Pakistan thankful for flood relief support
By Sardar Khan Niazi
The unprecedented floods have killed 1,545 people including 552 children across Pakistan, inundated millions of acres of land, and affected 33 million people. Floods have damaged 1.8 million homes nationwide, washed away roads, and destroyed nearly 400 bridges. Pakistan with the support of the UN and partners is racing against time to help the distressed people. The worst effect of floods was on the infrastructures including health facilities. Damaged road links blocked the movements of people and goods between different parts of the country, hindering rescue and relief activities and hampered the transportation of medicines, and halted vaccination drives in flood-hit areas. While, torrential rains have stopped, and flood water is being drained out of cities and towns however the stagnant water is presently standing on lower terrains providing breed for mosquitoes and dangerous germs that cause malaria, dengue fever, and other infectious diseases including COVID-19 infection in certain areas. The flood-hit people are temporarily living in relief camps and badly need necessities including pure drinking water, medicines, nutritious food, and a healthy environment. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of breastfeeding mothers are unable to feed their children due to scarcity of food while half a million pregnant women are battling with the worst effects of displacement, malnutrition, and lack of basic health and maternity facilities in the relief camps and flood-hit rural areas. Currently, a sharp rise in the cases of dengue fever, malaria, and stomach diseases is on the rise in flood-affected areas in recent days. The government has mobilized significant resources to overcome the newest challenge by establishing dedicated hospitals for infectious diseases, and decreasing the test fee for dengue fever. The government has also clamped down on hoarders, profiteers, and black marketers involved in hoarding and black marketing of essential medicines amid the floods that have damaged nearly 2,000 health facilities in Sindh, Baluchistan, and Southern Punjab. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been continuously alarming the Pakistani authorities about the impending epidemic. It also raised alarm about the disaster in flood-hit areas of Pakistan following the unprecedented floods, which killed over hundreds of people and submerged one-third of the country’s land. The global health agency became deeply concerned over a wave of diseases and deaths following this climate-induced catastrophe that has severely affected vital health systems seriously hurting millions of highly vulnerable people in submerged regions. Pakistan’s valiant armed forces and civilian administration are already battling the situation yet these efforts need more concentration and liaison with the WHO and the global community to overcome the epidemic. The World Health Organization (WHO) director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has shown deep concern urging the donors to continue to respond generously to save more lives. Acting quickly to protect health and deliver essential health services, and reduce the impact of this approaching health crisis, different nations and global charity organizations are playing their part. US President Joe Biden in his speech to the UN General Assembly made a fervent call for extending help to Pakistan where floods have caused huge devastation. “Pakistan is still under water, needs help,” the president told the 193-member Assembly in its high-level debate when he dealt with the adverse impacts of climate change. PM Shahbaz Sharif in a meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) with the US Special Presidential Envoy on Climate John Kerry, conveyed gratitude for immediate US assistance in the wake of the devastating floods in Pakistan. Pakistan needs continued support from the international community, not only in the immediate recovery and relief efforts but also during the subsequent reconstruction and rehabilitation phase. Pakistan thanks all for the strong advocacy of Pakistan’s flood relief action.
Another disclosed decision proved right in ahead of time in Suchi Baat with S.K Niazi
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday deferred contempt proceedings against PTI chief Imran Khan after he expressed willingness to apologize to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry. This was disclosed on September 14th to Roze News and on September 15th to the Patriot and Daily Pakistan viewers and readers respectively. The show was hosted by S.K. Niazi, editor-in-chief of Pakistan Group of Newspapers and Chairman Roze News. The guest was Ijaz Ul Haq, and he disclosed and asked Justice Wajhe Uddin if Imran Khan directly apologized to Justice Zeba’. The justice replied that it would be better if such things happened and would be appreciated. After that, the host S.K Niazi asked Ijaz Ul Haq 'Why don’t you tell this to Imran Khan? The gust replied, "It could be possible that I would have asked, and maybe in tomorrow's meeting on the 15th of September, I would put this to Imran Khan too’." Those exclusive talks became a reality yesterday September 22nd when Imran Khan asked the Islamabad High Court to allow him to apologize directly to Justice Zeba Chaudhry. This is S.K Niazi's track record. In his talk show or he did it by himself, he disclosed various news in advance. It is the trust of viewers and readers in S.K Niazi that he became a prominent personality among Pakistani people. Remember that Imran was facing contempt charges after criticizing Judge Chaudhry at a rally in Islamabad's F-9 Park on August 20. PTI leader Shahbaz Gill's physical remand in a sedition case was ordered. The PTI head will have charged on September 22 after the IHC deemed his updated response in the case "unsatisfactory" at the last session.
SK Niazi appointed as chairman of CPNE committee
By Our Correspondent
KARACHI: Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) President Kazim Khan has announced the establishment of CPNE Islamabad /Rawalpindi Committee. In a statement issued by the Secretary General of CPNE, Aamir Mahmood, it has been said that the objectives of the Islamabad/Rawalpindi Committee include the problems of Islamabad/Rawalpindi newspapers and journals, journalists, editors and media organizations, freedom of expression and to highlight the regional situation of press freedom and try to solve it. The committee will be authorized to organize meetings, workshops, seminars in this regard. The Islamabad/Rawalpindi Committee will send action taken, recommendations/suggestions and performance report to the Standing Committee. Islamabad/ Rawalpindi committee will consist of 16 members, whose chairman is Sardar Khan Niazi, chief editor of Pakistan/Patriot Group Islamabad, and Yahya Khan Saduzai, chief editor of daily Lead Pakistan Islamabad, has been appointed as deputy chairman. Other members of the committee include Salman Masood (Daily Nation Islamabad), Tahir Farooq (Daily Jihad Islamabad), Shakeel Ahmad Tarabi (Sabah News Agency Islamabad), Mian Abrar (Daily Pakistan Today Islamabad), Mumtaz Ahmad Sadiq (Daily Islamabad). Khabarkar Rawalpindi), Abdul Salam Bath (Daily Bay Looth Islamabad), Tazain Akhtar (Daily Azkar Islamabad), Sajjad Abbasi (Daily Ummat Rawalpindi), Mian Fazl Elahi (Monthly Diplomatic Focus Islamabad), Kasur Jameel Rouhani (Daily Sangmail Islam), Amir Ilyas (Daily Express Islamabad), Syed Safir Hussain Shah (Daily Legal Views Islamabad), Khalilur Rehman (Daily Islam Islamabad), and Muhammad Ali Zanjani (Monthly Aina Qastam Islamabad).
Shehbaz set to focus on flood-havoc in his debut address to UNGA
Shehbaz Sharif met Bill Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
UNITED NATIONS: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif makes his debut on world stage when addresses the 77session of UN General Assembly on Friday in which he is set to highlight the massive devastation left behind by the deadly climate-induced floods, and appeal for international help to deal with the catastrophe. The 193-member Assembly's high-level debate is in its fourth day, and the leader of Pakistan is the 12th speaker. This is the Assembly's first in-person meeting since the COVID-19 epidemic. Prime Minister Sharif has been updating them on the floods that have inundated one-third of Pakistan and caused significant harm to people, infrastructure, animals, and crops during his series of talks with his counterparts from across the world. In his video address on Wednesday, he stated that "Pakistan is going through a terrible moment and the destruction wrought by floods, which is apparent before the world, demands serious attention." Some world leaders replied by fervently pleading with the international community to assist Pakistan. Pakistan is "drowning not only in floodwater, but in debt," according to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who opened the discussion on Tuesday and paid a solidarity visit to Pakistan earlier this month. The UN president said on Wednesday, "We have all seen the awful photos from Pakistan, and this is just at 1.2 degrees of global warming, and we are going towards almost 3 degrees," at a private discussion with world leaders on climate change. Additionally, US Vice President Joe Biden said at the General Assembly on Wednesday that Pakistan still needed assistance.
In the Court of Muhammad Qadafi Bin Zair ADJ JhelumAppeal Under Section 96 CPC, Case Title Raja Jahangir Khan vs Bashir Ahmed etc To, Muhammad Hanif son of Muhammad Latif Deceased R/o Thikriyan Tehsil Dina Dist Jhelum, Muhammad Nawaz, Rabnawaz, Shaukat Nawaz Zahir Nawaz sons of Muhammad Ayub R/o Khukha Tehsil Dina, Shahzad Dost son of Dost Muhammad R/o Kurla Tehsil Dina Dist Jhelum. As there is not possible to call the Respondents through Summons in the instant Appeal so through proclamation in Newspaper, You are directed to appear in the court on 03.10.2022 at 8:00AM, otherwise ex-parte proceedings will be initiated.
CHANGE/CORRECTION IN FATHER'S NAME
I Ahmad Hassan have been passed secondary school certificate annual examination 2022 under roll number 545613 from B.I.S.E., Sargodha. My father’s name is Obaid ur Rehman Ahmad whereas on certificate has been mentioned as Obaid ur Rehman which is incorrect. I want to get changed my father’s name from Obaid ur Rehman to Obaid ur Rehman Ahmad. 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.
In the Court of Judge, Banking Court No. III Lahore. Suit No. 155/2022. UBL Plaintiff Sameer Faisal (defendants). Summons U/S 9(5) of the Financial Institutions (Recovery of Finances) Ordinance, 2001. (Ordinance No: SL VI of 2001). Summons to Sameer Faisal s/o Mushtaq Ahmed r/o house no 47, block B faisal Town Lahore. Whereas the aforesaid plaintiff has instituted a suit against you and others for the recovery of 392345/58. Summons U/S 9(5) of Ordinance No XL VI of 2001 referred to above is hereby issued requiring you to make within 30 days of the service of this summon an application for leave to defend the suit U/S 10 ibid. Take notice that on your failure to file such application within time specified above the Banking Court shall pass a decree as prayed for in the plaint, in favour of the plaintiff Banking Company. Next date for the further proceedings, in the case has been fixed on 19-10-22. Given under my hand and seal of the court this 21-9-2022. Judge Banking Court no.III, Lahore
In the Court of Misbah Hussain Civil Judge JhelumSuit for Dissolution of Marriage on Basis of Khula etc, Case Title Memona Nazeer etc vs Arif Hussain To, Arif Hussain son of Ghulam Muhammad R/o Kucha Nawab Din House No.BII-25-516 Machine Mohallah No.3 Jhelum Presently Residing at 405A Ilford Lane Ilford Essex Post Code IG.1.2SN England. 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 08.10.2022 at 8:00AM, otherwise ex-parte proceedings will be initiated.
Sharmila Faruqui shames Pakistan showbiz stars over inaction amid flood disaster
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) MPA Sharmila Faruqui Thursday castigated the Pakistani actors currently gearing up for the HUM TV awards whereas Hollywood star Angelina Jolie is visiting the flood affected areas. Sharmila took to her Instgram and pointed out that an international star Angelina Jolie, who has worldwide fame is visiting Dadu to spread love, hope and appealing the international community help the disaster hit people. On the contrary, our local stars are all busy in Toronto preparing for the HUM TV awards ceremony, enjoying the dance rehearsals and luxuries of five-star hotels when our country men don’t even have roofs over their heads. She appreciated Pakistani star singer Hadiqa Kiani for coming forward from amongst the whole industry and visiting the flood hit areas. In the end, she said that she truly believes in cultural activities, award shows, performances etc., promoting our talent & our artists and actors are second to none, but it would have been a great support if all of them had reached out to their fellow countrymen who have lost their homes, lives & livelihood to the devastating floods.
SLACC provides emergency referral information to flood-related displaced families
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: The recent unprecedented rains in Pakistan have caused widespread flooding and devastation. Millions, including women, children, and the elderly, have become shelterless, living in poverty and misery. They have lost their crops, cattle, and livelihoods, and there is a real threat of starvation, malnutrition, and the spread of disease with approximately 33 million people displaced. At such a critical time in Pakistan, many organisations are coming forward to mobilise support for communities displaced by the monsoon flooding in the country. The Sindh Legal Advisory Call Centre (SLACC), through its toll-free number 0800-70806 as a free tele-legal advisory service, is providing legal advice and referral information to callers by connecting them to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) and other government resources for rapid relief. SLACC was established by the Legal Aid Society (LAS) in 2014 and embarked on a public-private partnership in 2018 with the Government of Sindh through its Law Department. The government of Sindh has supported SLACC under the Legal Empowerment of People Program in Sindh (LEPPS) to provide free legal advice and information to empower poor, disempowered and marginalised people of Pakistan. The SLACC is staffed by Sindh High Court enrolled advocates from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, five days a week, and has an after-hours call recording service. Till now, the SLACC has received over 360,000 calls with over 157,000 registered queries from 450 cities, towns, and villages all over Pakistan.
Research in cervical cancer in women imperative: Health Minister
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Health and Population Welfare Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho has said that research in cervical cancer in women is imperative, as Human Papillomavirus (HPV) immunization of adolescent girls can substantially reduce the risk of cervical cancer in the country. The Sindh Health Ministry is in the process of initiating a well-structured immunization initiative along with international partners in high-risk populations. She was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the three-Day IPVS Satellite Symposium on "Human Papillomavirus and Cervical Cancer" held in the Prof. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui Auditorium of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, on Thursday. The inaugural ceremony was also addressed by Vice-Chancellor University of Karachi Prof. Dr. Khalid Iraqi, Prof. Dr. Atta-ur Rahman, ICCBS Patron-in-chief and former Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and COMSTECH Coordinator General, German Consul General Mr. Rodiger Rotz, Prof. Dr. Thomas Iftner, Director Medical Virology Institute, Tubingen University, Germany, and Dr. Atia-tul-Wahab. The lady minister said that she firmly believed that only a healthy mother could raise a healthy family. She said that the health ministry had already initiated HPV screening in several maternity centers of mega cities of Sindh. I look forward to the advice and technical support of our international partners in this endeavor, she adds.
No officer from Punjab will return unlawfully without our permission: CM Elahi
By Staff Reporter
LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi presided over a police conference at Darbar Hall Civil Secretariat. CM while addressing the police conference said that no officer from Punjab will return unlawfully without our permission adding that the Punjab government can stop the officers constitutionally and lawfully under the public interest. He revealed that we would enhance the residential facilities for the officers in GOR adding that the size of the big houses, residences of GOR will be cut down and apartments will be built as many residences in GOR consist of 8,8 kanal areas. He highlighted that with the construction of latest designed apartments in place of 8, 8 kanal houses will cater the residential needs of the officers. CM disclosed that we will set up 150 police patrolling posts adding that the special force will be granted a special salary package in the rural areas. He said that bunkers will be constructed in the rural areas adding that we would provide bullet proof vehicles, armed bullet proof jackets and special tracker installed in the vehicles. He assured that we would provide support and relief to the police. CM said that the common man should be given speedy justice in the police station and asserted that it is the duty of the police to redress the grievances of every applicant visiting the police station without any discrimination. Pervaiz Elahi highlighted that when the attitude of a common man changes about the police only then the police culture will change. He asserted that the need for the common man should not arise to visit the police station frequently for the redressal of their grievances and FIRs. CM directed that FIR should be strong according to law adding that the investigation process should be improved and should be made effective so that the culprits should not escape punishments. He disclosed that the police officers holding law degrees will be made investigation officers as loosing the case by the police due to weak investigation causes embarrassment. CM stated that the patrolling police force has been set up for the assistance of Punjab police adding that we will also resolve other issues of the police. He said that we are providing vehicles for the police and asserted that three copies of FIRs for monitoring should be sent to the CM Monitoring Cell, to the concerned DIG and to the concerned SSP. CM stated that it is the duty of the police that they should serve the applicant and the applicant should see a clear difference in the police station now. CM revealed that we are reviewing to set up a force consisting of retired Army commandos for the rural areas. CM paid tributes to the police officers and the staff members for showing excellent performance to maintain law and order during Muharram ul Haram. CM stated that he himself monitored the law and order arrangements during the Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and Shuhada-e-Karbala. He said that he always adopted a mild attitude towards the officers and the staff members as a Chief Minister Punjab and as Speaker Punjab Assembly. CM appreciated DPOs of Rahim Yar Khan and Rajanpur for taking an effective action against the criminal elements and gangs.
Karachi: ANF recovers crystal meth from Australia-bound parcel
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: The Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) on Thursday foiled an attempt to smuggle crystal meth to Australia via a local carrier company located on Shahrah-e-Faisal. An ANF spokesperson told that the total weight of the parcel was 49 kg, and the drug was soaked into women's and children's clothes. The parcel was booked by a Chaman resident, he told. Anti-Narcotic Force has filed a case against the smuggler under the anti-narcotics act. Earlier on August 3, the ANF seized three kg of crystal ice from an Afghan national at the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman. The Anti-Narcotic Force during a routine checking at the Pak-Afghan border recovered three kg of crystal ice from an Afghan national named Imaruddin. The accused was trying to smuggle narcotics to Pakistan from Afghanistan via the Chaman border, the Anti-Narcotic Force officials said.
Urges to complete early Nawaz Sharif University, Commissioner Multan
By Staff Reporter
MULTAN: Commissioner Multan Division Engineer Aamir Khattak while ordering the early completion of Muhammad Nawaz Sharif University of Engineering and Technology said that the Punjab government wants transparency and quality in the construction projects. Funding is being done. Buildings of educational institutions should be upgraded on priority basis and ongoing projects should be completed soon. The beauty of the regional culture should be highlighted in the construction of the educational block. The Commissioner's office is providing full support for all construction projects. An engineering university is being established at a cost of more than 945 million rupees. Vice-Chancellor MNS University of Engineering and Technology Professor Dr. Muhammad Kamran said that the completion of the state-of-the-art educational institution will give a new dimension to the students. Education equipped with modern technology is the guarantee of a bright future. While giving a briefing on this occasion, it was informed that the building of the educational block of Engineering University has been completed.
Manchhar lake water receding: govt initiates survey to plug cuts
By Staff Reporter
JAMSHORO: Sindh Irrigation Department has initiated a survey to plug cuts administered in Manchhar Lake as water level going down, sources said on Thursday. Floodwater level at the lake has further dropped after water draining out into the Indus River. The water level in Manchhar has dropped to RL 120 while the lake's capacity level has been RL 123, according to sources. Sindh Irrigation Department on Tuesday said that daily 1.5 Lac cusecs water being discharged into Indus River from Manchhar Lake. "Floodwater also receding in various areas after the water level going down in Manchhar Lake," rescue sources said. "The water standing in Jhangara and Bajara union council has also dropped," sources added. Floodwater has dropped in Talti and Bhanbha union councils and link roads have restored, sources said. Water level going down at the villages of UC Shaikh, while five union councils are still flooded with water, irrigation sources said. Manchhar Lake, spreading over Dadu and Jamshoro districts of Sindh, is the largest freshwater reservoir in Pakistan. The lake is at the centre of flooding in Sindh's districts on the right bank of the Indus River. The water of flash floods from Kheerthar Range has drowned the area and changed it into a huge lake, as it could not found way out to enter into the Indus, owing to flooding in the river.
Law and order situation require to be improved
By District Reporter
CHAKWAL: Senior journalist Khawaja Babar Saleem Mahmood said on Thursday that despite all the difficult situation, Chakwal district is still at the last place in terms of crime rate among the 36 districts of Punjab because it is the spiritual land of Sufis, Saints and Saints of Allah and from here. The atmosphere of peace, love and brotherhood has always been promoted. However, killings, looting and drug trafficking have migrated here from Afghanistan after the Afghanistan Jihad and the current law and order situation has been affected due to this migration. However, there is a need for special measures to improve the current alarming situation and to protect the lives and property of the people; he was talking live from Chakwal Press Club Studio. The host of the program, Zulfikar Mir, said that there has been a significant increase in murders in Chakwal district during this year, which is causing insecurity among the people, while there is also a continuous increase in theft and robbery incidents. In this regard, the police and the administration have to make special arrangements. Senior journalist Khawaja Daniyal Salim said that the element of killing is ancient as soon as the human being came into being, so it should be seen that such conditions are created in the society, such an environment is given that people tolerate each other and have peace and brotherhood with each other. Live with it, however, there is a dire need for public awareness and awareness, a peaceful society can be created by implementing strict Islamic punishments.
Infirm Pakistani rupee steadies a bit against US dollar
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The infirm Pakistani rupee which has been bearing the onslaught of the aggressive US dollar for the last several trading sessions has shown some revival signs as the local unit has inched up by 40 paisa in the interbank trading on Thursday. The foreign currency dealers said that during the morning trading activity, the Pakistani rupee fared well against the US dollar as the American currency traded at Rs239.25 by 10am, lower by 40 paisa from yesterday's close. On Wednesday, the US dollar came closer to skyrocketing to another historic high against the Pakistani rupee as it gained 74 paisa in the interbank trading and concluded at Rs239.65, a few paisa away from hitting a record level against the Pakistani currency. However, the banking market sources pegged the US dollar at close to Rs240.75. Within two months, the rupee returned to the record devalued position it attained on July 28 while the currency dealers in the banking market said the dollar broke all records as it crossed Rs240. After the disbursement of IMF $1.16 billion tranche last month, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said a few days ago that the Pakistani currency would start stabilizing after some time. On Sept 18, the Saudi Arabi also rolled over a $3 billion debt for one year on the existing tough terms and the International Monetary Fund also announced support for Pakistan's flood-relief efforts but without giving any additional loan. IMF Resident Representative Esther Perez Ruiz on Sunday issued a brief statement, making clear the global lender's approach towards Pakistan in the aftermath of the devastating floods. Perez said that the IMF was deeply saddened by the devastating impact of the floods in Pakistan, offering sympathies to the millions of victims of the floods. "We will work with others in the international community to support, under the current programme, the authorities' relief and reconstruction efforts, and especially their ongoing endeavour to assist those affected by the floods while ensuring sustainable policies and macroeconomic stability," Perez said.
18 criminals held; drugs and weapons recovered
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police apprehended 18 criminals including drug peddlers involved in illegal activities and recovered drugs, liquor and weapons with ammunition from their possession, a police public relations officer said. He said that DIG Operations Sohail Zafar Chatha had ordered all zonal officers to curb the crime in their respective areas and arrest those involved in looting innocent people. Following these directives, Aabpara police team apprehended an accused namely Furqan Habib and recovered one 9mm pistol with ammunition from their possession. Bhara Kahu police arrested a drug peddlers namely Muhammad Shahbaz and recovered 1320 gram hashish from his possession. Similarly, Phulghran police team arrested a drug peddler namely Muhammad Shahzaib and recovered 1880 gram hashish from his possession. Golra police arrested three drug peddlers namely Ubaid, Hameed and Adnan and recovered 785 gram hashish from his possession. Moreover, Koral police arrested two accused namely Usman and Waqar involved in illegal gasoline business. Nilore police arrested 03 accused namely Saraj, Khaysta Khan and Fazal Ur Rehman and recovered three 30 bore pistols along with ammunition from their possession.
PTA blocks 1.1 million social media IDs over loading illegal material against institutions
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Thursday blocked over 1.1 million social media IDs for uploading ‘illegal’ material and smear campaign against institutions. As per details, PTA received more than 1,200,000 complaints including 134,000 against Facebook and blocked over 1,135,000 IDs for posting ‘illegal’ content and involvement in a smear campaign against state institutions. The PTA said more than 112,000 fake IDs were blocked on Facebook. Furthermore, the regulator received 65,122 complaints for posting ‘immoral’ content on TikTok and after review, 63,000 IDs were blocked. More than 36,000 videos were removed from YouTube by the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), while 31,860 IDs on Twitter were also blocked on the complaints. Earlier, PTA announced that it has restored telecom services in more flood hit areas after reducing non-functional sites to 163. Taking to Twitter from its handle, the PTA said that continued efforts by the authority and telecom operators to restore connectivity in flood affected areas has resulted in further reduction of non-functional sites count to 163. “Work is in progress for complete restoration of telecom services in flood affected areas on top priority,” it said.
SECP revamps Companies (Further Issue of Shares) Regulations, 2020
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan's Regulatory Sandbox continues to lead innovation and technological disruptions, particularly in the fintech sector. The third cohort of Regulatory Sandbox, will include business models and technology platforms for telemetric-based vehicle insurance, digital-only asset management companies, banking sector ETF, livestock fund and bond fractionalization. These business models and tech platforms will be tested in the coming 9-12 months. SECP approved eight applicants out of the applications received for testing innovative business solutions for the financial services market. Applications under the third cohort were accepted during the months of April-May 2022. The third cohort received response from a wide range of established entities and start-ups, as well as from foreign companies, proposing innovative business models. However, preference was given to innovation in the areas of digital-only Asset Management companies, telemetric-based insurance, digital platforms for private placement of debt instruments, AI based Algorithmic Trading Platform, AI and data analytics-based credit scoring and other decision making. The approved participants shall have an initial incubation period of 2 months to align their business and technology aspects/partners. It will be followed by live testing, which can take 6 to 10 months.
PTCL Group, PRCS to provide safe, clean drinking water to flood-affectees
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: PTCL & Ufone 4G have joined hands with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) to provide safe and clean drinking water to thousands of people including children and elderly in flood-affected areas of Sindh and Balochistan. Through this initiative, the locals will stay protected from a range of waterborne diseases caused by floods that have contaminated the wells and underground reservoirs. In order to prevent serious health hazards PTCL and PRCS will provide 72,000 liters of safe drinking water per day to families in Larkana, Shaheed Benazirabad, and Jaffarabad districts of Sindh and Balochistan respectively.
IIUI president inaugurates smart class rooms
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: In pursuit of the smart education through advanced information and communication technology, smart class rooms at male and female campuses of the International Islamic University (IIU) have been inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Hathal Homoud Alotaibi, President, (IIU). On the occasion, Vice President Administration and Finance, Dr. N.B. Jumani, Vice President Research and Enterprise, Dr. Ahmed Shuja Syed , Vice President Academics Dr. Ayaz Afsar and Vice President Female Campus Dr. Sameena Malik were present. Dean Faculty of Computing Prof. Dr. Mohammad Asmat Ullah Khan , Incharge IT Mr. Shehzad Saleem Qazi and his team members along with HEC smart class rooms initiative representative were also present. On the occasion, IIUI President was briefed that live and interactive smart classrooms are expected to provide required faculty sharing along with e-learning and VDI. The planned Platforms are also expected to fortify the distance and blended learning . The facility will be utilized by students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels to get access to quality faculty which will ultimately help the institution improve the standards of education. The IIUI President said that smart class rooms are the need of hour as the world has shrunk and now it is the age of E-learning. He hailed the efforts of the IT team and said that Smart Classroom setup can play a pivotal role to enhance students – teachers interaction through interactive online & distance learning, bridge the gap of good faculty, meet the shortage of faculty members at the universities/ campuses located at far-flung areas and ultimately to uplift the standard of education across the board. He said the Smart Classrooms strategy is a learning initiative that is about engaging the digital generation, improving individualized learning opportunities, sparking innovation in learning, enhancing teachers’ and digital pedagogy. The initiative of establishing smart classrooms is the continuation of HEC Vision 2025 ICT programs for “Transformation towards Smart Universities” that can be achieved by launching of “Smart Education” under which students will have access to digital contents and online learning materials to enhance their learning skills; whereas course(s) and program(s) learning outcomes could be measured/ assessed through ICT tools.
ISLAMABAD: Dr Asjad Hameed, Chairman, The Diabetes Centre , Islamabad, being given a photograph as a good will gesture by visiting delegates of a leading Pharma at TDC.
Founder Group clean sweeps in ICCI annual elections
By Staff Reporter
Islamabad: The Founder Group has swept the annual elections of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry for the year 2022-23 by defeating the Islamabad United Group with a landslide victory. From the corporate class, Founder Group’s candidates Nasir M. Qureshi, Faad Waheed, Ameer Hamza, Ch. Muhammad Naeem, Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Yahya and Malik Jalil Ahmed Awan won the elections while from the associate class the winning candidates of Founder Group’s included Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, Ahmed Khan, Ch. M. Maqsood Tabish, M. Ashfaq Hussain Chatha, Faizan Shahzad, Muhammad Irfan Zaffar and Muhammad Rizwan Chheenah. The election for the office bearers of ICCI for the year 2022-23 would be held on 24th September 2022. Zahid Maqbool was the Chief Election Commission while Karim Aziz Malik and Sheikh Abdul Waheed performed as members. Muhammad Shakeel Munir President, Jamshaid Akhtar Sheikh Senior Vice President and Muhammad Faheem Khan Vice President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry congratulated the candidates of Founder Group for achieving landslide victory in election and hoped that as Executive Members of ICCI, they would play effective role in promoting the interests of business community and deliver up to the expectations of their voters. Khalid Iqbal Malik, Chairman, Founder Group congratulated the newly elected Executive Members of ICCI and expressed best wishes for them. He thanked all ICCI members for giving landslide victory to the candidates of Founder Group with the power of their votes. He said that the clean sweep of Founder Group in the annual elections of ICCI showed that the business community of Islamabad has complete trust and confidence in the leadership of Founder Group and they were fully satisfied with its good performance. Founder Group members Khalid Javed, Abdul Rauf Alam, Tariq Sadiq, Mian Akram Farid, Zubair Ahmed Malik, Mian Shaukat Masud, Zafar Bakhtawari, Muhammad Ejaz Abbasi, Ch. Waheed ud Deen, Nasir M. Qureshi, former Presidents ICCI including Sheikh Amir Waheed, Sardar Yasir Ilyas Khan, Atif Ikram Sheikh, former Senior Vice Presidents ICCI Muhammad Naveed Malik, Khalid Chaudhry as well as Ajmal Baloch and others also congratulated the newly elected Executive Members of ICCI and assured them of their full support and guidance in serving the cause of business community.
Haiku Poetry Art Illustrations Exhibition at PNCA
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Japan and Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association (PJCA), Islamabad, in collaboration with Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) organized a first ever "Haiku Poetry Art Illustrations Exhibition" at the National Art Gallery on Thursday. The objective of the exhibition was to promote creativity and cultural affinity about the traditional Japanese poetic form of Haiku among the youth of Pakistan, Warda Mitsuhiro, the Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, together with Justice (R ) Ali Nawaz Chowhan, President, PJCA Islamabad, inaugurated the Haiku Art Illustrations Exhibition in the presence of haiku poets, artists teachers, students and other distinguished guests. The exhibition that features 110 artworks themed on the Haikus painted by the students from educational institutions in the twin cities including some art organizations have been put on display depicting their creative talent as well as their understanding of haiku. The exhibition was curated by Mr. Jamal Shah, an eminent artist and executive member of Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Islamabad.
Four members of dacoit and bike lifter gangs held
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Shahzad Town and Noon Police teams arrested four wanted members of bike lifting and dacoit gangs and recovered four stolen motorcycles, cash, mobile phone and weapons with ammunition from their possession, a police public relations officer said. He said that, a police team under the supervision of SHO Shahzad Town used human resources and latest technology and apprehended 02 members of bike lifter gang. The accused were identified as Shahmir and Isbhat. Police team also recovered three stolen motorbikes from their possession. During the preliminary investigation, the accused confessed multiple bike lifting incidents from various areas of Islamabad. Cases have been registered against the accused and further investigation is underway. Further-more, a police team under the supervision of SHO Noon used human resources and latest technology and apprehended 02 members of dacoit gang. The accused were identified as Noman and Abdullah. Police team also recovered cash, mobile phone, stolen motorbike and weapon with ammunition from their possession. The accused were identified as Numan alias Nomi and Abdullad. During the preliminary investigation, the accused confessed multiple snatching incidents from various areas of Islamabad.
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema in a meeting with a delegation of World Bank.
President exhorts youth & women to benefit from Google's Career Certificate Program
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday urged the country’s youth and women to actively enroll and benefit from the 15,000 online courses offered under Google’s Career Certificate program. The president gave a virtual speech at the Google Career Certificate Program's opening ceremony, during which Google offered premium online courses in Pakistan in areas including IT support, automation, project management, UX design, data analytics, digital marketing & e-commerce, etc. Together with IGNITE and the Institute of Rural Management (IRM), the programme was created. The programme, according to the president's message, would enable Pakistani women and young people become more active in the business and improve the country's digital economy. In addition to enabling women and young people to promote their services globally via ICT technologies, he continued, further digitization will increase the participation of women in the economy. He further said that digitalization would increase the efficiency of businesses and accelerate their processes, besides giving opportunities to unemployed people to contribute to the economy. According to the president, Pakistan could make the biggest strides not in the brick-and-mortar world but rather with the aid of the IT industry because more people would be needed in that field in the future as the amount of data that would need to be processed would also expand daily. He claimed that Pakistan required these types of training programmes since it had a youth bulge and some of the students would be able to engage in the economy by learning the most recent digital and IT skills.
Respectfully, the chief justice's observation contravenes the constitution: Fawad
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Fawad Chaudhary has said that with respect, the observation of Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial is inconsistent with the constitution. In response to CJP's comments, he stated that the assembly has a five-year term before being dissolved at the hearing of a case involving the resignations of PTI lawmakers on Thursday. "The assembly is not regarded as the voice of the people. In response to the Supreme Court's decision to halt the elections, we are contributing significantly more money "He made a statement. According to Fawad Chaudhry, Pakistan has lost $5 billion as a result of the government shift. The former federal minister claimed on Twitter that Pakistan's Supreme Court is unaware that the country has already lost $5 billion in currency as a result of the regime change operation. "We are paying a considerably bigger price for the decision of the Supreme Court which stopped the polls," he continued, "than the expenditure on general elections." The PTI was urged to reconsider its decision to withdraw from the National Assembly by the Supreme Court of Pakistan earlier in the day.
Exempting Parliamentarians paying toll tax inappropriate decision: Irfan Siddiqui
I will raise my voice in the House against the decision of the NHA
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: PML-N leader Senator Irfan Siddiqui has said that exempting parliamentarians from paying toll tax on motorways and highways is an inappropriate decision. In one of his statements, Senator Siddiqui said that there should not be any kind of discrimination regarding toll tax. It may be recalled that the National Highway Authority (NHA) through a circular issued on September 16, 2022, has asked all concerned authorities not to collect toll tax on motorways and highways from members of the National Assembly and Senate. It is stated in the circular that this decision has been approved by the National Highway Council. Senator Irfan Siddiqui has said that this decision is not appropriate in any way. He said that MPs should cheerfully pay all the taxes that a common man pays. Irfan Siddiqui further said that he will raise the matter in the upcoming Senate session and will put pressure on the National Highway Authority to withdraw the decision.
Federal district Administration managed to evade SC
By Malik Zubair Awan
ISLAMABAD: Registrar SC sought the services of Tehsildar for appointment to the Supreme Court for 3 years. CC Office ordered to send the most junior Naib Tehsildar to the SC. Sources revealed that the federal district administration has succeeded in dodging the biggest court in the country. The Registrar Supreme Court wrote a letter to the Chief Commissioner Islamabad on September 16, 2022, regarding sending a Tehsildar to the Supreme Court on an attachment basis. In the letter, it was clarified that the Tehsildar sent on the attachment will perform important matters including correctness and verification of records in the Supreme Court. However, the Chief Commissioner Office Islamabad has issued orders to send the under-training inexperienced Naib Tehsildar Qaiser Kayani to the Supreme Court for 3 years instead of the Tehsildar. According to the sources, the revenue department of the district administration refused to approach the Supreme Court. The federal district administration has sent a junior, inexperienced Naib Tehsildar to the Supreme Court to check the accuracy and verification of the record of evading the Supreme Court. ICT has already two senior Tehsildars of Grade 16 namely Owais and Ghulam Murtaza Chandio, who have been formally integrated on deputation in the Federal Revenue Department and have been posted in the Revenue Department Islamabad for a long time and both of them refused to go on Supreme Court. while 4 Senior Naib Tehsildars are also serving in Revenue Department Islamabad. However, a junior official has been deliberately sent to the Supreme Court to investigate hundreds of cases pending in the Supreme Court related to the revenue limits of the federal capital, but the appointment of an inexperienced junior officer has once again stalled this very important case.
ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan talking to media persons outside the Islamabad High Court.
Angelina Jolie nudges world to ‘do more’ to help Pakistan flood affectees
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: On Thursday, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie visited the National Flood Response Coordination Center (NFRCC) while she was in Pakistan to extend her support for the flood victims. The humanitarian activist arrived in Pakistan on September 20 to draw attention to the extensive damage caused by the recent catastrophic floods, which submerged about a third of the nation. Deputy Chairman NFRCC Ahsan Iqbal welcomed Jolie and thanked her for visiting Pakistan during the most catastrophic floods in the history of Pakistan. The Hollywood actress, who serves as a special UN ambassador for refugees and has previously visited Pakistan as a special UN envoy following fatal earthquakes in 2005 and flooding in 2010, was given a briefing on flood response and current measures. The Pakistani Army, which was engaged in nonstop rescue efforts, impressed the US star. The Pakistan Army is providing all the humanitarian efforts I have observed, Jolie remarked, adding that the Army personnel were saving lives.
Imran Khan apologises before IHC in contempt case
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday deferred contempt proceedings against PTI chief Imran Khan after he expressed the willingness to apologise to Additional District and Sessions Judge Zeba Chaudhry. Imran was facing contempt charges after criticising Judge Chaudhry at a rally in Islamabad's F-9 Park on August 20. Judge Chaudhry had ordered PTI leader Shahbaz Gill's physical remand in a sedition case. The PTI head will be charged on September 22 after the IHC deemed his updated response in the case "unsatisfactory" at the last session. The case was heard by a bigger bench, presided over by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, and including Justices Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb, Tariq Mehmood Jahangiri, and Babar Sattar. The former prime minister spoke during the inquiry on Thursday. He said he was denied the right to testify at the previous hearing and asked the judge for permission to record his remarks. He informed the court, "I am prepared to apologise to the female judge. "The court believes that I have gone too far. I didn't mean to intimidate the female judge. I am willing to personally go to the judge and apologise if the court orders it," he said. I tell the court that I won't act in a similar manner in the future, he continued. "I apologise if I crossed the line."
Sultan appealed intl community to help resolve Kashmir dispute
NEW YORK: Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry has said that the international community should support us to resolve the Kashmir issue. The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has always supported us and supported the position of the Kashmiri people. In this regard, I am very grateful to OIC Secretary General Hussain Ibrahim Taha for attending the meeting of the OIC Kashmir Contact Group on the occasion of the Islamic Foreign Ministers' Conference in Islamabad, while he invited me to the OIC. Also invited to the headquarters in Jeddah and gave me an opportunity to convey the position of the one and a half crore Kashmiri people to the international community. Even today, when I come to the meeting of the OIC-Kashmir Contact Group here at the United Nations, I am burdened by the expectations of one and a half million Kashmiri people because they want the OIC to be not just resolutions in favor of Kashmiris, but the Kashmiri people. Express your support openly for the right to self-determination. He expressed these views while addressing a special meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at the United Nations here in New York today. OIC Secretary General Hussain Ibrahim Taha, Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, foreign ministers of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Nigeria and other Islamic countries also participated in the meeting on this occasion. On this occasion, Azad Jammu and Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry added in his address that the Kashmiri people in Occupied Kashmir are currently going through a serious and alarming situation. Because since the end of the special status of Occupied Kashmir on August 5, 2019, India has started large-scale changes in Occupied Kashmir and at the same time has increased the violation of human rights, so in such a situation, the international community, especially the Islamic The Organization of Coordination and Cooperation (OIC) should openly support the Kashmiri people and use its influence to stop the ongoing atrocities in Occupied Kashmir. India has issued fake domiciles to more than 42 million non-state Hindus to change the population ratio in Occupied Kashmir, while similarly the constituencies of Occupied Kashmir are also being changed, due to which India will bring a Hindu Chief Minister to pave the way.
MUZAFFARABAD: Minister of Forests, Chaudhry Muhammad Akmal Sargala, held a meeting regarding departmental wood drainage.
The lawyers’ dress code: Some crunch questions
Have you ever witnessed a lawyer struggling against the heat wave and humidity with this uniform? Just imagine putting yourself there with the same uniform in the same months of June to September and you will be short of breathing. Being the part of this legal fraternity I often wonder are we that gone to make a season friendly uniform that suits the hot climate of Pakistan. The baggage of the British colonialism has literally crushed our body and has actually eviscerated our soul. The uniform we are addicted to is not only a violation of Human Rights; it is also as someone has imposed a punishment in perpetuity for a crime we have never committed. Just that the British Colonialism introduced this uniform and we are blindly following our old masters? Does this attitude suite the people of the sovereign state? How this uniform was introduced there in Uk? Historians say that at the Death of queen Merry all the lawyers and judges were ordered by the King Willaim to wear black as a sign of mourning. As the order was never revoked by the King the black dress was never put aside. The Queen was died in December but she was buried in March. The whole period was the period of mourning. What we are supposed to do by the way? Are we mourning the death of Queen here in Islamabad in June and July? Does it make sense? Leave aside the historical background and just come to the suitability of this dress in our climate. We can after all change the dress code and we are supposed to get permission from the King. Our laws are outdated around one and half century old. We have inherited this legal system from the British colonialism. Ever decades of the independence e are still carrying this baggage with all of our dedication. In our childhood we have all heard the story of the strange people who loved the chains and were addicted to be held as slaves of the powerful. After witnessing our own culture I find myself grappled with this troubling question: Are we the people who love the chains?