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Could 9 case: ATC extends Yasmin Rashid’s judicial remand until Nov 27



LAHORE: Anti-Terrorism Court docket (ATC) Lahore on Tuesday prolonged PTI chief Dr Yasmin Rashid’s judicial remand until November 27 in a case pertaining to provocative speeches towards state establishments and rioting within the wake of get together chairman Imran Khan’s arrest on Could 9.

Imran’s arrest on Could 9 within the Al-Qadir Belief case had resulted in widespread violence and noticed vital navy installations come below assault, on the idea of which the state had launched a extreme crackdown towards his get together.

Whereas Imran Khan was launched just a few days later (he has since been rearrested within the Toshakhana after which the cypher case), scores of PTI employees and nearly the whole top-tier management have been rounded up, with many nonetheless going through courtroom proceedings below critical expenses.

Throughout right now’s listening to presided over by Decide Arshad Javed, Rashid contended that she and different PTI leaders needed to contest the upcoming elections, that are scheduled for February 8.

“We’ve got to contest the elections,” she stated. “Ijaz Chaudhry, Mian Mehmoodur Rasheed, Omar Sarfaraz Cheema in addition to others should contest the polls,” she stated.

The courtroom then requested if it was essential to be out of jail to contest the elections. To this, Rashid stated it was not vital however “election campaigning must be carried out”.

Decide Javed knowledgeable Rashid {that a} challan for one of many instances towards her was submitted to the courtroom. “I don’t know what number of instances are registered towards you,” he stated, including that the courtroom had summoned challans of others nominated within the case at hand.

“Fifteen girls, together with me, have been in jail for the previous six months,” Rashid stated. To this, the decide stated the courtroom would shortlist the witnesses.

“They’ve come to arrest me in 13 completely different instances registered in Mianwali, Kasur, Faisalabad, and different districts,” the PTI chief informed the courtroom.

The decide remarked that this was the “work of the administration” and the courtroom’s job was to operate in line with the regulation.

In the meantime, the prosecution staff submitted a 280-page challan within the case. It included the names of Rana Tanveer, Riaz Hussain, Zayas Khan and 4 others. The challan additionally included the names of 45 witnesses.

The courtroom summoned Rashid and different PTI leaders nominated within the case on Nov 24.

After the listening to concluded, Rashid spoke to the media and stated she needed to contest polls towards PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif and his brother, former prime minister Shehbaz Sharif.

“Take us out if you wish to contest the elections,” she stated, including that contesting elections was her constitutional proper. She additionally decried the truth that the challans towards her had not been accomplished previously six months.

“Moms have been with out their kids for the previous six months,” she stated as she highlighted the plight of jailed PTI girls employees.


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Commerce physique declares closure of retailers unsuitable option to management smog, air pollution



ISLAMABAD: The official commerce physique of the retail sector within the nation has opposed the closure of markets and retailers in view of controlling the rising smog, as the federal government is attempting to manage mitigate air air pollution by decreasing industrial exercise.

Addressing a ceremony on Thursday Chairman CAP Tariq Mehboob noticed that heavy transport, burning of waste and crop residue and non-compliant factories contribute to smog probably the most, not the retail sector.

“No different nation or area is shutting down markets to manage air air pollution. As is the case in China and our neighboring nations, the main focus should be on controlling motion of huge automobiles which use low high quality gas and emit black smoke; cracking down on burning of waste and stopping factories which might be polluting by burning wooden, tyres, and many others. because of the absence of pure fuel,” he identified.

Talking to media, Tariq Mehboob stated, “For the reason that previous one 12 months, the retail timings are already restricted to 10 PM as per the orders of the Court docket. For the previous few weeks, extra restrictions have been utilized together with late opening and full day closures that are leading to big losses to retail companies and allied sectors, employment and tax technology.”

For the reason that Covid-19 pandemic, shutting down retail has turn into the norm each time any disaster emerges and it solely has a superficial influence on the issue. Retailers have skilled over 30 extended bouts of restrictions on working timings and days over the previous 4 years, with compliant retailers being the worst affected each time.

Much less distinguished markets seldom observe any restrictions imposed by authorities resulting from restricted enforcement capability, as per CAP.

“Not too long ago, ad-hoc modifications to notifications have resulted in confusion and abrupt disruptions for our companies and workers. Furthermore, eating places and different service sectors have been allowed to stay open whereas retailers should shut, so motion of small automobiles nonetheless continues throughout closed interval.

We can’t help the closure of any industrial exercise as a result of it doesn’t addressing the basis causes of smog. Shutting down just one sector repeatedly won’t create the specified leads to smog discount or electrical energy saving,” acknowledged Asad Shafi, Vice Chairman CAP.

On this challenge, Tariq Mehboob defined that, “implementation of full retail shutdown in 6 main divisions of Punjab on final Sunday has resulted in a rare lack of Rs. 10 billion for retail companies, the home provide chain and tax revenues.

That is along with losses already incurred over the previous few weeks throughout associated restrictions. November and December is the height season for retail and companies have allotted their funding a number of months prematurely. Whereas nearly all the pieces else stays open, the organized retail sector has repeatedly turn into the sufferer to abrupt selections and knee-jerk reactions from the authorities. Our business is structured to run 7 days per week and after we are restricted in timings or off-days, we take successful as most of our prices proceed for the closed interval. Furthermore, our suppliers and distributors additionally endure as a result of demand of their services and products are affected, resulting in a domino impact. Such counter-productive selections are creating an pointless drag on revitalizing the financial system and boosting employment.”

The federal government ought to take us into confidence at each stage and applied balanced options that don’t damage the financial system. Whereas we wholeheartedly abide by the choice of the Punjab Authorities, we want to suggest an alternate method which will successfully contribute to smog discount with out adversely affecting home commerce.”

“For instance, the federal government is closing retail on weekends that are the best sale days and hypothetically solely decreasing smog for 10-12 hours of retail timing for 2 days.

If retail closure is seen as a vital measure, our suggestion is to contemplate adjusting the day by day retail working hours to start at 1 or 2 pm, permitting for a day by day saving of 4-5 hours within the morning which might be extra sustainable. This modification goals to strike a steadiness between mitigating smog influence and persevering with financial actions, and, consequently, employment and taxation revenues.

Moreover, manufacturers have thousands and thousands of followers on their social media and authorities can collaborate with them to coach and talk to common public for such initiatives on how you can scale back air air pollution and keep away from its dangerous results.

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KP witnessed 563 terror incidents in 2023, reveals report



PESHAWAR: The Anti-Terrorism Division (CTD) on Thursday launched a report on the fear incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2023.

In line with the CTD report, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed as many as 563 terror incidents this yr. Out of 563 incidents, police had been focused 243 occasions.

In line with the report, the very best 132 incidents of terrorism had been reported in Dera Ismail Khan, 103 incidents in Khyber and 89 terror incidents had been reported in Peshawar?

The report additional revealed that 86 occasions terrorists attacked North Waziristan and 50 occasions South Waziristan? The report additional stated that as many as 837 terrorists had been taken into custody.

The best variety of arrested outlaws was from Peshawar 245.

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Sindh broadcasts winter holidays for colleges



KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Thursday introduced winter holidays for personal and authorities colleges and different instructional establishments, throughout the province.

In line with a notification issued by the Sindh Schooling and Literacy Division, the winter holidays will begin from December 22 to December 31.

All private and non-private training establishments within the province will stay closed as a result of winter holidays from December 22 to December 31.

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