Corps commanders conference: Designs of external, internal forces will be foiled, says Gen Bajwa

Reiterating Pakistan’s firm commitment to peace, Chief of the Army Staff  General Qamar Javed Friday said constructive engagement and sustained humanitarian support by the international community was imperative for enduring peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He was addressing the 243rd Corps Commanders’ Conference here.The conference was held for the first time since the withdrawal of the US and Nato troops from Afghanistan and formation of a new government setup there. The 242nd corps commanders conference was held in the second week of the last month.

The military leadership mainly focused on discussion relating to developments in Afghanistan and regional and domestic security situation. The participants took a comprehensive review of global, regional and domestic security environment, the ISPR in a statement .

The forum was apprised of prevalent situation in Afghanistan, especially security along the Pak- Afghan border and effective safeguards in place against various threats. Gen Bajwa expressed satisfaction over efficacy of comprehensive border management regime due to which Pakistan’s borders and internal security remained intact amid a crisis situation in the region.

He appreciated the army’s support and role in the overall evacuation and transit related effort undertaken in support of evacuation of foreign and Afghanpopulace from Afghanistan to other countries.He also apprised the participants of his meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, CIA Director William Joseph Burns and British spy Chief Richard Moore.

The conference observed that close cooperation amongst all regional stakeholders was essential for a prosperous and peaceful region. The forum paid homage to Syed Ali Shah Geelani for his lifelong struggle and sacrifices as leader of the indigenous freedom movement in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and expressed solidarity with the Kashmiri people.

General Bajwa appreciated formations for ensuring peace during the Muharram and instructed full readiness to counter conventional and unconventional threats. The designs of external and internal forces inimical to peace and stability in Pakistan shall be thwarted at all costs.

The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority has allowed distribution companies to collect an additional Rs1.37 per unit from power consumers for the month of July 2021 in an account of Fuel Cost Adjustment.According to a notification issued by the Nepra on Friday, the surcharge will be collected from consumers by distribution companies in the billing month of September.

However, the Lifeline consumers, who consume up to 50 units per month, and the consumers of K-Electric will be exempted from this burden.The power regulator held a public hearing on the petition of the Central Power Purchasing Agency on September 1 to determine the monthly Fuel Cost Adjustment for the month of July 2021.

The CPPA had sought an increase of Rs1.47 per unit in tariffs of distribution companies for the said month under the monthly FCA mechanism.During the hearing, the authority observed that certain efficient power plants were not fully utilised; instead.

The energy worth Rs29.924 billion was generated from costlier  based power plants for July 2021.The regulator maintained that the financial burden for non-availability of  shall not be passed on to consumers. The regulator asserted that both, the system operator and Central Power Purchasing Agency, have once again failed to comply with the directions of regulator regarding provision of financial impact against violation of economic merit order in power plant operations.

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