Chief Statistician Asif Bajwa inaugurated the process of census in Attock district on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion, he urged the people to enthusiastically participate in the Housing and Population Census. During the first phase, census process will be completed in 63 districts of the country including 16 in Punjab, eight in Sindh, thirteen districts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Orakzai Agency of FATA, 15 districts in Balochistan, and five each in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Host: Dr. Shafiq ur Rehman

Co-host: Dr. Khurram Iqbal

Analysts on Phone:

Muhammad Bashir Janjua (DG, Statistics)

House listing process under census is completed and actual population census has started now. Our enumerator is filling the form with the help of army soldier. All arrangements have been made and process is going on smoothly. Disables and transgender population is also included in the form. We are entertaining and rectifying all complaints through our control room.  The entire census process is response based and our enumerators write down information given by respondents. The questions in the forms are simple and can easily be answered. We are not facing any difficulty in rural areas as well.

Habib Ullah Khan Khattak (Member Census Committee)

This population census is divided into two phases and it will be completed till May, 2017. In first phase, 63 districts from all provinces are selected for census. Initially, people were reluctant to respond to our enumerators because of security concerns. Now, all problems have been taken care of and public is responding and cooperating with our representatives. We are telling to the people that houses not included in first phase will be included in second phase of the census. 

Revival of military courts to curb the menace of terrorism from country

The government is going to table a bill to extend Military Courts in the National Assembly tomorrow and later it will be presented in the Senate. The bill is aimed at extending the military courts' term for another two years. Political consensus to this effect was reached after intensive consultations among the political parties of the country, after the expiry of military courts' tenure in January this year. The decision has been taken in view of the extra ordinary situation the country is passing through.

Analyst on Phone:

Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal (Parliamentary Secretary on Defence)

Political parties have decided in favour of military courts keeping in mind the challenging situation of the country. We have made difficult decisions in this regard. Terrorists and anti-state groups were acting against peace, political stability and state of Pakistan as a whole. This law is again enacted for limited time period of two years. Our parliamentary representatives and judges should overcome the deficiencies in judicial system.

Significance of Gwadar port in CPEC- PM’s visit to Gwadar to review development projects Gwadar

While addressing a public gathering in Gawadar on Thursday, Nawaz Sharif said Gwadar is located on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the western province of Balochistan. It is about 533 km from Karachi and 120 km from the Iranian border. It is central point of $ 55 billion worth CPEC. CPEC covers four areas: energy, ports, infrastructure and industrial collaboration. Energy projects of 10,400 megawatts have been included in the `early harvest’ program, to be completed by 2018.

Analyst on Phone:

Dostain Khan Jamaldini (Chairman, Gwadar Port Authority)

There is no doubt that Gwadar will play a major role in development of Baluchistan and Pakistan. The Prime Minister’s frequent visits to Gwadar show his focus on this area. Whenever he visits Gwadar, he has announced many infrastructure projects. This visit was focused on problems of common people and development of social sector. He focused on social and economic issues of people of Gwadar. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif wants Gwadar University to be one of the best institutions of Pakistan. It is responsibility of public servants to materialize his vision. Announcement of scholarships of Gwadar students is a gift for them. The Prime Minister really wants completion and implementation of developmental projects on time. 

Equal Rights for Minorities in Pakistan- President promulgates the Hindu Marriage bill into law

President Mamnoon Hussain signs the bill on the advice of the Prime Minister. The Act will protect Hindu marriages and family rights. The law will be able to solemnize marriages in accordance with the customary rites, rituals and ceremonies of the Hindu community. Meanwhile, in a statement regarding promulgation of Hindu Marriage Act, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the law will provide the Hindu community protection for marriage and family rights. 

Nomination of Hindu radical as CM Uttar Pardesh- Yogi Aditayanath runs an extremist organization which is a clear message from Indian leadership that there is no space for minorities

Adityanath is known for his hardline Hindutva ideology and making anti-Muslim statements. He is popular among his supporters for his fiery speeches against minorities. The Chief Minister-designate also runs an extremist organisation, Hindu Yuva Vahini, which has been accused of instigating communal tension. He describes himself as a "religious missionary and social worker" on his Lok Sabha profile.

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