Govt working on agenda to bring economic stability in Pakistan: Muqam

Advisor to Prime Minister on Political and Public Affairs, National Heritage and Culture Engineer Ameer Muqam says agenda of PML-N government is to bring stability in the country, and put the ailing economy back on sustainable growth path.

Addressing a ceremony in Lahore on Sunday, he appreciated the strenuous efforts by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif for rehabilitation of flood victims in the country.

Stressing the need to work together for progress and prosperity of the country, he said the government will never leave the unprivileged segment of the society alone.

Criticising the PTI Chief Imran Khan, Ameer Muqam said Imran Khan wants to default the country to fulfil his nefarious motives.

Source: Radio Pakistan

MoFA launches song to highlight flood victims’ trauma

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has launched a song “Aao Hum Kucch Aisa Karein” to highlight flood victims’ trauma and appeals to the spirit of giving and moral imperative of helping those in difficulty.

According to the Foreign Office Spokesperson, the track was launched in view of the Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan being held in Geneva tomorrow.

It was penned, composed and sung by Shakeel Asghar Malik, who is an officer of Foreign Service of Pakistan.

The song, captioned in English as ‘Acts of Humanity’, is dedicated to the victims of recent floods in Pakistan and appeals to the spirit of giving and moral imperative of helping those in difficulty.

The soulful music track has been designed and recorded under the supervision of veteran music maestro Mujahid Hussain.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Govt to establish desks of Passport Office in NADRA Centers: Interior Minister

Federal Interior Minister Rana Sana Ullah Khan said that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif along with his economic team is making sincere efforts to steer the country out of current economic crisis.

Addressing the inaugural ceremony of a new NADRA Center in Faisalabad, he said previous government, which first inked agreements with IMF and then backed out from its commitments which landed Pakistan into a very in alarming situation.

Rana Sanaullah said if the present government backs out from these conditionalities, then our economic survival will become next to impossible and even our friendly countries cannot extend financial help to us.

He said that some elements are intentionally creating uncertainty for their ulterior political motives.

He said that he is also working on plan to establish desks of Passport Office in NADRA Centers so that people could get this facility in a hustle-free environment.

He assured that he would also try to get more funds to undertake maximum development projects in his constituency.

Source: Radio Pakistan

At UN, Pakistan condemns Israeli Minister’s visit to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

At the United Nations, Pakistan has condemned the visit to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound by Israel’s new far-right security minister.

Speaking for the OIC group at the United Nations, deputy permanent representative of Pakistan to the UN Ambassador Aamir Khan said we strongly demand that such acts have to be stopped and they have to be stopped, forthwith.

The Pakistani envoy said that the OIC group met prior to the Security Council meeting at the request of Palestine’s Permanent Observer to the UN Ambassador Riaz Mansour, and strongly condemned Israel minister Itamar Ben-Gviri’s action.

He said we have to deal with such situations with the strength and the force of international law.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PM leaves for Geneva to co-host Int’l Conference on Resilient Pakistan along with UNSG

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has left for Geneva to co-host International Conference on Climate Resilient Pakistan along with UN Secretary General.

A high-level delegation, comprising Federal Ministers Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Ishaq Dar, Sherry Rehman and Marriyum Aurangzeb, is also accompanying the Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the Prime Minister while announcing it on Twitter wrote that we will present the case of flood victims before the world.

He said he will also throw light on steps taken by the government for relief and rehabilitation of the flood-affected people.

Shehbaz Sharif said we will place comprehensive post-disaster framework plan for recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction with resilience before development partners and friendly countries.

He said bridging funding gap is the key to restore critical infrastructure, rebuild lives, livelihoods and revive economy.

The Prime Minister said humanity is at an inflection point in world history.

He said our actions today will shape the resilient future for our succeeding generations.

He said millions of Pakistanis affected by unprecedented devastation look for compassion and solidarity to build back better.

In the Conference, Pakistan will present the contribution to Pakistan’s reconstruction and rehabilitation at the Conference, and seek international support and long-term partnerships for its implementation.

The Conference programme will feature a high-level opening segment, to be co-chaired by the Prime Minister and the UN Secretary General, followed by the official launch of the plan “contribution to Pakistan’s reconstruction and rehabilitation” and partner support announcements.

At the Conference, the Prime Minister will outline Pakistan’s vision for rehabilitating the affected population and reconstructing the damaged infrastructure in a resilient manner, with the support of development partners, and the country’s transition towards a more dynamic and sustainable economic development model.

The Prime Minister and the UN Secretary General will also hold a joint press stakeout.

Heads of States and Governments, Ministers and high-level representatives from several countries and International Financial Institutions, Foundations and Funds, as well as from international development organisations, private sector, civil society and International NGOs will participate in the Conference.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Final phase of LG polls in 16 districts of Karachi, Hyderabad to be held on Sunday next

Electioneering for the second and final phase of local body elections scheduled for next Sunday in sixteen districts of Karachi and Hyderabad Divisions of Sindh province started on Sunday.

Pakistan People’s Party has taken out a rally to initiate its local bodies’ elections in Karachi today. The rally was taken out from Bilawal Chowrangi to Star Gate.

The rally was led by Provincial Minister Saeed Ghani and other senior leaders including Nisar Khuhro and Shehla Raza.

Speaking at a public meeting of Jamat-e-Islami at Bagh-e- Jinnah, Chief Jamat-e-Islami Karachi chapter Hafiz Naeemur Rehman said that Karachi is the hub of economy of the country and it should be free from criminals.

Our Karachi correspondent Javed Samejo reports that elections will be held for one metropolitan corporation, one municipal corporation, municipal committees, district councils, town committees, Union councils and union committees.

Meanwhile, strict security plan has been chalked out with deployment of around sixty thousand police personnel along with personnel of rangers to maintain law and order on polling day.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PDM Govt fully believes in freedom of expression: Marriyum

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Marriyum Aurangzeb has congratulated newly elected officials of Peshawar Press Club.

In a felicitation message on Sunday, the Minister congratulated election of Arshad Aziz Malik as President, Rizwan Sheikh as Vice President and other office bearers of Peshawar Press Club.

She said that the PDM-led government fully believes in freedom of expression and taken practical steps to protect rights of journalist community.

She said journalists of Press Club have always promoted positive and responsible journalism.

Source: Radio Pakistan