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‘We remain vulnerable, despite sharp decline’: Asad reiterates call for Pakistanis to get vaccinated

Overseeing the national response to the COVID outbreak, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar Thursday reiterated calls for Pakistanis on getting coronavirus vaccine to meet ‘the set vaccination target’ and avoid a potential fifth wave.

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‘We remain vulnerable, despite sharp decline’: Asad reiterates call for Pakistanis to get vaccinated
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Islamabad: Overseeing the national response to the COVID outbreak, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar Thursday reiterated calls for Pakistanis on getting coronavirus vaccine to meet ‘the set vaccination target’ and avoid a potential fifth wave.    

On his official twitter handle, head of the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) warned that despite the decline in the Covid-19 cases, the whole nation will remain vulnerable if a large number of people fail to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

“To ensure there is no 5th wave of covid we have to meet vaccination targets set. Otherwise despite sharp decline in cases we remain vulnerable, if large number of people remain unvaccinated,” he wrote.

“Remember that 2nd dose is vital for protection against covid. Get fully vaccinated,” he urged.

Expressing concern over the slow pace of COVID-19 vaccination drive in various cities, Asad Umar said that the district admin and health teams in these cities should improve their performance.

Umar termed the vaccination progress in Islamabad, Peshawar, Gilgit and Mirpur as ‘best’, while terming the progress in Skardu, Charsadda and Sargodha as ‘good’.

However, the minister said that vaccination progress needs improvement in Hyderabad, Nowshera, Faisalabad, Quetta, Karachi, Mingora and Mardan.

It appears that Pakistan may finally be curbing the pandemic’s impact as COVID related hospitalizations and deaths are decreasing dramatically.

Amid a steady decline in Covid-19 infections, Pakistan's coronavirus positivity ratio further fell to 1.40% with 622 new cases. Over the past week, there has been an average of fewer than 700 new COVID cases reported per day in Pakistan.

According to NCOC, around 622 cases of coronavirus were reported while 16 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 28,328.

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Jhang Assistant Commissioner shot dead by relatives

Assistant Commissioner (AC) Jhang Imran Jaffer has been shot dead by his cousins on Sunday in area of ​​Chiniot district, GNN reported.    

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Jhang: In a tragic incident, Assistant Commissioner (AC) Jhang Imran Jaffer has been shot dead by his cousins on Sunday in area of ​​Chiniot district, GNN reported.    

Reports quoting sources said that the slain assistant commissioner had gone to his native village and got himself in a heated argument with his paternal cousins.  

Angry relatives abruptly opened fire on him—killing him on the spot.

Imran Jaffer had been posted as AC Jhang a few months back. 

Reportedly, the dispute started when Imran’s relatives, verbally abused. His relatives opened fire in a fit of rage. The suspects, then, fled the scene immediately.

Chiniot police rushed to the spot after getting information and shifted the deceased to THQ Bhavana.

Police, however, have started an investigation into the incident and the area has been cordoned off. 

IG Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan took notice of the murder of Assistant Commissioner Jhang Imran Jaffer in his native village.

IG Punjab has sought report of the incident from RPO Faisalabad.

Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Usman Bazdar expressed grief over the death of Assistant Commissioner and directed the concerned authorities to submit a report as soon as possible. 

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Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive to be launch on Dec. 6

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the drive at Jinnah Stadium Sports Complex, Islamabad.

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Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive to be launch on Dec. 6

Islamabad: The government is launching ‘Kamyab Jawan Sports Drive’ in Islamabad on Monday (December 6), in a bid to revive sports culture for producing national heroes.

Prime Minister Imran Khan will inaugurate the drive at Jinnah Stadium Sports Complex, Islamabad.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Muhammad Usman Dar said this would be the biggest sports programme in the country’s history that would enable active participation of the youth in healthy physical activities.

He said under its first phase, twelve different games for male and ten for female would be arranged across 25 regions under the talent hunt programme. The age bracket for the both would be 11-25 years.

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NA-133 by-polls: PML-N retains seat for fourth time 

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shaista Pervaiz Malik won the NA-133 constituency—for the fourth time since 2008 although by a smaller margin as compared to when they won it in 2018 elections.  

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NA-133 by-polls: PML-N retains seat for fourth time 

Lahore: As per unofficial results, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidate emerged victorious in the NA-133 by-election after securing 46,811 votes and trounced the Pakistan Peoples Party.   

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) Shaista Pervaiz Malik won the NA-133 constituency—for the fourth time since 2008 although by a smaller margin as compared to when they won it in the 2018 elections.  

PML-N's Shaista Pervaiz Malik— the widow of late Pervez Malik, emerged victorious after retaining the seat in a constituency that has long been the party's stronghold.  

Unofficial, preliminary results showed Malik defeated PPP opponent Aslam Gill by a margin of 14,498 votes, according to the unofficial results, 

PML-N secured 46,811 votes, while PPP candidate remained runner up by securing 32,313 votes.

However, PPP's Gill, got 26,728 more votes now as compared to the 2018 polls, when he obtained only 5,585. 

According to forum 47, the results of 254 were calculated. Out of 440485 votes in the constituency, 80997 votes were casted. 

The voters turn-out remained 18.59%, including 50936 males and 30959 females, whereas, 898 votes were wasted. 

Following the victory, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) President Shahbaz Sharif and Vice-president Maryam Nawaz extended their congratulations on party’s victory in NA-133 by-elections

Eleven candidates were contesting in NA-133 election. However, a tough contest was already expected between PML-N and PPP.

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