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Day: October 8, 2022

PTI moves IHC against imposition of section 144 in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) on Saturday filed a plea in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) challenging the federal government’s decision to impose section 144 in Islamabad ahead of the expected PTI’s long march. In a petition, PTI senior leader and former Federal Minister Asad Umar asked the IHC to declare imposition of section 144 in Islamabad unconstitutional. "Section 144 is unconstitutional to prevent peaceful protest," the plea further stated. Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah will hear the petition on Monday.

Training courses should be more modernized: CS

ISLAMABAD: Chief Secretary Sindh Dr Muhammad Sohail Rajput while speaking during the ceremony appreciated the hard work and quality assurance by the Faculty in conducting these trainings, inspite of the facts that the TMR Wing faced many resource constraints due to being a relatively newer Department. The Chief Secretary acknowledged that the training courses should be more strengthened and more modernized to make the officers better able to come up to the expectations of general public. He strongly advised the trainee officers that they must display the spirit of public service and must have empathetic attitude to feel the pain of sufferings of the poor and downtrodden, particularly in the current situation of flood calamity in the province, so that they might be able to extend their s...

PM calls for uninterrupted gas supply to consumers in winters

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday directed the officials concerned to ensure an uninterrupted gas supply to the consumers during the upcoming winter season. According to the 24NewsHD TV channel, the prime minister issued the instructions while chairing an emergency meeting to address the challenges being faced by the country including the provision of gas to domestic and commercial consumers in the winter season. Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik, Adviser to Prime Minister Ahad Cheema, and other officials participated in the meeting. PM Shehbaz Sharif also directed to constitute a committee to solve the problems faced by the textile mills regarding gas supply so that the production capacity can be increased by providing gas t...

President Alvi upholds penalty of service dismissal, fine

ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi has upheld the penalty of “dismissal from service” and the fine of Rs 5 lac each to the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) and Project Director (PD) of the Commissionerate Afghan Refugees, Peshawar after the charges of committing sexual harassment against two female colleagues were proved against them. While rejecting the representation of the two accused officials against the decision of the Federal Ombudsman for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplace (FOSPAH), the President said that such individuals not only tarnished the image of their agency but their country as well. In his decision, the President wrote that such incidents were among the major reasons for women feeling reluctant to work as their public space was limited and they were not ...

Seminar on World Cotton Day at University of Balochistan

QUETTA: To mark World Cotton Day, WWF-Pakistan’s Organic Cotton Programme, in collaboration with the Agriculture Extension Department (AED), organized a seminar on “Organic Cotton Production in Balochistan” at the auditorium of the University of Balochistan, Quetta on Saturday. More than 80 people from different walks of life including representatives of textile groups, senior professionals from the agricultural field, and other government departments, academia and researchers, students, civil society, and farmers’ representatives participated in the seminar. Mr Inam-ul-Haq, Director General Balochistan Agriculture Research Institute was the chief guest on the occasion, while the honourable Vice Chancellor, University of Balochistan Dr Shafiq-ur-Rehman and Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr Syed Ai...

British High Commissioner calls on Dar

ISLAMABAD: Dr Christian Turner, British High Commissioner called on Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Ishaq Dar at Finance Division on Saturday. The Federal Minister extended his warm welcome to the British High Commissioner and exchanged views on matters of common interest. He also briefed the British High Commissioner about devastations caused by the recent floods in Pakistan. The Federal Finance Minister underscored that Pakistan had long historic ties with the United Kingdom and relations between the two countries needed to be further expended for the mutual benefits of the two sides. Mr Dar briefed the envoy about economic agenda and priorities of the government and said that present government aims to bring about economic and fiscal stability leading to economic ...