Daily Archives: August 26, 2018

WAPDA congratulates its Karate Player for Winning Bronze Medal for Pakistan

Lahore, August 26, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has congratulated its Karate Player Nargis who has won bronze medal for Pakistan in 18th Asian Games in the Women’s +68kg Kumite Karate Championship. WAPDA’s Player Nargis won the first ever medal in Asian Games Karate Competition.

WAPDA Chairman and Patron-in-Chief WAPDA Sports Board and other office-bearers has lauded the brilliant performance of Nargis and expressed the hope that WAPDA players would continue to bring laurels to the country in the international events.

It is pertinent to mention that in recently concluded 21st Commonwealth Games held at Australia, out of Pakistan’s one gold and four bronze medals in the Games, WAPDA players secured one gold and three bronze medals for their country.

WAPDA has been patronizing sports in Pakistan for more than five decades. WAPDA, at present, is national champion in 33 sports and runners-up in 18 disciplines. WAPDA is the biggest employer of sportspersons in Pakistan, as more than 2100 players and sports officials are associated with various units of WAPDA Sports Board across the country. WAPDA has 66 teams – 37 men and 29 women – of different games.

WAPDA has also introduced four initiatives in sports for improvement in standard of sports and betterment of players. These initiatives include ‘WAPDA Endowment Fund for Sports’ to elevate the standard of sports in Pakistan; ‘WAPDA Athletics Colts’ to promote athletics in the country; ‘Focus on Fitness and Fielding’ and ‘T-12 Cricket’ to improve fielding in Pakistan’s cricket.

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/

People throng to witness dazzling Air display of JF-17 Thunder at Polish Airshow

Karachi, August 26, 2018 (PPI-OT):Amidst thundering applause by the eager spectators, PAF’s JF-17 Thunder exhibited its dazzling aerial display during the opening day of Radom International Airshow at Radom-Sakdu Airport, (Poland) today. Painted in the colour scheme of Pakistan’s national flag, the pride of the nation, JF-17 roared in the skies of Poland and left the spectators spellbound with its breath-taking manoeuvres.

The Thundery performance by the PAF’s display pilot, Wing Commander Zeeshan Baryar included some extraordinary aerobatics like the muscle climb, thunder turns, slow speed performance and inverted flight. Air Marshal Arshad Malik, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force was also present at the occasion to witness the aerial and static display of JF-17 Thunder, which has been co-developed by Pakistan and China.

He interacted with the air and ground crew of PAF and appreciated their flawless performance in the show. He also stated that PAF’s participation in the show would help in projecting the positive image of our country in the world. Besides aerobatics, large number of people also witnessed the static display of indigenously manufactured JF-17 and Super Mushshak aircraft.

For more information, contact:
Director Media Affairs
Pakistan Air Force
E-mail: pafdpr@paf.gov.pk
Tel: +92-51-9507751, +92-51-9261300
Fax: +92-51-9260868

PIA Post – Hajj operation from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan commences

Karachi, August 26, 2018 (PPI-OT): PIA Post- Hajj operation from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan will commence from Monday. The first Post Hajj flights PK 3006 for Karachi and PK 3002 for Islamabad will reach their respective airports bringing back more than 700 Hujjaj. The first post hajj flight to Lahore will arrive at 6 am on 28th August.

The Hujjaj of first Post- Hajj flight PK 3006 will be flown by Chief Flight Operations PIA Capt Uzair Khan who is overseeing the Post Hajj Operation and the flight will arrive in evening at Jinnah International Airport. Similarly the Hujjaj of PK 3002 will arrive in the evening at New Islamabad International Airport.

PIA will operate 225 flights from Saudi Arabia. This includes flights from Madinah and Jeddah through Hajj and regular scheduled flights. President and CEO PIA, Musharraf Rasool Cyan has instructed PIA officials and hajj team members to provide full support and assistance to the returning Hujjaj.

PIA will bring back more than 68,000 Hujjaj through Hajj and Regular scheduled flights from Jeddah and Madinah to Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, Sialkot, Multan and Faisalabad stations. The Post Hajj operation will conclude on 25 September 2018.

For more information, contact:
General Manager
Public Affairs
Pakistan International Airlines (PIA)
PIA Head Office Airport
Tel: +92-21-99043823
Fax: +92-21-34572225, +92-21-34570419
Cell: +92-322-7420707
Website: www.piac.com.pk

Foreign Minister’s condolences on passing away of Senator John McCain

Islamabad, August 26, 2018 (PPI-OT): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed deep and heartfelt condolences on the passing away of Senator McCain. Thoughts and prayers of the people of Pakistan are with the family and friends of Senator McCain. Senator John McCain had an illustrious military and public service career and was admired across the spectrum of US politics as a man of integrity and a champion of civility.

As Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, Senator McCain always stood for strong Pakistan-US relations and a cooperative approach for promoting peace and building stability in the region. He will be greatly missed in Pakistan.

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

Federal IT Minister visits The Nest I/O

Islamabad, August 26, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Federal Minister of Information and Technology and Telecom, Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, visited The Nest I/O, P@SHA’s Tech Incubator on August 25 to discuss the needs of the startup ecosystem. The highlight of the meeting was the discussion on how the Government, the startup ecosystem and the broader IT industry could come together to solve commonplace problems through the use of cutting-edge technology. Jehan Ara, President P@SHA and Founder of The Nest I/O, welcomed the visitors and briefed them about the work The Nest I/O has been doing for the past 4 years to promote entrepreneurship in Pakistan and to put the local ecosystem on the global map.

Khalid Siddiqui also spent some time meeting with The Nest I/O alumni including MandiExpress, Connect Hear, Asaan Taleem, Tello Talk, and Modulus Tech. He enquired about the challenges that startups face and what steps could be taken by the Ministry of IT to improve on the ease of doing business for the IT sector as a whole. The Minister was informed that some major issues that needed to be tackled were the establishment of a one-window operation, the development of Software Technology parks and Special Economic Zones, effective online payment systems and focused training on high tech skills.

Following his first official interaction with young technologists, the Minister said, “It is heartening to see young entrepreneurs pursuing their dreams with such passion and vigour. I am thoroughly impressed by the calibre of startups and I have high hopes for their trajectory. I personally believe that closer collaboration of the Government with the brilliant minds in IT will drive economic growth and development.’ The meeting is a great step forward for Pakistan’s IT sector as it could potentially lead to collaboration between the government and the IT community to enable affordable housing, better governance, improvements in education delivery and more inclusive healthcare.

“It was good to see the Minister take such an active interest in the local startup ecosystem and the growing tech community. Pakistan has an abundance of talented entrepreneurs who have the potential to improve the livelihood of millions through technology”, commented Jehan Ara. She further added that “We at The Nest I/O strive to support the startup ecosystem and hope more government bodies will join this initiative to make Pakistan a more attractive place for entrepreneurs”.

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

Body of martyred Langate youth exhumed

Srinagar, August 26, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of a martyred youth, Muzaffar Ahmed, after police handed over his body to his family after exhumation.

Muzaffar Ahmed, a resident of Langate area of Handwara in Kupwara district, was killed by the Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in Rafiabad area of Baramulla district on the 8th of this month. He was buried at Hammam Markot in Rafiabad after the Indian Army claimed that he was a foreign militant. However, his family had recognized him through a photo that had gone viral on social media and demanded exhumation and handing over of his body to them.

Muzaffar Ahmed’s body was handed over to his family members after his DNA matched with the sample provided by his father, Bashir Ahmed Mir.

Eyewitnesses said that thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of the martyred youth. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. The slain youth was buried at the martyrs’ graveyard in the town.

Earlier, massive protests erupted in Langate after the body of Muzaffar Ahmed reached the town. The occupation authorities had deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength and suspended the internet services in the area. Complete shutdown was observed in the area.

Meanwhile, The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has expressed serious concern over the repressive military actions by India against the innocent Kashmiri people.

The APHC in a statement issued in Srinagar condemned the Indian policy of suppression and repression and termed it a sheer cowardice. Fighting with the innocent and unarmed civilians is not bravery, it added.

It denounced the nocturnal raids on the house of Nazir Ahmad Malik of Arwani Shopian by the Indian forces and vandalizing the residential house, windowpanes, locomotion, and all other valuable property. These barbaric actions can’t, in anyway, deter the local population from supporting the ongoing freedom movement, it added.

The APHC said that the Indian forces had failed on all fronts to suppress the people’s sentiments with the movement for right to self-Determination during the past 71 years, especially since 1989.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: +92-51-4435548, +92-51-4435549
Fax: +92-51-4861736
Email: info@kmsnews.org
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