Daily Archives: January 18, 2018

India continues unprovoked cease fire violations

Rawalpindi, January 18, 2018 (PPI-OT):India continues unprovoked cease fire violations. Targeted civil population along Working Boundary in village Kundan Pur, Chaprar, Sialkot sector overnight. 2 innocent women embraced shahadat and 5 civilian including 3 women got injured. Pakistan Rangers Punjab effectively responded to neutralise Indian BSF posts.

For more information, contact:
Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR)
Hilal Road, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9271605
Fax: +92-51-9271601
Email: ispr@ispr.gov.pk
Website: www.ispr.gov.pk

Pakistani Food Extravaganza held in Beijing

Islamabad, January 18, 2018 (PPI-OT):A Pakistani Food Extravaganza has been organized in Beijing by the Embassy of Pakistan from 17-23 January, 2018. The opening ceremony of the festival was held at a local Hotel on 17th January, 2018. Says a press release received here today from Beijing. Prof Huang Jiefu, Member of China People’s Political Consultative Committee, Deng Xi Jun, China’s Special Envoy on Afghanistan and Ambassador (Retd) Sha Zukang, President of China-Pakistan Friendship Association were amongst the guests of honour on the occasion.

Welcoming the guests, Ambassador Masood Khalid highlighted the importance of people to people connectivity and cultural bonds. He termed this food festival as a catalyst for further enhancing the cultural cooperation between the two countries. He said that this is a great opportunity to experience Pakistani food with its trademark aroma and spices. Ambassador thanked the Chinese government for providing support to this festival.

Two Master Chefs from Serena Hotel are the architects of this food extravaganza while eminent musicians from Pakistan enthralled the audience with Pakistani music during the opening ceremony. The inaugural ceremony of the festival was attended by a large number of Chinese officials, intellectuals, civil society members and Pakistani community. The guests greatly appreciated the rich Pakistani cuisine and music.

For more information, contact:
Principal Information Officer,
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +92-51-9252323, +92-51-9252324
Fax: +92-51-9252325, +92-51-9252326
Email: piopid@gmail.com
Website: www.pid.gov.pk

Pakistan strongly condemns terrorist attack carried out in the market in Baghdad

Islamabad, January 18, 2018 (PPI-OT):Pakistan strongly condemns the terrorist attack carried out in the market in Baghdad on 15 January 2018, in which 38 innocent people lost their lives, while more than 100 people were wounded. The government and people of Pakistan are deeply shocked and saddened at the loss of precious lives and express their heartfelt condolences to the government and people of Iraq and especially to the bereaved families.

We pray to Almighty Allah for early recovery of those injured in these heinous terrorist attacks. Pakistan stands in solidarity with the government and the brotherly people of Iraq in their hour of grief and sorrow. Pakistan also reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and its firm commitment to eradicate this menace.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: +92-51-9205494
Fax: +92-51-9204202
Cell: +92-336-5644459
Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

Pakistan expresses condolences over plane crash in Turkey

Islamabad, January 18, 2018 (PPI-OT):The news of a military plane crash in Isparta province of Turkey on 17 January 2018 has been received with grief and sorrow in Pakistan. The Government and people of Pakistan would like to convey their condolences to the brotherly people of Turkey on the loss of precious lives as a result of this tragic crash. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this tragedy as well as with all those who have lost their loved ones.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: +92-51-9205494
Fax: +92-51-9204202
Cell: +92-336-5644459
Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

Ceasefire violations by India on 19 January 2018

Islamabad, January 19, 2018 (PPI-OT):The Director General (SA and SAARC), Dr Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian Deputy High Commissioner Mr. J.P. Singh today and condemned the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian occupation forces along the Working Boundary on 19th January 2018, in Sialkot Sector, resulting in the shahadat of one innocent civilian (24 years old Mr. Irfan r/o village Harpal) while injuring 9 others, including women and elderly people.

The Indian forces along the Working Boundary are continuously engaged in indiscriminate and unprovoked firing with heavy mortars and automatic weapons on the civilian populated villages, since the last 2 days. (Despite calls for restraint, India continues to indulge in ceasefire violations.

In 2018, the Indian forces have carried out more than 125 ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and the Working Boundary in just 19 days, resulting in the shahadats of 4 innocent civilians, while injuring 20 others. This unprecedented escalation in ceasefire violations by India is continuing from the year 2017 when the Indian forces committed more than 1900 ceasefire violations).

The deliberate targeting of civilian populated areas is indeed deplorable and contrary to human dignity, international human rights and humanitarian laws. The ceasefire violations by India are a threat to regional peace and security and may lead to a strategic miscalculation.

The Director General (SA and SAARC) urged the Indian side to respect the 2003 Ceasefire arrangement; investigate this and other incidents of ceasefire violations; instruct the Indian forces to respect the ceasefire, in letter and spirit and maintain peace on the LoC and the Working Boundary. He urged that the Indian side should permit UNMOGIP to play its mandated role as per the UN Security Council resolutions.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
Tell: +92-51-9205494
Fax: +92-51-9204202
Cell: +92-336-5644459
Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

French envoy reveals action plan for boosting mutual trade

Lahore, January 18, 2018 (PPI-OT):French Ambassador to Pakistan Dr. Mark Barety has said that his first goal is to promote trade between the two countries for that he has evolved an action plan. He was talking to the LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid, Vice President Zeeshan Khalil and Executive Committee members here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ijaz A. Mumtaz, Sohail Lashari, Amjad Ali Jawa, Awais Saeed Piracha, Shahid Nazir, Tahir Manzoor Chaudhry, Nabila Intesar and others were also present on the occasion.

French Ambassador said that help to French and Pakistani businessmen to visit each other’s country, exchange of valuable trade, business and investment related information and ease of visa processing are his action plan for boosting mutual trade relations. He said that new French president is taking various initiatives for economic stability of the country. He said that regulations are being simplified to make doing business in France easy. He said that a tax scheme has also given to reduce the number of taxes.

He said that Pakistan needs to make its perception better as a number of French companies are shy to come here. He said that French travel advisory for businessmen should be changed as Pakistan, particularly Punjab is safest place for business. He also called for product diversification saying that most of the trade between the two countries is in textile sector. He said that other sectors should also be focused for trade. He said that Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry can contact French Embassy in Pakistan any time in cause of any problem.

Speaking on the occasion, the LCCI President Malik Tahir Javaid said that business community is well aware of the significance of France in European Union. Pakistan and France enjoy good diplomatic relations and have stable trade and economic ties. Among the top exporting and importing countries for Pakistan in European Union, France is ranked at 7th and 5th places respectively.

While sharing some trade figures, the LCCI President said that in 2015, the total volume of bilateral trade was dollar 778 million which surged to dollar 817 million in 2016. The main reason of that increase was consistent rise both in imports and exports to France. From 2015 to 2016, the exports to France registered an increase of 3.3% whereas the imports from France went up by 6.5%. This trend needs to be continued. Pakistan exports menswear, women’s suits, cotton waste, hosiery items, and rice etc. to France. Pakistan’s imports from France consist of electrical machinery and appliances, pharmaceutical products, dairy produce and organic chemicals, etc.

He said that in the present scenario of bilateral trade, we wish that the balance of trade should be in favour of Pakistan and our products could have easy access to the markets of France. Your support is desperately needed in this connection as we seriously look forward to improving our relations with French community.

The LCCI president invited the French investors to take full advantage of Pakistan that is a profound blend of best geographical location and trade and investment opportunities. Pakistan offers a vast scope of joint ventures in the fields of pharmaceuticals, energy, food processing, mining, oil and gas exploration. “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor would be offering great advantages to the French investors.”

The LCCI President proposed that there should be regular exchange of trade missions between two countries so that private to private contacts could be developed. He said that the Lahore Chamber will be eager to respond positively to any initiative taken by French Embassy in this connection.

He said that being a developed country, France can play an important role in economic stability of Pakistan. He urged the private sectors of the two countries to focus on joint ventures that would also help transfer of technology from France to Pakistan. He urged the visiting guest to arrange a catalogue exhibition of French Companies. He said that Pakistan is the best place for investment as things have remarkably improved.

For more information, contact:
Information Department
Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI)
11-Shahrah-e-Aiwan-e-Tijarat,
Lahore -54000, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-111-222-499
Fax: +92-42-36368854
Website: www.lcci.org.pk