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December 31, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. `Impractical` court order puts ECP in a bind
• After a day of whirlwind legal proceedings, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) said on December 30, 2022 night that local bodies elections in Islamabad cannot be held on Dec 31 (today).
• Earlier in the day, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had ordered the ECP to hold the polls on Saturday giving the machinery less than 24 hours to implement its directions.
• An ECP official told Dawn that it was `practically impossible` to hold an electoral exercise, even within Islamabad alone, on such short notice.
• The remarks came after Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja held a meeting to consider the IHC verdict
2. PM okays outsourcing management of three key airports
• Reviving a decision taken by the government of his PML-N in 2017, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on December 30, 2022 issued directives calling for initiating the process of outsourcing the management of three major airports in the country.
• In April 2017, the then prime minister and PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif had approved the policy to outsource the management of the country`s three main airports.
• Chairing a meeting held to discuss matters pertaining to aviation and airports on Friday, PM Shehbaz gave a go-ahead for outsourcing of Jinnah International Airport Karachi, Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore and Islamabad International Airport under the public-private partnership
3. NSC vows to counter terrorism with `full force`
• The National Security Committee (NSC) has vowed to respond to the resurgent terrorist threat with `full force` and safeguard the national interest but deferred crucial decisions for dealing with the situation until Monday.
• `The meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) will continue on Monday … In which further decisions will be taken in the light of the proposals, the Prime Minister`s Office (PMO) said in a statement after a meeting on Friday, the first day of deliberations.
• The meeting was convened to discuss the aggravating security situation because of growing number of terrorist attacks, border clashes with the Afghan Taliban, and the economic meltdown.
• Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif chaired the meeting, attended by key federal ministers, services chiefs and heads of intelligence agencies
4. Turkish navy ship conducts drills with PN
• Pakistan and Turkish naval ships took part in a bilateral exercise Turgutreis-VII comprising operations including defence against asymmetric attacks, visit board search and seizure, air defence exercises and joint coordinated patrol.
• The two navies also conducted joint patrolling in the North Arabian Sea to further hone professional skills and enhance interoperability.
• The visit of the Turkish Navy ship TCG Burgazada to Pakistan is a manifestation of strong bilateral ties between the two countries and the exercise is a testimony of Pakistan Navy`s resolve towards regional peace and maintenance of order at sea.
• At the Karachi port, TCG Burgazada was earlier welcomed by senior officers of the Pakistan Navy along with officials of the Turkiye Consulate
5. Pakistani diplomatic property in US going to `highest bidder`
• The highest bidder for a Pakistan embassy property in the US capital is Shahal Khan of Burkhan World Investments and he is also the likely winner of this bid, sources privy to the development told.
• Mr Khan is believed to have offered $6.8 million for the property. Burkhan World is based in Washington and claims to `invest in projects that it believes will have a positive impact on our society`.
• A Jewish group, which presumably wanted to build a synagogue at this site, submitted the `second-highest` and not the `highest bid`, as reported earlier. The third bidder was an American investment company, which apparently employs US citizens of Indian origin as well.
• Official sources told Dawn that `the process of implementing the bid has started` which can be interpreted as `the highest bidder will get the property`, as agreed