Indian top court favours BJP by rejecting petition challenging IIOJK delimitation 

New Delhi, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):In utter disappointment to the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Indian Supreme Court today dismissed a challenge to the Modi government-appointed Delimitation Commission that has redrawn the constituencies in the occupied territory in a way that favours the BJP. The top Indian court dismissed petitions that challenged the delimitation commission set up for redrawing the assembly and parliamentary constituencies in IIOJK after it was downgraded into two Union Territories in 2019, when its special status under Article 370 was illegally scrapped.

A bench of Justices S K Kaul and A S Oka delivered the verdict on a plea filed by two Kashmir residents. The bench observed that issue of validity of the exercise of power relating to Article 370 is subject matter of petitions pending before the apex court. The petitioners, Haji Abdul Gani Khan and Muhammad Ayub Matto from Srinagar, said the commission was constitutionally not valid as there is a bar on redrawing or delimitation anywhere in India before 2026. They argued that the constituencies were fixed on the basis of the 1971 Census and that should remain unchanged until the first census after 2026. The plea had sought declaration that the increase in the number of seats from 107 to 114 in IIOJK is ultra vires constitutional provisions and statutory provisions

The panel completed delimitation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir in May last year and revised 90 assembly and five parliamentary constituencies in such a way that positions BJP in an advantage whenever the so-called polls are held in the occupied territory. Prior to this, the Delimitation Commission increased the number of seats in IIOJK from 83 to 90, giving 6 seats to Hindu-dominated Jammu region while only one to Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley despite the fact that the population of Jammu is less than that of the Kashmir division.

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PM directs for strict action against hoarders to ensure supply of essential commodities

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed the authorities concerned to ensure uninterrupted availability of edible items to the people across the country.

He was chairing a meeting in Islamabad on Monday regarding the availability of essential items and ensuring stability in their prices.

The Prime Minister directed to take firm action against the hoarders so that the supply chain of essential items could be maintained. For this purpose he stressed for greater coordination amongst the federation and provinces.

The Prime Minister stressed that it is the primary responsibility of the federal and provincial governments to ensure provision of essential items to the people without any interruption and at low cost.

He said barriers in the way of import of basic commodities should be removed on priority basis.

He directed to set up special committees to improve supply chain and stabilize the prices of essential items.

The Prime Minister said there is no shortage of essential commodities in the country including that of wheat.

Shehbaz Sharif directed the provinces and administrative units to present a concrete strategy in the next review meeting regarding ‘Sasta Ramadan Bazaars’ and the supply of essential commodities at cheap prices during the holy month of Ramadan.

He said technology should be employed to ensure stability of prices in Ramadan bazaars. Adequate security measures should also be put in place in these bazaars. He said the number of Sasta bazaars should be increased in the most populated cities.

The meeting was informed that there is no shortage of food items in the country and adequate steps are being taken to deliver wheat, pulses, edible oil and other commodities to the people.

The meeting was informed that the federal government is providing wheat to the provinces as per their requirement. It was assured that stern action will be taken against those who will create artificial shortage of commodities.

The meeting was further informed that mobile phone applications are being used in some provinces for provision of basic food items to the people at cheap rates.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Parliament’s joint session holds debate on key issues

The Joint Sitting of the Parliament undertook a discussion on various issues including law and order and terrorism, economic policy, Jammu and Kashmir Issue, respect for national institutions, China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor, population explosion, Climate Change impact and foreign policy of the country.

The discussion is aimed at creating awareness and building consensus on these issues.

Taking part in the debate, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said incidents of terrorism are rampant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and authorities concerned should take notice of this to protect life and liberty of the people of the province. He, however, said the provincial police have rendered unmatched sacrifice in the fight against terrorism; despite lack of resources, equipment and training. He said Islamic scholars, political forces and the general public of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have strongly rejected terrorists and their ideology.

Mushtaq Ahmed Khan also urged the speaker to issue the production order of detained MNA Ali Wazir.

Shazia Marri said economic development is interlinked with peace and stability in the country for which we need to fully eliminate terrorism. She said an in-camera session, seeking feedback of security agencies on countering terrorism can be convened to evolve a comprehensive policy to curb militancy from the country.

Irfan Siddiqui said Islam preaches peace and terrorists have nothing to do with the religion and morality. He suggested constituting a committee of both the Houses to evolve a strategy to deal with the menace of terrorism.

Senator Haji Hidayatullah Khan criticized the previous government of PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for allowing resettlement of terrorist elements in the province. He said around four hundred billion rupees were provided to the provincial government of PTI but it wasted funds anywhere else instead of upgrading the police force to curb the militancy.

Mutfi Abdul Shakoor said Imran Khan and his cronies have committed economic terrorism in the country by damaging international relations of Pakistan with friendly countries. He said Imran Khan had claimed that United States was behind his ouster from power but now he is exonerating Washington of any such conspiracy. He said Imran Khan should be held responsible for economic terrorism in the country.

Those who also spoke on the occasion include, Mohammad Aslam Bhootani and Kishwar Zehra.

The Joint Sitting of the Parliament will meet again tomorrow [Tuesday] at four p.m.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan, US renew resolve to enhance bilateral maritime, defense cooperation

Pakistan and the United States have renewed the resolve to enhance their bilateral maritime and defence cooperation.

The resolve was expressed during meeting of Ambassador of the United States to Pakistan Donald Blome with Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Amjad Khan Niazi in Karachi today during the ongoing multinational exercise AMAN-23.

During the meeting matters of mutual interest, regional maritime security and bilateral collaboration were discussed.

Source: Radio Pakistan