Daily Archives: July 8, 2018

Pakistan wasting ten trillion gallons of water annually

Karachi, July 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) on Sunday said our country is more concerned about dams being built by a neighbouring country and less concerned about building dams itself. All the efforts to stop other countries from building dams have remained futile as international institutions and the world community is not supporting our stance, it said.

We should stop our efforts on the external front and focus attention on the internal front to ensure availability of water to save Pakistan, said Ghazanfar Bilour, President of the FPCCI. He said that small dams should be built on war footing across the country as mega projects attract controversies which are against the national interests.

Moreover, Pakistan continues to waste thirty million acre-foot or ten trillion gallons of water per annum to the sea which can be used to quench the thirst of masses while revolutionising the agricultural and industrial sector, he added. He said that water is not scarce in the country but its conservation has been ignored for decades. Egypt has the capacity to store water enough for 1000 days while Israel having its 60 percent area as the desert is exporting water while Pakistan can store water for thirty days.

Ninety percent of water is utilised by the agricultural sector in Pakistan but budget allocated for agricultural research is mere 0.18 percent of the GDP which is not enough, he noted. The president of the Apex chamber said that Pakistan is among the country topping list of wasting water, having lowest per acre yield and high use of urea and pesticides which must be reversed. Many countries have employed technologies reducing water usage for the agricultural purpose from 90 to 99 percent but we continue to water it mercilessly. He said that a little but effective water tax can discourage the wastage to trigger conservation.

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Jammu and Kashmir has completely changed after Burhan’s death: Father

Srinagar, July 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, on the second martyrdom anniversary of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, his father Muzaffar Ahmad Wani has said that everybody knows Jammu and Kashmir has seen a complete change after Burhan’s death. Muzaffar Ahmad Wani in a media interview in Srinagar said, “It has been two years since your son Burhan Wani died. What have you seen changing in Jammu and Kashmir since his death? It is apparent how young boys are increasingly picking up guns during last two years.”

“I think it is because every day people especially young boys are harassed, tortured and detained due to which they push themselves to militancy. I can only blame (Indian) government for this situation. Being a teacher I don’t shy away from saying that ‘to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,’” he added.

Burhan’s mother Maimoon, 44, a graduate and daughter of a retired school headmaster, said, “It has been two years since her son, Burhan achieved what he had set out to achieve: martyrdom.” She says it feels like yesterday when her son left home in order to fight the Indian occupational forces.

His father once told him ‘I think you are done with this (militancy),” Maimoona recalls. But the son retorted back: ‘I now realize that I have wasted 15 years of life. The real journey for me starts now,’” she recalls her son telling his father. Burhan had been preparing for his class 10 examinations when he left home.

“Even when Burhan grew older he insisted that I feed him with my own hands. Every time he visited us I fed him with my own hands,” said Maimoona as tears well up her eyes. She feels indebted to all women who provided shelter to her son for six long years and also served him meals. “They all are his mothers too and it was because of their prayers that my son remained safe for such a long time and then achieved what he aspired to achieve, which was martyrdom,” said Maimoona.

Those who had sheltered him felt reverence for the young commander so much so that they requested the family to let them have his school bag, stationery, clothes and other such items. “How could we deny them? They had every right to his belongings because of the love they gave to my son,” Maimoona said.

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Discount stores suggested shielding poor from inflation

Islamabad, July 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders on Sunday suggested establishing discount stores across the country to shield poor from inflation. The number of utility stores should be increased while private sector should be entrusted upon establishing efficient discount stores across the country to shield the poor from the brunt of inflation, it said.

A weak rupee is influencing price movements, utility stores are not efficient and their number is too little to cater for the needs of poor, said Patron Islamabad Chamber of Small Traders Shahid Rasheed Butt. He said that rupee has been eroded and energy prices are high which has increased cost of production and imports taking a toll on the masses.

Profiteers are banking on the opportunity making life miserable for the masses as the price control mechanism has failed to help poor weather the inflation, he added. The government claim that prices are stable is contradicted by a sharp rise in prices of almost all items of daily use including wheat flour, pulses, edible oil, ghee and milk besides vegetables and fruit. He lauded the decision of the caretaker government which has decided to revise down the petroleum prices in light of directions from the Supreme Court.

The price of petrol has been decreased by Rs4.26 per litre, that of high-speed diesel by Rs6.37 per litre, kerosene oil by Rs3.36 per litre and the price of light diesel oil has been decreased by Rs5.54 per litre. Relief in petroleum prices would not only provide much-needed respite to the masses but also reduce the cost of production and give a boost to economic activity while the government will lose Rs10 billion in the revenue.

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Government is committed to eradicate polio: Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Ahmad Faruqui

Karachi, July 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): Commissioner Karachi Muhammad Sualeh Ahmad Faruqui has said that government is committed to eradicate the polio virus and for the purpose making all out coordinated efforts on priority bases to make Pakistan polio free country and to protect our children from this crippled disease. He said this while talking to the delegation of Independent Monitory Board of the Global Polio Initiative Mission, an international partner which is visiting Pakistan to review the progress for the polio eradication efforts and activities in Pakistan.

Commissioner told that there is no new case of polio in Karachi and Sindh this year. He further said that all stake holders were working with great responsibility and dedication in the city of Karachi to contribute the efforts to make Pakistan polio free country. He appreciated the role of international partners also and hoped soon they will be able to achieve the goal of elimination of polio virus from Pakistan to stand with the world community which has already achieved this goal to make world polio free.

Commissioner highlighting the issues confronting to the efforts being made for the elimination of polio virus said that they are attempting the mobile population where missing and refusal children numbers are observed high. It has been examined that they are concentrated in some polio related high risk union councils out of 188 of the union councils of the city It has also been examined that the people reacting negatively to the vaccine largely lie in slums areas where health services and civic services needed to be improved.

He said there is massive movement of population into and within Karachi particularly in these high risk union councils. He said city administration has taken special steps to get administer polio drops to all those children coming from other parts through massive campaign at the entry points of the city where special polio teams have been deputed to work 24 hours including at the bus stops, railway stations and airport.

He said he has also started consultation with the concerned departments and NGOs in this regard with request to provide them better health facilities and to provide other civic facilities and make special arrangements for supplying clean water. He said he also has discussed the matter with the partner Rotary International. Rotary has assured they would start a project for providing clean in a month, he added.

The Independent Monitoring Board Mission appreciated the efforts of the government to eliminate the polio virus. They said Pakistan is on right trajectory to eradicate polio from the country by maintaining intense pressure of the crippling Polio virus. They briefed about their activities in Karachi to the Commissioner and told them they have visited some of the high risk areas where there is a problem of missed children and there are problems of refusal and those areas where people reacting to welcome the polio teams.

They visited Baldia, SITE, Mochko of district West and specially Gujro, in Gulshan-Iqbal District East, the delegation informed the commissioner. Those who attended the meeting among others were IMB Mission members Dr. Navid Sadozai and Ms. Christine Athelie Commissioner Karachi Polio Task Force Coordinator Dr Nusrat Ali, and representative of Bill Gates and Foundation Dr. Ahmed Ali Shaikh.

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Canadian Pakistan Foundation of Friendship signs agreement with Ryerson University of Toronto for providing scholarship to five Pakistani origin students every year

Islamabad, July 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): Canadian Pakistan Foundation of Friendship (CPFF) signed an agreement with the Ryerson University of Toronto for providing scholarship to five Pakistani origin students every year for studying at the University, says a press release received here today from Ottawa, Canada. The CPFF, officially launched on Canada Day 2018, will provide sufficient fundings to five deserving Pakistani students for pursuing higher studies at one of the best Canadian universities. The initiative is aimed at funding university programs in Canada which are focused on Pakistan for the purpose of promoting diversity.

The Foundation also entered into an agreement with the Ryerson University for donation of CAD$ 50,000 on account of CPFF award for First Generation students at Ryerson. On its launch, the CPFF has announced to raise funds from the members to provide donations to the local hospitals in Canada and health care facilities in Pakistan. The Foundation further announced that they will take initiatives to promote better understanding of Pakistani culture and traditions in the Canadian society.

The agreement signing ceremony was also attended by the High Commissioner of Pakistan Tariq Azim Khan and Immigration Minister of Canada Mr. Ahmed Hussen. In his brief remarks, Mr. Tariq Azim Khan High Commission of Pakistan appreciated the launch of CPFF and expressed the hope that the Foundation will help bring together Pakistan and Canada. It may be mentioned that Mr. Khalid Usman, Zarar Rana, Qamarul Siddiqi and Imran Bashir are the founding directors of the CPFF.

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Kashmir under siege on Wani’s martyrdom anniversary today

Srinagar, July 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, complete shutdown, marked by curfew and other restrictions, is being observed across the territory to commemorate the second martyrdom anniversary of popular youth leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani, today. Call for the today’s strike and a march towards Tral town has been given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to reaffirm the Kashmiris’ resolve to take the ongoing freedom movement to it its logical conclusion, through thick and thin.

The authorities have deployed thousands of Indian soldiers and police personnel who are patrolling deserted streets across the territory including Srinagar to enforce strict curfew and other restrictions. Special restriction have been imposed in the areas falling under the jurisdiction police stations including Maisuma, KralKhud, Khanyar, Nowahatta, SafaKadal, MaharajGunj and Rainawari in the city.

All roads leading to Tral, the hometown of Burhan Wani, has been completely sealed with concertina wires to prevent the march. Reports from local media said that only men in uniform are seen on the roads, fields, orchards and streets and it looks as civilian population exists nowhere because of strict curfew imposed by the authorities. Locals told media that curfew was imposed since yesterday, and it was announced on public address systems. Train and internet services have been suspended in view of the shutdown. Burhan Wani was killed along with his two associates by the Indian troops in a fake encounter in Kokernag area of Islamabad district on this day in 2016.

The authorities have also put several Hurriyat leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Zafar Akbar Butt, Bilal Siddiqi and Muhammad Yousuf Naqash under house detention or in custody to stop them from leading the march.

Meanwhile, the JRL while slamming the forces for the killing of three civilians including a teenage girl in Redwani Kulgam, yesterday, also announced to observe Black Day, today. Gilani, Mirwaiz and Malik urged people to offer funeral prayers in absentia for those killed in Kulgam, yesterday. The JRL in a statement said, “Firing live bullets on civilians in order to kill them reflects the policy of Indian government to crush all dissent with use of absolute force and might. It becomes clear that a green signal has been given to Indian armed forces to wipe off all Kashmiris without any distinction of being armed or unarmed.”

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