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April 19, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Six given death sentence in Priyantha lynching case
• An anti-terrorism court on April 17, 2022 handed down death sentence to six men on two counts, life imprisonment to nine, five-year to one and two-year jail term each to as many as 72 persons for their involvement in the lynching of a Sri Lankan factory manager in Sialkot over blasphemy allegations.
• Presiding Judge of the Gujranwala ATC Natasha Naseem, who conducted the trial in the Priyantha Kumara case, pronounced the guilty verdict inside Kot Lakhpat jail convicting 88 accused and acquitting one of the charges.
• Capital punishment was awarded to Taimur, Mohammad Irshad, Ali Hasnain, Abdul Rehman, Abu Talha and Mohammad Humair. A fine of Rs200,000 was also imposed on each convict
2. Tanveer Ilyas sworn in as A JK premier
• Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) regional president Sardar Tanveer Ilyas was sworn in as the 14th prime minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on April 18, 2022 hours after he was elected to the office by a clear majority of the Legislative Assembly.
• The oath was administered to him by AJK president Barrister Sultan Mahmood at a ceremony in the President`s House.
• Earlier, Mr Ilyas bagged 33 votes in the 53-member house in an election boycotted by the 19-member opposition, comprising Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).
• The election apparently brought to an end the nerve-racking wheeling and dealing in the territory that started when 25 PTI lawmakers moved a resolution for a vote of no confidence against the outgoing prime minister Sardar Abdul Qayyum Niazi, who too belongs to the PTI, on April 12
3. SED bans study guides in schools
• The Punjab School Education Department (SED) has restricted the use of study guides of private publishers in all the public schools of the province.
• The department took notice of the key-books or guides being used in the schools to teach the students. The department had directed use of books approved by the Punjab Curriculum and Textbook Board (PCTB). The board was providing free of cost syllabus books in all public schools of the province.
• The SED had directed that no private publisher`s guide and helping book would be taught in schools and action would be taken against the [school] heads for violating the orders
4. Raisi threatens to target heart of Israel if it acts against Iran
• Iran`s armed forces will target Israel`s heart if it makes `the slightest move` against the Islamic Republic, President Ebrahim Raisi told a military parade on April 18, 2022, amid stalled talks between Tehran and world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear pact.
• Israel, widely believed to have the Middle East`s only atomic arsenal, says it will not be bound by any Iran nuclear deal and could eventually take unilateral action against Iranian nuclear sites.
• `The Zionist regime (Israel), you should know that … if you take the slightest move against our nation, our armed forces will target the heart of the Zionist regime` Raisi said in a televised speech at a military parade to mark the national Army Day.
• Troops marched in front of the podium where Raisi stood with army officers
5. Sri Lankan leader trims cabinet of relatives ahead of IMF talks
• Sri Lanka`s embattled leader dropped two of his brothers and a nephew from his cabinet on April 18, 2022, acknowledging public anger over the ruling family`s mismanagement of a crippling economic crisis that has prompted calls for his resignation.
• President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has presided over the island nation`s most painful downturn in memory and his government is preparing for imminent bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund.
• Dozens of ruling party lawmakers have turned against the administration and opposition parties have rebuffed invitations to join a unity government.
• Huge protests have mobilised against Rajapaksa, including tens of thousands of people camped outside his seafront office for more than a week, though the leader has so far resisted pressure to stand down