Sharif ... Continued from front page non-bailable arrest warrants issued by an accountability court in the Toshakhana reference. A two-member bench headed by IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition. The matter was closed after Sharif requested to withdraw his petition. At the previous hearing, the bench had inquired about the status of the bail granted to the PML-N supreme leader in the Al-Azizia reference. It noted that the removal of Sharif's name from the Exit Control List (ECL) was not ordered by the court, but the government. Nawaz Sharif, who is currently in London, had moved the petition through Barrister Jahangir Khan Jadoon, citing NAB chairman, the judge of the accountability court-III and the investigation officer in the Toshakhana reference as respondents. The petitioner stated that the IHC granted him bail on October 9, 2019 on medical grounds yet the accountability court initiated the process of declaring him a proclaimed offender under Section 87 of the criminal procedure code (CrPC). The former premier said he went to the UK on November 19, 2019 for medical treatment with the approval of the government. Nevertheless, non-bailable arrest warrants were issued in the case, depriving him of his constitutional and fundamental rights as he didn't conceal himself from any process of the law, he added. He requested the high court to declare the arrest warrants illegal and allow him to join the proceeding of the accountability court through his pleader. TLTP Rawalpindi, August 20: Trade Adviser Razzaq Dawood has reiterated the government's resolve to strengthen trade and investment relations among ECO member countries. Addressing the Virtual International Trade Forum (ECO chapter), organized by the Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) here on Thursday, the advisor informed that he would visit Afghanistan soon, probably next month to remove obstacles in bilateral trade and transit trade. He also informed the participants that the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan is visiting Pakistan next month, September 7. During the visit Uzbekistan will sign an agreement for direct cargo flight from Sialkot Airport. We are also working on introducing transshipment policy for ECO countries, he added. The recommendations of the Chamber of Commerce will be given priority for shipment policy. Our exports of fruits and vegetables have reached 750 million dollar which is a significant achievement. RCCI President in his welcome remarks said that the purpose of the trade forum was to make the business community aware of trade and export opportunities in ECO markets. Giving details, Chamber President Saboor Malik said that Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) was formed in 1985, has a unique geo-strategic location, linking the East and the West. This region with its significant economic power, vast natural resources, and dynamic work force, has a huge development potential which need exploration in the better interest of all member nations, said Saboor Malik. He said that an increase in trade in food, textile and pharmaceutical sectors could be made possible. He said that in order to increase Pakistani exports to ECO member countries, new trade avenues would have to be explored. Joint Secretary commerce Maria Qazi, Trade and investment counselors from Turkey, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Iran, along with Former ambassador to Afghanistan Syed Abrar Hussain and Chairman PakAfghan Joint Chamber of Commerce Zubair Motiwala who attended the forum discussed issues including banking channels, road and railway networks, trackers, and tariff barriers in export and trade promotions. Group leader Sohail Altaf, Senior Vice President Nosherwan Khalil Khan, Vice President Hamza Sarosh, Chairman Trade Forum Khurshid Berlas, among others also attended the forum.-TLTP enhanced further. Portugal is all set to support MCI in its projects for the beautification of the city, he added. Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz said on the occasion that Pakistan attaches great importance to its relations with Portugal, both in the bilateral context as well as within the framework of European Union. Pakistan is emerging as one of the attractive destinations for tourists. Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) is committed to enhance the beauty of the capital city, he added. Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz welcomed the Ambassador and invited him to visit Metropolitan Corporation Islamabad (MCI) next time. Sheikh Ansar Aziz also presented souvenir and gifts to the ambassador at the end of meeting.-PR ISLAMABAD, August 20: Ambassador of Portugal to Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Paulo Neves Pocinho met with the Mayor Islamabad Sheikh Ansar Aziz here on Thursday. Matters of mutual interests discussed during the meeting. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador of Portugal to Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Paulo Neves Pocinho extended his good will gesture to Pakistan and expressed keen interest in continuing the friendly relations with Pakistan in future as well. He said that there is no eye blinking from the fact that Islamabad is a very beautiful city, but its beauty and greenery can be Pakistan is destined to become an Islamic ... Foreign Minister arrives in China to hold ... Continued from front page would entitle the beneficiary family to avail the medical treatment of up to Rs1 million in government as well as private hospitals. Earlier, in the first phase, around 40% of KPK families were provided the health insurance facility. Later on, the prime minister directed that the scope of the facility be extended across the province for the benefit of all families.-DNA of smaller cities and villages. "It should be ensured that everyone has a health card so a database can be formed. With the database the health expenditure can be monitored." Earlier in the day, the Prime Minister's Office said KPK would be the first province where every family would be given a health insurance facility. The Sehat Insaf Card PM Imran expressed hope that other provinces will also follow KPK's lead and introduce health insurance. "People in Sindh will also demand that they get health insurance," he said, adding that the hospitals will also be pressured to perform better due to the health card. He said that the health card scheme will ensure that facilities will be within the reach Continued from front page first Pakistan-China foreign ministers' strategic dialogue had taken place in March. Shah Mahmood Qureshi will also deliberate Chinese President Xi Jinping's likely visit to Islamabad in meetings with Chinese leaders, they said. Earlier, diplomatic sources had said that dates are being finalised for Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Pakistan. It is expected that the Chinese president will make announcements for further investment plans for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, said the sources, adding that he is also likely to address the parliament during his visit. In February, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had announced that the Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to visit Pakistan, whereas, some sources claimed that the visit was likely in June this year. Prime Minister Imran Khan had invited President Xi Jinping to visit Pakistan last year in October.-TLTP Besides leading the Pakistani delegation during the second round of Pakistan-China foreign ministers' strategic dialogue, the foreign minister would also meet the top leadership of China. Issues of mutual interest, bilateral cooperation, the phase-II of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and regional security will come under discussion in these meetings. It is noteworthy that the Supreme Court gives four weeks for ... Continued from front page a time period. "The Chinese lay railway lines in months," he said. "If funds are available, then the project should not take time to complete. Laying a track of 1,800kms is not a problem for China." Karachi Commissioner also informed the court that the tender had been issued for fencing of railway stations in Karachi. The apex court adjourned the hearing for four weeks.TLTP upon the court that package one of ML-1 would be completed in three years in which state-of-the-art bridges would be constructed.The chief justice responded that three years is too long Govt overcomes various challenges during last ... Court admits ... Continued from front page clear that the government is not going to deprive anyone of job and we only abolished the redundant posts to reduce size of the federal government as an austerity measure. He said 440 various federal departments and institutions have been reduced to 324. He said these departments have lost their importance and their reduction will result in saving government expenditure. The Adviser said automation is our top priority to check corruption, bad governance, and discretionary powers of the government functionaries. He said Information Technology has cardinal role in introducing automation in government departments to improve their performance. He said business process will be made easy by introducing e-filing. Regarding civil service reforms, the Adviser said earlier cadre officers were offered trainings and now it will be available for non-cadre people as well. He said now promotion to various posts will be made on performance and training basis instead of relying on the seniority only. Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul said the present government has taken unprecedented steps over the last two years for the protection of environment. She said these measures are also being recognized worldwide. She said ten billion Tree Tsunami Project is actively being pursued and it will help provide one million jobs to the youth. The Minister of State said we are also working with the Ministry of National Food Security on climate resilient agriculture project in order to protect this vital sector of economy from the adverse impacts of the climate change. -DNA country's economy has become strong, which is evident from the COVID-19 crisis. He, however, said the government is still facing various challenges, including pricehike, hoarding and smuggling, which will also be addressed. He said Prime Minister Imran Khan's topmost priority is to reduce prices of the essential commodities. Shibli Faraz said the PTI government will implement its complete manifesto during its fiveyear term. The Minister said the politics of vested interests and corruption is going to end, and it is going to be replaced by the politics of public service. Prime Minister's Adviser on Institutional Reforms Dr. Ishrat Hussain said 73,000 redundant posts, lying vacant for more than one year, have been abolished. He made it Continued from front page president Shehbaz Sharif and members of his family over their alleged involvement in money laundering and accumulation of assets beyond known means of assets. Accountability Judge Jawadul Hassan has summoned the investigation officer of the case to appear on Friday (Tomorrow). After a preliminary hearing, the court will issue notices to all accused for further proceedings in the case. On Aug 17, the national graft buster filed Rs7 billion money laundering and assets beyond means reference against the Shehbaz family, including his sons, Punjab Assembly Opposition Leader Hamza Shehbaz and Suleman Shehbaz, wife Nusrat Shehbaz and others. Suleman is a proclaimed offender in the case. The other accused named in the reference include Nisar Ahmed, Syed Muhammad Tahir Naqvi, Ali Muhammad Khan, Qasim Qayyum, Rashid Karamat, Masroor Anwar. The bureau approved requests by Muhammad Mushtaq alias Mushtaq Cheeni, his son Yasir Mushtaq, Shahid Rafique, and Aftab to turn approvers against Shehbaz family in the case. -DNA No rift in Pak-Saudi relations ... Continued from front page on Palestine. He said Pakistan has abiding commitment to full realization of the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people, including their right to self-determination for a just, comprehensive and longlasting peace. He said Pakistan has consistently supported a twostate solution in accordance with UNSC and OIC resolutions as well as international law with pre-1967 borders and with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of Palestine. As for recent development, the spokesperson said Pakistan's approach will be guided by its evaluation of how Palestinians' rights and aspirations are upheld and how regional peace and security and stability are preserved. To another question, the spokesperson said the OIC Contact Group has held four meetings on the Kashmir issue since India's unilateral and illegal actions on August 5 last year. He said the OIC has been condemning the Indian human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and also calling for resolution of the dispute under the UN resolutions. Responding to a question about Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, the spokesperson said India is not cooperating with the Pakistani courts. Answering a question about ceasefire violations by India along the Line of Control (LoC), the spokesperson said India has committed 2,027 ceasefire violations along the LoC this year, martyring 16 civilians and injuring 176 others. He said India, by committing ceasefire violations, is trying to divert world attention from the Kashmir issue. The spokesperson said a senior Indian diplomat was summoned to Foreign Office on Thursday morning as well to register Pakistan's protest over provoked ceasefire violations along the LoC. -TLTP Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa's just concluded visit to Saudi Arabia testify to the unchanged fraternal relations and close contacts between the two brotherly countries. He said the two countries have strong economic, political, security and military cooperation at all levels. He said the visit by Prime Minister Imran Khan and the landmark visit of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman last year have further cemented bilateral relations and provided new avenues of cooperation in trade, investment and other fields. The spokesperson said Pakistan values Saudi Arabia's important role in the OIC Contact Group on Jammu and Kashmir. Answering a question about the agreement between the UAE and Israel for normalization of relations, the spokesperson said there is no change in Pakistan's principled position Political Parties unite to support CPEC as ... Continued from front page speaking on various issues. H.E. Mr. Song Tao, Minister of IDCPC in his keynote speech thanked the president of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi for sending the congratulatory letter. While appreciating the consensus to take it forward. Party to party cooperation between China and Pakistan is increasing and CPEC is entering into a new era. Senator Sadiq Sanjrani, in his Keynote Address, credited China for promoting regional connectivity with its landmark Belt and Road Initiative and extended Pakistan's support to President Xi Jinping's vision of "shared prosperity" and "winwin" cooperation of which CPEC is the practical manifestation. While appreciating President Xi Jinping's leadership which has fulfilled the promise of "ruling for the people", he pointed towards the role of CPC in accomplishing the first centennial goal by 2021. - DNA CPEC, above party lines, since they all view CPEC as a "game changer and a guarantor of a better tomorrow for Pakistan's 220 million people". President Arif Alvi, in a congratulatory message to the conference, termed CPEC as 'an iconic project of the Belt & Road Initiative which will change the destiny of the region and promote regional connectivity'. He reaffirmed Pakistan's strong support to One China policy and strongly opposed any foreign intervention in internal affairs of China with regard to Hong Kong and Taiwan. He also thanked China for supporting Pakistan on Kashmir issue. The conference was cochaired from the Pakistani side by the Chairman Senate, Mr. Sadiq Sanjrani and from the Chinese side by Mr. Song Tao, Minister of the International Department of CPC who is a member of the Chinese Central leadership. The 3-hour long conference also had experts High-Quality CPEC Cooperation." It was participated by 9 political parties: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz), the Pakistan People's Party, the Balochistan Awami Party, the National Party, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, the Awami National Party, the Jamaat-e-Islami, and Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party, as well as leading officials from relevant government departments and representatives from business community of the two countries. The first JCM was held in Beijing in March 2019 and this JCM has now emerged as the institutional mechanism between the CPC and Pakistani political parties for CPEC coordination and communication. This online conference of 9 political parties representing both the government and the opposition was the first of its kind in Pakistan that agreed to preserve, protect and promote Ehsaas Cash programme covering around ... Army Chief ... Continued from front page million households, covering around 109 million people - approximately 50 percent of the country's population. Recipient families are given 12,000 Pakistan rupee ( 75 U. S. dollars) to cover their immediate subsistence needs. "Prior to the delivery of Ehsaas cash, I saw unspeakable suffering among people from many walks of life." There were day laborers and hawkers, hotel and restaurant staff, and domestic servants, security guards, and drivers. There were also laidoff public- transport employees, fishermen and miners, beauticians and barbers, and millions of shopkeepers - all on the verge of hunger, with their savings used up. They, along with privateschool teachers, electricians, welders, painters, carpenters, plumbers, car mechanics, taxi drivers, and construction workers, did not know where their next meal would come from. These stories were repeated across industries and regions, with even those used to earning a decent living suddenly wondering if their finances would ever add up again. But the handouts brought stability and comfort to millions of families, and the whole country watched as countless tragedies were averted. Beyond the immediate crisis, the success of Ehsaas Emergency Cash offers Pakistan and other middleand low-income countries invaluable experience in speedily delivering a massive national program in a complex and uncertain context. In order to share this knowledge, the government recently released a report describing the know-how we gained through the program's design and implementation, as well as the operational challenges we encountered and how they were addressed.-DNA Assistant to Prime Minister on Poverty Alleviation, Sania Nishtar in her article published by China Global Television Network ( CGTN) on Thursday. "In Pakistan - the world's fifth- largest country by population "24 million breadwinners rely on daily wages or are self-employed in the informal economy. For them, life came to a standstill with the implementation of a lockdown in March, causing a widespread loss of income that began fueling civil unrest and rioting," she wrote. To mitigate the pandemic's socioeconomic damage, Pakistan's government created the Ehsaas Emergency Cash program, the largest social-protection program in the country's history. Rolled out 10 days after the lockdown began, it is delivering onetime cash grants totaling more than 1.2 billion U.S. dollars to more than 16.9 Continued from front page Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), matters of mutual interest including strengthening of bilateral security and defence cooperation between the two brotherly countries were discussed during the meeting. The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan's continuous efforts for peace and stability in the region.-TLTP Indian firing ... Continued from front page Occupied Kashmir to be liberated soon ... According to the InterServices Public Relations (ISPR), the Indian forces initiated unprovoked ceasefire violations in Sabzkot sector along the LoC targeting civilian population. Due to indiscriminate and unprovoked firing by the Indian occupation forces, Jan Bibi,70, resident of village Khui embraced martyrdom, said the ISPR. Pakistan Army troops responded effectively, targeting those Indian posts which had initiated fire, read the statement. -TLTP Continued from front page Pakistan and the steps taken against it, Dr Alvi said that 70,000 new cases had been reported in India on Wednesday while only 600 new cases had been reported in Pakistan. He appreciated the government for imposing smart lockdown in the country, adding that the government's policy to check Coronavirus has also been acknowledged by the world. He said the government was under pressure to impose strict lockdown but the government adopted the vision that it would not be allow the poor people to die of hunger. The Taraweeh prayers could not be commenced in 57 countries due to coronavirus while the prayers continued in Pakistan. He said: including the parliament, executive, judiciary, armed forces and media are on the same page for socio-economic justice, corruption elimination and to remove all impediments in the way of national development." The president said the youth should pursue their religious, cultural, and social values to become responsible citizens and to serve the nation. He stressed that continuation of democracy and democratic traditions are imperative for a bright future of Pakistan. "Under the Ehsaas Programme cash assistance of 12,000 rupees were provided to 1,69,00,000 families," Dr Alvi said and added our health facilities prepared to cope with the COVID-19 challenge were more than the requirements. - DNA mark the beginning of the new parliamentary year, he congratulated the parliament for completing two years, and said he was honoured to be speaking there for the third time. The president while congratulating Prime Minister Imran Khan on Kashmir policy said that the speech in the United Nations General Assembly and the discussion of the Kashmir issue in the United Nations is a victory, adding that India has violated every Geneva Convention, Shimla Agreement and UN resolutions. He said that minorities are not being treated well in India and the tensions in the neighbouring country will not be good for us either. Speaking about the situation of coronavirus in Muharram moon sighted, Ashura on August 30 Continued from front page battle of Karbala, where holy Prophet Muhammad s ( PBUH) grandson Imam Hussain Ibn Ali was killed. They remember the massacre on the 10th day, Ashura, with some choosing to fast. Many Muslims opt to fast on the day of Ashura, as well as on other days in the month of Muharram, to show thankfulness.TLTP be highly religious, only coming next to Ramadan. Muharram, in itself, means "forbidden" and since it is considered to be holy, many Muslims use it as a period of prayer and reflection. It is a norm for people in the community to fast during the holy Muharram period. Muharram also marks the anniversary of the Mufti Muneebur Rehman presided over the meeting for the moon sighting committee in Karachi, whereas Meeting of zonal committees were also held in major cities across the country to collect evidence of the moon sighting. Muharram is the first month of the Islamic calendar and considered to National ... Continued from front page cancer for the past few months. Senator Bizenjo served as the Minister for Maritime Affairs in Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's cabinet from 2017 to 2018. He is a revered figure in Pakistan's political landscape for his unwavering stance on democracy.-DNA "Institutions, National Herald Tribune, Friday, August 21, 2020
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