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June 04, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. ISI given legal cover to screen government officials
• The prime minister has officially tasked the country`s premier spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), with the screening of civil servants before their induction, appointments and postings, as well as promotions.
• In doing so, the government has given legal cover to a practice that had already been in place, but had not been formalised as part of protocol.
• According to the Establishment Division notification: `In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section 1 of section 25 of the Civil Servants Act 1973 […] read with notification No. SRO 120 (1)/1998 […] the Prime Minister is pleased to notify Directorate General Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) as [the] Special Vetting Agency (SVA) for verification and screening of all Public Office Holders (Officers Category)
2. Sindh, KP tighten their belts with fuel quota slash
• After an unprecedented hike of Rs60 per litre in fuel prices in nearly a week, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments have slashed the fuel quota enjoyed by cabinet members, legislators and government officials by more than a third, whereas the federal government i s also considering a similar austerity move.
• The two provincial governments notified the decision on Friday while a federal cabinet member, who wished to remain anonymous, told Dawn the prime minister was also mulling over a cut in fuel quota.
• On Friday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif called on the privileged classes to make sacrifices and to adopt simplicity, saying that everyone would have to make sacrifices during these challenging times.
3. Verification of Afghan refugees completed
• The government, with the support of the UN refugee agency, has completed the verification of some 1.3 million registered Afghan refugees living in Pakistan.
• The Documentation Renewal and Information Verification Exercise (Drive) was aimed at updating and verifying the data of Afghans holding a Proof of Registration (PoR) card.
• The exercise was a joint effort of the ministry of states and frontier regions, the chief commissionerate commissioner for Afghan refugees, and the UNHCR with technical assistance of National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra)
4. Two soldiers martyred in N. Waziristan: ISPR
• Two soldiers were martyred during exchange of fire with terrorists in two areas of North Waziristan tribal district on Thursday night and Friday.
• Security forces came under attacks in the volatile district when the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan has announced ceasefire for an indefinite period after negotiations with a grand jirga from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Kabul.
• Inter-Services Public Relations confirmed the martyrdom of Sepoy Imran Khan, resident of Jafarabad and Sepoy Hamid Ali, resident of Sargodha
5. KP Assembly provides legal cover to Sehat Insaf Card scheme
• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly on Friday passed the KP Universal Health Coverage Bill, 2022, to give legal cover to the provincial government`s flagship Sehat Insaf Card scheme, which covers 7.4 million families across the province with each family entitled to Rs1 million worth of free healthcare annually.
• It also passed with unusual haste seven other important bills, including KP Fiscal Responsibility Bill, KP Revenue Authority Bill, Healthcare Facilities Bill and Local Government Bill.
• The entire legislative exercise was completed within 30 minutes as the house rejected the amendments proposed by the opposition to the bills