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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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Sindh tourism authorities want foreign travel websites blocked

KARACHI.: Amid the centre’s attempts to rebrand Pakistan into an attractive travel destination, tourism authorities in Sindh appear to be headed the opposite way as they move towards blocking all international ticketing and hotel reservation websites, seemingly on a single complaint.
Without consulting both foreign and other local tour operators, the Sindh Directorate of Tourist Services (DTS) has asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to block over 60 websites that it says are operating in the country without valid travel and tourism operation licenses. The list includes globally popular websites like Booking.com, Expedia, AirBnB and Agoda.“These online services have a competitive advantage over local travel and tourism operators as they are not subject to Pakistan’s tax regime,” Sindh DTS Controller Manzoor Hussain Mari told The Express Tribune.
“They often enjoy a price advantage of up to 15 to 20 per cent over local companies,” he said, citing local tour operator Travel Horizontal’s complaint.Travellers allowed only one cellphone in a year to bring to Pakistan duty-freeThe DTS approached the FIA on Travel Horizontal’s complaint, which also alleged that unregistered foreign travel companies mislead customers regarding room rates and availability, and cancellation policies.The local operator further complained that foreign companies bypass financial scrutiny and regulatory due diligence due to these reasons.With the current emphasis on promoting travel and tourism, improved regulation is essential.
As the primary tourism and travel regulator, all travelling and booking services operating from the country are registered with each province’s directorate of tourist services. The provincial DTS are also responsible for ensuring fair pricing, ethical practices and consumer satisfaction.However, when asked how the foreign companies concerned responded to the concern, Mari said the Sindh DTS has not contacted any of them yet. The department’s decision is also seemingly based on one complaint, which appeared to have been filed away haphazardly under bundles of other documents when The Express Tribune requested to review it.The complaint was referred to the department by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), with a request to review it in light of section 37 of the cybercrime act. The DTS then approached the FIA for action before returning the complaint to PTA with some recommendations.In all of this, the directorate has failed to take into account how other local travel operators as well as users of such websites view this situation. It also appeared not to pay serious heed to how a blanket ban on such websites could disturb the travel plans of those relying on them.Syed Shahbaz Ali, who runs a local travel agency, says he regularly uses online booking portals for his clients and also recommends it to them as they often offer the best options and rates. It also helps smaller set-ups who don’t have international partners, he added.Similarly, all those travelling abroad will be unable to access such booking and ticketing websites in case of a ban. Ali Shah, a frequent traveler, says he will use proxies to access Airbnb in case such a situation arises.

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SHC annoyed over FIA's failure to pass on travel history of missing persons to police

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday expressed anger over the Federal Investigation Agency's (FIA) failure to provide travel history of missing persons to police and asked the agency's director general for Sindh to appear in court in person on …

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Apex court orders anti-encroachment drive to continue

The hearing related to the anti-encroachment drive was held before the three-member-bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz ul Ahsan at the Supreme Court’s Karachi registry.
The Sindh Advocate-General, Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar and Sindh Building Control Authority Director-General Iftikhar Kaimkhani appeared before the court.
As the hearing was ongoing, Justice Alam remarked that business organisations and restaurants had been established on small plots. We also wish that Karachi be restored to its original form and the liveliness of the city return, he remaked.There is no place left to walk in the streets, he said, adding that the SBCA had failed at its job.The court ordered the chief secretary to supervise the operation and clear the debris in the aftermath of the anti-encroachment campaigns immediately from Bagh Ibne-Qasim, as well as other parts of the city.The court remarked that the chief secretary should ensure the cooperation and consultation between the various government departments and civic bodies. No organisation should interfere in the anti-encroachment operation or the removal of the debris, said the court.
SC orders top officials to clear Karachi of encroachment Seeking assistance,The Sindh Advocate-General informed the court that the provincial government was seeking assistance from experts to restore Karachi to its actual form. Suggestions from experts have been taken at a consultative meeting held on January 1, earlier this year.The AG added that a human tragedy could occur if action was taken without proper planning and asked for time to plan the campaign. The SBCA also asked for another eight weeks to plan and execute the operation.
Justice Alam remarked that he would request the chief justice himself that the case be transferred to the related bench and the agencies be given time for the operation.Illegal structures: Anti-encroachment drive starts in residential areasMarriage hallsBesides, the same bench also heard a petition to review the SCs earlier order to raze all marriage halls constructed on military land.The petitioners counsel, Rasheed A Rizvi, argued that the orders to raze the marriage halls had been passed without hearing their arguments. We will satisfy the court, therefore our arguments should also be heard, he pleaded.
Justice Alam remarked that they would not pass any orders at the moment. The court subsequently issued notices to the Sindh Advocate-General and others to seek their response over the demolition of the marriage halls.On January 24, a two-member bench, comprising Justice Gulzar Ahmed and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, had ordered razing of all the marriage halls built on Karachis Sharae Faisal and Rashid Minhas Road, besides cinemas, plazas and other commercial establishments built in cantonment areas.In its written order, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, the court had also sought reports on the demolition of the Global Marquees on Emergency Military Medical Supplies Land for Sindh and Balochistan.The order further stipulated that all cantonment lands meant for cantonment purposes are to be used only for cantonment purposes and not for any other use.th, 2019.

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Govt uses back-channel to send ‘positive note’ to India

LAHORE: The government has begun backdoor contacts with India and the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, who is currently in India, has met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma.
Vankwani also met Minster of State for External Affairs General VK Singh, the four-star general who has also served as the Indian army chief.“I have communicated a positive note to the Indian leaders and I hope there will now be a change in their behaviour,” Vankwani said on Saturday while talking to The Express Tribune over telephone.The Sindh-based PTI leader, who is a lawmaker on minority seat, is in India on a religious trip amid heightened tensions between the two rival states in the wake of February 14 suicide attack that killed at least 40 India paramilitaries in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district.
Trump alarmed by ‘very dangerous situation’ between Pakistan, IndiaVankwani said he encountered Modi during an event and the Indian PM met him warmly. He said he told Modi that he had come with a positive message and wanted to return with a positive message.He said later on Modi’s directive, Sushma Swaraj also held a 25-minute-long meeting with him.“I told the Indian foreign minister that in Pakistan its captain’s [Prime Minister Imran Khan] government now; he is a Pathan and he does what he says.We assure you that no Pakistani institution is involved in Pulwama attack. If India provides evidence, we will facilitate the investigation,” Vankwani said.
According to the MNA, he told Swaraj that the two countries need to take lessons from past and not to hold on to it.“Enmity can be brought to an end by befriending the enemy,” he said, adding that he himself has returned after Ganga Ashnan (ablution) and never tells lies.FO sets up ‘Crisis Management Cell’ in Pulwama aftermath“I told them that we need to get out of politics of accusations,” he added.According to Vankwani, after the meeting he felts that the atmosphere was beginning to thaw.
“Indian PM during his Rajasthan rally has hinted at holding dialogue with Pakistan,” he added.PTI’s Ramesh Kumar Vankwani meets State Minister for External Affairs Gen VK Singh.EXPRESSHe said he had come to India on invitation from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for participation in Kumbh Mela. “220 people from 125 countries from all over the world have been invited to participate in this event and I am representing Pakistan,” he added.
PHOTO: EXPRESSWar frenzy has been sweeping across India ever since a young man from Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) rammed a vehicle full of explosives into a military convoy in Pulwama, killing nearly four dozen soldiers.India airlifts thousands of paramilitary troops to occupied KashmirJaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which Delhi claims operates from Pakistan, purportedly claimed credit for the deadliest attack on Indian troops in IoK.Delhi put the blame squarely on the state of Pakistan, deployed its troops menacingly close to the border, and started issuing threats.Amid crescendoing war hysteria and relentless threats of military action from India, the Pakistan Army on Friday also issued an unambiguous warning to New Delhi: Dont mess with Pakistan.
We do not wish to go to war. But please be assured, should you initiate any aggression, you shall never be able to surprise us.We shall, for sure, surprise you, the chief military spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, said during an unusual media briefing

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We have neither concern nor objection if India diverts water: Pakistan

In response to an Indian minister’s statement that his country has decided to stop the flow of water to Pakistan from its share in the rivers under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), Pakistan says it has no concern if India diverts water of eastern rivers.
Indias threats an attempt to divert attention from Kulbhushan caseBut we will definitely express our concerns and raise objections strongly if they use or divert waters of western rivers (Chenab, Indus, Jhelum) on which our right to use prevails, he maintained.He said the planned Shahpurkandi dam was actually the stage-2 of the Ranjit Sagar dam. Though this project will also generate power, it will be used for irrigation purposes, he added.
While commenting about the proposed visit of Indian experts (Indias commissioner for Indus waters) to Kotri Barrage (Sindh, Pakistan) keeping in view the tension between the two countries after the Pulwama terrorists attack, the commissioner said: Lets see what happens in this regard. But we hope for the best.
Minister for Water Resources Faisal Vawda on Friday said India blaming Pakistan for the Pulwama attack is just another attempt by New Delhi to divert attention from spy Kulbhushan Jadhavs case in the International Court of Justice.February 23rd  2019.

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Mahira Khan is all praises for Meera’s song in Paray Hut Love

It’s always good to see women lifting each other up, especially when they’re in the same field. Pakistani actor Mahira Khan recently praised Meera for her performance in a song that will be featured in an upcoming Pakistani film Paray Hut Love.
Pakistani actor Mahira Khan recently praised Meera for her performance in a song that will be featured in an upcoming Pakistani film Paray Hut Love.I just saw a little preview of one of the songs of #pareyhutlove and the song and everyone in it is fantasticbut man you can’t look away from Meera Jee!! Owns every frame! 💃🏽💯❤️February 21, 2019Meera was quick to reciprocate the affection.Thankyou for such a loving tweet.I will always cherish the love and respect you have given me. Also, thankyou for being who you are and making all of us proud in so many ways.
May God bless you forever.February 21, 2019In the past, Meera had called Mahira an overrated actress for choosing to act in Raees alongside Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.She once also accused Mahira of running a smear campaign against her.Related: Pakistani model and actor Iman Ali ties the knot in LahoreDirected by Asim Raza, Parey Hut Love stars Mahira, Maya Ali and Shaheryar Munawar Siddiqui.Meera will be making a cameo in the movie.Meera will also be seen in another Pakistani movie this year called Baaji along with Osman Khalid Butt, Mohsin Abbas Haider, Ali Kazmi, Nayyar Ejaz and Amna Ilyas.

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Sindh Assembly censures NAB over Durrani’s arrest

Despite repeated attempts by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Opposition parties refused to support the resolution. Durrani, who was arrested by the NAB on Wednesday, was brought to the session after acting speaker Rehana Leghari issued his production.Durrani, who was arrested by the NAB on Wednesday, was brought to the session after acting speaker Rehana Leghari issued his production orders.
The resolution, moved by PPP MPA Ghanwer Ali Khan Isran, took exception to the targeted victimisation under the guise of accountability, terming the move selective and discriminatory.We vociferously renounce the way and manner of the arrest of Sindh Assembly speaker without any offence being proved against him, reads the resolution.
This house unequivocally condemns the reprehensible manner in which the search of his home was conducted by NAB officials, which went on for hours at a time when only his wife, daughters and daughter-in-law were at home, it adds.This house also resolves and recommends to the government of Sindh and chief minister to approach the federal government to request an inquiry by chairman NAB into reprehensible behaviour of NAB officials, who raided Speaker Agha Siraj Durranis house.Chaos in the HouseEarlier, as the question and answer session came to an end, PPP MPA Isran sought the speakers permission to move his resolution.  At this, the opposition members also stood up from their seats.Hasnain Mirza, the parliamentary leader of the Grand Democratic Alliance (GDA), waving a copy of his resolution, said, I also want to move a resolution on the Kashmir issue and Indian atrocities.NAB granted eight-day physical remand of Agha Siraj DurraniChief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah intervened.
We want to bring a resolution on NAB and will later consider the Kashmir issue, he said. Mr Speaker, since you are the victim in the NAB case, we request you to hand over the proceedings to the deputy speaker for a while, so that we can debate this resolution and pass it.
GDAs Mirza , supported by other opposition members, however, refused to budge. Kashmir is a more important issue, he said.Let us pass it first, and then you can take up your speakers agenda.At this, the CM became emotional.
No. We will take up the NAB issue first and then you can bring a joint resolution on Kashmir by re-inviting Speaker Durrani to take part in it too.The back-and-forth arguments between the CM and Mirza grew more heated. Leader of the Opposition Firdous Shamim Naqvi, as well as other Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and GDA MPAs started protesting in the House Kashimr, Kashmir.
We need Kashmir, they shouted, before staging a token walkout.The chief minister stood up again to clarify his stand.No one can deny the importance of Kashmir. We are ready to bring a joint resolution on it and want to convey a strong message against India atrocities.We will smash Indian eyes, if they try to attack us, he said.Amid the Oppositions protest, Durrani left the session, giving his seat to the deputy speaker.
Acting speaker Leghari allowed the PPP MPA to move a resolution against the NAB. PPP lawmakers Saeed Ghani and Imtiaz Shaikh tried to woo the opposition MPAs to return to the House, but their efforts remained unsuccessful.
Saleem Baloch and Sadia Javed of the PPP as well as Kanwar Naveed Jameel and Khwaja Izharul Hassan of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Paksitan, expressed their sympathies with Durrani and condemned the raid at his house. We condemn the NAB officials behavior with the family of Agha Siraj Durrani, but cant support the resolution, said MQM-Ps Hasan.The CM requested the deputy speaker to move the resolution for a vote so that the issue of Kashmir could be taken up. As the resolution was moved, MPAs from the treasury supported it, while the opposition members voted against it.
Durranis speechEarlier, as the Assemblys agenda came to an end, Speaker Durrani narrated his story in the session. I want to inform this House about the episode.PPP’s thinly-veiled attempt to outwit the NABHe said that the NAB arrested him from a hotel in Islamabad and later harassed and humiliated his family members. The action was not taken against me, but against the Speakers chair, he said.
After taking me into custody, the NAB officials barged into my home and kept my entire family hostage at gunpoint for more than seven hours.  No one can tolerate this, he said.Durrani, who looked frustrated with the authorities, said, My family has rendered scarifies for Pakistan and were one of the signatories to the first resolution passed by the then Sindh Assembly for the creation of Pakistan in the 1940s.He said the NAB officials not only went through the cupboards and other items present in his house, but also harassed his daughters and grandchildren.I am the Speaker of this House and was not running away. I fail to understand why they treated the Speakers family like criminals, he lamented.
This was all done in my absence, otherwise the NAB or anyone else wouldnt have dared enter my home and behave like this, he remarked.Durrani requested the chief minister to investigate the the matter and present a report in the Assembly regarding the raid on his home and harassment of his family members.The Speaker also expressed concern over some Opposition MPAs who welcomed the NABs actions and demanded his resignation. I am not a convicted person.It is just an inquiry against me. I am Speaker of this august House, he said.Before the session commenced on Friday, Durrani met party leaders and his family members after he was brought to the Assembly premises by the NAB. PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari also visited the Assembly to meet Durrani.

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