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The petition alleges Geo News is involved in anti-Pakistan activities.
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – The Ministry of Defence, Tuesday, filed a petition against Geo News – for naming ISI Chief after attack on prominent journalist Hamid Mir – in Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Dunya News reported.
According to Dunya News sources, Defence Ministry has moved against the private TV channel in PEMRA. The petition alleges that Geo News is involved in anti-Pakistan activities. Ministry also provided reported evidences against the said TV channel to PEMRA to evaluate.
A private TV channel had alleged Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) for involvement in attack on senior journalist Hamid Mir. The channel even flashed portraits of ISI Chief in the aftermath. The petition said that Geo News leveled baseless allegations against Pakistan’s security institutions and its chief.
The military institutions had expressed outrage over the allegations through Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) whose Director General (DG) Major Asim Bajwa had hinted of possible legal action against Geo News for dragging national institutions into what became a major controversy.
Bajwa said that Hamid Mir was attacked by miscreants who don’t want peace to prevail in the country. He also said that pointing fingers at military organization caused defamation.
He said that ISPR is a dignified institution adding that legal action over allegation will be taken after evaluating the situation fully.
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He said that an independent inquiry must immediately be carried out to ascertain facts.
RAWALPINDI (Dunya News) – Pakistan armed forces’ spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa condemned the attack on senior anchorperson Hamid Mir on Saturday, adding that allegations against Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) are misleading, Dunya News reported.
The spokesman prayed for his well being and quick recovery. He said that an independent inquiry must immediately be carried out to ascertain facts. However raising allegations against ISI or head of ISI without any basis is highly regrettable and misleading, he added.
Earlier, prominent journalist, anchorperson Hamid Mir was reportedly injured after being shot at thrice on his way to office from airport.
Hamid Mir was rushed to a private hospital where he is being given treatment. Reportedly, Hamid Mir is in critical condition and is being operated for injuries.
Karachi police chief Shahid Hayat confirmed that the journalist has been shot at thrice. He claimed that Mir is out of danger, however, the media has conflicting reports about his current condition.
Reportedly, Hamid Mir’s driver heroically sped the vehicle out of the shooting scene.
Mir was shot at thrice by unknown gunmen on his way to office from the airport. Police reached the site and started the search operation after cordoning off the area.
President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, former president Asif Ali Zardari, MQM Chief Altaf Hussain and PTI Chairman Imran Khan strongly condemned the attack.
Hamid Mir is a senior journalist who hosts a popular talk show on a private news network.
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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday said that US $1.6 billion will be spent on different development projects in Balochistan, with Gawadar being developed as a model city.
Addressing the Cabinet Meeting, the Prime Minister said the development in Balochistan was a priority for the government and development plans to put the most neglected province on road to progress, “were being implemented expeditiously.”
He said that Gawadar was being developed as a model city and a socio-economic package has been planned for it, adding that Gawadar Airport and Sea Port were being developed on modern lines.
Prime Minister Sharif told the Cabinet that US $1.6 billion will be spent on these projects and added that he himself will monitor these projects.
He said the socio-economic package included provision of skilled manpower through training of human resource in different sectors including health and education, while development of health and education infrastructure to cater for the people of Balochistan have also been planned.
The Prime Minister said: “The public money is sacred and we should ensure its judicious and efficient spending.” He said that the economy was the government's top priority and it was providing equal attention to all parts of the country.
The Cabinet also approved the tariff of US $0.66/MMBTU for LNG services project, secured through competitive bidding process by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources.
It also decided that the policy guidelines of the tariff, will be conveyed to OGRA.
The Cabinet further decided that other aspects of the commercial agreement will be settled between the two parties, Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and EPTL of Qatar.
Petroleum Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, while briefing the Cabinet, informed that the price of LNG was competitive with the international market.
He said the contract will be for 15 years and will provide 200 MMBTU of LNG in the first year and would be increased to 400 MMBTU from the 2nd year.