IHC points notices in journalists’ laws case
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad Excessive Court docket (IHC) on Thursday issued notices to respondents in a case concerning laws for the safety of journalists’ rights.
Chief Justice Aamer Farooq heard the instances filed by the Worldwide Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), and Islamabad Excessive Court docket Journalists Affiliation (IHCJA).
On the outset of the listening to, the chief justice requested whether or not there was any progress concerning laws for the safety of journalists’ rights because the Implementation Tribunal for Newspaper Workers (ITNE) chairman had been making efforts in that regard.
Umar Ijaz Gilani Advocate knowledgeable the courtroom that the draft invoice had been despatched to the Info Ministry.
On this, the chief justice remarked that the ITNE was working for the rights of newspapers’ staff and even its chairman had additionally ready a draft invoice in that regard.
He noticed that he couldn’t perceive the legal guidelines associated to newspapers. The lawyer mentioned the ITNE comprised solely a md and now the idea of members and benches was additionally being launched.
CJ Aamer Farooq mentioned the federal government ought to notice the issues and even it was higher if the Parliament handed the laws in that regard.
To a courtroom’s question, anchorperson Hamid Mir mentioned he was in favour of the laws for the journalists of digital media. Former IHC chief justice Athar Minallah had given him an task concerning the “cross-media”, and he had submitted written strategies in that regard.
The chief justice remarked that there was additionally a difficulty of non-payment of journalists’ salaries. The journalists needed to make a number of visits to tribunals for even small quantities (owed by their employers), he famous.
Hamid Mir mentioned many journalists even didn’t have written job proofs. The Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) had been licensed within the legislation to guard the rights of journalists, he added.
The chief justice mentioned whether or not there may very well be any resistance on the matter. Hamid Mir replied that it was attainable that the affiliation of media homeowners would possibly create hurdles in it.
The courtroom requested whether or not the incumbent authorities wished to introduce such laws. No authorities ought to have any objection because it was not a political matter, he added.
The courtroom then issued notices to respondents and adjourned of the case until February 6.
PEF boss advocates low-cost mannequin to advertise high quality schooling
LAHORE: Punjab Schooling Basis (PEF) is a crucial autonomous establishment of the Authorities of Punjab that’s taking part in an important function in offering free and high quality schooling to deserving sections of society.
In keeping with the managing director of PEF, Manzar Javed Ali, the public-private partnership mannequin of PEF is designed in a method that helps carry youngsters disadvantaged of colleges into the schooling stream at a low value.
Throughout a dialog with a gaggle of visiting journalists, he famous that at the moment, greater than 2.5 million college students of deserving lessons are receiving free schooling in over 7,400 associate faculties related to the academic initiatives of PEF.
Below this mannequin, the Punjab authorities gives the charges of youngsters learning within the faculty to the non-public faculty house owners via PEF, which incorporates bills corresponding to lecturers’ salaries, furnishings for college students, buildings, and managing utility payments.
Regardless of the low charges, PEF companions are taking part in a superb function within the area of schooling and giving exceptional outcomes. The officers of PEF go to each faculty frequently to make sure that faculty house owners are usually not charging any price or cash from these youngsters whose charges are being paid by the establishment. In case of any irregularity or lack of amenities, the officers report it again to the top workplace, and the group takes motion accordingly.
PEF can also be dedicated to offering schooling to nomadic youngsters within the desert areas of Cholistan via its cell education challenge. The Roshan Thal challenge has additionally been launched to open 300 new faculties in chosen union councils of Bhakkar, Mianwali, Khushab, Jhang, and Leh districts of Thal. Moreover, underneath the Shehr-i-Ilm (metropolis of data) challenge, 336 new faculties will probably be opened in authorised Union Councils of Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan, Rawalpindi, Bahawalpur, Muzaffargarh, Rahim Yar Khan, and Sheikhupura.
Ali acknowledges that the charges being paid to companions are low in immediately’s inflationary period and is working laborious to extend the funds of PEF in order that the charges of companions might be elevated additional.
The supply of those amenities must also be ensured by the varsity house owners, and the group’s guidelines are designed to reinforce schooling, present high quality and required amenities to youngsters in faculties, and keep transparency.
Ali, hailing from the Jhang district, commenced his civil service profession in 2005. Having served as further secretary within the Increased Schooling Division (HED) and Faculty Schooling Division (SED), in addition to managing director at Punjab Small Industries Company (PSIC), he was later appointed Deputy commissioner of Kasur.
Whereas spearheading a World Financial institution challenge associated to the talents sector, Ali demonstrated his distinctive skills.
JIT to probe circumstances towards PTI leaders fashioned
LAHORE: The federal authorities fashioned a Joint Investigation Group (JIT) to probe the circumstances towards Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders.
The JIT chief summoned PTI leaders, together with Hammad Azhar, Farrukh Habib, Fawad Chaudhry, Ejaz Chaudhary, Musarrat Jamshed Cheema others at Capital Metropolis Police Officer (CCPO) workplace at 11 am tomorrow.
“All PTI leaders will document their assertion earlier than JIT tomorrow,” sources stated.
The JIT will examine the ten circumstances registered towards PTI leaders and staff.
China-Pakistan border to reopen on April 1
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and China are set to renew two-side commerce by the Khunjerab Cross, the one land route between the 2 nations, after virtually three years of suspension because of the Covid-19 outbreak. The cross, which connects Pakistan’s Gilgit Baltistan area with China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Area, is scheduled to be totally operational from April 1, 2023.
The cross had been closed for commerce actions after the outbreak of Covid-19 in 2020. It was briefly reopened final yr to permit one facet commerce – imports from China solely. The border remained closed regardless of a major discount in pandemic circumstances and the resumption of commerce actions worldwide.
The federal government of Gilgit Baltistan had beforehand stopped two transport containers carrying items from coming into Pakistan by the Khunjerab Cross in January 2020 and had requested the federal authorities to delay the reopening of the border crossing for commerce as a precautionary measure. Later the Chinese language facet remained reluctant to open the border for commerce after the pandemic unfold in Pakistan.
Nonetheless, with the latest decline in positivity charges, the related authorities are presently making efforts to green-light customs clearance, hoping to drive up cross-border commerce and enterprise within the post-Covid-19 period.
Other than the closure of the border on account of Covid-19 associated points, the border often stays open from April 1 to November 30 yearly and stays closed from December 1 to March 31 on account of harsh winter climate circumstances and an absence of oxygen at excessive altitudes.
The Khunjerab Cross holds its significance as the very best paved border crossing on this planet, providing picturesque surroundings and a sizzling vacationer location. In 2019, previous to Covid-induced shutdowns, commerce quantity between China and Pakistan surged by almost 47% to $856.3 million on the Khunjerab Cross.
Overseas Workplace spokespersons have confirmed that Islamabad and Beijing have determined to reopen the Khunjerab Border in two phases. The primary section consists of the opening of the Hongqi Lafu port (Khunjerab dry port) in April 2022, adopted by the total resumption of commerce actions from April 1, 2023.
The Khunjerab Port is the one land port linking Pakistan and China and is a strategic level on the Karakoram Freeway, linking Gilgit Baltistan, Pakistan, and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Area, China. The reopening of the border is anticipated to spice up financial ties and strengthen the connection between the 2 nations.
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