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Azam Sawati tenders resignation to PM

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ISLAMABAD: Senator Azam Swati, has tendered resignation to Prime Minister Imran Khan. 

Former Minister for Science and Technology said that he would defend his case without any portfolio or authority.

He said that he could not work under these conditions. 

Relevant I: Minister for Science and Technology Azam Swati Thursday tendered his resignation to Prime Minister in a meeting at the PM Office. The minister had decided to resign from the office until the decision of the case against him. Swati is, currently, under investigation for alleged misuse of authority and the Supreme Court of Pakistan had decided on Wednesday to try him under Article 62(1)(f) of the Constitution. The chief justice had taken Suo Motu notice of the transfer of Inspector General of Police Islamabad Jan Muhammad on October 27, for allegedly refusing to take action on the complaint by Swati’s son regarding fight over purported encroachment by a family at their farmhouse.

Relevant II): Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs Naeem ul Haq Thursday said Azam Sawati tendered his resignation to the prime minister after the Supreme Court has started proceeding of a case against him. Talking to a private news channel, Naeem ul Haq said: “The resignation of Azam Sawati is a true example of Naya Pakistan, where no one can hold public office, who has cases against him in the courts.”  He said the prime minister has accepted his resignation keeping in view the pending court’s cases against him. Naeem ul Haq said the government would implement the court decision whether it come in favor or against him. Replying to a question, he said if the court decision comes in the favor of Azam Sawati, he would again the part of the federal cabinet and adding the PTI government would obey and implement the court’s decision.

Snap taken prior to his resignation shows Azam Swati chairing a meeting.

IG transfer: SC directs Azam Swati to reply by tonight

 

 

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Making writing instruments industry vibrant

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ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on commerce, Textile, Industries, Production, and Investments Abdul Razak Dawood today said all necessary measures would be taken to make the writing instruments industry competitive and vibrant so that it could meet the local demands as well as exports.
A delegation of Writing Instruments Association called on him and discussed issues faced by the local writing instruments industry, a press release said.
They informed that the smuggling through Afghan Transit Trade is hurting the domestic stationary industry particularly pencil manufacturing, The delegation further urged that regulatory duties may be imposed on the import of pencils so that local industry is protected.
The adviser assured the industry representatives that a level playing field would be provided to the domestic industry. “National Tariff Policy is going to fix tariff anomalies besides protecting local industry” he added.

 

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PEMRA to auction new satellite TV licenses

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Airing of 'bold' Eid-Shows on Pak channels

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority ( PEMRA ) in its meeting held here on Monday after thorough deliberation, approved licensing of new satellite TV channels through open bidding process.
The process of issuing satellite TV Channel licenses was halted by orders of the Lahore High Court whereby it was directed that the matter may be re-advertised after regular Chairman PEMRA is in place. The Authority also determined the number of licenses to be issued and their genre in light of Court Orders.
The Authority also approved amendments in PEMRA Television Broadcast Station Operations 2012 and in Regulations regarding Security Clearance of Directors/Licensees of Satellite TV channels.
The Authority approved the grant of two Non-Commercial FM Radio Licenses to Punjab Food Authority (PFA), Lahore and Beacon house National University (BNU), Lahore.
The request of Virtual University for the renewal of Non-Commercial Satellite TV Licenses, VTV-I and VTV-II in Specialized Subject Category was also approved subject to a revised fee.
Two Landing Right Permissions were approved for Mediacon Network (Pvt.) Ltd, Karachi for Foreign TV Channels “English Club TV” and “Kidzone TV”, and Landing Rights Permission for Channel “TOONAMI” was canceled on their own request.
Likewise, approval was granted for one Mobile TV (Video & Audio Content Provision) Services License to Ideation (Pvt.) Ltd. Islamabad, and two Internet Protocol TV Distribution Service Licenses for TES Media (Pvt.) Ltd, Islamabad for Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad Telecom Zones and Neyatel (Pvt.) Ltd, for Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Peshawar and Faisalabad Telecom Zones. Beside these agendas, the Authority reviewed the status of DTH licensing and took an appropriate decision as per law.
The Authority members welcomed Secretary Information and Broadcasting as an Authority member in pursuance of amendment of the Ordinance as representative of Federal Government. The 146th Authority meeting was presided by Chairman PEMRA Muhammad Saleem Baig whereas, M. Shafqat Jalil, Secretary Information and Broadcasting and other members including
Nargis Nasir, Member Punjab, Shaheen Habibullah, Member KP, Sarfaraz Khan Jatoi Member Sindh, Muhammad Naveed, Chairman PTA, and Ashfaq Jumani, Executive Member PEMRA were also present in the meeting.

 

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US Envoy at Faisal Masjid (TEXT AND VIDEO)

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ISLAMABAD: United States Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Paul Jones, accompanied by his wife Catherine Jones, visited the Shah Faisal Mosque here.  

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