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As soon I woke up in the morning, the news dropped like a bomb that the government has increased the prices of petroleum products by Rs12 per liter. Petrol price rose by Rs10.49 to Rs137.79 and diesel by Rs 12.44.

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In the last one month, the price of petrol has gone up by a total of Rs20, which has really made the people scream. Earlier on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan, addressing the inaugural function of Kisan Portal, was saying that imported goods import inflation, the pressure on the rupee is temporary, we have imported wheat, sugar, ghee, we are trying that everything be produced in the country.

During the reporting of this (PM's) speech, I was looking for a phrase, "Don't panic", but despite searching all the newspapers, I couldn't find these words of consolation from the Prime Minister. I was searching for these words because I was nervous. The reason for the panic was the announcement of the Federal Minister of Energy, the announcement of the Utility Stores Corporation and the ticking of the petrol bomb.

Electricity has been increased by Rs39 paise per unit but there is no need to panic. The slab of cheap electricity for the poor has been reduced from 300 units to 200 units, but there is no need to panic. The price of essentials at utility stores has gone up by Rs15-45 but there is no need to panic. Edible oil prices of 5 companies have been increased from Rs14 to Rs110 at utility stores but there is no need to panic. The price of a two kilogram  pack of washing powder has been increased from Rs10 to Rs21 but there is no need to panic. Repeated instructions about hand wash to avoid coronavirus and an increase of up to Rs15 in the price of bath soup and an increase of Rs9 in the price of a 228 ml pack of handwash but do not panic. The poor used to eat bread with pickles and the price of pickles has been increased by more than 200 per cent. The price of three grams of pickles has been increased from Rs20 to Rs44 but there is no need to worry.

The government's own statistics agency says the overall inflation rate has reached 12.66 per cent. Inflation for low-income earners has reached 14.12%. Prices of 22 essential commodities rose in one week. The price of tomato increased by Rs11 per kg, LPG cylinder for domestic use has gone up by more than Rs43, 2.5kg ghee price jumped Rs6.9, while prices of rice, garlic, potato, mutton and Gurr also went up.     

Despite the words "don't panic", there is no moment of relief and it seems that the captain's famous slogan "I will make them cry" was not for political rivals but for the people. The average income of the salaried class in the country is 20,000 to 25,000. What was left of this revenue after paying electricity, gas and water bills, which the government is now bent on squeezing further.

The word squeezing was used because Federal Minister for Energy Hamad Azhar, while announcing the increase in electricity rates, had admitted that the burden of revolving loans is currently being borne by the people mainly due to capacity payments, which are now Rs700 to Rs800 billion. Thus, the confession of the federal minister proved that arrangements are being made to squeeze Rs800 billion from the people.

The working class and a sslaried class were interested in the captain's slogans. Addressing the Kisan Card Portal function, the captain pointed this out, saying the PTI has launched a movement for justice, Allah Almighty especially listens to the voice of the weak and working class. A man in the street is seen seeking justice. Captain sahib what to talk about your slogan of 'Insaaf' you have forced even poor class to beg for food. The rulers should come ourt on the streets without protocols to see the poor queuing up at traffic signals for begging. Poverty and unemployment could be seen among youth standing alongthe banks of the city canal and injecting drugs into their bodies, while young girls could be seen wearing burqas with their hands outstretched.

Rising electricity, oil and gas prices, continouous depriciation of Pak rupee, the collapse of economy sinks, the world's laughter at a "sensitive deployment" are the outcome of change (of government) that came in 2018. Though the Opposition still insist the change didn;t come, but was brought. Whatever the case, the loss is happening to Pakistan and the millions of people living in it. The scourge of inflation has grappled the country so badly that there is not a single household whose expenditure and income have not "changed". People are now fed up with hollow claims of accountability.

While blowing the horn on inflation, mismanagement and unnecessary issues from institutions, is the government realizing that there will be no response? The patience of the people is running out. The opposition is gearing up for the last battle. The government has reached the abyss of its popularity.

Finance Minister Shaukat Tareen also made it clear during a press conference in Washington that inflation wouldn't come down. In such a situation, whatever the government does to entertain the people cannot be stopped in the face of public outrage. The billions of rupees of subsidies and amnesty schemes if were directed towards modernizing the industry, there would be economic activity in the country today and jobs would be created.

If it is to be accepted that the previous governments haven't paid attention to these problems, but question is what have you (PTI) done in these three years? How long will the rulers and governments of the past continue to cover up their incompetence and worthlessness? The time for elections-- the day of reckoning for any government-- is also coming and of course the people are watching and testing everything. You will have to run a knife on your development budget due to the IMF conditions. Are you ready for that too? Treat inflation immediately or the "Tsunami of change" will knock you to the brink of public outrage!

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Khan appeals against CJP Qazi in Judges Committee

He requested that Chief Justice should not hear any case related to his family and PTI

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Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) founder Imran Khan Thursday filed an application against Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa in the Judges Committee.

The former Prime Minister requested in the petition that Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa should not hear any case related to his family and PTI. The three-member judges committee should not include the Chief Justice in the benches of PTI and Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) cases.

The position adopted in the application was that in 2019, following the advice of legal experts, it was recommended to send a presidential reference against Qazi Faez. ‘My constitutional responsibility was considered a personal attack by the wife of the Honorable Chief Justice. Based on false impression, Serena Isa spread venom against me in public.

In the filed petition, it was stated that Qazi Faez Isa agreed with his wife's actions. The petitioner thought that after assuming the office of Chief Justice, Qazi Faez would forget the past, however, it is clear from his conduct that nothing like that happened.

The petition further adopted the position that CJP Qazi's presence on the bench is not expected to provide justice according to the constitution and law.

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Imran Khan candidate for chancellorship of Oxford University

Imran Khan will take part in online elections of Oxford University despite being sentenced to 10 years in prison

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London: Founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and former Prime Minister Imran Khan will contest the elections for Chancellor of the University of Oxford while being imprisoned in Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.

According to the British news agency, Imran Khan will take part in the online elections of Oxford University despite being sentenced to 10 years in prison. This is the first time that the chancellor election will be held online instead of the traditional method.

According to the report, the seat of chancellor of Oxford University became vacant after the resignation of Lord Peyton, the former governor of Hong Kong who held the position for 21 years.

The report stated that former British prime ministers Sir Tony Blair and Boris Johnson are among the candidates of the university for the chancellor's seat. Oxford University graduates will have the opportunity to contest elections. Generally, politicians are given a chancellorship seat.

On this matter, Imran Khan's advisor Zulfi Bukhari told foreign media that Imran Khan will contest the election for the chancellorship of Oxford University because there is a public demand that he must contest it.

Zulfi Bukhari said that he will soon announce it publicly. When they will get approval from Imran Khan, they will start the signature campaign for it.

It is pertinent to note that Imran Khan has been a part of Oxford University as a student where he studied economics and politics from Keble College Oxford in 1972. In addition, Imran Khan has been elected Chancellor of Bradford University in 2005.

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Time to pass torch to ‘younger voices’: Biden

Biden said: “I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation”

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Washington: United States President Joe Biden told Americans on Wednesday that he quit the 2024 election to unite the country, saying in a historic Oval Office speech that it was time to pass the torch to ‘younger voices’.

“I revere this office. But I love my country more,” the 81-year-old said in an elegiac prime-time address to the nation urging his divided country to embrace democracy and shun hatred.

“The defence of democracy, which is at stake, is more important than any title,” Biden said. “I have decided the best way forward is to pass the torch to a new generation. That is the best way to unite our nation.”

In his first televised address since his stunning decision, Biden also hailed his Vice President Kamala Harris, 59, who is set to be the new Democratic presidential nominee. “She’s experienced. She’s tough. She’s capable,” Biden said in just the fourth address of his presidency from behind the Resolute Desk — and likely his last.

Biden bowed out of the race later than any other president in US history, giving in to weeks of pressure from Democrats after a disastrous debate performance against Donald Trump raised concerns about his age.

Speaking in a hushed voice after a Covid infection, Biden used the powerfully symbolic setting to insist on his achievements — while admitting it was time to move on.

He said there was a “time and a place for new voices, fresh voices — yes, younger voices. And that time and place is now.”

‘Never wavered’

In a poignant sign of support for Biden after the toughest decision of his political life, most of his family sat watching him in the Oval Office as he spoke. They included his wife Jill and daughter Ashley — who held hands near the end of his remarks — Biden’s troubled son Hunter and several Biden’s grandchildren.

Jill Biden later posted a letter on X thanking “those who never wavered” — an apparent backhanded dig at the Democrats who called on Biden to quit — and said it was “time to put that trust in Kamala.”

Biden’s withdrawal has upended Trump’s campaign, which had previously focused on the president’s age and mental acuity. Now it is Trump, 78, who is the oldest candidate in US history.

Trump, who had initially called for unity after surviving an assassination attempt on July 13, was in no mood for magnanimity after Biden’s speech. “Crooked Joe Biden’s Oval Office speech was barely understandable, and sooo bad!” Trump said on social media.

Republicans have called for Biden to step down altogether, saying that if he is not fit to stand for reelection then he is not fit to serve as president.

Biden however insisted that he was no lame duck and that he would continue to work on the economy and key foreign policy issues for the rest of his time in office. “Over the next six months I will be focused on doing my job as president,” he said.

‘Lunatic’

One key goal is a peace deal in the Middle East — a legacy-defining dream that many US presidents before Biden have chased.

Biden, who has been increasingly critical of Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on Thursday.

But in a sign of how quickly things are changing, Netanyahu will sit down separately that day with Harris as well, as well as meeting Trump in Florida on Friday.

The US election campaign meanwhile is moving ahead at full speed without Biden. In his first rally since Harris secured enough delegates to become the de facto Democratic nominee, Trump hit out at Harris as his “new victim.”

“She is a radical left lunatic who will destroy our country,” he said, accusing Harris of hiding Biden’s “mental unfitness.” Earlier, the White House denied there was any “cover-up” over Biden’s condition.

Harris was also on the campaign trail Wednesday, telling a Black college sorority in Indianapolis that “I am fighting for our nation’s future”.

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