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FM seeks closer ties with UNDP for climate resilience, SDGs

Assistant Secretary-General Kanni Wignaraja thanks the Government of Pakistan for its continued cooperation and support to the UNDP in implementing various projects in Pakistan.

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Islamabad: Foreign Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar on Wednesday expressed Pakistan's desire to enhance cooperation with the UNDP in strengthening climate resilience, adaptation, and pursuing Sustainable Development Goals and socio-economic development.

He made these remarks during a meeting with Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Development Programme, Kanni Wignaraja in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The Foreign Minister appreciated the important work carried out by the UNDP since the catastrophic floods in Pakistan in 2022, focusing on the Sustainable Development Agenda and climate action. He emphasized that the UN system could play a critical role in supporting developing countries in achieving SDGs and addressing the climate agenda by galvanizing international solidarity and cooperation.

The Foreign Minister further said that assistance to countries most vulnerable to climate change would enable them to rebuild from natural disasters and adapt to increasingly frequent and severe climate impacts.

Assistant Secretary-General Wignaraja thanked the Government of Pakistan for its continued cooperation and support to the UNDP in implementing various projects in Pakistan. She also appreciated Pakistan’s active diplomatic engagement at the United Nations.

 

 

 

 

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Pakistan among nine poor countries that produces 90 percent cigarettes for world

The study shows that that tobacco production in under-developed countries should be a cause of concern for policy makers.

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Lahore: London’s Imperial College has recently unveiled a study on smoking titled  Tobacco’s global environment footprint, said the latest reports.

The study showed that that tobacco production in under-developed countries should be a cause of concern for policy makers.

Citing the study, Dr Aftab Madni, dean of the Indus University, says, “Almost 90% of all tobacco production is concentrated in the developing world”.

The study reveals that  out of the top 10 tobacco producing countries, 9 are developing which includes four low-income food deficit countries (LIFDCs). “Pakistan falls in  the category of LIFDCs,” he said.

He said that major point of concern is the fact that easy availability of cigarettes has become a cause health burden. Moreover, it’s has a deeper social implication for the poor household.

He further said that members of poor household   spend major chunk of their daily earnings on buying cigarettes leaving very little to spend on food and other essential items. He gave refrence of Capital Calling which has recently demanded that there is a need for the country to follow the WHO guidelines regarding tobacco taxation.

He said similarly PIDE, a government-run research institute, has reported that there are 24 million active smokers in the country. He said the institute has reviled that, “The total costs attributable to all smoking-related diseases and deaths in Pakistan for 2019 are Rs 615.07 billion ($3.85 billion), and the indirect costs (morbidity and mortality) make up 70 percent of the total cost. The total smoking-attributable costs are 1.6 percent of the GDP, whereas the smoking-attributable costs of cancer, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases are 1.15 percent of the GDP.” He said that annually 337500 deaths are reported due to smoking.

He said these statistics are reason enough for the government to increase taxes on tobacco products. He also said that Pakistan has lost Rs 567 billion just to facilitate two Multinational Cigarette companies in last seven years.

 

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WAPDA-KRL match tied in President's Cup

Batting first, WAPDA posted 258 for six in their allotted 50 overs, and in turn, KRL needed two runs off the final delivery for victory, but managed only one run to finish at 258 for eight.

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Rawalpindi:  The President’s Cup 50-over tournament commenced with a thrilling tied match between Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) at the Shoaib Akhtar Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on Wednesday.

Batting first, WAPDA posted 258 for six in their allotted 50 overs. In turn, KRL needed two runs off the final delivery for victory, but managed only one run to finish at 258 for eight. As there was no Super Over, points were equally shared between the two sides.

The other match at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium was rained off without a ball being bowled.

At the Shoaib Akhtar Cricket Stadium, Bismillah Khan top-scored for WAPDA with 86 (83, 10x4, 1x6), while Khalid Usman contributed 41 not out, Awais Khan 28, and Muhammad Akhlaq 27. KRL’s Kashif Ali took two wickets for 42 runs for KRL.

When KRL batted, Sharoon Siraj and Waqar Ahmed hit half-centuries. Sharoon’s 61-ball 71 included eight fours and two sixes, while Waqar hit five fours in an 82-ball 52. Rohail Nazir (42), Aamer Azmat (28), and Maaz Sadaqat (22) were the other notable run-scorers.

For WAPDA, Akif Javed and Ali Raza took three wickets apiece, conceding 51 and 56 runs, respectively.

Scores in brief:

WAPDA vs KRL match tied at Shoaib Akhtar Cricket Stadium, Rawalpindi

WAPDA 258-6, 50 overs (Bismillah Khan 86, Khalid Usman 41 not out, Awais Khan 28, Muhammad Akhlaq 27, Ahmed Shehzad 25; Kashif Ali 2-42)

KRL 258-8, 50 overs (Sharoon Siraj 71, Waqar Ahmed 52, Rohail Nazir 42, Aamer Azmat 28, Maaz Sadaqat 22; Akif Javed 3-51, Ali Raza 3-56)

PTV vs SBP match at the Abbottabad Cricket Stadium abandoned without a ball being bowled

SNGPL v Ghani Glass, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium (match started at 2pm and the result will be updated on the PCB website)

Fixtures for Friday: WAPDA vs Ghani Glass, Shoaib Akhtar Stadium; KRL vs PTV, Abbottabad Cricket Stadium; SBP vs HEC, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium

 

 

 

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