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VISIT OF THE H.E. SHEHRYAR AFRIDI TO THE STATE OF QATAR TO ATTEND MILIPOL QATAR 2018

The Minister of State for Interior of Pakistan, H.E. Shehryar Afridi attended the inauguration of the 12th edition of the International Exhibition Milipol Qatar 2018. The exhibition is an annual event held in Doha that focuses on Homeland Security and Civil Defence and is currently being held from October 29-31, 2018 at Doha Exhibition and Convention Centre. The Honourable Minister's visit to the State of Qatar is the first visit undertaken by a Pakistani Minister after the formation of a new Government in Pakistan this summer.

The Honourable Minister of State along with H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, Prime Minister of the State of Qatar who is also the Minister of Interior took a tour of the exhibition and visited different exhibitors from around the world. They were also accompanied by visiting Ministers and dignitaries from other participating countries. The Honourable Minister showed keen interest in exhibitors dealing in smart cities, civil defence and cyber crime etc.

The Honourable Minister also had an exclusive meeting with the Prime Minister of the State of Qatar. Both discussed matters of mutual concern and the positive role of Pakistani diaspora in the State of Qatar. The Honourable Minister expressed his desire to further enhance bilateral cooperation in all spheres with the State of Qatar. The Minister also handed over a letter of thanks from H.E. Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan which was a response to a letter earlier sent by the Qatari Prime Minister greeting Prime Minister Imran Khan on his appointment as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The Honourable Minister also met with H.E. Dr Khalid bin Mohamed Al Attiyah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence of the State of Qatar on the sidelines of the conference. The Honourable Minister also met with a number of Ministers and head of delegations from other countries.

The Honourable Minister also met with Staff Major General Saad Bin Jassim Al Khulaifi the Director General of Public Security and the Chief of Police of the State of Qatar. The Minister discussed issues related to Pakistani diaspora in Qatar. The Chief of Police of the State expressed his  desire to meet cooperate with Pakistani civil agencies. The Minister expressed that a team comprising of heads of Pakistani civil agencies including FIA and Police may visit the State of Qatar shortly to find linkages and areas of cooperation related to internal security and share good practices.

The Honourable Minister also exclusively met with members of the Pakistani community resident in the State of Qatar. He met with various segments of the diaspora in Doha including a women's group and listened to their grievances and instructed the Embassy officials resolve the issues being faced by the community members in the State of Qatar.

President AJK Masood Khan called on Shehryar Khan Afridi

ISLAMABAD, Oct 23 (APP):State Minister for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi  Tuesday said that Pakistan would continue supporting United Nations resolution on Kashmir Issue.

The Minister stated this during a meeting with President Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Sardar Masood Khan. The matters relating to mutual interest were brought under discussion.

Afridi said  "W have to end the difference between the common man and ruling class."

He reiterated that the government would utilize the abilities and skills of youth for the betterment of the country.

President AJK lauded resent visit of Shehryar Khan Afridi to University of AJK.

He also invited the minister to visit five others state run universities and deliver lectures to the young students.

He said strong Pakistan was the guarantee to strong Kashmir.

Special Assistant to PM condemn attack on IGFC South Balochistan

QUETTA, Oct 25 (APP):Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Bukhar on Thursday strongly condemned the attack on Inspector General of Frontier Corps (IGFC) South Balochsitan, saying that such cowardly attack could not weaken moral of personnel of law enforcement agencies.

They paid rich tribute to security forces including Pak-Army, FC, Police and other law enforcement agencies over their numerous sacrifices, saying that law enforcement agencies were playing vital role to curb terrorist activities for restoring peace in the country.

Addressing a press conference here during their visit to Balochistan, they said "Sacrifices of security forces will not go waste in the country", adding that Pak-Iran borders side of Taftan area would be made hub of business in future.

Provincial Minister for Health Naseebullah Marri, Provincial Secretary for Home Haider Ali Shikwa, Commissioner Rakhshan Division Naseer Ahmed and other were also present on the occasion.

Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi said, following the special directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan, they inspected Pakistan House Taftan and Quetta to address problems being faced by the Zaereen (Pilgrims) going to Iran and Iraqwhile traveling in the areas.

He said they reviewed Zaereen issues while directions were issued to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and all other related departments to ensure a teamwork for provision of facilities to pilgrims in traveling.

"Basic amenities were not being provided to the Zaereen in past", he said and added that federal and provincial governments were taking solid measures to provide protection them, because it was responsibility of state to ensure foolproof security of Zaereen.

He said Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government had provided lot of facilities to pilgrims in two months, saying that it was my third visit to Taftan in order to address all issues faced by Zaereen.

Shehryar said the government was following the Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision of treating people equally according to Madina Islamic State for welfare of the people.

He further said credibility of Pakistan would further be raised internationally with the development of small provinces including Balochistan and Gilgit Baltistan. "Federal government was trying to provide better environment for all religions to live according to their religious teachings", he added.

Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas of Pakistanis Syed Zulifqar Abbas Bukhari said the government would provide all amenities to the Zaereen in Pakistan House Taftan through better teamwork. He said that Taftan would become a huge business center for both countries in upcoming era.

He said two personnel of security forces, martyred in attack of Besima, would not be go waste, saying that 44,000 Zaereen were passed from Taftan through immigration system for visiting holy places.

Interior Minister Shehryar Afridi and and Bukhari thanked Chief Minister Balochsitan Mir Jam Kamal Khan, Commander Southern Command, Frontier Corps, local administration and other stakeholders for their cooperation and provision of facilities to Zahereen.

Naya Pakistan Housing to help realize shelter's dream for poor

ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (APP):The registration process for "Naya Pakistan Housing Programme" has started amid long queues of people were witnessed here on Monday outside registration centres of National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA).

Minister of State for Interior, Shehryar Khan Afridi, who inaugurated Naya Pakistan Housing Authority Registration Center at NADRA Mega Centre Blue Area, said the target of government was to ensure provision of five million affordable houses for underprivileged classes during next five years.

Talking to media persons, the minister expressed the confidence that the programme would not only help realize dream of a shelter for the poor, but also create ample employment opportunities.

It will also attract local and foreign investment and stimulate about 40 related industries, he added.

Shehryar Afridi said the poor people were deprived of their basic rights in past, but present government of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) would ensure protection of their rights.

Highlighting the basic idea of this housing scheme, he said, it would help materialize dream of the poor about owning their house.

The minister said the country needs around 10 million housing units and to achieve the target, there is a need to build at-least 0.5 million units every year at a reasonable price.

He said the masses would be facilitated through one-window services, adding the government has started this much awaited mega housing project within its 100-day plan.

Replying to a question, Shehryar Afridi said as compared to 2013, the PTI has secured votes more than double during 2018 elections.

In Federal Capital, the registration forms can be submitted at NADRA Mega Centre in Blue Area, Deputy Commissioner Office G-11/4 and Tehsil Office I-10/3 whilst in other districts, these could be submitted at Deputy Commissioner offices.

On October 11, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched the ambitious housing scheme which envisages construction of five million affordable houses for under privileged segments of the society during next five years.

The National Database Registration Authority issued the form on its website with all required details needed for registration.

The aspirants can download forms and can submit them with respective housing programme offices till December 21, 2018 with Rs 250 fee.

Initially seven cities have been identified for the scheme which include Sukkur, Quetta, Gilgit, Muzaffarabad, Swat, Islamabad and Faisalabad. The government has also included more cities including Lahore, Multan, Gujranwala, Jhelum, Bahawalpur, Sialkot, Kasur, Layyah, Vehari and Rahim Yar Khan.

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