Prime Minister Imran Khan meets President of National Assembly of Republic of Djibouti; Reaffirms “Engage Africa” Policy

Islamabad, December 30, 2020 (PPI-OT):President National Assembly of Republic of Djibouti, Mohamed Ali Houmed, accompanied by a Parliamentary delegation, called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today. The Prime Minister warmly welcomed the visiting delegation and noted that the bonds of common faith and values as well as convergence of views on regional and international matters bind the two brotherly nations. The Prime Minister underlined the salience of Pakistan’s “Engage Africa” policy which aims at forging closer ties with the Continent by expanding Pakistan’s diplomatic footprint and deepening economic engagement.

The Prime Minister further underlined that Pakistan would soon be establishing its resident diplomatic Mission in Djibouti. Both sides affirmed the shared desire to broaden bilateral cooperation in diverse fields. The Prime Minister and the visiting delegation also exchanged views on the importance of peace and security in neighbouring regional context of both Pakistan and Djibouti. President National Assembly of Djibouti appreciated Pakistan’s historical support and expressed the hope that visit of Parliamentary delegation would help in further consolidating Djibouti-Pakistan relations. The Chairman of Senate, Mr. Sadiq Sanjrani, was present during the meeting.

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Barrister Muhammad Khalid Khursheed Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan calls on Federal Minister for Energy Mr. Omar Ayub Khan

Islamabad, December 30, 2020 (PPI-OT):Barrister Muhammad Khalid Khursheed Khan, Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan called on Federal Minister for Energy Mr. Omar Ayub Khan in his office this evening. Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Petroleum Mr. Nadeem Babar also attended the meeting. The Minister congratulated the CM-elect on assumption of his office. The Chief Minister apprised the Minister about the development of ongoing energy projects in GB to maintain the fuel and electricity requirement of the area.

While discussing the energy sector, the Minister said that the government is focusing on alternate resources to produce cheaper power so as to meet the growing needs of the country. The Minister assured the CM GB that the federal government will continue to cooperate with GB government for timely implementation of the projects. The Minister said that our government intend to harness local resources particularly water, minerals and tourism sectors to enable the area to generate to its own revenue which will contribute into the economic development of the Gilgit-Baltistan.

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Parliamentary Secretary Human Rights Lal Chand condemns the attack on a Hindu temple in Karak

Islamabad, December 30, 2020 (PPI-OT):Parliamentary Secretary Human Rights Lal Chand condemns the attack on a Hindu temple in Karak. He said in his message that some miscreants wants to defame Pakistan. I have talked to district administration of Karak to find the culprits and punish them.

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India raids Kashmir Civil Society Annual Human Rights India kills 474 Kashmiris, 312 CASOs, 124 Gunfights, 657 houses destroyed Indian occupational forces matured 474 Kashmiris in 312 CASOs, 124 Gunfights, 657 houses destroyed

Islamabad, December 30, 2020 (PPI-OT):The deceased include 65 civilians, 232 Armed Rebels and 177 Indian occupying forces. 2020 may be recorded as “Zero year” in the human history for the COVID-19 pandemic forced most of global citizenry inside their homes to save themselves from the deadly infection. However, for Indian-occupied Kashmir, this year added more complications and saw no let-up in atrocities committed by the Indian occupying forces. This annual report prepared by Legal Forum for Oppressed Voices of Kashmir (LFOVK) on the situation of human rights in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir covers the period from 1 January to 30 December 2020.

2020 saw India launching a broad-day inhuman attack on Kashmir’s civil society, raiding residencies and offices of human rights defenders, journalists and civil society organizations. The year witnessed killing of 177 Indian occupying forces and 232 militants besides extrajudicial killing of 65 civilians across the UN designated disputed territory of Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. From January 01, to 30 December 2020, the Indian occupying forces launched the so-called 312 Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) and Cordon and Destroy Operations (CADOs) which resulted in 124 encounters in which 232 militants died fighting Indian occupying forces.

177 Indian occupational forces were also killed during these encounters. During encounters, at least 657 houses were vandalized and destroyed by the Indian occupying forces. The destruction of civilian properties during encounters saw an increase during the COVID-19 lockdown enforced by the government; an entire village in Budgam district was vandalized rendering many families homeless and without shelter. This is despite the fact that United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a global ceasefire in conflict regions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

But, as usual offender of international law and agreements, India defied the call from world’s highest office and continued with its war crimes policies in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. 65 civilians were killed in different violence related accidents included extrajudicial killing of 3 labourers in Shopian in a staged gun fight by Indian occupational forces. This year, the Journalists working for Kashmir and international media continued to be at the receiving end of the pressure, intimidation and harassment by the Indian authorities.

Many journalists were booked under criminal laws while one still remains behind bars amid delayed trial by the government agencies. Governing authorities launched new media policy in which government now holds full control on newspaper and magazines. 2020 witnessed the continuation of the ban on high-speed internet services which remain in force since August 5 2019. The right to access information continues to be severely restricted in Jammu and Kashmir as part of India’s all-out onslaught against Kashmiris as there were 141 instances of internet blockades recorded from January 1 to December 30 2020. This, amid deadly pandemic, when internet was of utmost importance for health authorities as well as general public.

During the period from 01, January to 30 December, 2773 persons were detained and arrested by Indian occupational forces and lodged in different jails across India. This year saw one of the worst assaults on human rights when India rushed its agencies to Kashmir which raided residencies and offices of Journalists, human rights workers and civil society organizations. In early November, India’s so-called anti-terror body NIA raided residence of Khurram Parvez, Parvaiz Bukhari besides others. The raids were held on rights bodies offices, NGOs. This is unprecedented wherein Journalists and human rights defenders are put under such humiliation.

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Sania says Ehsaas will invite hackers to identify digital security vulnerabilities

Islamabad, December 30, 2020 (PPI-OT):SAPM Dr. Sania Nishtar chaired the joint meeting of Risk Assurance and Management, and Audit Committees of BISP board today, where a number of agenda items were discussed. Since Ehsaas’ operations are largely digital, it is critical to ensure that IT safety measures are in place; more than 100 steps have been taken to secure the IT system in that regard over the last 2 years, since she took over, Dr. Sania informed the committee members.

“We will be organizing a hackers competition inviting ethical hackers to outline our vulnerabilities”, she said. Ehsaas will be the first public sector entity to implement a Vulnerability Disclosure Policy (VDP) that is intended to give ethical hackers clear guidelines for submitting potentially unknown and harmful security vulnerabilities. The discussion of the Risk Committee mainly centred on internal and external audits, Ehsaas Risk Registry, Error Fraud and Corruption Framework, implementation of security safeguards within the organization and setting up of the Cyber Control Wing.

Also, under observation were Ehsaas Governance and Integrity Policy and Observatory and how the organization was faring against 23 indicators of the policy and observatory to gauge the performance of BISP. Dr. Sania gave directions to internal audit division to present quarterly reports to board meetings and instructed the finance division to submit quarterly reports on accrual accounting to the board meetings as well. She also instructed the management to complete the departmental audit committees’ process in time. She also advised to make changes to the risk register and map the key actions emanating from the risk register into departmental work plans and to use the parameters for performance assessment.

The Director General IT gave presentation on the progress underway to set up Cyber Control Wing. He explained that extensive consultations had happened which led to the definition of the scope of work of the cyber control wing and terms of reference of individuals who are to be hired. An expression of interest in this regard has already been floated to solicit applications. The next meeting of the Risk Committee will be held in the fourth week of January 2021.

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Balloting ceremony of I-12/1 Islamabad project held in PHA-Foundation against the reserved apartments for Gilgit-Baltistan Employees

Islamabad, December 30, 2020 (PPI-OT):PHA-Foundation is a Public Limited Company registered under the companies’ ordinance 1984 and functioning under the administrative control of the Ministry of Housing and Works, Islamabad. The prime objective of the foundation is to construct and allot apartments to the lower income groups of the economy (Federal Government Employees and General Public). On the request of Government of Gilgit Baltistan, PHAF reserved 200 Apartments (180 D and 20 E Type) for employees of government of GB in its I-12/1 project Islamabad.

Membership drive for the same was launched in September, 2020. PHA-Foundation received 729 applications against these reserved apartments. Balloting of the all members has been conducted in presence of Mr. Muhammad Khalid Khursheed Khan Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan, Secretary Housing and Works Dr. Imran Zeb and balloting Committee and Media persons. The offer letters to successful members has immediately been issued offer of allotment. The results can be accessed on website of PHAF at www.pha.gov.pk.

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Pakistan and Djibouti reiterate their desire to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the areas of commerce, culture and defense

Islamabad, December 30, 2020 (PPI-OT):Pakistan and Djibouti have reiterated their desire to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the areas of commerce, culture and defense. This was discussed at a meeting between President Dr Arif Alvi and the visiting Djibouti parliamentary delegation, led by President of National Parliament of Djibouti and acting-Chairman of African Union Parliament, Mr. Mohamed Ali Houmed, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today. While welcoming the delegation, the President said that Pakistan and Djibouti enjoyed excellent relations, and Pakistan wanted to further improve defense and economic ties with Djibouti for the mutual benefit of the two brotherly countries.

He appreciated the visit of Parliamentary delegation and expressed the hope it would further strengthen the existing foundation of strong bilateral relations between the two countries. He informed that Pakistan highly valued its ties with Djibouti and had decided to open its embassy there and resident diplomatic missions in other African countries. The President sought the support of the Government of Djibouti to expeditiously process and clear Pakistani goods at Djibouti port meant for Ethiopia and other destinations in the Horn of Africa.

The President also highlighted the atrocities and human rights violations being committed by India against the Muslim population in the Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He emphasized the need for a unified call from international community to put pressure on India to stop human rights violations and grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination as promised under the UN Security Council resolutions.

President of National Parliament of Djibouti underscored the need for expanding bilateral cooperation in every sphere, including culture, trade and defense. He said that Gwadar and Djibouti ports would help boost trade between the two brotherly countries. Both sides emphasized the need for parliamentary, cultural and defense exchanges which would help in bringing the two countries further closer.

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