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February 02, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Punjab, KP governors `decline` to fix poll dates
• The governors of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have declined to give dates for general elections to the provincial assemblies, advising the electoral watchdog to consult relevant authorities and take stock of the current security and economic situation before deciding in this regard.
• In a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on February 1, 2023, Punjab Governor Balighur Rehman said that since the Punjab Assembly was not dissolved by his order, clause 3 of Article 105 of the Constitution did not apply in this situation.
• `In the existing security and economic situation of the country, ECP may like to consult all relevant stakeholders as the date of general elections to the provincial assembly of Punjab is fixed, so as to ensure that conditions for holding the elections in a transparent and fair manner are duly met,` Governor Rehman said.
2. Operation underway to tackle T TP in Punjab-KP border area
• The Punjab police on February 1, 2023 morning launched a grand counterterrorism operation in the highly complex and inaccessible hilly areas of Mianwali district, hours after some heavily equipped militants of the banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) attacked a police station in the area in the dead of the night.
• The go-ahead for the operation was given at a meeting attended by chief secretary, inspector general of police, heads of the intelligence agencies and several regional and district police officers.
• `We have grounded many field formations of the Punjab police under a new policy, called HITS, Hunt, Impede, Thwart and Serve, IG police Dr Usman Anwar told Dawn. This HITS operation would not be called off till the elimination of armed militants from the territories of Mianwali district, the police chief declared
3. Pakistan gets 340 suggestions to improve rights situation
• Pakistan has received 340 recommendations from UN member states on its fourth periodic report on the human rights situation in the country, and the government will examine these recommendations and report back to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) in its forthcoming meeting.
• A draft report prepared on Wednesday by the Working Group on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, stated: `All conclusions and/or recommendations contained in the present report reflect the position of the submitting state(s) and/or the state under review. They should not be construed as endorsed by the Working Group as a whole.
• Pakistan`s response to the recommendations will be included in the outcome report adopted by the HRC at its 53rd session, it added.
• The HRC selected Argentina, Gambia and Nepal as the group of rapporteurs (troika) to facilitate the review of Pakistan
4. Inflation jumps to 48-year high of 27.6pc in January
• The annual consumer inflation hit 27.6 per cent last month, the highest in 48 years, as prices of food and transport continued to remain elevated amid economic turmoil, official data showed on February 1, 2023.
• On a month-on-month basis, the Consumer Price Index (CPI), which measures the overall change in consumer prices based on a representative basket of goods and services over time, rose 2.9pc in January, the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics said.
• Inflation in urban and rural areas increased to 24.4pc and 32.3pc year-on-year, respectively. Core inflation, which doesn`t include volatile food and energy prices, also slightly rose to 15.4pc in urban areas and 19.4pcin rural areas
5. Bosal appointed new chief secretary
• Khyber Pakhtunkhwa chief secretary Dr Shahzad Khan Bangash has been posted out and replaced with Imdadullah Bosal as the new top bureaucrat of the province.
• A notification issued by the establishment division stated that chief secretary Dr Shahzad Khan Bangash, PAS, BS-22, has been transferred and directed to report to the establishment department. Another notification stated that Imdadulllah Bosal, PAS, BS-20, serving as federal secretary industries and production division, has been posted as the new chief secretary KP
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