Connect with us

Pakistan

Shehbaz thanks Biden on his call for global response action

Published

on



ISLAMABAD:

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday expressed his gratitude to United States President Joe Biden for highlighting the need for urgent action in the wake of massive floods in Pakistan.

Biden on Wednesday made a fervent pitch for extending help to Pakistan where floods had caused huge devastation in his address to the UN General Assembly, as he announced over $2.9 billion in new assistance to address global food insecurity.

Advertisement

“Pakistan is still under water, needs help,” the president told a packed gathering of world leaders in the iconic hall of the General Assembly, including PM Shehbaz.

In his address, Biden announced over $2.9 billion in new assistance to address global food insecurity, building on the $6.9 billion in US government assistance to support global food security already committed this year.

“Thank you President Joe Biden for highlighting the plight of the flood victims in Pakistan and urging the world for an immediate response, as my country is facing the ravages of unprecedented floods,” he posted on his Twitter handle.

The prime minister stressed that the calls of stranded women and children for help need to be heeded at the international level.

In another tweet, he said, on the second day of the UN General Assembly, his discussions with top officials of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank focused on making resources available within the country’s existing programmes for post-flood reconstruction.

“In my other meetings with world leaders, we discussed floods, climate change and rehabilitation of flood victims,” he said.

PM, Gates discuss issues of mutual interest

Meanwhile, PM Shehbaz held a meeting with the Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates. During the meeting held on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, they discussed matters of mutual interest.

Advertisement

In a tweet, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the PM apprised Gates about human cost of climate change, food insecurity triggered by floods and the plight of flood-stricken women and children.

PM acknowledges empathy of Jolie

PM Shehbaz also acknowledged the “empathy and compassion” of United Nations special envoy Angelina Jolie, who is currently on a visit to Pakistan in solidarity with the flood-affected people.

“Pakistan thanks Angelina Jolie, a special UN envoy, and other unsung heroes for becoming the voice of millions of people whose lives and livelihoods have been destroyed by raging floodwater,” he said in a tweet.

Advertisement

“We will forever remember their empathy and compassion for suffering humanity.”

The Hollywood actress visited the flood-hit areas and urged the international community to do more as millions of people are in trouble in the flood-hit areas of Pakistan.

During her visit to the National Flood Response Coordination Centre (NFRCC) late Wednesday, Jolie said that she has never seen anything like this disaster before.

Besides Jolie, renowned Islamic scholar Mufti Menk and Turkish actor Celal Al also visited the flood-affected areas of Pakistan and extended assistance to the families who suffered the devastation.



Advertisement

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Pakistan

Ayaz Amir arrested in daughter-in-law’s murder case

Published

on

By



ISLAMABAD:

The Capital Police on Saturday arrested senior journalist Ayaz Amir in the murder case of his daughter-in-law Sara Bibi, who was murdered in Islamabad’s Chak Shehzad suburbs on Friday.

The 37-year-old was living at a farmhouse in the area where she was found dead on Friday morning. She was reportedly murdered with a dumbbell.

Advertisement

According to sources, Sara and Shahnawaz had an altercation over a domestic issue on Thursday night which led to her death as the accused allegedly had hit her in the head with an iron dumbbell.

After killing his wife, sources revealed, the accused allegedly put her body in a bathtub. The police arrested the accused and took him to Shahzad Town Police Station for further investigation.

Read Senior journalist’s son arrested for allegedly killing wife

According to sources, Shahzad Town Police has now named Ayaz Amir in the case. They said that in the light of the interrogation of Shahnawaz, the police obtained the arrest warrant of Ayaz Amir from the area magistrate on Saturday.

The senior journalist will be presented before the magistrate for physical remand on Sunday.

Advertisement

Earlier in the day, Shahnawaz was handed over to the police on a two-day physical remand a day after being arrested for the murder.

The defendant’s lawyer termed the case a “blind murder”, adding that the murder was only to the extent of the charge, adding that this was the first remand in the case hence, there were no objections.

The police had initially requested a 10-day physical remand from the court, stating that the accused had to be interrogated. They said the suspect had called his Canadian-Pakistani wife from abroad to allegedly murder her.

However, the court only approved a two-day remand for the accused.

The investigating officer also stated that the accused’s fingerprints were also to be taken, but the court rejected the appeal, saying the print could be acquired through the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).

Advertisement



Continue Reading

K-P

Two soldiers martyred in North Waziristan IED blast: ISPR

Published

on

By


Two soldiers of Pakistan Army embraced martyrdom in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in general area Esham of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s North Waziristan district on Saturday, the military said. 

Naib Subedar Javed Iqbal, a 42-year-old resident of Attock and Naik Hussain Ahmed, a 38 years old resident of Okara embraced shahadat (martyrdom) in the incident, military’s media wing, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), said in a statement.

Clearance of the area is being carried out to eliminate any terrorists in the area, it added.

Advertisement

Last week, a Pakistan Army soldier embraced martyrdom while thwarting a terrorist attack from Afghanistan in bordering Dwatoi area of North Waziristan district.

Also read: Solider martyred in cross-border terrorist attack from Afghanistan

According to ISPR, on September 19, the terrorists from inside Afghanistan opened fire on the Pakistani troops in general area Dwatoi, which was responded in a befitting manner. Quoting credible intelligence reports, the military’s media wing said terrorists suffered heavy casualties.

The Pakistan Army, the ISPR said, was determined to defend the country’s borders against the menace of terrorism and “such sacrifices of our brave soldiers further strengthen our resolve”.



Advertisement

Continue Reading

Pakistan

Senate to take up changes in Transgender Persons Act on Sept 26

Published

on

By



ISLAMABAD:

The Senate will take up the Intersex Persons (Protection of Rights) (Amendment) Bill 2022, which aims to make changes in the existing Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2018, on Monday (September 26).

The bill stipulated that intersex persons would have the right to receive education, healthcare, employment and other opportunities as enjoyed by the normal human beings in the society.

Advertisement

It has been argued in the bill that the primary objective of this Act should have been to protect the rights of “intersex persons”.

Intersex person generally means a person with ambiguous genitalia and is also known as hermaphrodite. The bill maintained that in the 2018 Act, there were some provisions that were totally contrary to the country’s traditions, religion and even the Constitution.

Read more: Trans people decry objections to rights bill

The amendment bill has been designed to cater to the needs of the intersex persons by deleting all those sections of the 2018 Act that were against the injunctions of Islam and the Constitution.

It has also been elaborated in the bill that the term “transgender” was launched by an American psychiatrist in 1965. It was essentially meant for persons who experienced sexual orientation against their sex at birth.

Advertisement

It argued that this was primarily a disordered mental state where a man might felt like a woman or a woman felt like a man or sometimes even might have “fluid gender perceptions” which was called “non-binary” gender. It was a psychological/psychiatric state of mind and could not be equated to “intersex”.

Therefore, it seeks to change the title of the Act to The Intersex Persons (Protection of Rights) (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

The 2018 Act defined the identity of the gender minority, prohibited discrimination against them, and conferred rights upon transgender persons recognised as such and a right to self-perceived gender identity, among other things.

The law ensured issuing of certificate of identity to transgender persons, provided that no establishment shall discriminate against transgender persons in matters relating to employment, recruitment, promotion and other related issues, and provide for grievance redressal mechanism in each establishment.

Section 3(2) of the Act read that a person recognised as transgender under sub-section (l) shall have a right to get himself or herself registered as per “self-perceived gender” identity with all government departments including, but not limited to, the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Advertisement

The bill to increase the salaries and allowances of the Senate chairman and National Assembly speaker is also included in the agenda of the Senate session.

This bill would be presented by Shibli Faraz, Dilawar Khan and Naseebullah Bazai.

The Immigration Amendment Bill and the Federal Urdu University Amendment Bill would also be presented in the session.

During the sitting, the State Bank amendment and media access for deaf people would be approved.

There would also be a discussion on the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) raids and harassment of journalists at Senator Saifullah Niazi’s residence.

Advertisement



Continue Reading
Advertisement

Trending

Copyright © 2012 Pakistan-sports.com.