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Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with his Omani counterpart in New York

New York, September 27, 2018 (PPI-OT): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with Omani Foreign Minister Yousuf Bin Alawi bin Abdullah, on the side-lines of the United Nations General Assembly today, in New York. The Foreign Minister highlighted the great significance attached by Pakistan to its relations with Oman. He expressed satisfaction at regular interactions between the two Parliaments and other frameworks, which form the basis of a robust relationship between the two countries.

Both sides agreed to early holding of the next round of Joint Ministerial Commission. The Foreign Minister especially referred to the 272,000 strong Pakistani community, which serves as the strongest bridge between the two nations. He offered services of our skilled and semi-skilled manpower to meet Oman’s future manpower needs.

Both sides emphasized the need to enhance the existing volume of bilateral trade which is much below the actual potential of the two countries. It was agreed to increase frequent B2B interaction/ people to people contacts/ joint ventures in areas of large-scale manufacturing.

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

Pakistan tells the United Nations it is committed to end the epidemic of Tuberculosis

New York, September 27, 2018 (PPI-OT): At the UN, Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s firm commitment to achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and said that the Government of Pakistan remained fully committed to the endemic of TB by 2030.

Speaking at the High- Level event on the Fight against Tuberculosis, Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated the efforts and progress made by the World Health Organization. He stressed the importance of fighting the epidemic of Tuberculosis, which still accounts for over four and a half thousand deaths every day. He said that this epidemic was pervasive in lower income and middle-income countries.

“Mostly affecting adults in their most productive years, this disease not only brings personal tragedy to the families but also places a heavy burden on the world’s most poor and vulnerable”, he added. The Foreign Minister underlined that Pakistan was among the seven countries- most affected by TB. By implementing Multiple Drug Resistant TB strategy, we have yielded positive results with a success rate of 65 percent, which is higher than average global success rate.

He vowed that the government is fully committed to root out this epidemic by implementing End TB Strategy. He concluded by expressing Pakistan’s commitment to earnestly work with members of the international community to prevent unnecessary deaths, lift people out of poverty, and make progress towards other sustainable goals.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
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Cell: +92-336-5644459
Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meets President World Bank

Islamabad, September 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi held a meeting with President World Bank Jim Yong Kim on the side-lines of the 73rd UNGA session. The focus of the meeting was the World Bank’s role in implementation of the Indus Water Treaty as its Administrator. The Foreign Minister presented Pakistan’s position on the Kishan Ganga and Ratle projects in a forceful and emphatic manner.

The Foreign Minister said, Indian construction of these projects represented a violation of the Treaty, which gave Pakistan exclusive rights to western rivers. He emphasized that the procedural delay on Pakistan’s request to the World Bank to empanel the Court of Arbitration had resulted in completion of the Kishan Ganga Projects while construction work on Ratle was in progress. He said that the new government viewed this as a humanitarian issue with lives and livelihood of millions at stake. It was not interested in politicizing the issue.

The President of the World Bank said, while he understood Pakistan’s position on the Treaty, he expressed the Bank’s desire to play a constructive role in resolving this important matter at the earliest. He remarked that, with the ongoing challenge of climate change, water issues were likely to be more prominent on the international agenda.

He indicated that the World Bank was in the process of finalizing a fresh initiative and would soon be approaching Pakistan and India with details. The meeting was conducted in a cordial and frank setting. Both sides resolved to maintain regular contacts at various levels to seek an early and amicable settlement to the issue.

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

25th Informal Meeting of Ministers of ECO Member Countries held

Islamabad, September 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi attended the 25th Informal Meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization today, held on the side-lines of the seventy-third session of the UNGA. The Foreign Minister, while recognizing the importance of the ECO platform, said Pakistan enjoys fraternal and brotherly relations with ECO member countries. These relations can be further strengthened with regional connectivity projects. In this regard the Minister highlighted CPEC as a great example of connectivity.

The Foreign Minister, referring to the last 13th ECO Summit held in Islamabad in 2017 with the theme of “Connectivity for Regional Prosperity” underscored Pakistan’s priority for energy connectivity. He referred to the fact that some countries in the ECO region were energy deficient while others were energy surplus. There was thus a greater need to initiate energy projects. He also referred to projects such as CASA-1000 and TAPI in which Pakistan was already participating.

In order to strengthen trade ties, the Foreign Minister supported revisiting the ECO trade agreement, which was aimed at promoting trade liberalization within the ECO region. He also supported strengthening ECO Transit Trade Framework Agreement, which would enable the region to function as a bridge between the North and the South, Europe and Asia.

The Foreign Minister also stated that in order to supplement transit agreements, Pakistan was upgrading its rail and infrastructure to facilitate smooth flow of goods with its neighbours. He further added that the Istanbul-Tehran-Istanbul corridor and the Pakistan-Iran-Turkmenistan rail link were being made functional. Foreign Minister Qureshi informed the meeting that out of Pakistan’s pledge of US$ 5 million to the ECO fund for the reconstruction of Afghanistan, an amount of US$ 2 million had already been paid to the ECO.

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Government of Pakistan
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Fax: +92-51-9204202
Cell: +92-336-5644459
Website: www.mofa.gov.pk

Minister takes of corruption in Revenue Department

Karachi, September 16, 2018 (PPI-OT): Provincial Minister for Revenue and Relief Makhdoom Mehboob uz Zaman has taken notice over the news has been published in a number of Press and the Minister Concerned has taken notice and warned the culprit officers and Officials of Revenue Department to avoid such practice otherwise he will taken strained action against officers/officials of Revenue Department who are involved in malpractices and given huge lose to government structure.

Protesters claimed that Mukhtiarkar Qasimabad office demanding bribes for every business related to their office. Corruption is on its peak in all revenue offices of Hyderabad. They blamed that employees of Mukhtiarkar Qasimabad office receiving 12 to 15 thousand to issue sell certificate while the original government fees is just 500 rupees.

Minister Revenue and Relief Sindh, Makhdoom Mehboob Zaman directed secretary revenue department to probe complains and submit report as soon as possible. We cannot tolerate any act of corruption or disobedience causing huge defamation of whole Revenue department. All such black sheep of revenue department will be treated with iron hands and their services will be terminated. Minister Revenue and Relief Sindh, Makhdoom Mehboob Zaman in his statement ensures the estate agents that their issues and complains will be redress soon.

For more information, contact:
Information and Archives Department
Directorate of Press Information
Government of Sindh
95-Sindh Secretariat 4-B, Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99204423, +92-21-99204401
Email: pressinformationzubair@gmail.com
Website: http://sindhinformation.gos.pk

Foreign Minister’s Visit to Kabul (15 September 2018)

Islamabad, September 16, 2018 (PPI-OT): Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi led a high level official delegation on his maiden foreign visit to Kabul on 15 September 2018. The Foreign Minister met Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and held delegation level talks with his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani.

The Foreign Minister during his engagements with Afghan leadership conveyed that the new government attached importance to its relations with Afghanistan and would work towards further deepening cooperation in the fields of trade development and connectivity. He also reiterated Pakistan’s support for the National Unity Government’s efforts to bring lasting peace in Afghanistan. He assured the Afghan leadership that Pakistan, along with other partners of Afghanistan, remained ready to play constructive role in facilitating an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and reconciliation.

He underscored the importance of cooperation and coordination between the two countries in the areas of counter-terrorism and security and offered to train Afghan police and law enforcement agencies in Pakistani institutions. Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity (APAPPS) provided most useful platform to deliver the objectives.

The Foreign Minister underlined the importance of frequent high level engagements between the two countries that have contributed in building trust and improving mutual understanding and emphasized to maintain this upward trajectory in bilateral relations through more high level visits during the upcoming months. He also invited President Ghani to visit Pakistan.

In the context of enhancing trade between the two countries, Pakistan had decided to waive off regulatory duty on imports from Afghanistan. As a result Afghan exports to Pakistan have recorded substantial increase of 118 percent in 2018. He stated that Pakistan will fast-track steps including standardization and automation of custom procedures, up-gradation of infrastructure at crossing points between the two countries. For the second phase of 3000 scholarships, more than 600 scholarships have already been granted and Afghan students would start their semester next fall.

The Foreign Minister handed over a letter from the Prime Minister addressed to the President marking the first consignment of 40,000 tonnes of wheat gifted to the Afghan people. The two Foreign Ministers took decisions on four meetings including hosting of the Joint Economic Commission (JEC), to convene the meeting of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Coordination Authority (APTTCA), meeting of the Steering Committee of the Joint Ulema Conference and the meeting of the working groups of Afghanistan Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi highlighted the unmatched hospitality extended by the people of Pakistan for their Afghan brothers and sisters and underlined the need for dignified and sustainable repatriation of Afghan refugees to their homeland through a gradual and time-bound plan. They also agreed to expedite matters related to providing necessary security to Pakistan Consulate General in Jalalabad to ensure its early operationalization.

The visit provided an opportunity to set-out the contours of the new government’s future engagement with Afghanistan to build mutually beneficial relationship and enhance cooperation between the two countries.

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