usage of solar systems. He said the government must encourage manufacturing of solar panels and accessories within the country to bring their rates down, as imported solar panels are costlier. He said a law should be passed that all government buildings would be run of renewable energy. He said the government should set the example of charity to begin at home. Altaf Shakoor demanded to give free of cost solar panels to flood displaced people so that they could use them while returning back to their villages after the accumulated rainwater recedes. He also demanded aggressive pumping of water from villages and farmlands. He said till now the government has failed to apply heavy duty pumping machines for drainage of flood water from villages and farms. He said the government should ensure complete drainage of water well before the start of coming Rabi season; otherwise, the country would face acute food shortages. Altaf Shakoor reminded the government that solar energy is the future of Pakistan. He said all available resources should be utilized to ensure making the dream of solar Pakistan come true. He demanded to distribute solar panels free of cost under Benazir Income Support Program (BISP). He said the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) should ask all commercial banks to grant soft loans from purchase of solar systems. He said the role of the media would be crucial in promoting solar culture.

Water, vector-borne diseases on rise in Sindh's flood relief camps 

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: Different water and vector-borne diseases have broken out in the relief camps set up for the flood-hit people of Sindh, says a report on Sunday. In Hyderabad district, the Health Department has accelerated the provision of medicines to the people in the relief camps amid the spread of various diseases. During the last 24 hours, 128 people have fallen prey to diarrhea and 204 people to skin diseases at the relief camps. There have also been reported 24 cases of eye infection and 17 confirmed cases of malaria, according to the Health Department. As many as 149 people have complained about respiratory infection, whereas, 206 people have complained to have been suffering from other diseases. According to the Health Department, 882 people have been given medical facilities during the last 24 hours. Similarly, various diseases have broken out in Qambar Shahdadkot district.

Sindh transport issues notification of nine Peoples intra-district bus service routes 

By Staff Member

KARACHI: The Transport & Mass Transit Department Government of Sindh has issued the notification for the nine routes of the Peoples Intra-District Bus Service. According to the notification issued by the Transport Department, route 1 of the Peoples Intra-District Bus Service would start from Khokhra Paar, and end at PT Tower. The second route would begin at Norht Nazimabad and end at Landhi via Nagin Chorangi and NIPA chorangi. The third route would begin at Nagin Chorangi and would cover North Nazimabad, Civic Center to end at Korangi, the notification read. The fourth route of the bus service would begin at North Karachi and end at Tower via Al-Asif square, Federal B area and Empress market. The fight route would begin from Surjani town and would travel via Zia-ud-din Chorangi, KDA Chorangi, and Mosa Colony to end at SITE area Gulbai. The sixth route would be from Orangi, Singer Chorangi, Banaras, Paposh nagar, Garden, DHA Phase 1, to end at Shan chorangi. The seventh route would begin at Mosamyaat and would travel via Baldia Town, Gulzar-e-Hijri, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, and the Federal B area and end at Gadafi Town. Also Read: Karachi: What’s the new route of Peoples Bus Service? The eighth route would begin from Gulshan-e-Hadeed and would cover Malir, Steel Town, and Quaidabad to end at Malir city.

Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Tahir Ashrafi meets with CM Punjab 

The Muttahida Ulama Board will be activated, said Chaudhry Pervez Elahi

By Staff Reporter

Lahore: At the Chief Minister's Office, Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi met with Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi. On this occasion, Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi said on this occasion that it was a pity to disable Seerat Academy by locking it during the Shahbaz Sharif era. Not only that, it is also condemnable. These are the projects of the nation that were stopped, and the national treasury was damaged. The thinking of the opponents only revolves around their personal interests. We have always given priority to national interests. He said that Sirat Academy will be restored and the United Ulama Board will be activated. Sirat Academy MPhil classes will be starting soon. The MPhil classes will be held in collaboration with Madina University, Jamia Al-Azhar, and other prominent universities in the world of Islam. Sirat Academy will be made the centre of decisions regarding religion. Research work regarding religion and the curriculum will also be done in Sirat Academy. Efforts will be made for inter-religious and inter-faith harmony. The restoration work of flood-affected mosques and madrasas will also be done. He said that all efforts would be made to create a national consensus for the restoration and resettlement of the flood victims. Arab countries and their institutions will facilitate relief activities for flood victims in Punjab. A transparent procedure has been devised to help the flood victims. The Chairman of the Pakistan Ulema Council, Maulana Tahir Ashrafi, praised the efforts of Chief Minister Pervez Elahi for the flood victims. Tahir Ashrafi stated that Chief Minister Chaudhry Pervez Elahi's contributions to religion will be remembered forever. The United Ulema Board supports the government's decision to implement the Act. MPA On the occasion, Hafiz Amar Yasir, Rasakh Elahi, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Muhammad Khan Bhatti, former Principal Secretary to Chief Minister GM Sikandar, former President of the Bank of Punjab Hamish Khan and senior officials were also present.

Rawalpindi: Muslim League leader Captain Safdar Awan is talking to the press after his appearance at Kachhari.

WHO warns of 'second disaster' in flood-hit areas of Pakistan

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) has raised alarm about a "second disaster" in flood-hit areas of Pakistan following the unprecedented floods, which killed over 1,500 people and submerged one-third of the country's land. "I am deeply concerned about the potential for a second disaster in Pakistan: a wave of disease and death following this catastrophe, linked to climate change, that has severely impacted vital health systems leaving millions vulnerable," WHO's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said in a statement. The WHO's director-general maintained that water supply is disrupted, forcing people to drink unsafe water, which can spread cholera and other diarrhoeal diseases. Tedros Adhanom further said that stagnant water enabled mosquitoes to breed and spread vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue. Health centres had been flooded, their supplies damaged and people had moved away from homes which made it harder for them to access their normal health services. "All this means more unsafe births, more untreated diabetes or heart diseases, and more children missing vaccination, to name but a few of the impacts on health," he said, adding: "However, if we act quickly to protect health and deliver essential health services, we can significantly reduce the impact of this impending crisis." The WHO chief also pointed out that nearly 2,000 health facilities have been fully or partially damaged in Pakistan, urging the donors to continue to respond generously so that more lives can be saved. The unprecedented monsoon rains since mid-June, which many experts link to climate change, and subsequent flooding have killed 1,545 people across Pakistan, inundated millions of acres of land and affected 33 million people. As many as 552 children have also been killed in the floods.

Three members of snatchers gang held; valuables and weapon recovered

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: 18th September, 2022: Islamabad Capital police PS Kohsar police team have busted 03 members of a snatchers gang involved in numerous snatching incidents in various areas of Islamabad, a Police Public Relation officer said. According to the details, a PS Kohsar police team, used the latest technology and human resources and arrested 03 members of a snatcher gang involved in numerous incidents of snatching, street crimes in different areas PS Kohsar jurisdiction. The accused were identified as Afzal Ahmed, Zain Abbas and Khalil. Police team has also recovered a snatched mobile phone, cash, gold ornaments, pistol with ammunition from their possession. During preliminary investigation the accused have confessed their involvement in numerous snatching incidents in the areas of PS Kohsar. Cases have been registered and further investigation is underway. DIG (Operations) Sohail Zafar Chatha directed all zonal officers to intensify the crackdown against the criminal elements. “Safety and security of the citizens is our foremost priority and no laxity will be tolerated in this regard” he added.

3.4mn Pakistani children need immediate support amid floods, UNCEF

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has issued an alert that three point four million children in Pakistan need 'immediate, lifesaving support in the wake of devastating floods in the country. According to UNICEF, floods have affected over 16 million children in Pakistan. The situation on the ground in Sindh was "beyond bleak" with many malnourished children battling diseases like diarrhoea, malaria and dengue fever, as well as painful skin conditions, a UNICEF official said. Earlier on September 11, UNICEF decided to increase the number of mobile clinics in flood-hit areas of Pakistan. According to sources privy to the matter, UNICEF announced to increase in the mobile health clinics in northern areas of the Sindh province with the cooperation of the provincial government. "The number of UNICEF-run clinics in flood-hit areas has now increased to 66," they said, adding that currently, 18 clinics each are operational in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and 15 in Balochistan. The UN watchdog reported that at least 16 million children, among 34 million total, have been affected by floods in the country. The floods have damaged over 1.1 million homes, and 18,000 schools in the country, they added.

11 criminals held; stolen bike, drugs and weapons recovered 

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police apprehended 11 criminals involved in criminal activities and recovered stolen bike, drug, 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 looting innocent people. Following these directives, a Secretariat police team apprehended an accused namely Waqas Ahmed and recovered a klashinkov along with ammunition from his possession. Likewise, Kohsar police arrested two accused namely Afzal Ahmed and Muhammad khalil and recovered two 30 bore pistols along with ammunition from their possession. Similarly, Bhara Kahu police arrested an accused involved in drug peddling namely Waryaam Abbasi and recovered 1220 gram hashish from his possession. Pulhgran police team arrested 03 accused namely Shakar Iqbal, Jameel Hussain and Zahid Mehmood involved in drug peddling and possessing illegal weapons and recovered 1370 gram hashish.

Celebration of 71 years of Establishment of Pak-China Diplomatic Relations through video competition ‘Cultural Colours of Pakistan’ 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: To celebrate 71 years of the establishment of Pakistan-China Diplomatic Relations, the APCFA in partnership with the Embassy of People’s Republic of China in Pakistan organized a special award ceremony for winners of the 2 Minute Video Competition on the Vibrant Cultural Colours of Pakistan in Islamabad. Nong Rong, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China, in his keynote speech, congratulated the youth winners and all participants of this video competition and thanked them for their great support and hard work. Nong Rong, noted that this short video competition is a wonderful gift to mark the 71st Sino-Pak Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. He stated that the Pakistan-China iron-clad friendship could be deeply felt through the vivid illustration in these videos. The future of Pakistan China relations, he said is promising as he can see it will be in capable hands of the talented youth of Pakistan. He said cultural and educational exchanges are a strong pillar of neighbourly countries and help open the door to mutual learning and understanding. Senator Sana Jamali on the occasion said Pakistani youth has promoted love for China in the hearts of the youth of Pakistan. Praising China for always being a good friend of Pakistan and helping the country with strong support, she said that the CPEC project is contributing to the socio-economic development of Pakistan. Total of 20 winners were selected by a panel of judges including a media expert from a total of 110 videos received from students between ages of 15-21 years. There were total 6, 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners and 14 runner ups.

Pakistan posts 90 more corona virus infections, single fatality 

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has diagnosed another 90 people with corona virus infections while one fatality was reported during the last 24 hours, showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Sunday morning. According to NIH data, the death toll in the country now rose to 30,606 while the number of total infections now stood at 1,571,822 after adding the fresh 90 cases. During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 14,663 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.61 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 89. Meanwhile, the NIH has issued further guidelines for vaccination of young children agai­nst Covid-19. In a tweet uploaded on Saturday, the NIH said in the first phase children between the age of five and 12 are now eligible for corona virus vaccination.

50 women completes six months courses at Pak-China Vocational Institute 

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ISLAMABAD: As many as 50 female students received 15 days free of cost hands-on training after completing their six months courses in Pak-China Technical and Vocational Institute, Gwadar. The course is a part of China’s efforts for women empowerment, offering them an excellent chance to become an integral component of the “high-tech man force” direly needed for Gwadar free zones as well as national and internationally competitive markets. According to Gwadar Pro on Sunday, these female trainees received on-site skilled and professional training in five trades including Cargo Handling, Office Management, Chinese Language, Crane Operation and Financial Accounting. They belonged to the first batch of 6-month course conducted by PCT & VI in collaboration with National Vocational and Technical Commission (NAVTAC) of Pakistan under Prime Minister’s Youth Skills Development program. PCT & VI Principal Muhammad Hanif told Gwadar Pro that all female students of impoverished local communities of Gwadar seem to be naturally talented. They needed an opportunity to show their mettle and once chance came, they seized it and capitalized in professional way. Among them few are likely to get job letters from banks and companies working in Gwadar port, he disclosed. “There was total 130 trainees in first batch. Out of them, 90 were male students and 50 were female students,” he replied a query. These trainees are supposed to be technically and professionally trained and prepared for Gwadar Free Zones, he said, because companies in the Zone will direly seek such kind of skilled and qualified man force. The development has unleashed employment for Gwadar youth especially females in the business activities. With technical and professional education, and other allied facilities awarded to them free of cost, Gwadar Youth will prove to be an agent of change, transforming a small fishing town to a modern smart city, said Sohail Asghar, project director of PCT & VI. Another PCT & VI official revealed that after the six-month course, a three-year course is planned. Students will spend one year in PCT & VI Gwadar and one and half years will be in the Shandong Institute of Commercial Technology (SICT) in China. Later, students will learn practical experience as an internee in courses’ related industry in China, he added. “SICT has also agreed to design curriculum in line with requirements of industries. They also consented to bear operational cost of the institute for 3 years for Chinese faculty members’ boarding and lodging expenses. The contact agreement with SICT has been submitted to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs for approval,” he added. COPHC Chairman Zhang Boazhong said, “Young people of Gwadar are the main and fundamental stakeholders of Port City of Gwadar. Their participation in operation & management of the deep-sea port, participation in industrial and commercial businesses, and in urbanization processes is key to all long-term developmental initiatives. This PCT & VI aims to shape and enhance skills of active population of Gwadar to participate in the growth of the Port City.” Groundbreaking of PCT & VI was held on 16th December 2019. During the construction, it provided more than 1000 jobs for locals. This institute possesses 7,350 square meters as a total floor area comprising teaching buildings, training workshops, multi-function halls and dormitories for students and faculty. The PCT &VI was built in October 2021 by China-aid at the cost of 83 million RMB.

Finance Minister, World Bank team discuss bank's initiatives RISE-II & PACE-II programs 

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ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Miftah Ismail held a meeting with the World Bank team in Islamabad on Sunday and discussed bank's initiatives RISE-II and PACE-II programs. The team included WB Country Director Mr. Najy Benhassine and Program Leader Energy WB Ms. Teuta Kacaniku. Senior officers from Finance Division, Energy Division and FBR also attended the meeting. The Finance Minister was briefed on the progress in RISE-II and PACE-II programs. The meeting deliberated upon the overall progress achieved so far and discussed prior actions to be met for the timely completion of these programmes. The Finance Minister was briefed on the progress in the second Resilient Institutions for Sustainable Economy (RISE-II) and the second Programme for Affordable Energy (PACE-II) programs. The meeting deliberated over the overall progress achieved so far and discussed prior actions to be met for the timely completion of these programmes. The Finance Minister endorsed the stakeholder officials for fast-tracking the progress of all initiatives and directed for completion of all prior actions required in respect for RISE-II and PACE-II programs. The Finance Minister thanked the World Bank team for continuous support and facilitation. Senior officers from Finance Division, Energy Division and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) attended the meeting. RISE-II is a policy loan for budgetary support for which the government is expected to receive $450 million while the Washington based lender might approve $600 million for PACE-II progrmame for Pakistan.

Rawalpindi: Raja Kamran Saleem was elected as the Chairman of the Cantt Division of WAPDA Union, Members of the Cantt Board Former Vice President Raja Irfan Imtiaz, Chaudhry Khurram Siddique, and Raja Pervaiz Group photo after congratulation.

Sh Rashid hopes SC will restore 150 corruption references against rulers 

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ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister and founder of Awami Muslim League, Sheikh Rashid Ahmad has hoped that the Supreme Court will restore the 150 corruption references against the rulers after the annulment of amendments made to the NAB laws, besides saying that he will go to the high court to challenge the appointment of 70 ministers which is against the constitution. Under the newly amended NAB laws, the accountability courts have started sending back corruption references to the anti-graft watchdog. The accountability courts have recently sent back several references, including the one against Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and his son Hamza Shehbaz (Ramzan Sugar Mills) and former premiers Yousaf Raza Gilani (USF) and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf (rental power projects), to the NAB chairman, citing the amended legislation. In his tweet posted on Sunday, Sh Rashid wrote: “God willing, the Supreme Court will restore the return of 150 corruption references against the rulers. The NAB amendments will be declared null and void and 10 million overseas Pakistanis will get the right to vote. The number of 70 ministers is against the constitution. I will go to the High Court against it. The economic crisis has become very serious. “The PDM has drowned the nation in the sea of inflation, all records of inflation have been broken. For the last three days, the government has not been allowed to decrease the POL prices owing to pressure being exerted by petrol mafia. Reconciliation or resistance is going to be decided. Ministers cannot go to their constituencies. Bilawal comes to Pakistan as a guest actor and does not go to office. Twenty-one ministers are without any portfolio.

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah exchanges views with Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal at CM House.

Alvi declares retrospective downward revision in profit rate by CDNS

Directs CDNS to pay profit on SSCs as per the profit rate prevailing at time of purchasing certificates

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: While accepting a representation of an aggrieved citizen against a decision of the Wafaqi Mohtasib, President Dr. Arif Alvi has directed the Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) to pay profit on the Special Saving Certificates (SSCs) as per the profit rate prevailing at the time of purchasing the certificates. President Dr. Arif Alvi said that CDNS had committed maladministration by revising the profit rates retrospectively and in contrary to the existing law, thus causing the citizen a loss of Rs 5.3 million. The President issued these directions while deciding on a representation preferred by Ms Yasmeen Merchant, who had purchased six SSCs from CDNS on 01.11.2019 at a profit rate of 12.7% for five certificates and 13.9% profit rate for the sixth certificate. Four days later on 05.11.2019, however, Finance Division issued a notification reducing the profit rates from 12.7% to 11% and 13.9% to 11.8% with retrospective effect from 01.11.2019, causing her a loss of Rs 5.3 million. President Dr. Arif Alvi accepted her representation and held that the complainant was entitled to the profit rate prevailing on the date of issuance of certificates and that the change made through the notification did not apply to her investment in retrospective and, therefore, it could not affect her duly earned right of profit nor it can nullify it to her disadvantage. He said that the notification issued was in the nature of subordinate or delegated legislation and took effect from the date of its publication in the official Gazette and not from any prior date. The President added that the rationale behind it was that only the Parliament/legislative bodies could enact a law from a date prior to its enactment i.e., retrospectively and the Government by itself, unless authorized by the statute, had no such authority or power to issue a notification operative from a date different from the date of its publication in the official Gazette. The President further highlighted that a person may feel allured by the incentives floated by the Government and act upon it, and it did not behove the Government to recant on its commitment as it may erode the confidence of the general public in the government bodies and may also negatively affect the credibility of the Government.

China's Tianjin pledges RMB 10m reliefs for Pak-flood victims

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BEIJING: To support the relief and rehabilitation efforts of the Government of Pakistan, the People’s Government of Tianjin Municipality has announced a relief assistance package of RMB 10 million for the flood victims. The relief items include tents, food packages and blankets needed urgently in Pakistan. The decision to this effect was conveyed through a letter addressed to Ambassador Moin ul Haque by Li Hongzhong, the Party Secretary of Tianjin, Gwadar Pro reported on Sunday. Sharing his grief and condolences with the bereaved families, Mr. Li Hongzhong said that as All-weather Strategic Cooperative Partner and Iron Brother, China stands with the people of Pakistan in this difficult time. Expressing his good wishes for the early rehabilitation of the flood victims, Li reaffirmed the resolve of Tianjin Municipality to continue to deepen ties with the friendship cities and provinces of Pakistan. A formal launch ceremony of the relief goods was held through a video link. The meeting was joined by Luan Jianzhang, DG FAO, Tianjin Municipal Government, Liu Jinsong, DG Asian Affairs, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Moin ul Haque, Murtaza Wahab, Administrator, Karachi Municipal Government and a senior representative from Chinese Peoples Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. Speaking at the occasion, Ambassador Moin appreciated the urgent assistance offered by Tianjin Municipality.

Islamabad: Meeting picture of Punjab Assembly Speaker Sabtain Khan with PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

UN made a new appeal for aid to the flood victims of Pakistan

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NEW YORK: The United Nations has made a new appeal for aid to Pakistan's flood victims. According to UNICEF, about 3.4 million flood-affected children are awaiting immediate assistance. Children caught in the floods are suffering from stomach ailments along with malaria and dengue. Mothers of flood-affected infants are malnourished and unable to breastfeed. The World Health Organization has also warned that after the flood, there is a risk of another disaster in the form of diseases and deaths in Pakistan. Director WHO Dr. Tedros says that the World Health Organization will make a new appeal for help to Pakistan after the aid of 10 million dollars. On the other hand, the demand for assistance to the Pakistani flood victims started gaining strength in the US as well. American Senator Bob Menendez says that there was a large-scale destruction due to floods in Pakistan. Aid given to Pakistan for flood victims is not more than a drop. Three crore people have lost their homes in Pakistan. Pakistan should get a relief package from the IMF. Sheila Jackson also appealed for immediate assistance to the flood victims. In a briefing to the US House of Representatives, Sheila Jackson said that water in Pakistan is limited to water, which may take six months to drain. Diseases spread rapidly in flooded areas. The official said that the government had not made any decision as of Saturday night. The PM has now left for New York to attend UN General Assembly session. Yesterday, reports suggested that pump owners have limited their stock over possibility of a drastic change in petroleum price. However, there was no indication of a petrol shortage in any city.

Main objective behind conspiracy achieved with end to NAB cases, says Fawad

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhry on Sunday said that the main objective of the conspiracy has been achieved as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) cases worth billions of rupees have ended. In a statement on Twitter, The PTI leader while lashing out at the incumbent rulers said that they have achieved the main objective behind the conspiracy of overthrowing the PTI government, and that he explained to be the NAB cases against the ruling political leaders. He said they have successfully ended the NAB cases worth billions of rupees against them. Former Information Minister added that, "The money of public was distributed and consumed by this gang of thieves and dacoits." He further urged people to come out and get them back to justice. Let the people thwart this great robbery and get real freedom, he added.

Imran Khan to launch vertical development projects on Oct 22

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and PTI Chairman Imran Khan has announced that the groundwork for 100+ vertical developments under the first Central Business District Punjab (CBDP) will be launched in Lahore on Oct 22 as this project will convert the dead capital into viable transactions channeling wealth generation for the country, besides reshaping entire infrastructure of the vicinity. On his Twitter handle on Sunday, Imran wrote: “Pak’s 1st central business district, @CBDPunjab, will accommodate 100+ vertical developments adding 600b+ to country’s economy. To compliment futuristic vertical development, groundwork will commence Oct '22 on Lhr’s Main Blvd reshaping entire infrastructure of the vicinity. “CBD Punjab tasked with converting dead capital into viable transactions channeling wealth generation for the country. Similar projects with immense potential will be launched across Punjab leading to econ growth & prosperity by providing multiple opportunities for domestic & FDI.”

07 dead and 957 injured in 908 road traffic crashes in Punjab

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LAHORE: The Punjab Emergency Service Department (PESD) Responded to 908 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) in all 37 districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours. In these RTCs 07 people died, whereas 957 were injured. Out of this 568 people were seriously injured who were shifted to different hospitals. Whereas, 389 minor injured victims were treated at the incident site by Rescue Medical Teams thus reducing the burden of Hospitals. The majority (71%) involved Motorbikes, therefore effective enforcement of traffic laws and lane discipline are essential to reduce this an increasing the number of Road Traffic Crashes. Further, the analysis showed that 488 drivers, 28 underage drivers, 119 pedestrians, and 357 passengers were among the victims of these road traffic crashes. The statistics show that 264 RTCs were reported in Lahore which affected 279 persons placing the Provincial Capital at top of the list followed by 74 Multan in with 81victims and at third Gujranwala with 54 RTCs and 52 victims.

Karachi: Sardar Akhtar Mengal and Jamiat Ulema Islam leader Maulana Fazlur Rehman are sitting on the stage.

Pakistan strongly condemns arbitrary arrest & illegal detention of Islamic scholars in IIOJK

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly condemned the arbitrary arrests and illegal detention of prominent Islamic scholars, including Maulana Abdul Rasheed Dawoodi, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmed Veeri and five members of Jamaat-e-Islami, in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). These deplorable actions only days ahead of the UN General Assembly session manifest India’s growing intransigence, and utter disregard of human rights and fundamental freedoms. According to a statement issued by Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar Ahmad on Sunday, these arrests have marked a new low in the Indian occupation forces’ blatant and continued onslaught on the human rights of the innocent Kashmiris. The illegal detention of the Kashmiri Islamic scholars while the true representatives of the Kashmiri people are already under Indian custody under fictitious cases and on fallacious grounds, is yet another Indian attempt to rob the Kashmiri people of their distinct religious and cultural identity. He said that the reprehensible arrests of the Kashmiri Islamic scholars under the draconian Public Safety Act (PSA) that defies all international humanitarian laws and permits preventive detention for as many as two years without the need of any trial, is a deplorable preemptive step by the Indian authorities planning to illegally occupy the religiously significant ‘Waqf Board’ properties.

PHE workers' protest continues in Jammu, strike enters 88th day

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JAMMU: In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Public Health Engineering (PHE) workers/daily wagers' protest sin-in and strike continued on the 88th consecutive day, today, outside the office of PHE Chief Engineer and other Divisional and Sub-Divisional headquarters in Jammu. According to Kashmir Media Service, these PHE workers have been on strike since June 22, 2022 and are demanding release of their pending wages and regularization of their services. Despite three rounds of talks with higher authorities in the Department, their dialogue remained inconclusive. A large number of PHE workers from various Divisions and Sub- Divisions in Jammu district, assembled outside the office of Chief Engineer, PHE, Jammu, under the banner of PHE United Front and held a strong protest demonstration. They were shouting slogans in support of their demands and also against LG's administration, the Bharatiya Janata Party and other higher authorities in the territory. Many of them were carrying banners and placards in their hands depicting slogans. The employees' representatives said that in the past, they had called off their strike merely on assurances several times but nothing happened after that. Therefore, they were not prepared to call off strike until an order from the authorities was issued. They decided to continue their strike indefinitely.

India continuously violating international laws in IIOJK

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: India is continuously violating all international laws and conventions in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and is using black laws like Public Safety Act (PSA) and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) to arrest innocent Kashmiris. The Modi-led fascist Indian government revoked Kashmir's special status in flagrant violation of international laws in August 2019 and is settling non-Kashmiris in the territory against United Nations resolutions, said a report released by the KMS, today. It said as part of snatching the Kashmiris' identity, India is granting domicile status to non-locals on a fast-track basis, adding the RSS-backed BJP regime is plotting to deprive Kashmiris of their identity. People are even deprived of basic human rights in IIOJK, it added. The report said India is preventing the Kashmiris from exercising their universally recognized right to self-determination as it is not willing to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir. India must be punished for violating global laws and agreements in IIOJK, the report said, adding the UN is morally bound to help resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute as per its resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people. The report said the world powers must stop shutting their eyes to the plight of IIOJK people and play their due role in halting human rights violations by Indian troops in the territory.

Indian troops launch CASO in Ramban

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JAMMU: In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian troops on Sunday launched a cordon and search operation in Ramban district of Jammu region. According to Kashmir Media Service, the operation was launched by a joint team of police, Special Operation Group and Indian army in the Dalwah area near Gool. The troops cordoned off the area and conducted searches.

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