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UNGA president to hold talks on key issues with Pakistani leadership during upcoming visit

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UNITED NATIONS: The UN General Assembly President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, will have extensive talks with Prime Minister Imran Khan and other Pakistani leaders on global and regional issues during her forthcoming visit to Pakistan, beginning January 18, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said today.

“Our leadership looks forward to having wide-ranging discussions with Madam Espinosa on global and regional issues,” the Pakistani envoy told APP after a detailed meeting with the 193-member Assembly president to finalize her five-day visit.

In the course of talks is Islamabad, she added, the General Assembly president will be briefed on the situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir.

Ms. Espinosa’s visit to Pakistan, which will be her first to the Asia-Pacific region, was announced by her Spokesperson Monica Grayley at the regular noon briefing at UN Headquarters in New York on Friday.

“The President of the General Assembly looks forward to strengthening the ties between Pakistan and the UN, promoting multilateralism and continuing her work with Pakistan on the priorities for the 73rd Session of the General Assembly,” the spokesperson told reporters.

On her part, the Pakistani envoy pointed out that this will be the first visit by any president of the General Assembly to Pakistan in over 8 years — the last one was in 2010.

“It is also the first visit by the senior UN leadership to Pakistan since the advent of the government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan,” Ambassador Lodhi said.

During her five-day visit, the president, who is also foreign minister of Ecuador, will, besides the prime minister, meet with President Dr. Arif Alvi and Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, as well as representatives of the UN and of civil society.

The Assembly president’s delegation includes her Chef de Cabinet, a senior advisor, a communication specialist, her coordination officer and her personal assistant.

Ms. Espinosa is only the fourth female President of the UN General Assembly in its 73-year history.

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British citizens availing Pakistan E-visa facility

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LONDON: Pakistan High Commission London has successfully started E-visa services with effect from March 22, 2019.

The prime minister of Pakistan had inaugurated the launch of E-VISA Services on March 14, 2019 for five countries including the United Kingdom.

On the first day of E-visa services, more than 20 cases were successfully processed and hopefully the number would be increased rapidly.

Pakistan High Commissioner to United Kingdom Mohammad Nafees Zakaria also shared this news during his speech after flag hoisting ceremony here at Pakistan High Commission on Saturday.

The High Commission had taken pride in the successful launch of E-visa and was confident that this initiative would significantly boost the number of visits to Pakistan by the British citizens for business and tourism purposes.

 

 

 

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President confers top civil, military awards amongst different personalities on Pakistan Day

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ISLAMABAD: An investiture ceremony to confer civil and military awards amongst different personalities for their contributions in different fields is underway at Aiwan-e-Sadr here.

President Arif Alvi is decorating the awards to the recipients.

Hilal-e-Imtiaz Military and Sitara-e-Basalat were conferred on officers and jawans of all three services.

The President also conferred 127 civil awards amongst different personalities for their contributions in different fields.

These include one Nishan-i-Imtiaz, three Hilal-e-Pakistan, eight Hilal-e-Imtiaz, three Hilal-e-Quaid-e-Azam, four Sitara-e- Pakistan, four Sitara-e-Shuja’at, thirty four Sitara-e-Imtiaz, 28 President’s Award for Pride of Performance, one Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, one Tamgha-e-Pakistan,  23 Tamgha-e-Shuja’at and seventeen Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.

Amongst the prominent personalities being conferred with awards include martyred Nawabzada Mir Siraj Khan Raisani, Aftab Sultan, Radio Pakistan’s newscaster and anchor person Ms Ishrat Fatima, President of Pakistan Arts Council Karachi Mohammad Ahmed Shah, cricket stars Wasim Akram , Waqar Younis, Yasir Shah, film actresses Babra Sharif Reema Khan and Mehwish Hayat, actors Muhammad Shabbir Jan and Iftikhar Ahmad Thakar,  singers Sajjad Ali and Munir Hussain (late).

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PIA approves new policy for cabin crew

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KARACHI: The Pakistan International Airline (PIA) has approved a new policy for ground jobs of cabin crew.

PIA Chief Executive Officer Air Marshal Arshad Malik has given approval for the new policy. The policy would be applicable for permanent and contractual employees, read the notification issued in this regard.

Application could only be submitted for ground service on completion of 10 years of service.

The airline management would itself decide to appoint cabin crew in any department. Following approval of the management for ground job, the employee would not be allowed for flight service.

“Employees will be bound to perform the duty and shift assigned to them on ground service,” said the notification.

It said they could be called for flight duty, when needed.

“Selected and top performer cabin crew may be deputed on ground jobs only within Flight Services Department purely on company requirement with valid justification. They may be called back for flying duties subject to the company requirement,” the company circular read.

“The grounded cabin crew will mark their attendance through TMS and all rules of leave/ promotions etc, shall be applicable to the grounded crew as applicable to admin category employees,” it added.

 

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