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Gill remanded in custody after arrest in sedition case

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— Sana accuses Gill of treason

ISLAMABAD: Shehbaz Gill, the chief of employees to former prime minister Imran Khan, was remanded in custody after showing at a court docket in Islamabad on Wednesday, a day after being arrested for purportedly trying to incite troopers to revolt towards the highest navy management.

Responsibility Justice of the Peace Umar Bashir directed Kohsar police to provide Gill once more on Friday, whereas the investigating officer was advised to get him medically examined.

Gill’s arrest was shortly condemned by Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) leaders, together with Khan, who took to Twitter to denounce it.

“That is an abduction, not an arrest. Can such shameful acts happen in any democracy? Political staff (are) handled as enemies. And all to make us settle for (a) foreign-backed authorities of crooks,” he tweeted.

The costs towards Gill carry as much as a dying sentence if he’s discovered responsible.

His arrest got here a day after he appeared on the ARY Information channel and spoke at size concerning the present political scenario. In it, he urged troops as much as the brigadier stage to not settle for any unlawful order from the highest navy management.

It was unclear what prompted him to make such a remark, which surprised the federal government of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, who changed Khan in April. Khan’s authorities was ousted via a no-confidence vote.

Gill in his remarks Monday implied that troopers as much as brigadier-level officers are Khan supporters and just some generals oppose Khan and his occasion. His remark got here as PTI and the ruling Pakistan Democratic Motion (PDM) coalition commerce blame for an alleged on-line smear effort towards navy leaders.

The net marketing campaign was triggered by a helicopter crashing throughout flood reduction operations final week.

Seperately, Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) suspended ARY Information operations for broadcasting Gill’s remarks.

The media regulatory authority in a discover to ARY Information sought a proof from it for broadcasting “hateful, seditious and malicious content material.” ARY Information is broadly identified to be a supporter of Khan and a critic of the navy, in addition to Prime Minister Sharif’s authorities, since Khan’s authorities was ousted.

On Tuesday, Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan mentioned Gill was arrested on treason prices as a result of he tried to incite individuals and troops towards state establishments, a reference to the armed forces.

Sanaullah accused Khan of making an attempt to create a division throughout the navy since his ouster as premier.

Khan in latest speeches at rallies has repeatedly blamed the military for allegedly collaborating in an alleged US plot aimed toward ousting him. Washington and the military have denied the cost.

— With AP



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CPEC to assist revive Pakistan’s tourism regardless of challenges of flood: official

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ISLAMABAD: The China-Pakistan Financial Hall (CPEC) will assist revive the tourism sector of Pakistan, which has confronted a severe setback attributable to current floods, Managing Director of Pakistan Tourism Division Company (PTDC) Aftab ur-Rehman Rana mentioned.

CPEC has unfold an enormous community of roads from the south, east and north of Pakistan, making the vacationer resorts in north Pakistan accessible to vacationers, and it’ll play a significant function within the revival of the tourism sector when the state of affairs turns into regular after floods, Rana advised Xinhua.

Speaking concerning the potential of the tourism trade after the normalcy within the nation, following the floods, he mentioned that it’s going to not solely create financial exercise within the native areas however will even have a constructive affect on the nationwide financial system.

At present, 300,000 folks within the nation are related to the tourism trade, and with an uptick within the variety of vacationers within the nation attributable to higher roads and connectivity, the quantity is prone to enhance to 500,000 within the coming years, he added.

Speaking concerning the devastating floods which killed over 1,600 folks and affected over 33 million others, the official mentioned that the flashflood had hit the tourism trade onerous as tens of inns and eating places in vacationer resorts of northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province have been swept away by flood waters, and lots of others have been severely broken.

“Flood occurred over the last days of the height season of tourism within the northern areas of Pakistan when normally a whole bunch of vacationers throng to the northern areas. This yr, dozens of vacationers have been trapped attributable to floods, and the tourism actions have been abruptly suspended,” he added.

Rana mentioned that groups have been fashioned to evaluate the losses incurred to the tourism trade attributable to floods, and in keeping with tough estimates it should take not less than two to 3 years to rebuild infrastructure for vacationers within the northern areas.

Pakistan generates good income from overseas vacationers visiting the nation for journey tourism. Nonetheless, this yr’s floods additionally discouraged overseas vacationers, he mentioned.

The PTDC official advised Xinhua that international warming can be feared to pose an ideal risk to his nation’s journey tourism trade because the glaciers are melting at a fast tempo, and total temperatures within the nation are rising.

He mentioned that the division is attempting to create consciousness towards local weather change results and facilitate non-public tour operators to spice up tourism and promote the nation’s picture within the worldwide area.

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

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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.

DAR TAKES OATH AS FINANCE MINISTER

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.

STABILIZING RUPEE, REDUCING INFLATION AND INTEREST RATES ARE PRIORITIES

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

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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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