The government has claimed that food prices will start to drop during the current month (February 2020), according to ederal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar. To do so, Umar has directed to strengthen the monitoring system of 18 essential commodities including wheat, sugar and flour. Asad Umar instructed officials to maintain a regular supply of wheat from public-sector stocks.
All duties levied on medical equipment imported into the country have been removed for the first time in the history of Pakistan, according to Prime Minister Imran Khan. The premier distributed five million health insurance cards to the people of Punjab, calling it the first step of the revival of a country’s health sector, removal of duties on import of medical equipment being the second and the third step is the revision of health reforms.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Shahnaz Ansari was killed Saturday evening in an attack on her in Sindh’s Naushero Feroz. She was shot thrice while she was in Darya Khan Marri for her brother-in-law’s chehlum. An argument reportedly broke out after which some relatives opened fire at her. The police are not releasing any details about the case yet.
Islamabad High Court (IHC) bans physical punishment against children under 12. As Article 89 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) does not categorize the use of corporal punishment against children under 12 as an offense, Chief Justice IHC has suspended it till further notice. Chief Justice gave the ruling while hearing a petition lodged by singer and human rights activist Shahzad Roy.
Chief of the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) Hafiz Saeed and two others were sentenced to prison for five years and six months each in two cases by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Lahore. A fine of Rs. 15,000 is also imposed on Saeed, who was arrested by Punjab’s Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) in July last year.
The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan on Wednesday announced that the three Pakistanis, who had been diagnosed with the Coronavirus in the country, have been cured. Last month, Dr Mirza had announced that four Pakistani students in China were tested positive for the coronavirus at a press conference in Islamabad. At that time too, the SAPM had refused to share the names of the affected students with the media.
A trainer aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) crashed near Mardan, making it the second one in less than a week. According to a press release, the PAF trainer aircraft crashed on a routine training mission near Takht Bhai. The pilot safely ejected the aircraft before it fell. Board of inquiry has been ordered by Air Headquarters to determine the cause of accident.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has reportedly ordered the establishment of a massive 40-acre software city in the country’s capital, Islamabad. In a meeting held with high-profile officials from the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications, Khan discussed various ways to strengthen country’s IT sector and shared his vision to boost the nation’s IT exports to $10 billion over the long term.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will meet in Paris for five days to decide on Pakistan’s grey list fate, staring on February 16. In October 2019, the FATF had decided to keep Pakistan on its grey list till February, giving it time to implement the FATF’s 27-point action plan. Pakistan is on its grey list because of deficiencies in the country’s Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Terrorist Financing regulations.
The sale of illegal cigarettes in the country has increased significantly since the imposition of the Federal Excise Duty (FED), according to a quarterly report released by the State Bank of Pakistan. The output of the official cigarette industry declined by 35.5% due to the increase in FED as it pushed the consumers towards cheaper alternatives in the form of counterfeits and cigarettes smuggled from abroad.