Punjab Chief Minister’s message on World Consumer Rights Day

Lahore, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that protection of consumers’ rights is the basic responsibility of the government, adding that this agenda is included in the priorities of the Punjab government. In his message on World Consumer Rights Day, the Chief Minister said that Punjab government is taking all possible steps to protect the rights of the consumers and observed that there is also a need that the consumers should know their rights and responsibilities. He said the purpose of celebrating this day is to raise awareness about consumers’ rights.

Under the Constitution, it is the responsibility of the government to safeguard the rights of the consumers. He said that Consumer Protection Act has been enforced across the province and this has been benefitting lakhs of consumers. Under this act, consumer courts have been set up in different districts to facilitate the hundreds of thousands of citizens. In case of any complaint against the trader or the manufacturer, application can be submitted to the Consumer Protection Council without any court fee or a lawyer, concluded the Chief Minister.

For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab (DGPR)
Government of the Punjab
21-Mahmood Gaznavi Road (Abbot Road), Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99201390-1-2
Fax: +92-42-99201371-2
E-mail: info@dgpr.punjab.gov.pk
Website: www.dgpr.punjab.gov.pk

PML-N will not withdraw from mission of public service: Shehbaz Sharif

Lahore, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that Pakistan Muslim League-N will not withdraw from the mission of public service and prosperity of the country. Zardari-Niazi hook-up is the result of fear of development process in Punjab province. One has made Karachi, which was once the city of lights, a filth depot while the other has ruined the beauty of historic city of Peshawar. While talking to Ghulam Bibi Bharwana MNA and other members, the Chief Minister said that people are longing for development and prosperity instead of destructions and devastations. The fear of the development agenda of PML-N has forced the promoters of politics of falsehood to unite.

Niazi Sahib has disappointed the youth by colluding with the biggest malady of the country, he said. The hapless people of KPK and Sindh are facing tremendous problems and have become a picture of neglect. The elements doing the politics of falsehood and mendacity can never be the leader of the nation, he maintained. The Chief Minister said that energy crisis and terrorism have been eliminated due to the sincere efforts of the PML-N government. Meanwhile, the people of Lahore, Multan and Rawalpindi-Islamabad are enjoying latest and comfortable transport facilities. If Allah Almighty granted an opportunity, then world-class transport will be introduced in other small and big cities on the pattern of metro.

He expressed the satisfaction that the provision of subsidized fertilizers, cheap electricity and interest-free loans to the farmers will be lauded always. Shehbaz Sharif said that he is desirous of developing other big and small cities including the southern Punjab like Lahore. He pointed out that more development funds have been provided to southern Punjab as compared to its population and added that record development schemes in southern Punjab are the honour of the PML-N government.

He disclosed that more innovative schemes will be introduced to bridge the economic divide between the haves and have-nots at the grassroots. He said that government will further promote development schemes relating to health and education because provision of best of the best facilities to the masses is our commitment. Ghulam Bibi Bharwana, MNA and others congratulated the Chief Minister over becoming unopposed PML-N president and hoped that the party will continue the mission of public service with renewed vigour under the leadership of Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif.

For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab (DGPR)
Government of the Punjab
21-Mahmood Gaznavi Road (Abbot Road), Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99201390-1-2
Fax: +92-42-99201371-2
E-mail: info@dgpr.punjab.gov.pk
Website: www.dgpr.punjab.gov.pk

Government will make Pakistan a citadel of peace by completely eliminating terrorism: Shehbaz Sharif

Lahore, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said that blast near police Choki in Raiwind is a gruesome conspiracy and coward act of the defeated enemy. He said that everyone is saddened over the loss of precious human lives in this tragic incident and the nation fully shares the sorrow and grief of the bereaved families. All the sympathies of the Punjab government are with them, he added.

He said that martyred police officials, who have set a high example of dutifulness, are our heroes. In a statement issued here today, Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan has rendered invaluable services in war against terrorism and these sacrifices are unique in the history of the nations. The great sacrifices of the martyrs will not be wasted and every drop of their precious blood will be paid back.

He said that terrorists are the menace of the land and their complete annihilation is our mission. War against terrorism is the national cause and it will have to be won at every cost, he said. Government will go to every extent to overcome this wicked play of fire and blood in Pakistan of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. We pay tributes to the great sacrifices of the martyrs who have given their lives for restoring peace in the country. In fact, they have sacrificed their ‘today’ for the ‘tomorrow’ of Pakistani nation. Government will make Pakistan a citadel of peace by completely eliminating the menace of terrorism, concluded the Chief Minister.

For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab (DGPR)
Government of the Punjab
21-Mahmood Gaznavi Road (Abbot Road), Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99201390-1-2
Fax: +92-42-99201371-2
E-mail: info@dgpr.punjab.gov.pk
Website: www.dgpr.punjab.gov.pk

Anti Narcotics Force recovers 1.220 tons narcotics valuing Rs 2.175 billion

Rawalpindi, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Anti Narcotics Force Pakistan recovered 1.220 Tons of narcotics valuing Rs 2.175 Billion internationally, arrested 18 persons including 5 ladies nationals involved in drug trafficking while seized 5 vehicles in 19 counter-narcotics strikes conducted across the country. The recovered drugs comprised 242.2 Kg Hashish, 27.7 Kg Heroin, 949.5 Kg Opium and 1.3 Kg Amphetamine.

ANF Quetta seized 40 Kg Hashish from seasonal nullah in Khuda Badan Tehsil and District Panjgur. As per initial reports, drugs were intended to be handed over to another narcotics gang. In another operation ANF Quetta recovered 185 Kg Hashish from mountainous area of Pushkan Tehsil Pasni District, Gwadar. As per initial information, the drugs were intended to be handed over to another narcotics gang.

In third operation ANF Quetta recovered 939 Kg Opium. According to details, the drug was stocked at an isolated site situated at mountainous area of Manthu Tehsil Chaman and District Qilla Abdullah. In fourth operation ANF Quetta intercepted a Land Cruiser near Palantak District Panjgur and recovered 15 Kg Heroin. The accused escaped from the spot taking advantage of Darkness. In fifth operation ANF Quetta recovered 10 Kg Heroin. According to details, the drug was stocked at an isolated site situated at a Hut in General Area Killag District Panjgur.

ANF Rawalpindi recovered 1.2 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the lady accused identified as Hajra Bibi resident of Kohat. She was arrested near G.T Road, Jehlum. In another operation ANF Rawalpindi intercepted two Motorcycle 125 and CD-70 near Iqbal Shaheed Toll Plaza Attock and recovered 10.5 Kg Opium and 2 Kg Hashish which was concealed in secret cavities of the Motorcycle. Four persons on board were arrested during the operation identified as Ijaz Ahmed, Mst Nazo, Attique Jan and Mst Mohsin Bibi all residents of Charsadda.

In third operation ANF Rawalpindi arrested Muhammad Saleem Shah resident of Okara at Benazir Bhutto International Airport, Islamabad and recovered 890 Grams Amphetamine which was concealed in travelling bag. He was to take off for Saudi Arabia by Flight No. NL-719. ANF Lahore recovered 6 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the two accused identified as Muhammad Asim resident of Mianwali and Toheed Afzal resident of Bhakkar. They were arrested near DHQ Hospital, Bhakkar. In another operation ANF Lahore intercepted a parcel being sent to Canada through a courier service near Johar Town, Lahore and recovered 200 Grams Heroin which was concealed in Lady Suit.

In third operation ANF Lahore recovered 1.5 Kg Hashish from personal possession of accused identified as Waseem Din resident of Multan. He was arrested near shell Petroleum Chungi No. 9, Multan. ANF Peshawar recovered 1.1 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the accused identified as Muhammad Hashim resident of Lahore during travelling in a passenger Vehicle near Motorway Toll Plaza, Peshawar. In another operation ANF Peshawar arrested Muhammad Kamran resident of Attock at Peshawar International Airport on suspicion of ingested narco filled capsules in his stomach, admitted in Hayatabad Medical Complex for delivery of capsules.

He delivered 81x narco filled capsules weighing 500 Grams Heroin. He was travelling to Saudi Arabia by Flight No. G9-525. In third operation ANF Peshawar recovered 200 Grams Heroin from personal possession of the accused identified as Haroon Khan resident of Khyber Agency. He was arrested near Motorway Toll Plaza, Peshawar. In fourth operation ANF Peshawar intercepted a parcel being sent to unknown destination at Bilal Daewoo Bus Stand near Haji Camp Peshawar and recovered 600 Grams Hashish from the parcel and also seized a Yamaha Motorcycle near Gate of Bilal Daewoo Bus Stand Peshawar in this case.

In fifth operation ANF Peshawar arrested accused identified Azmat Khan resident of Kurram Agency at Peshawar International Airport on suspicion of ingested narco filled capsules in his stomach, admitted in Hayatabad Medical Complex for delivery of capsules. He delivered 130x narco filled capsules weighing 500 grams Heroin. He was traveling to Sharjah by Flight No. NL-792. In sixth operation ANF Peshawar recovered 2.4 Kg Hashish from personal possession of the accused identified as Masood Khan resident of Khyber Agency. He was arrested near Pishtakhara Chowk, Peshawar.

In seventh operation ANF Peshawar intercepted a Suzuki Mehran Car near University Road, Peshawar and recovered 2.4 Kg Hashish which was wrapped with the body of the lady accused identified as Shaheen resident of Kurram Agency and Mursaleen resident of Peshawar. ANF Karachi in collaboration with ASF arrested Naeem Odwani resident of Karachi at Jinnah International Airport, Karachi and recovered 1.8 Kg Heroin which was concealed in his trolley bag. He was travelling to Dubai by Flight No. EK-605. All cases have been registered at respective ANF Police Stations under CNS Act 1997 and further investigations are underway.

For more information, contact:
Headquarters,
Anti Narcotics Force (ANF)
National Park Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9270173
Fax: +92-51-9270165
Email: anf@anf.gov.pk
Website: www.anf.gov.pk

Pakistan Air Force Chief pays farewell call on Punjab Chief Minister

Lahore, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman paid a farewell call on Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif, here today. During the meeting, matter of mutual interest including professional matters pertaining to Pakistan Air Force came under discussion. Shehbaz Sharif paid tributes to the services of Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman for air defense of the country and expertise in professional skills pertaining to PAF. Shehbaz Sharif also expressed best wishes for PAF Chief and said that he has performed best services for the nation and the country.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman has performed his duties diligently to enhance the organizational capabilities of PAF and his services will be remembered for a long time, said Shehbaz Sharif. The Chief Minister further said that PAF is one of the best air force in the world and its officers and Jawans have rendered invaluable sacrifices for maintaining peace in the country and written a new history in war against terrorism. The nation feels proud over the bravery and valour of Pakistan Air Force, concluded the Chief Minister.

For more information, contact:
Directorate General Public Relations, Punjab (DGPR)
Government of the Punjab
21-Mahmood Gaznavi Road (Abbot Road), Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99201390-1-2
Fax: +92-42-99201371-2
E-mail: info@dgpr.punjab.gov.pk
Website: www.dgpr.punjab.gov.pk

Thar coal-based power project to become operational by 2018

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal says full development of Gwadar will make Pakistan a hub of regional trade. He was addressing a function organized by Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies in Islamabad on Thursday. The Minister said credit goes to the present government for completing Kachhi canal, which is irrigating seventy-two thousand acres of land in Dera Bugti. Ahsan Iqbal said for the first time, under China Pakistan Economic Corridor, a genuine programme has been initiated to mine coal from Thar, and first coal-based power project in the area will become operational by the end of this year.

He said Thar coal is enough to generate five thousand megawatts of electricity for four hundred years. The Minister for Planning said economic and security situation in Pakistan has improved much as compared to 2013. Today, peace has returned to Karachi and investors have started making investments in the city. He said security situation in Balochistan has also improved and the Government has taken a number of measures to address the sense of deprivation of its people.

Later, talking to media, Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal said terrorists are taking last breaths and their futile attempts could not affect the sustainable socio-economic development in the country. Strongly condemning the bomb blast at police check-post in Lahore on Wednesday night, he said such cowardice activities of terrorists are showing their frustration. Ahsan Iqbal paid rich tribute to those martyred in the incident and said Police and other security officials are endangering their lives to ensure safety of citizens.

For more information, contact:
Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage
Government of Pakistan
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9103557
Email: info@moib.gov.pk
Website: http://www.moib.gov.pk

Pakistan expresses commitment to achieve Sustainable Development Goals for women’s empowerment

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has expressed its firm commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals for women’s empowerment. This was stated by the head of Pakistan’s delegation MNA Dr Shezra Mansab Ali Khan while speaking at the 62nd Session of the Commission on Status of Women at the United Nations.

Highlighting Pakistan’s Vision 2025, she said the vision prioritizes gender equality and women development through institutional restructuring, women employment in public sector and their participation in political affairs. Dr Shizra also expressed Pakistan’s commitment to earnestly work with members of the international community, for a future where ‘no one is left behind’ in the pursuit of self-fulfilment and prosperity.

For more information, contact:
Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage
Government of Pakistan
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9103557
Email: info@moib.gov.pk
Website: http://www.moib.gov.pk