Muharram 1 Pakistan is destined to become an Islamic Welfare State: ONE'S NATURAL FRAILTIES, THERE IS NO ESCAPE, YET… FROM Imran Khan - Every family in KPK to be given Rs1 million health insurance I don't remember any statement of General Pervez Musharraf in which he has made any pretense to being above human characteristics, attributes, propensities and failings. Man by instinct is vulnerable to the magnetic pull of his desire for power and dominance. General Pervez Musharraf would not have been a human, had he been devoid of this basic trait of all humanity. It is because of this trait, that man has been able to eliminate all challenges and threats from the planet that he rules now. Without this trait no heroes would have been born, and no civilizations would have risen to the zenith of power. General Pervez Musharraf, like most men in his position throughout history, doesn't enjoy any immunity from this trait. Consequently he is as driven today to defend his power as he was driven to acquire it in 1999. And the dilemma he is facing is that all of his team members happen to be equally driven to seek their prolongation in the corridors of authority along with their boss. General Pervez Musharraf's predicament has its roots in the absence of homogeneity in his team. It is a bevy of individuals and groups of divergent backgrounds and interests - not necessarily welded together (and to the General) by a powerful bond of either ideology or loyalty. Resultantly they do not happen to enjoy an equal potential (or chance) to force their way into any envisioned new setup. Some of them are unlikely to survive in their present positions of authority if the process of full democratization is not halted or subverted. President General Pervez Musharraf knows this. Yet twice this year he has allowed himself to be swayed away from a rational path to a blind alley by their conspiratorial skills. This only proves that no man is an exemption from one's natural failings, frailties and follies. What however will determine the battling president's durability in power is his ability to reverse the counter-productive decisions he has taken and to replace them with bold and positive initiatives towards genuine and full democratization of his regime. As well as his country. ISLAMABAD, August 20: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that Pakistan is destined to become an Islamic Welfare State and every family in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be able to avail up to Rs1 million for treatment as they will be given health insurance by the government. PM Imran was addressing the Sehat Insaf Card programme ceremony, where he congratulated the provincial government over the inauguration of the scheme. "The major reason for people living below the poverty line is illness," the premier said, explaining that due to a single person's illness in a family, the entire budget of a family is affected. The premier said that the government is trying to replicate and enforce the model in Punjab. Prime Minister Imran Khan chairing a meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Housing, Construction & Development in Islamabad on Thursday. Muharram moon sighted, Ashura on August 30 Supreme Court gives four weeks for restructuring of Pakistan Railways Continued on page 7 ISLAMABAD, August 20: The Muharram-ul-Haram crescent has been sighted and Youm-e-Ashur would fall on August 30, the Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee announced on Thursday. The first of Muharram, which is also the first day of Hijri year 1442 according to the Islamic calendar, will be observed on August 21 (Friday). bridge on the Indus that the nation can be proud of." The chief justice added that bridges constructed during Ayub Khan's era were still in better condition, whereas, all bridges built afterwards in the country are not in the best condition. "Good bridges should be built for Main Line-1 (ML-1)." Secretary railways prayed the railways to the Planning Commission, the apex court also sought a progress report on the circular railway from the Sindh government and the provincial railway department. "The bridge built by the British at Kotri is still in good condition, while the KarachiHyderabad bridge could collapse at any moment," CJP Ahmed said. "There is no ISLAMABAD, August 20: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday has given four weeks to restructure the Pakistan Railways on the request of the Planning Commission. Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed heard the suo motu case regarding losses incurred by the Pakistan Railways. Along with orders of restructuring Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7 Occupied Kashmir to be liberated soon: President Govt overcomes various challenges during last two years: Army Chief, Jordan Envoy discuss defence cooperation Syed Shibli Faraz ISLAMABAD, August 20: President Dr Arif Alvi on Thursday expressed hope that Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) will be free and we cannot leave our Kashmiri brothers and sisters alone. Addressing the joint session of parliament to ISLAMABAD, August 20: Minster for Information members abouttwoyearthe and Broadcasting Shibli performance of Faraz says the government government in Islamabad has overcome various challenges on Thursday, he said good during the last two days have begun as we are years, putting the country turning the corner. on the path of development. The Minister said the Addressing a news conference along with other cabinet RAWALPINDI, August 20: Major General Ibrahim Yali Muhammad (Osta Almadani), Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, called on Chief of Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7 National Party President Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo passes away in Karachi Indian firing along LoC leaves 70-year-old woman dead: Political Parties unite to support CPEC as "game changer" Prime Minister Imran Khan witnessing MoU signing between KPK Government and State Life for universal coverage of Sehat Insaf Cards in KPK during a ceremony held in Islamabad on Thursday. Governor and Chief Minister KPK are also present. ISPR KARACHI, August 20: National Party president Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo passed away on Thursday in Karachi. He had been admitted to Aga Khan Hospital in a critical condition in the morning, Geo News reported. The veteran politician had reportedly been battling lung RAWALPINDI, August 20: In yet another ceasefire violation, a 70-year-old woman embraced martyrdom in unprovoked Indian firing from across the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday. ISLAMABAD, August 20: The International Department of Communist Party of China (CPC), in collaboration with PakistanChina Institute, organized the Second Conference of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Political Parties Joint Consultation Mechanism (JCM) on the theme of "Working Together to Promote Economic Development and Improve People's Lives Through No rift in Pak-Saudi relations: FO - Says no change in principled position on Palestine; India not cooperating with Pakistani courts on Kulbhushan issue Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7 ISLAMABAD, August 20: Foreign Office Spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry has said that there is no rift in the relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Addressing the weekly news briefing here on Thursday, he said Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have always enjoyed unique relations, deep rooted in religion, culture and social ties. The spokesperson said Prime Minister Imran Khan's remarks on the subject in his recent media engagement and Court admits money laundering, asset reference against Shehbaz family Continued on page 7 Foreign Minister arrives in China to hold strategic dialogue and CPEC Phase-II Toshakhana Reference Sharif withdraws petition from IHC Continuedonpage7 Ehsaas Cash programme covering around 109 million people: Dr. Sania Nishtar BEIJING, August 20: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday arrived in China on a two-day official visit to attend the second round of Pakistan-China foreign ministers' strategic dialogue, ARY NEWS reported. According to details, Shah Mahmood Qureshi was welcomed by the top officials of the host country's foreign office department and Pakistan's Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque at the Hainan airport. ISLAMABAD, August 20: Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday dismissed as withdrawn a petition filed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif challenging his LAHORE, August 20: An accountability court on Thursday admitted for hearing a reference filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) against PML-N BEIJING, August 20: The to a harsh test. Inaddition COVID-19 pandemic may to its dire healthconsequences, not have destroyed the planet, the pandemic has but it is certainly putting decimated squeezing livelihoodsworldwide, the middle public and private institutions class and pushing lowincome households into abject poverty. This was stated by Special Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7 Continued on page 7 COMMENT Afghanistan through the traditional trade routes of FATA and Balochistan but it should not lose sight of the fact that India is quite capable to send subversive material under this garb courtesy Afghanistan to Pakistan, therefore, it is of paramount importance that there should be no lowering of the guard on this score as our enemies in the past had used this trade facility to spread terrorism inside Pakistan . Havoc caused by torrential rains in the country have once again exposed inefficiency of the concerned government departments in tackling the floods .Fear of Dengue fever is looming large on our head and if preemptive steps weren't taken well in time there is a likelihood of loss of many lives on this count too. POSTSCRIPT: Islamabad is bursting at the seams. Its municipal corporation is no longer in a position to provide even the bare minimum civic amenities to its newly upcoming housing schemes the residents of which suffer from water shortages as well as inadequate sanitation requirements. There is no point on the part of municipal corporation Islamabad to develop more and more housing schemes under its bailiwick when it is no longer in a position to cater for the civic needs of their population. The terrorists are again raising their ugly head in some parts of the country which proves, if any proof is required, that India continues to use Afghanistan's soil for masterminding its subversive activities inside Pakistan. Balochistan and former FATA are the worst sufferers on this count because of their close proximity to Afghanistan. Though the government is in the process of relaxing trade and business with Senator Shibli Faraz, Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting along with Advisor for Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor on Institutional Reforms Dr Ishrat Hussain, SAPM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, Minister for SAFRON and Narcotics Control Shehryar Afridi and Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul briefing media persons regarding the two years performance of the Government.
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