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PR No. 232
PRESS RELEASE
33 officers promoted to BPS-22
Islamabad: December 26, 2012

A meeting of the high powered Committee was held under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the PMs House, today. 33 officers belonging to various Occupational Groups were promoted to BPS-22.

The following officers of BPS-21 have been promoted to BPS-22:-

1.         Malik Abdus Samad

2.         Mr Ansar Javed

3.         Mr Shahid Rahim Shaikh

4.         Mr Fayyaz Ahmad Leghari

5.         Mr Arif Ikram

6.         Mr Abdul Wadood Shah

7.         Mr Ahsan Raja

8.         Mr Abid Saeed

9.         Mr Naveed Akram Cheema

10.        Mr Nasir Hayat

11.        Mr Jamil Amjad

12.        Mr Muhammad Ali Gardezi

13.        Mr Shahidullah Baig

14.        Mr Agha Nadeem

15.        Mr Sajjad Saleem Hothiana

16.        Mr Muhammad Shehzad Arbab

17.        Mr Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad

18.        Mr Hasan Nawaz Tarar

19.        Mr Seerat Asghar Jora

20.        Mr Muhammad Arshad Bhatti

21.        Mr Munir Qureshi

22.        Mr Rasheed Ahmad

23.        Mr Manzoor Ali Khan

24.        Mr Naveed Salimi

25.        Ms Rukhsana Shah

26.        Ms Shama Ehsan Khan

27.        Mr Ahmad Rasool Bangash

28.        Mr Tanvir Ahmad

29.        Mr Tahir Saeed

30.        Mr Abdul Malik Abdullah

31.        Syed Hasan Javed

32.        Mr Ikramullah Mehsud

33.        Mr Noor Muhammad Jadmani

 Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said that the officers have been promoted strictly on the basis of merit, performance and seniority in line with rules and regulations. 

The last meeting of the high powered Committees meeting was held on April 12, 2012.


PR No. 233
PRESS RELEASE

PRESIDENT CONDOLES WITH MR. ZAHID MALIK ON DEMISE OF HIS YOUNGER BROTHER

Larkana:
26 December 2012

President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed grief and sorrow over the demise of Mr. Abdul Hayee Malik, younger brother of Mr. Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief, Daily Pakistan Observer and Chairman, Nazriya Pakistan Council, who expired at Sialkot early Wednesday morning after protracted illness.


In his condolence message the President expressed sympathies with the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace. He also prayed to the Almighty to give courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude.


PR No. 234
PRESS RELEASE
LAW MINISTER CHAIRS MEETING OF COMMITTEE ON CNG ISSUE

Islamabad: 26 December 2012

Federal Law Minister, Farooq H. Naek chaired the meeting of special committee created by ECC on policy guidelines for CNG sector and CNG consumer price.

Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum, Dr. Asim Hussain, Secretary Ministry of Petroleum Waqar Masood, Ghiyas Paracha, Chairman All Pakistan CNG Association, Abdul Sami Khan Chairman CNG Association, Malik Khuda Baksh Chairman CNG Station Owners Association, Sameer Gulzar Executive Member FPCCI, Nadeem Iqbal representative of Network for Consumers Complaints, Farida Rashid President of ICCCI, Humma Siddique, Representative of Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan were  present in the meeting.

Speaking on the occasion the Minister said that in todays meeting all  the stakeholders presented their recommendations and formulas for determination of  CNG price. The Minister said that he himself, Advisor to Prime Minister on Petroleum, Dr. Asim Hussain, Cabinet Secretary and Petroleum Secretary will discuss these inputs and issue the policy guidelines to OGRA.

He also added that hardships being faced by the consumers and the reservations of the CNG Associations will be given due consideration in the determination of these guidelines. Very soon, this Committee will come up with the proposal which is acceptable to all and resolve this matter forever.


PR No. 235
PRESS RELEASE
HIGH LEVEL MEETING REVIEWS IMPLEMENTATION OF PROJECTS UNDER KOREAN ASSISTANCE

Islamabad: 26 December 2012

A project portfolio meeting was held in Economic Affairs Division on December 24 to review the implementation of projects under Korean assistance worth around US$ 300 million.

Government of Pakistan was represented by Mr.Javed Iqbal, Secretary, EAD. Mr. Choong Joo CHOI, Ambassador of Republic of Korea, represented the Korean side along with his team. Secretary EAD appreciated the Korean assistance and noted with satisfaction that not only the quantum of bilateral cooperation has increased over a short period of time but its scope has also been enhanced.

Total Korean assistance Programme to Pakistan has expanded over US$ 200 million, of which US $ 30 million is grant component and rest is soft loan, mainly for infrastructure and social sector development.

Progress of all development projects being implemented in Pakistan through Korean Assistance were reviewed in the meeting. Similarly the projects, for which Korean Assistance is expected shortly, were also reviewed minutely. Both side expressed satisfaction with regards to Korean Development Assistance for the following projects which were signed recently during President of Pakistans visit to South Korea early this month:

i)          Framework Agreement for Grant Aid.

ii)          Construction of Malakand Tunnel Project of US$ 78 M.

 

Apart from infrastructure Development projects, Korean Assistance for Capacity Building of public sector was also reviewed. The Korean Ambassador also observed that Korean development model being more recent phenomenon is more relevant for achieving development goals in Pakistan. Two new initiatives including Knowledge Sharing Programme (KSP) and World Advisers Programme were discussed whereby Korean experts will share their experience in different fields with different departments of Federal and Provincial Governments.

Ambassador of Korea highlighted that Korean government attaches great importance to Pakistan which is Priority Partner Country. Korea is desirous to develop strategic economic development relations and in order to formulate Country Partnership Strategy which currently Republic of Korea has with 23 countries of the world. A high level Technical Team will be visiting Pakistan in the end of January, 2013 to negotiate the specific possibilities.

Secretary, EAD appreciated the sincerity of the Government of the Republic of Korea and assured the visiting dignitaries that Pakistan will reciprocate the initiative with matching sincerity and warmth.

The meeting ended on a note of thanks from the Secretary, EAD with a common understanding that such review sessions will continue in future as well.    


PR No. 236
PRESS RELEASE
SHAHEED BENAZIR BHUTTO: A SHINING EXAMPLE INSPIRING GENERATIONS OF PAKISTANIS -  FARHAT KHAN

Islamabad: 26 December 2012

Ms Farhat Khan MNA/Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Heritage and Integration paid rich tribute to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto on her fifth death anniversary, saying she sacrificed her life for the cause of democracy in Pakistan. She said that Mohtarmas sacrifice would not go in vain and every worker of PPP is focused, motivated and has pledged to carry forward Shaheed Benazir Bhuttos mission. She added that Shaheed Benazir Bhutto would remain a shining example, inspiring generations of Pakistanis.

While paying tribute to Shaheed Benazir Bhuttos courage and leadership, Ms Farhat Khan reiterated the firm resolve of PPP workers to continue fight for the values she upheld all her life and laid down her life as well. She said that the enemies of democracy killed Benazir Bhutto but they failed to achieve their objective cause as today PPP is successfully completing five years of democratic government.

Ms Farhat Khan also arranged Fateh Khawani at her home in Mardan for Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. Large number of women from all walks of life and party workers recited Holy Quran and offered fateha for Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.


PR No. 237
PRESS RELEASE

President inaugurates Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto International Cricket Stadium

Garhi Khuda Bakhsh
: 26 December 2012

President Asif Ali Zardari today inaugurated Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto International Cricket Stadium at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh, Naudero.

Addressing the gathering after the inauguration ceremony, the President said that one of the missions of the Government was to provide opportunities to the youth so that their energies are diverted towards positive activities and away from extremism. We will continue to provide facilities for healthy sports activities, he said on the occasion.

The President complimented Pakistan Cricket Board, its Chairman Zaka Ashraf and all those who helped build the cricket stadium.

The President said that sometime back as the Patron of Pakistan Cricket Board he had asked Pakistan Cricket Board to build an international standard cricket stadium at Garhi Khuda Bakhsh to provide an opportunity to the local children to test their skills, train and become the best in the world. This vision, he said, has been translated into reality today as the first phase of the cricket stadium has been inaugurated.

The President on the occasion also congratulated the youth of Larkana, and the whole province, on the setting up of this facility.

According to prepared text of his remarks, the President said that for years there was a sense of deprivation amongst the rural population of Sindh. Lack of sports facilities in Sindh had prevented talented youth to produce world class athletes.

He said that in the next phase, a cricket Academy with state-of-the-art facilities and best coaches to train the local players would also be set up in the area. He said that I can see that quite a few players representing Pakistan internationally will come from this area.

Noting the addition of Larkana, Dera Murad Jamali, FATA and Bahawalpur in the cricket set up recently, the President remarked that this would promote cricket across the country and upgrade skills of the local cricketers. He said that cricket was a passion for Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Cricket, he said, is a passion for me and for millions of people all over Pakistan.It is a unifying force and it can be used to project the message of peace.

Complimenting Mr. Zaka Ashraf, Chairman PCB, and his team for putting this show together in a short span of time, the President wished him and the PCB well with their plans of bringing international cricket to the country.

Chairman PCB Mr. Zaka Ashraf also spoke on the occasion and thanked the President for his personal interest in promotion of the cricket in the country.

Earlier, the President also visited the mazars of Shuhuda in Garhi Khuda Baksh and offered Fateha for the departed souls.


PR No. 238
PRESS RELEASE
MOS FOR HOUSING LAUDS ROLE PLAYED BY SHAHEED MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO

Islamabad
: 26 December 2012

Minister of State for Housing, Malik Nouman Ahmad Langrial in a message on the fifth martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, lauded the exemplary role played by her for strengthening democratic values in Pakistan.

He said we pay tribute to her courage and leadership; indeed she was a great leader and a champion of democracy who fought for the cause of underprivileged and marginalized sections of the society.

On this occasion, the Minister emphasized that the best way to pay tribute to such courageous leader, whose life was dedicated to fight against dictatorship and militancy, is to defend and protect democratic institutions in the country and foil all conspiracies against it.

The day marks the physical end of an iconic lady who has proved that her ideals have enough force to be cherished beyond her physical existence, he added.

The Minister reiterated that we should make a pledge of not tiring and stopping until we shape Pakistan according to her vision. He prayed to Allah Almighty that may the soul of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto and that of all martyrs who laid down their lives for the cause of democracy, rest in eternal peace.   


NOT TO BE TELECAST, BROADCAST OR PUBLISHED BEFORE THE MORNING OF 27th DECEMBER
PR No. 239

MESSAGE FROM MR. ASIF ALI ZARDARI
PRESIDENT ISLAMIC
REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN
ON 5TH MARTYRDOM ANNIVERSARY OF SHAHEED BENAZIR BHUTTO

Islamabad
: 26 December 2012

December 27th is one of the saddest days in the history of the country. It was on this day when the nation lost its twice elected Prime Minister, the first female Prime Minister of Islamic world, an indomitable fighter for democracy and the rights of marginalized and exploited.

But while mourning the death of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, we also celebrate her illustrious life and the values for which she stood and fought for.

Today we celebrate the life of a great leader who fought against dictatorship, oppression and tyranny for establishing a democratic and pluralistic society as envisaged by our founding fathers. We celebrate her courage in the epic struggle against militants and extremists that she led from the front.

On this occasion we also reiterate our pledge to continue pursuing her mission and vow to resist with full force the bigots, extremists and militants. We will fight them to the finish and never allow them to impose their ideology through brute force, no matter what the cost and what the odds.

To pay tributes to her memory, let us pledge to continue strengthening democracy and extricate the downtrodden from poverty and degradation. With the support of the people of Pakistan we will continue our forward march along the path that has been illumined by her with her blood.

Let us on this day make it clear that no matter what our detractors may do, we will uphold the philosophy of Bhuttoismthe noble mission to empower the deprived and marginalized sections of society and to give voice to those who have been silenced for long.

On this day, let us also remember and salute all those who laid down their lives while protecting the life of their leader. Let us commemorate all those who laid down their lives in fighting the militants and suffered exile, imprisonment and execution to end tyranny and dictatorship. It is because of the sacrifices of the courageous sons and daughters of the soil that the nation lives and democracy thrives. Their sacrifices will never be allowed to go in vain.

Pakistan-Paindabad!

NOT TO BE TELECAST, BROADCAST OR PUBLISHED BEFORE THE MORNING OF 27th DECEMBER


PR No. 240
PRESS RELEASE
Islamabad: 26 December 2012

The role of Small and Medium Enterprises SMEs is imperative for promotion of economic activities which would help to create job opportunities, investment attractions and human resource development at grass root level. A collaborated development network is required to provide platform to all the stakeholders for contribution of their inputs for economic wellbeing of the country.

This was stated by the Chairman IPO-Pakistan Mr. Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi MNA while addressing the concluding session of SMEs Conference and Seminar on IPR held at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce & Industries which was jointly organized by Industries, Commerce & Investment Department Punjab in collaboration with Intellectual Property Organization (IPO-Pakistan), Agriculture Department, PSIC and RCCI on Wednesday.

The Chairman IPO said that IPO has got legal entity after passage of IP Act 2012 and the organization has initiated a number of projects focusing on developing institutional framework, capacity building, enhancing mutual cooperation and rectifying memorandum of understanding with different organizations. He said SME sector has great potential to promote indigenous creative capabilities. He further said that IPO-Pakistan has set up IP facilitation Desks at LCCI, KCCI and SMEDA offices at Lahore and Karachi to facilitate IP right holders for information dissemination and guidance about their IP rights registration. He also announced for opening similar Facilitation Desk at RCCI with the cooperation of SMEDA. The Chairman emphasized on cooperation among IP stakeholders for promotion and protection of IPRs in the country.   

The Director General IPO-Pakistan Mr. Sajjad Ahmad Bhutta underlined the need of developing market oriented innovative capabilities among the IP right creators in SME sector. He further said that database of SMEs is being developed to address their sectoral issues. IPR enforcement is being strengthened for effective IP rights protection.   

Acting President RCCI, Ch. Pervaiz Ahmad Warraich assured that RCCI will continue its cooperation with IPO-Pakistan, Punjab Govt. and other stakeholders for protection of IP rights in the region. He appreciated the decision of opening IP Facilitation Desk at RCCI by IPO-Pakistan which will help the local manufacturers and traders to register their IP rights for business promotion.    

Earlier Mr. Nasir Rafique, Chief WTO/Project Director Geographical Indications, IC&I Dept. Govt. of Punjab gave brief introduction of GI project which is successfully being conducted in Punjab for registration and protection of local unique products of the province. 

Later on Mr. Muhammad Asghar Nasar from SMEDA and Mr. Muhammad Ismail from IPO-Pakistan made presentations on SME and IP subjects.


NOT TO BE TELECAST, BROADCAST OR PUBLISHED BEFORE THE MORNING OF 27th DECEMBER, 2012
PR No. 241
PRESS RELEASE

MESSAGE OF PRIME MINISTER RAJA PERVEZ ASHRAF
ON THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF SHAHADAT
OF MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO

(27TH DECEMBER 2012)

Islamabad: 26 December 2012

As we commemorate the 5th anniversary of the Shahadat of former Prime Minister Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, we are reminded of her heroic struggle for the restoration of democracy and rights of the people.

Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto took over the mantle of leadership from her late father former Prime Minister Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. She remained committed to carry on the mission of her late father who envisioned a truly democratic and Islamic welfare state.

In her mission she was guided by democratic principles and the greater good of the common man. It was due to her untiring struggle that she was able to unite the people and pave the way for a smooth transition from dictatorship to democracy. Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed envisaged  a Pakistan which was a democratic, plural and egalitarian society and free from all sorts of exploitation.

The best way to pay homage to Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto would be to shun prejudices and maintain unity in our ranks. Let us resolve to defeat the forces of extremism and terrorism and work for the progress and prosperity of the country.

Let us resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and extremism and work to defeat the forces of extremism and terrorism and work for the progress and prosperity of the country.  

NOT TO BE TELECAST, BROADCAST OR PUBLISHED BEFORE THE MORNING OF 27th DECEMBER, 2012


PR No. 242
PRESS RELEASE

PRIME MINISTER CONDOLES WITH ZAHID MALIK, EDITOR IN CHIEF

PAKISTAN OBSERVER ON HIS BROTHERS DEATH

Islamabad
: 26 December 2012

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of the younger brother of Mr. Zahid Malik, Editor-in-Chief, Pakistan Observer.

In his message to Mr. Zahid Malik, the Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences and sympathies on the death of his younger brother Mr. Abdul Hayee.

The Prime Minister prayed to Almighty Allah to shower His blessings upon the departed soul and courage to the members of the bereaved family to bear this immense loss with equanimity.


PR No. 243
PRESS RELEASE
Islamabad: 26 December 2012

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira has expressed profound sorrow and grief over sad demise of Deputy Minister for Culture and Information, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prince, Turki bin Sultan Al Saud. 

In his condolence message, he said the efforts of the late Deputy Minister will be remembered for long in strengthening the relationship between Information ministries of both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. He also commended his services for development of media in Saudi Arabia and Muslim Ummah at large. He termed his death a great loss to Pakistan as it has lost a good friend.

He prayed that may Allah Almighty rest the departed soul in eternal peace.


PR No. 244
PRESS RELEASE

DR. ASIM HUSSAIN CALLS ON PRIME MINISTER
Islamabad: 26 December 2012

Adviser to Prime Minister on Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr. Asim Hussain called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the PMs House today and discussed with him the current energy situation in the country.

During the meeting, the Prime Minister was briefed about the overall power situation and arrangements made to cope with the impending reduction in power generation due to canal closures.

The Prime Minister directed the Adviser to ensure that fuel is provided to Thermal Power Plants so that they can run on full capacity.   


PR No. 245
PRESS RELEASE

PRIME MINISTER CONDOLES DEATH OF PROF. GHAFOOR AHMED

Islamabad
: 26 December 2012

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has expressed grief and sorrow over the sad demise of Prof. Ghafoor Ahmed, Naib Amir of Jamaat-e-Islami.

In his message of condolence, the Prime Minister paid tributes to the services of Prof. Ghafoor Ahmed for the people and the country. He prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant strength to members of the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.   


PR No. 246
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad: 26 December 2012

President Asif Ali Zardari has expressed heartfelt grief and sorrow over the demise of Prof. Ghafoor Ahmed who passed away today after protracted illness.

            In his condolence message the President paid tributes to his services and said that Prof. Ghafoor Ahmed was an outstanding scholar and a political worker who remained steadfast in his convictions. In politics, he followed the norms of decency, the President said in his message.


            The President prayed to Almighty to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and to give courage to the bereaved family to bear this loss with fortitude.


PR No. 247
PRESS RELEASE
SARDAR TALIB PAYS TRIBUTE TO SHAHEED MOHTARMA BENAZIR BHUTTO

Islamabad
: 26 December 2012

December 27 is a day which revives the bitter memories of a gruesome incident of Pakistans history when the nation was deprived of a leader of international stature, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, said Federal Minister for Housing, Sardar Talib Hassan Nakai.

The Minister said that we remember her as a statesperson, political leader of the highest order and an intellectual who made the ultimate sacrifice for safeguarding the rights of the people. Mohtarma propounded the theory of reconciliation and believed that it is the perfect solution to avoid clash of civilizations and promote democracy, the Minister added. He further said that the seeds of reconciliation sown by her are now bearing fruit.

Today, the country is faced with numerous daunting challenges at different levels. We can overcome these if we follow the vision and ideas of such great leaders like Mohtarma, the Minister said.

He said she was the leader who worked incessantly to improve the lot of impoverished people and today the nation is indebted to her for guiding the masses out of despair and spreading the message to avoid confrontation, shun parochialism to forge complete unity among their ranks and files.

May Allah Almighty rest her soul in eternal peace!


PR No. 248
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad: 26 December 2012

Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al-Shaibi, Mutawalli-e-Kabah, today called on President Asif Ali Zardari at Naudero House Larkana.

Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was also present during the meeting.

Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that Sheikh Abdul Qadir conveyed to the President his best wishes for the country, leadership and the people of Pakistan. He also prayed for eternal peace for Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Lauding her vision he said that she was a great leader who was held in high esteem by the Ummah for her leadership qualities.

The President thanked Sheikh Abdul Qadir Al-Shaibi for his best wishes and prayers for the martyred leader.

The President also said that the people of Pakistan have great respect and special feelings for their Saudi brethren. He said that Saudi brethren have always stood by the people of Pakistan at all hours of distress.