LAHORE: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Pakistan has been actively supporting the Afghan peace process as it believes that peace in the war-torn country would be beneficial for the whole region. He further said that Wells also highlighted India’s role in the Afghan peace process, saying that it is playing an important role in this regard. Responding to the American diplomat’s statements, the foreign minister said that Pakistan has always promoted peace and United States President Donald Trump had also acknowledged its efforts for peace in Afghanistan. He said that Pakistan is not responsible for the delay in the Afghan peace process. “Their internal politics created hurdles but not that political rivals have reached an agreement, we are hopeful that the peace process would be carried forward,” he said, adding that peace in the war-torn country would be beneficial for the entire region.
May 20, 2020 18:00 UTC
Speaking on the occasion, Ghani said that when all the markets and shopping malls had been opened, then it was not right to ban Eid prayers and prayers in mosques. He said that grounds and parks for Eid prayers would be identified and if the number of worshipers increased, Eid prayers would be offered more than once in the same place. “If there is a large volume of people, the same venue will hold Eid prayers repeatedly until everyone has offered prayers,” he added, stressing that the crowd would be monitored by concerned authorities to make sure public follows the SOPs. Speaking of the federal government’s Tiger Force, Nasir Shah said that he does not see the force doing any beneficial work. In response to a question, Shah denied Sindh wanting to remove or suspend Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar.
May 20, 2020 18:00 UTC
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday revealed that 1,017 new cases of coronavirus had been detected across Sindh by conducting 6,164 tests. In a statement issued from the CM House, Shah said that during the last 24 hours, 6,164 samples were tested against which 1,017 or 16.5 per cent new cases were detected. So far, 137,540 tests have been conducted against which 18,964 or 12.8 per cent cases had been diagnosed as positive,” he said. The number of patients who had defeated the virus and returned to their homes had reached 5,645 or 30 per cent of the total patients. Shah said that out of 1,017 patients, 813 belonged to Karachi.
May 20, 2020 17:48 UTC
ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: After a two-month suspension, the Pakistan Railways on Wednesday resumed operations across the country, with warning from the minister concerned that anyone not observing the standard operating procedures will be held accountable. Talking to the media, Rasheed said that the train operation was resumed partially to facilitate the people on the occasion of Eidul Fitr. He thanked the governments of the four provinces particularly Sindh for extending cooperation to restore the train operation. He further said that the Pakistan Railways had already reduced the train occupancy more than Britain and India. The countrywide passenger train service was suspended on March 25 due to the spread of coronavirus.
May 20, 2020 11:55 UTC
THATHA: A major power breakdown at Dhabeji Pumping Station, which provides water to Karachi, took place on Wednesday. After the electricity breakdown, water supply to many areas in Karachi was suspended. As per the details, a pipeline having a five-inch diameter which supplies water to Karachi also burst after the breakdown due to which 28 million gallon water supply to Karachi has been suspended. The bursting of the pipeline has suspended water supplies to Shah Latif Town, Korangi, Landhi, Gulshan-e-Iqbal including many areas of Karachi while repair work has not been started yet. On the other hand, the K-electric spokesman said that the power supply to Dhabeji has been restored on an emergency basis.
May 20, 2020 06:11 UTC
ISLAMABAD: The leaders of Women’s Democratic Front (WDF) strongly condemning the killing of two young women in the name of “honour” in Waziristan have demanded justice for them. Women’s bodies are not repositories of family honour. Patriarchal violence against women has been on the rise globally during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Pakistan has seen a surge in these cases. “The laws in place take a protectionist approach rather than a criminalization approach towards patriarchal violence. “We believe no political struggle is complete without centring the issue of patriarchal violence in its agenda.”
May 17, 2020 18:11 UTC
PESHAWAR: The Pakistan Flour Mills Association (PFMA) Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chapter on Sunday announced to close all flour mills in the province indefinitely from Monday (tomorrow) in protest against lack of proper wheat supply to mills for the last several months. According to PFMA, the provincial government had earlier supplied 5,000 tonnes to mills, while 5,000 tonnes wheat was provided by the Punjab government that was enough to fulfil the market demand. “KP is now facing 9,000 tonnes of wheat shortage daily,” he said, adding the province is dependent on Punjab for its wheat requirements as despite harvest season the province hasn’t enough wheat production to fulfil that demand. Khan further said Punjab has imposed unconstitutional ban on supply of wheat to KP due to which supply of wheat to 180 flour mills in province has been cut off. “It is the government’s job to negotiate the issue with federal and Punjab governments, but due to the KP government’s lack of seriousness, today flour mills across the province have to shut operation due to lack of wheat supply,” Khan deplored.
May 17, 2020 17:26 UTC
Meanwhile, All Pakistan Public Transport Association also held a press conference, wherein Chairman Asmat Nizai said that it was impossible to implement the SOPs laid down by the government. “If public transport is not restored, how will be able to go to our homes for Eid?” Aftab Khan, a native of Mansehra who works in Lahore, asked. “Our mobility is already hampered and public transport is much-needed these days,” he added. Furthermore, the government has emphasised contact tracing and tracking of passengers using online ticketing technology. Online ticketing minimises cash handling and physical interactions at terminals, thereby reducing passengers’ risk of exposure to the virus.
May 17, 2020 16:32 UTC
KARACHI: The Karachi transporters’ association on Sunday announced to operate their vehicles in the city from Monday. “We stopped our operations at the request of the Sindh transport minister. Despite several assertions, the Sindh govt did not allow us to resume public transport because of which we are suffering huge losses,” the KTA president said. The transporters’ said that they will resume public transport as many people wanted to return back to their families before Eid. They maintained that several provinces had allowed restoring public transport, but Sindh had not budged in favour of public transporters.
May 17, 2020 16:30 UTC
Criticising Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah for running a daily bulletin for citizens, he said that that is all the Sindh CM does and added that the PM gave Rs44billion to the people for protection against coronavirus. He alleged that Rs15,000 billion would be recovered from the Sindh chief minister’s ‘key’ and that he would step down as the provincial chief minister. He also expressed his deep concern for the ban on public transport saying that extortion collection is on the rise to the ban. He said cars are allowed to run but public transport is banned and demanded to open public transport under SOPs. The PTI minister expressed his fear of sectarian riots hitting Sindh if the current policies are continued.
May 17, 2020 16:18 UTC
KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) have repatriated 43,900 people thus far through 117 special flights, said the spokesperson of national flag carrier on Sunday. PIA brought back more than 11,000 stranded Pakistanis through 69 special flights between April 1 to May 12, while 32,600 passengers were repatriated through 108 outbound flights. In a statement, the spokesperson said that the nationals returned home through PIA special flights operated in Saudi Arabia, Canada, Turkey, Japan, Australia, United States, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. On Friday, Minister for Aviation Division Ghulam Sarwar Khan had informed the National Assembly (NA) that 7,000 stranded Pakistanis would be brought back home before Eidul Fitr from various parts of the world on special flights. He had further said that due to coronavirus pandemic, PIA was suffering a loss of Rs5 billion per month.
May 17, 2020 15:00 UTC
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has said the final decision regarding resuming the operation of Pakistan Railways will be taken on Tuesday. The minister added if permission to resume operations was not given, he would have to tell the railway authorities to refund Rs24 million to the people within 15 days. I appeal to the Prime Minister to resume train operations. “If you give me permission [to resume train operations] today or tomorrow, I can work on SOPs. The federal minister added if train operations do not resume in the next two days, railways authorities will have to apologise to the people.
May 17, 2020 09:45 UTC
Police claim bikers interfered in official workRAWALPINDI: Three traffic wardens ended up getting suspended for allegedly whipping three young motorcyclists with belts on Saturday, allegedly for riding their motorbikes in precarious manner. Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) took strict notice of the abuse of power committed by the traffic policemen and suspended them to ensure a fair investigation of the matter. All three motorcyclists were lashed with a belt by the wardens for flouting the ban on pillion riding owing to which they got seriously wounded. However, the New Town police gave a clean chit to the traffic personnel in the entire matter. This is the second case recently in the district where motorists have been beaten by the traffic personnel.
Source:The Express Tribune
May 17, 2020 06:11 UTC
The ongoing pandemic caused an unprecedented crisis within all affected countries. Like Pakistan educational institutions remain to be closed and students and teachers are at crossroads over online education. This period of remote learning, In most of the areas in Pakistan online education is not proceeded at all. Pakistan is already suffering from a severe learning crisis which is grave. Therefore the authorities should work up to encourage proper online learning education in neglected areas where education is not focused during these difficult times.
May 16, 2020 20:37 UTC
This was what had to be done with the Seventh NFC, when then PM’s Finance Adviser Shaukat Tarin had to be found a seat in the Senate and made Finance Minister. Ironically, he had been preceded by none other than Dr Sheikh, who had been found a Senate seat and made Finance Minister in the Gilani government. The Sindh government is likely to be joined by other provincial governments in making objections. Other provinces may have other objections to make. Initial soundings would have avoided some of the objections being made.
May 16, 2020 20:26 UTC