Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s mobile phone has been hacked: SC

Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa. File image

Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s cell phone has been hacked, the Supreme Court said in a statement Tuesday.

“It is suggested everywhere and together that the mobile phone for honest justice Qazi Faez Isa has been hacked,” SC’s PR office said in the statement.

The statement read that there had been “suspicion” that “misleading communication” could be forwarded via the judge’s cell phone.

“It is suspected that miscommunication may be made from his dominion to anyone with hidden motives. Therefore, the message allegedly made from his dominion that his dominion had not sent may be treated as false and false,” it added.

Justice Isa of the Supreme Court of Pakistan took an oath as a judge at the apex court in 2014. He is considered by many to be “an uncompromising bastion of justice in the country.”

He has always had the principle that “no one is above the law”, something that has been reflected in his work over the years.

Two PHA officials suspended over Allama Iqbal sculpture controversy

The Allama Iqbal Sculpture in Lahore. Photo: Fil

LAHORE: Two officials from the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) are suspended over the Allama Iqbal sculpture conflict on Tuesday.

According to a statement released by the PHA, the two officers have been suspended for “negligence and inefficiency”.

Shah Nawaz Wattoo, the park’s deputy director of horticulture and assistant director of horticulture, Ghulam Sibtain, has been suspended with “immediate effect”.

Pictures of the Allama Iqbal sculpture, built in a park in Lahore’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, went viral on social media after people pointed out that it hardly looked like the legendary poet.

Shortly after people started making fun of the sculpture, the PHA responded to the controversy by taking it down. The chairman of the authority tweeted that the sculpture was built by the park’s gardeners who had done it out of their devotion to Iqbal and paid from their own pocket for it.

“Dear, this is prepared by Maalier themselves, they did it out of pure love for Iqbal and to pay tribute from their heart. The authority did not approve or even pay a single penny for it ,, Yasir Gillani, chairman of PHA, had tweeted in walks.

Yasir had said that since the structure was built by the gardeners out of their own pocket money, nothing would be taken from them. However, he stated that clear directives had been issued to ensure that no sculpture was built inside the park without the permission of the park management.

Nadia Tufail, spokeswoman for the park in the city’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area, spoke to The News to confirm that the sculpture had been removed and will be set up again after necessary improvements.

Do you know who was the first person to get COVID-19 jab in Pakistan?

Prime Minister Imran Khan and Federal Minister overseeing the first coronavirus shot since Pakistan launched its vaccination drive on February 2, 2021. – YouTube / Prime Minister’s Office Pakistan

Pakistan launched its COVID-19 vaccination drive on Tuesday and the country will administer the vaccine in three phases. Frontline healthcare professionals are the first to receive jab.

At a ceremony earlier in the day – with Prime Minister Imran Khan, Federal Minister of Planning and Development Asad Umar, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister of Health Dr. Faisal Sultan and other ministers present – the first person received the vaccine.

Umar revealed on Twitter that Dr. Rana Imran Sikander, head of the COVID-19 department at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, received the shot.

Pakistan launches nationwide vaccination campaign

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday launched the nationwide vaccination drive against coronavirus, during which 40,000 health workers would be inoculated on the first day, officials said.

NCOC hosted the inaugural ceremony of the national COVID-19 vaccination program with Federal Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar as chairman, flanked by National Coordinator NCOC Lieutenant General Hamood Uz Zaman Khan.

Commercial Council of Ministers of China Xie Guoxiang was the main guest, with Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Hussain Chaudhary, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) of Health Dr. Faisal Sultan and SAPM on Poverty Reduction Sania Nishtar was also present.

Speaking on the occasion, Asad Umar praised the victims and deserving services from health workers for serving the nation during the pandemic.

“Frontline health workers are our real heroes. They have undoubtedly risked their lives in their fight against COVID-19, and we pay tribute to them all,” he said.

He thanked the Chinese government for supporting Pakistan during the crisis in COVID-19.

He also paid tribute to the NCOC team and provincial authorities working closely together in the fight against COVID-19 at the forum.

Asad Umar said the simultaneous opening ceremony was the focus of national efforts highlighting the overall cooperation between the provinces and the federal government, which collectively fights the infection.

All the affiliated units including Gilgit Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir held separate events to start the vaccination drive.

On Monday, Pakistan received 0.5 million doses of Sinopharm vaccine, which is administered to front-line healthcare professionals in the first phase.

The authorities have made special arrangements for the distribution of the vaccine across the country in a safe environment under a safety plan prepared by the NCOC.

On Tuesday, Prime Minister Imran started the coronavirus vaccination drive, again reminding the people to continue taking precautions.

Under the supervision of the Prime Minister, his health adviser Dr. Faisal Sultan and NCOC chief Asad Umar, the first vaccine was administered in Pakistan – given to a health worker in Islamabad.

“The more you comply with coronavirus security measures, the easier it will be to protect everyone from the virus,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan, speaking at a rally to mark the occasion.

“I congratulate you [all those present here] to work at high speed to import a vaccine. We also thank China for giving us 500,000 vaccines, ”he said.

The Prime Minister said that similar to the shot the doctor had received, healthcare professionals across the country working with coronavirus patients will be the first to get the jab, after which the age groups most at risk will get the shot.

The premiere also sought to reassure the nation that vaccine distribution across the various provinces is taking place in a “fair” way. “No one should think that we distributed more vaccines in a given province than in others.”

He stressed the importance of health professionals getting the shot, as “everywhere in the world, it is health workers who are most at risk”.

“I would also like to emphasize to the nation the importance of coronavirus SOPs (standard operating procedures) and especially wearing a mask.

The Prime Minister said schools have been reopened and so will hospitals doing so soon enough. “Our cases are in decline right now. The more you follow SOPs, the easier it will be to save our people from coronavirus.”

He said other countries due to the high death toll have had to go for complete lockdowns.

“Our economy is running and it is the service sector that has been curtailed. If you exercise caution, all remaining sectors will reopen,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Shafqat Mehmood leads meeting on technical and vocational training

Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood will chair a meeting on Technical and Vocational Training (TVET) on 3 February 2021. – Twitter /EduMinistryPK

Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood chaired a meeting on technical and vocational education (TVET) on Wednesday, the education ministry said.

According to the tweet, the Minister of Education chaired the high-level meeting where key stakeholders in the TV sector were present.

During the meeting, a detailed overview of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s special program “Hunarmand Pakistan” was also taken, the Ministry of Education said.

A day earlier, Prime Minister Imran Khan, as president of a meeting, stressed the importance of vocational training and skilled labor in socio-economic development and instructed the federal and provincial institutions to formulate and present a common comprehensive strategy.

He said one of the many factors behind the economic development in China was their special focus on skilled labor.

The meeting on interprovincial cooperation on qualified education was briefed on the strategy for the training of Pakistani qualified people according to international standards.

It was told that in order to tackle the challenges facing Pakistani labor at the international level, a comprehensive strategy would be formulated in cooperation with the federal and provincial institutions.


– Additional input from APP

The CJP says the SC will make sense of Senate votes if the reference is not withdrawn

If the government does not take back the president’s reference for open voting in the Senate election, the Supreme Court will issue its opinion, Pakistani justice chief Gulzar Ahmed said on Tuesday.

Led by CJP Gulzar Ahmed, the bench of the apex court heard the case, while Pakistan’s lawyer Khalid Jawed Khan argued on behalf of the government.

The CJP said during the hearing that if the federal government does not withdraw its presidential reference, the SC would give its opinion.

“The court has to issue an opinion on whether or not to amend the constitution to change the secret ballot method,” he said.

The Supreme Court asked “what is so important about open and secret ballot, and why do others not agree? What are the consequences if the ballot is sold?”

In response to the Chief Justice’s question, the Advocate General said: “Such an act would come under corrupt practice – and a member of the Assembly is disqualified under the Corrupt Practices Act.”

Pakistanis in Saudi Arabia can return home via the PIA in the midst of the Kingdom’s travel ban

KARACHI: PIA flights will continue to run to bring Pakistanis back to Saudi Arabia, the airline’s spokesman confirmed after Kingdom decision to suspend arrivals from 20 countries, including Pakistan.

The ban takes effect at 21 today (Wednesday), the PIA spokesman said.

It has been imposed in the wake of a new wave of coronavirus.

Prior to the ban, PIA flights operated as usual from Sialkot to Dammam, Multan to Madina and Islamabad to Riyadh.

The ban from Saudi Arabia excludes diplomats, Saudi citizens, doctors and their families.

Saudi Arabia had said it would prevent the entry of people arriving from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey as well as the United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, Sweden, Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Japan.

The country’s Interior Ministry said the suspension includes travelers traveling through the aforementioned countries within the 14 days prior to their planned trip to the kingdom.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi criticizes the PTI government for increasing petrol taxes and burdening the masses

Former Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi. Photo: Geo.tv

ISLAMABAD: Senior PML-N leader and former Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday criticized the PTI government for raising petrol prices and charging a 40 Rs tax on it.

According to Geo.tvSpeaking to reporters in the federal capital, Abbasi said Prime Minister Imran Khan “prefers to talk to people over the phone” instead of reaching out to them and “doing something to help them.”

He said the masses will not be able to live if inflation continues, adding that instead of the exorbitant price of Rs111 per capita. Liters, gasoline must be sold at Rs70 per. Liters according to prices in the global market.

It should be remembered that on February 1, the PTI government increased the price of gasoline for the month by Rs2.70 per. Liter.

According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, light diesel also saw an increase in the price of Rs3, high-speed diesel was increased by Rs2.88 more expensive and petroleum was priced Rs3.54 more expensive per. Liter.

First coronavirus jab administered in Pakistan

Prime Minister Imran Khan oversees the first coronavirus shot since Pakistan launched its vaccination drive on 2 February 2021. – INP

The first coronavirus vaccine was administered in Pakistan on Tuesday and was given to a health worker in Islamabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan started the vaccination drive and reminded the people to continue exercising precautions.

The first shot was given under the supervision of the Prime Minister, his health adviser Dr. Faisal Sultan and the head of the National Command and Operations Center Asad Umar.

“The more you comply with coronavirus security measures, the easier it will be to protect everyone from the virus,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan, speaking at a rally to mark the occasion.

“I congratulate you [all those present here] to work at high speed to import a vaccine. We also thank China for giving us 500,000 vaccines, ”he said.

The Prime Minister said that similar to the shot the doctor had received, healthcare professionals across the country working with coronavirus patients will be the first to get the jab, after which the age groups most at risk will get the shot.

The premiere also sought to reassure the nation that vaccine distribution across the various provinces is taking place in a “fair” way. “No one should think that we distributed more vaccines in a given province than in others.”

He stressed the importance of health professionals getting the shot, as “everywhere in the world, it is health workers who are most at risk”.

“I would also like to emphasize to the nation the importance of coronavirus SOPs (standard operating procedures) and especially wearing a mask.

If God has blessed us in relation to the situation in other countries, we should be grateful and also take the full precautions. If there’s one thing that slows down the spread of coronavirus, it’s a mask.

The Prime Minister said schools have been reopened and so will hospitals doing so soon enough. “Our cases are in decline right now. The more you follow SOPs, the easier it will be to save our people from coronavirus.”

He said other countries due to the high death toll have had to go for complete lockdowns.

“Our economy is running and it is the service sector that has been curtailed. If you exercise caution, all remaining sectors will reopen,” said Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Provinces begin vaccination drive tomorrow

China’s gift of 500,000 vaccines arrived in Pakistan on Monday with storage arrangements made in advance in Islamabad.

Dispatch of the vaccine to all federal units is secured, the NCOC said in a statement today. It said Sindh and Balochistan were sent the vaccine by plane, likely to reduce time and secure cold-chain storage temperatures.

It was previously reported that Sindh will receive 8,300 doses which will be transported to Karachi via a commercial flight.

A ceremony will be held at the Chief Minister House on Wednesday to start the vaccination drive in Sindh, where 41,500 health workers will be vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the Balochistan government has asked the federal government to increase its quota of COVID-19 vaccines, as 5,000 doses cannot meet the province’s requirements.

While talking to Geo News in the program “Geo Pakistan” today, provincial government spokesman Liaquat Shahwani said there are 22,000 health workers in the province.

Sinopharm vaccine

Pakistan has, among two other vaccines, approved emergency use of one developed by Sinopharm, a state-run Chinese company.

According to a BBC report, Sinopharm announced on 30 December that phase three trials with the vaccine showed that it was 79% effective.

Other vaccines approved for use

The other two vaccines approved for use by the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) are Oxford-AstraZeneca (70.4% effective) and Sputnik V (91.4% effective).

COVAX, a WHO initiative to ensure the delivery of vaccines to all countries, has indicated a supply of up to 17 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Pakistan in the first half of 2021, according to the head of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC)) , Asad Umar.

DRAP had previously expressed hope that the first batch of the Sputnik V vaccine would reach Pakistan by the end of January. It is not known how soon it will be available.

“A local pharmaceutical company, AGP Limited, had applied for registration, marketing and distribution of the (Sputnik V) vaccine in Pakistan,” said a DRAP official.

Federal governments in Balochistan sign agreement on Gwadar Shipyard Project

Photo: Fil

The federal and Balochistan governments have signed an agreement on the development of the Gwadar Shipyard Project, Geo News reported Tuesday.

According to the outlets, a ceremony was held in this regard, which was attended by Balochistan’s Prime Minister Jam Kamal Khan, while the federal government was represented by Defense Production Minister Zubaida Jalal. Several other federal and provincial officials were also present.

Speaking to journalists after signing the agreement, Prime Minister Jam Kamal Khan said the project serves as a “historic step” and added that such projects would bring economic stability to the province.

On the other hand, Zubaida Jalal said that a shipyard in Gwadar was needed for a long time and added that under the agreement a ship repair and maintenance department would be set up.

“To run the shipyard, Balochistan’s youth will be given preference,” she said, adding that staff will be sent to Karachi and Taxila for heavy technical and technical training.