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KP, GB border dispute reignited as Shandur polo pageant attracts nearer



Because the annual internationally famed occasion “Shandur Polo Competition” has been scheduled to be held subsequent month, the dispute over possession of the world’s highest polo floor has resurfaced between Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP).

Apparently each chief ministers of GB and KP have despatched invites to one another as host of the occasion in an obvious try to point out the true possession of the playground which is located in an space equally claimed by locals of Ghizer valley (in GB) and Chitral (in KP).

The Shandur Competition is scheduled to be held from July 1 to 03, 2022, wherein polo groups from Chitral and GB are deliberate to take part.

The invitation letter despatched by Chief Minister GB Muhammad Khalid Khurshid to his counterpart in KP Mehmood Khan has triggered a debate in KP particularly in Chitral concerning the internet hosting the occasion. Via the invitation letter Khalid Khurshid mentioned the Shandur Competition which has been celebrated commonly since 1980, has gained worldwide fame and attracts tons of of hundreds of home and worldwide vacationers yearly.

However, on account of COVID-19, the mentioned pageant was discontinued for a couple of years. This 12 months, with the consent and mutual coordination of each the Provincial governments the pageant is being held from 01 to 03 July. Gilgit-Battistan being the origin of conventional free type polo promotes this sport of kings and king of video games via completely different interventions and initiatives. This model of the sport performed at Shandur has attained legendary standing and is of nice curiosity to the general public of Gilgit and Chitral.

Presently organized in partnership collectively by the GB and KP, the three days Shandur Polo Competition has developed steadily in recent times into the large celebration of mountain polo that it’s in the present day. “The Authorities of Gilgit-Baltistan extends a heat invitation to your good self to kindly grace the Polo Competition as Chief Visitor on 1. July, 2022,” the letter mentioned.

Earlier on June 14, related invitation letter was additionally despatched to chief minister GB by Mahmood Khan Chief Minister KP claiming that the world’s most fascinating and enticing sports activities competitors, freestyle mountain Polo sport is performed on the “Roof of the World’, about 12500 toes above sea degree on the convergence, of the Hindukush, Pamir and Karakoram ranges.

He claimed that the attractive valley of Chitral is the unique birthplace of polo and the rugged mountain polo performed there may be arguably the polo in its purest kind. Presently organized by the KP Tradition and Tourism Authority, the three days Shandur Polo Competition has developed steadily in recent times into the large celebration of mountain polo that it’s in the present day.

“The folks and authorities of KP prolong its heat invitation to your good self to kindly grace the Polo Competition as Chief Visitor on 2” July, 2022,” the letter addressed to CM GB concludes.

After the 2 related invites of heads of the 2 provinces circulated in social media the talk about possession of the realm has been began which in keeping with locals could culminate in any undesirable scenario. Exchanges of harsh statements from the locals/elders on either side of the Shandur space have began being circulated in social media, which, if not addressed correctly, could injury the attractive occasion.

The Shandur space has remained disputed between GB and KP. In 2012, GB had referred to as again
its polo workforce to lodge a protest towards the KP’s management over the realm and accused the provincial authorities of monopolizing the occasion. In later years the 2 governments had determined to collectively manage the occasion.

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No-confidence movement filed in opposition to Gilgit-Baltistan Meeting Speaker



ISLAMABAD: The Gilgit-Baltistan Meeting was thrown into turmoil on Tuesday as a movement of no confidence was submitted in opposition to the Speaker, Syed Amjad Zaidi. The movement, introduced by Provincial Minister Javed Manwa and Senior Provincial Minister Raja Zakaria, signifies a big shift within the political panorama of the area.

The movement comes within the wake of a strained relationship between Speaker Syed Amjad Zaidi and Deputy Speaker Nazir Ahmed Advocate, regardless of a beforehand signed two-and-a-half-year contract between the 2. Deputy Speaker Nazir Ahmed Advocate took the drastic step of submitting a no-confidence movement in any case makes an attempt at negotiation and reconciliation failed.

The parliamentary committee answerable for mediating such conflicts made an unsuccessful effort to persuade Speaker Amjad Zaidi to handle the issues raised in opposition to him. The committee’s failure led to the announcement by the like-minded group of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) chapter that they might desk a no-confidence movement in opposition to Speaker Syed Amjad Zaidi.

Based on studies, a number of days previous to the movement being filed, Gilgit-Baltistan Chief Minister Muhammad Khalid Khurshid, who’s going through allegations of possessing a faux diploma, appointed 14 new coordinators. This transfer was seen as an try and provoke the Chief Minister’s assist base and strengthen his place. The Chief Minister’s cupboard already comprised 12 ministers, two advisers, and 5 particular assistants.

The newly appointed coordinators included Ashraf Hussain and Hussain from Bara District in Ghanche, Syed Mehdi Shah from Skardu District, Abdul Khaliq from Ghanche, Muhamad Adeel Ram from Shigar District, Ghulam Haider from Skardu District, Sajida Sadaqat from Astore District, Raja Shehbaz Khan from Hunza District, Manzoor Hussain from Gilgit District, Sarwar Shah from Diamer District, Kalbe Ali from Nagar District, Muhammad Yousuf from Skardu District, Atique Peerzada from Gilgit District, Muzamil Hassan from Skardu District, and Sana Ullah Khuram from Astore District.

These coordinators, appointed by the Chief Minister, will serve at his pleasure and can obtain a set month-to-month wage of Rs150,000. With the addition of those 14 coordinators, the full variety of public officeholders within the Chief Minister’s crew now exceeds 45.

It’s price noting that there have been already 10 coordinators, together with two media coordinators, representing the Chief Minister in Islamabad. The GB authorities had beforehand amended the foundations of enterprise to permit for the creation of those 10 coordinator positions.

The no-confidence movement in opposition to Speaker Syed Amjad Zaidi represents a big improvement within the political dynamics of Gilgit-Baltistan. The area will now witness a interval of intense political maneuvering and negotiations because the movement progresses by the meeting. The result of the movement will decide the long run management and stability of Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Pak-Italy JEC agrees institution of joint framework encompassing multisectoral areas



ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Local weather Change Senator Sherry Rehman and Italy’s Deputy Minister for Overseas Affairs and Worldwide Cooperation Maria Tripodi on Tuesday co-chaired the fifth assembly of the ‘Pakistan-Italy Joint Financial Fee’ (JEC) on the Italian Ministry of Overseas Affairs.

The 2 sides agreed to arrange a joint framework to deal with local weather change and cooperation in water administration, hailing the institution of an Italian Commerce Company workplace in Islamabad the subsequent week, a information launch stated.

Talking on the event, Senator Sherry Rehman stated it was a pleasure to co-chair the fifth assembly of the Pakistan-Italy JEC in Rome with the Deputy Minister.
She added that the institution of the Italian Commerce Company workplace in Islamabad would increase bilateral commerce. “We’re constructing a standard framework with Italy to deal with local weather change and enhance water administration. The commerce partnership between Pakistan and Italy is stronger than ever. Our bilateral commerce is to achieve $2 billion in 2022, and Pakistan’s exports will cross $1 billion,” Sherry Rehman stated.

The following JEC assembly could be hosted in Islamabad at a mutually handy time, which we look ahead to, she added.

Whereas welcoming the finalisation of the ‘Visa Waiver Settlement for Diplomatic Passports’, either side reiterated their dedication to speedy negotiations to finalize the framework for Migration and Labour Mobility. Businessmen from Pakistan and Italy participated within the assembly.

The occasion concluded with the signing of an vital ‘Roadmap for Cooperation’ overlaying local weather change, commerce and funding, heritage, tradition, agriculture, greater schooling, technical cooperation and expertise switch in reference areas.

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Imran to face trial underneath Military Act for ‘planning, executing’ Could 9 assaults: Sanaullah



ISLAMABAD: Inside Minister Rana Sanaullah on Tuesday mentioned PTI Chairman Imran Khan can be tried in a navy court docket for the occasions of Could 9 whereby navy installations have been additionally vandalized.

At the very least eight folks have been killed, as many as 290 have been injured, and over 1,900 enraged protesters have been rounded up in operating battles with the personnel of regulation enforcement companies throughout the nation on Could 9 following arrest former prime minister and PTI chairman Imran within the Al Qadir Belief case.

The protesters had additionally stormed the residence of the corps commander in Lahore — additionally known as Jinnah Home — and tore down a gate of Normal Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

The riots had elicited a powerful response from the federal government and navy with vows of taking motion towards the culprits, resulting in an ongoing crackdown towards these concerned.

In an look on Daybreak Information present Stay with Adil Shahzeb, Sanaullah accused Imran of personally finishing up the planning of the assaults on navy installations earlier than his arrest on the day, including that there was proof to show the declare as properly.

When requested if Imran can be tried within the navy court docket, Sanaullah mentioned: “Completely, why shouldn’t he? The programme that he made to focus on the navy installations after which had it executed, in my understanding completely is a case of a navy court docket.”

The inside minister accused the PTI chief of personally orchestrating the Could 9 riots. “They (PTI supporters) chanted a slogan that ‘Imran Khan is our crimson line’, and the planning and preparation have been performed on Imran Khan’s initiative and instigation.

“He carried all of it out. He’s the architect of all this discord,” including that there was proof current to again the accusation as properly.

“[The evidence] is documented, it’s in tweets and his messages,” he added.

When requested how Imran was capable of talk along with his occasion leaders even from jail, the inside minister replied: “All this [planning] was determined earlier than he went [to jail] that ‘who will do what and the place. And when he’s arrested, what can be the technique and duties’. All of this was determined.”

The inside minister additionally dominated out talks with the PTI.

Sanaullah’s remarks come a day after Defence Minister Khawaja Asif mentioned that there was no resolution but on Imran’s trial underneath the Military Act, including, nevertheless, that he couldn’t “rule out” such a risk.

“I don’t rule out the likelihood that he was the planner and knew every part [about May 9],” Asif had mentioned.

Reacting to the inside minister, PTI Secretary Normal Omar Ayub mentioned his current “erratic actions and statements” had given rise to “critical questions on his cognitive talents to hold on as a minister”.

“From holding midnight doubtful press conferences to creating statements about making an attempt PTI Chairman Imran Khan in a navy court docket, it simply proves that he has lastly turn into unhinged and is unfit to carry out duties as a minister,” he tweeted.

Imran, aides coordinated efforts to storm navy installations: Punjab Police

The Punjab Police had beforehand claimed, citing a geo-fencing report, that Imran and his shut aides allegedly coordinated efforts to storm the residence of the Lahore corps commander and different buildings

Police had detected over 400 calls made by the PTI chairman and different senior leaders to allegedly incite occasion staff to maneuver in the direction of the navy officer’s residence in Lahore Cantt, and different delicate public buildings. It was noticed that each one the rioters have been involved with the PTI high management, based mostly in Zaman Park.

Punjab Inspector Normal of Police Dr Usman Anwar, when contacted by Daybreak, had confirmed the geo-fencing file and the alleged use of Imran’s residence for planning the assault on the corps commander’s residence.

A senior officer, requesting anonymity, had informed Daybreak that many vital revelations had come from the evaluation of the geo-fencing file: it was detected that 154 calls have been allegedly made by Imran Khan to occasion leaders and rioters to impress them to assault. He had mentioned the PTI chairman was the “prime suspect” who allegedly deliberate the assault on the home of the corps commander.

The officer had mentioned name information confirmed all telephone calls have been made on Could 8 and Could 9 — the day of Imran’s arrest — to arrange staff to assault the constructing. He mentioned as many as a complete of 225 callers have been reportedly involved with six PTI leaders; Hammad Azhar, Yasmin Rashid, Mahmoodur Rasheed, Ejaz Chaudhary, Aslam Iqbal, and Murad Ras. They have been issuing “specific directions to the rioters”, he had claimed, including that Dr Yasmin Rashid obtained 41 calls from varied activists of the occasion.

Switch of suspects to navy begins following govt’s blessing

In the meantime, the federal government has okayed the usage of navy courts to strive the suspects of the Could 9 riots.

On Friday, Sanaullah mentioned that 33 suspects, 19 in Punjab and 14 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have been handed over to the navy.

“Out of the 499 FIRs, there are solely six which are being processed — two in Punjab and 4 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — which might presumably be tried in navy courts. However an environment is being created as if all are being tried in navy courts,” the minister had mentioned.

On Monday, a Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court docket (ATC) additionally directed the superintendent of the garrison metropolis’s Adiala Jail at hand over eight suspects to the navy for trial.


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