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Punjab govt has made security arrangements for July 13: Ali Zafar

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Barrister Ali Zafar here on Thursday said the caretaker government in Punjab had made security arrangements for Nawaz Sharif’s arrival keeping in view the ground realities to maintain peace on July 13.

“We need to balance this situation,” he said talking to media persons after attending the concluding session of National Counter Terrorism Authority (NACTA)’s National Youth Conference entitled “Countering Violent Extremism on Universities Campuses.” To a question about arrival of leaders and workers of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) at the Lahore Airport, he said it was responsibility of Punjab government to facilitate National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for implementing court’s verdict as former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter were coming to Pakistan for their arrest and on another side NAB would be there to arrest them.”

The minister said he was a representative of the federal government, however, the provincial government was in a better position to answer about the arrangements they had made to maintain law and order. Barrister Ali Zafar said he had complete confidence in provincial government, which had made all arrangements according to the prevailing situation, and “We should support them.” When asked whether Nawaz Sharif and his daughter would be taken directly to jail, he said as per law they should be produced before the court, but it would be the discretion of NAB either to produce them before the court or to send them to jail.

Regarding some reservations of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and PML-N on caretaker set-up, Barrister Ali Zafar said under Article 19, each and every person had the right to freedom of speech.

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Institutions working against corruption: Chohan

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ISLAMABAD: Provincial Minister for Information and Culture Fayaz-ul-Hassan Chohan today held that all institutions of the state were working sans pressure.

He told that crackdown would continue against corrupt figures. He informed that all elements were under observation and the party would not allow any corrupt person to escape from punishment for their crimes against the motherland.
He underlined that opposition’s hue and cry the main purpose to escape from punishment but they will not succeed in their malingering.
The Minister revealed that PTI govt did not appoint the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB), he was appointed in the tenure of previous government n.
“The NAB is an independent institution of the state like others and government will assist it according to the law,” he added.
The NAB detained Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother Salman Rafique in connection with the Paragon Housing Society scam, he mentioned.
Replying a question regarding opposition leader Hamza Sharif said , today he cleverly tried to escape from the country but unfortunately he was not able to leave Pakistan when FIA authorities off loaded him and did not allow to left the country.
Fayaz ul Hassan was questioned why the leader of PML-N was trying to flee the country, he replied NAB has been carrying out a probe against the member of Sharif family as their wrongdoings were surfacing.
Hamza Shahbaz is a big liar and corrupt person, even he didn’t follow his own statements, Fayaz added.
Fayaz said , “The PTI has taken up the task of making all the law enforcement agencies and institutions depoliticized including FIA and NAB.”.
“We have only one agenda that there will be no compromise on the issue of the country’s security and will make the country secure and we will have to take some tough decisions,” he said.
The people of Punjab have now realized that the opposition, mainly the PML-N has nothing to do with democracy, democratic institutions, and the parliamentary politics, he added.
He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan already had vowed that whenever PTI came to power, each and every corrupt person would be arrested and punished and looted public wealth would be recovered .
He urged people to be part of PTI’s struggle against the corrupt system and said that time had come for the public to resist and play its role to change this system.

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Cultivate Baharia sunflower from Jan.

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FAISALABAD: Agriculture experts have advised the farmers to start Baharia sunflower cultivation from January and complete it by mid of February to get a bumper crop.
Talking to APP, spokesman of the agriculture department said here on Monday the time from 1st January to 15th February was the most suitable for Baharia cultivation of sunflower. Therefore, growers should start sunflower cultivation from the start of January and complete it by mid of February as late sowing can not only damage the quality of grain but also causes a loss to the yield. He said that growers of Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan, Khanewal, Multan, Vehari and Bahawal Nagar districts should start sunflower cultivation from 1st January and complete it by 31st January, whereas the most suitable time for sunflower cultivation in Muzaffargarh, Dera Ghazi Khan, Layyah, Lodhran,
Rajan Pur and Bhakkar are from 10th  January to 10th February.  Similarly, farmers of Faisalabad, Mianwali, Sargodha, Khushab, Jhang, Sahiwal, Okara, Sialkot, Gujranwala, Lahore, Mandi Bahauddin, Kasur, Sheikhupura, Nankana Sahib, Narowal, Attock, Rawalpindi, Gujrat, and Chakwal district should cultivate sunflower crops from 25th January to 15th February. The spokesman further said that growers should cultivate approved sunflower varieties like Hi-sun-33, Hi-sun-39, Agora-4, NK-278, FH-331, DK-4040, G-101 and 64-A-93 because these varieties are not only disease resistant but also give bumper yield.

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Crackdown against land grabbers

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MULTAN: Commissioner Multan Division Imran Sikandar Baloch today directed Auqaf department to launch a  crackdown against land grabbers to retrieve state land without any discrimination.
Presiding over a meeting here, Imran Sikandar Baloch directed officers of Auqaf department to prepare lists of land grabbers. He also directed to recover pending dues from the persons using Auqaf land on rent.
He said that Blue Pottery was the identity of the Multan city and asked the officers concerned to make arrangements for introducing it at national and international level. He asked them to prepare a directory of the blue pottery items.
The Commissioner asked the officers to make sure easy access of common man in Showroom of Institute of Blue Pottery.
He directed the Cooperative department and Multan Development Authority (MDA) to make a proper guideline for residential colonies. He sought suggestions to promote tourism in the city.

 

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