GUJRANWALA

Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Pakistan Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has said that every soldier who sacrificed his life in the line of duty and safeguarding the motherland is admirable and his party considers him as martyr. Talking to media persons here on Tuesday, the JI stalwart said that Jamaat-e-Islami salute to and pay tribute to martyred soldiers who rendered the most precious thing 'life' for country and its people.

Commenting over the recent debate on the issue that who is 'shaheed' and who is not, he said that the issue was being politicized. Baloch claimed that such issues were being raised to appease the US and India and get their favour which should be avoided as it would harm the national interest.

The JI leader also urged the Pakistan Army to stay away from political issues as it was as a important national institution. He vowed that strong protest would be held against the US drone attacks after which the Nato supplies would be blocked.

Baloch also blamed that some political leaders were using the JI chief's statement to get attention of and become favourite of certain elements.

GCCI THANKS GOVT: Gujranwala Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Nouman Salahuddin thanked Punjab Chief Minister Shahabaz Sharif and Federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar for accepting a number of demands of the business community. He appreciated the government for agreeing to provide tax relief measures for the business and trade community during a meeting of chambers and federations including Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa and other Senior Tax Officials.

During the meeting, the GCCI President took different issues being faced by the business community. He said that the government decision to make Income Tax Return Form single page from the next financial year would further strengthen government efforts aimed at bringing more people into the tax net. He added the decision to reduce the penalty for non-filing of withholding tax statement was a good step indeed. The government has also decided to give major relief to taxpayers and mandatory filing of wealth statement has been relaxed and only those taxpayers shall submit wealth statement whose taxable income exceeds Rs1 million. He requested the government to pencil business-friendly policies to keep running the business operations.

DPO reviews security: District Police Officer Israr Ahmad Abbasi has said that all possible measures have been taken to ensure foolproof security for Imambargahs and Alm and Zuljinnah processions.

The DPO paid visit to Jand, Jhamat and Injra and reviewed security arrangements at various points. Jand DSP Arsalan Hussain and SHOs of the area were also present on the occasion.

The DPO claimed that the police would remain extra-vigilant during Muharram and underlined the role of volunteers and public cooperation for maintaining peace and harmony during Ashura. He emphasised that all mourning processions should be taken out and concluded as per the given schedule to avoid any unpleasant situation.

Meanwhile, the traditional mourning procession of Muharram 6th was taken out from Imambargah Qaiser Abbas and after passing through the prescribed routes it concluded at Khameni Chowk. Similar various other processions were taken out from different Imambargahs in Attock, Pindigheb, Malowali, Jhamat, Domel Uchhri and other areas which concluded peacefully.

FRAUDSTER ARRESTED: A fraudster namely Rashid Minhas, a resident of village Shakardar, who swindled many poor people out of their hard-earned money, was reportedly arrested by the Karachi police who as per the sources was trying to board a flight bound for some city of Malaysia.

It is pertinent to recall that Rashid Minhas fraudulently, in the name of Islamic investment (Modarba and Musharka) swindled out many people of their million of rupees and went underground.

The affected people approached the authorities and since then he was on the watch list of the law enforcement agencies.