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Nationwide Resilience Day: Pakistan observes 18th anniversary of Oct 8, 2005 earthquake



ISLAMABAD/MUZAFFARABAD: Nationwide Resilience Day was noticed on Sunday throughout the nation together with AJK to commemorate the 18th anniversary of lethal earthquake of October 8, 2005 and lift consciousness concerning the catastrophe administration among the many public.

The earthquake claimed 1000’s of lives moreover inflicting huge injury to infrastructure particularly in Azad Kashmir and Hazara division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Completely different occasions had been organized in numerous components of the nation together with Azad Jammu and Kashmir to precise solidarity and sympathies with the victims of the calamities. The day dawned with particular prayers in mosques for the martyrs and prosperity of the nation.

One minute of silence was noticed in any respect district headquarters at 08.54 am. Final yr in September, a robust earthquake of 5.8 magnitude introduced catastrophe to totally different components of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). The quake hit some city and rural components of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) together with Muzaffarabad, Kotli and plenty of different scattered locations.

Of their separate messages on the event, President Dr Arif Alvi and Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar reaffirmed the dedication to reinforce nationwide preparedness and strengthen resilience within the face of pure disasters.

The President in his message stated we come collectively to indicate our solidarity and compassion for households who’ve endured the devastating results of unprecedented pure disasters.

The Caretaker Prime Minister in his message stated Pakistan is shifting in direction of a proactive strategy to deal with the problem of Local weather Change. Chairman NDMA sais in his message that we commemorate this event with a mission and dedication to advance nationwide preparedness by bettering and rising the nation’s resilience to pure and human induced threats.

He stated that Pakistan is going through altering climatic situation and frequent recurrence of unpredictable and excessive occasions. With the intention to meet these challenges, NDMA is proactively working at decreasing the vulnerability to disasters, and likewise offering coping mechanisms and framework for efficient catastrophe administration, he added.

The NDMA chairman stated that the catastrophe administration system in Pakistan had traveled a great distance within the latest time with formulation of Nationwide Catastrophe Threat Discount Coverage and Nationwide Catastrophe Administration Plan however nonetheless we now have to go very far by implementing these polices and plan of their true letter and spirit.

“We’ve got additionally made appreciable progress in mainstreaming catastrophe danger discount in growth processes, which is able to little doubt result in larger nationwide resilience towards potential disasters. Our expedition for resilience is constant and we have to make our utmost efforts to understand the beliefs. The Catastrophe Administration System in Pakistan is at the moment present process a change, shifting from a reactive to a proactive strategy. This represents a major change in how we collectively tackle sudden crises,” he concluded.

18 years on, Oct 8 earthquake nonetheless haunts Pakistan

Bitter recollections of the devastating earthquake of October 8, 2005 nonetheless linger on because the nation on Sunday is observing 18th anniversary of the catastrophe which claimed over 70,000 lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Islamabad moreover flatting scores of a number of villages and cities and leaving tens of millions of individuals homeless.

The earthquake, which measured 7.6 on the Richter Scale, struck at round 8:52 AM.

Muzaffarabad was the toughest hit, as a result of the epicentre of the quake was simply 19 kilometers (12 miles) to its northeast, whereas Balakot and Mansehra in KP had been no much less affected as 1000’s misplaced their lives in these areas too.

The earthquake, which was additionally felt in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, India and the Xinjiang area, is taken into account the deadliest earthquake in South Asia, surpassing the 1935 Quetta earthquake.

The principle ceremony in reference to the day was held in AJK capital Muzaffarabad’s Khurshid Hassan Khurshid Soccer Stadium.

AJK Prime Minister Chaudhry Anwaarul Haq was the chief visitor on the event, whereas members of the AJK cupboard, members of the Legislative Meeting, secretaries and other people belonging to all walks of life had been in attendance.

Siren was performed and a minute’s silence was noticed at 8:52 AM; the very second when the quake had struck AJK, KP and different components of northern Pakistan.

Later, the AJK PM laid floral wreath on the memorial of martyrs. Comparable ceremonies had been additionally held in different components of the AJK and KP.

‘Military position throughout earthquakes would by no means be forgotten’

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhry has stated that unparalleled assist offered by the Pakistan armed forces to the earthquake victims would by no means be forgotten by the individuals of Azad Jammu Kashmir.

In an announcement, he stated that compensation for the lack of human lives attributable to the earthquake was not attainable, however the authorities tried its finest to rehabilitate the victims, rebuild and reconstruct the broken infrastructure. He thanked the worldwide neighborhood for its beneficiant assist for rescue and aid of earthquake victims in 2005.

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Data Minister’s assertion: PTI questions caretaker regime’s ‘neutrality’



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesperson on Monday lambasted the caretaker Federal Minister for Data Murtaza Solangi for his “nonsensical and absurd” remarks about PTI’s intra-party polls, saying that his assertion put a stamp on his prejudiced and biased character.

In a strong-worded response, PTI spokesperson mentioned that the caretaker authorities’s solely constitutional accountability was to conduct free, truthful and clear elections inside the constitutionally outlined deadline.

The spokesperson mentioned that Data Minister’s slanderous assertion had uncovered “neutrality of the caretaker regime”, including that the PTI was the one political celebration that buried the normal hereditary and dynastic politics by introducing new and succesful faces into the political panorama of the nation.

Nonetheless, he contended that it was surprising to notice that the present interim regime had fully failed in performing its due constitutional obligations, thus it grew to become an “unconstitutional” and “unlawful”.

PTI spokesperson famous that Solangi didn’t have any constitutional and ethical justification to provide assertion towards inside affairs of any political celebration, including that his assertion questioning PTI intra-party election testified his bias.

He underlined that PTI was the one political events championing the structure and democracy within the nation that fully rejected the idea of heredity and dynastic politics and launched succesful and new faces into the political area of the nation.

PTI spokesperson identified that the caretaker authorities after offering all-out assist to the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) at each step to maintain PTI out of the election course of, the caretaker authorities was now resorting to such a shameful recreation to sabotage the PTI’s intra-party elections.

He went on to say that the weather, who have been enjoying key position to deprive PTI of stage enjoying, needs to be ashamed for giving statements based mostly on lies and accusations.

PTI spokesperson suggested that the unconstitutional Data Minister mere centered on nonsense rhetoric, accusations and distortion of info since assuming the workplace as a substitute of performing his constitutional position.

He recalled that the caretaker authorities failed miserably at each stage starting from holding normal elections on constitutionally mandated timeframe to offering stage enjoying fields to political events for the forthcoming normal elections.

PTI spokesperson requested Solangi that he ought to have a look at his duties assigned to the caretaker authorities within the structure and attempt to implement them as a substitute of educating PTI the lesson of democracy.

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SCCI voices concern over enhance in gasoline costs for industries



PESHAWAR: Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Trade president Fuad Ishaq expressed concern over enhance in gasoline costs for the industries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, together with textiles to Rs3176 per mmbtu below the blended gasoline coverage.

By imposing 80 per cent pure gasoline and 20 per p.c RLNG fee on KP, he demanded to withdraw 18 per cent gross sales tax on industrial sector because the province is surplus gasoline manufacturing, 

Talking at a joint press convention right here president of Sarhad Chamber of Commerce and Trade Fuad Ishaq and Chairman, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Textile Mills Affiliation Kamran Shah right here on the chamber home on Monday stated it’s fully simply to impose extreme gasoline costs on Ok-P whereby gasoline manufacturing is surplus which was additionally sheer violation of the article 158 of the structure of the nation. 

Members of the enterprise group stated 50 p.c industries in KP have shut after imposition of the blended gasoline coverage in KP and RLNG fee, making not solely operating companies and industries troublesome however inconceivable within the province.  

In response to varied queries of the reporters, Fuad Ishaq stated that the overall gasoline manufacturing of KP is 550mmcfds in opposition to its consumption 200mmcfds, and imposition of the blended gasoline coverage on this province is very alarming.  

Not a single industrial gasoline connection was given to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa over the previous 13 years, opposite to that industrial gasoline connections have been offered in Punjab, which was tantamount of discriminatory angle, Fuad Ishaq added. 

In the course of the presser, Senior chief of the businessman discussion board, former senator Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, the SCCI senior vice chairman Sanaullah Khan, vice chairman Ijaz Khan Afridi, former presidents Riaz Arshad, Malik Niaz Ahmad, Faiz Muhammad Faizi, govt member Affaf Ali Khan, former chairman KPTMA Afan Aziz, KPTMA vice chairman Sikandar Kuli Khan Khattak, businessmen connected with textile sector embrace Irfan Moten, Ashaf Ahmad, Engr Ihsanulllah, Muhammad Shoaib, Engr Matiullah, Muhammad Ayub, Arifullah, Muhammad Safdar Khan, former vice chairman Abidullah Yousafzai, and Saddar Gul, Faiz Rasool, Fazl e Wahid, Ishtiaq Muhammad and others current. 

The businessmen stated imposition of the blended gasoline coverage with a ratio of 80/20 was fully unjust and in opposition to the structure of the nation.   

The KPTMA chairman stated the textile trade is the spine for the nation’s financial system. He knowledgeable that out of 15 textile models, seven have nearly shut in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa below the prevailing situation whereas remainder of industrial models have been run with capability of fifty per cent.

Moreover, he knowledgeable textile industries consumed solely 10mmfcds gasoline whereby the gasoline is surplus amount and consumption much less regardless of that discriminatory angle is being carried out by KP industries, which is very deplorable. 

Former president of the KPTMA, Afan Aziz, stated that after growing the costs and supplying gasoline at RLNG charges, the costs have now been doubled below the blended gasoline coverage, which is a whole injustice with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. 

He stated that efforts are being made to deprive the province affected by terrorism of constitutional rights which may be very worrying and this discrimination needs to be stopped instantly.

Ilyas Bilour in response to a query of reporters stated it isn’t the responsibility of the enterprise group to battle with the federal government however we’d attempt to elevate problems with the group earlier than it and resolve them with mutual consensus and desk talks. 

He demanded of the federal government to make sure due constitutional rights to KP. He added Punjab can be our brother however there needs to be maintain the rights of smaller provinces. 

Fuad Ishaq to a query relating to any future line of motion or protest, replied that the enterprise group believes in unity, tolerance and concord and would at all times attempt to resolve points by negotiation with authorities and related authorities. 

He, nonetheless, urged the federal government to overview the huge gasoline worth hike and revise its determination in the very best curiosity of industries and the financial system of the nation.

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No disaster on assembly ECP’s monetary necessities: Solangi



ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Minister for Data and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Affairs Murtaza Solangi on Monday acknowledged that there was no disaster in assembly the monetary wants of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) for holding the upcoming common elections after stories that the Ministry of Finance had did not launch funds to the election physique regardless of repeated reminders.

Media earlier reported that the scenario resulted within the summoning of the finance secretary by the ECP in addition to prompting the ballot physique to contemplate writing to Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar.

Sources in ECP revealed {that a} whole of Rs42 billion was allotted for holding common elections on this yr’s price range however the finance ministry solely launched Rs10 billion to date. They additional added that the remaining quantity has been delayed with none rationalization.

The ECP officers maintained that the ballot physique instantly wants Rs17 billion to carry common elections on February 8, 2024. Repeatedly, they stated, the finance ministry was approached for releasing the funds however to no avail.

“There isn’t any disaster on assembly the monetary wants of the ECP. The cupboard had accepted Rs42 billion for the budgetary wants of the ECP. An quantity of Rs10 billion was already launched,” Solangi wrote on his official X deal with.

He stated that the ECP has approached to launch Rs17.4 billion out of the budgeted quantity.

“No matter budgeted quantity is required by the ECP might be launched as per its wants accordingly. We firmly stand behind the ECP in holding free and truthful elections as mandated by article 218(3) of the Structure,” he additional asserted.

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