ISLAMABAD: Deputy Chairman Senate Saleem Mandviwala Friday said former ambassador Ali Jehangir Siddiqui, through Amir Shafiq, has filed a defamation suit against a tweet made by him about their business partnership with a private airline.
Speaking at a press conference, he said in the tweet he mentioned the investment of $ 20 million with Air Blue made by JS Group and afterward, Ali Jehangir Siddiqui became Advisor to former Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi and then was appointed Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States. The notice sent by Ali Jehangir Siddiqui to him was apparently a tactic to intimidate him and the Senators so they remain silent on important issues, he alleged.
He said some people approached him and demanded that he should delete the tweet. He said he informed them that he could prove the facts mentioned in the tweet. He said he stood by his tweet and Ali Jehangir should prove that he did not make an investment in Air Blue. Many hearings in the case were held for a year but he was not sent any court notice, nor called for a hearing, then suddenly he received a notice, he said.
He said he could not be scared with such notices as he belonged to Pakistan Peoples Party which was a party of martyrs and faced many tribulations in the past. “Ali Jehangir Siddiqui damaged my political reputation by sending the notice,” he said adding he would appear in the court to defend himself and asked Chairman Senate to take notice of the situation. He demanded that an inquiry should be held on the issue and said all the record was available with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP).
Cold, dry weather to persist, rain at isolated places
ISLAMABAD: The Met office Wednesday forecast cold and dry weather for most parts of the country while light rain (with light snowfall over the hills) is expected at few places in Malakand division, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir and its adjoining hilly areas.
Foggy conditions are likely in plain areas of Punjab and upper Sindh during morning hours.
According to the synoptic situations, a westerly wave is affecting northern parts of the country and may persist till next 24-36 hours.
Scattered rain (with snowfall over the hills) occurred in upper Punjab, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir during last 24 hours.
Following rainfalls were recorded in millimeters:
Punjab: Okara 40, Sargodha (City 24, A/P 15), Lahore (A/P 18, city 12), Murree 15, Gujrat 17, Islamabad (Saidpur 11, Z.P 06, IIAP 05, Bokra, Golra 03), Sialkot (A/P 10, City 001), Gujrat 09, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad, Chaklala 05), Mianwali, Chakwal 05, Layyah, Kamra 04, Narowal 03, Bhakkar 02, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Dir (Lower 20, upper 12), Malamjabba, Saidu Sharif 19, Mirkhani 16, Parachinar 15, Balakot 08, Pattan, Kalam 07, Drosh 06, Bannu 05, Kakul, Chitral 04, Risalpur 03, Cherat 02, Kashmir: Kotli 20, Muzaffarabad 12, Rawalakot 10, Garidupatta 06, GB: Bunji 05. Snowfall (Inch): Malamjabba 11, Murree 10, Kalam 06.
Minimum Temperatures were recorded as follow:
Ziarat -13°C, Kalat -11°C, Skardu -09°C, Quetta, Gupis -06°C, Bagrote, Kalam, Astore, Malamjabba -05°C, Murree, Dalbandin -03°C, Zhob, Hunza, Drosh, Parachinar -02°C, Nukkundi, Rawalakot, Chillas -01°C,Islamabad 04C, Peshawar 08C, Lahore 05C.
3 foreign petroleum companies awarded licenses in last five years: Senate told
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Petroleum Ghulam Sarwar Khan Wednesday said three licenses were issued to foreign petroleum companies for exploration of oil and gas in the country during last five years.
Replying to a question in the Senate, the application fee for grant of a petroleum exploration license is Rs100,000 while the total amount received from them under the head of license fee is Rs300,000.
The minister in a written reply said the prices of petroleum products are determined in accordance with the Petroleum Products (Petroleum Development Levy) Ordinance, 1961, Rules 1967 thereunder, OGRA’ s Ordinance 2002 and GoP/ECC’s approved parameters as amended from time to time.
He said the oil prices are linked with international Arab Gulf market prices of petroleum products, being imported by the PSO.
Accordingly Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) and Refineries are allowed to fix and announce the prices at their own on monthly basis in accordance with the actual PSO landed import cost of the previous month.
In case of no imports, ex-refinery price fixed as per Import Parity Price (IPP) formula based on Arab Gulf monthly average prices published in Platts Oilgram on daily basis.
The minister said some gas development schemes were launched or approved since 2018 in the Provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa by SNGPL.
He added 62 meters have been installed at subject locality like Prince Road, Phalgran, Bhara Kahu Islamabad etc. while remaining cases or applications upto January 31, 2018 are being entertained on turn or merit basis.
Govt taking consolidated steps to strengthen economy: PTI MNA
ISLAMABAD: Member National Assembly (MNA) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Uzma Riaz Khan on Wednesday said that the present government was taking consolidated steps to strengthen the economy of the country.
In an interview, she congratulated Finance Minister Asad Umar for presenting reforms package (Finance Supplementary Second Amendment Bill 2019) and said the government provided maximum relief to poor people of the country through this Finance Bill.
She said this is not a mini budget, it’s a reforms package to enhance investment and export in the country adding that the people of the country have full confidence in the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and our government will deliver to masses.
He said remittances growth has increased trade, deficit is shrank while exports grew in the country during last first six months of the present government.
Meanwhile, MNA Sadaqat Ali Abbasi said that the government has not imposed any tax on poor segment through this Finance Amendment Bill 2019.
He said that the government is taking steps to enhance exports while discouraging imports adding that current account deficit has decreased during last six months.