Dear Media Partners
Please note that the Department of Labour Punjab and ILO are going to sign a MOU to mainstream Gender into Policies and Programmes.
At the event, media colleagues can interview the Secretary and the Country Director ILO.
On 20th Jan, media will accompany the ILO team to the Gender Units from 0930 to 1100 and interview the woman labour inspector and other staff. This will be an opportune time to highlight the achievements of the Gender Unit and perhaps discuss some of the initiatives the GU has planned for year 2012; Gender Audit, labour law review, trainings etc
Here you can get the donor perspective from the CIDA delegation representatives and ensure their support to gender equality in Pakistan.
19 Jan- at 1230 pm MOU signing ceremony- Labour and HR Secretary, Department of Labour, Old P&D building, Near Civil Secretariat
20 Jan- at 0930 am  Visit to Gender Units- Industrial Relations Institute, Sector B-2, Near Rescue 1122, Township
20 Jan- at 1145 am Visit to Pakistan Ready Made Garments Teaching Training Institute, 71 L, Gulberg 3, Lahore
where women are being trained as machine operators and supervisors under GE4DE project. Some of the passouts have already been employed at Sapphire. In the visit, these trainees and the employees of Sapphire (passouts of the ILO project) can be interviewed. This will make a great feature as the skills training project has received successful employment rates. It is for the first time, women are being trained in supervisory skills and not just the lower end of the production belt. The project has not only broken stereotypes that confines women to low skilled jobs and occupations in Textile Sector but also created strong industry linkages for sustainable guaranteed employement . The visit is planned from 1145 to 1300.
For entrace and security clearance:
Event Coordinator: Mr Tahir Manzoor Hotiana- Deputy Director Labour, 03334127404
best regards
Rabia Razzaque
Programme Officer
Promoting Gender Equality for Decent Employment (GE4DE)
A Project supported by CIDA
ILO Office for Pakistan
ILO Building, G-5/2
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"Boom-Boom" Afridi aiming to hit hard against drugs in new role as UNODC Goodwill Ambassador

18 January 2011- Islamabad- (UNODC) - Pakistan cricket star Shahid Afridi has been appointed UNODC Goodwill National Ambassador in recognition of his outstanding sporting record.
Both batsman and bowler, Afridi is a talented all-rounder who was captain of the Pakistan national team from 2009 to 2011 in various formats of the game.  

He became an overnight sensation in 1996 when, as a 16-year-old, he made history by scoring the fastest century in a one-day international (ODI) in his very first innings. "Boom-boom" Afridi as he is affectionately known to his legions of fans goes all-out for runs instead of contenting himself with defending his wicket.

"He plays with heart," said Jeremy Douglas, UNODC Pakistan Representative of the appointment. "Shahid Afridi is a role model who can speak powerfully against drug abuse. Young people see in him the courage to push away boundaries and the will to go on when things get tough".  

"I have never done anything by halves and I will give my all to my new role of National Goodwill Ambassador. I hate to see drugs ruin the lives of young people. If I can convince just one boy or girl to turn away from drugs I will be proud," said Mr. Afridi accepting his two-year assignment.

Mr. Afridi will promote healthy living though sports, and emphasize positive values and attitudes during visits to schools and colleges.  In 2012, he will witness the impact of the work of UNODC in Pakistan and highlight the need to curb drug use and associated crime.  He is expected to take part in a range of activities, such as a youth cricket tournament; the commemoration of the International Day against Drug Abuse; raising awareness of the importance of ethics in sports; advocating gender-responsive services for drug users; and promoting  knowledge of drug and HIV/AIDS issues.  

Shahid Afridi has roots in Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Province and lives in Karachi, giving him a unique connection to important parts of Pakistan. He has played 27 tests, 325 ODIs and 43 Twenty 20 internationals and holds the distinction of having hit the most sixes in the history of ODI cricket. In 2011, Afridi led the national team to the semi-final of the Cricket World Cup and in 2012, Afridi will play various ODI and Twenty-20 fixtures.  

Mr. Afridi has been involved in humanitarian relief work in the past, including efforts supporting the emergency response after the catastrophic flood and earthquake that hit Pakistan.

For further information, please contact:   In Islamabad:  Ms. Rizwana Asad, Communications Officer, Mobile: (+ 92) 301 8564255, Email:


Masses being misguided on the CNG issue
Plans of energy ministry contrary to national interests

Islamabad: [Jan 18 ]
The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Wednesday said masses are being misinformed on the issue of compressed natural gas (CNG) to benefit few influential.

Present CNG consumption in country is not more than 8 per cent but those who want to relieve masses of their hard-earned money have targeted it, it said.

Import of any alternative fuel will cost additional billions as far as modifications of vehicles, establishing new filling stations, industrial units for conversion and reconfiguration of while system is concerned, said Dr. Murtaza Mughal, President of the PEW.

Import will also eat up huge foreign exchange which is badly needed in the country, he added.,

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said CNG sector is facing a planned conspiracy while those who matter are behind unethical allocation of gas.

He informed that 600 mcf gas per day is being provided to two power stations owned by an influential politician which is 15 per cent of the total production—almost double than the total consumption of CNG.

Merit is being ignored in provision of gas to the power producers which is sending very wrong signals, he noted.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal said that masses have a right to know the names of all stakeholders in one of the biggest fertiliser plant in the country which was allowed to commence operations despite shortage of gas.

Who allowed establishment of such a huge project and who are the beneficiaries leaving shares of other companies worthless, he questioned.

Additionally, he said, masses must know that what happened to the plan to import LNG; how a company become bankrupt and who made masses pay for the failure of a well-connected industrialist.

He said that ministry of energy should accept incompetence and mismanagement. It should stop misguiding masses to ensure smooth flow of their plans that are opposite to the national interests.

Dr. Murtaza Mughal
Cell:  0321-5157671
President Pakistan Economy Watch

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Pakistan condole the death of TRNC leader

ANKARA, 18 January 2012: Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani has condoled over the death of late Rauf Denktaş.

In his condolence message addressed to the Prime Minister of Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) H.E. Mr. Irsen Kucuk, the Pakistani Prime Minister said:

"Please accept, on behalf of the Government and the people of Pakistan, our deep condolences over the passing away of H.E. Mr. Rauf Denktaş, the first President of the TRNC.

The death of the President Denktaş marks an end to an illustrious political career, spanned over half a century, of dedicated service for the rights of the Turkish Cypriot people. He will be long remembered as a great patriot and an inspirational leader.

Our prayers also go out to the family of Mr. Denktaş in this hour of great personal bereavement.

Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration."

The Ambassador of Pakistan to Turkey H.E. Muhammad Haroon Shaukat represented Pakistan in the funeral services at Lefkosa, TRNC.


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