PESHAWAR: Chief of Military Workers Gen Asim Munir on Wednesday stated the Pakistan Military would proceed enjoying its function in upholding peace and stability in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and facilitating a “safe atmosphere for financial growth”.
The military chief made this assertion throughout his tackle on the provincial Apex Committee assembly in Peshawar.
His remarks come on the heels of a rise in terror assaults in KP. On September 6, 4 safety personnel embraced martyrdom and over 16 militants had been killed in an operation to repulse militants from the Chitral district.
Common Syed Asim Munir #COAS, attends Provincial Apex Committee assembly together with Caretaker Chief Minister KP, Muhammad Azam Khan.
Assembly attended by:
▪️Commander XI Corps
— Pakistan Armed Forces Information 🇵🇰 (@PakistanFauj) September 27, 2023
The pre-dawn assault had focused test posts in Astui Cross and Jinjiret Koh located within the south of Decrease Chitral, bordering the Afghan province of Nuristan.
In the course of the Apex Committee assembly on Wednesday, the military chief was briefed in regards to the general safety scenario within the province, together with initiatives in opposition to smuggling, hoarding and drug trafficking, in response to a press release issued by the Inter-Providers Public Relations (ISPR).
It stated the contributors of the assembly affirmed that state establishments and folks had been united for the safety of life and property of residents.
The contributors additionally paid wealthy tribute to the Shuhada and their households.
“We have now to synergise our efforts for the peace and prosperity of our beloved nation,” the ISPR assertion quoted the military chief as saying.
He underlined that the Pakistan Military would proceed to play its function in making certain peace and stability in KP to supply a safe atmosphere for financial growth.
Earlier, Gen Munir additionally engaged in an interactive session with the ladies of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the “KPK Ladies Symposium 2023”.
In his tackle to the symposium’s contributors, the COAS emphasised the constructive and pivotal function ladies have performed in Pakistan’s historic growth.
He underscored that ladies’s contributions to the progress and development of Pakistan are of utmost significance.
The military chief acknowledged that the ladies of KP have confronted multifaceted challenges because of the enduring battle in opposition to terrorism, however he praised their resilience, dedication, and braveness within the face of adversity.
Pakistan has witnessed an uptick in terror actions in latest months, particularly in KP and Balochistan, after the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ended its ceasefire with the federal government in November final yr.
In July, as many as 12 troopers of the Pakistan Military embraced martyrdom in separate army operations within the Zhob and Sui areas of Balochistan.
That was the army’s highest single-day demise toll from terrorist assaults reported this yr. Earlier than this, 10 personnel had been martyred in a “hearth raid” in Balochistan’s Kech district in February 2022.
Earlier this month, knowledge compiled by the Pakistan Institute for Battle and Safety Research (PICSS) stated the variety of militant assaults in August was the very best tally for month-to-month strikes in nearly 9 years.
There have been 99 assaults throughout the nation, the very best quantity in a single month since November 2014, the report had stated.
Military set to take over loss-making Discos to curb energy theft, losses
- In addition to Pak Military, FIA and IB officers will monitor issues from PMUs, act in opposition to folks concerned in corruption and energy theft
- ISLAMABAD: The federal government has determined handy over the supervision of loss-making Discos to Pakistan Military to curb electrical energy thief and losses apart from enhance restoration of electrical energy payments.
In response to officers aware of the event, a serving brigadier and his supporting employees comprising officers from the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) will oversee issues on the Efficiency Monitoring Items (PMUs) to be established in in all of the loss-making Discos.
The monitoring group could have the mandate to determine corrupt components throughout the Discos in addition to folks abetting and stealing electrical energy. These officers may even have the authority to take motion in opposition to the perpetrators.
“We’ve got carved out a plan which is but to be authorized by larger authorities. Nonetheless, the highest functionaries of Energy Division have made up their minds to start out implementation of the plan from HESCO (Hyderabad Electrical Provide Firm) as a pilot mission,” the secretary energy confirmed.
“This can assist determine unscrupulous components throughout the Disco and other people hand in glove with theft of electrical energy and inflicting billions of rupee losses to the nationwide exchequer,” he added.
In response to the info for the monetary 12 months 2020-21, the restoration of electrical energy payments in HESCO was at 73.7%, in SPECO 64.6%, in QESCO at 34.66% and TESCO at 25.29%.
The caretaker vitality minister, on September 6, introduced a crackdown plan on electrical energy thieves mentioning that the system yearly braves the colossal loss on account of electrical energy theft and failure to pay payments amounting to Rs589 billion.
As of September 6 this 12 months, the overall loss within the Discos the place restoration is comparatively higher — in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Multan and Islamabad — amounted to 79 billion items, which is the same as a lack of Rs100 billion out of billing of Rs3,044 bn, estimated at 3%. Equally, the Discos in Peshawar, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Quetta, Azad Jammu and Kashmir had losses as excessive as 60%.
Nonetheless, within the loss-making firms resembling HESCO, SEPCO, QESCO and TESCO, the required outcomes will not be being attained which is why it has been determined that Efficiency Monitoring Items are to be headed by a serving brigadier with supporting employees from FIA and IB.
Commerce physique declares closure of retailers unsuitable option to management smog, air pollution
ISLAMABAD: The official commerce physique of the retail sector within the nation has opposed the closure of markets and retailers in view of controlling the rising smog, as the federal government is attempting to manage mitigate air air pollution by decreasing industrial exercise.
Addressing a ceremony on Thursday Chairman CAP Tariq Mehboob noticed that heavy transport, burning of waste and crop residue and non-compliant factories contribute to smog probably the most, not the retail sector.
“No different nation or area is shutting down markets to manage air air pollution. As is the case in China and our neighboring nations, the main focus should be on controlling motion of huge automobiles which use low high quality gas and emit black smoke; cracking down on burning of waste and stopping factories which might be polluting by burning wooden, tyres, and many others. because of the absence of pure fuel,” he identified.
Talking to media, Tariq Mehboob stated, “For the reason that previous one 12 months, the retail timings are already restricted to 10 PM as per the orders of the Court docket. For the previous few weeks, extra restrictions have been utilized together with late opening and full day closures that are leading to big losses to retail companies and allied sectors, employment and tax technology.”
For the reason that Covid-19 pandemic, shutting down retail has turn into the norm each time any disaster emerges and it solely has a superficial influence on the issue. Retailers have skilled over 30 extended bouts of restrictions on working timings and days over the previous 4 years, with compliant retailers being the worst affected each time.
Much less distinguished markets seldom observe any restrictions imposed by authorities resulting from restricted enforcement capability, as per CAP.
“Not too long ago, ad-hoc modifications to notifications have resulted in confusion and abrupt disruptions for our companies and workers. Furthermore, eating places and different service sectors have been allowed to stay open whereas retailers should shut, so motion of small automobiles nonetheless continues throughout closed interval.
We can’t help the closure of any industrial exercise as a result of it doesn’t addressing the basis causes of smog. Shutting down just one sector repeatedly won’t create the specified leads to smog discount or electrical energy saving,” acknowledged Asad Shafi, Vice Chairman CAP.
On this challenge, Tariq Mehboob defined that, “implementation of full retail shutdown in 6 main divisions of Punjab on final Sunday has resulted in a rare lack of Rs. 10 billion for retail companies, the home provide chain and tax revenues.
That is along with losses already incurred over the previous few weeks throughout associated restrictions. November and December is the height season for retail and companies have allotted their funding a number of months prematurely. Whereas nearly all the pieces else stays open, the organized retail sector has repeatedly turn into the sufferer to abrupt selections and knee-jerk reactions from the authorities. Our business is structured to run 7 days per week and after we are restricted in timings or off-days, we take successful as most of our prices proceed for the closed interval. Furthermore, our suppliers and distributors additionally endure as a result of demand of their services and products are affected, resulting in a domino impact. Such counter-productive selections are creating an pointless drag on revitalizing the financial system and boosting employment.”
The federal government ought to take us into confidence at each stage and applied balanced options that don’t damage the financial system. Whereas we wholeheartedly abide by the choice of the Punjab Authorities, we want to suggest an alternate method which will successfully contribute to smog discount with out adversely affecting home commerce.”
“For instance, the federal government is closing retail on weekends that are the best sale days and hypothetically solely decreasing smog for 10-12 hours of retail timing for 2 days.
If retail closure is seen as a vital measure, our suggestion is to contemplate adjusting the day by day retail working hours to start at 1 or 2 pm, permitting for a day by day saving of 4-5 hours within the morning which might be extra sustainable. This modification goals to strike a steadiness between mitigating smog influence and persevering with financial actions, and, consequently, employment and taxation revenues.
Moreover, manufacturers have thousands and thousands of followers on their social media and authorities can collaborate with them to coach and talk to common public for such initiatives on how you can scale back air air pollution and keep away from its dangerous results.
KP witnessed 563 terror incidents in 2023, reveals report
PESHAWAR: The Anti-Terrorism Division (CTD) on Thursday launched a report on the fear incidents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in 2023.
In line with the CTD report, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) witnessed as many as 563 terror incidents this yr. Out of 563 incidents, police had been focused 243 occasions.
In line with the report, the very best 132 incidents of terrorism had been reported in Dera Ismail Khan, 103 incidents in Khyber and 89 terror incidents had been reported in Peshawar?
The report additional revealed that 86 occasions terrorists attacked North Waziristan and 50 occasions South Waziristan? The report additional stated that as many as 837 terrorists had been taken into custody.
The best variety of arrested outlaws was from Peshawar 245.
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