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Delta Air Lines Becomes Launch Operator of ATMOSPHÈRE Cabin with New Order for 20 Bombardier CRJ900

MONTRÉAL, June 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Delta Air Lines, Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia (Delta Air Lines) has signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft – becoming the launch operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets. Based on the list price for the […]

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Dollar appreciation biggest threat to the economy

Karachi, June 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): Chairman Coordination of FPCCI Malik Sohail on Wednesday said continuous erosion in the exchange rate has emerged as the biggest threat to the economy. Increasing value of the dollar is sinking the masses in the sea of ...

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf acknowledges SMEs as backbone of economy

Karachi, June 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME) appreciated the statement of chairman Pakistan Tehreek e Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan that the small to medium sized (SME) sector is the backbone of the economy on a local television channel. It is very important that not only PTI but all the political parties realize that the sector has a huge vote bank and they cannot ignore it.

President UNISAME Zulfikar Thaver has thanked Imran Khan on behalf of himself and the Union and said that all political parties must include in their manifesto the need for SME promotion and development on fast track. Whichever party comes to power will have to take the micro to medium sized sector seriously.

Thaver said that the SME sector is undoubtedly the vibrant sector, backbone of the economy, the engine of growth and the vehicle for poverty alleviation and best for creating employment. There are more than 3.2 million SMEs in Pakistan and in addition to this there are equal number of SME farmers and although this sector is referred to as the SME it is the majority sector capable of growth and stimulating the economy. The SMEs contribute to 30% of the exports and most of them are involved in value addition and they contribute 35% to GDP and offer employment to about 40% of the labour force.

The policy makers definitely need to know theimpediments to SME growth which are lack of education, finance, proper environment, infrastructure, logistics and energy and work on removing the hurdles. In order to promote, encourage, facilitate, motivate and upgrade the SME sector UNISAME has suggested to the future policy makersto include in their agenda/ manifesto the plans to educate the sector, to encourage,support and provide conducive environment.

It is indeed very unfortunate that the previous governments have neglected the sector and did not focus on SME promotion and development. The previous governments only worked on big projects for reasons best known to them and ignored the MSMEs. It is very important that the future leaders are educated on the importance of the MSME sector and the role played by them. SME promotion is not everybody’s cup of tea, it is a science and job of experts in banking, leasing, insurance, logistics and SME promotion and development.

For more information, contact:
Union of Small and Medium Enterprises (UNISAME)
75/1 3rd Commercial Street,
Phase IV, D.H.A., Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-35884225-6
Fax: +92-21-35380642
Cell: +92-300-8245307, +92-321-8245307
Email: unisame@gmail.com

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Chief of the Naval Staff’s message on the occasion of World Hydrography Day 2018

Islamabad, June 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): World Hydrography Day (WHD) is celebrated worldwide on 21 Jun every year with the aim of giving suitable publicity to the work of International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), urging all States to work with the organisation to promote safe navigation in the open seas, ports and other protected marine areas. Every year a specific theme, related to the contribution of hydrography in world maritime affairs is selected by IHO and this year’s theme is Bathymetry – the foundation for sustainable seas, oceans and waterways’.

Annual celebration of this day emphasizes the importance of hydrography as it underpins almost every activity associated with the sea including safety of navigation, economic development, security and defence, scientific research, environmental protection, construction of ports and harbours, resource exploitation, integrated coastal zone management, disaster management and maritime boundary delimitation etc.

Pakistan is a responsible coastal state blessed with over 1000 Kms of coastline and around 290,000 Sq Km sea area. More than 90% of Pakistan’s trade by volume and 70% by value is carried through the sea. As per United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), Pakistan is entrusted with the responsibility for hydrographic surveys and production of nautical charts/ maps of its waters in order to furnish accurate nautical information to the mariners. Fulfilling its international obligations, Pakistan Navy Hydrographic Department produces the requisite nautical information and digital charts to ensure safe navigation through the busy shipping lanes within our Area of Responsibility in the North Arabian Sea.

Pakistan Navy celebrates this day every year to underscore the importance of hydrography in all marine and maritime related activities that contribute significantly towards our national economy. On this day, Pakistan Navy reiterates its commitment towards ensuring safe navigation and sustainable economic activities in the maritime sector. I urge all the maritime stakeholders to join hands in raising awareness regarding the importance of hydrographic related activities towards sustainable growth of our national economy through enhanced trade and exploitation of marine resources.

For more information, contact:
Directorate of Public Relations,
Pakistan Navy
Naval Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-20062326
Cell: +92-300-8506486
Website: www.paknavy.gov.pk

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Pakistan welcomes recommendation for a Commission of Inquiry for Human Rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir

Islamabad, June 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Permanent Representative of Pakistan Ambassador Farukh Amil welcomed the recommendation made by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to establish a Commission of Inquiry (COI) to investigate human rights violations by India. He stressed that excessive use of force, indiscriminate killing of civilians, blindings by pellet guns, cases of mass graves and sexual violence by India in Jammu and Kashmir constitute crimes against humanity, which must be investigated. He also condemned the recent assassination of the Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari, Editor-in-Chief of the Rising Kashmir on 14 June 2018.

Referring to the UN High Commissioner’s Report, Ambassador Farukh Amil stated that Pakistan had long sought the UN’s sustained focus on Jammu and Kashmir and the latest report reaffirms Pakistan’s well known position on the grave human rights abuses committed by India in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The COI is consistent with Pakistan’s several calls to this effect since 2016, even as India has continued to ignore legitimate demands for a credible probe mechanism.

He also endorsed the UN’s call for a final political solution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute through meaningful dialogue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. He said that the UN had a key role to play in the resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. Within the ambit of peace and security, the UN Security Council remains seized of its numerous resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. The latest UN report is a reminder of this internationally recognized dispute and the urgency of its settlement, both to protect human lives and promote peace.

Characterizing the situation in IOK as deplorable, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also urged the Human Rights Council for an appropriate follow up of the UN Report on Kashmir. It also called for settlement of the dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions. A number of leading human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch welcomed the UN Report on Kashmir and urged India to accept its findings and recommendations.

Later in exercising its right of reply to Indian statement, the representative of Pakistan stated that Indian atrocities in IOK cannot be subsumed under the label of terrorism. Instead of blaming Pakistan, India should carry out introspection of its human rights violations in IOK and tackle Hindutva extremism and rank communalism in India, which threatened not just Muslims but also Christians, Dalits and Adhevasis.

The UN Human Rights Council is holding its 38th session in Geneva. Last week, the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights had released the Report on Jammu and Kashmir expressing serious concerns on human rights violations in IOK and calling to establish an independent international COI.

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

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Official visit of the President of Pakistan to Tajikistan 18-21 June 2018

Islamabad, June 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): At the invitation of President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Mr. Emomali Rahmon, President Mamnoon Hussain is visiting Tajikistan from 18-21 June 2018. He will also be participating in the High-Level International Conference on International Decade for Action “Water for Sustainable Development”, 2018-2028, to be held on 20 June 2018 in Dushanbe. This is the President’s first visit to Tajikistan.

The President of Pakistan was received by the Tajik President at the Qasr-e-Millat where he was presented a Guardof Honour. The President also laid a wreath at the Monument of Ismail Somoni, the founder Tajik State. The President held tete-e-tete with President Emomali Rahmon followed by delegation level talks. They reviewed Pakistan-Tajikistan relations and examined prospects to enhance cooperation in areas of trade and economy, investment, culture, education, science and technology, defence, parliamentary exchanges, humanitarian issues and people-to-people contacts.

President Emomali Rahmon reaffirmed Tajikistan’s desire for further intensifying bilateral cooperation in all fields, terming Pakistan as a key partner in the region. Noting regular high level exchanges, he underlined the importance of closer economic and investment ties in the areas of science and technology, agricultural products, industry, hydro power generation, pharmaceuticals, and tourism.

President of Pakistan underlined the importance of connectivity based on the geographical proximity of the two countries. He reiterated that establishment of air, road and rail links are crucial for enhancing bilateral trade and people-to-people contact between the two countries. The President highlighted the importance of deepening engagement with Tajikistan in counter-narcotics and combating terrorism for regional peace and stability.

The two Presidents’ expressed satisfaction at the current development of bilateral relations. Both emphasized the need to step up efforts for reaching the target of US$ 500 million in bilateral trade at the earliest. The two sides agreed that bilateral security and defence cooperation was developing satisfactorily.

The two sides also noted the progress on CASA-1000 project and agreed on fast tracking its implementation. It was agreed to further consolidate the bilateral relations in all areas of mutual importance. The sides expressed satisfaction at their ongoing collaboration at the UN, ECO, SCO and OIC. The President of Pakistan extended an invitation to the Tajik President to visit Pakistan which he accepted. Dates of the visit will be decided later through diplomatic channels.

The two leaders signed a Joint Declaration titled “Strengthening the Road to Strategic Partnership for Regional Integration” and witnessed the signing of two bilateral agreements, namely, Memorandum of Understanding On Cooperation in the Field of Information Between the Committee on Television and Radio of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Between The Office Of The Auditor General Of Pakistan And The Accounts Chamber of Republic of Tajikistan on Co-Operation on Auditing in Public Sector. The two Leaders also held a joint press stakeout. The President of Tajikistan also hosted State Banquet in the honour of President Mamnoon Hussain.

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

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