ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Barrister Ali Zafar here on Thursday said the caretaker government in Punjab had made security arrangements for Nawaz Sharif’s arrival keeping in view the ground realities to maintain peace on July 13.
“We need to balance this situation,” he said talking to media persons after attending the concluding session of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA)’s National Youth Conference entitled “Countering Violent Extremism on Universities Campuses.” To a question about arrival of leaders and workers of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) at the Lahore Airport, he said it was responsibility of Punjab government to facilitate National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for implementing court’s verdict as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were coming to Pakistan for their arrest and on another side NAB would be there to arrest them.”
The minister said he was a representative of the federal government, however, the provincial government was in a better position to answer about the arrangements they had made to maintain law and order. Barrister Ali Zafar said he had complete confidence in provincial government, which had made all arrangements according to the prevailing situation, and “We should support them.” When asked whether Nawaz Sharif and his daughter would be taken directly to jail, he said as per law they should be produced before the court, but it would be the discretion of NAB either to produce them before the court or to send them to jail.
Regarding some reservations of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and PML-N on caretaker set-up, Barrister Ali Zafar said under Article 19, each and every person had the right to freedom of speech.
Caretaker CM inaugurates Institute of Cardiology Wazirabad
LAHORE: Caretaker Chief Minister Punjab Dr. Hasan Askari today inaugurated the Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology.
After inauguration, he visited the institute and inspected its different sections. He also met with patients and inquired about their health. The institute will facilitate patients from six districts of the division with the latest medical treatments.
The Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology is equipped with the latest facilities, including heart surgeries, CCU, cardiac emergency, angiography, angioplasty, eco-cardiograph, radiology and technical laboratories.
This project whose foundation stone was laid in 2006 and construction started in 2007, however, it was made operational fully after 12 years by the interim government.
The institute capacity of 200 beds and initially arrangement of 100 beds are available. It will provide around 50 lac patients with the latest medical facilities. With the establishment of the Wazirabad Institute of Cardiology, patients would not be needed to refer to Lahore or other big cities. The OPD was established in this institute in 2014 and in 2016 a coronary angiography facility was made available to the public.
Now in 2018, it offers 24 hours emergency and the latest facilities of CCU and cardiac surgery. Many senior registrars of cardiology, senior registrar cardiac surgery, 33 medical officers and 58 nurses are performing their duties in the institute.
While addressing on this occasion, the caretaker CM said that in-time completion of such projects was the need of the hour as it would provide people of that area with quality medical facilities.
He said that serving humanity was the responsibility of everyone along with the government and the role of doctors and nurses in this noble cause was undeniable.
He said that the facility inaugurated today would flourish further in future and will assist the
community. Patients not only from Wazirabad but from Gujranwala division and other neighboring areas will also benefit from this hospital whose credit went to the collective teamwork, he added.
Hassan Askari said that even though it took 12 long years to complete this project but:” We hope that other needful facilities will be provided within time”.
He congratulated Caretaker Health Minister Jawad Khan and his team who worked hard day and night to complete this project and now it was attending 1,500 patients on average on a daily basis.
Hassan Askari said:”Some of the complaints rigging out were related to the federal and other departments and addressing them was not in our control nevertheless we are trying to address the complaints which fall in our jurisdiction”.
A strategy had been devised in this regard, likewise, Caretaker Interior Minister Shaukat Javed took instant action against these complaints while implementation of the code of conduct issued by the Election Commission was also ensured, he said. The interim Punjab government was assisting in electoral process under the framework of the Election Commission and political parties were also taken on board, He said and added proper security was being provided to political gatherings.
Hassan Askari added that cooperation on every level was mandatory for transparent elections and:” It is our utmost priority to provide a peaceful, free and independent environment for it”. He said:” The independent election can take place only if we cooperate with each other,” Answering another question, Dr. Hassan Askari said that prisoners in jail were provided with facilities according to their status and categories.
Later, Dr. Hassan Askari inaugurated afforestation campaign by planting a plant in the garden of Institute of Cardiology. Provincial Caretaker Ministers Zai Haider Rizvi, Dr. Jawad Sajid Khan, Sectary Specialized Health Care, Medical Education and other concerned authorities were also present.
Tough contest between PML-N and PTI in NA-109
FAISALABAD: Election campaign is in full swing in the constituency NA-109 (Faisalabad-9), old NA-83.
According to the Elections Commission spokesman, there are total 420,767 registered voters, including 226,687 males and 194,080 females.
In the constituency, 372 polling stations were set up, including 193 stations for males, 172 for females and seven combined stations while 928 polling booths, including 506 for males and 422 for females have also been set up.
He said that 372 presiding officers, 1,856 assistant presiding officers, and 928 polling officers will perform their duty on the election day.
He said that 36 polling stations of the constituency have been declared sensitive where security cameras would also be installed for security arrangements.
Meanwhile, as many as 10 candidates are in the run for the seat of this constituency. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has fielded former MNA Mian Abdul Mannan while the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) awarded ticket to Faiz Ullah.
The Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarian (PPPP) fielded Muhammad Afzal while Muhammad Asad Iqbal of Tehreek-e-Labbiak Pakistan (TLP), Zafar Hussain Khan of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), Muhammad Asif of Pakistan Sunni Tehreek, Fayyaz Ahmad of Allah-o-Akbar Tehreek, Muhammad Mansoor Ahmad Awan of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Isalm and two independent candidates are contesting the elections.
Provincial constituencies PP-114 and PP-115 falls under this constituency. In PP-114, as many as 10 candidates are contesting the elections but according to a survey, the actual contest is between PML-N candidate former MPA Sheikh Ijaz Ahmad and Muhammad Latif Nazar of the PTI.
For PP-115, as many as eight candidates are contesting the election as according to a survey a tough contest is expected between Ali Abbas Khan of PML-N and Asad Muazzam of PTI.
The constituency NA-109 mainly comprises of city areas, including Madina Town and Peoples Colony and major clans in this constituency include Arain, Kamoka, and Rajpoot.
In 2013 by-elections, PML-N candidate Mian Abdul Manan won the old NA-83 seat with 47,107 votes beating Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Faizullah who got 36,866 votes.
According to the survey a tough contest is expected between PML-N candidate Mian Abdul Mannan and PTI candidate Faizullah.
84 cases registered against PML-N leaders, workers: LHC told
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) was informed on Friday that 84 cases were registered against Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders and workers across Punjab over clashes with law enforcers on arrival of former prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif here from London.
The details of the said cases were submitted by AIG legal Muhammad Ilyas before the LHC acting Chief Justice Muhammad Anwaarul Haq who was hearing a petition filed by PML-N Lahore President Pervez Malik against non-provision of the copies of first information reports (FIRs) registered against the party leaders and workers.
The law officer stated that the cases were registered against the party leaders and workers after they tried to take the law into their hands. The court was requested to dismiss the petition. However, the petitioner’s counsel submitted that baseless cases were registered against the party workers and it was aimed to harass the party supporters.
At this, the court adjourning further hearing till August 1, and ordered for the provision of copies of the FIRs to the persons concerned.