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PM Imran has sole prerogative to appoint ISI chief: Defense analyst Ghulam Mustafa

Lahore: Defence Analyst and retired Lieutenant General Ghulam Mustafa has said Prime Minister Imran Khan has constitutional and legal authority to appoint the Inter-Services Intelligence director general while consulting the Army chief.

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He said as per procedure the COAS usually discusses the names with the premier informally and later a list is provided to the PM. The premier selects the name for appoitment that followes the notification issued by the Ministry of Defense. The posting and transfer of the DISI DG is routed through the Ministry of Defense and with the consent of the PM.

He said some procedural problem in the appointment process might had led to delay in appointment as neither the Chief of Army Staff is new nor the premier could be unwise. "The premier has authority to get appointed any senior general as ISI chief."  

"The press conference (of information minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussian) is portraying many meanings, but I am unable to establish any meaning as any untoward situation could destablise Pakistan especially in the wake of Afghanistan's challenge, ongoing terrorism in the country, TTP issue and 'strained' relations with the world."

The general ruled out any differences between the two personalities at the moment, saying there was no need to discuss the issue in the cabinet-- that never happened in the past --as the prime minister had sole prerogative to appoint the ISI chief.       

Lt General Mustafa was responding to quetsions asked by senior analyst Arif Hameed Bhatti in GNN programme Khabar Hai today.

Arif Hameed Bhatti was of the view that usually media didn't discuss transfers and postings in Armed forces in detail, but first time in his professional career the recent appoitment became talke of the town. 

He quoted the information minister as having said the PM House would avoid discussing any thing that belittle the status of the Army chief and Pakistan Army.

Arif Hameed Bhatti said the respect of Army chief and Pakistan Army was because of the country's defense.

He also raised quetsion that if the previous appointment of the ISI DG was illegal if the information minister's statement-- the legal process would be followed in the appointment -- to be discussed.  

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Public holiday in Karachi as Cyclone Gulab triggers extreme weather warning 

Sindh's administration has announced a public holiday in the megacity on Friday (October 1) amid the in view of extreme weather emergency caused by a tropical cyclone Gulab in the Arabian Sea.

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Public holiday in Karachi as Cyclone Gulab triggers extreme weather warning 

Karachi: Sindh's administration has announced a public holiday in the megacity on Friday (October 1) amid the in view of extreme weather emergency caused by a tropical cyclone Gulab in the Arabian Sea.

Releasing an official notification on Thursday, Commissioner Karachi said that all provincial offices and businesses in Karachi would remain closed today.

The notification also advices general public to take precautions and remain indoors for safety.

In addition, Karachi University has canceled all examinations scheduled for today.  As per Controller Examinations, Dr. Zafar, the new dates for the examinations will be announced later.

However, the holiday will not apply to hospitals, local bodies and compulsory service agencies. 

Meanwhile, the meteorological department has forecast moderate to heavy rains and possibly isolated heavy rains between Friday and Saturday under the influence of deep pressure in the Arabian Sea, which turned into a tropical cyclone today.

A low air pressure system could turn into a hurricane, added the Meteorological Department forecast note.

The Met department, on Sunday, also warned fishermen not to go out to sea until October 3.

Following the situation, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah has assigned the duties of overseeing relief and rescue operations to the ministers. 

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Pakistan logs over 600 new COVID infections, 20 deaths 

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 603 cases of coronavirus were reported while 20 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,300.

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Pakistan logs over 600 new COVID infections, 20 deaths 

Islamabad: Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 1.37% with 603 new cases.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 603 cases of coronavirus were reported while 20 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,300.

Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

The total number of cases has reached 1,265,650.

As many as 1,211,710 patients have recovered from the disease with 1,852 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 438,133 in the province with 12,861 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 466,154 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,533.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,950 in the province with 5,689 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,133 confirmed cases while 354 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,406 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,370 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,504 cases in the capital city while 937 people have lost their lives.  

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

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As fourth wave continues, Pakistan reports over 1000 cases, 27 deaths

Islamabad: Pakistan is presently experiencing the fourth wave of coronavirus which is said to be deadlier and more contagious than the previous three COVID waves.

According to National Command and Operations Center (NCOC), around 1,086 cases of coronavirus were reported while 27 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,228.

The total number of cases has reached 1,262,771.

As many as 1,194,590 patients have recovered from the disease with 2,132 critical cases.

Punjab

The number of patients swelled to 437,316 in the province with 12,821 causalities.

Sindh

The number of infections has surged to 464,746 in the province, while the death toll has reached 7,520.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

The confirmed cases have surged to 176,501 in the province with 5,673 casualties.

Balochistan

There are 33,108 confirmed cases while 352 patients have died from the infection so far.

AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan

There are 34,380 coronavirus cases in the AJK while the death toll has reached 740. On the other hand, there are 10,363 cases in GB with 186 coronavirus deaths.

Islamabad

There are 106,357 cases in the capital city while 936 people have lost their lives. 

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