EXCLUSIVE NPTV TEXT & PHOTOS BY AMAR GURIRO IN SANGHAR
SANGHAR: For the people of Chotiari, (also known as Chotiyaroon – a small town in the mineral-rich Sanghar district), potable water is a rare commodity.
Located 28kms away from Sanghar City, (touching the legendary Achro Thar or the White Desert) Chotiari harbors ten thousand inhabitants who are not supplied filtered water by the state. During the visit, arranged by WaterAid-Pakistan’s media fellowship program, this scribe noted that the town did not happen to have any paved streets or sanitation system.
Terming non-availability of water unreasonable, a local social activist Maula Bux Mallah pointed out while an enormous manmade reservoir, the Chotiyaroon Dam is located three kilometers from the town, Nara Canal too is flowing one kilometer out of the town. Mallah stated that authorities just needed to build an overhead tank to store and supply water to the populace. He pointed out that a branch from Nara Canal, (the Chotiyaroon minor) was flowing just beside the town, which is also at a height.
Imtiaz Ali laments that in the absence of water supply system, locals have no choice but to suck brackish water by means of hand pumps, that causes hepatitis and skin diseases: “Therefore, people spend hours to fetch water from Nara Canal. They walk or use donkey carts and motorcycles.
It is pertinent to mention here that Sanghar produces natural gas and petroleum and is considered as country’s energy basket: “Under Article XXIX of the Petroleum Concession Agreement (PCA), for community development, oil and gas companies are bound to undertake social welfare programs and also Under the Petroleum Exploration & Production Policy 2009, these companies are bound to spend a certain amount of their benefits on communities.
“But these companies are not spending anything on the community, we demand Sindh and Federal government to either provide drinking water and sanitation system to Chotiyaroon or bound these oil and gas companies to spend money for the community development,” said Mallah.
Retrieve kidnapped Hindu girls: PM
ISLAMABAD: PM has ordered the Provincial governments to retrieve two Hindu girls who had been forced to convert to Islam and married to Muslim men.
According to sources Raveena 13 and Reena 15 have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan (in Punjab) from Ghotki (Sindh) after marriages.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said Sunday that Prime Minister Imran Khan has issued directives to Punjab Chief Minister for taking steps for recovery of two Hindu girls allegedly abducted from Sindh and shifted to Rahim Yar Khan.
The minister tweeted that the Prime Minister asked for holding an immediate investigation into the matter. He directed the governments of Sindh and Punjab to adopt a joint strategy to prevent such incidents in the future. Fawad quoted Prime Minister as saying that white color in Pakistan flag represents minorities and protecting their rights was our responsibility:
Meanwhile, Sushma Swaraj Indian Minister for External Affairs has asked the HC here for a report.
Father of #Reena 14 #Raveena 16 who were forcefully converted to Islam is beating himself up out of sheer desperation. He says either help me get my daughters back safely or kill me. Yeh thappar yeh buzurg apne moun per nahi maashray ke moun per maar rahay hain @BBhuttoZardari pic.twitter.com/cpmlvruAEC
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) March 23, 2019
Sindh CM Murad visits Central Jail Karachi; inspects services for prisoners
KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday paid a visit to Central Jail Karachi and mingled with jail staff and prisoners.
Shah visited the prison in connection with Pakistan Day, and upon his arrival at the jail, he inspected the guard of honour.
The chief minister was welcomed by Home Secretary, Inspector General (IG) Sindh Police Syed Kalim Imam, IG Prisons Muzafar Alam Siddiqui, and other officials.
After a ceremony to mark Pakistan Day, the chief minister visited the pantry and the kitchen and inspected the food prisoners are given.
CM Shah was briefed that the prisoners hadn’t been given a reprieve since 2013. At this, the CM said he would review the law to see if reprievals could be resumed.
“I want all the prisoners to become good, useful citizens of the society; social reforms would translate to a reduction in the number of inmates”, he said.
He said that the Sindh Minister for Works and Services Nasir Hussain Shah was working for the betterment of prisons.
Bs. community urged to lodge complaints sans fear
HYDERABAD: Advisor Federal Tax Ombudsman and Incharge Regional Office Karachi Manzoor Hussain Shah has called upon the business community to lodge complaints of their issues against FBR and Customs with FTO for timely settlements.
The taxpayers should not be afraid of FBR or Customs while lodging their complaints with FTO related income tax, sales tax, customs duty or federal excise duty, he stated while speaking as chief guest at an awareness seminar organized here at the secretariat of Hyderabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry on Monday.
He also suggested the business community to submit proposals to his office regarding tax-related issues through their respective chambers so that the same could be forwarded to concerned departments for consideration. His office would remain open for receiving complaints of the taxpayers, he assured.
He informed all the decisions of the Federal Tax Ombudsman were being implemented in letter and spirit.
President HCSTSI Muhammad Farooq Sheikhani in his welcome addressed apprised the Incharge FTO Regional Office to forward the proposal to the federal government regarding the translation of all tax-related laws in national and regional languages so that the taxpayers could understand these laws.
He said the taxpayers were ready to file complaints but they had fear of retributions from tax collecting departments. There was a need to remove such fears so that the taxpayers could lodge complaints of their grievances with FTO, he added.
Among the members of the executive committee, former HCSTSI President Muhammad Akram Ansari also attended the event.