Arrangements For Sighting The Crescent Of Jamad-Ul-Awwal 1442 Ah/2020

Islamabad, December 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): The meetings of Zonal/District Ruet-e-Hilal Committees for sighting the crescent of Jamad-ul-Awwal 1442 AH will be held In-Shaa-Allah, in the evening of Tuesday the 15th December 2020 corresponding (29th Rabi-ul-Sani 1442 Hijri) at their respective Headquarters. Chairman Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will attend the meeting of Sindh Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee at Pakistan Meteorological Department, Camp Office Met Complex, Main University Road, Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Karachi, whereas the other members of Central Ruet-e-Hilal Committee will join the meetings of their respective Provincial/District Ruet-e-Hilal Committee.

The Zonal Ruet-e-Hilal Committee, ICT will hold its meeting in the Ministry of Religious Affairs Interfaith Harmony, 1st Floor, Kohsar Block, Pak Secretariat, Constitution Avenue, Islamabad. All information about the position of crescent may be conveyed to the following Phone /Cell numbers for final announcement; Mufti Munib-ur-Rehman, Chairman, 0300-9285203,0321-2022000, Syed Mushahid Hussain Khalid, D.G. (R R) 0300-6831822, Hafiz Abdul Qudoos, Deputy Director (Q) 0333-2697051 and Pakistan Metrological Department, Karachi, 021-99261412, 021-99261413.

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Swati takes Google on board to raise public awareness and combat illicit Drugs

Islamabad, December 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Narcotics Control Azam Khan Swati held a virtual meeting with Nick Bauer, Public Policy Manager at Google to establish a strategic partnership between Google and Ministry of Narcotics Control to raise public awareness and tackle the menace of illicit drugs. During the meeting, Federal Minister Azam Swati stated that the problem of illicit drugs is worse than COVID-19. Like the pandemic, it has no boundaries. “It is a threat to the human kind”, he said. The representative of Google said that social platforms can help in increasing the outreach of the ministry, while digitization can help to make the operations of the ministry more productive. He said that web and mobile applications can also help to engage the public to raise awareness and bring a change in the society.

Federal Minister Azam Swati said that in the current times, it is pivotal that technology is used to tackle the posed challenges. “The partnership will google will complement our efforts”, he said. Appreciating the efforts of Google in the current pandemic, the Federal Minister offered to partner with Google on the fight against this evil in the society. “The Ministry has limited resources, in terms of financial and human resource; this will partnership will help to overcome this challenge”, he said. The Anti-Narcotics Policy 2019 stipulates three-pronged strategy, that is: Drug Demand Reduction, Drug Supply Reduction and International Cooperation.

This partnership will encompass all the objectives of the policy and help to eradicate the drug menace from the society. Nick Bauer of Google said that Google has always been keen in promoting impetus of change in society. “Google will bring experts and will work with the Ministry of Narcotics Control on the common goal of saving the humanity from the threats in the society,” he said. Nick Bauer offered commitment and support to the Federal Minister in providing the technical expertise and collaboration in this challenge. Federal Minister Azam Swati reciprocated and welcomed the partnership with a hope that the partnership will help to eliminate this evil from the communities.

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President Dr Arif Alvi has underscored the need for financial inclusion of the Persons with Disabilities enabling them to play their role in the socio-economic development of the country

Islamabad, December 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): President Dr Arif Alvi has underscored the need for financial inclusion of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) enabling them to play their role in the socio-economic development of the country. He said that it was essential to bring differently-abled people (DAPs) into the mainstream and empower them economically. He expressed these views while chairing a meeting on financial inclusion of PWDs, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today. The meeting was attended by SAPM on Poverty Alleviation and Social Safety (PASS), Dr Sania Nishtar, Governor State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Dr Reza Baqir, Chairman Pakistan Banks Association (PBA)/President Habib Bank Limited (HBL), Mr Muhammad Aurangzeb and the CEOs/Presidents of 27 leading banks of the country also participated via video-link.

Addressing the meeting, the President stated that DAPs were a vulnerable segment and it was the collective responsibility of society to work for their facilitation and economic welfare. He emphasized the need to enhance financial inclusion of DAPs and improving the accessibility infrastructure for them. SAPM on PASS, Dr Sania Nishtar apprised the meeting of the measures taken for the uplift of DAPs under Ehsaas Program. Governor SBP, Reza Baqir, briefed the meeting about the compliance status of the decisions taken in the previous meeting held with CEOs/Presidents of banks in February 2020.

He highlighted the initiatives taken by SBP for the welfare and facilitation of DAPs. He remarked that SBP had made it mandatory for all banks/Micro-Finance Banks to construct ramps and ensure accessible banking infrastructure for PWDs. He said that SBP had allocated targets to banks with regard to refinance schemes and had also instructed them to ensure the construction of ramps at the entrance points of banks within a period of 2 years. He apprised that a Working Group to be comprised of representatives of banks, SECP and PWDs would be constituted to make recommendations for the economic empowerment and well-being of PWDs.

President HBL/Chairman PBA, Muhammad Aurangzeb, updated the meeting about the steps taken for the facilitation of DAPs. He informed that 525 branches with accessible infrastructure had been completed while 1100 PWDs had been provided financial assistance and 151 Talking ATMs were installed throughout the country.

The CEOs/Presidents assured that they would continue to support the efforts for the facilitation and financial inclusion of DAPs. The President appreciated the measures taken by the Central Bank and other commercial banks of the country for the facilitation and economic well-being of PWDs. He underlined the need for creating awareness among the DAPs about the refinance schemes and other facilities being offered by banks.

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IG Punjab Inam Ghani chaired a high level meeting at the central police office

Islamabad, December 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): IG Punjab Inam Ghani chaired a high level meeting at the Central Police Office. The meeting reviewed the progress on summaries sent to other departments by various branches and field formations. The Office of the Law Minister should be in constant touch for the summary approval of the establishment of District Arbitration Committees. IG Punjab Inspector General of Police Punjab Inam Ghani has said that further improvements in the performance of professional matters, upgradation of force welfare and training, immediate redressal of public issues have been sent to various government departments and the coordination and follow-up process for immediate approval of summaries should be further improved so that the process of approval of summaries can be completed soon.

He directed all the branch and unit heads to review the progress on all the summaries sent to the government departments for their affairs and remove the objections raised by the departments as soon as possible and return for approval and where necessary, they should personally talk to the concerned officers and ensure immediate approval of these summaries so that the process of resolving the problems and difficulties faced by the department and the force can be expedited.

He further said that out of the challan amount, legislation should be completed as soon as possible on the summary sent for the welfare and encouragement of traffic wardens and DIG Traffic should take all possible steps for effective follow up and approval of the summary as soon as possible. He further said that the decision to set up District Arbitration Committees for resolving the minor issues of the citizens was a good move and therefore the office of the Law Minister should be kept in constant touch for the summary approval of the establishment of District Arbitration Committees. Additional IG Training should personally follow up for early approval of summaries sent by training branch.He expressed these views while presiding over a meeting of the police department held at the Central Police Office today.

During the meeting, the heads of Establishment, Welfare and Finance, Special Branch, Punjab Highway Patrol, IAB, Special Protection Unit, Finance, Logistics and Procurement and other departments and units briefed IG Punjab on their summaries. Giving instructions, IG Punjab said that it is the responsibility of the command officers to get these summaries approved within the time frame through effective connectivity and coordination and also inform the IG office about the progress made in this regard on monthly basis.

The meeting was attended by Additional IG Establishment Punjab, Azhar Hameed Khokhar, Additional IG Safe City Authority, Rao Sardar, Additional IG, Logistics and Procurement, Ali Amir Malik, Additional IG PHP, Shahid Hanif, Additional IG Training, Kanwar Shah Rukh, Additional IG IAB, Ghulam Rasool Zahid, Additional IG Operations, Sahibzada Shehzad Sultan, Additional IG Investigation, Fayyaz Ahmed Dev, and Additional IG CTD, Muhammad Tahir Rai and other officers were also present.

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AJK President Briefs Envoys Of OIC Member States About Kashmir

Islamabad, December 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): The Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan along with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood met OIC envoys based in Islamabad to thank them, on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, for OIC’s strong and unambiguous support to Kashmir cause during the OIC- CFM Session in Niamey. Briefing the diplomats at Foreign Office, the President appreciated all the 57 OIC states for firmly standing with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and unanimously rejecting the unilateral and unlawful actions of India in occupied Kashmir, condemning attempts to change the demography of occupied territory by settling non-Kashmiri Hindus in the disputed territory, and demanding withdrawal of all unilateral illegal actions. “The reiteration of the OIC’s principled position on Kashmir was also reflected in the declaration and people of the Jammu and Kashmir are thankful to all OIC’s countries for their steadfast support to their cause,”

Khan also expressed his deep appreciation to Pakistan and member-states to help the representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to address the OIC foreign ministers at Niamey and listen to them. “The adoption of an effective, strong and comprehensive resolution by OIC Foreign Ministers is the victory of Pakistan’s principled stand on the Kashmir issue, and at the same time, it is an important development for the struggle of the Kashmiri people. President Masood said that Pakistan Foreign Office headed by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had played a key role in this achievement.

The foreign ministry under the leadership of FM Shah Mehmood Quarashi, he added, worked day and night, and turned the tide at the Niamey moot, getting the resolution approved and ensuring meaningful participation and address of the Kashmir delegation in the conference. The State President said that the OIC had steadfastly stood by the people of Jammu and Kashmir since the approval of its first resolution on Kashmir in 1990. He asserted that nine million Muslims of occupied Kashmir, who are part of the Muslim world, were looking towards the Muslim community around the world for the help and rescue from Indian tyranny.

He told the ambassadors that the Indian regime, under a well-planned strategy was settling non-Kashmiri Hindus transferred from different parts of India in order to change the majority of Muslims into a minority in IOJK, and to grab the land and resources of Muslim majority state. While describing Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir as the biggest hotspot of Islamophobia and anti-Islam activities, the AJK president said that the Muslims in IOJK were being systematically massacred, displaced, dispossessed and disenfranchised within their own homeland. He said 13,000 youth have been arrested and detained in prisons and detention centres for the purpose of indoctrination. The President also interacted with the ambassadors of various Muslim countries before and after the briefing, and apprised them of the latest situation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi thanked the OIC ambassador for their arrival in the Foreign Office, and said that Pakistan being a founding member of the organization, considers it the highly important and effective forum for the resolution of Muslim issues. While expressing thanks for supporting Pakistan’s stand on the Kashmir issue, Islamophobia and other issues of the Muslim world, he said that we welcome the condemnation expressed by the OIC member states for the flagrant human rights violations at the hands of Indian occupation troops in Jammu and Kashmir. Referring to the OIC resolution adopted at the Niamey Conference and the reiteration of the principled stand of OIC on the Kashmir issue, the foreign minister said that the whole Muslim world is equally concerned over the serious situation prevailing in occupied Kashmir.

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Speakers of Islamabad seminar denounce Indian atrocities in IIOJK

Srinagar, December 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): Speakers of a seminar held in Islamabad, today, strongly denounced the Indian atrocities on the people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The seminar titled “Role of Kashmiri Diaspora to raise Kashmir issue with engagement of international community” was organized by the Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International (JKSDMI).

The speakers said that Indian troops were killing and arresting innocent Kashmiris to suppress their ongoing liberation movement. They said that many Hurriyat leaders and activists had been languishing in different jails of India and the territory in false and concocted case and they were not being provided basic facilities including medical treatment.

The speakers expressed grave concern over the increasing Indian brutalities on the people of Kashmir in IIOJK and appealed to the world community to hold India accountable for its brutal actions in the territory.

The speakers included the JKSDMI Chairman, Raja Najabat Hussain, Executive Director of Kashmir Media Service, Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, AJK former deputy speaker, Shaheen Kausar Dar, former ambassador and High Commissioner, Abdul Basit, spokesperson of Punjab Govt, Shoukat Mehmood Basra, Chairperson of Commonwealth Parliamentary Forum and MNA, Shandana Gulzar Khan, Member, Kashmir Committee and MNA, Noureen Farooq Ibraheem.

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Stepped-up CASOs have made life of IIOJK people a hell: APHC

Srinagar, December 04, 2020 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference has said that stepped up cordon and search operations by Indian troops have made the life of the people of the territory a hell.

The APHC General Secretary, Molvi Bashir Ahmed in a statement issued in Srinagar said that India’s brutal actions including use of military force in the occupied territory posed a serious threat to peace and security in the region. He said that Narendra Modi-led Indian fascist government had intensified its efforts to impose the Hindutva agenda of RSS in the territory. The APHC General Secretary said that the communal Indian government was attacking IIOJK in a planned manner to change its Muslim identity. He made it clear that India would never succeed in suppressing the Kashmiris’ liberation sentiment and they would continue their freedom struggle till complete success.

The Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League chief organizer, Dr Sarfaraz Ahmad Khan, in a statement issued in Srinagar strongly condemned the continued house detention of Hurriyat forum Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. He said the Mirwaiz has been under house detention since August 05, 2019 and the occupation authorities were not even allowing him to perform his religious obligations including offering Friday prayers.

Meanwhile, an analytical report released by Kashmir Media Service, today, said that the Indian government was victimizing the Kashmiri Pandits who did not migrate in 1990 and stayed in the Kashmir Valley. It said that as many as 800 Pandit families stayed with Muslim compatriots in the Valley in 1990. It said these Pandits are now being punished for not falling into the trap of then India-appointed Governor Jagmohan Malhotra to leave their homes in the territory and refusing to become a toy in the hands of Indian agencies.

The Chairman of International Forum for Justice and Human Rights, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, in a statement in Srinagar deplored the non-provision of medical facilities to illegally detained Kashmiris lodged in different jails of IIOJK and India.

Newly-formed “Newspapers Coordination Committee” has vowed to jointly fight the repressive policy adopted by the occupation authorities against media in the territory. The committee was constituted during an extraordinary meeting of editors and publishers of almost all the daily and weekly newspapers at Kashmir Press Club in Srinagar. The meeting deliberated on the issue of continued harassment of the media persons, especially the owners, publishers and editors by the authorities.

A candidate of District Development Council elections was injured after unknown gunmen shot at him in Sagam area of Islamabad district, today.

In Islamabad, speakers at a seminar, today, organised by Jammu and Kashmir Self-determination Movement International strongly denounced the Indian atrocities on the people of IIOJK and appealed to the world community to hold India accountable for its brutal actions in the territory.

The APHC-AJK chapter staged a protest demonstration outside the National Press Club, Islamabad, against surge in the Indian state terrorism in IIOJK.

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