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Neither will make false guarantees nor deviate from obligations to IMF: PM



  • Claims govt to provide you with resolution inside subsequent 48 hours to offer aid to public
  • Clarifies armed forces not utilizing a single free unit of electrical energy, utilization by Wapda staff to be rationalised

ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Thursday stated the matter of inflated electrical energy payments is being mentioned with the Worldwide Financial Fund (IMF) and the federal government has given proposals to the fund, saying the federal government would “fulfill its obligations in the direction of the worldwide lender in any respect prices”.

“We won’t make false guarantees nor would we deviate from our obligations. We’ll let everybody know the measures we can’t take and why,” Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar stated whereas talking to senior journalists and anchorpersons in Islamabad.

The caretaker premier stated the shoppers must pay the electrical energy payments.

The assertion got here days after the IMF refused to right away approve Pakistan’s request for recovering August’s electrical energy payments over a interval of six months amid raging protests in lots of elements of the nation that continued towards back-breaking payments.

To date, the caretaker authorities has did not provide you with any resolution. It’s attempting to keep away from breaching the circumstances of the IMF programme that require protecting the general round debt at Rs2.310 trillion and well timed passing on the rise in electrical energy costs on account of annual, quarterly and month-to-month changes.

PM Kakar stated that the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) will give the ultimate date for holding the elections and the interim setup would conclude following the elections.

The interim prime minister acknowledged being knowledgeable lately about protests regarding inflated electrical energy payments.



He stated that the interim setup doesn’t have any “hidden agenda, plans or ambitions”. “It’s not like some oppressive rulers have come to energy and have been draining the sources of the impoverished,” he added.

‘Govt to provide you with resolution in 48 hours’

PM Kakar stated that the federal government has minutely regarded into the issue of inflated electrical energy payments and would provide you with an answer inside subsequent 48 hours, including that the authorities have been contemplating numerous choices to offer aid to the individuals.

To a query, he clarified that the Pakistan military, navy and air drive weren’t utilizing a single free unit of electrical energy and their payments have been paid from the allotted monetary price range. Whereas staff of WAPDA have been utilizing free electrical energy models and their utilization could be rationalised, particularly of the upper grade officers as a few of them have been getting big amount of free electrical energy, he added.

Through the years, he stated, the era and transmission system of electrical energy remained flawed and the federal government needed to take care of critical problems with line losses, energy theft, excessive round debt, use of pricey imported gasoline and capability funds to electrical energy corporations.

“These points can’t be ignored by simply closing eyes. We have to diagnose remedy for the illness.”

He made it clear that the federal government would fulfil its agreements with the worldwide monetary establishments. He lamented that the nation was confronted with financial stagnation and there was much less funding in sectors like manufacturing, actual property and inventory change, and the pattern was to solely take up revenue from sure companies.

He stated that the caretaker authorities was shaped for the continuity of constitutional order, and was coping with financial and safety challenges.

The premier additionally talked concerning the challenges the nation confronted within the Nineteen Nineties when electrical energy shortages emerged, including that the governments at the moment engaged with impartial energy producers (IPPs) to reinforce energy era.

“Nevertheless, we did not anticipate the results of those agreements, together with pay surcharge,” he remarked. He additionally highlighted points inside the transmission programs and the billing retrieval course of.

The prime minister stated that Pakistan had safety considerations on its Western borders. He burdened that no terrorist organisation had the capability to overhaul any territory in Pakistan however they might sabotage and create terror.

“Pakistan was in succesful fingers and each sacrifice could be rendered to defend each inch of the nation’s territory and steps could be taken for elimination of terrorism,” he remarked.

The prime minister stated that the federal government was decided to carry clear, free and honest elections and switch energy to the subsequent elected authorities.

He stated that lately shaped Particular Funding Facilitation Council (SIFC) had big potential to draw funding in sectors of knowledge expertise, defence manufacturing, mining and agriculture, and Pakistan had a vivid future attributable to such initiatives.


On Wednesday, Interim Finance Minister Dr Shamshad Akhtar, in her first public look after assuming the accountability, had candidly instructed the Senate Standing Committee on Finance that the federal government’s coffers have been empty and, subsequently, nobody ought to pin any hope for subsidies.

She warned of additional enhance in energy and gasoline costs in relation to larger costs within the international markets and lack of availability of any fiscal house for subsidies, stated there was no alternative however to stay to the IMF programme.

“Pakistan is an import dependent nation and the commodity costs need to be handed on, as we don’t have the fiscal house and any room for subsidies, which goes to harm individuals – whether or not within the form of electrical energy or gasoline costs,” stated Dr Shamshad in her coverage assertion.

In the meantime, protests and demonstrations towards rising inflation have been held throughout the nation at present, with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) calling a shutterdown strike on September 2.

The JI has introduced that the celebration can be approaching the Supreme Courtroom to hunt judicial help over rising electrical energy prices whereas the incumbent authorities burdens the general public with circumstances imposed by the IMF.

In numerous cities throughout the nation, together with Karachi, Lahore, Gujar Khan, Okara, Murree, Vihari, Chistian, Multan, Haveli Lakha, DG Khan, Swabi, Mardan and others, protests have been held on the decision of merchants associations.


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Govt workers to get electrical bikes



LAHORE: Caretaker Provincial Transport and Livestock Minister Ibrahim Hasan Murad stated that the federal government was all set to launch electrical bikes to forestall smog depth.

He stated that the E-bikes could be cost-effective and authorities workers would even be offered electrical bikes on lease.

Speaking to state-run information channel, the minister stated: “In goal to cut back the utilization of high-priced gasoline and defend the surroundings of the cities, authorities has determined to introducing electrical bikes and protected metropolis digicam initiatives during which smoke-emitting automobiles shall be detected by the cameras and speedy alerts had been relayed to the sector forces.”

The Electrical Automobiles Coverage is the necessity of the hour to advertise a protected surroundings, native manufacturing of e-vehicles, offering incentives, with the final word objective of capturing a considerable share of the market, he added.

E-bikes being zero-emission automobiles would use lithium-ion batteries which can emerge as an economical and eco-friendly various to conventional transportation, he talked about.

The minister confused that the media ought to play its position by creating consciousness campaigns on personal TV channels and radio for the conservation of vitality and for carrying face masks throughout smog climate.

Replying to a query, the administration has began a strict crackdown and introduced to cost heavy fines for violations of the site visitors guidelines.

Punjab authorities was taking steps in accordance with PM’s eco-friendly measures, he stated, including that Punjab could be the primary province within the nation to present such an amazing incentive to homeowners of electrical automobiles.

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Breakthrough in lacking individuals case as police efficiently find three particular person



KARACHI: The native police on Wednesday efficiently traced three people together with a girl throughout a listening to of a petition in Sindh Excessive Courtroom (SHC) for restoration of lacking individuals.

In keeping with the report, the police confirmed the hint of three people – named Muhammad Iqbal, Saima Bibi, and Shahnawaz – all three have been wished by police in a number of instances.

The report acknowledged that Muhammad Iqbal is underneath the custody of Zaman City police in a case, whereas the opposite two are fugitives as a case has been registered in opposition to them at Mehmoodabad police station.

The court docket dismissed the case associated to the restoration of the three lacking individuals.

Earlier this week, the police declared the arrest of a lacking individual throughout the Sindh Excessive Courtroom (SHC) listening to of petitions for the restoration of 10 disappeared males.

The police confirmed the arrest of a lacking citizen Saddam in its progress within the case. The court docket dismissed the petition about restoration of Saddam.

Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto directed motion in opposition to the folks concerned in enforced disappearances. “It’s the accountability of the state to go looking a lacking citizen,” Justice Phulpoto stated.

“It was stated {that a} lacking man Usman has been in Landhi Jail, a letter was written to the jail authorities, however they replied that the person was not in jail,” the investigation officer knowledgeable the court docket.

“Document the jail superintendent’s assertion, and if required take motion in opposition to the jail official,” the court docket directed the IO.

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Pakistan implements ban on wheat imports from India and Israel



ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has imposed a ban on the import of Indian and Israeli wheat, whereas the commodity can even not be imported from Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, and the Ukrainian territories managed by Russia.

Pakistan has imposed a situation on international buying and selling firms to not provide wheat from India and Israel. Wheat provide has additionally been banned from nations going through worldwide sanctions, together with Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

In response to a doc, wheat can even not be bought from the Ukrainian areas beneath the management of Russia in addition to Crimea.

In the meantime, the moisture content material of wheat in a young for the acquisition of 110,000 metric tons of the commodity has been set at 14.5%, whereas the presence of different objects, together with soil, is not going to exceed 1%.

Wheat is scheduled to begin arriving in Gwadar or on the Karachi port on two ships by February 12.

The Buying and selling Company of Pakistan (TCP) not too long ago issued a world tender to acquire and import 110,000 metric tons of wheat, in response to European merchants.

The deadline for submitting value presents on this tender is December 27. As a situation, the wheat must be from the most recent crop.

Cargo is requested for 2024, in consignments of not less than 50,000 tons throughout two intervals between January 10-15 and January 17-22. The wheat should arrive in Pakistan by February 12, 2024.

The TCP has the choice to purchase 10% kind of than the tender quantity. Merchants recommend that Pakistan, going through monetary difficulties, has a major import requirement to handle rising flour costs.

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