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Shehbaz Sharif raises minimum wage of govt employees to Rs25,000

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  • The decision is applicable from April 1, 2022.
  • Shehbaz announces 10% increase in civil, military pensions.
  • Newly elected PM says the parliament’s security committee would be given a briefing on the “threat letter”.

ISLAMABAD: In his first speech in the National Assembly as the prime minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif Monday raised the minimum wage of government employees to Rs25,000 which is applicable from April 1.

He further announced that 10% salaries will be increased of all people earning less than Rs 100,0000 per month, with effect from April 1. Shehbaz also announced a 10% increase in civil and military pensions of retired employees.

Following the ouster of PTI chairman Imran Khan from the office of the prime minister, the Opposition’s joint candidate Shehbaz Sharif was elected as the 23rd premier of Pakistan today.

Shehbaz secured 174 votes as opposed to PTI’s candidate Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who received no votes after his party decided to boycott the polling process.

The premier mentioned that it was for the first time in the history of Pakistan that a prime minister was ousted through the no-confidence motion.

Among other relief measures, PM Shehbaz said that cheap wheat will be introduced at utility stores, laptops will be provided to the youth, and Benazir Card will be introduced.

‘We need to wash out the effects of previous govt’

Regarding the economy of Pakistan, Shahbaz said if Pakistan were to progress, then it needs to be self-sufficient on the financial front.

“…we will need to protect and respect the nation as neither was anyone a traitor nor are they traitors now,” the prime minister said, noting if Pakistan’s economy were to move forward, then, the government will have to use “dialogue” and not move towards a deadlock.

PM Shehbaz Sharif said hard work was required for Pakistan’s progress as if only statements could move the country forward, then during PTI’s tenure, “we would have been among the leading nations.”

“We will need to wash out the effects of the previous government by working together, otherwise, we will fail […] our economy is in a bad situation right now,” the prime minister said.

Shehbaz said the new government would take steps to make Pakistan an “investment heaven” for investors as he noted their capital would help the country move forward.

He announced that despite Punjab “being the elder brother” if all the other provinces remain behind in terms of development, then it is not Pakistan’s development, it was just a single province’s development.

“…this servant of Pakistan vows to make sure that Pakistan will develop and not just Punjab,” Shehbaz said.

He said the government would reintroduce the Benazir Card and interlink it with the education sector in a bid to facilitate people whose children go to school.

“Our children should be equipped with great knowledge […] we will reintroduce this programme with consultation,” he said and lashed out at the PTI government for discontinuing it.

In-camera briefing on ‘threat letter’ 

The newly-elected prime minister said the Opposition was discussing the no-confidence motion days before Imran Khan’s “concocted threat letter controversy”.

“They say that this letter came to them on March 7, but our decisions were made way before that, so, if [what the previous government claimed] is a lie, then the matter should be disclosed transparently before the public,” he said.

Therefore, PM Shehbaz Sharif announced that the parliament’s security committee would be given a briefing on the “threat letter” to the members of the committee in presence of the armed forces personnel and bureaucrats — the director-general Inter-Services Intelligence, foreign secretary, and the ambassador who wrote it, who has now been transferred to Brussels.

“If there’s an iota of evidence that we were backed by foreign conspirators […] then with you Mr speaker and God as my witness, I will not think for another second and resign from the office of the prime minister,” PM Shehbaz Sharif said, vowing to hold an in-camera session of the security committee at the earliest.

The prime minister thanked his brother and ex-premier Nawaz Sharif for his support, while also lauding social media activists, press clubs, media houses, and lawyers for backing the Opposition’s struggle for democracy.

Take on foreign policy

Speaking about foreign policy, Shehbaz said China has been Pakistan’s partner through thick and thin. “No one can snatch Pakistan and China’s friendship from us,” he said, calling it a “long-lasting relation.”

He also reiterated that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will be carried forward and the projects will move forward at a faster pace.

On relations with the United Kingdom, Shehbaz said that bilateral relations need to move forward as millions of Pakistanis live there, adding that the UK provided funding for education in all four provinces. Meanwhile, Shehbaz also maintained that relations with the US must also be established on equal grounds.

Speaking about India, the newly-elected prime minister lamented that despite them wanting peaceful ties with India, they know that until the Kashmir issue is resolved, relations between the two cannot be strengthened.

“Urging Indian premier Narendra Modi to understand the issues of the people living on both the sides; there is poverty, unemployment, medical issues, etc,” he said, questioning “why harming ourselves and the generations to come?”

He said Modi should come forward and resolve the Kashmir issue according to the will of the Kashmiris and reiterated that his government will continue to raise its voice for the people of Kashmir.

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PMD: Isolated rain is expected, although humid weather is expected to persist.

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The majority of the country is predicted to have hot, muggy weather during the next 24 hours, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department’s (PMD) prediction.

Nonetheless, isolated locations in Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Kashmir, Potohar Region, Islamabad, Punjab, southeastern/upper Sindh, and northeastern Balochistan are likely to see rain, windstorms, or thundershowers.

The upper and central regions of the country are being affected by monsoon currents originating in the Arabian Sea, as per the synoptic scenario. A westerly wave is presently over the upper regions and is expected to impact the central and upper regions starting tonight.

In the past day, there have been rainstorms, thundershowers, and windstorms in Kashmir, northeastern Balochistan, upper Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Islamabad, southeast/lower Sindh, and northeastern Balochistan. Some isolated areas have also seen considerable rainfall. In other regions of the country, the weather was hot and muggy.

With a high of 47 degrees Celsius over the past 24 hours, Sibbi has continued to be the warmest location in the nation.

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In four months, FBR found Rs 800 billion in fraudulent tax refunds.

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Over the last four months, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has discovered a Rs800 billion tax refund scam.

The Inland Revenue and Customs reforms were considered at a review meeting that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif convened. During this time, the board allegedly discovered the Rs800 billion tax refund fraud.

According to the conference, there are 83,579 outstanding tax cases totaling Rs3.2 trillion, of which about 63 cases, or Rs44 billion, have been settled as a consequence of various government measures.

In an effort to speed up the resolution of tax issues, the prime minister also ordered the creation of 100 tribunals.

The gathering also featured the identification of around five million new taxpayers, of whom fifteen thousand retailers have enrolled since April 1, 2024.

View more:More than 46,000 traders have signed up for the Tajir Dost Scheme: FBR.

The prime minister has instructed the tax authorities to promptly include the five billion tax evaders in the tax system and has placed a strong emphasis on working with merchants to improve system efficiency.

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LHC requests a federal government response to the increase in fuel costs.

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Regarding the increase in the cost of gasoline and diesel, the Lahore High Court (LHC) has asked the federal government for a statement.

Hearing the application from the Judicial Activism Panel was Justice Shahid Karim of LHC.

During the case hearing, arguments were made by petitioner Azhar Sidddique.

The petitioner’s attorney claimed that the general public was no longer able to obtain gasoline or power. Inflation has been made worse by the increase in gas costs, he continued.

According to the applicant, there was no justification provided by the government for raising the price of petroleum.

The rise in petroleum products was carried out at prices that were in line with the world market, according to the Assistant Advocate General.

The federal government’s approach for fixing gasoline prices was questioned by the court, which also ordered clarification of the process.

The federal government’s response to the court’s request to postpone the case hearing on the rise in petroleum prices was obtained.

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