National COAS desires transparent elections in GB: Bilawal tary leadership, Bilawal regretted that there was no representative of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in the meeting. He said that transparent elections were the need of the hour for the area. "There is no bigger threat to national security than elections that are not free and transparent," he said. Terming it as a "welcome development", Bilawal said that army chief Gen Bajwa is also in favour of free and transparent elections in Gilgit-Baltistan. "Even if we have differences over the past elections, I got an impression in this meeting that going forward from here, our army chief wants that future elections do not become controversial," he said, calling on political parties to carry out reforms through which holding transparent polls was possible. In response to a question, the PPP chairman ruled out any discussion between the army leadership and the country's political leadership on any amendments or laws. cised Prime Minister Imran Khan for "failing to engage the opposition" on such important issues pertaining to national security. "This prime minister, since day one, has completely failed when it comes to national security issues, including those of Gilgit Baltistan and Kashmir," he said, accusing the prime minister of not being mature enough to set aside his ego to talk to the opposition. "Due to this, national security meetings are being held without the prime minister, which should not have happened," said Bilawal, adding that this was a "failing of the government. "It is the responsibility of the prime minister, considering the chair that he occupies, to talk to the opposition." He called on PM Imran to resign and hand over the job of leading the country to a prime minister "who takes his responsibilities seriously and doesn't think about his personal politics on every other matter". Speaking about the national security meeting between the civil and mili- KARACHI PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Wednesday that army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa desired free and transparent polls in GilgitBaltistan. The PPP leader revealed this during a news conference, where he spoke about the recent meeting between the military and political leadership to discuss administrative matters pertaining to Gilgit-Balistan. Bilawal came down hard on "some irresponsible people" who were part of the meeting, for discussing sensitive matters pertaining to national security issues and foreign policy issues on TV. "Whoever's spokesperson he is, they should tell him to be quiet at once," said the PPP chairman. "And refrain from issuing any irresponsible statements." Bilawal said that it was necessary for political parties to attend meetings on national security matters. He criti- ISLAMABAD Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon called on Federal Minister for Aviation Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan. -APP -APP PU awards four PhD degrees PM appreciates Erdogan for raising Kashmir issue at UNGA LAHORE ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday lauded Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for once again raising his voice in support of the rights of the Kashmiri people during his address at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). In a tweet, the premier hailed Turkey's "unwavering support" and said that it remains "a source of strength" for the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for selfdetermination. "Deeply appreciate President Erdogan once again raising his voice in support of the rights of the Kashmiri people during his address to UNGA. Turkey's unwavering support remains a source of strength for the Kashmiris in their legitimate struggle for self-determination," the prime minister wrote in a tweet. During the UN General Assembly address on Tuesday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan termed the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan "a burning issue" and called for resolving it through dialogue. "The Kashmir conflict, which is also key to the stability and peace of South Asia, is still a burning issue," Erdogan said in a speech he made via video-link to the 193-member Assembly's landmark 75th session. objected to the fresh application before indictment in the case, saying they were asking for time to prepare their own petition. "I am ready to present arguments on it, why aren't they? We have not filed any supplementary reference in the money laundering case," Abbasi had said. "The case was transferred from Karachi so he had filed a reference after his interrogation," he maintained. Separately, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) extended Asif Zardari's bail till October 15. A two member-bench of the IHC comprising Justice Aamir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar accounts. Asif Zardari's counsel, Farooq H Naek, had submitted the petitions stating that under the law the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) can not file supplementary references and pleaded the court to dismiss them. While rejecting the pleas, the court ruled that the trial should continue and summoned all the accused on September 28. The former president had challenged the filing of supplementary reference in the Park Lane case earlier this month when the court summoned him for the indictment. The prosecutor for the anti-graft watchdog, Sardar Muzaffar Abbasi, had Punjab University has awarded four PhD degrees to the scholars in which Ateeq Tahir S/ o Ghulam Hussain Tahir in the subject of Agricultural Sciences ( Plant Pathology) after approval of his thesis entitled ' Characterization and Management of Fungi Associated with Stalk Rot of Maize', Amina Zia D/ o Zia Ul Haq in the subject of Environmental Sciences after approval of her thesis entitled ' Life Cycle Assessment of Municipal Solid Waste Management System of Islamabad', Sehrish Qayyum D/ o Abdul Qayyum in the subject of Political Science after approval of her thesis entitled ' Coordinated Border Management and its Implications: Strategic War Control Practices Between Pakistan and Afghanistan ( 2001- 2018)' and Hira Muzzamal D/ o Rana Muzzamal Hussain in the subject of Biological Sciences after approval of her thesis entitled ' Studies on Enzymes Involved in DNA- Protein Interactions in Hyperthermophilic Archaea'. ISLAMABAD An accountability court in Islamabad has rejected former president Asif Zardari's pleas for dismissal of supplementary references filed in Park Lane, Mega Money Laundering and Thatta Water Supply cases. Judge Azam Khan of the Islamabad Accountability Court announced the verdict today which was earlier reserved on the petitions filed by the PPP co-chairman. The court ruled that the PPP leader cannot be acquitted in references pertaining to fake bank Kayani heard the petition. During the proceedings, NAB informed the court that Zardari's arrest warrants were in the process. On this, the bench said the NAB can file fresh comments in response to the bail plea. After the arguments were concluded, the court extended the bail till October 15. -APP Political decisions should be taken in parliament: Maryam Nawaz Notices to 8 SECP officials involved in data leak -APP GB general polls on November 15 Hoti, JUI-F's Asad Mahmood, PML-N leaders Khawaja Asif and Ahsan Iqbal, PPP's Senator Sherry Rehman and a few government ministers. Railways Minister Sheikh Rashid, while confirming the meeting and its participants in a conversation with Dawn, had said the meeting was held to discuss the impending changes in the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan. However, the opposition had used this opportunity to flag its concerns about other matters, especially the military's alleged interference in politics and allegations of persecution of its leaders on the pretext of accountability. The timing of the meeting and its disclosure was linked by the onlookers to the opposition's multiparty conference held on Sep 20 in which Nawaz had bitterly criticised the Army, saying there was "a state above the state in the country". When asked whether former prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif was aware of the meeting, she said: "I don't know whether he was aware of [the meeting] or if he learnt of it later. "But the political leadership should not be called nor should it go to discuss such issues. Whoever wishes to discuss these issues should come to the parliament." Earlier in the week, it emerged that the army chief and the head of the ISI had held a meeting with key opposition figures before their multiparty conference and cou n selled them to refrain from dragging the military into political issues. The September 16 meeting was attended by about 15 opposition figures including Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Sheh baz Sharif, PPP Chairman Bil a wal BhuttoZardari, Jamaat-i-Islami emir Sirajul Haq, ANP's Amir Haider ISLAMABAD ISLAMABAD: SECP handed over show-cause notices to eight officials allegedly involved in the data leak, The head of a fact-finding committee on Saturday presented the data leak report to the commission in which eight people were held responsible for the breach as they allegedly committed several mistakes. The committee recommended strict action against them in accordance with the SECP human resource manual. The commission, according to the report, issued show-cause notices to eight officials including Additional Director Arsalan Zafar Hujazi on the recommendation of the fact-finding committee. However, the remaining officials are from the IT wing and companies' registration office SECP. While confiscating Hujazi's laptop, the committee sent him on forced leave whereas it was further reported that the former SECP chairman's son had also deleted the data from his laptop and obtained a letter from SECP's HR department to apply for a UK visa. ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Wednesday gave approval for general elections of the GilgitBaltistan Legislative Assembly on November 15. The president signed the summary sent for approval by the Prime Minister, the President House said. The GB Legislative Assembly was dissolved on completion of its term on June 24, after which a caretaker government was formed. The earlier scheduled elections for August 18 were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday said that political decisions should be made in the parliament, not at the General Headquarters (GHQ). Maryam, who was at the Islamabad High Court for a hearing of an appeal against her conviction in the Avenfield property reference, was responding to a question from a reporter about Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa and head of the ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hameed's meeting with key opposition figures. "I don't know about a dinner, maybe it was not a dinner [but] I heard about the meeting. From what I understand it was called to discuss Gilgit-Baltistan which is a political issue, an issue of the people's representatives, for them to solve and deliberate upon. "These decisions should be made in parliament, not in GHQ," she said. -APP Vawda should not point fingers at others: Kh Asif - APP TODAY’S COLUMNS ISLAMABAD: The PML-N stalwart Khuwaja Asif (L) alleged that Faisal Vawda (R) does not pay taxes, took advantage of the amnesty scheme and that he is also accused of fake degrees PML-N senior leader Khawaja Asif on Wednesday said federal minister Faisal Vawda should be the last person to accuse anyone of wrongdoing given the long list of charges pending against the PTI lawmaker. Asif made the observation during a question regarding how the PML-N would move forward politically given the accusations of treachery being levelled against it. Vawda's tweet, in which he accused a former SECP official of helping steal sensitive data, allegedly at the PML-N's behest, and providing it to handlers in India was also brought up by the host. Asif noted that the minister for water resources had allegedly built a property in London, which was not disclosed in Pakistan; paid no taxes (as revealed in the recently-released parliamentarians' tax directory); has taken advantage of amnesty schemes; and is also accused of having a fake degree. He further noted that a case regarding Vawda's dual citizenship is also pending before a tribunal. "When you claim equity, the maxim of equity is that you should have clean hands. I have to regretfully say that Faisal Vawda's hands are not clean," he said, explaining that the allegations may have held some weight had they come from someone who was clean. "One should not even mention his [Vawda's] name and mention what he has said or uttered in the cabinet." Zahid Hussain Pitfalls after the MPC Beenish Zia Reporting rape Mahir Ali Supremely Ruth-less Rafia Zakaria -APP -APP Unlit stoves Police arrest journalist outside IHC Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah took notice of the incident and summoned high-ranking officials of the capital police and ordered Kiyani's immediate release. The reporter was released soon after and Superintendent of Police Sarfaraz Virk said that no weapons had been recovered from Kiyani, adding that a private TV channel had reported "fake news".Speaking to reporters after his release, Kiyani said that he was falsely accused of bearing weapons. He added that he was detained by police for over an hour, during which he was "tortured" and "harassed". ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police on Wednesday arrested a reporter who had arrived at the high court to cover a hearing of an appeal filed by Maryam Nawaz against her conviction in the Avenfield corruption reference. Ehtisham Kiyani, who works for Channel 24, was arrested by police officials deployed for security and was shifted to Ramna police station. He was stopped at a police checkpoint outside the court where he introduced himself but was detained by officials. After arresting him, police claimed that Kiyani was carrying weapons. -APP Karachi load-shedding goes beyond 12 hours ISLAMABAD Students attending the class following social distancing, norms and precautionary measure to protect from COVIC-19 as the middle classes resumed today. -APP -APP Buzdar directs LWMC to improve its performance 10X2 KARACHI: Load-shedding in various neighbourhoods of the southern port city continued on for more than 12 hours on Tuesday, with residential and commercial consumers bearing the brunt and the metropolis' sole power supplier saying low gas pressure was affecting its generation capability. The K-Electric further added to the despair of Karachi's residents and even the ' exempted' areas experienced five-to-six hours of power outages. The gas supply issue, according to a report in The News, was getting worse across Sindh as the shortfall had shot up from 120 million cubic feet (mmcf) to 150mmcf and could even double this winter. The Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has asked the K-Electric and other stakeholders - which seek gas from the company - to go for alternative power generation options as the shortfall could reach up to 300mmcf. Prolonged spells of load-shedding were experienced in different areas of Karachi, including Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Golimar, Defence Housing Authority (DHA), Defence View's Phase 1, Clifton, PECHS, Saadi Town, Gulshan-eMaymar, New Karachi, Quaidebad, North Karachi, Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Gulberg, Quaidabad, Gulshan-e-Bonaire, Gulshan-e-Hadeed, Gulshan-e-Maymar, Malir Jaffar Tayar, Saudabad, Khokrapar, Kharadar, and Martin Quarters. Moreover, areas such as Lyari, Lines Area, Malir, Surjani Town, Korangi, and New Karachi, were facing power outages of approximately 12 hours. Speaking of the extensive unannounced power cuts, a resident of Gulistan-e-Jauhar's Block 12 explained that other than the six hours of power outage a day, they were facing additional electricity breakdowns on a daily basis. ly monitor the progress made on targets every month and announced that megaprojects will also be launched for Lahore city. The police and administration should resolve daily issues on a priority basis, he directed. The CM expressed displeasure over poor cleanliness situation of the city and made it clear that LWMC will have to improve its performance. The cleanliness system will have to be rectified permanently. The officials of Lahore Metropolitan Corporation should improve their performance as a lot of complaints are related to it, he said. Similarly, the elected representatives should personally monitor public problems in the field and apprise the CM Office about it, he added. Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has expressed strong displeasure over poor cleanliness situation in the provincial capital and directed to remove Shahzeb Hasnain, MD Lahore Solid Waste Management Company for failing to bring improvements in cleanliness arrangements despite clear-cut instructions. The CM stated that LWMC is responsible for removal of solid waste from the city and its disposal in a proper way but the zero-waste operation was not ensured despite clear-cut instructions and leniency was shown with regard to cleanliness arrangements in the city. Such laxity is intolerable and there is no room for any negligence now. Only those who deliver will remain in Punjab, the CM concluded. The CM directed to constitute a committee for permanent monitoring of the solution of public problems and further directed that given tasks must be fulfilled. No lame excuse will be accepted, the CM warned. Similarly, solid steps should be taken for the solution of parking issues, traffic management and overcoming of crimes. Along with it, a vigorous campaign should be run against the menace of beggary, he stated. The mendicants should be kept in the beggars' home and no streetbeggars should be allowed on roads. The CM further directed that crackdown should be accelerated against addicts. The restoration of street-lights should be completed at the earliest and practical steps be made to overcome the menace of encroachments, concluded the CM. Provincial Ministers Abdul Aleem Khan, Mian Mahmood ur Rasheed, Dr Yasmin Rashid, Mian Aslam Iqbal, Murad Raas, Malik Karamat Khokhar, Nadeem Bara, Malik Sarfraz, President PTI (Central Punjab) Ijaz Chaudhry, IG Police, Commissioner Lahore, Chairperson Child Protection & Welfare Bureau, CCPO Lahore, DIG (Ops.), DG PHA, DG LDA, MD Punjab Safe City Authority, CTO Lahore and others attended the meeting. Earlier, Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar visited Darbar Sial Shareef in Sargodha on Wednesday and expressed a deep sense of sorrow and grief over the death of Sajjada Nasheen Sial Shareef Peer Hameed-ud-Din Sialvi. He offered Fateha for the departed soul and extended sympathies to the bereaved family members. The CM also went to the grave of Peer Hameed-ud-Din Sialvi and offered Fateha. He paid tributes to the religious services of late Peer Hameed-ud-Din Sialvi and said that he rendered invaluable services for the religion of Islam. The country has been deprived of a patriotic personality with the passing away of Peer Hameed-ud-Din Sialvi and the vacuum created due to his death will not be fulfilled, he said. LAHORE Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar presided over a meeting to review the challenges faces by citizens in the provincial capital at his office in which different departments apprised about the steps taken for the solution of problems during the month. Parliamentarians also put forth their suggestions for the solution to the city's problems. Addressing the meeting, the CM stated that a strategy has been evolved to solve the problems of the provincial metropolis through mutual consultation adding the role of the parliamentarians and PTI officebearers would be pivotal in this regard. The elected representatives of the PTI and its office-bearers will be given ownership and every possible effort will be made to resolve the problems of the city dwellers, he said. Lip-service and presentation style will not work now and practical performance has to be delivered, he emphasised and added that action will be taken against those who will not perform. The CM asserted that he will personal- -APP -APP
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