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February 12, 2022: National Current Affairs MCQs
1. Mob storms police station, lynches `blasphemy` accused
• A middle-aged man was lynched outside a police station in Nankana Sahib by a violent mob on February 11, 2023 over allegations of blasphemy, prompting the police chief to order an inquiry and suspend the Nankana DSP and relevant SHO.
• Muhammad Waris, 45, of Nankana`s Qazi Town area, was first detained by locals over alleged desecration of the Holy Quran early in the morning, as per the police. Locals were planning to `hang the suspect` when police officials arrived on the scene and moved him to the local police station.
• However, the mob, which continued to swell in number, followed the party to the police station and tried to take hold of the suspect. Officials locked Mr Waris inside the police station but the mob gathered outside the building and continued demanding custody of the accused.
2. Three security men martyred in N. Waziristan terror attack
• Three security personnel embraced martyrdom and 22 others, including civilians, sustained wounds when a convoy of security forces came under attack in Mir Ali sub-division of the North Waziristan district on February 11, 2023.
• The banned Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
• Local officials said a convoy of security forces and employees of the Marri Petroleum Company was on its way from North Waziristan to Bannu when a rickshaw struck the forces` vehicle in Khajori area of the sub-division
3. AJK cabinet approves elementary and secondary education policy
• The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) cabinet has accorded approval in principle to a proposed elementary and secondary education policy (2023-2040), whereby it would be mandatory for each child to acquire education.
• The cabinet meeting, which was presided over by Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas, decided to launch an awareness campaign on the importance of education under the slogan of `model schools, model society` targeting in particular the out-of-school children.
• Under the proposed policy, the academic year would begin from March. Among other features, the primary students would be provided books free of cost and a teachers` training academy would be established to raise the professional capacity of teachers and subsequently the educational standard of the state
4. Pakistan to share action plan on business, human rights with Nepal
• The Ministry of Human Rights has hosted officials from Nepal to share its experience in developing and implementing a policy that seeks to protect human rights in all forms of business activity.
• Pakistan, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), launched its first National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP) in December 2021, becoming the first country in South Asia to have this policy.
• Pakistan is now helping other countries to learn from its experience. In this regard, the human rights ministry held a session earlier this week for government officials from Nepal, which is currently drafting its own NAP
5. Govt implements revenue measures from 15th to secure $1.2bn tranche early
• In light of an unexpected relief in tax measures from the International Monetary Fund, the government has decided to take a proactive approach and implement tax and non-tax measures from Feb 15 instead of March 1 the purported deadline proposed by the global lender to secure quick release of $1.2 billion tranche.
• Ahead of the start of much-delayed talks, the government was expecting that the IMF would ask for approximately Rs400 billion in tax and nontax measures, but as policy-level talks came to a close both sides agreed on Rs170bn collection from tax and nontax measures in the next four and a half months.
• Official sources privy to talks told Dawn that the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has already drafted two ordinances to impose Rs100 billion in new taxes and Rs100bn in flood levy on imports. `We were expecting more demands from the Fund in the areas of taxes`, the sources said, adding things have changed in the last two days of policy level negotiations