Captain (retd) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was chosen Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly on Thursday without any opposition. According to specifics, Ghazala Gola was unanimously elected by the session to serve as the deputy speaker of the Balochistan Assembly. The newly elected speakers Abdul Khaliq Achakzai and Ghazala Gola are scheduled to assume office today (Thursday) and take an oath of office, respectively. The Balochistan Assembly Speaker position has been nominated for the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) candidature. Following discussions with the party leadership, Captain (r) Abdul Khaliq Achakzai was previously named by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and party president Shehbaz Sharif as the PML-N candidate for Speaker of the Balochistan Assembly. The Balochistan Assembly’s freshly elected MPAs had earlier taken their membership oaths under the chair’s direction.
According to the Palestinian Wafa news agency, numerous residents, including a large number of women and children, have lost their lives as a result of the most recent Israeli onslaught in Khan Younis, northern Gaza, east of Gaza City, and the Sabra neighbourhood of Gaza City. Since October 7, Israeli bombardment on Gaza have resulted in at least 29,692 Palestinian deaths and 69,879 injuries, according to a statement released on Sunday by the health ministry in Gaza. According to sources, US and British forces launched strikes on over a dozen Houthi targets in Yemen on Saturday. This was the most recent round of military action against the organisation, which is tied to Iran and continues to assault shipping in the area. As the Houthis hold the majority of Yemen’s territory, the US has been attacking them almost every day.
Murtaza Solangi, the federal minister for information, broadcasting, and parliamentary affairs, stated on Tuesday that the Pakistani government, foreign organisations, and community-based groups have all made distinct contributions to fostering harmony, tolerance, and peace in the nation. Speaking at the opening session of the PeaceFLIX international conference and awards ceremony, he focused on “Policymaking and peace process in Pakistan” and said that, given the complex fabric of Pakistan’s landscape, pursuing peace has evolved beyond individual efforts to become a shared responsibility. “We stand witness to the collective efforts of various entities that are shaping the bedrock of peace within our nation” , he said. “As our nation crosses complex realms of economics, politics, and environmental concerns, the preservation of societal peace assumes paramount significance” , said the minister.
The cost of power has raised by Rs 7.5 per unit by the government. A notification regarding the rise in electricity prices within the context of the monthly fuel adjustment has been released by the National Electric Regulatory Authority (Nepra). Power users will bear an extra Rs66 billion in costs as a result of the price increase. The message states that the current month’s invoices will reflect the rise in electricity pricing. Customers of Lifeline and K-Electric would not be affected by the increase in electricity prices. The price rise for power will only be in effect for a single month. Sources claim that pricy power was produced in January using furnace oil at Rs. 35.43 per unit and diesel at Rs. 45.60 per unit.
Sumayya Wushah, an 11-year-old girl and future journalist, declared, “I am not afraid,” in spite of Israel’s heinous war crimes and abuses of human rights during the continuing onslaught in Gaza. Wushah declared that she is unafraid to cover events in the Gaza Strip, where since October 7 oppressive forces are thought to have killed over 100 journalists. “When I first started, my parents were worried because they knew that journalists were being targeted. However, they consented when they realised how committed I was to a career in journalism,” she continued. Since October 7, Israel’s assault on Gaza has resulted in at least 29,878 Palestinian deaths and 70,215 injuries, according to a statement released by the Gaza health ministry on Tuesday.
Maryam Nawaz, the recently elected Punjab’s first female chief minister, took the oath of office at the Governor’s House in Lahore today. Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz was administered the oath by Punjab Governor Muhammad Baligh Ur Rehman. This time around, a sizable contingent of party leaders and workers were in attendance, along with members of the Punjab Assembly, the President of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Quid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, and members of the Punjab Assembly. Maryam Nawaz, the senior vice president of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), was chosen as the chief minister of Punjab on Sunday despite the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) abstaining from the election. With the support of 220 MPAs in the provincial parliament, Maryam emerged victorious in the elections and became Pakistan’s first female chief minister ever.
Murad Ali Shah, a member of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was elected chief minister of Sindh by the Sindh Assembly on Monday. This would be his third consecutive term in the role. With 148 assembly members casting ballots, Murad defeated Ali Khurshidi of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) with 112 votes, becoming the 25th chief minister of Sindh. Ali Khurshidi received just 36 votes. Murad Ali Shah, the recently elected chief minister of Sindh, stated he anticipated the PTI will contribute positively to the provincial assembly. “We are never scared of criticism, no one is perfect […] but if you don’t criticise, then how would we learn?” he added, addressing the PTI-backed MPAs in the assembly.
The government has taken several initiatives to minimise losses in State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), according to a report provided to the Senate on Monday by Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting, and Parliamentary Affairs, Murtzaz Solangi. Concluding the discussion on a motion proposed by Senator Mushtaq Ahmed concerning the performance of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs), which a World Bank report claims perform worse in Asia, he stated that the Parliament and the newly elected government would decide on additional reforms, such as restructuring the institutions that cause losses. “There are differing opinions, but there is a consensus that losses in State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) must end,” stated the minister. While some contend that professional management is necessary to increase their efficiency, others think privatisation is the only viable option.”
The Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) leaders declared that Punjab would be administered based on the performance of the opposition. Speaking to the media on Monday outside the Punjab Assembly was SIC’s nominee for chief minister, Rana Aftab Ahmad, and party MNA Dr. Nisar Jutt. “What is the next step in the process since the house isn’t finished yet?” inquired Rana Aftab. He also mentioned that the court will be approached by the SIC regarding the unfinished house. Dr. Nisar Jutt, the newly elected MNA, claimed that when he and the party’s nominee for chief minister arrived at the Punjab Assembly, security personnel stopped them at Mall Road. “To run the house efficiently, you will need to include the opposition,” stated Rana Aftab.
Gohar Ejaz, the minister of commerce, industry, and investment, is in Abu Dhabi for the 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). He had meetings with peers from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Egypt, Turkiye, and China while on the sidelines. Speaking with his colleagues, he claimed that Pakistan’s share of global commerce has increased thanks to the proactive measures implemented by the caretaker government. He added there has been a 46% growth in Pakistan’s exports of goods and services to China. Pakistani citizens would profit as a result of increased foreign trade, according to Dr. Gohar Ejaz. World Trade Organisation (WTO) summit in Abu Dhabi on Monday brought together trade ministers from all around the world with the goal of establishing new global trade regulations.
Dennis Francis, the president of the UN General Assembly, has urged UN member nations to give UNRWA, the main UN relief organisation functioning in besieged Gaza, “sustainable and predictable financial and political support.” “UNRWA has been an indispensable lifeline for millions of Palestinians,” declared Francis in response to a letter from UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini. UNRWA, which offers the Palestinian people healthcare, education, and other essential services, is today facing its “biggest humanitarian crisis since its establishment.” Israel accused the CIA last month of being involved in the October 7 operation by Hamas, the Palestinian resistance movement, against the Israeli occupation. More than ten donor nations have responded to the accusations made by Israel against UNRWA, which were not supported by information that was made public.
After receiving the support of the majority of legislators, Anthony Naveed was appointed deputy speaker of the provincial legislature and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) MPA Awais Qadir Shah was sworn in as speaker of the Sindh legislature. With 111 votes, Qadir Shah defeated Sofia Saeed of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P), who was only able to garner 36 votes. Agha Siraj Durrani, the outgoing speaker, gave new Speaker Qadir Shah an oath after he was elected. Naveed received 111 votes as opposed to Rashid Khan of the MQM-P, who was only able to obtain 36. Qadir Shah then administered an oath to Naveed, designating him as deputy speaker. After a short delay, the session started, and several provincial assembly members took an oath of office.
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