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Future of region linked with peace: Interior Minister

Islamabad, January 22, 2018 (PPI-OT):Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal has urged India to change its approach and come to the dialogue table for resolution of the Kashmir issue. He was speaking during his visit to a hospital in Shakargarh to inquire about the health of those who were wounded in firing by Indian forces along the Working Boundary.

The Minister said future of the region is linked with peace not with war. He said bunkers are being constructed along the Working Boundary in Narowal and Sialkot sectors. Meanwhile, talking to a private news channel, the Interior Minister said continuity of democratic system is in the best national interest as the country cannot flourish without it.

He said some elements are trying to de-rail the democratic system but they will not be able to succeed in their objectives. The minister said the politics of protests has badly damaged the image of the country as well as national economy. Ahsan Iqbal said the government has ended energy crisis, reduced terrorism, improved national economy, overcome power load-shedding and restored peace across the country.

For more information, contact:
Section Officer (Public)
Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan
Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9224938
Email: info@interior.gov.pk
Website: www.interior.gov.pk

Interior Minister chairs high level meeting on formation of National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023

Islamabad, January 16, 2018 (PPI-OT):Interior Minister Professor Ahsan Iqbal chaired a high level meeting in Islamabad on formation of National Internal Security Policy (NISP) 2018-2023. Meeting was attended by officials from Law enforcement agencies, Counter Terrorism Force, Home Ministries of provincial Government, HEC and Ministry of Interior. Interior Minister said that the Roadmap for formulation of National Internal Security Policy 2018-2023 is centered on the goals defined in vision 2025 that envisages a sharing peace, stability and development link, which is key for progress of any nation.

Interior Minister added that we have steered the country towards progress by enabling peace and Political stability to take root in the country. He said that we have to take practical steps now to consolidate the gains made and improve our capabilities for the new and future threats to our peace and security.

Interior Minister said that Political stability plays vital role for development, which requires avoiding conflicts in all forms and manifestations. National Security has become a broad subject with social, political and economic dimensions gaining importance. The nature of threats is changing with technological revolution. CPEC has changed Geo-Political equilibrium in the region due to which new Geo-Political pressures are developing on Pakistan. We must develop a comprehensive approach with the ownership of all stakeholders to succeed in implementation.

He also stressed that youth in Pakistan constitutes a major part of the population and is an asset for the country. It is our priority to mobilize our youth towards peace and stability by providing them with the enabling environment. He stated that new internal security policy framework is directed towards establishing a new paradigm for policy on security and peace. A more empirical and evidence based approach focused on the implementation of the goals has been adopted.

Interior Minister also said that ownership and participation of the key government departments as well as that of the key state institutions and broader civil society is critical for its success and implementation. He therefore requested feedback from all the stakeholders and their continued engagement during the policy making process. He also added that internal and external affairs are interconnected and have implications on the domestic and foreign policies.

Moreover, Steps have been envisaged in the Framework to formulate the policy Planning and Initial meeting with internal stakeholders, Desk Research, Consultation sessions with relevant stakeholders, National internal security conference, Expert interviews, Data Analysis, Reconciling differing views, Circulating initial draft for feedback, Developing and refining a final draft, Seeking executive approval, Setting up mechanism for implementation and Launching /dissemination of policy.

It is to be noted that basic tenets of the policy encapsulates the four key areas to improve peace and security viz: creating a shared vision, establishing rule of law, ensuring political stability and providing social justice. The Policy framework has also identified Political Parties/Policy makers, Academics/Analysts, Educationists, Journalists/Media Personnel, Religious Scholars, Legal Experts, Civil Society Organizations and Representatives of Marginalized Groups (Youth, Minorities, Women who will be engaged during the process of policy formulation) as major stakeholders.

The key inputs required from the government departments include: An assessment of the key initiatives that have been effective in ensuring security and those that are now redundant and assessment of key bottlenecks and blockages that impede optimal performance and Suggestions to remove these impediments and make government departments and LEAs more effective.

It was recognized that similar policy exercises in the past lacked implementation, therefore detailed implementation strategy; monitoring and evaluation mechanism and the funding requirements will be included in the policy and given particular attention.

The participants approved the detailed roadmap for the policy formulation process that includes three rounds of consultation sessions involving key stakeholders and a national conference on internal security. This represents a move towards evidence-based policy making in order to design policy interventions that deal with not only the symptoms, but also the root causes of security issues.

For more information, contact:
Section Officer (Public)
Ministry of Interior, Government of Pakistan
Pak Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9224938
Email: info@interior.gov.pk
Website: www.interior.gov.pk

President strongly condemns Quetta blast

Islamabad, January 09, 2018 (PPI-OT):President Mamnoon Hussain, strongly condemning the bomb blast in Quetta on Tuesday, expressed his solidarity with the families of those who embraced martyrdom in the blast. He directed the provincial authorities to extend all possible assistance to the affected and ensure the provision of best medical treatment for the injured. The president said the whole nation was proud of Balochistan police, constabulary and other forces who were sacrificing their lives for the elimination of terrorism.

For more information, contact:
Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage
Government of Pakistan
4th Floor, Cabinet Block, Pak. Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9103557
Email: info@moib.gov.pk
Website: http://www.moib.gov.pk

Tragic crash of Russian aircraft Tu-154

Islamabad, December 25, 2016 (PPI-OT):The leadership and the people of Pakistan are deeply grieved and saddened to learn about the tragic crash of Tu-154 aircraft in the Russian Federation today, which resulted in the loss of more than ninety valuable lives, including members of the renowned Alexandrov Ensemble.

We convey our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and the friendly people and Government of the Russian Federation. The people of Pakistan share their grief and stand by them as they mourn their irreparable loss.

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

OIC Secretariat in collaboration with Pakistan Consulate Jeddah organizes a seminar and Photo Exhibition on Kashmir

Islamabad, November 29, 2016 (PPI-OT): Special Representative of the OIC Secretary General on Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim reiterated OIC’s full support to the people of Kashmir in their legitimate struggle for the fundamental right to self-determination. He said this at the Seminar and Photo Exhibition on Kashmir jointly organized at the OIC Secretariat on 28th November 2016 by the Pakistan Consulate Jeddah and the OIC.

Ambassador Alim said that recently the situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir has turned critical. The OIC called on the Indian Government to stop using force against the Kashmiri people. In his welcoming remarks, Consul General Mr. Shehryar Akbar Khan said that the event was organized to mark the illegal entry of Indian force into occupied Jammu and Kashmir in 1947. After the extra-judicial killing of Burhan Wani on 8 July 2016, the situation has worsened. More than 115 Kashmiris have lost their lives and 15,000 injured. Around 850 people have sustained severe eye injuries.

Mr. Ghulam Muhammad Safi, True Representative of Kashmiri People informed the audience about prevailing situation and continued human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. He called on international community to play its role so that Kashmiri people can exercise their inherent right of self-determination.

The Chairman, Kashmir Committee Jeddah, Mr. Masood Ahmad Puri, called upon the international community to break its deadly silence on the tragedy in Kashmir. He presented a resolution to Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim, on behalf of the Kashmir Committee, Jeddah, calling the OIC to redouble its efforts to resolve the Kashmir issue.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Manzoor ul Haq, Ambassador of Pakistan to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia thanked the OIC and Saudi Arabia for supporting the cause of the people of Kashmir. He highlighted the plight of the people of Kashmir and the gross human rights violations by the occupying forces. He said that Pakistan wants to resolve its disputes with India including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir through dialogue and in a peaceful manner.

The photo exhibition and Seminar on Indian occupied Kashmir at the OIC Secretariat has become an annual feature for the past four years. The event was well attended by high level OIC officials, members of Diplomatic Corps, local dignitaries and representatives of Pakistan community.

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

Foreign Office terms story about committee misleading

Islamabad, November 23, 2016 (PPI-OT):In response to a query, the Spokesperson said that the lead story published by daily Dawn, today (23 November 2016) ‘New Committee to hammer out India Policy’ creates a misleading impression.

Mr. Sartaj Aziz, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs had informed the Senate yesterday, in response to a recommendation by the “Committee of the Whole” of the Senate, that a Committee, chaired by the Secretary, Foreign Affairs and including the representatives of the concerned Ministries and Departments would “regularly brief the Standing Committees on Defence and Foreign Affairs.”

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