Daily Archives: October 5, 2018

Jazz Users Get 10% Off on Accommodation with Booking.com

Islamabad, October 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): Jazz, Pakistan’s leading digital communications company, is offering its subscribers a chance to get discounts of up to 10% on accommodation reservations made through Booking.com – the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay.

This partnership enables Jazz and Warid subscribers to enjoy special credit back discounts on stays made at Booking.com properties in more than 141,000 destinations around the globe, including everything from 5-star hotels and resorts to chic city apartments, holiday homes and everything in between.

In recent times, tourism has experienced continued growth and deepening diversification to become one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. Number of Pakistanis traveling abroad for short trips related to work or tourism have also seen a substantial increase.

This has prompted international travel fare aggregation websites and travel metasearch engines like Booking.com to concentrate on this region. Seizing this opportunity to reward its subscriber base, Jazz decided to form a mutually beneficial partnership with Booking.com.

“We are always looking to create synergies with the leading service providers to offer our subscribers the best promotional offers. This is our way of thanking them for their loyalty throughout these years,” said Kazim Mujtaba, Head of Marketing – Jazz.

Valid for international and domestic bookings made via a unique Booking.com link, this special offer will see the customer’s credit card* being reimbursed with the discounted amount, 30-60 days after checking-out from the property.

For more information, contact:
Manager – Corporate Communications
42, Kulsum Plaza, Blue Area,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone +92-51-2273984, 0301 822 9546
Email: hussain.talib@mobilink.net
UAN +92-51-111300300

Junaid Makda rejects hike in gas prices, requests immediate withdrawal

Karachi, October 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): President Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) Junaid Esmail Makda, while totally rejecting OGRA’s decision to raise gas prices, requested the government to immediately withdraw the exorbitant hike as it would substantially raise the cost of doing business and prove detrimental for the CNG Sector and General Industries.

In a statement issued, Junaid Makda criticized the government for not taking relevant stakeholders and Karachi Chamber on board prior to increasing gas tariffs, which poses a serious question mark on government’s claims about ‘Change’. “We don’t see any change as the previous governments also used to impose such decisions without any consultation. The increase in gas tariffs would ultimately result in fostering the inflation, which will terribly affect lives of the poor masses”, he added.

While referring to a recent meeting of KCCI’s delegation with Finance Minister Asad Umer in Islamabad, President KCCI stated that Finance Minister was thoroughly briefed and cautioned about the repercussions of any increase in gas tariff in the said meeting but it was really unfortunate that no heed has been paid to KCCI’s request and gas tariffs have been raised exorbitantly which would not only create a difficult situation for the SMEs Sector and other local industries due to increased cost of doing business but would also lead to closure of hundreds of CNG Stations across the country and intensify the hardship for the poor public and trigger unemployment across the country.

He pointed out that CNG Industry has been under consistent threat due to instable policies particularly the policy to carry out intense Gas Load-shedding and raise gas prices by 40 percent, which would result in completely halting and penalizing the Transport Sector. “CNG Stations in Sindh are already facing three days closure every week and the Tariff of Rs.700 per MMBTU, which was already the highest paid tariff as compared to all other sectors, has been enhanced further to Rs.980 per MMBTU, resulting in raising CNG Sale price in Sindh from Rs.82 per kg to around Rs.102 per kg against the existing petrol prices at Rs.93 per litre whereas according to Petroleum Policy, parity in between 30 to 35 percent has to be maintained between Petrol and CNG but it has been set aside and not considered ”, he added.

He was of the opinion that the said increase will reduce the economical essence of poor man’s fuel by making CNG costlier than Petrol. He said that CNG was introduced in Pakistan to provide an economical fuel to the Transport Sector especially to the lower middle class group as the difference between Petrol and CNG has always been substantially reasonable but unfortunately, the recent increase has jeopardized the strategic essence and the importance of CNG Industry by making it less attractive for common man that would lead to complete collapse and closure of this huge Industry, besides depriving the government from huge revenue being collected through taxes from this particular industry and subsequently, raising the import bill of petrol by $1.2 billion.

Commenting on recently constituted Council of Business Leaders, Junaid Makda stated that all members of this Council are known faces who use to remain part of various Councils constituted in the past during Musharraf’s, PPP’s and PML-N’s eras and now they have once again been provided the opportunity to play role in the current Council.

“Although PTI government talks aloud about Change but surprisingly, no new faces have been introduced at the Council that remains the same as it had been since last almost two decades in which the economy, instead of recovering, continued to plunge into further crisis”, he said, adding that need of the hour was to add the actual stakeholders from the business and industrial community in the Council as they are well aware with ground realities and in a much better position to give suggestions and highlight repercussions of numerous policies directly or indirectly affecting trade and industry.

He requested Finance Minister to withdraw OGRA’s notification and be keep it in abeyance till all the stakeholders are taken into confidence. “We are ready to support the government as and whenever needed”, he assured.

For more information, contact:
Director Press/Electronic Media and Public Relations
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road, Off Shahrah-e-Liaquat,
Phone: +92-21-99218001-09
Fax: +92-21-99218040
Email: info@kcci.com.pk, secretary@kcci.com.pk
Website: www.kcci.com.pk

2nd International PACES (Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) Competition is being held at Lahore Garrison from 8-15 October

Rawalpindi, October 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): 2nd International PACES (Physical Agility and Combat Efficiency System) Competition is being held at Lahore Garrison from 8-15 Oct. Teams from armies of 19 countries including Pakistan will participate. PACES is a Systematic training methodology that enables to develop a human’s physical and mental capabilities. First championship was held at Lahore during 2016 which was won by Pakistan. Teams of Kuwait, UAE, China, Maldive armies have arrived. Remaining teams arriving by 7 Oct.

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

Sacrifices of people kept Kashmir dispute alive: AJK president

New York, October 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, has said that India’s belligerent signalling in the recent days forebodes a new wave of Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir which must be stopped at all costs.

According to Kashmir Media Service Sardar Masood Khan addressing a gathering of Kashmiri and Pakistani Americans in Brooklyn, New York, said, “India’s irresponsible rhetoric will neither intimidate Pakistan nor deter Kashmiris from pursuing their struggle for securing their right to self-determination. On the contrary, such threats strengthen the resolve of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to continue to fight for their just cause.”

The AJK President appealed to the UN Secretary General to persuade India to put an end to its atrocious and horrendous human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. “India poses a threat not only to its neighbours but also to its own people whose sentiments are being whipped up to participate in a war frenzy,” he added.

Sardar Masood Khan said, “Two things have kept the issue of Kashmir alive for the past seven decades; one, the sacrifices of the people of Kashmir who every day give their blood to attain freedom; and, two, the steadfast position of Pakistan on the Kashmir dispute and its steely resolve to continue a peaceful political and diplomatic campaign on Kashmir until Kashmiris under Indian occupation get their fundamental rights.” The AJK President insisted, “It is our collective responsibility to intensify our quest for peace and security and to find just and lasting solutions for the long-festering disputes.”

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of World Kashmir Awareness Forum, said, “Peace has eluded Kashmir for more than 70 years ever since the partition of British Indian colony into India and Pakistan. Reason: The denial of self-determination that has been enjoyed by countless other peoples in comparable circumstances, most recently in East Timor, Montenegro, Southern Sudan, etc. The uncertainty over Kashmir will lead not only India and Pakistan to disaster but it will also destroy any possibility of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan, he warned.

Dr Fai maintained that real and tangible strategy needs to be initiated with the firm support of the United Nations. “There is not a slightest possibility of resolving Kashmir dispute without the involvement of the third party. There cannot be a better agency than the Secretary General of the United Nations himself to facilitate between India and Pakistan to help resolve the Kashmir dispute. Secretary General has no ambition to assert dominance while as great powers do. Mediation by the Secretary General would be free from the jealousies and the ambitions that characterize individual initiative. The Secretary General will have to remain under no obligation to please any particular set of powers or groups. Yes, there will be resistance from India but if India is impressed with what she would gain by a just settlement of the Kashmir dispute, her negativity may not be insurmountable,” he added.

The gathering was also addressed by Rohail Dar, Sardar Haleem Khan, Sardar Imtiaz Khan, Ahmad Jan, Sardar Taj Khan, Sardar Imtiaz Garalavi, Ms Aamna Habib, Sardar Sajid Sawar Khan, Sardar Shafi Khan, Nasim Gilgiti and others.

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

India urged to stop killing innocent Kashmiris

Srinagar, October 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leader and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League (JKPL), Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, has urged India to stop killing innocent Kashmiris. Mukhtar Ahmed Waza addressing a public gathering at Damhaal in Islamabad district appealed to the international human rights organizations to play role in stopping the ongoing bloodshed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.

He said, “It is high time for the world community to intervene and urge New Delhi to resolve the lingering Kashmir dispute according to the will of Kashmiri people.” He urged the UN to take serious steps for settlement of the Kashmir dispute, which posed serious threat to the regional peace.

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

Election boycott posters distributed in Srinagar

Srinagar, October 05, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a delegation of Young Men’s League led by its Chairman, Imtiyaz Ahmed Reshi, today, visited several places in Srinagar and distributed among the people the posters highlighting the importance of election boycott in the territory.

Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi speaking on the occasion appealed to the people to remain aloof from the upcoming sham elections. He said that casting votes under the Indian constitution was treason with the blood of Kashmiri martyrs. He said from 1947 till date Kashmiri people have rendered countless sacrifices for their birth right to self-determination and not for development. Meanwhile, Indian police arrested Hurriyat leader, Javaid Ahmad Mir, at Maisuma in Srinagar, today.

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