Government focusing on issues of working class in country including poverty, unemployment, low wages, occupational safety, freedom of association and social protection: Asghar Ali Khan Junejo

Karachi, January 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): Mr. Asghar Ali Khan Junejo, Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Labour said that the present democratic government is focusing on the issues of the working class in the country including poverty, unemployment, low wages, occupational safety, freedom of association and social protection. It is committed to the promotion of decent working conditions in the country and ensuring effective social protection to the workers.

Mr. Asghar Ali Khan Junejo was the Chief Guest at a luncheon meeting hosted by Mr. Junaid Esmail Makda in his honour at SITE Association of Industry Office today. In his welcome speech of President, SITE Association of Industry, Mr. Junaid Esmail Makda highlighted the numerous issues relating to Labour affecting the industries of Karachi, the economic hub of Pakistan, and which are struggling to run their manufacturing and production activities. Earlier he introduced SITE Association of Industry which is the representative body of industries in the Sindh Industrial Trading Estate in District West, Karachi.

He said that after 18th amendment there is tough competition among the provinces. Though the implementation of the 18th amendment in terms of transferring subjects, functions, institutions, assets and projects was completed on 30th June 2011, some issues remain to be resolved.

He further said that in Karachi, there is negative growth for last many years; we should provide conducive labour polices which would be favourable for the both industrialists and labourers. We should promote industrialization and industrial peace as well as observance of labour laws and rules to increase the industrialization in the city.

There is need to provide better health and medical facilities to the secured workers and their dependents under SESSI. It is imperative that the services of Labour Department, Health, SESSI and other departments related to industries are streamlined to facilitate the industries of our SITE Industrial Area.

He also highlight that it would be most pragmatic that:

1. MOU is signed between Labour Department and SITE Association just for the reason while we talk and discuss several issues however due to lack of documentation and record these issues remain in the backburner and therefore once MOU is signed, things would start moving and being implemented.

2. Another important fact is that SITE Association has always been on the Board of SESSI but this time this is not so and therefore I appeal to Honourable Advisor to ensure that SITE Association must be included in the Board of the SESSI.

3. SITE Association should also be included in the Workers Welfare Board (WWB) and such Notification is kindly issued.

4. SITE Association should also be included in the Board of EOBI and such Notification is kindly issued.

5. SITE Association of Industry also desires to have joint venture with the Labour Department in the establishment of Hospital / Dispensary / School.

6. We also desire that the Labour Department forms a Joint Sub-Committee of inclusion of the SITE Association of Industry for resolving the issues affecting the industries most amicably. Monthly meeting of such Joint Sub-Committee should be held.

There are several other grievances which are enumerated below:

1. In case issuance of any Notice for inspection of SITE Industries, we request that copy of same be endorsed to SITE Association.

2. Target issued by Labour Department should be avoided by the concerned officer.

3. Labour Department should apprehend such agents who instigate and misguide the labourers at eating houses, dhabas etc.

4. Inspection of the Industries by the Labour Department Officials must be carried out only once a year.

5. One window operation of the Annual Inspection of Factories is strongly advocated by us instead of carrying out separately issues of factory safety; factory act; health; vigilance etc.

6. Fictitious Labour Unions must be discouraged and stopped from functioning.

7. In the industry, separate kind of works are involved for which we contract different kind of labourers and therefore these also should be regularized.

Mr. Asghar Ali Khan Junejo offered thanks to Industrialists to invite them and he assured his full cooperation to them for resolving the issues. He gave instructions to Secretary Labour and HRD to make a Committee of representatives of All Town Associations on immediate basis and arrange meetings on weekly basis.

He also ensures that a representative of SITE Association of Industry will be included in Governing body of SESSI next year. On the question raised by a member regarding Workers Welfare Board Funds and Education cess, the advisor assured the business community that he would examine the laws.

He also suggested to the industrialists to arrange a desk audit once in a year from Labour Department. Referring to complaints against inspection teams of SESSI and Labour department and other related departments demanding inspection of records, the advisor said that he has been considering seriously.

Mr. M. Zubair Motiwala said that the relations between Employer and Employee should be cordial and best so that industry runs smoothly. He further said that Labour / Valika hospital emergency and other departments not providing the facilities to the labour as per standard. He said that outside participation/ support to the labours should be banned because they do not provided good atmosphere among the employer and employees.

Dr. Arshad A. Vohra said that the Labour department during their inspections should check only concerned and related documents. He further said that Sindh Revenue Board (SRB) has been collecting huge amount of revenue from Karachi in which Karachi’s Contribution is 98%. The amount so collected from the Industrial areas of Karachi should be expanded for development of infrastructure of the area at least 10%.Share.

Mr. Jawed Bilwani said that SESSI and Labour department’s officers during inspection of factories say that they have targeted amount to be increased 5% to 10%. As you are well aware of the fact the condition of Industrial areas is decreasing day by day resulting in financial crisis and therefore this arbitrary increase in unbearable. Secondly they should check only concerned and related documents.

It was a large gathering. Besides the leaders of business community, Mr. M. Zubair Motiwala, Dr. Arshad A. Vohra, Mr. Tariq Yousuf, Mr. M. Jawed Bilwani, Former Chairmen, Mr. M. Arif Lakhani, Senior Vice President, Mr. Asad Nisar Burkhurdaria, Former (SVP) Mr. Junaid M. Siddiq, Former (VP), Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Chaudhry, Chairman APTPMA, Mr. M. Iqbal Godil, Mr. M. Farhan Ashrafi, Mr. M. Anis Mandavia, Mr. Naeem Ahmed Khan, Members Executive Committee, Government officials viz Mr. Abdul Rasheed Solangi, Secretary Labour and HRD, Mr. Ayo Khan Mari, Managing Director SITE Limited, Mr. Asif Ali Memon , Vice Commissioner SESSI, Mr. Ghulam Mustafa Suhag, Director Labour, were also present. They took active part in the deliberation and made the meeting very live and successful.

For more information, contact:
Sohail Shahzad Bhatti
Secretary General
S.I.T.E. Association of Industry
H-16, Textile Avenue, SITE, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-32562883, +92-21-32560705
Fax: +92-21-32560704

Police to provide foolproof security to polio workers

Karachi, January 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Inspector General Police, Sindh, Ghulam Hyder Jamali, has issued directives for providing comprehensive security cover to polio drops administering teams during the anti-polio drive starting from Jan-11. He directed that DIGs of East, West and South Zones to ensure extra ordinary security under the direct supervision of concerned SSPs. He further instructed that deployment of police commandos with polio teams be ensured specially in categorized sensitive Union Councils/Areas.

A report compiled by AIG Operations, Ghayasuddin Rashidi said that overall 4600 police commandos/personnel drawn from SSU, Rapid Response Force, Sindh Reserve Police, Counter Terrorism Department, Sindh Crime Branch, Anti-Encroachment Cell, Shaheed Benazirabad Elite Police Training School Razaqabad, and Police Training College Saeedabad/RTC Hyderabad, Jam Nawaz and PTC Shahdadpur will perform security duties in addition to the existing force of KARACHI Police.

According to Sindh Police Spokesman, this has been done to provide foolproof security to health workers, doctors and other staff as part of polio teams, particularly in areas of sensitive union councils. These teams will administer polio drops in various parts of union councils of Karachi in coordination with the stake holders, spokesman added.

The IGP also directed that during this period, there should be effective mobile movement of police on motor cycles besides snap and random checking at different points with strict vigil at entry and exit points along with intelligence.

For more information, contact:
Sindh Police
Inspector General of Police, Sindh
Tell: +92-21-99212626-27
Fax: +92-21-99212051

Four dacoits arrested by Capital Territory Police

Islamabad, January 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Karachi Company police have arrested four dacoits and recovered weapons, snatched cash and mobiles phone from their possession, a police spokesman said. According to details, SP (Saddar) Rizwan Gondal assigned the task to ensure arrest of dacoits and street criminals. A special team headed by SHO Inspector Mubarak Ali including Sub-Inspector Liaqat Ali, ASI Muhammad Iftikhar and other was constituted. This team ensured strict patrolling in its assigned area and nabbed four dacoits later identified as Farooq, Arsalan, Bilal Hakeem and Faizan.

Police recovered five snatched mobiles phones, electronic equipment and four 30 bore pistols and ammunition from their possession while police impounded rented car (LU-315) and bike from them too. During the initial investigation, they confessed to commit dacoities in Shalimar police and Karachi company police areas. They also revealed to be involved in purse, cash and mobile snatching incidents after hiring the motorbike and car. SSP Islamabad Sajid Kiani has appreciated this overall performance and directed all police officials to ensure effective policing in their respective areas.

For more information, contact:
Capital Territory Police
Islamabad Pakistan
Data centre H-11, Admin Block,
Police Head Quarter, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251 925 8371 Ext (160)
Fax: +9251 444 3180

Taimur wins Asghar Khan Amateur Golf Championship

Peshawar, January 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): International Taimur Naseer clinched the trophy of Asghar Khan National Amateur Golf Championship with his gross six under 210 over 54-holes here at PAF Golf Club Peshawar, today. Air Marshal Saeed Muhammad Khan, Vice Chief of Air Staff was the chief guest on this occasion. High ranking civil and military officials, leading golfers, and game spectators were also present in the presentation ceremony.

Taimur Naseer carded six under 210 by adding two under 70 to his overnight 69 and 71. He played 35, one under par at front and the same at back nine with three birdies. Another promising golfer Naeem Ahmad got second position by carding ten over par 226. He added 75, three over par, 39, three over par, at front nine and 36. Another top Amateur Inayat Ullah Yousafzai was a stroke behind on 227 gross over 54-holes by adding 75, three over par to his overnight 152. He added 36 par at front and 39, par at back nine with three birdies and 10 par.

In the Net category Rehmat Ullah got first position, followed by Wing Commander Shahid and Wing Commander Shahbaz Khan. In the Amateur HCP 15-18, Squadron Leader Ehsan Elahi carded 166 gross over 36 holes took first position by adding 84 and 82 in his two-day round, followed by Saqib Samad with his gross score 169 and Squadron Leader Umer Chaudhry with gross 177. In the Net category Shahid Farooq, 18 HCP carded 136 over 36 holes, followed by Major Sajjad with his Net score 137 and Sohaib Roomi with his Net 144 remained at second and third respectively.

In the Senior Amateur Col. M. Saud got first, followed by Col. Shahadat and Brig. Nasrullah Kattana while in the Net Dr. Shahkar got first, followed by Dr. Naeem and Brig. M. Aslam. In the Ladies international golfer Tahira Nazir of Rawalpindi Golf Club carded Net 38 and won the trophy, followed by national golfer Dr. Soni Wali with 39 Net score and Hamna Amjid (39) and Miss Attia (39) declared as joint third. At the end, the chief guest gave away trophies and attractive utility prizes to the position holders.

For more information, contact:
Air Commodore Tariq Qamar Yazdanie TI (M)
Director Media Affairs
Pakistan Air Force
Tel: +92-51-9507751, +92-51-9261300
Fax: +92-51-9260868

Saudi deputy crown prince and Defence Minister calls on Chief of Army Staff

Rawalpindi, January 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): Saudi deputy crown prince and Defence Minister called on General Raheel Sharif, COAS at General Headquarters this afternoon. Matters related to regional security and defence cooperation came under discussion during the meeting.

COAS said Pakistan enjoys close and brotherly relations with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries and attaches great importance to their security. Pakistan holds its defence ties with KSA in highest esteem and re-asserted that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan.

Saudi Defence Minister said KSA attaches great importance to Pakistan and its armed forces and appreciates their successes in fight against terrorism and efforts for regional stability. Defence Minister re-affirmed Kingdom’s full support to Pakistan’s position on all matters.

For more information, contact:
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)
Hilal Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9271605
Fax: +92-51-9271601

National Assembly launches Social Media accounts

Islamabad, January 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): National Assembly of Pakistan decides to launch its official Social Media accounts for wider Parliamentary outreach to the public. The decision was taken in a meeting chaired by Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq at Parliament House, Islamabad.

Sardar Ayaz Sadiq underlined the need to develop new strategies and policies to support effective engagement between the National Assembly and citizens. Emphasizing the need for effective Parliamentary outreach, the Speaker highlighted that regular engagement with citizens is a pre-requisite for a stronger, vibrant and participative democracy. In the modern world, traditional democracies are turning towards e-parliament and one of the main tools utilised to connect with the people is “Social Media.” The Speaker termed Social media “an excellent platform for quick and direct engagement with the citizens”.

The Speaker directed the Officers of the National Assembly Secretariat to develop a team of experts in managing social media pages of the National Assembly. He also added that Social Media Pages of the National Assembly will disseminate timely information to the national and international audience, and the Parliament will receive feedback from the general public.

On this occasion, Ms Mariyum Aurangzeb, MNA remarked that institutional openness and transparency constitutes a vibrant democracy. She highlighted that the primary objective of Social Media platform is to ensure National Assembly as an open, transparent, accountable and accessible democratic institution.

Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, MNA added that the presence of official account of National Assembly on Social Media will not only facilitate journalists in reporting on Parliament but also reach out more directly to the public and be able to react more quickly to news and events. As directed by Hon. Speaker, Media Wing of National Assembly has been running its Social Media Pages at Facebook and Twitter, link of the both pages are as under.

For more information, contact:
Karamat Hussain Niazi
National Assembly of Pakistan
Automation Centre,
National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
Fax: +92-51-9221106

Saudi Deputy Crown Prince calls on Prime Minister

Islamabad, January 10, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister of KSA, His Royal Highness Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al Saud called on the Prime Minister on the evening of Sunday, January 10, 2016. Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif welcomed the Deputy Crown Prince and stated that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Custodian of the Holy Mosques were held in high esteem by the people of Pakistan.

The Prime Minister affirmed that the people of Pakistan are bonded with the people of KSA through historical, cultural and Islamic ties of brotherhood. He added that the people of Pakistan would always stand with the people of Saudi Arabia, against any threat to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Kingdom. The Prime Minister welcomed the Saudi initiative to establish a coalition of likeminded Islamic countries to counter terrorism and militancy and informed the Deputy Crown Prince that Pakistan supports efforts to counter terrorism and extremism.

The two leaders agreed to further strengthen the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and deepen the cooperation in all fields, including defence security, fight against terrorism, trade and investment and manpower requirements of the Kingdom. The Deputy Crown Prince appreciated the valiant efforts waged by the security and law enforcement authorities to root out terrorism from Pakistan, particularly through the military campaign Zarb-e-Azb.

He was briefed on the progress in implementing National Action Plan to eliminate extremism and terrorism. It was agreed that the two countries would cooperate in developing an effective counter narrative to defeat the extremist mindset. The visit provided a welcome opportunity to both sides to reaffirm their shared resolve to deepen bilateral cooperation and work together to address the challenge of terrorism which is common enemy for both.

The Prime Minister recalled that Pakistan has historically pursued the policy of promoting brotherhood among member states of OIC. Pakistan has also always expressed its readiness to offer its good offices to brotherly Muslim countries, for resolution of their differences through peaceful dialogue and reconciliation.

For more information, contact:
Haji Ahmed Malik
Principal Information Officer
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +92-51-9252323 and +92-51-9252324
Fax: +92-51-9252325 and +92-51-9252326