Pakistan Army organizes free medical camp near Sheikhupura

A free medical camp was organized by the Pakistan Army for the residents of Chauhan and its neighboring villages in the vicinity of Sheikhupura.

Hundreds of people were medically examined and treated by several doctors and paramedical staff including gynecologists in the medical camp.

According to the details, about 800 patients benefited from the free medical camp. Various tests including ECG were also provided for the patients.

Doctors and paramedical staff also gave awareness lectures on hygiene, balanced diet, prevention and treatment of various diseases including dengue.

People appreciated the actions of Pakistan Army for public welfare. They also thanked the Pakistan Army for the free medical camps organized frequently in the rural areas throughout the year.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Telecom Companies Trying to Dodge SIM Card Bans Will Face Legal Trouble

On Friday, the federal government resolved to take legal action against any telecom operator or other entities that obstruct the deactivation of mobile phone SIMs belonging to over half a million people who have not filed taxes.

This resolution came about during a visit by Federal Finance Minister Muhammad Aurangzeb to the headquarters of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR). The Attorney General of Pakistan, Mansoor Usman Awan, also attended the meeting.

Government representatives reported that the FBR had informed the finance minister about plans to deactivate the mobile phone SIMs of 506,671 people. These individuals were not on the active taxpayer list, yet were required to file their income tax returns for 2023.

During the discussion, officials also brought up the issue of the PTA not cooperating fully due to pressure from telecom operators to enforce this decision.

It was decided that the government would take action against anyone attempting to hinder the process of integrating these non-filers into
the tax system.

During the meeting, the finance minister informed attendees that the army chief supported the decision to block the SIMs of non-filers, emphasizing that there was no justification for opposing this action.

In a press release, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) recommended finding a middle ground between the Federal Board of Revenue’s (FBR) initiative to disable SIMs and safeguard the investments of telecom operators.

The statement said:

Our foremost objective is to uphold compliance within [the] regulatory framework and relevant legal provisions while safeguarding the interests of telecom consumers.

Despite the government’s plan to disable the SIMs of over half a million individuals, no restrictions are preventing these people from purchasing new ones.

Source: Pro Pakistani

Security forces kill six terrorists in North Waziristan operation

Security forces have killed six terrorists in an intelligence based operation in North Waziristan District.

According to Inter-Services Public Relations (SIPR), intense fire exchange took place between own troops and the terrorists during the operation conducted on reported presence of terrorists in the area.

Terrorists’ hideout was also busted during the operation.

The killed terrorists remained actively involved in numerous terrorist activities against security forces as well as target killings of innocent civilians in the area.

Sanitization operation is being conducted in the area by the security forces, who remain determined to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Govt to Draft MoU for Exporting Skilled Workers to Qatar

The government of Pakistan has greenlit a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Qatar’s Ministry of Labor and Pakistan’s Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, paving the way for skilled labor from Pakistan to enter Qatar’s market.

According to market observers, Pakistan missed an opportunity to export manpower to Qatar when certain overseas employment promoters held a monopoly over sending workers to Doha.

During a recent cabinet meeting, the Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Division highlighted that since 1971, over 300,000 Pakistani workers had migrated to Qatar, making substantial contributions to its socio-economic progress.

The officials also discussed Qatar’s proposal for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation in labor mobility. This draft MoU seeks to facilitate the exchange of expertise in labor relations, inspections, and occupational safety and health.

Following consultations with stakeholders and obtaining their input and
no-objection certificates, consensus was reached on the draft’s contents.

In the subsequent meeting, it was discussed that the Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis should prioritize sending skilled workers from Pakistan, particularly those with expertise in high technology, information technology, paramedical services, electrical work, plumbing, and other fields, to other countries.

The ministry was instructed to involve the community welfare attaches working in Pakistani missions abroad to gather information on job opportunities in foreign countries and the specific skills needed for those positions.

The National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) was ordered to offer income-generating skills training as per the job market requirements in both countries.

Source: Pro Pakistani

MORA advises pilgrims to ensure timely vaccination before Hajj

Ministry of Religious Affairs has asked intending pilgrims to get vaccinated at least five days before their departure for Saudi Arabia to perform Hajj.

According to an official of Ministry this is a mandatory requirement.

Each pilgrim would receive a package containing a large travel bag, a small hand-carry bag, a shoe bag, an Ihram belt for men and a scarf for women.

The pre- Hajj Flight Operation is commencing from Thursday and it will conclude on ninth of the next month.

Over sixty-eight thousand intending pilgrims will reach Saudi Arabia through 259 flights under the Government Hajj Scheme this year.

Source: Radio Pakistan