Daily Archives: August 25, 2018

Education is topmost priority of present government in line with vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan: Shafqat Mahmood

Islamabad, August 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training, Shafqat Mahmood has said that education is the topmost priority of the present government in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. The Federal Minister was chairing briefing by Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and its attached departments at committee room of the Ministry on Saturday. He said we will work in coordination with all provinces and provide education to all as per constitution of Pakistan.

He said it is our responsibility to give excellent policies and we will take all measures to implement education related policies. Shafqat Mahmood said all missing standards will be developed and followed in true letter and spirit. He said it is alarming to learn that more than 20 million children are out of schools, adding that we will work hard with provinces to increase enrolment rate. He said National Education Policy 2018 will be launched soon. He said skill development is equally important component and our ministry will take it as challenge.

The Federal Minister said that all vacant positions at the Ministry and its attached departments will be filled on purely merit and in transparent manner. He also directed all attached departments to ensure facilitating GB and Kashmir alongside other provinces in all educational and professional training projects and initiatives. Secretary Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training, Arshad Mirza, senior officers of Ministry and heads of attached department store were present in the meeting.

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Rich tributes paid to martyred youth in IOK

Srinagar, August 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyat leaders have paid glowing tributes to the youth who was martyred by the Indian troops in Kokernag area of Islamabad district, yesterday. Hurriyat leaders, Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Mohammad Ahsan Untoo, Ghulam Nabi War and Ghulam Nabi Waseem in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the sacrifices offered by Kashmiris would not go waste. They said that the mission of the Kashmiri martyrs would be taken to its logical conclusion.

Meanwhile, a Hurriyat delegation led by Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, today, visited Soura area of Srinagar and paid tributes to martyred teenager, Umar Qayoom, on his 8th martyrdom anniversary and other martyrs of 2010 mass uprising. On the occasion, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi, said that the mission of martyrs would be accomplished at all costs. He said that it was due to the sacrifices of martyrs that the world community had started showing seriousness for the settlement of the lingering Kashmir dispute.

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Demo in Srinagar against onslaught on Article 35-A

Srinagar, August 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, a demonstration was held in Srinagar, today, by the Pensioners Welfare Association (PWA) and senior citizens of the Kashmir Valley against the attempts by the BJP government in New Delhi to abrogate Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution, which guarantees special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

A large number of senior citizens and pensioners led by the PWA President, Sampat Prakash, assembled at Pratap Park in Srinagar and held a demonstration in favour of the retention of the Article-35-A. The protesters carried placards and banners that read “Save Article 35-A”, “Save disputed status of Kashmir”.

“We will stand firm with every citizen of Jammu and Kashmir to defend Article 35-A,” said a protester, Muhammad Akbar Mir. The demonstrators said that the nefarious tactics of extremist Hindu organizations Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) would not be allowed to succeed.

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Street protests if Shabbir Shah not provided medical aid: DFP

Srinagar, August 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) has warned the Government of India of street protests in the territory if it did not provide proper medical care to illegally detained ailing party chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, who is lodged in New Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail.

The DFP spokesman in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the family of Shabbir Ahmed Shah had gone to meet him in Tihar jail and found him seriously ill. He said that the family of the ailing leader had time and again stressed that Shabbir Shah was suffering from many serious ailments which needed immediate treatment, however, their repeated pleas were not even heard by the court.

The spokesman said that now the health condition of Shabbir Shah had deteriorated to the extent that every party member and activist had started showing concern. He warned the Indian government to take practical measures about providing suitable treatment to the ailing leader otherwise the party leaders and activists will take to streets. The DFP spokesman also appealed to the world human rights bodies to intervene so that the life of the “prisoner of conscience” is saved.

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Fresh plea in Indian SC challenges validity of Article 35-A

New Delhi, August 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): A fresh plea has been moved in the Indian Supreme Court challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution that guarantees special rights and privileges to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

The petitioner, ‘Ikkjut Jammu’, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), sought quashing of the provision which has been challenged by several others including civil society groups and individuals. The fresh petition has been filed through advocate Sumit R Sharma. There have also been petitions supporting the retention of Article 35-A.

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Rally in Mendhar in support of retention of Article 35-A

Srinagar, August 25, 2018 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, people took out a rally in Mendhar area of Poonch district in Jammu region, today, in favour of retention of the Article 35-A of the Indian Constitution that grants special privileges and rights to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir.

Reports said that around 600 people took part in the protest rally. While calling for retention of Article 35-A, the protesters raised pro-freedom slogans in the main town. The Indian Supreme Court will hear the petitions challenging the constitutional validity of Article 35-A on August 31.

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