ISLAMABAD: In a huddle with the caretaker PM in the chair here on Wednesday the Federal Cabinet has approved the postings of new chief secretaries and IGs of Police.
The decision was made by the Cabinet in consultation with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and the respective provincial governments in order to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.
Punjab: Akbar Hussain Durrani;
Sindh: Retired Major Azam Suleiman Khan;
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Naveed Kamran Baloch;
Balochistan: Dr Akhtar Nazir.
Inspector Generals of Police:
Punjab: Dr Kaleem Imam;
Sindh: Amjad Javed Saleemi;
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa: Muhammad Tahir
Balochistan: Mohsin Hassan Butt
Islamabad: Lt Retired Jan Muhammad (IG);
Jodat Ayaz Chief Commissioner.
UN peacekeeping chief to visit Pakistan
MANHATTAN: UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix will visit Pakistan and three other South Asian nations to thank troop-contributors for their service and to update them on the ongoing reforms to strengthen the world body’s flagship activity.
Lacroix will visit Bangladesh, Nepal, India, and Pakistan from June 23 to July 3. He will visit Dhaka, Bangladesh, following which he will travel to Kathmandu. He will then travel to New Delhi, before concluding his trip to the region with a visit to Islamabad.
A note issued to correspondents Friday said that troops and police from these four countries together make up close to one-third of some 91,000 uniformed personnel across 14 UN peacekeeping operations.
The purpose of Lacroix’s visit is to “thank the four countries for their service and sacrifice in the name of peace, as well as to update on the ongoing reforms in the UN peace and security reform area, and specifically the UN Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative to make peacekeeping more focused, safer and stronger,” the note said.
The A4P initiative centers on three areas: refocusing peacekeeping with realistic expectations; making peacekeeping missions stronger and safer; and mobilizing greater support for political solutions and for well-structured, well-equipped, well-trained forces.
While in the region, Lacroix will meet with senior officials from all four countries, including government, military, and police officials.
Pakistan is one of largest contributors of uniformed personnel to UN Peacekeeping. It currently contributes nearly 6,000 military and police personnel to the UN peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Western Sahara.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has lauded Pakistan’s contribution to peacekeeping missions and paid tribute to those who sacrificed their lives in the line of duty.
Pakistan also hosts one of UN’s oldest missions — the United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which monitors the ceasefire line in the disputed state of Kashmir.
The group, established in 1949 to monitor the ceasefire line in Kashmir, is composed of 44 military observers and 23 international civilian personnel.
DG CAA appreciates services at Lahore Airport!
ISLAMABAD: Director General of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Hassan Baig Saturday visited Allama Iqbal International Airport (AIIA) Lahore, appreciated the existing services at the airport and stressed upon the need to further improve them and bring them at par with international standards.
He said that providing world-class services and facilities to passengers was one of the foremost responsibilities of the Civil Aviation Authority.
He also visited operational areas and facilities like Radar, Control Tower, Runways, Apron and Passenger Terminal Building as well as the expansion project site, where he was briefed about the detailed plans of the project by the Project Manager Major Aizaz.
The CAA DG expressed his satisfaction over the progress of the project and emphasized on its timely completion. He directed the project team to prioritize the completion of approach roads in order to provide the general public easy access to and from the airport.
While speaking to the airport management, he said that completion of the expansion project would go a long way in providing world-class facilities to the passengers.
Earlier, Airport Manager Tahir Sikander briefed the CAA DG about different functions and facilities of the airport. During the visit of the airport, the CAA DG was accompanied by Airport Manager Tahir Sikander, Additional Director Works Ashraf Chaudhary, Deputy Airport Manager Nazir Ahmed Khan, Principal Staff Officer to the CAA DG Aftab Gilani and other airport officials.
UN chief savors Pak kebab at Eid fete!
MANHATTAN: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres highlighted Islam’s values of tolerance, respect, and openness at an Eid-ul-Fitr reception hosted by Pakistan and six other Muslim countries, at UN headquarters here on Friday.
“Islam emphasizes the importance of sharing knowledge, nurturing dialogue, promoting social justice and peace,” he told a large gathering of ambassadors, senior diplomats, U.N. officials, community members and representatives of international news media.
In doing so, Guterres denounced xenophobia and Islamophobia sweeping some parts of the world and said that the “truth is that we are all people of the book, sharing a common heritage.”
The UN chief spoke after an address of welcome Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi delivered on behalf the co-sponsoring permanent missions of Qatar, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkmenistan, Albania, and Kyrgyzstan in which she called for working together for a world that is free from want, from bigotry and exclusion and from violence and extremism.
Conspicuous among other distinguished guests was UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed. The reception, held at the initiative of Ambassador Lodhi, was the first of its kind at the United Nations.
“This collective celebration organized by the female ambassadors from Muslim countries is aimed not just at sharing this joyous occasion with our colleagues in the international community here but also reinforcing the message of peace and solidarity that this important occasion represents in the Muslim calendar,” the Pakistani envoy said.
“This is all the more essential at a time when the world is confronted with so much conflict, violence, and suffering and when every two seconds someone, somewhere has to flee from their home to escape war, persecution or poverty.”
Ambassador Lodhi said Islamic values of compassion, sharing and solidarity were, in fact, universal values and were reflected in the UN charter and inspire people around the world to work together to build a better, more peaceful and fairer world.
“It is not just in Ramadan that we strive to practice these values but in every day of our lives,” she added.
Guterres began his remarks with “Eid Mubarak” as a loud applause rang out. “Ramadan is a time of reflection, remembrance, and renewal; it is a period to reaffirm core values such as solidarity, compassion, and goodwill,” the secretary-general said.
As UN High Commissioner for Refugees, he said he began a practice of visiting a Muslim country during Ramadan and fasting in solidarity with people. Last year, he did so in Afghanistan, and this year in Mali.
“One of the most beautiful references to refugee protection can be found in the Holy Quran and the Hadiths of Prophet Mohammad (Peace be upon him) that protection shall be given to believers and non- believers. “It is a demonstration of tolerance, respect, and openness that is the true face of Islam.”
Guterres said he learned from a recent book of a noted Catholic scholar about the distinctions in the story of Adam and Eve. “We are being hosted tonight by so many ambassadors from Muslim countries, who also happen to be women,” he noted. “In the Old Testament, Adam is created from the earth, but Eve is made from Adam’s rib – in other words, a lesser creation. In the Holy Quran, Eve is not made from Adam. Adam and Eve are both made from the same dust – reinforcing that all humans come from one point of origin and that we are all equally daughters and sons of God.”
The secretary-general then cut a cake as part of the celebration as Pakistan’s star singer Zeb Bangash entertained the gathering with some of her hit songs in Farsi, Darri, Turkish and Urdu to the delight of guests. Traditional dishes of the seven countries were served, with Pakistani cuisine section overcrowded with visitors. At one point, the secretary-general, while looking at food, said he must have a Pakistani kebab. Ambassador Lodhi immediately served him. Female diplomats and other guests were thrilled to receive traditional bangles and perfumes that are so popular at Eid in Pakistan.