Day Care Center established in Women Police Station Rawalpindi..

Day Care Center established in Women Police Station Rawalpindi for the children of women police officers, all possible steps for the welfare of force are being taken according to the vision of IGP, Punjab Inam Ghani, said CPO Rawalpindi.

Establishment of Day Care center for our children is a revolutionary step by CPO Muhammad Ahsan Younas, said lady police officers.

According to the details, CPO Rawalpindi Muhammad Ahsan Younas continues to take revolutionary steps for the welfare of force and to enhance professionalism in the policing. Establishment of a day care center for the children of lady police officers in women police station Rawalpindi is another step in this regard. According to the vision of Inspector General of Police, Punjab Inam Ghani, CPO Muhammad Ahsan Younas has established a day care center for the children of women police officers; the day care center will be available for the children from 08.00 am to 04.00 pm. Facilities like kitchen, heaters, air conditioner, geyser, washroom, comfortable bedding, toys, LED television, study material and other playing articles have been provided in the day care center for the well being and care of the children. With the establishment of day care center, women police officers will remain care free during their duty hours as their children will be taken care of in a comfortable caring atmosphere with home like facilities. A woman police officer is deputed to take care of the children while the overall monitoring of the center will be done by a senior lady police officer Zunaira Azfar, SP Security Rawalpindi. Women police officers of Rawalpindi have been delighted on the establishment of such a vital necessity and have appreciated the step of CPO Muhammad Ahsan Younas for their welfare. CPO on the occasion said that welfare of force is our priority, day care center has been established to provide better working atmosphere and facility for the women police officers and it will make them care free during their duty hours which ultimately will enhance their working capabilities. Establishment of Day Care center was the need of the hour which has been met.

US Electoral College makes Biden’s victory and Trump’s defeat official

The US Electoral College decisively confirmed Joe Biden on Monday as the nation’s next president, ratifying his November victory in an authoritative state-by-state repudiation of President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede he had lost.

The presidential electors gave Biden a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232, the same margin that Trump bragged was a landslide when he won the White House four years ago.

Heightened security was in place in some states as electors met to cast paper ballots, with masks, social distancing and other pandemic precautions the order of the day. The results will be sent to Washington and tallied in a Jan 6 joint session of Congress over which Vice President Mike Pence will preside.

For all of Trump’s unsupported claims of fraud, there was little suspense and no change as every one of the electoral votes allocated to Biden and the president in last month’s popular vote went officially to each man. On Election Day, the Democrat topped the incumbent Republican by more than 7 million in the popular vote nationwide.

California’s 55 electoral votes put Biden over the top. Vermont, with 3 votes, was the first state to report. Hawaii, with 4 votes, was the last.

“Once again in America, the rule of law, our Constitution, and the will of the people have prevailed. Our democracy — pushed, tested, threatened — proved to be resilient, true, and strong,” Biden said in an evening speech in which he stressed the size of his win and the record 81 million people who voted for him.

He renewed his campaign promise to be a president for all Americans, whether they voted for him or not, and said the country has hard work ahead on the virus and economy.

But there was no concession from the White House, where Trump has continued to make unsupported allegations of fraud.

Trump remained in the Oval Office long after the sun set in Washington, calling allies and fellow Republicans while keeping track of the running Electoral College tally, according to White House and campaign aides. The president frequently ducked into the private dining room off the Oval Office to watch on TV, complaining that the cable networks were treating it like a mini-Election Night while not giving his challenges any airtime.

The president had grown increasingly disappointed with the size of “Stop the Steal” rallies across the nation as well as efforts for the GOP to field its own slates of electors in states. A presidential wish for a fierce administration defense led to TV appearances early Monday by Stephen Miller, one of his most ferocious advocates, to try to downplay the importance of the Electoral College vote and suggest that Trump’s legal challenges would continue all the way to Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.

Late in the day, he took to Twitter to announce that Attorney General William Barr was leaving the administration before Christmas. Barr’s departure comes amid lingering tension over Trump’s unsupported fraud claims, especially after Barr’s statement this month to The Associated Press that the election results were unaffected by any fraud.

In a Fox News interview taped over the weekend, Trump said that “I worry about the country having an illegitimate president, that’s what I worry about. A president that lost and lost badly.”

On Monday in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — the six battleground states that Biden won and Trump contested — electors gave Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris their votes in low-key proceedings. Nevada’s electors met via Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Trump’s efforts to undermine the election results also led to concerns about safety for the electors, virtually unheard of in previous years. In Michigan, lawmakers from both parties reported receiving threats, and legislative offices were closed over threats of violence. Biden won the state by 154,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points, over Trump.

Georgia state police were out in force at the state Capitol in Atlanta before Democratic electors pledged to Biden met. There were no protesters seen.

Even with the Electoral College’s confirmation of Biden’s victory, some Republicans continued to refuse to acknowledge that reality. Yet their opposition to Biden had no practical effect on the electoral process, with the Democrat to be sworn in next month.

Republicans who would have been Trump electors met anyway in a handful of states Biden won. Pennsylvania Republicans said they cast a “procedural vote” for Trump and Pence in case courts that have repeatedly rejected challenges to Biden’s victory were to somehow still determine that Trump had won.

Meanwhile, Senate Majority Whip John Thune leads the group of Republican lawmakers who are now publicly acknowledging Biden’s win.

By midnight on Monday, Senators Roy Blunt, John Cornyn, Thom Tillis, Kevin Cramer, Chuck Grassley, Roy Blunt and Shelley Moore Capito had also joined the pack.

“At some point you have to face the music. And I think […] it’s time for everybody to move on,” Thune told reporters but did not rule out more lawsuits.

“He’s presumptive president,” he said. “But I don’t want to discount valid, legal disputes that’ll be settled over the next couple of weeks.”

“It doesn’t matter what Chuck Grassley thinks, the constitution has answered that question for you,” Grassley said, moments after California’s 55 electoral votes affirmed Biden’s win. “That’s all I can say on it.”

“Vice President Biden is the president-elect,” Senator Blunt added.

Senator Capito urged all to move ahead. “I think it’s time to turn the page and begin a new administration,” she said.

In North Carolina, Utah and other states across the country where Trump won, his electors turned out to duly cast their ballots for him. Electors in North Carolina had their temperatures checked before being allowed to enter the Capitol to vote. Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes withdrew as a Trump elector and was in quarantine because he was exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, whom Trump defeated four years ago, were among New York’s 29 electors for Biden and Harris.


PDM show service providers in hot water

LAHORE: A day after the public meeting of the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) at Minar-i-Pakistan, the Lahore police launched a crackdown on service providers for the event.

The police high-ups assigned a task to the divisional SPs to identify and arrest those who managed chairs and other goods for the public meeting of the PDM and take legal action against them.

Similarly, the district government was also assigned the same task and accordingly, the Shahdara police registered a criminal case against two major dealers — Mian Imran and Mian Shahid — for ‘facilitating’ the PDM show by selling 7,000 chairs.

The FIR was lodged against them on the complaint of Patwari Farrukhabad Mohammad Javed.

Two traders booked for selling 7,000 chairs

Mr Javed alleged that the traders sold the chairs to suspect Mohammad Shafiq and nominated him too in the case.

He alleged in the FIR that the suspects blatantly violated standard operating procedure (SOP) and the Section 144 imposed by the Punjab government.

The complainant claimed that suspect Shafiq purchased chairs from the shop of Mian Shahid and Mian Imran that was located near New Ravi Bridge.

An official said the police obtained some photographs and video clips of one of the suspects Mian Imran when he made his appearance in the [PDM] public meeting.

He said the police personnel deputed for the security at the meeting confiscated most of the chairs from the venue and also deployed force so that no one could collect [the chairs].

He said the police launched a crackdown for the arrest of the other suspects according to the list [of shopkeepers and big dealers] provided to the divisional SPs and the station house officers to take action against them.

Fearing police action, many of them have gone underground after closing their business points.

There were also reports that the police officials were [allegedly] harassing the dealers and shopkeepers probably on the pressure of the high-ups to ensure arrests as per directions.

Published in Dawn, December 15th, 2020

US sanctions Nato ally Turkey over purchase of Russian defence system

The United States imposed long-anticipated sanctions on Turkey on Monday over Ankara’s acquisition of Russian S-400 air defence systems, further complicating already strained ties between the two Nato allies.

Turkey condemned the sanctions as a “grave mistake” and urged Washington to revise its “unjust decision”. It said sanctions would inevitably harm mutual relations and threatened unspecified retaliatory steps.

Senior US officials said in a call with reporters that Ankara’s purchase of the S-400s and its refusal to reverse its decision, despite repeated pleas from Washington, left the United States with no other choice.

The sanctions, first reported by Reuters last week, target Turkey’s top defence procurement and development body Presidency of Defence Industries (SSB), its chairman Ismail Demir and three other employees.ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD

The measures, which received a bipartisan welcome from the US Congress, were announced under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) — the first time the act has been used against a fellow member of the Nato alliance.

Turkey’s lira rallied about one per cent as Washington opted not to adopt broader sanctions but analysts said the move was still likely to weigh on the Turkish economy, already in a coronavirus-induced slowdown and with double-digit inflation.

Ankara acquired the Russian S-400 ground-to-air defences in mid-2019 and says they pose no threat to Nato allies. But Washington has long threatened sanctions and last year removed Turkey from an F-35 jet programme.

Ignoring the advice of aides, US President Donald Trump had resisted imposing penalties on Turkey until giving the green light several days ago, sources familiar with the matter said.

“The United States made clear to Turkey at the highest levels and on numerous occasions that its purchase of the S-400 system would endanger the security of US military technology and personnel and provide substantial funds to Russia’s defence sector,” US State Secretary Mike Pompeo said.

Briefing reporters, Christopher Ford, assistant secretary of state for international security and non-proliferation, said Washington had sought a solution but Ankara rejected all offers.

“This is not a step we’ve taken lightly or certainly quickly,” he said.

Turkey says it has repeatedly proposed forming a joint working group with the United States and Nato to resolve the issue but its offers have not been fully utilised.

The sanctions, near the end of Trump’s presidency, are likely to weigh on Ankara’s ties with Democrat Joe Biden’s administration when he takes over as president next month.

Chilling effect

The sanctions will block joint projects or technology transfers between US companies and Turkish firms linked to SSB, said former Turkish diplomat Sinan Ulgen, who heads the Istanbul-based Centre for Economics and Foreign Policy Studies think tank.

They also impose restrictions on loans and credits by US financial institutions to SSB totalling more than $10 million, while imposing asset freezes and visa restrictions on the SSB president and three other employees.

It is not immediately clear what impact the sanctions will have on third countries such as European states that supply arms or defence components and work with Turkish defence firms.

“Turkey’s defence industry will be under stress for a while,” said Ozgur Unluhisarcikli, from the German Marshall Fund in Ankara.

“Whether there is a secondary sanctions aspect or not, it will have a chilling effect on third countries as well.”

But he said the impact on the wider economy would be less severe and it was “very good that the uncertainty is being removed” after sanctions had loomed for so long.

US senators, both Republican and Democratic, hailed the move. Animosity against President Tayyip Erdogan in the US Congress has deepened over the past year, a phenomenon Biden will have to consider when dealing with Ankara.

“After watching President Trump repeatedly refuse to hold Turkey and President Erdogan accountable, I’m glad to see this administration finally impose these required sanctions,” Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen said.

“These measures send a clear message to Erdogan: we will not allow him to undermine our national security and that of our faithful Nato allies without consequence.”

DAWN Published

Governance means to serve the Nation.

Columist: Tehrim Elahi

Governance is the term that  can be defined as a rules, regulations and policies which runs and manage  the state. Good governance  in which always works towards facilitating the people and step forward to the progress of the people. Unfortunately, this is not true in the present  as we can see from the history , Nowadays the government focusses on “facilitating its influential people to get votes for government. There is nothing to facilitate the poor people although all Parties claimed to serve with their best interest and getting votes.

It’s all about “getting the votes to establish the government and full fill their interest”.

The Voters always gives a vote in the hope of a better future. They look forward to the governess that will safeguard their basic right, provide the basic necessities of life but always disappointed, when they experience the reality. They realize that their votes has been trashed the Hopes.  The lifestyle of the majority of the people remains below average due to lack of support from the government. They are not even provided with the basic necessities of life. The significant inflation in the recent few years.

hence they are lefting into the depression and darkness which will  never end.

The tenure for the government in Pakistan is five years.They rule without making a significant impact on the Nation, Poverty graph still remain down.

In the meantime The People who have improved their lifestyle are those who put efforts himself to change. Without support of the Government.

Five years of the governance of any party always claimed the fantasy and which  never existed in reality.

As a columnist I am not pointing out any particular tenure  but I am trying to highlight the issues in governance and suggesting solutions to improve them.

The people of Pakistan are facing difficulties due to lack of lake of administration  in public sectors. The condition of major industries including agriculture is deteriorating day by day due to lack of proper governance and law and order situation. All the previous governments tried their best to improve the condition in every field but could not succeed in attaining the fruitful result due to the lack of proper mechanisms to run the departments.. There is an acute need for a proper administrative control mechanism to streamline the system.

First of all, we need to make the election process more transparent so that no one can come in power by unfair means and only the true representative of the masses forms the government because only those people will be more concerned towards the needs of the common person. After selection we can send our bureaucrats to academies for refresher courses where they can update their knowledge and get the required skills and training to improve their vision. We can also send them to different developed countries for training purposes. This is the first and far most important thing because these people are the true custodian of the general public interest and their selection and training is vital for the conduct of effective and efficient governance.

The second most important thing is the formulation of policies that are proper and realistic and that best suit the needs of the general public. These policies should be formed with consensus and must be implemented on just and fair ground as to get the desired results. After practical implementation of these policies if there is any evidence of loopholes, policies must be rechecked and reformulated accordingly. The next step is the formulation of policies of public sector organization, it is important to note here that the rule and regulation as well as the policies formulated for the general public organizations must be in line with the policies of the state. There should not be any conflict of interest at any level. The selection process at departmental level should also be made on purely merit basis. There should not be any references involved in the hiring process. In this way these departments will be strengthened. There is also a need for accountability at every level so that there would not be any opportunity for corruption and fraud.

In this way we can retain and utilize our human resources to their maximum capacity, because if the state fails to provide the due right of the general public, people will tend to move abroad in search of a better future, resulting in brain drain and acute shortage of resourceful people.

There is also a need to reform the vital departments, namely, health sector, education department, police and judiciary

System. The educational system should be reformed as to implement a uniform system across the country so that every student gets equal opportunities for good jobs.

The health department should be provided with the required resources so that the poor people can avail the basic medical facility free of cost. The judiciary and police department should be made independent of political influence so that they can exercise their power without any fear. In this way we can ensure a proper law and order situation in the country. The agriculture department is also ignored in the present time, there is a need for proper supervision of the farmers and subsidies should be provided to them to strengthen the financial condition of the farmer and ultimately the agriculture sector.

Last but not the least, there is a need for commitment from all Pakistanis to work with patience, diligence and honesty because the major changes required commitment from every level. In this way we can flourish our country and pave the way of success for the generations to come.

Artical For University Project.