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Headlines 8am: Imran expected to get arrested, polio drive, electricity tariff may go up

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Published 22 Aug, 2022 09:23am

  • PTI Chairman Imran Khan was expected to get arrested as an FIR was registered against him on Sunday for threatening Islamabad police officers and a female magistrate, during his speech a day earlier, under Section 7 (punishment for acts of terrorism) of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

  • Police have sealed all routes in the surrounding area of Bani Gala, Imran’s residence. A large number of PTI’s senior leadership had gathered at Imran Khan chowk.

  • Journalist associations have condemned attacks on media workers after PTI workers attacked an Aaj News cameraman outside Bani Gala. They have demanded of the government to arrest the culprits.

  • The coalition government after consultation and a “secret briefing” from officials of the interior ministry has ordered the Islamabad police to arrest Imran. It has advised cops to pick an appropriate time for arrest.

  • Imran has vowed to give “real freedom” to the country during a rally in Rawalpindi.

  • The Islamabad High Court would take up the government’s plea to become a party in a case against the physical remand of PTI leader Shahbaz Gill today (Monday). Pims General Surgeon Dr Tariq Abdullah has been added to the medical board to examine the PTI leader’s condition.

  • Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah has described the apparent torture of Gill as a “drama” and rejected it. He claimed that the PTI leader suffered no torture in police custody while the Punjab government and Adiala Jail were responsible for such reports if there are any.

  • PTI leader Fawad Chaudhry demanded of the government conduct an investigation if Gill did not suffer any torture.

  • PTI won the by-election on Karachi’s NA-245. PTI’s Mehmood Maulvi bagged 29,475 votes, party workers celebrated the victory.

  • Third nationwide polio campaign starts today (Monday). More than 40 million children under five years of age will be administered polio drops in 142 districts of the country, the Pakistan Polio Eradication Programme said.

  • At least three people died of the coronavirus over the last 24 hours, the National Institute of Health reported. As many as 416 cases were reported.

  • Nine soldiers were martyred and four others got injured when a Pakistan Army vehicle met an accident and fell into a Nullah in the Shaujabad area of Bagh district in Azad Kashmir early Sunday morning, ISPR said in a statement.

  • The electricity tariff was expected to increase under the fuel adjustment charges (a system designed to adjust monthly electricity fees based on fluctuations in fuel prices) for July. Consumers to bear more than Rs65 billion of burden, sources said.

  • Pakistan on Sunday rejected the “recent spate of false terrorism-related assertions” by India in which some detached alleged incidents are “being distorted and presented as a so-called ‘terror’ plot against India.”

  • The Sindh government has declared 23 districts of the rain-affected province as calamities. The provincial government has vowed to provide every possible support.

  • The United Arab Emirates has said that its ambassador to Iran, Saif Mohammed Al Zaabi, would return to Tehran “in coming days”, more than six years after the Gulf Arab state downgraded ties with the Islamic Republic.

  • The leaders of the United States, Britain, France and Germany discussed efforts to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the White House said on Sunday in a statement largely focused on Ukraine.

  • Pakistan beat the Netherlands by nine runs despite a brave effort by the home side in the third and final one-day international in Rotterdam on Sunday.

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