Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Daily The Patriot edition of 20-09-22

PM Shehbaz attends funeral of Queen Elizabeth II 

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LONDON: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Monday joined international leadership and royal family members at the State funeral of Queen Elizabeth II held at Westminster Abbey. According to the reports, PM Shehbaz Sharif joined world leaders in the last rites of the Queen who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96. Over 500 representatives from other countries including United States President Joe Biden, China’s Vice President Wang Qishan, Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Belgium’s King Philippe, and Queen Mathilde, and 2,000 royal family members attended the Westminster Abbey Service ahead of the Queen’s funeral later in the evening. Earlier, the prime minister was received at the Great West Door by the Dean and Chapter of Westminster and was escorted to his seat in the Lantern. Queen Elizabeth will be laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor next to the grave of his deceased husband Duke of Edinburgh Phillip. On Sunday, PM Sharif met King Charles III during the reception hosted by him for the visiting dignitaries and extended condolences to him over the passing of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. The prime minister said that the late monarch was a source of inspiration and strength for generations of Commonwealth citizens. He also recalled that the people of Pakistan had fond memories of Her Majesty’s two visits to the country, adding that the bond of affection between the Royal family and the Pakistani nation had only strengthened with time. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said on Monday that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif had arrived at Westminster Abbey as the Queen’s state funeral begins at Westminster Abbey in London. In a tweet, she said that the historic procession paid tribute to the Queen’s extraordinary reign, her unstinting service and personified dignity.

Imran refused to accept system after losing power in NA: Javed Latif

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister Mian Javed Latif on Monday said that Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan refused to accept system when he lost power in the National Assembly. Imran Khan was removed through no-confidence vote, he said while talking to a private television channel. Commenting on Imran's demand of holding early elections, he said PTI leaders had lost power in the National Assembly and now they were demanding to hold early general elections in November. He suggested that PTI should wait for the general elections in 2023. He said that PTI leadership was busy to achieve its personal agenda while the government was busy in relief and rehabilitation of flood affectees as the heavy rains and floods have caused havoc in the country. The minister categorically stated the coalition government was trying to complete the relief and rehabilitation work without wasting time.

Social financing vital for countries uplift, says Ahsan Iqbal

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LAHORE: Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that productivity of social financing was very critical so it should be linked with performance to achieve anticipated results. Addressing the “1st NSPP Public Policy Conference 2022” here at National School of Public Policy, he said that three factors- productivity of wealth, distribution of wealth and competition with global economy were very essential for the growth of economy. The minister elaborated that wealth creation mechanisms should be geared up as no economy could grow without resources, saying that all stakeholders should perform their active role for the generating wealth. He said that fair distribution of wealth and equality in the social system was also vital for the country future. He said: “We are in a global economy and have to be a globally comparative economy and if we could not maintain world class productive standards then wealth creation would also disturb.” He added that tax, local investments and exports were the main sources for the country development, Saying that Pakistan’s have to implant so much significance on these sectors for the betterment and bright future of the country. Ahsan said the total volume of Public Sector Development Programme in 2018 was Rs 1000 billion which was compressed and now it had been around Rs 700 billion, adding that within these limited resources, achieving the goal of development in a short time was difficult. He mentioned that Pakistan was the country where all resources were available and on capability side, all other countries of the region were at lower side from Pakistan, he added. He said that harmony of political, social and economic platforms were necessary for the development of the country, adding that constructive development of each sector of the country was also important.

NAB starts investigations against three PML-N leaders

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ISLAMABAD: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) started an investigation against three leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Monday. According to the details, NAB has sought the property and other assets records of former member National Assembly Khadim Hussain and former Punjab Assembly members Nadeem Khadim and Lal Hussain Khadim. Khadim Hussain has served the nation as an MNA from NA-68 Jhelum on the ticket of the PML-N. As per the report, the investigation orders have also been issued to the Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA), Rawalpindi Development Authority (RDA) and Lahore Development Authority (LDA) in this regard. The report said that NAB Rawalpindi has sought the records of properties in the name of Nadeem Khadim Hussain and his 17 members of the family from the FDA.

Sachi Baat

Illegal encroachment on the sides of rivers causes more damage: SK Niazi

Institutions need to be removed from politics and work with them: Aftab Jahangir

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ISLAMABAD: Editor in chief Pakistan group of news paper and chairman Rozenews while talking in sachi baat he said that Unfortunately, governments do not care about public interest, SK Niazi The rulers are busy finishing the cases against them, he added that There are corruption in our entire system of government further he said that There is a lot of destruction in Pakistan due to climate change There is a need to take effective measures regarding climate change, SK Niazi Illegal encroachment on the sides of rivers causes more damage and There is a need for better drainage arrangements after rain, SK Niazi. Charter of Economy and climate change need more discussion Charter of Economy and climate change are the twin problems of the country talking in program he said that Construction is not allowed on Shimlat Illegal constructions have taken place around Rawal Dam, SK Niazi. Some clauses of the 18th Amendment are flawed. Education and health issues should be with the federal government and the provinces have not fulfilled their responsibilities yet, SK Niazi said. Analyst Sajjad Azahar's talk in the program "Sachi Baat". In your article, you have written things based on facts, Sajjad Azhar. Dams project in Pakistan has become a sacrifice of politics he added Experts have been saying for the last 15 years that climate change will have an impact, Sajjad Azhar. Floods wreaked havoc in southern Punjab and Sindh, Sajjadhar said. The Prime Minister told about the devastation of the flood in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Sajjad Azhar. Regarding climate change, the case should be put through express, Sajjadhar said. The level of the rivers in the country has increased further, said Sajjadhar. If God willing floods again, there will be more destruction he said that flooding occurred due to a change in monsoon pattern he said that the provinces have not fulfilled their responsibilities yet, Sajjad Azhar. PTI leader Aftab Jahangir's talk in the program "Sachi Baat". PPP is ruling Sindh for the last fifteen years, Aftab Jahangir. Imran Khan has raised many questions on drainage and Kala Bagh Dam was also sacrificed to politics he added that if there are no dams in the country, the problem of climate change is a very serious issue, Aftab Jahangir. Institutions need to be removed from politics and work with them, Aftab Jahangir. Conversation of renowned businessman Aqeel Karim Dhedi in the program "Sachi Baat". It seems that the economy will improve in the coming days, Aqeel Karim Dhedi. The current government took time to take decisions he said that there is a wave of inflation all over the world at the moment, Aqeel Karim Dhedi. We have to prepare to deal with climate change he said that big decisions need to be taken to improve the country's economy, Aqeel Karim Dhedi.

China willing to provide technical assistance for flood relief efforts

General Wei thanks COAS Gen. Bajwa for special measures taken for provision of safe & secure environment to CPEC projects

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BRUSSELS: Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe has said his country greatly values its time tested relations with Pakistan and its Army and looks forward to further expanding this cooperation. He was talking to Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa who called on him in Beijing. The Chinese Defence Minister said development of CPEC is aimed at bringing more benefits and prosperity to the people of both the countries. He termed Pak-China military cooperation as an important pillar of bilateral relations. General Wei thanked the Army Chief for special measures taken for provision of safe and secure environment to CPEC projects in Pakistan and efforts towards regional stability. He expressed satisfaction over progress on CPEC and hoped for timely completion of the project. The Chinese Defence Minister conveyed his grief over the devastation caused by floods in Pakistan due to climate change and offered sincere condolence to the families of the victims. General Wei said China is willing to provide technical assistance for flood relief efforts in Pakistan. He also appreciated Pakistan Army's rescue and relief efforts in the flood-affected areas. Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa thanked the Chinese Defense Minister for his sentiments and continued Chinese support to Pakistan.

IHC orders removal of terror clauses from case against Imran Khan

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has ordered the prosecution to remove the terrorism clauses from a case registered against PTI Chairman Imran Khan for hurling threats at a female sessions judge and police officials during a public rally in Islamabad. The court also ordered that the case against the PTI chief would continue to proceed under other clauses at relevant forums. Earlier, the court reserved the verdict in the petition seeking quashing of terrorism case against PTI Chairman Imran Khan. A two-judge IHC bench headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition on Monday. At the outset of the case hearing, the JIT submitted its report to the Islamabad High Court regarding its decision on the terrorism case against Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan concluding that the team vouched for the terror case against the former premier. During the hearing, the chief justice asked the special prosecutor about the JIT decision regarding inclusion of terror clauses in the case against Imran Khan. The prosecutor told the court that the JIT was of the view that the terrorism case against the PTI chief was justified.

Islamabad: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Umar Ata Bandial meeting a delegation of Punjab Bar Council.

Murad wants NADRA to evolve a database of affectees for distribution of relief goods

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in his meeting with Chairman NADRA Tariq Malik on Monday urged him to develop a database and system for his government so that the distribution of relief goods and transfer of cash to the affected people could be made transparent. "We want the distribution of aid materials to be as seamless and transparent as possible so that every impacted household can benefit from it." Chief Secretary Sohail Rajput, Secretary to CM Rahim Shaikh, and Col. Anees of NADRA were present at the meeting that took place at CM House. According to the chief minister, three million homes have fallen and over 1.5 million people have been displaced by the torrential rains and flooding. Over 600,000 people are currently living in camps, and a comparable number of displaced persons have made temporary homes along major roads and highways, according to him. Murad Shah stated that friendly nations, donor organisations, the provincial and federal governments, as well as our efforts to help the affected people, were being supported. "I want you (NADRA) to develop a database of the affected people on the basis of a union council with the provision of making entry of providing relief goods being provided to them so that it can be verified," he said, adding there must be digital information about the recipient and donor/administration giving them goods. Tariq Malik, the chairman of NADRA, assured the chief minister that his group would create the greatest database so that donations may reach deserving recipients and be verified. The chief minister was informed by NADRA's chairman that their mobile units have begun to be stationed in the regions where their [NADRA] offices have collapsed and ceased to be operational. The CM then encouraged him to give those whose CNICs have expired priority. The chief minister was informed that all of the CNICs that had expired had been renewed till December 31, 2022. According to him, all CNICs that have expired are still valid through the end of December 2022. The matter of cash transfer to the flood-affected people also came under discussion and NADRA chief suggested that the affected people would be given a facility to open their bank accounts only on their CNIC. "These accounts can be open in mobile bank units to be stationed at relief camps/affected villages by partner banks," he suggested.

MIRPUR KHAS: Children stand outside their tents in a tent city built by the UAE for flood affectees.

KP Govt prepares mobile app for survey of destroyed houses

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PESHAWAR: The Information Technology (IT) Board of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has prepared a mobile application for conducting survey of the flood-affected houses in the province. Director General (DG) Sharif Hussain of the PDMA claims that a survey for the payment of compensation for demolished homes has started as of September 15, 2022. According to a news statement from the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) here on Monday, the survey teams are made up of personnel from the district administration, Communication & Works (C&W), Health, Irrigation, Revenue, and Education Departments, as well as the Pakistan Army. In accordance with the process, all information on the impacted home, along with the owner's National Identity Card (NIC) and other necessary documents, will be submitted on the application. According to him, the survey was carried out in accordance with a formally approved work plan, and payment will be made via checks and an ATM at the Bank of Khyber.

Bank accounts report submitted to court in sugar mills case

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LAHORE: The FIA prosecutor has submitted a report enlisting details of all bank accounts in a sugar mills money laundering case to a local court in Lahore. On Monday, the money laundering case allegedly carried out through sugar mills was heard at the special central court. The banks were asked by the court to provide information regarding the eight firms' bank accounts. A report listing 19 other bank accounts was also provided to the court by the FIA prosecutor. The judge questioned why a report of these accounts was attached since there was either a very small sum of money or no money at all in them. The lawyer told the court that these were classified loan accounts which had been closed after zero accounts. He further said that a private bank deposited the money put in its account with the FIA. He said that the investigation agency would also check all other accounts. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s lawyer told the court that numerous accounts were opened for the company.

MIRPUR KHAS: Children stand outside their tents in a tent city built by the UAE for flood affectees.

CHANGE/CORRECTION IN FATHER'S NAME

I Adnan Khan have been passed secondary school certificate supplymentry examination 2017 under roll number 302532 from B.I.S.E., Sargodha. My father’s name is Sher Zaman whereas on certificate has been mentioned as Sher Zaman Khan which is incorrect. I want to get changed my father’s name from Sher Zaman Khan to Sher Zaman. If any person/organization/agency have any objection, than the same may be intimated in writing within 15 days to the secretary, Board of intermediate & Secondary Education, near 49-tail Faisalabad road, Sargodha.

CHANGE/CORRECTION IN FATHER'S NAME

I Muhammad NOUMAN KHAN have passed the secondary school certificate Annual examination 2022under roll no..534099 from BISE sargodha .My father name is SHAFi ULLAH KHAN where on certificate my father name has been mention SHAFI ULLAH .which is in correct .I want to get change my father name from SHAFI ULLAH to SHAFI ULLAH KHAN .If any person /organization /agency has any objection then same may be intimated in writing the sectory board of intermediate and secondary education near 49 Tail Faisalabad Road sargodha with in 15 days.

Court Notice

In the Court of Ch. Qaisar Shahzad Senior Civil Judge JhelumSuit for Dissolution of Marriage on Basis of Khula, Case Title Sadia Zafar vs Muhammad Akram To, Muhammad Muhammad Akram son of Muhammad Latif R/o Phalaiyan 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 22.09.2022 at 8:00AM, otherwise ex-parte proceedings will be initiated.

CHANGE/CORRECTION IN FATHER'S NAME

I Muhammad Khan have passed the secondary school certificate Annual Examination 2008 under Roll No10616 Sargodha. My Father's Name is Bashir Khan whereas on certificat my Father's name has been mentioned as Muhammad Bashir Khan which is incorrect.I want to get changed my father's name from Muhammad Bashir Khan to Bashir Khan if any person/organization/agency has any objection then the same may be intimated in writing to the secretary , Board of intermediate & Secondary Education .Near 49-Tail Faisalabad Road,Sargodha within 15 days.

DCS asks ECP to delay second phase of LG elections 

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KARACHI: The Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of Jamshoro and Dadu districts on Monday requested the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to postpone second phase of local government (LG) elections, citing devastation caused by heavy rains and subsequent floods. Details indicate that the deputy commissioners (DCs) of the Dadu and Jamshoro districts have written the electoral authority to request either a postponement of the second round of local government (LG) elections or a reassessment of the situation due to the devastation caused by floods. The deputy commissioners maintained that it was impossible to hold local government (LG) elections right away in their individual letters, noting that the cities' infrastructures had been seriously damaged by floods. The district, according to DC Dadu, was the one most impacted by the storm, and at this time, over 66 union councils are underwater. Earlier, the ECP decided to postpone local government elections in Karachi after receiving inputs from the Sindh government. The decision was taken by the chief election commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja citing reports received from the election commissioner Sindh and district administration. In order to make a decision on whether to hold local government elections in Karachi on August 28th, the chief election commissioner (CEC) requested the ECP secretary to obtain reports on the weather and flood conditions in Sindh.

Interim bail is granted to Atta Tarar in Punjab Assembly riot case 

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LAHORE: A district and session court on Monday granted interim bail to Special Assistant to prime minister (SAPM) Atta Tarar in Punjab Assembly riot case registered by Chief Minister Pervaiz Elahi over hooliganism during the April 16 election. The PML-N leaders, including Atta Tarar and Rana Mashood, reportedly appeared before the sessions court with his attorney to request his interim bail, according to information. The PML-N leaders asked for their statement to be recorded in the courtroom rather than the police station at the beginning of the session. Since the start of the investigation, the investigating officer (IO) has not been in court, according to Rana Mashood. The judge for the additional sessions asked if Atta Tarar had been charged with torture by the assembly members. The special assistant replies in the negative to that. Rana Mashood argued that the SAPM was not present in the assembly on the day the incident, accusing the provincial government of political victimization. Attaullah Tarar was given temporary release from custody after the judge heard the arguments and ordered him to provide surety bonds totaling Rs50,000. It is important to note that Attaullah Tarar, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM), was the target of a police raid on his home early on Saturday morning after he failed to show up for a team of investigators looking into the events of May 25.

Bizenjo invites JUI-F to join Balochistan gov 

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QUETTA: Balochistan CM Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo has invited Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) to join Balochistan government, sources said on Monday. Balochistan CM Abdul Qudoos Bizenjo held a meeting with JUI-F Balochistan Ameer, Maulana Abdul Wasay in Quetta late on Sunday night. CM Bizenjo requested JUI-F to join the provincial government and held consultations with him throughout the meeting. The JUI-F Balochistan leader initially told Maulana Fazlur Rehman, the party's chief, about the CM's invitation.

Governor seeks brotherhood to help flood affectees 

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LAHORE: Governor Punjab Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that the whole nation should help their flood-affected brothers and sisters in distress. We are grateful to all of the friendly countries for the goodwill as they are sending aid to the flood victims. Punjab Governor Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that at this time the flood victims need clothes, food, tents and other items. He said that the federal government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif along with Pakistan Army, Navy, Air Force and NDMA is engaged in relief activities in all the provinces. He appealed to the Commonwealth delegation for all possible assistance to the flood victims for providing food, tents, mosquito nets and blankets and other essential items. Governor Punjab Muhammad Balighur Rehman said that as Chancellor he has also mobilized the universities to collect relief goods for the flood victims as well as participating in relief activities by going to the flood affected areas. Governor Punjab talking about business activities said that Pakistan has vast investment opportunities in various sectors including IT.

CM asks secretaries to burn the midnight oil to serve the masses 

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LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has said that the performance of the officers will be linked with the completion of the development projects. The administrative secretaries should, therefore, ensure the timely and proper utilization of development funds to achieve desired results. He was delivering a keynote speech at the all secretaries’ conference at Darbar Hall of the civil secretariat on Monday. The CM issued guidelines for the early completion of development schemes, achievement of good governance targets and price control, and emphasised that a decision on the summary or file should be made within two days positively. An implementation mechanism will be determined to ensure speedy disposal of the summary or file in the Chief Minister's Office, he added. Similarly, tenure postings will be ensured so that the officers could perform and deliver duties wholeheartedly. Alongside this, the personal issues of officers will also be resolved on priority, he mentioned. The proposal to restore the magisterial system for price control was also considered and Parvez Elahi ordered a feasible mechanism for controlling prices. The secretaries' offices will be open to the public from 9:30 am to 11:00 am daily; he said and emphasised that the common man's problems should be solved in their cities and they shouldn't have to go all the way to Lahore for this. Together we have to fulfil the mission of the welfare of the nation. I want the bureaucrats of my team to serve the people with peace and satisfaction, he told. He said that officers and employees are my strength. Welfare projects will be implemented as a result of collective wisdom. Whatever project is started, all efforts should be made to complete it wholeheartedly, he stressed. More work should be done in south Punjab than before, he added. The CM said that the scope of land centres will be expanded up to the Kanungo level to benefit farmers. A lot of reforms could be introduced in the archaic prison system with good administrative planning and firm intention; he maintained and announced that the teachers' training programs will be made more efficient and effective to improve educational standards. The CM disclosed that a practical Act would be introduced to curb drugs in educational institutions and, now, the heads of the educational institutions will also be held responsible for the use of drugs by their students. I will personally monitor all the issues myself, he concluded. Chief Secretary Abdullah Sumbal said that the secretaries and heads of institutions will strive for public welfare with all their hearts and every resource will be used to speed up the development of the people. Secretaries of the south Punjab secretariat from Multan and Bahawalpur participated through a video link while the secretaries of local government and industries departments attended the meeting from the field through a video link. Former federal minister Moonis Elahi, Principal Secretary to CM Muhammad Khan Bhatti, SMBR Zahid Akhtar Zaman. Additional Chief Secretary Asadullah Khan, former principal secretary to CM GM Sikandar, besides secretaries of 42 departments, attended the meeting.

Chairman WMC instruct to ensure cleanliness of metro stations

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RAWALPINDI: Chairman Rawalpindi Waste Management Company Haroon Kamal Hashmi has said that they are ensuring the cleanliness of metro bus service stations as well as cleaning the city. Our workers are always trying to keep the cleanliness of the project according to the same standard. Passengers traveling in the metro bus are also seen appreciating the efforts of the Rawalpindi Waste Management Company to clean the metro stations. The same standard will have to be maintained, he expressed these views yesterday while talking to the passengers and his workers on the occasion of inspecting the cleanliness of metro bus route and Saddar, Murid Chowk and Faizabad stations, Liaquat Bagh transfer station. On this occasion, Acting Manager Metro Sohail Imtiaz, Assistant Manager Metro raja Khizr aftab accompanied him; Acting Manager Metro Sohail Imtiaz briefed them on the cleaning operation. Detailed briefing given by Chairman Rawalpindi Waste Management Company Haroon Kamal Hashmi inspected the cleanliness of Sadar, Marir Chowk and Faizabad metro stations, in-charge Metro Bus System Madam Shumaila Mohsin briefed them in the central control room of Metro Bus, Chairman Rawalpindi Waste Management Company Haroon Kamal Hashmi visited the metro stations. During the visit, he instructed to clean the mirrors, washrooms specially, he also inspected the cleanliness on the metro track, and he also asked questions to the staff regarding the biometric machines installed for the attendance of the workers. Asked about the problems and assured to solve them, also talked to the passengers about the cleanliness of the stations. The stations are clean

07 members of two snatchers gangs held; cash, mobile phone and weapons recovered

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ISLAMABAD:  Islamabad Capital police PS sabzi Mandi and Aabpara police teams have busted 07 members of two snatchers gangs involved in numerous snatching incidents in various areas of Islamabad, a Police Public Relation officer said. According to the details, a Ps Sabzi Mandi 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 Sabzi Mandi jurisdiction. The accused were identified as Shams Ud Din, Muhammad Zakria and Muhammad Mazher. Police teams have also recovered snatched mobile phone, cash and pistol with ammunition from their possession. During preliminary investigation the accused have confessed their involvement in numerous snatching incidents in the areas of PS Sabzi Mandi. Cases have been registered and further investigation is underway.

Think tanks address major issues on a global scale: ADB VP

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ISLAMABAD: The think tanks in central and west Asia can provide innovative solutions to pressing global challenges such as climate change, COVID-19, and geopolitical conflicts, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Vice President Shixin Chen said at a regional forum. "A lot of effort has gone into establishing strategies and action plans to address the pandemic, climate change, energy, and food security concerns," said Chen during the two-day Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Think Tank Development Forum. "I support the active participation of think tanks in developing creative answers for regional cooperation and integration. Developing member nations now favour more specialised solutions. Using a national perspective, think tanks can offer tailored solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions back into poverty, while climate change is increasingly threatening the region through natural hazards, loss of livelihoods, and food insecurity, according to a press release issued by the ADB on Monday. The Russian invasion of Ukraine and other geopolitical conflicts are taking a toll on the global economy, pushing up energy and food prices. Some countries in the CAREC region are particularly affected given their close economic ties with Russia. In order to promote knowledge transfer, Chen urged think tanks to increase their collaboration with various subregional programmes like CAREC and assist developing member nations in establishing their own research capacities. The CAREC Institute organises the CAREC Think Tank Development Forum every year with the help of top think tanks from CAREC Program member nations. Recalibrating Growth Dynamics for Inclusive and Sustainable Economies was the forum's sixth-year theme. Leading practitioners from think tanks, multilateral development partners, governments, and the private sector discussed regional challenges and solutions. The CAREC Institute is an intergovernmental organization contributing to the CAREC Programme through knowledge generation and capacity building.

PTCL & PPAF collaborate to promote women's financial and digital inclusion

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) Group has entered into a strategic partnership with Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) to foster digital and economic inclusion of women entrepreneurs through training and access to digital and financial tools and opportunities for economic growth. At a ceremony conducted at Ufone Tower in Islamabad, in the presence of senior representatives from both organisations, Group Chief Commercial Officer (GCCO), PTCL Group, Adnan Anjum, and Chief Operating Officer (COO), PPAF, Nadir Gul Barech, inked the agreement. With the help of this public-private partnership project, women business owners will be better equipped to build and sustain their enterprises. One hundred women entrepreneurs will receive training as part of the one-year pilot project, which will be conducted in four union councils and 10 villages in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa district of Haripur.

ICCI calls for lifting of ban on commercial and domestic gas connections 

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ISLAMABAD: Muhammad Shakeel Munir, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) has called upon the government to urgently lift ban on commercial and domestic new gas connections as the business community and the people were facing great difficulties due to continuous ban on the provision of new gas connection while the backlog of the Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) was also increasing due to this situation. Muhammad Shakeel Munir said that the ban on new gas connection was imposed in December 2021, which has not been lifted as yet due to which large number of people were facing great problems and the backlog has reportedly reached over 2.8 million applications. He said that even those seeking gas connections in the urgent category by depositing an urgent fee of Rs.25,000/- were not getting new gas connections, which was very unfortunate. He said that the Public Accounts Committee had also ordered the Ministry of Petroleum to immediately withdraw the ban on new gas connections across the country and start their installation, but PAC order has not been implemented so far. He called upon the government to give a serious consideration to this important issue as many members of the business community and citizens in Islamabad were facing difficulties due to the continuous ban on new gas connections. Jamshaid Akhtar Sheikh Senior Vice President, Muhammad Faheem Khan Vice President ICCI and Fayyaz Abbasi, Co-Chairman, Traders Welfare Association, F-10 Markaz, Islamabad said that gas was an important requirement of business community and the citizens, but continuous ban on its provision was creating frustration in them.

37 criminals including 11 drug peddlers held; drugs, valuable and weapons recovered 

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ISLAMABAD: 19 September, 2022: Islamabad Capital police apprehended 37 criminals including 11 drug peddlers involved in illegal criminal activities and recovered drugs, valuables 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, Aabpara police team arrested two accused Muhammad Shahzad and Muhammad Fayyaz and recovered one 30 bore pistol along with ammounation from thier possession. Kohsar arrested a drug peddler namely Hamza and recovered 1115 gram heroin from his possession. Pulghran police arrested five drug peddler namely Jameel Hussain, Shakar Iqbal, Waqas hussain, Muhammad Akber and Zahid Mehmood and recovered 20 liters alchol, 2430 gram hashish, 1250 gram heroin and one 30 bore pistol from their possession. Likewise, Tarnol police arrested two accused namely Muhammad Rizwan and Rahim Khan and recovered 1250 gram heroin, 1250 hashish and 102 gram Ice from their possession. Shahzad Town police arrested a drug peddler namely Shahbaz Ashraf and recovered 1135 gram hashish from his possession. Koral police arrested four accused namely Shahid Noor, Abdul Aziz, Kashif Khan and Fayyaz Hussain and recovered 1425 gram hashish and 03 pistols 30 bore from their possession. Similarly, Kirpa police arrested accused Atif involved in illegally oil selling .Lohi Bher police arrested two accused namely Abdul Manan and shokat Ullah and recovered one 30 bore pistol and one 223 bore gun along with ammunation from their possession. Sabzi Mandi police arrested accused Mohsin Ali and recovered a 30 bore pistol from his possession, while police also arrested accused Nazakat and recovered stolen valuables from his possession. Moreover, Noon police team arrested accused namely Ghulam Ghaznfar and recovered 1030 gram hashish from his possession, while police arrested two aaccused namely Akber Shah and Masta Khan involved in illegally gas filling. 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 14 proclaimed offenders.

Dengue fever continued to spread throughout the nation 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The dengue fever continued to grip the masses across the country on Monday as the fever caused by the dengue mosquito spreading fast and adding a huge pressure on the already inadequate health system in the country. 57 dengue cases, one death reported from Islamabad As many as 57 new cases of dengue and one death were reported from Islamabad during the last 24 hours. Out of 57 new cases, the district health officer (DHO) reports that 12 were from the city and 45 were from suburban towns. He said, "Total 1, 388 cases have been documented from the federal capital and its surroundings this season, bringing the season's total number of fatalities from the virus to five." According to the DHO, there are currently 532 dengue patients in the city. He said that 25 patients were being treated at Capital Hospital, 45 at Polyclinic, and 194 at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). 152 dengue cases detected in Punjab: On the other hand, total 152 cases of dengue were reported from Punjab during the last 24 hours.

IHC rejects ECP Sindh appointment illegal

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected the application to declare the appointment of Member Election Commission Sindh Nisar Durrani invalid. Leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Fawad Chaudhry had contested the selection of Member Election Commission Sindh. The lawyers contend that the Member Election Commission issue is a little different and that the court has constitutional authority. The authority of the High Court is also in accordance with the Constitution, according to IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah. He claimed that the constitution establishes a procedure for the resignation of an Election Commission official. The Chief Justice said the court exercises constitutional authority where there is no relevant forum. The Chief Justice said the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition consulted each other for the appointment of members of the Election Commission and if they don’t reach a consensus then the matter goes to the Parliamentary Committee. However, Fawad Chaudhary’s lawyer said the appointment of Nisar Durrani is illegal. The Chief Justice questioned if he was really putting into practise what the parliamentary political parties had chosen as their candidate. The attorney retorted that there might be an error and that later, something that is unknown might come to light. The Chief Justice responded by saying that if there is a mistake, there is a place to address it.

IHC rejects ECP Sindh appointment illegal 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court on Monday rejected the application to declare the appointment of Member Election Commission Sindh Nisar Durrani invalid. Leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Fawad Chaudhry had contested the selection of Member Election Commission Sindh. The lawyers contend that the Member Election Commission issue is a little different and that the court has constitutional authority. The authority of the High Court is also in accordance with the Constitution, according to IHC Chief Justice Athar Minullah. He claimed that the constitution establishes a procedure for the resignation of an Election Commission official. The Chief Justice said the court exercises constitutional authority where there is no relevant forum. The Chief Justice said the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition consulted each other for the appointment of members of the Election Commission and if they don’t reach a consensus then the matter goes to the Parliamentary Committee.

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Alvi advises youth parliamentary leaders to adopt intellectual changes for country's prosperity

Says all political parties desired unity in our ranks & were committed to progress & prosperity of country

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi has advised the youth parliamentary leaders to bring intellectual change, adopt new emerging technologies and remain abreast with the fast-paced innovations and inventions being perpetually made on the technological front to lead the country towards progress and prosperity. President Alvi gave these remarks during his meeting with members of the Youth Parliament, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Monday. President Dr. Alvi said that Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah accorded high value to the youth of the country who in one of his addresses said, “Pakistan is proud of her youth, particularly the students who are nation builders of tomorrow. They must fully equip themselves with discipline, education and training for the arduous task lying ahead of them”. He said that while acting upon the advice of the Quaid, the youth of the country are duty bound to learn the latest techniques and skills in all sectors and embrace the changes taking place at the intellectual level, in the creation of new knowledge and in critical technologies to lead the country on the path of development and prosperity. He said that the youth had the required time, energy, patience and dynamism to provide leadership to the people of Pakistan towards improving the economy, trade and democratic values in the country. President Dr. Arif Alvi said that our Constitution provided a framework for the unity of purpose for all of us and this unity should be reflected in all aspects of national life. He said that all political parties desired unity in our ranks and were committed to the progress and prosperity of the country in accordance with their respective manifestoes. He added that consultation, democracy and passion coupled with hard work were essential for dealing with issues and challenges faced by the country including the gigantic task of rehabilitation of over 33 million flood victims. The President said that there was a need to further activate the Boys & Girls, Red Crescent and other institutions to build skills and expertise in the youth to help the nation in time of need. He also urged the young leaders to develop the habit of blood donation to enable the health system to store the blood and provide it whenever required to save the lives of the patients. He emphasized the need for young leaders to motivate and encourage the women who made up over 50% of our population to enter into the active economic stream and help them to fully utilize the schemes and incentives announced by the Government for uplifting women and youth of the country.

PM Shehbaz says global conversation on Pakistan's flood devastation should focus on the plight of children

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that the global conversation on Pakistan's flood devastation should focus on the plight of children. In a statement issued on twitter on Monday, PM Shehbaz Sharif said that disaster has adversely affected millions of children with over 500 dead. Let these children not be an arithmetic but a clarion call for swift action to rebuild their lives and future, he said. Meanwhile in another tweet PM Shehbaz Sharif has expressed his sincere sympathy to the people and government of Japan who are facing the ravages of Hurricane Nanmodal. Only goes to show that climate change does not follow a linear pattern and can bring disaster to any country, he said. PM Shehbaz Shahbaz said that the world needs to wake up to horrors of this monster. On the other hand, 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 Prime Minister 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.

CJ IHC dismisses Fawad’s petition seeking member ECP Sindh Nisar removal

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) dismissed as inadmissible a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf petition seeking the removal of Nisar Ahmed Durrani from the Election Commission Sindh on Monday. Fawad Chaudhry, a PTI leader and former minister of information and broadcasting, had filed a petition against Nisar Ahmed Durrani's appointment the day before. During the hearing, Fawad's lawyer, Faisal Fareed Hussain, claimed that Durrani's appointment violated Article 2016. To this, Chief Justice IHC Athar Minallah emphasized it was a constitutional appointment and questioned how could a member be removed like this. Justice Minallah made it clear that the court was "bound to rule in the light of the Constitution" and it would "not meddle in any matter unnecessarily."

ECP reserves verdict on Imran’s disqualification in Tosha Khana case

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Monday reserved its verdict on the reference, seeking disqualification of PTI Chairman Imran Khan from holding any public office for concealing the Tosha Khana gifts he received from foreign dignitaries when he was the country’s prime minister. A five-member ECP bench, headed by Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sikandar Sultan Raja, heard the reference. Speaking on the occasion, Barrister Ali Zafar, counsel for the former prime minister, said that the ECP was not authorized to judge the integrity of members of the parliament (MP). “The Supreme Court (SC) has already declared that the election commission is not a court,” he said, adding, “In order to declare a legislator disqualified under the Article 62 1-F, court’s declaration is must.” Imran’s counsel went on to add that the National Assembly (NA) speaker did not have the power to send the reference. “In fact this case has become political as leaders of rival political parties are holding press conferences to prove they are on the right side,” Barrister Zafar added. He said he would prove that his client had not concealed the gifts he ought to have disclosed. Prior to that, Khalid Ishaq, representing PML-N in the case, accused Imran of lying on oath. “Secondly, PTI chairman, in his reply submitted to the ECP, has admitted that he had received gifts and that he sold these in the same financial year he had received them,” he said, and added, “The former prime minister has also admitted that he has not mentioned these gifts in his returns submitted to the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Election Commission of Pakistan because he thinks that disclosing sold assets is not mandatory.

Bilawal urges OIC to approach UNSG to push for appointment of UN envoy on fast-growing Islamophobia

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NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday urged the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to approach the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres to appoint a Special Envoy -- or at least a focal person -- on Islamophobia, which, he said, had reached an alarming level worldwide, especially in Europe. "What is most worrisome is that Islamophobia continues to find strong resonance in political spheres in Europe, ultimately leading to the institutionalization of Islamophobia through new legislations and policies such as discriminatory travel bans and visa restrictions," Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari told a meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Muslims in Europe held on the sidelines of UN General Assembly's 77th session. The UN General Assembly last year adopted the landmark resolution, introduced by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC countries, designating March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia.

Around 1.2b people vulnerable to food, energy due to Russia, Ukraine war

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ISLAMABAD: The speakers in a conference on Monday said that around 1.2 billion people around the world were vulnerable to food and energy crises as Russia and Ukraine are the food basket of the world which are currently burning because of war. The speakers were addressing a national conference titled“Russia-Ukrain Crisis & Regional Security Apparatus,” organized by the Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR), said a press release issued here. Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Dr. Rifaat Hussain, HOD Department of Governance and Policy NUST, said that Russians were apprehensive of NATO’s eastward expansion which was the precursor of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

AJ&K President stresses to mobilze the voice of Kashmiries

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WASHINGTON: President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry has said that Kashmiris living all over America, including Washington, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, are mobilized everywhere for the solution of the Kashmir issue and against the ongoing Indian atrocities in Occupied Kashmir and Modi's Hindutva policies on September 24. Participate fully in the protest demonstration of Kashmiris in front of the United Nations office in order to reveal the true intentions of India in front of the international community. He expressed these views while addressing a reception given in his honor by Chaudhry Farooq here in Washington area of Virginia as a special guest. On this occasion, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, important personality of Occupied Kashmir Prof. Dr. Imtiaz, Shoaib Aftab, Sardar Zubair, Sardar Aftab Roshan, Sardar Tahsin, Chaudhry Farooq and others also addressed the reception. Earlier, when the President of the state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry arrived in Washington from New York, he was warmly welcomed by the Kashmiri leaders residing in Washington. Addressing the reception on this occasion, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai said that we all should raise our voices to resolve the Kashmir issue and the ongoing cruelty and brutality in Occupied Kashmir. The right of self-determination of Kashmiris should be supported. President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry is the only leader of Azad Kashmir who continues to raise the voice of Kashmiris at the global level. We are with him in his efforts to highlight the issue of Kashmir. On this occasion, Professor Dr. Imtiaz said that the violation of human rights has increased enormously in Occupied Kashmir and we have to jointly raise our voice in this regard to the international community. Azad Jammu and Kashmir State President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry further said that on September 24, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi or Indian Foreign Minister will come to address the United Nations General Assembly, on this occasion Kashmiris should hold a big protest in front of the United Nations office in New York which will help to draw the world's attention to the atrocities and brutality of India in Occupied Kashmir. Therefore, Kashmiris living in America should participate in the demonstration of Kashmiris in front of the United Nations office on September 24.

Pakistan’s Floods; death toll touched 1,545, injured 12,860: NDMA

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ISLAMABAD: The total death toll due to devastating monsoon floods across the country on Monday was reported as 1,545 amid property losses whereas no one perished in the past 24 hours. Moreover, 12,860 individuals were reported injured since the onset of the rainy season. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) issued a 24-hour situation report released on routine basis that accounted overall life, property and infrastructure losses due to the heavy rains which lashed out various parts of the country. The water inundation in many areas due to heavy rains and flash floods caused damage to 14,384 houses and killed 15,910 livestock animals in the flood-hit areas including 3,714 fully damaged and 10,670 got partially damaged during rains. However the cumulative damages so far stated that almost 12,716 km road, 374 bridges and19,58,362 houses got damaged and 959,819 livestock animals got killed due to the heavy rains in various districts of all the provinces including that of Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The NDMA report highlighted that 81 districts across the country were notified as calamity hit areas with some 33,046,329 people affected, 179,281 individuals rescued in various rescue operations and 546,288 people inhabited in camps. The joint surveys for damage assessment were started in 30 districts of Balochistan and some 32 teams were deployed for the survey that was likely to be completed by September 25. In GB, six teams were deployed in the region that started the survey from September 12 and was expected to complete by September 20. In Punjab, three survey teams were deployed in the field that initiated the survey from September 12 and was expected to complete by September 30. In KP, some six teams were on the ground to initiate the survey that commenced on September 15 and would be completed by October 15. In Sindh, the survey would commence as soon as practically possible and was expected to commence from September 25.

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