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PR No. 89
PRESS RELEASE

AGE DEMANDS ACTION: Policy for the Rights of Older People in
Pakistan

Islamabad:
 
October 10, 2012

Older People being a vulnerable group have been and still facing number of problems and issues, the ratio of difficulties is high in under developing countries like Pakistan. Their vulnerability becomes double and triples in a disaster or emergency situation, and they have often been overlooked in humanitarian and development work. Moreover they are being challenged by discrimination, health, poverty and social protection issues. Despite the fact older people are still contributing a lot in the society. There is an utmost need to raise the issues, needs and concerns of older people and advocate for their rights.

A national seminar was organized by National Council of Social Welfare (Ministry of Capital Administration and Development), HelpAge International and Pakistan National Centre on Ageing (PNCA) at Islamabad to urge the government for a Policy for the rights of Older people in Pakistan.

According to a recent report by UNFPA and HelpAge International, Pakistan is one of those 15 countries where population of people over 60 years of age is over 10 million, Currently there are 11.3 Million people over 60 in Pakistan, which will be increased to 43.3 Million in 2050, making 15.8 percent of the total population.

Speaking to the seminar Ms. Riffat Shaheen Qazi, Secretary Ministry of CAAD, Said that the state has recognized the need of the indigent older people and intends to make institutional arrangements. The policy for older people is dire need, the constitution of Islamic republic of Pakistan enjoins on the state to alleviate the suffering of all citizens, irrespective of age, sex, cast, creed or race. She further said that National Council of social welfare under ministry of CAAD drafted a bill for the older people and the same bill will be presented in the parliament after completing consultation with all line ministries, division departments and other stakeholders.

Ajeeba Aslam, Country Director HelpAge International Pakistan, said Population ageing especially in the developing countries like Pakistan requires urgent, strategic actions at national, regional and global level. She informed that senior citizens bill is pending in the Pakistan Parliament since 2007 and its a very fortunate today that government has advised for consultation of this bill with stakeholders and it will be then presented to parliament.

Other speakers include Col (Retd) S.K. Tressler, Former Minister, former Chairman NCSW and Patron PNCA. Mr. Muzaffar Mahmod Qureshi, Former federal secretary, Mr. S Farogh Naveed, former additional secretary, Prime Minister Secretariat, Dr Haider Zaman, Mr. Akbar Hayat Gandapur has also emphasized on the need of policy for the rights of older people in Pakistan.

Ms. Gayyur Sultana, Director General (Directorate of Social welfare and Special Education), in her concluding remarks wished all the success to the organizers and assure her complete support in the accomplishment of this struggle.   


PR No. 90
PRESS RELEASE

Nouman Ahmad Langrial condemns Talibans shooting Malala Yousafzai

Islamabad:
 
October 10, 2012

Minister of State for Housing Malik Nouman Ahmad Langrial strongly condemned dastardly Taliban attack on Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year old winner of National Peace Award. He has expressed his serious concern over this heinous act of Taliban who are enemy of Pakistan, Islam and humanity.

The Minister has taken this attack on the daughter of the nation as coward and disgusting.  He stated that these cruel people want to take the country towards anarchy and that is not possible till that time we have such new energetic and brave generation. He further valued her achievements of writing a blog on the BBC Urdu Website and her features in two New York Times documentaries.

The Minister of State held a telephonic conversation with father of Malala Yousafzai and said that Malala is an icon of peace and termed this incident as gross injustice to a girl who is serving her nation since very younger age. He stated that by her constructive and productive activities for promoting education for girls in Sawat Malala has given a sense of fear to Taliban who are against education, civilization and particularly women empowerment.

While denouncing this brutal act the Minister demanded strict action against the perpetrators and termed it as a failure of law enforcement agencies.  The Minister eulogized the steps of the President Asif Ali Zardari and the Speaker Assembly Doctor Fehmida Mirza to sent Malala abroad for better treatment and he also prayed for her soon recovery.


PR No. 91
PRESS RELEASE

CAD INTRODUCES BILL FOR RIGHTS OF SENIOR CITIZENS: Senior Citizens are our most valuable National Asset. CAD is committed to work for the well-being of the older people. A draft bill is ready to secure the welfare of the senior citizens.

Islamabad:
 
October 10, 2012

Senior citizens are our valuable, national asset and we must learn from their enriched experiences. NGOs, Civil Society and everyone among us must contribute to secure the rights of the old people. I commit to play my role on behalf of the ministry in facilitating the senior citizens of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and would encourage NGOs to play their role in ensuring activities and seminars so that we could benefit from the expertise of the senior citizens, said the Secretary.

Secretary Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD), Mrs. Riffat Shaheen Qazi said while addressing the National Seminar on Policy for the Rights of elder citizens in Pakistan.

The Secretary said that CAD has prepared a draft bill for protecting the rights of the senior citizens, which will be introduced in the National Assembly soon. The draft bill was circulated among the senior citizens for feed back. She added that Special Desks will be established at major hospitals like PIMS and Polyclinic to facilitate the senior citizen visiting these hospitals for medical check up.

We need to seriously think about our respected senior citizens who constitute 6% of the total population of the country. Giving respect to the elder is enshrined in our religion and part of our social culture. Islamabad Capital Territory Senior Citizens Welfare Bill 2012 shall provide steps for the well-being, comfort and Social Security of the senior citizens of ICT. The Senior Citizen Welfare Council is to be constituted after the passage of the Bill, will ensure their well being.

She added that the Council will formulate Policy Proposals, conduct research and compile their data and then formulate proposals as per their requirements and later mobilize financial resources for their welfare.  

The seminar was jointly organized by OldAge International and Ministry of CAD. Senior Joint Secretary CAD Abdul Latif Leghari and other senior officials attended the meeting.   


PR No. 92
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad: October 10, 2012

Federal Minister for Production, Anwar Ali Cheema Chaired the meeting of Board of Directors of Pakistan Gem & Jewelry Development Company (PGJDC) in the committee room of Ministry of Production. Federal Secretary Gul Muhammad Rind & Chairperson PGJDC Mrs. Seemen Yusuf Siddique were also present in the meeting. The Chief Executive Officer Mr. Bakhtiar gave detail briefing on the overall performance of the company during last fiscal year.

Highlighting the activities & achievements made by the company CEO mentioned that 76 trainings are so far conducted, which resulted in 913 beneficiaries in the Gems & Stone sector. While explaining collaborations & linkages, the CEO mentioned few agreements recently signed in Gem & stone sector, including the 1.43 Million MoU with BISP to build the capacity of gem sector in Gilgit-Baltistan. The companys management was advised to strengthen their marketing department in order to promote their product and trained human resource at International level.

The Minister directed the concerned officials to generate their own revenue for long-term sustainability of the project. Further, Minister has appreciated their endeavors in the field of Gems sector. In this regard, the Minister has endorsed the opinion of Secretary of self-sustainability and revenue generation in the times to come.


PR No. 93
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad: October 10, 2012

The annual meeting of IMF-World Bank started in Tokyo from Tuesday. The finance Ministers from 188 countries are participating in this conference alongwith their delegations. The Pakistans delegation is led by Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, the other members of the delegation include Finance Secretary Wajid Rana, Governor State Bank of Pakistan Yaseen Anwar, Secretary Economic Affairs Division Javed Iqbal and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission Nadeem-ul-Haque. Says a press Release received here today from Tokyo.

The countries participating in this meeting will share each others experiences and issues and come up with new prospects on economic and financial problems.

On the sidelines of this conference, a two day dialogue on disaster prevention also began in Sendai on Tuesday where Secretary Economic Affairs Division and Deputy Chairman Planning Commission from Pakistan participated. Sendai was badly hit by Great East Japan Earthquake in March last year. In this dialogue reconstruction efforts by Japan are being shared with the other countries of the world.

Besides giving interview to NIKKEI Forum a prestigious Japanese newspaper with 3 million plus circulation, the Finance Minister met with the Managing Director of World Bank Sri Mulyani Indrawati. Both the dignitaries discussed Pakistans economic situation and fiscal health and identified steps to address the avenues that will be helpful for Pakistans financial discipline and strengthen with consequent support to trade and industry.

The Minister explained economic situation of Pakistan in detail highlighting the achievements of the government like containing the expenditure and controlling the inflation. Despite various constraints Pakistan has succeeded in achieving 20% increase in tax collection.

The Managing Director of World Bank has appreciated Pakistan efforts in bringing financial discipline and assured the Finance Minister of the World Banks full help and support in achieving economic development in Pakistan.

The Finance Minister also attended the Common Wealth Finance Ministers meeting and made interventions highlighting Pakistans positive role in strengthening the mechanism under the Commonwealth fold.


PR No. 94
PRESS RELEASE

Samina Khalid Ghurki condemns attack on Malala Yousafzai

Islamabad:
 
October 10, 2012

Federal Minister for National Heritage and Integration Ms Samina Khalid Ghurki has strongly condemned the attack on Malala Yousafzai and termed it a cowardly act on the part of terrorists who want to demoralize the people of Pakistan.

While praying for her early recovery, the Federal Minister said that nation is proud of Malalas courage and boldness to speak against the evil. She was of the opinion that whole of the nation is standing with her and is prepared to provide moral and material support to her in this time of crisis.

The Federal Minister further added that certain anti-peace and anti-state elements want to kill all those who are sincere for the restoration of peace in the country, this sort of ruthless attack show their internal cowardice and dwarfism.

The Federal Minister paid a tribute to the courage and outstanding services of Malala Yousafzai for the promotion of peace even in extremely hostile conditions. She aspired that may her vision to make the country a peaceful place be fulfilled soon.


PR No. 95
PRESS RELEASE

Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani calls on the President

Islamabad
: October 10, 2012

Maulana Muhammad Khan Sherani, Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology, called on President Asif Ali Zardari  at Aiwan-e-Sadr today.


PR No. 96
PRESS RELEASE
Islamabad: October 10, 2012

National Talent Pool (NTP) will give presentation to National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) at NAVTTC Headquarters on 11-10-2012 at 3.00pm located at 5th Floor of Evacuee Trust Complex Building beside Marriot Hotel Islamabad. NTP will brief in its presentation as to how they consolidate data of Highly Qualified Pakistanis (HQPs) and then process further for their utilization according to demand of requisitioning institutions who are allowed to identify areas of deficiency and matching expatriate Pakistani consultants.

According to NTP correspondence to NAVTTC regarding presentation, The President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari has been pleased to launch Presidents Programme for Care of Highly Qualified Overseas Pakistanis. This programme will, in the long run, help to develop skilled human capital for Pakistan with the view to supplement local knowledge with the addition of modern knowledge, know how, cutting edge technology and to avail benefits of their expertise for specific input in their areas of specialization to address ill affect of brain drain and prevalent worldwide recession by facilitating HQPs access to job opportunities in Pakistan and internationally. The salient features of this program are highlighted in detail at NTPs website www.ppqp.gov.pk.

Chairman NAVTTC Muhammad Mumtaz Akhtar Kahloon will preside the presentation session.


PR No. 97
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad
: October 10, 2012

The Chairman IPO-Pakistan Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi has said that passage of IPO bill is a landmark initiative of the government and all possible measures would be taken to serve in letter and spirit. He said it would open a new era of economic prosperity and development in the country. This was stated by Chairman IPO-Pakistan while chairing a meeting, held to review the IPO Bill legislation process. The meeting was attended by D.G IPO Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta, and Ex-Senator and Chairman IPR Committee in LCCI Ch. Zafar Iqbal and officers of the Organization on Wednesday at IPO headquarters, Islamabad.

During the meeting, Chairman lauded the role of IPO officials for preparation of IPO Bill. He said that we all have to work for progress and prosperity of our country. Pakistan is blessed with unlimited resources, intelligent manpower and technically sound minds yet, it is need of time to play due role at individual as well as collective level to meet the challenges of growing world, he added. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi further said that passage of IPO Bill from National Assembly is a historical event. He said this initiative would provide an opportunity to ensure strict compliance of IP Laws to prevent counterfeiting and piracy in the country. It is direly needed to provide transparent and viable environment to the local and foreign investors so that economic activities may generate besides jobs creation opportunities. He said that our mission is to introduce Pakistan as a respectable country in IP sector and for this purpose, government will leave no stone unturned to protect IP rights of all right holders.

On the occasion, Director General IPO-Pakistan Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta expressed his gratitude to the Chairman for his untiring efforts to achieve this success. IPO-Pakistan got recognition due to leadership and visionary approach of the Chairman IPO-Pakistan Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi. He also expressed deep commitment that IPO-Pakistan will play affective role to protect IP Rights of the people.

Ex-Senator and Chairman IPR committee in LCCI Ch. Zafar Iqbal congratulated IPO heads and officials for getting legal entity and assured that business community would avail the facilities of IP registration besides initiating joint ventures to promote friendly relations with IPO and business organizations.

Earlier, Officers and staff members of IPO-Pakistan warmly congratulated the Chairman Hameed Ullah Jan  Afridi for playing active role in approval of IPO-Bill 2012 from National Assembly.


PR No. 98
PRESS RELEASE

POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF NON-TARIFF MEASURES CRUCIAL TO UNDERSTAND: DG PITAD

Islamabad
: October 10, 2012

Understanding the policy implications of non-tariff measures is crucial for policy makers and researchers to defend the trade interests of Pakistan; said Mr. Tahir Maqsood Director General PITAD while addressing the inaugural session of the two days training course on Economics and Policy of Non-Tariff Measures organized at Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) under the European Union funded TRTA II programme.

The Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme is funded by the European Union and aims at enhancing export competitiveness of Pakistan. The programme has three main components where Component 1 is about trade policy capacity building and is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

The training has been organized under the ITC implemented Component of TRTA II programme which seeks to build the capacity of government officials working in various ministries and departments on trade policy and negotiations besides other interventions. Accordingly a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was facilitated between PITAD and the World Trade Institute (WTI) for institutional capacity building of local training and research institutes and training of a number of master trainers. In turn, these master trainers are called upon to further disseminate their knowledge gained to policy makers working in various ministries through short trainings. Through the approach the programme wishes to ensure both sustainability (through building local capacity) and excellence in trade policy training to government officials.

The training course is jointly conducted by ITC and PITAD with technical assistance from the Switzerland based World Trade Institute (WTI). The training is delivered by master trainer from PITAD Mr. Muhammad Shafiq Haider and is supported by his mentor Dr. Oliver Cadot from WTI through video conference.

The purpose of the training course is to build the capacity of the officers working in various ministries and government departments regarding the economics and policy of non-tariff measures.  The training will focus on the difference between NTMs and NTBs and how the NTMs become barriers to trade. It will also focus on the government motives for using the NTMs. The welfare effects of NTMs will be particularly analyzed during the training.The training will take an in-depth look at non-tariff measures (NTMs) which appear in many guises and serve many purposes. Such issues are the core topic of the modern trade experts and negotiators.

Thirty government officers and researchers from federal government ministries, implementing agencies, provincial departments and research organizations have been invited to participate in the training to strengthen their capacity regarding NTMs. The training will equip the participants with a sound understanding of the issues and how to contribute to government policies in their professional endeavors. 


PR No. 99
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad
: October 10, 2012

Senator Haji Muhammad Adeel and Senator Afrasiab Khattak today called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Aiwan-e-Sadr.

Coalition matters and political situation in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was discussed during the meeting.

The President during meeting expressed grief and shock over the attack on Ms. Malala Yousafzai and said that such cowardly acts by the militants would further strengthen our resolve to confront the menace of militancy and extremism head on.


PR No. 100
PRESS RELEASE

ANP DELEGATION MEETS THE PRIME MINISTER

Islamabad
: October 10, 2012

Delegation of Awami National Party (ANP) led by Senator Muhammad Zahid Khan called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at Prime Ministers House this morning.

The Prime Minister said that ANP has supported coalition government led by Pakistan Peoples Party through thick and thin. We value this support and contribution of ANP.

During the meeting, it was decided that gas produced in northern areas of Khyberpakhtunkhwa especially Tull would be provided to the local population as per constitutional provision.

The Prime Minister said that government was committed to development of the country and ensure allocation of reasonable funds for completion of development projects.

ANP delegation reiterated their resolve to continue its support for PPP led coalition government and expressed the hope that government would complete its term successfully.

The Prime Minister expressed confidence that legislators of ANP would continue to play their role in National Assembly and actively participate in legislative business.

The ANP delegation also apprised the Prime Minister about status of development projects in their respective areas.

The delegation comprised of Senators Mr. Abdul Nabi Banghsh, Haji M Adeel, Mr. Ilyas Ahmad Bilour, Mr. Afrasiab Khattak, Mrs Farah Aqil, Mr. Shahi Syed, Mrs. Zahida Khan, Mr. Amar Jeet, Mr. M. Daud Khan Achakzai, MNAs Haji Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, Mr. Arbab M. Zahir, Mr. Masood Abbas, Mr. Hamayat Ullah Mayar, Mr. Pervez Khan, Pir Dilawar Shah, Syed Haider Ali Shah, Ms. Bushra Gohar, Ms. Jamila Gilani and Mrs. Khurshid Begum.


PR No. 101
PRESS RELEASE

BOSNIA
AND PAKISTAN DELEGATIONS HOLD NEGOTIATIONS

Islamabad
: October 10, 2012

The Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina Mr Bakir Izetbegovic arrived at the Prime Ministers House this afternoon.  He was received by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on his arrival at the PMs House.  Immediately, after his arrival, the Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina and Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf held a one to one meeting which lasted for over 15 minutes.

Both the leaders then held formal negotiations.  The Prime Minister of Pakistan was assisted by Dr Arbab Alamgir Khan Minister for Communication, Syed Naveed Qamar Minister for Defence, Senator A Rehman Malik Minister for Interior, Mrs Hina Rabbani Khar Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mir Changez Khan Jamali Minister for Science & Technology, Foreign Secretary, Pakistan Ambassador in Bosnia Maj Gen Khalid Amir Jafferey while Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina was assisted by their Minister for Defence Mr Muhammad Ibrahimovic, Ambassador of Bosnia Herzegovina to Pakistan Mr Amin Limo and his Advisors.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that the visit of the Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina will pave the way for more cooperation between both the countries.  He also said that the people and the government of Pakistan have great respect for his father Mr Alija Izetbegovic.

The Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina introduced the members of the delegation and said that there is now stability in Bosnia Herzegovina and we are making efforts to attract investment and improve our economy.  He said that Bosnia Herzegovina is also looking forward to join the European Union which will provide Pakistan a window to Europe and its markets.  The Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina thanked the government and the people of Pakistan for their continued support.  He especially recalled the historic visit of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and Tansu iller, former Prime Minister of Turkey which attracted international attention to the atrocities being committed against Bosnians.  Mr Bakir Izetbegovic said that the purpose of his present visit was to explore new avenues of cooperation to further enhance the existing good relations between the two countries.

The Prime Minister welcomed the proposal of the Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina to focus on specific projects so that both the countries could make tangible progress.  The Prime Minister said that Pakistan being an agricultural country and having a large agro-based industry can extend cooperation in this field.  The Prime Minister also said that both the countries need to work on Preferential Trade Agreement so that economic relations between the two countries can be based on sound footings.

Reiterating Pakistans commitment to the unity and territorial integrity of Bosnia and support for Bosnias quest for memberships of European Union and NATO, the Prime Minister appreciated Bosnian support in bulky multilateral forums including our candidature for UN Security Council Non-Permanent seat. 

The Prime Minister also proposed exchange of technical experts between the two countries and cooperation in the field of science and technology.

The Chairman of Presidency of Bosnia Herzegovina said that during his visit to Pakistan, he experienced warmth goodwill for Bosnia Herzegovina at all levels.


PR No. 102
PRESS RELEASE

POLICY IMPLICATIONS OF NON-TARIFF MEASURES CRUCIAL TO UNDERSTAND: DG PITAD

Islamabad:
 October 10, 2012

Understanding the policy implications of non-tariff measures is crucial for policy makers and researchers to defend the trade interests of Pakistan; said Mr. Tahir Maqsood Director General PITAD while addressing the inaugural session of the two days training course on Economics and Policy of Non-Tariff Measures organized at Pakistan Institute of Trade and Development (PITAD) under the European Union funded TRTA II programme.

The Trade Related Technical Assistance (TRTA II) programme is funded by the European Union and aims at enhancing export competitiveness of Pakistan. The programme has three main components where Component 1 is about trade policy capacity building and is implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC).

The training has been organized under the ITC implemented Component of TRTA II programme which seeks to build the capacity of government officials working in various ministries and departments on trade policy and negotiations besides other interventions. Accordingly a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was facilitated between PITAD and the World Trade Institute (WTI) for institutional capacity building of local training and research institutes and training of a number of master trainers. In turn, these master trainers are called upon to further disseminate their knowledge gained to policy makers working in various ministries through short trainings. Through the approach the programme wishes to ensure both sustainability (through building local capacity) and excellence in trade policy training to government officials.

The training course is jointly conducted by ITC and PITAD with technical assistance from the Switzerland based World Trade Institute (WTI). The training is delivered by master trainer from PITAD Mr. Muhammad Shafiq Haider and is supported by his mentor Dr. Oliver Cadot from WTI through video conference.

The purpose of the training course is to build the capacity of the officers working in various ministries and government departments regarding the economics and policy of non-tariff measures.  The training will focus on the difference between NTMs and NTBs and how the NTMs become barriers to trade. It will also focus on the government motives for using the NTMs. The welfare effects of NTMs will be particularly analyzed during the training.The training will take an in-depth look at non-tariff measures (NTMs) which appear in many guises and serve many purposes. Such issues are the core topic of the modern trade experts and negotiators.

Thirty government officers and researchers from federal government ministries, implementing agencies, provincial departments and research organizations have been invited to participate in the training to strengthen their capacity regarding NTMs. The training will equip the participants with a sound understanding of the issues and how to contribute to government policies in their professional endeavors. 


PR No. 103
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad
: October 10, 2012

President Hamid Karzai telephoned President Asif Ali Zardari Wednesday evening and condemned the murderous attack on Ms. Malala Yousafzai and her school fellows. He expressed grief and shock over the attack which he called as cowardly.

Thanking President Karzai, President Zardari said that Malala and her school friends symbolized the quest of our children for education and social uplift and demonstrated our national spirit to stand up to militants and extremists.

He said such incidents of barbarity strengthened national resolve to fight militants to the finish.

President Zardari said the culprits will not escape retribution and will not go unpunished.


PR No. 104
PRESS RELEASE

PPP GOVERNMENT HAS ACHIEVEMENTS TO ITS CREDIT: PRIME MINISTER

Islamabad
: October 10, 2012

 
            Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf while speaking to a group of PPP MPAs belonging to Punjab led by Mr Imtiaz Safdar Warraich, Minister of State for Interior at the PM House this evening has said that the policy of national reconciliation pursued by the PPP government has been a success as for the first time in the history of Pakistan, a civil government is completing its tenure.

            The Prime Minister said that the history of PPP is the history of struggle for down trodden and rights of the people. The Prime Minister said that the MPAs of the Provincial Assembly belonging to PPP in Punjab have played their role of opposition in trying circumstances of which we are rightly proud of.

            The Prime Minister said that the achievements of the Pakistan Peoples Party during 4-1/2 years include restoration of the constitution in its original shape, autonomy to the provinces and NFC Award.

            The Prime Minister said that when PPP came into power, the foreign exchange reserves were very low and insufficient to cater to imports for even three months. However, due to the prudent policies of the government, our reserves today stand at over 14 billion dollars and we have now became a wheat exporting country.

            Talking about the energy crisis, the Prime Minister said that the previous governments did not add any generation capacity to the system whereas demand for electricity kept on increasing.  Dependence on oil whose international prices kept on increasing added further pressure on the economy.  The government despite financial constraints provided relief to the consumers by giving a subsidy in the last four and a half years to share the burden of the consumers.

            The Prime Minister further said that the development work carried out by this government in the past 4-1/2 years has been unprecedented. The Prime Minister said that the government will continue to work for the welfare of the people and will not shy out away from challenges. These achievements of the government are not ordinary achievements and are even acknowledged by its worst opponents. The Prime Minister advised the PPP workers and legislators to reach out and tell the people about these achievements.

            Mrs Faryal Talpur MNA, Mr Qamar Zaman Kaira Minister for Information and Broadcasting and Federal Minister Mr Nazar Muhammad Gondal were also present during the meeting.