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May 01, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Hamza Shehbaz finally takes oath as the 21st CM of Punjab
• After weeks of uncertainty and court cases, PML-N`s Hamza Shehbaz on April 30, 2022 finally managed to take oath as the 21st chief minister of Punjab following court orders in this regard, while the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) remains in denial mode, calling the CM`s election `unconstitutional and disputed` and insisting Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif`s son cannot be accepted as the chief executive of the province.
• Soon after Hamza was sworn in and assumed his office at 8-Club Road (CM secretariat), the Punjab chief secretary notified that interim chief minister Usman Buzdar ceased to hold office with immediate effect. Hamza was presented with a guard of honour on his maiden visit to the secretariat.
• As he left his Model Town residence for the Governor House to take oath from National Assembly Speaker Raja Pervaiz Ashraf, Punjab Governor Omar Sarfraz Cheema restored Mr Buzdar as a full-fledged CM along with his entire cabinet. However, the Services and General Administration Department (S&GAD) did not notify the move
2. PM, Saudi prince `talk shop` in Jeddah
• Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif met Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah on April 30, 2022 and discussed ways to strengthen economic, investment and trade ties between the two countries.
• During the meeting at the Royal Palace, the two leaders held wide-ranging discussions on issues of mutual interest, along with global and regional issues.
• According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister`s Office, upon arrival at the Royal Palace, the prime minister and his delegation received a guard of honour.
• The premier was in Saudi Arabia on a three-day visit his first since he assumed office along with a delegation including Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Miftah Ismail, Nawabzada Shahzain Bugti, Marriyum Aurangzeb, Khawaja Asif, Chaudhry Salik Hussain, Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Mohsin Dawar and Maulana Tahir Ashrafi
3. 86 attacks on press recorded in 2021-22
• At least 86 cases of attacks and violations against media and its practitioners, including journalists, took place in Pakistan over the course of one year between May 2021 and April 2022.
• While the overall number of documented violations in the preceding year have gone down several notches, there is a continuing trend of targeting journalists working for digital media, according to the research and analysis report by Freedom Network, an award-winning Pakistan-based media rights watchdog that tracks violations against journalists and attacks on freedom of expression on an ongoing basis.
• The report, released to mark the World Press Freedom Day observe d globally on May 3, reveals that the state actors continue to be the largest threat source for journalists in Pakistan in a period marked by a dramatic escalation of coercion by the former Imran Khan government resulting in violence, legal cases, abductions, detentions and threats
4. Murree Tourism Police launched to facilitate visitors
• Murree Tourism Police was on April 30, 2022 launched to facilitate and protect tourists in the resort station on the instructions of the inspector general of police (IGP), Punjab.
• Regional Police Officer (RPO) Rawalpindi Ashfaq Ahmad Khan and City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Omar Saeed Malik inaugurated the tourism police at Lower Topa.
• The tourism police initially included 150 officers and personnel, a special tourist van, three specially prepared vehicles, 25 motorcycles and a horse riding squad.
• Police officials said the tourism police was launched after the Murree tragedy of January 8, 2022
5. FBR collects record Rs4.86tr
• The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) raised a record Rs4.858 trillion in the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, exceeding the target of Rs4.619tr by Rs239 billion, provisional data compiled by the tax body showed on April 30, 2022.
• Compared with the revenue collection of Rs3.778tr in the same period in 2020-21, a 28.6 per cent growth was posted in the July April period. This will provide a cushion to the 13-party coalition government for the continuation of subsidies on petroleum prices in the next two months.
• Unprecedented in the FBR`s history to consecutively surpass the monthly collection targets in the first eight months of 202122. As a result, no change in petroleum products was made for the next 15 days by the new government as well