Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan agree to boost bilateral ties in diverse fields

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan have agreed to further enhance their mutual relations in defence and other fields. The understanding reached during a meeting between Defence Minister and visiting Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan Major General Rayimbedi Duyshenbiev in Rawalpindi on Thursday. Khurram Dastgir stressed on further diversification and strengthening of defence cooperation between the two countries through a broad based agreement.

The Defence Minister said that Pakistan greatly values its friendly relations with Kyrgyzstan and looks forward to further strengthen this friendship. He said regional stability, security and peace are our common goals. The guest highlighted the importance Kyrgyzstan placed on strengthening defense collaboration with Pakistan. He supported the idea of a wide ranging MoU on military and technical cooperation.

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Saudi Arabia acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts for peace

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi, who is on an official visit to Saudi Arabia has called on Commander Royal Saudi Border Guard, Vice Admiral Awwad Eid Al Balawi and Eastern Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Fahad Ali Al-Furaidan and discussed professional matters of mutual interest. According to a press release of Pakistan Navy, Chief of the Naval Staff highlighted Pakistan’s commitment and performance in the fight against terrorism and Pakistan Navy’s efforts for maintaining peace and stability in Indian Ocean Region.

Vice Admiral Awwad Eid Al Balawi acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts for promoting peace and stability in the maritime domain for freedom of seas and free flow of maritime trade. Later, Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi met Eastern Fleet Commander Royal Saudi Naval Forces, Rear Admiral Fahad Ali Al-Furaidan at Jubail and discussed professional matters and various avenues of bilateral collaboration. Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi also visited various segments and sections of King Fahad Naval Academy and interacted with midshipmen and cadets.

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International Atomic Energy Agency Chief’s visit to Pakistan

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Mr. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), visited Pakistan to discuss cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology. This was his second visit to Pakistan since 2014 during which he called on the Prime Minister as well. During his stay in Pakistan, Director General Amano visited various civilian nuclear installations and facilities including the construction sites of K2 and K3 nuclear power plants. He held meetings with the Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and the Chairman of the Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA).

Discussions at these meetings focused on the importance of nuclear power as a clean source of energy as well as nuclear technology applications in areas such as agriculture, health, industry, water resource management, environment protection, and food safety. Director General Amano also inaugurated a Food Security Lab at Nuclear Institute for Agriculture and Biology in Faisalabad.

Director General Amano appreciated the role played by Pakistan at the IAEA as well as Pakistan’s contributions in the area of peaceful nuclear applications. He acknowledged the excellent and robust nuclear safety and security measures put in place by Pakistan. Mr. Amano expressed his appreciation for Pakistan’s active contribution to the Agency’s efforts to build capacity in other countries in the region by providing experts and hosting training courses.

Pakistan is a founding member of the IAEA since 1957 and has enjoyed longstanding and mutually beneficial collaboration with the Agency on peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It regularly serves on the IAEA’s Board of Governors and is also one of the largest recipients of the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Program in peaceful uses of nuclear technology. On the other hand, scientists and engineers from Pakistan have contributed to the Agency’s work in various fields. Pakistan also continues to host various IAEA sponsored international events on nuclear safety and security.

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Secretary Narcotics Control represents Pakistan in Vienna, On Annual Commission on Narcotics Drugs

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistani society has no place for drugs, and government has left no stone unturned to stop supply of narcotics across the country, said the Secretary Narcotics Control Iqbal Mehmood while representing Pakistan on annual International Commission on Narcotics Drugs (CND), in Vienna. Pakistan is extremely responsible country, and despite of limited capacity and lack of skilled human resources, the country has made remarkable strides against drugs in Pakistan.

DG Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF), Maj. Gen Musarrat Nawaz Malik has also accompanied Secretary Narcotics. The secretary has highlighted the recent bumper poppy crop in the neighbour country, and subsequently its related implications for Pakistan. As per latest survey from UNODC, it is pertinent to mention here that in 2017 alone, Afghanistan has gigantic Increased of 87% in poppy production.

While mentioning the efforts so far made, the secretary explained that last year, Pakistan has seized 400 Tons of Drugs in various search and found operations across country. Out of those, most of them were had involvement of foreign countries. Apart from UNODC International officials, the Pakistani delegation has also had meetings with Chinese, Russian, Turkish, Saudia Arabian and American reps. The representatives from foreign countries not only appreciated the efforts being done by Pakistani government, but also ensure full support and cooperation to Pakistan in eliminating the menace of drugs.

Secretary has also addressed another forum organized by Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and extends some key inputs for the elimination of drugs. Government of Pakistan has organized two sub-sessions on the forum of Corruption Narcotics Drugs, where Pakistan’s case and approach towards drug elimination has been showcased. International participants lauded the untiring efforts of Pakistan in eradication of drugs from the region and in Pakistan in particular. They further, ensured all possible support to enhance the capacity and technical assistance in combating this global menace.

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Retiring Officers officials honoured

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Finance Division Employees Welfare Association here on Thursday hosted a farewell ceremony in honour of officers/officials of Finance Division attaining the age of superannuation. Secretary Finance, Arif Ahmed Khan who graced the ceremony as Chief Guest, praised the contribution made by the officials and also gave away shields and mementos.

He praised the Finance Division Employees Welfare Association, Specially General Secretary Zulfiqar Ahmed for regularly organizing the farewell ceremony which he said is a recognition of the services rendered by the officials who proceed on retirement. The ceremony was attended by a large number of officers/officials from the Finance Division.

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Commonwealth Telecommunications Organizations organizes workshop from 15-16 March 2018

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization has organized a workshop on “Tackling Cybercrime in the Telecommunications Sector in Pakistan” from 15-16 March 2018 in facilitation provided by Ministry of IT and Telecom. Senior delegates from CTO and Commonwealth Secretariat have arrived in Islamabad to conduct this workshop. The CTO is mandated to assist the 53 countries of the Commonwealth to leverage all forms of ICTs for socio-economic development. This workshop is part of capacity building activities for its member countries and will focus on subjects including, global cybercrime landscape, legal responses to cybercrime, data protection etc. Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, Minister of State for IT and Telecom inaugurated the workshop.

The session was also attended by His Excellency Thomas Drew, High Commissioner of the United Kingdom to Pakistan. Mr. Drew emphasized the need of collaborations in tackling cybercrimes. While acknowledging the technological advances in ICTs, he also indicated the potential threats arising out of ever increasing reliance on cyberspace during his remarks. Ms. Anusha Rahman Khan, highlighted that Pakistan had promulgated PECA in 2016 which has made many online crimes cognizable. She particularly referred to child protection online. She stressed upon that users of cyberspace should have same rights and protection as are available offline.

The Minister also acknowledged the increasing misuse of cyberspace for criminal acts, however, she was of the view that development activities in ICTs should continue to grow. She also highlighted significant projects which ministry has undertaken to benefit the society using ICTs particularly the infrastructure development in Baluchistan and FATA, social uplift of girls through “ICT for Girls” in which young girls of 226 schools of Islamabad are being trained on coding and cloud computing programs. Director Operations, CTO thanks the Ministry for its facilitation and highlighted the importance of tackling cybercrime. He said that as we were moving in e-commerce and IoTs era, we should be focused on securing our privacy and be well aware of potential risks in cyberspace.

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Ministry of Defence recommends new “Tamgha-e-Azm” for armed forces personnel

Islamabad, March 15, 2018 (PPI-OT): Ministry of Defence has recommended that a new Tamgha-e-Azm be instituted in recognition of sacrifices, resolve and steadfastness displayed by personnel of the Armed Forces, the Civil Armed Forces, and the Law Enforcement Agencies against militancy and terrorism. In a statement, Federal Minister for Defence Engr. Khurram Dastgir Khan said that the nation continues the battle against violent extremism with the aim to achieve durable security and stability for all Pakistanis.

“Tamgha-e-Azm will boost the morale of our patriotic forces and encourage their resolve to eliminate the menace of terrorism and extremism from soil of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan” the Minister said. The Decoration shall be awarded to the members of the three Armed Forces, Civil Armed Forces, Janbaz, Mujahid, National Guards, Maritime Security Agency, and Police, who are or have been on the active strength thereof on and from the 11th December, 2001. This decoration is likely to be announced on Pakistan day, 23rd march, 2018.

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