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March 02, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Another `no questions asked` package unveiled
• Emphasising the importance of industrialisation for Pakistan`s progress, Prime Minister Imran Khan announced an industrial `amnesty` package, which allows investors to put their money into new industries, no questions asked.
• The PM made this announcement in Lahore, a day after announcing a dramatic cut in fuel and electricity rates, saying this was the first thing his party should have done after coming into power.
• However, while the Pakistan Tehreek I Insaf prides itself on being a party focused on accountability and transparency, this would be the third amnesty package being offered to those who may be trying to legalise their ill-gotten wealth
2. Punjab proposes declaration on finality of Prophethood before marriage
• In what appears to be a bid to win over the right-wing vote bank, the Punjab cabinet on Tuesday approved an amendment to the West Pakistan Rules under Muslim Family Laws Ordinance 1961, and subsequently included a clause wherein couples intending to get married would have to take an oath to testify their belief in the finality of Prophethood (PBUH) at the time of nikah.
• While the intentions of the provincial rulers aren`t clear, the civil society and legal fraternity question the objectives behind such an amendment when the law and Constitution already contain relevant provisions and clauses about faith.
• Lawyer Asad Jamal wondered why Punjab was taking a solo flight when the Muslim Family Laws were not a provincial subject.
3. Cabinet approves lease of state land for corporate farming under CPEC
• The Punjab cabinet on March 1, 2022 approved leasing out of state land for corporate farming under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
• The cabinet which met under the chair of Chief Minister Usman Buzdar directed a ministerial committee to devise the lease rules while approving 500 to 5,000 acres of land for corporate farming to create job opportunities and to modernise the agriculture sector for food security.
• The issue of corporate farming under CPEC was pending since the PML-N government, which had set up a special cell at the agriculture department to work out modalities for the purpose and had planned to establish seven agro-economic zones along the CPEC route to take full advantage of the development opportunity coming its way by promoting high value agriculture and related businesses there
4. Bill in Senate seeking provisional province status for GB `rejected`
• A parliamentary committee of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly has rejected a private members` bill submitted by four senators of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) in the Senate seeking provisional province status for GB.
• According to a joint statement issued by 12 members of the GB Legislative Assembly, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, Majlis Wahdatul Muslimeen, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam condemned the move of the senators and announced their decision to oppose it.
• The statement said a meeting of the parliamentary committee on GB provisional province draft was held in Islamabad on Monday. It said any move without consulting the GB people would be resisted.
5. KP cabinet okays bill on special courts for business disputes
• The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa cabinet on March 1, 2022 approved the draft bill for setting up special courts in the province to ensure early disposal of business-related disputes.
• The cabinet met with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair and ministers and administrative secretaries in attendance.
• Special assistant to the chief minister on information Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif later told reporters that the cabinet approved the KP Resolution of Commercial Disputes Bill, 2022, to create conducive environment to promote investment and businesses and resolve commercial disputes