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DATE: JANUARY 04, 2021

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 MESSAGE OF THE PRIME MINISTER ON KASHMIRIS’ RIGHT TO SELF-DETERMINATION DAY 05 JANUARY 2021
Islamabad: January 04, 2021

 
Today is 72nd anniversary of United Nations’ commitment to uphold the fundamental human rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. On this day, in 1949, the United Nations Commission for India & Pakistan (UNCIP) pledged the realization of the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination through a free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations. This day reminds the international community, especially the United Nations Security Council, of the imperative of honouring this commitment towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
The importance of the inalienable right to self-determination has been acknowledged in various human rights Covenants and decisions of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. Owing to Indian intransigence, the Security Council has failed to fulfill its pledge to the Kashmiri people.
For over seven decades, the life of Kashmiris in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) has been a chronicle of State-sponsored cruelty and terrorism. Around 900,000 occupation forces have converted the region into the largest militarized zone in the world. Post-5 August 2019, India has unleashed a new reign of terror in IIOJK, maintaining an inhuman military siege, perpetrating egregious violations of human rights of the innocent people especially women, children and the elderly with unprecedented impunity, and seeking to illegally change the demographic structure of the occupied territory. For more than 500 days now, Indian occupation forces have been further brutalizing the besieged innocent Kashmiris, brazenly denying their basic rights of communication, freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, and above all, freedom to determine their own future. Kashmiris have been deprived of their fundamental rights to life, food and health despite the rampant Covid-19 pandemic.
The recent spate of unprecedented Indian state-sponsored terrorism in IIOJK and discriminatory steps against minorities, especially Muslims, are a clear manifestation of the ‘Hindutva’ ideology espoused by the RSS-inspired BJP regime. The world must ensure that human rights abuses do not go unpunished and that the perpetrators of these heinous crimes against humanity are held accountable.
Being a direct party to the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, Pakistan will continue to underscore the imperative of holding a free and impartial plebiscite under the UN auspices in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions. Our strong and steadfast support for the Kashmiri people will continue till the realization of their inalienable right to self-determination.
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Message of the President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Kashmiris' Right to Self-Determination Day 05 January 2021.

President reminds int’l community of its responsibility towards oppressed Kashmiris of IIOJK

ISLAMABAD, Jan 4 (APP)resident Dr Arif Alvi has said that the global community cannot shy away from its responsibility towards the oppressed people in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).
On 5th January 1949, the United Nations Commission on India and Pakistan (UNCIP) adopted the resolution that guaranteed a free and fair plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir to enable the Kashmiri people realize their right to self-determination, the president said in a message on the occasion of Kashmiris’ Right to Self-determination Day being observed on January 5.
Dr Alvi reiterated that Pakistan would continue to extend all possible support for the just cause of the people of Jammu and Kashmir till the realization of their right to self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions.
"The right to self-determination is a vital component of human dignity. Negation of this right is the negation of human freedom, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and UN Human Rights Covenants. India is the biggest violator of this inalienable human right,” the president said and stressed that the United Nations must honour its commitment, which was made 72 years ago.
He further said that since August 5, 2019, through continuous illegal and unilateral steps, the Indian government had created an environment of fear and chaos in the IIOJK.
More than 500 days of military siege, and draconian restrictions on fundamental freedoms and rights, including the right to life and health, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, had challenged the conscience of international community and India’s credentials of being a respectable member of the comity of nations, he added.
The president said,“Indian actions have been widely rejected by the international community, the United Nations, and international human rights organizations. The current situation in the IIOJK is the worst in recent history where people have been deprived of all basic rights, including rights to freedom of expression and assembly, as well as self-determination.”
The people of IIOJK, he said, were being subjected to collective punishment by the Indian occupation forces, which had turned the territory into the largest militarized zone in the world and were seeking to change the demographic structure of the occupied territory in violation of the international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention.

 

Links of Roshan Digital Accounts - Launched by Honurable Prime Minister of Pakistan

Links of Roshan Digital Accounts for awareness of Pakistani community: 

PRIME MINISTER’S MESSAGE ON QUAID’S DAY

 

         On this eventful day when Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was born, a proud nation was destined to come into being.  I feel blessed to have opened my eyes in a free environment bestowed upon us by God through his chosen personality who was none other but our beloved Quaid. 

          He had a vision for the Muslims of the subcontinent which got translated in the shape of Pakistan. Therefore, there is no other pleasure more real to us as a nation than the commemoration of his birthday. As a prime representative of whole nation, I owe immense gratitude, love and devotion towards my beloved leader Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. 

          In the modern history of mankind, there are a few people who garnered such a wide popularity as our Quaid did. His determination to carve a nation out of chaos and relentless deprivation was miraculous and insuperable against all odds and challenges. He had a firm faith in God and His Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) which guided him through a long journey comprising of ordeals, deceptions and dejections but culminating in grandeur, décor and eternity. He is a role model not merely for us but for Muslims of whole world because of the universal vision he installed in the creation of Pakistan. With the adorable actions which spoke louder than words, he became an actual prototype of honesty and righteousness. 

          We trace not a single discourse by our beloved Quaid on the innumerable sacrifices he made for the cause of his nascent nation rather it is only through his actions that we learn of all those grieving losses he personally went through.

           Today, I urge all of you to pay a befitting homage to our great Quaid by following his footsteps in all walks of our lives. Let us live the Quaid’s ideals of Unity, Faith and Discipline with a renewed national spirit so that we make this country rise above all seen and unseen challenges. Together, let us beseech Allah that He grants us strength to realize our destiny of becoming the strongest nation on earth as rightly visualized by our Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

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Message from Dr. Arif Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan - On the Occasion of Qauid-Azam Day - December 25, 2020

 

          As we celebrate the 144th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, we pay him a rich tribute for his role in the creation of a separate homeland for the Muslims of the sub-continent. We pledge to follow his ideals to make Pakistan a strong and prosperous country. 

          Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah propounded the two-nation theory. He championed the rights of minorities and declared that members of every community will be treated as citizens of Pakistan with equal rights, privileges and obligations and that minorities will be safeguarded and protected. Today, we reaffirm our commitment to building a state that respects the diversity of its people and provides equal opportunities to its citizens irrespective of their religion, caste, creed or color. 

          On this day, we must also remember the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) who have been subjected to the worst form of state-terrorism for over seven decades. India has unleashed a reign of terror against them and has imposed a complete lockdown since last year. We urge the international community to compel and shame India to stop committing human rights violations and grant Kashmiris their right to self-determination as promised under the UN Security Council resolutions.

 

          Currently, the entire world is facing the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic and I urge the nation to exhibit self-discipline and follow health guidelines to contain the spread of virus.  We need to display the same spirit of discipline which we did during the first wave of the pandemic. 

          Pakistan Paindabad.

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Message from Prime Minister of Pakistan - on the Occasion of Christmas , December 25, 2020

 

          On this happy occasion of Christmas, I extend my heartiest felicitations and wish Merry Christmas to our Christian brethren in Pakistan and all over the world. 

          Today, millions of Christians all around the world and in Pakistan celebrate the birth of Prophet Jesus who was sent to this world as a symbol of peace, brotherhood and respect for the entire humanity. This day reminds us of the values that Prophet Jesus observed in his own life. He not only healed the ailing humanity but preached the divine values of tolerance, love and compassion. 

          Christmas is an occasion to reflect on the message of Prophet Jesus, the eternal message of love, peace, tolerance and compassion for humanity.

           Out Government is dedicated to preserve the sanctity of existence and equality of opportunities enjoyed by all Pakistanis including our minorities. I am immensely happy to note that minorities in Pakistan are actively contributing to the development and prosperity of the country without any hindrance including politics, social services, military, education, health and many other spheres. This reflects the communal harmony and profound cohesion between all faiths practices across the length and breadth of the country. This is the spirit that binds us together as one family to celebrate our blessings and the values we hold dear. 

          On this happy day, I wish to acknowledge the diverse and productive role being played by all the minorities living in Pakistan, particularly in Christian community for the socio-economic development of the country. 

          I wish them a very happy Christmas.

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Message from Dr. Arif Alvi, President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the Occasion of Christmas, December 25, 2020

 

 

          I extend my heartfelt felicitations to our Christian brethren in Pakistan and all over the world on the joyous occasion of Christmas and wish them a happy new year. Christmas is an occasion to share the happiness and blessings of God with our loved ones. On this day, we pay tribute to Jesus Christ (PBUH) who was a symbol of peace, brotherhood and respect for entire humanity. He not only healed the ailing humanity but preached on the divine values of tolerance, love and compassion. He urged people to live a virtuous life and seek Allah’s mercy. He propagated the message of peace, love and forgiveness for all. As a Messenger of Allah, Jesus Christ (PBUH) is venerable not only to Christians but also to Muslims. The Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah was also a strong advocate of the rights of minorities and declared in March 1948 that members of every community will be treated as citizens of Pakistan with equal rights, privileges and obligations and that minorities will be safeguarded and protected.  All citizens of the country enjoy the freedom of religion and worship under the Pakistani constitution. Being equal citizens of the State, the Government empowers them to develop their abilities to their fullest extent. Our policies are focused on creating harmony and cohesion between people of all faiths. The Government of Pakistan would continue to take steps for their welfare and would try its utmost to uphold the principles of equality and justice for all communities residing in Pakistan. 

          On this happy day, I would like to extend my heartiest appreciation to our Christian brethren for their patriotism and devoted service to the country.  We are proud of our Christian community, as they are an essential part of our multilingual, multireligious polity. Today, we also reiterate our commitment to build a society based on mutual respect of all religions and communities, a tolerant society and a state that provides equal rights and opportunities to all its citizens. 

          May the blessings of Allah Almighty be with us.

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Run for Kashmir” Tele Marathon

Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) has been under military siege for over a year now. Let us become a glimmer of hope for Kashmiris by showing them that they are not alone and the entire world is behind them.

A Virtual Run for Kashmir is a global humanitarian event aimed at creating awareness about the atrocities of Indian occupation forces in IIOJK. Join the virtual marathon anytime until 30 September 2020. Every mile you run will show the people of Kashmir that we care for them. Also encourage your friends and family to join. To participate please follow the following steps:

1. Download the runnerz app from

a. Appstore: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/runnerz-app/id1527099627

b. PlayStore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.runkashmir.runforkashmir

2. Login to the app.

3. Start running and the app will record your distance & time.

4. Once you have completed the run, your results will automatically be updated on the scoreboard.

5. Take a screenshot and share your results on social media.

a. Website: https://runforkashmir.org

b. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Run-for-Kashmir

 

Message from H.E. Dr. Arif Alvi President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan on Youm-e-Istehsal

Today marks one year since India undertook illegal and unilateral actions in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK) in a bid to alter its internationally recognized disputed status and change its demographic structure.

What has followed is the worst human rights situation in the history of the IIOJK dispute with twelve months of uninterrupted and brutal military siege and crackdown. Media blockades,extrajudicial killings in fake ‘encounters’, and restrictions on fundamental freedoms have been used to try to break the will of the Kashmiri people,while Indian attempts to change their distinct identity continue unabated.

Through its illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 and illegitimate domicile laws, India is in direct contravention of the relevant United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions and international law, including the 4th Geneva Convention.

The world community has denounced the illegal Indian actions and the worst human rights violations in IIOJK. India stands exposed before the international community as its ‘Hindutva’ agenda continues to unfold and usurp the fundamental rights of the Kashmiris and political and religious freedoms of the minorities.

Pakistan expects that the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir dispute will get the focus it merits from the international community. Pakistan will continue to raise the issue of  IIOJK at every available forum until the Kashmiri people get their legitimate right to self-determination as recognized by the United Nations Security Council Resolutions and as per the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

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            Message from the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Youm-e-Istehsal (August 05, 2020)

 

Today marks 365 days of the unprecedented, inhuman military siege and communication blockade since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019. It is a crime against humanity that has destroyed lives, crippled livelihoods, and imperiled the very identity of the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IIOJK).

Eight million Kashmiris have been made prisoners in their own homes. Their communication with the outside world has been deliberately revoked to hide the scale of human rights violations being perpetrated against them by the Indian occupation forces. Young men are being extrajudicially martyred in “fake encounters” and so-called “cordon and search” operations, almost on a daily basis, while the real Kashmiri political leadership remains incarcerated.

The extremist and expansionist BJP-RSS combine, represented by the current Indian Government, is unabashedly pushing the ‘Hindutva’ agenda. It is seeking to change the demographic structure of the region and turn its Muslim majority into a minority in blatant violation of relevant UN Security Council Resolutions and international laws, particularly the 4th Geneva Convention.

As expected, the Kashmiris have rejected these illegal ‘engagements in deception’, and so has Pakistan. Parliamentarians, journalists, humanitarian workers, international human rights organizations and members of the international community have also raised their voices on the continuing gross human rights violations in IIOJK. India stands exposed before the world, yet again, as an oppressor and aggressor. Its so-called secular and democratic credentials stand fully discredited.

For the sake of the besieged people of IIOJK, and for the sake of fairness, justice and human dignity, it is imperative that the international community steps in immediately and backs its words of condemnation with practical steps that will force India to reverse its present course against the Kashmiri people.

Let me be absolutely clear: Pakistan will always be with its brothers and sisters in IIOJK. We will never accept, and neither will the Kashmiris, the illegal Indian actions and oppression of the Kashmiri people. India has already failed in keeping the voices of the Kashmiri people from reaching the international community. Now India will fail in forcing its majoritarian, ‘Hindutva’ mindset on a people unwilling to compromise on their just rights and fundamental freedoms.

India must realize that martyrdom of each Kashmiri and the burning and destruction of each Kashmiri house will only further strengthen the Kashmiris’ resolve for freedom from Indian occupation. Throughout the Kashmiris’ struggle, Pakistan will stand shoulder-to-shoulder with its Kashmiri brethren until they realize their inalienable right to self-determination through free and impartial plebiscite under the auspices of the United Nations as per the relevant UNSC Resolutions.

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PRIME MINISTER'S COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELIEF FUNDS

                         Account title:               :         Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Pandemic Relief Fund                                                                  2020

                  Name of Bank:          :          National Bank of Pakistan    

                  Account No:               :         4162786786

                 IBAN:                         :          PK11NBPA0002004162786786

                 Swift Code:                :          NBPAPKKAMBR

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                 Postal Code:              :         74500

PAKISTAN CLIMBS 28 PLACES in GLOBAL EASE OF DOING RAKING

 

VISA ON ARRIVAL (VoA) FOR BUSINESSMEN FROM CANADA

  •  The Government of Pakistan has introduced Visa on Arrival (VoA) for 50 countries and E-Visa for 175 countries (including Canada), which would be augmented with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). Details are available at

          https://visa.nadra.gov.pk

 

 

 

NICOP/POC

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