WPC to hold National Convention of Women Parliamentarians on Feb 13

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):As per details, Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC) of the National Assembly will be organizing National Convention of Women Parliamentarians, tomorrow, February 13, 2023, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM, at the Pakistan National Council of Arts, Islamabad.

The event will be organised by the WPC in collaboration with UN Women and the European Union and bring together female parliamentarians from across the country to discuss and address critical issues facing women in leadership positions under the theme of “Empowering Women in Leadership”.

The keynote speakers at the event will include the Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf, and the Honourable Chairman of the Senate of Pakistan, Mr. Sadiq Sanjrani. A highlight of the convention will be the main panel discussion, “What is the Political Landscape of Pakistan with or without women?” which will provide a platform for parliamentarians to examine the practices and policies of political parties regarding female parliamentarians and political workers.

The panellists will also delve into the significant role women play in strengthening democratic norms and bringing peace to society, as well as the importance of women’s meaningful participation in the political process. This event will offer a rare opportunity for female parliamentarians to share their experiences, struggles, and work to promote the empowerment of women in leadership positions.

The convention will be open for media with the opportunity to interview parliamentarians and gain valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities facing women in leadership in Pakistan. The National Convention of Women Parliamentarians serves as yet another example of the caucus’s commitment to its ongoing efforts to empower women in leadership positions.

For more information, contact:
Secretary,
National Assembly of Pakistan
Automation Centre, National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
Fax: +92-51-9221106
Email: assembly@na.gov.pk
Website: www.na.gov.pk

FO gives clarification about temporary freeze imposed on issuance of certain visas 

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):The Foreign Office has clarified that due to some glitches in the system, a temporary freeze has been imposed on issuance of certain visas in some countries. In response to some media queries, the foreign office said these issues are being resolved.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
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

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif Visits Turkish Embassy in Islamabad 

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif visited the Turkish Embassy in Islamabad today to express condolences over the loss of life and property due to the recent earthquake in Turkiye. The Prime Minister was accompanied by Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, Minister for Economic Affairs Sardar Ayyaz Sadiq, Minister for Law Azam Nazeer Tarrar, SAPM Attaullah Tarrar and SAPM Tariq Fatemi. The Prime Minister conveyed his condolences to the Turkish Ambassador H.E Mehmet Pacaci and prayed for the victims of the recent earthquake in Turkiye.

The Prime Minister also assured the Turkish Ambassador that in these testing times, the government and the people of Pakistan stand in strong solidarity with the people of Turkiye. He reiterated that Pakistan will continue its rescue and relief efforts for Turkish brothers and sisters until the last affected person is rehabilitated. The Prime Minister also highlighted the relief efforts of Pakistan for the earthquake victims of Turkiye. The Prime Minister also recorded his remarks in condolence book. Thanking the Prime Minister and the People of Pakistan, the Ambassador of Turkiye said that they are touched by the outpouring of sympathy and support from the entire Pakistani nation.

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Press Information Department (PID)
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2,000 Pakistani workers got jobs in Korea through EPS: Envoy

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):Around 2,000 Pakistani workers found employment in Korea through the Employment Permit System during the last year. This was stated by Ambassador of Korea to Pakistan Suh Sangpyo in a news release. The Ambassador appreciated that Pakistani workers were getting more jobs in Korea under the Employment Permit System. He said his embassy would cooperate to further expand the EPS project in the future.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
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

ECP writes letter to Punjab seeking consultation regarding schedule for PA elections 

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):Election Commission of Pakistan has written a letter to the Governor Punjab for consultation purpose regarding schedule for general elections of provincial assembly.

The Election Commission at its meeting in Islamabad on Monday with Chief Election Commissioner Sikandar Sultan Raja in the chair reviewed the Lahore High Court’s judgement of 10th February and discussed the procedure of its implementation.

The Election Commission authorized the Special Secretary and Director General Law under the supervision of Secretary Election Commission to hold consultation with the Governor and brief the commission regarding next plan of action.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
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Email: info@moib.gov.pk
Website: http://www.moib.gov.pk

ECC approves natural gas sale pricing proposal 

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):The Economic Coordination Committee of the Cabinet has approved natural gas sale pricing proposal. In its meeting held in Islamabad on Monday with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar in the chair, the ECC also approved 40 billion rupees as Technical Supplementary Grant for BISP. The forum allowed Ministry of Economic Affairs Division signing of Debt rescheduling agreement with Russia.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
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

Parliament’s joint session holds debate on key issues 

Islamabad, February 13, 2023 (PPI-OT):The Joint Sitting of the Parliament undertook a discussion on various issues including law and order and terrorism, economic policy, Jammu and Kashmir Issue, respect for national institutions, China-Pakistan-Economic-Corridor, population explosion, Climate Change impact and foreign policy of the country. The discussion is aimed at creating awareness and building consensus on these issues.

Taking part in the debate, Senator Mushtaq Ahmed Khan said incidents of terrorism are rampant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and authorities concerned should take notice of this to protect life and liberty of the people of the province. He, however, said the provincial police have rendered unmatched sacrifice in the fight against terrorism; despite lack of resources, equipment and training. He said Islamic scholars, political forces and the general public of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have strongly rejected terrorists and their ideology.

Mushtaq Ahmed Khan also urged the speaker to issue the production order of detained MNA Ali Wazir. Shazia Marri said economic development is interlinked with peace and stability in the country for which we need to fully eliminate terrorism. She said an in-camera session, seeking feedback of security agencies on countering terrorism can be convened to evolve a comprehensive policy to curb militancy from the country.

Irfan Siddiqui said Islam preaches peace and terrorists have nothing to do with the religion and morality. He suggested constituting a committee of both the Houses to evolve a strategy to deal with the menace of terrorism. Senator Haji Hidayatullah Khan criticized the previous government of PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for allowing resettlement of terrorist elements in the province. He said around four hundred billion rupees were provided to the provincial government of PTI but it wasted funds anywhere else instead of upgrading the police force to curb the militancy.

Mutfi Abdul Shakoor said Imran Khan and his cronies have committed economic terrorism in the country by damaging international relations of Pakistan with friendly countries. He said Imran Khan had claimed that United States was behind his ouster from power but now he is exonerating Washington of any such conspiracy. He said Imran Khan should be held responsible for economic terrorism in the country. Those who also spoke on the occasion include, Mohammad Aslam Bhootani and Kishwar Zehra. The Joint Sitting of the Parliament will meet again tomorrow [Tuesday] at four p.m.

For more information, contact:
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
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