Replenish the missing medicines for flood victims
By Sardar Khan Niazi
Floodwater has not receded in many flood-hit areas, which has caused outbreaks of various epidemics. Philanthropists, welfare organizations, and citizens are donating besides other things medicines for common ailments. However, the country needs more of the required medicines. The situation has put the lives of thousands of people living in crowded camps at risk and their helpers are making rounds to different pharmacies but returning empty-handed. The shortage has also affected the supply of medicinal drugs used in pathological laboratories during various tests. The entire flood-hit areas remain deprived of the most basic of their rights, such as healthcare. The medical camps are treating a huge number of people suffering from dengue, malaria, cholera, diarrhea, typhoid, and eye and skin infections, on a daily basis. This has created a huge increase in the demand for medicines. As waterborne and mosquito-borne diseases break out in the aftermath of relentless rains and devastating floods in the country, medicines for several ailments have virtually disappeared from the market. This situation is distressing for the doctors who are providing medical treatment in flood-hit areas. The healthcare system is facing a shortage of many kinds of medicines. The drug most needed in the post-flood era is not available in the market. The most useful medicine in flood-hit areas is panadol. Primarily used as a cold or flu medicine, it is also useful in cases of dengue and other viral infections. It is an antipyretic, which controls symptoms and allows the patient to recover from the danger of high-grade fever. Unfortunately, Panadol went off the market, after a pricing dispute with the government ended with the manufacturers deciding to stop making it, as it did not make economic sense to keep making it at the price the government allowed. The government should have ensured the availability of Panadol, either by subsidizing its manufacture or by obtaining supplies at least for itself, at an economic price for the manufacturer. The poor planning perhaps has caused a shortage of medicines. This is too disturbing a trend of official neglect of citizens’ needs. Taking advantage of the situation, some pharma companies have demanded an increase in the prices of their products, while adding that these companies are either hoarding stocks or selling them only to retailers, which has led to a shortage of medicines in the market. Some have blamed the continuous appreciation of the US dollar for the shortage, saying that the depreciating rupee negatively affects the purchase of raw materials for medicines. Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Association (PPMA) says the imposition of sales tax on the raw materials has increased the cost of manufacturing medicines and with current prices set by the government; they have no other option than to stop the import of the material. The production cannot restart until the government removes the tax. Manufacturing will only become possible after the abolishment of tax. Whoever in government is responsible for overseeing pharmacies and medical supply should explain this shortage and have a clear plan to replenish the missing medicine in the shortest possible time. Waterborne diseases are spreading. Doctors do not have enough medicine to treat displaced people living in crowded camps. The flooding has left behind unsanitary conditions in which dangerous pathogens are spreading. Medicine and clean water are scarce. Stagnant rainwater used for drinking and washing is spreading disease. In order to stop the spread of waterborne diseases after the flooding medicine is the biggest demand. Pharmacies are out of painkillers, antibiotics, and medicines for skin and gynecological issues, diabetes, and eye infections. Health Department authorities are trying their best to ensure the availability of medicines but things are getting out of their control. Pakistan needs more medicines.
Irfan Siddiqui terms President’s suggestion about COAS appointment “absurd”
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Senator and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader Irfan Siddiqui on Sunday said President Dr Arif Alvi’s suggestion to conditionalize appointment of Army Chief with consensus among all political parties was “absurd”. “Instead of toing Imran Khan’s line, President Arif Alvi should uphold the constitution as it is he who has taken oath to protect and implement it,” the senator said in a news statement. He said the Executive had authority to appoint the army chief in all the democratic countries. Neither any controversy arose in the past, nor any opposition demanded its inclusion in the consultation process for the purpose, he added. In 2019, he said the then opposition supported Imran Khan over extension of the Army Chief and did not raise any question over his executive power. The Senator said as consultation between the opposition leader and prime minister was a constitutional requirement, deadlock took place sometime during the appointment of caretaker prime ministers, chief ministers, Chairman NAB and others. He said the appointment of army chief should not be made part of the political discourse. The President should not give any unconstitutional opinion over the appointment of army chief as its process was enshrined in the constitution. The senator said other than Pervaz Musharraf, there were many who acted beyond their constitutional domains while being into the power. It did not mean that the appointment was compromised for the sake of politics. He asked as to why the President did not give such suggestion during 2019. Irfan said the President should resign if he wanted to represent his party while being into the president’s office.
LONDON: A group photo of PM Shahbaz, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail, Minister of Information Maryam Aurangzeb and PML-N supremo leader Nawaz Shahrif after meeting in London. Ishaq Dar and other officlas too are present at the meeting.
UN Sec. Gen to arrange donors’ conference soon, says PM
LONDON: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has urged the United Nations Secretary General to urgently call a donors conference to generate funds for rehabilitation of flood-ravaged people of Pakistan. The prime minister was chairing a meeting via video link of his cabinet ministers and officials for an update on the flood situation in Pakistan. Shehbaz Sharif told the participants said the initial estimate of losses to Pakistan’s economy as a result of the three-month flooding disaster was $30 billion, adding that he had requested UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to urgently hold a donors’ conference. The prime minister told the meeting that he, during the recent session of the United Nations General Assembly, had held meetings with important leaders of the world including Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations. He said that during his meetings with the world leaders, he had informed them about the disaster caused by floods in Pakistan and also the relief operations and rehabilitative efforts being carried out by the government. He also informed the meeting about the telephonic conversation with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. He further told the meeting that the world leaders had been informed about the disastrous effects of climate change on Pakistan and also the Pakistan’s approach to climate change. The prime minister further said that the world leaders had expressed sympathy and condolence over the damage caused by floods in Pakistan and assured with full sincerity of help. He further said that the secretary general of the United Nations assured that a donors’ conference would also be organised for the rehabilitation of the flood victims in Pakistan. He also said that during the meeting with Bill Gates, co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the matter of taking help from the World Food Programme for feeding children in flood-affected areas came under discussion. “With the aid of the international community and the efforts of the Pakistani institutions, we will come out of this difficulty, God willing!” the prime minister expressed his optimism. He was also briefed by the officials of the National Flood Response Coordination Centre regarding the rehabilitative works in the flood-affected areas across the country. Earlier, in an interview with American news agency, Shehbaz reiterated the call for galvanizing of the global efforts to save the future generations from the worsening climatic- induced consequences that led to flood devastation in Pakistan. He said he came to the United Nations to tell the world that “tomorrow, this tragedy can fall on some other country.”
Ishaq Dar to take oath as Finance Minister next week
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Federal government has decided that Ishaq Dar will assume charge as Finance Minister in next week. According to details, Nawaz Sharif and Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif held a meeting to discuss matters of mutual interest and another meeting will be held soon to further finalize the party's strategies. Sources said that it is likely that Ishaq Dar could return to Islamabad with Shehbaz Sharif; however, final decision will be taken by senior party leadership. The party leadership will also deliberate on return of Nawaz Sharif to Pakistan. Earlier, an accountability court on Friday suspended the permanent arrest warrants of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and ordered not to arrest him when the politician comes back to Pakistan. The court while giving Dar an opportunity to surrender, suspended Ishaq Dar's permanent arrest warrants.
NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is meeting Algerian Finance Minister Ramtane La Mamra.
Dubai Port chief holds talks with COAS, donates $2.5m for flood relief
By Staff Reporter
RAWALPINDI: Sheikh Ahmed Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman Dubai Port World (one of the largest port operators globally) has called on the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa. According to a statement issued by the ISPR on Sunday, relief efforts in the wake of the devastating floods and all that can be done on the road to recovery for Pakistan was discussed. Sheikh Sultan, who had earlier today visited flood-affected areas in Sindh, made a donation of $2.5 million for the Army relief fund. The Excellency commended the relief efforts of Pakistan Army in the flood-affected areas and said that the UAE and its leadership stand with the people of Pakistan in this time of distress.
Questions raised over PM House security as alleged audio of PML-N leaders leaked
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: In a shocking incident, an audio clip purportedly of a discussion between senior leadership of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has been leaked online. The audio leak, allegedly featuring Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, Defense Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and others is about a discussion about acceptance of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s resignations from National Assembly. In the audio clip, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leaders can allegedly be heard giving their opinions over PTI’s resignations and also seeking London’s permission to accept the resignations. The leaked audio clip has rung alarm bells and called into question the security of Prime Minister House.
Saudi Arabia’s KS relief distributes relief goods in flood-hit areas of Punjab, Sindh
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KS relief) continued its relief activities in Pakistan and distributed relief goods in the flood-hit areas of Punjab and Sindh provinces. Deadly floods, triggered by unusually high monsoon rains, have killed at least 1,606 people and affected 33 million in the country since mid-June. The deluges have destroyed around one million homes, damaged another one million houses and washed away livestock, over 370 bridges and standing crops on four million acres of land across the South Asian country. To help the affected people cope with the devastation, Saudi Arabia’s KSrelief has been busy in providing relief assistance in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan. “About 2,130 food baskets, 37 tents and 260 mosquito nets were distributed in Dera Ghazi Khan, Rajanpur and Mianwali districts in Punjab and Larkana in Sindh province, benefiting 14,910 individuals,” the SPA reported. These efforts come within the work of the Saudi relief land bridge, which was directed by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud to support the brotherly Pakistani people after the wave of torrential rains that swept a number of cities and the areas there.” At least five planes carrying Saudi humanitarian aid have arrived in Pakistan so far as the South Asian nation reels from the flood devastation. While two flights carrying tonnes of relief goods for flood-ravaged people have arrived in Pakistan from Saudi Arabia and Italy. The first plane carrying relief goods from Italy landed in Karachi and was received by adviser to Chief Minister Sindh on Relief and Rehabilitation Rasool Bakhsh Chandio.
Sacked KP universities’ employees to stage sit-in outside Imran Khan’s residence
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The employees, who have been protesting in Bani Gala against their expulsion from the universities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), have announced organising a sit-in outside the residence of Imran Khan today. The protesters can gather outside Imran Khan’s residence anytime. “We will not rise from the sit-in until we are restored,” they vowed. The protesters also shouted slogans at Imran Khan Chowk, demanding that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman take notice of the injustice meted out to them. They said that thousands of temporary employees had been fired under the University Model Act, adding that employees with 12 years of service were among those who had been fired. “We have been in service since 2008. Instead of making us permanent, the government has fired us,” they complained.
HYDERABAD: A temporary settlement for the flood victims can be seen on the outskirts of Hyderabad.
KARACHI: Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Karachi Hafiz Naeemur Rehman is talking to the media on the occasion of his visit to the camp established at Hassan Square against the collection of illegal taxes in electricity bills.
LAHORE: delegation of a German company met with Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi regarding the installation of West Twinner G Power Plant in Punjab.Punjab Assembly member Sajid Khan Bhatti, German company CEO Mr. Carsten and others are present in Meeting.
Imran is the only hope to lead the country, Khaliqur Rehman Advocate
By Staff Reporter
MULTAN: Imran Khan is the only hope to lead this country on the path of development. The current government has created a storm of inflation. Khan Ibrahim Khan, Chaudhry Khaliqur Rehman Advocate. MNA Khan Ibrahim Khan and senior leader of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chaudhry Khaleequr Rahman Advocate while talking to the journalists of Shujaabad Press Club said that the Tehreek-e-Insaf government and Imran Khan are the only hope to end the current inflation and get Pakistan out of the crisis. Imran Khan has a clear position that there should be a clean and transparent election in the country. If the election is transparent, Tehreek-e-Insaf will win with 2/3 majorit. In the meetings, Large Number of the people has given a decision in favor of Tehreek-e-Insaaf. After coming to power, the inflation marchers have made inflation so high that the people have been forced to commit suicide. Ibrahim Khan and Chaudhry Khaliqur Rehman added that the rates of petroleum products in the world market are very low at the moment, but the federal government It is not giving relief to the people, which is an abuse of 22 crore people. The Tehreek-e-Insaf government will provide real relief to the people by coming to power.
Experts say Present education system collapse in Pakistan
By District Reporter
CHAKWAL: Senior journalist Khawaja Babar Saleem Mahmood said on Sunday that our education system has completely failed, it is a class education system inherited from the British and only five to six percent people are benefiting from this system. Those who are ruling this country by getting higher education through their own resources, while there are many intelligent, worthy and honest people in this country of 22 crores who if given equal educational opportunities, they can not only end the poverty of their families. Rather, they have proved to be an asset of the country and the nation. The literacy rate of Chakwal district has definitely reached 95% and it is also true in its place that modern and higher education is available in Chakwal district from free education to 10,000 to 15,000 per month. People do not have the resources to pay the fees of private schools and colleges. The first year fee in government colleges is two and a half thousand rupees per year while the same is being given in private colleges for 36,000 to 40,000 per year, from which it can be estimated that this class education system has become a business, so a uniform education system has started. Apart from this, the condition of government schools and colleges also needs to be improved. He was speaking live from Chakwal Press Club studio.
Floods, rains kill over 355,386 cattle in Sindh: Livestock ministry
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: The Livestock & Fisheries Department has reported the death of 355,386 cattle including, cows, buffaloes and goats, amid heavy rainfall and floods in Sindh. The death of cattle has caused damage worth Rs23.30 billion to the owners, the livestock department said. At least 7000 animal sheds have been demolished completely due to rain and floods, it added. The demolition of sheds has caused damage of Rs8.70 billion. The death toll is expected to rise due to diseases and the unavailability of animal fodder. Heavy rainfall and floods have caused severe infrastructural damage to the country, especially interior Sindh and Balochistan. On September 10, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail could not hold his tears while talking about the devastations caused by heavy rainfall and floods in the country. The floods have caused over $18 billion in damages, he said in the presses.
Two cops arrested for attempted rape of girl in Lahore
By Staff Repoter
LAHORE: Two policemen were arrested for allegedly attempting to rape a girl in Lahore on Sunday. According to victim girl Nazia Manzoor, two police constables named Irfan and Amir tried to molest her while she was on her way to home after performing her duty. A case has been registered against the two cops at the Defense police station. As per First Information Report (FIR), the victim used to work in Al-Fatah Store in the Defence area of Lahore. On Sunday, she was going home along with her co-worker named Asif from after work, when they were stopped by the police constables on Service Road near Phase 8. One of the constables tried to sexually assault the girl after taking her to an unknown place forcibly. The girl tried to resist but the constables continued to subject her to violence for putting up resistance.
Court hands over Ayaz Amir to police on one-day physical remand
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The local court in Islamabad has granted one-day physical remand of journalist Ayaz Amir in connection with the murder of his daughter-in-law by his son Shahnawaz Amir. The sessions court on Sunday granted one-day physical remand of Ayaz Amir, father of Shahnawaz Amir who had brutally murdered his wife Sara Inam with a dumbbell the other day. Earlier, journalist Ayaz Amir was produced by police before the court of a magistrate in F-8 Kutchery, Islamabad today. Investigative officer and concerned deputy superintendent officer were also present in the court. Ayaz Amir had been detained by police for investigations into the murder of his daughter-in-law Sara by her husband Shahnawaz Amir. Moreover, the father of Sara will also arrive in Pakistan tonight from Canada. Ayaz Amir with his son Shahnawaz. It is learnt that Shahnawaz and Sara got married on July 18 last. Both had studied together in school. A few months ago, they became friends on social media again.
Daily corona virus cases fall below 50 in Pakistan
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The everyday number of corona virus infections in Pakistan has dropped to below 50 as the country reported 47 more corona virus infections and no fatality during the last 24 hours with infectivity ratio dropping to 0.38 percent, showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Sunday morning. According to NIH data, the death toll in the country remained the same at 30,612 while the number of total infections now stood at 1,572,316 after adding the fresh 47 cases. During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 12,369 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.38 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 73. India reports 4,777 fresh Covid infections, 23 deaths, India on Sunday reported 4,777 fresh Covid infections in the last 24 hours, against 4,912 Covid cases reported on previous day, said the Health Ministry. In the same period, the country has recorded 23 more Covid-related deaths, taking the national fatalities tally to 5,28,510 as per the report. Meanwhile, the active caseload of the country presently stands at 43,994 cases, accounting for 0.10 percent of the country's total positive cases. The recovery of 5,196 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,39,95,610. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.72 per cent. Meanwhile, India's daily positivity rate has been reported to be 1.58 percent, while the weekly positivity rate in the country currently also stands at 1.63 percent. Also in the same period, a total of 3,02,283 tests were conducted across the country, increasing the overall tally to over 89.36 crore.
CM attended the 41st anniversary of Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi shaheed at Zahoor Elahi palace
People have come to know about the reality of Maryam Nawaz after her audio- leak and I knew of her reality even before, Pervaiz Elahi
By Staff Reporter
LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi attended the 41st anniversary of Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi Shaheed at Zahoor Elahi Palace Gujrat. CM while addressing the participants on the anniversary of Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi Shaheed and talking with the media persons said that the people have come to know about the reality of Maryam Nawaz after her audio- leak adding that he knew of her reality even before. He stated that the words which Maryam Nawaz used about him are regrettable.'' I did a lot of good deeds to this family and I always helped the Sharif family. Maryam Nawaz by speaking against me showed her reality and for this reason I and Moonis Elahi sided with Imran Khan. The thinking of Sharif family toes the same lines of Maryam Nawaz. Shehbaz Sharif is not fearful of Allah Almighty and after going abroad said that he didn't have to ask for money but is under compulsion, please give money. I was afraid that he would ask for his return ticket from them. The thinking of Shehbaz Sharif is like Mughals thinking. If Imran Khan gave the call then I ask Rana Sanaullah to show his courage by coming out of Islamabad. The biggest fear to Rana Sanaullah is of Model Town tragedy and InshaAllah will be punished getting murdered innocent people in Model Town. Cases will be registered against those for unjust murdering the innocent women and children in Model Town. I am against false cases but the cases which will now be registered will be real and based on facts. Not a single case of Nawaz Sharif has finished, now neither anyone can return nor leave nor Nawaz Sharif will not return," CM stated. He said that Gujrat was a village and Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi by dint of doing hard work earned name and fame across the country. "In the next anniversary you would see more love among the heirs of Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi Shaheed. As you people want and everyone wants that we should get united and it is possible that we all get reunited with your prayers. Allah almighty ordained that when two brothers fight then they should be reunited and their differences should be patched up. We could not forget Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi Shaheed even after 41 years and the whole family made alive the name of Chaudhry Zahoor Elahi Shaheed. Children behave of their own will and will be brought back after persuading with love. You will see everything to get normal after one or two months," he maintained.
Daily corona virus cases fall below 50 in Pakistan
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The everyday number of corona virus infections in Pakistan has dropped to below 50 as the country reported 47 more corona virus infections and no fatality during the last 24 hours with infectivity ratio dropping to 0.38 percent, showed the statistics released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Sunday morning. According to NIH data, the death toll in the country remained the same at 30,612 while the number of total infections now stood at 1,572,316 after adding the fresh 47 cases. During the last 24 hours (Saturday), 12,369 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.38 percent. The number of patients in critical care was recorded at 73. India reports 4,777 fresh Covid infections, 23 deaths, India on Sunday reported 4,777 fresh Covid infections in the last 24 hours, against 4,912 Covid cases reported on previous day, said the Health Ministry. In the same period, the country has recorded 23 more Covid-related deaths, taking the national fatalities tally to 5,28,510 as per the report. Meanwhile, the active caseload of the country presently stands at 43,994 cases, accounting for 0.10 percent of the country's total positive cases. The recovery of 5,196 patients in the last 24 hours took the cumulative tally to 4,39,95,610. Consequently, India's recovery rate stands at 98.72 per cent. Meanwhile, India's daily positivity rate has been reported to be 1.58 percent, while the weekly positivity rate in the country currently also stands at 1.63 percent.
Three more people die of dengue across country
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Dengue is still out of control as three more people have died of dengue across country. As per details, two dengue-affected patients died in Karachi. The death toll rises to 33 in the city. The number of victims reached nearly 5000 with 335 new patients. 269 new cases are also reported in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 104 people reported in federal capital and 78 people in Rawalpindi are suffering from dengue fever. 56 new cases were reported in urban areas while 48 new cases were reported in rural areas.
Balochistan reports 3,963 new cases of infectious diseases in 24 hours
By Staff Reporter
Quetta: Flood-hit Balochistan faces a viral disease epidemic as 3963 new cases of diarrhea, skin infections; malaria has been reported in the last 24 hours. According to a report Baloshictan reported 3,963 new cases of viral diseases in the last 24 hours. 947 diarrhea cases, 77 cholera cases, 1055 cases of respiratory infections, 165 eye infections, and 675 malaria cases, while 1043 skin infections were reported in the last 24 hours. Balochistan and Sindh have been under attack by viral diseases after floods caused devastation in the two provinces. Yesterday, according to a report Baloshictan reported 3,162 new cases of viral diseases in the last 24 hours. 859 diarrhea cases, 50 cholera cases, 862 cases of respiratory infections, 161 eye infections, and 5 malaria cases, while 994 skin infections were reported in the last 24 hours.
Islamabad Capital Police issued 10,647 challan tickets over wrong parking
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital Police has taken strict action against vehicles over wrong parking for smooth flow of traffic in the Federal Capital and issued 10,647 fine tickets to road users over violation of wrong parking during the ongoing year. Following directions of Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ops) Sohail Zafar Chatha, Islamabad Capital Police reviewed arrangements to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the city and issued 10,647 challan tickets over wrong parking. All Zonal DSPs are directed to ensure implementation of traffic laws through courteous attitude with citizens and people should be treated politely and briefed them about traffic laws. It is the right of pedestrians to use footpaths and no parking would be allowed there and vehicles should be parked at lots specified at shopping centers while an awareness campaign has been also launched to educate those citizens coming for shopping activities there. He said that, it is our top priority to ensure convenience for road users by maintaining traffic discipline and every possible effort would be made for the purpose.
ISLAMABAD: On the instructions of the Deputy Commissioner, spraying is being done in the school to eradicate dengue in Rawat.
ISLAMABAD: Assistant Commissioner is inspecting the fruit shop in the local market at Rawalpindi.
China's leading solar solutions provider offer training on solar energy
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD, Sept 25 (INP): China's leading solar solutions provider LONGi and ETRC have arranged training sessions on solar energy in Pakistan, Gwadar Pro reported on Sunday. In this connection, a training session on solar energy is ongoing at the Energy Training and Research Centre (ETRC) in Lahore. The two-month event, which started last week, admitted 20 Pakistani students with a diploma of associate engineer (DEA) or bachelor of technology (B-Tech), said Ali Majid, LONGi General Manager in Pakistan, in an interview with Gwadar Pro. Majid noted, there is a skill “gap” in fresh engineers as they are “good at designs but there was a gap for execution across the market.” Such courses, says Majid, will fill the skill gap and make newly graduated engineers skilled labour, technicians, and associate engineers who are currently in high demand in Pakistan. “…Through these courses, they have hands-on experience. Then we offer them jobs,” Majid said. While talking to Gwadar Pro, Faiz Bhutta, CEO of ETRC, revealed that another similar training programme is also in the pipeline. “In the same way, we have to train female [students], and there are 50 females who will be trained,” the CEO said, adding that “this is basically a collaboration-based programme. We will take it to KPK, Islamabad, and also Karachi.” As per Majid, future training sessions will take place in more Pakistani cities and also be extended to more majors including Bachelor of Science in engineering (BSE). “I am very thankful to them [LONGi and ETRC] from the bottom of my heart that they have been working for the solar industry for many years and they are training other engineers. Knowledge increases by sharing with others. This is an example in front of us,” Muhammad Rana Abbas, president of the Pakistan Solar Association said.
16 criminals including drug peddlers held; drugs and weapons recovered
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police apprehended 16 criminals and drug peddlers including in criminal 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, a Phulghran police team arrested an accused namely Shahzaib and recovered one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Sangjani police team arrested two accused namely Ahmed Subhan and Muhammad Ali and recovered one 30 bore pistol and 1120 gram hasish from thier possession. Similarly, the Karachi Company police team arrested an accused namely Hamza khan and recovered one iron punch from his possession. Khanna police arrested two bootleggers namely Asif and Sajjad Sohail and recovered 192 bottles and 240 liters liquor from their possession. Cases have been registered against the nabbed accused and further investigation is underway. During a special crackdown against proclaimed offenders and court absconders police teams arrested 10 accused different areas of a city.
Another spectacular robbery day in Islamabad
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Throughout nearly 24 attacks in the capital, robbers and thieves stole money and goods, according to police reports on Saturday. According to the police, in the first incident, two armed individuals forced their way into Abdul Latif's home in Bahria Town and kidnapped his parents at gunpoint before fleeing with Rs. 97,000, jewellery made of gold and diamonds, and ATM cards. Another incidence involved two armed robbers who forced their way into Azizur Rehman's store in B-17 and stole Rs70,000. Farhad Ali was stopped by two armed guys at Thanda Pani, and they took his motorcycle, 2,000 rupees, and cellphone. Hamid Husain was stopped by three armed individuals in front of his home in I-14/1, who took six tolas of gold jewellery, Rs2,500 in cash, a revolver, and a mobile phone, according to the police. They also claimed that a motorcycle and cash were taken from a man who provided rider services.
FBR rejects armoured vehicle duty-free importation
Government permits duty-free importation of armoured vehicles for retired military officers with a rank of lieutenant general or higher
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMBAD: On Saturday, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) refuted claims that it had made a notification enabling the entry of armoured cars without having to pay any taxes or charges. It noted on Twitter that the bureau had not yet informed it, despite the fact that the federal cabinet had already reached such a decision in 2019. An previous report claimed that the federal government had granted military retirees with the rank of lieutenant general and above the right, subject to certain conditions, to import bulletproof vehicles up to 6,000CC free of taxes and customs fees. When importing bulletproof vehicles up to 6,000CC, retired lieutenant generals, army chiefs, chairpersons of the joint chiefs of staff, and committee services chiefs would be exempt from all taxes, including customs duty, sales tax, withholding tax, and federal excise duty, according to a notice from the FBR. All other four-star generals, chairpersons of the joint chiefs of staff committee, retired army chiefs, and service chiefs would be permitted to import two vehicles. However, one armoured car would be available for retired lieutenant generals to order. The retired military's senior leadership would need previous FBR approval in order to sell these vehicles for five years. They would be required to pay all exempted taxes if they sold these vehicles before the five-year period was up. The retired military officials would need the approval of the defence ministry to import these automobiles tax-free. Additionally, they would need to comply with the requirements of the Commerce Ministry's decree on airport policy. The protocol, according to FBR officers, requires that military people apply for these vehicles one year before their retirement. The change occurred as the PTI prepared for its second lengthy march to Islamabad to unseat the current administration. The Islamabad police have requested extra troops from Punjab IGP Faisal Shahkar in order to handle the potential PTI long march. According to rumours, Shahkar's decision to provide personnel to the Islamabad police would determine whether he would be more loyal to the Punjab or federal governments. According to sources, the Islamabad police have requested 10,000 Punjabi police officers to help keep the peace. There are currently about 10,000 extra people working for the Punjab police. According to the authorities, the Punjab police has more than 25,000 members of its constabulary. Additionally, more than 15,000 police officers are stationed across the province to deal with VVIPs and emergency circumstances.
No infrastructure damage reported in past 24 hours: NFRCC
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The National Flood Response and Coordination Centre (NFRCC) on Sunday, in its detailed flood damages situation report, informed that there was no infrastructure damages reported during the last 24 hours. A total of 13,074 km roads and 392 bridges got damaged so far since the onset of monster monsoon torrential rains. The NFRCC report highlighted that the most affected districts particularly the worst affected districts of Sindh included Qambar Shahdad Kot, Jacobabad, Larkana, Khairpur, Dadu, Noshero Feroz, Thatta and Badin. In Balochistan the most affected districts included Quetta, Naseerabad, Jafarabad, Jhalmagsi, Bolan, Sohbatpur and Lesbela. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) districts included Dir, Swat, Charsadda, Kohistan, Tank and DI Khan and in Punjab included DG Khan and Rajanpur. The report also underlined weather forecast in last 24 hours. The weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain-wind and thunderstorm occurred in upper Punjab and Kashmir. However, the Recorded Highest Maximum Temperature’s (°C) were in Sibbi 41, Bhakkar, Sukkur and Rahim Yar Khan 40. In next 24 Hours, partly cloudy weather was expected in most upper parts of the country with rain-wind and thunderstorm (isolated heavy falls) in upper Punjab, Kashmir, upper KP, Islamabad and GB.
Imran Khan to visit Lahore today
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan will pay a one-day visit to Lahore on Monday (today). Imran Khan will spend a busy day in Lahore today as he will attend religious events of different schools of thought in connection with his mass contact campaign. Khan will also address an event of PTI's Insaf Traders' Wing at Al-Hamra Hall which will be attended by the business community. The PTI chief will hold meetings with ulema and mashaikh at a local hotel. He is also scheduled to address an event at the Government College Lahore.
Significant emphasis placed on the effects of climate change and the environmental reforms necessary to overcome these challenges
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: The impact of climate change was heavily stressed, along with the environmental reforms necessary to address these challenges, at the judicial conference on Saturday. The conference's goal was to raise money for the lives touched by the catastrophic floods of 2022. The conference's focus was on previous challenges and how the various state organs and other stakeholders must move forward to create a better future in recognition of Pakistan's 75th year of independence. Members of the superior judiciary and district judges, foreign embassies and dignitaries, eminent academics, and members of the legal community from all around the country attended the conference in large numbers on both days.
Dengue: Center provided provinces with 3.25m medicated mosquito nets, sources
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: As a dengue epidemic grips multiple areas of the country, the central government says it provided provinces with mosquito nets and medicine beforehand anticipating the situation, sources said on Sunday. The federal government provided 32,50,000 medicated mosquito nets, sources said. Sources say that the federal government provided 13,50,000 medicated mosquito nets to Balochistan, 700,000 nets to Punjab, 12,00,000 nets to Sindh, and 700,000 to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Distribution of medicated nets is underway in 23 districts of Sindh, 11 districts of Balochistan, and five districts of KP. While 25 districts of Balochistan are at high risk of the Malaria outbreak, Health Ministry sources said. The Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMA) are distributing the nets with the district administration's cooperation. The nets were provided to Pakistan by a global organisation. This standing floodwater provides a large area for mosquitoes to breed, leading to the spread of diseases like malaria and dengue. Naseem Salahuddin, an infectious diseases specialist working at The Indus Hospital, a charitable hospital in Sindh's capital, Karachi, said she was "overwhelmed" by the "sheer number of patients" coming to the hospital with dengue. "My colleagues at government facilities and even private ones are referring patients out as they don't have enough beds," she said. "Dengue seems to have replaced Covid-19."
Two Pak Army soldiers martyred in North Waziristan IED explosion
President and other official has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the martyrdom
By Staff Reporter
RAWALPINDI: Two Pak Army soldiers have embraced martyrdom in a terrorist attack in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district, the military’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Sunday. According to the army’s media wing, Naib Subedar Javed Iqbal (42), resident of Attock and Naik Hussain Ahmed (38), resident of Okara were martyred in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) explosion in Eesham area. The area has been cordoned off and a search operation is underway to hunt the terrorists. Earlier, a squad of the Pakistan military came under attack from terrorists across the border in North Waziristan, in which a soldier embraced martyrdom.The military condemned the use of Afghan soil against Pakistan and urged Kabul to take action which prevents such an incident from taking place again. It added that the military was resolute in its resolve to protect the borders of the country. President Dr. Arif Alvi has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the martyrdom of Naib Subedar Javed Iqbal and Naik Hussain Ahmed in an IED blast in North Waziristan. In a statement on Sunday, he said nation is indebted to the martyrs who sacrificed their life while protecting the motherland.
Alvi’s suggestion attempt at making COAS appointment controversial
While appeals to nation, NGOs for extending assistance to flood affectees
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) spokesperson and JUI-F leader Hafiz Hamdullah said the suggestion made by President Dr Arif Alvi about the appointment of a new chief of army staff is aimed at making the appointment controversial. He said that the suggestion is not only in violation of the oath of the President’s office but also contrary to the constitution. Accepting the appointment of the new army chief is very important; Hamdullah said that the statement is an attempt to make the appointment controversial. He said that any alteration to the already defined method for the COAS appointment will not be accepted. From his statement, it seems that President Alvi is loyal to his party chief and former PM Imran Khan. Recently in an interview with a private TV channel, the president commented on the suggestion floated by former Prime Minister Imran Khan that the term of current COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa is extended until after fresh elections in the country. President Alvi said that the suggestion is now open for discussion and there should be a consensus on this issue.s Meanwhile, President has once again appealed to the nation, non-governmental organizations and philanthropists to extend assistance to the flood affectees. In an interview with a private television channel, he said the government is making tireless efforts to help the flood affectees. However, there is still a lot to do for providing them relief and for their rehabilitation. The President underlined the need for political stability in the country saying that it is vital for economic uplift. Dr Arif Alvi said he is making efforts to improve conditions in Pakistan as the country is facing political polarization. He suggested that talks should be held on the issue of holding of elections. Replying to a question, the President said the politicians and Parliament should evolve a consensus on the appointment of army chief.
'Audio leak' proves PML-N would do anything to protect their finances, says Imran Khan
By Staff Reporter
KARAK: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has said that Maryam Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif's audio leak proves that they can ignore Kashmiri's struggle and illegally import machinery from India for their gains. Addressing the public gathering in Karak, the PTI Chief said that America carried out 400 drone attacks in our country and killed innocent people. But the rulers did not usher a word against them because their properties are in foreign countries, he added. Imran Khan said that he would soon give a call to his supporters to steer the country out of the quagmire. Imran reiterated that the country will be stuck in a quagmire if the "imported government's" tenure is prolonged further. He further said that both parties PPP and PML-N had given themselves an NRO and closed down corruption cases worth Rs1,100 billion. Talking about Maryam Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif's alleged audio leak Imran Khan said that, Maryam wanted to illegally import machinery from India for his son-in-law's factory. He added that Pakistan cut off all trade ties with India after they abolished Kashmiri's right to self-determination and violated the UN charter. But, this government is trying to restore ties with India, they are ready to neglect the struggle of Kashmiri people for their gains, he added. Imran said that the audio leak proves that their only purpose is to hoard money and nothing else. 60% of the cabinet is facing corruption charges, they have derailed the process of accountability by amending the NAB laws, he added.He said that Rana Sanaullah used massive teargas shells against PTI women and children on May 25 as we were not fully prepared. He added that the minister will not find a place to hide this time around.
Pakistan offers to trade its financial debts with big countries' climate debts
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Bilawal Zardari has said that Pakistan offers to trade its financial debts for big countries' climate debts as "We have a climate catastrophe, a natural disaster, a health emergency and food security crisis and potentially extremely difficult economic times to come." Bilawal also said that Pakistan would like to hold talks with India but it would only be possible if the neighboring country reverses its extremist position on Occupied Kashmir status and Islamophobia on Sunday. Bilawal Bhutto said "We like to be in a position to deal with India, to talk with India, to live peacefully with our neighbours, to solve the Kashmir dispute but they can only do so if India walks back its extremist position on Kashmir and Islamophobia." He said "Well as the chair of the council of foreign minister of the OIC, we obviously highlighted this topic significantly at our OIC Annual meeting and our Kashmir group meeting on the sidelines of the UN session. I think who has made this issue particularly difficult is the recent unilateral actions by India on August 2019 where they tried to unilaterally and illegally undermined the disputed status of this region and then pushing forward with converting the last area of Muslim majority within their region into minority in their own land. These things are totally unacceptable for us." Talking about the dire floods in Pakistan, Bilawal said "The situation is really dire right now. The climate catastrophe that we are facing is truly one of the apocalyptic proportions. We all know the story of Noah's floods that they say it rained for 40 days and 40 nights.
Large-scale exchanges were carried out in Rawalpindi Adiala
Roze News highlighted the unjustified order of Akram's transfer
By Fahad Altaf
RAWALPINDI: Later, on the special instructions of DIG Rawalpindi Region Kamran Anjum, large-scale exchanges were carried out in Rawalpindi and Adiala, when news highlighted on Roze News that M Akram's transfer order had been withdrawn. According to details, Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Athar Minullah visited the jail. DIG Rawalpindi region Kamran Anjum transferred twenty-seven employees, and later on, when news of the transfer order by DIG Rawalpindi Region Ikram Anjum was highlighted on Roze News, authorities rescinded the transfer order of Deputy Suprident M Akram but not others According to the source, employees of Adiyala Jail will file an application against the order of transfer of 27 employees of Adiyala Jail in court today. Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court Athar Minullah made a three-hour detailed visit to Central Jail Adiala, Sessions Judge West Basharat Mufti and Sessions Judge East Atta Rabbani were also with the Chief Justice on Saturday. The Chief Justice decided to visit the Adiala Jail after the torture and human rights commission report. During the visit, the Chief Justice made a detailed visit to the barracks of dangerous prisoners, deportees, women and minor prisoners, and the prisoners. The chief justice also visited the kitchen, mill, hospital, and workshop of Adiala Jail. According to sources, Justice of the Lahore High Court will return to the jail. Action on daily news, on the other hand, special According to a report by law and enforcement agencies on corruption, malpractices in Adiyala jail in the jail factory, DSJ Sarmad Hassan has been posted as in charge of the jail factory for the last 6 to 7 months under his suspension. According to the report, approximately 200 prisoners who pay bribes are spared. Previously, DSJ Sarmad Hassan was posted from Gujrat jail and was suspended on charges of corruption.
Time for UN to come to Kashmir’s rescue in IIOJK'
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: It is high time for the United Nations (UN) to show that it is not a toothless organization and come to the Kashmir’s' rescue in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Now is the time for the UN to act and save the people of Kashmir from the onslaught of the Modi-led fascist Indian government and implement its resolutions on Kashmir, said a report released by the KMS, today. It said more inaction on the part of the UN will further embolden India to repress the IIOJK people, adding that it must stop remaining a silent spectator on what is happening in occupied Kashmir.
In 4th T20, Pakistan defeats England by 3 runs in a nail-biting contest
By Staff Reporter
KARACHI: At the National Stadium in Karachi, Pakistan defeated England in the fourth Twenty20 match by three runs after a thrilling final over that saw the teams' fortunes swing back and forth. Haris Rauf got two consecutive wickets in the penultimate over to secure the victory for the Greenshirts. In the first, the Greenshirts set a target of 166 runs and lost four wickets in the process. Pakistan played in the 200th T20 game, becoming the first team to do so. With a brilliant bowl, Haris Rauf wins the Man of the Match award.
Kashmiris hold big rally near UN to denounce India’s atrocities in IIOJK; call for freedom
NEW YORK: Kashmiris from across the US and their supporters staged a big, boisterous demonstration in front of the UN building to renew their call on the world body to implement its pledge for their exercise of the right to self-determination, as India’s External Affairs Minister, S. Jaishankar, addressed the General Assembly. Led by Azad Kashmir President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry, they denounced India’s “illegal” measures of 5th August 2019 that revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, amid vociferous anti-India slogans and waving of placards, Their placards read: “India: Honour UN Resolutions”, “Freedom for all, Freedom for Kashmir”, “Indian Forces: Out of Kashmir”, “Demilitarize Kashmir”, “UN: Wake UP”, “No Justice, No Peace”, “We Demand Justice for Yasin Malik”; “India: Release All Political Prisoners.” A large number of Sikhs joined the rally, with Dr. Amarjit Singh, the head of Washington-based Khalistan Affairs Center, expressing solidarity with Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom from India. “We stand with you against our common enemy,” he told the cheering crowd.
8,000 fruit laden trucks stranded on Srinagar-Jammu highway
SRINAGAR: In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the fruit growers have said that they continue to face losses as the authorities have failed to ensure hassle-free movement of apple-laden trucks on Srinagar-Jammu highway. According to Kashmir Media Service, 8,000 fruit laden trucks are waiting for their turn to move towards Jammu. Nisar Ahmad, a fruit grower from south Kashmir, told the media that directives passed by the authorities have been thrown to the wind. “Fruit-laden trucks are being halted at Qazigund for around a week after that they get a turn to move towards Jammu,” he said. He said that this industry is crumbling due to low rates and other challenges and if the government won’t ensure the hassle-free movement of the apple-laden trucks, this industry will definitely collapse.” Muhammad Abbas, another grower, said this industry is facing several challenges at a time and the authorities must at least ensure hassle movement of the apple-laden vehicles so that produce will reach markets on time and it will fetch a good rate.
NC seeks inclusive relief policy for IIOJK horticulture sector
SRINAGAR: In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir; National Conference has sought a comprehensive relief policy for the horticulture sector in the territory. Member of Indian Parliament and NC leader, Hasnain Masoodi in a statement issued in Srinagar said the illegal apple imports have put the fruit industry in a very precarious situation. Seeking curbs on the import of apples, he said, “If a ban can be imposed on food grain imports keeping in view the domestic supply concerns, why can’t it be done with regards to horticulture. Despite a bumper crop this year, the apple growers in Kashmir are unhappy with the low rates they are being offered by the buyers (traders) right now.
10-year-old child along with their mother was taken hostage after forgetting the price of the lock
By Staff Reporter
ISLAMABAD: In Islamabad, a 10-year-old child along with their mother was taken hostage after forgetting the price of the lock. According to the details, the store owner and employees took a woman and her 13-year-old child hostage for keeping a lock worth 80 rupees in her purse while shopping at the store. After keeping the victim woman and child in captivity for several hours, Basit Abbasi released the child after bringing fifty thousand rupees. The woman who was affected by this incident said that she was in a lot of trouble for hours, and finally the store owner and his employees went along and took 50,000, and the child was released. In the case registered about the tragic incident at the Al-Basit General Store located in the Lohi Bhir area, Faiza said that while shopping at the Al-Basit General Store (Behria Town Phase-IV), she also took a lock worth eighty rupees, which used to fall down from the trolley. She kept it in her purse and later forgot to pay for the lock. He was stopped at the gate and asked for his wallet, and he gave it to him, which had a lock. His shirt was torn in this tug, and two hours later, the store owner, Basit Abbasi, came and asked him to pay a fine of fifty thousand rupees. The woman further said that after taking my ten-year-old son hostage, I was then sent home with security. I brought fifty thousand rupees and gave it to them, then they forced me to put two thumbs on a piece of paper, during which my shirt was further torn. The woman further said that after taking the money, both mother and son were pushed out. The woman said that she had registered a case in this regard at the police station.
SHAHEED BENAZIRABAD: Asifa Bhutto Zardari, the daughter of former President Asif Ali Zardari, is shaking hands with flood-affected women.