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Farmers endure Rs50b losses on account of flash floods: SAB



HYDERABAD: The farmers of Sindh claimed to have suffered losses to the tune of round Rs50 billion on account of flash floods entailed by heavy monsoon rains throughout the province.

The Sindh Abadgar Board (SAB), which lobbies for rights of the farmers, claimed right here on Sunday that the crops of dates, cotton, onion, chillies, cauliflower and different greens had been destroyed.

A gathering of the board, chaired by Vice President Mehmood Nawaz Shah, identified that the farmers have been supposed to reap 220,000 tons of dates however the torrential showers destroyed round 150,000 tons.

Shah stated the dates have been both prepared for harvest or have been being dried up when rains started to lash the province. Based on him, the cotton farmers suffered immensely on account of water scarcity from March to June and the heavy rains beginning early July destroyed the crops within the cotton belts in Sanghar, Mirpurkhas and different districts.

Along with that greater than 70 p.c of onion had additionally been ravaged in areas of Tando Allahyar, Matiari, Mirpurkhas and different districts, he claimed. “The losses will additional improve if the incessant rains proceed,” he warned. He stated the devastation of the crops had occurred at a time when the nation was already coping with excessive inflation and the farmers have been affected by the identical within the type of doubling of the price of inputs.

Shah claimed that urea, which was the very best consumed fertilizer, was nonetheless not out there on the firm declared charges. “The agricultural financial system is beneath stress,” he noticed, including that the scenario would additionally go away a unfavourable impression on the financial system of Pakistan in coming months.

“It’s subsequently essential that quick and medium-term measures are taken to rehabilitate the agricultural financial system,” he asserted. The SAB really useful that as a part of the quick time period measures the federal government ought to present curiosity free loans to farmers of the rain affected areas along with waiving taxes and agricultural loans as nicely.

The board identified that Kissan Card was being labored out for two years however its distribution among the many farmers had not but began.

The SAB demanded card’s distribution ought to be began forthwith. The growers additionally known as for making catastrophe administration our bodies extra proactive. As a part of the medium time period measures, the federal government was requested to revive capability of the previous and pure drains like Dhoro Puran, Dhoro Naro and others in order that the rainwater might be well timed drained.

The SAB underlined the necessity of creating Left Financial institution Outfall Drain (LBOD) and Proper Financial institution Outfall Drain (RBOD) practical. The board urged {that a} crop insurance coverage scheme ought to be launched to not less than to facilitate small and medium sized growers.

The farmers stated the institution of a local weather emergency fund was additionally the necessity of the day in view of the recurrence of utmost occasions.

Syed Nadeem Shah, Aslam Mari, Imran Bozdar, Arbab Ahsan, Mustafa Nawaz Shah, Taha Abbassi, Mehtab Lund and different workplace bearers and members of the SAB attended the assembly.


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Huge reshuffle of financial staff on playing cards as Dar spells priorities



ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Finance and Income Ishaq Dar on Wednesday determined to usher in his financial staff and “blue eyed” officers to the Finance ministry, Federal Board of Income and different connect departments of the ministry as he spelled priorities after assuming cost as Finance Minister.

Sources aware about the event stated that main adjustments can be made in essential positions within the FBR and the finance ministry, whereas particular assistant to the finance minister will even be reshuffled.

Sources stated that Ishaq Dar will deliver his “blue eyed” officers to the Finance ministry, Federal Board of Income and different connect departments of the ministry. Chairman FBR Asim Ahmad is more likely to be eliminated and there are possibilities that former Chairman FBR Tariq Pasha will get this slot.

Sources additionally stated that Ishaq Dar doesn’t need any shut aide of the PM as finance minister so he won’t solely change the State minister for Finance Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha and Secretary Finance Hamid Yaqoob Sheikh.

The Incumbent State minister Dr Aisha Ghaus Pasha is more likely to get Financial Affairs cost. Equally, Particular Secretary Finance Awais Sumra is more likely to assume the Secretary Finance slot.

He had served with Ishaq Dar as a workers officer again in 2014 and lately, he was the important thing participant in negotiations with the IMF as properly. As well as, Ishaq Dar will usher in a brand new staff to the Securities Trade Fee of Pakistan.

The finance ministry has shortlisted eight to 10 individuals for 3 positions of SECP’ commissioners. Sources stated that former Chairman SECP Zafar Hejazi shut aides will get essential positions in SECP in Dar’ tenure.

Sources stated that the Finance minister will even appoint a brand new President Nationwide Financial institution of Pakistan as there is no such thing as a Everlasting President NBP.

The finance ministry final month gave extension to appearing president NBP Hasni until the appointment of a daily incumbent. Sources additionally declare that the Finance minister will even take away one to 2 deputy Governor SBP.


Earlier immediately, Ishaq Dar took oath as Finance Minister amid financial disaster within the nation.

In response to element, Dar returned to nation almost after 5 years on Monday and later took oath as member of the higher home of the parliament on Tuesday.

Dar, identified for his choice for a stronger forex, had led the finance ministry thrice up to now. Throughout his final stint as finance chief from 2013 to 2017, he managed to maintain the rupee steady. It was essentially the most steady forex in Asia from 2014 to 2017, in line with knowledge compiled by Bloomberg.


Speaking to the media individuals in Islamabad on Wednesday, Ishaq Dar stated stabilizing native forex and lowering inflation and rates of interest are priorities of the federal government. He stated we don’t imagine in mere verbal claims somewhat historical past is testimony of our financial efficiency.

Ishaq Dar expressed satisfaction over the appreciation of rupee during the last two days saying this has diminished our loans.

The Federal Minister stated the nation is presently confronted with worst financial disaster due to mismanagement of earlier authorities of PTI. He stated it was due to the efforts of former Finance Minister Miftah Ismail that the nation averted default. He nonetheless stated that the mess left behind the PTI authorities couldn’t be cleared in six months.

Ishaq Dar regretted that the PTI authorities throughout its final days in workplace violated the worldwide agreements to take political mileage. As regards the case in opposition to him, Ishaq Dar stated it’s a pretend. He stated he has been a constant taxpayer during the last 34 years and that he by no means delayed his tax returns. He stated the earlier authorities additionally cancelled his passport and it was the present coalition authorities which issued him a passport.



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India had fired BrahMos into Pakistan underneath ulterior motives: Jaspal



ISLAMABAD: Zafar Jaspal, an Islamabad-based analyst and professor on the College of Politics and Worldwide Relations, Quaid-i-Azam College, stated that Indian supersonic cruise missile Brahmos was fired from India into Pakistan in March 2022 deliberately.

In accordance with Kashmir Media Service, talking in PTV World’s prgramme VIEWS ON NEWS, Zafar Jaspal stated, “Our technical specialists who take care of the missiles have a consensus that it [Indian BrahMos landing in Pakistan] was not a mere misjudgment, including that had it been a misfire, the Indian Military’s Director Common of Army Operations (DGMO) would have instantly contacted his Pakistani counterpart and knowledgeable him in regards to the incident.

He stated that the delay on a part of India in taking Pakistan into confidence over the hearth strengthened the assumption that the missile was fired with different [ulterior] motives. It’s price mentioning right here {that a} Brahmos cruise missile was fired by the Indian Military from someplace in western India and it landed at Mian Channun in Pakistan. The missile was not armed, in that it didn’t carry a warhead, so there was no explosion and there was no injury to life or property.

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CM GB challenges appointment of decide, extension of judges’ tenure in SC



ISLAMABAD: As earlier introduced by the federal government of Gilgit Baltistan, the Chief Minister GB Khalid Khurshid Khan on Wednesday has approached the Supreme Courtroom to hunt a path that Governor GB Syed Mehdi Shah has no authority to advise Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif to nominate Javed Ahmed as decide Chief Courtroom GB.

The petition has additionally pleaded earlier than the apex courtroom to declare the appointment of Javed Ahmed via Sept 16 notification was with out lawful authority and of no authorized impact and due to this fact the apex courtroom ought to quash such appointment.

The petition pleaded that the apex courtroom must also prohibit the federal authorities and Governor GB from making new appointments of chief decide or judges of the Supreme Appellate Courtroom in addition to Chief Courtroom of Gilgit-Baltistan with out prior recommendation of the CM or the cupboard GB.

The petition argued that on Sept 13, 2022 the governor despatched a abstract to the PM for the appointment of a decide of the Chief Courtroom and really helpful three names. This abstract was neither initiated in accordance with the related process nor was it in consequence of recommendation by CM or the cupboard.

On Sept 16, the notification being challenged was issued and Javed Ahmed was appointed as decide chief courtroom for an preliminary interval of 1 yr. He took oath on Sept 21, 2022.

The petition pleaded that the individuals of GB have the correct to “self-government” beneath Article 257 of the structure and that the federal government and the cupboard of GB comprise representatives elected by the individuals of the realm.

With out being first suggested by CM or the cupboard, beneath Article 34 of the Order 2018, the governor has no authority to advise PM to nominate Javed Ahmed as decide chief courtroom GB and due to this fact the appointment suffers from malice and legislation. Due to this fact Javed Ahmed didn’t maintain the workplace, to which he had been illegally and maliciously appointed.

The petitioner has additionally pleaded that the apex courtroom must also declare that PM and the federal authorities has no lawful authority to merely lengthen the appointment of Justice Malik Inayat-ur-Rehman, Justice Johar Ali Khan and Justice Raja Shakeel Ahmed for a time period of 1 yr somewhat responsibility certain to substantiate such appointments.

Moreover, the petition pleaded, the federal authorities ought to challenge a recent notification for affirmation of Justice Malik Inayat-ur-Rehman, Justice Johar Ali Khan and Justice Raja Shakeel Ahmed as judges of the chief courtroom, with impact from Sept 16.
Earlier on Sept 15, 2021 three judges have been appointed for an preliminary interval of 1 yr to the chief courtroom GB by PM on recommendation of the governor which was in flip primarily based on the recommendation of the CM.

On July 14, 2022 a abstract was moved by the Regulation and Prosecution Division, authorities of GB for affirmation of appointment of three judges. The abstract was authorized by the CM on July 20, 2022 and the governor accordingly suggested the PM on Aug 4.
However the PM didn’t observe the recommendation of the governor and as a substitute of confirming the appointment of the three judges, prolonged the time period of three judges for an additional time period of 1 yr.

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