Pak-Tajikistan Business Council to be formed soon – Adrees

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI: KARACHI: Various measures agreed upon between the Ambassador of Tajikistan, Sherali S. Janonov and President, Pakistan Federation of Chambers and Industry (FPCCI), Mian Muhammad Adrees in order to boost bilateral trade between the two brethren countries. In a meeting with the office bearers and various stakeholders, the Tajik Envoy said that Pakistani entrepreneurs should exploit Tajik market as there is still left a lot for them despite the fact Chinese and Indian manufacturers
have captured biggest chunk of CAS (Central Asian States) market.
Hon. Consul General Tajikistan, Irshad Kassim, Vice President FPCCI, Shahnawaz ishtiaq, Ishtiaq Baig, Sami Khan, President Korangi Association of Trade and Industry, Rashid Siddiqui and a number of other business representatives were also present on the occasion.
The FPCCI President has announced to form a Joint Business Council of the two countries as a priority measure while a large trade delegation would visit Dushanbe tentatively in May this year besides holding a single country exhibition there. FPCCI President said that Tajikistan and Pakistan’s people have a very strong brotherly relation for centuries and should be given priority by all means. He said that as a
first step the Pak-Tajikistan Business Council would be formed and then all issues would be taken up through this forum in order to jack-up bilateral trade of the two countries.
He said that FPCCI would also invite its members from textile sector to explore the
opportunities in setting up their units in Tajikistan’s tax free industrial zones. Tajik Envoy said that this government had already written to Commerce Minister to form a joint business council but the response in this regards is still awaited. He informed that China and India are busy in boosting their trade in Tajikistan by holding trade fairs and promotional events and China has so far organized five to
six exhibitions in a year while Pakistan had organized it’s only fair about 11 years back.
Tajik Ambassador said that President of Tajikistan is expected to visit Pakistan later this year and likely to visit FPCCI as well. In his quest to improve investment and business ties with Pakistan.
Emphasizing the need to effectively promote Pakistani products and services in Tajikistan, he offered FPCCI to give visa on priority on FPCCI’s recommendations. Tajikistan’s Consul General, Irshad Kassim said on this occasion that he arranged a 120-member large contingent to Dushanbe in 2012 and a similar delegation could also be arranged this year with the coordination of FPCCI. He advised the Pakistani
stakeholders to change their stance of looking towards West and instead should be looking to East. Tajik Ambassador pointed out that in the last meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Tajikistan was the first country to support Pakistan’s inclusion in the Organization.

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI:Sindh Minister for Local Government and Information Sharjeel Innam Memon has said that the confessional statement given by Saulat Mirza the other day is shocking and tragic.
Referring to a statement of Mirza, he said now it should be clear that Sindh government has never ever facilitated any terrorist.
Minister said this while talking to media at central office of KATI on Thursday during a campaign continued in Sindh including Karachi “clean green and peaceful Sindh”
He also planted a sapling on main road of KATI and personally did sweeping to launch campaign.
Sindh Minister for Local Government and Information Sharjeel Imam Memon said that there was no truth in the rumors of Governor rule in Sindh. He said when the civil government and military leadership are on the same pitch terrorism is being eliminated than such measures are out of question
He said we are holding talks with MQM and still talks are continued and question of MQM joining the government, it is the top leadership of the party to decide.
He also met with KATI office bearers .He said Sindh government was making untiring efforts to make Sindh including Karachi green and peaceful so that its lighting could again be restored.
The economy of Karachi could be revived at peak.
Minister said development works in Karachi has been geared up, the main objective of this cleanliness campaign is to make Sindh including Karachi neat and tidy he added.

Sharjeel Memon said that the repair work of Jam Sadiq Ali bridge has been started which was a long awaited demand of Industrialists of Korangi and this work will be completed in three months.
He said all the roads in Karachi which are in a dilapidated condition are being repaired and renovated, besides the installation of new street lights in the city will start soon.
Memon said Sindh Chief Minister was requested to release funds for the repair of roads, the CM assured that funds will be released soon.

SHARMILA FAROOQUI ANNOUNCES ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND FINANCIAL AID FOR AILING SINDHI POET MUNEER SOLANGI:

Sameer Nazir
KARACHI: Special Assistant to CM Sindh for Culture and Tourism Ms.Sharmila Farooqui has announced Rs 100,000/- as financial assistance for renowned Sindhi poet and writer Muneer Solangi for his medical treatment. Veteran Sindhi poet is seriously ill and suffering from cardiac problem and admitted in ICU ward of civil hospital Khairpur. She applauds the services of said Poet for Sindhi Culture and literature. She said that we will not leave our legend in to their hard time, they are our assets .Sindh Culture Department is taking all possible steps to facilitate the artists. She added that cheque will be dispatched to his home town Khairpur by tomorrow. She also prayed for early recovery of ace poet and wishes that he will be recover soon.

Mobilink Foundation Conducts Clean-up Activity for Environment Preservation

ISLAMABAD: Mobilink Foundation carried out a clean-up activity on Trail-3 of the Margalla Hills in Islamabad. The activity involved more than 60 Mobilink Torchbearers (employee volunteers), hiking up the Hills, while cleaning the trail of the left over garbage and waste.
The activity was aimed at promoting the need to preserve Pakistan’s natural habitats and marked Mobilink Foundation’s dedication to promoting a healthier lifestyle with Mobilink employees and their families participating in the activity. This volunteer drive was also one of the features of World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) ‘Green Office Program’ and served to educate employees about environmental custodianship and the telco’s responsibility towards conserving the environment.
Omar Manzur, Head of Corporate Communications, Mobilink shared his views on the occasion, “The Mobilink Foundation is the curator of Mobilink’s Corporate Responsibility initiatives and we continue to put an emphasis on the preservation of the natural environment as well as the promotion of a healthier lifestyle for the benefit of our employees and the communities in which we operate. This clean-up activity contributes to purge the natural environment and provides an opportunity for the employees to play their part for a better environment.”
Mobilink Foundation remains committed to preserving the natural environment of Pakistan, and this activity is a continuation of an on-going drive to clean the various trekking trails of the Margalla Hills.