ISLAMABAD: PPP/PTI backed independent and so-far unheard-of senator from Balochistan Sadiq Sanjrani has sworn-in as Senate Chairman today here. He bagged 57 votes while PML-N candidate veteran politician Senator Raja Zafar-ul-Haq mustered-up 46.
Sanjrani’s election (though apparently a result of massive horse trading) is historical in the sense that he is the first Baloch to win the chairmanship of the upper house.
PPP Senator Saleem Mandviwalla managed to beat PML-N-backed Usman Khan Kakar (a Senator of Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party) by securing 54 votes against Kakar’s 44. It is pertinent to mention here that MQM that faced a dramatic defeat in the senate elections opted to abstain from the deputy’s election.
PS: Sons also rise! Sons of PM and PTI MNA Hamid-ul-Haq created an unpleasant scene when they got involved in a brawl after hearing the results.
RELEVANT PIECE PUBLISHED EARLIER
SUCCESS Sakafat Mela held at PNCA
ISLAMABAD: Sakafat in collaboration with the European Union-funded Sindh Union Council and Community Economic Strengthening Support (SUCCESS) Programme on Sunday organized a “SUCCESS Sakafat Mela” here at Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA).
The event was aimed to promote the cultural diversity of Pakistan while celebrating social development done by Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN) through SUCCESS programme in Sindh.
The exhibition at the SUCCESS Sakafat Mela started at 10 am showcasing a variety of stalls ranging from crafts, clothing, jewelry, home décor to traditional food.
A seminar on poverty reduction through women empowerment was held at the PNCA Auditorium. Panelists included Director General PNCA Jamal Shah, Ms. Shandana Khan (CEO RSPN), Dr. Abdul Basit, Dr. Maria Sultan (Director General of the South Asian Strategic Stability Institute), Ms. Fozia (Community activist from LSO Chira) while Aliya Qaiser, PTV anchor, was the moderator.
The seminar was followed by a theatre play titled Roshni, performed by True Theatre and focusing on societal issues faced by women in Pakistan.
An array of cultural performances followed by the play most markedly that of Khanzada Asfandyar Khattak, who performed fusion Attan to enthrall the audience. The evening time activity centered around an exciting concert by Bakshi Brothers who performed cultural, Sufi and other popular numbers for the audience.
A relevant piece published earlier: The newly approved National Culture Policy and Film Policy have been prepared after consulting all the provinces and experts from across the country to integrate culture and civilization. National Culture Policy will help promote national identity and present the real face of the country abroad, a noted artist Muhammad Azeem Iqbal said. Talking to the Media, he lauded the efforts of Director General Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) renowned Actor Syed Jamal Shah for hosting a three-day National Artists Convention to finalize the draft of the policies. He said that each artist’s and official’s role was laudable in formulating the policies. Talking to APP, he said that implementation of the culture and film policy will promote tolerance, film, music, theater, folklore, heritage and regional languages. First-ever National Film and Culture policy was widely welcomed by the leading artists, film producers, cultural and literary personalities.
Former Chairman Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) Prof. Dr. Muhammad Qasim Bughio, prominent singers Multanikar, Ahmed Ali Khan, legend Actors Qavi Khan, Mustafa Qureshi, Film Producer Zeba Bakhtiar, Usman Pirzada, Syed Noor, Babra Sharif, Sheema Kirmani and Film Star Shan and Meera welcomed the approval of new Culture and Film Policy. Legend Actor Qavi Khan expressed the hope that new National film policy would be implemented for the promotion of art and artists of the country. The new National Film Policy envisages formally according to the status of industry to the film industry; establishment of finance fund and film academy; building of film studios; restoration of the Directorate of Films and Publications and abolition of duty on import of film equipment, film censor fee and sales tax; inclusion of artists in the health scheme and 70% rebate to the foreign film producers on traveling allowance and eatables. (Published on 6th June 2018)
IHC grants one week to media houses to shift offices
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) granted one-week time to media houses operating in residential areas of the city to shift their offices to any other place.
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of IHC resumed hearing of the case related to the TV channels including Bol and Neo TV, who were operating in residential areas of the city.
During the course of proceeding, the bench stopped Capital Development Authority (CDA) from sealing the office buildings of above TV channels and gave one week to media organizations to shift their offices.
Earlier, a single member bench comprising Justice Athar Minallah last day referred a petition of Bol TV channel to this bench for hearing.
Chief Commissioner directs to ensure security during polls
ISLAMABAD: Chief Commissioner Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Administration Joudat Ayaz directed district departments here on Friday to coordinate with each other for ensuring security arrangements of key buildings during elections in the federal capital.
The chief commissioner chaired a meeting, which was also attended by Inspector General of Police Islamabad Jan Muhammad, Director Administration Asim Ayub, ADC (G) Shoaib Ali, SSP (Operations) Najeeb ur Rehman Bagvi, AIG, Special Branch, Liaqat Hayat Niazi and DIG Security Waqar Ahmed Chohan etc.
The participants of the meeting reviewed the general law and order situation in the federal capital with reference to the general election and security arrangements for the Election Commission buildings, polling staff and polling stations including security of printing press.
Chief Commissioner, Islamabad Joudat Ayaz, while addressing the participants of the meeting, directed to ensure effective coordination among all the related departments and timely share of intelligence reports.
The ADC (G) Shoaib Ali informed that contingency plan is being finalized with the coordination of all concerned departments and with the active support of law enforcement agencies.
Shoaib Ali further told that all the facilities at the polling stations including drinking water, electricity, ramps for the disabled, washroom would be ensured and survey in this regard has been completed. He further told that installation of Close-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras at the polling station has also been completed.
The meeting was informed that a control room will be established in the office of Deputy Commissioner Islamabad on the occasion of general elections and main control room will be established in Safe City Control Room and the polling stations would be connected with the safe city center.
Senior Superintendent of Islamabad Police Najeeb ur Rehman Bagvi also informed the participants about the deployment plan of the police force at the polling stations and other buildings.