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Day: January 7, 2023

Govt to complete terms of IMF programme: PM

Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said he had expressed his government’s resolve to complete the terms of the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) programme, in a telephonic conversation with the IMF’s Managing Director Ms Kristalina Georgieva on Friday. “In a phone call with Managing Director [Kristalina Georgieva] of the IMF yesterday, I told her about the government’s resolve to complete the terms of IMF’s program,” Prime Minister Shehbaz said on Twitter on Saturday. He said, “I also explained Pakistan’s economic difficulties especially after the devastating floods. IMF delegation will come to Pakistan soon.”

Rawalpindi cops arrest two more robbers

RAWALPINDI: The police on Saturday claimed to have arrested two more members of a gang involved in looting people and recovered arms and ammunition from their custody. According to the police spokesperson, Race Course Police arrested two more accused namely Ghulam Abbas and Imran who were involved in looting citizens coming from abroad. Four members of this gang has been apprehended so far while one was killed in the crossfire. He said that the accused had confessed their crime while further investigation was underway. Meanwhile, SP Pothohar while appreciating the SHO Race Course said that those who deprived the citizens of their valuable assets would not escape from the grip of the law.

PTI withdraws contempt petition against CEC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has withdrawn its contempt of court petition against the chief election commissioner, reported 24NeswsHD TV Channel. The Islamabad High Court heard the case on Saturday. The registrar raised an objection to the contempt petition against the head of a constitutional institution. After his objection, the PTI withdrew its contempt of court petition against the election commissioner of Pakistan. The Islamabad High Court in its Dec 30 order asked the Election Commission of Pakistan to hold local government elections in the federal capital on Dec 31 but the ECP refused to conduct the polls.

ECP launches delimitation of Punjab union councils

ISLAMABAD: In a major development, the Election Commission of Pakistan has started demarcation of union councils in Punjab for holding local government elections in the province, according to a report on Saturday. In Lahore, 402 union councils have been made. The election commission has issued the preliminary lists of the UCs demarcations and put them up in the offices of district election commissioners. The objections over the demarcations could be submitted to the ECP between Jan 9-23. The ECP has established authorities to give their decisions on the objections. The regional election commissioners of all the divisions have been appointed as delimitation authority. Director legal delimitation authority for Lahore has been appointed in the provincial election commission. The decisio...

Balochistan CM orders action against wheat hoarders, profiteers

QUETTA: Chief Minister Balochistan, Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, while directing Commissioners of the province to expedite operations against hoarders and profiteers of wheat in their respective divisions, has said daily progress report of the operations be furnished to the “Monitoring Cell” set up in Chief Minister’s Secretariat, Quetta with Captain (Retd) Jamil Baloch, Additional Secretary, Chief Minister’s Secretariat as Desk Incharge, according to a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Saturday. He said that district administration of the bordering district must ensure preventing the smuggling of wheat besides taking indiscriminate action against those involved in hoarding of wheat to create artificial dearth of wheat. In order to monitor the crises of wheat and...

No one would be allowed to hold people hostage: Commissioner Mekran

GWADAR: Commissioner Mekran Division Syed Faisal Ahmed Agha, has said that neither any operation was conducted against the leaders of Haq Du Tehreek, Gwadar nor did any revenge was taken rather a simple action was taken to clear the Express Way area of Gwadar where Haq Du Tehreek, Gwadar had staged protest sit-in, besieging staff of Customs , Gwadar Port, Navy, including foreigners. Addressing a press conference in the office of Deputy Commissioner, Gwadar here on Saturday, he said that a high level delegation had also arrived from Quetta to hold parleys with the leaders of Haq Du Tehreek, but leaders of HDT, Gwadar did not meet the delegation, adding, “Constitution of the country guarantees freedom of expression and having a meeting with anyone and the said right cannot be snatched by ...