Saddruddin Rashidi assumes charge as Minister for Overseas Pakistanis, Human Resource Development

Islamabad, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pir Syed Saddruddin Shah Rashidi, Federal Minister for Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development has assumed the charge of Federal Minister and visited his office in Human Resource Development Secretariat today in Islamabad.

He presided over a joint meeting of newly merged divisions of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development into Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Division in which senior officials briefed the minister about their Divisions. Secretary Human Resource Development Mr. Abdul Khaliq briefed on behalf of Human Resource Development while Dr. Sarwar Zahid briefed on behalf of Overseas Pakistanis Division.

The Heads of Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC), Bureau of Emigration and Overseas Employment (BE and OE), Employees Old Age Benefits Institution (EOBI), Workers Welfare Fund (WWF), Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), National Industrial Relations Commission (NIRC) and Policy Planning Unit (PPU), attended the meeting and presented the functioning of their respective organizations/departments.

The Federal Minister assured his full cooperation and commitment in achieving the goals set by the ministry to explore the avenues for export of manpower and the welfare of more than 6.5 million Pakistanis living abroad through a well connected cooperation and coordination of Community Welfare Attaches (CWAs) abroad and institutional heads in Pakistan.

Pir Syed Sadaruddin Shah Rashidi also desired for such an environment where transparency and merit would be given priority. His briefing was followed by a visit to EOBI Headquarters also.

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Housing Minister orders submission of Survey Report, list of Illegal occupants

Islamabad, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): Barrister Usman Ibrahim who formally assumed charge as Minister of State for Housing and Works here Saturday gave instructions for provision of a complete and updated Survey Report, submitted in the Supreme Court, regarding status of all government housing units in Islamabad.

He also directed the concerned officials to prepare a complete list of all illegally occupied government houses which needed to be vacated immediately.

The Minister said that the present government had taken up responsibilities with the objective to deliver on merit and there would be no tolerance for corrupt elements.

Earlier on arrival at the Ministry he was welcomed by Nasar Hayat, Secretary, Housing and Works and Amna Imran, Joint Secretary Housing and Works.

An introductory briefing about the working of the Ministry and its attached departments was given to the Minister of State by the Secretary.

The Minister would be given a detailed briefing about the attached departments of the Ministry next week.

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National Accountability Bureau asks State Bank of Pakistan to clarify the position of insider trading offence committed by M/s JS Bank

Islamabad, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) has asked the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to clarify the position of insider trading offence committed by M/s JS Bank. As per inquiry report received by NAB from the Security and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), the JS bank has clearly been implicated and contrary State Bank maintains the position quoting SECP in opposite.

NAB has also sought an explanation from the SECP for omitting to include M/s JS Bank in its writ petition filed in the court of Session Judge Karachi South. SECP has also been asked to explain why it misguided the State Bank of Pakistan by making a false statement that JS Bank was not involved in insider trading.

Under the awareness and prevention regime of NAO, the Bureau has issued a letter to both the Governor of State Bank of Pakistan and Chairman SECP.

Since SECP report to NAB contradicts the letter SECP sent to the State Bank of Pakistan; wherein, in the former letter clearly indicates involvement of M/s JS Bank in inside trading and in the latter, exonerates M/s JS Bank, one of the two letters obviously makes a false assertion. NAB has sought an explanation of SECP in this regard.

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Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman calls on Prime Minister

Islamabad, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman, JUI-F Chief, called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at Prime Minister’s House this morning.

During the meeting the overall political situation in the country came under discussion. While talking to Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif reiterated that the enormity of the challenges faced by the country demanded unity among the people and cooperation among the political parties. The Prime Minister said that he would be open to any counsel that would be beneficial to the greater good of the people.

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Libya invites Pakistani investors to invest in construction Projects

Islamabad, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): Mr. Abdul Wahed Abugila, Charge’d Affairs, Embassy of Libya visited Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry to discuss possibilities of improving bilateral trade relations between Pakistan and Libya. Addressing the business community informed that lot of construction projects were underway in Libya, which offered huge investment potential to foreign investors.

He invited Pakistani investors to explore investment opportunities in construction, infrastructure development including roads, bridges, buildings and other ongoing projects as Libya preferred Pakistani investors compared to other countries.

He said Libya was also interested in Pakistan’s cooperation in trade, industry, agriculture and other potential areas. He assured that he would request his government to consider giving land on lease to Pakistani investors that would help in improving agricultural productivity in Libya.

He said Libya was also giving preference to Pakistani labor as they were playing crucial role in the economic development of Libya. Libyan Embassy was issuing 150-200 daily visas to Pakistanis as there was enough scope for Pakistani talent in Libya.

Mr. Abdul Wahed Abugila stressed for the need of frequent exchange of trade delegations, increased cooperation between trade bodies of two countries and activation of Pak-Libya Business Council to explore new areas of mutual cooperation and start a new chapter of good relations between the two countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said that being the brotherly Islamic countries, Pakistan and Libya enjoyed good historical relations. However, there was a need to transform them into flourishing trade, commerce and economic relations to achieve mutually beneficial results.

He said that Pakistan was an agricultural country and Libya should give land on lease to Pakistani agriculturalists so that they could contribute in developing agriculture sector in Libya and improve its agricultural productivity. He said Pakistani investors were doing this in Sudan and achieving good results. Therefore, Libya should give serious consideration to this proposal seriously which would bring the two countries further closer.

Mr. Bakhtawari said ICCI would soon start initiatives to activate Pak-Libya Business Council as it would help in promoting direct connectivity between the private sectors of both countries. He said Libyan Embassy should share information regarding planned trade fairs and exhibitions in Libya with ICCI so that our businessmen could participate in such events and explore business opportunities in potential areas.

He said ICCI would take a business delegation to Tripoli to explore areas of bilateral cooperation. He also invited a delegation of Libyan entrepreneurs to ICCI and assured of providing all sorts of help and support to make its visit productive. He also stressed for regular interaction between Embassy and Chamber to keep good relations on track.

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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Khurram Dastgir assumes charge as Minister of state for science and technology

Islamabad, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan has assumed charge as Minister of State for Science and Technology.

Secretary, Ministry of S and T, Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar along with senior officers of the Ministry welcomed the Minister on arrival at the Ministry.

Talking to officers of the Ministry, the Minster reiterated the commitment of the newly elected government to good governance and solving problems of the people. The Minister of State said,” two hundred million people have expectations from us and we are expecting from you to solve the core problems of the people.

We have to adopt the models practices of efficiency and transparency in our performance and service”. The Minister will be given detailed briefing about the Ministry and its organizations on Tuesday.

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Rana Tanvir assumes responsibilities as Minister of Defence Production

Islamabad, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): Rana Tanvir Hussain formally assumed responsibilities as Minister of Defence Production here Saturday.

On arrival at the Ministry, he was received by Secretary Defence Production, Lt. General (Retd) Shahid Iqbal, Additional Secretary, Maj Gen Tariq Rashid Khan, AVM Mohammad Sohail DGDP, Rear Admiral, Adnan Nazir DGMP, Joint Secretary Air Cdre Mumtaz Shahi and Ms. Narita Farhan. MNA Rana Afzal Hussain was also present.

The Minister was later given a comprehensive briefing by Secretary Defence Production, Lt General (Retd) Shahid Iqbal. All senior officers attended the briefing session.

The Minister on this occasion expressed gratitude for a warm welcome extended to him and resolved to work with devotion, dedication and in close coordination with the Ministry. He expressed his keen desire to fulfill the targets as given in the guidelines most effectively and in a transparent manner.

The Minister later met members of the staff who were present in large numbers to greet him.

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