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Administration activated for price control, crackdown on hoarders: Maryam

Administration activated for price control, crackdown on hoarders: Maryam

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Administration activated for price control, crackdown on hoarders: Maryam

 Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz on Wednesday said administration had been directed across Punjab to ensure price control and arrest the hoarding culture, as she expressed her determination to provide relief to the people who have been crushed by a record-high inflation, especially food prices. 

There will be zero-tolerance, Maryam told a press conference and added that officials at the district level had started carrying out raids to check the practice of selling daily use items on higher rates and creating artificial shortage. 

As the PML-N government has activated the price control committees in Punjab, she asked the owners of storage facilities [godowns] to get the same registered with the district administration within three days so that the officials could have an idea about the stored items and the traders could escape government action. 

The chief minister also promised strict action in case anyone tried to create law and order situation, stating no one would be spared. 

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Any attempt to damage the public property would be dealt with an iron hand, said the chief minister who added that the critics only knew about arson and protest – a clear reference to the PTI. 

“I know some people in the opposition criticise [her government]. They are not in right state of mind,” she remarked.

“Criticism for the sake of criticism represents a defeated mindset”, Maryam said, but added that she was open to criticism and would learn from genuine critique. 

Maryam said she had a firm belief that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif would also work on reducing the prices to arrest inflation.

About the special relief package under Negahban Ration Programme, the Punjab chief minister admitted that a one-time relief to over 30 million people wasn’t enough as poverty had reached an unprecedented level.

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Sharing the initiative’s details, Maryam said the government had a digital proof of each of 6.5 million bags containing QR codes, which would be distributed among the deserving families, adding that they had used the Nadra and BISP data for preparing the lists.

The chief minister said the Punjab Food Authority had been directed to check each producer to maintain quality and discourage the sale of substandard items – a practice which is one of the main reasons behind many diseases and health issues rampant in the country.

As far as the future line of action to deal with the poverty challenge is concerned, Maryam said the provincial government would conduct a province-wide survey in the coming months to prepare a Punjab Socioeconomic Registry.

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Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

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Musadik Malik emphasises adoption of environment-friendly technology for sustainable development

 Federal Minister for Petroleum Musadik Malik underscores the need for embracing environment-friendly technology to ensure sustainable development in Pakistan. 

In a recent address at a ceremony held in Islamabad, Minister Malik highlighted the pressing issue of environmental instability, noting that despite a purported zero carbon footprint, Pakistan was grappling with the adverse effects of climate change. 

He pointed to alarming indicators such as rising global temperatures and increased incidents of extreme weather events, including flash floods in Sindh that have devastated numerous villages, exacerbating food insecurity in the region. 

Acknowledging the dual challenge of environmental and economic instability, Minister Malik stressed the imperative for concerted action to address these issues. 

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He revealed that Pakistan’s total exports stand at $30 billion, with energy exports comprising a significant portion at $20 billion. 

To confront these challenges head-on, Minister Malik announced plans to ramp up petroleum products production, citing its critical role in ensuring energy security and fostering economic growth. 

He outlined various policies aimed at facilitating this increase, including incentivising consortiums for small companies and fostering cooperation with international stakeholders.

Underlining the centrality of energy security to economic development, Minister Malik reiterated the importance of adopting environment-friendly technologies to meet the nation’s energy demands sustainably.

He emphasised the utilisation of national resources as a key strategy in this endeavour.

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Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

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Islamabad police register case of armed assault on PTI leader Raoof Hasan

A day after unidentified transgender persons armed with blades wounded PTI leader Raoof Hasan in an attack in Islamabad, police on Wednesday registered a case of the assault. 

The case registered against unidentified transgender persons at the Aabpara police station includes sections related to the charges of attempted murder and death threats. 

According to the first information report (FIR), Raoof Hasan was heading to a parking lot after participating in a TV talk show when he was ambushed by three transgender-like persons. 

The FIR details that these attackers tried to cut his throat with a sharp-edged tool. Hasan suffered a cut in the face when he stepped back in a bid to protect himself, it adds. 

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In the FIR, Raoof Hasan alleged that a similar attack was attempted on him two days back in Islamabad’s Blue Area. 

The PTI information secretary was attacked on Tuesday afternoon by some unidentified transgender persons with a blade in Islamabad’s G-7 area. He suffered a cut in the face.

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JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

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JAP urges Punjab governor to return defamation bill unapproved

The Judicial Activism Panel has penned a letter to Punjab Governor Sardar Salim Haider Khan, vehemently urging him not to approve the controversial Punjab Defamation Bill 2024 recently passed by the Punjab Assembly. 

The letter, authored by the Judicial Activism Panel, highlighted grave concerns over the Defamation Bill, asserting that its passage by the Punjab Assembly contradicts the principles outlined in Article 19 of the constitution. 

According to the panel, the enforcement of this bill poses a significant threat to the freedom of speech, a fundamental right guaranteed to every citizen. 

The panel argued that the implementation of the Defamation Bill would severely restrict the public’s access to vital information, serving as a formidable obstacle to the citizens’ right to information. 

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They emphasised that the bill, if enacted, would curtail the freedom of speech, thereby violating the fundamental right of the citizens.

Expressing apprehension, the letter said the law could potentially be exploited to serve political interests, further undermining the democratic principles upon which the nation is built.

In their fervent plea to Governor Sardar Salim Haider Khan, the Judicial Activism Panel demanded that he refrain from approving the bill and instead return it to the Punjab Assembly without his endorsement.

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