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September 28, 2022: National / International Current Affairs
1. PM breaks silence over audio leaks, forms body for probe
• Days after the controversial leaks of informal conversation in the Prime Minister House surfaced and stirred up a political firestorm, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif termed it a serious `security lapse` and said a high-powered inquiry committee would probe the fiasco.
• Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, Mr Sharif said that foreign dignitaries would be apprehensive and uncomfortable if official buildings were bugged.
• `This is not my issue alone, but it is a matter of the dignity of 22 million people of Pakistan.
• Clarifying his position on the previous leak about facilitating import of machinery from India for Maryam Nawaz`s son-in-law, the prime minister said Ms Nawaz had never asked for any favour for herself or her son-in-law
2. Dar takes oath amid opposition mayhem in Senate
• Pandemonium reigned in the Senate on September 27, 2022 as PML-N leader Ishaq Dar, a former finance minister who is set to take up the post again, took oath as a member of the upper house hours after a petition seeking his disqualification was withdrawn from the Election Commission of Pakistan.
• PTI lawmakers gathered around the podium of Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani, chanting slogans against Mr Dar soon after he was invited by the chairman to take oath. Torn-up copies of the agenda flew around the chamber as Mr Dar was administered the oath and even afterwards, when the ruling coalition`s members queued up to congratulate him for becoming a senator.
• Mr Sanjrani kept asking PTI senators to return to their seats but to no avail. They finally took their seats when security personnel started moving towards them on his direction
3. ADB to approve $1.5bn next month
• The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will approve a $1.5 billion countercyclical loan for Pakistan next month as it announced plans to provide $14bn to the Asia and the Pacific nations to ease a worsening food crisis posed by the impacts of climate change.
• Speaking at a virtual news conference at the beginning of its 55th annual meeting from Manila, ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa said the $1.5bn countercyclical loan for Pakistan was under process and would be approved in October. `The ADB would continue its support in mitigating the climate change-related crisis in Pakistan, he said while answering a question.
• `The ADB will provide $14bn in support from 2022 to 2025 to address food security, he said, adding this response to the Asia and the Pacific region will be comprehensive, bringing into focus both the immediate and long-term aspects of food security
4. US envoy sees ties with Pakistan at `inflection point`
• US Ambassador to Pakistan Donald Blome on September 27, 2022 remarked that the Washing ton Islamabad relationship had seen many ups and downs over the years, but now the two sides were at an inflection point, looking at a new era of bilateral relationship.
• The ambassador shared these views during a reception hosted in his honour by the American Business Forum (ABF) at a local golf and country club.
• Mr Blome also shared his views on the immense potential for Pakistan and the US to enhance trade and business, adding bilateral trade ties provided an advancement opportunity for both the economies. He said he was proud that the US was one of the biggest investor s in Pakistan as well as its largest export market
5. Shehbaz again asks world to come to flood victims` aid
• Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reiterated that Pakistan alone cannot deal with the disaster caused by floods and torrential rainfall and urged the global community to help the affected people in this hour of difficulty.
• He said this while speaking to the media during his visit to a tent city at Jakhro village in Khairpur Nathan Shah taluka of Dadu district on September 27, 2022.
• Accompanied by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and National Disaster Management Authority Chairman Lt Gen Akhtar Nawaz, the premier visited the tents and met with women and children.
• He assured complete medical facilities and promised the students to reconstruct damaged schools