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High Commissioner felicitates Pakistan cricket team

Islamabad, June 19, 2017 (PPI-OT): H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK congratulated the national cricket team on their historic victory against team India in ICC Champions Trophy at Oval on 18 June 2017, says a press release received here today from London.

The High Commissioner thanked the team for bringing happiness and excitement to the entire nation as an Eid gift and termed the victory a part of celebration of Pakistan’s 70thIndependence Anniversary this year. He also congratulated the team management on this extraordinary victory in the final. The High Commissioner thanked the British Pakistani community for extending their continuous support to the team Pakistan, and felicitated them on this happy occasion.

The High Commissioner said team work and self belief made our team invincible. “Rising from the bottom to the top in the short space of a single tournament, shows the resilience, talent and capability of our nation,” added the High Commissioner. He called upon the international cricket to come back to Pakistan in the best interest of this game and its millions of fans across the world.

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Health Minister launches Prime Minister’s National Health Program in Abbottabad

Islamabad, June 19, 2017 (PPI-OT): Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar on Monday launched Prime Minister’s National Health Program in Abbottabad by distributing health cards among enrolled families below the poverty line in a ceremony in Abbottabad. Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi, public representatives and notables of the district were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the ceremony Saira Afzal Tarar said under the program 30, 521 families are being provided health cards for free treatment from empanelled public and private sector hospitals. Under the direction of the Prime Minister the program is being expanded to the entire country in a phased manner. She highlighted that this was the largest health initiative providing free services to the poorest of the poor for the very first time. We believe in delivering to the masses and our work speaks for itself she said.

Under the program those who could not imagine getting highly expensive procedures and operations done, are getting this facility free of cost. We do not believe in hollow slogans and mere campaigning on social media. Today the situation in Pakistan is much better then when we were voted in by the people in 2013. There is a sea change in the security situation, the energy crisis is being resolved with zero industrial loadshedding and domestic loadshedding on its way out.

Massive improvement has been seen in macroeconomic stability. CPEC project has been launched and Pakistan is being seen as a top destination for investment. She vowed to continue to serve the masses and said nothing will stop their march towards progress and changing the destiny of people of the country.

Deputy Speaker National Assembly Murtaza Javed Abbasi also spoke on the occasion and thanked the Prime Minister and Minister Saira Afzal Tarar on behalf of the people of Abbottabad for launching a program that would cater to the critical health needs of the poor.

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Principal Information Officer,
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +92-51-9252323, +92-51-9252324
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Email: piopid@gmail.com
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Message from Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of Pakistan on the occasion of World Environment Day, 5th June 2017

Islamabad, June 04, 2017 (PPI-OT):Prospects of climate change, global warming and environmental degradation endangering the future of the human race on Earth are real – critically real. We cannot deny the alarming rate at which glaciers are melting, nor can we turn our attention away from the depletion of the ozone layer. The visible increase in the frequency of natural calamities, including disastrous rainfall and flooding, in recent times is just one indicator. Those few who are denying this reality even today are jeopardizing the whole of humanity.

The World Environment Day is actually a day for serious introspection. It is a day to comprehend the true significance of Connecting People to Nature. Nations all around the world need to carefully review their policies and practices, and try to improve their understanding of how best we can all collaborate to synergistically protect and preserve our common habitat. We need to synchronize our policies, develop and adopt new environment-friendly technologies, and ensure that all our developmental efforts lead to outcomes that are also environmentally sustainable.

Finally, we need to earnestly accept that environmental impact transcends borders, and that the non-cooperation of even one nation can become a woe for all others. In this context, it is a matter of immense satisfaction for me that the Government of Pakistan is mindful of its responsibilities towards the environment. We have ensured that our industrial, infrastructural and associated developmental initiatives are environment-friendly. We have made environmental impact studies a mandatory part of all development projects, irrespective of their size.

We have also recently launched the Green Pakistan Programme across the country in collaboration with provincial and regional governments, the civil society and our international development partners. This programme is a comprehensive intervention designed not just to preserve our environment, including woodlands and wildlife, but is also aimed at raising awareness amongst the masses on the crucial requirement for every Pakistani to contribute towards the national effort.

In the international domain, Pakistan has already ratified the ‘Paris Agreement’ and, thereby, stands committed to collaborate in global efforts to protect the environment. My most important message for every Pakistani today is that it is the shared duty of each and every one of us to care for our environment, as a sacred trust, to be passed onto posterity.

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Press Information Department (PID)
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Afghanistan should focus on improving security, not blame Pakistan: Maleeha

Islamabad, June 04, 2017 (PPI-OT):Afghanistan should turn its attention to reversing the deteriorating security situation in the country instead of blaming Pakistan, a top Pakistani diplomat has said, says a press release received from New York here today. “We are ready to help address the shared threat of violent extremists to the region but for that, Afghanistan should desist from externalizing its internal problems,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, said in response to questions during an interview with Voice of America (VOA).

“The surge in violence (in Afghanistan) seems to indicate the spreading influence of ISIS about which we have long warned,” the Pakistani envoy pointed out. “The ability of violent groups to infiltrate Kabul’s green zone also suggests insider connections which are even more worrying,” Ambassador Lodhi said, referring to a truck explosion on Wednesday that reportedly killed nearly 100 people and wounded hundreds of others near the presidential palace and foreign embassies.

Recalling that Pakistan had strongly condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Kabul, she said, “The rapid slide in the security situation is troubling not only for Afghanistan but for all its neighbours, especially Pakistan.” Those attacks, she said, also seemed to be aimed at scuttling plans for initiating a renewed peace and reconciliation effort by elements opposed to the process.

“But whoever may be responsible for the latest spate of brutal attacks, the Afghan government would do better to focus on this growing threat rather than hurl baseless accusations against Pakistan,” Ambassador Lodhi said. ”The timing of the attacks on Kabul suggests those who carried them out want to sabotage any renewed effort towards a negotiated peace.” She added, “Terrorism and violent extremism are a common enemy and need a joint resolve to fight it.”

Meanwhile, the UN envoy to Afghanistan called for measures to halt the cycle of violence following Wednesday’s deadly attack “I urge everyone not to respond to violence with more violence, Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, said referring to Saturday’s attack, which reportedly killed at least seven people and wounded dozens of others attending a funeral in the Afghan capital.

Yamamoto underscored that the incident “follows so much violence this week across the country, in Khost, in Kabul and in other provinces.” “Meaningful steps must take place now to obtain an immediate, nationwide halt to violence. I encourage all parties to enter discussions toward that end. The United Nations stands ready to help,” the envoy said. He also urged all members of the international community to help put an end the cycle of violence and support the foundations of a lasting peace. The upcoming Kabul meeting on regional peace and security provides an immediate opportunity in that regard.

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Principal Information Officer,
Press Information Department (PID)
Tel: +92-51-9252323, +92-51-9252324
Fax: +92-51-9252325, +92-51-9252326
Email: piopid@gmail.com
Website: www.pid.gov.pk

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Ishaq Dar chairs meeting on matters related to Finance Division

Islamabad, May 30, 2017 (PPI-OT):Finance Minister Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar here chaired a meeting on matters related to Finance Division. The Minister congratulated the officials of Finance Division on successfully undertaking all budget related acti...

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