FGEHA inaugurates phone center to assist members and customers

FGEHA inaugurates phone center to assist members and customers

The Federal Government Employees Housing Authority (FGEHA) opened a call center in Islamabad on July 2 to help its members and clients. This was reported in the national dailies.

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According to the facts, FGEHA General Director Tariq Rashid opened the call center. Clients and members can call the Universal Access Number (UAN) 111134342 for help, to file complaints, etc. IT Deputy Director Asim Amir gave a briefing on the call centre while Director General Ahmed Hassan, Director of Estate Syed Kazim Abbas, Director of Staff Muhammad Irfan Ch, and Director of Administration Ahmed Baksh Sangi told the call centre team how to talk to callers.

Deputy Director (GA) Ahmed Hassan, Director of Finance Muhammad Kashif, Director of Staff Muhammad Irfan Ch, Deputy Director of Staff Samar Hussain Miyan, Director of Estate Syed Kazim Abbas, Deputy Director of Estate Aziz-ul-Shah, Deputy Director of Estate Syed Ahmed Ali, Director of Law Basit Khan, Deputy Director of IT M. Asad Naeem Khan, Director of Coordination Shahid Nadeem, Director of Administration.

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The work to fix up Liaquat Bagh has been ordered in Rawalpindi

The work to fix up Liaquat Bagh has been ordered in Rawalpindi

Rawalpindi: Noor ul Amin Mengal, Commissioner of Rawalpindi Division, has told the people in charge to fix up the historic Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi city.

When the Commissioner went to Liaquat Bagh, he told the director-general of the Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) in Rawalpindi, Xenia Humayun, to use all available resources to fix up the historic park and finish the project as soon as possible.

He told the DG PHA to fix the Liaquat Bagh platform with Chakwal stone, repaint the boundary wall, and connect the park to the nearby mosque.

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The Commissioner also asked for a plan to improve the look of Liaquat Bagh and for funds to be sent as soon as possible so that the project could be finished in record time.

The DG PHA told the commissioner about the different projects that PHA was working on and promised that the Liaquat Bagh project would be finished as soon as possible.

It’s mandatory to note that the city of Rawalpindi has decided to build a memorial in the Liaquat Bagh, right where former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed 15 years ago.

Even though the project had been approved and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) had said many times that they would build a monument and a memorial library at the site of the tragedy, they had not done so. As a result, former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007, after giving a speech at a campaign rally in Liaquat Bagh.

Even though the PPP became the government in the federation and Sindh province after the 2008 elections, a memorial for her could not be built where she was killed.

Now that the PPP is in charge of the whole country and has its government in Sindh, the Punjab government has decided to build a memorial. This is a big deal.

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RR investigation demands disciplinary action against officials

RR investigation demands disciplinary action against officials

RAWALPINDI: The new report on the Rawalpindi Ring Road project investigation scandal calls for disciplinary action against former Punjab chief secretary Jawad Rafique and former Rawalpindi commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah. Both men were on the first fact-finding committee and wrongly accused former Rawalpindi commissioner Muhammad Mehmood and others without hearing their side of the story.

An order from the Establishment Division says that around 13 bureaucrats have been cleared in the scandal. This includes former commissioner Muhammad Mehmood and former land acquisition collector Waseem Ali Tabish.

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In the new report, the first committee’s report on the scandal is called “malicious,” and it is suggested that the first committee members be punished.

Capt. (Ret.) Muhammad Mehmood, the former commissioner of Rawalpindi, had problems with the charge sheet of the first fact-finding committee. Later, former prime minister Imran Khan asked grade-22 officer Muhammad Ali Shahzada to investigate the scandal again.

The current government gave the investigation to Director General of the Civil Services Academy, Omar Rasool, who finished it in 60 days. The new report, which had three volumes and 882 pages, also said that Muhammad Mehmood should be set free. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif freed Muhammad Mehmood based on the new report.

According to the report, the new investigation looked at all the evidence and talked to 30 witnesses. The new study found no evidence that the Ring Road project was messed up in any way. However, it said that the initial fact-finding committee was influenced by Imran Khan’s close friends.

A new investigation has found that the former chief minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar, agreed to change the Ring Road project’s route. It said that the change in alignment cost the government Rs30 billion. It said that based on the previous fact-finding report, the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department quickly filed a FIR and arrested former commissioner Capt. (Ret.) Muhammad Mehmood and land acquisition collector Wasim Tabish. However, the Lahore High Court released them because they didn’t have enough evidence against them.

In the first fact-finding report, former commissioner Muhammad Mehmood was accused of being involved in 20 cases of corruption by working with housing societies and getting kickbacks.

The report showed that the first fact-finding report was written without hearing from former commissioner Muhammad Mehmood. It said that former Additional Commissioner General Jahangir Ahmed and former Rawalpindi deputy commissioner Capt (retd) Anwarul Haq wrote dissenting notes, but committee convener and former commissioner Gulzar Hussain Shah sent the report to the Chief Minister’s Office without including the dissenting note, which was illegal.

The report said that former commissioner Syed Gulzar Hussain Shah did not follow any of the rules and regulations given in the notice for the fact-finding committee. It noted that Shah made accusations about the Ring Road project without talking to other departments, put together the terms of reference for the committee himself, and wrote the report after doing the investigation himself, which was against the law.

The report said that no one testified against Muhammad Mehmood, the former commissioner of Rawalpindi.

The report was also very worried about how the then-chief secretary of Punjab, Jawad Rafique, was acting. It said that the chief secretary also showed up before the new committee and admitted that he was under a lot of pressure, which is why the rules weren’t followed.

The report said that 30 people were interviewed as part of the investigation. For the first time, the main suspect in the Ring Road scandal, Muhammad Mehmood, was given the chance to elaborate his side of the story, and all the evidence and statements were questioned by the other side..

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Govt desires to reestablish the Ring Road project's original alignment

Govt desires to reestablish the Ring Road project’s original alignment

Rawalpindi: After the Rawalpindi Ring Road (R3) inquiry report was finished, the federal government asked the provincial authority to bring back the old alignment, which was supposed to be completed in April 2021 but won’t be anymore.

From Rawat Radio Pakistan to Thalian and from Thalian to Sangjani, a project to build a road that is 66.3 km long and will cost Rs64 billion will begin in 2020.

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After the Establishment Division threw out the alleged corruption charges against the former commissioner, retired Capt. In the Rawalpindi Ring Road scam, Mohammad Mehmood told the Punjab government and Planning Commission on Monday to take immediate steps to get the project back on track with the best alignment in consultation with the right people.

In a press release, the Establishment Division said that when the inquiry report was done, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif told the Punjab government and Planning Commission to get an independent consulting firm of the highest repute to do a third-party validation to find the best route for the Rawalpindi Ring Road Economic Corridor Project.

The investigation report clears the former commissioner.

“Former commissioner and retired Capt. Mohammad Mahmood has been cleared of the charges brought against him under the Civil Servants (Efficiency and Discipline) Rules, 2020,” it said.

It also said that the public could look at the inquiry report by Omer Rasul, Director General of the Civil Services Academy in Lahore, on the Establishment Division’s website, www.establishment.gov.pk.

In April 2021, Prime Minister Imran Khan heard that the Punjab bureaucracy and some PTI politicians had planned to build an extra road that would have helped some private housing societies and added Rs25 billion to the cost of the project. This is how the scandal came to light.

As the Rawalpindi Ring Road project controversy grew, Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari, a former special assistant to the prime minister, resigned, and Ghulam Sarwar, who was the aviation minister at the time, said that if he were found guilty of corruption, he would leave politics.

In May 2021, Chief Secretary Jawwad Rafique Malik put together a fact-finding committee. It was done after the former commissioner, retired Capt. Mohammad Mehmood was moved. In July 2021, the people who work to stop corruption arrested the former commissioner and put him in jail. 

But things changed, and after the PML-N took power, a federal government committee led by Omer Rasul, Director General of the Civil Services Academy in Lahore, began to look into the matter.

After looking into the situation and talking to all of the government officials in Rawalpindi and Attock, the committee gave retired Capt. Mohammad Mehmood a clean bill of health. In response to the report, the government decided to bring back the old alignment from Rawat to Thalian and Motorway to Sangjani to connect it to Islamabad. Still, it would have to be checked by consultants with a good reputation around the world.

The previous PTI government got rid of the alignment and made a new one that goes from Rawat to the Motorway and is 38 km long. On March 19, Prime Minister Imran Khan kicked off the project and gave Frontier Works Organization the contract (FWO).

The project will cost Rs33.7 billion, including Rs27 billion for building and Rs6.7 billion for buying land. The main carriageway will be 38.3 km long.

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Government adopts first ever toxic waste management program

Government adopts first ever toxic waste management program

Climate Change Minister Senator Sherry Rehman told reporters in Islamabad on June 29 that the federal cabinet had approved the country’s first toxic waste management policy. This policy is meant to protect the environment and human life.

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According to the details, the climate change ministry’s National Hazardous Waste Management Policy will help control the movement of toxic materials like batteries, oil, plastics, hospital waste, and electronic waste. The policy will also help classify dangerous materials and devise ways to get rid of them.

She also said that a framework for the departments will be made and that provincial and federal environmental protection agencies (EPAs) will be strengthened. She also noted that a regulatory framework will be made to ensure the policy is put into place.

Reports say that the center will work with the provinces to make a national framework and plan to control licencing for hazardous waste imports. Climate Change Minister Rehman said that implementing this policy will help the country comply with the Generalized Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP Plus). She hoped that within three months, the ministry of climate change would devise a national plan.

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Traders in two cities demand the dismissal of the finance minister

Traders in two cities demand the dismissal of the finance minister

Islamabad: On Saturday, traders in Rawalpindi and Islamabad called for Finance Minister Miftah Ismail to be fired. They said he was against business and corrupt and was trying to get rid of small businesses.

Ajmal Baloch, president of the All Pakistan Traders Association, said at a news conference at the National Press Club that the government had promised to let shops stay open until midnight during Eid. Still, no notice had been sent out yet.

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Mr. Baloch said that Miftah Ismail is always making fun of poor people and that the new government has put inflation on the people instead of keeping their luxuries in check.

“The new system has given traders a fixed tax that they already paid,” he said. “Why don’t these people put new taxes on the rich?”

If the police keep bothering businesses, says the head of a restaurant association, roads will be blocked.

He said that the cabinet members should cut back on their rules, practice austerity, help out regular people, and make policies that are good for small businesses, including traders.

“But, I repeat, don’t make us go out on the streets to protest,” he said. He also said that the political parties in power now had made false promises to take care of the economy, but the current government hasn’t done anything good in this area.

He also said the government was bad because there was a lot of load shedding and high fuel prices.

In another news story, the head of the All Rawalpindi Restaurant Association, Farooq Chaudhry, said that if the Punjab government doesn’t stop the police from harassing traders and restaurants, they will block roads in protest.

Mr. Chaudhry was talking to reporters in Rawalpindi. He mentioned a meeting with Punjab Home Minister Ata Tarar and Rana Mashhood and said that takeout and home delivery were allowed late at night. A notification had already been sent out, but the police filed FIRs against traders.

The deputy commissioner of Islamabad, Irfan Nawaz Memon, said in a statement that there were no restrictions on business hours on Saturday nights.

“All shops can stay open without interruption, and the ICT administration doesn’t enforce business hours on Saturdays,” Mr Memon said.

But the statement also said there were no exceptions for wedding halls and that the ceremonies had to be over by the time set.

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DHA Lahore establishes sub-offices in Islamabad and Karachi

DHA Lahore establishes sub-offices in Islamabad and Karachi

According to posts on the authority’s official Facebook page, the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) in Lahore has opened branch offices in Karachi and Islamabad to help its members.

According to the information, the DHA Lahore sub-office is at 27-C-Lane 11, Bukhari Commercial, Phase-6 of DHA Karachi. At the new sub-office, the members will get quick and good service.

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In early June, the DHA Lahore administration shared a post that said their sub-office in DHA Islamabad was now open. The video says that the sub-office is at Jacaranda Family Club, Club Avenue, Sector E Phase II of DHA Islamabad. Residents can use a wide range of services, such as transferring and verifying property.

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CDA and NADRA form a digital property management agreement

CDA and NADRA form a digital property management agreement

ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and the Capital Development Authority (CDA) signed a deal on Wednesday to create a biometric verification system (BvS) for transferring property.

A press release here said that the heads of NADRA and CDA signed the agreement. Their names are Tariq Malik and Amir Ali Ahmed.

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For the sale, purchase, and transfer of properties, the NADRA will create and use a biometric verification solution. The system will make it harder to fake documents and stop people or groups with bad intentions from trying to trick their way into transferring property in Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT).

About 20,000 sales, purchases, and property transfers take place in the CDA every year.

The NADRA chairman talked about how vital the biometric verification system for property transfer was. He called it a “digitised solution” meant to change the way public services were given by reducing the risk of forgery and stopping transactions that were against the law.

He said that the development of the digital biometric system foreshadows illegal acts. “The BVS will not only make the CDA system more open, but it will also meet the know-your-customer (KYC) requirements in real estate transactions,” he said.

“Biometric authentication is a unique way to prove who you are, making it easier to transfer property. In addition, the NADRA can use biometrics to check the identities of citizens and their family members, which any organization needs to do. “The NADRA’s biometric identification system will make sure that people are who they say they are and will make it less than the CDA will be broken into,” he said.

He said that with this kind of security system, transactions are done not only by affidavit but also by biometrics.

The head of the CDA said that the organization’s work to digitize was strengthened by its partnership with the NADRA. “The NADRA’s technical skills in the field of information technology and data management are not only known across the country but also internationally, where NADRA is known as one of the top system integrators,” he said.

The NADRA stayed busy and successfully finished several enterprise-level projects important to the country. It also completed several international projects, giving Pakistan a good name.

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NHA reports the development of the Chaman-Karachi Highway project

NHA reports the development of the Chaman-Karachi Highway project

During a meeting on June 29, the news said that National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Muhammad Khurram Agha talked about the progress of the Chaman-Karachi Highway (N-25) project.

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A group of lawmakers got together with Senator Prince Omar Ahmadzai to discuss how the Chaman-Karachi highway project was going. The Senate Standing Committee on Communications was worried that the estimated cost of PKR 222 billion might not be enough because the prices of building materials have gone up. So far, PKR 6 billion have been given to the project, according to the head of the committee.

The NHA officials told the people at the meeting about the highway project. It was found out that the project to build a road that is 790 kilometres long will be done in five parts. Here are the details of each phase:

330-kilometre long Khuzdar-Kuchlak 273-kilometre long Karachi-Uthal-Kararo and Wadh-Khuzdar 187-kilometre Kararo-Wadh and Kuchlak-Chaman
Balochistan puts out a request for bids for the first part of the Kuchlak-Khuzdar highway.

The officials also said that the PC-1 cost for the Karachi-Uthal-Kararo section is PKR 73.029 billion, and the PC-1 cost for the Khuzdar-Kuchlak section is PKR 81.582 billion, and the cost for the third section is PKR 67.671 billion. Therefore, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) will decide if the PC-1 prices are okay.

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