ISLAMABAD: Muharram 9 mourning processions, taken out throughout the nation, concluded on Monday amid strict safety preparations, with cell phone companies suspended in some areas below a complete safety plan devised by legislation enforcement businesses to forestall any untoward incident.
The Sindh authorities final week imposed a ban on using helicams or drones for video recording by media channels throughout processions and majalis from Muharram 8 (Aug 7) to 10 (Aug 9).
Equally, the administration in Islamabad imposed an emergency in all hospitals of the capital whereas 2,200 police officers had been deployed throughout at the moment’s procession.
Peshawar police cited severe safety threats to processions. Nevertheless, they stated all-out measures to make sure full safety cowl to the procession had been taken.
The principle procession within the metropolis commenced from Nishtar Park this midday, going by means of Mehfil-i-Shah-i-Khorasan and finish at Hussainian Iranian Imambargah in Kharadar.
Based on a Sindh police spokesperson, as many as 5,313 policemen had been deployed for safety and monitoring of the primary routes of the central procession. Snipers of the Particular Safety Unit had additionally been deployed alongside procession routes.
The spokesperson added that 1,000 visitors policemen had been deputed to make sure the graceful circulation of visitors on various routes/roads.
The Sindh Police additionally urged residents to maintain a strict vigil on suspicious folks and inform the police by means of its helpline in case of any emergency.
Earlier, Sindh authorities spokesman Murtaza Wahab additionally visited the Central Police Workplace together with provincial ministers Sharjeel Memon and Saeed Ghani to supervise the monitoring of the processions.
The principle procession in Lahore commenced from Pando Road, Islampura, and ended on the similar road after passing by means of the designated route. The procession reached its first vacation spot at Siraj Constructing Chowk by way of Alamgir Highway the place mourners carried out Zuhr prayers.
Afterwards, the procession handed by means of Islampura’s most important market, Neli Bar Chowk and Civil Secretariat earlier than reaching Outdated Anarkali within the night the place the mourners made a short stopover to carry out Maghrib prayers. The procession culminated at Pando Road after going by means of designated routes.
The principle procession of Muharram 9 in Quetta emerged from Imambargah Nasirul Aza after Zuhr prayer and ended on the similar venue after passing by means of its conventional routes.
The principle procession of got here out from Imam Bargah Nasir Al-Aza after midday prayers, during which mourners paid homage to the sacrifices of the martyrs of Karbala.
DIG Police Quetta Fida Hussain Shah advised a press convention earlier within the day that there have been a complete of 57 imambargahs within the metropolis, of which 24 had been extremely delicate and 23 had been delicate.
Greater than 5,000 police and FC personnel had been deployed within the metropolis, whereas enterprise facilities positioned alongside procession routes will stay shut on Muharram 9 and 10. The senior officer stated mobile companies may even be suspended from 6am to 12am in varied areas.
The principle procession within the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa capital emerged from Imambargah Hussainia Corridor at 10am and the mourners briefly stopped within the Kali Bari space to carry out Zuhr prayers.
The procession handed by means of its conventional routes and culminated at Imambargah Hussainia. SSP Operations Peshawar, Kashif Aftab Abbasi, stated there have been robust safety threats at procession routes, including that the police had adopted complete measures to protect mourners.
Greater than 11,000 cops had been deployed throughout the town, he stated in a press release. He stated over 1,000 personnel had been stationed on the metropolis’s Saddar space alone for the procession’s safety at the moment.
Later within the day, Abbasi visited the routes of the procession and overviewed the safety preparations.
Islamabad Capital Police Chief Dr Akbar Nasir Khan stated the central management room for monitoring processions had been established on the Protected Metropolis Islamabad.
He stated mobile companies had been suspended in some areas as a consequence of safety causes.
Strict vigilance needs to be maintained to make sure that safety measures are in place by the police and commonplace working procedures issued by the federal government are being adopted, the IGP stated earlier, including that the bomb disposal squad would conduct checking of routes by means of robots and fashionable expertise whereas entry of individuals within the procession can be ensured solely after full checking.
Later within the day, Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Irfan Nawaz Memon visited the processions’ routes and stated that the state of affairs was below management.
Tourism sector performs important function in financial growth: president
ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi has stated the tourism sector performed an important function within the nation’s financial growth and is an integral supply of revenue for the individuals in addition to related to the advance of civic services within the far-flung areas of Pakistan.
“Tourism is a supply of incomes international trade, a instrument for job creation and poverty alleviation. It additionally creates concord amongst individuals from totally different elements of the nation,” the president stated in his message on World Tourism Day.
Pakistan is a rustic that has enticing and fantastic vacationer websites with its outstanding panorama, range and wealthy historical past of historic civilizations, he stated, including that there’s a must set priorities in contemplating the potential of the tourism sector with a purpose to advance financial prosperity and progress.
Noting that the sector has been hit laborious by the Covid-19 pandemic first and now by the tremendous floods, Alvi stated that the nation should give you long-term strategic planning to spice up the tourism business on a sustainable foundation and set new boundaries for securing its future.
“The federal government will make the most of all its sources to show the challenges into alternatives by restarting the business from grass root stage and making certain the cooperation and collaboration of allied authorities companies to return out of the disaster and rebuild higher,” the president added.
CPEC to assist revive Pakistan’s tourism regardless of challenges of flood: official
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.
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.
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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