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May 28, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Rs28bn relief package for country`s poorest
• Just a day after hiking fuel prices to meet the demands of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif announced a relief package worth Rs28 billion for the poorest segments of society, in a televised address to the nation on May 27, 2022.
• In his first address since assuming office, he said the government was taking tough decisions in view of national interest, and accused the previous Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) government of putting Pakistan`s economic and diplomatic standing on the line, simply to further their personal, political interests.
• Saying that global oil prices were through the roof and that the fuel crisis was affecting everyone from oil producing countries to the developed nations of the West, he claimed the previous government had announced a fuel and power subsidy for the sake of its own survival, the burden of which the national exchequer could not take
2. NAB, election reforms passed by Senate amid PTI protestations
• Pandemonium broke out in the upper house of parliament on May 27, 2022 when the Senate passed two crucial bills Elections (Amendment) Bill 2022 and National Accountability (Second Amendment) Bill amid strong opposition from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), a day after they sailed through the National Assembly.
• Torn-up copies of the agenda flew in the house as PTI lawmakers gathered near the Senate chairman`s podium when the first bill was moved. Chanting slogans against what they called `imported` government, they warned the move would deprive overseas Pakistanis of the voting right facility.
• However, Law Minister Azam Nazir Tarar, who is also leader of the house in Senate, made it clear that the overseas Pakistanis were not being deprived of their right to vote, rather the bill sought to empower the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure voting rights without compromising secrecy.
3. First woman to head Lahore police operations
• In a first, Punjab inspector general of police has appointed a woman police officer as senior superintendent (SSP) of Lahore`s operations wing, besides reshuffling six other officers.
• Dr Anoosh Masood Chaudhry has been appointed head of the Lahore operations police vice Mustansar Feroz, who has been directed to report to the Central Police Office (CPO) for further order.
• Dr Anoosh is the first woman police officer posted as SSP Operations Lahore. She has served in Lahore as SP in Cantonment and Model Town police divisions, besides serving as an assistant superintendent (ASP)
4. Balochistan set to hold LG polls tomorrow
• After a lapse of almost three-and-a-half years from their scheduled time, the local government elections are going to be held in 32 out of 34 districts of Balochistan on Sunday (May 29, 2022).
• The provincial election commission has finalised all arrangements in this regard and 16,195 male and female candidates are set to take part in the elections.
• For the first time in the province, as many as 132 female candidates are contesting directly on general seats where they are facing male candidates. Most female candidates belong to the Sibi district
5. Pakistan reports two more polio cases
• The country reported two more cases of polio, taking the total to six this year. All cases have been reported from the North Waziristan tribal district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa amid fears that more cases may come as viral circulation is expected to be higher from May to September.
• The two victims paralysed for the rest of their lives are an 18-month-old boy and a girl of the same age. Both cases were detected in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan.
• An expert said that as Pakistan focused on Covid19 during the last two years, it held few polio campaigns and ignored pockets of refusal, which allowed the poliovirus to bounce back