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PFA seals 4 food points, fines 5 eateries

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LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has closed down four food businesses including two gutka shops, dairy farm and a kitchen of the renowned hotel for failing to meet hygiene working environment and selling gutka.
The action was taken against them during an operation against unhygienic food points, processing units and adulterators in the provincial metropolis here today. 
The PFA raided United Dairy Farm, located at Quaid-e-Azam Industrial Estate, and sealed it due to pathetic condition of premises, for doing a production of frozen dessert in open area, preserving expired packets of Desi Ghee, improper cleanliness arrangements of cold storage and non-compliance of the authority instructions.
A team of PFA also sealed a kitchen of Park Lane Hotel on MM Alam Road for not taking preventative measures to control pests, the presence of cockroaches in chicken and fixing dual expiry dates on products. The team also found expired jelly during the raid.
Moreover, food safety teams sealed Chaudhry Tobacco in Gajjumata and Raju Pan Shop in Mughalpura for selling gutka, doing business without medical certificates and poor personal hygiene. While the sale of gutka is strictly prohibited in Punjab.
Over minor violations, PFA imposed Rs 50,000 fine on Arcadian Cafe, Rs 35,000 fine on R1 Cash and Carry, Rs 25,000 fine in Manj YDA Cafeteria and Rs 5,000 fine on Toheed Store.
PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that the purpose of food checking drive was to ensure the provision of healthy and safe food in Punjab.
He said that the teams are doing work affectionately in order to ensure the implementation of Punjab Pure Food Regulations. He further said that PFA will make Punjab’s land narrow for adulteration mafia.

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One arrested, drugs seized in operation

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ATTOCK: The police on Wednesday arrested one accused and seized drugs in an operation.

Police said Sub-inspector, Izhar Ahmad, during routine patrolling stopped a truck for snap checking but the driver tried to escape from the scene.

The police arrested the driver accused Zaroon Shah, a resident of Jalalabad.

During snap checking, 16 packets of 8000 grams heroin worth million of rupees was recovered from the truck.

Police have registered a case against the driver.

Further probe was underway.

 

 

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3 human traffickers arrested

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Rawalpindi Circle Wednesday arrested three accused allegedly involved in human trafficking.

According to details, the accused were identified as Abdul Qayyum, Ikram Gul and Mazhar Iqbal, a press release said.

The further investigation is in progress.

 

 

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Jakarta ex-governor freed from prison after blasphemy sentence

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JAKARTA: Jakarta’s former governor has been released from prison, his assistant said Thursday, nearly two years after his blasphemy conviction fanned fears over religious intolerance in the world’s biggest Muslim-majority nation.

Basuki Tjahaja Purnama — the Indonesian capital’s first non-Muslim governor in half a century and its first ethnic Chinese leader — left Mako Brimob prison in Depok, outside Jakarta, at around 7:30 am local time, Ima Mahdiah told media.

Supporters of the former governor, who is popularly known as Ahok, gathered outside the prison, chanting and cheering his new-found freedom.

The release ends one of the most tumultuous chapters in Indonesian politics in recent memory.

Purnama had been a popular politician who won praise for trying to clean up the traffic-clogged megacity and clamp down on corruption before his imprisonment.

But his downfall came quickly after comments he made on the campaign trail during a re-election bid saw him accused of insulting Islam.

The filmed remarks, which went viral online, sparked mass protests in Jakarta, spearheaded by radical groups opposed to a non-Muslim leader and encouraged by his political rivals.

He lost the election to a Muslim challenger and was then sentenced to two years’ jail in May 2017.

It was an unusually harsh sentence — prosecutors had only recommended probation for the now 52-year-old.

“He was picked up by his son Nicholas Sean Purnama” after being released, his assistant Mahdiah said. “He will spend time with his family first, resting.”

Purnama’s case drew international headlines and a wave of criticism, including from the United Nations, which urged the country of 260 million to revise its decades-old blasphemy law.

The charge against him centred on a remark he made to voters about his Muslim rivals using a Koranic verse to trick people into voting against him, which judges ruled amounted to blasphemy against Islam.

 

 

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