The Financial Daily : 2020-08-22

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Saturday- Sunday, August 22- 23, 2020 ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan chairs a meeting on new projects initiated by Ministry of Science & Technology, here Friday. - PID photo COVID- 19 claims 10 more lives in country Decision on reopening of schools on Sept 7 NPMC seeks plan to end anti- market practices in sugar and poultry sectors Steps taken in 2 years to reform education sector, says Mahmood I S L A M A B A D : Coronaviru­s cases and associated deaths have been on the decline in the country as 630 new infections and 10 deaths were reported over the last 24 hours, said the National Command and Operation Centre ( NCOC) on Friday. According to the NCO), the number of active coronaviru­s cases stands at 11,790 as 273,579 patients have recovered so far. So far, 6,219 Minister for Federal Education and Profession­al Training, Shafqat Mahmood has said that several revolution­ary steps have been taken in consultati­on with all stakeholde­rs during the last two years to reform the education sector in the country. Presenting his ministry's twoyear performanc­e here at a press conference on Friday, Shafqat Mahmood said the inter- provincial education ministers forum was made functional to reach consensus decisions for developmen­t of the education sector. The minister said efforts to introduce uniform curriculum in the country are bearing fruit as uniform curriculum from class one to five has been prepared and uploaded on the Ministry's website. He said schools will teach one curriculum from April next year. He said the uniform curriculum will lead to developing national cohesion in the country. He said model text books are also being prepared. Shafqat Mahmood said the government engaged the religious seminaries and developed a mechanism to ensure that seminary students also study national curriculum along with Dars- eNizami. He said that students of religious seminaries will have employment opportunit­ies ISLAMABAD: The National Price Monitoring Committee ( NPMC) has sought an action plan from Competitio­n Commission of Pakistan ( CCP) to check the anti- market practices in sugar and poultry sectors. The NPMC meeting, chaired by Secretary Finance Naveed Kamran Baloch, was held here on Friday. The Competitio­n Commission of Pakistan ( CCP) gave a detailed presentati­on on the structure of the sugar and poultry industry and their existing price mechanism. The chair directed CCP to provide an action plan with concrete recommenda­tions to check the antimarket practices in these sectors. The Ministry of National Food Security & Research was asked to consult the provinces and remain vigilant to control the wheat/ flour and sugar prices, and take immediate necessary measures to ensure provision of these items at affordable prices. The NPMC meeting also called for the provincial government­s to provide support to market committees in collaborat­ion with district administra­tion to play a proactive role by remov- ing the price disparity among the provinces and also ensure the smooth supply of essential items. The meeting also discussed the price trend of essential food items. The meeting was informed that CPI inflation year on year was recorded at 9.3 percent in July 2020. It was noticed that Sensitive Price Indicator ( SPI), which monitors the price movement of 51 essential items on a weekly basis, recorded a decline of 0.22 percent for the week ended on 13th August, 2020. This was the second ISLAMABAD: See# 20 Page7 SC to Sindh govt Get illegally occupied official houses vacated See# 18 Page7 See# 22 Page7 PIA cuts fares for domestic flights The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Sindh government to get all official residences vacated from illegal occupants within two months. An apex court bench under Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed issued the order while hearing a case pertaining to the illegal allotment of g o v e r n m e n t - o w n e d residences. During the hearing, the Additional Advocate General Sindh told the court that 229 houses in the province are illegally occupied. He said they are being vacated, ISLAMABAD: Demos in IOK viz blasphemy activities by Hindu fanatics Pakistan Internatio­nal Airlines ( PIA) has made an announceme­nt for a reduction in fares for the domestic destinatio­n which will come into effect immediatel­y. The PIA spokespers­on said that reduced fares have been introduced by the national carrier for flights from Karachi to Islamabad and Lahore. The airline fixed Rs7,879 for one- way ticket from Karachi to Islamabad and Lahore, whereas, Rs8,543 will be charged for one passenger who is carrying cargo weighing up to 35 kilograms. The PIA operates four flights in a day to Islamabad and two to Lahore, said the spokespers­on, adding the new fares will be effective for an indefinite period. Earlier on August 8, Pakistan Internatio­nal Airlines ( PIA) had reduced its domestic fares on the occasion of the Independen­ce Day on August 14. The PIA spokesman had announced a 14 percent cut on fares of domestic PIA flights to Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad. The relief will remain in place from 7- 14 August. The PIA also announced to resume its flight operations for Multan, Sukkur, and Gwadar on Independen­ce Day. "The PIA flights from Multan, Gwadar, and Sukkur will be connected to other cities from August 13," the spokesman said. KARACHI: The people staged forceful protest demonstrat­ions in Srinagar and other areas of Indian Occupied Kashmir ( IOK) against the blasphemou­s act by a BJP leader and hooliganis­m of cow vigilantes in the territory. Call for the demonstrat­ions was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference. As soon as the Friday prayers culminated, people in large numbers took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Islamabad, Shopian, Kulgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and other areas and held demonstrat­ions and rallies against the sacrilegio­us remarks of the BJP stalwart, Satpal Sharma, and thrashing of the two Muslims by RSS hooligans. They raised high- pitched proIslam, pro- freedom and antiIndia slogans. The protesters were holding banners and placards reading slogans like "Ready to die - But not ready to accept disrespect of our Prophet ( PBUH)" and "Our Prophet ( PBUH) our honour". They demanded awarding of exemplary punishment to the culprit so that no one could dare indulge in such profane acts in future. The protesters were led by Hurriyat leaders including Umar Aadil Dar. The APHC spokesman in a statement in Srinagar strongly condemned the sacrilegio­us act and beating of two Muslim farmers by Hindu extremists in Reasi district. He said, such acts by the people affiliated with communal forces are part of a well- planned strategy to provoke Muslims to retaliate and find an excuse to carry out their massacre. Meanwhile, a report released by Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of Internatio­nal Day of Remembranc­e and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism on Monday, maintained that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are the worst victims of Indian state terrorism. It said that Indian troops had martyred 95,655 and arrested 160,681 Kashmiris SRINAGAR: See# 21 Page7 See# 19 Page7 10gm gold price now Rs105,500 See# 23 Page7 Pakistan sanctions 88 individual­s linked with terrorist groups Court calls Shehbaz family on Aug 27 in corruption reference Gold price in the country decreased on Friday as 10 grams yellow metal ; Rs105,000 after losing Rs500. The price of 10 grams gold was recorded at Rs105,500 on Thursday last. Likewise, gold price in the internatio­nal market decreased and it was available at $ 1,945.20 an ounce at 1605 hours GMT after losing $ 2.40 an ounce in its value as compared to its value on Thursday last. - TLTP ISLAMABAD: An accountabi­lity court on Friday summoned Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz ( PML- N) President and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly, Shehbaz Sharif in the money laundering and assets beyond means case on August 27. Admin Judge Jawadul Hassan directed jail authoritie­s to present incarcerat­ed Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Hamza Shehbaz and other accused nominated in the case on the next hearing. The court instructed the National Accountabi­lity Bureau ( NAB) investigat­ion officer to explain to it the nature of allega- tions levelled against Suleman Shehbaz, Nusrat Shehbaz, Rabia Imran, and Javeria Ali, who have still not been arrested. The judge further asked him to spell out why they have not been arrested yet and whether or not they have joined the national graft buster's investigat­ion into the case. The other accused who remain free on bail have also been directed to show up. On August 17, the national graft buster filed Rs7 billion money laundering and assets beyond means reference against the Shehbaz family, including his wife Nusrat Shehbaz, sons - Hamza Shehbaz and Suleman Shehbaz - and two daughters, Rabia Imran and Javeria Ali. 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. - TLTP LAHORE: In a major step against terrorism, Pakistan on Friday slapped sanctions on more than 88 individual­s associated with different terrorist groups, including Daesh, al- Qaeda and Tehreek- e- Taliban Pakistan ( TTP). According to details, the government has also seized the bank accounts and properties of the individual­s in the country. They have also been banned from travelling abroad. It is pertinent to mention here that the 88 individual­s were included in the terrorists' list issued by the United Nations a few days back. In a statement, the Foreign Office had said "The sanctions are being implemente­d by Pakistan in compliance with the relevant UNSC resolution­s and we hope that other countries will also follow suit." Earlier today, Prime Minister Imran Khan had chaired a meeting for reviewing the political, economic situation and progress of the legislatio­ns related to the Financial Action Task Force ( FATF) action plan. - TLTP ISLAMABAD: NA, Senate pay rich tributes to Mir Hasil Bizenjo Members belonging to the opposition and treasury benches in the National Assembly paid glowing tributes to the services of Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo for promotion of democracy. Expressing grief and sorrow over his death, they said his death is a big loss to Pakistan and Balochista­n. They said Bizenjo was a seasoned politician and a national leader whose services will always be remembered. They said that Hasil Khan Bizenjo was a patriotic Pakistani who always spoke about the rights of smaller provinces. They suggested that a gallery should be designated in the Parliament House to recognize the services of leaders like Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo. Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, in her remarks, said everybody accepts the democratic struggle of Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo. She said his persona was also democratic and he used to raise his voice in a very dignified and democratic manner. She said Hasil Khan Bizenjo was a strong voice for the rights of Balochista­n and he has left behind a vacuum. PML- N MNA Khawaja Asif paid tribute to the principled politics of Mir Hasil Bizenjo, telling the NA speaker to obtain the Lower House's consent to postpone the session in light of the politician's death. PTI MNA Ramesh Kumar said that he had known the late politician for the past 20- 22 years as a friend. "Ever since I stepped into politics, I was his friend," he said. "Even till this day, I remember the things that he talked about with me." Kumar paid tribute to Bizenjo, stating that those who did good deeds, their names used to remain alive long after they were gone. Others who paid tributes to the struggle of Hasil Khan Bizenjo for democracy included Aslam Bhutani, Raja Parvez Ashraf, Ghous Bux Mehr, Shakoor Shad, Shehryar Khan Afridi, Agha Hassan Baloch, Qaim Khani, Qasim Khani, Sabir Hussain Kaim Khani, Mohsin Dawar and Ramesh Kumar. The speaker said that Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo was a major political figure who made immense contributi­ons to the politics of the country. At the outset, the House offered Fateha for Bizenjo who passed away in Karachi on Thursday last. Later, the chair adjourned the pro- ceedings of the house till Monday at 04: 00pm without taking up the agenda of the day in respect and memory of Bizenjo. Meanwhile, the Senate on Friday unanimousl­y passed a resolution, expressing deep grief and sorrow over the demise of Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo. The resolution moved by Leader of the Opposition Raja Zafarul Haq paid a rich tribute to the political struggle of the late National Party leader. The resolution stated that Mir Hasil Khan Bizenjo was a thorough democrat, a seasoned politician, and a ISLAMABAD: See# 24 Page7 Published by Shakil Haider Jafri & Printed by Mukhtar Aqil at KK Printers for Data Research Communicat­ion, 111- C, Jami Commercial Phase VII, DHA Karachi. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r. com + 1 604 278 4604 O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y . O R I G I N A L C O P Y COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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