At least six persons were killed and several others injured in fresh incidents of target killing in different areas of the metropolis on Monday, while the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) personnel arrested more than 10 accused, including four members of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), during targeted operations and recovered arms and explosives from their possession. According to police, unknown assailants gunned down a man identified as 42-year-old Muhammad Jamal in Iqbal Market area of Orangi Town. In another incident, a man was killed due to firing of unidentified assailants at Sharah-e-Faisal near Falak Naz Apartments. The body was shifted to a nearby hospital where the identity of the deceased was ascertained as Khalid Mehmood, 38. Furthermore, 35-year-old Mehtabuddin Jan was killed in firing incident in Khokhrapar area of Malir. The body was shifted to a hospital to undergo medico-legal formalities. Dead bodies of three persons were also recovered from various areas of the metropolis. Meanwhile firing incidents continued unabated across the city during which more than 10 persons, including two women, were injured. The wounded people were shifted to various hospitals to receive medical treatment. On the other hand, the LEA’s personnel continued targeted search operation in the city, during which more than 10 miscreants were nabbed. In Sugarcane Market area of Sohrab Goth, police conducted a raid after receiving a tip-off. As a result, four members of banned militant outfit TTP, identified as Anaar Khan, Ameer Khan, Saal Muhammad and Nehmatullah, were nabbed by the security forces personnel. Police also claimed to have recovered explosives filled kettles, two pistols, several repeaters, small arms and hundreds of bullets from the possession of the nabbed criminals. Police sources said the detained TTP members were also involved in the murder of anti-polio vaccination workers in Kurram Agency, Mardan, while also being involved in targeting security personnel.
Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmed Siddique has issued a notification reverting flour prices to the previous level. Earlier, while taking notice of the rising flour prices in the city, the commissioner had issued a notification that fixed the price of fine flour at Rs 38 per kg. Commissioner Siddique had also directed all deputy commissioners to ensure sale of flour at government prices across the metropolis.
At least two persons were killed and eight others injured when police opened fire at peaceful protesters here on Monday. According to details, villagers were holding peaceful protest outside Doudapur Police Station against the misbehaviour and manhandling of police personnel. In order to disperse the protesting villagers, the police opened fire on them, thus killing two people and leaving eight others wounded. The injured protestors were rushed to a nearby hospital, where according to hospital sources condition of some injured was serious and it was feared that the death toll would rise further. Meanwhile, leaders of political parties and locals have strongly condemned the police firing and demanded an inquiry and strict action against those responsible for firing at the unarmed protestors.
The police, in their drive initiated against criminals, has arrested 46 accused during the past 24 hours. A police statement released here on Monday said that those arrested included eight absconders. It said that eight weapons of different calibres were also recovered from those arrested along with explosives, motorcycles and mobile phones. Meanwhile, action was also initiated against 10 people for violating the ban on pillion riding.
Sindh Chief Secretary (CS) Muhammad Ijaz Chaudhry has emphasised upon the importance of maintaining effective coordination amongst all departments with a view to speed up the pace of development schemes and projects in the metropolis. He stressed this while presiding over a review meeting of the Finance and Planning & Development Departments here on Monday. The CS stressed that the details of departmental performance should be made available and the impediments being faced during the process should also be pointed out. He also emphasised the need for ensuring the monitoring of the schemes and the projects. Earlier on the occasion, the Additional Chief Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan and Secretary Finance Suhail Ahmed Rajput gave a detailed briefing.
Experts on Friday urged the masses to realise the fact that diabetes, a fast emerging hormonal disorder in the country, could only be diagnosed through undergoing proper blood test. Addressing a public awareness session to mark National Pathology Week 2013 at Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), the experts said ascertainment of diabetes through undergoing relevant blood test could pave way for early treatment and prevent its complications. The programme, jointly organised by National Institute of Diabetes and Endocrinology (NIDE) and DUHS Pathology Department, was addressed by Prof Zaman Shaikh, Prof Mohammad Masroor, Dr Sahar Iqbal, Dr Rafiq Khanani and Dr Farah Naz Farooq. The experts comprising diabetologists, endocrinologists and pathologists said that governments the world over must implement and strengthen policies for the prevention and control of diabetes in order to curb further complications. It was also necessary to disseminate tools to support national and local initiatives for the prevention and management of diabetes, they said. Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sahar emphasised the need of undergoing necessary and regular laboratory tests in patients with symptoms of the disease as well as those adequately diagnosed to be inflicted with the debilitating disease. Meanwhile, Prof M Zaman said that the mean health expenditure on diabetes of the country was only USD 24/person/year, in contrast to USD 55/person in India. "Even in a country like Afghanistan, the mark is USD 33, Nigeria USD 47, Sudan USD 52 and in Turkey the expenditure is as high as USD 571/person," he added. Speaking in connection to obesity, Professor Shaikh said that central obesity was very common in diabetics and was responsible for most of the complications associated with this disease. These he said also included heart attacks, stroke and high blood pressure. Moreover, Dr Zaman emphasised on life style modifications like reeducation of body weight, daily brisk walking for 30 minutes minimum and taking a healthy diet.
Five more people were killed on Monday in different incidents of firing and violence in the country’s commercial hub Karachi. According to details, a worker of a political party – Qasim Chandio – was gunned down in Safora goth area. Following the incident tension gripped the area as commercial areas were shut and traffic remained suspended. 40-year old Siraj was shot dead in Iqbal Market, Organgi Town area while another 45-year-old Yaqub was killed by firing near Denso Hall. Similarly, in Malir 15 area, 30-year-old Mehtab was killed. 40-year-old Nasir Mohammad was killed and a woman was injured in a similar firing incident near Airport Signal at Shar-e-Faisal.
Karachi Commissioner Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui has urged the public servants to develop close links with the citizens and realise their obligations towards the masses with utmost sincerity. Addressing a farewell reception arranged in honour of Commissioner Office's staff officer Syed Afaq Hussain on Sunday, he said servants like Hussain who was being transferred to another department, were always and equally remembered by their colleagues and the masses whom they served. He said district administration had adopted a series of measures to develop a public interest oriented system enhancing mutual respect and confidence between citizens and the administration. The ceremony was also attended by Additional Commissioner Karachi (one), Kamran Shamshad, Additional Commissioner Karachi (two) Rubina Asif, Media Director Mohammad Shabih Siddiqui, Kiran Shaikh, Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) Zulfiqar Abbasi, Deputy Director (IT) Asif Iqbal, PS to Commissioner Abdul Malik, Staff Officer Shahabuddin and other staff members of the Commissioner's Office. Speaking on the occasion, the commissioner said hard working and competent officials were an asset for any department as they were fully conscious of their responsibilities and consequently ensured to complete the task given to them. Other officials present in the ceremony appreciated Commissioner Siddiqui for initiating a system under which welcome and farewell ceremonies were being arranged for those joining the office and those retiring or being transferred to other departments. They also hailed the steps taken to give appreciation certificate to staffers and officers for their hard work. A shield was jointly presented by them to Syed Afaq Hussain. Speaking on the occasion, he expressed his gratitude to the Commissioner Office staff for their cooperation and assistance and said that he had learned a lot about team work from Commissioner Siddiqui.
The Karachi Traffic Police has chalked-out an elaborate strategy focused on traffic management with equal attention paid towards traffic jams, parking facilities and welfare of cops associated with the department. DIG Traffic Abdul Khaliq Shaikh sharing details of the report with Sindh IGP Shahid Baloch said enforcement officers for the scheme have also been selected from amongst the best cops. As for efficient implementation of the reforms, he said representatives of civil society and influential people belonging to different walks of life were also being approached so as to develop close coordination with the citizens. "The idea is to minimise communication gap and restore public confidence in the department," the DIG said. Further, he said strict action would also be taken against cops found to be indulged in over-stepping their authority, negligence and corruption. DIG Khaliq also said it had been decided that only single parking would be allowed at the shopping areas and business centres while strict compliance to no-parking on corners and turnings would also be ensured without any failure. Similarly with the support of area police and business union of the centre’s goods placed by shopkeepers outside their shops, on pavements or thoroughfares, would be confiscated while relevant action would be taken against the shopkeepers and hawkers utilising this space. Moreover, the DIG said that chaotic scenes were witnessed in different parts of the metropolis, including in Quaidabad area, and resolved to address these through implementing a ban on the entry of push carts and peddlers encroaching on the roads. Stalls raised around thoroughfares would also be removed so as to ease traffic pressure and ensure smooth flow of traffic, DIG Khaliq reiterated. Meanwhile, IGP Baloch appreciated the scheme and said citizens must be informed about these efforts. For the purpose, he directed the traffic police officers concerned to make use of FM radio service of the department and alert service through text message to keep the public informed of developments related to the city’s traffic.
Jahangir Khan would represent Pakistan Association of Photo Journalists in the "2013 World Photographers Focusing on Beijing", an international photographic event sponsored by the Information Office of the Beijing Municipality. The exhibition would be held from May 20-30 and had been organised by Beijing Foreign Cultural Exchange Centre (BCEC) and Beijing This Month Publications (BTMP). “World Photographers Focusing on Beijing” is one of city's name-brand events during which world-famous photographers shall meet in Beijing and share their expertise and technique. The event had been held on an annual basis since 1997, and this would be the first time that a Pakistani photographer would be attending the event. The photojournalist from Pakistan would be one from among 50 international photographers selected by the programme organisers to shoot in Beijing during the week long exercise. Photographs taken on the occasion would also be put on display in a series of exhibitions across China, scheduled to take place during the next three months. Consequently the photographers would be awarded according to their work and skill.
The Sindhi writers and poets have demanded preservation and publication of all the literature written by hundreds of writers about Sindhi folklore. The demand was made at Sughar Katchehri (discourse of folks) organised by Sindh Culture Department at Sindh Museum's Mumtaz Mirza Auditorium here. Speaking on the occasion, former vice chancellor of Sindh University and known writer Dr Ghulam Ali Allana said a number of Sindhi writers have produced great works on Sindhi folk. "The folk literature also embodies the history, tradition and culture of Sindh. Preserving it means that we would be preserving everything which has been Sindhi," he stressed. He praised Dr Fehmida Hussain, Janat Mangwani and Janat Jarwar for currently being the leading writers of folk literature. "Some three to four million Sindhis live in different parts of the world. In my interaction with them during my foreign visits, I have seen a curiosity in them to read more about their motherland," he said. Meanwhile, Secretary Culture Saeed Ahmed Awan said the role of Sughar's was instrumental in preserving the folk literature. "We ought to preserve the knowledge of Sughars and also to make them a part of our curriculum so the future generations could read them," he said. On the occasion, Awan announced that the culture department would publish the unpublished works of Sughars as well as the books related to Sindhi folklore. A linguistics teacher Dr Nawaz Ali Shauq, while speaking on the ocasion said Sindhi literature was rich in the sense that it was written by a constellation of writers, poets and Sughars. According to him, at least 42 major books on Sindhi folklore exist while as many, if not less, contributed by famous writers were still waiting to be published. The seminar was also addressed by writers Roshan Ali Korai, Ghulam Rasool Mangrio, Gul Muhammad Khatri, Rehmatullah Abbassi and Khalil Zaman Mahesar among other prominent personalities.