ISLAMABAD: Despite the superior court’s orders, the authorities have yet not taken any action against the 2000 protesters who are staging a sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange here for over two weeks now.
Authorities are reluctant because they fear a backlash from the millions of madrassah students all over the country.
In order to handle the situation, a six-member committee (comprising of clerics belonging to Barelvi sect) has been formed.
The committee is expected to talk to the leaders of Tehreek-e-Labbaik today in order to persuade them to call-off the sit in.
It is pertinent to mention here that the resultant blockade of road has made life of millions of people living in Rawalpindi and Islamabad difficult.
RELEVANT PIECE PUBLISHED EARLIER
Ephedrine Quota Case; Hanif Abbasi handed life imprisonment by CNS Court
ISLAMABAD: Control of Narcotics Substances (CNS) Court here today has convicted PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi in Ephedrine Quota Case and handed him life imprisonment.
Hanif Abbasi was arrested from the courtroom and taken to Adiala Jail via ANF mobile. The other seven co-accused in the Ephedrine Quota Case have been acquitted on the basis of benefit of doubt.
Readers may recall that in the first quarter of 2011 nine thousand kilograms of Ephedrine was allocated to two pharmaceutical companies in violation of the International Narcotics Control Board rule dictating that no single concern could be given a quota of Ephedrine exceeding 500 kilograms.
Hanif Abbasi (along with others) was accused of selling Ephedrine Quota (Abbasi got allocated to his company Messrs. Gray Pharmaceuticals) to narcotics dealers instead of manufacturing medicines. A case was registered against him in the mid of 2012 under section 9-C, 14.
It is pertinent to mention here that Hanif Abbasi was contesting the 25th July 2018 election from Rawalpindi NA-60 against Sheikh Rashid who heads Awami Muslim League.
While savants at the helm of the affairs eye timing of the verdict with suspicion, cynics go haywire learning that Sheikh Rasheed (an ally of Imran Khan) has almost reached the Assembly without elections thanks to the conviction.
It is important to mention here that on 11th of July (2018) LHC had ordered the CNS Court to fix daily hearings and proclaim the verdict by the 21st of July (2018).
Shehbaz Sharif took to the twitter to lament that PML-N was being targeted:”The timing and manner of the judgment of Hanif Abbasi clearly shows a discriminatory attitude towards PML-N, targeting our party on the eve of the polls when PML-N is on the verge of winning the polls.”
الیکشن سے 3 روز قبل حنیف عباسی کا فیصلہ بہت سارے سوالات اٹھا گیا- الیکشن کی شفافیت پر ایک اور دھبہ https://t.co/fE87SL4yzL
— Ahsan Iqbal (@betterpakistan) July 21, 2018
ایفی ڈرین کوٹا کیس اپنے انجام کو پہنچ گیا،
حنیف عباسی منشیات فروخت کررہا تھا، پکڑا گیا
حنیف عباسی نے جوبویا وہی کاٹا ہے،
— Sheikh Rashid Ahmad (@ShkhRasheed) July 21, 2018
A relevant piece published earlier: ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gillani’s son, Ali Musa Gillani and ten others were charged in an ephedrine scandal on Friday. The charges were imposed by a special Anti-Narcotics Court which indicted PPP leader’s son, Ali Musa along with 10 others including former health minister Makhdum Shahabuddin, health ministry official Abdul Sattar and Dr. Abdul Khaliq. According to the court, the accused were involved in allowing two Pakistani pharmaceutical companies, Berlex and Danas to obtain a huge amount of ephedrine and providing it to people in the drug trade who could have used it to make meth worth billions of dollars. However, the companies denied any wrongdoing. The accused have been directed to appear in the court on next hearing which has been scheduled for May 12. (Published on 21st April 2018)
Pakistan Business Council delegation meets Finance Minister
ISLAMABAD: A delegation of the Pakistan Business Council (PBC) led by Ehsan Malik and Bashir Ali Mohammad met Finance Minister, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar here on Thursday.
The meeting was attended by Secretaries of the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform, Ministry of Energy and Chairperson Federal Board of Revenue and additional secretary of the Ministry of Commerce.PBC made a comprehensive presentation of the issues facing the corporate sector and shared proposals for strengthening the overall business environment and steps that could help boost different sectors of the economy.
Concern was expressed regarding the trend towards de-industrialization in the country as Pakistan industry lacked competitiveness given the high cost of power and gas and faces difficult business environment because of distortions in incentive framework and inconsistencies of policy regime.
The PBC delegation advocated for the provision of energy at competitive costs and addressing in a more holistic manner, the inefficiencies of DISCOs including their eventual privatization that has resulted in high cost of power to industry.
At the same time, PBC emphasized broadening of tax base, reduction in indirect taxes and cascading duty structure.
The delegates called for reduction and simplification and reduction in the number of taxes through the unification of multiple taxes and reduction in tax rates to strengthen tax compliance.
The delegation also laid emphasis on the provision of the level playing field with the informal sector, with focus on steps for ease of doing business that would ultimately revitalize growth of industry and thus generate jobs, exports, and revenues for the national exchequer to invest in social development.
The delegation observed that there was a need to effectively tap the potential in the country’s housing sector as it could help generate a large number of job opportunities annually.
PBC called for the establishment of a High-level Council including political leadership as well as independent and corporate experts tasked to develop deeper structural reforms and achieve broader acceptability and consensus from various quarters concerned.
Finance Minister appreciated the proposals put forth by the delegation, saying these would be valuable for the future elected government and PBC should send their detail tax and other proposals to the government so work can be launched by relevant ministries for consideration of the new government.
The Minister also stressed on lifting the quality standards of local products at par with international standards, saying this was necessary to discourage imports.
The minister agreed on the need for a more effective stakeholder consultation mechanism as it is critical that effective proposals offered to get adopted and implemented by the government.
Pakistan industry needs to examine all options of managing their competitiveness and she agreed on the need for dealing with root causes of the energy liabilities such as transmission and distribution losses that have aggravated the circular debt problem.
The Minister underscored private sector explores options for boosting exports and availing of the opportunity offered by the establishment of Special Economic Zones.
There was an agreement that in few areas PBC will send more detailed proposals, meanwhile, the Secretaries will work towards taking up the suggested reforms with new Government.
OPF to construct Degree College/University in Islamabad
ISLAMABAD: Overseas Pakistan Foundation (OPF) plans to construct its Degree College/University campus in Federal Capital to facilitate children of Overseas Pakistanis and the general public.
In this regard, the OPF will arrange a ground-breaking ceremony here on Friday (July 20) where Secretary Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis, Dr. Muhammad Hashim Popalzai will be the chief guest.
According to OPF here on Thursday, the campus is planned to be constructed on a covered area of more than four acres in the easily accessible F-11/2 sector of Islamabad.
The students would be able to pursue the best possible educational facilities in the fields of Business Administration, Management, Computer Science and Media Studies. The campus, having 72 classrooms, one auditorium and five laboratories, would accommodate around 2400 students.