On the direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will be embarking on visits to Iran and Saudi Arabia Today. While in Tehran, the Foreign Minister will meet Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and exchange views on the evolving situation in the Middle East/Gulf region.
He will visit Riyadh on 13 January to hold talks with Saudi Foreign Minister H.H. Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud and consult on the issues of regional peace and stability. The recent developments seriously endanger peace and security in an already volatile region and underscore the need for immediate and collective efforts for a peaceful resolution.
During these visits, the Foreign Minister will share Pakistan’s perspective on the current situation, stress the imperative of avoiding any conflict, underscore the importance of defusion of tensions, and stress the need for finding a diplomatic way forward.
The Foreign Minister will convey Pakistan’s readiness to support all efforts that facilitate the resolution of differences and disputes through political and diplomatic means. Pakistan will keep on doing peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, US-Iran Conflict and Saudi-Iran issues to bring peace in the region especially in the Middle East and Gulf region.
No nation aspires success sans sacrifices: PM Imran Khan
Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that without spirit of sacrifice, a nation could not aspire to achieve development as the very human essence had a global significance.
In a message on Eid-ul-Azha 1442 Hijra, the prime minister conveyed his felicitations
to the whole Pakistani nation and the Muslim world.
The prime minister said sacrificing an animal on this holy festival manifested that a person has to sacrifice human desires for the achievement of the highest ideals.
Such a passion generated a quality in humans that would not let them side-track from the right path, he observed.
The prime minister opined that it was the passion which helped the Pakistani nation to save itself from the global coronavirus pandemic with wisdom, national strategy and patience.
The prime minister noted that celebration of Eid-ul-Azha reminded them of the unprecedented and supreme sacrifices of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) and Hazrat Ismail (AS). Allah Almighty liked their act of sacrifice so much that it was declared an obligation for the rest of the Ummah to perform till the Day of Judgement.
The prime minister further said that economic situation with which the country was confronted, had been changing now.
The country’s economy was put on the right track and as a result of government’s steps, the economic indicators were showing positive trajectory, he added.
The prime minister said through different schemes launched by his government, the people were being provided with relief.
The day was not far, he resolved, when Pakistan would be standing equally in the ranks of developed countries and the whole nation would feel pride among the comity of nations.
President Dr Arif Alvi Stresses the need of Adopting Standards in Service Delivery
President Dr Arif Alvi has stressed the need to adopt international standards of facility and building management by Government organizations for better service delivery, increased efficiency and ensuring cost-effectiveness. He expressed the hope that that documentation of all facility management tasks of Aiwan-e-Sadr, in line with ISO-41001 standards, would enhance efficiency and prolong the lifespan of physical assets of the Presidency.
The President made these remarks while chairing a meeting on “Adopting ISO Standardized Practices”, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today. The meeting was attended by senior officials of Aiwan-e-Sadr. Addressing the meeting, the President affirmed the resolve to make Aiwan-e-Sadr a role model for other Government organizations in adopting sustainable and environmentally friendly practices.
He added that Pakistan was being affected by climate change and the country needed to adopt renewable energy technologies, and sustainable water and land management techniques to overcome the harmful effects of climate change.
Expressing satisfaction over the adoption of ISO-50001 Energy Management System (EMS) at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said that EMS would not only save Rs 32 million annually but would also reduce energy consumption by 31.2%.
He stated that the recently inaugurated 01 MW Green Presidency Solarization Project would meet all the energy requirements of Aiwan-e-Sadr, besides contributing surplus energy to the National Grid. He said that Pakistan’s Presidency was one of the few in the world which was fully operating on Green Energy technology.
President Dr Arif Alvi has called for discouraging the culture of fake news
President Dr Arif Alvi has called for discouraging the culture of fake news as it creates chaos in the society as well as misleads the people. He said that the media needed to play its role in promoting ethical and moral values and avoid spreading false information. He urged Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to improve standards of information, education and entertainment by optimizing the free flow of information.
He expressed these views while talking to the Chairman PEMRA, Mr. Muhammad Saleem Baig, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today. The Chairman PEMRA presented the Annual Report 2019-2020 to the President and briefed him about the role of his organization in facilitating and promoting free and independent electronic media in Pakistan.
He also highlighted the steps taken for promoting true and accurate information in the country. Talking to the Chairman PEMRA, the President said that the society was facing the challenge of false news and it was the responsibility of the concerned stakeholders to avoid disseminating fake news as it created many problems for the people.
He added that spreading false news was against the spirit of Islam and it was the moral obligation of editorial boards of Media Houses as well as Ulema to play their role in guiding and educating the people to overcome the challenge of false news. He urged Chairman PEMRA to ensure the dissemination of unbiased, accurate and verified information through electronic media so as to curb the scourge of fake news. The President appreciated the performance of PEMRA and assured the Chairman of his full support.
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