Category Archives: General Press Releases

Governor Punjab summons PA session on Wednesday

Punjab Governor has summoned the 1st session of the provincial assembly on 15th of this month at 10.00 am.

During the session, Speaker Rana Muhammad Iqbal Khan will administer oath to the newly elected members of the provincial assembly.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Rajiv assassination convicts can’t be released: Indian govt tells SC

In India, Centeral government has informed the Indian Supreme Court that it was against the release of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts, saying that such a decision in a case involving the gruesome killing of a former Prime Minister would set a wrong precedent.

Indian government told the Supreme Court that it does not concur with the Tamil Nadu government’s proposal to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

It said that remission of their sentence will set a dangerous precedent and have international ramifications.

A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi, Navin Sinha and K M Joseph took the document filed by the Ministry of Home Affairs on record and adjourned the matter.

On 23rd January this year, the apex court had asked the Centre to take a decision within three months on a 2016 letter by Tamil Nadu government seeking its concurrence on releasing seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

The letter, written on 2nd March 2016, had said the state government has already decided to release the seven convicts, but it is necessary to seek the Centre’s concurrence as per an apex court order of 2015.The Home Ministry said that the trial court had given cogent reasons for imposing death penalty upon the accused. The Ministry pointed out that even the Supreme Court had termed the assassination an unparallel act in the annals of crimes committed in this country.Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on the night of May 21, 1991 at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu. Indian Supreme Court, in 2014, had commuted the death sentence of three convicts citing inordinate delay by the executive in deciding their mercy plea.

Source: Radio Pakistan

India: Thousands protest in New Delhi over disgrace of minor girl

In India, thousands of people have protested in New Delhi after a minor girl was disgraced. India has a grim record of such violence and some 19,000 attacks on minors were reported in 2016.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT visits to Hamburg Germany

Islamabad, August 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): Pakistan Navy Ship ASLAT, a F-22P Frigate with embarked helicopter, called on Hamburg, Germany as part of Overseas Deployment to Mediterranean and European Countries for a 3 day visit. Upon arrival at Port, PNS ASLAT was warmly welcomed and received by representative from Pakistan’s Mission at Germany and officials of the Hamburg Regional Command. Ship’s Port Call was fully capitalized in terms of professional and social interactions with the host country.

PN Mission Cdr along with Commanding Officer and Naval Attache held meetings with Vice Admiral Andreas Krause Chief of German Navy, Rear Admiral Thorsten Kahler, Chief of Staff German Navy, Councillor of State of Hamburg and Commanding Officer Regional Command Hamburg. H.E Ambassador of Pakistan to Germany was also present on the occasions. Moreover, Mission Commander along with Commanding Officer and Naval Attaché laid wreath at Naval Memorial Laboe, Kiel. The ceremony was attended by large number of Officers/ CPOs and Sailors from the ship.

During the interactions, enormous goodwill and warmth was expressed by German authorities for the people of Pakistan in general and Pakistan Armed Forces in particular. Ship also hosted a reception at Hamburg which was attended by large number of notable Pakistani and German officials.

Vice Admiral Joachim Ruhle, Vice Chief of Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Axel Schimpf Former Chief of German Navy, Director Material Command and Control Services German Navy, H.E Ambassador of Pakistan, Counsel Generals of Argentina, China, Colombia, New Zealand, Russian Federation, Venezuela, Defence Attaches of Kuwait, South Korea and Ukraine, Desk Officers Military Policy (Asia Pacific and South Asia), prominent local community and Pakistan Diaspora along with students undergoing various graduation programs in Germany attended the Dinner. Ship was also opened for visitors and a large numbers of local populace and Pakistani expatriates visited the ship.

Naval Forces have historically played a pivotal role in strengthening the bonds of friendship between nations through goodwill visits and port calls. In the same context, maiden Port Call to Hamburg, Germany by ASLAT will not only prove supportive in achieving Pakistan’s Foreign Policy Objectives but also foster Navy to Navy relations and will go a long way in improving diplomatic and military ties between Pakistan and Federal Republic of Germany.

For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486

State Bank of Pakistan conducts Open Market Operation

Karachi, August 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): State Bank of Pakistan conducted its Open Market Operation, Reverse Repo Purchase (Injection), in following contracts on August 9, 2018. Quotes received and accepted are as given below:

NO           OMO Tenor                Range        Number of Quotes Offered
1      08 ­ Days (Injection)      7.58% - 7.55%              13
(Rs. in Millions)
Rate of Return
Amount           Amount                         Number of
NO        OMO Tenor                                          Accepted
Offered          Accepted                     Quotes Accepted
(% p.a.)
1         08 ­ Days         240,050.00       240,050.00        7.55              13
Total                 240,050.00       240,050.00

For more information, contact:
Chief Spokesman,
State Bank of Pakistan (SBP)
Central Directorate
I.I. Chundrigar Road, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-111-727-111
Tel: +92-21-39212562
Fax: +92-21-39212433 – 39212436

Glowing tributes paid to Sheikh Abdul Aziz in IOK

Srinagar, August 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have paid glowing tributes to prominent martyred leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz ahead of his martyrdom anniversary. The spokesman of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party in a statement issued in Srinagar said Sheikh Abdul Aziz is an asset of the ongoing resistance movement. He was a long-time friend and well-wisher of illegally detained DFP Chairman, Shabbir Ahmad Shah.

He said Sheikh Abdul Aziz and Shabbir Ahmad Shah spent lot of time together and faced hardships jointly in the way of freedom. Both the leaders led historical ‘Muzaffarabad Challo’ march during 2008 uprising in which Sheikh Abdul Aziz was martyred by the men in uniform near Chahel Uri on August 11, 2008.

The spokesman while paying tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz said that he had dedicated his life to the great cause of freedom. He was an enthusiastic freedom-loving youth who played an active role in forming pro-freedom groups and parties. He did not hesitate in leading the brave hearts on forefront and when his services were needed at political front, he proved his worth.

Illegally detained Veteran Hurriyat leader, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori in a statement issued in Srinagar, also paid tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz. He reiterated that the sacred mission of martyrs like Sheikh Abdul Aziz would be taken forward at any cost. He said martyrs like Sheikh Abdul Aziz are the real assets and torch-bearers of the ongoing freedom struggle.

Jammu and Kashmir Peoples League Chairman Mukhtar Ahmad Waza while addressing different public meetings in Islamabad district paid rich tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz. He asked for peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute. He was accompanied by Nisar Ahmad Rather, Shabbir Ahmad, Padder and Javaid Ahmad Wani. Hurriyat leader Muhammad Shaif in a statement also paid tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his 10th martyrdom anniversary.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: +92-51-4435548, +92-51-4435549
Fax: +92-51-4861736