Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Coordinated efforts required to combat terrorism in SAARC region:Pak Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik

Coordinated efforts required to combat terrorism in SAARC region:  Pak  Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik

(APP) - The fourth South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Interior Ministers’ Conference was a good platform to discuss regional anti-terrorism strategy and would go a long way in combating this menace due to which entire region is suffering. Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik, who presided over the important meeting as Chairman, remained busy during his stay and met with Prime Minister of Bhutan, Jigme Yoser Thinley and other Ministers on the sidelines of the Conference, held in Thimphu from July 21-23. Home and Interior Ministers, Secretaries and other relevant officials of SAARC including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, and Nepal attended the Conference.

In his address to the conference, Rehman Malik emphasized coordinated and concerted efforts to combat terrorism and money laundering.

He suggested that there is need for constitution of a SAARC Pol on the pattern of Interpol.

He had said there was also need of a SAARC Commission with the objective to promote harmony and at the same time a joint Task Force need to be formed to control incidents of pirates in Indian Ocean.

The Minister said Pakistan, its people and armed forces had offered great services and sacrifices in the war against terrorism and to prevent the terrorists from fanning out to other parts of the country as well as the whole region. The war against terrorism would continue till its elimination, he added.

He said Pakistani people are suffering due to terrorism for the last 10 years and experienced 7,485 bomb explosions out of which 3,800 were suicide bombings. More than 35,000 innocent Pakistanis have lost their precious lives in the war against terror.

Rehman Malik also informed the Conference that Pakistan was following three-D policy to combat terrorism and said Pakistan has further improved rules and regulations regarding border control and immigration in the country.

The Interior Ministers of SAARC region appreciated the address of Rehman Malik, in which he ably highlighted the efforts of Pakistan in the war against terrorism and extremism.

On the sideline of the fourth SARRC Home Ministers’ Conference, Rehman Malik called on Prime Minister of Bhutan and conveyed him the messages of good wishes from President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani.

Malik said he offered Pakistan’s support to Bhutan in the areas of police training, anti-money laundering efforts and for making computerized identity cards and machine readable passports.

Prime Minister Jigme Thinley appreciated and recognized Pakistan’s contribution and sacrifices in the anti-terrorism drive and said Pakistan’s proposals for eliminating the menace of terrorism were useful.

Rehman Malik also met with his Indian counterpart P.Chidambaram and discussed matters relating to mutual interests.

He affirmed that his ministry was working toward an early visit of a Judicial Commission from Pakistan to India which would take place at an early date. Upon his arrival from Bhutan, Rehman Malik told mediapersons that Pakistan had given a suggestion in the Conference to work on proposals regarding money laundering, drug money and other issues which all related to terrorism.

Pakistan’s Minister for Interior, Rehman Malik said that SAARC can play an important role in war against terror as it represents one fourth population of the world.Talking to Pakistan Television (PTV) he said that it is very crucial time as people are suffering especially due to terrorism. The whole region of SAARC is suffering from it. Some are suffering heavily while some comparatively less, he added.Malik said that terrorism is the common problem of all SAARC member states and we should make common strategy to eliminate this menace from the society.

He said that Pakistan, its people and armed forces have offered great services and sacrifices in the war against terrorism to eliminate terrorists from country as well as the whole region. The war against terrorism would continue till its elimination, he added.

Minister said that Pakistan is doing its best to eradicate terrorism but Pakistan cannot alone do it. All SAARC states should come forward to help Pakistan and we should make a common strategy against our common enemy, he added.

Malik said that there is a track financing to the terrorists and the leads go beyond the boundaries of Pakistan. Terrorists are moving with strategy and planning therefore we have all to work together to fight this menace

“I am sure, the decisions taken in SAARC will go all the way with positively, cooperation and working our ways and means in practical terms,” he said.


Pakistan -India dialogue on Kashmir should Not be for the sake of dialogue: Pakistan Foriegn Minister

Pakistan -India dialogue on Kashmir should
Not be for the sake of dialogue: Pakistan  Foriegn Minister

(APP): Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Pak-India dialogue on Kashmir should not be for the sake of dialogue but it should yield constructive results. “Pakistan believes in the resolution of Kashmir issue as per the wishes of the Kashmiris in the light of UN resolutions on Kashmir,” she said during her meeting with the JKLF leader, Yasin Malik at the State Guest House here Monday.

The Foreign Minister invited JKLF leaders for a meeting prior to her departure to attend Pak-India ministerial level dialogue to be held on July 27 in New Delhi.
Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary, Salman Bashir and JKLF leaders, Muhammad Rafique Dar and Saleem Haroon were also present.
Ms Khar added that genuine Kashmiri leaders should be part of the dialogue process on Kashmir issue, adding that the concerns showed by the Kashmiri leadership would be raised during the meeting with her Indian counterpart S M Krishna.
She, while talking to the Kashmiri leaders, said that Kashmir movement was real movement comprising sections of Kashmiri society and Pakistan fully supports the movement, adding the government was on the same page with the JKLF leadership on Kashmir.
The Minister said that concept of tripartite meeting on Kashmir was based on the suggestions of the Kashmiri leaders that no dialogue could produce results without the inclusion of genuine Kashmiri leaders in the dialogue process.
Earlier, Chairman JKLF, Yasin Malik approved of the dialogue process on Kashmir between Pakistan and India, adding that Kashmiris have concerns on the dialogue due to their non-inclusion in the process.
He said that India must announce time-bound dialogues in order to make the dialogue process credible and acceptable to the Kashmiris.
He demanded time-bound dialogue process, participation of the Kashmiri leadership in the dialogue process and recognition of the independence movement by India after the Kashmiris have unilaterally showed transition from a violent freedom movement to a non-violent movement.
Yasin Malik admired the CBMs initiatives between Pakistan and India, adding that the CBMs have created a healthy atmosphere in the region.
Later, the Foreign Minister had a one-to-one meeting with the Kashmiri leader.

‘Sri Lanka Expo’ in March 2012

‘Sri Lanka Expo’ in March 2012

‘Sri Lanka Expo - 2012’ exhibition is scheduled to be held from 28th to 30th March, 2012 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Exhibition Center, Colombo, Sri Lanka, under the theme, “Lets join hands with Sri Lanka, the Asian Hub.”
The Export Development Board says that organizing the event after 15 years has been appreciated by many quarters.
This year’s exhibition would ensure a platform to exhibit a large number of high quality goods and services of Sri Lanka, via more than 300 exporters and the participation of about 1000 foreign buyers are expected.
According to the Export Development Board, the principal objective of the event is to introduce and promote Sri Lanka as a commercial hub that enables a promising environment for trade affairs, investment opportunities and tourist industry.

Sri Lanka also looks forward to use this exhibition as a strategic event in achieving the export target of $ 15 billion by 2015.
Products related to the industries of tea, garment, rubber, information technology, gem and jewelry, food and beverages, spices, coconut, electricity, and services of ship building and repairing will be showcased at the exhibition.

Kalubowitiyana export qulity Tea for Sri lankan concumers

Kalubowitiyana export  qulity  Tea Sri lankan concumers
By Suneetha Perera

Mrs.  Malani Peiris , Secretary, MPI  is  opening the Marketing Division and
and Sales Centre.      Also in the picture  is  Mr. Donald Abeysundara,  Chairman  of KTFL.

 Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory Company Ltd.,under Ministry of Plantation Industries, the pioneer for production of CTC tea in Sri Lankan opened the Marketing Division and Sales Centre at Pelawatte, Battaramulla on 6th May 2011.
The vision of President, Mahinda Rajapakse ‘s Mahinda Chintana and the idea of Minster of Plantation Industries Mr. Mahinda Samarasinghe, the Kalubowitiyana Tea Factory Ltd. Introduced Export Quality “Single Origin Tea” (unblended) to the Local Market.
There are 7 Labels of “ Kalubowitiyana Tea” according to your taste.

Single OriginTea