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Apex Committee excepts demands of Bannu Peace Jirga

Meeting clarifies that that no military operation is currently ongoing in the province 

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Peshawar: The Apex Committee of KPK on Thursday agreed on most of the demands of the Bannu Peace Jirga during a meeting chaired Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur .

Participants included the Peshawar Corps Commander, Chief Secretary, IG Police, and members of the Bannu Jirga.

A joint statement was released condemning terrorists and ordering action against them. The Chief Minister instructed the police to arrest any armed non-governmental persons involved.

The police were directed to take action against the offices of armed groups without discrimination. It was clarified that no military operation is currently ongoing in the province; actions against terrorists will be taken by the police and CTD.

In areas near the border where police cannot act, the army will assist. Police were instructed to ensure constant patrolling.

Additional support will be provided to the entire province, especially the southern districts, using existing personnel and vehicles. New positions will prioritize southern districts, and the CTD will take action in suspicious areas and madrassas.

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ECP notifies 39 returned MNAs as PTI lawmakers

Notification came after the decision of Supreme Court

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Islamabad: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has notified 39 Member of National Assembly (MNAs) as members of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf.

The notification has been issued in the light of previous verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP).

The electoral watchdog has formally recognized these law makers, who earlier represented the Sunni Itehad Council (SIC), as the members of the Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI).

After this notification, the strength of Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf’s Members of National Assembly (MNAs) are expected around 114 in the National Assembly (NA).

It is worth mentioning here that The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday July 9 reserved the verdict on the Sunni Ittehad Council's (SIC) plea against the Peshawar High Court's (PHC) verdict upholding the Election Commission of Pakistan's (ECP) decision denying them the reserved seats.

Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Qazi Faez Isa, a 13-member full court bench conducted the hearing today with Barrister Salman Akram Raja, representing Kanwal Shauzab, and SIC's Faisal Siddiqui presenting their arguments before the court.

Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah, Justice Muneeb Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan, Justice Jamal Khan Mandokhail, Justice Muhammad Ali Mazhar, Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Syed Hassan Azhar Rizvi, Justice Ayesha Malik, Justice Shahid Waheed, Justice Irfan Saadat Khan and Justice Naeem Akhtar Afghan are also part of the bench.

The reserved seats issue

In March of last year, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) decided in a 4-1 vote that the SIC was ineligible for reserved seats due to significant legal flaws and failure to comply with mandatory requirements for submitting a party list.

Subsequent to this decision, the commission redistributed these seats among other parliamentary parties. The PML-N and PPP gained significantly, securing 16 and five additional seats respectively, while the JUI-F received four seats. The PTI, however, opposed the verdict, deeming it unconstitutional.

Later in the same month, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) dismissed an appeal from the SIC challenging the ECP's decision and upheld the denial of reserved seats to the party.

In April, the SIC, led by party chief Sahibzada Hamid Raza, filed a petition before the Supreme Court seeking to overturn the PHC's judgment.

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PM orders strategy for youth to get equitable job access

Shahbaz Sharif says country’s development links with youth

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday directed the relevant authorities to prepare a comprehensive strategy with respect to provision of employment opportunities to the youth of the country on equal basis.

Calling the youth as the assets of Pakistan, the prime minister said the country’s development was linked with their welfare and progress.

Chairing a meeting regarding Prime Minister’s Youth Programme at the PM House, he said, with their immense talent, the youth could change the fate of the country if they were provided with the required resources.

The prime minister was of the view that provision of employment opportunities to the youth was the government’s top priority.

He said all the training programmes at National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NVTTC) should be focused on creating job opportunities for the students.

He directed to conduct a detailed survey of job market and then accordingly start the skill training programmes.

During the meeting, it was informed that under PM Laptop Scheme, some 600,000 laptops had so far been delivered to the students.

Under this scheme, the government would provide additional 100,000 laptops during current year.

The meeting was informed that 64% students who got training under the Youth Skills Development Programme managed to get respectable jobs during previous three years.

It was told that the government funded 100 startups under its PM National Innovation Award who were being placed in designated incubation centers across the country.

Similarly, the prime minister was informed that 10 international standard sports academies and a biomechanical laboratory would start functioning this year under PM Youth Sports League.

Likewise, under the Prime Minister Green Youth Program, 268 universities across the country would be targeted for training youth on climate change prevention and eco-innovation.

“Preparation of National Youth Employment Policy 2024 is in final stages,” the meeting was told. The focus of the policy would be to create decent employment opportunities for the youth and increase the proportion of women in the workforce.

Similarly, it was told that PM Digital Hub was also being prepared which would be a one-window operation dashboard.

The meeting was attended by Federal Minister for Economic Affairs Ahad Khan Cheema, Information Minister Attaullah Tarar, Minister of State for Information Technology & Telecom Shaza Fatima Khawaja, Chairman PM Youth Programme Rana Mashhood, Coordinator to PM Rana Ihsan Afzal and other relevant high officials.

 

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