COAS Bajwa shows satisfaction over the border management
Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa has reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to peace in Afghanistan, stressing constructive engagement and humanitarian support in the neighbouring country. The Army chief remarked this while chairing the 243rd Corps Commanders Conference (CCC) during the week.
The Army chief expressed satisfaction over the efficacy of the comprehensive border management regime due to which Pakistan’s borders and internal security remained intact amid a crisis situation in the region. He appreciated Army’s support and role towards the overall evacuation and transit related efforts undertaken in support of evacuation of foreign and Afghan populace from Afghanistan to other countries.
Chief of Army Staff appreciated formations for their efforts for conduct of Muharram in a peaceful manner and instructed complete readiness to counter conventional and non-conventional threats. He said the designs of external and internal forces inimical to peace and stability in Pakistan shall be thwarted at all costs.
The Corps Commanders Conference took a comprehensive review of the global, regional and domestic security environment. The conference emphasised that close cooperation amongst all regional stakeholders is essential for a prosperous and peaceful region.
The forum also paid homage to Syed Ali Shah Geelani for his lifelong struggle and sacrifices as leader of the indigenous freedom movement in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir and expressed solidarity with Kashmiri people who continue facing Indian state oppression and violence.
Japan envoy laudsPM for adopting ‘Miyawaki Method’
Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan Matsuda Kuninori has, during the week, appreciated Prime Minister Imran Khan for his initiative of adopting the “Miyawaki Method” for tree plantation campaigns in Pakistan.
Expressing his gratitude to PM for condolences over the passing away of Dr Miyawaki Akira, Ambassador said, “I hope that by tree planting activities, with the cherished memory of the late Professor Miyawaki, trees and forests throughout Pakistan will grow strongly, as Pakistan will do certainly.”
Prof. Dr Miyawaki Akira, a Japanese botanist and expert in plant ecology passed away at the age of 93 in July this year.
In Pakistan, he was known for “Miyawaki method,” tree planting approach actively promoted at the initiative of Prime Minister Imran Khan, said a press release issued by Embassy of Japan.
Under this approach, dozens of species that suit the environment are planted in the same area, close to each other, which ensures their growth in a competitive environment, allowing the trees to grow faster compared to normal plantation.
On the sad demise of Dr Miyawaki, Prime Minister Khan conveyed his sincerest condolences, which has been shared with Yokohama National University, where Dr Miyawaki worked as Professor Emeritus.
In response, Umehara Izuru, President of Yokohama National University, has conveyed his appreciations to Prime Minister Imran Khan upon receiving his condolence message.
Citizens aged 15-18 can receive Pfizer vaccine free of charge: NCOC
Citizens between the ages of 15 and 18 will be administered Pfizer jabs only without any charge, the National Command and Operation Centre announced the other day.
In a statement, the NCOC also said mobile vaccination teams will go to schools and colleges to vaccinate students of the same age group.
The forum said registration certificate number (Form-B) of children will be required for their vaccination.
Moreover, the NCOC has announced that those awaiting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine may visit a vaccination centre on any day of the week.
NCOC, the nerve centre of the government’s anti-pandemic strategy, maintained that citizens do not have to wait for a message from the authority to proceed with a second dose, Radio Pakistan reported.
Last week, the authority announced that partially vaccinated individuals could get their scheduled second jabs without waiting for the message.
The NCOC had said that those who have had their second dose scheduled could get inoculation from any vaccination centre.
The forum had set Sunday as an exclusive day for administration of the second dose.
The government has stepped up the nationwide vaccination campaign as the country battles the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, fuelled by the Indian-origin Delta variant of coronavirus.
As per the statistics released by the NCOC through its website, Pakistan reported 3,480 new cases of coronavirus during the past 24 hours, taking the tally for confirmed cases to 1,201,367.
At least 82 fatalities were also reported during the period. A total of 26,662 patients have succumbed to the virus in the country so far.
Moreover, 3,121 recoveries were also reported in a day, taking the total recoveries to 1,082,988.