Daily Archives: July 7, 2018

Court’s decision not to hit the economy

Islamabad, July 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Saturday said the decision of the accountability court is not expected to hit the economy is a substantial way. The anxiety of the business community and any impact on the economic activities will be short-lived, it said. The economy of the country was already facing multiple issues while the investors were already prepared for the situation, said Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt.

He said that elections, exchange rate erosion, hike in petroleum prices and grey listing of Pakistan by FATF were reasons enough for the investors to delay critical investment decisions and expansion plans. Shahid Rasheed Butt said that the development will not hurt the economic corridor as this great project has been kept above the political atmosphere in the country.

He noted that the current political situation may result in negative reaction, political chaos, spreading rumours and doubts but it may not have a very negative influence on the upcoming elections. The business leader said that lately judiciary has taken some very bold decision which will go a long way in ensuring the supremacy of law, discourage corrupt and pave way for the national the development.

Independent judiciary has decided to upheld rule of law without any fear and favour which has improved its image and augmented expectations of the masses reeling under problems. He said that other political figures known for massive corruption must be punished for their wrongdoings without any delay otherwise masses will plunge into frustration and disappointment.

For more information, contact:
Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry (ICSTSI)
24-D, 3rd Floor, Rashid Plaza Blue Area, Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-2801045
Email: icstsiofficial@gmail.com, info@icstsi.com.pk
Website: http://icstsi.com.pk/

Weak currency breaking the back of masses

Karachi, July 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): The country has lost the capacity to support an overvalued rupee which was a reason behind exchange rate erosion which continues to take a toll on the masses and the economy, a business leader said Saturday. The rupee has been depreciated nineteen percent during the last seven months while further erosion in the exchange rate will damage economy beyond repair, he said.

The demand for the dollar is driven by political and economic instability, uncertainty, corruption and money laundering, said Business leader Malik Sohail. He said that rupee will remain weak as long as the country’s imports outpace exports while it can remain stable through the intervention of SBP which is a costly solution.

Malik Sohail who has also served as former senior vice president of ICCI said that the trade and current account deficit for the year 2015 was 25 billion dollars which jumped to 28.5 billion dollars in 2016 and climbed to 45 billion dollars in 2017 but the exchange rate remained stable during these three years.

The central bank was forced to pump huge amounts of dollars in the open market during these three years keeping exchange rate stable which was an opportunity for the corrupt to buy cheap dollars to be stashed in foreign banks and offshore companies while the concerned departments preferred to ignore it.

The merciless pumping of dollars in the market eroded the forex reserves and it lost the ability to intervene in the market resulting in fall of rupee. He said that the arrest of a banker over charges of money laundering to the tune of billions of rupees is a good step which will result in startling revelations while discouraging corrupt people and crooked bankers. Masses should be kept informed about the disclosures, he demanded.

For more information, contact:
Secretary General
Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI)
B-1, Federation House, Main Clifton Road,
Shahra-e-Firdousi, Karachi-75600, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35873691, 93-94
Fax: +92-21-35874332
Email: info@fpcci.com.pk
URL: www.fpcci.com.pk

Neelum Jhelum Project’s contribution to National Grid becomes double; Project providing 484 MW to National Grid

Lahore, July 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): In yet another significant development, the contribution of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project to the National Grid has increased to 484 Megawatts (MW), as two units of the project (Unit No. 3 and Unit No. 2) are now generating power to their maximum capacity.

After successfully completing the reliability period, the Unit No. 3 has been formally taken over by WAPDA for its operation. Having being successfully tested on various load rejection, the Unit No. 2 is generating electricity on its 72-hour reliability run. The Unit No. 4 is getting ready for one-month reliability test period.

While, the Unit No. 1 is undergoing through various tests in accordance with the contractual obligations and expected to go on trial generation during next month. The 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is thus expected to generate power up to its maximum generation capacity by September. So far, it has provided over 311 million units of electricity to the National Grid.

Neelum Jhelum is a state-of-the art hydropower project with 90% being underground and beneath the high mountainous areas. The project, constructed on River Neelum in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has a dam at Nauseri, an underground waterway system consisting of 52-km long tunnels and an underground powerhouse at Chattar Kalas with four power generating units. The project will provide about 5 billion units of electricity to the National Grid every year with annual estimated benefits of Rs.55 billion. Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project will significantly contribute to meet the electricity requirements in the country.

For more information, contact:
Public Relations Division,
Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore, Pakistan
Tel: +92-42-99202633
Fax: +92-42-99203144
Cell: +92-333-4515923
Email: wapdapr@gmail.com
Website: http://www.wapda.gov.pk/

Full Court meeting of Supreme Court, Islamabad

Islamabad, July 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): A Full Court meeting was held today i.e. 07.07.2018 in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. It was attended by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mushir Alam, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Maqbool Baqar, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Manzoor Ahmad Malik, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Faisal Arab, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Mazhar Alam Khan Miankhel, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sajjad Ali Shah, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Munib Akhtar and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Yahya Afridi. Mr. Arbab Muhammad Arif, Registrar Supreme Court also attended the meeting.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan welcomed the newly elevated Hon’ble Judges of Supreme Court and said that the addition of Hon’ble Judges will benefit the institution. The Hon’ble Chief Justice apprised the Hon’ble Judges that the purpose of the meeting was to review the performance of the Supreme Court in terms of dispensation of justice and disposal of cases and to deliberate on the issues and matters pertaining to smooth functioning of the Court.

Deliberating on the issue of institution and disposal of cases in Supreme Court the Full Court noted that during the period from 06.09.2017 to 30.06.2018 the Court decided 16,897 cases against the institution of 19,098 cases, leaving total pendency of 39,317 cases. The Full Court observed that there is rising trend in institution of cases that shows the trust of people in institution of judiciary. The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan asked the Full Court to put forward suggestions and strategies to improve the case management.

The Full Court discussed in detail different ways and means for effective functioning of the Court and underlined the need to categorize the cases so that dispensation of justice can further be improved. The Full Court also discussed the agenda item regarding amendments in Supreme Court Rules, 1980 proposed by Supreme Court Bar Association, and unanimously constituted a three member committee headed by Hon’ble Mr. Justice Gulzar Ahmed and comprising Hon’ble Mr. Justice Ijaz Ul Ahsan and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Munib Akhtar to give suggestions.

The Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan thanked the Hon’ble Judges and appreciated their commitment, devotion for cause of dispensation of justice to public at large so as to redress their grievances and to provide relief to them. The meeting also discussed different administrative and judicial issues relating to the internal working of the Court.

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Public Relations Officer
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204184, 9220581
Fax: +9251 9213452
Email: mail@supremecourt.gov.pk

In the pursuit of our national interests and strategic autonomy, we have decided to institute independent Regional Maritime Patrols in Indian Ocean Region: Naval Chief

Karachi, July 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): The 109th Midshipmen and 18th Short Service Commission (SSC) Course Commissioning Parade was held at Pakistan Naval Academy PNS RAHBAR.The Commissioning Parade comprised 45 Pakistani and 43 Midshipmen from friendly countries as well as 54 Cadets of Short Service Commission Course including 32 Religious and Motivation Officers. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi graced the occasion as Chief Guest. Upon his arrival, the Chief Guest was received by Commander Karachi, Rear Admiral Asif Khaliq.

In his address, Chief of the Naval Staff congratulated and extended felicitations to graduating officers on achieving this milestone and highlighted that in order to enhance Spiritual Combat Power of our men, for the first time, Religious and Motivation Officers (RMOs) are being commissioned as part of the SSC Course to provide religious guidance to the personnel and their families on social and moral aspects.

While taking stock of prevailing geo-strategic situation, Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that Pakistan stands for peace and amity in the region and seeks harmonious and peaceful co-existence in the comity of nations. However, it will be a mistake if our desire for peace is construed as our weakness. We are fully capable of giving a befitting response, in case of any aggression against our country.

The Naval Chief reiterated the firm resolve of Armed Forces and underscored that Pakistan Armed Forces are at the forefront of the national resolve to cleanse Pakistan from the scourge of terrorism; and Pakistan Navy on its part is maintaining a robust security posture along the Pakistani Coast and in the regional seas to deter the nefarious elements from any illicit activities in the maritime domain.

The Naval Chief also mentioned the strategic shift from erstwhile participation of Pakistan Navy in the Combined Task Forces 150 and 151 under the auspices of Combined Maritime Forces to Regional Maritime Security Patrols.Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi said that in order to pursue our national interests with strategic autonomy, we have now decided to institute Regional Maritime Security Patrols in the Indian Ocean Region in line with the UN Resolutions and UN Convention on Law of the Sea.

The initiative is aimed at maintaining robust security posture in the critical sea areas and choke points in the Indian Ocean Region for protection of national and international shipping against the threats of maritime terrorism, piracy, narco-arms smuggling and human trafficking.

While advising the graduating officers, the Naval Chief urged them to hold fast to the qualities of Faith, professional excellence, loyalty, courage and character in their personality which are the essential ingredients of a true leader. He also expressed his satisfaction for extending support in training future officers of friendly nations who would prove worthy of their mettle in their respective Navies.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant Pakistan Naval Academy, Cdre Syed Faisal Hameed highlighted the salient features of the officers’ training. The Commandant mentioned that cadets from Bahrain, Maldives, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Yemen are also undergoing training at Pakistan Naval Academy.

Later, the Chief Guest gave away prizes to the winners. The prestigious Quaid-e-Azam Gold Medal was conferred upon Lt Roheel Shahzad PN. Midshipman Kashif Abdul Quyyom was awarded the coveted Sword of Honour for his overall best performance. Whereas, Midshipman Dayyan Ahmed won the Academy’s Dirk; Officer Cadet Badar Ali was given Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Gold Medal and Officer Cadet Mohammed Lahim S Aldawsri from Kingdom of Saudi Arabia was awarded Chief of the Naval Staff Gold Medal and Officer Cadet Muhammad Arshad from SSC Course clinched the Commandant Gold Medal. Proficiency Banner was re-claimed by Forecastle Squadron.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of senior military officers, including Commander Royal Bahrain Coast Guards and Commander Royal Bahrain Naval Force both of whom are alumni of Pakistan Naval Academy; Ambassadors, Defence Attaches of various countries, civil dignitaries and parents of passing out midshipmen and cadets.

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Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486
Website: www.paknavy.gov.pk

Sardar Masood Khan raises Kashmir issue at the Canadian International Council; condemns Indian terrorism in IOK; proposes setting up of peace table

Islamabad, July 07, 2018 (PPI-OT): Sardar Masood Khan, President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir who is visiting Toronto at the invitation of the Consulate General of Pakistan, Toronto and the Kashmir Committee, Canada, urged the Canadian Senate, House of Commons and Ontario Legislative Assembly to raise and discuss the Kashmir issue and send a fact-finding mission to both Indian Occupied Kashmir and Azad Kashmir to help find a solution of the long-standing dispute of Kashmir and ascertain horrendous human rights situation in IOK, says a press release received here today from Ottawa, Canada.

The President of Azad Kashmir made this appeal while addressing members of the prestigious Canadian International Council (CIC), whose President, Fraser Mann, presided over the session. Mr. Imran Ahmed Siddiqui, the Pakistan Consul General, also attended the event. In the past, the CIC has attracted speakers including prime ministers, foreign ministers, heads of international organisations, and prominent academics.

While thanking the Council for holding an exclusive session on Kashmir, the President invited Council members to visit Azad Kashmir and see for themselves the AJK Government’s endeavours to promote human rights, the rule of law, access to justice and accountability; as well as to foster human development by investing heavily in road infrastructure, power generation, industrial growth, agriculture, health and quality education.

Sardar Masood Khan thanked Canada for its contribution to the decision making on Kashmir in the Security Council, in the very early phase, and its support to and participation in the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). The President told his audience how the international community at long last has broken its silence on the massive, gross and consistent human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

He drew the attention of the Canadian Council to the report on the situation of human rights in IOK released recently in Geneva by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which meticulously chronicles evidence of a rampant culture of impunity and denial of access to justice in IOK, as well as brutalisation of Kashmiris through killings, excessive use of force, mass blindings of protesters or bystanders, torture, enforced disappearances and sexual violence.

This, President Masood Khan said, is not enough because the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was constrained to collect this data through “remote monitoring” because of India’s denial of access to IOK proposed by the High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2016. He urged Canada to support in the Human Rights Council the High Commissioner’s fresh proposal to establish a Commission of Inquiry to investigate Indian forces human rights violations in IOK, which are tantamount to crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide.

The AJK President informed his audience that the All Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG) in the British Parliament would soon release a report to substantiate how India’s two notorious draconian laws – the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and the Public Security Act – had given a license to kill unarmed Kashmiris and shield the perpetrators of these crimes from legal scrutiny, prosecution and punishments. These laws, he said, permit state authorities to arbitrarily detain persons without charge or judicial review for up to two years without telling the detainee what his crime is or giving him family visitation rights.

The occupation forces, he said, use deadly force to kill people in brutal cordon and search operations or arrest them on suspicion of having committed a crime or on the suspicions of “… is about to commit a crime”. “These laws must be rescinded forthwith”, the President said and appealed that the international community should put pressure on India to abide by the rules of proportionality, distinction and precaution, stop committing war crimes and targeting unarmed non-combatants.

The President also demanded that India should be asked to allow independent and impartial international investigations into unmarked mass graves to determine the identity of the victims of India’s state terrorism. Similarly, instances of sexual violence should be independently investigated and prosecuted. The President said that the basic rights of the Kashmiris and their fundamental freedoms should be restored by lifting restrictions on the Internet, mobile phones, newspapers and journalists.

President Masood Khan denounced India’s practice of constantly keeping the leaders of Joint Resistance Leadership – Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik – under detention. “These true and faithful representatives of Kashmir must be released”. The President said that the root cause of the human rights crisis in Kashmir is the denial of the right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and India’s refusal to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue and diplomacy, as demanded by the people of Kashmir and Pakistan.

India, he said, wants to resolve the issue through the use of state terrorism and brute force but it would never succeed in that mission. When asked about the best methodology to resolve the issue, the President responded: “Let’s put the Kashmir dispute on the table and set up peace tables in Islamabad, Delhi, Srinagar, Muzaffarabad and New York. Let the will of the Kashmiri people prevail. Let them decide their political future in accordance with a dispensation spelt out by the United Nations.

Let’s banish violence in the region. But first and foremost, let’s put an end to India’s repression in Kashmir. That should be the starting point.” Replying to a series of questions by an ex Indian army officer, who also attended the event, the President said Kashmiri Pandits can come back and settle in Kashmir and Muslim population would welcome them in their midst.

The President categorically said that according to the Indian security officials no infiltration was taking place across the Line of Control from the Azad Kashmir side; the movement in Kashmir was indigenous. One of the Indian participants among audience said that UNMOGIP was not functioning and its members went merely for sight-seeing in Srinagar. The President said that on the Pakistan/Kashmiri side, the mission was functional and was fully supported by the Pakistan Government; and asked the Indian side to do the same and not try to sabotage and scuttle this UN mission, which is mandated to monitor the ceasefire along the Line of Control.

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