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January 01, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. `Inability` to hold LG polls triggers legal battle
• A fresh round of litigation got underway over the contentious local government elections on December 31, 2022, the day when the exercise was to be held in the federal capital according to a verdict announced by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday.
• In the row, the federal government has challenged the `hasty` decision of the IHC, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has explained in writing to the court reasons for its inability to hold the polls on Saturday and the opposition Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has sought contempt proceedings against both the government and the election watchdog.
• Besides, IHC Justice Arbab Muhammad Tahir released the detailed order passed a day earlier on the petitions of PTI and Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) seeking directions for the ECP to hold the elections on Dec 31.
• The court in the detailed judgement noted that `the decision of the Federal Government to increase the number of UCs [union councils] from 101 to 125 was based on a summary moved by the Special Secretary, Ministry of Interior.
2. Fighting in Bannu leaves four terrorists dead: ISPR
• Four terrorists were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Bannu on December 31, 2022, a military statement said.
• During the intense exchange of bre, Sepoy Mohammad Wasim, 25, having fought gallantly, embraced martyrdom, said the statement issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR). He was a resident of Khairpur, Sindh.
• According to the ISPR, security forces conducted an intelligence-based operation in general area Jani Khel of Bannu district.
• During the operation, troops effectively engaged the terrorists after the latter opened fire. In the ensuing fight, four terrorists were gunned down while weapons with ammunition was seized from them
3. KP govt begins random Covid screening at airport, border points amid new variant fears
• Amid fears over the new Covid-19 variant, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has begun random screening at the Peshawar airport and on Afghan border crossings in the province.
• The development comes as the health department recorded six new coronavirus patients on December 31, 2022.
• Provincial chief secretary Dr Shahzad Khan Bangash had directed the health department to stay alert in light of the emergence of a new virus variant
4. 2022 ends with deadliest month for security forces after decade: report
• The year 2022 ended with the deadliest month for Pakistan`s security personnel over a decade with the emergence of a new terror triad, comprising Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and Daesh-Afghanistan.
• In 2023, Pakistan is likely to endure more violence, a report released by the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) stated.
• Security forces lost at least 282 personnel in 2022, with 40 fatalities only in December, in attacks that included improvised explosive device (IED) ambushes, suicide attacks and raids on security posts, mostly in the Pakistan-Afghan border regions.
• The country suffered 376 terror attacks in 2022 out of which banned terror outfits such as TTP, Daesh and BLA claimed responsibility for 57 of these strikes
5. N. Korea fires ballistic missiles capping record year of tests
• North Korea fired three short-range ballistic missiles on December 31, 2022, Seoul`s military said, adding a final salvo to Pyongyang`s record-breaking blitz of launches this year.
• Military tensions on the Korean peninsula have risen sharply in 2022 as the North has conducted sanctions-busting weapons tests nearly every month, including firing its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile ever.
• Saturday`s launch comes a day after South Korea successfully tested a solid-fuel space launch vehicle, and follows the incursion of five North Korean drones into the South`s airspace earlier in the week.
• South Korea`s military said it had detected `three short range ballistic missiles launched by North Korea into the East Sea from the area of Chunghwa County, North Hwanghae Province, referring to the body of water also known as the Sea of Japan. The missiles flew about 350 kilometres before splashing down, it added.