Dec 292017
World Bank Country Director meets Minister of State for Finance

Islamabad, December 29, 2017 (PPI-OT):The World Bank Country Director, Patchamuthu Illangovan along with members of his team called on Minister of State for Finance, Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan here on Friday. He congratulated the Minister on assuming his new responsibilities and wished him well in his tenure. The Minister said World Bank has been a great development partner of Pakistan. He appreciated the contribution of the World Bank for development and progress of the country and hoped this partnership would further grow in future. Minister Rana Afzal and Mr. Illangovan on the occasion also had a brief discussion about ongoing projects. For more information, contact: Principal Information Officer, Press Information Department (PID) Tel: +92-51-9252323, +92-51-9252324 Fax: +92-51-9252325, +92-51-9252326 Email: Website:

Dec 292017
Pakistan High Commission celebrates Quaid’s Day in Colombo

Islamabad, December 29, 2017 (PPI-OT):The High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka held a distinguished ceremony to pay homage to the Founding Father of Pakistan Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah in connection with his 141st birthday anniversary celebrations at the High Commission premises, says a press release received here today from Colombo, Sri Lanka. The ceremony was held under the theme “Hamara Quaid” and Main Hon Quaid ka Pakistan”. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat, in his address, paid a rich tribute to the Quaid for untiring struggle and meritorious efforts for creation of Pakistan. He underscored that the creation of Pakistan would not have been possible without the diligent efforts, singularity of purpose, vision and leadership of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Dr. Shahid Ahmad Hashmat said that Quaid-e-Azam was a constitutionalist, who believed in democracy and social justice. His struggle for a separate homeland for the Muslims of Sub-Continent was aimed at creating a country where the Muslims could practice their religious, cultural and social values freely, he added. A commemorative cake was also cut by the High Commissioner along with the officials of the High Commission during the ceremony. For more information, contact: Principal Information Officer, Press Information Department (PID) Tel: +92-51-9252323, +92-51-9252324 Fax: +92-51-9252325, +92-51-9252326 Email: Website:

Dec 292017
European Union provides Euro 9.6 Million for the “Promotion of Human Rights in Pakistan”

Islamabad, December 29, 2017 (PPI-OT):Pakistan and European Union signed Grant Financing Agreement on Promotion of Human Rights in Pakistan amounting to Euro 9.6 million. The agreement will support the continued efforts of the government of Pakistan for the Promotion of Human Rights. The agreement also envisages enhancing the capacity of the Federal and Provincial Institutions and would also promote and create awareness in the area of Human Rights in collaboration with Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan. Secretary, Economic Affairs Division, Mr. Arif Ahmed Khan and European Union Deputy Head of Mission to Pakistan, Ms. Anne Marchal signed the agreement on behalf of government of Pakistan and European Union respectively. For more information, contact: Principal Information Officer, Press Information Department (PID) Tel: +92-51-9252323, +92-51-9252324 Fax: +92-51-9252325, +92-51-9252326 Email: Website:

Dec 232016
Pakistan calls on international community to strengthen mechanisms

Islamabad, December 23, 2016 (PPI-OT):Pakistan called on the international community to strengthen mechanisms and actions for promotion of dialogue and understanding among all religions and civilizations, says a press release received here today from New York. Introducing the draft resolution in the UN General Assembly on “Promotion of inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, understanding and cooperation for peace”, Pakistan’s Acting Permanent Representative, Mr. Nabeel Munir said that this should be done with a view to “restoring harmony” and “strengthening cooperation for peace and development”. The resolution introduced by Pakistan and Philippines and co-sponsored by 43 countries was adopted by the UN General Assembly by consensus. Pakistani envoy said that much of the growing mistrust could be traced to the growing gap in understanding and lack of tolerance among the various religions and civilizations of the world. “Extremist and terrorist groups exploit this gap to propagate their own toxic agenda”, he added. The world today, Mr. Munir said, is afflicted with destructive conflicts, both old and new, which are fueled by lingering suspicions and mistrust across the religious and civilizational fault lines. These conflicts, he said, not only cause immense human suffering and economic loss but also obstruct friendly interaction and socio-economic cooperation among the various regions and nations of the world. “We also witness a growing trend of xenophobia and religious intolerance and emergence of new extremist ideologies in different parts of the world”, he added. Pakistan appreciated the leading role of UNESCO and the valuable contribution of the UN Alliance [Read More…]

Dec 072016
Pakistan Army Hockey Team in Sri Lanka

Islamabad, December 07, 2016 (PPI-OT): A 20-member Pakistan Army Hockey Team, which is currently in Sri Lanka, visited the High Commission of Pakistan in Colombo, today. The Pakistan Army Hockey team, as part of the ongoing Army-to-Army Sports exchange programme arrived in Sri Lanka on 4th December 2016 to participate in four friendly matches with their counterparts in the Sri Lankan Army. The High Commissioner of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Maj. Gen. (R) Syed Shakeel Hussain, while talking to the Team members, said that Pakistan and Sri Lanka are bonded together in a wide range of relations one of which is sports activities and have been supporting each other’s teams in various sporting events. Hockey is the national game of Pakistan and Pakistan Hockey team held almost every major title, he added. He appreciated the Pakistani Army Hockey team for their good performance. He emphasized the need that the regular visits of such kind would not only help in grooming young players but also strengthening relations between both countries. On the occasion, the Manager of Pakistan Army Hockey Team, Lt. Col. Sadaf Akram apprised the High Commissioner about warm welcome and hospitality extended by the Sri Lankan Army to Pakistani Army Hockey team which was highly appreciated by the High Commissioner. Pakistan Army Hockey team won the first match against Sri Lankan Army team which was played on 06thDecember 2016 at Colombo Astro Turf ground. Both teams will play three more matches on 07th December 2016 at Colombo, 09th December [Read More…]

Dec 072016
Top United Nations leaders call for resumption of Pakistan-India dialogue

Islamabad, December 07, 2016 (PPI-OT): The top UN leadership has called for resumption of dialogue and de-escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan in their meetings with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Syed Tariq Fatemi in New York, says a press release received here today from New York. During his visit, the MoS met Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson, Under Secretary General for Political Affairs, Jeffery Feltman and the Secretary General-designate Antonio Guterres. He was accompanied in all these meetings by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi. MoS Fatemi, in his meetings at UN Headquarters, reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to multilateralism. He said Pakistan expected the UN to play its role in ensuring peace and stability in the region, especially in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Recalling that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had reached out to India and made efforts to develop a mutually beneficial relationship, he expressed disappointment at the efforts not being reciprocated. The SAPM also briefed them about continued human rights excesses being committed by Indian occupation forces on the Kashmiri people. Efforts to quash a popular, peaceful, spontaneous and indigenous uprising in IOK had led to the killing of over a hundred people, injuries to thousands with over six hundred blinded by the brutal use of pellet guns. To divert international attention from the atrocities, Indian forces had also stepped up ceasefire violations on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary. A particularly deplorable aspect of this escalation was the [Read More…]

Oct 262016
United States Ambassador David Hale calls on National Security Adviser

Islamabad, October 26, 2016 (PPI-OT): US Ambassador H.E Mr. David Hale called on National Security Adviser Lt Gen (R) Nasser Khan Janjua this morning. Issues concerning heinous terrorist attack on Police Training College at Quetta, counter-terrorism operations and cross-border attacks came under discussion. Mr. David condemned the attack on Quetta’s Police Training College and expressed his deepest regrets and also offered all out help from US in this regard. NSA briefed him on the efforts Pakistan is making to improve the security situation by implementing National Action Plan. NSA also emphasized on the need to break the nexus of Afghanistan based terrorist who are operating under the patronage of NDS and RAW. They are being covertly supported to come and hit the soft targets in Pakistan. He quoted that terrorists who attacked the Police Training College were constantly in touch with their leadership based in Afghanistan. Pakistan needs US support in this regard. NSA stated that peace in Afghanistan is directly linked to the peace in Pakistan and political reconciliation in Afghanistan is inevitable for the stability of the region. The US Ambassador also apprised NSA of the initiatives US has taken to improve security situation in Afghanistan. For more information, contact: Haji Ahmed Malik Principal Information Officer Press Information Department (PID) Tel: +92-51-9252323 and +92-51-9252324 Fax: +92-51-9252325 and +92-51-9252326 Email:

Oct 262016
15th Ministerial Conference on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation held

Islamabad, October 26, 2016 (PPI-OT): CAREC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) was held in Islamabad on 25th October 2016, chaired by Ms. Anjum Assad Amin Additional Secretary Economic Affairs Division, Ministry of Finance, Revenue, Economic Affairs, Statistics, and Privatization, being the CAREC National Focal Point (NFP) for Pakistan. The main objective of this meeting was to review the progress made in the priority areas, including new initiatives, towards CAREC 2020 goals of increased trade. The meeting was attended by (i) Mr. Sean O’ Sullivan Director General, Central and West Asia Department (CWRD), ADB (ii) National Focal Point for CAREC from Afghanistan (iii) Azerbaijan (iv) the People’s Republic of China (v) Kazakhstan (vi) Kyrgyz Republic (vii)Mongolia (viii) Tajikistan (ix) Turkmenistan (x) Uzbekistan along with the Senior Officials of partner Multilateral Institutions (MI), Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Monetary Fund (IMF), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Bank (WB); representatives from the Government of Georgia; representatives from CAREC Institute, Department for International Development, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), European Union, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BmZ), Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan International Cooperation Agency, U.S. Department of State, United States Agency for International Development, and World Trade Organization. In the opening remarks, National Focal Point (NFP) for Pakistan Ms. Anjum Assad Amin, highlighted the significant progress made by CAREC members in implementing priority projects under the four areas of transport, energy, trade facilitation, and trade policy. The [Read More…]

Oct 242016
Chairman OPF Board of Governors calls on Chairman Capital Development Authority; discusses Overseas Pakistanis issues

Islamabad, October 24, 2016 (PPI-OT): The Chairman OPF Board of Governors, Barrister Amjad Malik called on Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA), Shaikh Ansar Aziz and discussed issues related to Overseas Pakistanis including establishment of Centre for Excellence and Complaint Cell for expatriates, widening of access road to OPF Housing Scheme Zone-V and renewal of lease of KBWL land. The Chairman was accompanied by Member OPF Board of Governors and Chairman BoG Housing Committee, Muhammad Jahangir Minhas. The Chairman CDA appointed Member Admin, Salman Warriach as focal person for overseas Pakistanis. Barrister Malik briefed the Chairman CDA about working of OPF and its various projects for welfare of overseas Pakistanis and their dependents. He said that over 8 million Pakistanis are settled abroad, contributing over $ 20 billion per annum. “Its need of the hour to utilize skills and energies of expatriates for development of the mother land”, he said. Barrister Malik suggested for establishing Capital Overseas Commission for redressal of complaints and grievances of expatriates. The Chairman CDA, assured the Chairman OPF, BoG that issues of overseas Pakistani will be solved on priority basis. The Chairman OPF Board of Governors thanked the Chairman CDA and said that over 08 million overseas Pakistanis have special love for Pakistan. “We should try to introduce such policies and facilities which give incentives to overseas Pakistanis to keep their contact with their mother land and visit Pakistan with their next generation frequently”, he added. For more information, contact: Overseas Pakistanis Foundation (OPF) Shahrah-e-Jamhouriat, Sector [Read More…]