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Pakistan Post sets-up 31 Small, Smart Express Centers to meet modern needs



E-Commerce initiative at Pakistan Post

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Post, endeavouring to improve its performance and financial health, has established 31 Small and Smart Express Centers in urban areas of the country.

The basic objective of this innovative initiative is to meet the growing modern requirements so as to facilitate the people using Pakistan Post different services.

Official sources while enumerating different initiatives taken to improve performance on Friday said the Department has been facing loss since financial year 2009-10 owing to some reasons.

However, new services are being introduced including online complaint lodging facility for users of postal services from a web based Complaint Management System.

The System has been established for complaints and their resolution.

Similarly, to monitor Value Payable articles, Monitoring Cells have been established in all Postal Circle and Regions.

The Cell is monitoring prompt delivery of Value Payable articles and issuance/payment of Value Payable
Money Order to the sender of VP article on daily basis.

The sources said for prompt delivery of mail articles, Pakistan Post has supplied 718 motor cycles to delivery staff and supervisory staff while for improving transmission and delivery of mail in remote areas, new District Mail Offices have been opened at Narowal, Chiniot and Bhakkar.

In order to facilitate sorting and delivery of mails, an updated version of Post Code Directory has been compiled, printed and circulated to all operational offices.

Express Mail Track and Trace System previously available at 24 locations of 14 stations have now been extended to all 83 General Post Offices and 53 District Mail Offices of the country while the facility of track and trace is being extended to domestic registered articles.

The sources said for convenience of postal staff traveling with Khyber Mail Train for transmission of mail, four postal mail vans have been renovated/refurbished.

The renovation of remaining two postal mail vans is underway with Railways authorities.

For convenience of public and to cater varied needs of customers, the maximum limit of a single ordinary money order has been enhanced from Rs.10,000 to Rs.20,000.

In order to effectively compete with private couriers the measures adopted included: Pakistan Post floated tender for selection of airlines and presently Pakistan Post utilizes services of PIA, Etihad airline and Saudi airline, as these airlines participated in tendering process.

“We have approached Turkish airline, Emirates and Lufthansa to start business with them to improve network coverage and better quality of service,” the sources said.

They added that the other steps include expansion of Express Post Track and Trace System (EMTTS) which is available at 83 General Post Office (GP0s) and 50 District Mail Offices (DMOs).

Moreover, the sources said Pakistan post has established call center on modern lines for prompt disposal of postal customers complaints and to redress the grievances while Provision of SMS intimation to sender and recipient regarding delivery and booking of EP articles is also ensured.

The sources said in line with new role of Pakistan Post, a new logo of organization has been developed and introduced while Electronic Money Order Service (EMO) has been launched which is the swiftest way to transfer money from one post office to other post office.

This service was initially started in 17 GPOs but now extended to 90 locations (GPO/Post Offices) while
electronic money order – doorstep service has also been started and is available at 90 locations.






High treason case: Court seeks assistance in recording Musharraf’s statement through video link



ISLAMABAD: The special court constituted to hear the high treason case against former president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf sought assistance to record his statement through video link or a commission.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar, heard the case on Tuesday. The bench accepted the credentials of Salman Safdar as Musharraf’s counsel. The court directed a questionnaire to be drawn up for Musharraf.

The defense counsel opposed recording the former military ruler’s statement through video link or a commission. “Pervez Musharraf is ailing. His statement can’t be recorded in his absence here through video link,” counsel Salman maintained. “His presence is mandatory.”

He also said the statements of eight witnesses were recorded in his absence. But, the court rejected the point and said the statements were recorded in his presence.

The prosecution’s counsel, however, said the former president doesn’t want to record his statement. “The course of law can’t be hindered. Hence, the court should proceed with the trial of the high treason case,” he said.

The court adjourned the hearing till March 28. It wants to determine whether or not Musharraf can record his statement via video link within the parameters set by the law.

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Pakistan and India to hold talks over Kartarpur corridor



LAHORE: Delegations of Pakistan and India will meet to discuss the technicalities of building the Kartarpur corridor for the facilitation of the Sikh pilgrims.

The second meeting between the teams will be held at Kartarpur Zero Line today (Tuesday). India has even given GPS coordinates for Zero Point.

An 18-member Foreign Office team, headed by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, went to India for talks on the details of the Kartarpur Corridor on March 14. Both sides held expert-level discussions between technical experts on the alignment and other details of the corridor, he said. The meeting between Pakistan and India on the opening of the Kartarpur Corridor was very positive and both sides have agreed to work towards opening the corridor soon.

Speaking at the Wagah Border after returning from India, Dr Faisal said that they have “agreed to work towards expeditiously operationalizing the Kartarpur Corridor”.

The corridor is meant to provide Sikh pilgrims access to the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara. The visa-free corridor is between the gurdwara in Pakistan and the Indian town of Dera Baba Nanak, which is around six kilometres away.

The corridor is expected to be opened this year, ahead of the celebrations for Guru Baba Nanak’s 550th birth anniversary.

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Asif Ali Zardari and Faryal Talpur get 10-day protective bail in fake accounts case



KARACHI: The Sindh High Court granted on Tuesday former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur 10-day protective bail in the mega money laundering case. 

They have been ordered to submit Rs1 million each as surety bonds. The PPP leaders appeared in court on Tuesday.

They said that the FIA didn’t name them in the case.

Asif Zardari and Faryal Talpur said that they want to appear in accountability court but fear arrest.

They had asked for a stay order on the Supreme Court’s decision to shift the case to Islamabad. The court said that it will make a decision on that after hearing NAB’s stance.

The PPP co-chairperson was also granted 10-day protective bail in the Park Lane Estate Company.

The Supreme Court had formed an investigation team to probe the fake accounts case. The team submitted a report in which it named 172 people, including former president Asif Ali Zardari, his sister MNA Faryal Talpur and son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Excise Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla, former Sindh chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, former Sindh home minister Sohail Anwar Siyal, Sindh Energy Minister Imtiaz Sheikh and Ali Nawaz Mehar, a former minister of state for industries.

On January 7, the Supreme Court sent the fake accounts case to NAB and told it to wrap up the investigation in two months. The court had earlier said that the references should be filed in Rawalpindi, not Karachi.

The matter was taken up by the court over the delay in a 2015 Federal Investigation Agency probe into money laundering via fake bank accounts.

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