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The Democratic Panel swept the KUJ Dastoor poll | Instant News

Rashid Aziz and Moosa Kaleem were elected president and general secretary of the Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) Dastoor respectively for the years 2021-22 following elections held at the Karachi Press Club. According to the results announced by the electoral committee, the KUJ Democratic Panel pocketed all the seats.

Aslam Khan and Wakeelur Rehman were elected vice presidents, while Syed Nabeel Akhtar and Adil Zafar Khan have been declared successful unopposed as joint secretaries. Mohammad Bilal Tahir was elected as treasurer, while Hammad Hussain was elected as secretary of information.

Nine members of the governing body – Asim Bhatti, Abdul Qadir Mangrio, Jamal Khurshid, Atif Khan, Fehmida Yousfi, Syed Fareed Alam, Mansoor Ahmed Khan, Mohsin Ahmed and Khalid Khan – were elected to the executive board. Polls in the press club have seen 366 voters cast their votes.

Minister of Information Sindh Syed Nasir Hussain Shah, Minister of Education Saeed Ghani, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Karachi President Khurrum Sher Zaman and Pakistan

Muslim League-Functional MPA Nusrat Sehar Abbasi

congratulate the newly elected KUJ Dastoor agency and ensure their cooperation in solving journalist problems.


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A four-member panel to investigate power failures | Instant News

ISLAMABAD / LAHORE / KARACHI: The National Transmission and Delivery Company (NTDC) has formed a four-member inquiry committee to look into the facts / causes of the collapse of the power system on Saturday night, which left much of the country dark.

According to the NTDC notification, the committee included GM North Malik Javeed Mehmood, NTDC technical GM Ghulam Abbas Memon, NTDC CE Atif Mujeeb Usmani and NPCC Chief Engineer (Network) Sajjad Akhtar.

Malik Javed Mehmood will be the committee organizer, while the other three will be its members.

The committee will investigate the reasons / facts that led to the collapse of the power system.

It will also ask any officers / officers who are responsible for negligence in carrying out their duties.

The Committee is also mandated to suggest measures to prevent future recurrences of such incidents.

The committee was asked to provide its report with comprehensive and future findings / recommendations within seven days, the notification said.

With power supplies still playing hide-and-seek, the government and the opposition on Sunday engaged in a slang match blaming each other for power failures across the country on Saturday.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz on Sunday blamed past governments for power outages, because no attention was paid to power transmission systems.

In a tweet and later during a joint press conference with Energy Minister Omar Ayub, the minister said in the past no attention was paid to the power transmission system but it is being repaired now.

He said Omar Ayub and his team were credited with restoring power in various parts of the country.

The minister said Omar himself was monitoring the situation throughout the night, trying his best to resolve the issue.

Shibli said there was a disruption at 11:41 am last night after power supplies were cut across the country.

He said work was being done in a certain direction in the power sector and more attention was paid to power generation in the previous administration.

The minister continued, there are three sectors of electricity, namely generation, distribution and transmission. The power plant, he said, had already been built but the transmission system was not compatible. “If the power transmission system is not updated, there may be a problem.”

PM’s Special Assistant for Political Communications Dr Shahbaz Gill Sunday said the PML-N government had signed expensive electricity contracts just to make money and didn’t even bother attending the funerals of the martyrs.

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant to the Chief Minister of Punjab Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan Minggu said Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar is in contact with the federal government for the complete restoration of electricity supply in every city in the province.

In a statement, he said the chief minister was personally monitoring the situation until the morning and issued the necessary instructions to the commissioner and the RPO.

He said the chief minister always stood in front of the public in difficult times and considered people’s suffering as his own.

He said Usman Buzdar was still in touch with the federal government.

Firdous said the supply situation has improved and people will be kept informed about this.

He said the flawed PDM was even trying to politicize the suspension of power.

“The slave girls are only paid for their lies. It is the government’s responsibility to inform the public about the situation. The government is unlucky because the opposition lacks vision and uses cheap tactics, “he added.

Meanwhile, PML-N’s Information Secretary Marriyum Aurangzeb Sunday called the federal ministers’ press conference on the blackout a ‘hoax bulletin’ and said not only electricity but every sector has been damaged since the incompetent and destructive PTI government was imposed in Pakistan.

In a statement, he said the PTI government was used to blaming the PML-N and the opposition for everything.

He said although the government still doesn’t know what caused the damage, it shamelessly blames the former PML-N government for the crisis.

He said up to 25,000 megawatts of electricity were supplied by the PML-N government in the summer, but when PTI’s inability caused a power system disruption, suddenly the PTI government began to blame Nawaz Sharif’s mistakes.

“This system works well when handling the maximum load in the summer and during the winter when the load is less than half, the system crashes because of Nawaz Sharif,” he scoffed.

He said those who were unable to install one megawatt over the past 8 years in KP and for three years in the federal government had the courage to shamelessly blame Nawaz Sharif for the damage.

He said Nawaz Sharif saved the country from an 18 hour blackout and installed a new power plant. If the transmission system is bad, then how can Imran Sahib’s 18 hour load blackout become zero? When the ruler is a thief and incompetent, then darkness becomes the destiny of the nation, ”he said.

He said it would not surprise the nation if Imran’s next statement to come out was that the power plant Nawaz Sharif installed was blackmailing him.

He said since Imran Sahib came, everything had been damaged from the national currency to the economy, jobs, business, flour, sugar, food, railways, PIA, FBR, ministries, agencies and foreign policy.

PML-N Secretary General Ahsan Iqbal said Prime Minister Imran Khan was “trying to revive the country”.

“The country’s economy is sluggish. We are running a rising deficit. Imran Khan thought: ‘Why don’t we reboot the country like a cell phone? Maybe it will work’,” Iqbal said, derisively.

“He’s trying to shut down the entire power system and turn it back on.

“Imran sahab, this is a country, not a cellphone that will start functioning after rebooting it. For God’s sake don’t mess with a country like this. Give up your resignation and go home,” said the PML-N leader.

He said the unprecedented closings “prove that this government is incompetent and does not meet the requirements”.

Meanwhile, electricity was not restored in many areas of Karachi including Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, North Karachi, Surjani City and parts of the East and South Districts until late Sunday.

Meanwhile, in a statement, K-Electric (KE) said the nationwide cut-off of electricity flowing to the KE network was also affecting Karachi’s power supply.

The power company claims that since midnight 12, his team has been working to restore electricity to the city. By evening, according to a KE spokesperson, the electricity supply from the national grid could be continued through the existing connection points with KE.

The power company said its team was ready to handle any customer complaints it received at its 118 call centers.

Meanwhile, Energy Minister Sindh Imtiaz Sheikh said the massive power outage across the country was none other than the incapacity of the federal power ministry.

Even after 12 hours, he pointed out in a statement, the federal ministry could not find the right fault.

He demanded that the chairman of the National Transmission and Shipping Company (NTDC) be suspended immediately and a questionnaire committee formed to investigate the matter.

Sheikh said it was a matter of great concern for state institutions that the whole country fell into darkness just because of one power plant.

He regretted that due to the lack of provincial representation in NTDC, there were no checks and balances.

The federal government, he said, was ignoring the need to improve mechanisms for distributing power over two and a half years in office.

The only job the federal government is doing is blaming the previous government, said Sindh’s energy minister.

Meanwhile, the Karachi Water and Waste Disposal Agency (KWSB) said that its main water pump station had a problem after the power went out and the water supply to the city was cut off.

Only small distribution pumping stations, according to a water council spokesman, can run on generators.

On Sunday evening, the water board said with the restoration of electricity, the water supply was resumed to various parts of the city.


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Slain Usama’s father looks for the judicial panel | Instant News

ISLAMABAD. The parents of Usama Satti who was killed on Tuesday rejected the police investigation and urged Pakistan Chief Judge Gulzar Ahmed to order the constitutional judicial commission to investigate his murder.

Addressing a press conference here, Usama Nadeem’s father Younus Satti said his son was killed by Islamabad police and it was not an accident.

Usama, 21, was shot dead by police for not stopping his car near Sector G-10.

He said his son was pulled out of the car and shot six times in the face, legs, head and chest.

“There was no sign of blood on the car seat,” said Usama’s father. “How can they [the police] shot someone in the leg from outside the car? “asked the victim’s father who confirmed that his son was shot dead on purpose. Nadeem noted that if the police were after him, why were there bullet marks on the hood and windshield of the car. He quoted a senior police official as saying the incident occurred because of” carelessness “of the police.

“It was just murder,” said the victim’s father and demanded that the accused police officer be hanged to death. “The Supreme Court must take suo motu notification of the murder,” he said, adding that a free trial should be held as soon as possible. On the other hand, Usama’s mother in her statement criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan and said he was not forming a New Pakistan but a ‘New Tomb’ in the country.

“The prime minister must either shoot us or give us justice,” he said. “We are desperate because the government is lying every step of the way. My son is child friendly but the Islamabad police arrested him, ”he said. He said police changed their statements many times and appealed to the Supreme Court for justice.


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The Democratic Panel sweeps the Karachi Press Club election | Instant News

The ruling Democratic Panel has wiped out the annual Karachi Press Club (KPC) elections, as no candidate from the rival United Panel has managed to become part of the governing body for the 2021 session.

Of the total 1,495 eligible voters from the KPC, 1,185 participated in the voting. The turnout was huge and it was not expected because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A large number of banners have been installed inside and outside press clubs instructing voters to observe all safety precautions designed to deal with the new coronavirus outbreak.

Voting opens at nine in the morning and continues until six in the afternoon. Senior and academic journalist Tauseef Ahmed Khan presides over as chief election commissioner.

Fazil Jamili of the Democratic Panel, a journalist associated with the Jang-Geo Media Group, has been elected president and reporter for Business Recorder Rizwan Bhatti, secretary general of the press club.

According to the results announced by the election committee, Jamili was elected president with 607 votes against United Panel’s Habib Khan Ghori, a veteran journalist with whom Dawn has been involved for decades, by a margin of 47 votes. Bhatti of the Democratic Panel won 844 votes to win the post of secretary general of the KPC, beating out Qasim Khan of the Unity Panel who won 308 votes.

The remaining stewards of the press club who were selected in the poll were Vice President Shazia Hasan of Dawn, Joint Secretary Saqib Sagheer of Jang and Waheed Rajpar of 92 News. All of them are members of the Democratic Panel.

Voters also chose seven members of the KPC governing body: Suleman Saadat from Geo, Muhammad Nabeel from the BBC, Abdul Aziz Sanghur from Abb Takk News, Abdul Rasheed Memon from Kawish, Hamid Ur Rehman from Dunya News, Farooq Sami from ARY News and Abdul Wasi Qureshi from Aghaz.

All the candidates won over their voters through fierce campaigns, visited the offices of media organizations to meet with them and extensively used social media and video messages over the past week, promising to make KPC the ideal institution and solving problems faced by journalists.

After the announcement of the election results, the office bearers congratulated and thanked the voters for their votes and support. For more than a decade, the Democratic Panel has won press club elections, most by an extraordinary margin.


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Abbasi for a Senate panel will investigate Safdar’s arrest | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister and Secretary General of the Democratic Movement of Pakistan (PDM) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday demanded that a special Senate committee be formed to investigate the circumstances in which PML-N Youth Wing (R) Captain Muhammad Safdar was arrested and human rights at its worst challenged in Karachi in the early hours of Monday.

“The chief executive of the country, who is the prime minister, must ask the Upper House of Parliament to form a committee of inquiry to confirm the facts and bring the truth to the public.”

In a brief chat with The News, he said Rangers in Karachi had been blamed for annoying and violating provincial governments that are accountable to the federal government and work under the prime minister and interior minister.

For that reason, the Prime Minister must take responsibility for that sad incident.

Shahid Abbasi reminded that the Senate is the House of the Federation and should look after the interests of the federation unit.

The case in question is a very clear one regarding the defiance of provincial authority by the federal government and the Senate must be brought into it.

Abbasi is of the view that the investigation ordered by the Commander of the Army into the unacceptable incident was misplaced even though the Rangers were part of the Army, but that they were responsible to the civil administration for commissions and negligence when they were called for assistance by the civilian administration.

Abbasi stressed that the prime minister’s behavior has proven that he appears helpless.

“The chief executive must be held responsible for an incident where the Sindh Police was humiliated without any good reason. In this situation, the best course for Prime Minister Khan is to dissolve the National Assembly and seek a new mandate so that a truly representative and resolute government must exist.

He supports the view that the Karachi Corps Commander cannot be delegated authority for investigations if the Rangers do not receive orders from the Corps Commander.

Since the Rangers were involved under the direct supervision of the prime minister and interior minister, the commander of the corps and in this case the Chief of the Army should not have been involved in the investigation process, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi added.


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