PR No. 398
PRESS RELEASE
High Commissioners/Ambassadors present THEIR credential to the President

Islamabad, September 29, 2010.

 

High Commissioners designate of Bangladesh and Canada and the Ambassadors designate of Iraq, Republic of Korea, Denmark and Chile presented their credential to President Asif Ali Zardari at an impressive ceremony held Wednesday at the Aiwan-e- Sadr

The envoys called on the President separately and presented their credentials. In their separate meetings they discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest.

The President while felicitating the newly appointed envoys to Pakistan hoped that they will work for further strengthening the existing ties of their respective countries with Pakistan.

Earlier, upon arrival of H.E. Mr. Suhrab Hossain, High Commissioner designate of Bangladesh, H.E. Mr. Rushdi Mahmood Rasheed, Ambassador designate of Iraq, H.E. Mr. Choi Choong-joo, Ambassador designate of Republic of Korea, H.E. Mr. Uffe Wolffheehel, Ambassador designate of Denmark, H.E. Mr. Ross Hynes, High Commissioner designate of Canada and H.E. Mr. Luis Palmas Castillo, Ambassador designate of Chile resident in Ankara, at the Presidency the National Anthems of Pakistan and their respective countries were played and the envoys were presented Guard of Honour by a smartly turned out contingent of Pakistan Army

**SAK/Ahmad**


PR No. 399
PRESS RELEASE
The Malaysian People Have Donated Rs.9.78 Million for the Flood Affectees

Islamabad, September 29, 2010.
 

The Malaysian from all walks of life have been contributing towards the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund 2010 and have so far contributed Rs.9.78 million in cash, besides, sending consignments of relief goods and visits by Malaysian volunteers and relief workers to Pakistan to help the flood victims, says a press release received heretoday from  Malaysia.

This was stated by the High Commissioner for Pakistan, Mr. Masood Khalid while receiving a cheque for Rs.2.78 million from the Chairman of International Bureau of Puteri, UMNO, Malaysia, Ms. Shahanim Mohamad Yusoff, in Kuala Lumpur, today.

Later while talking to media, the High Commissioner said that Pakistan had suffered from the unprecedented  floods which had affected 20 million people, destroyed 2 million houses and washed away 1.3 million acres of standing crops.

He said that people of Pakistan greatly appreciate the solidarity and brotherhood shown by Malaysians from all walks of life with their brothers and sisters in Pakistan who are in immense distress.

He said that the Government of Pakistan is in the process of launching a National Reconstruction Plan to rehabilitate the affected people and reconstruct the damaged infrastructure in a transparent and efficient manner. In this regard, he said, that Pakistan will be needing the help of the International Community including Malaysia to rehabilitate the affected people.

The Chairman of International Bureau of Puteri UMNO Malaysia said that the Malaysian people who deeply concerned and saddened because of the sufferings of the flood affected people in Pakistan, specially, of the most vulnerable groups including women, elderly and children and this contribution was a modest gesture of good will, solidarity and brotherhood that Malaysians feel about our Pakistani brothers and sisters in distress.

**QB/Ahmad**              


PR No. 400
PRESS RELEASE

Iran assures full financial support for flood affectees
Islamabad, September 29, 2010.

Islamic Republic of Iran has assured to increase its relief assistance for Pakistan to support the flood affected areas in Pakistan. All possible efforts are underway to enhance the assistance of flood hit areas because Iran is full aware of the miseries of Pakistan brothers as the people of Iran has passed through such natural calamities of earthquake in past. There will be no let up in extending financial support to Pakistan in the time of crisis both in cash and kinds.

These observations were made by Mr. Anvari, leader of Imam Khomeini. Relief Committee who met with Federal Minister for Religious Affairs alongwith 8-member delegation here today. The delegation of Imam Khomeini Committee is on visit of Pakistan with the intention of proceeding to the flood hit regions and meeting with the Pakistani authorities in order to familiarize itself with the type of relief assistance required by the flood victims.

The leader of the delegation informed the Minister about the function of Imam Khomeini Relief Committee/Foundation adding that this Foundation is dealing with Health, Education sectors as well other social activities. He conveyed a message of Imam Khomeini for the people of Pakistan expressing full sympathies with flood victims.

The Minister lauded the efforts made by the Iran in establishing Relief Camps in flood hit areas on behalf of government of Pakistan, and said that Iran had always extended its utmost assistance in time of crisis and this time Iran has shared burden with Pakistan, he added.

Both sides agreed to continue consultative process for spreading true teachings of Islam globally. They also condemned the recent wave of terrorism in the region and hoped that with collective efforts the war on terror could be fought successfully.

The Minister suggested the delegation to visit the flood-affected areas so as they could assess the real miseries of the people of devastating areas. 

On demand of Minister, the delegation pledged to provide tents/blankets and other relief goods to the flood-hit areas for which the Minister thanked the delegation for this support.  

**AJM/Ahmad**


PR No. 401
PRESS RELEASE

Panel Discussion
on “Public Policy under Water” Held in Berlin
Islamabad, September 29, 2010.
 

Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) in collaboration with the American Hertie School of Governance, Berlin organized a Panel Discussion on the topic, “Public Policy under Water” in the backdrop of 2005’s Katerina Huricane in New Orleans, USA, here today. Embassy of Pakistan was also invited to acquaint the audience with Government of Pakistan’s response to the recent flood devastation in the country. The participants included Prof. Mark Hallerbeg of Hertie School of Governance, Mr. Khayam Akbar, Head of Chancery Embassy of Pakistan and Mr. Shahid Riaz Gondal President of Pak-German Council for Culture and Democracy. The panellists discussed about the crisis management by the American government when Hurricane Katrina caused havoc in United States, the lessons learned from it and how Pakistan is coping with its own great flood disaster and how can it improve its own crisis management by studying the failures and achievements of the then American government’s handling of the crisis.

Professor Mark Hallerbeg gave an overview of how the Katrina crisis was managed and how the plans of local and federal governments failed during and after the crisis. He talked about the late call of evacuation by the local New Orleans administration, how the government failed to come up with the resettlement plan and even if plans existed they failed. He criticised the rebuilding and rehabilitation efforts and plans of the American government, after the Hurricane destroyed New Orleans and moved on.  He praised the role of American coast guards that helped and saved many lives in the time of crisis. He also mentioned an important fact that currently the population of New Orleans is significantly less than it was before Katrina hit. He implied that people were reluctant to rehabilitate in the disaster hit area even after the reconstruction and vast amount of money spent.

“International governments and the public was confused and reluctant in donating the money to Pakistan in early stages of the worst disaster due to the perceptions that are portrayed around the world by international media” Mr. Shahid Riaz Gondal pointed. He said that during his efforts of collecting money from German civil society in collaboration with various German organizations, mostly people were hesitant to donate money even in this dire humanitarian crisis. But, he added, as the gloomy pictures came out of Pakistan of the vast nature of the crisis, international community and governments donated generously to help Pakistan out of this situation. He said that Pakistan’s thriving media played an important role in bringing world’s attention to this enormous calamity. He also said that the death toll was far less due to the communication links between people and government, which helped in evacuating millions on time.  

Mr. Khayam Akbar, Head of Chancery, Embassy of Pakistan gave a Presentation on the current situation of Pakistan floods, rescue and relief operations and rebuilding process. He explained in detail to the audience that how vast is the magnitude of the disaster. He gave estimated number of affected, loss of infrastructure, destroyed houses, crops and livestock. He explained government’s initial response to the floods and also the working of NDMA. Mr. Khayam also briefly explained how provincial, federal governments and international community, UN and NGOs co-ordinate with each other. He described how under Strategic Co-ordination Committee these stakeholders discuss and take consented decisions. He also mentioned that organizations working with NDMA have started to draft and finalize plans for rebuilding the affected areas. He told the audience that an oversight council has been set up to ensure efficient and transparent utilization of funds. He thanked the government and people of Germany who generously donated for flood victims in Pakistan. A short film on Flood devastation in Pakistan was also shown to the audience.

**Gh/Ahmad**


 PR No. 402
PRESS RELEASE
Kazmi urges seasonal staff to serve Hujjaj with national spirit

Islamabad, September 29, 2010.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Syed Hamid Saeed Kazmi has urged the members of Hajj medical mission and Khuddam‑ul‑Hujjaj to serve the Pakistani pilgrims in Saudi Arabia with national and religious spirit during the Hajj. “You must put in your all energies to serve and provide maximum facilities to Hujjaj. You should go to Saudi Arabia with the spirit to serve the humanity.

He said this while addressing to joint session of Khuddam‑ ul‑Hujjaj and members of the Hajj medical mission and seasonal staff here at the Haji Camp today. Around 260 seasonal staff comprising medical teams and Khuddam are being deployed in Saudi Arabia for the assistance of Pakistani pilgrims.

The minister informed the seasonal staff about the possible difficulties that they could face while discharging their sacred duties besides guiding them to handle the situation.      He admitted that taking care of around 160,000 pilgrims with the help of just 260 staffers is an uphill task but “The ministry will make all‑out efforts to ensure maximum facilities.”, he assured the participants.

He said medicines worth Rs. 24 million would be provided at medical centers, established in Makkah and Madina to ensure efficient medical cover to Pakistani Hujjaj during the upcoming grand religious congregation.

A hospital and dispensaries, equipped with paramedical staff including specialist doctors have been set up in Makkah, while medicines have also been provided at those clinics, he informed. The minister said concerned officials would prepare a comprehensive report based on complaints of pilgrims after completion of the Hajj to bring improvement in the service plan for the next year.  He claimed that the process of allocating quota to Hajj Group Organizers and allocation of flights was completed in a transparent manner. Later talking to media, the Minister said Director General (Hajj) Rao Shakeel has been summoned from Makkah after the Hiring Review Committee of the Parliament submitted a report of his alleged involvement in corruption to acquire residential buildings for Hujjaj.  “The Ministry has issued explanation notice to him as nobody can be punished on the basis of mere allegations and the DG has the right to explain his position,” he added.

**AJM/Ahmad**


PR No. 403
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad, September 29, 2010.

The Prime Minister has been pleased to approve the following transfers and postings:-

i.          Mr Muhammad Athar Tahir as Secretary, M/o Education

ii.          Mr Irfan Nadeem, as Secretary, M/o Science & Technology

iii.         Mr K.B. Rind as Secretary, M/o Social Welfare & Special Education

iv.         Mr Saeed Ahmad Khan as Secretary, M/o Overseas Pakistanis

v.          Mr Asif Bajwa as Secretary, Statistics Division

vi.         Mr Wajid Rana as Special Secretary, M/o Finance

vii.        Mr Javed Iqbal as Secretary, M/o Water & Power

viii.        Mr Shahid Raja as Secretary, M/o Railways

ix.         Mr Ghulam Dastagir as Chief Secretary, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa

x.         Mr. Arif Azeem as Additional Secretary Incharge, M/o Labour and Manpower

xi.         Capt Tariq Shafi Chak as Additional Secretary, M/o Industries

xii.        Mr Shafqat Naghmi as Additional Secretary, M/o Food & Agriculture 

**PMMO/Ahmad**


PR No. 404
PRESS RELEASE

PM’s meeting with
DEPUTY Chairman Senate

Islamabad, September 29, 2010.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the public representatives shall be given major role in the reconstruction and rehabilitation of the affected population of their respective areas. He added that this would not only ensure timely completion of the reconstruction phase but would also raise morale of the people.

The Prime Minister was talking to the Deputy Chairman Senate, Jan Muhammad Jamali and Senator Haji Adeel who called on him separately at his Parliament House Chamber here this afternoon.

The Prime Minister said that following the principle of consultation, the government would take all stakeholders into confidence on the reconstruction strategy. He said that Parliamentarians belonging to the affected areas would also be consulted and their suggestions would be incorporated to ensure efficiency and public welfare. He urged the Parliamentarians to come forward and lend a hand to improve the public lot.

Talking about the relief activities in the   affected areas, the Prime Minister said that with the overwhelming support of the people, philanthropists and various organizations, the government has been able to provide timely and adequate relief goods including food stuff to the affected people. He added that through the effective medical measures, outbreak of epidemics was warded off.

The Prime Minister also gave details of the international assistance and thanked the international community for recent pledges made at the UN forum. He said that once damage need assessment is made through the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, the real situation would come to surface.

Mr. Jan Jamali appreciated the Prime Minister for his personal efforts during the relief activities. He apprised the Prime Minister on the current situation of the flood hit areas of Balochistan. He extended his full support in the coming phases of reconstruction and rehabilitation. He also appreciated the Prime Minister for his initiative to take all the political leadership along for the greater welfare of the flood affected people.

Senator Haji Addel apprised the Prime Minister on the situation of flood affected areas and the rehabilitation activities in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province. He also extended his party support in the coming phases. 

**PMMO/Ahmad**


PR No. 405
PRESS RELEASE
General Khalid Shameem Wynne calls on President

Islamabad, September 29, 2010.
 

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) designate General Khalid Shameem Wynne called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency on Wednesday.            
The President felicitated General Khalid Shameem on his promotion and being appointed as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.         
 
**SAK/Ahmad**


PR No. 406
PRESS RELEASE
Health Sector is Government top most priority: Shahnaz Wazir Ali

Islamabad
, September 29, 2010.

Health sector is the top most priority of people’s government and it is our commitment to provide health care facilities to masses at minimum possible cost.

In a preparatory meeting on Strategic Dialogue pertaining to Health, to be held in Washington in October this year, Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Special Assistant to Prime Minister to PM on Social Sector, said that scarcity of funds is no doubt a constraint, but every measure would be taken to improve the provision of health care facilities and infrastructure. She highlighted that after 18th amendment, health sector has been devolved to the provinces, and therefore USAID can help provinces, to develop human resource by providing training and building infrastructure in health sector. She emphasized for a strategic partnership with USAID, so that better facilities with expertise can be provided. She also appreciated that Lady Health Worker program and said that initiative is being taken to improve working conditions of Lady Health Workers (LHWs) and for their job security. She also appreciated that USAIDs’ role in Polio Elimination Program and Gender Empowerment Program.

Representative of USAID acknowledged the problems and constrains faced by Pakistan and apprised the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Social Sector (Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali) about the future plans/projects and strategies regarding health sector.   

**SM/Ahmad**


PR No. 407
PRESS RELEASE
PM CONDOLES THE DEATH OF RAO SIKANDAR IQBAL

Islamabad
, September 29, 2010.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has expressed deep grief and sorrow over the sad demise of senior and seasoned politician, Rao Sikandar Iqbal.

In his message to the bereaved family the Prime Minister expressed his heartfelt condolences and sympathies over the death of Rao Sikandar Iqbal. He paid rich tribute to the political and social services of the deceased and declared his death as a loss to the country.

The Prime Minister prayed to Almighty Allah to shower his countless blessing on the departed soul and grant courage to the family to bear this loss with courage and fortitude.


PR No. 408
PRESS RELEASE
ECONOMIC POLICES REDESIGNED IN WAKE OF THE SITUATION EMERGED BECAUSE OF FLOODS: PM

Islamabad
, September 29, 2010.

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that the government has devised a comprehensive short-, medium- and long-term strategy for sustained economic growth in the country. He added that economic policies have been redesigned in wake of the situation being emerged out of the recent devastating floods in the country.

The Prime Minister was talking Parliamentarians who called on him at his Parliament House Chamber here this afternoon.

The Prime Minister said that the restructuring of ailing public sector enterprises is at the top of government economic priorities so that they could be converted into profit earning institutions. He urged the public representatives to focus their energies on the uplift of their respective areas and bring in innovative ideas for launching projects of public utility.

The Prime Minister said that standing crops spreading of millions of acres were washed away causing a loss of billions of rupees. He said that agricultural sector forms the lynchpin of the economy and the government is taking urgent measures to rehabilitate this important sector. He said government is seriously considering free supply of seeds and fertilizers to farmers in the affected areas in this regard.

The Parliamentarians apprised the Prime Minister on the situation of flood affected areas they have visited. They appreciated the government efforts in the timely provision of relief goods to the flood affected people.

The Parliamentarians who called on the Prime Ministe included Minister of State for Religious Affairs, Ms. Shagufta Gumani, MOS Health, Ms. Mehrenn Razzaq Bhutto and  MNA Mr. Riaz Fatyana.


PR No. 409
PRESS RELEASE
WOMEN ROUNDTABLE MEETING IN PRESIDENCY

Islamabad
, 29 September 2010

President Asif Ali Zardari has said that a one time flood tax will have to be imposed on the well to do and people of means to help shore up the relief and rehabilitation efforts.

Addressing a women roundtable meeting of federal ministers, women parliamentarians and representatives of non-governmental organizations for the flood affectees at Aiwan-e-Sadr Wednesday afternoon, the President said that “unless we are prepared to share bread with our grief and disaster stricken brethren, we should not expect others to help us”.

He said that he has already advised the Government to tap indigenous resources wherever there is room for taping such resources, adding also that it should be done in a transparent and above board manner.

The President also said that the entire aid received and disbursed will be done in a very transparent manner and every citizen will have access to information relating to the aid received and distributed.

Those who were present during the meeting included among others Speaker National Assembly Ms. Fehmida Mirza, Ms. Hina Rabbani Khar, Madam Faryal Talpur, Ms. Mehreen Anwar Raja, Senator Sughra Imam, Senator Nilofer Bakhtiar, Ms. Asma Arbab Alamgir, Ms. Nafeesa Shah, Ms. Fouzia Wahab, Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali, representatives of NGOs, Chairman NDMA, Lt Gen® Nadeem Ahmad and Spokesperson to the President Mr. Farhatullah Babar.

Addressing the meeting, the President said that women’s voices must be heard and their concerns must be taken into account in shaping any disaster response strategy. He said that giving adequate representation to the women in all forums would help in understanding women and girls’ specific needs and actions to be taken in this regard.

He said that besides giving representation to the women in all forums, a system needs to be evolved to inform and warn, in advance, the women and the children about the risks involved in case of non-evacuation of their areas during any natural disasters, on one hand, and to take care of their special needs during any such situation.

The President said that the experience of earthquake 2005 indicates that the women and the children are the worst sufferers during natural calamities and in many cases the grave impact of natural disasters on women and children is not fully recognized. He said that we all need to address the special nature of the issues of women victims of natural disasters. While focussing on provision of food, shelter, health, clean drinking water and sanitation facilities to the flood victims, we should also remember that the impact of disaster is much bigger for women and girls, the President said.

The President asserting that the women are most vulnerable in losing economic self-reliance due to natural calamities said that Benazir Income Support Programme should be used to address the women economic needs in the crisis situation.

The President also urged all the stakeholders to ensure women’s security in the relief camps besides ensuring safe transportation and privacy of spaces and the shelter for the women.

Stressing the need for adequate arrangement and urgent medical attention to women, the President observed that many Lady Health Workers were unable to perform their duties as they too were victims of flood disaster. He called upon all relevant departments to ensure that medical needs of women are met.

He said that the Government would ensure that women are protected from discrimination and exploitation at all times and during all stages of recovery and rehabilitation. He said that the Government needs support from all segments of society in this regard.


PR No. 410
PRESS RELEASE
CHAIRMAN-DESIGNATE JCSC CALLS ON THE PRIME MINISTER

Islamabad
, 29 September 2010

Chairman-Designate Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Khalid Shamim Wayne paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani at PM’s House here this afternoon.

The Prime Minister welcomed the new CJSC and congratulated him on his appointment to this important position. He expressed the confidence that General Khlid Shaimin Wayne would perform his duties with professional zeal and would improve the level of coordination among the three armed forces of Pakistan. He hoped that in his capacity as Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, he would work to cater for the professional needs of the armed forces to further strengthen the defence of Pakistan.

General Khalid Shamin Wayne thanked the Prime Minister for reposing trust on him and said that he would do his best to come up to the expectation of the government.


PR No. 411
PRESS RELEASE
JUI DELEGATION CALLS ON THE PRIME MINISTER

Islamabad
, 29 September 2010

Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has said that Pakistani nation has the will, capacity and commitment to face challenges like the one which has engulfed the one fifth land mass of the country in the shape of floods. He said that although the catastrophe was huge yet the resolve to convert it into an opportunity and build better Pakistan is being pursued by the government with full determination and devotion.

The Prime Minister was talking to a delegation of JUI (F), headed by its Amir, Maulana Fazal-ur-Reham who called on him at his Parliament House Chamber here this afternoon.

The Prime Minister assured that the affected population would not be left alone and every possible step would be taken to rehabilitate them as soon as possible. He said that projects and public spending are being re-prioritized in order to fix the targets that would ultimately contribute toward the wellbeing of the affected population. He added that the government’s finance team has been working day and night to sort out viable economic policy in wake of the situation that has  emerged out of the devastating floods in the country.

Maulana Fazal-ur-Rehaman assured the Prime Minister of their complete support in the coming phases of rehabilitation and reconstruction. He apprised the Prime Minister on the latest situation in the flood hit areas of Khyber PakhtoonKhawa and Balochistan.

Other members of the delegation included Minister for Tourism, Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman, Minister for Housing and Works, Mr. Rehmatullah Kakar and Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly, Syed Mati-ullah Agha.

Minister for Labour and Manpower, Syed Khursheed Shah was also present during the meeting


PR No. 412
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad
, 29 September 2010

Pakistan is extremely grateful to the leadership of United Arab Emirates for standing beside Pakistani people in the worst floods of the country’s history. This was stated by the Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Khursheed Ahmad Junejo in his statement issued here in Abu Dhabi. The Pakistan Ambassador on behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan thanked His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the people of the UAE for their continued support and relief efforts  for Pakistan’s flood victims. He said that Pakistan and the UAE are more than just friends and we have the same faith and social fabric. He highly appreciated the UAE’s role in aiding flood victims in Pakistan. He also thanked the UAE Red Crescent, Shaikh Khalifa foundation for raising substantial amount as aid for the flood ravaged country. He also paid rich tributes to the long-standing relationship between the UAE and Pakistan and appreciated the ideal environment that had been created by the visionary leadership of the UAE, says a press release received from Consulate of Pakistan Dubai here today.

The Ambassador said that the President Asif Ali Zardari, the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani already appreciated and praised the UAE’s unlimited support and efforts to alleviate suffering of the people affected by the floods. He said that the flooding has been, according to the UN’s High Commission for Refugees, the greatest natural disaster of modern times – with the population affected greater than those of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the 2005 Pakistani earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined. He noted that UAE nationals and other communities living in UAE had come forward and helped the victims of the floods with great generosity, which will never be forgotten. The Ambassador also lauded the efforts of UAE Armed forces in rescuing more than 10,000 people. He said that the Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani also hailed the role of the UAE Relief force in setting up the air bridge between the regions to implement the rescue operations to evacuate the victims from the flooded areas. The UAE Force also provided logistic support to evacuate flood victims into safe locations and to deliver immediate relief assistance to far flung areas. He said that Pakistan army also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the UAE relief force and its efficiency in coordinating relief missions, and taking logistical and supervisory positions. He said that people of Pakistan also hold in high esteem, the continued support of the UAE leadership, government and the people to help the flood victims.

He said that now that the flood waters have receded, a more gigantic task of rehabilitating the 20 million displaced floods affectees will start. This is a challenge which Pakistan can only undertake with the support of the international community and friends like UAE. He hoped that the government and the people of UAE will continue to support the government and the people of Pakistan in the same way they helped during the first phase of rescue operations.


PR No. 413
PRESS RELEASE
HOUSING MINISTRY CLARIFIES PRESS REPORT

Islamabad
, 29 September 2010

The spokesman of the Ministry of Housing & Works has clarified the press report appearing in the Daily “News” and daily “Jang” titled DG Housing goes to Court against his Minister.

Commenting on the press report, the spokesman said that so far as filing of writ petition by Mr. Shah Din Sheikh, Chief Engineer, Pak. PWD is concerned the para-wise comments have been filed before the Honourable High Court. However, the counsel for the petitioner had not requested for extension of the stay order granted on 12-07.2007 which was specifically restricted till 21st of July, 2010. This has  beenlapsed automatically as the same neither extended nor such like prayer was made by the counsel of the petitioner. Moreover, the Honourable High Court had only suspended operation of the order dated. 08-07-2010 till 21-07.2010 and no prohibition or injunctive order other than that was made.

So in the absence of any further injunctive or prohibitory order, the competent authority is not restrained from filling up of the posts in any manner whatsoever including granting of current charge to any office of the organization in accordance with law.

The spokesman  further said that the Ministry is completely enforcing merit in all respects in the appointments, postings and transfers of the officials  under the Civil Servant  Rules and allegations made by the Chief Engineer Mr. Shah Din Sheikh against the Minister for Housing & Works appeared in the press report were misleading incorrect unfounded and contrary to the facts. He has clearly violated the civil servant rules by issuing statement leveling baseless allegations.


PR No. 414
PRESS RELEASE

PAKISTAN
AND IRAN ENJOY STRONG SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS BOND AND IRANIAN SUPPORT FOR THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN, IN THIS HOUR OF NEED, IS A REFLECTION OF THIS LINKAGE, SAID BISP CHAIRPERSON IN HER MEETING WITH DELEGATION OF IMAM KHOMEINI RELIEF COMMITTEE.
Islamabad
, 29 September 2010

Federal Minister and Chairperson Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP), Ms. Farzana Raja has lauded the good will gesture and support of Iran Government and people of helping flood affectees in Pakistan. “Pakistan and Iran enjoy strong social, cultural and religious bond and this timely support is a reflection of this linkage”. She said this while talking to an Iranian delegation, led by Hussein Anvari, Chairman of Imam Khomeini Relief Committee, who visited BISP Secretariat on Wednesday, 29th September 2010. H.E Mashallah Shakiri, Ambassador of Iran in Pakistan was also present on the occasion.

Ms. Farzana Raja briefed the delegation about various initiatives of the BISP designed eradicate poverty in the country. She said that providing relief to flood affectees was the top most priority of the People’s Government. To strengthen these efforts, BISP has allocated more than Rs 10 billion to provide immediate relief to most vulnerable segments of society that comprise more than one million flood affected families. In this connection, she said, Rs. 4.25 Billion has already been dispatched as 1st installment whereas remaining two installments will be paid in next two months. 

The Chairperson of the BISP said that besides provision of Cash Grant to more than 3 million beneficiary families throughout Pakistan, BISP has launched various programmes, aiming to promote self reliance among these downtrodden segments of the society. She highlighted various components of BISP including Waseela-e-Haq, Vocational Training, Health Insurance, Benazir Smart Card and National Poverty Survey which would be instrumental in curbing poverty in the country. BISP is a step in the direction of establishing an Islamic welfare state, she concluded.

Hussein Anvari, Chairman of Imam Khomeini Relief Committee commended the efforts of BISP and termed it a real homage to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. He said that, responding to an appeal from Ali Khamnei supreme leader of Iran, Imam Khomeini Relief Committee and Red Crescent Iran with the support of Iranian people have gathered piles of goods for flood affected people of Pakistan. He said that a consignment comprising 100 trucks of relief goods would reach Pakistan soon. The delegation also urged Ms. Farzana Raja to send a BISP delegation to Iran so that both the countries can learn from each others’ experiences for poverty alleviation across the border.  

Ms. Farzana Raja while thanking the over whelming support of Iranian Government and People said that their help to Pakistani people in the hour of need will always be remembered and cherished.


PR No. 415
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad
, 29 September 2010

The Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources, Syed Naveed Qamar held a meeting with the delegation from the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Iran that called on the Minister following the first meeting of the Iran-Pakistan Gas Sales Purchase Agreement Coordination Committee here today.

Mr. Hilal A. Raza, Managing Director, Inter State Gas Systems Limited (ISGSL) briefed the minister of the outcome of today’s IP pipeline coordination committee meeting with NIOC Iran. He informed that significant progress and understanding was achieved on the technical specifications of pipeline, quantity of gas to be delivered and identification of delivery point on the Iran – Pakistan border.

Syed Naveed Qamar welcomed the Iranian delegation and expressed his satisfaction on the progress of the project for import of 750 million cubic feet per day of gas from the brotherly country of Iran.

Iranian delegation informed that they have already constructed 900 km pipeline of 56 inch diameter from Assulyah gas processing facility up to Iran Shehar. Only 250 km remains to be constructed up to the Pakistan border.

The next coordination Committee meeting is scheduled to be held in Tehran in February 2011.

The Iran side was led by Mr. Hamid Ahmadi Sharaf, Director of Gas Export to Pakistan, Mr Armen Karaqullakian, Managing Director of Engineering Studies Affairs, and Mr. Ghasaem Aghaee, Head of Legal Affairs whereas Mr. Hilal A. Raza, Managing Director,Inter State Gas System Limited (ISGSL)  represented Pakistan side at the meeting.


PR No. 416
PRESS RELEASE

DIALYSIS
OPERATION AT SHEIKH ZAID HOSPITAL RESTORED ON PRIME MINISTER DIRECTIVES
Islamabad
,
29 September 2010

The dialysis operations at Sheikh Zaid Hospital (SZH), Lahore is fully intact and has been resumed at full swing after the Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani’s intervention in the matter.

Taking note of the reported disruption of the dialysis process at SZH, the Prime Minister directed the Cabinet Division to immediately resolve all issues including payment for the functioning of the machinery. He also directed the Ministry of Finance to provide necessary funds for the resumption of the dialysis to treat poor patients free of cost.

The hospital administration in the meantime has diverted funds from different heads to resume the dialysis operations.


PR No. 417
PRESS RELEASE

Mian
Jamil Yousaf Made World Record By Planting Maximum Trees 
Mian Jamil Yousaf is pride for whole nation
Environmental Challenges can over-come By Encouraging Forestation
Ministry of Environment is Committed to Make
Pakistan Clean and Green….Afridi
Islamabad
,
29 September 2010

Federal Minister for Environment Hameed ulla Jan Afridi has said that young soldier of Pakistan Army has set new tremendous world record by planting 19707 saplings in one man one day tree plantation international challenge which is an act of honor & pride for every citizens of Pakistan. He said all citizens should follow this golden tradition and join hands in massive forestation programs in the country which is being implemented with the close cooperation of Armed Forces and Provincial Governments.

He stated this while addressing a ceremony held at Laweriwala in Wazir Abad where new world record was made by planting maximum saplings in 24 hours in presence of impartial observers and high ranking Army and Civil officers. Among others Corp. Commander Mangla Lieutenant General. M. Mustafa Khan, Major General Ashfaq Nadeem Ahmed, Secretary Environment Muhammad Javed Malik, Director General Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Asif Shujha Khan, I.G. Forest Syed Mehmood Nasir attended the function.

Federal Minister for Environment said dedicated spirit and efforts of Mian Jamil Yousaf are highly praise-worthily who had clinch international title after 9 years which was than established by a Canadian citizen Ken Chaplin in 2001 by planning 15,170 saplings in 24 hours and young Army soldier set a new world record by dint of hard work which is a noble service for the country. While addressing during the ceremony, he announced a job for his any relative against suitable vacant post in Ministry of Environment and said that a special benefit ceremony would be held in his honour and he would also be honored at national level.

Federal Minister Environment said six  mega forestry projects were being implemented in all the Provinces and trees had so far been planted at 34 thousand acres of land by Pakistan Army under a projected initiated from 1995. He also lauded the role of Pakistan Army for rescue and restoration work of flood affectees and contributions for afforestation. He laid emphasis on plantation of saplings along banks of main rivers which not proves helpful for climate change but also absorb  carbine and  provide shield against devastating rains and floods.

Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi congratulated Pak Army on International Record winning success and assured every possible assistance in setting up more similar international records of forestation so that adverse effects of environmental pollution could be minimized. He also appreciated excellent arrangements of land preparation and other relevant arrangements which help in achieving the land mark historical record.

Earler, Commander One Cor. Maj. Lt. M. Mustaf Khan in his address said forests are vital for healthy environment and with the help of Ministry of Environment projects of massive afforestation were being implemented. He termed world record of young and brave soldier Mian Yousaf Yousaf a huge national service and on account of his tremendous performance in international one man one day GWR tree plantation challenge he announced his promotion from the rank of Lance Nike to Hawaldar in Pak Army and also announced cash award of Rs.6 lakh.


PR No. 418
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad
, 29 September 2010

            President Asif Ali Zardari telephoned Turkish President Abdullah Gul Wednesday night.  President Zardari thanked the Turkish President for the Turkish government and peoples support in flood relief and rehabilitation efforts.

             The two leaders also discussed issues of bilateral interest and regional situation.  Matters relating to starting Cargo train service between the countries and ongoing democratic process in
Pakistan also came under discussion. 

            President Zardari also thanked Turkish President on approving the nomination of Foreign Ministry Deputy Undersecretary Engin Soysal as  UN Special Envoy for flood hit Pakistan. Turkish President reiterated his government’s resolve support Pakistan especially the democratic process initiated by the government in Pakistan and also emphasized that Turkish  government would continue to support Pakistan in its rehabilitation efforts in  flood affected areas.


PR No. 419
PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad,
29 September 2010

Pakistan is extremely grateful to the leadership of United Arab Emirates for standing beside Pakistani people in the worst floods of the country’s history. This was stated by the Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Khursheed Ahmad Junejo in his statement issued here in Abu Dhabi. The Pakistan Ambassador on behalf of the government and the people of Pakistan thanked His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the people of the UAE for their continued support and relief efforts  for Pakistan’s flood victims. He said that Pakistan and the UAE are more than just friends and we have the same faith and social fabric. He highly appreciated the UAE’s role in aiding flood victims in Pakistan. He also thanked the UAE Red Crescent, Shaikh Khalifa foundation for raising substantial amount as aid for the flood ravaged country. He also paid rich tributes to the long-standing relationship between the UAE and Pakistan and appreciated the ideal environment that had been created by the visionary leadership of the UAE, says a press release received from Dubai here today.

The Ambassador said that the President Asif Ali Zardari, the Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani already appreciated and praised the UAE’s unlimited support and efforts to alleviate suffering of the people affected by the floods. He said that the flooding has been, according to the UN’s High Commission for Refugees, the greatest natural disaster of modern times – with the population affected greater than those of the 2004 Asian Tsunami, the 2005 Pakistani earthquake and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined. He noted that UAE nationals and other communities living in UAE had come forward and helped the victims of the floods with great generosity, which will never be forgotten. The Ambassador also lauded the efforts of UAE Armed forces in rescuing more than 10,000 people. He said that the Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kiyani also hailed the role of the UAE Relief force in setting up the air bridge between the regions to implement the rescue operations to evacuate the victims from the flooded areas. The UAE Force also provided logistic support to evacuate flood victims into safe locations and to deliver immediate relief assistance to far flung areas. He said that Pakistan army also expressed appreciation for the assistance provided by the UAE relief force and its efficiency in coordinating relief missions, and taking logistical and supervisory positions. He said that people of Pakistan also hold in high esteem, the continued support of the UAE leadership, government and the people to help the flood victims.

He said that now that the flood waters have receded, a more gigantic task of rehabilitating the 20 million displaced floods affectees will start. This is a challenge which Pakistan can only undertake with the support of the international community and friends like UAE. He hoped that the government and the people of UAE will continue to support the government and the people of Pakistan in the same way they helped during the first phase of rescue operations.