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GB to be accorded all powers

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GB to be accorded all powers

ISLAMABAD: Attorney General for Pakistan, Anwar Mansoor Khan today informed the Supreme Court (SC) that Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) could not be made a full-fledged province but would be accorded all powers like.
He informed this to a seven-judge larger bench headed by the chief justice hearing a case pertaining to the Constitutional status of GB.
During the course of proceeding, the attorney general apprised that the GB government had been empowered in lawmaking and administration and moreover, the legal draft for granting him province-like powers was being prepared which was in final stages.
To this, the chief justice appreciated the efforts of the federal government and remarked “this is commendable” adding, “the GB should be granted the same authority as other provinces have.”
Meanwhile, the GB deputy advocate general complained the bench that the draft had not been presented to them till yet. “We should be permitted to present our recommendations as well,” he appealed.
Subsequently, the bench directed authorities to call a meeting in this regard at the attorney general’s office on December 13, and it would be headed by the attorney general to finalize the draft bill.
The committee comprises senior lawyers, Aitzaz Ahsan, Salman Akram Raja, Chaudhry Afrasiab, GB law minister, and Kashmir Affairs secretary.

 

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National Savings collects Rs 365b by 16th May

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ISLAMABAD: Central Directorate of National Savings (CDNS) has achieved a net target of Rs 365 billion by 16th May, of the fiscal year 2018-19 as compared to last year’s collection of Rs 129 billion.
The total savings held by the CDNS stood at Rs 1, 701 billion by May 16, while the directorate had Rs 752 billion by the same date, a year ago, a senior official of the CDNS told the Media here today.
Due to the rationalization of CDNS certificates’ rates, the directorate has collected more savings than expected; therefore it will increase the set target of Rs 224 billion for May 2019.
The official said the CDNS notified the upward revision in the profit rates for various saving certificates, which has been applicable from January 1, increasing the trend of people investing more at the CDNS.
“The instant revision was made in the backdrop of the current market scenario and in accordance with the government’s policy to provide a market-based competitive rate of return to the investors of National Savings”, the official said.
He said, as per the notification issued by the federal government, the new rates for Defense Savings Certificate, Special Saving Certificate, Regular Income Certificate, Savings Accounts, Shuhada Family Welfare Account have been revised upward at an average of 12.47 percent, 11.40 percent, 12 percent, 8.5 percent,14.28 percent respectively.
The official said the profit rate of return for specialized savings schemes like “Bahbood Savings Certificates” and “Pensioners’ Benefit Account” has also been revised upward and fixed at 14.28 percent respectively in order to provide a safety net to specialized segments of the society.

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Sino-Pak agreements reflect growing ties: Dr. Firdous

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Rs1.2 billion released to media houses

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Monday said the signing of agreements between Pakistan and China during the visit of Chinese Vice President was proof of increasing economic cooperation between the two countries.
In a tweet on social media platform Twitter, she said these agreements were reflective of China’s strategic interest in the progress and prosperity of people of Pakistan.
She said under the leadership of Imran Khan, national interest and public welfare were given priority while in the past, personal interest and business were given preference by others.

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KP: ‘Honor’ killing incident condemned

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women has strongly condemned another brutal honor killing incident in Kohistan by the brother of Afzal Kohistani.

The incident was reported to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission on the Status of Women by the Civil Society network on May 26, 2019. A month ago, Afzal Kohistani, a human right defender and a leading character in Kohistan Video Scandal was killed in Abbottabad, who stand alone against the honor killing issue in Kohistan, says a press release issued by the commission here on Monday.

An FIR was lodged against one of his brother Gul Nazar, who according to the FIR has killed one of his relative in the honor killing and accused him of having a relationship with his Bahbi Hira, wife of Afzal Kohistani.

Meanwhile, the family of the girl also moved an application in Thana Cantt Abbottabad that Hira Bibi, wife of Afzal Kohistani along with her daughter is also missing from last four (04) days. The family of the Hira Bibi has requested search and safe recovery of the missing Hira Bibi. The Commission took a serious notice of the matter as the life of Hira Bibi is in danger.

The Secretary of the Commission telephonically contacted the District Police Officer and Deputy Commissioner, Abbottabad and asked for serious actions against the culprits and safe recovery of Hira Bibi. The Commission also write letters to the authorities for immediate necessary actions in the matter and report furnish to the Commission on immediate basis. As this the case of Women Life.

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