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DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court

DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court

DRAP high-up’s willful failure to obey Supreme Court orders is clearly contempt of court By: Yasir Khan – Health Reporter – Islamabad ISLAMABAD: On the order of the Supreme Court, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) has started the process of appointments in the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) by advertising 192 posts. DRAP advertised for the posts three times but failed to finalize any appointment except CEO. In the wake of media reports on conflicts of interest in medicine industry, health regulator DRAP is facing increasing pressure from government agencies and non-government watchdog groups to manage, reduce and eliminate conflicts that could lead to bias in patient care and research. This article will review recent efforts to increase transparency in relationships between health regulator DRAP and the pharmaceutical, herbal and device industries, and discuss some of the challenges facing DRAP in identifying and reporting conflicts of interest (COIs). A bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Nasirul Mulk closed a lengthy suo motu hearing on the tangled affairs of DRAP on April 9, 2015 and directed the authorities to appoint “permanent directors” in its 13 directorates within 15 days.DRAP has 14 directorates and only few permanent directors to run them. Furthermore, most of the directors are appointed against prescribed criteria, which are written in DRAP service rules. One year gone but still Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan’s High-ups are not ready to accept the orders of the honorable Supreme court & DRAP high-up’s [...]
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Unlawful Appointment of DRAP CEO & illegal Medicine Price hike can Lead Prime Minister to Disqualification

Unlawful Appointment of DRAP CEO & illegal Medicine Price hike can Lead Prime Minister to Disqualification  Illegal Appointment of DRAP CEO & unlawful Medicine Price hike raising questions on Qualifications of PRIME MINISTER.   BY: MOHAMMAD IMRAN KHAN – CEO PAKISTAN PRESS CLUB  The removal of chief executive officer of Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) is the need of time as Appointment of Dr Muhammad Aslam as CEO DRAP is a shamefully pathetic, illegal and unlawful. The first full time chief executive officer (CEO) for the Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP), which was being run on the Ad hoc basis for the last two years, was appointed on Friday 6th February 2015 but unfortunately this appointment was illegal and mala fide. The Establishment Division issued a notification, appointing Dr Muhammad Aslam, who has a doctorate in pharmacy, as the new CEO on a three-year contract. However, according to sources, the contract may be extended for another year. The Establishment Division issued a notification, which was the intentional dishonest act by not fulfilling legal or contractual obligations, misleading nation, entering into an agreement violating basic standards of honesty in dealing with Nation as Dr Muhammad Aslam is a convicted person by Drug Court Peshawar. Appointment letter of Dr Muhammad Aslam as CEO DRAP is a shamefully pathetic document. It shows the overall incompetence of extremely corrupt Pakistani ruling elite. It shows the incompetence of those who drafted it, those who signed it, those who benefited from it, those who took it [...]
Rupee report - Rupee volatile against US dollar

Rupee report – Rupee volatile against US dollar

Rupee report Rupee volatile against dollar The rupee remained volatile against the dollar in both the interbank and open markets last week, as trading was restricted to three days. On the interbank market, the rupee commenced the week by losing 19 paisas reportedly owing to a strong demand for the dollar. The reserve currency ended the first trading session at Rs104.92 and Rs104.94 against the prior week’s close of Rs104.73 and Rs104.75. However, the rupee managed to recover four paisas for buying and 10 paisas for selling in the second trading session, as the dollar slipped to Rs104.85 and Rs104.90. The dollar appreciated by five paisas against the rupee in both the interbank and the open markets last week.The rupee continued its upward march in the third trading session, when it recorded fresh gains of seven paisas for buying and 10 paisas for selling. The greenback thus closed the week at Rs104.78 and Rs104.80. As a result, the dollar appreciated by a net five paisas against the rupee in the interbank market last week. But the rupee is up 0.69pc against the dollar so far this month, according to independent reports. Meanwhile, trading remained suspended on Thursday and Friday owing to public holidays on account of Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) and Quaid-e-Azam’s birth anniversary respectively. A similar pattern was observed in the open market, where the rupee began the week by losing 10 paisas for buying and 15 paisas for selling, with the dollar ending the first trading session at Rs106.20 and Rs106.50 against the prior week’s close of Rs106.10 and Rs106.35. However, the [...]
Reservations exist over Amir as PCB chief ‘sorts out’ matter

Reservations exist over Amir as PCB chief ‘sorts out’ matter

Reservations exist over Amir as PCB chief ‘sorts out’ matter LAHORE: While Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar M Khan stated on Saturday that the turmoil created due to the refusal of Pakistan’s two key players Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez to train alongside tainted paceman Mohammad Amir has been amicably resolved, it seems that both the players still have some serious reservations on the issue. Talking to media here on Saturday morning, the PCB chairman said that he had met the three players — Amir, Azhar and Hafeez — and after listening to their versions, sorted out the matter.“I believe some of the reservations of Azhar and Hafeez are genuine, but some are not and now they have also understood the situation and are coming to join the fitness camp,” said Shaharyar. “Inshallah we will move forward to get better results for Pakistan cricket and there will be no such issue in the future.” However, Haeez later spoke to the media and said: “Yes, I have pardoned Amir and have agreed to join the camp. However, my basic stance remains the same that those who betrayed the nation should not be allowed to represent the country again.” Sources also claimed that Azhar has made up his mind that he will not lead Pakistan team in the ODIs against New Zealand, if Amir is selected in the squad. Meanwhile, Shaharyar also admitted that the PCB had committed a mistake when the committee which was assigned to liaise with the other players over Amir’s issue could not convey the real situation to him (PCB chief) well in time. “Yes, that was a mistake, but I also told [...]
Nawaz leaves Karachi. No discussion on Rangers issues

PM Nawaz leaves Karachi. No discussion on Rangers issues

Nawaz leaves Karachi. No discussion on Rangers issues KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif arrived in Karachi on Monday, accompanied by Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Water and Power and Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Trade and Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir, but left without meeting the chief minister or the governor on the issue of Rangers’ powers. Earlier, circles close to the PML-N appeared optimistic that Sharif will hold a meeting with Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad on the discord between the centre and Sindh over Rangers’ powers. An official press release about the premier’s visit said: “PM Nawaz Sharif will visit Karachi on Monday (today). He will have three official engagements: visit Port Qasim Authority to review development plans of the authority; review Port Qasim’s power project and address an FPCCI function.” The prime minister left for Port Qasim Authority (PQA) soon after CM Shah received him at Karachi airport as per the official protocol.At PQA, Sharif reviewed development plans of the authority and progress of ongoing projects. Chairman PQA Agha Jan Akhtar and Secretary Ports and Shipping Khalid Pervaiz briefed the premier about different ongoing projects executed by the authority. In a light conversation with a Chinese engineer supervising the development of a 1, 320MW coal-based power project, the premier asked the official to ensure the project is completed by Dec 2017. The prime minister had himself laid foundation of the project, to be completed at a cost of $1.5 billion, Radio Pakistan reported. It is the first power project being [...]
More than 9,000 detained in Balochistan under arrest in 2015

More than 9,000 detained in Balochistan under arrest in 2015 – Durrani

More than 9,000 detained in Balochistan under arrest in 2015 QUETTA: More than 9,000 suspected militants and offenders were apprehended by authorities, levies, frontier corps and intelligence agencies in Balochistan as a part of the national action plan during the year 2015, according to Home Secretary Balochistan, Akbar Hussain Durrani. The Home Secretary promised that a total of 1,973 intelligence based-operations were conducted in Balochistan and apprehend the components involved in targeted killings, bomb explosions and kidnappings. “Innocent people were freed, while the offenders were charged”, he added.Durrani stated the law enforcement agencies also killed at least 204 ‘hardcore militants during the year 2015 adding that 70 law enforcement agencies’ staff were also killed during encounters with ‘miscreants. He maintained the defendants killed during the operation largely belonged to banned outfits. “Balochistan Government executed 17 out of 20 points under REST to bring a conclusion to unrest and preserve law and order scenario. ” Mr. Durrani said. Connected: Days of terrorists are numbered, says PM The Home Secretary said that law and order situation in Balochistan enhanced by 70 percent during the past couple of years. “Whole implementation of NAP would ensure peace within the state,” he added. Security forces’ expedited operations in Quetta and other troubled elements of Balochistan in the wake of statement of REST by the federal government following the terror strike on Peshawar’s Army Public School, [...]
Money Market - SBP injects Rs40.5bn into banks

Money Market – SBP injects Rs40.5bn into banks

Money Market SBP injects Rs40.5bn into banks The central bank poured in a comparatively smaller number of Rs40.5bn into the banking system last Wednesday in an open market operation. The injection was made in an eight-day contract at 6pc. With banks shut for five days last week, the sum is likely to get them through at least the midst of the week till they ask for fresh liquidity injections from the SBP. Meanwhile, as stated by the weekly statement of position of all scheduled banks for the week ending December 11, gross progress of all scheduled banks stood at Rs4,723.573bn, up 0.38pc over the preceding weeks amount of Rs4,705.397. Compared with last years corresponding amount of Rs4,375.774bn, the present weeks amount is higher by 8pc.The injection was made in an eight-day contract at 6pc Progress of all commercial banks increased 0.4pc to Rs4,565.117bn in the week, against the preceding weeks degree of Rs4,547.135bn. Progress of all specialised banks stood at Rs158.456bn in the week, against the preceding weeks amount of Rs158.26bn. Borrowings by all scheduled banks increased by 3.3pc to Rs1,886.379bn in the week under review, over the preceding weeks amount of Rs1,825.881bn. Compared with last years corresponding amount of Rs1,064.898bn, the present weeks amount is higher by 77.14pc. Borrowings by all commercial banks also increased by 3.3pc to Rs1,859.245bn in the week against the preceding weeks amount of Rs1,799.932bn. Borrowings by all specialised banks stood at Rs27.134bn in the week, down from the preceding weeks amount of Rs25.95bn. Investments of all scheduled [...]
If offenders can run the nation - Why can't Amir play cricket ! Imran Khan

If offenders can run the nation – Why can’t Amir play cricket ! Imran Khan

If offenders can run the nation – Why can’t Amir play cricket ! Imran Khan KARACHI: Celebrated Pakistan all rounder Imran Khan said he backs convicted area-fixer Mohammad Amir’s return to international cricket, encouraging skeptical players and supporters to support the tainted paceman. The 23-year-old Amir, who finished his five-year prohibition before this year, caused a stir last week when he turned up for fitness camp for future national players, with former Twenty20 captain Mohammad Hafeez and present one-day captain Azhar Ali boycotting training Friday. Left-armer Amir is tipped to be picked for next month’s limited overs tour of New Zealand, nearly six years after he and two others were prohibited and sentenced for six months in jail for organizing willful no balls during a Test against England in exchange for cash.Khan, who led Pakistan to its only World Cup triumph and is revered among the nations cricketing fraternity, said Amir had pled guilty before a court and deserved another chance. A 19-year-old [Amir was really 18 at the time] lad commits a blunder and then didn’t lie in the court, admits his guilt and finishes his punishment. He should play again, Khan said during an interview on news station ARY. He’s apologised to everyone, so I appeal to all people that are opposing his return to halt their moves against him, he included. Khan, a former Pakistan captain turned opposition party leader, didn’t overlook a chance to swing a punch at Pakistan’s leaders in the interview. Offenders are running the state; therefore, [...]
Fourth JF-17 Thunder squadron whole as PAC rolls out 16th aircraft

Fourth JF-17 Thunder squadron whole as PAC rolls out 16th aircraft

Fourth JF-17 Thunder squadron whole as PAC rolls out ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) on Monday rolled out the 16th Block 2 JF-17 aircraft and officially handed it over to the Pakistan Air force (PAF), indicating the end of four squadrons. Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman attended the service, with Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain attending as the chief guest. Hussain reaffirmed Pakistan’s commitment towards encouraging self-reliance in defense creation and thanked the authorities of China for its unrelenting support.“I value the crucial part played by our time-tested Chinese buddies for the success with the JF17 plan. Their support of Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra and so many other jobs is cherished and highly valued by every Pakistani,” Hussain said. The Chief of Air Staff expressed his satisfaction with all the improvement to the JF17 program. He commended the professional competence and dedication shown by PAC staff in meeting the landmarks of the JF17 program and encouraged them to continue their best efforts in pursuit of superiority. PAC Kamra is in command of the upkeep of all PAF operational assets. In 2010, the Chief of the Air Staff in the time, Air Chief Marshal Rao Qamar Suleman had said the aircraft would be the mainstay of PAF’s operations, multiply its operational capability and empower it to run day-and-night multiple operations, which became critical in the prevalent international and regional scenario. JF17: Operational history The JF-17 Thunder, a single-engine [...]
Anti-polio drive vitae despite security concerns in Swabi

Anti-polio drive vitae despite security concerns in Swabi

Anti-polio drive vitae despite security concerns  PESHAWAR: A three-day anti-polio drive kicked off on Monday in Swabi, restarting the area ‘s anti-polio effort that was canceled because of security issues last week. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Health Department said 260,000 kids will be vaccinated during the effort. As stated by the Swabi authorities, tight security measures are taken in the district: 629 cellular telephones are deployed for the anti-polio campaign, that’ll be run by 25 passage teams 59 fixed teams and four teams that were roaming.On Nov 30, Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) District Coordinator Dr. Yaqoob was shot dead, and his motorist injured when unknown assailants opened fired on his car in Swabi, reported NEWS previously. A cop was gunned down in another assault on the exact same day. The following morning, residents of Dodhar hamlet and hospital staff protested against the killing of Dr Yaqoob, obstructing the road for a number of hours and demanding arrests of the killers. The three-day anti-polio campaign was scheduled to begin on Nov 30, but the health workers refused to run it in the demonstration against the government’s failure to detain the killers of Dr Yaqoob. After the killing of Yaqoob, the EPI and well-being staff had refused to run door to door effort over security anxieties, concurring just to vaccinate kids inside health centers. Polio workers have for ages been targeted due to rumors the polio immunization drive is a conspiracy to sterilize Muslims or a front for espionage. The gossips have made inhabitants of [...]