Daft of Prevention of Electronic Crime bill 2014 has been prepared by considering international best practices to counter cyber crimes: minister

Islamabad, February 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): “We are going to table a comprehensive Cyber crime bill before the cabinet. Which has been prepared in consultation with all stakeholders over the last 3 years. International best practices have been taken in to consideration while drafting it”, said Ms. Anusha Rahman, State Minister for IT and Telecom.

The State Minister was chairing a meeting to review the final Draft of Prevention of E-Crimes Bill 2014 here today. Mr. Akhlaq A. Tarrar, Secretary IT, Member (IT), Mr. Yasir Qadir, Member (Telecom) and representatives from Ministry of law, PTA, FIA and representative of ISPAK, PASHA and Barrister Zahid Jamil were also present in the meeting.

The objective of the meeting was to discuss the final draft of The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill before its submission to the cabinet expected early next week.

The Minister of State was of the view that in this technological era, there is a dire need that illegal and unauthorized access to information system, and its abuse should be addressed under the Cyber Crimes Law in accordance with the International Best Practices.

The Minister has further said that Cyber crimes are special in nature and should be addressed with special legislation. The Minister appreciated the ceaseless efforts of all stakeholders, in particular the positive role of ISPAK and PASHA in finalizing this draft.

She further added that it’s a landmark achievement of the Ministry of IT that a comprehensive Cyber crime bill has been drafted after strenuous efforts. The Minister further directed to upload the draft on Ministry’s official website for public information.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
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Chairman United States’ House Appropriation Committee meets Finance Minister

Islamabad, February 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): The USA House Appropriation Committee (US-HAC) delegation led by the Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Defence, Mr. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen had a meeting in Ministry of Finance on issues of bilateral political and economic concerns here today. The Pakistani side was led by Minister for Finance, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar and his team which had representation from Ministry of Defence.

The Minister for Finance briefed the US-HAC delegation about the role, mandate and functioning of Ministry of Finance under the federal government. He underscored Government of Pakistan’s special emphasis on three specific areas of development focus: “Economy, Energy and Security” in the wider context of regional and international situation as well as sharing an update on bilateral relations.

The Minister reiterated that clearance of Coalition Support Funds (CSF) from USA needed to be streamlined and quickened to meet regional political exigencies. It was placed on record that Pakistan’s ongoing financial stringencies in the wake of instant security situation in the Af-Pak Region needed special attention by both the countries in post-allied forces withdrawal in 2014 onwards.

It was impressed upon the visiting USA-HAC delegation that Pakistan did have noticeable concerns in the context of ongoing complex regional security situation which primarily constituted Pakistan’s current democratic government’s political focus for peace to be given a fair chance.

The Minister for Finance brought home to the visiting USA-HAC delegation the enormity of Pakistan’s human and economic loss in the wake of ongoing war on terror. The Finance Minister underlined that the political government and the armed forces in Pakistan are on one page in prioritizing strategic options to curb terrorism and attain the mutually-shared goals of peace in the region.

The USA delegation expressed its fullest possible understanding of untold sacrifices rendered by Pakistan in terms of loss of human life and persistent setbacks to national economy. It assured the Pakistani side to continue to work for supportive efforts to scale down all procedural impediments in order to streamline CSF processing.

Pakistani side led by Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar also presented a political review of Af-Pak situation in post-Nato and USA forces withdrawal that did merit strategically worked out prudent handling, taking stock of historical political factors relating to a difficult geographical terrain in the region. It was stressed that Pakistan and USA needed to join their efforts leading to a compact strategic deliberations process which did have a positive political forecast resulting in political and economic stabilization in Af-Pak Region.

The Minister emphasized that both the countries needed to re-focus their strategic considerations in the region and mutually work for political and economic rehabilitation of a war-torn part of South West Asia.

The present democratic government in Pakistan shared its commonality of views with its USA counterparts beyond 2014 in terms of bilaterally useful alliances which also took into account all political, economic and military dimensions of a complex situation in the region, the Minister added.

The Pakistani side further impressed upon its USA counterparts the significance the people of Pakistan attached with cherished moderate value system that did merit deeper understanding by USA Government and the people both.

Mr. Rodney P. Frelinghuysen appreciated Pakistani citizen’s social Diaspora in USA, describing it entrepreneurial, dynamic and energetic which usefully is contributing to USA’s political economy in all sectors of development.

He assured Pakistan’s Finance Minister USA’s continued support that would focus mutually beneficial work for peace and stability in the Af-Pak region through a package of political and economic support that is bilaterally identified. The Ambassador of USA to Pakistan Mr. Richard Olson also attended the meeting.

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Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
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Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee visits Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra

Rawalpindi, February 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): General Rashad Mahmood, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) visited Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) Kamra. CJCSC lauded the achievements of PAC towards attaining self-reliance and international standards in all its projects.

PAC is one of the flag ship organization of defence production. It regularly showcases its projects in different international air shows and exhibitions. Earlier on arrival at PAC Kamra, CJCSC was received by the Chairman PAC, Air Marshal Sohail Gul Khan.

For more information, contact:
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)
Hilal Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 927 1605
Fax: +9251 927 1601
Email: ispr@ispr.gov.pk

Karachi Metropolitan Corporation carrying out operation against encroachments

Karachi, February 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): KMC Metropolitan Commissioner Samiuddin Siddiqui has said that in compliance with the orders of Sindh High Court, full fledged operation against encroachments would be carried out in Sohrab Goth in a few days in this connection all arrangements have been made.

He said this while chairing a meeting held on removal of encroachments. The meeting was attended by Sr. Director Municipal Services Masood Alam, S.P Gadap Rahib Khan, Director Anti-Encroachment Mazhar Khan, Legal Advisor Syed Sultan Ahmed and Assistant Commissioner Gulzar Hijri Abdul Khaliq.

Samiuddin Siddiqui said that encroachments established both sides from Sohrab Goth to Tool Plaza would be removed and all illegal patharas, cabins, carts, various types of out of order vehicles, hotels and shops would be removed during this operation.

He said that policemen along with armed vehicles would be deployed for security during operation whereas letters have been sent to D.G Rangers for deployment of rangers.

He said that complete security arrangements would be made due to sensitive area. Traffic flow from Sohrab Goth to Tool Plaza would improve after removal of encroachments.

He said that KMC was removing encroachments in various areas of the city and this campaign against encroachments would carry on and citizens would be provided with travelling facilities. Encroachments around shopping centers, markets and bazaars would also be removed which would provide citizens with facilities and they would also be able to walk on footpaths easily.

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

Auction held in Civic Centre

Karachi, February 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): Following the directives of Administrator Karachi Rauf Akhtar Farooqui, Department of Local Tax Advertisement for increasing KMC revenue has assigned the rights of advertising boards, bridge panels and flyover panels of different areas to various successful advertising agencies and bid payers for three years in the auction.

Well-known advertising agencies and advertisers participated in the auction held under the Department of Local Tax Advertisement in Civic Centre and higher bid was given than it was officially set from which KMC will get extra revenue of millions as compared with past.

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

United States ambassador for global women’s issues visits Pakistan

Islamabad, February 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): Catherine Russell, U.S. Department of State’s Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, met with officials and advocates for women’s causes to discuss U.S. support for women and girls worldwide during her February 12-14 visit to Pakistan.

During her visit, Ambassador Russell met policewomen, female entrepreneurs, beneficiaries of microcredit programs, female parliamentarians, survivors of acid-related violence, and women’s rights activists to explore ways the U.S. can partner with Pakistan to help promote the status of women and girls in society.

Russell told radio listeners on Pakistan’s National Women’s Day, “The women who marched peacefully for their rights 31 years ago are inspiring, as are the courageous women who continue to advocate for their rights today. The United States has made promoting women and girls a cornerstone of our foreign policy around the world, including here in Pakistan.”

Ambassador Russell spoke at the launch ceremony of the Pakistan Reading Project, a $160 million U.S-funded program that will improve the literacy of an estimated 3.2 million Pakistani children, on February 13.

She explained that the United States considers the empowerment of women and girls vital to U.S. foreign policy, “because we recognize that the major security, economic, environmental, and governance challenges we face… cannot be effectively addressed without the participation of women at all levels.”

“I will continue to advocate at home and abroad that investing in women and especially their education – advancing and protecting their rights – is not just the right thing to do morally; it is the smart thing to do economically and strategically.”

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Cell: +92300 501 2640
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov

Water and Power Development Authority awards contract of US$312 million to a consortium for electro-mechanical works of 1410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project

Lahore, February 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), after approval of the World Bank, today awarded the contract of US $ 312 million to a consortium for electro-mechanical works of the 1410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project. The consortium comprises of two internationally renowned companies namely Voith Hydro of Germany and Voith Hydro Shanghai of China.

The agreement was signed here at WAPDA House today. Project Director Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project and Chief Executive Officers of the both firms signed the agreement on behalf of WAPDA and the consortium respectively. Chairman WAPDA, Syed Raghib Abbas Shah, Members of the Authority and other senior officers of WAPDA were also present on the occasion.

It is pertinent to mention that the civil works of the project are already underway. The project has been scheduled to be completed in three and a half years at an estimated cost of US $928 million. The World Bank is providing US $ 840 million for the project.

Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project is a part of least-cost electricity generation strategy of the Federal Government being implemented by WAPDA on priority. This strategy reflects the Federal Government’s commitment to add a sizeable quantum of hydel electricity to the national grid, which would help overcome power crisis in the country, and improve the share of low-cost hydel electricity in the overall system besides reducing power tariff and providing relief to the consumers.

Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will increase the generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station from 3478 MW to 4888 MW, after installation of three units of 1410 MW on Tunnel No. 4.

On completion, Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will add about 3.84 billion units of low-cost electricity to the National Grid per annum. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at about Rs.30.7 billion.

The project will pay back its cost in just three years. It will also be instrumental in saving foreign exchange on import of almost one million ton of furnace oil annually, required for the equivalent generation of electricity from thermal sources. The project will also provide a cushion to undertake rehabilitation and up-gradation of the existing Tarbela Power House during the lean period.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +9242 9920 2633 and +9242 9920 2211 -2033 -2029
Cell: +92333 445 8293
Email: mabidrana@gmail.com