Sindh govt extends imposition of section 144 for Red Zone areas

Karachi, June 27, 2019 (PPI-OT): Government of Sindh Home Department in constitution of this department’s notification of even number dated 08-06-2018 and further extension of the period on dated 24-12-2018, the ban U/s 144 Cr. P.C imposed on protests, demonstration, rallies and assembly of more than five (05) persons in sensitive areas / places declared as (Red Zone) in Karachi Division is extend for further period of (180) days with effect from 25-06-2019.

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Government Degree College Tando Jan Muhammad re-named as Government Boys Degree College Mir Haji Khuda Bux Khan Talpur

Karachi, June 27, 2019 (PPI-OT): Government of Sindh College Education Department notified that with the approval of Competent Authority i.e. Chief Minister, Sindh, The Government Degree College Tando Jan Muhammad District Mirpurkhas re-named as Government Boys Degree College Mir Haji Khuda Bux Khan Talpur with immediate effect.

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Empowering people with disabilities is our priority: Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar

Karachi, June 27, 2019 (PPI-OT): Special Assistant to CM Sindh on Department of Empowerment of Special persons with Disabilities Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar has said that Sindh Government is committed to empower people with disabilities and it is our priority to protect their rights, adding that universal access and affordability is the basic right of the special persons. This he said while addressing as a chief guest here in a local hotel on Engaging Government Officials on Addressing the Needs of Disabled Commuters, organized by Shehri-Citizens for Better Environment with the support of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

On this occasion Farhan Anwar Urban Planner Project Manager Shehri-Citizens, Amra Anwar, Amin Andani Nowpdp and Mumtaz Ali Project Manager SDG Government of Sindh also spoke. Special Assistant to CM Sindh on Department of Empowerment of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar added, ‘ We are trying to implement Sindh Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Act 2018 in letter and spirit and also drafting better rules for special persons to give a respectable status in the society’ .

He said that it was also the responsibility of Federal and Provincial governments and other stakeholders to give due status and accessibility to special persons to live a life of their own choice and to reduce dependency on others. Syed Qasim Naveed Qamar was of the opinion that that there was a need to change mind set on special persons and we should accept them as an essential part of the society. ‘We should design our society in a manner, where special persons should feel easy in their movements. It will be our great achievement’, he concluded.

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Chief Secretary Sindh stressed to complete water supply and drainage scheme in Sindh by December 2019

Karachi, June 27, 2019 (PPI-OT): Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah has emphasized upon provision of water supply and drainage facilities in all districts of Sindh. While presiding a review meeting of the PHED (Public Health Engineering Department) Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah maintained that ROPs (Reverse Osmoses Plants) and UFP (Ultra Filtration Plants) must be functionalized 100% by December 2019. He also instructed that 273 schemes of water supply and sanitation of Tharparkar should also be completed this year, to benefit the people sufficiently.

The Chief Secretary noted that all necessities required for the development work including funds would be furnished to the PHED, while he also directed the Commissioners/Deputy Commissioners should extend their cooperation with the PHED, for smooth functioning. He also asked to gear up the Tree Plantation Program in the greater national interest.

Earlier the Secretary PHED Roshan Shaikh briefed that Model Projects for water supply and drainage are in process in 06 Districts of Sindh, as well school buildings are also developed systematically. Secretary Implementation Dr. Riaz uddin Sidduqui also attended the meeting.

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Issues of Palestine and occupied Kashmir are the issue which concern the whole Muslim Ummah: Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla

Islamabad, June 27, 2019 (PPI-OT): Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwalla has said that the issues of Palestine and occupied Kashmir are the issue which concern the whole Muslim Ummah and therefore, a joint strategy is required to put an end to the brutalities of the occupied forces and protect rights of the people struggling for their freedom. He expressed these views in a meeting with a delegation of Al-Quds Parliament currently visiting Pakistan under the leadership of Hamid Abdullah Hussein Al-Ahmar, President of Al-Quds Parliament here at Parliament House on Thursday.

Deputy Chairman has observed that the issue of Palestine is close to our hearts and the Parliament, Government and people of Pakistan feel the pain for their Palestinian brothers. He said that the Parliament has passed a number of resolutions calling for an end to the crises according to the wishes and aspirations of the Palestinians. He called for an institutional arrangement to effectively highlight the issue at regional and global levels. However, Mandviwalla observed that the Muslim countries need to forge unity in their ranks and act in a unified manner to peacefully resolve the issue.

Leader of the delegation appreciated the remarks of Deputy Chairman about Palestine issue and agreed with the views of Deputy Chairman Senate for enhanced linkages to further cement the people to people contacts. He said that Muslims in Palestine, occupied Kashmir and Rohingya are facing many challenges and the Muslim world needs to make joint efforts for peace and stability of those regions. He also thanked the Parliament, Government and people of Pakistan for continued support to the Palestinian cause.

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H.No.7, Cat-II, G-8/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan
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Tax Exemption Crucial for Utility Stores Corporation to Operate as a Welfare Organization

Islamabad, June 27, 2019 (PPI-OT): The functional Committee on Problems of Less Developed Areas, in its meeting on Thursday recommended that since Utility Stores Corporation (USC) is a welfare organization it must be exempt from paying tax. This was said while deliberating over the performance and challenges of the organization.

MD, USC Omar Lodhi informed the Committee that the Organization was paying taxes worth PKR 6 billion to the FBR, per annum which is causing the organization a bottom line negative of PKR 7 billion. He notified that the issues that weigh the organization down are taxes and Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) Rules that compels the organization to go for the lowest possible bidder. The trend of hiring daily wage labour is another issue that is a negative for the organization, making it impossible to crackdown on corruption and hoarding.

While discussing the implementation of recommendation made in previous meetings, Chairman Committee, Senator Usman Khan Kakar enquired about the status of setting up mobile stores in remote areas such as Chitral, Musa Khel, Sorab, Awaran, Kachi, Bolan, Mastung, Achakzai, Toba, Kakri, Qamadin, Karez.

MD Utility Stores informed the Committee that setting up mobile stores at this point would cause a further crunch on the budget, which is barely enough to pay salaries. He said that in a few months the organization would be in a position to begin this endeavour.

The Committee encouraged the organization to set-up more stores in less developed areas, especially in District Musa Khel and Sherani. MD USC Omar Lodhi assured the Committee that USC seeks expansion and will open up a new store in Musa Khel within four months. The Committee was informed that the criteria followed for expansion was population and distance.

The Committee recommended that to ensure that the USC fulfils its purpose it is crucial, that systems are in place. It was recommended that the FBR and PPRA be summoned in the next meeting, so that more details of that USC tax may be procured. It also suggested that Utility stores be increased in less developed areas, especially in remote areas of Punjab. The Committee directed USC that contract employees be regularized and the recruitment process that is pending for the last 5 – 6 years be completed. It also stressed the need for a computerized system to be developed throughout the country, so that USC records for inventory, stocks, sales, purchase of products be maintained to ensure checks and balances and eradicate corruption.

Chaired by Senator Usman Khan Kakar, the meeting was attended by Senator Kulsoom Parveen, Senator Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen, Senator Gianchand and senior officers from the Ministry for Industries and Productions, Utility Stores Corporation along with all concerned.

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Eradication of corruption is the topmost priority of NAB and to return the looted money. All resources are being utilized to recover the money looted in Mudarba/Musharka Scandals: Chairman NAB

Islamabad, June 27, 2019 (PPI-OT): Honourable Justice Javed Iqbal Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has said that eradication of corruption is the topmost priority of NAB and to return the looted money. All resources are being utilized to recover the money looted in Mudarba/Musharka Scandals. NAB has recovered Rs 326 billion and deposited in the national exchequer.

He said that that NAB is taking concerted efforts to arrange the return of life earned money looted in Mudarba and Musharka scandals. As many as 43 accused of the scandals have been arrested. While other such cases were at different stages of hearing in various accountability courts.

He said NAB was verifying corruption complaints of people as per law and in light of evidence. After assuming the charge as chairman NAB, chairman had announced personally listening public complaints on each last Thursday of every month.

Chairman listens public complaints on each last Thursday by listening public’s complaints personally and issue instant orders to resolve their issues. Chairman directed regional heads of NAB to listen public’s complaints personally at their respective offices. Chairman listened public complaints patiently in ‘Khuli Ketchery’ and issued orders on Thursday, the last Thursday of June.

The people lauded chairman’s resolve to eradicate the menace of corruption from the country. According to Gallup and Gillani survey 59 percent have lauded the efforts of NAB for eradication of corruption. NAB has already transformed into a vibrant institution in last 18 months due to serious efforts of corruption eradication. Reputed national and International organizations have already acknowledged NAB’s efforts in eradication of corruption from Pakistan in their reports.

Chairman NAB has directed all DGs of NAB to computerize people’s complaints, inform them about their complainant timely about the status of their respective complaints and also convey resolution of the problem also. He directed all officers of NAB to conduct all complaint verification, inquiries and investigation as per law, besides ensuring to uphold self-respect of all complainants. He warned stern action in case of laxity.

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Attaturk Avenue G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Fax: +92-51-9214503
Email: chairman@nab.gov.pk, infonab@nab.gov.pk
Website: www.nab.gov.pk