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Ambassador of European Union H.E Androulla Kaminara to provide aid of worth 150 Million Euros to combat COVID-19 in Pakistan

Islamabad- The Federal Minister for Interior Brig(R) Ijaz Ahmad Shah met with the Ambassador of European Union H.E. Androulla Kaminara along with Ambassador of Netherlands H.E. Wouter Plomp and Czech Republic's Ambassador H.E. Tomas Smentanka at the Ministry of Interior earlier today. Matters of mutual interest were brought under discussion, on exchanging views about the pandemic, the European Union Ambassador offered aid of worth 150 Million Euros to assist Pakistan in combating this novel Corona virus. We would like to provide relief to the ones who are suffering in this hard time, she said. The Federal Minister for Interior welcomed the offer and said it will be of great significance for masses who are unable to sustain living during this crisis situation. In response to the point raised about expediting the process, the Federal Minister responded that the government has already issued instructions to facilitate the execution of relief projects. Ministry of Interior had issued orders earlier saying that the requirement of NOC wasn't mandatory and organizations could work in direct assistance with NDMA and PDMA countrywide. The Ambassador welcomed the systematic way of providing relief to the public. We would like to facilitate and support on local levels and this system can help us reach the deserving, she added.

While discussing other matters, the Minister for Interior, Brig (R) Ijaz Ahmad Shah said that the government is trying its best to achieve a balance between health and economic needs of people. Our departments have been trying to perform to best of their abilities, the Minister said. Our overall performance has been quite satisfactory in majority of the areas, however, there is always room for improvement and we keep striving for the best. The Minister said. "We want best for our people and we will keep working for it" he added. The meeting concluded with the Ambassador thanking for cooperation over previous projects with the Ministry of Interior that were successfully completed bearing fruitful results and with a hope that relief projects can be executed soon.

Prime Minister clean and green Islamabad Campaign

ISLAMABAD - Sheharyar Khan Afridi, Minister of State for Interior Wednesday said that the eco-friendly policies of the government are doing wonders for revival of real weather system of Pakistan and the billion tree tsunami, has helped in decreasing the deforestation in Pakistan. The Minister expressed these views while addressing a tree plantation event at NUST University here.


 "We have decided to build on to the milestone achievement of Prime Minister Imran Khan’s 'Billion Tree Tsunami” and this year we would plant ten billion trees in across country," the Minister said adding that one lakh saplings should be planted by University students only.

Center to ensure uniform guidelines for the month of Ramadan across country- Ijaz Shah

• The Federal Minister for Interior, Brig (R) Ijaz Ahmad Shah met with the Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Peer Noor ul Haq Qadri in Islamabad.

• The meeting focused on formulation of a strategy that will ensure that the spirit of this Holy month is kept alive and preventive measures amid pandemic are also fully exercised.

• Religious Scholars, Representatives & all relevant stakeholders from entire country to be taken on board.

The Holy month of Ramadan holds great significance for every Muslim in the world. This year we are facing a global challenge of fighting novel COVID 19, considering this hindrance, the Interior Minister and the Minister for Religious Affairs & Interfaith Harmony met to devise a practical strategy. The possible options were brought under discussion and the two collectively decided that country's all religious representatives from different segments should be taken on board and a uniform set of guidelines from center should be issued for all provinces and ICT to follow.

"Uniform set of guidelines are primary to the strategy to avoid any conflict" said Ijaz Shah during meeting. The National Emergency to control corona virus spread is likely to impact Ramadan's routine practices like iftar dinners and Taraweeh prayers. Understanding the fact that this month and its religious significance is massive for all Muslims, the two Ministers mutually agreed on taking all necessary stakeholders on board to come up with the best possible solution in this time of crisis.

Primary objective is to come up with a unanimous decision that will let people observe their religious duties and also ensure health and safety of masses.The Federal Ministers decided upon taking Senior Religious Scholars and Representatives on board to decide final strategy. The finalized policy is to be uniform for the entire country, the two agreed.

PM Khan, Prince Salman share same vision on anti-corruption, economic revolution, poverty alleviation.

ISLAMABAD, March 7 – Minister for Interior Shehryar Khan Afridi has said that that Prime Minister Imran Khan and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia His Royal Highness Mohammed bin Salman share same vision on anticorruption, economic revolution and poverty alleviation.

The Ambassador said that Crown Prince Mohammad’s visit to Pakistan had been a major success and it would go a long way in further cementing the bilateral relations between the two brotherly Muslim countries.

“I have been living here for quite a while and let me tell you that I love Pakistan from the core of my heart. The well-being of Pakistan is my own well-being,” the Saudi Ambassador added The Minister expressed these views during a meeting with Mr. Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia who called on the Minister here at the Ministry of Interior. The Minister lauded the role played by Saudi Arabia in diffusing tensions between India and Pakistan.

“Entire Pakistani nation is indebted to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his advocacy and support for Pakistan during South Asia’s and India’s visit.

“The arrival of Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Mr Adel Al-Jubeir here today reflects the concerns shared by High Royal Highness King Salman bin Abdel-Aziz and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Pakistan is indebted to the Saudi leadership for their commitment and dedication towards the regional peace and stability,” the Minister said.

The minister also appreciated the extension project of Holy Harem Sharif to facilitate the pilgrims. Interior minister added that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s announcement of US$20 billion investment would further strengthen the Pakistan Saudi friendship.

The Saudi Ambassador on the occasion briefed the Interior Minister on the visit of Saudi Foreign Minister Mr Adel Al-Jubeir to Pakistan.


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