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Ambassador of Qatar meets Shehryar Afridi

ISLAMABAD, Oct 1 (APP):Ambassador of Qatar to Pakistan, Saqr Bin Mubarak Al Mansouri called on Minister of State for Interior

Shehryar Khan Afridi on Monday and discussed bilateral relations between the two friendly countries.

Talking to the ambassador here, the minister termed the bilateral ties between the two countries as historic and said Pakistan

desires to further strengthen its ties through enhancing mutual cooperation in technology.

The minister also highlighted importance of increasing trade and economic cooperation between the two countries.

Shehryar Afridi said Pakistan has given a lot of sacrifices in fight against terrorism.

The ambassador extended an invitation to the minister on behalf of his counterpart to visit Qatar.


33,000 kanal `encroached land' worth Rs. 300 bln retrieved in Capital: Afridi

ISLAMABAD, Sep 26 (APP):Minister of State for Interior, Shehryar Khan Afridi Wednesday said

that over 33,000 kanal of `encroached land' worth more than Rs. 300 billion has been retrieved so far during on-going anti-encroachment campaign in Federal Capital.

Addressing a press conference here, he said for the first time, action is being taken against powerful and influential people,

grabbing the state land illegally. The land was situated within Kurri and Rehara Mauzas.

Expressing his resolve to continue anti encroachment drive in Islamabad across the board, the Minister said action has also been

taken against illegal 45-50 shopping and commercial plazas, buildings and marriage halls established on state land in G-12 while a plot occupied

by administration of Centaurus Mall for temporary office illegally is also dismantled.

Shehryar Afridi said that the drive against encroachments in Islamabad is continuing across the board,

adding that those officials who facilitated in occupying the land illegally would be taken to task.

He said state land valuing trillions of rupees was encroached upon or illegally occupied in Federal Capital which

would be retrieved.

The common and poor people will not be dislodged from their places, he added.

Shehryar Afridi also assured steps for resolving longstanding issues and said some people in past behaved as if they 

were above the law  adding "but now everyone is being treated equally under the law."

Answering a question, he said action is being taken after complete homework following all legal formalities. Afridi assured

that the identity of Islamabad Capital Territory would be restored in its true spirit.

The Minister mentioned that through this anti-encroachment drive, a message has been conveyed to influentials that there is a

rule of law and this is a new Pakistan where no one would be allowed to illegally grab state land.

When asked, Afridi said, he has been reporting to Prime Minister Imran Khan frequently, who is monitoring the operation.

The Minister appreciated the Chairman of Capital Development Authority (CDA), Islamabad Capital Territory

Administration (ICT) and other relevant departments for their role in the drive, saying "We are working as a team to achieve the task."

Replying to another question, he assured that those who are living in slums (Katchi Abadis) would be facilitated and their

rights would be protected under the law.

He also assured of taking forward the concept of Model Village in Capital.

The Minister lauded role of media and sought their cooperation in pointing out the issues.

Oman's envoy meets Shehryar Afridi

ISLAMABAD, Sep 27 (APP):Ambassador of Oman to Pakistan, Sheikh Mohammed Al Marhoon Thursday called 

on Minister of State for Interior, Shehryar Khan Afridi and discussed matters of mutual interests.

Talking to the ambassador, the minister said Pakistan greatly values its brotherly ties with Oman.

He said the relations between Pakistan and Oman are based on historical, cultural and religion.

The minister said Oman is gateway for Pakistan to enter Gulf region while Pakistan is gateway to Oman to get 

better access to Asia.

The ambassador of Oman said Pakistan is our brotherly country and Oman has very special relations 

with Pakistan and added  Pakistanis living in Oman are playing an important role.


Message from the Minister of State for Interior Mr Shehryar Khan Afridi on the occasion of Ashura

Ashura is an occasion for paying respect to the martyrs of Karbala, observed all over the world with solidarity. On this occasion it is very important to remember the sacrifices made to uphold the name of Islam that serve as an example for all humanity. 

This year on the special instructions of Prime Minister Imran Khan, a complete security plan has been formulated by the Ministry of Interior to ensure safety of processions and general public. The Ministry will ensure complete support of the federal government and all state institutions to ensure law and order in the land.

The Prime Minister wishes to emphasise on the collective responsibility of all federal and provincial institutions to ensure safety of every citizen of Pakistan. We must also remember that it is also the responsibility of all citizens of Pakistan to support the security forces in ensuring successful execution of their duties.

All agencies responsible for assuring national security need support from the citizens to respect all communities, religions, castes, creed and colour. Citizens and institutions need to work together as one force to defeat all anti-state elements with nefarious designs against the State of Pakistan.

Pakistan Zindabad


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