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Minister for Finance and Revenue chaired the meeting of ECC

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Federal Minister for Finance and Revenue Mr. Shaukat Tarin presided over Economic Coordination Committee (ECC) of the Cabinet, today.Federal Minister for National Food Security and Research Syed Fakhar Imam, Federal Minister for Energy Mr. Hammad Azhar, Federal Minister for Privatization Muhammedmian Soomro, Adviser to the PM on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood, Federal Secretaries and senior officers attended the meeting.
Ministry of Commerce submitted revised Textiles and Apparel Policy, 2020-25 after incorporating few changes along-with implementation report. The ECC after deliberation approved the policy with certain amendments.

ECC discussed in details and approved summary submitted by Ministry of Communication for issuance of sovereign guarantee or SBLC worth of Rs. 6944.0 million against Operational Viability Gap Funding (VGF) for the construction of Sialkot (Sambrial) – Kharian Motorway project on BOT basis.

Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Division submitted a summary on 15 years’ extension of lease contract between Saindak Metals Limited and MCC China for Saindak Copper Gold Project. ECC after detailed discussion allowed the extension of lease contract and recommended to review financial aspect of the project annually by the professional expertises.

The ECC also approved Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Division’s summary on determination of RLNG sale price for PLL’s supply to K-Electric (KE).On another summary of Ministry of Energy, Petroleum Division, for revision of gas price of Mazarani Gas field held by M/s PPL and GHPL, the ECC approved the proposal of revision of gas price applicable to Mazarani Gas Field from US$ 1.75/MMBTU to US$ 3.75MMBTU from 1st September 2021.

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The ECC also considered and approved Technical Supplementary Grants submitted by different Ministries/Divisions.The ECC deferred Power Division’s two summaries on Settlement of Payables to Government Owned Power Plants and Reinstatement of Tax on dividend for investors/shareholders of IPPs.

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Digital Trucks Flash messages: India: Stop Land Grabbing in Kashmir

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Washington, October 29, 2023

Bright-lit and flashing, “From Kashmir to Palestine: Occupation is the crime” “India: Stop Land Grabbing in Kashmir” “India: Stop Killing of Political Prisoners in Kashmir” “Kashmiris Reject Indian Occupation: UN Resolution only Solution,” Digital Trucks drove down the central locations in Washington, DC, including The Capitol Hill, The White House, The Department of State, The Washington Monument, most of the embassies, including the Embassy of India, various museums, etc. This digital truck advertising proved the most effective way to get our message out to our audience, which includes diplomats of foreign embassies, all spectators, observers and common Americans.

Rented by Washington-based, ‘World Kashmir Awareness Forum,’ (WKAF), the other messages beamed on the electronic screens were: “Stop: India’s Demographic Change in Kashmir,” “Indian Army Out of Kashmir,” “Hold India Accountable for War Crimes in Kashmir,” “End Indian Colonization of Kashmir,” “Kashmir for Kashmiris”; “

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Mir, President, of WKAF and Chairman, of Kashmir Diaspora Coalition said that Kashmiri people all over the world observe October 27 as Black Day. On that day, India invaded the erstwhile princely state of Jammu and Kashmir, under the pretext of a fake Instrument of Accession with Maharaja Hari Singh who was in the process of being overthrown by the rebellious Azad Kashmiri freedom fighters. Kashmir being a majority Muslim country, ruled by a much-hated minority tyrannical king, had also launched a Quit Kashmir movement in 1931 in Kashmir valley. They wanted him gone, but they hated India for its pogroms against Muslims of India during the post-independence bloodshed.

Dr Mir added that India, however, had expansionist designs against all minorities and neighbouring states, including the Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pandit Nehru and his confidant Vallabhbhai Patel plotted to invade and occupy Kashmir no matter what the human cost to the region then or thereafter. Around the same time, the Poonch massacre and the deadly Jammu Genocide of 1947 happened. Historians have documented a quarter million Muslims were murdered in the pogroms and over half a million fled for life into neighbouring Pakistan, never to be allowed to return home for all these 76 years. This catastrophe parallels the unfortunate Nakba of Palestine in 1948. Both tragedies have the potential of local, regional and global instability, including a third world war and worse still a nuclear catastrophe.  

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Chairman, of the World Forum for Peace & Justice said, “I fail to understand who prevents the world leaders, including President Biden from using their moral authority to persuade the violators of the international laws to abide by the democratic values and universal principles. Perhaps international arms sales and the general military-industrial complex that seems to have a firm grip on foreign policy priorities might offer a clue. Observing the democratic process and civility in international affairs seems too great a request for people who lack both the will to act responsibly and the maturity to understand the proper role of civil servants of society. “

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Dr. Fai added that peace in the region of South Asia would benefit not only those who are directly impacted by this conflict – Kashmiris – but India as well. Sounder minds must prevail.  More rational methods of dealing with differences must be sought. Seventy-six years should demonstrate a need for a policy change, a policy that acknowledges the need for coming together in a process that accepts the right of all people to determine their destiny.

Dr Imtiaz Khan, Professor at George Washington University Medical Center stated that atrocities committed by Indian occupation forces in Kashmir are similar to Palestine. Killing of innocent civilians, ethnic cleansing and land grab operation is proceeding at a rapid pace. There is a planned design to wean away school children from Islam as Hindu religious mantras are being narrated in educational institutions. World community especially the UN and OIC should take serious notice of these nefarious activities by the Indian government and dissuade them from these human rights violations.

Dr Khan added that the credibility of the UN is at stake as India is disregarding the resolutions and thumping the nose of the world community by exhibiting hubris and openly negating the commitments made to the people of Kashmir. In an appeal to the international community, he said that time for issuing empty statements has passed as India has refused to budge from her immoral stand. It is high time India is made to understand the consequences of reneging on her promise in terms of sanctions and censure by the world community. Anything short of this will result in the snowballing of this protracted problem to major conflagration that will be disastrous for the region or even have global repercussions.

Sardar Zarif Khan, Advisor to the President of Azad Kashmir said that October 27th is observed all over the world as the day of occupation. It is also observed as a day of grief and a day of sorrow, because it was on October 27,1947, that India sent its army to occupy our land.

Sardar Zarif Khan added that the Indian-occupied Kashmir has been converted into a concentration camp. Any voice of dissent is met by long-term imprisonment or even death. Otherwise, what is the crime of Khurram Parvez, except that he documented atrocities committed by the Indian army? And what is the crime of Yasin Malik, except that he does not want to compromise on Aazadi?

Sardar Zulfiqar Roshan Khan said that the people of Kashmir demand what India and Pakistan have promised to them at the United Nations. The promise was that the future status of Jammu & Kashmir shall be decided by the people through a referendum which will be conducted by the United Nations. That promise was never fulfilled.

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Sardar Zubair Khan said that the people of Kashmir, like most people, are by their nature peaceful. History testifies to that fact. They do not seek war and do not want to see their children die in a bloody conflict. They seek and would welcome a peaceful and negotiated settlement to the crisis for the sake of peace and stability in the region of South Asia.

Raja Liaqat Kiyani, President, of Kashmir House, that the presence of nine hundred thousand Indian occupation forces has made Kashmir the largest army concentration in the world. The purpose of so many Indian soldiers is to suppress the civilian population of Kashmir into submission. But the people of Kashmir will continue their struggle till the date when Kashmir will be liberated from the occupation of the government of India.

Sardar Aftab Roshan Khan delivered a passionate message by saying that we want the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir to know that the people of Azad Kashmir are with them. They will do whatever they can to help them on the diplomatic and political front to be the voice of the voiceless people of Kashmir.

Shoaib Irshad emphasized that the rational approach to set the stage for a settlement of the Kashmir dispute is to include the accredited leadership of the people of Jammu & Kashmir in all future negotiations with India and Pakistan. Any Kashmir solution that fails to command the consensus of the 23 million people of the State of Jammu & Kashmir is doomed to shipwreck moments after its launch.

Shafiq Shah said, “it is a fact that today the nation of Kashmir is facing an existential threat. More than 3.7 million Indians have been given Domicile certificates. You do not need to be an Einstein to know why India is doing it. India is doing it to change the demography of Kashmir and to change the Muslim majority character of Kashmir into a minority.”

Khalid Faheem said that we pray for the safety and security of our brethren both in Palestine and Kashmir. Both Palestine and Kashmir are the oldest issues pending on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council.

Tahseen Hussain deplored the silence of the world powers. He said the inaction of the world powers is the cause of the pain and suffering of the people of Kashmir and Palestine.

Dr. Fai can be reached at WhatsApp: 1-202-607-6435.  [email protected]

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From Kashmir to Palestine: Occupation is a crime: WKAF & KDC

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October. 24, 2023

Washington, DC – The World Kashmir Awareness Forum a(WKAF) nd the Kashmir Diaspora Coalition (KDC) issued the following joint statement in solidarity with the Palestinian brothers and sisters in Gaza, on whom the Netanyahu regime has been waging a destructive war

Expressing horror and shock at the ongoing human catastrophe in Gaza, WKAF and KDC Board issued a unanimous statement condemning, “the relentless Israeli bombing of one of the most densely populated civilian populations of the world for two weeks non-stop, deliberately targeting innocent civilians’ targets — homes, hospitals, and schools where there is nowhere to escape and hide. The most horrific bombing on October 18 on Al-Ahli Hospital killed over 500 innocent people, including patients, healthcare workers, and doctors”. 

Palestinians have been living under 76 years of brutal Israeli occupation, settler-colonialism, and an apartheid state. With a combination of forcible internal and external displacement, including the tiny, isolated enclave of Gaza which has been described by international human rights organizations as “the world’s largest open-air prison.” “These atrocities and mass killings in Palestine resonate with the people of the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), who have been denied their right to self-determination.

Implementation of UN Security Council resolutions #43, #46 and # 48 in 1948 on Palestine, and UN Security Council resolution #47 in 1948 on Kashmir must be respected and implemented in both nations to bring about lasting peace in both conflicts. In the meantime, UN Security Council must urge an immediate ceasefire to stop the bloodshed of Palestinians and Israelis,” WKAF and KDC Boards concluded. 

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About WKAF:

Founded in 2005, WKA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. It is focused on providing knowledge and information and advocating for the disenfranchised Kashmiris in the Kashmir conflict. It gathers and disseminates the latest news and information through the media and website—[email protected] 

About KDC:

Founded in October 2022, at the Baku, Azerbaijan declaration, the Kashmir Diaspora Coalition is a six-member international coalition with offices in Washington DC, Canada, London, and Istanbul. It is committed to promoting the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir using all peaceful and democratic means in accordance with International Law and multiple UN Security Council resolutions.

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President Dr Arif Alvi Stresses for collective national efforts for the realisation of the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah 

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President Dr Arif Alvi has said that collective national efforts must be made for the realisation of the vision of Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to make Pakistan an Islamic welfare state. He urged the need to disseminate information about the struggles and sacrifices of great leaders of the Pakistan movement so as to educate the younger generations about the ideology of Pakistan.

The President made these remarks while talking to the members of the Executive Committee of Nazriya Pakistan Council (Trust), who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr, today. Chairman Nazriya Pakistan Council (NPC), Mian Muhammad Javed, briefed the President that the major aim and objective of the Trust was to spread the message of patriotism and the teachings of Islam.

He highlighted that the Trust was undertaking awareness activities throughout the country by holding debates, discussions and symposia about issues and problems confronting Pakistan. The President appreciated the efforts of the Trust in highlighting the ideology of Pakistan and inculcating the spirit of patriotism in the younger generation.

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