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UN chief urges IMF, WB to help Pakistan in its reconstruction efforts in flood-hit areas

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  • Pakistan needs a strong expression of international solidarity, says UNSG.
  • UNSG will co-host Geneva conference with PM Shehbaz on Jan 9.
  • Guterres urges Taliban not to let Afghan soil be used for attacks on Pakistan.

United Nations Secretary-General (UNSG) Antonio Guterres has urged the interim Afghanistan government not to allow terrorist organisations to use Afghan soil to carry out attacks on Pakistan and called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF), World Bank, and the international community to support Pakistan in dealing with the extended devastation of the unusual floods.

Addressing a year-end press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Guterres said the UN is holding talks with the interim authorities in Afghanistan.

He said they believe the Taliban must deliver from the point of view of the interests of the international community and the interest of Afghanistan itself.

The UNSG also urged IMF, World Bank, and the international community to support Pakistan in dealing with the aftermath of the floods that wreaked Havoc in the country in July-September.

Talking about his expectations from the Geneva conference on January 9 aimed at rallying support for the flood-hit country for rehabilitation work, the UNSG said Pakistan needs strong support as one-third of the country was under water.

The secretary-general will co-host the Geneva conference with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. 

Guterres said he is in contact with the IMF and World Bank and hoped these organisations would take noteworthy efforts to support Pakistan.

The UN chief said Pakistani people deserve and need a strong expression of international solidarity as floods affected 33 million and killed over 1700 people.

UNSG’s visit to Pakistan

Back in September, the UNSG paid a two-day solidarity visit to Pakistan amid devastating floods. He visited flood-affected areas and stressed the need for developed nations to assist Pakistan, saying that the international body’s help is “a drop in the ocean” compared to what is needed to rebuild.

During his visit to the flood-affected areas and camps under scorching heat, the UN secretary-general was overwhelmed by the scale of devastation that has engulfed Pakistan, PM Shehbaz told. 

He maintained that the UN chief’s voice has become the voice of flood victims.

Stressing the need for international support to deal with the natural catastrophe and control over carbon emissions, the prime minister said that the world should pay heed to what he said about climate change.

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After a recount, PML-N keeps its seat in the Balochistan Assembly.

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The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was able to hold onto a seat in the Balochistan Assembly following a vote recount.

With a margin of 1919 votes, Muhammad Khan Lehri of the PML-N defeated Ghulam Rasool Imrani of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to win PB-14 Nasirabad.

The Returning Officer (RO) reports that Ghulam Rasool Imrani of the PPP received 18787 votes, while Muhammad Khan Lehri received 20706 votes.

The PPP candidate contested the results, which prompted a vote recount request. Prior to this, on February 19, the PML-N narrowly prevailed in a vote recount to hold onto a seat in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly by 186 votes.

Sardar Shah Jahan of the PML-N defeated independent Shakoor Naumani, who was sponsored by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in PK-40 Mansehra. The Returning Officer (RO), acting on a request from the independent candidate supported by the PTI, ordered the recounting of results for 173 polling stations. Sardar Shah Jehan received 43104 votes, and Shakoor Naumani, who was endorsed by the PTI, received 42918.

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Rahat Faeth Ali Khan receives a clean sheet from FIA

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According to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), there is no proof that well-known musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has engaged in any illicit behaviour, including money laundering or tax evasion.

Since there is no proof of any wrongdoing, the FIA has declared that it has completed its investigation into the popular singer’s alleged money-laundering and tax evasion case.

According to the recommendations made by the field inquiry unit, which suggested closing the investigation into Khan, the competent authority has approved the closure of the investigation into Rahat Ali Khan and other individuals, as confirmed by the Additional Director of the Federal Investigation Agency’s Lahore Zone.

The data that are now accessible include no information that would link Rahat Fateh Ali Khan to any illicit money smuggling operations.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Lahore has said that an investigation was opened in January of this year against Rahat Ali Khan and 182 other regular passengers who were leaving Lahore International Airport to find employment overseas. According to the report, information on frequent passengers served as the impetus for this inquiry, which had as its primary goal finding anybody engaged in money laundering or currency smuggling.

It is important to note that, based on their travel history, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) opened a money laundering and tax evasion investigation against well-known musician Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and others.

According to the FIA, the Deputy Director of Immigration at Allama Iqbal International Airport in Lahore supplied the information on 182 travellers. As a result, the investigation was started to find any regular travellers involved in cash smuggling or money laundering.

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has paid taxes on all of his local and foreign income, according to sources at the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Federal Institute of Agriculture (FIA).

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A challenge to the Aurat March was dismissed by the Lahore High Court.

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The Lahore High Court rendered a decision on the appeal filed by citizen Azam butt about the prohibition on the Aurat March.

Deputy Commissioner Lahore and other parties were added as parties to the application.

The petitioner voiced worry that the peace and order situation would get worse as a result of the women’s march. According to the petitioner, Islamic society does not tolerate the banners and placards from the Aurat March.

The petitioner claims that the Constitution protects women’s rights and that initiatives are taken to enhance the welfare of women. The state must stop promoting the Aurat March in an immoral manner.

The court postponed making a ruling after rejecting the petition as inadmissible after hearing the opening statements. The ultimate ruling was rendered by Justice Shahid Karim.

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