Pakistan captain Babar Azam was rumoured to have a squabble with star pacer Shaheen Afridi following the cricket team's elimination from the Asia Cup 2023.Watch ARY News live on live.arynews.tv According to rumours, Shaheen Afridi had hit out at Babar Azam for singling out players and blaming them for the side's elimination. However, the pacer had downplayed rumours of his tiff with the captain by sharing a picture of them together on his wedding day. He said the prolific batter is like "family" to him. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Shaheen Shah Afridi (@ishaheenafridi10) Babar Azam has now addressed the rumours of their alleged dressing room tussle. He spoke about the situation during a press conference ahead of the team's departure to India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. Babar Azam said his teammates respect him. He agreed that they had a disagreement but the situation was taken out of context. "Everyone gives me respect," he said. "And see when you lose close matches then certain disagreements do take place in team meetings but this was taken out of context that there was a duel between us." He added, "There’s nothing like this. We have the same respect for each other and will remain the same. We love each other like a family." View this post on Instagram A post shared by Babar Azam (@babarazam) Related - Babar Azam attends Shaheen Afridi’s wedding amid rift rumours
KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has released its financial report, revealing a loss of Rs 60.71 billion in first six of the year 2023, ARY News reported on Tuesday.According to the report, PIA’s loss for six months in 2022 was Rs 41.31 billion as compared to the first six-month loss of 2023 which is Rs 60.71 billion.The depreciation of the Pakistani rupee against the US dollar resulted in a loss of Rs27.45 billion in PIA’s finances while Rs 30.78 billion was spent on fuel and finance in the first half of 2023 whereas this amount was Rs 48.34 billion in 2022.The revenue of PIA was recorded by 74 percent, reaching Rs59 billion, surpassing Rs34 billion compared to the previous year, while the operational profit also increased, reaching Rs 4.1 billion.It is pertinent to mention here that the Work on the restructuring plan of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) for privatization has been expedited.As per details, the PIA administration sought applications from legal and corporate firms for the restructuring plan of the national flag carrier.The Department of Contract Management has been directed to forward the applications by October 6.The assets belonging to the PIA, including property, debts, aircraft, and employees, will be transferred to the new company and PIA will be presented to the investor as free from debt organization for privatization.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam shared his views on vice-captain Shadab Khan, who has proved himself a valuable all-rounder on national and domestic duties, amid criticisms on his performances ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.Watch ARY News live on live.arynews.tvShadab Khan has been struggling and giving lacklustre performances in recent matches. His performances in the Asia Cup 2023 received widespread criticism from experts and fans.In the tournament, the all-rounder played five games and bagged six wickets at a dismal average of 40.83. This country has given me everything. It is my identity. Long live Pakistan. #HappyIndependenceDayPakistan pic.twitter.com/KX6gYYzcgb — Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) August 14, 2023 The selectors were suggested to drop him from the team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. However, Babar Azam showed his support and retained him in the squad as vice-captain.The prolific batter opened up on why his deputy is not able to take wickets and apply pressure on the opposition in the middle overs during a press conference ahead of the side's departure to India for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.Babar Azam said the player gets aware of the game the more they play and yearns to take part more in fixtures because they want to cash in their good form.The Pakistan cricket team's captain said a player is bound to make strategic and technical mistakes if things don't go their way.Babar Azam revealed that he talked to Shadab Khan regarding his recent performances. He added that a team should support a player on their bad days instead of abandoning them."I had a one-to-one chat and discussion with Shadab Khan about his performance, and I believe we have to back performers like him on their bad days," the skipper said.He added, "I agree we have not taken wickets in the middle but it is the same guys who used to do well. I believe in all of them."Related - Watch: Babar Azam meets Shadab Khan’s parents
ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad police caravan comprising 18 vehicles was dispatched to transfer Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief from Attock to Adiala Jail, ARY News reported on Tuesday.A caravan of Islamabad police including 15 vans, two bullet-proof vehicles and an ambulance was dispatched to transfer the PTI chief from Attock Jail to the Adiala Jail Rawalpindi.The police caravan reached Islamabad toll plaza after taking the PTI chief from Attock Jail.Earlier in the day, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan informed the court he did not wish to be moved to Adiala jail as he had “now adjusted to Attock jail”.The former prime minister told this to special court hearing a cipher case against him in the Attock jail.RELATED: Shift chairman PTI to Adiala Jail: IHC CJImran Khan further said that he would ask his lawyers to withdraw the plea for the same. Imran Khan’s remand extended A special court on Tuesday extended PTI Chairman Imran Khan’s and Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s judicial remand in the cipher case until October 10.A special court on Tuesday extended the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and party’s Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s judicial remand till October 10 in the cipher case.Related: Mushahid Hussain Syed hints at ‘mother of all deals’ with PTI chiefJudge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, who heard the case at the Attock District Jail under the Official Secrets Act 2023, extended the judicial remand of Imran Khan in the missing cipher case, a classified state document.During the hearing, the court directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a challan in the case soon.Hearing of the case took place at the Attock Jail following approval by the Law Ministry amid security concerns expressed by the Interior Ministry.The PTI Chairman Imran Khan was sent to jail on August 5 following his conviction in the Toshakhana case. On August 29, the IHC had suspended his sentence. Imran still in Attock Jail despite IHC orders Despite directions from the Islamabad High Court, PTI Chairman Imran Khan was not shifted to Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail until late on Monday, mainly due to security concerns.However, one of his lawyers claimed that the former prime minister had indeed been transferred to the Adiala Jail, triggering confusion on social media platforms.However, the Adiala jail administration refuted the claim, saying that Khan has not yet been shifted there.
ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has decided to approve initial delimitations on Wednesday (tomorrow) as the work entered its final phase, ARY News reported on Tuesday.The process of initial delimitations for the national and provincial assemblies has entered its final phase.The ECP committees completed their work on initial delimitations under digital census data which would be approved tomorrow.The initial delimitations will be publicised following the approval of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and the ECP members.Related: General elections: ECP orders chief secretaries to start preparationsFor the National Assembly (NA), the voter quota for Punjab province was fixed at 905,595, 913,000 for Sindh, 907,913 for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), 930,900 for Balochistan and 787,954 for Islamabad.The voter quota for the Punjab Assembly will be 429,929, 428,431 for the Sindh Assembly, 355,270 for the KP Assembly and 292,047 for the Balochistan Assembly.The election commission will address the objections from October 28 to November 26, whereas, the objections could be filed against the delimitations from September 27 to October 28.The hearing on the pleas against the delimitations will be conducted till November 25. The ECP will unveil the final delimitations on November 30.Related: ECP delists PTI prohibited funding case againAfter the publication of the final delimitations, a 54-day election schedule will be announced and general polls will be held in the first week of the January 2024.On September 21, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) announced that general elections would be held in the last week of January 2024.In a statement, the ECP said that it reviewed work on delimiting constituencies and decided that the initial list for the delimitation of constituencies would be published on September 27.“The final delimitation list will be published on November 30,” said ECP, adding that general elections will be held in the last week of January 2024 following the 54-day election schedule.The electoral body was under immense pressure from the political parties regarding the announcement of the election date.The announcement comes a day after the ECP said it had scheduled a meeting with political parties next month to discuss the code of conduct for general elections.
DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and police on Tuesday gunned down a terrorist in Dera Ismail Khan (DI Khan), ARY News reported.According to police, the alleged terrorist identified as Sami Ullah was arrested while three others managed to escape.Furthermore, the CPO stated that the terrorist was involved in carrying out target target-killing attack on FC personnel in Takwara, DI Khan.Earlier, the Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) claimed to have killed two terrorists of a banned outfit in the Jaffarabad area of Balochistan.Read more: CTD guns down key terrorists in Balochistan’s JaffarabadAccording to the spokesperson, CTD personnel conducted an operation in Jafarabad during which the militants opened fire at the law enforcement agency personnel.During an exchange of fire, two terrorists were killed. The CTD officials also recovered weapons and explosive material from the dead terrorists, the spokesperson said.In a separate operation, the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) police claimed to have killed three terrorists in Peshawar.The CTD conducted a raid on a tip-off in Peshawar’s Faqeer Baba Ziarat area which came in the vicinity of the Khazana police station. During the raid, an organized group of outlawed Daish opened fire at the police party.The CTD officials retaliated against the gun attack and killed three terrorists. The raiding team also recovered arms and ammunition from the killed terrorists.
ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government has prepared the Hajj policy 2024 which have some good news for Pakistan Hajj pilgrims, ARY News reported.The Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs Aneeq Ahmed said in a statement that the federal cabinet will approve the Hajj policy within 10 days as the delay in approval of the Hajj policy resulted in several problems.He said that the policy also includes 40 days and short-duration Hajj. Pakistan Hajj pilgrims will not get lost now as the ministry will provide them with two suitcases with specific colour and designs, he added.The Minister further said that the documents of Hajj pilgrim including passport, residence and other details will be available in the QR code on the suitcase. Additionally, the pilgrims will be able to talk on call to Pakistan with unlimited call time.Read more: ‘Saudi Arabia to enhance facilities for Pakistani pilgrims during Hajj’Earlier, Caretaker Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Aneeq Ahmed said that the Saudi Arabia government would provide additional facilities and improved services to Pakistani pilgrims during the Hajj 2024.He said accommodation, meals, and transportation for pilgrims would be improved with a more comfortable and convenient experience.Saudi Minister for Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah, assured of Saudi Arabia’s commitment to further cooperation with Pakistan. He highlighted that the Saudi government was continuously working to improve services for Pakistani pilgrims, and several new initiatives had been taken to ensure their comfort and convenience.
ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government on Tuesday said under the constitution and prevalent electoral laws, all political parties had the equal right to participate in the general elections, ARY News reported.The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in its official statement issued the original text from the Associated Press to clarify that Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar was plain speaking to suggest that participating in the elections was a right, but retribution for crimes was legally warranted.He categorically stated that the remarks of the caretaker prime minister during a recent interview to the foreign wire service Associated Press had been “misunderstood and misreported”The ministry lamented that the interview had been “twisted by some outlets” to give the impression that someone will not be allowed to take part in the general elections. The ministry drew attention to the following text of Prime Minister’s interview:“We are not pursuing anyone on a personal vendetta,” Kakar said. “But yes, we will ensure that the law is appropriate. Anyone, be it Imran Khan or any other politician who violates, in terms of their political behavior, the laws of the country, then the restoration of the law has to be ensured. We cannot equate that with … political discrimination.”Kakar said fair elections can take place without Khan or hundreds of members of his party who are jailed because they engaged in unlawful activities including vandalism and arson, a reference to the violence that rocked the country following Khan’s initial arrest in May.The caretaker prime minister added that the thousands of people in Khan’s party who didn’t engage in unlawful activities, “will be running the political process, they will be participating in the elections.”The Information Ministry reiterated in its statement that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and its leaders are free to participate in the elections like any other party. It has been clarified that there is no impediment to contesting elections by any leader of PTI or the party as a whole.The statement further added that every citizen is equal before law and the law will take its course with respect to any person currently facing legal charges. The courts are free and independent and the caretaker government has neither authority nor intention to influence the courts at any level.It was further clarified that any person aggrieved by any order or ruling of a statutory or judicial forum has a constitutionally guaranteed right to approach the next forum in judicial hierarchy for relief.“The caretaker government is committed to holding free and fair elections. The caretaker government will support the constitutional and legal structure for holding elections and would ensure that all orders and directions of the Election Commission of Pakistan and independent judiciary are complied with in letter and spirit,” the government said in its statement.
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday issued an order stating that the next hearing of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan's bail plea in the cipher case will take place in an open court.IHC Chief Justice Aamer Farooq issued a two-page written order in response to the prosecution's request for in-camera proceedings.In a separate hearing, the IHC declared null and void the authorities’ notification to keep PTI chairman in Attock jail.In a written order, IHC Chief Justice Aamir Farooq approved the request to transfer Khan to Adiala jail. The court stated that the PTI chief had been sentenced to three years in the Toshakhana case.Earlier, a special court extended the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman and party’s Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s judicial remand till October 10 in the cipher case.Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain, who heard the case at the Attock District Jail under the Official Secrets Act 2023, extended the judicial remand of Imran Khan in the missing cipher case, a classified state document.During the hearing, the court directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to submit a challan in the case soon.Hearing of the case took place at the Attock Jail following approval by the Law Ministry amid security concerns expressed by the Interior Ministry.The PTI Chairman Imran Khan was sent to jail on August 5 following his conviction in the Toshakhana case. On August 29, the IHC had suspended his sentence.
LAHORE: An accountability court in Lahore on Tuesday issued non-bailable arrest warrants for former federal minister Moonis Elahi in a case pertaining to alleged corruption in development projects, ARY News reported.Moonis Elahi is facing allegations of billions of rupees of corruption in development projects.Accountability Court Judge Naseem Ahmad Virk conducted the hearing and issued the arrest warrants which are valid until October 5.On July 22, the Lahore district court declared Moonis Elahi – son of PTI President Parvez Elahi – an absconder over his continued absence in the money laundering case.Moonis is currently living in Spain.The FIA had pleaded to declare Elahi an absconder for not appearing before the investigation agency even after issuance of non-bailable arrest warrant against him.The court also started the process to freeze his assets, computerized national identity card, passport, and bank accounts.READ: ACE ARRESTS MOONIS ELAHI’S CLOSE AIDELast month, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) lodged a case against Parvez Elahi and his son Moonis over alleged money laundering in the Panama scandal.
KARACHI: Local police has arrested an accused allegedly involved in murder of a Jamaat-e-Islami councilor, ARY News reported on Tuesday."Accused Imtiaz Joni has been involved in murder of JI councilor Habibullah," SSP West Police said.Surjani Police conducted raid at a place and arrested an accomplice of the accused on his indication, SSP Mahzor Ali said.Police official said that seven to eight accused were involved in the firing incident that claimed life of the councilor.The firing incident happened after dispute over 'kunda' connections in electricity wires, SSP said.Additional IG Karachi Police had suspended the area's SHO over his failure to arrest the accused.Police is questioning the arrested suspects of murder, he added.Jamaat-e-Islami councillor was shot dead during a brawl over Kunda (illegal electricity connections) in Sector 4C of Karachi’s Surjani Town.The deceased identified as Mohammad Habib was a ward councillor of JI.In a statement, JI Karachi President Hafiz Naeem ur Rehman said that Habib had gone for a meeting after he was informed of an illegal electricity connection. He was gunned down as soon as he left the meeting, he alleged.
The Lahore High Court's Rawalpindi bench on Tuesday ordered the regional police officer (RPO) to immediately recover Sheikh Rasheed and submit a report in court within a week.Former interior minister and Awami Muslim League (AML) head Sheikh Rasheed was arrested from his Rawalpindi residence last week.Justice Sadaqat Ali Khan, from the Rawalpindi bench of LHC, heard the case of the Awami Muslim League (AML) chief and reprimanded Regional Police Officer (RPO) Syed Khurram Ali for failing to recover the veteran politician.“In failing to do so, strict action will be taken against the force,” the LHC judge remarked.The RPO sought one more week from the court, which the court granted.The pleaAwami Muslim League chief Sheikh Rasheed on Monday moved Lahore High Court (LHC) against his arrest.Sheikh Rasheed filed a plea through his lawyers Sardar Razzak and Sardar Shehbaz. The IG Punjab, RPO, CCPO Rawalpindi and SSP Operations have been made respondents in the case.The plea stated that Punjab police arrested him [Sheikh Rasheed] without arrest warrants and is kept at an ‘undisclosed’ place. There is no case against the applicant, nor any investigation was underway, the plea stated.
ISLAMABAD: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court to withdraw the Faizabad sit-in plea. A three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Qazi Faez Isa including Justice Aminuddin Khan and Justice Athar Minallah will hear the Faizabad sit-in review case on September 28.In a separate plea moved by Deputy Director IB, Asadullah Khan, the apex court has pleaded to allow the withdrawal of the review plea in the Faizabad sit-in case judgment.Intelligence Bureau doesn't want to defend the case, the plea stated. Meanwhile, Amanullah Kunari, the lawyer of applicant Sheikh Rasheed, has also pleaded with the court to adjourn the case.Kunari is currently acting as Balochistan's caretaker law minister.Read more: CJP Faiz Isa fixes Faizabad sit-in review case for hearing On February 6, 2019, the Supreme Court (SC) ordered action against extremist elements in the written verdict issued for the suo-moto case pertaining to Tehreek-e-Labbaik’s (TLP) 2017 Faizabad sit-in.The Tehreek-i-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) held a weeks-long protest at Islamabad’s Faizabad Interchange in November 2017 against a little change in the oath lawmakers take. The court had taken suo motu notice soon after the protests.The National Assembly had passed an amendment to the Finality of Prophet-hood ( Khatm-e-Nabuwwat) oath for electoral candidates, drawing protests from religious groups in the country. The government had withdrawn the amendment that had stirred the hornet’s nest among many.
KARACHI: Pakistan’s largest city – Karachi ranked first among the top ten most polluted cities in the world on the Air Quality Index (AQI), ARY News reported on Wednesday.Average air quality index reading of Karachi recorded 220, while Lahore remained third from the top of the list.It is to be mentioned here that AQI as high as 151-200 is considered unhealthy, while an AQI reading between 201 to 300 is more harmful and AQI rate over 300 mark is extremely hazardous.The AQI calculation is based on five categories of pollution: ground-level ozone, particulate matter, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide.Health experts have raised the alarm, warning that pollution can have detrimental effects on public health. Individuals with conditions such as eye discomfort, allergies, and respiratory issues are at a higher risk. To mitigate these risks, health experts offer some practical advice:Use Helmets While Riding: If you’re commuting on a motorcycle, ensure you wear a helmet. It can help reduce exposure to pollutants and protect your respiratory system.Regularly Wash Your Eyes: Given the high levels of air pollution, it’s essential to keep your eyes clean to prevent irritation and discomfort.Keep Windows Closed: To minimize exposure to outdoor pollutants, consider keeping your home’s windows closed whenever possible.
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Qazi Faez Isa on Tuesday fined a lawyer for incomplete documents in an income tax-related case, ARY News reported.As per details, Chief Justice of Pakistan slapped a fine of Rs2,000 on a lawyer for appearing before the court without incomplete documents and representatives of the income tax department for the assistance of the court in the case.The CJP remarked that cases related to income tax cannot proceed without the presence of a representative of the income tax department.The court is blamed for stay orders on income tax-related cases, but the concerned department is not ready to assist the SC in these cases, CJP Isa remarked.The top judge after slapping a fine of Rs2,000 on the lawyer, issued a notice to the In-Land Revenue department of the FBR.Read more: Justice Qazi Faez Isa takes oath as 29th chief justice of PakistanThe lawyer was directed to present the receipt after submitting the fine amount to any of the charitable organisation.Last week, the top judge also slapped a fine of Rs5,000 over the lawyer for wasting SC's time in a property case.Separately, in a meeting with bar councils, Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Isa on Wednesday vowed to formulate a “comprehensive policy” on fixation of pending cases and the formation of benches.
ISLAMABAD: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has summoned former finance minister Ishaq Dar in assets beyond means case on October 10, ARY News reported.Accountability Court Judge Muhammad Bashir issued the orders.After the enactment of the National Accountability Ordinance (Amend), the accountability court had closed assets beyond known sources of income case against Dar.Earlier, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sent back references against politicians to accountability courts after Supreme Court struck down some sections of the amendments made to the National Accountability Ordinance (NAO) last year.It is pertinent to mention here that the Supreme Court ordered restoration of corruption cases against public representatives as it struck down some sections of the amendments made to the country’s accountability laws last year by the previous coalition government.Read more: NAB sends back references to courts after SC verdictIn a majority 2-1 verdict, the top court approved Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan’s petition challenging amendments made to the country’s accountability laws.Former CJP Bandial and Justice Ahsan declared Imran’s plea to be maintainable while Justice Shah disagreed with the verdict
OKARA: Khawar Maneka, the ex-husband of Bushra Bibi, has been remanded into the Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment on an 8-day physical remand in a corruption case, ARY News reported on Tuesday. According to anti-corruption, Khawar Maneka got a marriage hall and some shops constructed 'illegally' on the land of a graveyard in Haveli Lakha. On the reference of the Okara deputy commissioner, an inquiry is underway against him.Maneka, who was arrested yesterday, was presented before a court of Senior Civil Judge, Abrar Ali Khan in Okara. The Punjab ACE officials pleaded with the court to grant a 13-day physical remand of Khawar Maneka, however, the court approved an 8-day physical remand.Following the remand, the team of anti-corruption left the court premises with Maneka.Read more: Khawar Maneka barred from flying to Dubai by FIAOn Monday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) barred Khawar Maneka from flying to Dubai as his name was placed on the Exit Control List (ECL).Maneka is a senior official of Customs department, belonging to Pakpattan and is a spiritual devotee of the 13th century mystic Baba Farid Ganj Shakkar.According to reports, Khawar’s father Ghulam Muhammad Maneka was a politician and also served as a federal minister under Benazir Bhutto. Ghulam Muhammad Maneka passed away in 2011.
LAHORE: PML-N leader Javed Latif has said that the caretaker Interior Minister was talking according to his limited thinking about Nawaz Sharif."We don't see some other thing in his statement, it is his personal thought," Latif commenting on a statement of Interior Minister Sarfaraz Bugti said."We are informing the interior minister that the PML-N's past is evidence that we didn't organize armed hordes and petrol bombs. We are coming to guiding the nation out of the hardships with a new agenda," he said."While remaining peaceful, we ask the institutions to work within the ambit of the constitution and law," PML-N leader said.He said the forces that want to see Pakistan weak, have been active, "It was not our intention to bring no-confidence against the PTI chairman, it was the need of the state," he said.PML-N leader said that the chairman PTI himself does not stand against the cipher sending country, "We would have lost Pakistan, if allowing the PTI chairman to remain in government for 16 more months"."All players of 2017 episode have said that Nawaz Sharif was treated with injustice. The decision that was taken under pressure of someone might have been redressed," Javed Latif said."I didn't say, Nawaz Sharif is coming to make someone accountable," he added.
KARACHI: In a bid to safeguard public health and ensure the implementation of international health regulations, all inbound and outbound flights are mandatory to submit a disinfection certificate of aircraft to the Border Health Services - Pakistan, ARY News reported on Tuesday.The director of Border Health Services called an emergency meeting with the management of all airports in the country to ensure the implementation of the International Health Regulation 2005.The meeting was held at Border Health Services (BHS) headquarters - presided by the Director of BHS - in Karachi, attended by the station managers of operational International and Domestic airlines.The meeting members decided to implement an International Health Regulation 2005 at all the International Airports across the Pakistan to combat the potential health risks.The authorities made it mandatory to sign the health certificate by the both responsible officials and pilots before the departure of any international flight, ensuring that the aircraft are thoroughly disinfected, binding to specified standards and protocols.The passengers are obligated to submit a Personal Health Declaration Form as part of the travelling process which will play a crucial part in monitoring and managing the health concerns during the flight.During the meeting it was made compulsory to share data of the deported passengers with the Border Health Services to facilitate contact tracing and swift response to any potential risk.On arrival, the airlines have to ensure about the proper disposal of aircraft waste according to the standard operation procedures (SOPs).During the meeting, the airport health officers and assistant airport health officers have been instructed to inspect places upon arrival to ensure compliance.The health officers are authorised to conduct a surprise inspection of food, hygiene and sanitary condition onboard aircraft before the departure of international and domestic flights.Moreover, prior to departure of the flights - the teams of Airport Health Inspection are mandated to submit a general declaration form.The border health services have been granted a 15-day time to all the airlines to implement the directives discussed during the meeting.
KARACHI: Caretaker Sindh Chief Minister Maqbool Baqar has directed the university and boards department and the Sindh Higher Education Commission (SHEC) to conduct the audit of all 27 universities.The interim CM issued these directives while presiding over a meeting of the universities & boards department and SHEC here at the CM House.The meeting was informed that the number of universities had not held meetings of their Senate for long.At this, the interim chief minister asked the authorities to take action against such universities, including the University of Karachi and Sindh University, for not holding meetings of their Senates.Meanwhile, the University of Karachi (UoK) resumed classes following the Higher Education Council (HEC) disbursed ‘pending funds’ to the universities across Sindh.The University of Karachi (UoK) Professors’ Association confirmed that the teaching process will be resumed today as their demand is met with the HEC on the directives of the caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh.READ: University of Karachi professors’ continue to boycott classesAccording to the details, the grant for the second quarter of the year 2023-2024, a total of Rs 14.39 billion has been released by the HEC for the universities across the province.The Higher Education Commission Sindh allocated a substantial amount of Rs 430 million to the University of Karachi after which the Professors’ Association announced to resume the teaching process.Similarly, a grant of Rs 430 million was allocated for Sindh University, while Rs 270 million granted to Dawood University, moreover, Rs 190 million allocated to Jinnah Sindh Medical University and Rs 280 million granted to NED university.