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PTI demand for creation of Southern Punjab province!

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PTI demand for creation of southern Punjab province

LAHORE: PTI said it supported the demand for creation of southern Punjab province.

Speaking at a presser here yesterday (15th of April) PTI Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that the proposed creation of southern (Junoobi) Punjab province was needed not for linguistic reasons but on administrative grounds to mitigate the miseries and send of deprivation being faced by some 35m people living in Bahawalpur, Multan and DG Khan divisions.  

It is pertinent to mention here that before addressing the Press Conference Shah Mehmood Qureshi had a meeting with the recently formed leadership of the Junoobi Punjab Sooba Mahaz (JPSM). 

JPSM president Khusro Bakhtiar also addressed the press conference.

 

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ABAD’s financial assistance program for farmers

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RAWALPINDI: The last date to submit applications is 15th October for the financial assistance program offered by the Agency for Barani Areas Development (ABAD) Punjab to the farmers particularly of Barani area for the construction of the mini dam, water ponds and water storage tanks.
According to Director General, ABAD, Rawalpindi, Dr. Ethasham Anwar, the financial assistance up to Rs 1.5 million would be provided to the farming community for the construction of mini-dam, Rs 500,000 for the construction of water ponds, water storage tanks, rooftop harvesting and lift irrigation scheme.  Similarly, Rs 300,000 will be given for construction of dug well and shallow tube-well. The financial assistance is being offered here to the farmers of Attock, Jhelum, Chakwal, and Rawalpindi in the division. The program has been offered to the community at the village level.
Old associations formed under the National Rural Support Programme (NRSP) are eligible for the program while new associations can also be made in this connection. The application forms can be received from the offices of NRSP.  For further information, ABAD helpline 1095 can be contacted with its website www.abad.punjab.gov.pk. An ABAD spokesman informed that the agency had completed 40 public funded projects including agriculture sector, institution development, multi-sectoral project, afforestation, range management, agriculture mechanism, livestock development, soil, and water conservation and water resource development by investing eight billion rupees for the uplift of the marginalized population of Punjab Barani Tract and working on six projects costing Rs 845 million.
ABAD has also completed five donor funded projects including sustainable livelihood in Barani areas project, second barani areas development project, Barani village development project, small dams umbrella project and first Barani area development project for the uplift of the farmers of Punjab Barani Tract. He said the department was working to transform the socio-economic landscape of Barani region by creating enormous avenues of livelihood and implementing the development programs for the Barani areas of the province through coordinating, monitoring and evaluating the activities of the departments responsible for the execution of the development schemes in these areas.
ABAD is striving to increase the agricultural productivity of Barani areas, reduce the soil losses, promote efficient use of groundwater, improve management of forestry, fisheries and livestock resources and promote employment and commercial opportunities for rural communities, he added.

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Anti-encroachment drive continues in Punjab

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LAHORE: Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar today has said that PTI Govt. has launched an indiscriminate anti-encroachment campaign across Punjab.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony of ‘Clean and Green Pakistan’ programme at Town Hall here, he said that strict action was being taken against encroachers without considering their political affiliation. He said that Clean and Green Pakistan programme was not related to a single political party, but a collective programme of the people of Pakistan and all political parties of the country.
The governor said that the PTI government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan, would make Pakistan clean and green. Regarding media for being the most effective forum in creating a positive image of the country, Ch Sarwar said that the media should provide maximum coverage to highlight and promote the development measures, taken by the government for the welfare of people.
He also appealed to the media to highlight Prime Minister’s Clean and Green Pakistan campaign. Earlier, the governor launched the campaign by planting a sapling and taking part in cleaning of the Town Hall. Addressing students, the governor urged them to spearhead the movement as they hold the key to the future of Pakistan and said that 10 billion trees would be planted across the country within the next five years to reduce the effects of climate change. He said that water treatment plants would also be set up at rivers in the coming years to purify the water.
He also stressed the need for collective efforts to make Clean and Green Pakistan campaign a success and bring about improvement, development, and progress in the country. Punjab Chief Secretary Yusuf Naseem Khokhar, Lahore Mayor Mubashir Javed, wife of Punjab governor Parveen Sarwar, Secretary Local Government, students from Lady Maclagan School and others were present.

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Zainab’s killer to be hanged on Wed. 17th Oct.

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Zainab killer to be hanged

LAHORE: Serial killer, pedophile Imran’s black warrant has been issued for October, 17th, 2018. 

Commenting on the development, Prosecutor Abdul Rauf Watoo said: “Today’s warrants were issued after President Arif Alvi rejected Ali’s appeal for clemency in the Zainab case on October 10 (2018).”

According to details an Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) today issued black warrants for the execution of the condemned
the prisoner, Imran Ali, in Zainab murder case. The court asked the jail authorities to hang Imran Ali on 17th of Oct, 2018. Meanwhile, Haji Amin, the father of murdered Zainab, has moved the Lahore High Court (LHC) to publicly hang the convict. His appeal has been filed under Section 22 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, which allows a convict to be executed publicly. The jail authorities had approached the ATC-I for the hanging of Imran Ali submitting that he was sentenced to death by the ATC-I and later, the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court had upheld the conviction, while the President of Pakistan also turned down his mercy petitions. Therefore, the jail officials asked the trial court to issue black warrants for his execution. ATC-I Judge Sajjad Ahmad issued the black warrants for Imran Ali directing the authorities to carry out the hanging after fulfilling legal formalities.
Imran Ali was sentenced to death in February 2018 on charges of kidnapping, raping and killing minor Zainab in January 2018 within the jurisdiction of the A-division police station, Kasur. Little Zainab went missing on Jan 4, shortly after she left home to go to a neighbor’s house where she studied the Holy Quran. Her parents were in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah when the incident took place. After relatives reported her missing, the police recovered her body on Jan 9 from a heap of
garbage.
The incident sparked unrest and massive protests in Kasur district resulting in violent clashes with the police. Police later collected DNA samples of 1,187 people from January 12 to January 23 to trace the accused. On January 23, the police arrested Imran, a neighbor of Zainab, as his DNA matched with the DNA samples collected from the body of Zainab. The convict was involved in eight other similar cases wherein six victims had died and only two survived. An anti-terrorism court had awarded death sentence to Imran Ali in at least three such cases also.

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