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PM Kakar, Malaysian counterpart conform to additional bilateral ties



  • Condemns ongoing brutal marketing campaign by Israeli forces towards Palestinian folks in Gaza
  • Caretaker PM appreciates Energy Division’s anti power-theft measures

RIYADH: Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Saturday held a gathering with Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim on the sidelines of the Joint Arab Islamic Extraordinary Summit.

The prime minister reiterated Pakistan’s robust condemnation of the continued brutal marketing campaign by Israeli forces towards the Palestinian folks in Gaza.

The leaders emphasised on the urgency of galvanizing efforts towards the continued Israeli brutalities that had resulted in enormous lack of treasured lives and compelled displacement, PM Workplace Media Wing mentioned in a press launch.

Prime Minister Kakar and Prime Minister Ibrahim additionally reviewed Pakistan-Malaysia bilateral relations with particular concentrate on strengthening financial cooperation between the 2 nations.

Prime Minister Kakar briefed his Malaysian counterpart on the institution of Particular Funding Facilitation Council (SIFC), which labored on the entire of presidency strategy to facilitate overseas investments within the nation and making certain ease of doing enterprise.

The 2 leaders additionally highlighted the revitalization of the Joint Ministerial Fee, collaboration within the vocational coaching sector and export of manpower as key areas for additional cooperation.

Energy Division’s anti power-theft measures

In the meantime, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Sunday appreciated the crackdown on power-theft efforts of the Energy Division which had been bearing wonderful outcomes.

“My authorities will proceed to assist this marketing campaign with extra vigour in order that our annual losses might be additional minimized,” the prime minister posted on X.

The caretaker prime minister additionally shared an earlier submit of Secretary Energy Division Rashid Langrial, who on his social deal with introduced that an quantity of Rs46 billion had been recovered from the ability pilferers from September 7 to October 31 in the course of the ongoing anti-power theft marketing campaign. Caretaker PM appreciates Energy Division’s anti power-theft measures “Right this moment because the outcomes for the primary two months (53 days to be precise) are out, I have to put issues in perspective. Our estimated annual losses throughout the nationwide grid for the present 12 months are Rs589 billion.

Of complete Rs589, roughly Rs199 billion come from ex-FATA, Balochistan tube-wells and AJK,” he additional posted. He mentioned that they had been engaged on the remaining drawback area of Rs390 billion of which they had been in a position to get better Rs46 billion in 53 days i.e. PKR 867 million per day. “If the identical stage of state assist and area effort might be maintained (and that may be a huge if, I have to admit), 80 % of the issue area will get resolved,” he added.

The secretary mentioned they had been acutely aware of the problem of sustaining the drive past the marketing campaign however they’ve demonstrated past doubt that there was nothing that might not be resolved with the correct mix of state’s will and area effort. He mentioned that that they had reshuffled, suspended, prosecuted even arrested their workers at a scale by no means seen earlier than; put thieves behind bars at a price by no means noticed earlier than i-e roughly 470 individuals per day; had shunned extraneous affect with full assist of the Prime Minister, the Minister-in Cost and different quadrants of state energy.


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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.

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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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Sindh broadcasts winter holidays for colleges



KARACHI: The Sindh authorities on Thursday introduced winter holidays for personal and authorities colleges and different instructional establishments, throughout the province.

In line with a notification issued by the Sindh Schooling and Literacy Division, the winter holidays will begin from December 22 to December 31.

All private and non-private training establishments within the province will stay closed as a result of winter holidays from December 22 to December 31.

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