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October 19, 2021 11:00 AM

♦Inflation is not going to go down; Nation should wait for five more months for good days; Asad Omar said global economy shrank tremendously; Sheikh Rashid blamed past governments and Covid-19 for the rise in prices; Fawad Chaudhry said that the whole country cannot not run on subsidies; Says the oil prices hiked in the world, we are not living on any other planet

♦A deadlock persists between Pakistan and International Monetary Fund as the global lender has put forward harsh conditions for the release of stalled loan programme asking Islamabad to undo unnecessary tax holiday facility and raise the tax collection to Rs6,000 billion.

♦According to international financial institutes, Pakistanis suffered the worst inflation in South Asia as the inflation rate in Pakistan reached above 9 percent while it remained upto four to five percent in the region; Inflation even decreases in China, India and Sri Lanka

♦Shehbaz Sharif announced to launch anti-govt mass movement over inflation; Says the government has brought the country to the brink of disaster; Says every child is bearing witness to the worst regime in the last 74 years

♦Imran Khan chaired a meeting on economic situation. In the meeting, decision to reduce taxes on food prices was made. PM ordered strict action against hoarders and advised ministers to keep an eye on artificial inflation in their constituencies

♦People across the country took the streets against increased inflation, demanded to decrease the prices of ghee, oil, wheat and electricity. Demonstrations of PML-N, PPP and Jamaat-e-Islami also took their part in protest in different cities. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa lawyers did judicial boycott in different cities included Swat, Peshawar, Swabi and Takht Bhai against inflation.

♦PDM ready for anti-govt mass movement against inflation. The important meeting chaired by Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Hafiz Hamdullah and other leaders were present at the meeting. Nawaz Sharif, Ishaq Dara and Maryam Nawaz participated through video link.

♦The dollar has reached its historic high against the rupee at Rs173.10, the rupee recovered 32 paisas and as the trading ended the dollar closed at Rs172.78 up by Rs1.60; The gold prices also increased by Rs1700 per tola to reach Rs119,700; the domestic airfares increased by 8 percent; One way fare from Lahore to Islamabad reaches Rs1500

♦Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry talked about civil-military relationships and said that Prime Minister Imran Khan and the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa often hold meetings, therefore, a routine meeting was held today too. He criticised the Opposition and said that the Opposition was holding anti-government protests "just for its own sake.

♦COAS Qamar Bajwa visits ISI Headquarters; DG ISI Lt Gen Faiz Hameed welcomed COAS; Army chief was briefed on Afghanistan and interna and external security issues Appointment and change of command in an army; the ceremony held at Gujranwala Corps. Lt. Gen. Asim Munir handed over the command to Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Muhammad Aamir.

♦US Charge d' Affairs to Pakistan Angela Aggeler called on General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Chief of Army Staff (COAS); COAS said that Pakistan desires to maintain the tradition of bilateral engagement and wishes for an enduring relationship with United States; The visiting dignitary appreciated Pakistan's role in the Afghan situation, efforts for regional stability and pledged to play their role for further improvement in diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at all levels

♦One jawan of Quetta police embraced martyrdom and 16 persons including 13 police personnel were injured in a blast that occurred near Balochistan University in Quetta.

♦All set to celebrate Jashan-e-Eid Miladun Nabi (SAW) tomorrow with religious zeal

♦The rule of bureaucracy in Punjab is over. Fifty-eight thousand municipal representatives, including mayors, conditionally reinstated. The Department of Local Government has revoked the powers vested in local bodies and administrators. Mayor Lahore Colonel (retd) Mubashir Javed says justice has won today

♦By-election of NA-133, the government opened the mouth of the treasury. Senator Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry started development work in the constituency. In a notification, Election Commission prohibited development works in the constituency. There will be no transfer posting in government institutions.

♦Former Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ebad is ready to enter the political arena once again. He started to engage to gather all MQM leaders on one platform. He also in touch to contact all major stakeholders in Pakistan.

♦Prime Minister appointed Shaukat Tareen his adviser. The post will be equivalent to that of a federal minister. As an adviser, he will not be able to head the cabinet committees

♦Dengue began to wreak havoc again as government tries to hide the numbers; 279 cases were reported in the Punjab province during the past 24 hours. Out of which 204 cases were detected in Lahore. Rawalpindi reported 36 cases. 21 people have succumbed to the disease in the Punjab province so far. In Kyber Pakhtunkhwa, 107 people contracted dengue during the past 24 hours. Around 141 people in Islamabad have fallen prey to dengue fever during the last 24 hours.

♦Pakistan beat West Indies by seven wickets through an all-out team effort in their warm-up match for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup on Monday. Skipper, Babar Azam smoked another 50, while Fakhar Zaman made 46 runs.

♦Heavy snowfall in Nanga Parbat, Fairy Meadows, 16 inches of snow fall at Babusar top.Roads were closed due to snownfall in Chilas, Diamer and Naran

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