KARACHI: Multinational Maritime Exercise AMAN-19 concluded here today. President of Pakistan, Chief Minister Sindh, Defence Minister, Minister of Defence Production, Chairman JCSC, three services chief, ambassadors, defense and naval attaches and number of other guests witnessed spectacular sea maneuvers and International Fleet Review in the North Arabian Sea.
The exercise displayed a resolve of 46 countries under the title “Together for Peace”. Naval assets including naval ships, helicopters, Special Forces elements and observers from 46 countries participated in the exercise. Upon arrival onboard Pakistan Navy Ship Moawin, the President was welcomed by Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi and Senior Naval officers. The chief guest witnessed different operational exercises including firing by ships on pre-deployed targets, underway replenishment between ships and maritime-related maneuvers. The Fleet Review also featured an impressive Fly Past by participating aircraft and helicopters followed by Men and Cheership by participating ships. Thereafter, the participating ships formed up in traditional “AMAN Formation” to signify unity and harmony to ensure Peace in the maritime domain.
President Dr. Arif Alvi congratulated Pakistan Navy for hosting the mega event and reaffirmed Pakistan’s resolve for peace and security in the region. He appreciated the participation of a large number of like-minded Nations and emphasized that AMAN-19 will pave the way to make the region more peaceful and secure with combined efforts by all stakeholders. The President reiterated the need for strategic cooperation to counter transnational maritime threats and encourage safety, security, and stability in the region. AMAN-19 was conducted in two phases; the harbor phase spanned from February 08-10 and the sea phase from February 11-12. The harbour phase comprised International Maritime Conference, seminars, table talks, cross ships visits, calls on, International Band Display, Maritime Counter Terrorism Demonstration, Cultural show, and Food Gala. Whereas, the sea phase included practical execution of operational plans and activities finalized during harbor phase and International Fleet Review.
CM Punjab rejects rumours of his removal
CHICHAWATNI: Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar inaugurated wheat harvesting campaign at Chak 69/12-L Kamand Chichawatni on Tuesday.
He launched the campaign by cutting wheat plants with traditional sickle and thresher.
Addressing the wheat harvesting campaign, he expressed that rumors of changing CM Punjab are baseless as the parliamentary leaders have shown full confidence in me. Those who will not show performance will go home, he added.
He further said “I am real servant of people of Punjab”, adding that a comprehensive plane is being implemented to develop South Punjab.
Buzdar said that water canal issue will be resolved in the province.
He said the present government is providing more funds for provision of water to farmers.
Chief Minister Sehat Insaf Card is being distributed and the government will provide Ramzan Package -2019 across the province.
Buzdar said the government will buy all wheat from farmers and Rs130 billion for this purpose have been allocated
Opposition’s tactics to stop accountability process will not succeed: PTI leader
ISLAMABAD: Member National Assembly (MNA) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Riaz Fatyana on Tuesday said federal government would bring reforms soon in criminal and civil procedure courts aiming to provide justice in time to masses.
While appreciating the Chairman National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal, he said Javed Iqbal believed in justice for all and always supported merit as judiciary also hailed his strong character and bold anti-corruption steps.
“If someone will be involved in corruption then definitely NAB is independent to take actions against the alleged persons”, he said.
“If the oppositions will propose suggestions for the amendment in constitution it can be considered”, he said adding, opposition needs to understand that all the serious matters required serious behavior as well, he said.
He stressed that the country was already facing various national issues which needed to be addressed but the non-serious attitude of opposition in the assembly were generating more problems rather then solving them.
Economic revival topmost priority of government: President
KARACHI: President Dr Arif Alvi Tuesday said revival of country’s economy was the topmost priority of the present government.
He was talking to a delegation of businessmen, called on him in Karachi, a press release issued by media office of the presidency said.
He said the government was striving hard in that regard and results would be yielded soon.
He underscored that the government was taking feasible steps to ensure business and investment friendly environment as it was cornerstone for the economic progress and prosperity of the country.
He stressed the industrialists and businessmen to focus on export-oriented products as increase in exports was pivotal for the economic stability.
He said the country had been facing numerous challenges for past few years which had also affected the business community across the country.
He appreciated the services of business community towards the development of the country and hoped that they would continue playing their proactive role with the same zeal and zest in order to further uplift the economy of the country.
The delegation apprised the president regarding the functioning of district chambers and offered few recommendations for improving economic structure and business environment in the country.
The president assured the delegation of his full support.