Daily The Patriot edition of 28-09-22

Imran cannot avoid punishment by blaming constitutional institutions: Sherry

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman on Tuesday said PTI Chairman Imran Khan could not evade punishment in Toshakhana Disqualification Reference by leveling blames against constitutional institutions. The minister responded to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman's statement in a tweet. "The PTI is persistently targeting the Election Commission of Pakistan after the Toshakhana Disqualification Reference," Sherry Rehman said. PTI leaders, including Imran Khan, have continued to question the constitutional institution's jurisdiction." She added that the PTI Chief had now turned to be an astrologer and predicting about the audio leak issue. The minister claimed that the PTI leadership was attempting to avoid punishment by politicising the institution. "In the Toshakhana disqualification case, Imran Khan is clearly guilty." "Is Imran Khan above the law and institutions if other political leaders continue to face punishment in similar cases?" Sherry Rehman asked. The minister emphasised that the law should apply to everyone. Imran, on the other hand, desired a separate law and system in which he was above all. “Every citizen is accountable to the law and constitution, so why not Imran Khan?”

US announced, additional $10m for flood relief efforts in Pakistan

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WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Bilawal Zardari met the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken in Washington DC. The foreign minister informed Secretary Blinken of the devastation caused by the catastrophic floods, which displaced over 33 million people and resulted in a massive loss of lives and livelihoods. He praised Pakistan's government and people for their relief efforts and thanked the US government for its assistance. According to the foreign minister, no country could handle a crisis of this magnitude on its own. He emphasised that, despite being one of the lowest emitters, Pakistan has been one of the hardest hit by climate change. According to Bilawal, Pakistan is seeking climate justice and is looking to its partners to help us recover from this climate-related disaster. Pakistan, according to the foreign minister, is committed to rebuilding better, greener, and more climate resilient infrastructure in areas such as irrigation, communication, energy, agri-technology, and health. To effectively assist developing countries in dealing with the climate crisis, immediate action is required. The foreign minister emphasised the historic and growing importance of the Pakistan-US relationship in promoting regional peace, security, and economic prosperity. He reaffirmed Pakistan's commitment to deepening and broadening its ties with the US, particularly in trade and investment, and emphasised that both countries were commemorating the 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations in a fitting manner and charting a promising and mutually beneficial roadmap for future generations.

Sachi Baat

It seems that the economy will improve with the arrival of Ishaq Dar, says SK Niazi

No such audio of Imran Khan has been leaked in which the sovereignty of the country has been discussed: Senator Zafar Ali Shah, Ishaq Dar wants to control the dollar: Mirza Ikhtiar Baig, Imran Khan has spoken very harshly against the Election Commission and the Election Commissioner: Kanwar M. Dilshad

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: SK Niazi, editor in chief of Roze News and head of the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors, talked in "Sachi Baat". On the oath of the host, he said, "Ishaq Dar becoming Treasurer is a welcome decision." He further said, "Today there was an improvement in the stock exchange, Ishaq Dar knows the matters of the economy; it seems that the economy will improve with the arrival of Ishaq Dar," the host added. "What happened to Maryam Aurangzeb is undusted; the Chief Election Commissioner is a professional person and knows his work. Shahbaz Sharif's government is limited to Islamabad territory. Where all governments are engaged in achieving their personal goals instead of serving the people, the audio leak of the prime minister of a nuclear country is worrying. The audio leak of the country's head is alarming. There is a need to recognize the enemies of the state and take strong action against them. "The country's economy is on the verge of collapse. The situation cannot improve without political stability in the country, and the future of the country should be left to the nation." Senator Zafar Ali Shah. The question is why Ishaq Dar and others go out of the country. When they get into the ministry, they come back. A common citizen raises many questions." On the audio leaks, the senator said, "Prime Minister's audio leaks are alarming. No such audio of Imran Khan has been leaked in which the sovereignty of the country has been discussed. Ishaq Dar wants to control the dollar, in the past; Ishaq Dar did not allow the dollar to go above 102 rupees. There are also disadvantages to controlling the dollar. Even if the dollar is controlled, the demand for the dollar does not decrease. It does not seem that Ishaq Dar's strategy will work. "Ishaq Dar understands the economy better than Miftah Ismail and Shaukat Tarin. The economy cannot improve without political stability said economist Mirza Ikhtiar Baig. While the ICCI president was talking about the appointment of Ishaq Dar, he said, "Great decision to bring back Ishaq Dar. Bringing in Ishaq Dar will improve the market. The dollar comes down and the stock market continues to improve. Ishaq Dar knows how to reduce pressure from the market." On the audio leak, the ECP case of Imran Khan, the Ex-Secretary Election Commission said, "The Prime Minister has formed a committee on the issue of AudioLeaks. Imran Khan has spoken very harshly against the Election Commission and the Election Commissioner. Cases against Imran Khan are going on at the Election Commission. Imran Khan is trying to intimidate the Election Commission. If Imran Khan is disqualified, then the case will go to the Supreme Court said Kanwar Dilshad “The host concluded that the culture of audio leaks should be stopped; everyone has a private life and the state's responsibility to protect it”.

Floods leave over 3.6m workers jobless: Sajid Turi

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Sajid Hussain Turi said that over 3.6m workers had lost their jobs due to the recent floods, increasing the ratio of unemployment across the country. Speaking at a press conference here on Tuesday, the minister appealed to the international community for the restoration of jobs and businesses for the workers and small businessmen in the flood affected areas to prevent unemployment. Turi said that over 30 million people were severely affected by the floods across the country; more than 1,500 people died and over one million houses were damaged, he added. He further said that the ILO, and the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development would take measures to help the unemployed workers. - PR

NA speaker emphasis to explore Pak-Kazakh economic potential 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervez Ashraf on Tuesday emphasized the need to explore immense economic potential between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. The Speaker made the remarks during a meeting with Kazakhstan Ambassador to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin, who paid him a visit here. The meeting focused on improving trade, relaxing visa policies, expanding parliamentary cooperation, and supporting the National Assembly's (NA) call for global funds through the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to combat climate catastrophe. While welcoming the Ambassador, the speaker stated that Pakistan values its ties with Kazakhstan, a key Central Asian country with which it shares a mutual vision of regional cooperation. He said that parliamentary diplomacy could play a vibrant role in expanding mutual cooperation, adding he said parliamentarians on both sides can promote existing bilateral ties through a mutual contact. He mentioned that Pak-Kazakh Friendship Group in NA is actively working to expand relations between parliaments of both the countries. He added that business communities of both countries should promote trade and investment by exploring investment opportunities to further improve trade relations. The speaker stated that Pakistan was facing unprecedented climate challenges, and in order to combat this massive challenge, NA has moved an emergency item for the 145th IPU Assembly in Rwanda from October 11-15, 2022.

PM calls audio leak, serious security lapse, assures thorough probe

Post-flood situation demands relief work, not political gatherings

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called the surfacing of audio leaks featuring candid conversations between key figures in the coalition government a "very serious lapse" on Tuesday, announcing the formation of a high-level committee to investigate the matter. During a news conference in Islamabad, the premier made these remarks alongside other federal cabinet members. In response to a question about audio leaks, he said such security breaches were a "big question mark." "Who will now come to meet the Prime Minister at PM House?" They will think 100 times before speaking, whether they are a sympathiser or a friend. This is about the respect of the country's 220 million people. "I am taking note of this, and a committee will be formed to investigate the matter," PM Shehbaz said. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, while visiting Dadu Sindh, urged the nation to work together by extending a helping hand to those affected by the massive floods. He described helping people in need as a noble service and emphasised the importance of rising above politics and the so-called "number game" in order to converge energies to help flood victims. Without naming any politicians, he stated that the country's post-flood situation necessitated reaching out to flood victims rather than holding public gatherings. During his address to the locals during his visit to the tent-city set up in Jhakro village to house flood victims, he stated that all segments of society, including the federal government, provincial governments, and citizens across the country, needed to work together to alleviate the problems of the flood-stricken population. This morning, the Prime Minister arrived in Sindh's flood-affected area of Jhakro in Dadu district to oversee relief and rehabilitation efforts. He praised the efforts of the Sindh government, the armed forces, and the disaster management authorities in providing relief to flood victims. According to PM Sharif, the flood affected 33 million people, killed 1,600 people, and caused a $30 billion loss to the national economy.

PHMA elects new chairman, SVC, VC unopposed for 2022-23

By Staff Reporter

Lahore: The Pakistan Hosiery Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PHMA) has elected new office-bearers unopposed for the period of one year 2022-23, with Muhammad Babar khan as Central Chairman and Naseer Butt as Vice-Chairman. The new office-bearers, addressing the annual general meeting held here today, said that it was an honor for them to lead the hosiery association for the year 2022-23, paying tributes to the outgoing chairman, saying the outgoing body has been actively promoting the interests of the value-added textile industry throughout the year. They vowed to continue with their efforts for the promotion and protection of the value-added textile industry. The new chairman Muhammad Babar khan expressed the confidence that he would make all efforts to work selflessly in resolving issues and problems faced by the industry in the best interests of PHMA members and in further enhancing and boosting the exports. He added that he would accord top priority in respect to reduction in cost of inputs, resolution of refund related issues, and a favorable environment for the promotion of hosiery industry in Pakistan. Growth of value-added textile industry was a must to steer the industry out of worse situation and contribute to the exports of the country. If conducive environment is provided by the government the exports of knitwear sector alone will be enhanced significantly in coming years, he pledged. PHMA new vice chairman Naseer Butt said that the knitwear apparel maintains the highest exports share, remaining at top of exports statistics every year despite adverse factors such as liquidity crunch and high costs of doing business. He suggested the new body to accord top priority in reduction of input cost, resolution of refund issues and a favorable environment for the promotion of hosiery industry. He said that growth of value-added textile industry was a must to steer the overall economic growth of the country. He said that the exporters are facing tough competition with neighboring countries due to high cost of doing business on one hand while there is persistent liquidity crunch on the other hand. The severe liquidity crunch leads to lower production and closure of a number of exporting industries. He voiced that policy decisions of the government must be sustainable and constant. He emphasized that the value-added textile sector needs special attention of the government to achieve milestone in exports and in this connection, the government has to take crucial steps and decisions to enhance per hectare yield of the cotton crop, cotton contamination and development of seeds. The outgoing office-bearers congratulated the new body and hoped that it would continue its efforts for the industry’s growth. Outgoing central chairman Shahzad Azam expressed the confidence that the new elected representatives will make all-out efforts to cooperate in resolving the issues and problems being faced by the industry and boost exports. He said that sincere efforts were made during his tenure to achieve the desired objectives of the association in enhancing exports, safeguarding genuine rights of the members, and resolving the issues being confronted by the industry. Former chairmen, office-bearers, Executive Committee members and general body members eulogized the services and efforts made by the outgoing chairman and his team and felicitated the newly-elected members. They reposed confidence in the new PHMA office-bearers and anticipated that they would leave no stone unturned to achieve the desired objectives of the association.

Rupee continues sharp recovery against us dollar

By Staff Reporter

KARACHI: The Pakistani rupee on Tuesday extended its recovery against the US Dollar, appreciating by Rs3.30 in the interbank. According to the forex dealers, the local currency gained Rs3.31 against the US dollar in the interbank market. Currently, the dollar is being sold at Rs234.31 by the banks, while the same is being sold at Rs234 to 236 in the open market. It may be noted that on Sunday, Miftah Ismail resigned as the finance minister and the PML-N huddle held in London with Nawaz Sharif in the chair nominated Ishaq Dar as the next finance minister of the coalition government.

2,000 development projects at a cost of 240 billion rupees in South Punjab, Saqib Zafar

By Staff Reporter

MULTAN: Additional Chief Secretary South Punjab Captain (R) Saqib Zafar has said that work is underway on more than 2,000 development projects at a cost of 240 billion rupees in South Punjab. These projects include 1548 ongoing and 443 new projects. He was addressing the review meeting about the plans of the annual development program. The administrative secretaries of South Punjab participated in the meeting. Captain R. Saqib Zafar while addressing the meeting said that all the secretaries should monitor closely to complete the projects within the stipulated period and ensure 100% utilization of the released funds. Said that there should be no compromise on high construction standards on the projects and the guidelines of the government regarding development projects should be followed. While briefing the meeting on this occasion, it was told that 541 in Multan Division, 439 in Bahawalpur and DG Khan Division. Work is underway on 502 projects. South Punjab Secretary Education Dr. Ehtesham Anwar, Secretary Services Nosheen Malik, Secretary Livestock Nasir Jamal Hotiana, Secretary Board of Revenue Tanveer Iqbal Tabasim, Secretary Forests Sarfraz Magsi, Secretary Agriculture Saqib Ali Attil and Secretary Health Mohammad Iqbal participated while Secretary P&D Aftab Pirzada gave a briefing about development projects.

KPRA Conducts Training Workshop for Public Sector Withholding Agents of Malakand 

By Staff Reporter

PESHAWAR: To build tax culture in the province, increase tax compliance, and building capacity of its public sector withholding agents, the KPRA held a workshop for the officials of government departments of district Malakand. USAID-funded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Revenue Mobilization Activity assisted the KPRA in conducting the workshop. participants were including officials of District Administration, Tehsil Municipal Administration Malakand, and Dargai, Educational Boards, Education Department, Local Government, University of Malakand, and District Accounts Office Malakand. KPRA Additional Collector Mardan and Malakand Mussarat in his welcome remarks thanked USAID-KPRM for facilitating KPRA in the workshop, and the participants for attending the workshop.

Professional bagging constantly increasing, experts revealed 

By District Reporter

CHAKWAL: Senior journalist Khawaja Babar Saleem Mahmood said on Tuesday that professional scavengers have turned to Chakwal district and in this regard, this backward and rainy area of the past has now become a gold mine for these scavengers and professional scavengers are here daily for thousands of people. While this group also includes Shadule rats and according to preliminary research, these Shadule rats are begged in different areas under a contract system. In the early hours of the morning, groups of beggars go out to beg, including women and children. However, there is an anti-bullying law in the country and the administration should pay attention to it because there are general reports that criminals are also present in the guise of these professional bullies. He was speaking live from Chakwal Press Club Studio. The host of the program, Zulfikar Mir, said that people from distant areas, including southern Punjab and canal areas like Sargodha, are now turning to the rain-fed district of Chakwal because the number of charity givers is high here, due to which the district Chakwal has turned into a big thriving donkey market. Senior journalist Khawaja Daniyal Saleem said that prostitution and prostitution are also being done under the guise of prostitution and however the administration and the police have to pay special attention to this. Professional asses have their own territories. Senior journalist Raja Iftikhar Ahmed said that he drew the attention of the SHO of Thana City Police several times to these donkeys that their presence is not only good for the city of Chakwal.

Import restrictions under chapter 84, 85 continue to haunt trade, industry: PIAF

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has observed that the import restrictions under Customs tariff chapter 84, 85 continued to haunt the trade and industry, leading to severe shortage of industry raw material in the country, as the authorities have not been fulfilling their commitments in spite of several reminders and meetings. In a hurriedly called meeting held on the issue of import restrictions here at PIAF Office, PIAF Chairman Faheem Ur Rehman Saigol warned that if import of industrial raw material, parts and machinery is halted, the industry would stop running gradually, leading to inordinate delay in export orders and damaging the reputation of Pakistan, as some of the sectors have already slashed their productions because they are in a difficult situation in the face of growing currency crisis. It is to be noted that the State Bank Foreign Exchange Department (FEOD) had made customs tariff chapter 84, 85 import payments conditional on its approval. The commercial banks, after this State Bank’s condition, are not making dollars available to the importers. After the circular issued by the FEOD on July 5 2022 the import of every kind of plant and machinery, capital goods and raw material has stopped. As a result hundreds of consignments are stuck at different ports and almost same number of consignments is on their way. Moreover, hundreds of consignments remained stuck at the port after government had slapped a ban on the import of luxury items. The importers have to pay now heavy demurrage to the shipping companies, as the government did not fulfill its commitment of waiving off demurrage and detention charges. PIAF Chairman observed that the business community was expecting that the imports restrictions will be relaxed as soon as the country receives first installment of the IMF loan but it is unfortunate that the situation has not changed so for mainly due to mismanagement of the authorities. Faheem Siagol said that the industry needs a supply chain to run the whole economy, adding big industries require raw material all the time. The State Bank’s decision severely affected the, pharmaceutical, auto, plastic, mobile phone, engineering and textile industries negatively.

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Pakistan reports 39 corona virus cases, no death in 24 hours 

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Pakistan has reported no death in the last 24 hours by novel corona virus as the number of confirmed positive cases has surged to 1,572,410. The nationwide tally of fatalities stands at 30,612 on Tuesday. According to the latest figures by the National Institute of Health (NIH), at least 39 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 across the country in the past 24 hours. Pakistan has conducted 8,634 tests in the past 24 hours out of which 39 persons were tested positive for the disease.

Water drops to ‘below low flood’ in Indus River at Kotri 

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: The water level in Indus River has dropped below the low flood category at Kotri Barrage, according to the water record shared by the Flood Forecasting Division on Tuesday. The water level in the river in upstream barrages on Indus has already dropped to normal flow. Water inflow at Kotri Barrage measured 1,97,700 cusecs and outflow has been 1,66,900 cusecs. Floodwater level has dropped in several areas of Kotri, which were submerged owing to high flood in the river. People evacuated from the area have returned to their homes as the water level has dropped in the river. Twin menace of flash floods unleashed by unprecedented monsoon rainfall in Sindh and Balochistan, and flooding in Indus River has damaged crops and thousands of mud houses in the area. A huge lake has been created by the rainwater standing across a very large area in Sindh, displacing millions of people in the province. As the flooding in Indus River going down, the rainwater standing in the submerged area getting passage to discharge into the river. The water inflow in river at Guddu Barrage has been 60,300 cusecs and outflow of water 43,500 cusecs. The water inflow in river at Sukkur Barrage has been measured 56,700 cusecs and outflow 48,500 cusecs. Indus River has been normal at Tarbela reservoir with water inflow 73,000 cusecs and outflow 76,500 cusecs.

CM regrets non-release of Punjab share worth 146 billion by federal govt 

Pakistan has an abundance of beautiful places, tourist spots and places of religious importance

By Staff Reporter

LAHORE: Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhry Parvez Elahi has expressed concern over the non-payment of Rs.146 billion to Punjab province by the federal government and regretted that the federal government has blocked legal and constitutionally-binding dues of Punjab province. While presiding over a meeting about the development, the CM made it clear that the federal government has not given anything to Punjab from the aid given to flood affectees. The federal government has not released the share for the construction of houses for flood victims; he added and pointed out that rehabilitation activities could also be hampered. Similarly, he noted that different projects could be compromised because of the stoppage of Rs.146 billion. The CM stressed that the Punjab government was striving hard to provide free medicines and other facilities to the patients and hospitals' completion work could also be affected due to the non-release of dues from the centre as the federal government created hurdles by stopping the share of Punjab. He pointed out that thousands of kilometres long dilapidated roads in Punjab need immediate repair and rehabilitation but the funds meant for Punjab have been intentionally stopped so that the province could be ruined because of the stoppage of development work. In fact, the stoppage of funds for an important federating unit like Punjab is a negation of the concept of national unity and cohesion, the CM said. The meeting was attended by Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, chief secretary, secretary C&W and others. Meanwhile on touarisim Chaudhry Parvez Elahi said that Pakistan has an abundance of beautiful places, tourist spots and places of religious importance. In his message, the CM added that tourist spots of Punjab are attractive to tourists and added that the tourism sector not only promotes local culture but also strengthens the national economy while creating job opportunities. He said that the purpose of celebrating this day is to promote tourism culture in the province as the motto of world tourism day-2022 is 'rethinking tourism.' New tourist spots were being introduced along with the provision of facilities as the tourism sector is an important source to earn foreign exchange. We should also commit that the rewards of economic development would be devolved to the impecunious strata at the grassroots by promoting tourism in the country, he concluded.

Islamabad Capital police conducted search operation in PS Shahzad Town Jurisdiction

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police conducted a search and combing operation in the jurisdiction of Shahzad Town police station, a police public relations officer said. He said that, following the special directives of IGP Islamabad Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan, search and combing operations are being conducted in different areas of the city, to ensure the safety and security of the Islamabad citizens. Following these orders, a search and combing operation was conducted in the PS Shahzad Town areas by local police, CTD and quick reaction teams under the supervision of DSP CTD. During the search operation 03 suspects were shifted to the police station for verification, While 33 houses, 45 suspects were checked. Moreover, one illegal motorcycle was also recovered. IGP Islamabad Dr. Akbar Nasir Khan said that the purpose of the search and combing operations was to heighten the security in the Federal capital. All zonal officers were directed to continue these operations in their respective areas. Citizens are also requested to cooperate with police during checking.

Strict action against currency mafia demanded, ex president ICCI

Some elements hurting Rupee for personal gains

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Former President of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Dr. Shahid Rasheed Butt on Tuesday said Senator Ishaq Dar should take strict action against the currency mafia after assuming the portfolio of the finance ministry. The influential mafia is manipulating the exchange rates to make millions overnight and causing huge damage to the country, he said. The reason behind the fall of the Rupee is not based on economic fundamentals but it is an outcome of the tricks of the currency mafia, he added. In a statement issued here today, Shahid Rashid Butt said that keeping the Pakistani rupee stable has remained the focus of Ishaq Dar's policy and it is hoped that he will give priority to this policy so that inflation and the suffering of the people are reduced. In 2017 when he left the portfolio of the ministry, Pakistan was becoming the eighteenth largest economy in the world. The rupee was stable, the interest rate was low, the tax situation and foreign exchange reserves were satisfactory and the overall economic conditions were very good. Those who came to power after Ishaq Dar played havoc with the economy in a way that even the enemy did not do which closed their fortunes and left the country bankrupt. Due to their wrong policies, industries closed down, agriculture was destroyed, unemployment was common and the rupee became as worthless as tissue paper for which the public paid a heavy price, he observed. The business leader said that the former finance minister Miftah Ismail also made every possible effort to save the country and improved the country's reputation among the international institutions. The business community was also somewhat satisfied with his actions, but he could not reduce inflation due to which he did not gain popularity among the masses. Shahid Rashid Butt said that the renowned economist of the country, Dr. Ashfaq Hussain Khan has recently said that commercial banks, central bank and forex association was involved in the manipulation of currency. His statement should be taken seriously and action should be taken against all those who are making fortunes at the cost of the country’s economy, he demanded.

Play “Ae Gallan Changiyan Tay nhi” staged at PAC

By Staff Reporter

RAWALPINDI: A play titled “Ae Gallan Changiyan Tay nhi” was staged at Punjab Council of the Art. The Play was written by Muhammad Aslam Bhatti, while Ramiz raja was the director. Director arts Council Waqar Ahmed was the chief guest of the play. Rizwana Khan, Arshad Khan, Abbas Ninha, Jhalak Ali, Liaquat Shah, Khawar Ayub, Waseem Raja, Alisha, Sophia Ali and Babar Abbas were prominent among the performers of the play. The play tries to highlight the importance and sanctity of human relationships. Director Arts Council Waqar Ahmed said that due to wealth, relationships have become weak today. Wealth is a material thing that can raise the standard of life of a person. But it cannot compensate for the lack of blood relations. In today's modern age, we are giving priority to wealth over relations, which have destroyed our family system. In the end, he also congratulated the artists for presenting a wonderful play. Assistant Director Muhammad Sulaiman said that Punjab Arts Council has always adorned the stage with only standard plays. Providing the best entertainment to the public is the top priority of the Arts Council. Artist Support Fund is a link in the same chain under which deserving artists are being given financial assistance of 5 thousand rupees per month by the Government of Punjab. Marriage grants for the marriages of artistes' daughters also illustrate the government's priorities.

Dengue wreaks havoc as cases rise in Islamabad and Rawalpindi 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Dengue epidemic has gripped the country as cases rise in major cities including the federal capital Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Karachi and multiple cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. According to District Health Officer (DHO) Islamabad, as many as 81 dengue cases were reported in the federal capital during the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 2,072 in the current season. While six people have lost their lives to dengue in Islamabad, he added. According to a report issued by KP Directorate General Health Services, the death toll due to dengue fever in the province stands at nine. The province has so far reported 5,315 dengue hemorrhagic fever cases in the current season. While 333 new cases were reported in KP in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the economic capital of the country Karachi reported 330 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the monthly toll to 4,991. A total of 32 people have lost their lives to viral infection in the provincial capital. However, Rawalpindi reported 164 new cases in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 1964. Three people reported dead due to dengue while 238 are under treatment.

14 criminals including nine drug peddlers held; drugs and weapons recovered 

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ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Capital police apprehended 14 criminals including drug peddlers involved 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 Secertariot police team arrested two accused namely Ali Zaib and Muhammad Maqbool and recovered 20 gram ice, 1960 gram hashish and 400 gram heroin from their possession. The Kohsar police team arrested two accused namely Abbas and Yasir and recovered 1370 gram heroin, 80 liters liquor and 35 wine bottles from their possession. Similarly, the Bhara Kahu police team arrested an accused namely Adeeb and recovered 1245 gram hashish from his possession.Tarnol police arrested an accused namely Muhammad Shahbaz and recovered one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Moreover, Sangjani police arrested an accused Naveed Hussain and recovered one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Khanna police arrested a bootlegger namely Zeeshan and recovered 450 liters liquor and one 30 bore pistol from his possession. Furthermore, the Koral police team arrested an accused namely Sulman khan and recovered 1200 gram heroin from his possession. Kirpa police team arrested 03 accused including a lady namely Abdul Qadeer, Qayyum and fouzia and recovered 60 liters liquor and one 30 bore pistol 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 two accused from different areas of a city.

PN, PAF continue relief and rescue efforts

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Navy established 04 x Flood Relief centers and 18 x Central Collection Points all across the country. These collection centers have distributed 1,805 Tons ration, 6,503 x tents & 730,763 liter mineral water in various districts. In addition, 22 x tent cities have also been established where 25,673 Personnel have been accommodated. Moreover, PN’s 23 x Emergency Response teams (ERTs) deployed all over Pakistan have rescued 15568 x stranded personnel. These ERTs are equipped with 54 x motorized boats and 02 x Hovercraft. PN has also deployed 02 x helicopters in interior Sindh. Uptill now, in 69 x sorties, these helicopters rescued 479 x stranded people and distributed 5,333 packets of ration. 08 x Diving Teams of Pak Navy have also carried out 27 x Diving Operations in affected areas across the Pakistan. PN has also established 86 x Medical Camps in which 97,719 x patients have been treated till to date. Pakistan Air Force has provided 6583 Tents, 570,341 Food packages, 3453.26 Tons of ration, 287,183 liter fresh water, for the flood affectees. Moreover, PAF has established 46 Medical Camps where 72,228 patients have been treated so far. 20 Tent cities accommodating 19807 people, 54 relief camps and 03 central Aviation Hubs all across the country have also been established.

Foundation University Islamabad holds Convocation for MBBS Graduates (2016-2020) 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: The Convocation 2022 of MBBS session 2016-2020 of the Foundation University Islamabad (FUI) was held at Jinnah Auditorium, Foundation University School of Health Sciences (FUSH) on 27th September 2022. MrWaqar Ahmed Malik SI, Managing Director (MD) Fauji Foundation/President Foundation University Islamabad, graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Maj Gen Nasir Dilawar ShahHI(M) (Retd), Rector FUI and Maj Gen Imran Fazal HI(M) (Retd), Director Foundation University School of Health Sciences, were also present at the occasion. As many as 168 graduates were awarded degrees by the MD Fauji Foundation. The Chief Guest also awarded 12 Gold Medals, 05 Silver Medals, 23 Distinction Certificates and 118 merit certificates. The Foundation University has been established as a Centre of Excellence to provide quality education at par with international standards. The University stresses on academic excellence through its quality faculty and students, besides efficient administration, in order to produce high caliber graduates. Foundation University (FUI) is a federally chartered University which was established in 2002. FUI is ranked Category “W4” the highest academic rating by the Higher Education Commission. In the welcome address, Director Foundation University School of Health Sciences highlighted the progress and academic excellence FUI has achieved in the past years. He said,“he is confident that the graduates have acquired brilliant medical academia through this excellentinstitution, and he is confident that these graduates will be able to play effective role in achieving the health vision of Pakistan”. He highlighted that the country is facing a complex emerging situation with a multitude of social, economic and health issues. He further added that Fauji Foundation has played its part by donating Rs 1.5 billion for the flood affected area.He urged the graduates that those who suffer need you to be something more than a doctor, they need you to be healers and you must do something more difficult than putting your white coat on. You must take your white coat off; you must recover, embrace and treasure the memory of your shared frail humanity- of the dignity in each and every soul. The Chief Guest, Mr. Waqar Ahmad Malik stressed upon the graduating students that they mustmake full use of their talent in meeting the challenge of generating local solutions to national problems through indigenous impactful research and innovation and fulfill their noble obligation towards the Nation. In the end, Rector FUI presented a University souvenir to the Chief Guest.

Court acquits Ayaz Amir in Sara Inaam murder case 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: District Session Court Islamabad acquitted journalist Ayaz Amir in the murder case of his daughter-in-law Sara Inaam by his Shah Nawaz Amir. There is no evidence about Ayaz Amir's involvement in the murder, the judge said.The police demanded five-day custody of Ayaz Amir to further investigate the murder. While his lawyer argued that the police have not yet provided a legitimate reason for arresting his client. However, the government lawyer said that Shah Nawaz called Ayaz on WhatsApp after he murdered his wife Sara. Ayaz has been named in the case by Sara's uncle, who is in Pakistan, he argued. Sara's parents have adequate proof against Ayaz, he argued. However, Ayaz Amir's lawyer argued that can section 109 be applied if a son contacts his father after killing someone. ­Would the police book everyone who was in touch with Shah Nawaz, he added? Lawyer Basharatullah argued that Ayaz has been arrested for so many days, his reputation has been damaged, and who is responsible for that? The police are still finding evidence against him and he has already been arrested, he added. Basharatullah urged the court to release Ayaz Amir from the case. The government lawyer argued back that WhatsApp calls record cannot be obtained, however, the phone has been sent for forensic investigation. Also Read: Sara Inam case: Unlicensed Kalashnikov recovered from Shahnawaz the court heard arguments from both sides and announced to release of Ayaz Amir from the murder case of his daughter-in-law Sara Inaam.

Sara Inam case: unlicensed Kalashnikov recovered from Shahnawaz 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Police on Tuesday recovered an unlicensed Kalashnikov from the custody of Ayaz Amir’s son Shahnawaz in the murder case of Sara Inam. Last week, Shahnawaz Amir murdered his wife Sara by hitting a dumbbell on her head. He claimed that he killed her in self-defense. According to police, a handbag of deceased Sara Inam has been recovered from the residence of Shahnawaz in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad. UAE Dirhams, US dollars debit and credit cards have been found in the purse of the deceased. Apart from this, the Mercedes car has also been recovered by the police team during a search operation in Shahnawaz’s House. The police have failed in recovering the passport and cellphone of Sara Inam, so far. The police also found unlicensed Kalashnikov from the possession of Shahnawaz, the main suspect in Sara Inam case. After recovery of the weapon, Shahnawaz Amir has been booked in a separate case at PS Shahzad Town.

Ishaq Dar takes oath of senator despite opposition protest

Says artificial depreciation of Pakistani rupee poses major challenge to country

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) senior leader and former Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday took oath as senator amid protest by opposition. Sadiq Sanjrani, Chairman of the Senate, administered the oath to Ishaq Dar. During the swearing-in ceremony, PTI members gathered near the rostrum and chanted slogans, tore copies of the meeting agenda, and surrounded the dais in an attempt to register their protest, prompting the chairman to call in security personnel. Furthermore, senior leader of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Ishaq Dar has stated that the artificial depreciation of the Pakistan rupee is a major challenge to the country. Dar told reporters at Parliament House that the current artificial depreciation of the rupee is a major challenge for the government. He sent a message to those dealing in hundi and satta to refrain from creating an artificial shortage of dollars, or they will be dealt with harshly. Ishaq Dar hinted that the government will not allow hundi and satta traders to devalue the rupee by spreading rumours. "We will do everything in our power to maintain the market-based rate of the dollar," he added. The nominated finance minister, Ishaq Dar, stated that the Pakistani rupee has recovered Rs 13 against the US dollar since yesterday, and that as a result of the improvement in the value of the rupee, the Pakistani nation's debts have been reduced by Rs 1350 billion. He stated that he will do everything possible to keep the country's inflation under control. Inflation and utility prices are major challenges for his ministry, he said. "Allah has given us success in the past, and Insha Allah, we will work hard to reduce the country's problems," he said.

Imran Khan claims more audio leaks are coming

Says Sharif family importing machinery from India 'to make money'

By Our Correspondent

PESHAWAR: Former Prime Minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supremo Imran Khan on Tuesday while reacting to the recent alleged audio leak saga said that the Sharif family is secretly importing machinery from India to make money. Speaking at a trader's convention in Peshawar, the former Prime Minister stated that after 17 years, the country had grown by 6%. Despite COVID-19, the employment ratio was high, according to the World Bank, and overseas Pakistanis sent record amounts of foreign exchange, he added. "The country has been in debt since these two families arrived, and they are getting rich," Imran said. "Maryam Nawaz has a PhD in deception; they [the Sharif family] steal money, flee the country, and then use NRO to return. To make money, the Sharif family is secretly importing machinery from India. I will fight them for as long as I live "According to the PTI chairman. Imran Khan has stated that more audio leak episodes are on the way. In another audio leak, he stated that PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz would come to the fore. "In the upcoming audio leak, Maryam can be heard telling her father Nawaz Sharif that Imran will soon be disqualified in the Toshakhana reference," he added. Who is telling Imran Khan the "inside things" of Prime Minister House has become a million-dollar question. Three audios have been leaked in the last week, with Prime Minister Shehbaz and Maryam at the centre of the controversy. The most recent leaked audio, which allegedly features PM Shehbaz, Rana Sanaullah, Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif, Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, and others, contains a discussion about PTI resignations. Previously, another leaked audio went viral on social media, allegedly featuring PM Shehbaz, and contained a discussion about PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz requesting that an Indian power plant be imported for her son-in-law. Aside from that, an alleged audio conversation in which Maryam can be heard advising the PM to raise fuel prices was leaked.

Fawad urges ECP, send reference for Shehbaz's disqualification after audio leaks

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Senior Vice President Fawad Chaudhary said that there was no need to investigate the latest audio leaks from the PM’s house since he himself confirmed their authenticity, demanding that ECP should send a reference to special tribunal for his disqualification forthwith. Fawad Chaudhary, reacting to the Prime Minister's press conference on Tuesday, stated that Shahbaz testified to the validity of the leaked audios, so no further investigation was required. He demanded that the Election Commission of Pakistan take immediate action and begin the process of disqualifying him because allowing power to remain in the hands of imported clowns would be disastrous for the country. Fawad Chaudhary stated that the terrible game of criminals and puppets should be come to a halt sans any further delay and elections should be held instantly to get the country out of the disastrous situation. Lashing out at the inaptness and incompetent of the imported government, Fawad stated that the cabal of crooks had put a question mark on the honor, respect and security of the Prime Minister's House.

Centers of extremism: Madrasahs or modern educational institutions?

Asif Mahmood

Whenever we think that the wave of terror is now a story of the past it actually accomplishes the opposite. Now as a commoner I find myself grappled with many troubling questions with which is the actual epicenter of extremism in Pakistan whether it is modern educational institutions or traditional religious schools being the ultimate conundrum. Generally, the extremism is attached to the appearance of a person. However this does not qualify to be a touchstone in understanding the intellectual contour of any person. Extremism doesn’t relate to any certain segment of the society or any particular group. Spitting it out in a more simple way ,let me say that extremism is not associated with the religious class of our society. Even the liberal or a secular person can be one amongst the extremists. Extremism is not how you look like; it is all about how you think. It doesn’t relate to the human appearance; it actually relates to the mental faculty of a mind. We as a whole, unfortunately , are scuffled with extremism. We have sidestepped the sad reality that is prevalent in our modern educational institutions but it does not mean that sidestepping something can make the things go in the right direction. If you can take my words for that, I daresay that situation in modern educational institutes are more troubling than the traditional religious schools. Religious extremism is just one among the many shades of extremism. The way our modern institutes or polluted with cultural critical and linguistic extremism speaks volumes of the fact that this is the breeding ground for the extremist. If the raw material is available it can easily be converted into a religious extremism or in some cases it may eventually turn out to be a religious terrorism. What we need to understand is the fact that if we want to form a peaceful society we should address the issue as a whole and not in part. Our universities and our colleges are actually being converted into the fault line and this should be dealt with accordingly. The sooner the better.

Pakistan strongly urges India to follow basic inter-state norms

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has strongly urged India to respect basic norms of inter-state relations and refrain from commenting on the bilateral ties between the United States and Pakistan. Responding to media questions about the Indian Minister of External Affairs' unwarranted remarks, Foreign Office Spokesperson Asim Iftikhar stated that Pakistan has a longstanding and broad-based relationship with the US, which has been critical in promoting peace, security, and stability in the region. "India needs to seriously examine its diplomatic behaviour," Asim Iftikhar said. He stated that in recent months, Pakistan-US relations have become more robust and multifaceted, deepening people-to-people and bilateral ties. Both countries are actively working to keep regional peace and security.

Bilawal reviving ties with world: Shazia Marri

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Poverty Alleviation and Social safety & Information Secretary of PPP-P Shazia Atta Marri has said that Pakistan Tehrek-e-Insaf's Chairman Imran Khan is looking worrisome by seeing the international prestige and honour of the Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari who revived and strengthened diplomatic ties with various countries and urged them for extending their support and help to flood affected people of Pakistan. - PR

Sultan & Bilwal reiterated to be voice of Kashmiris

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NEW YORK: Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said that we will continue diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in all forums around the world. United Nations, OIC, and other international organizations should also play their role to support Kashmiris. Voices will be raised at all levels for the right of Kashmiri people to self-determination. He expressed these views while talking to President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry here in New York today. On this occasion, President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry has said that the international community should play its role in giving the Kashmiris their basic right, the right to self-determination, in the light of the United Nations resolutions. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari raised his voice for the Kashmiri people in OIC and other forums, while President Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry also spoke at UN, OIC's Kashmir Contact Group, and other forums. But he presented the position of the Kashmiri people on the Kashmir issue in a lively manner.

Rasheed faces fine if returns to court on political matters 

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court (IHC) warned former interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed on Tuesday of imposing an exemplary fine on him if he approached the court regarding a political matter again. This was noted by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah while hearing the PTI-aligned petition challenging the formation of a "heavy" federal cabinet. Rasheed argued in his application that a Cabinet of 72 members violates Article 92 (1) of the Constitution. The Chief Justice stated that disrespecting Parliament is unacceptable and that "the court will not intervene in this matter." The former minister's lawyer responded that there was no other option but to go to court in this case. However, Justice Minallah said, "There are elected representatives in Parliament. That is the forum." The court is to be approached if an individual's fundamental rights are being violated, the judge remarked. He further termed Rasheed's petition "baseless", stating that the politician should be fined for trying to hold the court accountable for the Parliament. "The Parliament itself holds the government accountable," he said. Rasheed's petition was ordered to be withdrawn by the IHC Chief Justice. "In the past, the courts have been abused; this must stop now!" he exclaimed. After the hearing, the former minister told reporters that the Chief Justice had told him not to "drag the court into every issue" and to go to Parliament. He went on to say that the decision not to go to Parliament was made by Imran Khan.

‘PM enhances image of Pakistan at int'l level’

By Staff Reporter

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister Attaullah Tarar has said Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif during his visit to New York presented Pakistan's case on different matters in the most effective manner. During a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said the Prime Minister also brought up the Kashmir issue forcefully. He stated that the Prime Minister's visit has improved Pakistan's image on a global scale. "In his address to the UNGA, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif effectively highlighted the negative impacts of climate change on Pakistan and highlighted the plight of Kashmiris in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir," the SAPM said. In his speech, the Prime Minister stated that, despite low carbon emissions, Pakistan's economy and people were paying the dual cost of climate injustice and high global warming, which caused massive flash floods, necessitating immediate action by world leaders. According to him, the Prime Minister also stated that Pakistan had never seen a more stark and devastating example of the impact of Global Warming. "Life in Pakistan has changed forever," he quoted the Prime Minister as saying. On the Kashmir issue, he noted that the Prime Minister stated that Pakistan desired peace with all of its neighbours, including India, but that long-term peace and stability in South Asia depended on a just and lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

ISLAMABAD: Amir Jamaat-e-Islami Siraj ul Haq presented by a check of 2 Caror from Alkhidmat foundation AJK Amir.

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