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December 22, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. SBP slashes GDP growth forecast to below 3-4pc
• The central bank has lowered its projected GDP growth from the previously announced range of 3-4 percent for the current fiscal year, citing flood-induced destruction and the stabilisation policy as major factors in its flagship economic health report released on Wednesday.
• However, in its Annual Report on the State of Pakistan`s Economy, which mostly discussed the previous financial year that ended on June 30, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said economic growth was stronger than expected in the 2021-22 fiscal year as real GDP increased by 6pc compared to 5.7pc a year ago.
• The primary drivers of this growth were a broad based expansion in largescale manufacturing (LSM) and improved agricultural output, the report said
2. SC overturns verdicts in favour of khula
• In a family suit, the Supreme Court on December 21, 2022 set aside the Peshawar High Court (PHC) and appellate court decisions for dissolution of a marriage by way of khula and restored the decree of a family court to dissolve the marriage on the basis of cruelty inflicted by a man on his wife.
• While the family court after recording of evidence and hearing both sides had dissolved the marriage due to cruelty on a suit moved by Tayyeba Ambareen against her husband Shafgat Ali Kiyani demanding dower amount, dowry articles, medical expenses and maintenance for herself and their daughter, the appellate court on Nov 10, 2015 overturned the decree and converted it into khula with the direction to the woman to refund five-tola gold to her husband. The high court also upheld the appellate court decision.
3. Abdullah Sumbal posted as regular Punjab CS
• The federal government on December 21, 2022 posted Abdullah Khan Sumbal as the Punjab chief secretary after a delay of over three months when sitting CS Kamran Ali Afzal went on leave.
• Since then, the Punjab government has given look-after charge of the top administrative office to Mr Sumbal which was extended thrice. The PTI-PMLQ`s coalition government in Punjab views the development as a `serious move` at this critical juncture. However, it believes that the new chief secretary now commanding all administrative powers would not denotify chief minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi if the governor asks him to do so since Mr Elahi did not take vote of confidence on the advice of the Punjab governor.
• However, sources in the bureaucracy say the chief secretary is bound to do what the law says, regardless how stakeholders interpret the constitutional provisions
4. Amir Zulfiqar appointed Punjab IGP
• Ending the uncertainty with regard to the appointment of new head of Punjab police, the federal government late on December 21, 2022 posted Muhammad Amir Zulfiqar Khan as provincial police chief.
• The federal government has issued the notification for appointment of Mr Zulfiqar as Punjab inspector general of police, who was deputy director general of the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF). He has previously held the posts of National Highways & Motorway Police IG, Islamabad police IG and Additional IG Operations, CPO Punjab, Lahore.
• Mr Zulfiqar, as an assistant superintendent of police (ASP), won both top police honours -the Quaid-e-Azam Police Medal and the Pakistan Police Medal. He belongs to Lahore and joined the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP) in 1991 and belonged to 19th Common
5. Flood-hit areas exposed to harsh winter: UN
• The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in an interim report on flood damage severity and propensity for severe weather says 14 districts of Sindh, 10 districts of Balochistan, nine districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and two of Punjab have been identified as the most exposed to difficult winter conditions.
• The UNOCHA report, made available on December 21, 2022, says that with the onset of winter season, stagnant receding water, displacements at inadequate and makeshift sites, damaged shelters and the lack of appropriate winter clothing, basic household items and safe heating supplies, are contributing to placing millions of people at risk of illness, disease and protection concerns, especially gender-based violence