Defaults by large consumers affecting Sui Southern Gas Company’s operations

Karachi, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) is facing great difficulties in recovering its dues from large gas consumers such as Karachi Electric Supply Company, Pakistan Steel Mills and others, which is negatively affecting the gas utility’s overall performance.

A SSGC spokesman said that the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) owes over Rs. 17 billion to SSGC while KESC owes more than Rs. 50 billion. It is quite clear that SSGC sells gas to its customers who are legally bound to pay the gas utility for the amount of gas they purchase, he further added.

While, since July 2013, KESC has made some efforts in settling its dues, it still has a long way to go. Outstanding receivables from large gas consumers mean that the Company is incurring substantial interest on over dues.

This situation has made it difficult for the Company to make payments for purchase of gas from local and foreign E and P companies and also to maintain healthy day to day operations of the Company, the spokesman reiterated.

Despite the fact that the only Gas Sales Agreement between the two companies was for the supply of 10 mmcfd gas, SSGC has been supplying a maximum of 220 mmcfd gas to KESC only because the gas utility does not want people of Karachi to suffer.

For more information, contact:
Inayatullah Ismail
Deputy Chief Manager
Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC)
Corporate Communication Department (Media Relations)
Tel: +9221 9902 1773
Cell: +92322 222 5159
Fax: +9221 9923 1662

Inter Schools Hifz-o-Qirat Competition held at Defence Housing Authority College for Women

Karachi, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): Inter Schools Hifz-o-Qirat Competition 2013 was held at the Auditorium of Defence Housing Authority College for Women Ph-VIII here today. Rear Admiral (R) Prof Dr. Sarfaraz Hussain, Vice Chancellor DHA Suffa University was the chief guest of the function.

Dr Sarfaraz Hussain emphasized the significance of learning and reciting the Holy Quran and understanding its meanings. He said that Quran was a source of guidance and inspiration for the mankind. He reiterated that recitation of the holy book brings a spiritual and intellectual transformation in a person and greatly impacts human life.

He further said that the spirit of Islam envisaged seeking to strive for constant knowledge and advancement in life while practicing its teachings and values in its real essence. He stated that the best way to follow Quran was to practice its teachings in one’s daily life.

In the Hifz-o-Quran competition Mahek Adil of Defence Authority Iqra Model School got the first position while M Taha Yaseen of Army Public School, Rashid Minhas Road and Abdul Rehman of Defence Authority Model High School Ph-VII were second and third respectively.

In Husan-e-Qirat competition Usama Gulsher of Defence Authority Iqra Model School Ph-VIII clinched the first position, Shah Zaman of Defence Authority Model High School Ph-VII was second and Zaeem Ali of Defence Authority SKBZ College was declared third.

The overall winning trophy of the competition was won by students of Army Public School, Rashid Minhas Road Karachi. At the end the chief guest distributed prizes among the position holders of the Hifz-o-Qirat Competition.

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Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry pays tribute to international scholar Brigadier (Retd) Khwaja Tariq Mahmood

Islamabad, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized an impressive ceremony in honor of international scholar Brig. (Retd) Khwaja Tariq Mahmood to pay tribute to his literary services. Gen. (Retd) Abdul Majeed was the chief guest. MNA Maj (Retd) Tahir Iqbal, Khwala Babar Saleem, Qazi Akbar, Raja Mujahid Afzal, Malik Fida ur Rehman, Prof. Muhammad Khan, Dr. Ghazanfar Mehdi and many other literary personalities were present at the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony, Gen. (Retd) Abdul Majeed paid rich tributes to the literary services of Brig. (Retd) Khwaja Tariq Mahmood. He said the literature produced by Khwaja Tariq should be preserved as it is a great asset for the country. He stressed upon the government to give Sitara-e-Imtiaz to Khwaja Tariq in recognition of his great services in the field of literature.

MNA Maj. (Retd) Tahir Iqbal said Brig. (Retd) Khwaja Tariq Mahmood is a great asset of the country as he earned great name for Pakistan not only at national, but also at international level. He assured that he would try his best to recognize the services of Khwaja Tariq at government level.

He said Turkey achieved good results by creating better awareness in its youth about its literary personalities and Pakistani youth should also be taught about country’s literature and literary personalities. It will promote peace and contribute positively to the growth of trade and industrial activities in the country.

In his welcome address, Zafar Bakhtawari, President, Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry said Brig. (Retd) Khwaja Tariq Mahmood is a hero and a true ambassador of the country as he promoted Pakistani literature at international level by translating it into English language.

He said developed nations greatly benefited from their literary personalities and established different cultural centers to recognize their services. He said Pakistan should also give due recognition to those who contributed great services for promotion of our literature.

Brig. (Retd) Khwaja Tariq Mahmood in his address said that it was an honor for him to translate the works of renowned poets of sub-continent including Allama Muhammad Iqbal, Mirza Ghalib, Bahadur Shah Zafar, Ahmad Faraz, Faiz Ahmad Faiz, Saher Ludhiani, Shakil Badyuni, Qatil Shafai and Josh Malih Abadi.

He said he also translated poetry of eight famous poetesses of the sub-continent including Amirtia Pretam, Ada Jaffri, Perveen Shakir etc. and also translated the literature of English poet Milton in four languages. He thanked President ICCI for organizing such an impressive ceremony in his honor which was a great motivation for him.

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Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Chamber House, Aiwan-e-Sanat-o-Tijarat Road,
Mauve Area, G-8/1,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 225 0526 and 225 3145
Fax: +9251 225 2950

Puppet regime implicating youth in fake cases: Gilani

Srinagar, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that the invocation of draconian law, Public Safety Act, and implicating of pro-freedom leaders and youth in false cases cannot prevent the Kashmiris from pursuing the ongoing struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement in Srinagar said that Omar Abdullah-led puppet administration had virtually imposed an unannounced ban on his organization, Tehreek-e-Hurriyet Jammu and Kashmir.

The veteran leader termed as an important development the court verdict in which Tehsil President of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet, Nasir Abdullah of Palhalan, was acquitted from all charges and murder case. “It (court verdict) is a victory for those who follow the right path and defeat for those who follow false assumption. It has put a big question on Omar Abdullah for his heinous and terror policy he follows against the innocents,” he said.

Syed Ali Gilani said that the puppet authorities had designed a plot to ban the political activities of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet. “Nasir was arrested by police on August 11, 2012, and next day DIG police north Kashmir in a press conference had allegedly involved him in killing of a Sarpanch and had claimed that police have a sufficient proof against him.

The allegations were serious enough and the motive was to ban the political activities of Tehreek-e-Hurriyet,” he stated. However, he added, the police failed to prove it and in court findings the case was proved to be unfounded and thus acquitted him from all allegations.

Syed Ali Gilani maintained that the puppet regime had launched a campaign to frame innocent youth. “Hundreds of citizens are languishing in jails under false and baseless cases. In most of these cases, the accused are not presented in court for hearing thus prolonging their illegal detention,” he deplored. He demanded immediate release of illegally detained Hurriyet leaders and activists including Masarrat Aalam Butt, Mir Hafeezullah, Muhammad Maqbool, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Shakeel Ahmad Butt, Nisar Hussain Rather and Ashfaq Ahmed.

He said that the detainees were being subjected to ill-treatment by the jail authorities. “The food provided to them is of sub-standard quality and no medical facilities are being provided to the detainees,” he said. He reiterated that such tactics could not deter the Kashmiris from continuing their struggle for right to self-determination. He also appealed to the Amnesty International to take notice of the plight of the Kashmiri detainees and ensure their immediate release.

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India has given its troops a free hand to kill Kashmiris: JI IOK

Srinagar, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) has said that India has given its troops a free hand to kill innocent Kashmiris with impunity.

A JI delegation led by Zahid Ali visited Palhalan area of Pattan and expressed solidarity with the families of two youth, Muhammad Yaqoob and Bilal Ahmed Butt, who were recently martyred by Indian troops in a fake encounter.

The JI statement said that the locals told the delegation that the troops first arrested the youth, took them to a local school in a half-dead condition and then killed them in a fake encounter. They said that the youth had visible marks of torture on their bodies.

Addressing a condolence meeting on the occasion, Zahid Ali said that this was not the first incident in which the troops killed innocents. He said that hundreds of Kashmiris had been martyred in fake encounters but not a trooper involved in such killings had been brought to justice.

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One trooper killed, another injured in Srinagar attack

Srinagar, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, one Indian trooper was killed and another critically injured in an attack in Srinagar, today.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire on the troops of Indian Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) near Naaz cinema building in Iqbal Park area of Srinagar resulting in the killing of one and injuring of the other.

After the incident, panic gripped the area with shopkeepers and pedestrians running for their safety. Indian police and troops have launched a search operation to nab the assailants.

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Killings cannot stop till Indian troops are present in IOK

Srinagar, September 23, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League (JKPFL), has said that the incidents of killing of innocent Kashmiris will continue to occur till Indian troops are present in the territory.

The JKPFL Chief Organiser, Altaf Ahmed Khan, in a statement in Srinagar said that presence of lacs of Indian troops in the territory was the proof of New Delhi’s aggressive policies towards Kashmir. He strongly denounced the imposition of restrictions and arrest of youth in Shopian after the recent killing of five innocent civilians by Indian troops.

Altaf Ahmed Khan paid glowing tributes to the two youth of Pattan who were killed in a fake encounter by the troops and expressed solidarity with the bereaved families. He appealed to the world human rights organizations to take cognizance of the matter and play their role to bring the killer troops to justice.

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