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Breaking News: Government Decided to Lay-off 100,000 Employees from various Departments

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An early retirement policy has been introduced for all government employees. It has been decided by the government to implement the Civil Service (Mandatory Retirement Service) Rule 2020. Under which, it has been decided to dismiss the employees of government institutions by giving them early retirement under three categories.

Sources said that a plan has been drawn up in the first phase to forcibly retire employees and officers who have not performed well in government institutions, including those who are additional, unnecessary, allegedly corrupt and involved in the abuse of power. And the government has finalized the plan and ordered its regular implementation this year.

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Sources said that under the Federal Government’s Public Service Rules 2020, it has been decided to forcibly retire a large number of employees and officers in government agencies and send them home. And there are two separate committees for compulsory/forced retirement for Grade 1 to Grade 19 employees and officers. The plan is to lay off employees from Grade 1 to Grade 17, Grade 17 to Grade 20, and then from Grade 20 to Grade 22 at the age of 58.

Sources said that the committee members have been given a target of two months to prepare a list of employees in various departments including the Federal Department of Railways, Sui Gas, WAPDA, and PIA. In which, it has been decided to charge the employees and officers with incompetence including poor performance, alleged corruption, abuse of power, and thus a large number of employees are being laid off.

Sources said that it has been decided to implement such a plan on the agenda of the IMF and it will be shown that this plan of the government will improve the performance of the institutions and also the performance of the employees and officers there. The monitoring system will be simplified and complaints of incompetence, including alleged abuse of power, will be eliminated.

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Sources said that in the first phase of the government’s plan, it has been decided to dismiss one lac employees and officers from federal agencies. In the first phase, 58-year-old employees and officers, while in the second phase, contract-based and daily wage employees will be laid off.

On the other hand, this plan of the government has caused a wave of widespread concern among the employees and officers of government agencies. APCA, an organization of government employees, has drawn up a plan to call on employees’ unions and associations across the country to come together on one platform and protest against this decision.

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Nexus of Terrorist Organizations in Afghanistan – Security High Alert in Pakistan

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Officials from India’s intelligence agency RAW and Afghanistan’s intelligence agency NDS have held meetings with the TTP and other banned organizations. In which, a conspiracy has been hatched to reorganize the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pakistan.

The meetings of Indian and Afghan Intelligence agencies with Taliban organizations have significant importance because Ikramullah Turabi, who was involved in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, has been seen active in the meeting after a long time.

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The Indian intelligence agency RAW and the NDS have established a nexus of banned organizations in Afghanistan. A meeting of banned organizations has been held in Paktia and Kantar, in which, an alliance has been formed between Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Hizb-ul-Ahrar and banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan under the auspices of RAW and NDS.

The news agency has revealed that Ikramullah Turabi’s reactivation and the presence of Indian intelligence agency RAW and Afghanistan’s intelligence agency NDS in the meeting of Taliban organizations is an indication that besides sabotaging the atmosphere of peace in Pakistan, it can also affect the Afghan peace process.

The meeting of Hizb-ul-Ahrar, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, and TTP, led by RAW and NDS, aims to plan a renewed attack on Pakistan’s security forces and destroy the atmosphere of peace established after huge sacrifices.

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It may be recalled that Ikramullah Turabi was arrested from Afghanistan in December 2013 in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case and was granted bail by the Peshawar High Court. Immediately after being granted bail by the Peshawar High Court, Ikramullah returned to Afghanistan and intensified his terrorist activities.

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Young Female Doctor in Karachi Committed Suicide

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A devastating incident happened in Karachi where a female doctor, Maha Ali, has committed suicide. According to the police, she locked herself in the washroom and shot herself. Dr. Maha was brought to Jinnah Hospital in critical condition and kept on a ventilator during the treatment but she died during the treatment.

According to SP Clifton Imran Mirza, Dr. Maha was suffering from depression. Initially, the incident appeared to be a case of a domestic problem. According to police, Dr. Maha was 25 years old and was working at South City Hospital. Dr. Maha returned from the hospital just hours before she attempted suicide.

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According to the police, Dr. Maha tried to commit suicide in the washroom on the first floor of the house and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Dr. Maha’s father had rented the house 15 days ago in Gizri.

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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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