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Social protection through Health Insurance Landmark Achievement of Present Government

Islamabad, December 06, 2017 (PPI-OT):Federal Minister for National Health Services Saira Afzal Tarar said Pakistan is fully committed to achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals. Pakistan adopted SDGs in February 2016 through a parliamentary resolution that was passed unanimously. Pakistan’s National Health Vision 2016-2025 is fully aligned and in synchrony with the Sustainable Development Goals. While she said this addressing 8th Annual Public Health Conference today in Islamabad.

Minister said that Pakistan is fighting the final battle against Polio after major achievements by our country, winning appreciation of the international community. There has been an increase in coverage of children vaccinated under Expanded Program on Immunization by 15-20 percent. Vaccine Logistics Management Information System VLMIS has been introduced. The entire supply and storage system has been certified by ISO in accordance with international best practices and appreciated by GAVI as a model to be replicated. We are working to optimize the use of antimicrobial medicines in health sector, agriculture and animal health sector though implementation of a multi-pronged strategy in line with our national AMR policy.

Minister said Pakistan’s Joint External Evaluation of International Health Regulations and Global Health Security Agenda have won appreciation from global health community and are being seen as a model for others to follow. For the first time in Pakistan, we introduced a comprehensive and futuristic Drug Pricing Policy which will eliminate all discretionary powers and also allowing for reduction in drugs prices. Pakistan is fully committed to implement the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) with specific reference to SDGs by taking legislative, administrative and coordination measures to implement FCTC provisions.

She said Achieving universal health coverage ranges high among internationally and nationally agreed objectives. One of the biggest achievements of this government in the realm of universal health coverage and social health protection is by launching the landmark National Health Insurance initiative in 2015 by our leader and former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

Prime Minister’s National Health Program is a social protection initiative in Pakistan providing financial protection to families against Out of Pocket Expenditure especially catastrophic health expenditures. A program for the provision of free of cost health insurance to 3.1 million families in 40 districts living below poverty line of US $ 2 per day to access cashless health care services package of 0.3 million rupees per family per year available in both public and private sector through a health card issued by a highly transparent mechanism.

Thousands of poor patients have benefitted from the treatment facilities including deliveries, cardiac surgeries, cancer and other major diseases in the best private and government hospitals in their districts, without spending a single rupee. After the success of phase 1 the government is going to launch the phase 2 of this program in order to expand this safety net. We are committed to expand this program till every poor citizen of this country is covered under the PMNHP.

Minister said Our Government accords the highest priority to health which is a clear reflection of our political manifesto. In order to be a prosperous and to create a socially equitable future, social health protection and insurance programmes can lead to achieve universal health coverage in near future. I am thankful to Provincial Health Ministers and Departments for their commitment and all out support to health sector interventions without letting political differences come in the way.

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Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry meets Senator Cory Gardner

Islamabad, December 06, 2017 (PPI-OT):Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, met Senator Cory Gardner (Republican-Colorado) on Capitol Hill today. Senator Gardner serves on the Foreign Relations Committee and is one of the senior most Republican leaders in the Senate, says a press release received here today from Washington DC. Besides updating the Senator on the latest developments in the context of bilateral relations, Ambassador Chaudhry shared Pakistan’s perspective on the regional situation. He said that Pakistan shared the United States’ desire to see peace in Afghanistan, and believed that only a holistic political process could achieve that outcome.

Ambassador Chaudhry highlighted Pakistan’s successes in the fight against terrorism, noting that comprehensive and indiscriminate counterterrorism operations had driven militant groups out of the country. He briefed Senator Gardner, who also deals with commerce issues in the Senate, on the potential for economic cooperation between Pakistan’s rejuvenated business sector and corporate America.

The Ambassador reiterated that a broad-based partnership between Pakistan and the United States remains vital to the achievement of their common strategic and regional objectives. Senator Gardner thanked Ambassador Chaudhry for his detailed briefing. He agreed with the Ambassador that a strong Pakistan-U.S. relationship was an important factor for peace and stability in the region.

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Gross Human Rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir pose an existential threat to the people of Kashmir: Masood Khan

Islamabad, December 06, 2017 (PPI-OT):The International community especially the United States must take notice of the gross Human Rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and serious efforts must be made to find a lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, says a press release received here today from Washington DC. President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Sardar Masood Khan made these remarks while speaking to South Asia experts at the Middle East Institute today. The Middle East Institute is a leading think tank in Washington DC that had invited President Masood Khan to speak on the current dynamics of the Kashmir dispute.

In his remarks, President Masood Khan informed the experts that India’s vicious policy of unleashing state coercion on innocent Kashmiris bordered on crimes against humanity. Political expediency and mercantilism must not hold back responsible powers from their moral, political and legal obligation of responding to the well recorded and widely reported incidents of massive violations of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), he emphasized.

India, the President said, was not only responsible for tormenting the lives of Kashmiris through acts of killing and torture but it was also blackmailing key western nations on the basis of its so-called strategic and economic leverages. Ignoring Indian atrocities would amount to acquiescing to its policy of state coercion as regularly displayed through brutalities perpetrated against the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK). India had also misled the world by framing the Kashmir issue in the context of terrorism. There was no terrorism in Kashmir, the President said. He highlighted that the predominant reality in Indian Occupied Kashmir was mass killing of the innocent people.

President Masood Khan further stated that the Human Rights violations being perpetrated against the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) must not be seen through the prism of regional politics. Besides India and Pakistan, the people of Kashmir were an indispensable stakeholder in any decision on their future. He added that the United Nations carried the solemn responsibility of implementing the UNSC resolutions on Kashmir. Responding to a question related to UNSC resolutions on Kashmir, President Masood Khan said that India was already in violation of its obligations to the United Nations. He underscored that the whole process of finding a solution to the Kashmir dispute was anchored in the UNSC Resolutions.

President Masood Khan pointed out that in addition to the coercive state machinery, political forces backed by the ruling party were also terrorizing the Kashmiris. In this regard, he pointed out that Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was planning to create a mass exodus of Muslims from Jammu for achieving a favourable demographic outlay in the area, along the lines of the genocide of 237,000 Muslims in 1947. However, the people of Kashmir will never compromise on their political aspirations, President Masood Khan reaffirmed.

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Two Chief Engineers/Operation Directors, One Deputy Director and a number of Grid Station Inchrge suspended on violation of Loadshedding Schedule

Islamabad, December 06, 2017 (PPI-OT):On account of violation of load management schedule Two Chief Engineer/Operation Directors, namely Muhammad Iqbal Khan Marwat, PESCO and Syed Mohabat Shah, SEPCO, one Deputy Director PDC PESCO, Mr. Akhtar Hussain, ...

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Bilateral meeting between Prime Ministers of Pakistan and Russian Federation held

Islamabad, November 30, 2017 (PPI-OT):Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation H.E. Mr. Dmitry Medvedev in Sochi today. The Prime Minister conveyed greetings from the people of Pakistan. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction at the positive trajectory of bilateral relations and agreed to further deepen cooperation in all fields of mutual interest. The Prime Minister of Pakistan underscored that Pakistan attached priority to its relations with the Russian Federation. The two sides agreed to forge a long term and multidimensional partnership between the two countries.

The two Prime Ministers expressed satisfaction at the progress made at the 5th Meeting of Pakistan-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission (IGC) held in Moscow from 28-30 November 2017. They expressed confidence that the discussions held between the delegations of the two sides at the IGC would lead to further deepening of cooperation in the fields of trade, energy, education, industry, science and technology and transport.

Prime Minister of Pakistan underscored the immense potential for further cooperation between Pakistan and Russia in the field of energy. Both the leaders also exchanged views on the regional situation. Prime Minster of Pakistan informed his Russian counterpart about the prevailing situation in the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan’s efforts to resolve all outstanding issues with India peacefully and through dialogue.

The two Prime Ministers agreed on the need to continue efforts to promote peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. Both the leaders underlined the importance of cooperating closely for promoting peace and stability in the region. Both sides expressed satisfaction at the deepening of cooperation in the field of defense. The Prime Minister of Pakistan extended a cordial invitation to the Prime Minister of Russia to pay an official visit to Pakistan at his earliest convenience. The invitation was accepted.

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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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Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry meets Senator Jeff Merkley

Islamabad, November 30, 2017 (PPI-OT):Ambassador Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry met Senator Jeff Merkley (Democrat-Oregon) on Capitol Hill today. Senator Merkley serves on the Senate Foreign Relations and Appropriations Committees, says a press release received from Washington here today. Ambassador Chaudhry gave Senator Merkley an overview of Pakistan-U.S. relations. He informed the Senator that Pakistan had made great strides in the fight against terrorism by driving out militant groups from the country. As a result, terrorist incidents had shown a marked decline in recent times. Meanwhile, an improved security environment and economic stabilization were driving foreign investors’ interest in the country.

Highlighting Pakistan’s perspective on the new U.S. strategy for South Asia, the Ambassador said Pakistan wanted to work with the United States to bring peace to Afghanistan since Pakistan’s economic and security gains were at risk from continued instability in Afghanistan. A comprehensive political process was required to achieve lasting peace in Afghanistan. Senator Merkley appreciated Ambassador Chaudhry’s briefing. He agreed with the Ambassador on the need for Pakistan and the United States to work together in the bilateral domain, and for bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan.

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: piopid@gmail.com
Website: www.pid.gov.pk

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