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CJP Gulzar remarks 'K-Electric blackmailing people and just making a buck'

The top judge expressed annoyance at the K-Electric's performance.

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Karachi: K-Electric (KE) --the leading power supplier in the second largest city of the country-- is just making money, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Gulzar Ahmed remarked during a hearing at the Supreme Court's Karachi registry on Thursday.

A three-member bench, headed by CJP Ahmed and comprising Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan and Justice Qazi Amin, was hearing a case pertaining to the construction of a KE grid station over the greenbelt in the metropolis.

The top judge expressed annoyance at the K-Electric's performance, asking why did the K-Electric had to build the grid station on the greenbelt?

Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan inquired from the counsel representing the Pakistan Employees Cooperative Housing Society (PECHS) whether K-Electric was "supplying them electricity [for a special reason] because of which the society's administration provided K-Electric with the land for the grid station."

At this, the counsel replied that they had provided K-Electric with the land at normal rates for the sake "greater good of society".

"What greater good of society? K-Electric is doing business, not public service," CJP Ahmed said.

The counsel representing KE said while addressing the CJP that "you may know very well about Mehmoodabad and PECHS."

At this, CJP Ahmed responded positively but remarked that the court will not allow establishing a grid station on the greenbelt.

"KE is a private company which may establish as many grid stations as it wants but the electricity load shedding will never end," he said, adding that ask people about the situation in their areas wherever grid stations were built.

CJP Ahmed also lashed out at KE's services, saying that it "removed copper wires from the entire city and earned billions of dollars in a day", adding that instead, the company installed aluminium cables across the city that cannot bear the load.

"KE is only making money," CJP Ahmed said. "It blackmails people and charges money from them for electricity that is stolen."

During the hearing, Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan inquired about how much time would it take to remove the grid station from the greenbelt in PECHS. Meanwhile, Justice Amin told KE's counsel that "it is a straightforward matter that the KE is a private company, therefore it cannot be allowed to occupy the government's land for its grid stations."

At this, the counsel maintained that he may be able to provide an answer after consulting with the relevant officials.

The counsel was ordered to get directives for the removal of the grid station in question as of tomorrow (Friday). 

Faisal Ali Ghumman

Mr. Ghumman is a seasoned journalist who has 19 years of diversified experience in print, electronic and digital media. He has worked with 92 News HD, Daily Pakistan Today, Daily The Business, Daily Dawn, Daily Times and Pakistan Observer as News Reporter, Feature Writer, Editor, Web Content Editor and Article Writer. Mr Ghumman has graduated from the Bahauddin Zakariya University Multan and is currently enrolled in M.Phil in Mass Communication at the University of Punjab.

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2 killed in Lahore road accident

Mishap took place when a speeding vehicle rammed into the people standing on the sidewalk

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Lahore: Two young men were killed in a traffic accident in Defense area of Lahore on Saturday morning.

According to GNN, the vehicle collided with the sidewalk due to high speed in Defense J Block Phase 6. Faisal, 24, and Ali Ahmed, 25, died on the spot when the vehicle overturned.

According to the traffic police, another young person named Amir was also injured in the accident and was shifted to General Hospital for medical treatment.

Earlier on yesterday, at least three students have lost their lives in an accident in Bahawalpur.

According to details, the mishap took place when a speeding trailer rammed into the students in Musafir Khana area.

Receiving information about the incident, rescue teams and security personnel arrived at the scene and shifted the victims to the nearby hospital.  

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Crypto miners are using hacked cloud accounts, Google warns

Cryptocurrency miners are using hacked Google Cloud accounts for computationally-intensive mining purposes, Google has warned.

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The search giant’s cybersecurity team provided details of the security breach in a report published Wednesday. The so-called “Threat Horizons” report aims to provide intelligence that allows organizations to keep their cloud environments secure.

“Malicious actors were observed performing cryptocurrency mining within compromised Cloud instances,” Google wrote in an executive summary of the report.

Cryptocurrency mining is a for-profit activity that often requires large amounts of computing power, which Google Cloud customers can access at a cost. Google Cloud is a remote storage platform where customers can keep data and files off-site.

Google said 86% of 50 recently compromised Google Cloud accounts were used to perform cryptocurrency mining. In the majority of the breaches, cryptocurrency mining software was downloaded within 22 seconds of the account being compromised, Google said.

Around 10% of the compromised accounts were also used to conduct scans of other publicly available resources on the internet to identify vulnerable systems, while 8% of instances were used to attack other targets.

Bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, has been criticized for being too energy intensive. Bitcoin mining uses more energy than some entire countries. In May, police raided a suspected cannabis farm to find it was in fact an illegal bitcoin mine.

“The cloud threat landscape in 2021 was more complex than just rogue cryptocurrency miners, of course,” wrote Bob Mechler, director of the office of the chief information security officer at Google Cloud, and Seth Rosenblatt, security editor at Google Cloud, in a blog post.

They said Google researchers also exposed a phishing attack by Russian group APT28/Fancy Bear at the end of September, adding that Google blocked the attack.

Google researchers also identified a North Korean government-backed threat group which posed as Samsung recruiters to send malicious attachments to employees at several South Korean anti-malware cybersecurity companies, they added.

SOURCE: CNBC

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AMC's Lt Gen Nigar Johar becomes first female to be appointed as colonel commandant

Lieutenant General Nigar became the first female ever to be appointed as Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps (AMC), the Inter-Services Public Relations said Friday.

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Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa pinned the badges of the new rank on Lt Gen Johar’s uniform during a ceremony at AMC Centre to formally install her to the new post, the military’s media wing said in a statement.

Speaking on the occasion, Gen Bajwa said that the appointment of Lt Gen Johar as the first female army official to have three stars on her uniform is “indeed, a matter of immense pride for Pakistan Army and the country”.

The Army chief also lauded AMC’s contributions in ensuring high standards of healthcare in peace and war.

“AMC has always answered the call of duty during natural calamities, both inland and abroad. Our doctors and paramedical staff have been the frontline warriors against COVID-19, displaying exemplary commitment and resolve for the safety and well-being of the people of Pakistan,” he said.

He concluded by saying that keeping pace with the rapid advancements in medical science is imperative for doctors and paramedics to keep themselves at par with the modern militaries and best healthcare practices across the globe.

According to ISPR, Genenral Bajwa also laid a floral wreath at Yadgar-e-Shuhada at the AMC Centre on the occasion and offered fateha.

 

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