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Partnership between U.S. Embassy Islamabad and the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir renewedfor another year

Muzaffarabad, April 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): The U.S. Embassy Islamabad and the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) renewing their partnership overseeing the Lincoln Corner in Muzaffarabad (LCM) for another year (April 2018 – April 2019). Michelle Los Banos, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad, and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, Vice Chancellor UAJK, signed the MOU. First established in 2007, LCM is a partnership project between the U.S. Embassy Islamabad and UAJK. Alongside the MOU signing, the Lincoln Corner celebrated its 11th anniversary. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, the Vice Chancellor, university deans, department heads, faculty, students, and members of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) in Muzaffarabad participated in the celebration.

The U.S. Embassy Islamabad runs a network of 18 Lincoln Corners across Pakistan. A Lincoln Corner is a resource center and event space hosted in partnership with Pakistani institutions – in public libraries, universities, and cultural centers.In her remarks, Counsellor for Public Affairs Michelle Los Banos said Lincoln Corners, such as the LCM, “allow us to maintain an open dialogue with Pakistani audiences through programs that build prosperity, foster mutual understanding and strengthen people-to-people ties.”

The LCM was remodeled in October 2016 to create a contemporary and comfortable space with added resources for the benefit of visitors. The corner provides free access to books, magazines, videos, a tech bar, and eLibrary USA. Visitors can access a large collection of databases, scholarly journals, e-books, newspaper articles, and multimedia content through eLibrary USA.

In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, the corner organizes monthly programs for UAJK students and the local community in Muzaffarabad, focusing on English language learning, Education USA resources, science and technology, entrepreneurship, makerspaces, and information about the United States. The Corner has also hosted programs to raise awareness about gender-based violence and discrimination, to build networks and promote knowledge-sharing among budding entrepreneurs, and encourage innovation and creativity through makerspaces and Spark!Lab activities.

To learn more about Lincoln Corners, visit http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/lincoln_corners.html.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

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Partnership between U.S. Embassy Islamabad and the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir renewedfor another year

Muzaffarabad, April 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): The U.S. Embassy Islamabad and the University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) renewing their partnership overseeing the Lincoln Corner in Muzaffarabad (LCM) for another year (April 2018 – April 2019). Michelle Los Banos, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy Islamabad, and Prof. Dr. Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi, Vice Chancellor UAJK, signed the MOU. First established in 2007, LCM is a partnership project between the U.S. Embassy Islamabad and UAJK. Alongside the MOU signing, the Lincoln Corner celebrated its 11th anniversary. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, the Vice Chancellor, university deans, department heads, faculty, students, and members of the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN) in Muzaffarabad participated in the celebration.

The U.S. Embassy Islamabad runs a network of 18 Lincoln Corners across Pakistan. A Lincoln Corner is a resource center and event space hosted in partnership with Pakistani institutions – in public libraries, universities, and cultural centers.In her remarks, Counsellor for Public Affairs Michelle Los Banos said Lincoln Corners, such as the LCM, “allow us to maintain an open dialogue with Pakistani audiences through programs that build prosperity, foster mutual understanding and strengthen people-to-people ties.”

The LCM was remodeled in October 2016 to create a contemporary and comfortable space with added resources for the benefit of visitors. The corner provides free access to books, magazines, videos, a tech bar, and eLibrary USA. Visitors can access a large collection of databases, scholarly journals, e-books, newspaper articles, and multimedia content through eLibrary USA.

In collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, the corner organizes monthly programs for UAJK students and the local community in Muzaffarabad, focusing on English language learning, Education USA resources, science and technology, entrepreneurship, makerspaces, and information about the United States. The Corner has also hosted programs to raise awareness about gender-based violence and discrimination, to build networks and promote knowledge-sharing among budding entrepreneurs, and encourage innovation and creativity through makerspaces and Spark!Lab activities.

To learn more about Lincoln Corners, visit http://islamabad.usembassy.gov/lincoln_corners.html.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

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Senior United States Official from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells visits Pakistan

Islamabad, April 03, 2018 (PPI-OT): The U.S. Department of State’s Senior Bureau Official for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells visited Islamabad and Karachi March 28 – April 3. In Islamabad, Ambassador Wells met with Minister of Interior Ahsan Iqbal; SAFRON Minister LTG (ret) Abdul Qadir Baloch; Advisor to Prime Minister on Finance, Revenue and Economic Affairs Miftah Ismail; Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua; National Security Advisor Nasser Janjua; and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Country Representative Ruven Menikdiwela.Ambassador Wells also met with Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa.Ambassador Wells travelled to Karachi over the weekend where she met with Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and business leaders.

During her visit, Ambassador Wells discussed the South Asia strategy and Pakistan’s stated commitment to eliminate all terrorist groups present within its borders, as well as our shared interest in building economic and commercial ties that benefit both nations. In the aftermath of the Tashkent conference on Afghanistan, Ambassador Wells noted the growing international consensus on the way forward to achieving peace in Afghanistan and the meaningful role that Pakistan, partnering with the United States, could play in achieving a peaceful resolution in Afghanistan. In Karachi, Ambassador Wells highlighted our ongoing efforts to build strong economic and people-to-people ties with the people of Karachi and Sindh.

For more information, contact:
Spokesman
Information Office Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
U.S. Embassy, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2082911, +92-51-2081136
Cell: +92-300-5012640
Fax: +92-51-2278607
Email: webmasterisb@state.gov

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Japan extends Grant Aid worth 2,892 Million Yen for Two Projects, “the Economic and SocialDevelopment Programme”, and “the Project for Improvement of Airport Security (Phase 2)”

Islamabad, March 27, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Government of Japan has agreed to extend grant assistance to the Government of Pakistan, namely “the Economic and Social Development Programme”, worth 500 million Japanese Yen (approximately 4.7 million US dollar), and “the Project for Improvement of Airport Security (Phase 2)” worth 2.392 billion Japanese yen (approximately 22.5 million US dollar).

On March 27 in Islamabad, the signing for the projects took place between Mr. Takashi Harada, Chargé d’Affaires ad interim of the Embassy of Japan and Syed Ghazanfar Abbas Jilani, the Secretary of Economic Affairs Division (EAD). The grant for “the Economic and Social Development Programme” will be used to procure equipment for meteorological observation. It will enable the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) to improve the accuracy of weather forecasts and to disseminate the early warnings for climate disaster.

The second project, for which the E/N documents were signed today, “the Project for Improvement of Airport Security (Phase 2)” is a follow-up of the grant aid signed in 2013. Through the second phase project Japan will provide the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) with security equipment for screening of check-in baggage, hand baggage and vehicles at Karachi, Faisalabad, Multan and the New Islamabad International Airports, while the phase one project provided security equipment for Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad airports.

This equipment embrace the latest technology matching the international security standards set by the United States and the European Union. By installing this equipment, the risk of security related incidents at the four airports will be reduced, and operation of the airports will be improved.

Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative of JICA Pakistan office, said that this project will support the Government of Pakistan to achieve the key objective of the National Aviation Policy 2015 which is “to improve the governance and oversight for the compliance of ICAO standards of aviation safety, security and efficiency” in Pakistan.

Mr. Takashi Harada, the acting Japanese Ambassador, added that “we appreciate the tireless efforts of the Government of Pakistan for the socio-economic development and the improvement of the security situation.” He further emphasized that the two grants from Japan will support the work of the Government of Pakistan and would strengthen the existing bond of friendship between the two countries.

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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Senior Government officials, celebrities, politicians and activists on stage in riveting play to raise awareness about violence against women

Karachi, March 27, 2018 (PPI-OT): The internationally acclaimed documentary play SEVEN continued its tour in Pakistan last night, as an ensemble reading of the play was staged at the Habib University in Karachi. Readers on stage were Chairperson, Sindh Commission on the Status of Women (SCSW) Ms. Nuzhat Shirin; Member of National Assembly (PPP) Ms. Shazia Atta Marri; Women and Human Rights Activist, Ms. Pushpa Kumari; TV and Film Actress Ms. Sarwat Gilani Mirza; Singer and Actor Mr. Asim Azhar; Musician and Actress Ms. Natasha Humera Ejaz and Lawyer and Broadcast Journalist Ms. Ayesha Tammy Haq. The play was directed by Ms. Tulin Khalid Azim.

The purpose of the event was to promote access to justice for female victims of violence by raising awareness on Pakistan’s existing legal services and framework on violence against women, such as the Federal Ministry of Human Rights’ toll-free helpline (1099) and legal advice to victims of violence, and provincial laws and services such as the Sindh Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Act 2013 and the Women Complaint Cell established by Sindh’s Women Development Department.

Ms. Sarwat Gilani said at the occasion that, “These are the super heroes that need to be set as an example for our youth. And these are the stories that our youth, women and children need to know so that they can understand equality and women’s rights.” The event was attended by approximately 150 people, including high-level officials, activists, students and dignitaries who graced the occasion with their presence.

The Embassy of Sweden in Pakistan, The European Union Delegation to Pakistan, The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (UN Women) and the Potohar Organisation for Development Advocacy (PODA), in collaboration with the Swedish Institute, organized the event.

The play is produced by Hedda Krausz Sjogren and written in 2007 by seven playwrights: Paula Cizmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deveare-Smith and Susan Yankowitz in collaboration with Vital Voices Global Partnership.

For more information, contact:
Embassy of Sweden Islamabad
Address House No. 4, Street No. 5
Sector F-6/3, P.O. Box 1100
Islamabad
Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2828712-3
Fax: +92-51-2825284
Email: ambassaden.islamabad@foreign.ministry.se
Email Visa Section: ambassaden.islamabad-visum@foreign.ministry.se

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Japan to provide substantial support to Regional Polio Laboratory

Islamabad, March 02, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Government of Japan has announced today that they will be providing 3.2 million US dollars for the procurement of equipment to the Regional Reference Laboratory for polio eradication, located in the National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad.

With the procurement of state-of-the-art molecular-biology equipment including genetic analysers, real time PCR machines, incubators and freezers, among others, the laboratory will significantly enhance its sample processing capacity. Through this new equipment, the RRL will improve the speed of the results reported from stool samples it receives, of people suffering from acute flaccid paralysis, in addition to samples taken from the sewage in areas identified as being at risk of polio. In 2017 alone, the RRL tested 30,000 stool samples and 950 environmental samples coming from both Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In addition, the Japanese grant will be used to replace aging stocks of cold chain materials, reagents and other essential equipment needed to be able to accurately isolate and identify the wild polio virus from the stool and environmental samples. In an event hosted by the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination, the notes corresponding to this grant were officially signed by the representatives of the Government of Japan, Japan’s International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Federal Minister of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Saira Afzal Tarar said: “The steady support of the Government of Japan and other partners, and the strong partnership have been crucial elements of the programme’s tremendous progress over the past two years. The new grant will help strengthen polio surveillance through adaptation of new technology and contribute towards polio eradication in the country.”

H.E. Mr. Takashi Kurai, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan said: “Maintaining the strong polio surveillance system that has been established in Pakistan remains critical for eradication work. We are pleased to be a part of this honourable initiative. However, in order to eradicate polio altogether from Pakistan, it’s not sufficient to promote vaccination activities. We should also address the unawareness of the matter among the people and the need for building up of the necessary infrastructure for enhancing the activities. Japan will continue to support Pakistan for polio eradication from a wider perspective in order to achieve the complete eradication of polio.”

Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo, Chief Representative, JICA Pakistan office said: “JICA is supporting polio program and routine immunization since 1996 and 2001 respectively”. He further added: “I sincerely believe that through the concerted implementation of this grant aid, the polio surveillance system will progress across the provinces and districts. This will improve the routine immunization situation in the country including polio that will help the government of Pakistan not only to eradicate polio but also to sustain polio-free Pakistan after eradication.”

Pakistan’s Polio Eradication Programme has come a long way toward building a future in which polio no longer endangers children, families, and communities across the country. Only eight polio cases were recorded in 2017, compared to 20 in 2016 and 54 in 2015. “Japan’s support comes during a critical time when the role of polio surveillance, particularly a well-functioning laboratory, is more important than ever,” said Mr. Christopher Maher, Polio Eradication and Emergency Support Manager, WHO.

The Government of Japan has supported the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan since 1996. Approximately 24 billion Yen (224 million US dollars), including this grant of 3.2 million US dollars has been given to Pakistan to strengthen the Polio Eradication Programme and curb this crippling disease.

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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