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Japan to start importing mangoes from Pakistan soon

TOKYO (2009-04-17 Qiyadat) Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Tashihiro Nikai called on President Asif Ali Zardari here on Thursday and discussed matters of bilateral interest. The Japanese Minister told the Pakistani leader that the Japanese government will facilitate the import of mangoes from Pakistan by the private sector, and a delegation of mango experts will visit Pakistan soon to remove all hurdles in this respect. President Zardari said Pakistan will establish a special economic zone for the Japanese companies and investors in Karachi on an area covering 2500 acres of land. Tashihiro Nikai said Japan is satisfied with Pakistan economic strategy and program, as despite the global economic recession the country economic prospects look positive and the economy was track of growth. The President highlighted the need of increased people to people contacts, particularly enhanced enrolment of Pakistani students in Japan, which currently stood at around 200, to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries. During the meeting, the two sides also discussed the prospects of increased trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Japan, with particular focus on the promotion of trade and investment ties. They also exchanged views about the matters relating to the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) ministerial meeting and the donors conference being hosted by Japan here on Friday. Minister for Information and Broadcasting Kamar Zaman Kaira, Advisor on Finance and Economic Affairs Shaukat Tareen and Advisor on Interior Rehman Malik were also present in the meeting.

Nizam-e-Adl Regulation enforced in Swat Malakand, not Sharia, International community to extend an emergency financial assistance to Pakistan: Zardari

TOKYO (2009-04-15 Qiyadat) President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday vowed to retrieve the country from various challenges including economic and security through home‑grown strategies and by following the policy of reconciliation and dialogue. The President was addressing the Pakistani community here, after he arrived in Tokyo to attend the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) ministerial meeting and the donors’ conference being hosted by Japan. He said whenever the PPP came into power it had to confront with different problems, but the party always faced the situation with great courage and took the country on forward path by converting the weaknesses into strength. The President said the present PPP government despite the economic crisis it inherited from the previous regime conceived and implemented a home‑grown strategy to save the country from the massive impact of global recession. He said the PPP government also engaged the world community to get them realize the problems faced by Pakistan, a front‑line state in the fight against terrorism, and help the country. The President said the concept of FODP initiative, launched by him in New York in September, was also part of this engagement which was aimed at helping Pakistan and the region, facing the menace of terrorism and militancy which could affect the peace of whole world.“As today’s world has turned into a globe, no country can avoid the impact of any happening in any part,” he added. The President said there was a growing sense of realization in the world about the problems faced by the Muslim world, adding, whereas the Muslim countries were also alive of the situation and were striving to present the true image of Islam before the world contrary to what was being portrayed by the extremist elements. He said as Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, brotherhood and harmony, the forces who are portraying Islam in a wrong way by following the path of aggression, will face defeat. The President said with this approach the present government was talking to the world, telling them that the majority of people in Pakistan including in the tribal areas were moderate and peace‑loving.“If the people in Wana vote for PPP candidates, it gives a message that if they cannot fight (with the militants) they can express their opinion by giving vote to moderate elements,” he said. Referring to the peace agreement with Malakand Division (Swat), the President said that is not a Shariat Bill rather Nizam‑e‑Adl Regulation ‑ an agreement negotiated and reached between the provincial government and local people in Swat. He said the regulation is aimed at providing speedy justice to the people of that area, which had their own views and opinion about resolving the problems faced by the people in that area. The President, however, added that now with this regulation in place, the people with whom the provincial government has reached the agreement are responsible for the establishment of peace in Malakand. He further said that this agreement should not be taken as a weakness of the government or the state, rather is meant to resolve the issues through the policy of dialogue and reconciliation, which is hallmark of the PPP.“We talk about dialogue in Balochistan, in Wana and in the whole of Pakistan, as Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto also talked of reconciliation in her last book.”The President said the PPP government wanted to get the world realize that the issues can be resolved through dialogue and in this way defeating those elements who want clash of civilizations. He referred to the PPP government’s engagement with the world community to resolve the issues amicably and said it is always democratic dispensation which believes in dialogue and development for the benefit of people and country instead of individual benefits by the dictators. The President said the PPP government wants strengthening of institutions, poverty alleviation, as well as tackling all other challenges, adding, the FODP ministerial meeting is expected to come up with effective support from the international community for the democratic Pakistan. He also referred to the appointment of special envoys for Pakistan by the major countries and it was a positive development and will help Pakistan get much needed assistance support for development and progress.“Our spirits are high. We have never accepted defeat and will Insha Allah take the country out of various challenges.”Foreign Minster Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Information minister Qamar Zama Kaira, advisers to PM Rehman Malik and Shokat Tareen, PNDF Chairman Muhammad Akhtar Shaikh, PMLN Japan President Rana Abrar Hussain, Senior Vice president, Mahr Hafiz shams, Genral Secretary Miyan Muhammad Akram, PPP Leaders and workers also attened the speech of President Asif Ali Zardari. The President Asif Ali Zardari said that Nizam-e-Adl Regulation, not Sharia, had been enforced in Malakand Division, adding the government could reconsider the regulation if peace was not restored. Addressing the Pakistani community in Tokyo, President Zardari urged the international community to extend an emergency financial assistance to Pakistan. Terrorists could become powerful if urgent aid was not given, he noted.The president said Friends of Pakistan was the best forum to bring improvement in the country's fragile economy.

President addresses Pakistan community in Japan, vows to retrieve country from various challenges

TOKYO (2009-04-15 Qiyadat) President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday arrived here via Dubai on a three‑day official visit to attend the meeting of Friends of Democratic Pakistan and donor's conference being hosted by Japan. The President was received at the Haneda Airport by senior officials of Japan's Ministry of External Affairs, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Pakistan's ambassador in Japan Noor Muhammad Jadmani and Japan's envoy in Islamabad Chihiro Atsumi. Besides presiding over the FODP ministerial meeting and participating in the donors' conference, President Zardari will also hold bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso. The President will also meet the Emperor of Japan. He did a speech in a New Otani Hotel's Rei room to have an  about 250 audience with the Pakistani community in Tokyo. The FODP meeting will consider proposals to extend support and assistance to Pakistan, a frontline state in the war against terrorism, through long‑term and sustainable engagement. The initiative of FODP forum was introduced by President Zardari in September 2008 in New York. Since then, the two expert‑level meetings of the forum have been held in UAE to discuss ways and means to help Pakistan. Pakistan is seeking world support in various areas and has finalized its proposals, with particular focus on five clusters including development, security, energy, institution building, and trade and finance. At the donors' conference being held simultaneously, Pakistan will seek direct budgetary assistance for its immediate financial needs.

Hectic engagements await President Zardari in Tokyo
 

TOKYO (2009-04-14 Qiyadat) Hectic engagements await President Asif Ali Zardari in Tokyo, who will be arriving here on Wednesday to attend an important meeting of the Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) and a donors’ conference being hosted by Japan on April 17. Besides presiding over the Freinds Of Democratic Pakistan (FODP) ministerial meeting and participating in the donors’ conference, President Zardari during his three‑day stay in Japan will also hold bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso. The President will also meet with the Emperor of Japan. He is also expected to have an audience with the Pakistani community in Tokyo. “The hosting of FODP meeting and donors’ conference by Japan is a message from the world community that it is with Pakistan and will not leave it alone in this critical hour,” Pakistan’s Ambassador in Japan Noor Muhammad Jadmani told. He said the participants of FODP will consider the proposals to extend support and assistance to Pakistan, a frontline state in the war against terrorism, through long‑term and sustainable engagement. He said the Japanese side was eagerly looking for President Zardari’s visit, which is very important as it will provide Pakistan an opportunity to present its case before its friends. The initiative of FODP forum was introduced by President Zardari in September 2008 in New York. Since then, the two expert‑level meetings of the forum have been held in UAE to discuss ways and means to help Pakistan. Jadmani said Pakistan is seeking world support in various areas and has finalized its proposals, with particular focus on five clusters including development, security, energy, institution building, and trade and finance. Similarly, he said, at the donors’ conference being held simultaneously, Pakistan will seek direct budgetary assistance for its immediate financial needs. President Zardari’s meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister on April 16 will help further strengthen the close and friendly relations that already exist between the two countries, he added. “President’s visit to Japan is aimed at further deepening Pak‑Japan multi‑dimensional cooperation and finding new ways and means towards further promoting mutually beneficial cooperation,” said Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit in a weekly briefing in Islamabad. Pakistan and Japan enjoy friendly and cooperative relationship in different fields and Japan is the biggest trade and development partner. The two countries have established a wide network of institutional mechanism for consultations in different fields. Japan is also a major investor in Pakistan and several projects have been completed and others are currently at various stages of implementation with the help of Japan’s assistance that had contributed to the development of various sectors in Pakistan. 

Japan considers $1 billion of aid to Pakistan to help fight terrorism, aid over next two years

TOKYO ( 2009-04-11 Qiyadat ) Japan is considering providing up to one billion dollars in economic aid to Pakistan over the next two years, a newspaper reported on Saturday. The Japanese government will reveal details of the planned aid in Tokyo on April 17 at a meeting of donors to be co-hosted by the World Bank, a business newspaper said. The assistance -- a combination of yen loans and grants -- is designed to help poverty-stricken areas of Pakistan that could become breeding grounds for terrorists, the newspaper said. Funds will also be used to build infrastructure and provide education and job training, it said. Conference participants, including Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and US envoy Richard Holbrooke, are expected to agree on giving around four billion dollars in aid to Pakistan over a two-year period, the daily said. Japan has sought to contribute to US-led efforts in Pakistan and Afghanistan since US President Barack Obama's administration reviewed its policies and appointed Holbrooke as regional envoy. Japan, which has been officially pacifist since World War II, is hoping to expand its role in international security short of dispatching troops. "We must show our strong commitment as the chair nation," a Foreign Ministry official said, according to a business newspaper.

PNDF Chairman Shaikh Muhammad Akhtar has condemned the killing of three Baloch political leaders in Balochistan, Pakistan

ISLAMABAD ( 2009-04-11 Qiyadat ) PNDF Chairman Muhammad Akhtar Shaikh condemned the recent killings of three Baloch leaders and demanded of the United Nations to probe into the killing of Baloch National Movement Chief Ghullam Muhammad Baloch, Lala Munir and Sher Muhammad Baloch, the Baloch leaders in Balochistan. He strongly condemned the killing and expressed the hope that the perpetrators of the killing would be brought to justice. The PNDF Chief made an appeal to all Baloch nationalist must unite and join hands to get their rights. PNDF Chairman Shaikh Muhammad Akhtar said that today the situation in pakistan is same like 1970. He also demanded the Pakistani authorities to thoroughly investigate these three deaths and to bring those responsible to justice.

President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Tokyo Japan from April 15 to 17 to attend FOP meeting, donor’s conference: Spokesman Abdul Basit
 

ISLAMABAD ( 2009-04-9 Qiyadat )President Asif Ali Zardari will visit Tokyo from April 15 to 17 to attend an important meeting of Friends of Democratic Pakistan and a donor’s conference. “President’s visit to Japan is aimed at further deepening Pak‑Japan multi‑dimensional cooperation and finding new ways and means towards further promoting mutually beneficial cooperation,” said Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit at his weekly briefing on Thursday. During his stay in Japan, President’s audience with the Emperor of Japan is expected. The President will preside over the ministerial meeting of FODP on April 17, the spokesman said. Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso will hold a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari and exchange views on bilateral relations and international affairs. The spokesman said Pakistan and Japan enjoyed friendly and cooperative relationship in different fields and Japan is the biggest trade and development partner. He said the two countries have established a wide network of institutional mechanism for consultations in different fields. He said Japan is also a major investor in Pakistan and several projects have been completed and others are currently at various stages of implementation with the help of Japan’s assistance that had contributed to the development of various sectors in Pakistan. The President will also attend the inaugural session of the donor’s conference. Main elements of the bilateral segment of the programme include calls by Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry and President of Japan international Cooperation (JICA). The President will also receive the President of Japan Pakistan Parliamentarian Friendship League, a group of prominent businessmen and representatives of media. The spokesman said hosting of FODP meeting and donors’s conference signifies Japan’s acknowledgement of Pakistan’s contribution made in the global campaign against terrorism and extremism and its support for Pakistan’s progress and development.

US drone strike kills four in South Waziristan, Pakistan 

WANA ( 2009-04-8 Qiyadat ) A suspected US missile strike killed three militants and wounded four other people in South Waziristan area bordering Afghanistan on Wednesday, security officials said. "Drones initially flew over mountains around Gangi Khel, where the Taliban have some positions. There was some ground fire towards one of the drones and they left the area," said one security official, on condition of anonymity. Gangi Khel is a village around five kilometres (three miles) west of Wana, the main town in the semi-autonomous South Waziristan district. "Drones returned after some time and targeted a vehicle, which was parked near some shops. Three people were killed in the attack. Four others were wounded -- they were either shopkeepers or local residents," the official said. Two security officials described the three dead as militants, revising an initial death toll of two. It was not immediately clear whether any high-value targets were killed. Another security official had earlier said it was not known whether the target was a vehicle or a house.

Pakistan will never give in to extremists: President Zardari

ISLAMABAD ( 2009-04-8 Qiyadat ) President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday while expressing firm commitment to fight extremism vowed that Pakistan will never give in to the militants and extremists. Talking to a Unites States Congressional delegation led by Senator John Kyl at the Aiwan‑e‑Sadr, the President said the fight against extremism cannot be won only through military means alone. Zardari said military was only one aspect of the solution and the government has resorted to a strategy of dialogue with reconcilable elements that are willing to give up violence. He said the international community has also realized the significance of this approach and added that same realization was also reflected in President Obama’s review strategy. The delegation comprised members of the US Senate and House of Representative from both Republican and Democratic parties. Matters relating to new US initiative announced by President Obama to fight militancy and terrorism in the region with focus on Afghanistan and Pakistan came under discussion. President Zardari said Pakistan appreciates the focus of international community on helping Pakistan fight militancy and extremism. He said Pakistan needs economic assistance to help alleviate poverty besides special police force will be equipped with modern weapons and equipment. This would help fight militants and extremism more efficiently. Referring to the upcoming meeting of Friends of Democratic Pakistan, the President said he will soon be going to Tokyo to attend the meeting and he expects generous political and strategic support of the international community to Pakistan.

 Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto's 30th death anniversary ceremony held near Tokyo by Pakistan Peoples Party Japan

TOKYO ( 2009-04-06 Qiyadat )The 30th death anniversary of former prime minister and founder PPP chairman, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was observed, The ceremony of the death anniversary was held here in Japan on sunday at saitama city near Tokyo capital of Japan, with a pledge to follow his principles and transform Pakistan into a true democratic welfare state. The ceremony of the death anniversary was organized by Pakistan Peoples Party Japan, PNDF Chairman Muhammad Akhtar Shaikh, Pakistan Association Japan President Nida Khan Achakzai and others addressed the 30th death anniversary ceremony of former prime minister and founder Pakistan Peoples Party chairman, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. Addressing to ceremony PNDF Chairman Muhammad Akhtar Shaikh said that Bhutto is a symbol of inspiration and courage. He gave awareness to masses for their rights. Altaf Mehmood But convener Supreme Council of Pakistan Association Japan also joined the ceremony.                     

Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's 30th death anniversary observed

LARKANA ( 2009-04-05 Qiyadat )The 30th death anniversary of former prime minister and founder PPP chairman, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was observed across the country on Saturday with a pledge to follow his principles and transform Pakistan into a true democratic welfare state. Main ceremony of the death anniversary was held  at Garhi Khuda Bux, in Sind Province, the final rest place of Quid-e-Awam, who preferred to sacrifice his life for cause of democracy instead of bowing down before the dictatorship. Thousands of Bhutto lovers including President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Speaker and Deputy Speaker National Assembly, members of federal cabinet and  party workers, people belonging to various section of the society visited the final rest place of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his martyred daughter Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, and sons Shaheed Shahnawaz and Murtaza Bhutto and offered fateha and paid homage to the great leaders. Late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, first elected prime minister of Pakistan was hanged by then dictator General Zia on April 4, 1979.  General Zia had unconstitutionally took over the rule and removed the elected prime minister and imposed martial law. Garhi Khuda Bux is a city now called “Martyrs of democracy” has gained an importance especially after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto as hundreds of thousands of spirited party workers thronged to this small town and can be seen chanting slogans to pay homage to their shaheed leaders. One can hear slogans like “Jeay Bhutto sada Jeay” and “Zinda hey BB Zinda hey” by workers gathered here from every nook and corner of the country. Senior PPP leader Dr. Israr Shah said Bhutto is a symbol of inspiration and courage. He gave awareness to masses for their rights. He was voice of deprived segment of society. Israr Shah, who was student leader in Z.A Bhutto’s era, said that former prime minister had a very humble and charismatic personality. Besides, he never compromised over the principles. Bhutto preferred death over compromise. He is physically not with us but his wisdom, his vision, his manifesto and his thought is still alive...Bhutto is a martyr, he will always rule the peoples’ hearts,” remarked Shah.  A function was organized here at PPP central secretariat to observe the 30th Martyrdom Anniversary of Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. The function started with Quran Khawani and prominent PPP leaders addressed the session to highlight the achievements and services of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his Shaheed daughter Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto for the betterment of masses and flourishing democracy and strengthening democratic institutions.

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