Islamabad police finalized security plan for New Year night 

Islamabad, December 31, 2021 (PPI-OT):Islamabad Police have chalked out a comprehensive security plan to deal with those involved in hooliganism, aerial firing, and fireworks and one-wheeling on New Year night, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

He said that, the fool proof security plan was made on directions of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Muhammad Ahsan Younas adding that more than 1000 well-equipped cops and officers would be deployed in the district on the night of New Year to maintain law and order situation. Special police squads would be deployed on main roads of the city while special police teams will patrol in main markets and rush areas.

According to him, people involved in hooliganism, aerial firing, fireworks and one-wheeling on the New Year night would be dealt with iron hands. Islamabad Police chief Muhammad Ahsan Younas directed all officers to keep their eyes on anti-social activities on New Year night.

He said a comprehensive traffic plan has also been finalized according to which 300 officers would be deployed in the city to control traffic rush. In a statement, IGP Islamabad has directed all the police officers and cops to impart duty with commitment and dedication. He also advised the citizens to cooperate with cops for their own safety.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Police
Data centre H-11, Admin Block,
Police Head Quarter, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9258371 Ext (160)
Fax: +92-51-4443180
Email: webmaster@islamabadpolice.gov.pk
Website: https://islamabadpolice.gov.pk

Crackdown against the use and sale of drugs, crystal meth (ice), sheesha and alcohol intensified

Lahore, December 31, 2021 (PPI-OT):Punjab Police is taking all necessary measures to maintain law and order in the province on New Year’s Eve. A special operation is being carried out against the use and sale of crystal meth, sheesha and alcohol. In addition to it, accused working against the law are being brought to book.

Punjab Police spokesperson further said that action has been intensified against those involved in the manufacture, sale and use of alcohol, especially poisonous liquor, in order to prevent deaths due to consumption of chemically contaminated liquor.

Spokesperson of Punjab Police said that 47849 cases were registered against drug dealers in all the districts of the province this year while 48747 drug dealers, smugglers and criminals involved in this nefarious smuggling were arrested.

23174 kg of hashish, 751 kg of heroin, 48672 g of ice and 831297 litres of liquor were recovered from the possession of the accused. Giving details of each region, the Punjab Police spokesperson further said that 8909 cases were registered against drug dealers in Lahore and 9054 persons were arrested.

3196 cases were registered against drug dealers in Sheikhupura and 3292 persons were arrested. Likewise, In Gujranwala region, 7425 cases were registered against drug dealers and 7568 accused were arrested.

In Rawalpindi region 4114 cases were registered against drug dealers and 4171 people were arrested. In Sargodha region 2504 cases were registered against drug dealers and 2436 persons were arrested. In Faisalabad region 5065 cases were registered against drug dealers and 5086 persons were arrested.

In Multan region 5506 cases were registered against drug dealers and 5564 persons were arrested. In Sahiwal region 3764 cases were registered against drug dealers and 3877 persons were arrested. In DG Khan Region 3237 cases were registered against drug dealers and 3321 persons were arrested.

In Bahawalpur region, 4129 cases were registered against drug dealers and 4378 people were arrested. Spokesperson Punjab Police said that the use of meth is a legal offense. Citizens are requested to refrain from any activities which may cause any inconvenience to them. He further added that special campaign of Punjab Police is underway for citizens to refrain them form any breach of law.

For more information, contact:
Punjab Police
Punjab Police Computer Bureau,
5th Floor, Central Police Office (CPO),
Punjab, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-99213019, +92-42-99213013
Fax: +92-42-99213012
Email: sapcb@punjabpolice.gov.pk
Website: www.punjabpolice.gov.pk

Strict action to be taken on New Year’s Eve against one-wheeling, aerial firing, kite flying and sale and purchase of flammable substances

Lahore, December 31, 2021 (PPI-OT):Inspector General of Police Punjab Rao Sardar Ali Khan has said that crackdown against one-wheeling, aerial firing, kite flying and incendiary substances should be intensified across the province on eve of New Year Night.

IG Punjab, while ordering strict crackdown on drug, sheesha, ice (crystal meth) and alcohol, especially poisonous liquor, said that the culprits involved in this heinous smuggling should be brought to book. Rao Sardar Ali Khan said that RPOs, DPOs should go to tehsils and police stations and hold Khuli Katchehry (open courts) to solve problems of citizens.

He said that the year 2022 would prove to be a year of further improvement for Punjab Police and eradication of organized crime would be the top priority. IG Punjab said that delay in registration of FIR is not tolerated, only free registration of crime will help in eradication of organized crime.

Rao Sardar Ali Khan said that field officers should visit police stations themselves and increase patrolling at night to curb crime. IG Punjab assigned special task to Lahore, Sheikhupura, Rawalpindi, Multan, Faisalabad and Gujranwala regions with respect to New Year Night.

IG Punjab emphasized upon use of modern technology to undertake profiling of dangerous gangs in order to trace and arrest proclaimed offenders, court absconders and hardened criminals.

Rao Sardar Ali Khan directed that supervisory officers themselves should expedite inspections by visiting police stations and other offices and also increasing patrolling at night to curb crime. Rao Sardar Ali Khan urged the owners and management of hotels, inns and residences across the province to use Hotel Eye while strict action would be taken against the violators.

He issued these instructions to all RPOs, CPOs and DPOs of the province during the last video link conference of the year 2021 held at the Central Police Office. During the conference, IG Punjab reviewed the performance of all regions this year and set targets for the New Year.

Rao Sardar Ali Khan said that immediate action should be taken against incidents of violence, harassment, disappearance and abuse of children and women. IG Punjab said that special attention should be paid to the prevention of cattle theft and their recovery besides arresting of organized gangs.

Giving instructions for prevention of traffic accidents, IG Punjab said that immediate action should be taken against overloading of sugarcane and straw trolleys, over speeding vehicles of public and private transport in all districts. Traffic police and Punjab Highway Police should take concrete steps in this regard.

For more information, contact:
Punjab Police
Punjab Police Computer Bureau,
5th Floor, Central Police Office (CPO),
Punjab, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-99213019, +92-42-99213013
Fax: +92-42-99213012
Email: sapcb@punjabpolice.gov.pk
Website: www.punjabpolice.gov.pk

SECP issues a Guidebook for formation and licensing of NBFC

Islamabad, December 31, 2021 (PPI-OT):In order to facilitate the prospective investors of Non-Banking Finance Sector and as part of its objective to promote ease of doing business, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has issued a procedural guide on formation and licensing of Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs).

Available on the SECP’s website, this guidebook provides comprehensive information on the procedure for formation, incorporation and licensing of the NBFCs, applicable fees, important prerequisites, reference to the relevant legal provisions, forms and formats. The Guide covers applicable requirements for formation and licensing of Fund Management NBFCs as well as Lending NBFCs. Fund Management NBFCs provide services including Asset Management, Investment Advisory, REIT Management, Private Equity and Venture Capital management and Pension Fund Schemes.

Lending NBFCs provide services including Investment Finance Services, Discounting, Housing Finance, Microfinance and Leasing. By consolidating all the applicable requirements at one place, the Guidebook would make it easier for the prospective investors to understand and comply with the applicable regulatory regime. The guidebook can be accessed at https://www.secp.gov.pk/document/procedural-guide-onformation-and-licensing-nbfcs/?wpdmdl=43780 and refresh=61cd43eeda8511640842222.

For more information, contact:
Head, Internal and External Communication
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)
NIC Building, 63 Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-9214005 or +92-51-9214009 (Ext. 378)
Fax: +92-51-9206459
Cell: +92-302-8552254
E-mail: shakil.chaudhary@secp.gov.pk
Website: www.secp.gov.pk

NAB rejected news regarding closure of Plots allotment case against Mian Nawaz Sharif, ex-PM 

Islamabad, December 31, 2021 (PPI-OT):Responding to a news item published and aired by electronic media regarding closure of LDA plots allotment Inquiry by NAB Lahore, NAB has categorically rejected all baseless media reports regarding closure of Plots allotment case against Mian Nawaz Sharif, ex-PM and clarified that the case of Illegal allotment of LDA plots by Nawaz Sharif is still under inquiry at NAB Lahore, and no such closure has been made.

Conveying such kind of baseless information to the public through incorrect reporting is not only unfair but is part of a malicious campaign against NAB. NAB hopes that in the true spirit of responsible journalism, an effort would always be made to verify the authenticity of the news related to NAB before going to publish/air and obtain official point of view of NAB from Spokesman NAB.

For more information, contact:
National Accountability Bureau (NAB)
Attaturk Avenue G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-111-NAB-NAB (111-622-622)
Fax: +92-51-9214503
Email: chairman@nab.gov.pk, infonab@nab.gov.pk
Website: www.nab.gov.pk

Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani expresses deep sorrow over the sad demise of the mother of Senator Muhammad Ayub Afridi

Islamabad, December 31, 2021 (PPI-OT):Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani has expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of the mother of Senator Muhammad Ayub Afridi, Advisor to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development. Chairman Senate offered Fateha for the departed soul while expressing heartfelt sympathy with the bereaved family.

The Chairman Senate prayed that Allah Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength to the mourners to bear this loss with patience and courage. Senator Kauda Babar was also present on the occasion.

For more information, contact:
Senate of Pakistan
H.No.7, Cat-II, G-8/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9204564534
Fax: +92-51-9205703
E-mail: senate@comsats.net.pk
Website: www.senate.gov.pk

A meeting of Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research held at Parliament House 

Islamabad, December 31, 2021 (PPI-OT):A meeting of the Senate Standing Committee on National Food Security and Research was held on Thursday at Parliament House. Chairman Committee, Senator Syed Muzaffar Hussain Shah chaired the meeting; that was attended by Senator Seemee Ezdi, Senator Sania Nishtar, Senator Kesho Bai, Senator Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, Senator Kamran Murtaza, Senator Muhammad Akram and senior officers from the Ministry of National Food Security and Research along with all concerned. Senator Sarfaraz Ahmed Bugti, Senator Fawzia Arshad and Senator Samina Mumtaz were Special Invitees. Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam was present as well.

The agenda that came under discussion entailed fixing a uniform minimum support price for wheat; Urea price control; filling of vacant positions at PARC and progress of the sub-Committee to promote Kitchen Gardening in Islamabad.

The Committee also discussed details of availability of certified wheat seed in view of increasing yield per acre. The matter referred by Honourable Chairman Senate regarding tender for supply of 840,000 exotic olive plants was also taken up by the Committee.

Discussing the measures taken to fix a uniform support price for wheat in Pakistan the Committee stressed the need to formulate a mechanism to ensure that provinces comply. Rising above political differences to ensure the people’s benefit was emphasized. The Committee was of the view that this was the second year that the problem of wheat prices had arisen.

It was recommended that a committee be formed comprising representatives from the Federal Government and the provinces and jointly fix a common uniform support price for wheat before commencement of the sowing season.

Reviewing the reasons for rise in urea prices, the Committee was informed that as per the decision of the Cabinet; Urea Plant would be operational from March to November 2021. However, due to a shortfall in gas that is imperative for urea production, the plant was shut down from June until September. This led to malpractices such as hoarding, price hacks and artificial shortage.

The Committee recommended that an enquiry be held on reasons for the shutdown as this led to a serious crisis in the Agricultural sector of Pakistan. It was asserted that this matter must be taken up on various forums to ensure supply of gas to urea plants so that Pakistan’s agrarian economy is supported to the fullest.

Regarding tender for supply of 840,000 exotic olive plants, the matter was referred to the Ministry that will constitute a committee and will report back to the Committee in days. Reviewing the list presented by Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) regarding the vacant positions; the Committee directed that details of marks obtained, interview committee, shortlisted candidates and grade wise postings be submitted to the Committee.

The Committee also showed grave displeasure regarding the publishing of advertisements in newspapers other than the ones specified by the Committee. It was asserted that in addition to English and Urdu, advertisements must be published in regional dailies as well. Considering the progress of the sub-Committee to promote Kitchen Gardening in Islamabad; the Committee lauded the efforts of the sub-Committee and stressed the need for such initiatives to be expanded in schools and colleges. It was asserted that such initiatives will contribute to women’s empowerment in Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Senate of Pakistan
H.No.7, Cat-II, G-8/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9204564534
Fax: +92-51-9205703
E-mail: senate@comsats.net.pk
Website: www.senate.gov.pk

CM Punjab Chairs Meeting to Review Progress on Ongoing Health Schemes 

Lahore, December 31, 2021 (PPI-OT):Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar has directed to early complete ongoing health projects so as to provide the best medical facilities to the citizens. While chairing a meeting at his office on Monday which was attended by Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid, health secretaries and others, the CM added that Naya Pakistan Health Card would be launched from the Lahore division from January and the facility would be extended to Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Gujranwala and Sargodha divisions by March 31.

Around 400 billion rupees would be spent on universal health insurance program in the next three years, he counted. It is a historic initiative to provide Naya Pakistan Health Card to every citizen in the province which would provide the annual free medical facility of one million rupees to each family, he stated and repeated that improving healthcare facilities was a priority agenda of the government.

The CM emphasized that holistic reforms would help to revamp the archaic health system to provide the most modern health facilities to the general public. A number of health schemes would be completed in 2022 including three state-of-the-art emergencies in the provincial metropolis, he added and reiterated that provision of the best healthcare system to the masses was an agenda of the PTI-led government.

For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations,
Government of the Punjab
Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-9201390-86
Website: www.punjab.gov.pk