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US Envoy Paul Jones pays homage to Quaid-e-Azam (VIDEO AND TEXT)

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KARACHI: US Ambassador Paul Jones, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. visited Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s Mazar here today and paid his respects to the founder of Pakistan.

 

Ambassador Jones laid a floral wreath at the mausoleum. Penning his expression on guestbook he held: “The United States shares Mr. Jinnah’s democratic vision of a peaceful and unified Pakistan. On behalf of the people of the United States, it is an honor for me to be here today to offer my respects to the founder of this great nation.”After paying respects at the graves of country’s first PM Quaid-e-Millat Liaquat Ali Khan and Madr-e-Millat Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah the Envoy visited the adjoining museum and greatly appreciated the artifacts related to the life of Quaid-e-Azam.

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Pakistan welcomes Paul Jones US Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Ambassador (Text and Video)

Ambassador Paul Jones began his assignment as the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. at the US Embassy here today (24th of September, 2018). Ambassador Jones will lead the US Mission in Pakistan in its ongoing efforts to deepen the connections between the people of two nations and work with the new government here towards a more stable, secure, and prosperous future for Pakistan.  Ambassador Jones brings a wealth of experience and diplomatic expertise to this shared effort and to the U.S. Mission in Pakistan.  On his arrival here he held: “I’m thrilled to be back in Pakistan.  I look forward to reacquainting myself with the country’s warm and welcoming people, beautiful landscapes, and delicious food.” Ambassador Paul Jones is a career member of the State Department’s Senior Foreign Service.  He served as Ambassador to Poland from 2015 to 2018.  Previously, he was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs (2013-2015), Ambassador to Malaysia (2010-2013), and Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan while concurrently Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs (2009-2010).  Paul Jones has served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and at the U.S. Embassy in Skopje, Macedonia.  Ambassador Jones’s awards include the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for peacebuilding, and several Superior Honor Awards.  Polyglot Jones (who speaks Spanish, Russian, and some Polish) is a graduate of Cornell University and received Master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and the Naval War College.  He is married to Catherine Jones (an award-winning author and freelance writer). They have two children, Aleksandra and Hale.

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KMC, Chinese company to upgrade city streetlights

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KARACHI: Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has started work on converting city streetlights into modern LED energy saver solar light system on all 108 KMC roads with the cooperation of a renowned Chinese company, for better performance and low cost.
In this connection, a Memorandum of Strategic Cooperation (MSC) was signed on Friday by Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar and representative of CCCC Xi`an Road Construction Machinery Company (XRMC) Pvt Ltd, said a statement. Senior director coordination Masood Alam, senior director culture and sports Rehan Khan with officers of Mechanical and Engineering department were also present on the occasion. With this streetlights reform project, XRMC may also assist KMC to draw up “municipal road  lighting standard and municipal streetlights standard project.” Through the cooperation of the streetlights energy-saving project, XRMC may conduct the detailed survey, design the proposal of KMC’s lighting in Karachi, then effectively promote the streetlights energy-saving reform project to Lahore and other places to save more electrical energy.
Both KMC and XRMC are committed to strengthening the cooperation in the field of the service capacity of infrastructure in the field of energy-saving LED lights. XRMC has rich development and management experience in municipal government streetlights and smart-city, as well as enjoys the comparative advantage of production capacity in China and  XRMC is promoting several National level municipal streetlights reform projects in many countries like Norway, Cambodia, and Indonesia.

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PM Imran Khan arrives in Karachi!

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KARACHI: Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in Karachi today on a day-long visit in order to review the Metropolis’ political situation and ongoing development projects. 

Here the PM was received at the airport by Governor Sindh Imran Ismail and other PTI leaders.  Later he held a one-on-one meeting with the Governor at Governor House.

In the backdrop of the ongoing anti-encroachment drive, the members of the business community (including those affected) are seeing him today.

KARACHI: A delegation of officials and stockbrokers of Pakistan Stock Market Exchange, led by its Chairman Sulaiman Mehdi, called  PM and discussed matters apropos economy. 

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PM maintained that the government was committed to promote and protect businesses. He held that vast opportunities of investment are available in Pakistan. According to him, foreign investors are expressing interest to invest in various sectors of the economy.  He said that his government’s approach towards business and investment was different and steps were being taken to bring stability in the market. When delegation informed him about the issues faced by the PSX and brokers. PM approved most of their suggestions.  The PM and the delegation agreed to stop illegal transactions and expand the tax base.  Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) delegation (comprised of prominent industrialists Siraj Qasim Teli, Tahir Khaliq, Haroon Agar, Shamim Firpo, and Junaid Ismail Makda) also called on the PM. 

Relevant I: Prime Minister Imran Khan said today that the government had come up with a positive mindset to protect and promote the business and investment besides bringing stability in the market. In a meeting with a delegation of the office bearers and brokers of Pakistan Stock Market Exchange headed by Suleman Mehdi, the Prime Minister said he had arrived here to seek their suggestions for the betterment of the national economy. He said the foreign investors were investing their capital in the country because there existed a huge potential for investment. The delegation felicitated the Prime Minister on assumption of the office and lauded the efforts by government’s economic team for economic stability. The delegation apprised the Prime Minister on various matters regarding the stock market and put forward the proposals for financial stability most of which were accepted by the Prime Minister. The delegation assured that they would extend all-out support to the government for its financial policies. During the meeting, they agreed to widen the tax base, promotion of IT in the stock market and curb the issue of illegal payments. The meeting was also attended by Finance Minister Asad Umar, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar, Water Resources Minister Faisal Vawda, Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi, IT Minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, State Minister Hammad Azhar, PM’s Adviser Dr Ishrat Hussain and Special Assistants to PM Naeemul Haq and Iftikhar Durrani.

Relevant II: Prime Minister Imran Khan today reiterated his resolve to steer the country out of the difficult times and maintained that the country was not deficient in anything, the only thing; it needed was an investor-friendly environment.  He said the government had fully focused on bridging the gap between imports and exports and assured that there would be no difficulty in running a business. The Prime Minister was talking to delegations of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) and prominent businessmen, PM Office media wing in a press release said.  The Prime Minister told the delegation that he had come to listen to their issues and find an immediate solution. The unemployment issue could be overcome by imparting skills to the youth, he added. He said the government wanted uniform development of the whole country and eradication of poverty. Pakistan would progress when the environment for business and investment was conducive, he added. The Prime Minister also expressed the resolve to root out corruption. The delegation presented different suggestions and apprised the Prime Minister about their issues, over which the Prime Minister issued prompt directions.

Relevant III) Prime Minister Imran Khan said today the government would eradicate unemployment through the expansion of industries and would cap the gap between imports and exports. He was talking to a delegation of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) that called on him, PM Office media wing in a press release said.  The Prime Minister urged the industrialists to give further suggestions for the promotion of industry.  Under previous proposals by the industrialists and businessmen, the revenue and policy wings of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) were separated, so that effective planning and its implementation could be ensured. The delegation included prominent industrialists Siraj Qasim Teli, Tahir Khaliq, Haroon Agar, Shamim Firpo, Junaid Ismail Makda and others. Finance Minister Asad Umar, Planning Minister Khusro Bakhtiar, Water Resources Minister Faisal Vawda, Maritime Affairs Minister Ali Zaidi, IT Minister Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, State Minister Hammad Azhar, PM’s Adviser Dr Ishrat Hussain and Special Assistants to PM Naeemul Haq and Iftikhar Durrani were also present during the meeting. The delegation apprised the Prime Minister about different issues of industries in Karachi and made certain suggestions for the expansion of the industry.  The issues of gas supply to industry, controlling power theft, increase in exports and small and medium enterprises also came under discussion. The Prime Minister told the delegation that instructions had already been passed by the cabinet regarding the provision of complete protection to the poor during the anti-encroachment drive.

Relevant IV) Prime Minister Imran Khan said today that ease of doing business was among the top priorities of his government and it always welcomed the private sector for undertaking public welfare and investment promotion ventures. He was talking to a delegation of Overseas Investors’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry that called on him, PM Office media wing in a press release said. The prime minister observed that technology companies could support the government in different sectors. With the use of IT, innovation and improvement in service delivery could be made in various sectors including education, health, and governance. The work in this regard had already been started, he added. During the meeting, matters related to one-window facilitation, digitization of services and tax, for the promotion of investment and businesses were also discussed. The delegation comprised Irfan Wahab, CEO Telenor Pakistan / President OICCI, Shazia Syed, chairperson & CEO Unilever Pakistan / Vice President OICCI, Ghias-ud-Din Khan, CEO Engro Pakistan, Sarim Sheikh, CEO General Electric Pakistan, Helmut von Struve, MD Siemens Pakistan, Shehzad G Dada, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Pakistan, Anis Ahmed, MD Abbott Labs. Ltd, Ghazanfar Ali, CEO IBM Pakistan, and Abid Zaidi, CEO Microsoft Pakistan.

KARACHI: PM meets FPCCI delegation.

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KARACHI: PM seen meeting PTI MNAs Sindh Chapter.

 

 

 

 

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Explosion near Karachi’s Perfume Chowk, 6 hurt (TEXT AND VIDEO)

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KARACHI: Six people got injured as a result of a cracker explosion carried out at Mehfil-e-Milad arranged by MQM-P (sans official permission) near Perfume Chowk here in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area late night

Wounded are being shifted to nearby medical facilities. According to details, while MQM-P’s Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui was present on the stage at the event, Sindh Assembly’s former opposition leader Khawaja Izhar-ul-Hassan was sitting on the front row with the audience.

A worker of MQM-P’s communication department is reportedly among the injured. Convener and members of Rabita Committee are said to have remained unhurt. As expected there was a stampede after the explosion but that did not cause any casualty. Windowpane glasses of nearby buildings were shattered while many motorcycles were also partially damaged. The area has been cordoned off as an investigation is being carried out. 

Sources privy to NewsPakistan.tv had earlier insinuated that the explosive was hidden in a plant pot near the stage. Whereas, SSP East Capt (R) Ghulam Azfar Mahessar later informed that a cracker was thrown at the participants of the Mehfil-e-Milad, by unidentified motorcyclists, parts of which had been recovered from the scene of the crime by BDU.  

However, it later transpired that a 250-300 gram planted IED was detonated by means of a remote-control device. 

 

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