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newsdailyApril 19, 2021
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Lahore: Traders’ organizations in Lahore and other cities have announced their full support for the call for a wheel jam strike by scholars today.

The All Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajiran in Lahore has fully supported the appeal of Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman and announced to keep the shutters down across the country. The city’s small and large wholesale markets and retail markets are closed, with the full support of traders’ organizations.

On the other hand, the Pakistan Goods Transporters Association has gone on a wheel jam strike, closing all the goods transport bases in the city.


newsdailyApril 12, 2021
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The federal government has decided to conduct a new census this year. Asad Omar says “the census framework will be ready in 6 to 8 weeks, the census will be completed before 2023, there is no procedure to fix the old census in the constitution.

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar told a press conference in Islamabad that the Council of Common Interests had approved the results of the census by a majority vote. There were many objections to the old census.

He said that he would not wait and would immediately start work for a new census, would use technology to bring transparency in the next census, and would conduct a new census in accordance with international and UN procedures.

The Federal Minister said that the procedure for the next census would be worked out in 6 to 7 weeks and its approval would be taken at the next meeting of common interest, after which the process of new census would begin at the end of this year and will be completed before 2023.

The census was conducted in 2017 under the PML-N government in which the population of Karachi was shown to be more than 14 million, which was strongly protested by MQM Pakistan, Jamaat-e-Islami, Pak Sarzamin Party and other parties. 

Regarding the last census, Asad Umar said that the results were correct or incorrect, but all the operations were completed under the supervision of the federal and the provinces. At the time of the census, there was a PPP government in Sindh and a PML-N government in the federal.

The Federal Minister said that he wanted all the provinces and stakeholders to be taken into confidence in the upcoming census process. The agenda of the meeting of the Council of Common Interests was Census 2017. In November 2017, the Council of Common Interests demanded that a Percentage audit should be done, later 5% audit was approved instead of 1%, however 3 days before the expiration of the term of Parliament it was said that it would be a pointless exercise.


newsdailyApril 12, 2021
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Acknowledging Pakistan’s initiatives, the German Foreign Minister said that Pakistan’s role is important for peace and dialogue in Afghanistan. Pakistan has made many sacrifices for peace in the region.

Addressing a joint press conference in the German capital Berlin, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that Shah Mehmood Qureshi is welcome in Germany. The political and economic situation was discussed during the meeting. Germany acknowledges that Pakistan has made many sacrifices for peace in the region. Pakistan’s role is important for peace in Afghanistan. Pakistan has left no stone unturned in hosting Afghan refugees. 

Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he was grateful for Germany’s cooperation in achieving GSP Plus. Pakistan wants to boost relations with Germany. Also wants new economic relations with Germany. There are great opportunities for trade in Pakistan. Pakistan will remain in touch with Germany on other issues, including the Afghan issue. 

He said that the world is facing a challenge because of Coronavirus. We are grateful for Germany’s support in providing the vaccine. Regarding peace in the region, the Foreign Minister said, “Pakistan wants peaceful relations with India. India needs to provide a conducive environment for dialogue. Like Germany, Pakistan wants peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. 

The Pakistani Foreign Minister further said that developing countries are looking at developed countries for corona vaccine. Pakistan and Germany share a common position on the Afghan issue. Prime Minister Imran Khan is also interested in visiting Germany. 


newsdailyApril 12, 2021
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Lahore: Saad Hussain Rizvi, head of Tehreek-e-Lubaik Pakistan, has been arrested from Lahore. Reasons have not been yet came to the limelight for arrest.

TLP leader Pir Ijaz Ashrafi while talking to media, confirmed that Saad Hussain Rizvi, the head of Tehreek-e-Lubaik Pakistan was arrested from Lahore. Saad Rizvi was taken into custody from Iqbal Town area on Monday afternoon. He had gone to perform Zuhr prayers at Jamia Masjid Rehmat-ul-Alamin.

Saad Hussain Rizvi was appointed TLP chief after the death of his father Khadim Hussain Rizvi. The decision to appoint Saad Rizvi as head was taken by the TLP’s Majlis-e-Shura. His appointment was announced by the party’s central deputy chief Syed Zaheerul Hassan Shah at the funeral. 


newsdailyApril 8, 2021
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RAWALPINDI:  Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday lauded the valour of the country’s armed forces and law enforcement agencies for rendering immense sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
During his visit to Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFIRM) in Rawalpindi, the foreign minister said the nation stood side by side with Pakistan Army for protecting the frontiers of the country.
The Foreign Minister visited various medical wards and met the soldiers of Pakistan Army undergoing treatment at the Institute and praised their determination. He appreciated the medical facilities provided at the Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Earlier on his arrival, the foreign minister was welcomed by Lt. Gen. Nigar Johar, Head of Army Medical Corps and Maj. Gen. Zafar Ali, Commandant of Armed Forces Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine and the management of the Institute.
The foreign minister planted a sapling in the lawn of Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine. The Foreign Minister was given a detailed briefing on the scope and performance of the Institute. The Armed Forces Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine is the largest and most modern prosthesis center in the country, especially for wounded soldiers on the battlefield.—APP

newsdailyApril 8, 2021
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ISLAMABAD: The visit of Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser to Afghanistan was postponed due to the closure of the Kabul airport at the last moment, citing security reasons, the media wing of the Parliament House announced on Thursday.

The aircraft of the Speaker, who was heading a nine-member parliamentary delegation to Kabul, on the special invitation of his counterpart Chairman Wolsi Jirga Mir Rehman Rahmani had to return to Islamabad, after being denied permission to land at the Hamid Karzai international.

Mohammad Sadiq, Pakistan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan in a tweet said “Speaker’s visit to Kabul postponed as the airport was closed due to security threat.”

He said “the plane was about to descent when the control tower informed of the closure of the airport. New dates for the visit will be decided after mutual consultations.”

According to the data available from the flight tracker Flightradar 24 and shared by an unofficial PIA enthusiast said the aircraft circled for some time near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai airport, before heading back home. However, the information available from the Kabul Airport’s online arrivals and departures showed regular flight movement.

Official sources said Chairman Wolsi Jirga Afghanistan Mir Rehman Rahmani and  Chairman of the Afghan Senate Fazal Hadi Muslimyar telephoned Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser and regretted the postponement of the visit. They said they were looking forward to the visit of the delegation from Pakistan at an earlier date. Speaker Asad Qaiser said he would be visiting Kabul as soon as the security situation improves.

The Parliamentary delegation comprised Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Sadiq Khan, MNAs Shandan Gulzaar, Muhammad Yaqoob Sheikh, Sajid Khan, Maulana Salauddin Ayubi, Gul Dad Khan, Ghulam Mustafa Shah and Secretary National Assembly. The delegation was on a four-day visit to Kabul.

Prior to his visit the Speaker in a brief message said he looked forward to closer ties with the people of Afghanistan. He said the delegation planned to hold wide-ranging discussions, including deliberations on the Afghan peace and cross-border trade.—APP


newsdailyApril 8, 2021
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ISLAMABAD: For the first time in the country’s history, 600 out of 4,000 apartments will be given to slum dwellers as Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the ground-breaking of the low-cost housing units in the capital’s Farash Town on Thursday.

Other 2,000 flats will be allotted to those who had registered themselves under the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme, while 1,600 flats will be sold out on an open market basis by Capital Development Authority.

Prime Minister Imran Khan witnessed the Memorandum of Understanding signed among the Naya Pakistan Housing Development Authority (NPHDA), Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Frontier Works Organization (FWO), which will jointly carry out the project.

Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Imran Khan said the project aimed at providing shelter to the underprivileged segment of society, particularly the working class and labourers. Imran Khan said within a time frame of two years, people would be able to move into the houses with ownership rights.

The Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that regular negotiations of the government with private banks, the Federal Bureau of Revenue (FBR) and relevant bodies resulted in an agreement on mortgage financing as the key factor in materialization of the project. He said existing impediments in acquiring bank loans would be sorted out and the procedure would be simplified in consultation with banks.

The prime minister said in near future, CDA would be working on a plan for the development of all slum areas in the capital with the provision of modern amenities.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government was focusing on projects with a target of wealth creation to pay off heavy debt borrowed by the previous rulers. He mentioned that the government’s incentives for the construction industry would not only ensure economic activity with the running of 30 affiliated industries but also generate employment opportunities.

He expressed confidence that the development of Lahore’s Ravi Urban Project and Central Business District and Sindh’s Bundal Island would attract foreign investment. Also, the textile industry witnessed a boom with operationalization of power looms, leading to an increase in demand for workers, he added.

He said the construction of two big dams after five decades would ensure cheap electricity and contribute to enhanced productivity of industries. Imran Khan said completion of Main Line-1 rail track would reduce the Lahore to Karachi travel time to eight hours, and also benefit the freight movement as a factor of ease of business.

In a briefing, the Prime Minister was apprised that the total Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) cost of the project was Rs 15.184 billion. The entire complex would have apartments of two different sizes built on 99 blocks. Each block would have 40 apartments. Each block – ground plus four floors, will have eight apartments on each floor. The apartments of 650 sq feet would cost Rs 2.423 million, while a 760 sq ft unit would cost Rs 2.985 million.–APP


newsdailyApril 8, 2021
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Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has issued a detailed decision confirming the bail of PML-N leader Rana Sanaullah in a disproportionate assets case. The court ruled that the NAB could not investigate properties already under discussion in the anti-drug court.

The decision of the Lahore High Court said that three days after Rana Sanaullah was released on bail in the narcotics case, the NAB issued a notice and asked why Rana Sanaullah was not arrested when he was in custody in the drug case?

The court said it was beyond comprehension why the NAB did so and kept the inquiry in abeyance. The NAB did not issue any call-up notice before getting bail in the drug case and the assets being investigated by the NAB have already frozen the ANF in the drug case.

The written decision said that the interim bail of Rana Sanaullah is confirmed. Rana Sanaullah should submit bail bond of Rs 5 million and ensure his appearance in the trial court at every hearing. 


newsdailyMarch 31, 2021
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DUSHANBE (Tajikistan): Pakistan on Wednesday assured Tajikistan to make utmost efforts for the early completion of CASA-1000 project as an effective plan for management of energy and water resources.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in a joint press conference with his Tajik counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin in Dushanbe said Pakistan believed that CASA-1000 would not only benefit the two countries, but the entire region.

Launched in 2016, the under-construction Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) power project, will allow the export of surplus hydroelectricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Afghanistan and finally to Pakistan.

Qureshi said CASA-1000 project would improve electricity access, integrate and expand markets to increase trade, and find sustainable solutions to water resources management.

Qureshi said he was pleased to learn through his Foreign Minister Mehruddin that Tajik President Emomali Rahmon in a meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani “stressed the need for a tripartite transit trade agreement among Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan”. He said Pakistan on its part would pursue the matter of tripartite agreement with the Afghan leadership for the benefit of three countries.

He expressed satisfaction that bilateral relations with Tajikistan had strengthened with time in line with the two joint declarations of 2017 and 2018 to promote cooperation.

He said in a meeting with his Tajik counterpart, it was agreed to renew the spirit of the existing roadmap for bilateral co-operation and also decided to activate the Joint Working Groups and the Intergovernmental Commission.

He said both Pakistan and Tajikistan had fought the menace of terrorism and expressed satisfaction over the defence cooperation. He expressed pleasure that about 200 Tajik military officers had received military training in Pakistan and offered assistance on more capacity-building defence and diplomatic courses.

Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Mohriddin terming the meeting with Qureshi a “meaningful dialogue” said it focused on important global and regional issues.

He said Pakistan’s Commitment to the CASA-1000 energy project was “commendable” and hoped that its completion would further strengthen relations between the two countries. The two sides discussed economic co-operation, air links, security co-operation and bilateral cooperation in the fields of infrastructure, technology cooperation and education.

The two sides stressed the need to increase bilateral trade volume to enhance trade relations between the two countries.

Earlier during the meeting, Foreign Minister Qureshi invited Tajikistan to benefit from Pakistan’s Gwadar port as the shortest trade route to Southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa.

Qureshi emphasized on tapping the immense trade potential existing between the two countries. Gwadar and Pakistan’s other seaports could help boost bilateral trade volume between Pakistan and Tajikistan, he said. He said Pakistan and Tajikistan enjoyed fraternal relations based on common religious and cultural values.–APP reported.

 


newsdailyMarch 31, 2021
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ISLAMABAD, March 31 (APP): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday called upon the major economies to pursue a holistic approach towards climate change and galvanize supportive finance for Pakistan and other vulnerable countries braving the climatic challenge.

“We expect this to be a moment for the world’s major economies to come forward and galvanize supportive finance for responsible countries like Pakistan, that are doing their best to reduce emissions,” the prime minister wrote in his article published in The Times, a British national daily.

Prime Minister Imran Khan mentioned that the Global Climate Risk index ranked Pakistan as the eighth most vulnerable country to climate impacts with frequency and intensity of climate disasters constantly rising over the decades.

Since 2000, Pakistan has lost 9,989 lives, suffered economic losses worth $3.8 billion and witnessed 152 extreme weather events – all triggered by climate change, he wrote.

He pointed that while Pakistan was not a contributor to this globally changing climate and emitted less than one percent of the global carbon emissions, it was committed to be a part of the global solution by pushing the growing economy on to a “greener, cleaner and low carbon future”.

The prime minister said adapting to climate change remained a challenge, compelling to invest in early warning systems, climate proofing of flood prone infrastructures, establishing cross-country disaster management networks and working with local communities.

He said Pakistan’s climate change expenditure was already hovering menacingly around 6 percent of the annual federal budget, a figure poised to rise further as impacts begin to bite.

“Pakistan’s commitment and all these efforts to address global climate now need to be augmented with supportive climate finance and green investments,’ he said.

He said adapting to inescapable climate change comes with acute economic costs, adding that “With rising impacts, our adaptation finance needs have been estimated at $7-14 billion every year”.

In a situation of human and economic catastrophe of COVID-19, he said, the Glasgow COP26 Summit was critical as it gave a rare opportunity to address these challenges through understanding, collaboration and cooperation. He recalled that in 2015, an analysis indicated that developing countries would need around $400 billion in climate finance support to shift towards low carbon development pathways.

He regretted that the drop in clean energy transition ironically coincided with the failure of developed countries to deliver the promised $100 billion/year of climate finance by 2020 – a commitment that remains weak on actual deliverance.

“Unless there is a debt relief programme for the global South and enhanced global climate finance leveraging clean investments in these regions, the default fossil fuel powered pathways will remain unchanged and the invaluable opportunity of a clean energy transition will wither away,” he said.

Imran Khan stressed that Pakistan was piloting a sovereign debt linked nature bond to bring innovation to this dialogue, but much more needed to be done.

He expressed intention to travel to COP26 in Glasgow with hope and optimism showcasing Pakistan’s positive climate actions, however said “without a strong climate finance deal on the table, there may not be any agreement at COP26 – an outcome we can all ill afford”.

Imran Khan mentioned that monsoon season in Pakistan was about both “hope and fear.”

“Hope because the rains irrigate our farmlands and refresh our cities after the intense summer heat. Fear that the rains will overwhelm us, bursting river banks and unleashing urban flash floods,” he said.

He recalled that last summer, Pakistan experienced the heaviest rains in a century, with an unprecedented cloudburst leaving much of the sprawling metropolis of Karachi inundated, rendering thousands homeless and over 100 dead.

Pakistan is used to coping with heavy monsoon rains, he said, however 2020 was unexpectedly intense with the scientists saying that the situation would become increasingly common as the planet warms.–APP reported.

 



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