LAHORE: The Punjab Food Authority will collect cooking oil and ghee samples two times a year for laboratory test.
The result of the laboratory test will be published for the public interest as per law. This was unanimously decided in a meeting held between Punjab Food Authority and Pakistan Vanaspati Manufacturers Association (PVMA), on Friday. On the occasion, Minister for Food Samiullah Chaudhry was also present.
The Minister for Food appreciated the initiatives of PFA for bringing reform and improvement in the food industry. He said that PFA will provide complete guidance to everyone for improving their standards. He said that the government was utilizing all available resources to meet the international standards of food.
On the occasion, PFA Director General Captain (R) Muhammad Usman said that PFA would stop the production of all those brands who would not meet the food safety standards in the laboratory test. He said that all brands would be bound to remove their stock from the market within 24 hours in case of
failing their samples in laboratory results.
He added that the provincial food regulatory would discard all stock in case of failure to remove the stock from the market. He further said that the production of failed brands to be reopened after re-analysis their samples and ensuring proper reforms. The DG further said that the company would have the right to appeal in case of any reservations on the sampling results.
One arrested, drugs seized in operation
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.
3 human traffickers arrested
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.
Jakarta ex-governor freed from prison after blasphemy sentence
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.