Union of Small and Medium Enterprises welcomes appointment of Murtaza Jatoi as Federal Minister for Industries

Karachi, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) has welcomed the appointment of Ghulam Murtuza Jatoi as the federal minister for industries and felicitated him and assured him full support and co-operation in strengthening the Small and medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) of which he will become the chairman by virtue of his appointment as federal minister for industries.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver said the SME sector is confident that Mutuza Jatoi with his vast experience in business and agriculture will be able to resolve the issues of the SME units and SME agobased industries satisfactorily.

A large number of the 96% SMEs are engaged in manufacturing and farming. It is very important that the agro based industries are facilitated to modernize to meet the challenges of the heavy demand of produce items in Pakistan and overseas.

He said the immediate requirement of the sector is energy and requested for exemption in import duty and sales tax on alternate energy systems. The other most important requirement is law and order especially in Sindh and demands the immediate attention of the government.

He invited the attention of the federal minister to the lack of facilities and incentives for the SMEs and urged him to examine the needs of the sector and impress upon the cabinet to give priority to the sector along with housing which will reflect positively on the economy. The housing sector promotes 39 different industries and needs to be facilitated, supported and encouraged.

The union informed the federal minister that the SME policy remains unimplemented and as a result the promised institutions of SME export house, insurance, technical education, venture capital and ombudsman have not been established.

The union urged the minister to expedite the setting up of Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and the industrial estates and increase the scope of SEZ to include the various industrial estates to facilitate SME promotion and development.

The union emphasized the need for giving incentives to SMEs and said the sector is the lifeline of Pakistan. The SMEs are engaged in trading, services, manufacturing and farming and each area deserves the best attention of the ministry by virtue of the important economic role played by each.

The union informed the minister that SMEDA is fortunate to have a dynamic chief executive officer in Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera and the union is willing to work with him round the clock for the promotion and development of the sector under the guidance of the minister.

The union reminded the minister that the sector is the backbone of the economy, the engine of growth, the vehicle for employment generation and above all the back forte of the large sector. Most of the countries of the world have recognized the importance of the SME sector and those who have supported this sector vigorously have progressed fast and it is pertinent to note even during the times of recession and depression the sector withstands the turmoil.

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India ready to revisit stand on AFSPA revocation

Srinagar, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the puppet Home Minister, Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo, has claimed that Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, has assured the puppet Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, of revisiting New Delhi’s stand on revoking the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from certain areas of the territory.

Sajjad Ahmad Kichloo in a media interview in Srinagar said that during the recent Chief Ministers’ conference, Omar Abdullah raised issues pertaining to the lifting of the AFSPA and renewed his demand on the issue. “Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, not only acknowledged the concerns of CM, but was optimistic regarding reviewing of the interlocutors’ report,” he claimed.

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Nayeem Khan’s house arrest denounced

Srinagar, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir National Front (JKNF) has termed the house arrest of its Chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, as frustration of the authorities.

The JKNF spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the way India and its local collaborators in the occupied territory were squeezing the space of pro-freedom leadership indicated the policy by which New Delhi was trying to curb the political voices of Kashmiris.

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India not serious in settlement of Kashmir dispute: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the APHC supports the meaningful and result-oriented dialogue for resolution of the Kashmir dispute but India is not serious in its peaceful settlement.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing a meeting of his party, Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee, in memory of founder leader of Awami Action Committee, Moulvi Mushtaq Ahmad, on his ninth martyrdom anniversary, said that the status-quo was not in the interest of India as no peace was possible in the region if this dispute remained unresolved.

Paying tributes to the martyrs, the Mirwaiz said, “AAC has a well defined approach, thinking and commitment towards the ongoing freedom struggle. The stability and endurance of the AAC in unfavourable circumstances is its success and it has happened due to diligent party workers and office bearers.”

The Mirwaiz hoped that new government in Pakistan would include Kashmiris in any process aimed at resolving the Kashmir dispute. He hailed the recent statement of Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, on Kashmir.

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Misbehaviour of police officer with journalists in IHK flayed

Srinagar, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Shopian-Pulwama Journalist Guild has condemned the misbehaviour of Station House Officer Pulwama with some journalists. The guild in a statement said that during demonstrations in Pulwama on Thursday, some reporters were recording the event, when SHO stopped them from performing their professional duties. He also used rude language for the reporters, it said.

“The reporters said that they were covering the scene when a mobile bunker of police turned turtle in the main Chowk of Pulwama and in the mean time the SHO present there stopped them from their job. They also said that he used rude language with them,” the statement added.

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Gilani pays tributes to martyred youth

Srinagar, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has paid glowing tributes to youth of Pulwama who were recently killed by Indian troops. Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that participation of thousands of people in the funeral processions of the martyred youth was encouraging and their enthusiasm was commendable.

He called upon the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, that it is not possible to assess the situation of occupied Kashmir in the closed door meetings with local administration but watch video clips of the funeral processions of the recently martyred youth to have a feel of Kashmiris’ sentiment.

“It is better for him to watch recent video clips of the funeral processions of the martyrs and decide himself without any prejudice about the people’s sentiments. It is a befitting reply for those who claim that the people have disassociated themselves from the ongoing freedom struggle,” the veteran leader said.

He expressed sympathies with the families of martyred youth and those whose houses were destroyed by the troops in the area. He appealed to the people to set up Bait-ul-Maal Committees in every village of the territory to help such families.

Meanwhile, the forum patronised by Syed Ali Gilani has termed his continued detention as lawlessness. The forum spokesman in a statement in Srinagar said that the veteran leader was neither being allowed to come out of his residence nor permitted to offer Juma prayers.

“Gilani continues to be in illegal detention since his arrival from Delhi in March this year and was not allowed to fulfil his social and religious obligations. It is an acknowledgment of defeat by the puppet administration,” he added, urging the world human rights organisations to intervene and use their influence for his release.

On the other hand, the pro-India National Conference leader and Member of Indian Parliament, Dr Mehboob Beg, in a media interview in Srinagar said that the authorities should let Syed Ali Gilani free and allow him propagate his ideology.

He said that the authorities must provide space to Hurriyet leaders as in a democratic set-up every one had right to put forth his views freely. He added that elections had no bearing on the Kashmir dispute.

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Indian trooper, policeman commit suicide in IHK

Srinagar, June 08, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian trooper and a policeman have committed suicide in Srinagar and Poonch areas.

The trooper, Santosh Kumar Yadav, committed suicide by hanging himself in the staff quarters at the cantonment area in Srinagar. He was attached with the Army Supply Corps and was living at the staff quarters with his wife. Meanwhile, a police constable ended his life by shooting himself with his service rifle while on duty at the police post in Poonch District Hospital.

These incidents raised the number of such deaths amongst Indian troops and police personnel in the occupied territory to 272 since January 2007.

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