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Travel Advisory: Pakistan bans travel from Cat C countries, as Covid-19 spikes

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ISLAMABAD (APP): Amidst a spike in the Covid-19 cases, Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority again updated its travel advisory putting a complete travel ban for international travellers from 22 Category C countries.

The Civil Aviation Authority withdrew all earlier exemptions given to Pakistani passport holders, Pakistan Origin Cardholders, and those having National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP).

“The temporary measure is being introduced in continuation to the steps being taken to contain the spread of Covid-19 in Pakistan,” the revised letter said.

The Civil Aviation Authority modified the list of the countries placed in Categories A, B, and C for all international passengers, or all those arriving on chartered private aircraft flights, in view of the third wave of the deadly pandemic.

A CAA letter available with the APP said the Revised Categorized Country List would be effective from April 06, 2021, till further notice.

Category A countries: (20)

Australia, Bhutan, China, Fiji, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Mauritania, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago,  Tajikistan, and Vietnam.

International travellers from Category A countries can travel to Pakistan and do not require a Covid19 PCR Test to enter the country.

Category B countries:

All those countries not included in either Category A or C, fall in Category B.

Travellers from all these countries require a Covid19 PCR Test before the commencement of travel to enter Pakistan, and it should not be more than 72 hours old, the CAA instructions say.

Category C countries: (22)

South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Comoros, Mozambique, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Malawi, Seychelles, Somalia, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela.

“There will be a complete travel ban on inbound travel to Pakistan from Category C countries including withdrawal of exemptions earlier provided,” the Travel Advisory says.

CAA 200321 Clarification

CAA April 4, 2021
CAA letter April 4, 2021

PTI wins Senate; Secures seats of Chairman and Deputy with margin

Senate Chairman congratulates nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr
Senate Chairman congratulates nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr

APP DigitalThe ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) Friday clinched both the crucial positions for the Chairman Senate and the Deputy Chairman, in a knife-edge competition against the eleven-party opposition alliance.

Sadiq Sanjrani of PTI got 48 votes against 42 of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani of PDM to win the coveted seat of Chairman Senate, while Mirza Mohammad Afridi won the seat by getting 54 votes against the 44 of Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haidari, a joint candidate of PDM, out of a total of 98 votes.

For the seat of Chairman Senate, a total of 98 votes were cast through secret ballot, of which eight votes were rejected. Seven of these ballot papers had a stamp on the name of the candidate and not in the required space – in front of the name of the candidate, while one ballot paper had stamps in front of the names of both the candidates.

Senator Farooq H Naek objected to the rejection of the ballots saying it was not mentioned anywhere in the instructions where to stamp the ballot. He demanded that the votes be counted in favour of their candidate.

The presiding officer Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah in a ruling said keeping in view the clear instructions given for the voting, seven votes, polled for Yusaf Raza Gilani were rejected.

Rejected ballot paper in Senate Elections 202, where the voter stamped on the name instead of the empty space in front
Rejected ballot paper in Senate Elections 202, where the voter stamped on the name instead of the empty space in front

The ruling of the chair was welcomed by the government benches with the thumping of the desks. Later Sadiq Sanjrani took the oath of his office as Chairman for a term on the next three years. The Presiding Officer Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah administered him the oath of office.

Sadiq Sanjrani new Chairman Senate File Photo

Senator Mushtaq Ahmed of Jamaat-e-Islami abstained from the voting process, while Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Ishaq Dar was suspended by the Election Commission of Pakistan due to his absence.

The election for the Deputy Chairman was held after Sanjrani’s election, and this time around the PTI-backed Senator Mirza Moha­m­mad Afridi won the joint opposition candidate Maulana Abdul Gha­foor Haideri of the JUI-F, by ten votes, reflecting that seven opposition members voted for the PTI candidate.

The newly elected Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani thanked the Senators who voted for him and again elected him as their chairman.  He also thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Jam Kamal Khan, leader of the Balochistan Awami Party, and assured to run the house by keeping everyone together.

Earlier in the day, the Senate session began with the recitation from Holy Quran.

Senator Raza Rabbani pointed that spy cameras have been installed in the polling booths and termed it a violation of Article 226 of the Constitution. These were spotted by Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar of PPP and Dr Musadik Malik of PML-N

Later it transpired that these were the CCTV cameras installed in the Senate for security purposes and the polling booth was set up in close proximity.

Senator Sayed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, who had been nominated as Presiding Officer for a special sitting of the House asked for the setting up of new polling booths.

Later Presiding Officer Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah, Presiding Officer administered the oath to the new members, who later signed the roll.

The new Senators included; Kamil Ali Agha of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), Afnan Ullah Khan of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Aon Abbas of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Ejaz Ahmad Chaudhry (PTI), Sajid Mir (PML-N) and Irfan-ul-Haq Siddiqui (PML-N), Azam Nazeer Tara (PML-N) and Syed Ali Zafar (PTI), Zarqa Suharwardy Taimur (PTI), Saadia Abbasi PML-N, Mohsin Aziz (PTI), Liaquat Khan Tarakai, (PTI), Syed Shibli Faraz (PTI), Hidayatullah Khan (ANP), Faisal Saleem Rehman, (PTI), Atta-ur-Rehman (JUIP) and Zeeshan Khan Zada (PTI), Dost Muhammad Khan (PTI), Muhammad Hamayun Mohmand (PTI) , Sania Nishtar (PTI), Falak Naz (PTI), Gurdeep Singh, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani (PPPP) , Fawzia Arshad (PTI), Sheher Bano Sherry Rehman (PPPP), Syed Faisal Ali Sabzwari (MQM-P), Saleem Mandviwala (PPPP), Taj Haider (PPPP), Muhammad Fesal Vawda (PTI), Shahadat Awan (PPPP), Jam Mahtab Hussain (PPPP), Farooq Hamid Naek (PPPP), Saifullah Abro (PTI), Palwasha Mohammed Zai Khan (PPPP), Khalida Ateeb, Muhammad Abdul Qadir, Muhammad Qasim (BNP), Molana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri (JUIP), Prince Ahmed Umer Ahmedzai (BAP), Umer Farooq (ANP), Manzoor Ahmed (BAP), Sarfraz Ahmed Bugti (BAP), Kamran Murtaza (JUIP), Saeed Ahmed Hashmi (BAP), Samina Mumtaz (BAP), Naseema Ehsan (Independent), and Danesh Kumar (BAP).

Updated CAA travel advisory for international passengers

Travel Restrictions - Pakistan - Covid19
Travel Restrictions - Pakistan - Covid19
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According to the updated Standard Operating Procedures announced by the authority, the passengers arriving in Pakistan have been divided into three categories, with different procedures for each.

The passengers arriving from Category A countries would not be requiring any mandatory pre-boarding Covid test. The countries included are; Australia, Cote d’Ivoire, China, Cuba, Fiji, Finland, Ghana, Iceland, Iraq, Madagascar,  Maldives, Myanmar, New Zealand, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Togo, Vietnam, and Zambia.

The travellers from all other countries would have to submit a Covid-19 PCR Test, before boarding their flight to Pakistan, which should not be over  96  72 hours old. While no country has so far been included in Category C.

 

CAA - Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
CAA – Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

 

CAA - Covid-19 Travel Restrictions
CAA – Covid-19 Travel Restrictions

Passengers from the UK and South Africa

Meanwhile, for the inbound passengers from the UK and South Africa, certain restrictions would be applicable, as per the decision of the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC).

These measures would be effective from January 05, 2021, 0001 Hours, the CAA said and would supersede the earlier instructions of Dec 28, 22, and 21.

According to the CAA; all Pakistani Nationals with the short-term UK and South African visit visas and Pakistani Passport Holders including work permit holders, having any type of Visa issued by the British / South African Authorities, may travel to Pakistan./

They may travel in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and Standard Operating Procedures while in possession of a negative PCR Test Result conducted within the 72 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan.

However, any or all passengers traveling to Pakistan from the UK and South Africa will be subjected to PCR Testing, Quarantine and or  Isolation, and other stipulations as specified by the Health Authorities upon arrival in Pakistan

Diplomats and families
Diplomats and their families may also travel to Pakistan from the UK and South Africa while in possession of a negative PCR Test Result conducted within 72 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan.

However, such Diplomats and their families will be subjected to PCR Testing upon arrival and Quarantine, and or Isolation with their respective Embassies or High Commissions for a time period as specified by the relevant Health Authorities

Measures to be effective January 09, 2021, 0000 Hours – January 31, 2021 2359 Hours

NICOP and POC Holders

In addition to the exemption provided above, passengers holding valid National Identity Card for Overseas Pakistanis (NICOP) or Pakistan Origin Card (POC) and having stayed in the UK or South Africa in the last ten (10) days prior to travel to Pakistan, may travel to Pakistan in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and Standard Operating Procedures while in possession of a negative PCR Test Result conducted within the 72 hours prior to commencement of travel to Pakistan

However, any or all passengers falling in the above categories will also be subjected to Rapid Antigen Tests upon arrival in Pakistan whereby all negative testing passengers will be allowed to leave the airport with the advice to self-quarantine, and or isolate for a period of 5 days.

Any, or all positive testing passengers will be subjected to PCR Testing by the relevant Health Authorities with the advice to ensure strict self-quarantine at home till the results of such PCR Tests. Further action will be taken by the relevant Health Authorities as per SOPs in light of subsequent test results.

Any or all passengers fulfilling any criteria as mentioned above, arriving in Pakistan from the UK or South Africa or having stayed in the UK or South Africa within the last ten (10) days prior to travel to Pakistan may also be subjected to additional stipulations as specified by the relevant Health Authorities upon arrival in Pakistan.

According to the Civil Aviation Authority, these measures will remain in effect until January 31, 2021, 2359 hours and may be reviewed.

Updated CAA travel advisory for international passengers
Travel Advisory by CAA Pakistan for passengers from the UK, South Africa
Travel Advisory by CAA Pakistan for passengers from the UK, South Africa
Travel Advisory by CAA Pakistan for passengers from the UK, South Africa

Report by Shafek Koreshe

Indian plot of systematic disinformation campaign against Pakistan and China, uncovered

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A massive operation to serve Indian interests by targeting international institutions, through a systematic disinformation campaign against Pakistan and China has been uncovered by a EU based organisation.

“The operation’s mission is to discredit nations in conflict with India in Asia, in particular Pakistan but also China to a lesser extent,” a study conducted by EU DisinfoLab, an independent NGO said. The operation was a follow up to a preliminary investigation published in 2019.

Eds Note:  Owing to the huge amount of information related to the clandestine disinformation operation the post has been reviewed with additional information. More information will be added soon.

This network is active in Brussels and Geneva in producing and amplifying content to undermine – primarily – PakistanThe operation codenamed “Indian Chronicles” resurrected dead media, dead think-tanks and NGOs. It even resurrected dead people, the report revealed.

The network is part of the sinister propaganda campaign, part of its Fifth Generation Hybrid Warfare – 5GW, against Pakistan with an objective to create chaos in the country.

Indian plot of systematic disinformation campaign against Pakistan and China, uncovered

According to the EU DisinfoLab – the Indian Chronicles is a 15 year-long operation running since 2005; under which over ten UN Human Rights Council accredited NGOs, were resurrected including the resurrection of Prof. Louis B. Sohn, a prominent figure in human rights, who died in 2006. The report has been dedicated in his name.

Indian plot of systematic disinformation campaign against Pakistan and China, uncovered

“Louis B. Sohn, who passed away in 2006, seemingly attended a UN Human Rights Council
meeting in 2007 …”

The study discovered several identity thefts, including the names of Martin Schulz, former president of the European Parliament or the photo of James Purnell, a former UK Government minister. It also included over 750 fake media outlets, covering 119 countries; and over 550 domain names registered.

Also Read: Revelations by EU DisinfoLab vindicates Pakistan’s position, exposes its detractors: PM

The NGO – EU DisinfoLab focuses on researching and tackling sophisticated disinformation campaigns targeting the EU, its member states, core institutions, and core values, said the operation began in 2005 and was still ongoing till this date.

India Chronicles - Summary
India Chronicles – Summary

The study, of the 15-year influence operation, was conducted through open-source investigation and shows that the operation led by the Srivastava Group was amplified by Indian news media outlet – Asian News International – ANI.

Other long-term objectives of the plan included reinforcement of  pro-Indian and anti-Pakistan, and anti-Chinese, feelings, within India. While internationally it aimed at consolidating the power and improve perception of India, to damage reputation of other countries and ultimately benefit from more support from international institutions such as the EU and the UN.

To achieve this objective the operation focused on the support to minority and human rights NGOs and think-tanks, use of Members of the European Parliament to create a mirage of institutional support from European institutions to these minority groups, in favour of Indian interests and against Pakistan and China.

It also had an active presence in Geneva and the United Nations’ Human Rights Council through: side-events and demonstrations in support of minority rights; impersonation of extinguished UN-accredited NGOs or use speaking slots reserved to various NGOs whose original missions seem totally unrelated.

The creation of fake media in Brussels, Geneva and across the world and repackaging and dissemination via ANI and obscure local media networks in at least 97 countries – to multiply the repetition of online negative content about countries in conflict with India, in particular Pakistan.

Indian Chronicles news outlets
Indian Chronicles- Fake International News Outlets

According to the details provided by the EU DisinfoLab, last year, a network of 265 fake media in 65 countries reproducing negative content against Pakistan online was uncovered.

The network was created by malicious actors who were behind “EP Today”, a fake European Parliament magazine active in Brussels since 2006.

One of the characteristics of Indian Chronicle is its propensity to create and maintain a high number of fake
media outlets: EP Today, EU Chronicle, Times of Geneva, 4 News Agency.

The self-proclaimed “magazine for the European Parliament in Brussels” was serving as a “honeypot” for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and other politicians
who could use it to publish their views – particularly those that serve Indian interests and undermine Pakistan.

Some of these MEPs and other politicians attended United Nations side-events, press conferences and demonstrations in Geneva organised by minority-rights NGOs all set-up by the same actors, such as the European Organization for Pakistani Minorities.

The organisations created by the Srivastava Group in Brussels organised trips for Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to Kashmir, Bangladesh and the Maldives.

“Delegations of MEPs were often presented as
official EU delegations when they were in fact not
travelling on behalf of the Parliament”

Some of these trips led to much institutional controversy, as the delegations of MEPs were often presented as official EU delegations when they were in fact not travelling on
behalf of the Parliament.

The actors orchestrating Indian Chronicles are directly tied – and again not at all transparently – to the creation of three informal groups in the European Parliament,
namely the “South Asia Peace Forum”, the “Baloch Forum” and “Friends of Gilgit-Baltistan”. They hold press conferences and events within and in front of the European Parliament.

India Chronicles - network of disinformation
India Chronicles – network of disinformation

Organisations like WESTT – the Women Economic and Social Think-Tank – have drafted and suggested parliamentary questions to the European Commission, along with
articles for fake EU magazines such as EP Today. These served as a honeypot to attract a growing number of MEPs into a pro-India and anti-Pakistan discourse, often using
causes such as minorities rights and women’s rights as an entry point.

EU Chronicle – the new “EP Today”

India Chronicles - EU Chronicle
India Chronicles – EU Chronicle

A new fake media with fake journalists supposedly covering European affairs, yet essentially providing a platform for MEPs to sign pro-Indian articles. In less than 6 months of existence, already 11 MEPs have written or endorsed op-eds at a remarkably high pace for EU Chronicle.

The role of ANI: Repackaging and amplifying the content produced in Brussels & Geneva

Back to EU Chronicle. The only valuable coverage these op-eds receive, comes from an immediate repackaging by an Indian press agency – ANI (Asian News International), often quoting these op-eds as genuine articles from “independent media EU Chronicle”.

Without Times of Geneva and 4 News Agency which stopped their activities following our previous investigation, ANI – which is considered as one of the biggest news agencies in India and the largest television agency of India – remains the only press agency to extensively cover the activities of dubious

NGOs in Geneva

While following the coverage – and often distortion – by ANI of its content produced in Brussels and Geneva, the DisinfoLab discovered the Big News Network and the World News Network – an entire network of 500+ fake local media in 95 countries that helped reproduce negative iterations about Pakistan and or China.

India Chronicles NGOs
India Chronicles NGOs

The content produced was primarily targeted at Indian nationals, with an extensive coverage of these barely known “media”, MEPs and “NGOs” in Europe.

The investigation revealed how the activities of a fake “zombie-NGO” and that of a fake specialised media can be repackaged, distorted and amplified by malicious actors to influence or disinform globally, using loopholes in international institutions and online search engines.

How it happens – Step 1

On 17 September 2020, an article is published in EU Chronicle about a letter sent by several MEPs. The letter was sent to “the President of the European Council Charles Michel, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen, the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and to the President of France Emmanuel Macron. It requests that the European Union meaningfully addresses, through strong action, China’s Human Rights atrocities at the EU-China Summit”.

It is important to note that this is simply a letter signed by a group of individual MEPs, and this is NOT an official position of the European Parliament. The article is titled rather in a soft manner: “Meaningful address and strong action needed against China’s human rights atrocities”.

Step 2

The article by EU Chronicle is then covered by ANI, and retitled with a slightly harder tone: “Members of the European Parliament urge EU to take strong action on China for Human Rights Violation”.

Part of Indian Chronicles’ dissemination operations revolve around the Big News Network, a self-proclaimed “news agency” owning more than 450 media outlets. While most sites are basically copy-pastes of each other, their content is not remarkably original either. Most of the time, the network syndicates content from newswire companies, some international media outlets and… the ANI press agency.

Another fake media, the “Times of Geneva” – along with an equally fake, allegedly Geneva-based press agency called 4 News Agency – would then produce written and video content.

This content was reused online by NGOs and disseminated via the global fake media network and/or via an Indian press agency (ANI).

Step 3

The coverage by ANI is then distorted by the Big News Network in dozens of fake local/regional media and is now titled “EU to take strong action on China”, in Europenews.net for instance.

This operation was attributed to the New-Delhi based Srivastava Group which – in partnership with the Women’s Economic and Social Think-Tank (WESTT) – sponsored the trip of 27 MEPs to visit Kashmir and met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The investigation led to the finding of 10 UN-accredited NGOs directly controlled by the Srivastava Group, which the full report introduces at length. Their common trait?

The fact that they all rose from the ashes of real NGOs. Indian Chronicles effectively benefited from the track record of these organisations while pursuing their own agenda:
discrediting Pakistan and promoting Indian interests at UN conferences and hearings.

India Chronicles - How Copy Paste works for Indian fake media outles
India Chronicles – How Copy Paste works for Indian fake media outles

A look at the history of these NGOs clearly showed that the topics and issues at their very heart were not much of a concern for Indian Chronicles. The operation takes just about any defunct NGO it can find and revives it to promote Indian interests.

Examples include organisations defending peace, protecting the environment or even… promoting canned food, the report said.

Before it ceased to exist in 2007, the Canners International Permanent Committee (CIPC) was all about the canning industry. Its reincarnation does not seem so concerned
with food anymore: It mostly dispatches Geneva-based students to the UN to talk about Pakistan, and even organised side events on human rights at the UN.

Centre for environmental and management studies (CEMS)

The year CEMS was created is unknown, but what is known is that it was created in New-Delhi and was already active in the 1980s to promote seminars for industrialists and educationalists on environmental issues.

Traces of an address in New-Delhi have been found, but the current address given to the UN is in Canada and leads to a Regus office.

The domain name linked to the organisation was registered on January 20, 2016 – on the same day as the registration of other accredited NGOs domain names. It is also hosted on the same IP address than several other Srivastava-owned websites. It can be confidently assumed that this organisation had long become inactive and was in fact resurrected by Indian Chronicles.

At the UNHRC, the organisation is also represented either by Geneva-based students or by Pakistan minorities representatives, conveying pro-Indian and anti-Pakistan messages.

The CEMS also organized side events on “human rights in South-Asia” and “Democracy and secularism” at the UN.

Interestingly, ANI and the network of fake local media outlets disseminating ANI’s articles present the Centre for Environmental and Management Studies as a “UK-based rights group” headed by Amjad Ayub Mirza, who is said to be as an “activist from PoK” (Pakistan-occupied Kashmir). Amjad Ayub Mirza presents himself as the Executive Director of the NGO and as a Consultant for the “Jammu Kashmir Peace and Development Institute.” He is also featured in many articles of the ANI News agency.

India Chronicles ANI
India Chronicles ANI

The core theme of the original NGO – environment – was hijacked by Indian Chronicles to undermine Pakistan.

A solid example: “Under CPEC our rivers are being diverted for hydropower projects and these projects are causing water shortages. The projects would forever destroy the ecology of our region. Scores of young men from Gilgit-Baltistan are serving 70-90 years of imprisonment for protesting against the plunder of our national resources.”

The ABCD of Indian Chronicles – Ever heard of the disinformation ABC?

The ABCD of Indian Chronicles - Ever heard of the disinformation ABC?
The ABCD of Indian Chronicles – Ever heard of the disinformation ABC?

In a paper released in September 2019, Camille François, Graphika’s Chief Innovation Officer, pointed to three key vectors for viral deception: manipulative Actors, deceptive Behaviour, and harmful Content. To these the EU DisinfoLab added the D, standing for information Distribution.

The Indian Chronicles network is a perfect illustration of the ABCD disinformation framework.

The EU DisinfoLab concluded its report by expressing concern over “the continuation of Indian Chronicles which – despite our first report and wide press coverage – has pursued its 15-year long operation and even recently launched EU Chronicle, a fake EU outlet.”

“This should serve as a call to action for decision-makers to put in place a relevant framework to sanction actors engaging in disinformation and abusing international institutions. It is possible that the absence of messages from the institutions affected by Indian Chronicles provided the space and opportunity to reinvent itself.”

The current study reopens and builds upon the previous work, which was documented in a report Influencing policymakers with fake media outlets, an investigation into a pro-Indian influence network”.

Report Compilation: Shafek Koreshe

Download Full Report from Eu DisInfo Lab

Mother of Nawaz Sharif – Shamim Akhtar passes away in London

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Mother of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and former Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif – Begum Shamim Akhtar passed away in London, Deputy Secretary General PMLN, announced in a twitter message. The cause of death was not given, however late Begum Akhtar was not feeling well for the past some time.

Late Ms Shamim Akhtar, 90 was residing with her son Nawaz Sharif at the Avenfield apartments since February this year.

 

The news of demise of Begum Shamim Akhtar came at a time, when the Pakistan Democratic Movement – PDM was about to hold a rally at Peshawar. The PML-N Vice President Maryam Nawaz Sharif, who is spearheading a campaign against the government, along with ten other opposition parties arrived at the venue after attending a luncheon along with other PDM leaders at the Bilour House.

Mother of Nawaz Sharif - Shamim Akhtar passes away in London

Mian Iftikhar of ANP interrupted the address of Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to let Maryam Nawaz share the sad news with the people. Maryam said she was not in a position to address the rally and asked the people to pray for her grandmother and his father. The participants later offered prayers for the departed soul.

Mother of Nawaz Sharif - Shamim Akhtar passes away in London

Maryam Nawaz Sharif later in a message on twitter said she was not aware of the passing away of her grandmother as the mobile service was jammed and no government functionary did not even bother to inform her.

The PML-N media wing relayed the entire proceedings of the PDM rally live on Twitter and Facebook, and the party social media groups remained tight lipped, despite the social media abuzz with condolence messages from around the world.

Immediately after the breaking of sad news condolence messages from across the political divide started pouring in. President Dr Arif Alvi in his condolence message conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the former Prime Minister Mohammad Nawaz Sharif.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a message also conveyed his heartfelt grief and said “My condolences and prayers go to the Sharif family on the passing of Mian Nawaz and Mian Shahbaz Sharif’s mother.”

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Jawed Bajwa also conveyed his heartfelt condolences on sad demise of Begum Shamim Akhtar. “May Allah Almighty bless the departed soul in eternal peace – Ameen,” DG ISPR quoted the COAS as saying.

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar also conveyed his deep condolences over the sad demise.

President Azad Jammu Kashmir Masood Khan prayed to Allah Almighty “May the departed rest in eternal peace and be in an exalted place in the Hereafter.”

Allama Khadim Rizvi buried; son Saad Rizvi to head TLP

Khadim Rizvi Funeral
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APP Digital News

ISLAMABAD, Nov 21 (APP): The leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi was buried here at Lahore, after a huge funeral attended by tens and thousands of his followers.

The funeral prayers were offered at the Minar-e-Pakistan and were attended by party workers and supporters who descended on the provincial capital since Friday from all over the country.

The funeral was led by late Khadim Hussain’s son Hafiz Saad Rizvi. The funeral scheduled to be held at 10 in the morning got delayed due to the huge gathering as the body was moved in an ambulance from his residence to the venue.

Ambulance carrying the dead body of head of Tehreek-e-Libbaik Khadim Hussain Rizvi as a large number of people gather at Minar-e-Pakistan for the funeral prayers
Ambulance carrying the dead body of head of Tehreek-e-Libbaik Khadim Hussain Rizvi as a large number of people gather at Minar-e-Pakistan for the funeral prayers

Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi had ended his sit-in at Faizabad interchange, Islamabad on Monday to protest publication of blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be Upon Him). However he developed fever and complained of breathing problem, according to his party spokesman. He was rushed to the hospital, but expired on the way on Thursday night. Khadim Hussain Rizvi was laid to rest at Madrasa Abuzar Ghaffari. The 55 year old clerk is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

Apart from the party followers, the funeral was attended by a large number of religious and political figures and the public in general.

After the funeral the Tehreek-e-Labbaik announced his son Hafiz Saad Rizvi as the new “Ameer” – leader of the party.

Video clips released by the TLP showed a huge crowd, being termed as the largest in city’s history.

Stringent security measures were put in place to ensure no untoward incident occurs. Lahore Police said 26 SHOs and 13 DSPs along with thousands of police force were deployed in and around the Minar-e-Pakistan. Snipers and cellular jammers were also deployed at key locations. The crowd peacefully dispersed after the funeral.

Additional traffic wardens were deployed, however owing to the huge crowds, traffic in the city remained stuck for hours on all roads leading to and fro from the venue.

Our Lahore Bureau adds: The DIG Operations commended the Lahore Police for fool proof security arrangements. He said the force played a key role in providing full security to the most important event in the city. He said all operational units of the police remained on high alert and showed excellent teamwork and coordination, along with the district administration, Safe City authority and other departments to ensure safety of the participants.

Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi passes away in Lahore

Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi - File Photo

ISLAMABAD, Nov 19 (APP): APP Digital NewsAllama Khadim Hussain Rizvi, the leader of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan breathed his last Thursday night at Lahore, his party announced. He was 55.

No reason for his death was given. His party officials said he was rushed to a hospital after he had problem breathing and had fever for past few days. However he was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital.

Senior TLP leader Syed Inayat-ul-Haq Shah also confirmed the news and asked the TLP workers to proceed to Lahore to participate in his last rites. The Tehreek-e-Labbaik announced that his funeral would be held on Saturday at 10 in the morning at Minar-e-Pakistan.

Videos on several social media accounts showed large number of his followers rushing to his home and crying over his sad demise.

The fire brand clerk was known for his protest marches, that often became violent and created law and order problems. His last protest was relatively shorter at Faizabad and ended only after a two day blockade of the twin cities on Monday.

Immediately after the confirmation of the news condolences poured in from all sections of society; including the Prime Minister, the Foreign Minister, Information Minister, Chief of Army Staff, Chief Minister Punjab and political leaders of many parties.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a tweet expressed his grief over the sad demise of Allama Khadim Rizvi and conveyed condolences to his family.

Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa also conveyed his condolences over the demise of the TLP leader.

 

Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Special Assistant to the Chief Minister on Information in Punjab also expressed grief over his sad demise.

Amir Jamat Islami also expressed his grief and prayed to Allah Almighty to bless the departed soul.

Sit-in by TLP at Faizabad causing massive gridlock in twin cities

Sit-in by TLP causes massive gridlock in twin cities
Sit-in by TLP causes massive gridlock in twin cities
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ISLAMABAD, Nov 16 (APP): A sit-in by the Tehreek-e-Labaik (TLP) Pakistan at Faizabad has caused a massive gridlock in the twin cities, disrupting normal life and causing problems to commuters, office workers, students and in particular for those with medical conditions.

The TLP had planned to hold a march from Liaqat Bagh to Faizabad on Sunday to protest against the blasphemous caricatures, but was denied permission by the District administrations of both Rawalpindi and Islamabad, owing to its violent history.

The supporters of Allama Khadim Hussain Rizvi despite the road blocks gathered at Liaqat bagh Sunday afternoon and after a prolonged confrontation with the riot police managed to reach Faizabad interchange, the central linkage between the twin cities and blocked the road.

Deputy Commissioner Islamabad Hamza Shafqaat in a tweet earlier in the day said the Islamabad Expressway was blocked for all north bound traffic from Khanna and appologized for the inconvenience. He also promised for early rectification of the situation.

The SSP Islamabad Traffic Police Farrukh Rashid in a tweet gave the detailed traffic diversion plan, however owing to the clashes many of the alternative entry points were blocked by the police as a precaution.

 

Aternative Route issued by Islamabad Police 161120 1430 hrs
Aternative Route issued by Islamabad Police 161120 1430 hrs

People have demanded of the TLP leader to end their sit in as they have already registered their protest against the caricatures, however creating obstacles and roadblocks was also un Islamic and forbidden by the Holy Prophet (Peace be upon Him).

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s consistent stance on Kashmir

Imran Khan speaks for Kashmiris
Imran Khan speaks for Kashmiris

Prime Minister Imran Khan’s stance on Kashmir at international fora to highlight gruesome human rights violations by India

 

Indian media’s fake “civil war” in Pakistan, falls flat on face

Fake News Karachi
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By Shafek Koreshe

In an abortive attempt to create diversion from Narendra Modi’s human rights abuses in Kashmir, the Indian media went berserk by propagating fake news about a “civil war” like situation in Karachi, triggering a hilarious response from the twitterati in Pakistan, who enjoyed every bit of the ridiculous reports.

#CivilWarInPakistan and #KarachiCivilWar were in no time the top trends, with the young twitter users going crazy by posting video clips from action movies, comics, images of the Indian MiG pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, shot down by Pakistan Air Force inside Pakistan’s territory, as scenes from the Civil War, getting an equally enthusiastic response with numerous retweets and likes.

The arrest of PML-N leader Captain (Retd) Safdar on charges of political sloganeering at Quaid’s Mausoleum and leave applications by senior police officers was exploited by the top Indian news channels, who portrayed an administrative issue as a “civil war” and went to the extent of even reporting casualties, and armed clashes.

Indian Media ditches professionalism to dip at to its lowest 

#FakeNews CNN18News
#FakeNews CNN18News

The news reports were part of a persistent barrage of fake news from Indian mainstream media and its RAW controlled assets on social media over the past few months. The trend has witnessed a sharp spike as part of India’s fifth generation war (5GW) against Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office on the “malicious and fabricated propaganda” by Indian mainstream and social media claiming civil unrest in Pakistan, said planting such baseless stories were reflective of the “Pakistan-obsessed BJP-RSS” mindset.

“Needless to say that Indian media continues to hit new lows,” he said, when asked to respond over the series of fake news flashed as breaking news across the Indian media about a “civil war in Pakistan”.

“Indian media continues to hit new lows”: FO

The Spokesperson said through “peddling fake news and running propaganda machinery”, India could not wash away the truth about its own gross and systematic human rights violations in Indian Ilelgally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

“Rather than reporting on humanitarian crisis in IIOJK, the Indian media chooses to spread fake and sensational news about Pakistan to detract from core issues,” he said.

5th Gen War – Twitterati bust RAW’s #Fake letter attributed to COAS

 

#FakeNews - Yet another figment of imagination of Indian Media
#FakeNews – Yet another figment of imagination of Indian Media

The Indian media tried hard to appease its own consumers and to create a diversion from its human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir. However in its abortive attempt it created history by churning out fake news overpowered by the anti-Pakistan hysteria, undermining its professional ethics and credibility.

#FakeNews - India Today with its concocted news story
#FakeNews – India Today with its concocted news story

The unleashing of the Indian media did not go unnoticed, as Michael Kugelman, deputy director at the @AsiaProgram and South Asia senior associate @TheWilsonCenter in a tweet pointed that the Indian disinformation accounts were exploiting Pakistan’s current political crisis, and “falsely claiming that the country is no experiencing urban warfare.”

He described the trend as “dangerous and disturbing”, as several of these accounts were verified and had huge followings.

Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari said the Indian media was in “hyper drive with fake news on Pakistan” and regretted that it was “unfortunate that Twitter is [deliberately ignoring it].”

All major media outlets in so-called world’s biggest democracy decimated all journalistic norms as none bothered to fact-check such a huge gaffe. India’s News18, India Today, Zee News, India.com and several others quoted the International Herald which showed old videos of bomb explosions in Pakistan and portrayed it as the ongoing civil war.

#FakeNews - Indian International Herald tweet
#FakeNews – Indian International Herald tweet

The Institute of Policy Research in a report said their data indicates a pattern of Indian propaganda against Pakistan on digital media that grew exponentially after 2018 General Elections in #Pakistan. The propaganda hovers around largely 4 key themes.

IPRI Timeline of Indian Propaganda
IPRI Timeline of Indian Propaganda

Minister for Ports and Shipping pointed that the Indian propaganda was at its peak and “sadly fueled by the PDM Circus.” He said the food inflation was artificially manufactured, but was being brought under control.

Minister for Kashmir Affairs also lambasted the “fake, fabricated and malicious propaganda campaign to malign State institutions of Pakistan. He urged @Twitter to take action against Indian accounts for #FakeNews against Paksitan.

However, this idiocy of Indian media gave the Twitterati a perfect chance to enjoy as the microblogging site was flooded with messages to ridicule the Indian media’s insanity.

“Karachi civil war has gotten so bad that my food panda delivery boy had to crawl through mine fields carrying his AK47, RPG & 9mm along with my nihari and Biryani. This thing is getting so serious. Multiple cows have been killed & people are dying of over eating. #IndianMedia,” commented renowned singer Fakhr-e-Alam.

Besides numerous other fake photos, the Indian media also used an image of a building collapsed following a gas leakage blast in Karachi earlier in the day to substantiate its fake news of civil war.

“A little investigation would have informed Zee News that it wasn’t a bomb blast in ‘civil war’ in Pakistan but the result of a  gas leak in Karachi. Whither truth, objectivity, balance and fairness in reporting?,” said Farhatullah Babr, former senator of Pakistan Peoples Party which rules Sindh province.

“An Aircraft shot during civil war in Karachi… and the pilot captured…,” commented another Twitter user Fasihuddin while sharing the images of Indian aircraft MiG-21 and captured injured pilot Abhinandan following an aerial dogfight during India-Pakistan standoff in 2019.

Chief Guest Jameel Ahmed Soomro Political Secretary to PPP Chairman inauguration the Inter University Sports Gala 2022 at Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Cricket Stadium at Chandika Medical College

Chief Guest Jameel Ahmed Soomro Political Secretary to PPP Chairman inauguration the Inter University Sports Gala 2022 at Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Cricket Stadium at Chandika Medical College
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Chief Guest Jameel Ahmed Soomro Political Secretary to PPP Chairman inauguration the Inter University Sports Gala 2022 at Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Cricket Stadium at Chandika Medical College
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Federal Minister for Climate Change and PPP leader Sherry Rehman talking to media persons at Nishtar Park during her visit to review arrangements for public gathering on PPP’s 55th Foundation Day to be celebrated on November 30

Federal Minister for Climate Change and PPP leader Sherry Rehman talking to media persons at Nishtar Park during her visit to review arrangements for public gathering on PPP's 55th Foundation Day to be celebrated on November 30
APP53-291122 KARACHI: November 29 - Federal Minister for Climate Change and PPP leader Sherry Rehman talking to media persons at Nishtar Park during her visit to review arrangements for public gathering on PPP's 55th Foundation Day to be celebrated on November 30. APP/SDQ/TZD/FHA
Federal Minister for Climate Change and PPP leader Sherry Rehman talking to media persons at Nishtar Park during her visit to review arrangements for public gathering on PPP's 55th Foundation Day to be celebrated on November 30
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Five billion people to suffer from water scarcity worldwide by 2050; UN report

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 29 (APP): Most of the globe was drier than normal in 2021, with “cascading effects on economies, ecosystems and our daily lives”, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said Tuesday, pointing out that Pakistan was among the regions where terrestrial water shortage (TWS) was “much below and below” level.

According to the Geneva-based agency’s first report on global water resources, 3.6 billion people have inadequate access to water at least one month per year and that this is expected to increase to more than five billion by 2050.

“The impacts of climate change are often felt through water – more intense and frequent droughts, more extreme flooding, more erratic seasonal rainfall and accelerated melting of glaciers – with cascading effects on economies, ecosystems and all aspects of our daily lives”, said WMO Secretary-General Prof. Petteri Taalas.

“And yet, there is insufficient understanding of changes in the distribution, quantity, and quality of freshwater resources”.

The State of Global Water Resources report “aims to fill that knowledge gap and provide a concise overview of water availability in different parts of the world”, WMO chief added.

“This will inform climate adaptation and mitigation investments as well as the United Nations campaign to provide universal access in the next five years to early warnings of hazards such as floods and droughts”.

The report said that areas that were unusually dry included South America’s Rio de la Plata area, where a persistent drought has affected the region since 2019.

In Africa, major rivers such as the Niger, Volta, Nile and Congo had below-average water flow in 2021. The same trend was observed in rivers in parts of Russia, West Siberia and in Central Asia.

On the other hand, there were above-normal river volumes in some North American basins, the North Amazon and South Africa, as well as in China’s Amur river basin, and northern India.

In Africa, rivers such as the Niger, Volta, Nile and Congo had below-normal discharge in 2021, along with parts of Russia, West Siberia and in Central Asia.

Between 2001 and 2018, UN-Water reported that a staggering 74 per cent of all natural disasters were water-related.

The recent UN climate change conference, COP27, in Egypt, urged governments to further integrate water into adaptation efforts, the first-time water has been referenced in a COP outcome document in recognition of its critical importance, noted WMO.

The first edition of the report looks at streamflow – the volume of water flowing through a river channel at any given time – and also assesses terrestrial water storage – in other words, all water on the land surface and sub-surface and the cryosphere (frozen water).

The report highlights a basic problem: a lack of accessible verified hydrological data.

WMO’s Unified Data Policy seeks to accelerate the availability and sharing of hydrological data, including river discharge and transboundary river basins information.

Aside from river flow variations, overall terrestrial water storage was classified as below normal, besides Pakistan, on the west coast of the United States, in central South America and Patagonia, North Africa and Madagascar, Central Asia and the Middle East and North India.

It was above normal in Central Africa, northern South America – specifically the Amazon Basin – and northern China.

“Overall the negative trends are stronger than the positive ones”, warned WMO, with several hotspots emerging including Patagonia, the Ganges and Indus headwaters, as well as the southwestern US.

The cryosphere – namely glaciers, snow cover, ice caps and, where present, permafrost – is the world’s biggest natural reservoir of freshwater.
“Changes to cryosphere water resources affect food security, human health, ecosystem integrity and maintenance, and lead to significant impacts on economic and social development”, said WMO, sometimes causing river flooding and flash floods due to glacier lake outbursts.

With rising temperatures, the annual glacier run-off typically increases at first, until a turning point, often called ”peak water”, is reached, upon which run-off declines.

The long-term projections of glacier run-off and the timing of peak water, are key inputs to long-term adaptation decisions, WMO added.

Imran Khan is a threat to national unity: Rana Sana

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP):Federal Minister for Interior Rana Sanaullah Khan on Tuesday said Imran Khan will not be allowed to succeed in his nefarious designs and termed him a threat to national unity.

Talking to a private news channel the minister said that coalition parties would use all the available options to stop dissolution of the Punjab and KP assemblies.

The Minister added that Imran Khan had failed in all his moves so far and he would also fail to get the provincial assemblies dissolved.

Rana Sanaullah said that Chairman PTI was following the agenda of anti-state people, adding Imran Khan was trying to sabotage the peaceful environment of the country for personal interest.

The minister said that people would decide about the future in next elections. He hoped that the masses would vote for his party to win the next polls with a thumping majority.

He said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI), previous regime had made serious damage to many sectors including the national economy.

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Nawaf Bin Said Al-Malki calling on Chairman Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani at Parliament House

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Nawaf Bin Said Al-Malki calling on Chairman Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani at Parliament House
APP49-291122 ISLAMABAD: November 29 - Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Nawaf Bin Said Al-Malki calling on Chairman Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani at Parliament House. APP/TZD/FHA
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Pakistan, Nawaf Bin Said Al-Malki calling on Chairman Senate, Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani at Parliament House
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Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar presided over the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC)

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar presided over the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC)
APP48-291122 ISLAMABAD: November 29 - Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar presided over the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC). APP/IQJ/TZD/FHA
Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar presided over the meeting of the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC)
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Minister of State for Interior, Abdul ur Rehman Kanju attending the First Conference of Global Public Security Cooperation Forum hosted by China on a video link

Minister of State for Interior, Abdul ur Rehman Kanju attending the First Conference of Global Public Security Cooperation Forum hosted by China on a video link
APP47-291122 ISLAMABAD: November 29 - Minister of State for Interior, Abdul ur Rehman Kanju attending the First Conference of Global Public Security Cooperation Forum hosted by China on a video link. APP/IQJ/TZD/FHA
Minister of State for Interior, Abdul ur Rehman Kanju attending the First Conference of Global Public Security Cooperation Forum hosted by China on a video link
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Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a virtual meeting with President Bank of China, Mr. Liu Jin at Finance Division

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a virtual meeting with President Bank of China, Mr. Liu Jin at Finance Division
APP52-291122 ISLAMABAD: November 29 - Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a virtual meeting with President Bank of China, Mr. Liu Jin at Finance Division. APP/TZD/FHA
Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a virtual meeting with President Bank of China, Mr. Liu Jin at Finance Division
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Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a meeting with a delegation of institutional investors at Finance Division

Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a meeting with a delegation of institutional investors at Finance Division
APP51-291122 ISLAMABAD: November 29 - Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a meeting with a delegation of institutional investors at Finance Division. APP/TZD/FHA
Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar held a meeting with a delegation of institutional investors at Finance Division
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Submarine cable fault partially impacted internet across Pakistan

Submarine cable fault partially impacted internet across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP):Cable-cut in the International Submarine Cable AAE-1 in Egypt had partially impacted the internet services in Pakistan and due to this, some customers are facing minor service degradation.

The spokesperson of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL) said that PTCL in conjunction with the International Submarine Consortium is working to fully restore internet services on priority.

Moreover, PTCL has ample bandwidth on alternate cables to cater to data needs.

EU approves grant of 12.6 mln Euros for rehabilitation of schools: EU Ambassador

EU approves grant of 12.6 mln Euros for rehabilitation of schools: EU Ambassador

KARACHI, Nov 29 (APP):Ambassador of European Union (EU) Dr Riina Kionka, on Tuesday, said that the EU approved a grant of 12.6 million Euros for the rehabilitation of flood affected schools in Sindh.

She, in a meeting with Sindh Education Minister Syed Sardar Shah, also assured all possible support for rehabilitation and improvement of educational infrastructure in the province, said a statement issued here.

Apart from this, the EU would continue to with regard to upgradation of schools, schools data and teachers training, she vowed and commended the initiative of Sindh government for recruitment of music and fine arts teachers in Sindh.

The provincial minister briefed the EU ambassador on rehabilitation of affected schools and the challenges being faced after recent floods.

Sardar Shah said that the education of 2.5 million children was affected due to floods as 9,000 schools were completely destroyed while 11,000 schools were partially damaged. Apart from this, 5000 schools were also used as campuses for flood victims during the floods, he added.

The education department established learning centres in the campus to engage the children, who were also affected psychologically, in educational and other learning activities.

“The process of rehabilitating schools has started and steps were being taken to increase the enrollment of children”, he said adding that primary schools were being upgraded under post-primary education.

There are 35,000 primary schools and over 4,400 secondary schools in the province.

The minister said that more than 50,000 teachers have been recruited in a transparent manner to meet the shortage of teachers, while the department was going to recruit fine arts teacher and music teacher to enhance creativity of children.

Syed Sardar Shah also briefed the EU envoy about the cultural activities being organised.

Dr Riina Kionka expressed interest in the music of Sindh and visited the folk studio set up by the Department of Culture.
Earlier, books and cultural gifts were also presented to the EU ambassador by the minister.

Secretary School Education Sindh Akbar Laghari, Acting Head of European Union Delegation Sven Rieusich were also present in the meeting.

Pak-Afghan sides agree on sustained bilateral political dialogue

Pak-Afghan sides agree on sustained bilateral political dialogue

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Recalling the immutable bonds of geography, history, culture and language, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Tuesday agreed on the significance of sustained bilateral political dialogue and the vital role of institutional mechanisms to advance the myriad tracks of Pak-Afghan relations.

The two sides also emphasized the importance of Afghanistan as a land bridge between Central Asia and South Asia and its pivotal role in promoting regional connectivity including through transportation links and mega energy projects such as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline and the Central Asia-South Asia project (CASA-1000).

During her one-day’s official visit to Kabul, Afghanistan, the minister of state held meetings with Acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Mutaqqi, Deputy Prime Minister Abdul Salam Hanafi, Minister for Mines and Petroleum Shahabuddin Delawar, and Commerce Minister of Afghan Interim Government, Haji Nooruddin Azizi, Foreign Office Spokesperson said in a press release.

Pak-Afghan sides agree on sustained bilateral political dialogue

The two sides discussed matters related to enhanced regional security with mutual cooperation, including in countering terrorism, and issues and policies which would impact the interim Government’s engagement with the international community.

Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment to peaceful, stable, prosperous and connected Afghanistan.

She also reiterated Pakistan’s resolve to further deepen and strengthen multifaceted ties between the two countries and build an enduring partnership for shared prosperity.

Pak-Afghan sides agree on sustained bilateral political dialogue

The minister of state underscored the imperatives for the international community to practically engage with the Interim Afghan Government to help Afghanistan address the dire humanitarian situation and the challenges of reconstruction and socio-economic development.

She also stressed that the unfreezing of Afghanistan’s financial assets would contribute to this end.

During these meetings, a range of bilateral issues of common interest including cooperation in education, health, agriculture, trade and investment, regional connectivity, people-to-people contacts and socioeconomic projects were discussed.

Pak-Afghan sides agree on sustained bilateral political dialogue

 “Today’s visit of the Minister of State was a manifestation of the high importance Pakistan attaches to its longstanding fraternal relationship with Afghanistan,” the spokesperson said.

The minister of state also held a luncheon meeting with representatives of the Women Chamber of Commerce.

Pak-Afghan sides agree on sustained bilateral political dialogue

She emphasized the important role of women in Afghan society and expressed Pakistan’s keen desire to strengthen linkages between women entrepreneurs of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

She announced that Pakistan would give special preference to import of products produced by businesses run by Afghan women.

Marriyum grieved over demise of Bushra Ansari’s mother

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb on Tuesday expressed profound grief over the demise of veteran actress Bushra Ansari and Asma Abbas’ mother Mehmooda Khanum.

In a condolence message, she prayed to the Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss with fortitude.

Marriyum said she was saddened by hearing the news of Bushra Ansari’s mother’s demise. The death of mother was a big tragedy, she added.

Islamabad LG candidates to be allotted election symbols on Dec 1

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP):The contestants of Local Government (LG) polls for Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) will be allotted election symbols on Thursday, December 1.

According to schedule issued by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), Wednesday has been fixed as the last date for withdrawal of nomination papers by the candidates, who do not want to contest the elections. Polling will be held on December 31. Canvassing will kick off after December 1.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,773 nomination papers from out of some 4,403 aspirants were accepted by the relevant Returning Officers (ROs) for local government elections on 101 union councils (UCs) of ICT.

The ECP had appointed four additional sessions judges as appellate authorities for 101 UCs for impending Local Government (LG) elections in ICT.

In 2015, elections were held in 50 UCs. Now, the government increased the number of UCs from 50 to 101.

In the last elections, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates gave a tough time to each other, while the PPP could not win a single seat.

Steps afoot to fulfill fertilizer’s requirement in country: SAPM

Steps afoot to fulfill fertilizer’s requirement in country: SAPM

LAHORE, Nov 29 (APP):Special Assistant to Prime Minister for Industries and Production (SAPM) Tasneem Ahmed Qureshi on Tuesday said the government was putting in place effective measures to maintain demand and supply of fertilizers in the country as fertilizer was a basic and an important agricultural input to enhance
per acre yield.


He expressed these views after having a briefing on the working and performance of the
National Fertilizer Marketing Limited (NFML) by its Managing Director Khalid Saleem here at the NFML office.
Senior Manager Farooq Jilal, Assistant Manager Mudasar Aslam and Farhan ullah and others
also attended the meeting.


He said the NFML should evolve a mechanism under which farmers’ interest could be safeguarded
efficiently. In a way, credit goes to the NFML for making the Gawadar Port functional by wharfing 150 Urea
vessels containing 5.3 million metric tons of imported urea.


During the briefing, he was told that around 300 employees were working in the corporation on
contract basis since the last 10 year.


NFML Managing Director Kalid Seleem presented a detailed presentation on the formation and
development model of the company and briefed him about departmental history, current achievements
and future goals.


He added that the NFML was incorporated as public limited company (unlisted) in 1976 as a
subsidiary of the NFC (National Fertilizer Corporation) under the administrative control of the
Ministry of Industries and Production. The NFML was responsible for marketing of entire production
of fertilizer (approximately two million metric tons per annum) of six NFC plants till 2008.


After privatization of the NFC plants, it was undertaking the distribution and sales of imported
urea across the country.


The meeting was briefed that the NFML was responsible for supply of imported urea in requisite areas at government’s notified price, arrange efficient transport and storage, and dealers’ network.

The company also ensures availability of urea at subsidized rate to maintain reserves of fertilizers for price stability
and to pass the government subsidies on to farmers.

Dar seeks support from Bank of China to expand bilateral business ties

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP):Minister for Finance Ishaq Dar Tuesday sought the support of Bank of China and asked the Bank’s President for expansion of business relations with Pakistan to deepen the economic and financial relations.

In a virtual meeting with President Bank of China Liu Jin, the minister shared that it has always been great pleasure to work with Bank of China and Pakistan has enjoyed sound financial dealings with the bank.

The Finance Minister also highlighted the recent visit of Prime Minister of Pakistan to China and talked about reciprocation of warm sentiments from Chinese leadership.

SAPM on Finance Tariq Bajwa, SAPM on Revenue Tariq Mehmood Pasha, Special Secretary Finance and other senior officers from Finance Division attended the meeting.

The Finance Minister, while talking about the long standing and durable relationships between government of China and Government of Pakistan, shared gratitude to President, Bank of China for continuous support to Pakistan in testing times.

It was shared that Bank of China has played a crucial role in extending budgetary support to Pakistan which has played a significant role in easing pressure on the external account and meeting budgetary needs.

The Finance Minister extended invitation to President Bank of China to visit Pakistan. He briefed the President Bank of China about the financial and fiscal conditions inherited by the present government and shared that present government has strong resolution to bring back the macroeconomic stability.

The President Bank of China also highlighted the historical and bilateral ties between both countries and appreciated the Government of Pakistan for taking the necessary measures for easing the lives of masses in the country. He also acknowledged the contribution of Pakistan in supporting China during hard times.

He also commended the ongoing facilitation being provided by the government of Pakistan on various Chinese projects under the umbrella of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Finance Minister thanked the President Bank of China for continuous support and assured him of same support by the present government in deepening the economic, trade and investment cooperation.

In another meeting with a delegation of institutional investors here, the minister said Minister for Finance and Revenue Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar Tuesday asserted that present government aims at successfully completing the International Monetary Fund (IMF) program and it would also repay the international bonds on time.

He further asserted that present government is committed to honor all of the financial commitments made by the present as well previous government with national and international financial institutions.

The delegation discussed about the economic situation and outlook of the country. The delegation held a comprehensive discussion with the Finance Minister regarding International Monetary Fund (IMF) program, flood related expenditure and losses, market perception and outlook, as well as external account situation.

The Finance Minister welcomed the delegation and assured the delegation that the present government has taken all pragmatic measures to facilitate the business environment in Pakistan. He shared that Pakistan is slowly but gradually moving towards economic stability and it is high time to invest in Pakistan.

It was shared that reconstruction and rehabilitation phase will start in the coming months. The Finance Minister appreciated the friendly countries for their flood relief support.

The delegation comprised of Managing Director Khurram Sheikh and Alia Moubayed from Jefferies, Mahmood Ali Shah Bukhari – CEO K-trade, Vice President Luis Assad Simon Tamborrel from Goldman Sachs Asset Maangement, Co-Chief Investment Officer James Edmon Craige from Stone Harbor Investment Partners, Portfolio Manager Carl Vermassen from Vontobel Asset Management.

While SAPM on Finance Tariq Bajwa, SAPM on Revenue Tariq Pasha, Special Secretary Finance and other senior officers from Finance Division also attended the meeting.

Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique witnessing the contract signing ceremony between Pakistan Railways and TMC

Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique witnessing the contract signing ceremony between Pakistan Railways and TMC
APP43-291122 ISLAMABAD: November 29 - Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique witnessing the contract signing ceremony between Pakistan Railways and TMC. APP/IQJ/TZD/FHA
Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique witnessing the contract signing ceremony between Pakistan Railways and TMC
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Federal Minister for Railways, Khawaja Saad Rafique witnessing the contract signing ceremony between Pakistan Railways and TMC
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Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain was the chief guest at the conference organized by the Islamic World Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) on Global Perspective and Challenges for Metaverse Technologies

Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain was the chief guest at the conference organized by the Islamic World Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) on Global Perspective and Challenges for Metaverse Technologies
APP45-291122 ISLAMABAD: November 29 - Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain was the chief guest at the conference organized by the Islamic World Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) on Global Perspective and Challenges for Metaverse Technologies. APP/IQJ/TZD/FHA
Federal Minister for Education and Professional Training, Rana Tanveer Hussain was the chief guest at the conference organized by the Islamic World Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) on Global Perspective and Challenges for Metaverse Technologies
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A Group Photo of Pakistan Association of Press Photographers at Reception in the Honour of President of Pakistan Association Trust G.M.Jamali, President PAPP Abbas Mehdi, Vice President, Noman Nizami and other Senior members at Karachi Press Club

A Group Photo of Pakistan Association of Press Photographers at Reception in the Honour of President of Pakistan Association Trust G.M.Jamali, President PAPP Abbas Mehdi, Vice President, Noman Nizami and other Senior members at Karachi Press Club
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A Group Photo of Pakistan Association of Press Photographers at Reception in the Honour of President of Pakistan Association Trust G.M.Jamali, President PAPP Abbas Mehdi, Vice President, Noman Nizami and other Senior members at Karachi Press Club
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PM, Asif Ali Zardari discuss overall political situation

Prime Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif meeting with President Pakistan Peoples Party Asif Ali Zardari
File Photo

ISLAMABAD, Nov 29 (APP): Former President Asif Ali Zardari met Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif here at the PM House on Tuesday.

The two leaders exchanged views about the country’s overall political situation.

During the meeting, rehabilitation of the flood affected people and the process of aid in view of the advent of winter was also reviewed. It was agreed to speed up the rehabilitation process of the flood affected people.

Both the leaders also discussed matters relating to economic improvement, relief for masses and the development process.

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