Sindh Chief Minister urges city administration to develop festive atmosphere for PSL final

Karachi, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah presiding over a meeting to review PSL final match arrangements on Friday here at CM House has directed the administration to start beautification of the city to develop a festive type of atmosphere. “This is the first event and it would be followed by many other international events.”

This he said in a candid and confident mood while addressing the participants. The meeting was attended by provincial ministers, Sohail Anwar Siyal, Jam Khan Shoro, Syed Nasir Shah, DG Rangers Major General Mohammad Saeed, IG Police AD Khowaja, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput, Secretary Home Qazi Shahid Parvez, Additional IGs Karachi, CTD and Special Branch, Secretaries of different department, MC KMC and others.

The chief minister was told that eight parking areas were being developed. They are National Coaching Center for VVIP vehicles, Expo Center for VIP vehicles, Gharib Nawaz Football ground, Hakim Saeed Playground University Road, open ground near Federal Urdu University, Sunday Bazar ground opposite Bait-ul-Mukarram Masjid, KMC sports complex and KDA Club and China Ground Kashmir Road.

Under the arrangements all the spectators are required to come to parking areas which has would have the capacity of 33,000 vehicles. The parking areas would have the facilities of barriers, queue channels and walk through gates – a separate arrangements would be made for females, CCTV cameras, resting area for drivers, public wash rooms, tuck shop, medical camp, signage, public address system and proper illumination of the areas. At this the chief minister directed the administration to install big screens for drivers to watch the match in the parking area.

The chief minister was told that there would be around 6000 motorcycles to be parked at parking area. They suggested ban on pillion riding. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah rejecting the ban on pillion riding said that our youth have right to celebrate this international event. “They are responsible enough, however they should be taught code of conduct through banners, wall posters and media,” he said.

There would be three designated disembarking points, Bahria University, Expo Center and Rana Liaquat Ali Khan Govt Girls College. At this the chief minister directed the administration to hire 300 buses for shuttle service from disembarking points to stadium. The buses for shuttle service may be hired for two days, he said. “I want you to facilitate the people properly- this is their event and let them enjoy it and own it,” he said. He also directed the administration to get the services of 200 scouts from Sindh Boys Scouts Association.

The services to be made available at the stadium include mobile hospitals, ambulances, water bowsers, sanitation staff, sanitation vehicles, regulated food and hospitality services and central control room. A separate plan has also been made for `after the match’. Under the arrangement shuttle would be started from stadium to disembarking points, from disembarking points to parking areas. At this the chief minister directed the administration to arrangement a 30 to 50-minute musical show just after the match so that chaotic situation could be avoided. “In this way, we would be able to engage the crowed through entertainment,” he said.

The chief minister directed Mayor Karachi to make the city beautiful through illumination, flood lights, greenery and through other means. “I am ready to provide you [administration, KMC, police, Rangers, health etc.] necessary funds,” he said and added “ I want you [administration] to finalize all the arrangements by March 15 and we would meet here against on next Friday to review final arrangements. He said that he would visit the stadium to witness the progress on spot. Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah urged media to play to constructive role to improve the image of the city for organizing such other event just after the final match of PSL.

For more information, contact:
Press Secretary,
Chief Minister House, Sindh
Tel: +92-21-99202019 (Ext: 336)
Website: www.cmsindh.gov.pk

DFA Quetta beats Chaman City 5-3

Karachi, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): Skipper DFA Quetta Nazeer Ahmad scored four goals for his team with a hat trick to his credit and celebrated the victory against Chaman on the sixth day of the final round of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) Balochistan Football Cup 2018. The spectators jam-packed the Sadiq Shaheed Football Stadium (Malibagh), Quetta and thoroughly enjoyed the match between two giant teams of the final round.

The match of DFA Quetta in blue versus Chaman City in brown saw three goals in the magic moments within 13 minutes of the first half, when Nazeer scored two goals and Fareed Ahmad of Chaman City made one goal. The goal spree was followed by two more goals by Nazeer till the 45th minute.

In the second half, the players struck kicks into opponent’s goal post right from the beginning but in the last minutes of the match Chaman City scored two and DFA Quetta one goal, thus making it a 5-3 win for the latter. Nazeer Ahmad was awarded the Man of the Match for his outstanding performance. The final will be played on March 30.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)
4th Floor, PIDC House,
Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road,
P. O. Box 3942,
Karachi 75530
UAN: +92-21-111-568-568
Tel: +92-21-35651480-89
Fax: +92-21-35680005, +92-21-35682125
Email: info@ppl.com.pk
Website: www.ppl.com.pk

Italian Navy Ship arrives Karachi – Signifies bilateral relations between Pakistan Navy and Italian Navy

Karachi, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): Italian Navy Ship CARLO MARGOTTINI (F-592) arrived Karachi for 03 days good will cruise. The visiting ship received a warm welcome during an impressive reception and was received by senior officials from Pakistan Navy and Embassy of Italy.

The visit is aimed at strengthening mutual collaboration and interoperability between the two Navies through conduct of exercises and discussions on issues of common interests. During the visit to Karachi, professional interactions, sports and social activities, including wreath laying ceremony at Quaid’s Mausoleum were also held. Visits of various operational and training units of Pakistan Navy by Officers and personnel of Italian Navy Ship were also conducted.

On completion of the port visit to Karachi, exercises at sea are also planned between Pakistan Navy Ships and Italian Navy Ship, covering wide range of naval operations to enhance interoperability between the two navies while further honing the professional skills, mutually beneficial for each other.

For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486
Website: www.paknavy.gov.pk

Rewards for Justice – Reward Offer for Information on Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan and Factions Key Leaders

Washington, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information leading to the identification or location of three key leaders associated with the terrorist organization Tehrik–e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and affiliated factions. The Department is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information on TTP leader Maulana Fazlullah, and up to $3 million each for information on Abdul Wali and Mangal Bagh.

Maulana Fazlullah is the leader of the TTP, a terrorist organization that has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist acts against Pakistani and U.S. interests, including the failed attempt by Faisal Shahzad to detonate an explosive device in New York City’s Times Square on May 1, 2010. Under his leadership, the TTP has also claimed responsibility for the December 16, 2014, attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan in which gunmen killed 148 people, including 132 students.

Fazlullah also is responsible for the June 2012 beheading of 17 Pakistani soldiers, and the October 9, 2012, shooting of Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai. In 2015, the Department designated Fazlullah as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under Executive Order 13224, which freezes all of his assets based in the United States or in possession or control of U.S. persons.

Abdul Wali is the leader of Jamaat ul-Ahrar (JUA), a militant faction affiliated with TTP. Under Wali’s leadership, JUA has staged multiple attacks in the region targeting civilians, religious minorities, military personnel, and law enforcement, and was responsible for the killing of two Pakistani employees of the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar in early March 2016.

Mangal Bagh is the leader of Lashkar-e-Islam, a militant faction affiliated with TTP. Under his leadership, LeI operatives have attacked NATO convoys. His group generates revenue from drug trafficking, smuggling, kidnapping, and collection of “taxes” on transit trade between Pakistan and Afghanistan. In September 2007, the Government of Pakistan announced a reward offer of about $60,000 for the capture of, or information leading to the arrest of, Mangal Bagh.

Each of these individuals is believed to have committed, or to pose a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of the United States and its nationals. In addition to opposing the Pakistani military, one of TTP’s stated goals is the expulsion of Coalition troops from Afghanistan. The group has demonstrated a close alliance with al-Qa’ida, and, since 2008, has also repeatedly publicly threatened to attack the U.S. homeland.

More information about these reward offers is located on the Rewards for Justice Website at www.rewardsforjustice.net. We encourage anyone with information on these individuals to contact the Rewards for Justice Office via the website, e-mail (info@rewardsforjustice.net), phone (1-800-877-3927 in North America), or mail (Rewards for Justice, Washington, D.C., 20520-0303, USA). Individuals may also contact the Regional Security Office at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

The Rewards for Justice Program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service. Since its inception in 1984, the program has paid in excess of $145 million to more than 90 people who provided actionable information that helped bring terrorists to justice or prevented acts of international terrorism worldwide. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Rewards4Justice.

For more information, contact:
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

Women’s Day – Australia helps launch Android App to combat violence against women

Islamabad, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Brek Batley and Chairperson of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Commission for the Status of Women (KPCSW) Neelum Toru, in collaboration with Blue Veins and Trocaire Pakistan, launched a Google App today to improve the services offered to women survivors of gender-based violence.

The App ‘KPCSW’, that also works offline, will help women report cases of violence to KPCSW with features like text, voice and video messages, and MMS. The user-friendly App is free to download on Google Play Store and will provide useful information on pro women laws and approaching KPCSW for help.

Mr Brek Batley said, “Eliminating violence against women everywhere is a priority of the Australian Government and a core part of our foreign policy and aid program. We anticipate that this app will play a pivotal role in providing support services for survivors of gender-based violence, with information to access shelters, medical services or legal aid services. In doing so it will help improve the safety and welfare of women and girls across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.”

Ms. Neelam Toru- Chairperson KPCSW said, “On International Women’s Day, we reflect on the critical contributions women make in every sector of society and we recommit ourselves to addressing the discrimination and barriers that women face around the world”. John O’Brien, Trocaire’s Country Director in Pakistan, commended the innovative use of technology by the Commission to support women and girls across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Mr Qamar Naseem- Program Coordinator Blue Veins said, “Use of technology can be vital towards ending gender-based violence. We are grateful to Trocaire for supporting this KPCSW android application which will improve KPCSW presence in the cyber space and also institution support to KPCSW under this project will increase its ability to respond to the needs of women.”

Mrs. Meraj Hamayun Khan, Member of Provincial Assembly and Chairperson Women Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) said, “Women have come a long way when it comes to empowerment but a lot needs to be done. Awareness campaigns and events like these have started sensitizing the people on rights of women throughout the province. Adding that, “Women empowerment is an essential component of human development and a key to poverty eradication, building resilient societies, economies and promoting sustainable development.”

Marking International Women’s Day, Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner Brek Batley also acknowledged the contributions of 14 prominent women of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa from civil society, media, medicine and science, with achievement awards.

For more information, contact:
Media enquiries
Australian High Commission
Constitution Ave and Ispahani Rd,
Diplomatic Enclave No. 1, Sector G-5/4, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-8355500, +92-51-8355346, +92-51-8355422
Fax: +92-51-2820112
Cell: +92-300-8547816

Pakistan Petroleum Limited discovers oil in Adhi Field, Punjab

Karachi, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Petroleum Limited, operator of Adhi Field, together with its joint venture partners Oil and Gas Development Company Limited and Pakistan Oilfields Limited has discovered hydrocarbons from exploratory well Adhi South X-1, located in Rawalpindi District, Punjab. The prospect was delineated on the basis of 3D seismic data and the well was drilled and tested utilizing indigenous expertise.

Adhi South X-1 was spud on June 30, 2017 and was drilled down to 3395 metres to test the potential of Khewra and Tobra formations. Based on the wireline logs, hydrocarbon bearing zones were identified in both formations. Modular Dynamic Testing confirmed the presence of hydrocarbons.

The well flow was tested at various rates to get estimates of well productivity. From Khewra, the maximum flow rate for oil was recorded at 1550 bbls/day oil and 2.62 MMscfd gas at 32/64” choke size. The discovery lies in the down thrown block and has opened new horizons in Potwar and Kohat area. The newly discovered reserves will assist in plugging the demand supply gap in the country.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL)
4th Floor, PIDC House,
Dr. Ziauddin Ahmed Road,
P. O. Box 3942,
Karachi 75530
UAN: +92-21-111-568-568
Tel: +92-21-35651480-89
Fax: +92-21-35680005, +92-21-35682125
Email: info@ppl.com.pk
Website: www.ppl.com.pk

Rain-Thundershowers predicated in the country during the coming week

Islamabad, March 09, 2018 (PPI-OT):Met Office informed that a westerly wave is likely to approach upper and central parts of the country from Monday night. Under the influence of this weather system;

Rain-thundershowers with gusty winds (with snowfall over the hills) is expected at scattered places in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Upper Punjab (Rawalpindi, Sargodha divisions), Islamabad, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan on Tuesday and Wednesday intermittently. The system may persist over Malakand division, GB and Kashmir till Thursday.

Rain-thundershowers is also expected at isolated places in Quetta, Zhob, Lahore, Gujranwala D.G. Khan, Multan, Sahiwal, divisions occasionally during Monday to Wednesday.

The system may trigger Dust storm/Hailstorm in plain areas of Punjab and KP during the period.

For more information, contact:
National Weather Forecasting Centre (NWFC)
Pakistan Meteorological Department
Headquarter Office, Sector H-8/2,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9250360
Fax: +92-51-9250368
Email: pmd@pmd.gov.pk
Website: www.pmd.gov.pk