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October 24, 2023: National Current Affairs MCQs News
1. SC strikes down `military justice` for civilians
In a judgement that was hailed widely across the political spectrum, a five-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday declared unconstitutional by a majority of 4-1 the military trials of civilians for their alleged role in attacks on army installations.
Led by Justice Ijazul Ahsan, the bench comprising Justice Munib Akhtar, Justice Yahya Afridi, Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, and Justice Ayesha A Malik unanimously emphasised that the cases of the accused involved in the May 9 riots will proceed before criminal courts
2. Special Court indicts Imran, Qureshi in cipher case
The Special Court on Monday indicted former prime minister Imran Khan and exforeign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in the cipher case.
Special Court Judge Abual Hasnat Zulqarnain conducted the hearing at Rawalpindi`s Adiala Jail.
According to sources, the two PTI leaders pleaded not guilty and subsequently, the judge summoned the witnesses on Oct 27 and asked the prosecution to place evidence to substantiate the allegations.
3. Senate to finally meet this week on Gaza situation
The upper house of parliament will finally be meeting this week for the first time since the caretaker set-up took up the reins of power, to discuss the situation in Gaza.
The announcement came three days after the PPP, with support from PTI, JI, JUI-F, and some other parties, submitted a requisition carrying 44 signatures to summon the Senate session.
Despite the significance of the Palestine issue, the Senate secretariat, however, chose to make a controversial announcement on Monday regarding the session
4. Punjab free from polio, but threat exists: health official
Head of the Polio Eradication Programme in Punjab Khizer Afzaal on Monday took pride in highlighting the fact that the country`s biggest province had been free of polio cases for nearly three years since October 2020, terming it `an achievement of the programme`, but cautioned that, as evident from the genomic sampling of viruses in Lahore and Rawalpindi environmental samples, Punjab was at risk of virus importation.
`The Punjab has been free of polio cases for the last three years, but as long as polio exists anywhere, it is a threat to children everywhere`, Mr Khizer said in a statement on the eve of `World Polio Day` to be observed on Tuesday (today).
5. Urban areas` population in Asia-Pacific to go up to 3.4bn in 2050: UN report
As the cities in the Asia-Pacific region continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, the population of people living in urban areas is projected to increase to 3.4 billion in 2050 from 2.5 billion today, a new UN report released on Monday says.
According to the `Future of Asian and Pacific Cities Report 2023: Crisis Resilient Urban Future`, the region has the largest number of people about 650 million living in informal settlements and slums, who are acutely vulnerable and marginalised. A disproportionately high number of large cities are on the coast, under threat from rising sea levels and flooding to climate change, the report warns.