Senator Sherry Rehman and Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan Pratt praise Regional Integration Initiatives at Alumni Peace Conference

Islamabad, November 30, 2015 (PPI-OT):Senator Sherry Rehman, former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States, and U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Jonathan Pratt addressed more than 150 alumni of U.S. government-sponsored exchanged programs gathered at the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad for the opening ceremony of a three-day International Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference on November 27. The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) co-sponsored the event, which brought together alumni from across Pakistan and South Asia to share strategies for local and regional peace building.

Keynote speaker Senator Rehman, an alumna of the International Visitors Leadership Program, spoke about the importance of cooperation between people and governments to fight terrorism and encourage peace. “We need now, more than ever, to privilege dialogue and diplomacy over distrust and denial,” she said. “Foreign policy is an instrument that people and societies can impact and influence.”

DCM Pratt reaffirmed US support for Pakistani and South Asian initiatives to enhance regional connectivity, including the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000). Pratt emphasized the importance of building networks and relationships throughout South Asia, and praised PUAN for its work in this regard by holding the conference. “PUAN is a vibrant community that helps in building a peaceful Pakistan,” he said. “To establish a better-connected, more secure region, people-to-people connections are vital.”

The opening ceremony kicked off three days of workshops, panels, community service activities, and cultural events on the theme of peace and conflict resolution. U.S. government exchange alumni and outside experts from a range of fields exchanged best practices on building peaceful communities through dialogue, economic integration, alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, the arts, and other mediums.

The United States invests $40 million annually on exchange programs for Pakistani citizens and sends more than 1,300 Pakistanis to the United States each year to participate in academic and professional programs. PUAN is an alumni network of individuals who have participated in such exchange programs. With more than 15,000 alumni across Pakistan, PUAN is one of the largest alumni networks in the world.

PUAN regularly organizes events across Pakistan, including service projects, leadership training, roundtable discussions, and community engagement activities. To find out more about PUAN and the conference, visit: http://www.facebook.com/pakalumni and follow the conference using the hashtag #PUAN4Peace.

For more information, contact:
Alberto Rodriguez
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

Water and Power Development Authority wins National Junior Boys and Girls Karate championship

Lahore, November 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): National Junior and Cadet Karate Championships ended here at Sindh Sports Board Sports Complex Karachi. More than 200 players from Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, KP Islamabad, FATA, WAPDA, and Pakistan Army participated in the championships. WAPDA stood FIRST in Junior Boys and Girls events while Balochistan won FIRST Position in Cadet Boys and Islamabad stood FIRST in Cadet Girls Championships. Sabira and Nargis of WAPDA won two Gold Medals in Junior Girls while Aurangzeb of FATA won Gold Medal in 55Kg Junior Boys event.

Following are the Result:

Junior Boys                                  Junior Girls
WAPDA         First 90 Points                WAPDA           First 120 Points
Sindh         Second 90 Points               Balochistan     Second 100 Points
KP            Third 40 Points                Islamabad       Third 45 Points


Cadet Boys                                   Cadet Girls
Balochistan   First 50 Points                Islamabad       First 35 Points
KP            Second 40 Points               WAPDA           Second 30 Points
Army          Third 35 Points                Sindh           Third 30 Points

Lt. Gen Syed Arif Hasan President Pakistan Olympic Association was the Chief Guest at the Closing / Prize Distribution Ceremony. Secretary Sports Mr. Muhammad Rashid, Force Commander ANF Brig. Muhammad Abuzar, Secretary General POA Mr. Muhammad Khalid Mehmood and other dignitaries of Olympic Family were also present on the occasion. Mr. Aurangzeb from FATA declared best player of Junior boys event, Ms. Nargis of WAPDA declared best player of Junior girls event, Mr. Talib of Sindh declared best player in cadet boys event and Ms. Laiba of Punjab declared best player of Cadet girls event.

For more information, contact:
Shamim Hashmi
General Secretary
Pakistan Karate Federation
284-K-1, Wapda Town, Lahore-Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-35969164
E-mail: saadjahangir@yahoo.com

No-11 Multirole Squadron wins Pakistan Air Force Inter Squadron Armament Competition

Karachi, November 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): No-11 Multirole Squadron won the PAF Inter Squadron Armament Competition. The closing ceremony of Inter Squadron Armament Competition was held at an Operational Air Base, today. Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was the chief guest at the occasion.

While addressing at the occasion, the Air Chief said, “This competition provides the unique opportunity to participants from various Weapon Systems, to exhibit their finest skills in the realm of delivering a wide variety of Air-to-Ground arsenals. It also serves well to attain the singular aim of developing a culture of professional expertise and maintaining exceptional precision in weapon deliveries.” He further said, “Our regional environment demands an ever vigilant role for PAF.

Presently, in the face of security challenges, our preparedness and response has to be precise and expeditious. It is through the rigorous training imparted by such competitions that we look forward to maintain the cutting edge of the PAF.” While highlighting the role of PAF in the operation against terrorism the Air Chief said, “PAF’s performance is receiving world-wide acclaim in the on-going operation Zarb-e-Azb against the extremist elements. We are proud to claim that PAF leaves no stone unturned to meet the expectation of the nation and defend the aerial frontiers of Pakistan in the most befitting manner.”

During the competition PAF fighter pilots from all weapon systems exhibited highest level of professionalism through sound planning, optimum employment and unmatched pin point weapon deliveries. After a close competition No-11 Multirole Squadron achieved highest score and was awarded the Armament Competition Trophy. Squadron Leader Tariq Waheed Malik was awarded the coveted Sher Afgan Trophy for being the best marksman in the competition.

The competition commenced on 16 November, 2015. All PAF Fighter Squadrons were evaluated for operational readiness under competitive environment and assessed for weapon system performance in various tactical scenarios including weapon deliveries at tactical range. This year competition was special with the inclusion of JF-17 Thunder, F-16 Block-52 and F-16 in the exercise. The main highlight of the competition was exceptional performance by the JF-17 aircraft and it reaffirmed its position as the frontline fighter of the PAF.

For more information, contact:
Air Commodore Tariq Qamar Yazdanie TI (M)
Director Media Affairs
Pakistan Air Force
E-mail: pafdpr@paf.gov.pk
Tel: +92-51-9507751, +92-51-9261300
Fax: +92-51-9260868

Time for poll in Islamabad Capital Territory for Local Government Elections

Islamabad, November 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): Time for poll is 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in ICT for Local Government Election. The Election Commission of Pakistan clarifies that voters present in the premises of polling stations at 5:30 p.m. are eligible to cast vote after closing hours.

For more information, contact:
Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP)
Election Commission of Pakistan Secretariat,
Election House, Constitution Avenue G-5/2,
Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-9201975, +92-51-9206062
Fax: +92-51-9205402, +92-51-9205300

Deputy Inspector General Establishment Nawaz Warraich retires from police service

Lahore, November 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): 16th common officer, DIG Establishment, Nawaz Warraich retired from police service today after completion of his superannuation. On this occasion a simple and grace ceremony was hosted by Inspector General of Police Punjab, Mushtaq Ahmad Sukhera in honour of retired DIG at CPO, Lahore today.

Addl. IGP Operations/Investigation, Capt. (R) Arif Nawaz, Addl. IGP Welfare and Finance Sohail Khan, Addl. IGP Traffic Rai Altaf Hussain, Addl. IGP PHP Dr. Arif Mushtaq, Addl. IGP Legal Ali Zulnoorain, Addl. IGP Special Branch Punjab Faisal Shahkar, CCPO Lahore, Addl. IGP Ameen Wains, DIG Headquarters Farooq Mazhar, DIG Traffic Rana Iqbal, DIG Vigilance Agha Muhammad Yousaf, DIG Establishment-I Azhar Hameed Khokhar, DIG IT Shahid Hanif, DIG Welfare and Finance Jan Muhammad, DIG SPU Tariq Nawaz Malik, DIG Investigation Branch Punjab Ch. Shafique Gujjar, Commandant Police College Lahore, DIG Fiaz Ahmed Dev, RPO Shekhupura Shahzad Sultan, DIG Security Lahore Capt. (R) Ahmed Mubeen, DIG Investigation Lahore Sultan Ahmed Ch, and DIG PHP Sulman Ch. also attended the ceremony.

While addressing on the occasion IGP declared Nawaz Warraich as symbol of honesty, professionalism and a source of inspiration of the rest of force. He said that officer like Nawaz Warraich who set matchless examples of dedication and impartiality which must be observed by the force.

While answering an issue raised by Nawaz Warraich regarding the health facilities of the police force, IGP assured him that he will design a strategy with the consultation of all officers very shortly and he would also raised this issue with the government level if needed.

DIG Establishment-I, Azhar Hameed Khokhar, DIG Security Capt. (R) Ahmed Mubeen, DIG Headquarters Farooq Mazhar, DIG IT Shahid Hanif and all other officers paid rich tribute to the services of Nawaz Warraich which he rendered for the Police Department.

Nawaz Warraich was born in 1955 in Gujrat. He joined Police department in 1989 as ASP. He served in various districts including Multan, Lahore, Narowal and Sheikhupura as SP and SSP. After promotion as DIG in 2010 he worked on the posts of DIG Security Division Lahore and RPO D.G Khan.

For more information, contact:
Punjab Police
Punjab Police Computer Bureau,
5th Floor, Central Police Office (CPO),
Punjab, Lahore
Tel: +92-42-99213019, +92-42-99213013
Fax: +92-42-99213012
Email: sapcb@punjabpolice.gov.pk
Website: www.punjabpolice.gov.pk

National Assembly Session summoned on December 7

Islamabad, November 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): In exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 54 of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the President has been pleased to summon the National Assembly to meet in the Parliament House, Islamabad on Monday, the 7th December, 2015, at 4:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Automation Centre,
National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
Fax: +92-51-9221106
Email: assembly@na.gov.pk
Website: www.na.gov.pk

Government of Pakistan promotes Air Commodore Shah Masroor Hussain to the rank of Air Vice Marshal

Islamabad, November 30, 2015 (PPI-OT): Government of Pakistan has promoted Air Commodore Shah Masroor Hussain to the rank of Air Vice Marshal and he has been appointed as Air Officer Commanding, Air Defence Command. Air Vice Marshal Shah Masroor Hussain was commissioned in November, 1984 in the Air Defence Branch of Pakistan Air Force. During his illustrious career, he has commanded various Air Defence Units including a Mission Control Centre and also served as Sector Commander.

In his staff appointments, he has served as Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Air Defence) at Air Headquarters, Islamabad. He is a graduate of Combat Commanders’ School, Air War College and National Defence University (NDU). He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Studies. He is a recipient of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military) Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military).

For more information, contact:
Air Commodore Tariq Qamar Yazdanie TI (M)
Director Media Affairs
Pakistan Air Force
E-mail: pafdpr@paf.gov.pk
Tel: +92-51-9507751, +92-51-9261300
Fax: +92-51-9260868