Pakistan welcomes normalization of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia, Iran

Islamabad, March 10, 2023 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has warmly welcomed the normalization of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said in a statement that Pakistan firmly believes that this important diplomatic breakthrough will contribute to peace and stability in the region and beyond.

The Spokesperson said we commend the role played by China’s visionary leadership in coordinating this historic agreement which reflects the power of constructive engagement and meaningful dialogue. She said we appreciate sagacious leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Republic of Iran for this very positive development.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
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Green Climate Fund team arrives in Pakistan to discuss potential areas of cooperation

Islamabad, March 10, 2023 (PPI-OT): The Green Climate Fund team has arrived in Pakistan to discuss potential areas of cooperation and enhance Pakistan’s capacity to address climate change and access climate finance. Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman received the delegation in Islamabad.

The Green Climate Fund team will be in Islamabad till the 11th of this month and will conduct various meetings and workshops with the stakeholders. The team’s visit to Pakistan is in response to the request by Ministry of Climate Change request on behalf of the Government of Pakistan.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
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Pakistan reiterates concern on India’s firing of BrahMos missile

Islamabad, March 10, 2023 (PPI-OT): Pakistan has reiterated its concern on India’s irresponsible firing of BrahMos supersonic missile into Pakistani territory on March 9, 2022.

According to the spokesperson of Foreign Office Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, a year ago, a supersonic missile BrahMos was fired from Surat Garh India into Pakistani territory on March 9, 2022. It endangered human life and property and posed a grave threat to regional and international peace, security and stability. Pakistan demonstrated exemplary restraint which is testament of our systemic maturity and unflinching commitment to peace as a responsible nuclear state.

She said the irresponsible act by India was in violation of international law, United Nations Charter, Articles on the Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts, civil aviation rules and safety protocols. It exposed many loopholes and technical lapses in the Indian system regarding handling of its strategic weapons.

Despite the lapse of one year, the Government of India has not acceded to Pakistan’s demand of a joint probe in order to accurately establish the facts surrounding this serious incident. India has also not shared findings of its internal inquiry with Pakistan. Its unilateral and hasty closure of the so-called internal inquiry have raised serious questions on the command and control systems in place in India for its strategic weapons.

The Spokesperson said that Pakistan reiterates its demand for joint probe into this irresponsible incident. She said we also expect satisfactory response to and clarification of several fundamental questions regarding security protocols and technical safeguards against accidental or unauthorized launch of missiles in a nuclearized environment.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
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Dar chairs meeting on Civil Aviation Sector’s issues in Islamabad

Islamabad, March 10, 2023 (PPI-OT):
Minister for Finance Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar chaired a meeting on Civil Aviation Sector issues in Islamabad on Friday. The meeting discussed and deliberated on various issues relating to Civil Aviation sector and suggested pragmatic measures for the resolution of issues to enhance the revenue generation of the country.

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Government of Pakistan
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NEECA initiates campaign to create awareness among masses on energy conservation

Islamabad, March 10, 2023 (PPI-OT): The government has been pursuing a national strategy for energy efficiency and conservation to save 140 billion rupees annually and ensure sustainable economic growth of the country. The National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority has initiated a national campaign to create awareness among masses on energy conservation.

Religious leaders, youth, students and teachers have been urged to play their role for convincing people to adopt efficient tools and methods to save energy. In Pakistan, over 67 per cent of the domestic electricity is consumed by fans and lighting that are inefficient and do not comply with modern energy efficiency standards.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
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Over 179,000 people will perform Hajj this year: Abdul Shakoor

Islamabad, March 10, 2023 (PPI-OT): Minister for Religious Affairs Mufti Abdul Shakoor says all possible steps are being taken to provide maximum facilities to Hajj pilgrims this year. Announcing the Hajj Policy 2023 in Islamabad on Friday, he said on his personal request from the Saudi Minister of Hajj Umrah, Saudi Arabia has reduced the necessary Hajj duties compared to the previous year.

He said the estimated Hajj cost for Northern Region that includes Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Multan, Faisalabad, Rahim Yar Khan, and Sialkot is 1,175,000 while for Southern region it is 1,165,000. Estimated cost for Northern region under sponsorship Hajj scheme is 4,325 dollars and 4285 dollars for the Southern region.

Mufti Abdul Shakoor said this year we have introduced Sponsorship Hajj Scheme to facilitate overseas Pakistanis. Under the scheme we hope to receive 194 million dollars. Mufti Abdul Shakoor said we aim to start the Hajj applications from 16th of this month while the deadline for Hajj applications is 31st of this month. The Hajj draw will be conducted in first week of April.

He said the overall national quota for this year Hajj is 179210 which will be distributed among government and private sectors with the proportion of fifty-fifty. He said Road to Makkah project facility will continue at Islamabad Airport which is likely to be extended to Lahore and Karachi.

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Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Government of Pakistan
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‘34 relief flights will be sent to Turkiye, Syria by March 23′

Islamabad, March 10, 2023 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif says the relief assistance for the earthquake victims of Turkiye and Syria will be dispatched as per schedule. He was chairing a meeting in Lahore on Friday to review the progress on dispatching the relief goods to Turkiye and Syria. The meeting was informed that 34 relief flights will depart for Turkiye and Syria by 23rd of this month.

The meeting was apprised that two cargo planes carrying relief goods weighing 220 tonnes will fly to Turkey on Friday night while the second navy ship carrying relief goods will leave for Turkey and Syria tomorrow.

The Prime Minister directed random checking for ensuring the standard of tents. He appreciated efforts of Finance Ministry to provide resources needed for preparation and dispatching of relief goods despite the current economic situation.

He also thanked NDMA, Finance Minister, Planning Minister, Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Information and Broadcasting besides ambassadors deputed in Turkey and Syria for their ongoing efforts for provision of relief goods to earthquake victims. Shehbaz Sharif said that philanthropists are whole heartedly collecting donations for the earthquake victims.

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