Karot: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Wednesday urged the people to reject the politics of sit-ins and immorality which had inflicted huge economic loss to the national economy in the past as well.
The prime minister, addressing the engineers and workers at the under-construction Karot Hydropower project here, said the memories of the 2014-sit (by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf) still haunted which had caused the postponement of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
“A sit-in is being planned again… We should not divide the nation through sit-in… What message you are giving through the sit-in,” the prime minister questioned the PTI leadership which was on its way to Islamabad for a sit-in in the federal capital.
Without naming the PTI, he said the political party had been requested to suspend their sit-in for three days but they were adamant not changing their mind.
He said that had the visit of the Chinese president taken place in 2014, the Karot power project –a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor- would have been completed a year ago to contribute 720 megawatts to the national grid.
He said the government was trying to rectify the bad economy and inflation inherited from the previous government. By reducing the oil prices, the previous government had left a “landmine” for his government, he added.
The prime minister, who reviewed the progress on the project, said the project faced some delays due to COVID and other related issues.
He said the previous prime minister had enough time to drag the opposition to a tight corner and create division in the society but could not find some time to visit the gigantic project, and control inflation, poverty, and unemployment.
He said after coming into power through a constitutional process, the incumbent government was striving to take measures for controlling inflation and stabilize the economy.
He said during his interaction, the Chinese engineers assured him of early completion for which he thanked the Chinese and Pakistani workers, departments and ministries concerned for taking utmost interest to complete the project.
He also thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping, PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif and the Chairman of Three Gorges Company which was executing the project.
The prime minister said being a hydropower project, the electricity price would reduce to even Rs3 per unit gradually, after the retirement of the debt.
He also thanked the Three Gorges Company head for agreeing to supply free-of-charge electricity to the national grid till the finalization of Commercial Operation Dates to save Rs4 billion to the national kitty, which was unprecedented and a gesture of strong China-Pakistan friendship.
“This is the China-Pakistan friendship and iron brotherhood…This is the passion to serve that everyone should have … The only solution is the work hard and learn from the past mistakes and reject the sit-ins to achieve the lost grandeur,” he remarked.
The prime minister called for emulating the Chinese model of development. He said both the Punjab and Azad Kashmir governments would get Rs1.2 billion as water use charge who would be spending Rs120 million annually for the next 30 years for the uplift of the Karot area as the locals had sacrificed their properties for the project.
PRA collects Rs168 bln in FY22, surpasses revised target of Rs165.5 bln
According to the spokesperson, the authority become the first provincial revenue collecting agency in the country to cross the psychological barrier of Rs150 billion
Lahore: The Punjab Revenue Authority (PRA) has surpassed the upward revised target of Rs165.5 billion for the financial year 2021-22.
According to provisional collection figures up to June 28, 2022, the PRA collection stands at Rs168 billion, which is 108 per cent of the set target of Rs155.9 billion and 101.5pc of the revised target.
According to the PRA spokesperson, the authority expects substantial revenue in the last two days of the financial year and is hoping to end the year close to Rs170 billion.
It is worth mentioning that earlier this year, PRA became the first provincial revenue collecting agency in the country to cross the psychological barrier of Rs150 billion and the collection in June has further established it as the leading Provincial revenue collecting agency in the country.
This is the third successive year in which PRA has surpassed its revenue collection target. Earlier the Authority collected more than the assigned targets of Rs.105 billion and Rs.125 billion in the financial years 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively.
PRA spokesperson further elaborated that this success has been achieved without resorting to any coercive actions such as sealing of premises, attachment of bank accounts or collection of advance payments.
PRA has relied completely on collaboration with all stakeholders and emphasis on taxpayer facilitation and education. More than 200 awareness workshops were held during the financial year with more than 2,000 participants.
PRA expects the growth trend to continue in the coming years as its management and all workforce is committed to continuing its focus on compliance without resorting to any measures that adversely affect ease of doing business.
LHC to announce verdict on pleas against Hamza's election as CM Punjab
LHC will announce the reserved verdict at 12:30pm on Thursday.
Lahore: The Lahore High Court (LHC) will announce the reserved verdict on pleas against the election of Hamza Shahbaz as Chief Minister of Punjab.
According to details, a five-member larger bench headed by Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan resumed hearing the pleas today.
During the hearing, the bench sought arguments from Hamza’s lawyer that whether the Supreme Court’s verdict on the presidential reference related to defecting lawmakers applies to past events.
Hamza’s counsel maintained that the ruling doesn’t apply to past events unless the apex court itself says so.
Later, the court reserved the verdict and will announce it tomorrow at 12:30 pm.
In a previous hearing, the high court had hinted at holding fresh election for the post of Punjab’s chief minister under April 16 circumstances, when incumbent Hamza Shahbaz was elected in a poll on a court order.
Lahore police arrest SHO for implicating citizen in fake narcotics case
Sub-Inspector Safdar Sajjad has also been booked in a case
Lahore: The operations police have arrested its own Station House Officer for booking a citizen in a fake narcotics case.
Harbanspura SHO Safdar Sajjad was arrested on the orders of DIG Operations Captain (retired) Muhammad Sohail Chuahdry who ordered to register a case against him.
The SI was found guilty of abettting one party in land dispute during the investigation of the SSP Investigations.
According to DIG Operations, no police officer has the right to oppress the common man and involve him/her in false cases.
"Corruption and abuse of power will not be tolerated at all," he made it clear.
Sohail further said the officers supporting the land grabbers don't deserve any concession.
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