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The PM directed KP IG to investigate the murder case of the ATC judge | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan Tuesday directed a thorough investigation into the incident of the murder of ATC Judge Aftab Afridi and to ensure that the culprit will be punished. In this regard, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa IG Dr Sanaullah Abbasi met with Prime Minister Imran here. During the meeting, the prime minister was informed of the arrests of the two main suspects in the attack on ATC Judge Aftab Afridi. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister appointed Senator Fida Mohammad from PTI as Chief Whip in the Senate and Senator Ejaz Chaudhary as Chair of the PTI Parliament in the DPR.


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Imran directs banks to simplify the process of applying for a home loan | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday, while noting the difficulties facing applicants for low-cost housing loans under Pakistan’s Naya Housing program, instructed the central bank and the National Bank of Pakistan to make it easier for them.

Responding to the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) telethon regarding low-cost housing loans, the Prime Minister asked the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to instruct commercial banks to facilitate the lending process for applicants. Simultaneously broadcast on Pakistani Television and various private channels, the telethon was attended by Senator Shibli Faraz, Chairman of the Naya Pakistan Housing and Development Authority Lt-Gen (retired) Anwar Ali Hyder, SBP Governor Reza Baqir, NBP President Arif Usmani and SBP Executive Director Samar Hasnain .

The Prime Minister joined telethon via video link because he was under quarantine after testing positive for Covid-19 a week ago. Khan said the NBP, as the country’s main bank, should also instruct its staff to facilitate loan applicants, observing that bank employees are also not used to making such easy loans to people without cash.

He said there was no concept of housing loans for the poor in the country, people initially faced difficulties. Khan said once people start building their own homes, the construction industry will expand rapidly to help boost the other 30 allied industries.

As a result, wealth will create and increase state income in addition to creating jobs for the community, he added. He said it was the first time in Pakistan that paid classes or people without money had the opportunity to own a house.

Khan said the program had been designed in such a way that beneficiaries who were currently providing the money to pay the rent on their homes would use the same means of paying housing loan installments.

Recipients of housing loans have to pay monthly installments of Rs6,600 for a one million loan, Rs 13,199 for two million, Rs19,799 for three million, Rs26,398 for four million, and Rs32,998 for a five million loan.

The prime minister said people around the world, such as Europe or the US, buy their homes through bank loans but that is not yet a practice in Pakistan. He said that with this program, not only people who have houses, but the national economy will also get a boost.

He said, because the country was under a burden of debt, wealth creation was needed to increase income. “In every way, this is an important project for the country,” said the Prime Minister.

Responding to a question, he said the government would give preference to widows and people with different abilities to provide them with housing under the program because they are the responsibility of the government.

People aspiring to own a home under the Prime Minister’s pro-poor housing program joined the transmission by dialing a phone number and panelists responded to their complaints. SBP Governor Reza Baqir said banks have relaxed loan requirements.

To facilitate applicants, SBP has prepared a standardized list of documents required for housing loans.


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Stable reforms essential to keep Pakistan Railways out of deficit: PM – Pakistan | Instant News

Published in March 15, 2021 10:11 p.m.

Steady reforms are essential to keep Pakistan Railways out of the way: PM

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan said that a continuous reform process on the railways is essential to keep this national institution away from deficits.

He chaired a meeting on the ongoing reform process at Pakistan Railways, progress on the Karachi Loop Rail Project and the Prime Minister’s Railway Initiative, in Islamabad on Monday.

The Prime Minister said that an improved rail system would not only provide better transportation facilities to the public but would also help solve transportation-related problems and improve the economy.

The meeting was informed that a plan is in progress to build a dedicated freight corridor for freight vehicles parallel to the Lahore-Karachi railroad where Pipri will be connected to the Karachi Port Trust to address transportation related problems in the city of Karachi.

Referring to the Karachi Loop Rail project, it was informed that Pakistan Railways has developed a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) based model which will ensure improved service to passengers.

It was advised that a detailed reform program was underway to offset the losses in the institution.

The meeting was also briefed on the progress of the ML-1 project.

It was also provided with a detailed briefing on the land identified for tree planting along the 221 km path where the trees will be planted.

The meeting was attended by Railways Minister Muhammad Azam Khan Swati, Planning Minister Asad Umar, Institutional Reform Adviser Dr Ishrat Hussain, Federal Secretary and senior officials.

Prime Minister Imran Khan said a continuous reform process on the railways was essential to keep this national institution away from deficits.


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The PM aims to formulate a plan to meet the future needs of the essential goods – Pakistan | Instant News

Published in 25 February 2021 19:00

PM directs to formulate plans to meet the needs of important items in the future

ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed to formulate a comprehensive plan to meet future needs and any emergency situations regarding prices and availability of essential goods in sufficient quantity.

Chairing a review meeting in Islamabad on Thursday on prices and availability of essential goods, he said strict legal action must be taken against hoarders and profiteers.

The Prime Minister stressed that efforts must be made to avoid additional burdens on the poor. He also emphasized strengthening coordination between provinces to end the disparity in prices for basic necessities.

Imran Khan instructs to use information technology to shift agricultural produce from the field to the market so that the procedure is more transparent so that farmers and consumers can get the best price.

He suggested increasing the number of warehouses for storage of edible goods on modern lines.


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Minister Sindh LG aims to ensure the smooth supply of water to Karachi | Instant News

KARACHI – Regional Government Minister (LG) Sindh Syed Nasir Hussain Shah on Tuesday chaired an important meeting related to water supply in the city and was briefed by the Regional Government Secretary Sindh Syed Najam Ahmad Shah.

Najam Shah briefing the minister said work was being done on several projects under the Public-Private Partnership to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted water supply to meet the city’s needs, a statement said.

Speaking on the occasion, Nasir said that Karachi has a difference as the source of economic life for the whole country; therefore, an uninterrupted supply of water in all industrial, commercial and urban residential areas is essential.

“It is impossible to ensure an uninterrupted water supply to the city unless strong action is taken against water theft,” he added.

The minister ordered relevant officials to crack down on illegal water hydrants in all areas and action must be taken without fear or support.

Special Secretary Najeeb Ahmed, Khalid Mehmood Sheikh from the Public-Private Partnership, Asadullah Khan, MD Water Board, Zubair Channa, MD Solid Waste also briefed the minister.

The Minister directed that all ongoing projects in collaboration with international organizations must be completed in a transparent manner within the specified time.

Nasir Shah checks the fruit tree on

Miyawaki Forest

Forestry Minister Sindh Syed Nasir Hussain Shah inspects fruit trees in the Miyawaki Forest that were inaugurated by PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zaradari in March 2019 at Shaheed Benazir Park in the Boat Basin Clifton on Tuesday. Forestry Secretary Dr Badar Jameel Mendhro explained to the minister about the progress of forests. Regional government secretary Najam Ahmed Shah was also present.

On this occasion, Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said that greening is the key to environmental improvement. He said the Sindh government had launched the Green Sindh, Urban Forest and Mangrove Forest project in Sindh to carry on the vision of the PPP chairman.

He said the Sindh government’s mangrove project had been recognized worldwide. The Sindh government has signed carbon credit agreements and is attracting large foreign investment. He said that the coastal area starts from Karachi and covers the districts of Thatta, Sajawal and Badin and there is a severe shortage of drinking water in these coastal areas.

The minister added that foreign investment based on the carbon credit agreement will be used for the provision of drinking water, health and education facilities in coastal areas.

Shah said that our Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan also inaugurated the Miyawaki forest in Lahore and other places a few days ago and claimed that it was the inauguration of the first Miyawaki forest in Pakistan which was a positive step. “But I would like to correct the note that PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari in March 2019 inaugurated the Miyawaki forest in the Shaheed Banzeer Park Boat Basin and other areas in Karachi,” added the provincial forestry minister. He said that this forest is free for all and the Karachi people can enjoy a peaceful environment in this forest too. “They have given permission, this forest is for everyone,” concluded the minister.


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