PAKISTANCh. Pervaiz Elahi fetes PFUJ delegates

LAHORE: Punjab Assembly building here was the venue where Speaker Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi hosted a reception in honor of the PFUJ delegates on Thursday (29th of November).

Speaking on the occasion Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi recalled that during his political career he had noted that his elders too respected journalists. Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi told that he was aware of the worsening financial condition of journalists even before becoming the chief minister. As CM he addressed the issues faced by them, got law passed for the rights of journalists, given his authority to the Press Club and established journalists’ colonies in Punjab.

Noting what as soon as owners of Media houses suffer from minor losses they start down-sizing, Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said that institutions could not run without the workers. Asserting that Imran Khan’s government wanted to provide employment, Speaker noted that there was no justification to sack journalists.

Commenting on the previous government he said not even 50% of the budget was utilized. Wishing Chief Minister Sardar Usman Ahmad Khan Buzdar success he said they had supported Pervez Musharraf as well as Sharifs: “We are standing with Imran Khan and will support him as there is no other way to move ahead”.

Speaking on the occasion G. M. Jamali effectively presented the case of suppressed journalists and vehemently opposed the forced dismissal of Media Workers. He asked the Speaker Punjab Assembly and other concerned authorities play their due role in resolving the issues of Media workers.

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SIALKOT, Nov 28 (Ijaz Hashmi): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday reiterated his commitment to empower youth and determined to spend more resources for youth to pull out the country from economic crisis.
He expressed these views while addressing the ground-breaking ceremony of Government College Women University Sialkot (GCWUS) at Aiman-e-Bad Road.
” The nations which evaluate the people and invest on the people could lead among other nations; he added.
The prime minister said that the major problem of the country was big population and if we could provide higher education to current population, it could lead the country towards progress.
Putting the example of Singapore, he said that Singapore possessed approximately 30 Lakh population with export of 330 billion dollars. At the other side of the coin, we possessed 21 Crore population with only 24 billion dollar export.
He said that Singapore government invested in educational sector and annual budget of a Singapore University higher than the budgets of all national universities.
He said that US was not a super power 100 years back but in 20th century, US appeared as super power because it spent a lot in the field of education.
He said that US universities produced graduates enabled the country towards excellent progress.
He said that US was leading the world due “knowledge economy” and spent more investment in higher education.
The prime minister said that the world in experiencing new things including “Artificial Intelligence” in IT Sector which changing the world.
” We get a chance to invest in “Artificial Intelligence” in IT sector and in higher education to lead the country as developed nation.” he said.
He said that Pakistan ranked as behind the developed nations because Sub-continent did not invest in education and on the generations.
Criticizing on previous government, he said that we would cut the ribbons of universities instead of roads.
He appreciated the roles of all those personalities who converted GCWUS from a school to university.
Punjab Chief Minister, Usman Buzdar, Foreign Minister, Shah Mehmood Querashi, Federal Religious Minister, Noor ul Haq Qadri, Railway Minister, Sheikh Rashhed, Advisor to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs, Usman Dar and others were present on the occasion.

The rulers talk a lot about bringing improvements to the country’s economy. JI chief

TAXILA: The nation had high hopes from the PTI, but the steps taken so far by the new government has only led to disappointment, said Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) chief Senator Sirajul Haq on Friday.

Talking to mediapersons at the residence of party leader Ghiasuddin Balban, he said the first 100 days of the new government were a failure.

The JI chief said the rulers talk a lot about bringing improvements to the country’s economy but do not take practical steps.

Asked if the PTI government will be able to complete its five-year tenure, Mr Haq said people are upset about massive price hikes and increase in the prices of utilities, especially gas, electricity and petrol within the first 100 days.

The senator said there had been no change in protocol rules despite tall claims made pre-election.

Condemning the terrorist attacks on the Chinese consulate in Karachi and in Orakzai, Mr Haq said the recent terror incidents were proof that security agencies had failed to plug the security loopholes.

He said the Karachi attack was aimed at putting a dent in Pak-China relations and that he believed foreign elements were involved in the incident.

He demanded across-the-board accountability for all who had looted national wealth.

Sirajul Haq said the 436 Pakistanis whose names were included in the Panama Papers should be investigated and any illegal money retrieved from them.

He said the accountability steps taken by the PTI were just an eye wash and that keeping someone behind bars for a few days was not accountability. Unless the stolen money is brought back, the accountability process will be incomplete, he said.

Impact of initiatives supported by USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program

 

 

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–Ijaz Hashmi— Representatives from organizations working throughout Pakistan gathered in Islamabad to celebrate the impact of initiatives supported by USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program. Since the funding program was established in 2010, grants have provided assistance to organizations working in some of the most remote and underserved geographic locations in the country and encouraged communities to participate in the local decision-making processes. At the event, beneficiaries told their stories through music, documentary film, personal testimony, traditional arts, and sign language. Their challenges and achievements are now captured in a photo-rich book entitled “Creating Opportunities and Inspiration.”

The Ambassador’s Fund focuses on high-impact, quickly implemented, community-based initiatives. Funding priority areas have included Women’s Issues, Cultural Preservation, Entrepreneurship, Disaster Preparedness, and Wildlife Conservation. While the Small Grants Fund provided relatively larger grants in the areas of Economic Growth, Education, Energy, Health, Civic Participation, and Governance.

U.S. Ambassador Paul Jones, Charge d’Affaires, a.i., noted “The full impact of assistance sometimes takes a while to reveal itself. The most extraordinary thing about the success stories we are celebrating today is they are very likely just the beginning of a much longer tale. In many cases, the good work each of your organizations has done will continue to impact your communities well into the future in ways we may not yet imagine. ”

Roughly 200 guests including representatives from the Governments of Pakistan and the U.S., civil society representatives, development practitioners, community leaders, grant recipients, and project beneficiaries attended the event. USAID Pakistan #USPAK #USinPAK #AFCP#SmallGrants