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Intense Clash Between Police & PMLN Workers – Maryam Nawaz’s NAB Appearance Canceled

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Maryam Nawaz’s appearance has been canceled after the intense clash between PMLN workers and police.

NAB says that Maryam Nawaz’s appearance in NAB has been canceled due to a tense situation and a new appearance will be announced soon.

The PMLN had yesterday appealed to its workers to reach the NAB office, and a heavy contingent of police was deployed outside the NAB office to deal with any untoward incident. Police and PMLN workers clashed outside the NAB office.

When the PMLN workers removed the barricades, a clash broke out between the police and the workers.

On the other hand, Maryam Nawaz has accused the police of breaking the glass of the bulletproof vehicle by throwing stones.

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Why the Govt has failed to Control the Rising Price of Sugar in the Country?

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According to Ansar Abbasi, while the sugar scandal case was being investigated, the sugar mafia started threatening FIA Director General Wajid Zia over the increase in sugar prices. The sugar mafia demanded that the inquiry be stopped or else a sugar crisis would be created.

In this regard, it was reported on April 5 that the sugar mafia has warned Prime Minister Imran Khan as well as DG FIA and Chairman Inquiry Commission Wajid Zia to stop the investigation into the sugar scandal immediately, otherwise, there will be a severe shortage of sugar in the country, as a result of which the price of sugar can go up to Rs 110 per kg.

According to The News, DG FIA Wajid Zia, who was the head of the commission, was asked from the mafia to stop the investigation, or else the price of sugar would go up to Rs 110. The DG FIA informed the Prime Minister’s Office of the threat he had received.

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Despite threats and pressure, the Commission of Inquiry not only completed its work but also the Prime Minister fulfilled his promise by publicizing the report. However, the government’s efforts to stem the rise in sugar prices have not been successful.

Under the action plan announced by the government to root out the sugar mafia, seven federal and provincial agencies have been tasked to take different types of criminal, regulatory and tax-related measures against those found guilty in the Sugar Commission report.

According to these orders, the politicians whose sugar mills were named in the forensic audit had to be questioned by the NAB and six other state agencies. These agencies include the NAB, FIA, SECP, FBR, Competition Commission, SBP, and provincial anti-corruption departments.

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These state agencies had to send a reference to the NAB for an investigation into the total subsidy of Rs 29 billion given to the sugar industry by the provincial and federal governments in the last five years.

The FBR had to investigate the income tax and sales tax issues related to tax evasion and anonymous transactions and submit an investigation report within 90 days.

The Competition Commission was asked to investigate anti-competitive and cartelization issues in the sugar industry and submit its report within 90 days.

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The SBP was ordered to investigate matters related to the sale of stock, waiver of loans, and repayment of loans and exports.

The FIA ​​and SECP were asked to investigate corporate fraud in sugar mills.

The task of provincial anti-corruption agencies was to prosecute sugar mill owners for violations of provincial laws, including paying farmers less than the decided amount and committing illegal deductions.

Institutions were given 90 days for the report, but the facts are that sugar is being sold at Rs 100 per kg in most parts of the country, while prices have risen to Rs 110 in some areas.

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Why Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman did not Meet with COAS of Pakistan Army?

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Rauf Klasra has said that a high-level military delegation including Army Chief and DG ISI has returned after completing their visit to Saudi Arabia. However, they couldn’t meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during the visit.

In a video blog with Rauf Klasra, senior journalist Amir Maeen said that according to the news coming from Saudi Arabia, the situation has stopped getting worse, but it has not improved and has not come to the optimal level. Pak-Saudi relations have been frozen from the last seven months due to the fact that Saudi Arabia has got the impression that Pakistan’s inclination towards Turkey and Iran is increasing, and Pakistan is ignoring Saudi Arabia’s interests.

Amir Mateen said that the military leadership looks after military-to-military matters, but everyone knew that diplomatic matters would also be settled during the army chief’s visit to Saudi Arabia, but that did not happen. No financial package was announced by Saudi Arabia and no warmth was shown.

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Rauf Klasra said that according to reports, Muhammad bin Salman had a 3-hour long meeting with his team regarding the visit of the Pakistan Army Chief. The meeting was also attended by Muhammad bin Salman’s younger brother Khalid bin Salman, who is also Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Minister of Defense. He later met with the Army Chief, but no joint statement was issued regarding the visit and the meetings.

Rauf Klasra added that there is an impression that matters are still pending and that the army chief might visit Saudi Arabia again in a month or two. The important thing is that while the army chief was meeting in Saudi Arabia, the foreign minister of Pakistan met with the ambassador of Qatar in the foreign office, due to which Saudi Arabia has maintained a cold shoulder.

Rauf Klasra said that Saudi Arabia had complained to the Pakistani delegation that Pakistan is reshaping relations with Turkey and Tayyip Erdogan, with whom Saudi Arabia did not have very good relations.

The situation began to deteriorate when Imran Khan paid tribute to Tayyip Erdogan during a speech at the United Nations. Saudi Arabia is demanding that Instead of being part of a new diplomatic bloc with Turkey and Iran, Pakistan should remain in the Saudi bloc.

It should be noted that one of the reasons for the discontinuation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia is that Pakistan has been requesting Saudi Arabia to convene an OIC meeting on the Kashmir issue for a long time. But instead of fulfilling the request of its close ally Pakistan, Saudi Arabia is pressuring others not to convene the meeting. Due to this behavior, the relations between the two close partners Pakistan and Saudi Arabia has deteriorated.

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PTI Govt has Established 16 Secretariats in South Punjab

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Sixteen departments transferred to South Punjab Secretariat. Azhar, the Punjab Chief Minister’s digital media focal person, shared a list of all departments in a tweet, including Education, Agriculture, Livestock, Irrigation, Forestry, Local Government, Housing and Urban Development, Law, Planning and Development, Finance, C&W, Board of Revenue, S&GAD and Police.

Focal person Azhar tweeted that these secretaries would have all the powers of provincial secretaries. All the powers of the Chief Secretary will be vested in the ACS. Practically, South Punjab Province has been created administratively. Amendments & new assembly in South Punjab will be constituted in the 2023 elections.

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar had some time ago announced that a separate secretariat would be set up in South Punjab from July 1. Two senior officers were appointed for the South Punjab Secretariat. Zahid Akhtar Zaman was appointed as Additional Chief Secretary, While Inam Ghani has been appointed as Additional IG. Rs 1.5 billion has been earmarked in the budget for the South Punjab Secretariat.

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