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Govt plans to change 1.2 million tube-wells to photo voltaic vitality



ISLAMABAD: Minister for Nationwide Meals Safety and Analysis Tariq Bashir Cheema Tuesday stated over 1.2 million agriculture tubewells could be switched to photo voltaic vitality to cut back enter value and improve farm earnings, significantly that of the small land holders.
Addressing a press convention, the minister stated {that a} activity power was being fashioned to finalize modalities and interact business banks to finance the ability. Underneath the ability, the farmers must repay the loans in installments as much as three years.

He stated the initiative has been taken on the directives of Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, who has additionally requested for formulating quick and long run insurance policies to make sure tangible ends in shortest doable time with concentrate on reviving agriculture sector for sustaining meals security and safety in addition to prosperity of farming communities.

Whereas reaffirming the federal government’s dedication to make sure correct charge of return to the farmers for his or her produces in addition to enhancing the output of all main and minor crops, he stated that suggestion for cotton intervention worth was finalized and placed on agenda of subsequent assembly of Cupboard for approval.

He stated that the initiative was aiming at encouraging the farmers to convey most areas beneath cultivation of this crop of significant significance, including that space beneath crop sowing throughout final season diminished by 37 %, which was changed by rice, maize and sugarcane.

The minister additional knowledgeable that authorities was additionally eager to announce minimal help worth for wheat earlier than the beginning of the sowing season to be able to encourage farmers to sow extra wheat for attaining self-sufficiency in staple grains manufacturing and scale back reliance on imported wheat and edible oil that have been enhancing stress on a lot wanted overseas trade reserves.

The minister stated that authorities was conscious of rising inflation and the issues being confronted by the widespread man within the nation, including that steps have been taken to guard them from the inflationary pressures.

He stated that authorities by its Utility Shops Company community was guaranteeing provision of important commodities on managed charges and supplied wheat, flour and different commodities through the holy month of Ramzan.

With a view to avert any doable scarcity on meals grains by the rising Russia-Ukrine battle, the federal government had beefed up its strategic reserves and improve wheat procurement targets of all provincial governments and PASSCO, including that it was additionally determined to import about 3 million tons of wheat to make sure easy provide all year long.

Highlighting the reduction measures launched by the incumbent authorities for agriculture sector, he stated that gross sales tax on tractors was withdrawn, the place as seed cotton and canola have been exempted from gross sales tax, including no tax was levied on fertilizers to facilitate the growers.

He stated that authorities was paying particular concentrate on small scale growers as they have been about 92 % of complete farming group having much less then 12 acres of land, including that measures could be launched to make sure their entry to credit score facility and saving them from the exploitation of center man.

Tariq Bashir stated that regardless of the powerful situation agreed by the final authorities with Worldwide Financial Fund, the coalition companions had determined to take powerful resolution to save lots of the nation from default and in addition determined to take plenty into confidence by sharing the details with them.

The minister stated that authorities was taking different measures to learn from the Chines expertise and experience in agriculture and livestock, including that settlement for the buffalo breed enchancment with China was finalized. He stated that China was the largest importer of beef and it was requested to determine farms in Pakistan that may assist to develop the native livestock sector as nicely.

The minister stated that barter commerce with Iran, which was suspended for final two years was additionally restored and first consignment of apples would arrive right here throughout present month and mangoes from Pakistan could be exported to Iran, including that full commerce could be resumed by September as about 100,000 tons of rice to be exported to Iran.

In addition to, the opposite bottlenecks in transit-trade was additionally eliminated to boost commerce with regional international locations, significantly the commerce in agriculture produces to advertise native agriculture and livestock sectors.

To a query, the minister stated that authorities was taking steps to make sure availability of high quality seeds and pesticides and finalized negotiations with Monsanto firm, including that work on the agriculture cooperation beneath second-phase of China-Pakistan Financial Hall Mission in livestock and analysis was additionally finalized, including {that a} particular activity power is being fashioned to take the enter of all of the stakeholders to make the agriculture sector extra viable and powerful.

The minister stated that authorities was evolving a mechanism by taking all of the provinces on board to make sure uninterpreted provide of fertilizers on reasonably priced charges, moreover discouraging the hoarding and black advertising and marketing of the commodity.

Tariq Bashir Cheema additional knowledgeable that authorities would offer particular incentives to advertise oil seeds cultivation within the nation as he stated it was consuming about $4.5 billion yearly, which was anticipated to achieve $ 6 billion by subsequent 12 months.

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Afghan Muslim arrested for killings that shook New Mexico’s Islamic group



The newest sufferer, Nayeem Hussain, 25, a truck driver who grew to become a US citizen on July 8, was killed on Friday, hours after attending the burial of the 2 males slain in July and August, each of them of Pakistani descent.

The three most up-to-date victims all attended the Islamic Heart of New Mexico, Albuquerque’s largest mosque. They have been all shot close to Central Avenue in southeastern Albuquerque.

The primary recognized sufferer, Mohammad Ahmadi, 62, a local of Afghanistan, was killed on November 7, 2021, whereas smoking a cigarette outdoors a grocery retailer and cafe that he ran along with his brother within the southeastern a part of the town.


Police stated the 2 killings with which Syed was initially charged have been tied collectively based mostly on bullet casings discovered on the two homicide scenes, and the gun utilized in these shootings was later present in his residence.

In response to police, detectives have been making ready to look Syed’s residence in southeastern Albuquerque on Monday when he drove from the residence within the automotive that investigators had recognized to the general public a day earlier as a “automobile of curiosity.”

Albuquerque and state authorities have been working to supply an additional police presence at mosques throughout occasions of prayer because the investigation proceeded within the metropolis, residence to as many as 5,000 Muslims out of a complete inhabitants of 565,000.

The ambush-style shootings of the boys have terrified Albuquerque’s Muslim group. Households went into hiding of their properties, and a few Pakistani college students on the College of New Mexico left city out of concern.

Imtiaz Hussain, whose brother labored as a metropolis planning director and was killed on Aug. 1, stated information of the arrest reassured many within the Muslim group.

“My youngsters requested me, ‘Can we sit on our balcony now?’ and I stated, ‘Sure,’ and so they stated, ‘Can we exit and play now?’ and I stated, ‘Sure,’” he stated.

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North Waziristan suicide assault kills 4 troopers: ISPR



ISLAMABAD: A suicide bomber attacked a army convoy in a former Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) stronghold within the tribal area alongside the Afghanistan border, killing 4 troopers, the military mentioned on Tuesday.

The incident came about in Mir Ali city of North Waziristan district, in response to an Inter-Companies Public Relations (ISPR) assertion.

Police and intelligence officers advised Reuters the bomber rammed a three-wheeler into the convoy late on Monday within the distant district, which has seen an increase in militant violence in current weeks.

The area was as soon as a hotbed of native and overseas militants however they’ve principally been pushed out by numerous army operations.

Nobody has claimed the accountability for the bombing, which got here a day after a senior TTP militant with a $3 million bounty on his head, Abdul Wali, often known as Omar Khalid Khurasani, was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan.

Khurasani’s Jamat-ul-Ahrar (JuA), designated as a terrorist group by america and the United Nations, had claimed accountability for a number of assaults in opposition to police, army, minority Shi’ite Muslims and Christians, which killed lots of of individuals in Pakistan.

TTP, often known as the Pakistani Taliban, an umbrella group of militant teams which incorporates the JuA, confirmed Khurasani’s demise.

Khurasani together with three different commanders was killed in an “enemy assault”, the TTP mentioned in a press release despatched to Reuters with out giving the mode of the assault or the place of its taking place.

Khurasani’s demise was a heavy blow to the TTP, which is in talks with Islamabad amid an ongoing cease-fire, introduced in Might. Remoted militant assaults have continued, although the TTP has not claimed accountability for any of them because the truce first went into impact.

The talks are being hosted by the Afghan Taliban.

Two Pakistan intelligence officers advised The Related Press that Monday’s suicide bombing within the city of Mir Ali additionally wounded an unspecified variety of civilians and troopers.

The officers wouldn’t elaborate and spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of they weren’t authorised to talk to the media on the document.

— With enter from AP

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Military publicizes switch, posting of its senior commanders



RAWALPINDI: In one other spherical of high stage postings and transferred, Pakistan Military posted Corps Commander Peshawar Lieutenant Normal Faiz Hamid and posted him as Commander of Bahawalpur Corps, the Inter-Providers Public Relations (ISPR) mentioned Monday.

In an announcement, the navy’s media wing introduced two extra postings.

The navy’s media wing mentioned Lieutenant Normal Sardar Hassan Azhar Hayat has been posted because the commander of Peshawar Corps.

Furthermore, in keeping with the ISPR, Lieutenant Normal Khalid Zia has been appointed as the brand new Navy Secretary to Chief of Military Employees at GHQ. Final week, former director-general of the ISPR Lt Gen Asif Ghafoor was appointed Corps Commander Quetta.

Based on the ISPR, Lt Gen Ghafoor was appointed to switch his predecessor, Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali who – together with 5 different Pakistan Military officers – embraced martyrdom final Tuesday after an aviation helicopter of the military crashed at Lasbela, Balochistan.

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