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Committee formed to plan establishment of Dasu-Chilas safe city project

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi says the committee comprising of Inspector General Police Islamabad, RPO Hazara and WAPDA representatives should collectively chalk out a comprehensive plan within fifteen days

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Islamabad: Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi on Saturday formed a committee to prepare a plan for establishment of Dasu-Chilas safe city project in order to ensure foolproof security of Chinese nationals.

Chairing a meeting in Islamabad, he said the committee comprising of Inspector General Police Islamabad, RPO Hazara and WAPDA representatives should collectively chalk out a comprehensive plan within fifteen days.

He said the aim of Safe City is not just to install cameras but a system that is equipped with modern technology and artificial intelligence tools. He emphasized its implementation on the pattern of Islamabad and Lahore.

Mohsin Naqvi said Safe city project will ensure surveillance and security of the whole area.

The Interior Minister said the security of Chinese nationals working for the development of Pakistan is our responsibility, assuring no effort will be spared in this regard.

 

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Cannes Film Festival top prize: Who will win?

The 77th iteration of the festival began on May 14

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CANNES, France (Reuters): A Donald Trump biopic, a musical about a Mexican cartel boss and Francis Ford Coppola’s long-time passion project are just some of the films competing for the Cannes Film Festival’s top prize as the glamorous fest comes to a close on Saturday evening.

Jury president Greta Gerwig, the director behind last summer’s pink-hued hit ‘Barbie,’ will decide along with eight others which of the 22 films to award the Palme d’Or.

Jury members including U.S. actor Lily Gladstone and Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-Eda have said they are well-aware their decision could make or break a director’s career.

Coppola’s much-hyped sci-fi epic ‘Megalopolis,’ starring Adam Driver, elicited a mix of opinions when it premiered last Thursday.

However, it’s ‘Emilia Perez,’ with Selena Gomez and Zoe Saldana, that is most heavily favoured to take the prize.

Critics were positively surprised with its musical numbers about a Mexican drug lord who transitions from male to female and opens a nonprofit to look into disappeared people.

Cannes has given particular love to old Hollywood names this year, Coppola included, with Meryl Streep and George Lucas receiving honorary lifetime awards, and George Miller and Kevin Costner invited to premiere their new films out of competition.

Additionally, established filmmakers Yorgos Lanthimos, David Cronenberg and Paul Schrader created plenty of excitement with their competition entries, but their chances look unpromising.

Other strong contenders include ‘All We Imagine As Light,’ India’s first competition film in 30 years, as well as ‘Anora,’ Sean Baker’s darkly funny drama about an erotic dancer in New York and the Demi Moore-led body horror “The Substance.”

‘The Apprentice,’ about former U.S. president Donald Trump, and ‘The Seed of the Sacred Fig’ by exiled Iranian director Mohammad Rasoulof boosted attention thanks to their topicality, despite festival director Thierry Fremaux lamenting an increased focus on political and social issues in the industry.

The 77th iteration of the festival began on May 14.

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SIFC plays crucial role for Pakistan’s progress, prosperity: PM

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says the nation will advance through hard work, stressing that there are no shortcuts to success

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday said that the Special Investment Facilitation Council (SIFC) is playing a crucial role in Pakistan’s progress and prosperity.

Shehbaz Sharif emphasized that the nation would advance through hard work, stressing that there are no shortcuts to success.

The prime minister gave these remarks while chairing a meeting of the SIFC in Islamabad on Saturday.

The key figures including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Ali Amin Gandapur, Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfaraz Bugti were also present there in the meeting.

Federal Minister of Interior Mohsin Naqvi, Federal Minister of Energy Owais Leghari, and the chief secretaries of all four provinces were also present.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed his gratitude to all participants, noting that significant issues had been discussed and that officials were working together effectively regarding the SIFC.

Shehbaz Sharif highlighted the collaborative efforts of provincial chief ministers, federal ministers, and military officers towards the success of the SIFC. He mentioned a recent visit to Saudi Arabia where confidence in the SIFC was reaffirmed.

He also reported that other international delegations have shown keen interest in the SIFC, recognizing its vital role in the country's development and prosperity. He asserted that the transparency and performance of the SIFC have silenced its critics, gaining the trust of all provinces and even garnering attention from other nations.

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif stated that Pakistan has moved beyond dependency on aid and is now prioritizing trade and economic cooperation. He assured that any bureaucratic hurdles to foreign investment would not be tolerated and mentioned Saudi Arabia's readiness to support Pakistan in all aspects. The targets set will be achieved through the SIFC, he added.

He also revealed that a team has been hired to fully digitize the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), acknowledging a significant lack of professionalism and expertise. Ministries have been advised to consult with experts and consultants.

The Prime Minister affirmed that all provinces, including Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, have faith in the SIFC. He urged a collective commitment to achieving set goals, mentioning the UAE's announcement of a $10 billion investment.

Highlighting Pakistan's untapped potential, Shehbaz Sharif noted that the country is rich with resources worth billions, which have not yet benefited the nation. He clarified that the SIFC is not solely comprised of military officers but includes provincial chief ministers, federal ministers, and other key individuals.

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