Top 5 positive news updates of Pakistan [24 Dec 2020]
In this post, we’re going to take a look at the top 5 positive stories of Pakistan from Dec 24th, 2020.
1#Overseas Pakistanis have confidence in the government, a big increase in Roshan digital accounts
The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan today informed the nation that the confidence of Pakistanis abroad in their government has increased as they started sending money to Pakistan taking advantage of the scheme introduced by the government.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “I am very grateful to the Pakistanis abroad. They are our great assets.” The Prime Minister said that remittances from Pakistanis abroad have exceeded 200 million.
میں سمندرپارمقیم پاکستانیوں کا جوہماری متاعِ عظیم ہیں،مشکور ہوں۔انکی جانب سے مرکزی بنک کے#RoshanDigitalAccount کےذریعےارسال کردہ رقوم کل ماشاءاللہ 200ملین $سےتجاوزکرگئیں۔ترسیلِ زر میں تیزی آرہی ہے:پہلے100ملین $ 76جبکہ اگلے 100ملین $ محض 28روز میں وطن پہنچےhttps://t.co/sEe2wiOYrG
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) December 24, 2020
The Prime Minister also said that 100 million of these had arrived in Pakistan in 76 days while the remaining 100 million had arrived in Pakistan in just 28 days.
The Prime Minister also shared the details released by the SBP in this regard.
The Roshan Digital Accounts program was inaugurated by the Prime Minister on September 10. After the launch of the program, Pakistanis living abroad have the facility to open their accounts in 8 major Pakistani banks while living in any country overseas.
Overseas Pakistanis can also easily invest in their home country with the help of Roshan Digital Account Program.
#2 FBR nationwide operation against tax evaders, crores of tax evasion caught
FBR successful nationwide operation against tax evaders, caught tax evasion of crores of rupees
According to the FBR spokesperson, the Federal Board of Revenue, while conducting a successful operation against tax evaders across the country, caught the tax evaders of those who caused damage to the national exchequer by evading taxes worth crores of rupees.
According to details, the Islamabad Directorate in a successful operation in the federal capital caught the sales tax evasion of a plywood manufacturing unit. According to the Islamabad Directorate, the unit is not disclosing taxable supplies in its monthly sales tax returns.
ڈائریکٹوریٹ آف انٹیلی جنس اینڈ انوسٹی گیشن (آئی آر) کے ملک گیر آپریشنز جاری. اسلام آباد میں پلائی وڈ تیار کرنے والا ایک یونٹ سیلز ٹیکس کی چوری میں ملوث تھا اور اپنے ماہانہ سیلز ٹیکس گوشواروں میں قابل ٹیکس سپلائیز کو ظاہر نہیں کر رہا تھا۔ 1/8
— FBR (@FBRSpokesperson) December 23, 2020
In Chakwal, the Islamabad Directorate also took action against two businesses for unregistered and heavy tax evasion. Both the businesses are involved in large scale tax evasion which is causing loss of crores of rupees to the national exchequer.
On the other hand, Faisalabad Inland Revenue Intelligence and Investigation Directorate in Faisalabad and Sargodha seized 426 cartons of cigarettes worth Rs. 4260,000 during the operation against counterfeit cigarettes, provided by Faisalabad Directorate. According to the statistics, millions of rupees have been evaded in the case of counterfeit cigarettes.
In Swabi, the field squad of Peshawar Directorate stopped the truck after receiving a report from which 20 cartons of filter rod used in cigarettes were recovered, regarding which the truck driver did not have any tax and duty documents. However, the directorate also raided the warehouse from where the rods were loaded in the truck and recovered 19 more cartons.
During the operation of Peshawar Directorate, a total of 39 cartons were recovered from which about 913 cartons of cigarettes could be manufactured, on which tax and duty evasion is estimated at crores of rupees.
3# Prime Minister’s efforts to bring billions of dollars investment to the country came to fruition
According to details, Prime Minister Imran Khan’s efforts to bring foreign investment in Pakistan are beginning to bring color, foreign companies are offering billions of dollars to invest in Pakistan. On the other hand, Prime Minister Imran Khan has also stepped up efforts to improve the country’s economic affairs.
In this regard, a consortium of 200 global companies has offered a 5 billion joint venture, officials said, informing the prime minister of a possible 8 billion investment in the country. The Chinese government and companies have also expressed interest in investing more in Pakistan.
Significant developments in the country’s economic affairs were reviewed at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan last week. The meeting, chaired by the Prime Minister, was also considered at a meeting of the Working Group of Ravi Urban, Island Development Authorities. Chinese companies have expressed interest in investing in the projects.
Briefing the Prime Minister on the part of the concerned officials, he said that the offer of possible investment in the country by foreign investors does not include any kind of loan, the 5 billion joint venture investment by ANGCC. Work on both projects will begin in January.
The Prime Minister, while presiding over the meeting, directed to further accelerate the progress on the Ravi City project, saying that the Ravi City project is the largest and unique project of our government in history, where potentially billions on this project. While the dollar will attract foreign investment, the project will also create thousands of jobs.
4# Discovery of oil and gas reserves from 2 major locations in Pakistan
Successful experiment, discovery of oil and gas reserves from 2 major locations in Pakistan
OGDCL has discovered new oil and gas reserves in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Oil and gas were discovered in Kohat and Hangu. 1.6 million cubic feet of gas and 12 barrels of oil per day were recovered from a well at Siab One in Kohat. 4.18 million cubic feet of gas and 32 barrels of oil per day were recovered from a well in Hangu.
According to the company notice, 4.18 million cubic feet of gas and 32 barrels of oil per day have been discovered from a well in Hangu. 1.6 million cubic feet of gas and 12 barrels of oil per day have been discovered from Siab Din well in Kohat. It may be recalled that Oil and Gas Development Company Limited, as an operator, had discovered gas from the Lakhrad X-1 exploratory well with an Lakhrad exploration license.
According to a statement issued by the company, the structure of Lakhrd X-1 was also tested after drilling using the in-house expertise of Oil and Gas Development Company Limited.
Based on the log data, the well was drilled to a depth of 3000 m and tested at a flow pressure of 600 pounds per square inch (PSI) from Mughal Kot Formation at a rate of 2.5MMSCFD of gas and 32/64 rate of 18 bpd of water.
Earlier, new oil reserves were discovered in the country. Earlier this month, Pakistan Petroleum Limited discovered new oil reserves from Block Bolan in Ziarat.
According to a statement issued by Pakistan Petroleum Limited, the company discovered new oil reserves from Block Bolan in Ziarat. According to preliminary results, 800 barrels of oil was expected to be extracted daily from the reserves. Experts said that the discovery of this new oil reserve would help meet the demand and the reduction in crude oil imports was also expected to reduce the country’s import bill.
#5 Announcement to issue an electronic passport of Pakistan
Issuance of Pakistan’s electronic passport and extension of more than five years ..
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has announced the issuance of electronic passports from April 2021. The project was delayed for many years but now the Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that the passport Historical decisions have been made and new passports will be issued from 28 April 2020.
Talking to reporters in Islamabad, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has announced to increase the validity of passport from five years to 10 years which will be issued from January 1 next year while from April 28 we are going to issue new electronic passport, 120 days. Our goal is to launch a new e-passport so that all the data comes in and the country is honored.
Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said that the problem of the poor is that their work visa expires, the passport has five years but we will not increase the fee more than three thousand and from the first date they will be issued a 10 year passport.
He said that all Middle Eastern workers will get ten year visa instead of 5 years and this is a new gift for you from Imran Khan. Sheikh Rashid said that from today onwards passport SMS service will be available all over Pakistan. It is being started and its main purpose is that the person whose passport is about to expire will be informed six months in advance that you have to get your passport made. “I have been launching e-services for 191 countries all over the world from January
1. The Prime Minister has instructed me to start online passport service but it will take more than 120 days,” he said. He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has directed that the sellers of smuggled oil and petrol should be ordered to stop buying and selling within 7 days. This amounts to two to three billion dollars and if they do not stop. The Interior Ministry will close their petrol pumps.
He said that within 120 days we will also issue express passports which will enable you to get your passports in the morning and in the evening while home delivery of passports is being done in Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Is looking into the affairs of and trying to ensure that the Chinese in the C-Pack do not have to come to the Ministry of Interior.
Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed said that he has directed to reduce the blacklist of exit control list, 66 thousand people are blacklisted in FIA and 34 thousand people are blacklisted in passport, I have told them that those who have criminal record. Or have been involved in anti-state activities, blacklist them, reduce it to 25,000, reduce the remaining 75,000.
Replying to a question regarding the increase in salaries, he said that the economic condition of the passport holders is very bad. He asked for a budget of Rs 7 billion and got Rs 2 billion. He said that he would improve the financial situation by meeting Hafeez Sheikh. “The interior ministry was not ready to extend the passport period to 10 years and they are saying increase the fees and we need more funding for passport immigration,” he said.
He said that we did not take back anyone’s security, Maulana Fazlur Rehman is the real root of this riot, my job was to tell, tomorrow they should not sue me, as Benazir Shaheed was also told. And let those who said your security is at risk be prosecuted. My job as a minister was to tell them that their names are at the top of the list of 20 people.
Sheikh Rashid said that politically I feel that the Pakistan Democratic Movement will not resign and my political analysis is that they will participate in the Senate elections and if not to participate in the PPP mini-election will not apply. He said that MQM is our ally, will not be angry.
In response to another question, he said that the real agenda and plan belongs to Maulana Fazlur Rehman who wants to spread chaos and disorder in this country, who use madrassas. I want to bring his power to Islamabad by doing so. I can only request Fazlur Rehman to have mercy on the politics, democracy and himself of this country.
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