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Non-bailable warrants issued against Farooq Sattar, other MQM-P leaders for ‘violence’ outside CM House

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KARACHI: A district judicial magistrate today issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan’s Chief Farooq Sattar and other party leaders for ‘resorting to violence’ during a protest outside the Chief Minister Sindh House.

The warrants were issued during a hearing where the investigation officer presented a progress report before the District South judicial magistrate against the violence carried out by MQM-Pak leaders and supporters.

Police had booked Farooq Sattar, deputy convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Sindh opposition leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan, and Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar last month.

However, police failed to arrest them and produce them before the magistrate.

The investigation officer insisted before the magistrate that the party leaders incited their workers to cause a riot in the Red Zone by blocking roads as well as disrupting law and order.

The judicial magistrate has directed authorities to arrest the absconders and submit a compliance report on the next hearing on August 17.

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Alleged forgery lands two Chinese nationals in FIA lock-up!

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KARACHI: Two Chinese nationals – Zhong Zhongmin and Li Chonhong, Country Manager and Deputy Country Manager of the Chinese firm M/s BGP (Pakistan) International – have been nabbed by FIA for submitting forged documents here today.

According to details FIA has registered a case against the  oil and gas surveying company, its clearing agent M/s IMT Co, customs personnel etc for forgery.

The accused had endeavored to get surveying equipment worth Rs. 677m cleared by means of fake papers.

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USAID-funded training empowers 143 young girls: Deputy CG John Warner attends graduation ceremony!

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KARACHI: Deputy Consul General John Warner today attended the graduation ceremony of 143 young girls trained under a USAID-funded training.

The program was implemented at Aman Tech – one of Pakistan’s leading vocational training institutes for under-served youth.

Speaking on the occasion Deputy CG Warner said: “I am glad that USAID and Aman Tech have been able to open the doors to prosperity for these young girls through a mix of vocational training and education.  This project has provided them with the tools they need to become productive citizens with a positive influence on their families and society.”

CEO, Aman Foundation, Malik Ahmad Jalal maintained: “Aman Foundation strongly believes in empowering women, as they play a vital role in nurturing their families and hence the nation as a whole. We thank USAID for continued support and hope our mutual mission of empowering women and transforming lives will brighten Pakistan’s future.” 

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PS: This was the second group of trainees to graduate from the “Training and Reading for Adolescents in Need” project under USAID’s Small Grants and Ambassador’s Fund Program.  The young girls from Karachi received basic education for five months, along with technical training in the art of stitching, for three months where they learned the skills of making bedsheets, curtains, and women’s apparel.

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Philippines Envoy agrees to waive off police certification for KCCI members!

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KARACHI: In response to KCCI’s request, Ambassador of Philippines in Pakistan Daniel Ramos Espiritu has agreed to waive off the condition to submit Police Verification Certificate for KCCI members.

Speaking at a meeting during his visit to the KCCI, Philippines’s envoy held that the two friendly countries needed to work together in order to develop their economies and provide better income to their people.

“Huge area of opportunities exist where we can collaborate to enhance trade and businesses between the two countries”, the Envoy added.

H. E. also highlighted Pakistan’s and Philippines’ close and cordial ties since the establishment of the bilateral relations between the two countries in 1949.

The Envoy pointed that close ties were evident in the high-level exchanges and agreements signed by both countries.

Ambassador said that prior to his arrival, he had the same impression about Pakistan as a country where explosions and bombings must be taking place all the time but his views practically changed within days after his arrival.

Maintaining that Pakistan was a land of peaceful and friendly people H. E. held that the realities about Pakistan would be shared with the Filipino business community.

Heso that maximum number of businessmen and industrialists from his country could visit Pakistan to explore opportunities.

Expressing concerns over meager trade volume between Pakistan and Philippines, he said that this was mainly due to the fact that people of both countries were not much aware of the immense opportunities available in Philippines for Pakistanis and for Filipinos in Pakistan.

“Hence, we have to enlighten people about the trade and investment opportunities in both countries”, he stressed.

Referring to KCCI’s My Karachi Exhibition, the Filipino Ambassador assured to disseminate info about this exhibition amongst Filipino business community and look into the possibility of setting up a special Pavilion of Philippines at the Exhibition in April 2018.   

Speaking on the occasion, Vice Chairman BMG & Former President KCCI Anjum Nisar appreciated Filipino Ambassador for taking KCCI’s suggestion into consideration by waiving off Police Verification for KCCI members which would result in quantum leap in terms of trade relations.

“Keeping in view the huge membership base of Karachi Chamber, if Filipino Embassy seriously focuses on KCCI’s members only, it will surely result in boosting the existing trade volume and all targets set in this regard will be achieved easily”, he added.

He noted that despite trade deficit greater than Pakistan, Philippines continues to grow by focusing on building the infrastructure and by initiating steps to ease doing business in Philippines which must be done by Pakistan as well.

Senior Vice President Abdul Basit Abdul Razzak, in his welcome address, pointed out that Karachi, being the economic and financial hub of Pakistan, offers profitable investment opportunities and added facilities for investment and joint ventures to the Filipino Business and Industrial community.

“With improved law and order situation, this city, which contributes more than 65 percent revenue to the national exchequer, is an attractive place for foreign investors, who can surely earn maximum profits by setting up their businesses or they can also go for joint ventures”, he added.

Commenting on Pakistan-Philippines relations, he said that both countries share cordial bilateral relations and efforts are being made to further strengthen these relations. 

“During Fiscal Year 2017, Pakistan exported goods worth $134.87 million to Philippines while our imports stood at $16.63 million”, Abdul Basit said, adding that there was a significant potential to enhance trade and investment between the two countries in various fields like agriculture products, furniture, IT services and electronic items etc.

He was of the view that the business communities of the two sides should undertake joint ventures while the Chambers of Commerce of both nations must regularly interact with each other for trade promotion.

According to details the members will now be issued Filipino Visa upon submission of KCCI’s Visa Recommendation Letter which would help in paving way for enhanced trade between the two countries.

The huddle was there were Honorary Consul General of Philippines in Karachi Dr. Imran Yousuf Muhammad, Vice Chairman Businessmen Group and Former President KCCI Anjum Nisar, Senior Vice President KCCI Abdul Basit Abdul Razzak, Vice President KCCI Rehan Hanif and KCCI Managing Committee members.

KARACHI: Senior Vice President KCCI Abdul Basit Abdul Razzak seen presenting crest to H.E. Daniel Ramos Espiritu Ambassador of Philippine during his visit to KCCI. Honorary Consul General of Philippines Dr. Imran Yousuf Muhammad, Vice Chairman BMG and Former President KCCI Anjum Nisar and Vice President KCCI Rehan Hanif are also seen in the snap. 

 

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