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SC directs govt to provide PTI with ground for jalsa

Islamabad: The Supreme Court on Wednesday authorized the federal government to provide the PTI with the ground between the H-9 and G-9 areas of Islamabad to hold its public gathering. The ruling came during a hearing of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association’s (IHCBA) plea against the government’s decision to block roads to stop PTI's "Azadi March" in Islamabad. A three-member bench of the SC, headed by Justice Ahsan, was hearing the plea. Islamabad chief commissioner and Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Akbar Nasir Khan appeared before the court during the hearing.

Islamabad couple harassment case: Usman Mirza and 4 others given life sentence

Usman Mirza, the primary culprit in the Islamabad harassment case, and four others were sentenced to life in prison on Friday, while two accomplices were acquitted. The case was tried in Islamabad's Additional Sessions Court, where the police presented all of the defendants, including Usman Mirza. Following the hearing, Additional Sessions Judge Ata Rabbani sentenced Usman Mirza, Hafiz Ataur Rehman, Adaras Qayyum Butt, Farhan Shaheen, and Mohib Bangash to life imprisonment.  

PTI moves March 27 power show in Parade Ground

Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf on Monday changed the venue of its planned March 27 power show in Islamabad from D-Chowk to Parade Ground. The decision came hours after Islamabad Inspector General of Police (IGP) Qazi Jamilur Rehman told the Supreme Court that section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The Code of Criminal Procedure, already in force in the capital, had been broadened to include the Red Zone area. In a tweet, the PTI said that "the Parade Ground will be more suitable to accommodate the number of people that are expected to participate in the rally." Earlier, PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan, too, had tweeted that the D-Chowk would prove to be a "small venue" for what he described would be the "biggest rally in the history of Pakistan".

IHC orders demolition of Navy Sailing Club

The Navy Sailing Club on Rawal Lake in Islamabad has been ordered to be demolished within three weeks by the Islamabad High Court. Justice Athar Minallah ruled, "The building was illegally constructed." On January 6, after hearing arguments from both the petitioner's attorney and the defence, the court reserved its judgement in the case. On Friday, it was stated at a hearing.  

Covid-19: 3 new Omicron cases reported in Islamabad

Sources in the health ministry informed news channels that three new COVID-19 cases of the Omicron variant were reported from Islamabad on Wednesday. The overall number of Omicron infections in the federal capital now stands at 20, according to the newly discovered cases. According to sources close to the situation, the people who live with the new Omicron patients, as well as others who came into contact with them, are being traced. On December 25, the first case of Omicron variant was reported in Islamabad.      

Video scandal: Accused turns out to be Senate official

Islamabad: It emerged on Wednesday that the man who harassed women by making a video turned out to be a Grade18 employee of the Senate. According to the reports, the case came to light in the federal capital Islamabad, police contacted the women and registered an FIR. A private TV channel tracked the harasser and exposed his identity.

Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul freight train launched

The Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul freight train, according to Railways Minister Azam Khan Swati, will be a game changer in the region, boosting trade between the three countries. Swati, together with Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Turkish Ambassador Ahsan Mustafa, and Adviser to Prime Minister for Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, launched the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul freight railway.    

Govt to suspend mobile phone services in Islamabad

Islamabad: It emerged on Thursday that the government had decided to suspend mobile phone service for three days in the capital city ahead of a crucial meeting of the Extraordinary Session of Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Afghanistan. According to details, the mobile phone service will be discontinued for three days from tomorrow, December 17 to 19. The Interior Ministry has already issued a notification to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to shut down the mobile service.

Atif Aslam walks out of concert after crowd harasses female attendee

Atif Aslam, a Pakistani singer, stopped performing during a concert in Islamabad to protect families and women from abuse. The musician, who was performing in Islamabad this week, abruptly exited the stage after witnessing a group of men harassing a female audience member. Atif immediately summoned the girl to the stage, consoled her, and then stormed out of the venue in protest.    

Gwadar Port to help improve trade

According to Minister for Economic Affairs Omar Ayub, Islamabad and Beijing are entering the next phase of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), which would see Special Economic Zones (SEZs) constructed across the country. He said SEZs will help attract foreign direct investment (FDI) and build industrial units, speaking at a virtual meeting of the Pakistan-China Joint Committee on Economic, Trade, Scientific, and Technical Cooperation on Wednesday.  

Islamabad rebuffs Delhi’s wheat transit proposal

Pakistan has rejected an Indian plan to deliver 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat as humanitarian relief to Afghanistan over the Wagah border in Indian or Afghan trucks, according to officials who believe New Delhi is dragging its feet by presenting "infeasible" solutions. According to official sources, India appears to be actively spreading "misinformation" concerning Pakistani mechanisms for shipping humanitarian aid across the Wagah border. According to the modalities, Pakistan offered that wheat and other needs be transported from India to Afghanistan by trucks operating under the supervision of the UN's World Food Programme (WFP).  

PM Imran Khan approves humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan

Islamabad: According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office on Monday, PM Imran Khan had approved the humanitarian relief package for Afghanistan. The decision came during the first apex committee meeting of the recently established Afghanistan Inter-Ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC). Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Finance Shaukat Tarin, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa, National Security Adviser Moeed Yusuf, and senior civil and military officers attended the meeting. The premier also urged all the relevant ministries to make efforts for facilitating the Afghans to the maximum and approved in-principle tariff and sales tax reduction on key Afghan exports to Pakistan.

Islamabad’s 75 percent population fully vaccinated

In the federal capital, 1.4 million of the 1.6 million vaccine-eligible inhabitants have been partially or fully vaccinated against Covid-19. According to official data, 90 percent of city residents have been partially vaccinated, while 75 percent have been fully immunised. Dr Zaeem Zia, the DHO of Islamabad, told Dawn that 2.25 million doses of Covid-19 vaccination had been provided. He noted that the city has 1.6 million vaccine-eligible residents, of whom 1.4 million have been partially or fully vaccinated and roughly 1.2 million have been fully vaccinated.  

Afghan foreign minister arrives in Islamabad

On Wednesday, Afghanistan's acting Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi has arrived in Islamabad on a three-day visit to Pakistan for wide-ranging talks on bilateral matters. This is the first visit to Pakistan by an Afghan minister since the Taliban take over Kabul on August 15. The Taliban's representatives were welcomed at Nur Khan Airbase and settled in the Afghan embassy in Islamabad.

Fawad Chaudhary blames Sindh govt for inflation

Islamabad: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry on Friday held the Sindh government responsible for the upswing in sugar and flour prices. He also criticized the financial schemes of the former PM Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and PML-N leader Miftah Ismail while addressing a press conference alongside Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam.

Senior official of PEMRA dismissed over harassment allegations

Islamabad: Kashmala Tariq, Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at Workplaces ruled on Thursday that a senior official of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) would be expelled from service on accounts of sexually harassing a female employee and paying Rs 2 million in compensation to her. "Bringing all the pieces of evidence together, the complainant has confirmed her allegation of harassment at the workplace on November 11, 2019," she said.

Hamza Shehbaz criticizes govt. over failure to control dengue

Hamza Shehbaz, the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly and PMLN Central Vice-President, has slammed the Punjab government for failing to control dengue fever and putting citizens' lives at risk. Hamza said in a statement released here on Tuesday that hospitals were overflowing with dengue patients. He claimed that a total of 4,494 cases had been reported from across the province, with 3,437 of them coming from Lahore alone.

Noor Muqaddam Case: Zahir Jaffer apologizes for his actions

A date has been set for the indictment of the accused in the Noor Muqaddam murder case by a local court in Islamabad, Pakistan's federal capital. Zahir Jaffer, the primary accused in the Noor murder case, faced the court for the first time today. The accused spoke in Urdu, and the court took his words into account. The accused claimed that he wished to apologize for what he had done, to which the court answered that they had heard and that he should consult with his lawyer. The accused also claimed that he wanted to be added to the roster, to which the judge answered while speaking with him that he is not required at this time and that they will hear him in court, following which the judge ordered the accused to be taken back to Bakhshi.

Young doctors baton-charged by Islamabad police

Islamabad: On Tuesday, young doctors, protesting against the govt's decision to make NLE mandatory for registration, were fired with tear gas and baton-charged by the police. The incident occurred when some of the protestors tried to barge in PMC holding. The police arrested 20 doctors and diapered the remaining ones by force, claimed the Young Doctors Association (YDA).

Irregularities being investigated at Islamabad International Airport

Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Federal Minister for Aviation, stated that the NAB and FIA are looking into anomalies and corruption at Islamabad International Airport. Responding to a notice raised in the Upper House by Senator Mohsin Aziz, Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan stated that the foundation for Islamabad International Airport was set on May 6, 2006, at a cost of Rs 38 billion. One was evaluated at various times, which raised the expense. Contracts for 18 packages to reward its employees were evaluated. The second runway was not finished. Massive irregularities and corruption have been revealed.

Car falls into a ditch, kills family of seven

On Saturday morning, seven members of a family were dead after their car crashed into a ditch in Islamabad's Bhara Kahu area. According to witnesses, the tragedy occurred early in the morning when the family's automobile slipped in the rain and crashed into a ditch. They said they found out about the accident hours later while it was pouring heavily. Phulgaran's family was on their way home after attending a wedding.

Denmark supports peaceful talks to resolve Kashmir issue: Jeppe Kofod

Islamabad: Jeppe Kofod, Danish Minister for Foreign Affairs, held a press conference with FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi, after delegation-level talks. He stated that Denmark would support the European Union's and the United Nations' stance about endorsing peaceful and diplomatic talks for the Kashmir dispute resolution.

Huge increase in Dengue cases seen in Islamabad

Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever is on the rise in Islamabad, with 40 more people diagnosed in the last 24 hours. According to officials, the total number of dengue fever cases registered this season has risen to 409. In recent weeks, three people in Islamabad have died as a result of the mosquito-borne viral illness. According to the sources: “Two of the people were from underdeveloped parts of the country, while one was from a metropolitan area.”  

MDCAT students arrested at D-Chowk

Medical and Dental College Admission Test (MDCAT) students protesting PMC policies were arrested by the Police today in Islamabad. It happened because students were chanting slogans abhorrent to the Pakistan Medical Commission and demanded the re-take of MDCAT.

25 Tiger Force Teams Assisting ICT Admin to Curb Profiteering & Hoarding

ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (APP): As many as 25 teams of the Prime Minister's Corona Relief Tiger Force are actively assisting the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration in curbing profiteering and hoarding in urban and rural areas of the federal capital. “Each team comprises 10 to 15 members of the Tiger Force who are assigned to identify hoarding and profiteering in the assigned areas", the ICT admin spokesman told APP on Thursday.

Chairman CDA Orders Repair of Sewage Water Treatment Plant

ISLAMABAD, Oct 18 (APP): Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) Amir Ali Ahmed, has directed to start repairing the Sewage Water Treatment Plant (STP) immediately and issued instructions to make it operational within three months. He directed to estimate the required budget in this regard and has also demanded a detailed report from the officers, said the media coordinator of CDA.

Visit of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Leader of Hezb-e-Islami

18th October 2020, Islamabad: Mr. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, Leader of Hezb-e-Islami of Afghanistan, along with a delegation will be visiting Islamabad from 19-21 October 2020. During the visit, Mr. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar will call on the Prime Minister and President and will meet Chairman Senate, Speaker National Assembly, Foreign Minister and other dignitaries. He will deliver a talk at a policy think-tank and interact with the media.

IHC Extends Zardari’s Interim Bail till Nov 5

ISLAMABAD, Oct 15 (APP): The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday extended the interim bail of former president Asif Ali Zardari till November 5, in an investigation pertaining to a suspect transaction connected with fake accounts scam. A division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani conducted the hearing on the bail plea of former president.