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.
Making writing instruments industry vibrant
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.
PEMRA to auction new satellite TV licenses
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.
US Envoy at Faisal Masjid (TEXT AND VIDEO)
ISLAMABAD: United States Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Paul Jones, accompanied by his wife Catherine Jones, visited the Shah Faisal Mosque here.