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Ambassador meets Pakistani community in Buraimi

Islamabad, May 16, 2017 (PPI-OT): HE Ali Javed, Ambassador of Pakistan visited Buraimi last week to meet Pakistani Community and gave a comprehensive briefing on bilateral relations, measures for improving quality, efficiency and transparency in Consular Services and outreach initiatives. He shared that 11,000 Pakistanis joined Embassy WhatsApp Broadcast (+968 9198-0458) launched in January whereas 10,000 had joined Mission’s email (cwaparepmuscat@gmail.com), says a press release received here today from Muscat.

Ambassador highlighted that promotion of peace as means to prosperity envisioned in the policy of “Peaceful Neighbourhood” an ‘Inclusive Participation’ of Pakistani expats in national policy formulation as priorities set by Hon’ble Prime Minister. He noted that the recent visit to Oman by Barrister Amjad Malik, a UK based expat and first elected Chairman Board of Governors (BoG) of Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF), the position until now held by a Federal Minister, and allocation of US$1.25mn to support scholarship and internships for children of overseas Pakistanis both substantiated and translated the vision of the Prime Minister.

Mr. Javed observed that Pakistan and Oman enjoyed centuries old bonds of affinity and kinship. He recalled visit to Muscat by HE Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs (September 4-6, 2016) and praised the recent visit to Islamabad by HE Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of Sultanate of Oman and his engagements with Pakistani Leadership including the hon’ble Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who praised the sagacious leadership of HM Sultan Qaboos, appreciated the Omani progress and thanked Omani society for hosting Pakistani expats.

HE Javed had arrived in the Sultanate as the Ambassador in June 2016 and by mid August he had prioritized meetings with Pakistani communities in Buraimi followed with Salalah where he participated in Independence Day celebrations on August 14th. The current number of Pakistani here is placed at 265,746 (NCSI-Oman), 5th worldwide and 3rd in GCC.

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At United Nations Pakistan calls for resolving conflicts to eliminate sexual violence

Islamabad, May 16, 2017 (PPI-OT): Pakistan’s top diplomat told the UN that prevention and resolution of conflicts was the best way to eliminate conflict-related sexual violence, says a press release received here today from New York. Speaking in the Security Council’s debate on sexual violence in conflict, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi expressed Pakistan’s support for the UN Secretary General’s emphasis on conflict prevention as the core of the global and security paradigm.

She said that multidimensional peacekeeping missions with protection mandates play a key role in combating violence against women in conflict and post-conflict situations. As a leading troop contributing country, she assured the 15-member Council of Pakistan’s commitment to protect women and girls from sexual violence and said that gender sensitization was part of mandatory training for Pakistani peacekeepers.

“My country will continue to uphold and value the principles underpinning protection of the vulnerable including women and children”, the Pakistani envoy said and added, “For us, they are not only a global peace and security concern but more importantly, an imperative of humanity”. Ambassador Lodhi asserted that exploitation of women and girls was not an incidental by product of conflict, but a widely employed instrument to humiliate and terrorize civilians.

She said that several state and non-state actors have employed rape and sexual abuse as a deliberate policy to subdue and suppress entire populations. “We see this in Pakistan’s neighbourhood as well. Unfortunately, those who commit and condone sexual violence are often not fully held to account”, she added.

Pakistan called for strengthening and enhancing the capacity of national institutions and criminal justice systems in countries facing armed conflict. Ambassador Lodhi argued that as prosecution was critical for prevention, combating impunity for these crimes was of utmost importance. She also called for provision of support to the victims of sexual violence. Dr. Lodhi said that justice does not only mean punishment for the perpetrators but also redress for the survivors.

“Survivors not only need financial compensation but also access to health care, social services and legal support. They must also be given assistance to reintegrate into society”, she added. Supporting the Secretary General’s recommendation that conflict-related sexual violence should be considered a ground for asylum, Ambassador Lodhi stressed that the plight of migrant women and girls, require special attention to ensure that in their quest for protection and safety, these victims of conflict do not fall prey to human trafficking and abuse.

Sexual violence, she said, was amongst the most egregious crimes in armed conflict, one that disproportionately affects women and girls. She regretted that for far too long, sexual violence has been considered as an unfortunate and inevitable reality of conflict and the humanity has stood at the sidelines, seeking justification for its collective inaction, in an evasive sense of fatalism.

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Prime Minister Azad Jammu Kashmir distributes tool kits among young students trained under Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development programme

Islamabad, April 27, 2017 (PPI-OT) :Our country’s progress depends on the skilled human resource and specially persons having technical expertise in various demand driven fields. This was said by the Prime Minister AJK, Raja Mohammad Farooq Haider while speaking at an event to distribute tool kits among young students who had just completed training in various disciplines under the Prime Minister’s Youth Skill Development programme here at Kashmir House. Minister of Education, Industries and Labour Women Development Ms. Noureen Arif, Executive Director NAVTTC, Mr. Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema , IG AJK Mr. Bashir Memon, and Managing Director Suzuki, Mr. Shoukat Mehmood Qazi, industrialists and heads of institutes were also present.

Raja Farooq said that NAVTTC is carrying out the responsibility of preparing skilled youth in various fields in an efficient manner. He further added that this training has helped thousands of young boys and girls from AJK in getting employment in their trained fields and now they are not only financially sound but also contributing towards overall economic development of the country. He also lauded free of cost training to youth and provision of monthly stipend and tool kits to successful students.

The executive director NAVTTC, Zulfiqar Ahmad Cheema said that training according to job market demand was of immense importance. He said NAVTTC has designed their modules on modern methods and the curriculum has also been updated and made at par with international standards. He said skill competitions have been a huge success in creating awareness and increasing interest of our youth towards skill sector.

While addressing the trainees he said that NAVTTC would train thousands of young boys and girls of AJK in the most demanded marketable skills so that they are in a better position to secure jobs both at home and abroad. As many as 120 students received tool kits on the occasion. Before that they came on stage and shared their success stories with the audience about how they are now able to support their families after setting up their small scale businesses.

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Cultural Counsellor of Embassy of China calls on Federal Minister Riaz Pirzada

Islamabad, April 24, 2017 (PPI-OT): Cultural Counsellor of Embassy of China, Mr. You Yi called on Federal Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada at his office here on Monday. Federal Minister Riaz Pirzada welcomed the Chinese Cultural Counsellor and said that both Pakistan and China are enjoying long-term brotherly relations.

Youth Exchange programme was discussed during the meeting. The Federal Minister apprised the Cultural Counsellor of China those 100 Pakistani youth visited China last year under Youth Exchange programme. Now it is China’s term to send its youths to visit Pakistan, the Federal Minister said. The Federal Minister said that China can also send its young players to Pakistan to hold competitions with Pakistani players especially in badminton and Table tennis.

Riaz Pirzada said that both China and Pakistan can jointly hold Chinese and Pakistani cultural programs at Pak-China Centre in Islamabad and National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi to further boost cultural relations between the two countries. Mr. You Yi termed it positive to hold cultural programs.

During the meeting Chinese Cultural Counsellor told that China is going to organize Anti-doping Conference in China on May 23, 2017 and invited Federal Minister Riaz Pirzada to attend the Conference. The Federal Minister accepted the invitation. The meeting of was also attended by Additional Secretary Ministry of Inter-provincial Coordination (IPC) Tipu Mahabat Khan, Director General Pakistan Sports Board Akhtar Nawaz Ganjera and other officials of the Ministry.

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Minister for Climate Change departed for Washington to attend Water and Sanitation for All high level meetings

Islamabad, April 18, 2017 (PPI-OT): Federal Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid left for Washington DC to participate in Sanitation and Water for All high level meetings. The 2017 SWA High-level Meetings will take place in Washington D.C., USA. The…