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PR No. 81
Press release

TODAY
PAKISTAN POST CELEBRATES 138TH WORLD POST DAY

Islamabad, October 08, 2011

 

World Post Day is celebrated every year on 9th October. Joining hands with world postal community Pakistan Post is celebrating World Post Day on 9th October 2011 with reference to 138th anniversary of the Universal Postal Union Pakistan Post re-affirms its commitments to the Universal Postal Union objective at providing postal services and financial services meeting customer demands based on technology driven competitive environment.

Chairman/Director General, Pakistan Post Raja Ikram ul Haq will hoist UPU flag at Pakistan Post Headquarters building and will read message of the Director General of the Universal Postal Union in a simple ceremony.

Similar UPU-flag hoisting ceremonies will also be held in postal circles all over Pakistan.


PR No. 82
Press release

Islamabad, October 08, 2011

A meeting was held in the Presidency Saturday evening to brief the President on the steps being taken to implement the Supreme Court’s judgment in Suo Moto case about law and order situation in Karachi.

The meeting was attended among others by Governor Sindh Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah, Attorney General Maulvi Anwarul Haq, Former Law Minister Dr. Babar Awan, Law Minister Sindh Mr. Muhammad Ayaz Soomro, Home Minister Sindh Mr. Manzoor Hussain Wassan and Chief Secretary Sindh Raja Muhammad Abbas. Ms. Farahnaz Ispahani and Ms. Mehreen Anwer Raja were also present during the meeting.

Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar   said that the meeting was specially  convened by the President to apprise himself of the steps that had so far been taken for implementation of the verdict.

The Chief Minister Sindh briefed the meeting on the steps taken by the provincial Government for the implementation of the verdict and the steps that will further be taken.

Mr. Farhatullah Babar said that the Supreme Court announced verdict in the case on Thursday. The full verdict is covered in 156 pages.

Spokesperson said that the President expressed satisfaction that all concerned agencies of the Government were cognizant of the need to implement the verdict and that some measures were already taken.  


PR No. 83
Press release
Prime Minister inaugurates Mir Waiz Maulvi Muhammad Farooq Medical College in Muzaffarabad

Muzaffarabad: October 8, 2011

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani visited Muzaffarabad today and inaugurated the first Medical College in AJ&K, which was announced by the Prime Minister to be called as Mir Waiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq Shaheed Medical College

in recognition of Mir Waiz’s heroic struggle for the rights of the Kashmiri people, a struggle for which he laid down his life.

The medical college has been built at the cost of Rs. 361.5 million with the assistance of the Turkish government and the Chairman Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority (ERRA).

The Prime Minister, in his address on the occasion, said that the Kashmiri people had special place in the heart of every Pakistani and they would continue to extend them their unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support till the attainment of their inalienable right to self-determination.

The Prime Minister said that the Quaid-i-Azam, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtrama Benazir Bhutto focused on the cultural, historical and intellectual affinities of the Kashmiri people with Pakistani people, which continue to serve as a source of inspiration to the both people.

The Prime Minister, mindful of the socio-economic development of the people, availed the opportunity and directed the relevant department to immediately start work on Muzaffarabad-Kohala-Lower Topa duel carriageway as per his announcement made during his visit to the capital in May this year.

The Prime Minster also announced the creation of 2000 vacancies in the AJ&K Police Department, which would help the government a great deal to further improve the law and order situation there besides providing jobs to the young people. 

The Prime Minister announced the establishment of Information Technology University at Rawala Kot, adding that he could have done so before the elections of the Council but he did not do so with the sole purpose to promote healthy and fair democratic culture in the country. “I did not want to give the impression of influencing the election results,” the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister thanked the people of AJ&K for extending massive support to the PPP candidates in the recent elections and by the grace of God, the Party had emerged as the single largest party with comfortable majority. ‘We are with you whether you have voted for us or not’, he added. The Prime Minister asserted that no other Party was in a position to deliver and all the far-reaching and futuristic projects will be completed by the democratic government of the PPP.

The Prime Minster paid rich tributes to the Prime Minister of Turkey and the Turkish people for their generous assistance in rehabilitation of the earthquake- hit people including building up of infrastructure in AJ&K. Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan Mr. Mustafa Babur Hizlan was also present on the occasion. The Prime Minister also recalled his visited to the region in the company of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

The Prime Minister, in his speech, expressed his deep sense of gratitude to the international community, people ofPakistan, NGOs and Armed Forces in rescue and relief operations soon after the horrific earthquake that hit the country on October 8, 2005.

The Prime Minister said that all the IDPs had been settled in their homes with honour and dignity. Billions of rupees were spent to build the infrastructure, which included school and health facilities, buildings, roads, government offices and houses. Out of 7790 projects, about 3752 had been completed and handed over to relevant departments while work on 2613 projects was at the various stages of completion, the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister highly appreciated the governments of the Saudi Arabia, Turkey, UAE, China and the US for generous help for the earthquake victims. Such a gigantic task would have not been handled by the Government of Pakistan on its own. The Prime Minister made a particular mention of the United Nations, which actively remained engaged to apprise the world community the magnitude of the disaster in order to convince them that more help was required.

Earlier, Minister for Kashmir Affairs Mian Manzoor Ahmad Watto, while addressing the ceremony, said that the reconciliation policy of the President and the Prime Minister had paid political dividends in the form of unprecedented victory of the PPP in the recently held elections.

President of AJ&K Sardar Muhammad Yaqub in his address said that the Kashmiris would not rest till the realization of their dream of independence from the Indian occupation.

The President said that the credit to build three Medical Colleges would also go to the PPP government.

Prime Minister of AJ&K, Chaudhry Abdul Majid, in his speech thanked the people of AJ&K for reposing their confidence in the PPP for the next five years. He said that we were happy that development of AJ&K constituted the priority of the Pakistan Government.

The Prime Minister of AJ&K complimented the present democratic government for projecting the cause of Kashmiri people at the international forums in general and at the UN in particular. He demanded the striking down of the draconian laws from the occupied Kashmir, withdrawal of Indian troops from occupied territory, and the release of Kashmiri leaders and workers from the Indian jails. The Prime Minister declared that Pakistan was the country of all of us and Kashmir GuaranteedPakistan’s

future.

Earlier, Chairman ERRA said that his organization had completed 55% of its total portfolio while, the rest are being completed.

Prayers were offered for the eternal peace of those who perished in the earthquake on October 8, 2005.


(NOT TO BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, AND TELECAST BEFORE THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 9, 2011)
PR No. 84
Press release

PM GREETS UGANDAN COUNTERPART ON NATIONAL DAY

Islamabad
, October 8, 2011

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has sent a message of greetings to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uganda Rt. Hon. Amama Mbabazi on their National Day falling on October 9, 2011.

In his message, the Prime Minister said “On behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as well as on my personal behalf, I wish to extend to you and the Government of the Republic of Uganda, our heartiest greetings, on the occasion of Independence Day of Uganda.

Under your leadership, I am confident that the existing bonds of amity and cooperation, between our two governments shall be further deepened in times ahead.”

(NOT TO BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, AND TELECAST BEFORE THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 9, 2011)


PR No. 85
Press release

ECONOMIC UPLIFT CENTRAL TO WOMEN EMPOWERMENT: FIZA GILANI
Islamabad: October 8, 2011

Newly appointed Ambassador for Women Empowerment, Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani, has expressed her resolve to work for the cause of women empowerment, adding that economic empowerment of the women was a key to achieve this objective. She said that she would try her level best to come up to the trust reposed in her by the government by appointing her as Ambassador of Women Empowerment.  

Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani expressed these views while addressing Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Multan today. She said that the country was beset by a number of problems including that of terrorism and extremism and the empowerment of women could help eliminate these tendencies.

Fiza Batool Gilani said that she wanted to make Multan a model district with regard to employment of women and also espouse this right across the country through a women movement.  

Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani said that exploitation of women was a global issue, which was not merely restricted to Pakistan and underscored the need of concerted and sustained efforts in this regard.

Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani asked the male members of society to stand by women in their struggle for empowerment as only full and unhindered participation of women into national life could put Pakistan on the trajectory of social and economic development. She said that she took up the task of working for women causes because her father Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani encouraged her to do so.

Syeda Fiza Batool Gilani appreciated the untiring efforts of the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry in carving out a niche in the world of business and finance, adding that their success proved that they were fully capable of achieving high standards in their professions.

Underscoring the need of empowering women at the grassroots, she asked the Women Chamber to prepare a three-tiered management cadre of women who would impart skill development training to less educated women in an attempt to make them economically self-reliant.

She said that showcasing the work of Pakistani women at the global level would help promote Pakistan’s soft image besides being a source of respectable livelihood for them. She assured the Women Chamber that the government would support them in their efforts to become good entrepreneurs and also facilitate them to export their products.


PR No. 86
Press release

Distribution of ownership documents to borrowers of HBFCL in 2005 earthquake hit area in Presidency
Finance Minister distributed title/ownership documents among the borrowers
Over 5000 families get the benefit.

Islamabad: October 8, 2011

            A special ceremony was held in the Presidency today to distribute ownership documents to the borrowers of HBFCL ((House Building Finance Company Limited) of the earthquake hit areas.

The ceremony was attended among others by Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Federal Minister for Finance, President AJK Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan and members of AJK cabinet.

Dr. Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Federal Minister for Finance distributed title/ownership documents among the borrowers of HBFCL.

Later during his remarks, the Finance Minister thanking the President and the Prime Minister for their support and especial concern for providing relief and the rehabilitation of the earthquake affected people said that that October 8, 2005 was a tragic day in Pakistan’s calendar as on this very day a devastating earthquake of unparalleled catastrophe wreaked havoc in AJK and northern areas of Pakistan. He said that the devastation was widespread and Muzaffarabad, Bagh, Mansehra and Balakot were declared calamity hit areas.

The Finance Minister said that for the rehabilitating the affected people, the Government took a number of initiatives. He said that a survey team concluded that the houses financed by the House Building Finance Company Limited were substantially damaged or completely destroyed, making them totally uninhabitable in Bagh, Balakot, Muzzaffarabad and Mansehra districts. Considering the level of devastation and hardship caused by the earthquake, the recovery of HBFCL loans was suspended. The Finance Minister said that in order to write-off the loans, an amount of Rs. 916 million outstanding against 5214 borrowers of HBFCL was claimed from the Government.  He said that it was entirely to the credit of the present Government that it approved the claims and processed them speedily, thereby benefiting over 5000 families who had lost everything in the earthquake.

On this occasion, the Finance Minister, on behalf of the President congratulated all involved in this process and especially those who have benefited from this substantial social intervention of the present Government.

The Finance Minister said that all the pro-people and people’s welfare oriented measures were a manifestation of conscious efforts by the leadership of President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani to restore to the poor classes their dignity and their rights.

President AJK Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, speaking on the occasion thanked President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani for providing great relief to the earthquake victims. He also called upon HBFCL to continue providing assistance to the other affectees of these areas so that they are able to achieve economic viability.


(NOT TO BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, AND TELECAST BEFORE THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 9, 2011)
PR No. 87
Press release

Message of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani

Prime Minister of
 
Pakistan
On the occasion of World Post Day
(October 9, 2011)

Islamabad
: October 8, 2011

World Post Day is being observed today to mark the 138th anniversary of Universal Postal Union (UPU). It is the second oldest organization of the world and was established in 1874. The purpose of celebrating this day is to highlight the importance of postal services in facilitating contacts and strengthening bonds. I would like to extend my heartiest congratulations to staff and officers of Pakistan Post on this occasion.

Universal Postal Union is instrumental into enhancing cooperation and building bridges amongst different nations and cultures. It has promoted the concept of ‘Global Village’ by declaring the whole world as “a single postal territory”.

There were apprehensions that with the onset of state-of-the-art means of communication, such as community websites i.e. facebook, twitter, courier services, internet and smart cell phones, the Postal Sector would not be able to keep pace with these digital development. Realizing the cutting-edge competition and imperatives of technology-driven era, the postal sector reorganized itself and reinvented its relevance through innovative approach. This ability to adapt to changes explains the viability of postal sector in a world dominated by facebook, orkut and twitter. 

Automation, diversification and a gradual shift to financial services have helped the postal industry to meet customers’ demand and maintain a decent share of the market. UPU’s role has helped the developing world in modernizing their postal networks. 

I wish Pakistan Post a bright future.

(NOT TO BE PUBLISHED, BROADCAST, AND TELECAST BEFORE THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 9, 2011)