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Rehman asks govt to name road after Col Abid

F.P. Report
ISLAMABAD: After visiting the grave and family of Shaheed Colonel Sohail Abid, Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior and senior PPP leader Senator A. Rehman Malik wrote a letter to the Chief Secretary Punjab to rename the Angori Road and village Bobari after the name of Colonel Shaheed Sohail Abid who embraced martyrdom few days ago in Kili area of Quetta, Balochistan.
In his letter to the Chief Secretary Punjab, Senator A. Rehman Malik writes that on the desire of old age father of Colonel Shaheed Sohail Abid, it is requested to rename the ‘Angori Road’ which is a small branch road from the Murree Motorway to his native village “Bobari” as “Colonel Shaheed Sohail Abid Road”.
He has also demanded in the letter that the village of Colonel Shaheed Sohail Abid namely ‘’Bobari’’ may be named as ‘Colonel Shaheed Sohail Abid Nagar’’ as per the desire of bereaved family particularly his old age father.
Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Interior Senator A. Rehman Malik further writes “This desire of the family of Colonel Shaheed Sohail Abid may be kindly be fulfilled in order to recognize and pay a rich tribute to him for his unmatched sacrifices for our beloved country – Pakistan”.
Meanwhile, he said that we as a nation are proud of the sacrifices of our armed forces, personals of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) and our Intelligence Agencies for our homeland and their unmatched sacrifices shall be remembered forever in the history of Pakistan.

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PPP KP leadership terms rift in party as baseless, ungrounded

Farid Shinwari

PESHAWAR: Dispelling the impression regarding rifts among provincial leadership of Pakistan People Party (PPP) in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, PPP Senator Behramand Tangi categorically said they are united under the leadership of Hamayun Khan, provincial president of PPP in the province.
The party will prove to be a powerful one in forthcoming general polls scheduled to be held in current year 2018, claimed Senator PPP Behramand Tangi who was accompanied by MPA Ziaullah Afridi while speaking at a news conference on Saturday at Peshawar press club. They clearly said the rumors of discrepancies among PPP KP leadership are baseless and ungrounded.
PPP leaders came hard on PTI-led-provincial government and asked National Accountability Bureau (NAB) KP to initiate inquiries and apprehend accused legislators in bus rapid transit (BRT) project, Malam Jabba, billion tsunami tree project and others. The arrests of some alleged persons is must so that inquiries smoothly take place in these projects, they added.
They alleged that PTI chief Imran Khan who has not only utilized resources of KP in Bani Gala, residence of PTI chairman in Islamabad but also awarded contracts and tenders to blue-eyed persons who belong to other province. The PTI leadership will have to give answers of these queries raised by people of the province, they said.
People of the province do not take advantages of 356 small dams announced by KP government earlier despite the fact that billions of rupees were spent on this project, they stated. The chief minister KP Pervez Khattak should prepare himself for going into prison before general polls in the country, they predicted.
Citing a news published in a local newspaper with regard to differences in PPP leadership, they strongly rejected the news and saying the news was not authentic and factual. The fake news, they said was a conspiracy being hatched against Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and provincial president of the party Hamayun Khan, which they added would be foiled.
However, their party under the charismatic leadership of Hamayun Khan in KP is more stronger than past and he (Hamayun Khan) efficiently runs the part with team work, they explained. They credited the provincial president for a large number of parliamentarians and leaders of opponent parties who joined Pakistan People Party and saying their party will become a strongest one in upcoming general elections in 2018.

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Country needs unbiased caretaker PM: ANP

F.P. Report

Peshawar: Senior leader of Awami National Party (ANP) Zahid Khan has said that Prime Minister (PM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Opposition leader Khurshid Shah should agree on the name of caretaker PM as soon as possible and this matter should not be let go to Parliamentary Committee or Election Commission (EC).
“ because if election commission appoints the caretaker PM then people will lose their trust on politicians’’, he said this while talking to media on Saturday.
Zahid Khan said that it is expected that PM and Khurshid Shah will decide the name of caretaker PM soon.
‘’Pakistan needs such a caretaker PM at present who should be unbiased and he should hold elections on time’’, he held.
He further said that if the matter of appointing caretaker PM will go to Parliamentary Committee or Election Committee than people will lose their trust on politicians.

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Shehbaz inaugurates fully operational Bhikki Power Plant

F.P. Report

SHEIKHUPURA: Punjab Chief Minister and ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) president Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday inaugurated the fully Operational Combined Cycle of 1180MW Bhikki Power Plant in Sheikhupura.

The punjab chief minister also visited its Control Room after inaugurated the Bhikki Power Plant.

Speaking on the occasion, Shehbaz Sharif said that today is the historic day as loadshedding is being eliminted from the country with the struggle of PML-N government.

He said that the Bhikki Power Plant has been constructed with the revenue of the provincial government, adding that the project was completed transparently.

The chief minister said that Haveli Bahadur Shah, Bhikki power plant and Balloki have added 3600 MW in the national grid.

The Punjab Chief Minister said that Haveli Bahadur Shah Plant, Balloki Plant and Bhikki, all three power plants are operational. “I believe all those involved in making these projects successful deserve applause,” the chief minister said.

Taking a jibe at his political opponents, Shehbaz said that those who stagged a sit-in have wasted PML-N’s government’s first year which caused a huge loss to the country’s economy. The nation will not pardon those who stagged sit-in, he added.

“PTI chairman Imran Khan had promised to provide electrivity to whole country,” he said and added his party-led government generated minus six megawatt electricity during its tenure.

“The PML-N’s every work is for the betterment of the country.”

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ECP to form monitoring teams for upcoming general elections

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to constitute monitoring teams and appoint district monitoring officers for the upcoming general elections in the country.

The commission with Chief Election Commissioner Retired Justice Sardar Muhammad Raza in the chair took the decision.

To keep an eye on poll campaigns and check any violation of laws the ECP had previously constituted monitoring teams in all districts across the country for the general elections 2013.

Now the Elections Act 2017 provides a legal cover to the concept of monitoring teams and explains in clear terms how these teams will operate and report any violations by contesting candidates and political parties.

According to reports the monitoring teams and officers will be positioned and active before the announcement of the schedule of elections in this month.

Section 234(1) of the Elections Act reads: “The Commission shall constitute a monitoring team consisting of such number of persons as may be determined by it, to monitor election campaign of the candidates and political parties and report, on regular basis in the prescribed manner, to an officer nominated by the Commission in respect of each district for the purpose of deciding the complaints regarding any violation by a candidate or a political party of any provision of the Act, Rules or the Code of Conduct issued by the Commission”.

Under sub-section 2, it was for the commission to constitute a monitoring team for a constituency or a group of constituencies and determine their terms of reference.

According to reports under subsection 3, the district monitoring officer if receives any information regarding the violation of law it to hold an inquiry and if proven guilty that party would have to pay a fine limited to an amount of Rs 50,000.No other punishment is set for such violation.

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Mobile bills tax case: FBR submits reply in apex court

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Federal Board of Revenue (FBR)—in a reply submitted before Supreme Court (SC) on Saturday—stated that tax ratio imposed on mobile bills consumers in Pakistan is less than other Asian countries including Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.

FBR further added that federal excise duty has been reduced to 17pc.

The reply further states that almost Rs4.5 bn are collected in terms of withholding tax every month. In financial year 2016-17 alone, Rs51 bn had been submitted in the national exchequer in terms of withholding tax.

FBR further informed the apex court that nearly Rs944 bn are collected in terms of withholding tax whereas the same constitutes 70pc of direct tax collections. Advance withholding tax is submitted in the account of mobile consumer.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar had taken suo motu notice of high levy being charged on mobile phone cards in the country.

The chief justice remarked that Rs 40 was being cut on Rs 100 card. He asked under what heads the levy was being charged.

The apex court would hear the case next week.

Currently, the consumers are paying 42 percent tax, including 19.5 percent FED, 12.5 percent WHT and 10 percent service/ maintenance charges on every Rs.100 card.

A mobile user, who recharges Rs 100 card, is paying Rs 35.62 in taxes. Further, the user is paying full amount even if the call drops after 10 seconds.

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Opening of US Embassy in Al-Quds violation of int’l law: Tehmina

F.P. Report

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua says the opening of U.S Embassy in Al-Quds Al Sharif is in contravention of international law, especially UN Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, on the status of Al-Quds Al-Sharif.

In her statement at the extraordinary OIC Summit on Palestine in Istanbul, she said we, the Muslims, need to be united. At this unprecedented juncture our collective voice will be heard.

The Foreign Secretary said both the situation in Palestine and Jammu and Kashmir are challenging the basic fabric of international civilized behavior of states.

She said in both cases blood has been spilled. In both cases the international community must come together to respond to the requirements of international legitimacy.

Tehmina Janjua stressed the need to agitate on all international fora for the just cause of people, end occupation and bring to justice of those responsible.

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Visually impaired protesters suspends Lahore Metro Bus

F.P. Report

LAHORE: The visually impaired people continued their protest on the seventh day on the track of Lahore Metro Bus Service and it created problems for the commuters of the provincial capital on Saturday.

Merely 10 visually impaired persons create problems and the suspension of Metro Bus Service caused Rs18.9 million to the government while nearly one million people have been stopped from travelling. The utility services on the metro stations are also closed.

The residents of the provincial capital criticized the government and adding that no efforts from the government have been put forward to end the protest as the authorities remain silent spectators.

On the other hand, the blind protesters have refused to end their sit-in until their demands are fulfilled. The visually impaired people have asked the government to provide them employment and salaries.

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Three shot dead in Jhelum

F.P. Report

JHELUM: The unidentified gunmen killed three people when they opened fire on their car in Bilal Town locality of Jhelum on later Friday evening.

The police told the media outlet that the unknown motorcyclists shot at a car in Bilal Town late evening in a result all the three people died on the spot.

Police confirmed that the deceased were identified as Zakariya, Mohsin, and Mazhar, and their bodies were transferred to the local district headquarters (DHQ) hospital.

Police registered First Information Report (FIR) in this regard and started investigation.


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Former NA speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza quits PPP

F.P. Report

KARACHI: Senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and former speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Fehmida Mirza announced to quit the PPP on Friday.

Dr Fehmida Mirza was elected on PPP ticket from Badim and now she parted ways with her party. Her husband Zulfiqar Mirza already parted ways with the party and now the Fehmida also officially announced her resignation.

While talking to media, Fehmida Mirza said that she will join any other political party on her own terms and conditions otherwise she will contest election as independent candidate.

She further said that the PPP will be restricted to few districts of Sindh if fair and impartial elections were held.