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February 01, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. NA rues plan to resettle militants
• A day after 100 people perished in Peshawar, lawmakers at the federal legislature regretted the decision to enter into dialogue with militants and resettle them in the country during the previous PTI regime, calling it a `faulty` move which was `never endorsed` by parliament.
• In their policy statements, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif and Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah referred to in-camera briefings given to parliamentarians by the military leadership during the tenure of the PTI government, following the fall of Kabul.
• The defence minister said: `A message was given that talks could be held with them [the militants].` He claimed that the briefings had remained `inconclusive` and they were only informed about the decisions that were already taken and parliament never endorsed them
2. TTP attack on Mianwali police station `repulsed`
• A day after a deadly suicide bombing in Peshawar claimed over 100 lives, a police station in Mianwali came under a gun attack by a group of heavily armed militants belonging to banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on January 31, 2023 night.
• However, police claimed late at night the attack had been repulsed. The attack is significant in that terrorists who had so far targeted police stations and check posts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and areas bordering Afghanistan have set their sights on a police station in Punjab for the first time since the resurgence of terrorism in the country.
3. Govt rolls out first measures as IMF mission begins talks
• On the opening day of make-or-break talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the government on January 31, 2023 increased liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) price by 30 per cent and final-ised a minimum of Rs6 per unit average increase in electricity rates between now and August.
• This was on top of an earlier hike in petroleum rates by up to 16pc, a rise of one percentage point in the central bank`s policy rate, and the removal of an exchange rate cap that led to over 14pc depreciation.
• Still, the visiting IMF mission, led by Mission Chief to Pakistan Nathan Porter, sounded adamant on upfront, calibrated and strong measures to bridge the daunting fiscal gap between Rs2 trillion to Rs2.5tr
4. Another woman appointed to top police post in Attock
• Another female police officer has been appointed as the district police officer (DPO) in Attock.
• Earlier during the month, the Attock district police had appointed a woman as the station house officer of a police station for the first time in its history.
• Ammara Athar has become the district police officer (DPO). Her successor Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Fazal Wahid was posted as SSP special branch (Rawalpindi).
• In a bid to ensure maximum representation of women in the field as well as in decision-making positions, the Punjab police have posted a female police officer as the DPO
5. Tax collection exceeds target in January
• The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) on January 31, 2023 announced that its net collection grew 22.6 per cent to Rs537 billion in January on a year-on-year basis, exceeding the Rs533bn target set for the month.
• However, the collection in the first seven months of 2022-23 fell short by Rs214bn or 5.12pc to Rs3.965 trillion against the target of Rs4.179tr. The tax authorities raised Rs3.965tr in July-January against Rs3.367tr in the corresponding period of last year, a growth of 18pc.
• This growth is much below what the government had committed to the International Monetary Fund to achieve the projected target of Rs7.47tr for FY23