AMMAR AHMED KHAN
SUKKUR: Oh great you think. Another article regarding the wonders of Sindh and how you, as the reader should get up off your chair and travel. You’re half right here, since every article starts off like that but why should we follow a pre-determined rule.
Why not do something different occasionally. Right!
First things first, if you go by car, make sure that you have multiple people who can drive and an abundance of snacks. The route to Sukkur is 8 hours with light traffic, so make sure that music blares in the car and your passengers are decently distracted throughout.
The second advice of importance is, never ever make the mistake of not looking outside. As a passenger, if you’re a foreigner visiting Pakistan or a Pakistani it is your duty to know and see the potentials that are present in Pakistan and try to make a difference. The landscape, even if travel by train or plane is taken, is a wonder.
If you’re lucky you might see gur (brown cane sugar) being made. A wonder, despite the price being high you should get a decent amount since the stores in Pakistan will not sell you the original stuff.
When you reach Sukkur the first thing you will see is the Sukkur Barrage. A barrage that holds a great volume of water from the Indus River. A sight that depicts a great deal of activity.
Also present in Sukkur is a very old Hindu temple, a sight to see due to the architecture and the spiritual presence.
As you move away from Sukkur you come across areas unique for very few sights such as Jacobabad.
Jacobabad is well known due to a clock built by Brigadier-General John Jacob (an officer of the British East India Company who served in colonial India for the major portion of his career).
This clock is famous due to its ability to tell the time in both Pakistan and in London at the same time and is the only clock in the world able to do so.
At a time drive away of 3 to 4 hours is Mohenjo-Daro now being preserved with UNESCO’s help. A wonder to behold as the architecture is still one of the greatest to be uncovered.
You wonder how do the people irrigate, maintain and then harvest acres of crops, along with the fact that if previous generations of people without the technological advancements of today made such awe-inspiring buildings. You wonder as a human being, just what your potential is and why you aren’t trying to achieve it really.
Forgive the ramblings of the writer; he tends to distract himself from the moulds of the present society.
Back to our topic, the reason you, the reader, chose this article to read despite everything. There is a multitude of sights and historic wonders in Pakistan but the reason we don’t want to see them is simple: They’re not maintained. Would you look at a thousand-year-old clay pot, yes you would.
However, you would be more inclined to see the same clay pot if there were a copy of it made and the original maintained.
Sindh madrasas to be monitored
KARACHI: The Sindh Apex Committee Monday decided to carry out monitoring of Madrasas (religious seminaries) and educational institutions to check their source of income, expenditure, and curricula.
Briefing media persons after the apex committee’s meeting, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information, Law and Anti-Corruption Barrister Murtaza Wahab said the committee also decided to hold talks with the management of religious seminaries situated on major roads of Karachi for their shifting. He said the meeting was informed that a working group had been formed under the chairmanship of the Sindh Home Secretary for the registration of Madrasas and monitoring of other public and private institutions. The meeting was also apprised that a draft legislation had been prepared for the registration of religious seminaries which had been sent to the Law Department for vetting, he added.
He said the apex committee was told that law and order situation in the province was exemplary and more integrated interventions were required to make it durable. The adviser said the committee had decided to amend the law to cope with street crimes. The crackdown would be launched at the secondary markets where stolen two-wheelers were sold. He said to keep watch on terrorists’ movement, security along the Punjab and Balochistan borders would be tightened. Under the Safe City Project, Murtaza Wahab said a pilot project would be launched soon in red zone areas, which would be later expanded to other parts of the city and to the entire province. The apex committee, he said, was also informed on the process launched by the Sindh government to rehabilitate the affectees of anti-encroachment drive and also about a review petition filed in the Supreme Court.
The adviser said the Karachi Safe City Project would not be initiated under the Public Private Partnership. The National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) and other institutions, which had expertise on the subject, had been requested to submit their proposals for the project. Not only CCTV cameras but a swift response mechanism would also be integrated into the Safe City Project so as to take timely action in case of any untoward incident, he added.
Police, Traffic, Fire Brigade and other emergency services would be part of the response mechanism, he said. The advisor said the meeting was informed that a police station had been established on the Sindh-Balochistan border and 69 police posts were set up along the border where 381 police personnel had been deputed to keep an eye on the entry points of bordering areas. Murtaza said the apex committee, which met with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah in the chair, reviewed law and order situation in the province, implementation of the National Action Plan, and investigation and prosecution of anti-terrorism cases.
The meeting was attended by Sindh Minister for Works and Services, Adviser, Corps Commander Karachi, Chief Secretary, Inspector General of Police, Rangers Director General and others. The advisor said the committee decided to bring amendments in the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) to control street crimes in the metropolis and as per reforms, a special magistrate would hear the cases of street crimes under Section 30 of CRPC. Under the law three to seven years’ sentence would be awarded to criminals, he added. He said the committee had decided to seek the assistance of Pakistan Army’s Cyber Wing to control cybercrime the province. He said it was also decided that Rangers, Jail Department personnel and relevant agencies would work together for coordination in the investigation and prosecution of criminals, while training workshops would be arranged for the capacity building of new prosecutors.
BISP, WFP join hands to mitigate food insecurity in Tharparker
ISLAMABAD: Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) will join hands with World Food Programme (WFP) through a joint venture project titled “Shock-Responsive Social Protection” to alleviate the sufferings of the drought-affected population in Southern Sindh.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed by both the partners in a ceremony held recently, an official of BISP told APP. The objective behind this initiative is to mitigate food insecurity in drought-affected parts of district Tharparker in Sindh.
The official informed that the initiative will supplement a top-up stipend of Rs.1000 to the BISP Unconditional Cash Transfer (UCT) programme over and above the monthly disbursement of Rs1,650 to 63,000 BISP beneficiaries in Tharparker district.
This partnership would help address the growing issue of stunted growth and malnutrition in Pakistan. The total cost of the initiative is set to be USD 0.574 million or PKR 769 million.
The operational disbursement to the beneficiaries will be done by BISP and the project’s communication, monitoring and evaluation will be managed by the WFP, the official added.
NAB received 26,550 complaints in a year
NAWABSHAH: The director investigation NAB Sukkur, Ghulam Farooq today told that the Bureau striving hard to root out corrupt practices.
Speaking at a seminar held here in connection with World Anti-corruption Day, he maintained that the goal of a corruption-free society could only be achieved with the cooperation of the public, particularly other line departments. He held that corruption had become a global problem and realizing its multidimensional implications United Nations has declared December 09 as the international day for the elimination of corruption.
In a period of one year, nine regional offices of NAB across the country received 26550 applications regarding corruption, he informed and added that after preliminary investigation by regional boards mega scandals and major corruption cases were referred to headquarter for further process while minor cases and other issues were referred to FIA, anti-corruption establishment and other concerned departments. He said that courts awarded punishment and penalized accused in 70 percent cases filled by the corruption watchdog.
Deputy commissioner Shaheed Benazirabad, Ibrar Ahmed Jaffar, stressed upon coordinated efforts by every department and individual to root out corruption that was spreading like cancer in the society. For the development of the country and provision of better facilities of health, education, employment and other civic amenities to the public it was essential to eliminate corruption from the society, he noted and urged all officers to play their due role to check corrupt practices in their concerned departments.
Deputy director anti-corruption establishment Abdur Razaq Rahoopoto appealed public to contact his office if any government official demand bribe to initiate action. Besides others, additional director NAB Sukkur Junaid Hashim Talpur, officers of ACE, Revenue, Police, education, and other departments attended the seminar.