Sultan Ali Khawaja, PSP, assumed charge as inspector general, national highways and motorway police

Islamabad, March 14, 2023 (PPI-OT): Sultan Ali Khawaja, PSP, assumed charge as Inspector General, National Highways and Motorway Police. He is the 21st Inspector General of National Highways and Motorway Police. Before his posting as IG, NHMP, he was working as Additional Inspector General Police, South Region in Motorway Police. On his arrival at NHMP Headquarters in Islamabad, he was presented a Guard of honour subsequent to which he held meetings with his staff officers.

The new commander pledged his resolve to strengthen the organization for improved public service. During his illustrious career, he undertook various important assignments. He is considered as the most professional police officers. He lauded that Motorway Police is well reputed force and we have to work with more enthusiasm to enhance credibility level of NHMP at national and international level.

He urges that our force shall live a life to make a difference where they can. In his opening address he emphasized upon the commanding officers and field formations to focus on help culture and courtesy with the commuters.

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Prime Minister meets Korean Prime Minister

Islamabad, April 14, 2014 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea H.E. Mr. Chung Hong won along with a high level delegation met Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif today at the PM House. Dr. Song Jong-hwan Korean Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. Cho Taeyul vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Han Jinhyun vice Minister for Trade and Energy from the Chinese side and Engineer Khurram Dastagir Minister for Commerce, Mr. Ahsan Iqbal Minister for Planning, Mr. Sartaj Aziz Advisor to PM on National Security, Syed Tariq Fatmi Special Assistant To PM from the Pakistani side attended the meeting.

PM said that Pakistan is happy to witness the progress and development of the Republic of Korea and we are interested to learn from Korean experience. Moreover, the two governments must promote interaction and cooperation between their private sectors and regular interaction between respective Boards of Investment, and Chambers of Commerce and Industry, said the PM.

While discussing the economic prospects, PM Nawaz Sharif said that it is heartening to note that trade between our two countries reached US$ 1.6 billion in 2012. Pakistan has proposed a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that covers trade, investment and services so that trade between the two countries could be further enhanced, PM added.

PM Nawaz Sharif appreciated the ‘Joint Business Forum’ organized by KOTRA (Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency) and Board of Investment, Pakistan, on the sidelines of this visit and expressed hope that as an outcome of the ‘Business Forum’; the Korean companies would be engaged in the Energy, Infrastructure Development, Railways and Telecommunication sectors.

PM stressed upon the need of preparing a Country Partnership Strategy between the two countries for the next three years (2013-15). The Lahore – Islamabad Motorway bears testimony to the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries and we want to replicate and enhance such cooperation in other fields, added PM Nawaz Sharif.

PM Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan offers huge opportunities to the Korean business companies in energy generation including hydel, wind, solar, biomass and coal generation and we would appreciate if Korean companies participate in initiatives such as Gaddani Power Park and Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park.

PM said that construction of off-shore and on-shore LNG terminals also offer investment opportunities to Korean companies and Pakistan would welcome and facilitate Korean capital and technology in these sectors.

PM said that the Free Economic Zone along the China-Pak economic Corridor also offers investment opportunities to Korean investors. In this Economic Zone, Korean SME’s can establish JVs in manufacturing sector to cater for a large and growing domestic market as well as, Korean and regional markets, PM added.

PM invited Korean financial institutions to start their operations in Pakistan adding that opening of a branch of Korean bank in Pakistan would boost business between the two countries.

Cooperation in science and technology, bio-engineering, information technology, and exchange of human resources and other areas of common interest with Korea were also discussed. PM thanked the Korean government for looking after 900 Pakistani students and expressed the hope for increasing further scholarships being offered to Pakistani students.

Korean Prime Minister thanked PM Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, government and people of Pakistan for extending warm welcome during his visit. H.E. Mr. Chung Hong won said that Pakistan and Korea should expand their trade, economy and energy sectors and enhance bilateral relations by increasing personnel exchanges in the private sector.

Views were also exchanged on regional and international issues.

Earlier the Two Prime Ministers witnessed the signing of MOU between the Pakistan and Korea on Trade, Industry and Energy. The MOU was signed by Mr. Muhammad Shahzad Arbab Secretary Commerce from Pakistani side and Mr. Han Jinhun vice Minister for Trade and Energy form Korean side.

Before the Delegation level talks, the two PMs held one-to-one meeting. While welcoming the Korean PM, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said that we are very happy to host you as the first ever Korean Prime Minister to visit Pakistan since the establishment of our diplomatic relations 31 years ago. It is my government’s resolve to strengthen and expand relations with the Republic of Korea in all fields, added the PM. Prime Minister said that the traditional cordial relationship between Pakistan and the Republic of Korea needs to be transformed into a substantive partnership in trade, investment, energy and infrastructure.

Later PM hosted a lunch in honour of the visiting delegation.

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Country head Department of International Development calls on President

Islamabad, January 22, 2014 (PPI-OT): Richard Montgomery, Country Head of Department for International Development (DFID), Pakistan called on President, Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan e Sadr on Wednesday. Matters related to UK’s assistance to Pakistan in various fields, initiatives and projects undertaken with the help of DFID in Pakistan were discussed during the meeting.

Richard Montgomery, apprised the President about DFID, its role and the assistance being provided to Pakistan through DFID in diverse fields especially education and health sectors. Commenting on Pak-UK bilateral ties, the President appreciated UK’s development assistance of £1.174 billion to Pakistan in different sectors, especially, education and health since 2008 and urged the need for UK’s cooperation and assistance to meet the growing energy requirements of the country.

The President said that present government accords top priority to the promotion of education in the country and was committed to allocate more resources for the education sector. The President hailed the role and contribution of DFID in education sector through various initiatives and said that Pakistan and UK need to further enhance cooperation in education sector since this sector needs special attention.

Appreciating DFID’s assistance to facilitate Government of Pakistan, the President noted with pleasure that according to UK’s new government’s Operational Plan 2011-2015 for Pakistan, our country is the largest recipient of UK’s aid in the world. It may be added that UK has committed £ 1,392 million under this plan.

The President on the occasion assured the Country Head, DFID that every possible support and facilitation will be provided to him and the team of DFID in efficient discharge of their responsibilities aimed at the socio- economic development of Pakistan. The President also wished him a productive and successful stay in Pakistan.

Richard Montgomery, Country Head, DFID thanked the President for the meeting and appreciated government’s resolve to enhance spending on education sector. He assured all possible support and assistance of the UK’S Government to educate children in Pakistan and improve the education sector of Pakistan.

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Ansar Burney meets president

Islamabad, January 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): Ansar Burney, Human Rights Activist and Chairman, Ansar Burney Trust International called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan e Sadr today.

Matters relating to human rights, women and children rights, prisoners, human trafficking and slavery were discussed during the meeting.

The President while reiterating government’s firm commitment to the promotion of human rights, said that ‘Human Rights Cell’ has also been established in the Presidency to deal with human rights abuses in Pakistan and to keep a close watch on human rights cases and their follow up in the country.

Commenting on children rights, the President highlighted efforts of the government to contain the spread of polio virus in children below five years of age in various parts of the country particularly Federally Administered Tribal areas(FATA). He said that polio eradication was a high national priority and urged the need for collective efforts by all the stakeholders to make Pakistan a country where no parents see their child crippled by polio. He called upon Chairman, Ansar Burney Trust International to play his active role in making Pakistan a polio free country.

Mr. Ansar Burney thanked the President for meeting and assured that Ansar Burney Trust International will continue to extend all out support in issues related to human rights and human trafficking and also complementing government efforts in polio eradication in Pakistan.

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Country Director World Bank Pakistan calls on President Mamnoon Hussain

Islamabad, January 13, 2014 (PPI-OT): Country Director, World Bank Pakistan, Rachid Benmessaoud called on President, Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr today.

The President appreciated the working relationship of the World Bank with Pakistan over a period of time and expressed confidence that the organization would continue extending its support for development projects in the country.

Highlighting energy requirements of the country, the President emphasized the Bank to consider financing energy and water resource projects in Pakistan as the country is facing acute energy shortage which was adversely affecting the economy. He said that World Bank can play a major role in supporting the efforts of Government of Pakistan in addressing the power and energy crisis.

Mr. Rachid Benmessaoud, briefed the President about the new Country Partnership strategy (CPS) of the World Bank for the next five years (2015-19) and also about various projects of the Bank aimed at socio-economic development of Pakistan.

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Chairman Doha Group Calls on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad, December 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said that Pakistan has a vibrant economic sector and offers an investment friendly climate to Qatar’s investors. Prime said this while talking to Sheikh Falah Bin Jassim Bin Jabor Al-Thani, Chairman Board of Directors of Doha Group.

Prime Minister said that taking opportunity of the economic prospects available in Pakistan, the Qatari companies should invest in economic sectors particularly Energy and Infrastructure.

PM said “Qatar is a principal player in the world energy market especially in the export of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Pakistan would welcome cooperation with Qatar in the Energy sector”. We would like to invite Qatari petroleum and gas companies to invest in Pakistan’s oil and gas exploration and production sector, PM added.

Prime Minister said that that both the two countries have great potential to increase the existing level of bilateral trade. We wish to promote, diversify and strengthen relations in all fields of our bilateral relations, PM added.

Prime Minister said that Pakistan attaches great importance to its close and cordial relations with Qatar and values its contribution to regional peace and stability.

PM expressed good wishes for the Emir of Qatar and said that under Emir’s sagacious leadership, Qatar has played its positive role in the region.

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Meeting of working group on integrated energy for Pakistan vision 2025 and 11th five year plan 2013-18

Islamabad, November 13, 2013 (PPI-OT): 1st Meeting of Working Group on Integrated Energy for Pakistan Vision 2025 and 11th Five Year Plan 2013-18 was held in Planning Commission on 12-11-13 under the chairmanship of Secretary Planning, Development and Reforms, Mr. Hassan Nawaz Tarar. Mr. Farkhand Iqbal (Senior Chief Energy), in his opening remarks welcomed all the participants and explained that Energy Sector in the country has been suffering from serious problems, as our industries are being closed and shifted to other countries, exports being declined, per capita income decreased. In short energy sector of economy is badly suffering due to energy shortages in our country.

These problems were identified few years ago when Pakistan GDP touched 7.4% due to healthier Socio-Economic conditions but due to ill-planning / lack of ownership / political interference at all levels of economy, in-adequate funding and most importantly due to very bad governance in the past, the desired results could not be achieved.

He also said that operational efficiency in generation / transmission and distribution system also remained very low in both public and private sectors. Political interference on the management of DISCOs has become the norm in making it difficult to ensure high levels of management issues.

In view of the situation, he informed that Planning Commission has now decided to take the lead role and initiate the process of consistent and coherent policies / laws to formulate and prepare 11th Five Year Plan 2013-18 as well as Vision 2025.

He also emphasized that the 11th five year plan 2013-18 and vision 2025 would not be a plan like the plans of the past but it should be a realistic, doable and a must to achieve the desired growth rate for the next decade to make Pakistan an industrialized and Knowledge Economy, as was envisioned by the Founding Father and the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

All eminent Scholars / Experts / Scientists participated in the process of making Five Year Plan 2013-18 and Vision 2025. Secretary Planning, Development and Reforms also stressed upon various aspects of Energy Planning and Conservation of Energy.

In the end, four working groups were formed for energy generation, transmission and distribution system. 2nd sub-groups were formed for discovery and mining and transportation of fuels such as gas, coal, oil and other imports, 3rd sub-working group was made for alternative energy development. Energy efficiency and conservation, fifth was for constitutional reforms.

Senior Chief also thanked the participants and chairmen of all sub-workings and stressed upon hectic efforts to be made to bring out the country from the massive load-shedding, and emphasized on moving ahead together for Pakistan’s Energy Security, Sovereignty and Sustainability.

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