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Chinese power plants to be asked to use local coal sources: Leghari

Minister says that conversion from imported coal will have a huge impact on the energy cost

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Islamabad: Minister for Power Awais Leghari has said that Chinese power plants operating in Pakistan will be asked to shift to using coal from Thar region rather than imported coal.

In an interview with Reuters, Awais Leghari said conversion of imported coal units to the local coal will have a huge impact on the cost of energy in the near future.

He said such a transition will benefit the Chinese-owned plants in Pakistan by reducing pressure on Islamabad's foreign exchange reserves.

The transition can save Pakistan more than 200 billion rupees a year in imports, translating to a decrease of as much as 2.5 rupees per unit in the price of electricity.

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Info Minister urges society to join tree plantation drives

Attaullah Tarar says an app will also be launched, enabling people to keep track of the trees they plant

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Islamabad: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Attaullah Tarar has urged different segments of the society to actively participate in tree plantation campaigns in order to safeguard the future of coming generations from the challenge posed by climate change.  

Participating in a tree plantation campaign organized by Capital Development Authority (CDA) in Islamabad today, he said the government is committed to the cause of tree plantation and bringing improvement in the air quality. He stressed that our survival is linked with trees. We should take tree plantation seriously as a national duty and take this campaign to the level of educational institutions.

Attaullah Tarar said Margalla National Park is the identity of Islamabad and it is our collective responsibility to protect it from all hazards. 

The Information Minister asked the television channels to dedicate some airtime to encourage tree plantation, emphasizing its importance as a social cause.

Attaullah Tarar said that an app will also be launched, enabling people to keep track of the trees they plant. This will allow them to better care for their trees.

The Information Minister said responsibility rests with the major contributors of carbon emission to support Pakistan in dealing with the challenge of climate change. He pointed out that Pakistan only contributes two percent of the carbon emissions but is one of the most affected countries by climate change.

In her remarks on the occasion, Coordinator to PM on Climate Change Romina Khurshid Alam emphasized the need for greater coordination amongst various departments to carry forward the plantation campaign in a successful manner.  

DUBAI: Prominent Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was arrested at Dubai International Airport on Monday and taken to Bur Dubai Police Station.
According to sources, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan remained stuck at Dubai Airport for several hours.
As per initial details, the former manager of Rahat Fateh, Salman Ahmed, has submitted applications against the singer to the Dubai authorities.


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Omar Ayub questions smuggling of POL products into Pakistan

PTI leaders say government ministers should have addressed the press conference today instead of DG ISPR

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Islamabad: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leaders questioned that who was lodging FIRs against them, saying that “They are not digesting the Supreme Court’s verdict,”.

“The civilian government should have addressed the press conference instead of the DG ISPR today,” said Opposition Leader Omar Ayub while addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Monday. PTI Chairman Barrister Gohar Khan and other PTI leaders were present there.

While talking about the DG ISPR’s term of “digital terrorism”, Omar Ayub said that he was giving examples of Syria, Iran and Libya.

“These countries fell down just because of dictatorship,” said the PTI leaders.

He also said that the government led by PML-N failed and its failure pushed the DG ISPR to hold the press conference earlier in the day.  He regretted that the FIRs were registered against the PTI leaders under terrorism charges.

The opposition leader also said that those who were involved in money laundering case like the case of Shehbaz Sharif should be brought to justice. He also mentioned Mitho, the close relative of former Army Chief, by saying that he must be held accountable.

He also questioned the smuggling in the country, saying that whose failure promoted smuggling.

Omar Ayub also went on to say that Wheat scandal must be investigated.

He stated that the PTI is the most patriotic party in the country.

The PTI leaders said that the comparison must be drawn between terrorism in the past and the present to find out the reality.

“An independent judicial commission should be held to investigate Bannu incident,” said Omar Ayub.  The wrong politics of the present government damaged the country’s economy, he added.

Rauf Hassan, Ahmad Janjua, Rizwan Ahmad, Ghulam Shabbir, Ata ur Rehman, Farid Malik, Muddassir Chaudhary, Malik Nauman Ahmed, Faizan Malik, Naseem Khaira, Professor Mazhar and Khalid Gujjar are forced disappeared persons.

“The laws that exist must be enforced. Six judges of IHC write a letter to the SJC. A judge of Sargodha ATC also mentioned interference into the judicial work. The rulers are the most corrupt and criminals,” said Omar Ayub, adding that for the sake of God, must stop all this.

Barrister Gohar said that the police let him go by saying that there was no case against him.



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