Federal cabinet approves inquiry commission to investigate Broadsheet issue

PM positively raised Kashmir issue at all int’l forums: Senate told

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The Federal Cabinet has approved constitution of an inquiry commission to investigate the Broadsheet issue. This was announced by Information Minister Syed Shibli Faraz, while briefing media in Islamabad on Tuesday evening about decisions taken in the federal cabinet, which met in the federal capital with Prime Minister Imran Khan in the chair. The Minister said the commission is being set up under the Commission of Inquiry Act 2017 instead of a committee to probe the revelations made by the Broadsheet. Sources said the Broadsheet issue came under discussion during the meeting as the cabinet deliberated on formation of an inquiry commission instead of a committee to investigate the matter.
They said former Supreme Court judge, justice (retd) Sheikh Azmat Saeed will head the commission that will be mandated to carry out a comprehensive investigation into the Broadsheet scandal.
The commission will re-investigate cases involving bigwigs, which were closed out of expediency, the sources said, adding cases of important personalities such as Rao Sikandar Iqbal and Aftab Ahmed Sherpao will be re-opened.
On the other hand, a detailed meeting regarding solution of the loss making electricity distribution Companies DISCOS was held today under the chairmanship of Minister for Privatisation Mohammedmian Soomro. This important meeting was attended by Special Assistant to PM on Power Tabish Gohar, Chairman NEPRA, Federal Secretary Privatisation, Special Secretary Power and other senior officials of the concerned institutions.
As per the directions of PM and also to bring efficiency in the power sector the Ministry is initiating this process. The proper mapping of the DISCOS is going to be conducted in coordination with the Ministry.
Federal Minister further said that the purpose of the meeting was to bring on table key stakeholders of the power sector and initiate reforms of the DISCOS towards achieving efficiency through revamping.
The Senate resumed its session at the Parliament House in Islamabad this afternoon with Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani in the chair. While during senate deliberations, Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir has said that approximately over 185 industries units including different scale of sizes are working in the capital. The minister said that major industries in Islamabad are steel furnaces, marble and pharmaceuticals industries which are also under observation by Pak-Environmental Protection Agency.
Responding to a question in the house today (Tuesday), she said that there is complete prohibition of flow of industrial waste into rivers or streams of the capital. She said that all industries of the capital are bound to control their industrial waste through installation of pollution control systems.

In addition, Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed India’s Republic Day as Black Day, today (Tuesday), to send a loud and clear message to the world that they categorically reject illegal occupation of their motherland by India.

According to Kashmir Media Service, call for the observance of the day was given by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat forum and other Hurriyat leaders and organizations.

The day was marked by a complete strike in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and anti-India demonstrations and rallies in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan and world capitals.

Strict restrictions coupled with suspension of Internet services were imposed by the Modi-led fascist Indian regime across Kashmir valley on Indian Republic Day, today.

Sharpshooters were deployed atop high-rise buildings while vigil was kept through drones on the roads leading to a stadium in Srinagar, the main venue for the function.

The troops carried out random searches in and around Lal Chowk and adjoining areas in Srinagar to prevent protests. Indian police arrested Hurriyat leader, Javaid Ahmad Mir, during a raid at his office in Srinagar.

The leaders urged the UN and other human rights organizations to take cognizance of gross human rights violations by brutal Indian forces in the territory and resolve the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

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