Press Release

PRESS RELEASE              26 November 2019

SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION (SCO)PROMOTING ART AND CULTURE OF AZAD JAMMU & KASHMIR (AJ&K) AND
GILGIT BALTISTAN (GB) IN ISLAMABAD ART FESTIVAL (IAF)2019

ISLAMABAD-Special Communications Organization (SCO) sponsored the first-ever Islamabad Art Festival 2019 (IAF-19) held in PNCA. The Festival will continue till 30 November 2019 showcasing multiple art and cultural performances.

SCO, a leading integrated telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan has been actively playing a role in various cultural activities and also creating healthy and conducive environment to groom and explore the talent from these remote areas.

SCO pavilion opened for public at Sir Syed Memorial Complex on  19 November 2019 having different stalls of regional food and handicrafts representing traditional culture of the AJ&K and GB. Different artists from AJ&K and GB are also participating to showcase their talent.

In the grand opening of IAF 2019, high profile dignitaries visited SCO pavilion and appreciated SCO for promoting talent from far flung areas of AJ&K and GB at National level. The stalls were spectated by large number of guests visiting the IAF over the last 3 days. The visitors thoroughly enjoyed the various engaging activities organized by SCO.

As part of IAF 2019, SCO has also announced “Video Making Contest” with the theme of “My Land My People” to encourage talent of AJ&K and GB. SCO will facilitate the competition by short listing the winners. The format is kept very simple, it’s an open competition for all ages. Winners will be announced at the closing ceremony of IAF 2019.

PRESS RELEASE              20 November 2019

DEPUTY CHAIRMAN PLANNING COMMISSION & REFORM VISITED SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS ORGANIZATION

Deputy Chairman Planning, Development & Reform and Statistics Division Dr. Muhammad Jahanzeb Khan visited Special Communications Organization (SCO). On his arrival, he was received by Director General SCO Major General Ali Farhan, Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military). A briefing was given to the Deputy Secretary about work of the organization including laying of 820 Kms Optical Fiber Cable (OFC) from Khunjrab to Rawalpindi under CPEC framework in Phase-I and on proposed phase-II of development project. He was also informed that SCO is providing state of the art telecom, broadband and ICT services to far flung areas of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB).

Honorable Deputy Chairman applauded the efforts and achievements of SCO and assured full support in making SCO a vibrant, futuristic and modern telecom services provider in the region.

Later on, the Deputy Chairman visited Pak China Data Center and Next Generation Mobile Services (NGMS) building and appreciated the modern facilities.

PRESS RELEASE              20 November 2019

SCO AND EDOTCO INTENDS COOPERATING FOR TELECOM INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN AJ&K AND GB

Special Communications Organization (SCO) largest integrated network with multiple layers of backhaul connectivity in Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and
Gilgit Baltistan (GB) and Edotco Pakistan (Pvt) Limited, leading integrated telecom infrastructure services company has entered into an understanding for development of telecom infrastructure in AJ&K and GB.

Telecom and mobile connectivity are vital for sustainable socio-economic development of Pakistan. SCO is looking forward to connect people in the remote areas of AJ&K and GB by accelerating the mobile connectivity growth and deepening the engagement with customers while driving a network and customer centric strategy.

Director General, Major General Ali Farhan, HI (M), expressed his view on the occasion that “SCO shall enhance connectivity in AJ&K and GB by developing telecom infrastructure  to facilitate local populous residing in un-served and under served areas of AJ&K and GB. SCO shall provide a boost to telecom technology from all angles. The bjective in this regard was reaffirmed to help the end users to benefit from the digital technology”.

Speaking about the agreement Arif Hussain, Country Managing Director of Edotco Pakistan said, “SCO’s extensive footprint enables us to roll out cutting edge innovative solutions that will improve network coverage and capacity across different areas of AJ&K and GB. Our strategy has always been to partner with the key players in the industry”.

Group of Students from AJ&K visits Head Quarters SCO

Date: 7 October 2019

A group comprising students and faculty members from Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) visited Special Communications Organization on a study tour under Youth Engagement Initiative Program. The guests were warmly welcomed by DG SCO Major General Ali Farhan HI (M) and higher officials. The group was given brief on present and future communication and information technology projects in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan.

The students were told that talent appreciation activities are one of the regular features of SCO’s operations. These activities are aimed at promoting the local talent especially youth from far flung areas in the field of education, sports, art and culture. As part of this effort, SCO recently held a painting competition titled “My People – My Land” and provided a platform for remote region talent of AJ&K and GB to showcase both nationally and internationally. The competition for photography has also been conducted under the same theme and the exhibition is being organized at the national level.

The group expressed their gratitude and lauded the services of SCO.

Restoration of services in earthquake affected areas.

First Female Commercial Pilot from Azad Jammu & Kashmir is Now SCO’s Brand Ambassador

Special Communications Organization (SCO), a telecom operator in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Balitistan has appointed First Female Commercial Pilot from Azad Jammu & Kashmir – Ms Maryam Mujtaba as its Brand Ambassador.

The contract signing ceremony was held at HQ SCO Rawalpindi.

Maj Gen Ali Farhan HI(M) DG SCO and other officials of SCO were present on the occasion.

Ms Maryam Mujtaba is the first Kashmiri female pilot, currently flying with Pakistan International Airline (PIA). She obtained her Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and after completing the subsequent flying hours was promoted as a first officer on Airbus 320 in PIA.

Commenting on her association with SCO, Ms Maryam said, “I’m excited to come on board as the Brand Ambassador for SCO, an organization committed to provide quality telecom services in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. In addition, SCO is actively involved in women empowerment and healthy community engagement activities.”

Ms Maryam Mujtaba will be engaged in various media activities and events to endorse and promote SCO’s promotional activities in Azad Jammu & Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. By joining the prestigious roster of famous women such as   Ms Samina Baig, Ms Maryam Mujtaba will become the first Kashmiri female to represent SCO, globally.

CSR Report 2018-2019

SCO CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) ACTIVITIES

About SCO

Special Communications Organization (SCO) was raised in 1976 under Prime Minister, Mr Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s directive with objective “to develop telecom facilities in the mountainous regions of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJ&K) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB)”. Mandated with developing, operating and maintaining telecom services in the most challenging region of AJ&K and Northern Areas (NAs), SCO initially focused on developing communication infrastructure and providing basic telephony services throughout these areas.

SCO has over 6 million subscribers in AJ&K and GB. SCO has the highest number of 4G sites with coverage spanning all over AJ&K and GB, which reflects the commitment to provide a stable, affordable and reliable network to the customers. In the coming years, SCO aims to provide a faster, wider and deeper data quality experience to the users. SCO believes that digitization is a catalyst for economic growth and will continue to enable it by leading the data services market of AJ&K and GB.

SCO as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Entity

SCO as a socially aware and responsible entity is determined to do its utmost in furthering worthy causes that contribute to the lives of individuals and help in making society better as a whole.

CSR is one of SCO’s core values and an integral part of the Organization’s overall mission. With operations across AJ&K and GB, SCO utilizes its scale of operations as strength to positively impact the underprivileged people especially in the vicinities where SCO operates. By integrating CSR into our business strategy, SCO is helping to drive shared value amongst its stakeholders and enhance its corporate brand image amongst the general public of AJ&K and GB.

Following activities took place in AJ&K, GB, Islamabad and Rawalpindi or have been planned in near future:-

Serial CSR Activities Events in (AJ&K) Month/Year
Events – 2018
a. Pak Day Celebrations at Muzaffarbad Mar 18
b. MUST University delegation visit Mirpur Jun 18
c. Talent hunt by Lahore Qalandars at Muzaffarabad Jul 18
d. Badminton Championship at Muzaffarabad Jul 18
e. Fund Raising for Orphans at Muzaffarabad Aug 18
f. Essay Writing Competition at Muzaffarabad Aug 18
g. Independence Day Celebrations at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur Aug 18
h. Jeep Rally Independence Day Celebrations at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur Sep 18
i. Defence Day Celebrations at Muzaffarabad Sep 18
j. Football Tournaments at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur Oct 18
k. Area Cleanliness Campaign at Muzaffarabad Oct 18
l. AJ&K University Job Fair at Muzaffarabad Oct 18
m. Iqbal Day Celebrations at Mirpur Nov 18
Events – 2019
a. Internship for UG Students at Mirpur Jan 19
b. Tree Plantation at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur Jan 19
c. Area Cleanliness at Muzaffarabad & Mirpur Jan 19
d. Snow Cross Jeep Rally at Muzaffarabad Jan 19
e. First Kashmir Award at Muzaffarabad Jan 19
f. Cricket Tournament at Mirpur Jan 19
g. Kashmir Solidarity Day at Muzaffarabad Feb 19
h. Dog Show at Muzaffarabad Feb 19
i. Pak Day Celebrations at Muzaffarabad and Mirpur Mar 19
j. Books Distribution  at Punjgran school at Muzaffarabad Apr 19
k. SCO Naat Competition at Muzaffarabad May 19
l. Painting Competition Muzaffarabad & Mirpur Jul 19
m. Neelum festival Sports Gala at Muzaffarabad Jul 19

CSR EVENTS IN GB

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Events in Gilgit Baltistan

Serial CSR Activities Events in (GB) Month/Year
Events – 2018
a. Sponsor of Sarfaranga Jeep Rally  Aug 18
b. Tree Plantation Drive Sep 18
c. Area Cleanliness Drive Oct 18
d. Sponsor Naltar Skiing Tournament Dec 18
Events – 2019
a. Tree Plantation Feb 19
b. Talent Appreciation-Meet with Anita Karim Mar 19
c. Sponsor Inter School; Speech Competition Mar 19
d. Sponsor GBSL Cricket League Mar 19
e. Sponsor Para Gliding Jump Event Mar 19
f. Sponsor National Songs (Video) Mar 19
g. Talent Appreciation-Meet with Diana Baig (Cricketer) May 19
h. Talent Appreciation-Meet with Usman Wazir (Boxer) May 19
i. Talent Appreciation-Meet with Winners of Special Olympics May 19
j. Eid Bumper Prize Distribution May 19
k. Sponsor Tour De Khunjrab Cycle Race May 19
l. Sponsor Sarfaranga Jeep Rally May 19
m. Sponsor Jashan-e-Baharan Polo Tournament May 19
n. Sponsor Shandoor Festival Jul 19

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO CELEBRITIES

Hassan Sadpara (Late) Mountaineer – Skardu.   Hassan Sadpara, the celebrity mountaineer was given financial assistance of Rs 100,000 for his treatment during ailment.

Chacha Abdur Rehman (Late) – Goma. An amount of Rs 100,000 was given to lone widow of renowned Chacha Abdur Rehman (Tamgha-i-Shujaat ). Chacha Abdur Rehman guided Pak Army troops to Siachen in 1982 and 1984.

CSR EVENTS IN RAWALPINDI / ISLAMABAD

Painting Exhibition.  

On 24 July 2019 Painting Exhibition was organized by SCO at PNCA. The event was inaugurated by Mrs Samina Alvi as a Chief Guest. Best 100 paintings were featured in the PNCA Gallery. The aim of the event was to promote the local talent of AJ&K and GB at National Level.

ACTIVITIES IN FOCUS

Photography Exhibition


SCO has opened doors for photographer of Pakistan to present their skill set at national level.   

SPONSORSHIP OF KASHMIR TOURIST & CULTURE FESTIVAL

Azad Jammu and Kashmir will hold a five day Kashmir festival in Muzaffarabad from 27 Sep to 1 Oct 2019. The nation’s first ever “Pakistan International Paragliding Cup 2019” will be an amusing sight to witness as the colorful paragliders from around the world will float in the skies of Kashmir. Furthermore, “Kashmir Cricket League” will carry forth the tradition of cricket bringing people together. This is an iconic event on the national festival calendar that marks the delightful tradition of Kashmiri culture. This event aims to attract almost 100,000 strong audience of indigenous and non-indigenous people from across the Globe. SCO is planning to participate in the event in shape of sponsorship.

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