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October 13, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. Punjab govt to go Web3.0 to control data breach
• The Punjab government has decided to adopt Web3.0 a technology that can decentralise web and control data leakage, selling and hacking.
• Chief Minister Chaudhry Parvez Elahi constituted a 22-member committee, led by finance as well as information and technology ministers, and tasked it with doing a detailed analysis, study, and research and giving policy interventions, future road map and actions to be taken for adoption of Web 3.0 in Punjab. The committee was directed to submit its report in four weeks.
• Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan only a day earlier stated that the ruling coalition was allegedly making `deep fake` videos to malign him and his party
2. Centre to help KP curb terrorism amid alarm over TTP acts
• Amidst the growing concern over a surge in activities of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the Prime Minister`s Steering Committee on Peace on October 12, 2022 decided to fully assist the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government in curbing terrorist activities in the province.
• The committee`s meeting, which reviewed the law and order situation in the country, particularly Swat, took place days after the interior ministry issued an alert over the increasing threat of attacks by the TTP or its factions after talks with the banned group broke down.
• The meeting, chaired by Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah, was skipped by PTI members Ali Mohammad Khan and Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif. The committee deplored their absence
3. Pakistan, Azerbaijan to fast-track energy ties
• Pakistan and Azerbaijan agreed on October 12, 2022 to hold fast track discussions on energy collaboration, renewed their commitment to deepen bilateral engagement in several areas of cooperation and reviewed the progress of various ongoing initiatives aimed at promoting connectivity, trade and investment.
• During the meeting, held in Kazakhstan`s capital Astana, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif underlined the need for fostering close cooperation on energy, a high-priority area for his government.
• He nominated Minister of State for Petroleum Musadik Malik, who visited the Azeri capital Baku last month, as the focal person for bilateral energy cooperation
4. UN seeks Pakistani peacekeepers for Sudan
• The United Nations has requested Pakistan to deploy a battalion in the UN Interim Security Force in Abyei, a disputed territory between Sudan and South Sudan.
• UN Under-Secretary General for Peace Operations Jean Pierre Lacroix, who concluded his visit to Pakistan on Wednesday, told Dawn that `we are fully confident in the capacity of Pakistani peacekeepers and for that reason we have regular discussions on new deployment`.
• Mr Lacroix said because of the conflict between the parties in Sudan and Ethiopia, the UN could not have Ethiopian peacekeepers. `We have to replace all Ethiopian peacekeepers and other contingent. For that reason, UN has asked Pakistan and a number of countries to deploy units there,` he added
5. Al-Azhar rejects fatwas against polio vaccination in Pakistan
• Egypt`s Al-Azhar University, one of the world`s most eminent seats of Islamic learning, has warned against fatwas banning the polio vaccine in Pakistan, describing the vaccine as a `religious, medical and humanitarian duty` The spread of decrees prohibiting the vaccination is a `violation of the rights of Pakistani children and their families`, the university said in a tweet on Wednesday, stressing that preventing a vaccine that is beneficial for the child, such as the polio`s, is `prohibited by Sharia` Violence, fear and misinformation offer challenges to authorities trying to reach every child who needs the polio vaccine in Pakistan, which has reported19cases this year. The university`s statement came after Health Minister Abdul Qadir Patel met Grand Imam of Al-Azhar University Prof Ahmed At-Tayyeb in Cairo, where he briefed his host on the flood crisis in Pakistan.
• Al-Azhar called on countries, peoples and relief and charitable institutions around the world to stand in solidarity with Pakistan in this catastrophe that has claimed thousands of lives, displaced families, demolished homes and caused epidemic diseases