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The food ministry never issued import permits for Indian mango pulp

The government didn’t issue any import permits for expired Indian mango pulp, Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Sahabzada . Speaking to SAMAA TV on its show Naya Din on Friday, he said neither the Department of Plant Protection nor the Plant Protection Release Order issued any import permits for the entry of expired Indian mango pulp in the country.He said the ministry is taking up the matter with the Federal Board of Revenue and Punjab food authorities to find out what happened and take action. “Our department has no information regarding the import, however, the mango pulp might have been imported illegally,” said Sultan.

He said the National Food Security and Research Ministry’s job is to only control imports and issue permits. “Our job is only to control and issue the permits for imports, which in this case we have not.We are now taking up the matter with the FBR and Punjab food authorities to control and cease its distribution to other cities of Pakistan.”Related: Pakistan doesn’t consume tomatoes from India Earlier in a letter to the ministry, All Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Exporters, Importers and Merchants Association Patron-in-Chief Waheed Ahmed said that some officials in the Import Clearance Department of the Pakistan Customs had allowed the import of Indian mango pulp from Oman.
The product was rejected by Oman because it was expired.“And now the same product is being supplied to various cities in Punjab via trucks after travelling through Sindh,” said Ahmed on Naya Din.“Around 200 to 250 tons of Indian mango pulp packed in blue drums with a pasted packing list of expiry dates of December 12, 2018, and January 2019 was found in Faisalabad,” he said. The association chief mentioned that the expired product was dangerous for human consumption and in extreme cases could result in death.

Recently, numerous incidences of death have been reported due to consumption of expired food in restaurants and hotels.“Expired mango pulp and the concentrate is also a source of spreading major diseases among consumers leading to human sufferings and deaths,” the letter read, adding that expired mango pulp can be used to make juices and jams.We don’t need your tomatoes, Punjab agriculture minister tells IndiaAhmed said that “the illegal import of Indian product is also a threat to the local industry as earlier smaller sized mangos from Pakistan were used to make the pulp.” He remarked that agricultural imports from India pose a threat to Pakistan’s economy and local pulp industry.

“Pakistan is an agricultural country and has invested heavily to not only meet local demand but also earned valuable foreign exchange through export in international markets,” he said.The Pakistan Fruits and Vegetable Exporters, Imports and Merchants Association patron-in-chief urged the government to find those responsible for “playing with human lives” and thoroughly investigate the matter.
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Punjab police continue to play dress up

Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar has approved changes in the uniform for the police, confirmed provincial inspector general (IGP) Amjad Javed Saleemi while speaking to the media on Tuesday.
This was also seemingly confirmed by the IGP who stated that the olive green uniforms will cease to exist from July and will be replaced by the old uniforms.However, on Tuesday, the chief minister, during his visit to the central police office, formally approved changing the olive green uniform. The uniform was initially introduced by the government during the last tenure of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).The then IGP Mushtaq Sukhera had said that over 70% of the top brass voted in favour of the new uniforms during a secret poll.Environmentally friendly, aesthetically pleasing, easy to wear and cleanliness were factors that were kept in mind while thinking of the uniform, he said at the time.
But when the olive green uniform had been introduced, opinions were divided. A large number of PSPs and lower cadre officials raised reservations about the uniform, stating the outfit failed to deter criminals from committing crimes.In opposition of the change in uniform, Punjab Additional Inspector General Usman Khattak took the oath as the interim IGP in the black and khaki variation. In comparison, the rest of the officials at the ceremony had donned the olive green uniform.Sensing the polarising opinions, former IGP Arif Nawaz had formed an eight member committee, headed by the then Additional IGP Muhammad Tahir, to gauge the force’s stance on the new uniforms.The committee was supposed to survey the whole force that was spread across the province.
However, with the change in government, the Punjab police’s command and the committee were replaced, rendering it redundant

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The bittersweet smell of money

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman (MBS) has come and gone. He arrived amid great fanfare and departed on a high note, leaving behind a government grateful for a seemingly significant package of promised investments worth billions of dollars.
But what does the visit really amount to in both political and economic terms? The promise of $21 billion is nothing to trifle about.But seen in a broader historic context, the promises come in the shape of memoranda of understanding (MoU), not actual investments. A report in this newspaper last week revealed that Pakistan had signed over 10,000 MoUs in the last two decades but only two percent materialised into on-the-ground investments.The political context matters. The latest Saudi promises translating into MoUs have been underwritten by MBS himself on his first-ever visit to Pakistan, and come on the heels of hectic deliberations over the last four months, including two meetings between him and IK in Riyadh and another three with Pakistan’s military leadership.
They also follow two separate sets of $3 billion assistance for balance of payment support and oil on deferred payments, which led to similar arrangements with the UAE and China, thus preventing potential bankruptcy.This total of $12 billion worth of investments in oil and mineral sectorare already materialising and go beyond MoUs, so that is something.
The other significant aspect is that the MoUs are for investments that specify several projects and acquisitions such as a major refinery in Balochistan and power plants in Punjab — in a staggered manner over the course of five years. That the promised money has a high probability of materialising into Pakistan’s fraught economy is hinted at by the establishment of an Implementation Coordination Council to be co-chaired annually by MBS and IK, with its maiden meeting held in Islamabad and co-chaired by the two leaders even before the ink on the MoUs had dried.A three-year priority list and action plan were promptly drawn up, bilateral working groups created, and tasks assigned. This is super-fast by Pakistan standards and smell of real money!While the fate of the investments is in the hands of the working groups, what cannot escape scrutiny is the fact that these promises-leading-to-investments really constitute an economic bailout for Pakistan, which require payback.
Pakistan must start paying back $12 billion to Saudi Arabia, UAE and China starting from the new fiscal year in equal annual installments. This is on top of the current annual $9 billion debt servicing obligations.
The $21 billion Saudi investments will come at an average of $5 billion a year, if all of it will flow in, and that too will depend on Pakistan creating and utilising capacity for delivery.In addition to Pakistan having to deliver on these tough financial terms and economic performance, the real cost of this Saudi bailout over several years may be political and tougher to deliver.
The deep involvement of the Pakistani military in bringing fractured bilateral ties between Islamabad and Riyadh cannot come without expectations on the issue of security.The Saudi refinery at Gwadar will kill any remaining chances of a long-gestating Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline as it allows the Saudis to export oil supplies to China and Central Asia right through Iran’s backyard.
A former Pakistan Army chief is already head of the security alliance against terrorism based in Saudi Arabia. He shuttled between Islamabad and Riyadh, meeting both IK and the COAS, ahead of the MBS visit.The previous government led by Nawaz Sharif, otherwise considered historically close to the Saudis, balked at providing outright support of the military to the Saudi security alliance which is seen as one that aligns Sunni states. It was IK who protested on the streets against Pakistan aligning itself with the military alliance currently fighting Iran-backed rebels in Yemen.
Ironically, IK seems to have reversed his stance on the issue now that he is in power and is ready to go the extra mile with Saudi Arabia.While there has been no formal mention of Pakistan’s security partnership during the MBS visit, everyone found themselves focusing on it when the Saudi foreign minister, accompanying MBS, said in a press conference jointly with his Pakistani counterpart that Iran was a sponsor of terrorism.This brought into open the elephant in the room – Pakistan’s ties with Iran – even though the engagement was a bilateral one between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. This embarrassed Pakistan and its foreign minister had to call his Iranian counterpart within a couple of hours of his press conference with the Saudi foreign minister to assuage concerns that Pakistan was neutral with Iran and that its ties with Saudi Arabia were not going to influence its relationship with Iran.
This ‘X’ factor in Pakistan’s strengthening ties with Saudi Arabia – Iran –will test Pakistan’s diplomatic and political skills at packaging a neutrality-in-policy that is not neutrality-in-practice. The Saudi refinery at Gwadar will kill any remaining chances of a long-gestating Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline as it allows the Saudis to export oil supplies to China and Central Asia right through Iran’s geographic backyard.Iran will not let go this strategic slight by Pakistan. This will make a long-term de facto or de jure security pact between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia all but inevitable to counter Iranian anger.
The MBS visit to Pakistan definitely carves out a more strategic engagement with Pakistan by moving the course from hitherto an assistance relationship to an economic relationship. But that is really a thin cover for a broader, long-term security relationship that will pitch Pakistan into a larger strategic regional game but, considering how security interests in Pakistan impact national polity, will end up changing Pakistan’s political landscape.And, from the perspective of the people, this will not necessarily be for the better. COAScrown prince Mohammad bin Salman Gwadar Imran Khan MBS Pakistan and Saudi relations Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia and Pakistan Adnan Rehmat 2019-02-24 TNS Editor tweet The author is a political analyst and media development specialist.

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Ashoke Pandit: Navjot Singh Sidhu can enter Film City, but we won’t work with him

After the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association issued a statement on Thursday asserting that they have requested Sony Entertainment to terminate Navjot Singh Sidhu’s services from The Kapil Sharma Show, rumours were rife yesterday.
Archana Puran Singh with SharmaTalking to mid-day, IFTDA president Ashoke Pandit cleared the air: Film City cannot ban him from entering.He can move around in Film City as much as he wants, but our workers and technicians won’t work with him. This is an indefinite ban.
Ashoke Pandit The move comes in the wake of Sidhu’s comments regarding the Pulwama terror attack. The politician-anchor had stated that a nation cannot be held responsible for the acts of terrorists.With his comment sparking outrage across the country and fans demanding his ouster from Kapil Sharma’s comedy show, Sidhu went promptly missing from his anchoring duties. Although Archana Puran Singh replaced him in the last two episodes of the show, it remains unclear if she is a permanent fixture.The show’s producer Salman Khan and the channel have remained tight-lipped about Sidhu’s exit, so far.On his part, Pandit states that he has requested Khan to look into the matter.
We will boycott any show where Sidhu is participating. We have written to the channel as well Salman Khan.He is an intelligent man. He won’t do anything that hurts public sentiments.
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Nawaz wants either to be sent to prison or UK: PM

DERA GHAZI KHAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asks either to be sent to prison or to the UK for treatment, claiming that his treatment cost the nation Rs 280 million.Addressing a ceremony held to inaugurate Insaf Health Cards in Rajanpur, he said the government will provide the health cards to poor families.
He said government hospitals provide better healthcare but politicians prefer to have their treatment abroad. “I was born in a government hospital, my sisters too.In the past, these hospitals used to provide standard healthcare,” he said, adding that the law for the poor and the rich is different. We will hold each and everyone accountable.
The prime minister said he has envisioned a Pakistan where the poor and the highest officials will get the same medical treatment at a government hospital. He thanked Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid on the inauguration of health cards, which was her initiative.He distributed health cards among families.Dr Rashid earlier said at least 7.2 million residents of the 36 districts of Punjab will get health cards by the end of 2019.Addressing a gathering after distributing the health cards, the PM said “the union of corrupt” was getting united in the country in the name of protecting democracy.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Dr Yasmeen Rashid also addressed the function which was attended by a large number of health card recipients besides the members of National and Provincial Assemblies.Talking about the state of affairs in the country’s justice system, the prime minister cited the example of a supreme court verdict that resulted in the release of two brothers who had been given death sentence by a lower court three years ago.
He said a poor man is jailed for stealing even a chicken as he cannot afford hiring a lawyer whereas the rich are walking free. It is due to an inequitable system that the accused affluent are walking free and enjoying the protocol of 40 vehicles.He referred to a Hadith and said the nations with different justice systems for the rich and the poor faced destruction in the pre-Madina state era. Sharing his personal experience of spending eight days in a DG Khan jail, during the Musharraf regime, Imran said he saw that most of the prisoners in that jail were poor, whereas the affluent plunders were sitting in the parliament.
Whenever a plunderer is arrested, all of them get united in the parliament claiming that democracy is in danger, he remarked.He referred to the justice system in the United Kingdom which had an annual income more than that of the annual income of 50 Islamic countries and said a judge there awarded three years sentence to a public representative only for giving wrong figures of his travel and medical expenditures from public funds.But here in our country, a public representative after being arrested or caught on some charges becomes Nelson Mandela.He said he himself continued to appear before the supreme court for a year to defend himself and presented 40-year-old records and 60 documents of his property and earnings.Whereas on the other hand, he said, the Sharif family could not produce any document before courts in their defence only because the London flats in question were in fact purchased in 1993 as against their claim of purchasing them in 2006.
DERA GHAZI KHAN: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif asks either to be sent to prison or to the UK for treatment, claiming that his treatment cost the nation Rs 280 million.Addressing a ceremony held to inaugurate Insaf Health Cards in Rajanpur, he said the government will provide the health cards to poor families. He said government hospitals provide better healthcare but politicians prefer to have their treatment abroad.”I was born in a government hospital, my sisters too. In the past, these hospitals used to provide standard healthcare,” he said, adding that the law for the poor and the rich is different.
“We will hold each and everyone accountable.”The prime minister said he has envisioned a Pakistan where the poor and the highest officials will get the same medical treatment at a government hospital.He thanked Provincial Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid on the inauguration of health cards, which was her initiative. He distributed health cards among families.
Dr Rashid earlier said at least 7.2 million residents of the 36 districts of Punjab will get health cards by the end of 2019.Addressing a gathering after distributing the health cards, the PM said “the union of corrupt” was getting united in the country in the name of protecting democracy.Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Chief Minister Usman Buzdar and Dr Yasmeen Rashid also addressed the function which was attended by a large number of health card recipients besides the members of National and Provincial Assemblies.Talking about the state of affairs in the country’s justice system, the prime minister cited the example of a supreme court verdict that resulted in the release of two brothers who had been given death sentence by a lower court three years ago. He said a poor man is jailed for stealing even a chicken as he cannot afford hiring a lawyer whereas the rich are walking free.
It is due to an inequitable system that the accused affluent are walking free and enjoying the protocol of 40 vehicles.He referred to a Hadith and said the nations with different justice systems for the rich and the poor faced destruction in the pre-Madina state era.Sharing his personal experience of spending eight days in a DG Khan jail, during the Musharraf regime, Imran said he saw that most of the prisoners in that jail were poor, whereas the affluent plunders were sitting in the parliament. Whenever a plunderer is arrested, all of them get united in the parliament claiming that democracy is in danger, he remarked.
He referred to the justice system in the United Kingdom which had an annual income more than that of the annual income of 50 Islamic countries and said a judge there awarded three years sentence to a public representative only for giving wrong figures of his travel and medical expenditures from public funds. “But here in our country, a public representative after being arrested or caught on some charges becomes Nelson Mandela.
”He said he himself continued to appear before the supreme court for a year to defend himself and presented 40-year-old records and 60 documents of his property and earnings. Whereas on the other hand, he said, the Sharif family could not produce any document before courts in their defence only because the London flats in question were in fact purchased in 1993 as against their claim of purchasing them in 2006.

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