Election Commission of Pakistan send voter extracts showing name of voter

Islamabad, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): The Election Commission of Pakistan has sent voter extracts (Perchies) showing the name of voter, location of polling station, through Pakistan Post Office to the voters of following constituencies where bye-elections are going to be held on 4th December 2012:

1- NA-107 Gujrat-IV

2- NA-162 Sahiwal-III

3- PS-21 Naushero Feroz-III

4- PP-26 Jhelum-III

5- PP-92 Gujranwala-II

6- PP-122 Sialkot-II

7- PP-129 Sialkot-IX

8- PP-133 Narowal-II

9- PP-226 Sahiwal-VII

These voting details and polling station information will include CNIC number, Serial Number of voter in the Electoral Rolls, Census Block Code, and name/number of Polling Station.

As a special arrangement, the voters of the above mentioned constituencies can also check their voting details and polling station information through SMS by sending CNIC Number (without space) to 8300.

Furthermore, all the new CNIC holders (till August 2012) who have obtained CNIC after publication of Final Electoral Rolls-2012 have also been registered as voters after door-to-door verification by the ECP. All these voters and the voters registered under section 18 of the Electoral Rolls Act-1974 can confirm their vote through 8300 SMS facility. In case of any query, the concerned District Election Commissioner can be contacted.

For more information, contact:
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2,
Tel: +9251 920 1975, +9251 920 6062
Fax: +9251 920 5402, +9251 920 5300

British Parliamentarians laud Benazir Income Support Programme’s role in making Pakistan a Social Welfare State

Islamabad, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): The role of Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) in a journey towards making Pakistan a social welfare state is quite astonishing. The Programme is a vital step in social sector of Pakistan which is bringing in positive socio-economic challenges in the society.

This was expressed by the members of delegation of British Parliament (International Development Committee) led by Sir Malcolm Bruce during a meeting with Federal Minister and Chairperson BISP Madame Farzana Raja here at BISP Secretariat.

The Eleven members’ delegation lauded the leadership of Madame Farzana Raja in running BISP in highly successful and transparent manner. The members of delegation said that they have gained valuable information about the working of BISP during their visit.

Earlier, the Chairperson BISP informed the delegation about various interventions of the Programme aiming at poverty alleviation, women empowerment and to make Pakistan a social welfare state.

Madame Farzana Raja on the occasion apprised the members of the delegation that BISP is contributing significantly in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of United Nations regarding women empowerment and education. It is a ‘one-window programme’ providing various services to the beneficiary families simultaneously, she added.

Madame Farzana Raja said that the use of the state of the art modern technology by BISP has proved to be a great help in enhancing the transparency employed in the Programme further. She said that despite the difficult ground situation, BISP has completed country wide poverty survey including in the region of FATA. She added further that BISP is an asset of all Pakistanis and serving people without any discrimination or any other consideration.

Madame Farzana Raja informed the delegation that BISP is about to introduce a legislation that would ensure the contribution of corporate sector in the area of social protection. She also thanked British Government for support to BISP through DFID especially in education sector.

It may be recalled here that the delegation of British Members Parliament is at visit of Pakistan presently to evaluate the spending of financial assistance provided by British Florien Office as a contribution in the social sector.

For more information, contact:
Shafquat Ali
Assistant Media Officer.
Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) – Sindh
Cell: +92333 239 4466
Tel: 021-99251510

Afghan Foreign Minister calls on Prime Minister

Islamabad, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): Dr Zalmai Rassoul, Afghan Foreign Minister called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at PM House this afternoon and discussed with him matters of important mutual interests.

While talking to Dr Zalmai Rassoul, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan believes that a peaceful, prosperous and stable Afghanistan is in Pakistan’s own national interest.

Referring to the recent visit of Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani, Chairman High Peace Council to Islamabad, the Prime Minister termed it as successful. The Council, he added made important contributions and engaged positively with their Pakistani interlocutors.

The Prime Minister said that both Afghanistan and Pakistan have a common challenge in terrorism and drug menace. Therefore, both the countries need to work closely to confront these challenges, he added.

The Prime Minister expressed the hope that agreement between the two countries to hold an Ulema Conference would contribute positively towards consolidating the relations between the two countries.

The Afghan Foreign Minister said that the visit of High Peace Council was successful and both the governments were now talking to find solutions. “Time has come that we should show results”, said the Afghan Foreign Minister.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Mr Jawed Ludin, Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Mr Mohammad Umer Daudzai, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mrs Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Defence Syed Naveed Qamar and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

Minister stresses on improvement of Public awareness to prevent Aids

Islamabad, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON), Engr. Shaukat Ullah Khan has said that the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) disease is a global issue that could only be combated by improving level of awareness among poor segments of the society and close coordination among countries to wipe out this deadly ailment once and for all.

Addressing as chief-guest in function held in connection with World International AIDS Day here at Sheikh Zaid Islamic Centre, University of Peshawar.

The Minister said that AIDS and HIV virus has no geographical borders and joint strategies and support was required among the countries and different health institutions working for prevention of HIV to protect people from this deadly disease on permanent basis.

He said social, cultural and religious barriers are the main causes in our country and emphasized upon more work on education, prevention, testing and treatment to completely halting its spread. He said great responsibilities lied on shoulders of religious scholars, media and teachers to improve level of awareness among masses in this regard and stressed on improvement of public awareness for prevention of this disease.

The Federal Minister said that the government has taken a number of measures to prevent and control AIDs and HIV in the country. This year, the theme of World AIDS Day 2012-15 is “Getting to Zero” by striving for zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths he added.

The Ceremony was also addressed by Vice Chancellor University of Peshawar Professor Dr Qibla Ayaz, Secretary Social Sector Dr Aftab Akbar Durrani and officials of National AIDS Control Programme and Directorate of Health Services FATA. A large number of people, health practitioners and members of civil society attended the function.

The speakers highlighted the disease spread through shared intravenous syringes for taking drugs, unsafe blood transfusion, unprotected sex and from parents to children. They underscored the need for active role of media, civil society, academicians and religious scholars to prevent AIDS and HIV disease.

They told that According to UNAIDS 2011 estimates, the number of people living with HIV in Pakistan is 98,400, out of which 28000 are women and 3000 children under fifteen years of age.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

Senate body on Defence: Mushahid presents report to Prime Minister

Islamabad, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, president Pakistan Muslim League (Q), along with Senator Mushahid Hussein Sayed called on Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf at the Prime Minister House this afternoon.

Senator Mushahid Hussein Syed, who is also the chairman of Senate Standing Committee on Defence, presented its report to the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister appreciated the report and termed the contribution of Senator Syed as “positive and proactive.”

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324
Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326
Email: piopid@gmail.com

Judicial Officers calls on Chief Justice of Pakistan

Islamabad, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): The High Court of Sindh organized a meeting of Judicial Officers of Karachi and Malir districts for briefing of the District and Sessions Judges regarding clearance of backlog and disposal of oldest cases. The meeting was presided by the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan, Hon’ble Chief Justice High Court of Sindh, Hon’ble Judges of the High Court of Sindh and District Judiciary attended the meeting.

The District Judges gave presentation regarding disposal of oldest cases in their respective Districts. The data revealed that up to 15.11.2012, in Karachi South total 727 oldest Criminal and Civil cases were pending while in Karachi West total 1868 oldest Criminal and Civil cases were pending. In Karachi East, total 324 oldest Criminal and Civil cases were pending while in Karachi Central Total 120 oldest Criminal and Civil cases were pending.

In Malir District total 50 oldest Criminal and Civil cases were pending. According to the decisions of National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee (NJPMC) taken on 3rd November, 2012 these oldest cases are to be decided till 31st December, 2012. The District and Sessions Judges assured that they will achieve the target for disposal of oldest cases within prescribed period.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan/Chairman NJPMC, Mr. Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry in his concluding address stated that the District Judiciary primarily represents the over all image of the judicial system to the general public. It is here that the litigant parties initially come into contact with the justice system.

Talking about the National Judicial Policy, the Hon’ble Chief Justice stated that it has been 3½ years since the National Judicial Policy was launched. The Policy primarily aimed at achieving three key objects: one, to eliminate backlog and reduce pendency; two, expedite the trial proceedings thereby providing expeditious relief to the litigant parties which is a constitutional mandate; and three, to institutionalize and enhance the independence of judiciary, thereby making the judiciary an impartial institution for rendering justice and deciding disputes freely and expeditiously.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan acknowledged the hard work put in by the members of District Judiciary and said that in Sindh province the issue of backlog still exists. He further stated that pendency in districts of Karachi is not so huge as compared to the strength of judges and as a matter of fact, the average pendency before each Judge comes to around 493 cases which is not a difficult object and is achievable.

He said that it is an ideal situation for each judge to achieve the Policy target. But of course it requires planning, strategy and determination. He further stated that it is due to the able guidance of Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh and inspection Judges of district judiciary that makes it workable to achieve the Policy targets.

Encouraging the Judicial Officers, Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan stated that the institution of judiciary has come under the lime light because of the hard work, dedicated efforts coupled with independence and impartial dispensation of justice reposed confidence of public in judiciary and consequently more and more litigants are approaching the courts for resolution of their disputes and redressal of their grievances. He further stated that the judiciary has, therefore, to gear up to meet the challenge and come up to their expectations.

He further stated that whatever achievements and success is primarily and due to their commitment, hard work and better utilization of existing resources and by remaining within the existing legal and judicial Policy framework which enhances public confidence in administration of justice. He stated that it is a unique service rendered to the nation which is an honour, obligation to serve litigants and grant them relief, succor and decide their cases as well as disputes quickly.

For more information, contact:
Shahid Hussain Kamboyo
Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +9251 920 4184
Fax: +9251 920 1001
Email: pro_scp@yahoo.com

Posting//Transfer in Karachi Metropolitan Corporation

Karachi, November 30, 2012 (PPI-OT): KMC Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed has issued the order of posting of KMC Officer BS-19 Zafar Rajput as Director (R and R) Finance Department KMC with immediate effect. Zafar Rajput had reported to Administrator Karachi after completing his 120 leaves and he was performing his services as Director Human Resources Management before.

For more information, contact:
Administrator Secretariat
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)
City District Government Complex, 1st Floor, Civic Centre,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Tel: +9221 9923 2400 -01
Fax: +9221 9923 2406
Email: administrator@karachicity.gov.pk