The president of SAARC-CCI said the 300 hectares of project land will meet the business needs of investors.
LAHORE (Dunya News) – The establishment of a modern and state-of-the-art multi-billion Dollar Central Business District (CBD) project takes time to attract foreign and local investors, and promote economic activity in the country.
President of the South Asian Association for the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Regional Cooperation (SAARC-CCI) Iftikhar Ali Malik revealed this to the media crew after meeting with a delegation of investors led by Muslim Khan Binowari on Sunday.
Malik said the government is offering investors an excellent incentive package to organize their business dealings in this extraordinary project which is ideally located in the heart of the city. He said that under the special direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Punjab government had also drawn up a master plan for the timely implementation of this project.
He said the central business district project would reflect a modern commercial hub under one umbrella and would suit world-class business enterprises.
He said the project area of 300 hectares will meet the business needs of investors.
Iftikhar Ali Malik advised the corporate sector to move forward and take advantage of the best opportunities for this safe investment.
He said Prime Minister Imran Khan was very interested in the project and directed the relevant authorities to briefed him on its progress every month.
He said the Ravi Riverside Development Authority and the CBD would play a key role in encouraging further commercial activities, apart from boosting economic growth.
He advised the government to involve non-controversial business leaders in the policy-making process that would help produce better results.
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday approved the appointment of Pakistan’s ambassador to various world capitals including replacing foreign office spokesman Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri, ARY NEWS reported.
According to the details, the prime minister approved the appointment of Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri as high commissioner in Australia as the current ambassador will serve as ambassador in Norway.
Seljuk Tarar was appointed as ambassador in the Netherlands, while ambassador Shujaat Rathore was appointed as the state envoy in Spain.
Subsequently, Amir Shaukat was assigned as ambassador in Switzerland and Amir Khurram Rathore as high commissioner in Canada. Outgoing envoy from Canada, Raza Bashir was assigned to the foreign ministry.
In other changes, Ahmed Naseem Waraich was assigned as envoys in Portugal, Amjad Ahmed Ali and Moazzam Ali as general advisors in Iraq and Melbourne respectively.
In a a similar revamp made in October 2018, the government announced a major overhaul of its diplomatic deployments abroad, including the proposed appointment of two career diplomats Dr Asad Majeed Khan and Nafees Zekria as Pakistan’s new ambassadors and high commissioner in Washington and London.
At that time, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi conveyed that the appointment of a career diplomat as Pakistan’s new envoy in Washington (US), London (UK), Ottawa (Canada), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Doha (Qatar), Rabat (Morocco), Belgrade (Serbia) ), Havana (Cuba) and Dubai (UAE) was decided after detailed discussions with Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Provide details proposed The appointment, the Indonesian Foreign Minister said that Raza Bashir Tarar would be appointed as High Commissioner for Ottawa, Ambassador Raja Ali Aijaz in Riyadh, Ambassador Syed Ahsan Raza Shah in Doha, Ambassador Hamid Asghar Khan in Belgrade, Ambassador Sahibzada Ahmad Khan in Havana, and Consul Ahmad Amjad Ali. General in Dubai.
Trinidad and Tobago sprinter Jayden Seales and foot spinner Imran Khan were selected among 26 players to participate in a “Best v Best” four-day practice match in preparation for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
The match will be held March 8-11 at the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG) ahead of two Test matches to be played at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, in Antigua.
Several members of the West Indies Test team that beat Bangladesh in the last series have been named for the match, while the recent Test squad players participated in the CGI Insurance ODI series from March 10-14.
CWI Main Selector Roger Harper explained that this match was part of the preparations for the Test series and expected an interesting contest.
“It gives players who have done well in the West Indies Championship then a chance to show their skills, play against each other, who we hope will be very competitive and put a case forward for themselves. This is an opportunity to increase their stake and show what they can do, “said Harper.
“The Test series win in Bangladesh is really fun to watch. The results were brilliant, but passion, application and determination, and team spirit are what we want to see, “he added.
“It’s great to see everyone working together and working hard for one another and enjoying each other’s success. I think the team performed much better than many thought. I’m really looking forward to seeing the team move forward and build from here, ”concluded Harper.
Missing from the match are fast-bowlers Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel, who have been rested for their workload management.
Roston Chase will captain one of the teams for the match while Kraigg Brathwaite will lead the rest of the squad.
A prominent Pakistani cleric linked to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazl Maulana Fazlur Rehman has been shot dead along with his son and a seminary student by unidentified gunmen on the outskirts of the capital Islamabad, police said on Sunday.
The incident occurred late Saturday night in the Bhara Kahu area when Mufti Ikramur Rehman was heading for his car and was attacked. His 13-year-old son Samiullah and the student were also killed.
At least three gunmen opened fire on them and fled after the attack, local police officer Shahzad Khan told media, adding that the victims died from multiple gunshot wounds in the hospital.
So far, no one has been responsible for what appears to be a targeted assassination.
The local cleric is politically active and linked to Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) whose chairman Fazlur Rehman heads the Pakistan Democratic Alliance, an anti-government opposition alliance that has called for Prime Minister Imran Khan’s resignation.
Rehman condemned the killings and demanded the immediate arrest of the perpetrators. He said the killing of the cleric demonstrated a “ complete failure on the part of the government to maintain law and order in the country? ”
JUI-F supporters protested against the cleric’s killing and blocked Murree Street (N-75 highway) on Sunday. However, they broke up after negotiations with the city government, said Islamabad Deputy Commissioner Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat.
“Murree Road has been reopened to traffic after talks with the government and police,” Shafqaat wrote on Twitter.
Pakistan has seen a spike in violence in recent weeks. Even though the organized rebel presence has been crushed, their remains are still active to incite violence, the Pakistan Army said in a statement.
Pakistani environmentalists are thrilled on the last day of 2020 when a court in Lahore temporarily halts construction new town along the river Ravi.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced a $ 30 billion Ravi River Urban Development Project, which aims to meet the housing needs of a growing population and also create new jobs by developing 1,000,000 hectares of land along 40 km of river banks.
However, the provincial assembly approved the agency to oversee development work without an environmental impact assessment.
On New Year’s Eve, files Lahore High Court stopped the development agency’s work and said no work should start until approval is given by the Department of Environmental Protection.
The court ruling is not the first of its kind in Pakistan. In a food insecure countries where pollution levels are high and water shortages reach alarming levels, courts are often called upon by activists and citizens to consider environmental degradation. The results, however, were mixed.
The first public interest lawsuit in the environmental sector occurred in 1990 against the construction of a government building and rock-crushing activities in the Margalla Hill National Park.
However, an important moment for environmental problems emerged four years later in 1994. In that momentous decision Shehla Zia vs Power & Hydropower Development Authority, The Supreme Court of Pakistan stated that the right to a clean and healthy environment is part of the fundamental right to life guaranteed in the Pakistani Constitution.
The constitution includes a catalog of fundamental rights – but there are no articles framing the “right to the environment” as a fundamental right.
Parvez Hassan, an environmental lawyer and pioneer of Pakistan’s environmental protection movement, appreciated the challenges he faced while presenting his case against the construction of a high-voltage grid station next to a residential area in the capital.
“Shehla Zia’s case changed the landscape of environmental jurisprudence in Pakistan as she innovated that environmental rights, although not specifically included in the Constitution, as I advocate, are included in Articles 9 and 14 relating to the right to life and dignity. , “Said Hassan Third Pole. “Since 1994, all of the country’s courts have moved towards protecting environmental rights.”
In 2015, a farmer, Asghar Leghari, tried the government for failure to implement the 2012 National Climate Change Policy and the Framework for Implementing Climate Change Policy (2014-2030).
The court order appointed the Climate Change Commission to facilitate implementation of the National Climate Change Policy, saying that the country’s delay and sluggishness in implementing the framework “offends” the basic rights of citizens.
“This judgment is the second in the world, after a Dutch Court, which strives to implement climate change laws and policies, ”said Hassan. “Pakistani leadership is discussed and taught in the syllabus of environmental law around the world.”
Over the years, the country’s superior courts have dealt with a variety of issues, including degradation of water quality by coal mining activities, solid waste management, pricing mechanisms and management of the country’s water use, deforestation, climate change, conservation. from Margalla Hill National Park, or relocation of stressed animals from a zoo in the capital.
“Judicial activism has become one of the hallmarks of the environmental movement in Pakistan and has always supported the conservation movement,” said the prime minister’s special adviser on climate change Malik Amin Aslam.
“Judicial activism not only helps protect the environment but also develops laws for environmental protection,” he added.
However, there are instances where court intervention was perceived as overstepping. Here, the example of former Pakistani supreme justice Saqib Nisar is relevant, as his orders regarding the construction of the controversial Diamer Basha dam and the arrangement of funds for this purpose have come under criticism.
“Policy making is not the task of the court,” said environmental lawyer Ahmad Rafay Alam Third Pole.
“That dam funds is outside the purview of the courts and is a kind of tax – and a tax is something that only parliament can levy on citizens, “added Alam. “The funds are also meaningless, because the money collected is far from the funds needed for the construction of the Diamer Basha Dam.”
The attorney’s attempt to sue the cement company responsible for depletion of groundwater near the Katas Raj Temple complex also means nothing. “Even though the two cement companies were dragged into court in the media, they have not actually been fined or prosecuted for destroying their aquifers,” he said.
“Overall, the jurisprudence of the courts is not helpful in developing environmental law,” Alam said. “In fact, in some cases when deciding environmental cases, statements and comments from the courts have far-reaching implications for environmental law enforcement. These implications include violating the rights to a free trial. “
Even so, he appreciated the role of the judiciary, saying that it expanded the right to life to include the right to a clean environment. He added that the judiciary needs to increase its capacity to deal with complex issues related to the environment and climate change.
New judicial solutions
As climate change litigation grew and more and more people became interested in the environment, judges changed their approach in deciding the issue.
The formation of a judicial commission consisting of experts is one of its forms.
“This has been the most enduring contribution by the Pakistani judiciary to accommodating science and technology-based solutions to environmental problems,” said Hassan, who has chaired more than a dozen judicial commissions on major issues.
“The litigation of the environmental and climate public interests continues to be more important before our courts and provokes judicial activism that has changed the environmental and climate landscape,” said environmental lawyer Sara Hayat. Third Pole.
He said it was the executive’s role to enforce compliance with environmental laws. However, there is a continuing focus on the higher roles of the judiciary where they at least direct the government to take certain steps or enforce relevant policies and laws.
Aisha Khan, chief executive of the Civil Society Coalition for Climate Change, said judicial activism provided corrective action and also highlighted problems in the eyes of the public, giving them the feeling that there was a forum they could approach.
“The judiciary must be more proactive and there must be more green seats,” he said.
In 2012, the high court began establishing green benches but the practice has been halted.
The power of ‘Suo-motu’
Another mechanism applied by the Pakistani judiciary when dealing with environmental issues is use his-motu power. Article 184 (3) of Pakistan’s Constitution empowers the high courts to directly address matters involving the enforcement of basic rights if it is considered that enforcement involves questions of the public interest.
Hayat said that his-motu power must be exercised with restraint. However, where the Supreme Court of Pakistan exercises its power, the results have saved the natural ecosystems in the region.
He said the court arrested construction activities near Margalla Hills in 2005 and saved about 5,000 hectares of forest by taking it his-motu action in the New Murree project in 2010, after the project was dissolved.
However, Alam pointed out that no appeals forum is available if there is a complaint against the decision taken by the court using his-motu jurisdiction.
With Ravi’s development project, Alam was skeptical. “No mega project has ever been stopped because environmental laws provide pollutants with an option to pay,” he said.
“The government respects the court’s decision and we hope that the environmental impact analysis will be carried out with appropriate public consultations,” he said.
Citing case Maria Khan vs Federation – with five women in Lahore battling the government’s failure to prioritize clean energy projects and reduce greenhouse gas emissions – Hayat said, “The climate court proceedings from Pakistan produced a very nuanced and compelling decision that prompted the government to act.”
This case is still ongoing, but is an indication of the awakening of community members in terms of environmental accountability.