November 8, 2017

Mushaal Malik to supplement BISP efforts for women empowerment in AJK

ISLAMABAD, Nov 8:Mushaal Yasin Malik, the wife of Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik on Wednesday called on the Omar Hamid Khan to congratulate him on his appointment as Secretary BISP.During the meeting held at BISP headquarters, the collaboration between Mushaal Malik and BISP was discussed with focus on expansion of BISP in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and mobilization of Kashmiri women for their empowerment.  BISP has 106193 beneficiaries in AJK. Secretary BISP sought her help in expansion of BISP initiatives in AJK and discussed the ways in which she could mobilize BISP beneficiaries towards a better future. The Secretary said BISP would benefit greatly by having her on its platform as an ambassador promoting BISP vision of dignity, empowerment and meaning to life. Mushaal Malik said that she would be happy to contribute towards women empowerment and poverty alleviation through the platform of BISP. She also appreciated the efforts of BISP for poverty alleviation and women empowerment.  Mrs Malik said that refugees from Indian Occupied Kashmir living in camps deserve special attention of BISP.  Kashmiri women are skilled in making traditional Kashmiri shawls so their cultural potential could be utilized to help them earn for themselves and thus graduate out of poverty. Secretary Omar Hamid Khan said that BISP is the prime women empowerment program that is making women financially and socially inclusive all across the country. “BISP graduation model is under consideration that would help BISP beneficiaries transit from poverty to self sufficiency. This would be a true contribution towards poverty alleviation in Pakistan,” he added.

November 8, 2017

Kashmir solution lies in respecting people’s sentiment: JI//

ISLAMABAD, Nov 8 :Jamaat-e-Islami (JI), in Indian occupied Kashmir, has urged all the three parties to the Kashmir dispute – India, Pakistan and genuine Kashmiri leadership to sit together to find a solution acceptable to the Kashmiri people. According to Kashmir Media Service, the JI spokesman in a statement issued in held Srinagar asked India to show due regard to the principles of justice and express its will to accept the just cause of the Kashmiris. “The present world faces a number of problems, two of these being more critical – Palestine and Kashmir – and the non-resolution of which has caused many wars in the past and the war-like situation is still prevailing with the result that these regions are subject to the uncertainty and human bloodshed is continuing,” he said. “The Kashmir issue came into being when the Indian army entered the valley and occupied a part of Jammu and Kahsmir. The then Indian government made a pledge before the United Nations Security Council through a number of resolutions that the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be given a free chance to choose their political future but despite the passage of a long period of 70 years, this chance is yet to be provided to the oppressed people,” the Jamaat deplored. It said “Now, India is denying even the disputed nature of Kashmir. The special status given to Jammu and Kashmir with legal Sanctities has also been gradually eroded to the point of its becoming ineffective. This attitude can neither help in establishing the durable peace nor make any change in the present uncertain scenario.” “By applying the military might or implementing the black laws, the durable peace has never been established nor is there any such possibility in the future,” the JI said.

November 8, 2017

Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry met members of Congress on Capitol Hill in US//

ISLAMABAD, Nov 8 :Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry has met three members of congress on Capitol Hill in the context of Pakistan-US relationship.According to a message received here, continuing his outreach to key members of Congress, the Ambassador had meetings with Senator Joni Ernst (Republican-Iowa), Congresswoman Karen Bass (Democrat-California) and Congressman Chris Stewart (Republican-Utah). Senator Ernst is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, while Congresswoman Bass and Congressman Stewart sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Appropriations Committee respectively. In his back-to-back meetings, Ambassador Chaudhry updated the members of Congress on recent developments in the context of Pakistan-U.S. relations. He briefed them on Pakistan’s perspective on the region, including the situation in Afghanistan.Noting the two countries’ common aspiration for peace and stability in South Asia, Ambassador Chaudhry said it was important for Pakistan and the United States to work together for a political settlement in Afghanistan. Ambassador Chaudhry informed the U.S. legislators that Pakistan had successfully turned the corner in its fight against terrorism. Pakistan’s improved security environment was paying economic dividends, as evidenced by the country’s status as an emerging market. The Ambassador said greater economic cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistani corporate sectors would generate jobs and prosperity for both countries. The members of Congress appreciated Ambassador Chaudhry’s briefing. They concurred with the Ambassador’s assessment of the need for close engagement between the United States and Pakistan in the pursuit of their common goals in the region.