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PM Imran orders crackdown on wheat hoarders
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 22:36:36 +0500
Prime Minister Imran Khan
In an effort to ensure availability of wheat flour at reasonable rates across the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday ordered a massive crackdown on hoarders.

Presiding over a high-level meeting to review the wheat and flour supply situation in the country, PM Imran ordered to launch crackdown against elements involved in wheat hoarding across the country.

He directed the provincial chief secretaries to continue the policy of zero-tolerance against adulteration and not to make any concessions in this regard.

The prime minister ordered to ensure complete prevention of wheat smuggling. He directed that comprehensive administrative measures should be taken to further improve inter-provincial coordination.

He asked the Sindh chief secretary to finalize the wheat release policy in the province as soon as possible keeping in view the experience of the last year.

The PM directed that the plan for implementation of the decision to import wheat to meet the future needs of wheat and flour be finalized as soon as possible.

Earlier on July 6, Prime Minister Imran Khan had directed the authorities to ensure availability of wheat at reasonable price across the country.

Presiding over a high-level meeting, PM Imran had directed to ensure wheat’s obstacle free inter-province movement and had added that unhindered availability of the commodity was the top priority of the government.

3 soldiers martyred, 8 injured as terrorists open fire during routine patrol in Balochistan
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 22:23:59 +0500
3 soldiers martyred, 8 injured as terrorists open fire during routine patrol in Balochistan
Three personnel from the security forces were martyred and eight injured after terrorists fired at them during routine patrolling near Balochistan's Kahan village, the military's media wing said Tuesday.

The Inter-Services Public Relations, in a statement, said the security forces were patrolling near Gichak valley in the Panjgur district of Balochistan.

"Three soldiers embraced shahadat while eight soldiers received injuries, including an officer. Five injured are critical," the ISPR said.

The injured soldiers were shifted to Combined Military Hospital in Quetta, the statement added.

Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari said the attack was a "condemnable act of terrorism".

Earlier this week, four terrorists were killed during an intelligence-based operation (IBO) in the Boya area of North Waziristan, the ISPR had said.

The operation was carried out in Vezhda Sar, 8km South West of Boya, Miranshah, North Wazirstan District.

"Sanitisation force conducted operation against terrorists' hideout in Vezhda Sar this morning. As soon as the troops cordoned off the area, terrorists opened fire. All dug out terrorists were shot down by security forces," read the statement.

According to ISPR, while returning fire, four soldiers embraced martyrdom. They were identified as Sepoy Muhammad Ismail Khan, Sepoy Muhammad Shahbaz Yasin, Sepoy Raja Waheed Ahmed, and Sepoy Muhammad Rizwan Khan.

FM Qureshi discharged from hospital after 10 days following Covid-19 treatment
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 21:38:01 +0500
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said that he has been shifted home after being treated for the coronavirus and undergoing plasma therapy at Rawalpindi's Military Hospital (MH), but is yet to test negative.

Qureshi had tested positive for the virus on July 3 and quarantined himself after developing a slight fever. In a tweet, he had said that he felt "strong and energetic" and would continue his duties from home.

However, he was shifted to hospital the next day, July 4, according to his spokesperson.

In a statement on Tuesday, Qureshi said he had postponed all his meetings and conferences as a precautionary measure after experiencing initial symptoms of Covid-19.

"My condition started to gradually stabilise due to being tested immediately and the starting of the treatment soon after," he said, revealing that he was also injected plasma from recovered patients.

The minister said he has now been shifted home and is feeling "a lot better". "My test samples have been taken again which Inshallah will return negative," he added.

He paid tribute to all the doctors and paramedical staff working on the frontlines of the battle against the coronavirus. He also thanked the medical staff at Military Hospital Rawalpindi for taking thorough care of him, as well as the well-wishers who prayed for his recovery.

Qureshi urged the citizens to "not panic", take precautions and contact medical experts without delay if they experience any symptoms.

Last Thursday, the foreign minister had dispelled rumours about his health after his Wikipedia profile was edited to falsely reflect that he had 'died' on July 4, saying "there was no truth to them" and that he was "doing well".

In a statement, Qureshi had said that "mischievous" elements had edited his profile on the site. "Many complications were created, and it caused distress to my loved ones and family members," he said, adding that he also started receiving phone calls.

Several politicians, including members of the ruling PTI, have been diagnosed with the virus over the past few months as it continues to spread in Pakistan. More than 254,000 people have tested positive across the country since the first case emerged on February 26 while more than 5,350 deaths have been reported.

Water Supply reference: Court to indict Asif Zardari on Aug 4
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 14:31:03 +0500
Former president Asif Ali Zardari
Former president Asif Ali Zardari will be indicted in the Thatta Water Supply reference on August 4.

The Thatta Water Supply is a supplementary reference part of the fake bank accounts and mega money-laundering scam reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against the PPP leader.

The accountability court, during the hearing today, directed all the accused to appear on August 4.

Earlier this month the accountability court deferred Zardari's indictment in Park Lane reference after the former president's counsel Farooq H Naek requested the court for additional time to prepare for the case.

In an earlier hearing, the court had also deferred Zardari's indictment in the Park Lane reference after his counsel submitted an application, seeking exemption of his client from appearance due to illness and the COVID-19 situation in the country.

 

CM Buzdar announces coronavirus decreased due to smart lockdown
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:24:04 +0500
the number of recovered patients in Punjab are increasing
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar has said that coronavirus cases in the province have decreased due to smart lockdown strategy.

In a statement, Usman Buzdar said steps taken by Prime Minister to overcome the pandemic are being lauded at the international level. “Those doing negative politics on coronavirus have saw the defeat.”

The CM said the number of recovered patients in Punjab are increasing with every passing day. He also lauded the role of the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC).

He also urged the masses to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Eidul Azha to get themselves safe from the COVID-19 and other diseases.

The country reported 1,979 coronavirus cases and 50 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of infections to 253,603 and fatalities to 5,320. 1,979 new cases were detected after 21,020 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours, according to the NCOC.

77,628 COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment while 170,656 patients have recuperated from the disease. 16,06,190 tests have been conducted across the country so far.

Confirmed Corona cases in Pakistan rose to 253,604, recovery rate increases day by day
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:54:20 +0500
Confirmed Corona cases in Pakistan rose to  253,604, recovery rate increases day by day
The number of confirmed Corona cases in Pakistan rose to 253,604on monday after new infections were confirmed in the country.

• Sindh: 106,622

• Punjab: 87,492

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 30,747

• Balochistan: 11,192

• Islamabad Capital Territory: 14,202

• Gilgit-Baltistan: 1,694

• AJK: 1,655

Deaths: 5,320

• Punjab: 2,026

• Sindh: 1,826

• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: 1,106

• Balochistan: 126

• Islamabad Capital Territory: 155

• Gilgit-Baltistan: 36

• AJK: 45

RECOVERED: 170,656

Number of coronavirus diminshed in punjab: Usman buzdar
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:41:14 +0500
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar
Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar has said that coronavirus cases in the province have decreased due to smart lockdown strategy.

In a statement, Usman Buzdar said steps taken by Prime Minister to overcome the pandemic are being lauded at the international level. “Those doing negative politics on coronavirus have saw the defeat.”

The CM said the number of recovered patients in Punjab are increasing with every passing day. He also lauded the role of the National Command and Control Centre (NCOC).
He also urged the masses to follow standard operating procedures (SOPs) on Eidul Azha to get themselves safe from the COVID-19 and other diseases.

The country reported 1,979 coronavirus cases and 50 deaths over the past 24 hours, taking the national tally of infections to 253,603 and fatalities to 5,320. 1,979 new cases were detected after 21,020 tests were conducted in the previous 24 hours, according to the NCOC.

77,628 COVID-19 patients are undergoing treatment while 170,656 patients have recuperated from the disease. 16,06,190 tests have been conducted across the country so far.

Supreme Court permits govt to make a move against sugar mill owners
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:27:03 +0500
Supreme Court permits govt to make a move against sugar mill owners
The Supreme Court on Tuesday nullified the Sindh High Court’s June 23 stay order that restrained the federal government from taking action against sugar mills in light of the sugar inquiry commission’s recommendations.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, allowed the federal government’s petition challenging the SHC order. It directed the government and relevant institutions to desist from unnecessary measures against sugar mill owners and take action against them as per the law.

The SC also directed the Sindh and Islamabad High Courts to decide petitions by sugar mills within three weeks and restrained government functionaries from issuing statements on the sugar commission report.

The government through the attorney general for Pakistan had filed the appeal in the apex court, requesting it to set aside the restraining order the high court gave on a petition moved by sugar mill owners.

It stated in the appeal that the SHC had no jurisdiction to halt an investigation into a matter, adding the high court gave relief to the petitioners without affording it a fair hearing.

On June 23, the Sindh High Court had stopped the government from further action on the sugar inquiry commission report till next hearing. A petition was filed against the sugar inquiry commission report by Khairpur Sugar Mills and 20 others, which was taken up and further action on the report was temporarily halted.

The SHC sought an explanation from the sugar mills by June 30 while the petitioner has also been asked to explain why the matter was referred to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, Shahzad Akbar.

NA unanimously passes bill for universities to teach Holy Quran in Urdu language
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:42:59 +0500
NA unanimously passes bill for universities to teach Holy Quran in Urdu language
The National Assembly on Monday passed a resolution unanimously, calling for the Holy Quran to be taught in universities and higher education institutions across the country with Urdu translation.

The resolution maintained that according to the Constitution, the official name of the country is the Islamic Republic of Pakistan while the Holy Quran and the Sunnah would be considered as the supreme law.

“Therefore, it is necessary to make proper arrangements for understanding of the Holy Quran in universities,” the resolution said.

Minister Ali Muhammad said the understanding of the Holy Quran in Urdu would enable students to have a better understanding of the holy book.

In another resolution passed unanimously, the House extended full diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris and condemned the brutalities of Indian forces in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K). The resolution was passed on the eve of Kashmir Martyrs’ Day.

“This House extends Pakistan’s diplomatic and political support to the right to self-determination of Kashmiris as ensured in United Nations Security Council resolutions and demands immediate end to the brutal acts in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK),” said the resolution.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, moved the resolution on behalf of the House. The House also called upon the United Nations and international community to play their role in putting an end to ongoing wave of terror unleashed by the Indian troops in the IOJ&K.

As the House passed the resolution, PML-N member Ayesha Ghous Pasha while referring to media reports, condemned the government for allowing the reopening of Wagah border for trade on the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day.

“I want to know why the government has allowed the opening of Wagah border on the Martyrs’ Day?” she asked. She further asked the government to inform the House on which conditions it allowed the reopening of Afghan transit trade and why trade with India was being facilitated.

She also questioned whether the government would be able to prevent terrorism in the cover of trade from India. “Is the opening of Wagah border for trade a gesture of showing loyalty to Kashmiris?” she asked.

Three dead, 30 harmed as transport upsets in Bahawalpur
Tue, 14 Jul 2020 10:02:31 +0500
Three dead, 30 harmed as transport upsets in Bahawalpur
A passenger bus turned upside down in a horrific accident in Bahawalpur, leaving at least three dead and 30 wounded, on Tuesday.

Rescue sources said that a bus turned turtle at Hasilpur Road near Baghdad Station in Bahawalpur where at least three persons died on the spot, whereas, 30 others sustained severe injuries in the road accident.

“All 35 passengers travelling in the ill-fated bus were rescued”, said the rescue staff. The deceased and wounded persons were shifted to the nearby hospital.
Earlier on May 31, at least six people had been killed while 30 others injured when the passenger bus they were travelling in had turned turtle after skidding off a bridge in Khanewal.

According to rescue officials, the incident had taken place near Pull Rango. They had said the ill-fated bus was on its way from Lahore to Multan when it had met an accident.

The driver of the vehicle had lost control while trying to avoid hitting a motorcycle, due to which the bus overturned, they had added.


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