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Murad forms committee to suggest reforms in education system

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KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah reiterating his commitment to overhaul exiting education system in public sector has constituted a committee to review the Sindh school Education Standards and Curriculum (SSES&C) Bill -2105 and give recommendations for necessary amendments.

In this regard, he held a meeting here at the CM House which was attended by provincial ministers, Jam Mehtab Dahar, Minister Law Ziaul Hassan Lanjar, Chief Secretary Rizwan Memon, Principal secretary Sohail Rajput, former education secretaries Fazal Pechuho and Aziz Uqaili, provincial secretaries Sohail Akbar Shah, Asif Hyder Shah and other concerned officer.

The chief minister said that he has taken a number steps to improve the education system but it seems the entire system needs to be overhauled and reformed for producing better results. He added that the text is not up to the mark, teachers are not properly trained, class rooms or schools lack proper facilities and might be there is lack of motivation.

He said that the cabinet has decided to regularize the services on NTS pass contract teachers. That is fine but the number of teachers working in Sindh are around 150,000 even then education is not improving as per numerical strength of our teaching staff.

Murad Shah said that he has plan to establish a top class thoroughly professional teachers training academy responsible for designing training programs for teachers. A parallel Curriculum Council would also be established to develop content of the text books according to ground requirements and parallel to the international level.

He suggested to link all promotions and facilities of teachers to their qualifications, trainings and expertise and their professionalism. The teachers who fail to qualify training programs would be taken out of teaching process. The teachers would be given three opportunities to quality each and every course. These in-service courses would be an on-going training process, he said.

Murad Ali Shah also assigned the task to the education department to establish the training academy on PPP/outsource mode with a well reputed organization within next four years. When the academy would start functioning the training programmes would be started. It means the process of training and removing inefficient teaching staff would start after four years.

Former Secretary Education Fazal Pechuho said that the SSES&CBill 2015 is a bill of reforms. If it is implemented in true letter and spirit the education system would be reforms as envisaged by the chief minister.

The chief minister constituted a committee with Minister education, Minister law, secretary education, formers secretary education Fazal pechuho, Aziz Uqaili to review the contain of the bill and suggest further improvement to amend it within next seven days. On the basis of its recommendation, the leading educationist of different organizations would be involved to develop a 10-year education reforms programme to overhaul education system in the province.

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Imran slams ‘big’ increase in petroleum prices

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Monday lashed out at the federal government for burdening masses with a big increase in oil prices.

Khan’s Twitter statement came a day after the government increased the price of petroleum products by up to Rs6.75 per litre for the month of January.

“Absolutely shameful how the government has dropped a petrol bomb on the poor nation at the start of 2018,” Khan said.

“Instead of undertaking tax reforms and cracking down on money laundering, the government continues to burden the masses, this time with a big increase in petroleum products’ prices,” he added.

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Rana Sana defends Nawaz Sharif’s visit to Saudi Arabia

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FAISALABAD: The Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah defended the recent visit of Nawaz Sharif to Saudi Arabia, saying that he is using his political influence in the Muslim world to solve the issues.

In a media talk on Monday, he told that the political rivals are giving wrong meaning of the Saudi visit, warning that the people behind his ouster as premier will be ashamed of themselves. Rana Sana mentioned that it is premature to talk about the Saudi visit and matters concerned with it. He refuted the claims of political opponents about the Saudi visit.

“The person who is considered qualified by the entire world faced attempted disqualification in his own home,” he said.

He singled out Imran Khan and Sheikh Rasheed, affirming that they tried to cause damage to Nawaz Sharif by disqualifying him but faced failure. He accused them of sabotaging the democratic system.

Sanaullah told that Sheikh Rasheed tried to make the role of judiciary controversial by his remarks outside the Supreme Court today.

On Musharraf case, he stated that it belonged to the federal government and not the ruling PML-N. He suggested that the process should be as speedy as that in the case of the ex-premier.

Both Shehbaz Sharif and Nawaz Sharif are in Saudi Arabia to meet political leaders.

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Musharraf may return before elections

ISLAMABAD (Online): Close Aides of former President Musharraf has advised him to return to the country as soon as the interim government would take oath.

Under the present scenario he has summoned top leadership of his party and close aides including Secretary General Dr. Amjad, Organing Secretary Mehreen Adam and his legal adviser Akhtar Shah to Dubai for consultation.

Akhtar Shah has briefed him on the subjudice cases against former President Musharraf. Whereas Dr. Amjad opposed the idea of returning of Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan immediately and supported to arrive following the taking over by interim government, the idea endorsed by Mehreen Adam.

Pervez Musharraf directed Akhtar Shah to start contacts with the lawyers organizations and in this connection to make active the All Pakistan Muslim League Lawyers Wing.

Reliable sources said that Dr. Amjad has sent a report to Pervez Musharraf on the political scenario in the country. Pervez Musharraf while appreciating the gesture directed him to contact the defectors of other political parties and sought a weekly report.

He gave free hand to Dr. Amjad to meet with League groups. The two leaders are expected to meet today again and upon arrival in Pakistan Dr. Amjad will meet leaders of political parties.

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2018 elections be contested on elimination of corruption: JI

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LAHORE: Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami Senator Sirajul Haq said that the situation in the country warranted that all the political parties contested the 2018 elections on the one point agenda of elimination of corruption.

He was speaking at a reception hosted in his honour at the Islamic Cultural centre, Oslo, Norway.

Sirajul Haq said that the plunderers of public money should not be allowed to flee the country till they returned every penny of the looted money.

He said that at least the financial matters of the period of Musharraf, Zardari and Nawaz Sharif be audited. He said that allowing the corrupt leaders to go abroad without completing the accountability process would be a joke with the nation.

The JI chief said that a fresh NRO would not be accepted and every conspiracy against the nation would be fully resisted.

Sirajul Haq further said that the Nizame Mustafa was the solution of all the problems facing the country and the nation. He said that the MMA would contest the 2108 elections on this national agenda.

He said the ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been talking of a liberal and secular Pakistan but he ignored the fact that Pakistan had been established for Islam. He said that thousands of the people had sacrificed their lives for Islam and not for secularism.

Describing corruption as the root cause of all social, economic and political problems, Sirajul Haq said that unless and until this cancer was removed, crises would continue to crop up in the country one after the other.

He said that terrorism, lawlessness, poverty and illiteracy had been born out of corruption. He said that the people who were duty bound to safeguard public money, proved to be dishonest as they ignored the public good and pursued their personal goals all the time.

The JI chief said that Allah had blessed Pakistan with vast resources including gold, coal and oil. The oil reserves of Balochistan were more than the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia and Iran put together but these were not been protected or exploited.

He said that the Finance Minister had admitted in the parliament that an amount of 200 billion dollars had been transferred to foreign countries. However, he said, this amount was stated to be around five billion dollars.

Similarly, he said, a former NAB Chairman had admitted that corruption to the tune of twelve billion rupees was going on in the country every day. He said that if this loot and plunder was controlled, the country could be put on the path of progress within a year.

JI deputy Secretary General, Muhammad Asghar, is accompanying the JI chief in his visit abroad.

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Entire Arab world can’t get Sharifs an NRO: Sheikh Rasheed

ISLAMABAD (NNI): Awami Muslim League leader Sheikh Rasheed on Monday said Nawaz Sharif’s clan will not get a National Reconciliation Order (NRO) even if the entire Arab world unites [in the family’s favour].

He was referring to unverified reports linking the former prime minister and his brother Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif’s current visit to Saudi Arabia with an attempt to seek a ‘deal’ out of their present legal predicaments.

Addressing the media outside the Supreme Court, the vocal opposition leader claimed the Sharifs are not being granted an audience with the Saudi royal family.

“Both brothers are waiting to be summoned [by the Saudi royal leadership] since yesterday,” he claimed.

Rasheed stated further that the time has come to resign [from the assemblies] and come out on the streets.

He informed further that Pakistan Peoples Party’s leader and senior advocate Sardar Latif Khosa will represent him in the Hudaibiya and LNG cases.

“He [Khosa] promised to represent me in the cases during the recent all parties conference (APC) in Lahore,” said Rasheed, adding that the APC was a success in his opinion and he cannot say the same for others.

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Foundations of prosperous, developed pakistan laid: Shehbaz Sharif

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM), Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif has said the foundations of a prosperous and developed Pakistan have been laid as the China Pakistan Economic Corridor Project (CPEC) has opened the doors of secure foreign investment in the country.

Talking to different delegations of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) in Saudi Arabia on Monday, Shehbaz Sharif said that CPEC is a game-changer initiative in the real sense at the global level.

He said that the revolution of economic development is knocking at our doors and many more employment opportunities are being created for lakhs of skilled persons in the country. The friendly countries are jubilant while the enemy is unnerved due to the CPEC Project.

The Chief Minister said that overcoming of load-shedding in the year 2017 was an important achievement of the PML-N government as it has wriggled the country out of the crises inherited in the past and moved Pakistan towards development. The mega projects of public welfare which have been set up in Punjab and other parts of the country are a conspicuous proof of public friendly policies of the government.

He maintained that the era of politics of personal interests is over and now we will have to think only for public welfare and national development. We shall continue to move further with full commitment for bringing national development and prosperity at the grassroots.

Shehbaz Sharif pointed out that there is no resemblance of the development projects in the history of the country which have been completed during the last four years with utmost transparency, quality and speed. National as well as international bodies have acknowledged the policy of maintaining transparency at different occasions.

He said that development of less-developed areas has been given particular importance to ensure composite development. The Orange Line Metro Train will prove as the best transport project in the history of the country to benefit lakhs of citizens everyday and it is sanguine that this project is rapidly moving towards completion.

Meanwhile, lakhs of citizens of Multan, Lahore and Rawalpindi-Islamabad are fully benefiting from the wonderful metro bus service in their cities and keeping this thing in view, the government is completing such projects of public importance on priority basis, concluded the Chief Minister.

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Aerial firing: At least 19 injured in Karachi on New Year’s Eve

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KARACHI: At least nineteen persons including a woman were injured in different parts of the city because of aerial firing during the New Year celebrations.

As per the media reports majority of firing incidents took place in the Nazimabad area of the city.

The injured were shifted to hospitals for treatment.

Earlier, Chief Minister and Home Minister Sindh had ordered police to take strict action against those resorting to aerial firing.

Aerial firing results in a number of injuries and deaths all over the country. Seventeen people were reported injured as a result of aerial firing in various areas of the city last year during celebrations.

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LHC CJ condemns frequent strikes by legal fraternity

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LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Mansoor Ali Shah criticized Sunday the frequent strikes by the legal fraternity, and shared that the lawyers should only protest issues they deeply care about.

Sharing statistics, he poin-ted out that 200,0040 additional cases could have been heard if it weren’t for 3,040 strikes by lawyers in 2017.

While addressing an event in Lahore, CJ LHC remarked that it makes no sense for la-wyers to protest issues which do not relate to Pakistan.

The LHC CJ lamented the lack of judges in the city and shared that one judge is available for 62,000 people in Lahore.

He remarked that Punjab has a total population of 110 million, and a total of 1,731 judges. “This amounts to one judge per 62,000 people.”

On the contrary, in a developed nation such as Germany, there is one judge is per 4,000 people.

“If we have 10,000 judges then we can compete on an international level,” Shah added.

“Our judges are working on a target of 70,” he said, adding “Despite facing many challenges, the judges are working with hard work and integrity.”

On the tensions between bar members and the judges, he encouraged the bar members to approach him and sort the issue. “I request them [bar members] to come talk to me, no one needs to misbehave with one another.”

Shah also remarked that there is a need to draw a distinction between getting up-set with him and reforming the system.

“If I say I take any action, then it will be a part of disappointment or reforming system,” he asked.

“I don’t want to get recommendations asking for the transfer of judges. How can this lead to disappointment?”

CJ Shah also pointed out that there is a misperception that courts are working.

He assured that work is being done.

Sharing some statistics, he remarked that three million cases were filed before the court, of which verdicts were given in 2.1 million cases.

Taking notice of the media reports about illegal promotions of judges, the chief justice clarified that no judge was promoted in violation of merit.

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Afghan war cannot be fought on Pakistani soil: Khurram

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Defence Engr Khurram Dastgir Khan has said Afghan war could not be fought on Pakistani soil.

Talking to a private news channel, he said Pakistan had destroyed terrorist’s network from its soil and rejected perception that Pakistan was safe haven for terrorists.

The minister said Pakistan had categorically told to the United States (US) to deal war on terror issue inside Afghanistan but not Pakistan. “We had eliminated menace of terrorism from the country.”

He said massive land of Afghanistan was not under control of its government and urged Afghanistan to fight war by itself. He said Pakistan wanted peace in Afghanistan on permanent basis. If Afghanistan has any information regarding militants then it should share with Pakistan and we would take action against them.

Khurram Dastgir said Afghanistan should also take stern action against those elements using Afghan’s soil for terrorism activities against Pakistan.

He said civil and military leadership were united on Afghanistan issue as Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was holding National Security Council meetings to evolve strategy on national issues. Replying to a question, he said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government eliminated terrorism, gas and power load-shedding issues from the country and also launched mega projects including China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and termed them big achievements of incumbent government.