Pakistan’s climate action agenda centred on natural solutions, says PM Shahbaz – 08 Nov 2022

PM Shahbaz Sharif addresses Saudi Green Initiative meeting at COP27, says he’s heartened by active interest in nature-based initiatives

PM Shahbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan’s climate action agenda is centred on nature-based solutions. The premier was addressing the Saudi Green Initiative meeting at the COP27 summit in Sharm al-Sheikh in Egypt on Tuesday.

PM Shahbaz is on a visit to Sharm El-Sheikh to participate in the 70th session of the Conference of Parties.

“Nature-based solutions are at the heart of Pakistan’s ambitious climate action agenda under the […] Paris Agreement,” he said, telling the participants of the meeting that he was heartened by the active interest of members in nature-based initiatives like afforestation.

He said that such initiatives help countries build adaptive capacities, control greenhouse gas emissions, and minimise loss and damage due to climate change at the national and regional level.

“I must mention here that the objective of the Middle East Green Initiative (MGI) are aligned with the objective of Pakistan’s national forest policy and the Green Pakistan programme, which is focused on protecting, enhancing, and managing our forests, wildlife and ecosystem by 2023,” the premier said.

He also lauded Riyadh for driving the Saudi Green Initiative. He said that Pakistan has already extended full cooperation through the exchange of knowledge and the provision of experts.

PM Shahbaz expresses willingness to assist MGI member countries

PM Shahbaz said that Pakistan expresses a keen willingness to provide and cooperate with all MGI member countries in sharing experience and tech expertise related to the restoration of forests, dryland areas, mangroves, management of protected areas, carbon stock assessment and establishment of forest monitoring systems.

“The MGI initiative is a one big step in the right direction,” he said, assuring of Pakistan’s full commitment to the initiative’s broader objective.

He said that the country looks forward to a close collaboration with the member states, not only in this initiative but in all the actions needed to protect the world.

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia review ties to bolster bilateral cooperation

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia expressed determination to further strengthen the multilateral partnership between the two brotherly countries, in meeting of PM Shahbaz and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

The premier met the crown prince on the sidelines of the COP-27 in Sharm El-Sheikh.

During the meeting, the two leaders reviewed the bilateral relations with a view to further enhancing the ongoing cooperation in various fields. They also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest.

PM Shahbaz reiterated that Pakistan attaches great importance to its ties with Saudi Arabia, which are deeply rooted in common faith, culture, values ​​and an eternal tradition of mutual support. He said that MBS has great respect and love for the people of Saudi Arabia.

The premier also appreciated the hospitality and cooperation of Saudi Arabia for the two million Pakistanis working in the kingdom, which contributed to the development, prosperity and prosperity of the two brotherly countries.

Referring to their recent meeting in Riyadh, PM Shahbaz and the crown prince expressed satisfaction at the growing high-level ties.

Looking forward to the upcoming visit of the MBS to Pakistan, the premier said that he was confident that this visit would promote bilateral cooperation in all areas of mutual interest. He particularly emphasised on the importance of increasing trade, investment, development and people-to-people ties between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia in the mutual interest of the people of the two brotherly countries.

While appreciating Saudi Arabia’s assistance to Pakistan’s flood-affected people, PM Shahbaz said that Pakistan was one of the countries most affected by the effects of climate change.

He expressed hope that “COP-27” would yield concrete results, especially in developing countries with regard to the financing of waste and damage caused by environmental causes.

He also appreciated the efforts of the Crown Prince on the functioning of the integrated environmental initiative and assured the Saudi leadership of full support from Pakistan.

PM Shahbaz to co-chair round table conference

PM Shahbaz on Tuesday will co-chair an important round table with his Norwegian counterpart titled “Climate Change and Sustainability of Vulnerable Communities”, on the second day of the high-level segment of COP 27.

He will participate in the important meeting jointly hosted by the German Chancellor and the President of Ghana titled “Scaling Up Action and Support on Loss and Damage — Global Shield Against Climate Risk”.

Further, on the sidelines of the conference, the Prime Minister will also meet important world leaders.

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Govt announces public holiday tomorrow on Iqbal Day – 08 Nov 2022

“Prime Minister has been pleased to desire that November 9 (Iqbal Day) shall henceforth be observed as a Public Holiday

ISLAMABAD: To mark the 145th birth anniversary of Dr Allama Mohammad Iqbal — Iqbal Day — the federal government has announced a public holiday on November 9 (Wednesday) across the country.

According to a notification issued in this regard, “The prime minister has been pleased to desire that November 9 (Iqbal Day) shall henceforth be observed as a Public Holiday.”

Dr Iqbal played an instrumental role in inspiring millions of Muslims across the sub-continent to seek an independent homeland where they could practice Islam freely.

The day would dawn with special prayers in mosques for the progress and prosperity of Pakistan.

Popularly known in Pakistan and other parts of the world as the “Poet of the East”, Dr Iqbal was born in Sialkot on November 9, 1877.

Iqbal was an acclaimed poet and philosopher. He is credited with writing poetry and using his political influence to demand the creation of a separate homeland for Muslims.

His Allahabad address of 1930 was a watershed moment in pre-partition politics.

Allama Iqbal’s address gave a clear direction and separate identity to Muslims of the sub-continent to achieve Pakistan.

A Change of Guards ceremony will also be held at his mausoleum in Lahore.

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Shortage of vans irks passengers – 08 Nov 2022

Apparent negligence of authority concerned has compelled women, students and other commuters to wait in long queues

The shortage of passenger vans at the intercity van stop in G-9 Markaz is testing the nerves of passengers traveling to and from the federal capital.

The apparent negligence of authority concerned has compelled women, students and other commuters to wait in long queues on the weekends.

Talking to this scribe, a passenger, Muhammad Faisal, said that the van stop faces a shortage of vans from Thursday to Saturday, adding that it was the responsibility of the management to arrange more vehicles when the demand was high.

The irked passenger said this Hiace stop was important as it provided transportation services to passengers traveling from Islamabad to Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur and Peshawar.

He lamented that the shortage of vans on weekends has become a routine matter and during rush hours, ticketing staff leaves the desk rather than managing the situation.

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‘Talks only solution to political crisis’ – 08 Nov 2022

ANP’s Iftikhar Hussain says PM hasn’t consulted allies regarding COAS appointment

The Awami National Party (ANP) has declared negotiations as the only solution to the current political problems in the country while clarifying that the prime minister did not consult with the allies regarding the appointment of the new army chief.

ANP Central General Secretary Mian Iftikhar Hussain and Central Spokesman Zahid Khan, along with other party leaders, held a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, where they said that the situation in the country has reached such a level that every party has to explain itself.

They demanded a transparent investigation into the attack on Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan, adding that the former prime minister was brought up with so much “love” that he is not being handled anymore.

Imran was welcomed on the streets because inflation continued to rise, they added.

Imran is leading this country to a civil war, and he does not even care about martial law, they claimed.

They also claimed that Imran himself “disputed” his accident and the number of bullets could not be determined. The purpose of transfer to Shaukat Khanum Hospital was to obtain a report of his own liking, they added.

The ANP leaders said that talks are going on, and they advise Imran to act with patience so that the “real facts” can come out. Imran wants to appoint the army chief of his own free will, which is not his right or authority, and these people are preparing to make the new army chief controversial, they added.

“This game of audios and videos should end,” he said.

“The non-interference of the army in politics was our demand, which everyone accepts today, but Imran does not. He said that this is not a march but a good game,” he further said.

The ANP leader said that political people use political methods to deal with the situation and they can be negotiations.

The government gave Imran a free hand because it is a democratic right of all, he said, adding that Imran and company refused to negotiate.

“A solution can only be found through negotiation,” he further said.

Hussain said that they do not want to add fuel to the fire, but the prime minister did not consult with the allies on the appointment of the new army chief, and he will make the appointment under his authority.

“Democracy will not be derailed, they will become jurors, they will be weak like in the past,” he said.

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Schools close due to unrest – 08 Nov 2022

Educational institutions would remain closed for the next two days on account of prevailing law and order situation

Rawalpindi district administration announced on Monday that all educational institutions would remain closed for the next two days on account of the prevailing law and order situation in the garrison city.

The decision about school closure came after school vans, ambulances and general public got stuck at different places in the twin cities after PTI supporters took to the streets in the aftermath of the assassination attempt on their party chief on November 3.

The Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) police had to place diversions in many areas of the city in order to maintain law and order in the federal capital. School children and parents were forced to spend the day on roads as the protestors blocked the roads exactly when the pupils were heading home.

“Due to prevailing law and order situation of country, the competent authority has decided that all Education Institutions (Government as well as Private) situated within Tehsil Rawalpindi only shall remain closed for 2 days (08-11-2022 & 09-11-2022),” Rawalpindi admin’s notification read.

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Awareness of nutrition can help govt, people fight malnutrition – 08 Nov 2022

TOBA TEK SINGH: As malnutrition affects 40 per cent of the population, it is critical to educate people about food diversification, healthy eating, altering lifestyles, the benefits of maize-wheat flour and indigenous remedies to combat hidden hunger.

This was stated by UAF Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iqrar Ahmad Khan at the first International Pakistan-Korea Nutrition Centre (PKNC) conference on Nutrition and Public Health for Developing Economies and Sustainable Solutions.

The PKNC and the National Institute of Food Sciences and Technology (NIFSAT) organised the conference.

He stated that the country requires 30 million tonnes of wheat but only produces 27 million tonnes. If we combine 15 per cent maize into wheat, we will not only reduce wheat imports, but also improve people’s health. He said that the wheat per acres production has been stagnant for the last many years whereas maize per acre productivity has gone up manifold.

He voiced his concern that the majority of school and college students arrive without eating breakfast as a habit, lowering their academic performance. He asked the parents to concentrate on the problem.

He stated that the PKNC, which was formed at the UAF, will be a watershed moment in combating large-scale malnutrition through education, research, product creation, and capacity building of nutrition practitioners, school teachers, and society as a whole.

According to Dr Jaehan Kim of Korea’s Chungnam National University, there is a lack of access to nutritional information in the community. He stated that with information, we can have nutrient-dense food at the same cost that will keep us healthy.

He stated that the 35 master trainers, 36,000 local nutrition professionals, including school teachers, lady health workers, and 36,000 local community members, will be trained by the PKNC, which is financed by the Korean International Cooperation Agency.

According to KOICA Director Je Ho Yeon, the PKNC will help to develop Korean-Pak relations. He stated that nutrition education would improve people’s health.

According to Prof Dr Masood Sadiq Butt, Dean Faculty of Food Nutrition and Home Sciences, malnutrition costs the country 3pc of its GDP. He also stated that the PKNC will train nutrition education specialists, school teachers, and other stakeholders to ensure that proper information is delivered effectively.

According to Dr Basma Elahi, we must find the fundamental cause of any problem. Malnutrition causes numerous societal ills, and under the umbrella of the PKNC, we would produce meaningful results for a healthy nation.

Dr Imran Pasha, Director General of NIFSAT, stated that the UAF was the first university to introduce the human nutrition and dietetics curriculum in the country, and that the programme is currently being forwarded to numerous universities across the country.

FIRE: Two cars caught fire late on Sunday, one in Jhang and one in Faisalabad.

According to Rescue 1122, the car caught fire and was entirely destroyed in Jhang at Adda Majhi Sultan on Maddoki Road. The cause of the fire was unknown. Rescue 1122 said in Jhang at Adda Majhi Sultan on Maddoki Road, the car caught fire and was gutted completely. The cause of the fire could not be known.

DIES IN CUSTODY: A theft suspect allegedly died in police custody in Faisalabad’s Madina Town on Monday.

Acting CPO Abdullah Ahmad has ordered Madina Town SP Ahmad Zubair to conduct an investigation into the incident. Irfan Nazir, of Chak 215-RB, Kakkoana, and two accomplices were arrested as theft suspects, according to Madina Town police.

They were in the police station’s lockup when Irfan complained of heart problems, prompting Rescue 1122 to transport him to the DHQ hospital, where he died of a heart attack.

The body was transported to a hospital for an autopsy.

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Five of a family killed as car plunges into ditch – 08 Nov 2022

KARACHI: Five members of a family lost their lives while one was injured when a car plunged into a ditch along the Super Highway.

The accident took place late on the night between Sunday and Monday. Ambulances from welfare organisations reached the scene and transported the deceased to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where they were identified as 45-year-old Ahmar, Samina, 40, Hammad, 14, Abdullah, 14 and Fahmida, 48, while the injured as 21-year-old Abiha.

According to police, the family had come to visit a private housing society where their car fell into the ditch outside an under-construction building apparently due to speeding. They added that the family resided in the Malir Halt area. According to Gadap City SHO Zulfiqar Ali, no case had been registered so far as the incidnet happened by accident. He said the police were looking for the CCTV footage of the incident to ascertain the actual cause of the accident.

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Train crushes man to death – 08 Nov 2022

LAHORE: A man died after a speeding train hit him in Dharampura are on Monday. The victim identified as Fazal, a resident of Pakpattan was trying to cross the railway lines. The victim died instantly.

Nearby people called police and a team reached the spot on information and removed the body to morgue. They also collected forensic evidences from the scene and recorded statements of the eye witnesses.

Police said that the incident was an accident or suicide will be ascertained after the autopsy report. Woman commits suicide: A 34-year-old woman reportedly committed suicide by hanging herself in Badami Bagh on Monday.

The victim identified as Qurat ul Ain was frustrated due to her poor domestic issues. She was so depressed that she locked herself in a room and hanged herself. Police when came to know about the incident rushed to the crime scene and broke into the room and removed the body to morgue. Police said that the cause of death would be ascertained after autopsy and further investigations.

Valuables gutted: Valuables have been gutted to ashes in two different incidents of fire in the provincial capital on Monday. In the first case, reportedly the fire started in a general store. It spread to first and second floor of the plaza situated at DHA Phase 1 near Masjid Chowk. Fire fighters reached the spot on information and extinguished fire.

The other case was reported in a garments factory situated near Maqbool Water Park near Rohri Road, Kamahan. It started as a minor fire and in a short span of time turned into a huge fire. The fire fighters reached the spot on information and extinguished fire. No loss of life or injury was reported in the incidents.

303 road accidents in City: The Punjab Emergency Service Department (PESD) has responded to 1,207 road accidents in all districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours. In these road accidents 14 people died, whereas 1,347 were injured. Out of this, 770 people were seriously injured who were shifted to different hospitals. Motorbikes were involved in majority (72%) road accidents.

Further, the analysis showed that 642 drivers, 44 underage drivers, 139 pedestrians, and 580 passengers were among the victims of these road traffic crashes. The statistics showed that 303 road accidents were reported in Lahore, which affected 348 persons placing the Provincial Capital at top of the list followed by 93 in Multan with 96 victims and at third Faisalabad with 81 road accidents and 83 victims.

The details further revealed that 1,361 victims were affected by road traffic crashes including 1,077 males & 284 females, while the age group of the victims shows that 279 were under 18 years of age, 699 were between 18 and 40 years and rest of the 383 victims were reported above 40 years of age.

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Sindh Police reward injured cops – 08 Nov 2022

Provide 19 special motorcycles to officials injured in encounters

Sindh Police have distributed special motorcycles to their brave cops who lost their limbs during encounters with criminals or met accidents while chasing the outlaws.

In the first phase, 19 special motorcycles prepared at a cost of more than Rs3.8 million were delivered at the doorsteps of disabled police officers belonging to different ranges across Sindh.

In the second phase, another 35 similar motorcycles will be given away to the disabled personnel.

According to Sindh Police AIG Welfare Faisal Abdullah Chachhar, the special motorcycles have been customised as per the specific physical requirements of the disabled police officers.

A policeman who has lost his right hand will be given a motorcycle with its accelerator fixed on the left side instead of the usual right side, and the one who has lost his left hand will be given a motorcycle with the operation in the right hand.

For a policeman who lost his left foot, the motorcycle gear is fixed on the right side instead of the left side, and if he does not have the right foot, the motorcycle brake has been moved to the left side.

The AIG Welfare said that all the policemen who were given special motorcycles are in service and are performing light duty in different ranges and districts.

The Sindh Police Department and the Government of Sindh provide ex-gratia to the families of the police officers who were martyred during the encounters. Moving one step forward for the welfare of its personnel, Sindh Police have now started catering to the special needs of its employees who had been disabled while in service.

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Over 1,200 road crashes recorded in province – 08 Nov 2022

Statistics show that 303 RTCs were reported in Lahore which affected 348 persons placing it at top of the list

At least 14 people died, whereas 1,347 were injured in 1,207 Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) in all districts of Punjab during the last 24 hours.

Out of this 770 people were seriously injured who were shifted to different hospitals.

Whereas, 577 minor injured victims were treated at the incident site. The majority (72%) involved motorbikes.

Further, the analysis showed that 642 drivers, 44 underage drivers, 139 pedestrians, and 580 passengers were among the victims of these road traffic crashes.

The statistics show that 303 RTCs were reported in Lahore which affected 348 persons placing the Provincial Capital at top of the list followed by 93 Multan in with 96 victims and at third Faisalabad with 81 RTCs and 83 victims.

The details further reveal that 1361 victims were affected by road traffic crashes including 1,077 males and 284 females, while the age group of the victims shows that 279 were under 18 years of age, 699 were between 18 and 40 years and rest of the 383 victims were reported above 40 years of age.

According to the data 1,070 motorcycles, 85 rickshaws, 136 cars, 26 vans, 15 buses, 25 trucks and 110 other types of auto vehicles and slow-moving carts were involved in aforesaid road traffic accidents.

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