Ishaq Dar Directs Formulation of Agricultural Package Within a Week

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Thursday directed the relevant authorities to devise a wholesome package for the agriculture sector focused on improving productivity and reducing import bill within a week.

While chairing a meeting of the committee constituted by the prime minister regarding the Kissan Package, the finance minister apprised the participants of the prime minister’s concern for the promotion of the agriculture sector, especially in the aftermath of devastating rains and floods.

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah briefed the meeting about the demands put forth by the delegation of farmers during a meeting with the premier. The committee deliberated on all the issues including power tariff for the agriculture sector, solarization of tube wells, and availability of agricultural inputs including fertilizers.

Minister for National Food Security and Research Tariq Bashir Cheema stressed for solarization of tube wells and providing relief to the growers in fertilizer and import of tractors.

Power Minister Khurram Dastgir also apprised the meeting regarding subsidized power tariffs being provided to the farmers.

The meeting was also attended by Federal Minister for Commerce Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Industries and Production Syed Murtaza Mehmood, and other officials.

Source: Pro Pakistan


The website of the ‘Govt In-Service Training College for Teachers of Disabled Children, Lahore (GITTC)’ is now live. Designed and developed by PITB, the website shares information about the training imparted by the institute to special education personnel. The website also features the code of conduct and evaluation criteria for the participants. It also highlights facilities available to the trainees inside the college premises.

Source: Punjab Information Technology Board

Minister for Planning and Development Professor Ahsan Iqbal particpated as Chief Guest on Dialogue on Global Development initiative towards Global Security today in Islamabad

Minister for Planning and Development Professor Ahsan Iqbal particpated as Chief Guest on Dialogue on Global Development initiative towards Global Security today in Islamabad .

While addressing the audience as chief guest on the occassion , the Minister for Planning and Development Professor Ahsan Iqbal stated that the whole world is going through a economic crisis as the world has not yet recovered from the shock of the Covid 19 Pandemic .

The Minister remarked that Commodity prices rose worldwide due to the Russia-Ukraine conflict and that subsequently gripped the world with high inflation trend.

He further added that Balance of payments and economic crisis today has assumed as a Global phenomena leading to slowing down the execution of Sustainable Development Goals worldwide .

Minister asserted that Today, the poor people of Pakistan are paying the price of climate change . The flood disaster that hit the country affected 33 million people adding that children and mothers in the camps, are reeling undernourished . We have to feed an entire generation and the task of bringing people back has posed serious challenges for the Governmnet.

Minister stated that CPEC was the biggest project of the Belt and Road Initiative in Pakistan that had helped build Pakistan’s infrastructure, and built a new information highway. He lamented that Unfortunately, CPEC could not keep up with the speed as it was planned and the establishment of Industrial zones were delayed consequently. He added that The future of the economy depends upon the export driven economy.

Minister added that In 2013, the world saw Pakistan as a security risk while myths were doing the rounds to defame the country . However , we in our last term through stabilising the economy , made the country investment friendly.

While commenting on the Global initiative Dialogue Minister noted that the dialogue offered ample opportunities to understand the Global dynamics on Global security adding that a country where political instability and discontinuity of policies prevailed cannot tread the path of progress and prosperity.

Source: Ministry of Planning, Development & Special Initiatives

PM Shehbaz reiterates Govt will ensure timely completion of CPEC projects

According to Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, the government is prioritising the China Pakistan Economic Corridor projects. The prime minister, in a meeting with a team of the China Road and Bridge Corporation, headed by President Ye Chengyin, said the government was answerable to the masses for the security of public money. In addition to giving public interest projects priority, the government, according to him, also ensures transparency in development projects. According to the prime minister, China has consistently supported Pakistan during difficult times, fostering a long-standing friendship between the two countries.

ISLAMABAD, Oct 6 (APP): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Thursday said that the government was completing the projects under China Pakistan Economic Corridor on priority which were deliberately delayed by the previous government during the last four years.

The prime minister, in a meeting with a delegation of the China Road and Bridge Corporation, headed by President Ye Chengyin, said the government was answerable to the masses for the protection of public money.
Mentioning the deliberate delay in development projects by the previous government, the prime minister said the nation had identified its foes.

He said the government was also ensuring transparency in the development projects besides prioritizing the public interest projects.

The prime minister said the Pak-China enjoyed a time-tested friendship spanned over decades as China always stood by Pakistan in hard times.

Prime Minister Shehbaz said that he as well as the whole nation was grateful to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the Chinese people for their support to Pakistan following the rains and consequent flash floods.

He also instructed the authorities concerned to accomplish the CPEC projects on priority as well as within the stipulated time frame.

During the meeting, the prime minister was briefed on ongoing and completed mega projects.
It was told that the Havelian-Thakot section of Karakorum Highway-II had been opened to traffic. Work on the second phase from Thakot-Rai Kot has been started.

The meeting was also briefed in detail about the progress of Karachi Coastal Development Project, Rashakai Special Economic Zone, Karachi-Hyderabad Motorway, Babusar Tunnel, ML-1, and railway corridor between Karachi Port and PIPRI.

The delegation welcomed the measures taken by the prime minister for the completion of the CPEC projects on time. The CRBC also expressed interest in the 10,000WM solar power project.

The CRBC vice president also presented a cheque worth $100,000 to contribute to the Prime Minister Flood Relief Fund.

The prime minister instructed the authorities concerned to take all necessary measures regarding the projects to ensure their early execution.

Federal Minister Ahsan Iqbal, special assistants to prime minister Jahanzeb Khan, Zafaruddin Mahmood, and relevant senior officers attended the meeting. Minister for Maritime Affairs Syed Faisal Sabzwari joined the meeting through video link.

Source: China-Pakistan Economic Corridor

U.S. Institute of Peace Announces Finalists For 2022 Women Building Peace Award

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is honored to announce the six finalists for the 2022 Women Building Peace Award.

The Women Building Peace Award is given each year to a woman peacebuilder who has made a major contribution to preventing conflict, combatting violence and building peace.

This year, USIP received nominations from over 25 countries.

A council of distinguished experts and leaders has selected six finalists: Roma Al-Damasi from Yemen; Eunice Otuko Apio from Uganda; Gloria Laker from Uganda; Muna Luqman from Yemen; Hindrin Muhammad from Syria; and María Eugenia Mosquera Riascos from Colombia.

“These six women are all absolutely exceptional,” said Lise Grande, USIP’s president and CEO.

“Working in some of the most difficult conditions imaginable, these women have built peace in their communities and countries by forging alliances, resolving grievances, fighting for rights and protecting people from violence.”

“It is with great honor that we announce these finalists on the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the U.S. Women, Peace and Security Act, which has enshrined American’s commitment to support courageous women around the world.”

The recipient of this year’s award will be announced at the end of November.

USIP was established by Congress in 1984 as a nonpartisan public institute dedicated to helping to prevent, mitigate and resolve violent conflict abroad.

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