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37 Pakistani evacuees reach Jeddah from war-torn Sudan

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  • Process of evacuating Pakistanis is underway as civil war rages in African country. 
  • Pakistanis reach Jeddah Port through ship carrying other evacuees.
  • FO thanks Saudi government for support.

Another batch comprising 37 Pakistanis evacuated from Sudan, has reached Jeddah, Saudi Arabia amid the ongoing efforts to repatriate people stuck in the war-torn country, Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

Ten days of heavy fighting until Monday has killed hundreds of people in Khartoum. Despite a ceasefire declaration by the warring factions, fighting flared anew in Sudan late on Tuesday.

The FO issued a brief statement on Twitter, according to which the evacuated Pakistanis reached Jeddah Port through a ship carrying other evacuees.

“Evacuation plan for Pakistani nationals in Sudan continues. The ship carrying 37 Pakistani nationals from Port Sudan arrives in Jeddah,” it said.

FO said that the evacuees were received by Pakistan’s Consul General Khalid Majid at Jeddah Port. It also thanked the government of Saudi Arabia for showing support and hospitality.

So far, over 700 Pakistanis have been evacuated to safety from the war-torn country.

On Tuesday, a second convoy carrying 211 Pakistanis left from Khartoum, a day after the evacuation of at least 500 Pakistanis from Sudan, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto had said.

“In keeping with the commitment of the Government of Pakistan to the welfare of overseas Pakistanis, Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to lead in the relief and rescue of Pakistanis in Sudan,” a statement issued by the Foreign Office said.

The statement said that Ambassador Meer Bahrose Regi’s team in Khartoum and Port Sudan were working day and night to facilitate the stay of Pakistanis who were still in Sudan until their evacuation to Pakistan.

“We remain engaged with friendly countries in the region especially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to facilitate this process,” it added. 

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Hamid Raza says Nawaz Sharif used the Faizabad sit-in to criticize institutions.

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The individual asserted that they had proof of the PML-N’s betrayal during the 2017 Faizabad sit-in, citing knowledge of the protest from both General Faiz Hameed (Retd) and former Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (Retd).

The PML-N workers in Rawalpindi were instructed to make sure that people participated in the sit-in, while the then-Punjab administration assisted in organizing it, according to Hamid Raza.

The head of the SIC said that while the goals of the Faizabad sit-in were correct, the event was deliberately planned to include individuals who carried signs criticizing government agencies.

During the Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) sit-in, he said, workers for the PML-N were also among those who received money.

Remember that the investigation commission cleared former spy chief Faiz Hameed of all charges when it was established to look into the 2017 sit-in at the Faizabad Interchange in Islamabad.

To protest the changes made to the Election Act of 2017, which changed the word “oath” to “declaration,” the TLP staged a sit-in at the Faizabad junction on November 8, 2017.

In a submission to the Supreme Court, former PEMRA chairman Absar Alam said that pressure was applied to the media regulating body during the Faizabad sit-in by former ISI commander Faiz Hameed.

After the Fact-Finding Committee report was rejected by the Supreme Court, the federal government formed an inquiry commission led by retired Inspector General Akhtar Ali Shah.

The probe panel, however, handed the former intelligence head the clean pass in its 149-page report, which was released Thursday.

Faiz Hameed was granted authorization for the arrangement, according to the commission, by the then-DG ISI and Army Chief. Additionally included in the article was the inclusion of Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal and then-Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the arrangement.

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Tajir Dost app: traders don’t seem interested in registering

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To tax retailers in Pakistan, the Tajir Dost app was released. The sources stated that the government hopes to tax 3.5 million merchants through the app.

Ajmal Baloch, the president of All-Pakistan Anjuman-e-Tajran, stated that he made reservations with FBR on the SRO within a week.

The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), according to him, cannot be a “Tajir Dost” because of its unethical actions.

Baloch believed that since electricity bills allow traders to pay a predetermined advance income tax, further taxes are unnecessary.

The trader, according to him, is already paying thirteen different kinds of taxes on the commercial meter. “A trader already pays between Rs. 15,000 and Rs. 20,000 in taxes annually, but you are requesting Rs. 1,200 per month in taxes.”

Mr. Ajmal summoned representatives of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) to a meeting with the trade associations to talk about the indirect taxes that the merchants are paying.

Additionally, he claimed that FBR officers are charging the traders, the majority of whom are less educated, “monthly charges.”

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Temporary bail for PTI founder increased in three instances

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Details reveal that the ATC court considered bail petitions for interim release in three cases including attacks on Shadman Police Station, Askari Tower, and Jinnah House.

In addition to requesting arguments from the attorneys for the upcoming session, the judge instructed that PTI founder Imran Khan be present via video link from Adiala Jail.

It is noteworthy to add that the Punjab government has assigned seven cells in Adiala Jail to the convicted PTI founder Imran Khan, and fourteen security guards have been assigned to guard him. This information was previously communicated to the LHC.

Related: LHC revealed that the PTI founder’s jail security costs Rs1.2 million a month.

“To ensure proper security for Imran Khan, an accommodation of six cells has been made in addition to his cell,” AGP Punjab Khalid Ishaq stated in court.

According to the article, “14 police officers have been assigned to guard Imran Khan at Adiala Jail, whereas one officer is assigned to watch over ten prisoners there.

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Following Imran Khan, the founder of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, and the former prime minister’s detention at the Islamabad High Court (IHC), violent confrontations erupted around the country.

The party activists were upset by their chairman’s detention, so they staged rallies in both big and distant cities. Balochistan, Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Islamabad called in the armed forces to maintain law and order.

During a demonstration, “PTI workers” attacked Army posts and the Corps Commander’s residence in Lahore, commonly known as Jinnah House.

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