Employment in Thar Coalfields on Priority Basis

Mr Qasim Siraj Soomro, the PPP MPA from Parkar region of Tharparkar and the parliamentary secretary on health has revealed that out of 1600 doctors selected on the domicile of Tharparkar district only 33 percent were working in Tharparkar district despite of the fact that Sindh government was offering Rs 150,000 per month both in salary and hard allowance as an extra incentive so that they could better serve the people in the desert district . Mr Soomro was speaking during the Development Dialogue Learning and Sharing with Community Organisations organised by Thardeep Rural Development Programme (TRDP) and Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund (PPAF) here on Friday.

He said that such approaches from the educated class of Thar was very disappointing gesture and asked the people try to keep abreast with the changing circumstances by realizing their respective responsibilities towards their heartland. He said expenditure of the government of Sindh on curative health was Rs 32 billion every year which could be saved by focusing on preventive health methods . ” The prime causes and factors behind more than 18 deadly diseases and common infections are the use of unhygienic water which can be averted by simple home based solutions” he added. He said that the PPP government in Sindh over the years had done a lot to improve the healthcare system in the district and more sincere efforts were being made to provide the all required facilties in each town and big village across the district.

Speaking on the occasion PPP MPA Rana Hamir Singh described Thar as the ‘golden desert’ with huge rich natural resources and with enough human workforce.” ‘The entire desert region during every wet year produces more enough quantity of organic food items which could be exported to other countries to earn the sustainable livelihood for the poor people of Thar , he said.

Referring to interfaith harmony Mr Singh said that the people of Tharparkar were the custodians of noble and high human values which had evolved through experience of folk wisdom, mutual respect and tolerance for the past many centuries. He said that much still needed to be done to achieve the targets and to provide the much-awaited relief to the people rain-dependent arid zone of the country.

Dr Sono Khangharani referred to research which was undertaken by TRDP swayback in 2004 on the possible bad impacts of mining on local communities. “Had the major recommendations of the report been implemented the local communities of Tharparkar would have greatly benefited substantially in the course of 15 year” he added. Dr Sono said that Ironically the local people had been given too little to earn their livelihood adding he stressed upon the sustainable policies and plans in order to bring the real change in the lifestyle of Tharis.

Dr Allah Nawaz Samoo, CEO of TRDP said, wage labour remained the major source of livelihood for people of Thar. ” During last thirty years the poor people from Thar are forced to do cheap labour in cotton and sugarcane fields of irrigated areas of the province” he added and said that .with the setup of coal based industrial projects, people of Thar were expecting increase in their wages with more modern skills and the shift from agriculture to power generation industry.” he remarked. “Unfortunately, this did not happen, and local people seem to have missed an opportunity so terribly and thus failed to create a middle class that can bridge equality and bring prosperity in the region” he added. Dr Samoo maintained that people of Thar with the discovery of huge reserves were dreaming to have had the brighter future for them and their future generations.

Ms Fatima Bai, a local activist from Chhachhro, shared experience of women’s organisations in campaigns against early marriage in the remote villages of Chhachhro. Referring to the resilience of women of Thar, she said they emerged stronger after every drought as they learned how to face the drought which was not always the same in its impacts on both human and livestock of the desert region.

Nadir Gul Barech, the COO PPAF highlighted that the organisation was supporting community organisations as a grass root movement of development to alleviate poverty in different regions of the country. . He said the availability of community resource persons increased outreach of services and ensured participatory planning. He said that with the active participation of the people from different walks of life could bring positive and far reaching effects in achieving the goals.

Mr Irshad of PPAF emphasized the need of integrating community organisations with the local government system so that common people could properly benefit and improve their lifestyle and get rid of the vicious cycle of poverty. Mr Mohammad Nawaz Sohoo, the DC Tharparkar said that the digitization was a big opportunity to connect artisans and products of Thar with mainstream markets adding he said that it was the responsibility of every organisation to show the beautiful aspects of Thar. Naseer Mohammad Nizamani, the chairperson of TRDP said, in the wake of mega projects in Thar people had had significant change. ” This dialogue provides a platform to define challenges, opportunities and the way ahead,” he added.


Ayaz Latif Palijo asks PM Khan to convene APC to mull over core and key issues of the country

Ayaz Latif Palijo, the chief of Qaumi Awami Tehreek has asked the Prime Minister Imran Khan to convene an all parties’ conference for making the joint effective mechanism to steer the country out of the present crisis. Mr Palijo, who is also general secretary of Grand Democratic Alliance ( GDA) addressing the party workers in Umerkot and Mirpurkhas towns and during the media talk has asked Mr Khan to act wisely and prudently and to lead the people of the country from the front by acting like a true leader especially at the time when they were groaning under the worst type of lawlessness, price hike, uncontrolled inflation and other key and core issues .

The people are feeling unsafe, insecure and uncertain due to the rising prices of the essential commodities with no remedial measures in sight everywhere in the country and such situations if not controlled prudently could push the country towards very chaotic situation” he warned and asked Mr Khan to read the chalking on the wall and stop relying only on the loans from international agencies to run the affairs of government and state . He warned that if the situations were not handled properly and prudently the country could be pushed towards ‘the stone age’ adding he maintained that the worsening situations needed the pragmatic and rational approach from those sitting power corridors. ” Any move by the rulers to prevaricate on the key issues can be very disastrous for the very foundations of the state and its institutions” he remarked and urged that it was the high time to stand on the one and the same platform to devise comprehensive plans policies to steer the country out of deep financial and other crises.

He said that the loans with harsh preconditions would never bring any change in the lifestyle of the country and would rather push the country towards backwardness and bankruptcy. He said that it was the high time for the rulers to concentrate on the key internal issues instead of interfering in the domestic issues of other countries. He said that rulers should stop unnecessary adventurism at the time when the country was passing through the critical phase due to changing international situations. He urged that every saner element of the country would have to think seriously on the core issues setting aside their political differences, adding he asked the rulers and as well as the key leaders of the political parties to refrain from political point scoring.

Mr Palijo said that under the given situation there was an urgent need to mull over the worsening situation by inviting the stakeholders and the leaders of different political parties to find ways to get out of the dangerous conditions. ” It is very unfortunate that rulers instead of focusing on the real issues of the country and its people are least concerned to frame pro-people policies and plans which need prompt relief” he remarked and demanded that rulers act wisely and prudently at the critical juncture of history.

He said that it was more that mess was being created in Sindh unlike other provinces where, according to him, PPP rulers had played havoc with the institutions forcing people to commit suicide. The corrupt and incompetent rulers in Sindh over past 14 years had never bothered to even paid a little attention towards the basic amenities of life and whole province was facing ruination, he said and added it entire responsibility lied on the PPP rulers, who were only intrested to mint money by hook or by crook leaving people in terrible conditions.

The Hindu girls are being abducted and raped, people are being kidnapped and killed in the broad-day light, students even in universities were not feeling safe and secure, kids in the district like Thar have been left to die of hunger and starvation, he added and went on to lash at the rulers for alleged callous and indifferent towards each and every issue of Sindh. He said that it was a matter of shame that lawmakers associated with the ruling party were killing innocent people with impunity and termed the brutal death of Nazim Jokhio as the worst example of mindset of those in power for years.

Mr Palijo observed that killers of Nazim Jokhio and Dodo Bheel instead of getting punished as per the existing laws of land had been left unbridled mainly due to the direct interference of those at the helm of the affairs. He said that such ghastly acts clearly implied that the laws only existed for the poor and downtrodden people while persons with power and pelf could easily get off the hook by paying the hefty amounts either in bribe or as compensation. The chief QAT noted with deep concern that PPP rulers in Sindh were bringing totally illogical and irrational bills on the floor of Sindh Assembly with regard to local government adding he warned them of the severe backlash from the people of Sindh if they did desist from such naive plans for the people of the province. He said that PPP lawmakers over the years taking advantage of their brute majority in the house’ had been making mockery of the legislation on the key issues pertaining to governance.

Ms Zeenat Samoon,Abdul Majeed Bughio, Ms Rahila Bhutto, Shahnawaz Hingorjo, Gul Hassan Pali, Ganga Bai and other party leaders also spoke during the events.


Nisar Khuhro Slams Imran Khan Regarding Treatment to Sindh

MITHI: Nisar Ahmed Khuhro, the provincial president of PPP Sindh chapter has warned Prime Minister Imran Khan to stop biased and venomous policies and plans towards Sindh and its elected government adding he observed that the Sindh which had created Pakistan should not be meted out with step motherly treatment by imprudent rulers.

The senior PPP leader said that every saner element having interest in politics and serving the people in real manner was joining their party adding he said that PPP and under the dynamic leadership of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari was the only party, which could steer the country out of the current deep crises.

Mr Khuho speaking to the media persons after an event held in Thar Press Club here on Thursday during which a prominent leftist leader, writer and the notable of Samejo community, Professor Sagir Samejo announced to join PPP along with the elders of his community, said that Imran Khan-led PTI-government had totally messed up the things both at national and internal levels and had broken the back of the common people by allowing the hoarders and profiteers to fleece them without any let or check.

He said that the federal government under the leadership of Prime Minister Khan had always tried to attack the provincial autonomy and on the rights enshrined in the Constitution especially after the 18th Amendment. He said that Imran Khan and other PTI leaders should learn from the humiliating defeat they had sustained during the LB polls in cantonment boards held recently and stop thinking to rig next elections and in order to come in the power yet again from the backdoor.

He said that rulers imposed on the country had crossed all the limits of the political victimization on their political rivals and those opposing the ill-conceived policies of the naive and incompetent rulers. The PPP leader noted with great concern that rulers were not only subjecting their political opponents to victimization through the institutions like NAB but were trying their best to silence the voice of the media and other independent bodies, which were showing and exposing the incompetence of Imran Khan and his aides . He said that curbs on the media would have dire consequences in future and asked rulers to mend their ways before touching such issues. He said that every person, who wished to mould the opinion had to face the wrath of the inefficient rulers, who according to him, were trying to dig their own ‘graves’ to please a mentally -disturbed person.

“We the workers and leaders are not scared of such pressure tactics being mounted on us through various means” he added and claimed that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with his political activities and acumen had created the unrest among the ranks and files of the rulers, who according to him, had become the security risk for the smooth running of the democratic process. Nisar Khuhro said that the Federal government was doing grave injustice with the people of Sindh first by depriving its due shares in NFC Award and now curtailing its water shares.

He claimed that it was the PPP leadership, which had decided to come on the roads to register their protest when they had noticed that water of Sindh’s share was being diverted to other canals of Punjab on the directions of rulers by depriving the due shares of Sindh adding he said that PPP leadership had never deviated even an inch from its stance to equally treat all federating units and to stand for the equal rights of every province. The senior PPP leader said that under the given situations there was need to build up the national consensus to make policies and plans in the best interest of the country adding he showed his concern over the mishandling of the ‘sensitive’ issues.

Mr Khuhro said that people of Sindh had always rejected those, who conspired to weaken the PPP through dirty tricks adding he warned some ‘spent cartridges’ to stop daydreaming to conquer Sindh by getting some personal benefits from the naive leaders sitting in Islamabad adding he warned that any move to run the affairs of Sindh from Islamabad would not only be resisted but also would be foiled with the power of the people, who according to him, were sick of the inefficient and callous rulers imposed on the country through a fake mandate.

He said that due to wise and [prudent policies of PPP leadership Thar region was progressing by leaps and bounds and hoped that this region would soon change the density of Pakistan as was dreamed by their slain leader Ms Benazir Bhutto. ” I make here clear to the people that Tharis have the first and foremost right on their resources” he added and vowed to stand with people through thick and thin along with other party leaders as per party policy.

Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said that party (PPP) which was already very strong in Thar would further gain its strength in the desert district with the joining of persons like Sagir Samejo along with his people of his community and friends adding he said that PPP always respected the and welcomed the decision such people to join hand with them, who throughout their lives stood for the rights of people and practiced what they preached. Mr Samejo during his announcement to join PPP also presented his book written on the life of Asif Ali Zardari as the gift to Mr Khuhro during the event.

MPA Faqir Sher Mohammad Bilalani, Advocate Veerji Kolhi, Engineer Gayancgand, Shushil Malani, Nandlal Malhi, Mohammad Umar Loond, Ms Samtra Manjani, Kanwar Amar, Mohammad Essa Rahimoon, Lal Mohammad Dahot, Iqbal Narejo, Adam Hingorjo, Lala, Kamla Bheel, Lajpat Bhjeel, Mohammad Khan Loond, Aijaz Junejo, Bansi Malhi, Mueen Bajeer, A Mohammad Ismail Bajeer and other PPP leaders were present during the event. The PPP leaders welcomed the decision of Mr Samejo to join them and hoped that he would work with them for party with dedication and uplift of Thar.


Seven years on, Tharis continue bearing the brunt of coal projects in Thar: Study

MITHI: The hardships of local communities in Thar persist due to the ongoing coal projects in the region, as Tharis continue to deal with the immediate adverse impacts of these projects and put up with the enforced shifts in land use, livelihood and socio-ecological patterns.

These revelations were made in a recent research study conducted by Rural Development Policy Institute (RDPI) and launched by Alliance for Climate Justice and Clean Energy (ACJCE), a civil society group endeavoring for a transition in Pakistan’s energy sector. The research titled “Coal Rush: The Impacts of Coal Power Generation on Tharis’ Land Rights” was launched in a webinar on Wednesday and was attended by experts and activists from across the country.

Lead author of the research, Lecturer, Quaid-i-Azam University, Dr. Ahsan Kamal discussed the key findings of the study and shared an analysis of the land and coal-related issues caused by the coal power projects. He pointed out that Tharis were absent from debates on Thar coal, despite their numerous protests. He added that research showed Thari’s land use was dynamic and environmentally friendly, and local culture and economy depended on historic access to private, public and common land for grazing and cropping.

Dr Kamal further said that coal projects were increasing land and water insecurity, which would have long term impacts for current and future generations. “We cannot sacrifice our people for profit. Thari voices must be central to all conversations on Pakistan’s energy future,” he urged.

Discussing the legal and policy gaps in land acquisition for coal power projects in Thar, Associate at Alternative Law Collective, Mr. Zain Moulvi said that Thar’s experience with coal projects had unveiled the flawed and draconian colonial era land acquisition laws and procedures in Pakistan. “Legal and regulatory reforms are long overdue and a comprehensive rehabilitation and resettlement policy at federal and provincial levels is an urgent need of the hour,” he said.

Mr. Moulvi urged that the Thari people’s historical traditions of land use, particularly their system of collective rights in grazing land, discloses a uniquely intimate, sustainable and mutually respectful relationship between human communities, animals, land and natural resources. “These customs serve both as a reminder of how misguided our present developmental practices have been and a source of guidance for imagining a more ecologically responsible future,” he added.

Sharing experiences of communities regarding land acquisition and displacement, Mr Abdul Aziz from Thar Samaji Tehreek, Islamkot, expressed his concerns of Thar coal companies causing devastating impacts on the locals by making anti-people land policies. He said that as per law, the locals should get survey lands (privately owned land), but the coal companies don’t abide by it. They don’t pay if any mistake or complication is found in the survey land and they are grabbing lands based on the Land Acquisition Act 1894, he added.

Mr. Mohammad Aslam from Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) discussed broader issues of land dispossession and details of irregularities in Thar lands. He revealed that after completing all the formalities, the survey lands are fully legal in all means based on government documents. However, he said, even in survey lands, they create irregularities by changing survey numbers, changing the actual names and replacing/displacing survey numbers.
Mr. Aslam added that various tactics such as non-payment, prolonged office visits, police action and deductions in compensations, were commonly used to cause troubles to the locals to make them abandon their lands so that the companies could occupy. Mr Mallah pointed out the tactics being used by the officials of Block-1 of Thar Coalfields near Islamkot, who according to him, had crossed all the limits of the corporate exploitation and treating the local people as aliens.


IUCN, SECMC and Baanhn Beli celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day in hilly town of Nagarparkar

MITHI: Baanhn Beli with the support of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) celebrated the “International Vultures Day” on September 4, in Nagarparkar town as part of the ongoing vulture conservation project which focuses on to bring back vultures to this indigenous hotspot of vultures. This day was celebrated at Baanhn Beli office Nagarparkar, Tharparkar and the event was attended by several hundred people from different walks of life including the women from different areas.

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Afia Salam The president of Baanhn Beli gave an overview of the day and observed that ‘vultures played a significant role in our ecosystem’. ” Vultures are equipped with a digestive system that contains special acids that are able to dissolve anthrax, botulism and even cholera bacteria” she said. . The excess rotting carcasses can result in an increase of scavenging carnivores, both wild and feral, which lead to further consequences caused by an imbalance in the system and the spread of other harmful diseases like rabies’ she added.

Speaking on the occasion, the IUCN ‘s coordinator Naveed Ali Soomro shared the project achievements and experience by highlighting the importance of Ecosystem Restoration and Vultures and urged that there was need of the hour to protect the rare birds. He shared that he vultures were found in whole world, particularly in South Asia, from one and half decade their population was decreasing due to the abundant availability of livestock carcasses and suitable habitat.

“However, in the past two decades, South Asian vultures have been one of the most rapidly declining birds in the world, with some species’ populations recorded to have declined by more than 95%, since the early 1990″ he added. He said that vultures had faced a sharp decline in not only South Asia but also in Pakistan over a decade now. ” A key factor responsible for this loss has been the diclofenac drug administered to cattle and livestock, which later effects vultures when the latter consumes the carcass” he said and added that due to this finding, Diclofenac was banned for use on domestic livestock in Pakistan in 2006, but despite the ban, diclofenac was still being used on animals today. ” Apart from the above reason of decline, habitat loss with indiscriminate tree lopping and food declines are also the reason contributing towards their steep population decline” he said and added that there was a real risk that several vulture species would become extinct in the near future unless effective conservation actions were implemented across the range of these birds.

Mr Soomro said that Thar was one of the last strongholds for vultures in the wild in Asia, and was therefore critical to the survival of this species. ” The decline in vultures has resulted in the loss of critically important ecosystem services” he noted and said that the vultures were the largest scavengers responsible for removing carrion, and a reduction in their numbers has caused a growing range of health concerns and an enormous waste disposal problem. “He said that the animal carcasses that were once consumed by vultures were now being left to rot. In the absence of vultures there has been a significant rise in diseases such as brucellosis, tuberculosis, rabies and anthrax diseases. “The removal of carcasses also prevents the contamination of water bodies, hence another impact of the decline in vultures has been groundwater contamination” he added. .

“This is a time to not only reflect on the importance of vultures and the essential role they play in a healthy ecosystem, but also a time to spread awareness and take necessary action to prevent the further decline of vultures in South Asia and particularly in Pakistan.

The vulture conservation project in Thar takes a participatory approach and involves local communities and NGOs such as Baanhn Beli, as well as the Sindh Wildlife Department, Government of Sindh. Other stakeholders include Livestock and Education departments, Government of Sindh, and Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan. SECMC is supporting this much needed initiative financially and through its commitment to sustainable development in Thar.

Speaking on the occasion Javed Samoon a local environmentalist said vulture played a key role in maintaining the ecosystem adding he said that the feathery friends could be their allies in mitigating the spread of diseases that could , otherwise infect other animals including livestock and humans. He highly lauded the efforts of the organizations, which ventured to not only save such rare birds but also to make concerted efforts to provide them with a safe atmosphere for their breeding. Mr Samoon said that villagers living within the Parkar region and other areas of the desert district had always encouraged the organizations and individuals, who stepped in to protect their environment through such healthy activities.

Allah Rahkio Khoso, EC member BB said ‘vultures are available here in Nagarparkar because of Karoonjhar hills. Mr Khoso also said that Tharparkar was a historical place which was rich in different resources and a variety of fauna and flora species that made the desert region more beautiful and attractive. He warned that any attempt to tamper with the natural beauty of the region would leave very dangerous impacts on its beauty.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Lachman Das, the veterinary officer said that vultures played significant ecological and economic roles in protecting the environment. ” They act as nature’s garbage collectors by cleaning up carcasses and other organic waste found in the environment” he added and noted that due to their unique habits, vultures faced various threats, which included direct and indirect poisoning, habitat loss, disturbance and the shortage of food and so on.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Abdul Rasheed Mangrio , the SHO Nagarparkar police station, said that the day was being celebrated internationally. ” This bird infect is one important part of our atmosphere and it plays a very important role” he added and Allah almighty had created everything for a particular purpose. ” It has been well explained by Jalal Uddin Roomi that every soul has been created by a particular purpose, and the very interest of that purpose has been embedded ”. So this bird is an atmosphere friendly and there is a need to save these rare birds’ he added.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Younus Bandhani Director Baanhn Beli shared that the organization always mobilized the knowledge, know-how and practices of local communities and indigenous peoples to support their inclusion in environmental decision-making.

Dr Ashok Bakhtani the known historian and the manager Thar Foundation /SECMC said the vulture played a pivotal role in cleaning the environment as it feeds on animal carrion and prevents environment pollution and frees it from foul smell. This International Vulture Day is the great gathering by BB and IUCN that encourages the Thari people to protect and save the vulture in Tharparkar. He also shared the main causes of migration of vultures and other birds in Tharparkar. The participants during events were welcomed by the Programme Manager of Baanhn Beli Mr. Hamir Soojani, who in his brief speech highlighted the efforts they had made for the protection of the birds and atmosphere of the region.

Dr. Shankar Lal, the senior . executive member of Baanhn Beli thanked all participants for their participation in the event. The guests and participants of the event planted saplings of indigenous plants within the Baanhn Beli premises to mark the day.


60pc Suicide Victims in Tharparkar were teenagers

In a unique initiative in the medical history of Pakistan to address the challenges of mental health illness, a report launched on Monday, which revealed that 60 percent of the suicide victims in Tharparkar were teenagers.

The report ‘Psychological Autopsy of Suicide Cases Registered in district Tharparkar’ strongly recommended the abolition of section 325 of the Pakistan Penal Code by decriminalizing the suicides and urged the introduction of the Suicide Prevention Act.through the required legislation by the lawmakers in Sindh Assembly.

The study was conducted with the technical support of the country’s top Psychiatrists and Psychiatry Institutes and steered by the Sindh Mental Health Authority (SMHA) and financially supported by Thar Foundation whereas Govt of Sindh, health department, district administration of Tharparkar, Liaquat University of Medical and Health Science, Dow University, Sir Cowasjee Institute of Psychiatry provided the technical and human resource support for the program.

The report has also revealed that 24 percent of the victims already had different natures of mental illnesses, while only 9 percent of victims were under a loan burden. According to the report, the age group of the victims 10-to-20 contained 60 percent individuals and 36 percent were in the bracket of 21-to-30 years. Around 45 percent of females and 15 percent males had no formal education, whereas 60 percent females were housewives and 40 percent of victims belonged to low-income groups and were unskilled laborers, peasants, daily wage workers, and small-scale business owners, reads the report.

In terms of method of suicide, the report says 73 percent of victims hanged themselves, while 36 percent had previously expressed the wish to die earlier. The report has also noted that 15 percent of suicide victims had attempted suicide previously before completing suicide with the female to male ratio was 4:1.

The study found that 52 percent of suicides were pre-planned and 48 percent of suicides were sudden and impulsive acts as described by the family members. The month of April and May were crucial during which high numbers of suicide cases were recorded, said the report.

Addressing the ceremony Chairman of Sindh Mental Health Authority, former PPP senator Dr. Karim Khawaja said the results of the psychiatric autopsy had revealed the real reasons for suicide cases, adding that ‘no such study had been conducted across South Asia, which would help to formulate the suicide prevention policies and legislation’

Presenting the report recommendations, Dr. Khuwaja said the government of Sindh must come up with legislation by introducing the Suicide Prevention Act and amending Section 325 of the Pakistan Penal Code to decriminalize suicides.“Government of Sindh has to set up an effective surveillance system to documenting suicide cases in suicide death-registration system on priority basis that requires good linkages between health, human rights, police, and legal departments through the development of software with help of specific human-resource to document suicide cases properly in near future,” he added.

The PPP MPA Faqir Sher Mohammad Bilalani said parents and heirs of the suicide victims mostly insisted not to register cases and avoided conducting physical and psychological autopsies. He was of the view that legislation should be introduced to properly investigate suicide cases by police and mental health professionals.

DC Tharparkar Mohammad Nawaz Sohoo said evidence-based policymaking would help to address this challenging problem. He suggested that the mental health professionals should also conduct surveys and studies of the jail inmates, as they must be going through a depression of different nature. DC Thar highly lauded the efforts of all those, who took the great initiative

Dr. Prof. Syed Haider Raza Naqvi of Dow University Karachi said the case study of district Tharparkar had taken a lead in the campaign to prevent suicide cases in Pakistan. “Criminalization of suicide cases is a major impediment to investigate cases to determine socioeconomic and psychological aspects of the cases,” he said.

Mohsin Babbar of Thar Foundation said, the report strongly demanded an extensive mental health service provision in the district, as 76 percent of the suicide victims never consulted mental health practitioners at any stage. ” This is the high time to focus more on this terrible trend to curb the factors which often force people to take extreme steps,” he added and said that the Thar Foundation would continue to support such activities aimed at serving the people of the desert district.


Yet Another Drought in Thar

MITHI: Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Nawaz Soho has said that he was in contact with the high-ups of the Sindh government with regard to prevailing drought-like conditions in the desert district due to less rainfall so far.

Mr Soho talking to this reporter informed that during the current monsoon season Chhachhro taluka received 167 mm of rainfall while Diplo and Islamkot talukas 129 and 116 mm of rainfall respectively, whereas, Nagarparkar and Mithi received 96 and 92 mm respectively but Kaloi and Dahli talukas remained dried up since these areas could only got 37 and 28 mm of rains.

Mr Soho said that this year’s monsoon again had so far remained erratic and delayed due to which areas in Dahli and Kaloi were facing drought-like conditions. He hoped that Tharparklar might get more rains from August 20 onward as predicted by various weather websites. The DC said that he would take no time to write high-ups to the Sindh government to declare the district as drought-hit if the desert region did not receive the predicted rainfalls during the last week of August, adding he said that they had enough stock of the fodder to cope with the situations in case of no more rainfall.

The people from different areas, which received good showers in June and then early July said that their crops and fodder were now withering away and feared the worst drought in case of no more within the next few days. They said that tillers, who sowed their traditional crops, were likely to sustain huge losses even in case of delayed rains in their areas.

Here it is pertinent to mention that Thar needs 6 to 7 spells of rainfalls with the interval of ten to fifteen days for the sufficient crop yield and enough fodder for the livestock.


Haleem Adil Demands Killers of Azhar Arain

Mr Haleem Adil Sheikh, the Opposition Leader in Sindh Assembly on Tuesday addressing the news conference after condoling with the relatives of the murdered Azhar Iqbal Arain at his residence in Gulistan -e- Johar, held the patrons of the land grabbers responsible for his cold-blooded murder. Mr Sheikh, who is also vice president of PTI, lamented Mr Arain was attacked and killed in front of his family members in very brutal manner after he had raised his voice against the land grabbers, who according to him, were directly patronized by Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah and other PPP leaders.

The PTI leader said that officials of Sindh including IGP Mr Mushtaq Ahmed Mehar instead of the protecting the lives and properties of the peaceful citizens were giving protocols to those, who were occupying the government and public properties in Karachi and other districts of the province.

He assured the relatives of the murdered activist that PTI leadership would extend its full support to the aggrieved family and they would exert pressure on the police officials to arrest the real killers as soon as possible. He said that criminals people had created the panic among the peaceful citizens and police officials were lest intrested to take actions against the killers and outlaws to maintain the peace. ” The brutal murder of Mr Arain will never be tolerated ” he added and warned police officials to arrest his killers else they would take to the roads for the justice of the family members of the victim.

He alleged that revenue officials including deputy commissioners were providing the shelter and support to such land grabbers and police officials were giving them the protocol in their criminal acts to encroach upon the lands and to kill the peaceful citizens. ” Enough is enough: he remarked and asked IG Sindh and others to stop acting on the unlawful directions of PPP leaders.

Mr Adil remarked said that entire province in general in Karachi in particular was left at the mercy of the criminals, killers, outlaws and drug pushers adding he also strongly condemned the murder of the nephew of the eminent Sindhi singer Shaman Ali Mirali. He said that the PPP leaders had lost all their moral justification to be allowed to remain in power and create more chaos and lawlessness for the people of Sindh.

Haleem Adil Sheikh has alleged that Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali and other PPP leaders were trying to save the main accused in the recovery of packets of chars by the Rangers of personnel. Mr Sheikh alleged that Murad Ali Shah and others were directly involved in supporting the police officials like Sarwar Rahujo, who according to hin, was the prime suspect in the case of the recovery of 76 kg of chars from a police mobile van in Karachi.

The arrested cops have admitted that they were directed by CIA police official Sarwar to deliver the deliver the packets of the contraband to unknown person but his brother MNA Sikendar Ali Rahujo and their patrons like Murad Ali Shah are openly pressuring the police officials to hush up the matter” he added showed no-confidence over the committees formed by IG Sindh Mr Mushtaq Ahmed Mehar and said that he himself was involved those officers, who were directly involved in such criminal acts. He said that in the light of the statements by the arrested cops all the officials, who had directed them to deliver the consignment of chars should be arrested adding he demanded the formation of a JIT comprising the honest and upright officials to probe the serious matter, which according to him, had brought a bad name for the police department of the province.


65 kg of Chars by Rangers from Karachi

Hakeem Adil Sheikh, the Leader of Opposition in Sindh Assembly has said that arrest of six cops of CIA police Jamshoro with the 65 kg of chars by Rangers personnel from Karachi was the ample enough proof that police officials under the direct patronage by Chief Minister Sindh and IG police Sindh were doing the dirty business.

Mr Sheikh, who is also central vice president of PTI, in a press statement issued here on Monday informed that Mr Sarwar Rahupoto, the younger brother of Mr Skindar Ali Rahupoto, the PPP MNA from Jamshoro, was directly involved in that big scam.

He accused that Rahupoto himself was involved in the shifting of the contraband from Jamshoro to Karachi but he was yet to be arrested. ” This shows that CM d Bilawal Houses are run through the money being earned through such criminal acts like drug pushing. ” he added and asked the PPP leaders to come up with a clear stance over the arrest and recovery of chars by Rangers personnel from a police van.

He said that Sarwar Rahupoto had been serving as the in-charge of CIA Police in Jamshoro for past eight years and was directly involved in the drug pushing in the region ” The in-charge of CIA police has often been seen hobnobbing with chief minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah along with his brother MNA Sikendar Rahupoto during his official activities and he is also photograpped with PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zarda number of the times” he added and asked the PPP chairman to clarify his position that what relations he had with such drug dealers. Mr Sheikh said that Sarwar Rahupoto had also been very close to PPP chairman Syed Murad Shah like his brother, MNA Sikandar Rahupoto.

The PTI leader said that the recovery of the chars from police van clearly indicated that police officials of Sindh under the direct patronage of their chief, Mushtaq Mehar, were not only allowing the drug pushers to roam freely in every part of the province but they were also themselves involved in the direct dealings of supplying the big consignments in the police vehicles. ” When I contacted to a police official to know about the recovery of the chars, he said that they were investigating whether it was chars or some type of chemical” Mr Sheikh added and apprehended that the charas recovered by law enforcers from police cops might be set to the same laboratory from where the bottles of wine recovered from the room of PPP MPA Sharjeel Inam Memon, turned out to be the those of honey.

He recalled that bottles of the wine recovered by the then Chief Justice of Pakistan had turned out to be that of honey. Mr Sheikh demanded the high-ups of Anti-Narcotics Force to launch the massive crackdown in the entire province since police officials posted in most of the district were themselves involved in lucrative business and destroying the lives of the youths of Sindh.

The PTI leader also expressed his gravest grief over the killing of one Azhar Arain Gulstan-e-Jauhar He said that Mr Arain was brutally shot dead in front of family after he had raised his voice against land grabbers. Mr Sheikh said that the so-called ‘ Younis system’ was partomized by Asif Ali Zardari and Syed Murad Ali shah. Mr Sheikh said they would pursue the muder case of Azhar Arain in the courts of law, who was fighting against the land grabbers and save the lands of the motherland


The leaders of PTI meet the heirs of Dodo Bheel

The team of PTI leaders headed by MNA Jayp Parkash Lohano on Saturday reached village Abab-Jo-Tarr where they condoned the death of Dodo Bheel with his relatives. he PTI leaders during the visit assured the members of the aggrieved family of their full support in their legal fight against the killers of the poor worker.

The PTI MNA, Mr Lohana and other leaders of the party speaking to the media persons during a press conference in Islamkot Press Club alleged that the mining companies had turned the coalfields into a living hell for the local people. Mr Lohano said that killing of Dodo Bheel and the torture on other detained workers in the torture cell lent credence to the claims that the officials had set up torture cell in the block-2 of Thar coalfields, where the detained workers were tortured for two weeks . PTI MNA said that officials had setup such torture cells to teach lesson to Thari workers of their minor mistakes.

He said that the officials of the coal mining firm, the SSP Tharparkar , Hassan Sardar Niazi and PPP leaders from Thar were equally responsible for the brutal murder of the worker. He also lashed out at Mr Niazi, for the brute police force on the peaceful protesters, who were mostly from the Bheel community. He said that during their condolence meeting with relatives they also assured them that they would request high-ups from the Federal government for the financial help of the legal heirs of the victim.

The PTI leaders said that it was very unfortunate that the high-ups of the Sindh government did not form the JIT to probe the death of Mr Bheel and other excesses of the officials of the mining firms in Thar despite the repeated requests by the people of Tharparkar. They said that any move to hush up the murder case would be resisted and challenged in the courts.

He also lauded the role of media persons, who despite threats by SSP and other officials, played their role very professionally and highlighted every aspect of the gory incident. Advocate Lajpat Soorani, Nizamuddin Rahimoon, Advocate Bhagwandas, Khan Sahib Akbar Pali,Mahesh Kumar. , Ameen Mohammmad Sangrasi, Gomo Bheel and other PTI leaders were present during the press conference

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