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Govt initiates 36 projects of public welfare, economic development: PM ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime ensure the
Govt initiates 36 projects of public
welfare, economic development: PM
ISLAMABAD (APP): Prime ensure the wellcoordinated use Southern Gas companies man­ houses, steps to introduce
Minister Imran Khan Thurs­
of government resources for
aging directors and Pakistan technology and innovations in
day said the government real­ masses’ welfare, a Prime Min­ State Oil managing director the agriculture sector, and
izing its manifesto had initi­
ated at least 36 development
ister Office statement said.
The meeting was attended
projects of public welfare and by Special Assistants to Prime
economic development during
its first eight­month tenure.
Minister on Information and
Broadcasting Dr Firdous
attended the meeting.
Provincial Minister of
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for
To urism Mu hammad Atif
Khan was also present.
steps to ensure speedy justice
to the people.
The prime minister said
the establishment of shelter
homes across the country
Chairing a meeting at Ashiq Awan, Yousu f Baig
Prime Minister Office regard­
Mirza and Iftikhar Durrani,
The prime minister said manifested that the govern­
the government’s initiatives ment was alive to its respon­
ing the steps taken by differ­ Spokesperson to Prime Min­ included the promotion of sibilities for the uplift of down­
ent government organizations
under the corporate social re­
sponsibility (CSR), he said for
ister Nadeem Afzal Chan, Dr
Sani Nishtar, Secretary Fi­
nance Muhammad Younus
Pakistan’s tourism potential
both locally and internation­
ally, introduction of local gov­
trodden people. He called for
massive awareness o n
government’s welfare works
the first time, the government Dhaga, Secretary Information
ernment system, Clean
and to ensure their participation in
had launched a comprehensive Shafqat Jalil, NADRA chair­ Green Pakistan project and the projects as well as their
anti­poverty program ‘Ehsas’.
man, National Bank president,
The program would not only Zarai Taraqqiati Bank Limited
help the state provide educa­
president, Bank of Punjab ex­
measures to boost national
economy and facilitate busi­
ness community.
successful completion.
Heads of different organi­
zations apprised the prime
tion, health, employment and ecutive vice president, Bank
Besides, the government minister on the steps being
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan receiving a briefing on development and public welfare initiatives of
the government at PM office.
other basic needs to the poor
of Khyber chief executive of­
had also launched a remarkable
taken by their respective enti­
segment of society but also ficer, Sui Northern and Sui
project to build five million ties under the CSR.
Lashes out at PTI's economic policies again
Government has no plan, no
mission, no vision: Bilawal
Pak-IMF deal may be
announced today
Won't accept IMF deal if approval not taken from Parliament;
This is not the PTI govt. any more. This is the PTIMF government
Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto­
Zardari on Thursday lam­
basted the government for its
inability to control the tsunami
He repeated his warning
that the opposition would not
accept any deal with the In­
ternational Monetary Fund
(IMF) unless the government
“This is not the PTI gov­
ernment any more. This is the
PTIMF government,” Bilawal
declared. His comments drew
the ire of the treasury
government and the Interna­
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)
are likely to announce a staff­
level agreement today (Friday)
as the former has accepted
most of the globallender’s de­
mands — earlier termed harsh
— that will lead to the unfold­
ing of an inflationary budget
loaded with taxes on June 11,
sources in the Ministry of Fi­
of inflation as a ruckus was gets it approved by the benches.”What kind of ‘Naya nance told.
created in the National Assem­
Ho use.Bilawal once again
Pakistan’ is this? What kind
They added that the coun­
questioned the sudden ap­ of hypocrisy is this?” he try did not have any other
bly. “This government has no
plan, no mission and no vi­
pointments of Hafeez Shaikh,
Reza Baqir and Shabbar Zaidi
asked. When Speaker Qaiser
asked that the word munafiqat
option but to concede to the
IMF’s demands to remain
sion,” he said, adding that the as economic adviser, State be also expunged, Bilawal afloat.
government had failed to meet
its tax targets” he stated this
while addressing in National
Amid protestingnoises by
the treasury benches, he al­
leged that the public was “suf­
fering due to the government’s
Bank of Pakistan governor and
Federal Board of Revenue
chairman, respectively. “The
government is not telling us
why it is doing what it is do­
ing,” he lamented and repeated
his suspicion that the
country’s economic decisions
were being “taken by the IMF”.
pointed out that munafiqat
was an Urdu word, and it was
not non­parliamentary. He
then clarified that he meant
Bilawal also responded to
the protesting treasury mem­
bers despite Speaker Qaiser’s
Pakistan and the IMF
have started exchanging the
proposed draft of the Memo­
randum of Economic and Fi­
nancial Policies that will be­
come the base for the three­
year programme.
It is expected that the loan
size will be equal to about
225% of Pakistan’s quota or
$6.5 billion.
The country already owes
$5.8 billion to the IMF on ac­
count of previous loans. If all
the issues are resolved by
Thursday evening, Pakistan
and the IMF will sign their
22nd programme on Friday.
“Unlike in the past, the
IMF should finalise the loan
programme keeping in mind
the ground realities of Pakistan
inclu ding the Pakistan
Tehreek­e­Insaf’s [PTI] rep­
resentation in both houses of
the parliament,” said Senator
Shibli Faraz, the leader of the
house in the Senate.
ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi, Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq
Sanjrani, Speaker NationalAssemblyAsad Qaiser arriving forIftardinnerhosted
by Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani in honour of parliamentarians.
Continued on page 2
Government to make BDA,
autonomous institutions
President phones
families of martyrs,
prays for peace of
departed souls
Saudi Arabia keen to
establish Cultural Centre
in Islamabad: Envoy
Ambassador to Pakistan
Nawaf Saeed Ahmad Al­
Provincial Govt. departments asked to prepare viable
development projects for next financial year’s PSDP
Malki Thu rsday said
Kingdom was keen to estab­
lish a cultu ral centre in
Islamabad with a view
2030. Pak­Saudi relationship
is not confined to the govern­
ments, rather it represents a
people­to­people bonhomie,
he added.
Dr Firdous welcomed
SaudiArabia’s keenness to set
up a cultural centre in the capi­
tal city of Pakistan and as­
su red her
full assistance in
that regard.
The SAPM said Paki­
stan was enjoying warm
relations with Saudi Arabia
since the birth of the coun­
try in
1947 as this relatio n­
QUETTA:Balochistan ChiefMinisterJamKamal Khan presides overthe meeting
of Parliamentary Secretaries and theirdepartment Administration Secretaries.
dent Dr Arif Alvi on Thurs­
day phoned the families of
Lance Naek Muhammad Ali
and Nazir Khan, who were
martyred at the Pakistan­Af­
ghan border in a terrorist at­
tack, and prayed for peace of
the departed souls and grant
of courageto the bereaved fami­
lies to bear the loss.
The president paid tribute
to the families of the martyred
for their bravery and courage.
He said those laying down
their lives for the motherland
would always be remembered.
President Arif Alvi said
the whole nation was ready to
defend the motherland.
strengthen cultural collabora­
tion between the two coun­
He expressed these views
during a meeting with Special
Assistant to the Prime Min­
ister (SAPM) on Information
and Broadcasting Dr Firdous
Ashiq Awan here, a press re­
lease said.
He said SaudiArabia was
also looking forward to the
skilled labour from Pakistan
ship was rooted in centu­
ries old religious, cultural
and commercial lin ks be­
tween peo ple o f the two
IG FC visits Khost area in
Harnai, inspect blast site
govt over rising
Speaker NA
directs to take
action against
immoral websites
with regard to the Vision countries.
Corps’ morale cannot be cast down
QUETTA: Inspector General
Frontier Corps (FC)
Balochistan, Major General
Syed Fayyaz Hussain visited
the Khost area of Harnai on
The IG FC in ­
spected the spot of landmine
blast in the Khost area. Mean­
while, he was briefed about the
overall security situation of
the area as well as about the
incident of firing and blast.
Condemning the incident
of terrorism, the Major Gen­
eral Fayyaz Hussain offered
fateha for the departed souls
of martyred FC personnel and
mine labourers.
The IG FC also shared the
initial information gathered
regarding the bomb blast with
the senior FC high ups.
Speaking on the occasion,
the IG FC said that the FC’s
morale can’t be lowered down
with such cowardly acts of
He said that the FC has
always been rendering sacri­
fices for protection of life and
property of the people. The
FC has proved this by render­
ing sacrifice of precious lives
today too that it would not
leave any stone unturned in
protecting the people, he main­
He also said that the FC
Balochistan is mobilizing all
available resources to foil ne­
LAHORE (INP): Two days
after former prime minister
Nawaz Sharif returned to Kot
Lakhpat Jail upon the expiry
of his six­week long bail, his
daughter and PML­N Vice
President Maryam Nawaz met
him inside the prison on Thurs­
day. In a tweet, she said she
met her father inside Kot
Lakhpat Jail and quoted him
as expressing concern over “in­
flation and growing people’s
hardships” as a result of it.
She said the PML­N
supremo also expressed deep
sadness over the loss of lives
in Wednesday’s suicide blast
QUETTA: The Government
of Balochistan has decided to
make Balochistan Develop­
ment Authority (BDA) and
other autonomous institutions
self­sufficient in the province.
The decision to this effect
was made in a meeting of the
parliamentary secretaries of
various departments and their
administrative secretaries, here
on Thursday. The Chief Min­
ister Jam Kamal Khan pre­
sided over the meeting. The
Chief Secretary, Dr. Akhtar
Nazir and other concerned
high ups were also present.
The meeting reviewed the
departmental affairs and per­
formance of the energy, envi­
ronment, minerals, forests,
women development, religious
affairs, Aukaf, Quetta Devel­
opment Authority and BDA
in detail. The meeting also re­
viewed the measures pertain­
ing to shift the agriculture tube
wells of the province on solar
energy. It was decided to make
geo­tagging of the tub wells for
verification of some 29,000
tube wells.
Moreover, the matters
about appointment of chair­
man of the Provincial Zakat
Council and distribution of
zakat were also reviewed. In
this regard, it was also decided
to post the chairman of Pro­
vincial Zakat Council and start
process of distrib ution of
zakat among the deserving
persons in the province.
It was directed that all the
provincial government depart­
ments should prepare viable
development projects for the
Speaker National Assembly
Public Sector Development Asad Qaiser Thursday di­
Programme (PSDP) of the
next financial year.
Jam, Zia grieve over loss of lives
Three FC officials among
five killed in Harnai
farious designs of the terrorist outside the Data Darbar in
elements in the province,
It may be mentioned here
that two FC personnel among
three lost their lives when the
vehicle they were riding in ran
over a mine in Khost area.
The FC vehicle was on its
way to the spot of firing where
unknown miscreants had shot
two mine workers dead by re­
sorting an indiscriminate fir­
ing in wee hours on Thursday.
Lahore and sent out a message
of love to the Pakistan Mus­
lim League – Nawaz (PML­N)
workers. In another tweet,
Maryam, taking a swipe at the
PTI go vernment, said the
people’s governmentsthrive on
their wishes while those of “in­
competents” who come to
power through rigging and
other illegal means give in to
others’ conditions.
QUETTA (PPI) Five persons
including FC personnel lost
their lives due to firing and
land mine explosion in Dis­
trict Harnai of Balochistan.
Unknown armed men opened
fire at a coal mine at Khost
area of District Harnai
resultantly two miners were
killed, said levies sources.
Hearing news of the inci­
dent, vehicle of FC and Lev­
ies proceeded towards the site
and while on their way, ve­
hicle of FC struck with land
Due to explosion, three
FC personnel were killed
while one sustained injuries.
The injured staff of FC was
referred to Quetta for treat­
ment. Among the dead of FC
personnel included Hawaldar
Shafique, Sepoy Junaid and
civilian employee of FC,
Khudai Noor.
The dead coal miners in­
cluded Syed Shah resident of
District Killa Saifullah and
Habib ullah, resident o f
Pishin. Funeral prayer of 5
martyrs including FC person­
Continued on page 2
Senate told
rected the Minister for Parlia­
mentary Affairs Ali
Muhammad Khan to take ac­
tion against immoral websites
and submit report within 15
During proceeding of Na­
tional Assembly, he said that
Pakistan Telecommunication
Authority (PTA) should be
directed to suspend all such
websites which were spread­
ing immoral material.
Minister for Parliamen­
tary Affairs Ali Muhammad
Khan said that the Pakistan
Television had maintained
the country’s culture and
social norms in telecasting its
programmes. He said that there
was a censor board at PTV to
monitor the co n tents o f
programmes regularly.
He said that Pakistan Elec­
tronic Media Regulatory Au­
th ority (PEMRA) was re­
sponsible to monitor the pri­
vate channels and monitoring
of its contents.
ISLAMABAD:SpecialAssistant toPrime MinisterDr.
FirdousAshiq Awan in a meeting with SaudiAmbassa-
dorNawafSaeed AhmadAl-Maliki
Pakistan asks WB to empanel
Arbitration Court as India
threatens to halt water flow
stan on Thursday called upon
the World Bank to set up its
Court of Arbitration under
Indus Water Treaty after In­
dia hinted of restricting the
flow of water into Pakistan
from its share of rivers. For­
eign Office Spokesman Dr
Mohammad Faisal, at a
der­progress Ratley hydro­
electric projects.
Under the Indus Water
Treaty signed in 1960,
Islamabad has unrestricted
access to the western rivers ­
Indus, Jhelum and Chenab ­
while New Delhi enjoys the
same authority over the east­
ern rivers ­ Ravi, Beas and
weekly press briefing, said Sutlej.
Project included in next
budget to link Gwadar
with national grid station
Asia Bibi left
Pakistan of her
own free will: FO
ISLAMABAD (Online): Asia
Bibi left Pakistan of her own
free will, said Foreign Office
contrary to India’s reluctance,
Pakistan favoured the conti­
nuity of Treaty and also the
smooth functioning of its dis­
pute resolution mechanism.
India’s Minister of Water
Resources and Shipping Nitin
Gadkari on Thursday said
On Afghan peace pro­
cess, he said Pakistan sup­
ported dialogue and political
solution of Afghanistan with
focus on “Afghan­led and
Afghan­owned approach”.
He said Pakistan urged all
the stakeholders to converge
Spokesman Dr Mohammad New Delhi will stop their energies on negotiations
Faisal on Thursday.
At his weekly news brief­
ing in Islamabad on Thursday,
Pakistan’s share of water as
allocated under the Indus Wa­
ter Treaty. Minister Gadkari
to avoid conflict in the already
war­torn country.
On chances of meeting
Foreign Office Spokesperson also announced that “India between Foreign Minister
Dr Muhammad Faisal said she was not bound to follow the Shah Mehmood Qureshi and
Treaty and had plans to di­ Indian External Affairs Min­
vert the water flow to Punjab,
Haryana and Rajasthan”.
The FO Spokesman said
ister Sushma Swaraj at the
upcoming Shanghai Coopera­
tion Organization moot on
Indus Water Treaty was mu­ May 21­22 in Bishkek,

ISLAMABAD (APP): Minister for Planning Development and Reforms Makhdoom Khusro Bukhtiar Thursday informed the Senate that a project worth Rs 17 billion was included in the forthcoming budget to link Gwadar with the national power grid. Responding to various supplementary questions during Question Hour, the minister said the government had clear policy to bring all those areas at par with developed one which were ignored in the past. He said Balochistan would get its due share in the upcom- ing annual Public Sector Development Progamme (PSDP) and around Rs 8 billion would be allocated for Kacchi Canal project. He said during last 4 years (April, 2015-March, 2019) 119 development schemes were received from provincial govern- ments out of which Central Development Working Party (CDWP) approved 43 projects sponsored by Provincial Gov- ernments.

PISHIN: Brig. Liaquat Ali, Deputy Commissioner Aurangzeb Badini, Col. Amanullan Mengal and others attending Namaz-e-Janaza of FC official and a citi- zen at Rest House.

is a free citizen and can move anywhere. Reports on Wednesday emerged that Asia Bibi, the Christian woman at the center of a decade­long blasphemy row in Pakistan, has left the country months after being acquitted by the Supreme Court.

tually agreed upon between Pakistan and India, however India violated it by construct­ ing Kishanganga and the un­

Kyrgyzstan, he said “infor­ mal handshake could be a pos­ sibility, however there is no meeting scheduled so far”.

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Chairman, National Account­ ability Bureau (NAB) Justice (Retd) Javed Iqbal Thursday reviewed latest progress on NAB’s awareness, preven­ tion and enforcement policy on ”Oou Faith­Corruption Free Pakistan” at NAB head­ quarters. Speaking on the occasion Chairman NAB said that NAB was mandated to carry out Awareness and Prevention functions against corruption in pursuance of Section 33C of National Accountability Ordinance (NAO), said a press release. He said that NAB’s awareness, prevention and enforcement policy on “Our Faith­Corruption Free Paki­ stan” remained very success­ ful till to­date in order to aware people about ill effects of corruption. Under the policy, NAB has been engaging different Governmental, Non­Govern­ mental Organizations, media, Civil Society and other seg­ ments of society to join hands with NAB’s awareness and prevention efforts in order to

Friday May 10, 2019


NAB reviews its awareness, enforcement policy

various segments of society, NAB’s awareness and pre­ vention efforts had been ef­

country which had appreci­ ated by all segments of soci­

ety. He said that the present management of NAB had taken various measures to check corruption and to nab corrupt elements, proclaimed offenders and absconders.

nab corrupt elements, proclaimed offenders and absconders. LONDON:Agroup photo: (fromleft) MP Matt Rodda, MEP John

LONDON:Agroup photo: (fromleft) MP Matt Rodda, MEP John Howarth, High CommissionerMohammad Nafees Zakaria, Mian Muhammad Salim and MPAnneliese Dodds at the Pakistan High Commission.

Top govt officials involved in smuggling non-custom-paid vehicles

Above all, sources said, the diplomatic and non diplo­ matic staffers of Afghanistan and China Embassy in Islamabad are fully involved in smuggling/importing luxu­ rious vehicles into Pakistan and selling them at the hands of top guns of government, the politicians and other high and mighty to earn billion of ru­ pees illegally. A surprise raid by Cus­ toms intelligence on some of showrooms as well as in courtyards of some embassies can lead to unearth the scam, they said. “It has been a rou­ tine practice that the smuggled or non duty paid luxury ve­ hicles are being plied on roads by displaying fake number plates in a bid to throw mud into eyes of law enforcement agencies and other authorities concerned,” sources added. The rampant smuggling/ im port of lux ury vehicles from various countries into Pakistan has been going on unnoticed, depriving the na­ tional exchequer of huge rev­ enue to the tune of billion of rupees, something seeking strong attention of Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan and high ups of Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR), sources said. Sharing further details, the sources said very influential person has purchased two pre­ cious Mercedes Benz cars E63

which were not registered with Punjab Excise and Taxation Department, Lahore, they re­ vealed.

“A former MPA Mir Na­

dir Khan Magsi of Sindh gov­ ernment also owns non cus­ tom paid vehicles,” sources claimed. Sources revealed an­ other Sindh based politician, who is also part of a provin­ cial government, has recently imported two luxury vehicles Mercedes S500 model 2017 and G63 model 2019 from Abu Dhabi. They said these vehicles were brought at Karachi sea port and cleared off by the authorities without receiving duties apparently on political pressure while con­ flicting the loss of millions of rupees to national kitty.

Government has no plan, no

Continued from page 1

to talk about Pakistan’s is­ sues. “He just waved a chit, claiming that he has become the chairperson of the PPP,” Saeed said. He raised ques­ tions over the Sin d h government’s performance and asked Bilawal to pay at­

had allegedly died due to medical malpractice. Saeed also drew Bilawal’s attention to the alarming increase in the number of HIV cases in Larkana. Meanwhile, opposition members gathered around the speaker’s dice in protest.

p rivate channels to not

broadcast in decent programmes in the name of Ramazan transmission. He was responding to a question in the National Assembly dur­

ing Question Hour. The Minister of State said PEMRA monitors con­ tents of about fifty­five pri­ vate channels to check that they are not involved in ob­ scenity, anti­Islamic teach­ ings, and institutions of the country.He said government

is not against private channels

to earn money, but they should take care of Pakistani culture and Islamic traditions in their content. He said state

channels like PTV has always (PML-N) on Thursday de-

kept showcasing of Pakistani culture and promoting Islamic traditions supreme. He said that complete monitoring and evaluation of the content shown on PTV is ensured. He said efforts are being made to convert three channels of PTV to High Definition. Responding to a question,

Minister of State for Climate today. The speaker had in-

Change Zartaj Gul said the government is going to pro­ hibit single use plastic bags in the federal capital by 14th August this year. The Minister of State said her ministry distributed cotton bags amon g Parlia­ mentarians and journalists as an alternative to plastic


bags. She said five thousand House, Abbasi said Speaker

cotton bags have been distrib­ Qaiser had lost the trust of uted amongst employees of the members due to his

the federal government and more are being procured for distribution in weekly Bazars and other markets free of cost. Minister fo r Aviatio n Ghulam Sarwar Khan in ­ formed the House that PIA has launched new routes like Sialkot­Sharjah, Lahore­ Muscat, Islamabad­Doha and Lah ore­Bangko k, Kuala lampur, Sialkot­Paris­ Barcelona, Peshawar­Sharjah, Peshawar­AlAin and Multan­ Sharjah.

stead permitted Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s Murad Saeed to express his view- point. The decision of the NA speaker prompted a protest

manded National Assembly (NA) Speaker Asad Qaiser to resign from his post, given the pressure on him. PML-N leaders Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Khawaja Asif and others were irked over Asif not being allowed by Speaker Qaiser to speak on the floor of the House during the session earlier

Govt, opposition equally responsible to run parliamentary affairs smoothly: Dr Firdous

aware people especially stu­ ternational, World Economic

dents in Universities/Colleges Forum and Gallup and Gilani

recent survey in which 59 percent people have shown

tive feedback received from their confidence on NAB’s

performance, testifies people’s confidence and trust over NAB’s perfo rmance

fectively highlighted by across the board as per law.

NAB’s media wing free of

cost in print, electronic and opened its door for citizens’ social media throughout the corruptio n related c o m ­

plaints but received not only 44315 complaints which were thoroughly scrutinized in complaints scrutiny committees but on the basis of prima ficia evi­ dence, 1713 complaints con­ verted into complaint verifi­ cations which were again scru­

He said that NAB’s top tinized and after obtaining

NAB had not only

at an early age. He said as per the posi­

ISLAMABAD (APP): Spe­ cial Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous AshiqAwan Thursday said the government and opposition were equally responsible to run the parliamentary affairs smoothly. Talking to a private news channel, she said the Parlia­ ment should be used for re­ solving peoples issues and making legislation, but oppo­ sition had made it a political battlefield. She said opposition was only criticising the government but not ready to listen to its achievements. She said criticising the government policies was the right of opposition, but it should also praise the good work of the government, add­ ing that opposition should play its due role for the bet­

AMG and E300 and had dis­ terment of the country.

She said the incumbent

ber plates (AHZ­063) on both government was ready to hold vehicles. They said the owner

has sold out one car recently.

A probe on part of

Islamabad Excise and Taxation Department in the case may open a new Pandora box, they claimed. Similarly, a Lahore based big wheel has also been using two imported non cus­ tom paid yellow coloured Lamborghini Gallardo and pearl white coloured Chevrolet Corvette sports cars putting

fake numbers plates (LED­15­ 8181 and LE­800), record of


played same registration num­

elections in newly merged area of FATA in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Replying to a question, she said Prime Minister was empowering the people of FATA and bringing them in na­ tional mainstream as he had allocated Rs100 billion for the development of the area. Dr Firdous said the gov­ ernment had reservations about the opposition leader who was missing from the parliament these days. To another question, she said Mariyam Nawaz was not a threat to the government as she had been convicted by the Supreme Court (SC), so she could not hold any position in the party. Law was equal for everyone as the PTI govern­ ment strongly believed in su­ premacy of law in the coun­ try, she added. She said Prime Minister Imran Khan was elected by the people of the country but not by those who were rejected by the masses.

most priority was to eradi­ point of view of all con­

cate corruption from Pakistan by using all its resources. He said that due to NAB’s pro­ active anti­corruption strat­ egy “Accountability for All”

today, NAB had become a had not only filed 600 cor­

ISLAMABAD (Online): The top officials of government, federal and provincial minis­ ters, politicians and other high and mighty are allegedly in­ volved in the crime of smug­ gling non­custom­paid (NCP) vehicles of foreign origin in­ flicting heavy loss to national exchequer, reliable sources dis­ closed. These influential are also using these NCP luxury ve­ hicles by displaying fictitious registration number plates across the country, sources said. The areas where these NCP vehicles could be seen moving on roads in herds in­ cluded Islamabad, Lahore, Multan, Karachi, Gotki, Hiaderabad and various other parts of Sindh province while the Pakistani authorities in­ cluding Customs Intelligence, Excise and Taxation Depart­ ments, Federal Investigation Agency, police and other law enforcement agencies have badly failed to abolish this practice, sources mentioned. Sources said these luxury vehicles are being smuggled from various countries into Pakistan allegedly by the dip­ lomatic and non­diplomatic staffers stationed in various embassies in Islamabad and are being sold overtly on a large scale in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and other parts of Sindh Province.

Man confesses to raping,murdering paternal brother


QUETTA: Police on Thurs­ day apprehended a man who

repeated instructions to ad­ dress him only and said:

dering his own nine­year­old

“Why don’t you understand

ous other segments of British the nine­year­old victim, who that constructive criticism is

in the government’s favour? Instead of censoring criticism, lodging FIRs and sending to people to jail, [government should] watch, listen and learn. He said that the federal government had said that the country was bankrupt be­ cause of the 18th Amendment when in reality, the centre was robbing money from all the provinces. He advised the government to “learn from Sindh” and said that the prov­ ince had always met tax tar­ gets and generated revenue.PTI’s firebran d MNA Murad Saeed gave an angry response to Bilawal’s speech, saying that the cur­ rent government was “expos­ ing PPP’s corruption”. He

Ghulam Sarwar Khan on added that Bilawal knew noth­

Thursday said that during last ing and is not credible enough

ISLAMABAD (APP): Min­ ister for Aviation Division,

degreesfoundfake in five years; NA told


nities, including infrastructure development in tourism sec­ tor, Special Economic Zones (SEZs), education, food­ pro­ cessing, and medicine sector.

fied specific areas for invest­ house. Later, an FIR was also ment and business opportu­ fired at a police station into

months ago from outside his

transition, Mr. Zakaria identi­

tion and successive democratic Kabeer went missing

the region of Pakistan’s loca­

global economic focus towards vere punishment to culprit.

cerned, converted into 877 in­ quiries and subsequently 227 investigations were ungraded. On the basis of across the board accountability, NAB

ruption reference during the tenure of present management of NAB but also recovered Rs. 4300 million from cor­

vibrant and reputable organi­ zation. Reports and Surveys of different reputable national and international organiza­

tions like PILDAT, Mishal rupt elements which was

Pakistan, Transparency In­

record achievement.

Will spend Eid where Judges allow me: Zardari

achievement. Will spend Eid where Judges allow me: Zardari LAHORE:Corps Commander Lieutenant General Majid Ehsan ,

LAHORE:Corps Commander Lieutenant General Majid Ehsan , InspectorGeneral Police, Punjab Captain (Retired)Arif Nawaz Khan stands in front of coffin Saddam Hussain after offering funeral prayer of martyred police official Saddam Hussain at Police line, as Wednesday morning was suicide bomb blast and at least 11 people including three police officials were martyred and scores injured in a suicide blast outside the Data Darbar shrine.

British Parliamentarians, MEPmeetHigh Commissioner

LONDON (APP):Member of European Parliament (MEP) John Howarth, Labour Party Shadow Treasurer, MP Anneliese Dodds, and MP Matt Rodda, Shadow Educa­ tion Minister, accompanied by prominent members of Paki­ stani Comm unity met Pakistan’s High Commissioner to United Kingd om Mohammad Nafees Zakaria here at the high commission on Thursday. According to a state­ ment issued here, the High Commissioner warmly wel­ comed the Parliamentarians and Diaspora members. The High Commissioner and the visiting Parliamentar­ ians reviewed the states bilat­ eral relations, particularly, trade and investment cooperation between Pakistan and the UK. They noted that there was enormous potential for eco­ nomic cooperation in a variety of sectors to the mutual advan­ tage of both the countries. Both sides also recognized that the sizeable British–Paki­

stani Community, was one of the strongest pillars in the rela­ tionship between the two coun­ tries.

They also acknowledged confessed to raping and mur­

the contributions of Pakistani

Community to the British paternal brother in Quetta.

economy, developments in vari­

society and promotion of bi­ lateral relations. The High Commissioner availed the opportunity to brief

According to City police,

was identified as Kabeer was abducted four months ago from the city. The under­arrest indi­

the Parliamentarians on the vidual has confessed of rap­ developments in Pakistan and ing, killing and then throwing

highlighted the prospects for Kabeer’s dead body in Dasht

investment and business op­ portunities for the friendly countries to venture in.

area, City police said. On the other hand, the family of the victim has de­

Reflecting on the growing manded authorities to give se­

It is to be noted that

the case.


IMF may ask for PM office, says Baloch

LAHORE (INP): Ameer, Jamaat e Islami, Pakistan,

Senator Sirajul Haq, has said one hand, the government was

sucking the blood ofthe people in the name of Tabdeeli and on

was a possibility that it may the other hand, the people

ask for the office of the Prime Minter. Talking to the media after

attending the Senate session ernment in its history, he re­

marked. He said the people were starving while the rulers are giving them the good news that the IMF grant had been ap­ proved. He said the masses had

the past, the IMF forced our rejected the fresh raise in the

government to accept its

loans on the country. Sirajul Haq said that on

that the way the terms of the IMF are being accepted, there

were being asked to bear with patience. The country had not experienced such a tyrant gov­

on Thursday, he said that prac­ tically an IMF government had been set up. Now, everything would be done by the IMF while we would be watching helplessly. The JI chief said that in

POL prices due to which it had become difficult for them to have Sehri and Iftari The JI chief appealed the

sitions and thus, the Fund had philanthropists in the society

mands., However, he said, the present government had in­ ducted IMF people in high po­

taken full control o f the country’s economy . He said that the new eco­ nomic team could devalue the

rupee as much as it desired and sure.

He also urged the traders

there would be none to check

it. He said that devaluation and businessmen to stop un­

due profiteering in food items to facilitate the deserving.

would inevitably result in the steep rise in the amount of

to take care of the needy in and around them and share Serhi and Iftari with them to be able to earn Allah’s plea­


NAB to give him more time

Former President of Pakistan for appearance.

Zardari said that he is

he willspend Eid where judges busy in the AC therefore can­

not appear before NAB. To a question that Mian Nawaz Sharif has again gone

accounts case for hearing on to jail and will he go there to

meet Mian Sahib, he said why should he go to meet him. Meanwhile Former presi­

former President Asif Ali dent and Pakistan Peoples

Zardari and his sister Faryal Party co­chairman Asif Ali

Zardari and his sister Faryal

court.After appearance before Talpur on Thursday appeared

AC, journalists asked ques­ before an accountability court tion from Zardari that new in Islamabad in the fake bank cases are being filed against accounts case.

Justice Muhammad Arshad Malik is scheduled to preside over the hearing of the

Talpur appeared before the

Asif Ali Zardari has said that

allow him to spend. Accou ntability Co urt Islamabad took up the fake

Thursday. During the course of hear­ ing, 30 suspects including

you so what would you like to say on this?

Upon it Asif Zardari re­

would allow. On the other hand, Asif

appear in NAB office to­ day. Zardari while filing a writ­

plied that these all are the case. blessings of Ramadan.

Replying to another query curity personnel has been de­ that where you willspend Eid, ployed around the court to

Zardari said that where judges prevent any untoward inci­

dent. On the other hand, Zardari

Ali Zardari has regretted to sent an application to the Na­

tional Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation team and sought more time for appear­

ten plea before NAB prayed ing before it.

A heavy contingent of se­

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PML-N demands

NA Speaker to step down

Monitoring Desk

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz

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nel killed in firing and land mine explosion was offered. Case of the inci- dent has been lodged at Levies Thana Harnai. Meanwhile Chief Minister Jam Kamal has expressed a deep sense of sorrow over the loss of precious human lives in a tragic incident in Khost area of Harnai and ex- tended sympathies to the bereaved heirs. He has also sought a report from the administration. He also pledged to take strict measures against the anti state elements in the prov- ince. He said that those playing with lives of the innocent people would not be spared and they would be taken to task. He also said that the Govt of Balochistan is mo- bilizing all available re- sources to foil nefarious designs of the terrorist el- ements in the province. Provincial Minister for Home, Mir Ziaullah Langove has expressed deep grief and sorrow

over the loss of lives of mine workers and secu- rity personnel in terrorist acts in Khost area of Harnai. In a statement issued here on Thursday, the Minister said that it is sor- rowful to attack the inno- cent mine labourers and security personnel through landmine blast. The Minister sought report from the concerned authorities. He directed to the concerned to arrest those involved in the fir- ing on the mine labourers in Harnai. Mir Ziaullah Langove strongly condemned the land mine blast in the area which claimed lives of three personnel. He said that the blood of martyred personnel would not go wasted. He also pledged to take strict measures against the anti state elements in the prov- ince. He said that those play- ing with lives of the inno- cent people would not be spared and they would be taken to task.

people would not be spared and they would be taken to task. five years, degrees of

five years, degrees of 521 em­ ployees of Pakistan Interna­ tional Airlines were found fake, bogus or tempered. Replying to a question of Ms. Tahira Aurangzeb in the National Assembly, the min­ ister said that out of total,

329 Pakistan Internatio nal

Airlines Corporatio n Lim­

ited (PIACL) employees tention to the recent death of

have been separated from nine­month­old Nashwa, who

services till date while 192 employees were on court stay or their cases are un­ der process. In a written reply to a question of Dr Shazia Sobia Aslam Soomro, the minister said that PIA present management had taken measures to im ­

pro ve its performance and Speaker Qaiser repeatedly

asked opposition leaders to return to their benches and urged PML­N’s Khawaja Asif to address the Parliament but to no avail. The sitting was then adjourned for prayers. Earlier, minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan has urged

reduce the losses including launching of viable n ew routes like Sialkot­ ­Sharjah, Lahore­Muscat, Islamabad­Doha and Lah ore­Ban gkok­ Kualalampur, Sialkot­Paris ­Barcelona, Peshawar­ Sharjah, Peshawar­Al­Ain and Multan­Sharjah.

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President for joint efforts to eliminate thalassaemia

very enthusiastic about pub­ lic well­being, particularly students have great passion for

thalassaemia from the country blood donation,” he said, add­

for which every citizen would ing the educational institutions

have to play their due role. He stressed for running a mass awareness campaign through media to sensitize the common people about the dis­

ease and preventative mea­ organs and suggested a ‘donor besides taking steps to elimi­

nate the disease. The president lauded the BISP chairperson for making efforts to alleviate poverty from the country. He also ap­ preciated the services being provided to the thalassaemia patients made by the PBM. Dr Alvi distributed cer­ tificates of excellence among

nectio n

dressing a seminar held in con­

sures. The president was ad­

card’ system should be launched in country to moti­ vate the masses becoming

ISLAMABAD (APP): Presi­ dent Dr ArifAlvi called for joint efforts to eliminate

saying the entire nation was with them in their fight. “Pa­ kistan is for you and you are for Pakistan,” he said while motivating them to continue their efforts for survival. He said it was the government’s duty to provide all the best possible facilities to the thalassaemia patients,

had a key role in mobilizing them for the noble cause. The president said ma­ jority of the people were re­ luctant to donate their body

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. ArifAlvi talking to MNA Ms. Nusrat Wahid who called on him.
ISLAMABAD: President Dr. ArifAlvi talking to MNA Ms. Nusrat Wahid who
called on him.

Radical Steps to be taken for the protection of children from child abuse: Senate Special Committee

fully operational. ICT police was further directed to initiate anti­child beggary campaign with the co­ ordination of National Child Protection Center and Pakistan Bait­ul­Mal at ICT level. The committee directed the Chairman Bait­ul­Mal and Chief Commissio ner Islamabad to effectively uti­

Sanjrani highlighting the state child abuse effectively and lize the child labor centers es­ of affairs with key recommen­ develop a coordinating system tablished by Pakistan Bait­ul­

Chairman Senate

presented the report to the

led by Senator Nuzhat Sadiq, issue.

mechanism to deal with the

each ministry and department and then put in place a syncing

government to take drastic to clearly outline the role of

increasing incidents of child abuse on Thursday urged the

steps for the protection of children from child abuse.

ISLAMABAD (APP): Senate used to sensitize the people Special committee on issue of on this issue.

The committee directed the ministry of human rights

A 14­member committee

The structure must be

Sadiq formed to address the issue of

dations to improve the situa­

tion. The committee in the re­

port directed the ministry of and federal departments and a human rights to implement the proper centralized system be

Mal across the country for rehabilitation of child laborers. The committee observed that over ten million children reside and study in Madrasah throughout the country there­

the committee recommended. fore appropriate and effective

measures should be taken to

among the different depart­ ments working in the province and between the provinces

action plan regardingthe issues developed for data collection,

of the prevention, protection, recovery, reintegration, par­

ticipation, monitoring and co­ the ministry of education and save them from any abuse.

ordination of children to curb professional training to expe­

ditiously arrange a building for

establishing a child protection to develop a database/MIS on

human rights violation includ­ ing child abuse. Chairman senate Sadiq

the report that teachers should

be given training, so they could the Management services

sensitize the children

ing a chapter on child protec­ to finalize the case of creation tee with thanks to the mem­

tion must be included in the

school syllabus for awareness protection institute in convener Senator Nuzhat

Sadiq for their untiring efforts in preparation of the report, ensuring the committee that the recommendation with be

women and children center sent to the government for

ritory (ICT) police to make the

established by the ICT police,

of posts of staff for the child ber of the committee and its

of the children and local bod­ Islamabad.

ies system should also be sued

for advocacy on this subject. rected Islamabad Capital Ter­

The committee in its re­ port also opined that the Fri­ day sermons could also be

includ­ wing of establishment division Sanjrani dissolved the commit­

The committee directed the ministry of human rights

the increasing incidents of child abuse.

The committee directed

It also recommended in institute in Islamabad.

The committee directed

The committee also di­


Toll plaza move aimed to destroy Kashmir economy: Sehrai

and gave a stern message to Indian government and the in­ ternatio nal comm unity

Jammu and Kashmir, through a non­violent way

Muhammad AshrafSehrai has condemned imposing toll tax

in the final resolution of Kash­

and newly established toll mir dispute.

plaza in south Kashmir ’s Sangam area of highway in In­ dian occupied Kashmir. According to Kashmir Media Service, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai in a statement issued in Srinagar said this move is yet another economi­ cal suppression on Kashmiris

aimed to crip ple Kashmiri ment of Kashmiris with the

movement despite facing con­ tinued atrocities. “Kashmir dispute has a historical legacy and it has to be resolved po­ litically, so threats, intimida­ tion and coercion can’t change the reality,” he said. India has to face this reality now. If you have to pursue the military route which has been taken so far, then that is not the way and will only deteriorate the situatio n. We believe that Kashmir is a political dispute and cannot be resolved by vio­ lence or military means, he added.

ISLAMABAD (APP): Senior APHC leader and the Chair­ man of Tehreek­e­Hurriyat

He said time has come to address it in its historical back­ ground where people of Kash­ mir should be allowed to de­ cide their political fate demo­ cratically as per their aspira­ tions. He hailed the unwaver­ ing association and commit­

people on economic front. He said it is an anti­people mea­ sure and will trigger crisis in the valley. He urged the authorities to withdraw the inhuman ban on public movement on the highway that is causing tre­ mendous hardships for all seg­ ments of Kashmiri people and also revoke toll tax charging order on locals and allow free­ dom of travel. Ashraf Sehrai, reacting on recently concluded sham parliamentary elections, said more than 90 percent Kashmiris rejected the polls

Ramazan inspires to engage in sharing: BHC


Bangladesh High Commis­ sioner (BHC) to Pakistan Tarik Ahsan has said that the hu­ manistic appeal of Ramazan inspires adherents of all faiths to engage in sharing and caring in a spirit of human solidarity. Tarik Ahsan in his wel­ come speech, at an iftar­din­ ner hosted byBangladesh High Commission here at a local hotel, said that durin g Ramazan, the individual tries to reach a high ground of self­ lessness in a quest for spiri­ tual purification and the soci­ ety is revitalized with the val­ ues of compassion and frater­ nity, said a press release is­ sued here. He said people belonging to all faiths and sects enjoy equal rights in Bangladesh. He prayed that the noble teach­ ings of Ramazan guide people to help build a more peaceful and harmonious world. The iftar­dinner was at­ tended by Ambassadors, High

Commissioners and diplomats, Defence Advisors from diplo­ matic missions, politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen, journalists, officials of the Bangladesh High Commission and Bangladesh defence offi­ cials attending training. The prominent among those present wereSpecialAs­ sistant to the Prime Minister on youth affairs Muhammad Usman Dar, Chairman of Sen­ ate Committee on Foreign Af­ fairs Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed, Convener of NationalAssembly Friendship Group for Bangladesh MNA Chaudhry Mahmood Bashir Virk,Senator Lt. GeneralAbdul Qayyum (Rtd.), Senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood, former federal Interior Minis­ ter A. Rahman Malik, former State Minister for Foreign Af­ fairs Nawabzada Malik Amad Khan, Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz and Mem­ ber of Natio nal Assem bly Mehnaz Akber Aziz.

Cheema says:

Bilawal’s statement against new economic team nothing but display of ignorance

his father complying the or­

stan Tehreek­e­Insaf (PTI) In­ ders of IMF,” he added.

formation Secretary Omar

Sarfaraz Cheema Wednesday said that Bilawal Bhutto was

said the statement of PPP oblivious to the fact that the Chairman Bilawal Bhtutto decade long loot and plunder

Zardari was a fusion of contra­

dictionsand confusions,and his Pakistan Muslim League­

tirade against the government’s Nawaz (PMLN) had dragged

new economic team was noth­ ing but a display of ignorance and vindictiveness.

IMF. Criticising both the PPP

Omar Sarfaraz Cheema, and the PML­N, the PTI

in a statement issued by the leader said the “Zardari jun­

PTI’s Central Media Depart­

ment, said before spitting the party was hell bent up on

venom against the PTI govern­ ment, the ‘Zardari Junior’

mu st app rise the natio n nomic team by the Prime Min­

whether the then Pakistan ister is aimed at purging the

Peoples Party (PPP) govern­ ment bothered to get approval

from the parliament before PML­N regimes,” he said

maintaining that the new team would surely achieve the mile­ stones and steer the economy

ior” alongwith his uncle’s

mocking the parliament. “The change in the eco­

of his party and that of the

Omar Sarfaraz Cheema


the country to the doors of

with the ‘World members of the organs dona­

tion community. He em phasized that screening of individuals before marriage could be supportive as an initial assessment to re­ duce risk of thalassaemia dif­

Thalassaemia Day’ here at the Aiwan­e­Sadr under the aus­ pices of Pakistan Bait­ul­Mal (PBM) under supervision of Ehsaas, a government’s pov­ erty alleviation programme.

First Lady Samina Alvi, fusio n to next generation. the doctors and notables for

their excellent volunteer ser­ vices for the thalassaemia pa­

so n Dr Sania Nishtar and targeted medical tests should tients and the organizations

PBM Managing Director Aon be conducted, he said.

The president high ­ lighted that the prime minis­ ter was mindful of the prevail­

essary steps to be taken in ing health and poverty issues termingled with them. He met

their parents/ guardians and inquired after the children’s health. The First Lady also mixed up with the children and their mothers. She remained with them for some time and discussed the issues being faced by them in dealing with the thalassaemia disease.

tin g up a helpline fo r

ing patients’ profiles and set­

Since mass screening was not possible at present stage so

Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairper­

dealing with the disease. Later, the president hosted an Iftar dinner for the thalassaemia patients and in­

addressing problems and dif­ ficulties caused by the disease and said a data­bank compris­

Abbas Bu ppi were also present. Dr Alvi underlined nec­

in the country. The govern­ ment was making all­out ef­ forts for improve the health sector, besides alleviation of poverty. He appreciated the young thalassaemia patients present in the audience, for their commitment and strong will of fighting the disease,

thalassaemia patients were imperative for an organized struggle in that regard. “Pakistani youth are

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, Muhammad Usman Dar in a
ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs,
Muhammad Usman Dar in a meeting with Chairman Prime Minister’s Naya Paki-
stan Housing Programme, Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi at Prime Minister’s office.

Newly merged tribal areas

PTI invites applications from candidates willing to contest elections

ISLAMABAD (APP): Paki­ already announced delimi­ Arshad Dad, Federal Min­

stan Tehreek –e­ Insaf

(PTI) invited written appli­ of the tribal areas.

cations of aspirant candi­

dates for upcoming elec­ submit their application till Pakhtunkhwa Mehmood

tions of the provincial as­ May, 13 and the application Khan.

According to the

merged tribal areas.

ECP elections for the 16

tails issued by party’s

Central Media Department aspirants to file their cre­ Khyber Pakhtunkhwa As­ Pakistan Tehreek –e­ Insaf dentials along with the ap­ sembly will be held on invited applications fr om plication form. Moreover July 2.

The seats include PK­

test forthcoming elections cation is mandatory for the 100 to PK102 for Bajaur,

for Provincial Assembly reserve seats of women PK­103 and PK­104 to

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in and minorities.

The three­member 107 for Khyber, PK­108 and

parliamentary board will

Head of the parliamen­ scrutinize the application for Orakzai, PK­111 and

tary board Arshad Dad met and will summon candi­ PK­112 to North

Chief Organiser PTI

Saifullah Khan Nyazee and successful candidates fol­ 114 for South Waziristan

discussed in detail the pro­ lowing interview will be and PK­115 for Ex­Frontier

Regions (FR). Four seats

The parliamentary for women and one seat for

The Election Commis­ board comprises of Central minorities have been re­


AIOU to provide fee concession to foreign students


Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has decided to give fee concession to the foreign stu­ dents, in line with its policy of promoting academic col­ laborations with the interna­ tional institutions. In this connection, the University’s Executive Coun­ cil at its recent meeting pre­ sided over by the Vice Chan­ cellor Professor Dr. Zia­Ul Qayyum approved concession of tuition fee for Kyrgzstan students. Instead of charging the fee as per international practices, it was decided that their fee will be at with Paki­ stani students. However,as per a notification issued here, this facility will not be applicable on cost of living and other fa­ cilities. The revised rates will be applicable from autumn, 2019. It may be mentioned here, AIOU also got the ap­ proval of the Federal Cabinet to set up its distance learning institute in Kyrgyzstan.

Under the system, which tures among Saudis.

dates for interview. The Waziristan, PK­113 and PK­

PK­109 to Kurram, PK­110

Mohmand, PK­105 to PK­

aspirants desiring to con­ submission of formal appli­

It is mandatory for the tribal district se ats in

tation of the constituencies ister for Religious Affairs

Noor ul Haq Qadri and Chief

Ticket aspirants can Minister Khyber

sembly in the newly form can be downloaded

from the official website of schedule announced by

According to the de­ the party.

the newly merged tribal ar­ eas, said a press release.

cedure of finalising candi­ awarded the party ticket.

dature for the elections.

sion of Pakistan (ECP) has Secretary Ge neral PTI

Saudi Shoura Council approves new ‘green card’ residency for expatriates


ShouraCouncil ofSaudiArabia has approved plans to attract entrepreneurs and investors from overseas with a ‘green

requires a guarantee of specific fees, there are two categories:

an extended Iqama and a tem­ porary one. Eligible expatriates must

card’ style residency scheme. have a valid passport with a

According to Arab News, the authorized draft of the new Privileged Iqama system

credit report, a health report and no criminal record. Last month, the Minis­

will offer a raft of benefits to try of Labor and Social Devel­ highly skilled expatriates and opment announced the launch

owners of capital funds. Un­ like the existing Iqama system, such residents would not re­ quire a Saudi sponsor or em­ ployer. The benefits on offer in­

clude the ability to recruit of workers; ownership of prop­

erty and transport; employ­

ment in the private sector, commerce and industry; free­ dom of movement and exit from the Kingdom and return;

of its Gold Card extended resi­ dence program. The ministry called on consultants and agen­ cies to analyze the possibility of providing incentives to ben­ eficiaries. The Gold Card pro­ gram is part of the Quality of Life Program 2020,which was launched in 2018 by the Coun­ cil of Economic and Develop­ ment Affairs. The aim of the Gold Card program is to pro­ mote expatriates’ engagement

and the use of designated with Saudi culture, and to in­

queues at airports.

crease acceptance of other cul­

country from the filth intro­ duced by the PPP and the

striking deals with the Inter­ national Monetary Fund. “Bilawal must also brief

the public whether Hafeez of the country in the right di­ Sheikh was also appointed by rection.

Terrorists can not tarnish courage, unity of nation: Shahbaz Gill


Spokesperson of Chief Min­ ister Punjab Dr. Shahbaz Gill on Thursday strongly con­ demned the terror attacks across the country including recent blast outside the Data Darbar in Lahore and said po­ litical parties and the nation were standing with the gov­ ernment to eradicate the ter­ rorism. Talking to a private news he said the menace of terror­ ism had engulfed the whole country for last ten years and had taken a number of pre­ cious lives.

He further said some ele­ ments were active to derail the peace process but they always remained failed to down the courage of armed forces and the masses. Responding to a question regarding security of Data Darbar he said the secu­ rity was very tight as they could only target the police personnel and could not enter in the shrine. “The security depart­ ments must be appreciated as due to their vigilance, the at­ tackers could not target the followers of Data Darbar,” he added.

QAU, HEC holds interactive session to make BS program successful

ISLAMABAD (APP): education.

He said that while intro­ ducing reforms in BS Program, the universities would able to produce educated, skilled and employable people who would not only play their role in the economic development of the

ate Studies in Pakistan” with country, but also could face the

social, economical, political, and psychological challenges in the life. Tariq Banuri added that HEC would ensure all out support to the universities for

wards Improving Undergradu­

an aim to introduce reforms for improving the four years edu­ cational program (BS Pro­ gram) in the universities. Addressing the session,

Chairman HEC, Dr Tariq making BS program as central Banuri said that in line with degree program.

HEC, Banuri said, mea­

tions of the students and sure would also be taken to

improve the infrastructure of information technology and

comethe challengesbeingfaced training of the teachers and

teachers, the reforms would be brought in BS program to over­

in improving the quality of

administrative staff.

Firdouscongratulates newlyelectedoffice bearers of RIUJ

ISLAMABAD (APP): Spe­ cial Assistant to Prime Minis­ ter on Information and Broad­ casting Dr. Firdo us Ashiq Awan, Thursday congratu­ lated newly elected president of Rawalpindi­Islamabad

Quaid­e­Azam University (QAU) Islamabad in collabo­ ration with the Higher Educa­ tion Commission (HEC) here on Thursday organized an in­

that they are only interested Union of Journalists (RIUJ) teractive session titled ” To­

Amer Sajjad. Dr.FirdousAshiq Awan also congratulated, Asif Ali Bhatti, General Secretary and other office bearers of the RIUJ. She said election of the new office bearers of RIUJ was manifestation of the trust of media community in their leadership. She said that the government fully believed in constitutional right of freedom of expression and it would take all possible steps for protec­ tion of rights of media profes­ sionals and their welfare in consultation with journalists organizations.

the actionable recommenda­

ISLAMABAD: A large number of people busy in filling their pots with clean drinking water
ISLAMABAD: A large number of people busy in filling their pots with clean
drinking water from filtration plant in Federal Capital.

IRSA releases Harassment of women at workplace

205,600 cusecs water

ISLAMABAD (APP): The Indus River System Author­ ity (IRSA) Thursday released 205,600 cusecs water from various rim stations with in­ flow of 145,400 cusecs. According to the data re­ leased by IRSA, water level in the Indus River at Tarbela Dam was 1414.60 feet, which was 28.60 feet higher than its dead level of 1,386 feet. Water inflow in the dam was recorded as 36,900 cusecs while outflow as 70,000 cusecs. The water level in the Jhelum River at Mangla Dam was 1164.95 feet, which was 124.95 feet higher than its dead level of 1,040 feet whereas the in­ flow and outflow of water was recorded as 42,900 cusecs and 70,000 cusecs re­ spectively. The release of water at Kalabagh, Taunsa and Sukkur was recorded as 85,500, 76,600 and 22,600 cusecs re­ spectively. Similarly from the Kabul River, 41,000 cusecs of water was released at Nowshera and 4,000 cusecs from the Chenab River at Marala.

SC adjourns hearing of case regarding interpretation of law

ISLAMABAD (APP): The ment of women at workplace Supreme Court on Wednesday was provincial nor federal. He

adjourned hearing of the case said that jurisdiction of the to interpret law regarding ha­ Federal Ombudsperson for

rassment of women at work­ place till Thursday. A three­member bench of

the apex court headed by Chief Islamabad.

Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa heard the case.

During the course of pro­ asked the Attorney General to


ceedings, AdditionalAdvocate provide copies of all

General Sindh said that the tional agreements and conven­ neither the matter of harass­ tion.

Justice Azmat Saeed re­ marked that the court had

Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplaces should only be limited to

No legal hurdle in appointing Zaidi as FBR chairman: Farogh

ISLAMABAD (APP): Fed­ eral Minister for Law and Jus­ tice Barrister Farogh Naseem Wednesday said there was no legal hurdle in the way of ap­ pointing Shabbar Zaidi as chairman of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). Talking to a private news channel, he said the govern­ ment was going to appoint a

best person as FBR chairman. There was no difference among the cabinet members regarding the appointment of Shabbar Zaidi. The cabinet’s selection committee had selected Shabbar Zaidi for the post, which was approved by Prime Minister Imran Khan, he added.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon chairing
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges Rana Muhammad Qasim Noon chairing Committee
meeting in Parliament House.

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Friday May 10, 2019

National unity shown to India

Indus Treaty & World Bank

Foreign Office has urged the World Bank to fulfill its responsibility re- garding empanelment of Court of Arbitration for resolution of water related disputes between Pakistan and India. At his weekly news brief- ing in Islamabad yesterday, Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal reacted strongly to the recent statements of Indian leadership on the Indus Water Treaty. He said both Pakistan and India are signatory to the treaty but regretted that New Delhi is violat- ing it. He said that Pakistan was in- volved in the dispute resolution mechanism in the World Bank but lamented the matter has not been sorted out. He said that Pakistan desired that the Indus Water Treaty remains intact and its dispute reso- lution mechanism moves forward. The spokesperson reiterated that Pakistan desires better relations with India. Responding to a ques- tion, he said that Pakistan has con- sistently elements in Afghanistan. He said we have also urged the Af- ghan government to take action against these elements. He said Pakistan has always advocated for peaceful settlement of the Afghan conflict through an Afghan owned and Afghan led peace process. He said Pakistan has suffered im- mensely in the war on terrorism and it will continue to play its role for eradication of this curse. The Indus Water Treaty com- prises three western rivers includ- ing Sindh, Jhelum and Chenab, and three eastern rivers Sutlaj, Bias and Ravi. The controversial Kishan Ganga Dam is built on the River Neelum which is a branch of the river Jhelum. Pakistan has re- peatedly warned the World Bank about its concerns. It is worth mentioning here that World Bank decades earlier had arbitrated the bilateral conversation Pakistan and India to resolve the issue of distribution of water. The Indus Water Treaty is an important inter- national agreement that provides an essential and co-operative pro- cedure to India and Pakistan to meet humanly needs of water and development goals compared to current and permanent chal- lenges. In August 2016, Pakistan had requested the World Bank to es- tablish a court for checking the designs of Kishan Ganga Dam other projects, but India has re- jected Pakistan’s proposal on tech- nical grounds and had said that the matter be sent to a neutral ex- pert. In December 2016, the World Bank had stopped the working on the projects so that both the coun- tries could consider some alterna- tive. In the Sindh Water Treaty, In- dia had been allowed to build power projects on the water sources in the project, though it may not violate the other points of the agreement. We request the World Bank to look into the mat- ter impartially and not to accept any interest and influence of any global power while forbidding In- dia to violate the Indus Water Treaty. Else, on the basis of Indian water aggression, the peace of the region will be in danger.

By Kamila Hyat Across our country, and in many others, there is a gen­ eral disillusionment with po­ litical parties and their actions. We can find this at home with people displeased with the manner in which ruling parties of the past, including the PML­ N and the PPP, have con­ ducted themselves as well as the corruption which exists within their ranks. The same sentiments can be found around the world. We are currently under­ going a phase where political parties are being essentially forced to change. With the PML­N under extreme pres­ sure, its hierarchy has been al­ tered, shifting power to new persons within the party and also to the younger genera­ tion of the Sharifs. The end result of this process can natu­ rally not yet be predicted. There is too much that is not clear and too many uncertain­ ties over what the future will bring. The other mainstream party sitting on opposition benches, the PPP, is also un­ der pressure and may un­ dergo some transformation if members of its top leadership face time in jail or other crimi­ nal action. Naturally, we all want corruption to be curbed. We do however need to as­ sess whether this catchphrase is truly as significant as has been portrayed. Of course poli­

truly as significant as has been portrayed. Of course poli­ Edi ted w ith the trial


The dynamics of change

The PML­N for now will

to say what the new party will look like or if it will truly dis­ card its established leaders. The same can be said of the PPP, with BilawalBhutto strug­ gling for now to find his politi­ cal feet and determine what direction he wants to take the party inherited in. There is at the present time almost no room for new parties to emerge or take root. This is despite the fact that there is a huge need for such entities. People would definitely like to see change. This is of course why the PTI, with its slogan of ‘Naya Pakistan’, was elected to power in the first place. Its ability to deliver on this con­ tinues to be watched, with some trepidation and grow­ ing uncertainty. The change that has come does not appear to be what people had hoped for. But will their hopes ever be met? Will political parties de­ liver? They can do so only if permitted to operate in a democratic environment that allows change to be ushered in by people and by party cadres. This environment does not exist at the present moment and has perhaps never existed within Paki­ stan, and the lack of such flexibility places enormous restraints on the manner in which political events unfold in the country. There can be no expectation of immediate change. Courtesy The News

ing indication of this. But there

they also require many other the country. Did it reduce cor­ change within parties or at­ is every reason to believe Pa­ qualities which our leaders ruption? Did it produce other tempting to form new entities kistan does have people who

have struggled to find.

leadership roles. The problem is that they have no incentive

tion of whether any kind of

change forced from the out­ party and its philosophy? The be led by former prime minister and no laid down pathway to

side is of significance. In the answer to all these questions Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. How­ follow. The continued ban on

past, this process has simply has to be a resounding ‘no’. ever, with two Sharifs already student unions means a tradi­

in the position of vice presi­ tional nursery for future politi­

racy and the foundations it actions strengthen parties by dents in the party high com­ cians has been wiped off the

mand, it is questionable how drawing board. Other forums,

Pervez Musharraf, a strong circumstances beyond their long he will retain this post. such as labour unions, too

campaign was put in place, tar­ control. The impact of the re­ Room has also been left open barely function. This leaves

only limited space within

the PPP. Until a deal was have been seen again and the Sharifs, or perhaps even which political players can op­

both. Pakistani politics is un­ erate. They are therefore un­

This process essentially predictable and often uncer­ attached in the sense that they

tain. Winds can blow in many emerge through the mechan­

ing pressure to change alle­ moved forward. When parties, directions all at once. We do ics of power which operate in giances and top leaders re­ the predominant pieces on the need a change in political lead­ the country and cannot pull treated into exile. But in the chessboard of politics, are in­ ership; we need persons from others in alongside them to end, nothing really changed. terfered with, there tends to be a diversity of backgrounds to take charge of political parties The two parties continued to a kind of stalemate. Leaders are emerge who are able to offer or play effective roles within wield significant power, with not pushed off the playing field different options to the people. them.

The discord currently

Benazir Bhutto after her De­ forces. This enables them to the parties themselves are pre­ being experienced within the


stands on. Under General

worked to damage our democ­ In fact, in many ways, external

leaders better equipped to which are built to assume posi­ could play extremely useful

ticians should be honest, but parties and their leaders did for to prevent this by engineering

There is also the ques­ manage national affairs? Did tions of power.

it change the nature of the

making their leaders victims of

geting both the PML­N and sultant waves of sympathy for the return of at least one of

struck with the leaders of both, again. activists of the parties were

hounded and badgered, fac­ means that our politics has not

the PPP – robbed of its leader by the people but by other This process is held back when

2007 assassination – bounce back when the right cir­ vented from reaching maturity PTI is an example of what hap­

winning power in the country. cumstances again arrive. The and shedding off old skin to pens even when well­mean­ The PML­N stood just some necessary production of new emerge in new forms. It is true ing persons set up a political way behind it and in 2013 re­ leaders from within democratic that this is a long and often group. Keeping it intact some­

placed it as the party holding

ranks does not happen be­ painstaking process. But it is times means the use of sup­

office. The old two­party sys­ cause there is no opportunity one Pakistan will have to en­ pression, and this enables tem was back in place, with the for people to discard the old dure if it is to embrace lasting players both within the party

and those based outside it to

new player, the PTI, already ones. Only if this process of

poised to make an impact as it did in the 2018 poll.

For now, many in the

The question, however, takes place can there be an ef­ hoped for. That the US can find country will be watching the is what these attempts to ma­ fective and lasting change no one more apt than Donald future of the PML­N with

nipulate or weaken political

within parties. We have tended Trump to lead it is a frighten­ some anticipation. It is difficult


doing away with unwanted leaders through popular will

Democracy has not al­ operate.

ways delivered all that people

Healthcare as a right

By I.A. Rehman

As the IMF moves in

ByMohammad Zubair

ingwhich time the government could not replace him. So enough pressure must have been exerted for the governor to resign on his own. The rea­ sons coming out through unof­ ficial sources say that the PM was not happy with the governor’s management of the exchange policy. The govern­ ment faced serious criticism when the rupee tumbled against the dollar and the PM at that time distanced himself from a

players in government being

removed is an extraordinary event and would shake the

markets negatively. But the possible decision to let the

market determine its free fall. The PM announced that he got news of the devaluation through TV channels. The fi­ nance minister of the time, though, had pu blicly an­ nounced that he himself had informed the PMof the deci­ sion a day before the massive devaluation. Clearly, the PM was trying to put the blame on the SBP governor and the fi­ nance minister. Whether the present gov­ ernment wants a free­float policy or wants to regulate the exchange ratethrough interven­ tion in the markets is not clear. The government has vigor­ ously defended the massive de­ valuation, saying it was neces­

with no sight of recovery. Just a glimpse of macro­

economic situation shows us

the slowest revenue growth in

20 years; GDP growth ex­ sary to do so under the circum­

pected to be around three per­ cent, coming down from 5.8 percent in the last fiscal year; inflation almost doubling com­ pared to last year; and millions going below the poverty line in the last nine months. More­ over, there are massive job losses; no growth in exports despite massive devaluation; continuous decline in the stock market with billions of dollars going out of the market; mas­ sive FDI decline; unprec­ edented rise in public debt; cir­ cular debt rising from Rs1.1 tril­ lion to approx Rs1.6 trillion in nine months; fiscal deficit ex­ pected to remain over seven percent – one of the highest in our history; and, most impor­ tantly, erosion of confidence among the key stakeholders and general public about the

present state of the economy commit suicide before ap­

and future direction. With such a gloomy macro­economic situation, any PM would feel extremely con­ cerned.Having waitedso many months and nothing coming together, the PM was under extreme pressure to make nec­ essary changes. Contrary to the promises he made prior to the elections, Pakistan witnessed

Within the last two weeks, the PM has removed the entire team responsible to manage our economy. The country had barely absorbed the earth­shak­ ing news of the removal of the finance minister when came

By initiating a debate on the recognition of citizens’ right to

health, the NationalCommission on Human Rights (NCHR) has diagnosis and treatment services of international standards, main­

rendered an invaluable service to the state and the people of tain special focus on sexual and reproductive health, rehabilita­

Pakistan. The low priority accorded to health in the country’s basic law has been assailed in public debates for decades. The Consti­

tution refers to health in a most limited sense. Medical relief is promotion, with special focus on (a) availability of water, food, news of the sacking of two key the last facility (after food, clothing, housing and education) transport, housing and sanitation; (b) prevention of violence and players – the SBPgovernor and

mentioned in Article 38 under the unenforceable ‘Principles of Policy’, to be provided only to those citizens who cannot earn their livelihood on account of infirmity, sickness or unemploy­

In any period, three key

ment. Hence, people’s right to health has been considered much the state should guarantee healthcare to all citizens on a need too radical an idea to be broached seriously. However, after the basis and not on their ability to pay; all out­of­pocket expendi­

transfer of the right to education from ‘Principles of Policy’ to tures at health facilities should be eliminated. Further, the state

‘Fundamental Rights’ and ratification of the International Cov­ enant on Economic, Social and CulturalRights, activists believe they can start calling for healthcare as a right.

the final stage of IMF negotia­ tions. So, what is it that trig­

to Health in Pakistan in Karachi last week. Prepared by the

Sindh office of the NCHR after three years of research and ronment, and freedom from violence, servitude and fear.

consultation in partnership with the Pakistan Association for Mental Health and the Aga Khan University, the report dis­ cusses Pakistan’s health programme in the context of interna­ tional efforts to promote the right to health. After taking note of the social determinants of health in the constitutions of 36 states and surveying the situation in Paki­ stan, the report makes many recommendations that merit the urgent attention of the government. The state has been asked:

to include in the Constitution the WHO “definition of health programme there is need to consider whether the Sehat Insaf card since the present government as physical, mental and social well­being and not merely the scheme enforced in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (and now being intro­ took over in August. Every sec­

absence of disease and infirmity”;

these changes? There

ensure access to quality care according to WHO standards,

tion of the disabled, and violence against women and girls. As for public health, the report recommends designing of population­based programmes for disease prevention and health

traffic injuries; (c) health education for all; (d) environment, food the chairman FBR.

security and safe water; and (e) hospital waste management. As regards healthcare financing,the study recommends that

must bring healthcare under the Consumer Rights Protection Act to promote accountability of the private sector. One of the highlights of the report is that it concentrates

timing of these recent changes is un precedented – barely weeks before the budget and at


could be a host of reasons. There is no doubt about the state of the economy which has taken a downturn for the worst in the last nine months. Natu­ rally, the PM would be a very worried man at the state of the economy. Nothinghas worked

The NCHR presented its case by releasing its report Right not only on curative services, but also on the social determinants

of health, such as availability of nutritious food, healthy envi­

The authors of the report, led by the widely respected social activist Kausar S. Khan, admit that their work is “perhaps a bit ambitious as it embraces various elements into one fold”, but a study on health issues in the broadest possible context was certainly overdue. The authors are right in conceding “that though this may be the first­ever report on the right to health in Paki­ stan, it is definitely not a definitive report. It should be taken as a commencement of our concern for the right to health”. Although the study does take notice of the prime minister’s

duced in Punjab), apparently one of the good initiatives of the PTI tor ofthe economy has suffered

to recognise health as the right of all citizens without any leadership, could lead to the creation of a national health cover.

to eliminate social injustice and violence. The report proposes the insertion of Article 9­A in the

What this scheme, a kind of health insurance, does is that it relieves patients, who are already receiving medical relief at ma­

to create an authority for regularly reviewing enforcement jor public hospitals, of the burden of out­of­pocket payments.

of the right to health;

to allocate at least five per cent of GDP or GNP for health; patients, and the lack of adequately trained support staff has

created crises at several hospitals. The situation could be eased by opening dispensaries in cities and towns under local govern­ ments. Further, the national health cover could be expanded by extending the social security system to all employees in both the public and private sectors. The report offers health planners, researchers, media

a) The state shall guarantee every citizen’s access to the

Article 9­A. Right to Health

basic necessities of life, including food, clothing, housing, clean persons and concerned citizens a rich stock of information

environment and quality healthcare.

about what Pakistan and the world has been doing about the

b) Every citizen shall have the right to the highest attain­ right to health for 70 years. The efforts include WHO cam­

able standard of physical and mental health.

But these hospitals are unable to cope with the pressure of

discrimination; to provide free/affordable health services for all citizens;

stances but the governor of the SBP has paid the price for not doing enough to stem the fall of the rupee. The new team has been announced. Till last week, the new governor was a paid IMF employee serving as resident director, Egypt. What we have seen in Egypt is a standard IMF prescription – massive devalu­ ation and significant increase in energy prices. Obviously, his proposals in Pakistan would be no different. However, we would expect the new team to protect our national interests while negotiating with the IMF. But it is rather difficult to imag­ ine that the IMF/World Bank led team will be able to protect Pakistani national interests. The PM surely has come alongway– from claiminghe’d

fundamental rights chapter of the Constitution in the following form:

c) The state shall by law extend to non­nationals the

rights under (a) and (b) to the extent possible. The study also recommends that the health system of Pa­ kistan shall:

indigent sections of society.

By KhurramHusain

At long last a team, a direction and an idea is emerging of what this government is going to be all about. It has taken more than eight months of flounder­ ing, but now finally a team is being put into place that, at the very least, can be consid­ ered serious contenders for the posts they are entering. The only problem for Imran Khan now will be this: the shape of what is emerging is in fact no different from what preceded him. There is a direction, a road forward, but it is the same di­ rection and the same road that the three governments prior to his have walked. In important ways, even some of the people doing the driving are the same. This has been said before, but it bears repeating: once the macroeconomic adjustment under the auspices of the IMF programme gets under way (after the budget), it will shape and guide the conduct of this government almost totally. The adjustment will afford few rib­ bon­cutting ceremonies, and breezy promises and photo ops will appear like empty gestures in the face of the large contraction it will induce in the economy, squeezing purchas­ ing power and slashing jobs. Politicians who smile and wave at their constituents dur­ ing times of rising inflation and unemployment often be­ come targets of derision and ridicule. Prime Minister Imran Khan will have to adjust his political style and narrative accordingly. With Reza Baqir entering the State Bank, some whispers

that is now drawing to a close as the last of the benchmarks arenow beingimplemented.All IMF programmes look alike from a distance, but differences emerge once one takes a closer look — mainly because every

country is unique. It is the same in the case of Egypt and Paki­ stan. For example, Egypt suf­ fered from a sharp fall in for­ eign exchange reserves follow­ ing a gruelling slowdown in the economy after the events of

2011 and the ouster of Hosni

Mubarak. Growth averaged 2.5 per cent per year between 2011 and 2016, unemployment

paigns, UN treaties, the Constitution, health­related laws and policies in Pakistan, mental health in Pakistan, healthcare financing, social security and pension systems in the coun­ try, the Prime Minister’s National Health Scheme, the Paki­ stan Medical Association’s position, and various political

monitor reduction in inequalities between the affluent and parties’ pledges related to health. This information should be

valid for many years. Courtesy Dawn

The emerging team

of Egypt and its recent experi­ ence with an IMF programme have been in circulation. He was the Fund’s resident represen­ tative in Egypt during the years that country implemented a

very tough programme, from subsidise almost everything

from fuel to bread to tobacco,

billion Extended Fund Facility to the point where almost a

quarter of total government expenditure is on subsidies (the same proportion is less than 5pc here). Being a net food and en­ ergy importer, Egypt has very limited room to rollback these subsidies without inflicting significant pain on its popu­ lace. That is what they have had to do under the programme, which has seen large devaluation of the Egyp­ tian pound (there was a 48pc devaluation in one year in 2016) and scale back subsidies to the point where they are now promising “full­cost re­

crossed 13pc, inflation hit covery” in some fuel segments,

2016 onwards. That was a $12

but for the moment Pakistan seems to have it a little easier. What complicated things for Egypt is the enormous role that subsidies play in govern­ ment expenditures there. They

tus quo that Egyptians have been seeing since at least 1979 — a military ruler and an IMF programme. Egypt’s crisis was far more intense than Pakistan’s in many ways. The size of the fiscal consolidation that they had to undertake over three years was 5.5pc of the GDP compared to the 4.5pc being asked of Pakistan cur­ rently. The trust level between the Fund and the government over there appears to be slightly better than here, given that their programme had two reviews per year, whereas Pakistan has to usually submit to quarterly reviews (though there might be

other reasons why this is the one of the worst economic case). Reza Baqir, of course, meltdowns in its history. The knows all this intimately, hav­ prime minister was under im­

proaching the IMF to literally handing over the country’s fi­ nances to the same institution. He obviously had no idea when he was making all those state­ ments against the IMF (not just before the elections but even after assuming power. In his address on August 19, he said it would be a matter of shame if he approached the IMF). As for the new FBR chairman, there’s nothing to suggest that we will see a major improve­ ment in tax collection. Surely, we are going to miss the target by close to Rs500 billion. The PM will find it easy to put the blame on the former finance minister and former FBR chairman. This is typi­

timing while making the cal of this government since

best way he could respond was to shift the blame to other members of his economic team. I am not sure thePM con­ sidered the significance of the

ing had a front­row seat in mense pressure to deliver on

Egypt’s experience with mac­ his economic promises and the

roeconomic adjustment. Egypt’s government finances are much more invested in un­ derwriting consumption than Pakistan’s, where expenditures are largely focused on paying the government’s bills and de­ velopment spending (the economy itself is consumption­ driven, like most other econo­ mies in the world that have un­ dergone liberalisation over the past few decades, but that is a different story). At the end of their programme, the Egyptian au­ thorities have to show a pri­ mary surplus of 2pc (even though the overall fiscal defi­

concerns about the perfor­

mance of the FBR team led

by its chairman. Indeed, the PM had expressed his dis­

cit remains above 8pc), and may back in February when he this primary surplus has to announced that he would set continue for years to come in up a new FBR. The case for order to bring down the levels the removal of the SBP gover­

nor is even worse. This is a three­year tenure position dur­

of o verall debt. Courtesy Dawn

changes in his economic team. Removing the chairman of the FBR in the second last month of the fiscal year is unprec­ edented. With tax revenues falling abysmally short of tar­ gets and with no chance of re­

14pc, the fiscal deficit touched 14pc of GDP by 2013, and the

gross debt of the government ally curtailing subsidies in their

expenditures. Political turmoil pre­ vented any strong economic focus since the end of Mubarak’s regime, and the tur­ moil continued until the arrival

to 3p c, fiscal deficit at its of Gen Sisi, who ended it basi­

worst will still come in at less cally by ending politics alto­

than 8pc of GDP, and so on. Egypt’s projected external­ debt­servicing requirements

are still smaller than what pro­ Mubarak, turned into pro­

jections for Pakistan show, so tracted wrangling during which

perhaps the future is more in­ tense for us than it is for them,

gether. What seemed like a “revolutionary moment” back in 2011 with the ouster of

crossed 90pc of GDP in 2014. All these indicators in Pakistan are better today. Gross debt is closer to 86pc of GDP, inflation is less than 9pc, the growth rate is closer

even though there has been very limited progress in actu­

it has come into power. Any inefficiency or non­perfor­ mance is blamed on the PPP or PML­N governments. From now on, the blame for poor economic management will be put on the team that

covery, there were serious has just been replaced. The

questio n is: when will the present government, especially the prime minister, start own­ ing its responsibility and be­ ing answerable for non­deliv­ ery? The PM must realize that the honeymoon period is long gone and people are running out of patience. It’s time to perform. Courtesy The News

the economy tanked, only to emerge with the same old sta­

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KP Cabinet approves 10-yr development plan for merged districts

According to decision, 15 Assistant Judges (AJ) will be

day approved 10­year devel­ Salaries, Allowances and Privi­ appointed in Swat, 16 in

opmental plan for merged dis­ tricts and directed all relevant

departments to present an y Minister,

schemes within a period of Government official can use Chitral districts.

one month for incorporation official helicopter with the

in development concept pa­

Appellate Tribunal. This de­ cision is taken in light of di­

tinued till 3:00 with Chief proved a Memorandum of rectives issued by Chief Jus­

tice Peshawar High Court. The meeting approved Mines Safety Rules to ensure

decisions taken by the cabinet Nowshera, Mardan and safety of mine workers. Ac­

cording to rules in case of any accident, Mine Inspector will be responsible for the loss. Similarly all mine workers will

be jointly carried out by CRCC be registered with Employees

and Pakistan Railway Advi­

Charsadda rail track. The

meeting, Provincial Minister

for Information, Shaukat project titled as ‘Greater Yousafzai informed that the Peshawar Region Mass Tran­

meeting approved contribu­ sit Circular Rail Project’ will

Old Age Benefit Institute

Finance Commissio n), sory Consultancy Service (EOBI).

(PRACS) and will be com­ pleted within a period of 18

merged district. The share of months.

center in this regard amounts

to Rs 54 billion and 38 billion po sts of Assistant Judges Shaukat.

The cabinet approved


for Punjab Province, Shaukat for Malakand division were

also approved, who would amendment in National Disas­

The provincial cabinet assist the Judges about ter Management Act, allowing

also approved use of official

Quranic injunctions and Relief department to declare

amounting to Rs. 10.18 bil­ lio n, for development of

tion of KP’s share of three percent from NFC (National

Minister KP, Mahood Khan Understandin g (MoU) for

preparation of feasibility for

in the chair.

approval of Chief Minister,

Information Minister judges as Member Labour

The cabinet also ap­ proved appointment of two

taken while approvin g an amendment in KP Ministers

PESHAWAR (APP): Khyber Pakhtubkhwa cabinet Thurs­

Buner, 12 each in Shangla and Malakand, 21 in Lower Dir and 14 each in Upper Dir and

LAHORE: Minister of State for Health Dr. Zafar Mirza presiding over meeting on current polio
LAHORE: Minister of State for Health Dr. Zafar Mirza presiding over meeting
on current polio situation.

Investigations of blast underway, hoped that culprits will be soon exposed: Buzdar

Visits Mayo hospital to inquire after injured of Data Darbar blast

treatment of the patients and they have taken care of the injured persons in a very good manner. I am happy that the doctors, nurses and the para­

and admitted in the emergency profession and we pay trib­ medical staff of the Mayo

addin g that doctors have

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Min­ worked hard round­the­clock

ister Sardar Usman Buzdar

for thetreatment of the injured.

inquired after the people in­ Serving the ailing humanity is jured in the Data Darbar blast the true spirit of the medical

wards of Mayo Hospital’s utes to the doctors who are

engaged in the service of the

day. He visited the patients people in need, he said.

individually and prayed for

their early recovery. He also ured, the Chief Minister said

presented financial assistance

that all the sympathies of the

cheques to them. The severely government are with them and

wounded were given Rs.5 lakh it is standing by the injured.

From Our Correspondent

Surgical Tower here on Thurs­

Hospital have served the people in difficulty from the core of their hearts, he added. To a question, he said the in­ vestigations of the blast are underway and it is hoped that the culprits will be soon ex­ posed. The people will be in­ formed after the completion of the investigations, he added. To another question, the Chief

While talking to the in­

each while the minor injured

were presented one lakh ru­ strong commitment and said

pees each. The Chief Minister di­

rected the administration to adding that the war willbe won provide every possible with the support of the healthcare facility and no stone people.

should be left unturned in their

While talking to the me­

He appreciated their

that coward enemy cannot face

the brave Pakistani nation Minister said that he had

planned to visit Bhakkar, Sargodha and Sheikhupura dis­ tricts yesterday b ut p ost­ poned the visits as soon as he got information about this tragic incident.

that doctors are doing the best

treatment. He appreciated the dia, the Chief Minister said

performance of medical staff

Health minister distributes 500 HIV/AIDs kits among transgender

PESHAWAR (APP): Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minis­ ter Thursday distributed HIV/ AIDS self testing kits among transgender community at his office. The testing kits were be­ ing distributed with the sup­ port of BlueJ International with an aim to create aware­ ness against HIV/AIDs and protect health of transgender. On this occasion Secre­ tary Health Dr. Farrukh Jameel, Project Director AIDs Control Program Dr. Saleem Khan, Member Provincial As­ sembly Momina Basit, Dr. Asia Asad and Rabia Basri were also present. Dr. Hashamt appreciated women parliamentarian ef­ forts in order to arrange HIV/

AIDs testing kits and launch­ ing campaign for the health rights of transgender. The health minister said that he would also issue noti­ fication to ensure equal health rights and end any discrimina­ tion against them. He also called transgender to get education and learn skills to live honor­ able life in the society by get­ ting good jobs. Speaking on the occa­ sion, Momina Basit said that 500 HIV/AIDs kits among transgender have been distrib­ uted to carry out HIV test at their home. She said that it was the top priority of government to ensure equality and provision of basis amenities to people.

Man buries wife alive over Karo -Kari in Sukkur

BANNU: People are offering Dua before the Iftari on Dasterkhwan organized by Social Welfare Department.
BANNU: People are offering Dua before the Iftari on Dasterkhwan organized by
Social Welfare Department.

5 accused including members of Lyari gang war Saeed Kajol arrested

KARACHI (Online): 5 ac­

cused including members of Lyari Gang war Saeed Kajol


Momin Abad. According to re­ ports 5 accused including Lyari GangWar Saeed Kajolhas been arrested. 2 accused who were involved in police attacks were arrested by Mahmood Abad police. Momin Abad police here on Thursday arrested 5 ac­

cused named Asif(Maham), Jabar (Maya), Latif (Abashi), Sajid Baloch and Qadar Baloch

been arrested from in Orangi town sector 10. Po­

lice took arms and drugs in their custody. “Member of Lyari Gang war Saeed Kajol were also among those who were ar­ rested. FIR has been filed against the accused and inves­ tigation has been started,” Police said.

Abduction-cum-murder case:

2 killers awarded death sentence on four counts

som money, they murdered the young man. The local police regis­ tered a case against the accused and presented challans in the court. After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge awarded death sentence to Majid Raza and Imran Haider on four counts, along with col­ lective fine of Rs 1.4 million. The court also awarded life imprisonment on three

Abbas, abducted one Umair counts to other two con­

Khan, son of Atta Rasool, and demanded Rs 2 million ran­ som. On failing to get the ran­

victs—Muhammad Ejaz and Asad Abbas, along with col­ lective fine of Rs 800,000.

SARGODHA (APP): Anti­ terrorism Court Judge Atiqur Rehman Bhinder Thursday awarded death sentence to two killers on four counts each in an abduction­cum ­murder case, registered by Esakhel police station. The court sources said that on Dec 20, 2016, convict Majid Raza of Kalor Sharif, along with his three accom­ plices including Imran Haider, Muhammad Ejaz and Asad

Three die, six injured in van, truck collision

KOHAT (Online): Three people died and 6were injured in van ­ truck collision. According to media re­ ports van collided with truck on Indus Highway as a result 3 people died and 6 were in­ jured. On information rescue teams reached the incident spot and victims were shifted to Hospital.

2 children killed in road mishap

FAISALABAD (Online): 2 children were killed in a road mishap in Qadir Abad colony, Faisalabad. According to media re­ ports, two children identified as Muhammad Saad 3 and Muhammad Umair 8 along with Muhammad Ahmad 13 were on their way back to home after purchasing veg­ etable while riding a motor­ cycle. Near Qadir Abad Colony motorcycle hit with a tractor trolley coming from their opposite direction. As a result Saad and Ahmad died on the spot while Muhammad Umair sustained serious inju­ ries. All the dead and injured were shifted to nearby local hospital for medico­legal for­ malities and first aid. Police have registered a case and started an investigation.

NAB arrests owner of fake housing schemes in Mardan

PESHAWAR (APP): The Na­ tional Accountability Bureau (NAB) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday arrested the own­ ers of housing schemes for their alleged involvement in corruption and corrupt prac­ tices and cheating public at large in Mardan. Accused Qaseem Khan and Fazal Subhan M/S Rifha

and Zohaib Associates were to pay profits every quarter.

arrested for their alleged in­ volvement in cheating public at large under the garb of ille­ gal housing schemes and com­ mercial plaza.

Hamza, owner of M/S Rifha and Zohaib Associates lured general public to invest Rs. 287.044 million into b usi­ nesses o f Sheikh Yaseen Town Mardan, Sheikh Yaseen Executive Block Mardan, Prime Villas Mardan, and Bajaur Tower, Ganj Mandi Rawalpindi on profit and loss sharing basis promising them

For few months the ac­ cused person paid profits to gain the confidence of general public but later on, not only payment o f profits was

The accused were pro­ stopped but also refused to

pay their principal amount. It merits mentioning here

days physical custody was that Chinar Gul and Malik

duced before the Accountabil­ ity Court Peshawar and 12

Muhammad Arif were already arrested in the instant case and are in judicial custody.

obtained. The accused in conniv­ ance with Chinar Gul alias

IGP for strict implementation of Ramazan Traffic Contingency Plan

KARACHI (APP): Inspector Generalof Police (IGP Sindh), Dr. Syed Kaleem Imam chair­ ing a meeting to review con­ tingency plan for smooth traf­

fic flow during Ramazan has the occasion Dr. Kaleem

Imam directed that alternate routes developed around most frequented routes to and from downtown areas must be

lice chief, taking exception to properly communicated to the

road users. This, he said, can defi­

nience caused to the citizens nitely help drivers and com­

reported instances of traffic jam and consequent inconve­

during the holy month, said muters to avert unwarranted traffic cops must necessarily chaos. The DIG Traffic brief­

ing the provincial police chief said ongoing work on series of

management are already in development schemes in the

be assisted by traffic wardens. Guidelines fo r traffic

place and there was need for their efficient compliance, emphasised the police chief

sought its strict implementa­ tion across the metropolis. Ac­ cording to a press release is­ sued here Thursday the po­

view of any emerging situation, with due stock of patrolling vehicles as well as personnel assigned for the job. Agreeing to a proposition forwarded on

metropolis was among the main factors registered to dis­ rupt smooth traffic flow, par­

seeking close coordination ticularly during rush hours.

among concerned stakehold­

ers. The IGP Sindh, how­ ever, observed that the traffic

The meeting was also at­ tended b y Zonal SSPs o f Karachi Traffic, AIG Opera­ tions, Sindh and AIG Admin­

plan developed for the month istration (Central Police Of­ can always be improved in fice).

Over2.662mln registered voters to exercise right of franchise on July 2

PESHAWAR (APP): As many as 2,662,635 registered voters including 1,599,384

exercise right of franchise to elect lawmakers on 16 Khyber

voters including 308,104 male and 214,376 female will exer­ cise right of vote in a free, fair

Likewise, on two PK 103 and PK 104 Mohmand

district, a total of 271,251 reg­

istered voters includin g

120,279 male and 100,972 fe­ male will elect two lawmakers of the provincial legislature. Similarly, in Khyber dis­ trict, 490,030 registered vot­ ers including 276,460male and 213,485 female will exercise right of franchise to elect three lawmakers on PK­ 105, PK106 and PK 107. In two constituencies of PK 108 and PK 109 Kurram

district, a total of 352,764 reg­

istered voters includin g

200,621 male and 152,173 fe­ male will cast their votes in favour of their candidates.

Chinese Engr, Saudi welfare organisation distribute Ramazanpackage

GILGIT (APP): Chinese En­ gineers and Welfare organisation of Saudi King Thursday distributed Ramazan package among de­ serving families of Upper Kohistan (KP) and 10 districts of Gilgit­Baltistan. According to Assistant Commissioner Dasu Akbar Anwer Khan, the Chinese en­ gineers and other staff work­ ing on Dasu project in Upper Kohistan areas had contrib­ uted money from their sala­

ries and gave Ramazan pack­ age including edible items to 300 deserving families of the area. Similarly, a welfare body of Saudi King Shah Salman also distributed Ramazan package inclu ding 20Kg fine Atta (flour), 5 liter cooking oil, 2 Kg maize, 2 Kg dry milk, 5 Kg sugar, 2 Kg tea, 2 Kg dates, 1Kg salt and 1kg Tang pow­

der. The package was distrib­ uted among 5,000 families of far flung areas of 10 districts.

BANNU: Provincial leader of Quami Watan Party FaheemAzad WazirAdvocateaddressing a press con- ference at National
BANNU: Provincial leader of Quami Watan Party
FaheemAzad WazirAdvocateaddressing a press con-
ference at National Press Club.

ANP congrats Russia on celebration of 74 th anniversary of Victory Day

PESHAWAR (APP): Awami National Party has congratu­ lated Russian Federation on

the 74 th anniversary of the Vic­ tory Day in the Great Patri­ otic War, which marks the ca­ pitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union on May 9,


In a statement here on Thursday Syed AqilShah, Sec­ retary Foreign Affairs, A.N.P,

while commenting on the cel­ ebration of the Russian Fed­ eration regarding the 9 th May victory lauded the valiant re­ sistance and matchless sacri­ fice of Russian people, who passed through severe trails in the fight against Nazism in the name of peace and freedom for further generations and for the liberation of Europe and the world.

leges Act 2019.

According to decision,

Advisor o r

per. The marathon meeting started at 10:30 am and con­

added. The cabinet also ap­

Briefing newsmen about alignment of Peshawar,

The compensation for loss of mine worker in KP was Rs 300,000 which has been raised to Rs 500,000, added

Calamity hit area in case of any disaster.

In the meeting, the

helicopters of KP by cabinet Sharia rules in judgments of members. The decision was different cases.

LAHORE: Members of National commission forBain-ul-Mazahib MulanaAsim Makhdom, MolanaAbdul KhabeerAzad and others praying
LAHORE: Members of National commission forBain-ul-Mazahib MulanaAsim
Makhdom, MolanaAbdul KhabeerAzad and others praying Fateha at blast place of
Data Darbar Shrine.

ANF seizes 56.180 kg drugs in 15 operations

third operation, ANF Rawalpindi intercepted a car near Golra Morr, Kashmir

cotics worth Rs174.74 million Highway, Islamabad and re­

in international market, ar­ rested 16 culprits including three ladies and impounded three vehicles while conduct­ in g 15 counter­narcotic strikes. According to ANF spokesman, the seized drugs comprised of 46.200 kg Hash­ ish, 7.650 kg Heroin, 3025 Xanax tabs and 1.940 kg Am­ phetamine (Ice).

near Burhan interchange Motorway M­I, Teh sil Hassan Abadal, District

RAWALPINDI (APP): Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Paki­ stan has seized 56.180 kg nar­

covered 14.4 kg Hashish from the vehicle. A person on board namely Amin Khan r/o Peshawar was arrested. In fourth operation, ANF Rawalpindi recovered 2.4 kg Hashish from personal pos­ session of the arrested accused

tional Airport and recovered 0.850 kg Amphetamine (Ice). ANF Peshawar arrested two females namely Badrooja Begum r/o Charsadda and Javeria r/o Peshawarand recov­ ered three Kg Hashish from their personal possession. They were arrested near Naguman Bridge, Charsadda Road, Peshawar. In another operation ANF Peshawar ar­

namely Niaz Gulr/o Peshawar rested an accused namely

Muhammad Amin r/o Hangu at Peshawar International Air­ port and recovered 0.940 kgs

ANF Rawalpindi ar­ Attock. In fifth operation, Amphetamine which was con­

rested an accused namely ANF Rawalpindi recovered cealed in his hand bag. In third

Khyal ur Rehman resident of Hangu from parking area of Islamabad International Air­

port and recovered five kg namely Muhammad Ali r/o

Hashish from his trolley bag. Lahore and Yasmeen Bibi r/o

three kg Hashish from per­ sonal possession of the two arrested accused persons

operation, ANF Peshawar in­ tercepted a van at Motorway Toll Plaza Peshawar and re­ covered 2.4 kg Hashish from Shah Azam r/o Khyber Agency. In fourth operation, ANF Peshawar arrested an accused namely Muhammad Gul r/o Peshawar at Peshawar

Rawalpindi arrested an ac­ International Airport and re­ cused person namely Sarafraz covered 3025x Xanax Tabs

r/o Swat at Islamabad Interna­

Kasur near Haji Shah Bus Stop, Main GT Road, Tehsil Hassan Ab dal, District Attock. In sixth operation, ANF

In an other operatio n ANF Rawalpindi recovered six kg Hashish from personal possession of the arrested ac­ cused namely Toor Jan r/o Upper Dir near Kamra Bus Stop, GT Road Attock. In

(weighing 0.390 kg).

Commissioner urges citizens to lodge complaints against profiteering, hoarding


Commissioner Hyderabad said administration was mak­

Muhammad Abbas Baloch has called upon the citizens to reg­ ister their grievances about profiteering and hoarding of essential commodities at com­ plaint centres so that prompt action could be taken by the administration in the regard. The Commissioner, while talking to media persons during raids at different mar­ kets of essential commodities along with the Deputy Com­

Aijaz Ali Shah on Wednesday,

ing all out efforts to control the prices of essential com­ modities during the month of Ramzan by taking strict ac­ tion against profiteers and hoarders. He said the admin­ istration has set up ten com­ plaint centres in different mar­ kets of Hyderabad to receive complains from the citizens. During raids, the Com­ missioner caught profiteers red handed and imposed fine

missioner Hyderabad Syed of Rs. 50,000/­ on them.




Murree, Kotli Sattian, Kahuta, Kallar Syedan Development Authority (MKKDA) has been approved. According to media re­ ports this development au­ thority will work for the de­ velo pment of fou r hilly Tehsils of district Rawalpindi inclu ding Muree, Kotli Sattian, Kahuta and Kallar Syedan. Budget will be allo­ cated for this development au­ thority in the financial year 2019­20 to make it functional. Punjab government has approved MKKDA on the request of elected representa­ tives and parliamentarians of these four tehsils.

LAHORE: Patients leaving Mayo hospital due to doctors strike, as the young doctors, paramedics and
LAHORE: Patients leaving Mayo hospital due to doctors strike, as the young
doctors, paramedics and nurses oftheAllied Hospital and Civil Hospital, observed
complete strike.

SUKKUR (Online): A man buried his wife alive after sub­ jecting her to severe torture over allegation of Karo ­Kari in Sukkur. The suspect first sub­ jected her wife to severe tor­ ture over Karo­Kari and later buried her alive. Upon absence of the vic­ tim for the last couple of days her parents informed the police. Police took the suspect into their custody and during

interrogation he told police male and 1,063,166 female will and transparent manner.

that he had buried his wife alive after subjecting her to torture.

Police have recovered the Pakhtunkhwa Assembly seats

of the newly merged districts of erstwhile Fata on July 2

case against the suspect for election. The Elections for

killing his wife and started an PK100 to PK115 seats in erst­

while Fata will be simulta­ neously held in Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber, Kurram, Orakzai, North Waziristan, South Waziristan tribal dis­ tricts and former Frontier Re­ gions for which all arrange­ ments were being completed, an Election Commission of Pa­ kistan (ECP) official told APP on Thursday. For PK­100, PK101 and PK 102 of Bajaur district, as many as 522,480 registered


body of female from sand. Police have registered a

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Friday May 10, 2019

6.8 per cent inflation recorded in Jul-March: Senate told

ISLAMABAD (APP): Min­ ister of State for Finance and Revenue Hammad Azhar on Thursday informed the Sen­ ate that the inflation (CPI) in July­March of FY 2019, re­ mained at 6.8 per cent which

was within single digit range. various areas to provide relief During the Questio n to the masses.

Hour, the Minister pointed

out that the increase in the minister said the preceding July­February FY 2019 com­

year witnessed a growth of pared to the growth of 6.59

els. The government was also measures had started moder­

committed to shift the burden ating the aggregate demand in of adjustments on those who country, he added.

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and EconomicAffairs Faiz Ullah chairing the Committee meeting
ISLAMABAD: Chairman Standing Committee on Finance, Revenue and EconomicAffairs Faiz Ullah chairing the Committee meeting in
Parliament House.

Corporate tax should be brought down to 20% immediately: ACCA


2 Reduce the corporate

tants”) believes that it is time to make radical changes in the

3 Single and simple tax

collection system for federal and provincial sales taxes.

4 The sales tax rate

be based on ‘low­tax­rate’ and should be reduced to a single

digit in the next 3 years start­ ing with 14% in 2019/20.

5 Punitive measures

should be introduced making non­compliance by businesses commercially non­viable. Furthermore, the pro­

years. The policy focus should posals recommend that the

be more on increasing the size

of the documented GDP from taxes including taxation on ag­ ~USD 315 billion (2018) to riculture sector, inter­corpo­

rate dividends should be ex­ em pt, evidence of source should be made mandatory for foreign remittances, discretion­ ary power to attach a bank account for recovery should be abolished or revisited, and ser­ vices should not be subject to

sector and revenue collection minimum tax.

1 The right to use infor­ mation available with financial

authorities should be allowed to broaden thetaxbase.

tax rate to 20% and individual highest slab to 25%.

Pakistan-China trade ties to benefit whole region

in the meeting. On the first day, work­ ing level experts group of both the sides discussed in details matters relating to exchange of information about China­Pa­ kistan international transport volume during 2018, present condition of Karakoram High­ way, restoration of Kashgar­ Gilgit Bus Service and start of Bus service from Lahore and Islamabad to Kashgar, routine mechanism for holding of bi­ lateral talks on regular basis and grant of multiple entries vi­ sas to the drivers/crew mem­ bers. The meetingalso reviewed problemsbeing faced by Trans­ port companies and facilitation measures by both the sides.

Chinese delegation Lin Ping

Deputy Party Secretary of participated. Likewise Lin Proposal for opening of Pak­

China border seven daysa week was also considered. It was told that due to extreme weather conditions at Khunjerab Top, Pak­China border remains closed almost four months affecting the trade.

Areas Transport Cooperation

Ping, Deputy Party Secretary of Transportation Department of Xinjiang led the 8­member

Transportation Department, Xinjiang signed the minutes. In order to promote bi­

lateral trade relationship be­ Chinese delegation, while high tween Pakistan and China in ups from International Road context of China­Pakistan Transport office Xinjiang and

Economic Corridor (CPEC), meeting of Pakistan­China

other officers of relevant Chi­ nese departments participated

ISLAMABAD (Online): Fed­ Working level Experts Group

on International Road Trans­

eral Secretary for Communi­

cations Shoaib Ahmad port continued two days at

Siddiqui has said that Pakistan Ministry of Communications. and China are hand in hand to Matters relating to expanding

further expand range of coop­ trade ties and facilitating trans­

eration in trade, industry and portation of passengers and

tourism sectors that will ulti­ mately prepare the ground for

economic uplift of the whole region.

goods between the two coun­ tries were discussed in detail. The Pakistan side was led by Senio r Joint Secretary

He was speaking on oc­ Ministry of Communications casion of signing agreed min­ Altaf Asghar, while senior of­

utes on conclusion of two days ficers from Ministries of Com­

experts group meeting on In­

munications, Foreign Affairs,

ternational Road Transport at Interior and Commerce, Na­ Ministry of Communications. tional Highway Authority, Senior Joint Secretary Pakistan Tourism Develop­ Ministry of Communications ment Corporation, National

reliance should be on direct . Altaf Asghar and leader of Logistic Cell and Northern

Dollar gains 26 paisa in interbank, closed at Rs 141.38

ISLAMABAD (APP): The exchange rate of Dollar in­ creased by 26 paisa in inter­ bank and was traded at Rs 141.38 as compared to the last closing of Rs 141.12, State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) re­ ported on Thursday. However according to Forex Association of Pakistan

the buying and selling rates of

Dollar in o pen market re­

corded at Rs 141.30 and Rs 141.80. The SBP reported that in interbank the price of Euro increased by 16 paisa after which it was traded at Rs 158.18 against Rs158.02 of last day. The price of Japa­ nese yen remained constant at Rs 1.28, whereas the decrease of 38 paisa was witnessed in exchange rate of British Pound which was traded at Rs 183.69 as compared to the last closing at Rs 184.07.

Skyrocketing prices of daily use commodities irks Peshawarities

PESHAWAR (APP): The specially deputed before

skyrocketing prices of daily Ramzan to monitor and imple­ use commodities including ment standard prices in

fruits, milk, meat and veg­

etables have irked the people during holy month of Ramzan.

ties. Despite being an agricul­

ducted by this scribe here ture country, one kilogram’s Thursday revealed that one potato is being sold at Rs50

while price of one kilogram’s

gram melon are being sold at tomato is Rs50­60 that is quite

Rs 120­150 and Rs100­120 in Firdus, Faqirabad and high. The milk sellers have

Hastnagri markets whereas also increased price of the one kilogram watermelon is commodity as one kilogram

being sold at Rs 50, which are beyond purchasing power of middle class. Similarly, peach is out of

reach of common man these Ramzan.

days as one kilogram is being sold at Rs 350 per KG while

date, a favorite commodity ing ghee, meat, cooking oil, during fast, is also out of flour, onion, chicken, and

dozen ‘Banana’ and one kilo­

Peshawar could not control the prices of essential commodi­

A market survey con­

milk is being sold at Rs 120 to Rs140 in open market, reg­ istering an increase of Rs 20­ 30 per kilogram during

The prices of almost all essential commodities includ­

reached of the common man. The district administra­

tions, price review committees prices of lemon are making

and special magistrates were

fruits have witnessed a signifi­ cant increase besides high

consumers unhappy.

FPCCI laments frequent increase in domestic air-fares


Engr. Daroo Khan Achakzai,

trol the price hike, the airlines have been arbitrarily increas­ ing the airfares on domestic

ness Community, Former routes.

Chief Executive TDAP and

Former President of FPCCI orbitant hike in the air fare

showing concern on continua­ tion of abrupt hike in the air fares on all the domestic routes have urged the Aviation Min­ ister, Ghulam Sarwar Khan to initiate a regulatory body to monitor air fares and evolve a mechanism for this purpose.

They added that the ex­

They elaborated that in the absence of any mechanism or check and balance to con­

President of Federation of Pa­ kistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and S.M. Muneer, Leader of the Busi­

had badly caused anxiety amongst the commuters par­ ticularly the business com­ munity who also frequently travel on the domestic route for promotion of trade and in dustrial activities in the country.

Govt. asked to ensure availability of quality items in Ramazan Bazaars


The Government has estab­ Ahmed Hassan Moughal,

lished Ramazan Bazaars in

various cities in the coun­

try including Islamabad to

provide fo od item s at sub ­ try. He said that in some

sidized rates to people, cities, people were report­ which was lau dable initia­ edly facing shortage of tive, however, govern­ needed food items or avail­

ment sh ould ensure avail­ ability of sufficient quan­ tity of quality good items

in these bazaars to pro­ negate the purpose of es­

tablishing these subsidized bazaars.

vide real relief to the people.

This was stressed by

President, Islamabad Cham­ ber of Commerce & Indus­

ability of low quality items in Ramazan Bazaars, which was not good as it would

ISLAMABAD: Ms. Krista Pilot, Senior Vice Presi- dentAsia Middle Eastand NorthAfrica PepsiCo Pa- kistan called
ISLAMABAD: Ms. Krista Pilot, Senior Vice Presi-
dentAsia Middle Eastand NorthAfrica PepsiCo Pa-
kistan called on Chairman Board of Investment (BOI)
Haroon Sharif atBOI.

could afford, rather than the poor segment of the society,

The minister said economy was responding to

he added. He said Ramazan stabilization measures as ex­

Bazaars have been set up in plained by contraction in Large

Scale Manufacturing (LSM) which recorded negative

To another question, the growth of (1.72 percent) in

5.22 percent but broadly it was percent of the corresponding

consumption­led growth.

He said after assuming

Azhar said to revamp the fun­ damentals of economy, a rela­

price level was due to rising international oil prices and ru­ pee depreciation. He said the government was cognizant of this challenge and was follow­ ing prudent expenditure man­

agement and contractionay the size of external current ac­

monetary policy to anchor count deficit to an unprec­ of commodity­producing sec­

couraging. Weak performance

edented level, that weighs on tors also tends to have a nega­

tive impact on the services

growth projection of 6.2 per­

cent at the start of current fis­ sector, he added. Hammad

Bank had also further raised cal year, he added.

the policy rate to 10.75 effec­

period last year. In the agri­

A persistent increase in culture sector, the minister

fiscal deficit added demand said the production estimates pressure which compounded of major crops were not en­

expected rise in inflation. He said to anchor ex­ pected rise in inflation, State

by ensuring smooth supply of commodities, checking profi­ teering and hoarding and vigi­

tive from April 1 st , to compress office, the incumbent govern­ tive slowdown in economy for

the aggregate demand in the economy. The minister said the government had made all­out

efforts to bring down inflation the economy on a sustainable imbalances. The minister said approach towards budget and

roeconomic imbalances to put the fiscal and external sector

growth path. Macroeconomic IMF Country Director was the economic model of Paki­

adjustments of monetary eager to meet political leaders

policy tightening, exchange but no one except Syed stan. Budget 2019/20 should

lant monitoring of prices, both rate adjustments, reduction in Naveed Qamar, turned up.

at federal and provincial lev­

stabilization measures to ad­ order to reach the path of sus­ Chartered Certified Accoun­

ment had started focusing on some time was inevitable in ACCA (the “Association of

dress vulnerabilities and mac­

PSDP spendingand regulatory

tainable growth and to control

‘broadening­the­tax­base’ phi­ lo sophy; aimin g for GDP growth rate of 7% and im­ provement in human develop­ ment index from current level of 0.562(150 ranking) to 0.800 (<60 ranking) in next 3­5

over USD 1 Trillion, alongside increasing the Tax­to­GDP ra­ tio based on current size of the documented economy. Key highlights of budget proposals by ACCA are:

ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi talking to Special Assistant to Prime Min- ister on Petroleum
ISLAMABAD: President Dr. Arif Alvi talking to Special Assistant to Prime Min-
ister on Petroleum Nadeem Baber who called on him.

EC, GA meetings of SCCI conclude

organization and all o f us

77 th Executive Committee should understand that we sion. Addressing the inaugural

(EC) Meeting and 23 rd General

Assembly (GA) Meeting of that we should not go behind Representatives Federal Par­

liament of Nepal Krishna

merce and Industry (SCCI) numerous drawbacks to our Bahadur Mahara mentioned

that the initiatives taken by the

ChandragiriHills, Kathmandu, it was their duty to represent SCCI for prosperity of the

region would help to achieve

efit of economic integration the objectives of the SAARC.

“The role of the SCCI towards strengthening busi­ ness and economic ties among SAARC members is of utmost

Malik, shared his views on importance, it should help in behalf of Pakistan delegation attracting and promoting for­

The 77 th EC and 23 rd GA and reinforced the commit­ eign direct investment in the

region. There is a need for joint efforts to uplift economic con­

community to the process of

economic integration in South ditions of this region by fos­

tering their economic, social and cultural ties,” he added. Moreover, Ambassador

Momand said Afghanistan of Pakistan to Nepal, Mazher

Javed also spoke on the occa­ sion and said business bodies

all members to work closely such as SCCI should play a

key role in converting “pros­ perous regio n and happy people” slogan into practice in the whole SAARC region. He said the private sec­ tor pioneers of South Asia

the SCCI key roles for regional

was ready to embark on re­


members from South Asian Asia. SAARC CCI Vice Presi­

participated by representative

political agendas which give

SAARC Chamber of Com­


represent private sector, so session Speaker of House of

co nclu ded successfully at organization,” he said adding

Nepal. The meetings were orga­ nized by the SCCI in collabo­

SAARC countries for the ben­

and to sustain the economic

ration with Federation of growth in the region.

Nepalese Chambers of Com­

merce and Industry (FNCCI),

a SCCI press release Thurs­ day said.

Senior Vice President of SAARC CCI, Iftikh ar Ali

Meetings were chaired by ment of Pakistan business

President of SAARC CCI Ruwan Edirisinghe and were

including eminent dent (Afghanistan) M Younass

business leaders from Af­ ghanistan, Bhutan, India,

Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan gional projects and encourages

and Sri Lanka. Speaking on the occa­ sion, Ruwan advocated that the main aim of the organiza­

towards regional cooperation. SAARC CCI Vice Presi­ dent (Sri Lanka) Dr Rohitha

tion was to improve intra­trade reiterated the importance of

in the SAARC region, connec­

tivity and socioeconomic co­ harmony and prosperity.

operation for the benefit of SCCI Former President have underscored the need for

people in South Asia. “We are a private sector

deeper integration in the re­ gion.

(Bhutan), Dashu Ugen Dorji was also present on the occa­

Foreign Automobile companies start setting up units: Senate told

students would be eligible for 09 exemptions for CIMA Qualification after completing certain semesters of NUST. However, he said the students did not show signifi­ cant interest in p ursuin g CIMA qualification. More­ over, CIMA reduced fee waiv­ ers for students gradually. He said in 2016, CIMA went under global restructur­

Gold price soars by Rs 900, traded at Rs 68,000 per tola

price of 24 karat gold soared by Rs 900 on Thursday and was traded at Rs 68, 000 as compared to the last clos­ ing at Rs 67,100. The price of 10 gram gold also witnessed increase of Rs 773 and was traded at Rs 58,300 against Rs 57,527 of last day. The price of Silver ob­ served decrease of Rs 40 per


cording to Karachi Sarafa ISLAMABAD (APP): Min­ Finance Programme where Association the per tola

ister for Parliamentary Affairs Azam Khan Swati Thursday apprised the Senate that for­ eign automobile companies had started setting up their manufacturing units in the country and attracted over Rs 1300 million investment so far. Replying to various supplementary questions dur­ ing Question Hour, the minis­ ter said the companies in­ cluded Kia, Honda and Chi­ nese. These companies would also manufacture heavy ve­ hicles besides small ones, he added. To another question, the minister said NUST signed the Memorandum of Under­

standing with CIMA in 2013. dent interests and benefits it market, the price of gold

Karachi, he added. He said keeping in view the lack of stu­

last day. In the international

and now operating from 728.23 against Rs 763 of

closed their office in Islamabad

ing resulting in both cutting tola and was traded at Rs

down of operations globally.

850 and that of 10 grams

In Pakistan CIMA Silvers decreased by Rs

34.27 and was traded at Rs

He said the MoU was signed to facilitate NUST stu­ dents of BS Accounting and

was subsequently decided by NUST Business School not to renew MoU with CIMA.

sinked by $3 per ounce and was traded at $1285 against $1288 of last day.

HYDERABAD:Women labourers busy packingthe mangoes in the wooden boxes for delivery at Fruit Mandi.
HYDERABAD:Women labourers busy packingthe mangoes in the wooden boxes
for delivery at Fruit Mandi.

PHMA asks SNGPL to support industry to achieve export target of FY19

manufacturer,providing dying services to more than 25 gar­ ment units, with total export of over $27 million, has been complaining of low gas pres­ sure to the authorities con­ cerned for the last two years. The knitwear manufac­ turer had applied just for a transfer of the gas connection

earning sector of the country. to avoid extremely low gas

pressure. The industry had

fulfilled all legal formalities while feasibility report was completed and technical sur­ vey had also been conducted

and the gas utility company

had app ro ved the reconnection of gas supply

2019, is creating hurdles to from other location, yet the au­

provide smooth supply of gas to the knitwear units in Punjab. He said that the knitwear

thorities are using delaying tactics to issue the gas supply from the new sight.

Pakistan Hosiery Manu­ factures & Exporters Associa­ tion (PHMA) chairman Adil Butt stated that the SNGPL, instead of facilitating the in­ dustry to achieve the PTI gov­ ernment ambitious export tar­ get of $27 billion by June 30,

LAHORE (Online): The value­added knitwear indus­ try, which was already find­ ing it hard to operate smoothly due to multiple rea­ sons, had another deadly blow as the Sui Northern Gas Pipe Line (SNGPL) authorities are creating hurdles in the way of the largest foreign exchange

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan exchanging views
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research
Sahibzada Muhammad Mehboob Sultan exchanging views with Tajikistan’sAm-
bassador to Pakistan Ismatullo Nasreddin during a meeting.

Railways plans to reconstruct 11 bridges, repair 55

planned to repair 34 bridges

stan Railways is planning to in Karachi, 11 in Sukkur, two

in Multan, five in Rawalpindi, two in Peshawar and one in Quetta. He said around 86 per­ cent of bridges are more than 100 years old but all of them


reconstruct 11 bridges and re­ pair another 55 across the country to ensure smooth op­ eration of the trains and safety of the passengers.

The department would were safe for train operation

reconstruct three bridges in due to regular maintenance, Sukkur Divisio n, six in rehabilitation and strengthen­

Shipping activity at Port Qasim

KARACHI (APP): Three ships Los Angeles Trader, IVS Gleneagles and Maritime Tuntiga carrying Containers, Coal and Palm Oil were allot­ ted berths at Container Ter­ minal, Electric Terminal and Liquid Terminal respectively on Wednesday. While four more ships APLAntwerp, Yasa Ilhan, IVS Bosch Hoek and Ajnan carry­ ing Containers, Soya Bean, Coal and LNG also arrived at outer anchorage of Port Qasim during the last 24 hours. A totalof nine ships were occupyin g PQA berths to load/offload Containers, Coal Chemicals, Soya Bean Seeds, Steel Coil Palm Oil and LNG respectively.

SBP mops up Rs 1,269.450 bn from money market

ing of these bridges. The offi­ cial said there are 13,959 ma­

ways told APP on Thursday. jor and minor bridges over the

Regarding the repair of bridges in different divisions, he said Pakistan Railways has

Multan, two in Lahore, an of­ ficial in the Ministry of Rail­

system and the design life of which varies fo r different years.

Gem stone sector has potential to generate revenue for country


stan gem stone sector has a lot of potential and can generate huge revenue for the country, if given due attention and fa­ cilities, All Pakistan Commer­ cial Exporters Association (APCEA) Ex­chairman Dost Muhammad Thursday said. Talking to APP, he de­ manded the government to

country and facilitate export­ achieve the goal of micro­eco­ tion. The rate of return ac­

view that the country cannot

promote export culture in the

billion from the money mar­

sues being faced by the trad­

day mopped up Rs 1,269.450

port and also address the is­ Bank of Pakistan on Thurs­

cial levels to properly moni­ tor the potential areas of ex­ KARACHI (APP): State

small traders. He also suggested that export board should be intro­ duced at federal and provin­

ers. APCEA Patron in­chief ket as overnight repo sale

Mamoor Khan was of the through open market opera­

ers by introd ucing expo rt friendly policies to encourage

nomic stability without pro­ cepted 10.70 percent per an­

motion of export culture.

num, the SBP informed.

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Commissioner Kalat Division instructs officials for ensuring quality of development schemes

QUETTA (APP): Commis­ sioner Kalat Division Hafiz

He stressed development

Thursday to review develop­ Chief Officer Surab Abdul Naseer Ahmed, Chief Officer funds should be used in proper

ment projects of the local gov­ ernment Kalat division and directed authorities to ensure standard of progress schemes for interest of public. Director local govern­ ment of the division Abdul Qayyum Umarani, Adminis­ trator Chief Officer Munici­ pal Corporatio n Khuzdar

way on progress schemes in

Tahir chaired a meeting on Zehri Naveed Ahed Zehri, nicipal Corporatio n Hub

ment Engineer Ahmedullah Local Government Awaran cleansing of the cities for in­ Baloch, Assistant Engineer Ghulam Jan, Assistant Mu­ terest of people health.

QUETTA: Barrister SherAli meeting with Balochistan GovernorAmanullah Khan Yasinzai.
QUETTA: Barrister SherAli meeting with Balochistan GovernorAmanullah Khan Yasinzai.

AC reviews prices of edible items


PANJGUR: Assistant Com­ missio ner, Panjgu r Shah Nawaz accompanied by Tehsildar, Panjgur, Fazal Mohammed and Risaldar Ma­ jor, Sabir Ali Gichki visited Panjgur city and reviewed prices of edible items. Speak­ ing on the occasion, Assis­ tant Commissioner, Panjgur, Shah Nawaz said that any shopkeeper found violating rates of edibles items pre­ scribed b y District Price Committee, he would be dealt with strictly in accordance with law. He added that the Dis­ trict Administration had set up Sasta (cheap) bazar in order that poor and deservin g people might be facilitated.

Achakzai strongly condemn Data Darbar bomb blast

Amendment in cripple talking. If any alterations were carried

He expressed these views in 18 th Amendment by ruling

party, which gave sover­

Provincial Minister on Agri­ ties delegatio ns where he eignty to provinces, Awami

culture En gineer Zmarak Khan Achakzai condemned the recent bomb explosion of Lahore said that Awami Na­ tional Party always raised slo­ gan against terrorism as well as gave lots of sacrifices for the sake of motherland. Central Leader of Awami National Party and Provincial Minister on Agriculture Engi­ neer Zmarak Khan Achakzai

stated further that they always that carrying bomb explosion meaningful efforts, he stressed

in holy month was not good upon during talking to differ­

National Party stated further tablished, it is due to their

while taking to different par­

QUETTA: Central leader of Awami National Party and

principles and carrying of poli­ tics of principles, he explained.


slammed the bomb blast near National Party will come into police van Lahore in strong action where Zmarak said words said that terrorists did that they did not want the not have any religion and any any interference in 18 th humanity due to which the Amendment.

claimed the lives of innocent

Awami National Party

citizens in the revered month gave lots of sacrifices for coun­

of Ramazan. He expressed in­ tolerance over the losing of precious human lives. Central leader of Awami

try and democracy and gave countless sacrifices against terrorism which targeted their important leaders, if peace es­

ent delegation, adding that in­ cumbent provincial govern­

mental affairs due to which it perity and development of

started support of 18 th province.

slammed the bombing wher­ ever it happened whether it is any corner of state, adding that federal government had better accept their failure of opera­ tion of government. If federal government cre­

ated any displacement in 18 th federal government had been cal year budget. As well as ef­

forts are being taken fro pros­

failed in operating of govern­

Agriculture, underlined that be given relief in upcoming fis­

of brotherhood and harmony, Zmarak, provincialminister of

measures for social and wel­ fare of masses and masses will

Ramazan give them teaching ment is taking every kind of

and appropriate step, there­ fo re, the holy m onth o f

amendment, it will breed very negative consequences. They also believed in democratic

KHUZDAR: CommissionerKalat Division HafizTahir presides overthe meeting regarding progressive report 2017-2018 of Local
KHUZDAR: CommissionerKalat Division HafizTahir presides overthe meeting
regarding progressive report 2017-2018 of Local Government Kalat Division.

Strike by butchers failure of administration

FromOur Correspondent

CHAGAI: Increasing price demand of meat by butchers in holding a strike on the first day o f holy m onth o f Ramazan spoke the out and out failure of administration and Price Control Committee. According to details, de­ mands of daily life commodi­ ties like vegetable, big meat, mitten meat, fruits reached to height of sky hereon the first day o f holy m onth o f Ramazan. When the Price Control Committee changed rates of daily life commodities and sus­ taining the prices of meat prices along with issuing rate lists resulted in staging strike

Month of Ramazan, source of bringing a real change in life: Ijaz


JAFFARABAD: Provincial deputy General Secretary Mrs. Shahida Ijaz Memen said that Ramazan is the holy month among the months of Islamic calendar. The holy month is a kind of prize for Muslims as well as it a se­ quence of blessings. Holy month of Ramazan is not only as source of having nearness to Allah, His acquisition of agreeing but also a source of bringing a real change in their life. She stated these views while speaking to women cer­ emony as regards with recep­ tion of Ramazan from district constituency of Jamiat Islami Jaffarabad where she spoke Allah revealed the holy Book of Quran in holy month of Ramazan and blessed them with greatest blessing. So, Al­ lah made us required to ensure closed connection with Quraan particularly in the holy month of Ramazan and adored their lives with lightness of Quran as it is complete code of life. Provincial deputy gen­ eral secretary of Jamiat Islami Shahida Ijaz said that West­ ern nations made the women their target for acquisition of their malign designs. So, o f Muslim world

women must be warned of Western tactics, therefore, their sur­ vival and protection lie in Is­ lamic civilization, for this ac­ quisition Jamiat Islami women constitution is striv­ ing. She further stated that while following the Islamic p rinciple b y women, they could made their homes the cradle of Haven.

by butchers on the first day were created by from district

administration of Chagai in

to which observers of fast rendering relief to masses in

sever difficulties.

It is state that it is not which district administration the first time butcher de­ seemed failed.

manded increment in prices of

meat but they also conducted pees, Peach also 200 rupees

strike in ex holy month of

Ramazan due to which they pees are sold at the market

got successful in their holding which speak the out and out

failure of district administra­

tion. So, despite setting down

test this month in demanding the prices of daily life com­

the increment of meat at first modities like big meat, mitten

meat, vegetables, fruits, the rejection of fruits, vegetable sellers is criticizing alo ng

per kg, okra per kg at 150 ru­

The apple per kg 200 ru­

revered month of Ramazan to

of holy month ofRamazan due

of strike increasing prices of meats. They also staged a pro­

day o f holy m onth o f Ramazan which is injustice with observers of Fast. On the

other hand, prices of fruits with protesting butchers as and vegetable touched the failure of district administra­ height of sky but no facilities tion.

Views of Iftar-cum-dinner hosted by Front Corps Balochistan for people in different parts of province
Views of Iftar-cum-dinner hosted by
Front Corps Balochistan for people
in different parts of province

Khaliq Shahwani, Chief Of­

Municipal Committee Naal

ficer Winder Muhammad Hafiz Muneer Ahmed, Assis­ order to ensure provision of

Anwar Baloch, Chief Officer Bella Abdul Majeed Mirwani, Administrator District Coun­

tant Engineer Municipal Wadh facilities to people after Zahoor Ahmed Mosiani, As­ completion of these projects sistant Engineer Naal Allah in their respective areas be­

cil Kalat Muhammad Bakhsh Baloch and other se­ cause government funds are Ibraheem, Chief Officer Dis­ nior officials attended the public’s asset.

trict Council Lasbella meeting.

Hafiz Tahir said each of­

Manzoor Ahmed, Chief Of­ ficer Khaliq Abad,

Commissioner directed ficial of the respective areas

relevant local authorities, chief

are responsible to ensure

Officer Mastung Muhammad spite all available resources masses as soon as possible in

Shahwani, Assistant Director

will be utilized to maintain the areas.

Nazar Khan Zehri, Adminis­ Muhammad Hashim, Chief officers of respective areas of standard of ongoing develop­ trator Zehri Mir Abdul Razaq Officer Uthal Muhammad the districts for making serv­ ment schemes and comple­

Zehri, Director Planning and

Development Muhammad Azad Khan Mangal, Chief in their respective areas, de­ addressin g difficulties o f

Khan, Chief Officer Wadh ing of public as their missions tion of them on timely for

Sadiq Notani, Deputy Direc­ tor Technical Local Govern­

QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Secretary Dr.AkhtarNazeer presides over the high level meeting.
QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Secretary Dr.AkhtarNazeer presides over the high level meeting.

Protest held for restoration of 21 officers


QUETTA: Balochistan Agri­ culture Officer Association took a bitter demonstration against DG Research where Director, Deputy Director and Research Officer partici­ pated at large in which they criticized the immoral attitude of DG Research, duplicity policy and getting 21 officers downgrade by DG Research staged a fierce protest in front of Office of DG Research and demanded of taking immedi­ ate notice of Director General Research as soon as it could be possible. The bitter protestation that was held in front of DG Research demanded the can­

cellation of downgrading of 21 officers and correction of boor­

ish behavior and attitude of where BAOA also gave a pen

down strike. They are of the view that as promotion cases that were

A bitter protestation that ceased by DG Research

was held in front of DG Re­

search Office stated that due ers and Charter of Demand to insufficiency of DG Re­ were not restored, the

sphere of the protest will be expand. The bitter protestation

Department of Research is that was held in front of DG

Research demanded the can­ cellation of downgrading of 21 officers and correction of boor­

motion officers were ceased ish attitude of DG Research. and frozen but the issue of Otherwise, they would not water is similar and it is not accept the amendment at any solved as priority and consid­ cost.

were not restored, 21 offic­

ering it as obligation. Trails had been limited from 10 to 2 acres

DG Research. Otherwise, they would not accept the amendment at any cost.

search, the Department of Research as reached at the verge of collapse due to which

moving towards weakness. They (demonstrators) said that all the cases of pro­

PISHIN: Commander Sector North BrigadierLiaqatAli, Deputy Commissioner Pishin Aurangzaib Badini and others offering
PISHIN: Commander Sector North BrigadierLiaqatAli, Deputy Commissioner
Pishin Aurangzaib Badini and others offering Fateha on martyrdomof FC official
and citizen.

Bhag always neglected by rulers: Speakers

FromOur Correspondent

BHAG: All Parties Tehsil Bag was presided by Abdul Sattar Bangalzai in leading of Na­ tional Party Bhag in which all

political parties of Tehsil Bhag includin g National Party, Jamiaat Ulem Islam, Jamoo

Qoumi Mo vement, Water

Movement of Bag, GTA, PTI, BSO Bechar, JWP, Commu­ nist Party, Bazar Union and ex local bodies representatives participated at the meeting where future course of action was planed in exploitation of unemployed youth from De­ partment of Education. Abdul Sattar Bangalzai, Syed Rashid ud din Shah, Arbab Qadir Baksh Area, Hafiz Abdul Rashid, Akbar Baloch, Hajji Muhammad Ilyas Kalwar, Wafa Somro, Comrade Feyaz Jamoot, Hafiz Baloch, Muhammad Aslam Ban galzai, Jangir Khan Bangalzai, Ghulam Hussain

Sasta Bazar gains positive response from masses

FromOur Correspondent

Baloch, Comrade Tika Khan Jamoot, Sadam Hussain Baloch, Amajd Ali Shah

Jeylani, Khadim Hussain NASEERABAD: Cheaper

Abro, Abdul Ghani Baloch, Khuda Bakhsh Mugheri and others stated in joint press statement said collectively that Tehsil Bhag was always neglected by rulers of time when the are the part of gov­ ernment. This chain of justice is continuing where they stated that local newspapers pub­ lished advertisements which were against the reality. They were of theview that vacancies were being limited which is a kind ofjustice with unemployed youth. They demanded of set­

tinggovernment how many va­ by Deputy Commissioner

Zafar Ali Baloch, ADC Jalail Ahmed, Chairman Municipal Committee Chief Officer Babo BechalLashari, tehsildar

measures, therefore, their Bahdur Khan Khoso, Direc­

tor of Market Committee Di­ rector Qurban Lehri.

youth beingforced of living life of poverty.

cancies are laying empty, they must be unveiled. Otherwise, they would state country wide protest along with taking strict

Bazaar was held in Dera Murad Jamali from district administration in giving relief to masses where citizens at large bought daily life com­ modities vegetables, fruits and meat on cheaper prices. As well as, different stalls were in stalled from the side of Anjuman­i­Tajaran like Cold Drink, Sugar, gee, rice, pulses and meat where masses bought purchasing at very large scale. The cheaper bazaar that were installed from district administration was paid visit

Dirtiness left on different roads creates pungent smell

Fromour Correspondent

USTA MUHAMMAD: So­ cial and political leader of Usta Muhammad Khalid Hussain Nechari said that all dirty heaps of garbage that was taken from drainages of differ­ ent Muhalas including Haq Baho School and Mastoi Muhala and Nechari Street left on each side of the road which disturbed the poor people, children and women in posing bitter smell among the resi­ dents along with spreading different kind of disease in en­ dangering current peaceful at­ mosphere. It gave a pungent smell due to which residents and passersby aregetting wor­

ried. Purification is half faith. If dirtiness of drainage is taken out from drainages and re­ maining put on road and

streets not only create a pun­ gent smell but also create dif­ ferent kind of diseases among the residents of Muhalas, add­ ing that several of times, chief officer was got aware but he did not agree to listen the complaints of residents made to him as regards with putting dirtiness of drainage put on different sides of road after cleansing of drainages. The staff of chief officer started ca­ prices as chief officer did not sit his office wherein the de­ manded of the respective Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner to lift up the heaps of garbage of Haq Baho School Muhala, Mastoi Muhala and Nechari Street left on their roads in creating a pungent smell and creating and spreading diseases among the masses.

Police arrest 3 brothers involved in murder

QUETTA (PPI) Korangi Industrial area police and Quetta Police in a joint operation arrested three brothers involved in the murder case of Syed Hussain Shah, Superintendent, Uni- versity of Baluchistan. Alleged accused involved in the murder case of Syed Hussain Shah were real brothers, said DIG, East, Aamir Farooqi, adding that the alleged accused had shot dead Syed Hussain Shah on March 26 at Raisani Road, Quetta. The accused could be seen in CCTV footage riding on two motor- cycle and after killing Syed Hussain Shah had escaped to Karachi, remarked DIG, East, Aamir Farooqi.

Taking security from Maulana Fazalur Rehman regrettable

FromOur Correspondent

USTA MUAMMAD: Mem­ ber of Central Council of Jamiaat Ulema Islam Maulana Abdul Qayoum Haideri, Maualana Zafar Pendrani, Maualana Mehrullah Jattak stated in a joint press state­ ment here the other day un­ derlined that when current government assumed the power of a nation, it started tauntin g Maualan Fazalur Rehman and leadership of Jamiaat Ulema Islam even se­ curity of Maulana was taken back, adding that three suicides were carried at leader o f Jamiaat Ulema Islam Maualana Fazalur Rehman before this butAllah Almighty secured him by his blessing. They are of the view that as he was protected by Allah Almighty by his special bless­ ing. So, they expect the pro­ tection of Maulana Fazalur Rehman but he responded one of the question that ex pro­ vincial government has pro­

vided security to leader of Jamiaat Ulema Islam Maualana Fazalur Rehman when current ruling govern­ ment assumed the power, the security provided to him was gotten back which is regret­ table. It is explained to ruling government by leadership of Jamiaat Ulema Islam that if any thing happened to leading leader Maualana Fazalu r Rehman, the government will be held responsible. In getting back the security of Maualan Fazalur Rehman, it is stated that hundreds and thousands of workers and members of Jamiaat Ulem Islam is ready to give security their leader even they are agree to sacri­ fice their lives as extending p rotective protection to Maulana Fazalur Rehman. Leadership of Jamiaat Ulema Islam was of the view that it seemed that ruling gov­ ernment had been failed com­ pletely in giving establishing peace.

QUETTA: Member Chief MinisterTask Force AdvocateAbdul Hadi Kakar inspecting the various sections of IDSP University
QUETTA: Member Chief MinisterTask Force AdvocateAbdul Hadi Kakar inspecting the various sections of IDSP University Hana Urak.
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biggest challenge, being faced The SAPM said that that me­
and departments and its job
cial Assistant to the Prime by Pakistan, today was to dia has become a technology­ was to overcome the chal­
Minister on Information and
Broadcasting Dr Firdous
Ashiq Awan Thursday said
that responsible media could
play an important role in pro­
jecting true and positive im­
age of country in the world and
in realization of a developed
and prosperous Pakistan. She
was addressing a certificate
distribution ceremony of First
Professional Management
Course of Khyber
Pakhtun khwa Info rmation
counter negative image projec­
tion of in the world and media
should play a pro­active role
in countering this issue.
She said that senior jour­
based industry and its strength­
lenges on national, regional and
eningand capacity building was international level.
need of the hour. Dr Firdous
She said that time has
said “media landscape was come to make Pakistan Elec­
changingrapidly and now digi­
nalists were like academies and tal media had become an im­
tronic Media Regulatory Au­
thority an independent institu­
they should come forward to portant tool for dissemination tion, free from government in­
project the positive image
of information.” She said that terference in order to banish the
country. She said that there was the media had right to criticize
a need to overcome the com­
munication gap between the
government institutions and the
media o utlets, so that the
the government, but at the same
time it should give positive
feedback for improvement of
governance and provision of
vacuum which results in relief to the common man.
Department and welcome cer­ disinformation, should be re­
moved and policies and priori­
She said that the Minis­
try of Information and Broad­
ISLAMABAD: Dr. FirdousAshiqAwan, Special Assistant to the Prime MinisterforInformation and Broadcast-
ing addressing during certificate distribution ceremony of 1st Professional Management Course of Information
Department, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa at Information ServiceAcademy.
emony of Probationary Offic­
ers of 36 th Specialized Train­
ing Programme here.
The SAPM said that the
ties of the state and government casting was mouth­piece of
impression of arm­twisting.
Emphasizing capacity
building of media persons, the
Special Assistant said
disinformation caused by com­
munication gaps created chaos
and disorder in the society. She
said modern technology should
be utilized to upgrade media to
could be projected properly.
the all government ministries the international standard.
Senate told
Pakistan’s foreign debt
rises to US$88.199 billion
AJK President seeks
trilateral resolution
to Kashmir dispute
JC Larence (Craige) called on
in fiscal year 2013­14,
tion here that the International
Azad Jammu and Kashmir the President at President
Pakistan’s foreign debt has US$5.40721 billion in fiscal Monetary Fund (IMF) in a
(AJK) President Sardar
reached to 88.199 billion US year 2014­15 and US$4.45020 recent report warned that
Masood Khan has
said that
dollars, the Senate was in­
formed on Thursday.
Federal Ministry of Fi­
nance produced the figures of
billion in financial year 2015­
16, the finance ministry said in
its answer. Pakistan’s borrow­
ing from foreign sources re­
foreign debt during the ques­ mained 6.520381 billion US
tion hour in senate session dollars in fiscal year 2016­17,
while in year 2017­18 the coun­
US$27 billio n worth of
Pakistan’s external debt will
mature within two years. The
IMF in its Regional Outlook
Report Update on the
Middle East, North Africa
and Afghanistan disclosed the
The country borrowed try borrowed US$6.020526 $27 billion external debt re­
US$26.19 billion in past six fi­
nancial years apart of US$7.32
billion interest,which enhanced
billion from foreignsources, the
ministry added.
The country has bor­
the overall foreign debt in past rowed US$4.550154 billion in
six years to US$33.50, the
ministry said in its written re­
the ongoing fiscal year till
now, the finance ministry in­
ply of the question. Pakistan formed the Senate in its reply.
payment figure. “Many coun­
tries have large foreign cur­
rency debt – some $27 billion
– set to mature in the next two
years, leaving them more ex­
posed to slower growth pros­
pects and financialmarket vola­
tility,” said the IMF report.
there was no military solution
to Kashmir and the problem
could only be solved through
trilateral dialogue between In­
dia, Pakistan and genuine lead­
ership of Kashmiris.
“There is no military so­
lution to Kashmir issue and In­
dia will have to initiate dia­
lo gues with Pakistan and
people of Jammu and Kashmir
to find a way for the resolution
of this conflict peacefully,”
President Khan said while
speaking to 20­ members’ del­
House here. President Masood
Khan said that Pakistan always
sought peaceful resolution of
Kashmir issue through dia­
logues but it was India that had
obstructed the process and
chosen the path of brutalizing
the peopleof Jammu and Kash­
mir to settle Kashmir issue.
He went to say that In­
dia­ Pakistan have already
fought two wars over Kash­
mir and now Indian inflexibil­
ity on Kashmir issue, inhu­
man atrocities in Kashmir and
unprovoked shelling on civil­
ian population living along
LAHORE: Chairman of the Muttahida Ulema Board (MUB) Hafiz TahirAshrafi,
Allama Muhammad Hussain Akbar, Dr Raghib Hussain Nameemi and others ad-
dressing a joint press conference at Seerat QuranAcademy.
Sindh Governor
calls on PM
PM’s Green Pakistan Prog
One million saplings to
be planted in Gawadar
borrowed US$6.90897 billion
It is pertinent to men­
egation of the British Royal the Line of Control (LoC)
could bring both nuclear­
armed states at the brink of
another devastating war.
KARACHI (APP): Governor
of Sindh Imran Ismail called
on Prime Minister Imran Khan
in Islamabad and discussed
proposed new development
projects for Sindh.
The Federal Government
is extending every possible as­
sistance to provide maximum
facilities to the people of Sindh,
said a Governor House Sindh’s
statement issued here on
Thursday. On the occasion,
they also exchanged views on
matters of mutual interests.
Seven “ghost” nurses
found in Sandeman
Provincial Hospital
PIA announces
extra flights for
Saudi Arabia
during Ramzan
College of Defence Studies
(RCDS). The British delega­
tion headed by Major Gen ®
Khusro Bakhtyar
Federal Govt to extend
all possible support for
prosperity of Sindh
QUETTA: A total of one mil­
lion saplings would be planted
in Gawadar district under the
Prime Minister’s Green Paki­
stan Programme.
This was announced by
the Additional Deputy Com­
QUETTA: The action has been
initiated against the “ghost”
staff nurses in the Sandeman
Provincial Headquarter Hospi­
tal Quetta (SPHH).
dent has directed to take stern
action against them. An action
has also been ordered against
those were responsible to pay
the salaries to the gh ost
nurses. The MS said that we
In this regard, Medical
Superintendent of SPHHQ,
Dr. Muhammad Saleem Abro
has stopped the salaries of
seven ghost staff nurses, who
had been drawing salaries
without discharging duties in
the hospital.
are trying to determine that for
how longand on whom orders,
the salaries were being paid to
the ghost staff nurses in their
absence from duties.
The MS also said that
the initial investigations have
revealed that some retired,
KARACHI (Online): The
Pakistan International Air­
lines have announced extra
flights to Saudi Arabia for
Um rah pilgrim s. The na­
tional carrier will start extra
flights from 10 th May, which
will continue till 23 rd May to
facilitate intending pilgrims
from Karachi, Lahore, and
Islamabad. The PIA spokes­
person said the airline is in­
creasing the number of flights
considering rise in demand of
flights for Saudi Arabia.
Every year in Ramzan,
thousands of Pakistanis visit
Mecca and Madina for Umrah
and the rush to the holy cities
increases in the last 10 days
of the month.
ister for Planning, Develop­
ment and Reform Makhdum
Khusro Bakhtyar has under­
lined that the present Govern­
ment is committed to extend
all possible cooperation and
support for progress and pros­
perity of Sindh province.
The Minister was talking
to Governor Sindh, Imran
Ismail, who called on him here
on Thursday. Secretary Plan­
ningZafar Hasan,members Plan­
ningCommission andsenior of­
ficials from the ministry were
also present in the meeting. The
Minister said that Federal Gov­
ernment would cooperate with
the provincial government in the
development of the province as
well as resolve the issues of pro­
vision of clean drinking water
and improvement in transport
system to provide relief to
people of Karachi.
The Minister called for
devising a robust strategy and
framework to permanently re­
solve the issue of water short­
age in the cosmopolitan city.
During the meeting vari­
ous projects and schemes pro­
posed for next year’s PSDP
came under discussion. The
schemes related to road infra­
structure, energy, water re­
sources, transport and munici­
pal infrastructure in interior
Sindh were deliberated upon.
NA passes mo-
tion to suspend
rules for consid-
ering Bill about
increase in NA,
PA seats
missioner (General) Anis Tariq
while presiding over a meeting
on the Green Pakistan
Programme in Gawadar on
Thursday. The district Forest
Officer, Yar Muhammad
Dashti and officers of con­
the meeting. It was told that
all the departments would
plant saplings in their respec­
tive departments, offices, pub­
lic parks, besides at the banks
of roads and homes.
It is an established fact
that the trees make the envi­
ronment free of pollution.
Addressing the meeting,
the Additional Deputy Com­
missioner stressed that coop­
eration of general public is vi­
tal in making the tree planta­
tion campaign a great success.
He said that every segment
of the society has to play one’s
role in making the district green
by actively participating in the
Green Pakistan campaign.
It is believed that the
ghost staff nurses are not
present in Quetta, rather they
are residing in Punjab and
some abroad even.
The Medical Superinten­
transferred and those even on
LPR are also being paid sala­
ries. He said that FIR would be
lodged against those involved
in the corruption and corrupt
practices in the hospital.
National Assembly on Thurs­
day passed a motion to sus­
pend rules for consideration of
the constitutional amendment
bill aimed at increasing the
Commissioner Naseerabad
reviews development
work on Kirthar canal
Bilawal and Ayan paid
cash amount from same
account, says Murad
number of tribal districts’ (ex­
FATA) seats in National As­
sembly and Khyber­
Pakhtunkhwa Assembly.
The motion to suspend
rules to consider the Consti­
tutional Amendment Bill,
2019 was moved by an Inde­
pendent lawmaker Mohsin
Dawar belonging to North
Waziristan (NA­48) which
was passed by the House.
The motion to consider the
bill was passed through voice
ISLAMABAD (APP): Fed­ bly after Murad Saeed was
Iran hands back
75 illicit Pak
to Levies
QUETTA: Commissioner
Naseerabad Division, Javed
Akhtar Mehmood inspected
the ongoing work of the
cleansing the Kirthar Canal
and subsidiary branches in
the area on Thursday.
He reviewed the quality
of work and had interaction
with the concerned officials on
the occasion.
The Commissioner was
briefed in detail about the on­
going work. It was informed
that we had demanded some
Rs. 150 million for the clean­
ing of the canals, but got just
Rs. 30 millio n. It was in­
formed that strict vigilance of
the work is being made so as
to restore the canal system
fully. Expressing his satisfac­
tion over the work being done
in the Kirthar canal and its
branches, the Commissioner
said that he would talk to the
concerned authorities for pro­
vision of the desired funds at
the earliest.
He said that Naseerabad
division is the only green belt
where various crops are culti­
vated. The major agricultural
needs of the province are met
from the Naseerabad division,
adding he mentioned.
He said that it is endeav­
our of the Chief Minister and
the provincial government to
restore the canal system of the
province fully.
The Commissioner said
that he is reviewing the devel­
opment work of the canals per­
sonally so that it is completed
at the earliest and the growers
may not face any issue.
QUETTA:Activists of Beef and mutton shop association hold protest in favour of
their demands.
SC reserves verdict in
Tayyaba torture case
Strike of
enter 5 th day
Supreme Court reserved its
own testimony, he added.
He said after pictures of
eral Minister for Communica­
tio ns and Postal Services
Murad Saeed on Thursday said
that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and
Ayan Ali were paid cash
amount through the same ac­
count and public money was
embezzled in the past.
Speaking here in National
Assembly amid protest of the
Opposition during his speech,
the minister said that former
governments plundered pub­
lic money and their fake ac­
counts had been unearthed re­
vealing the entire story of their
corruption. Opposition pro­
tested in the National Assem­
given the floor to respond to
speech of PPPP chairman
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari. Op­
position members surrounded
the dais of the speaker and
kept causing commotion dur­
ing Murad Saeed’s speech.
The minister said we
would not allow them to talk
too if they will not listen to
answers adding that opposi­
tion have no courage to listen.
He said that current gov­
ernment was exposing corrup­
tion of PPPP and Bilawal
knew nothing and was not
credible enough to talk about
Pakistan’s issues.
judgement on appeals filed the torture went viral on so­
by a judge and his wife, who cial media, the minor girl was
QUETTA (PPI) Strike of
butchers, who wanted to
sell Beef and mutton as per
their own rate, continued for
CHAGHI (APP):Iranian au­
thorities handed over 75 ille­
gal Pakistani immigrants to
Levies Forceat the Taftan bor­
der in Chagai district.
Accordin g to o fficial
sources, the detained people
were arrested from different
cities of Iran for living with­
out valid traveling documents.
After completion of for­
mal procedure, the Levies
Force handed over the immi­
grants to the Federal Investi­
gation Agency (FIA).
were jailed for torturing a mi­
nor maid employed as do­
mestic help in Islamabad.
made to disappear by her em­ the fifth consecutive day.
ployers, who later themselves Shops of butchers in differ­
reported her as missing.
PTI moves ECP against
appointment of Maryam
as PML-N Vice President
A three­judge bench Tayyaba was subsequently
headed by Ju stice Mushir
recovered from the former
Alam had taken up appeals judge’s own residence, where
filed by former additional dis­
she suffered all of her bruises,
ent parts of provincial capi­
tal remained closed for the
fifth consecutive day. Dis­
trict Administration has fixed
780 for mutton and 450 for
beef while butchers are stub­
born to sell mutton at the
ISLAMABAD (Online): Pe­
tition has been filed in Elec­
All the legal basis have
been encompassed in the pe­
22 Indian
arrested, boats
trict and sessions judge Raja the counsel said. According to
Khurram Ali Khan and his the Islamabad advocate gen­
wife Maheen Zafar, who had eral, the minor girl had stated
tion Commission of Pakistan tition under which Maryam
(ECP) against appointment of Nawaz is not eligible to hold
been sentenced to one year in that her hand was burnt using rate of rupees 850 and beef
Maryam Nawaz as vice presi­
dent of PML­N.
any political and public office.
Certain Supreme Court orders
KARACHI (APP): Pakistan
Maritime Security Agency
(PMSA) in its early Thurs­
jail in April 2018 for keeping a ladle and she was later tied at the rate of rupees 550.
The petition has been have also been mentioned in day morning operation ar­
ISLAMABAD: Chairman National Commission for
Human Rights Justice (Retd)Ali Nawaz Chohan and
Mrs Valerie Khan Executive Director Group Develop-
ment Pakistan exchanging documents after signing let-
ter of collaboration between National Commission for
Human Rights and Group Development Pakistan, join-
ing hands to promote Child Rights and Strengthening
Juvenile Justice System.
the then 10­year­old Tayyaba to a water tank by her em­
in wrongful confinement.
During the course of
ployers. The convicts also
used to threaten Tayyaba that
Strike of butcher that con­
tinued for four days had caused
scarcity of meat in the provin­
cial capital. They said that
petrolprice has been increased
which affect their business as
fare to bring cattle has also in­
filed by Members of National
Assembly (MNAs) from PTI.
The petitioners include Bar­
details in the petition.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi
has decided to challenge the
proceedings, the Islamabad the police would beat her if
rister Malaika Bokhari, Mian n ominatio n of Maryam
ad vo cate general told the
court that as per the state­
ment of neighbours, the con­
she revealed the torture to
anyone, he added. Quoting the
findings of a medicalboard, the
Farrukh Habib, Javeria Zafar
Aheer and Kanwal Shozab.
Nawaz as PML­N vice presi­
dent at every level. He has
roborated by the child maid’s were fresh.
Maryam Nawaz is also con­
victed therefore, she cannot
be given any party portfolio.
rested 22 Indian fishermen
for their illegal activity into
Pakistani waters.
A PMSA spokesman
said agency’s patrolling ves­
sels Zhob and Hangol during
their routineexercise registered
presence of some four boats
engaged in fishing in a prohib­
ited zone, that falls into
Pakistan’s territory.
JI urges govt to release
Rs 100 bln special grant
for erstwhile tribal areas
The petitio n said that said that a convicted person
victs had burnt Tayyaba’s counsel said at least 22 bruises
appointment of Maryam cannot be given party post.
hand after a broom went miss­
ing. This statement was cor­
on the child’s body were found creased. They said that until
Nawaz as vice president of
to be old while three injuries their demands were addressed, PML­N runs contrary to con­
their strike would continue.
stitution and law.

QUETTA: Provincial Minister for Local Government Sardar Muhammad Saleh Bhutani and Leader of BAP meeting with Balochistan Chief Minister JamKamal Khan.

LAHORE (INP): The central Shoora of the Jamaat e Islami, hascalled upon the government to release the current year’s amount of Rs one hundred bil­ lion out of the Rs 1000 billion special grant for the erstwhile tribal areas and stressed that it should be spent in consultation with the peoples elected rep­ resentatives. Through a resolution, the Shoora demanded that the present judicial vacuum in the former tribal district should be filled immediately and the courts should be provided necessary logistic support. It demanded that thirty thousand new posts should be created for these dis­ trict as promised and these posts be duly fulfilled. The Shoora called for ex­

pediting the rehabilitation of the infrastructure in tribal ar­ eas that had been totally de­ stroyed duringthe operations. It urged the government and the Election Commission to launch a special campaign through the media to create awareness among the tribal people about the importance of the provincial assembly elections. The JI centralbody called for modernizing and regulariz­ ing mining in the former tribal areas and demanded that the local communities should be given fifty per cent of the in­ come from this source. The JI Shoora termed the new local bodies draft as being conflict with the constitution. It called for a through debate of it inside and outside the assembly.

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