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Chairman Senate, Mian Raza Rabbani presides over meeting of Council of Chairmen at Parliament House

Islamabad, July 20, 2017 (PPI-OT):With a view to further improve the functioning and performance of the various committees of the Senate and to evolve effective measures to make the committee system more vibrant and responsive to the needs and aspirati...

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Meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges held

Islamabad, July 20, 2017 (PPI-OT):A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

Proposal for the name of New Islamabad Airport as Quaid-e-Azam International Airport

The Committee has unanimously recommended while passing a resolution that the name of new Islamabad Airport should be “Quaid-e-Azam International Airport. The Committee disposed of the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 with the recommendation that there is no need to change this rule at this stage.

The Committee pended the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechoho, MNA in Rule 122 and 244 and the Question of Privilege moved by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA against Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan, Baloch, MNA. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahran, MNA against Mr. Babar Wahla, Assistant Director, Land, Gujranwala, with the direction to D.G, Land Record, Lahore to resolve the issue of the Hon. Member within one week otherwise the Committee would refer this issue to the Hon. Speaker.

The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA regarding non-provision of loans to the Hon. Member by Financial Institutions and Private Banks with the recommendation that the Ministry of Finance should take some steps and make some amendments in rules regarding the definition of Political Exposed Persons.

The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, MNA against Mr. Akhtar Randhawa, CEO, HESCO with the recommendations that the Ministry of Water and Power should not re-hire the said Officer in his Ministry in future.

On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA against PIA, constituted a Sub-Committee Committee under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan, Leghari, MNA and Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail as member. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 22nd June, 2017 and re-confirmed the minutes of its meeting held on 13th April, 2017.

The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Siyal, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Mir Aaijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Dr. Nisar Ahmed, MNAs/Mover.

For more information, contact:
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Automation Centre,
National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
Fax: +92-51-9221106
Email: assembly@na.gov.pk
Website: www.na.gov.pk

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Meeting of National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges held

Islamabad, July 20, 2017 (PPI-OT):A meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on Rules of Procedure and Privileges was held today at 2:00 a.m in Committee Room No.7, Parliament House, Islamabad under the Chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Junaid Anwar Chaudhry, MNA.

Proposal for the name of New Islamabad Airport as Quaid-e-Azam International Airport

The Committee has unanimously recommended while passing a resolution that the name of new Islamabad Airport should be “Quaid-e-Azam International Airport. The Committee disposed of the amendment moved by Ms. Naeema Kishwar Khan, MNA in Rule 48 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the National Assembly, 2007 with the recommendation that there is no need to change this rule at this stage.

The Committee pended the amendment moved by Dr. Azra Fazal Pechoho, MNA in Rule 122 and 244 and the Question of Privilege moved by Mir Aijaz Hussain Jakhrani, MNA against Mr. Muhammad Salman Khan, Baloch, MNA. The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahran, MNA against Mr. Babar Wahla, Assistant Director, Land, Gujranwala, with the direction to D.G, Land Record, Lahore to resolve the issue of the Hon. Member within one week otherwise the Committee would refer this issue to the Hon. Speaker.

The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, MNA regarding non-provision of loans to the Hon. Member by Financial Institutions and Private Banks with the recommendation that the Ministry of Finance should take some steps and make some amendments in rules regarding the definition of Political Exposed Persons.

The Committee disposed of the Question of Privilege of Dr. Nisar Ahmed Jatt, MNA against Mr. Akhtar Randhawa, CEO, HESCO with the recommendations that the Ministry of Water and Power should not re-hire the said Officer in his Ministry in future.

On the Question of Privilege raised by Ch. Bilal Ahmed Virk, MNA against PIA, constituted a Sub-Committee Committee under the convenership of Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan, Leghari, MNA and Mr. Abdul Majid Khan Khanankhail as member. The Committee confirmed the minutes of its previous meeting held on 22nd June, 2017 and re-confirmed the minutes of its meeting held on 13th April, 2017.

The meeting was attended by Chaudhary Mahmood Bashir Virk, Rana Umer Nazir Khan, Mr. Najaf Abbas Siyal, Mr. Muhammad Arshad Khan Leghari, Mr. Azhar Qayyum Nahra, Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan Khanankhail, Sheikh Muhammad Akram, Mr. Mumtaz Ahmed Tarar, Ms. Maiza Hameed, Ms. Shagufta Jumani, Mr. Ghulam Sarwar Khan, Mr. S.A. Iqbal Quadri and Ms. Asiya Nasir, MNAs/Members. The meeting was also attended by Mir Aaijaz Hussain Jakhrani and Dr. Nisar Ahmed, MNAs/Mover.

For more information, contact:
Secretary
National Assembly of Pakistan
Automation Centre,
National Assembly Secretariat,
Parliament House,
Islamabad – Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-9221082-83
Fax: +92-51-9221106
Email: assembly@na.gov.pk
Website: www.na.gov.pk

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Pakistani University students to visit Japan under the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science

Islamabad, July 20, 2017 (PPI-OT): A delegation of 10 students of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) along with their one supervisor will be visiting Japan on the invitation by the Government of Japan from 22nd to 30th July, 2017 under the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science which is known as the “SAKURA Exchange Program in Science”. The selected students are currently enrolled in the PhD and Masters programs of NUST School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan, today hosted a pre-departure ceremony at his residence and handed over travel documents to the students for their visit to Japan.

“SAKURA Exchange Program in Science” aims to promote exchanges between young Asian and Japanese researchers in the fields of science and technology through close collaboration of industry-academia-government by facilitating short-term visits of competent Asian youths to Japan for studying and experiencing cutting-edge Japanese technology. Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) annually offer “Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science” (SAKURA Exchange Program in Science). Since last year, this program is being offered in Pakistan and so far students of six high schools have availed this opportunity.

Ambassador Takashi Kurai, while speaking at the occasion congratulated the students upon their selection for SAKURA Exchange Program in Science and also underlined the importance of learning new science and technology based on the knowledge in the modern technology-led world. Ambassador Kurai said that Japan would continue assisting Pakistan in its efforts for the human resource development which is the key for achieving sustainable progress and development. Ambassador expressed the hope that the Pakistani students would get an opportunity during their visit to Japan to learn and experience the modern scientific and technological advancements of Japan.

For more information, contact:
Embassy of Japan
53-70, Ramna 5/4, Diplomatic Enclave 1
Islamabad 44000
Pakistan (P.O. Box 1119, Islamabad, Pakistan)
Tel: +92-51-9072500
Fax: +92-51-9072352
Email: culture@ib.mofa.go.jp
http://www.pk.emb-japan.go.jp

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Pakistan Council on China hosts annual forum to discuss prospects of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

Lahore, July 19, 2017 (PPI-OT):Pakistan Council on China (PCC) hosted its annual forum on the prospects and challenges of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) today in Islamabad. The aim of the conference was to help promote better understanding for the future opportunities and challenges in the implementation of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). As key note speakers, Chargé d’affaires Chinese Embassy Islamabad Mr. Lijian Zhao and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Ms Tehmina Janjua shed light on this important project for the region.

While discussing the opportunities of this strategically very significant initiative, Pakistan’s foreign secretary Ms Tehmina Janjua said that “Pakistan believes its long-term prosperity is inextricably linked to peace and development and we need comprehensive approaches to regional peace, stability and prosperity.

She further said that our long term vision of economic development is reflected in vision 2025 which emphasizes regional connectivity and economic cooperation. CPEC is a natural choice for Pakistan and china. Pakistan’s Eastern neighbour has publicly announced opposition to CPEC and we are well aware of the challenges. She said that as the flagship project of OBOR, CPEC is destined to serve as a game changer for the whole region.

Chargé d’affaires Chinese Embassy Islamabad Mr. Lijian Zhao highlighted the role of Pakistan and china for regional connectivity and trade saying that “BRI carries the virtue of peaceful cooperation, openness and inclusiveness, mutual learning and win-win spirit. He further said that CPEC is an unprecedented undertaking in the history of China-Pakistan relations”.

Forum also discussed cultural, educational and economic dimensions of CPEC. President of Pakistan Council on China Amb (r) Inam-ul-Haq said that Pakistan and China enjoy a unique history of mutual respect, trust and friendship. He said that PCC created in an effort to improve the level and content of communications between the two countries. He further stated that CPEC is the foundation for regional cooperation, improving economic growth and offering trade diversifications.

Director of Pakistan Council on China, Hamayoun Khan said that PCC is without doubt a strong contributor to the concept of BRI and CPEC with our intellectual advantage. He further said that every Pakistani and Chinese are looking forward to great success of CPEC which will ensure the brighter future of the whole region.

Pakistan Council on China (PCC), a think-tank that was established in 2012, a year before initiation of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in view of the significance of expanding Sino-Pak bilateral relation. PCC is an independent, non-political, non-partisan body constituted to promote Pak-China relations.

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Council on China
Tel: +92-345-1019964
Website: http://pcc.org.pk

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Plan to set up 46 Special Economic Zones along China Pakistan Economic Corridor route

Lahore, July 19, 2017 (PPI-OT):In recent chain of events the Board of Investment (BoI) announced that the government is planning to establish 46 Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in conjunction with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) route in the long run. During the Pak-China Joint Cooperation Committee (PCJCC) held in Beijing, nine zones of the forty six zones have already been declared prioritized. The Chinese companies are simultaneously working on numerous projects relating to infrastructure, energy and railways.

The President of All Pakistan Business Forum (APBF) – Mr. Ibrahim Qureshi expressed his views, whereby highlighting that products manufactured in these zones can are not only limited to be exported, but can also be sold in the local market, making them duty free. This would make it an ideal zone for investors as Pakistan has a market of 200 million+ people. “The Chinese companies have humongous opportunities to relocate their businesses to these priority SEZs”, he said.

Mr Qureshi also pointed out that every zone has its special benefits for investors in terms of its skilled work force, location, raw material and linkages with other parts inside and outside the country. China is extremely talented in developing zones mostly from 1985 – 1995 and from 2009 – 2015 and Pakistan can learn much from Chinese.

While chairing a meeting to review the development of SEZs under CPEC, the Federal Minister for Planning Developing and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said: “the provinces should make the presentations regarding SEZs more elaborative so it can attract more investment. Provinces are finalizing their SEZs prior to the visit of the Chinese experts which is due this month.” He also stated: “Industrial development under CPEC will not harm local industries and the interests of local business community would be safeguarded.

Representatives of all provinces of Pakistan have also put forward their valuable input in the development of the SEZ’s, highlighting what it brings to the table for both Pakistan and China. The provision of gas and electricity to all the SEZs is the responsibility of the federal government and it was informed that both the utilities are within reach of these SEZs and will be available on demand.

For more information, contact:
China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)
CPEC Secretariat:
Ministry of Planning, Development and
Reform “P” Block Pak-Secretariat,
Islamabad, Pakistan
Phone: +92-51-9208952
Fax: +92-51-9212792
Email: dd_cpec@pc.gov.pk
Website: www.cpec.gov.pk

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