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AAC meeting condemns braid chopping in IOK

Srinagar, October 18, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has denounced the braid-chopping incidents and use of force on people protesting against these shameful acts across the territory. Mirwaiz Umar...

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Many injured in troops’ firing on protesters in IOK

Srinagar, October 18, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, over half a dozen people were injured after Indian army opened fire on protesters following a braid-chopping attempt in Salar area in Islamabad district, today. The residents chased a braid chopper who tried to flee in an army vehicle in Wullerhama village of the district. They said that the residents pelted the vehicle with stones. The troops opened fire on the protesters.

“Five persons suffered bullet injuries,” the protesters said. They feared that the actual number of injured people could be many times more. All the injured were shifted to District Hospital Islamabad for treatment.

Meanwhile, Indian troops raided the houses in Shopian district and vandalized properties. The people whose houses were raided were identified as Aadil Ahmad Malik and Umar Nazir Malik of Malik Gund village. The troops also arrested two brothers of Umar and one brother of Adil and his friend. In Turkwangam village, troops also vandalized the property of Zubair Ahmad Wani and arrested his father, uncle and a guest. At Babekhider, the forces vandalized property of one Obaid Malla and arrested his father and brother. The forces’ personnel smashed windowpanes of the houses and damaged the properties including fridges, washing machines, televisions, utensils in these areas.

On the other hand, a teacher was found dead with slit throat in Wathoo village of Shopian district. A police official said that Aijaz Ahmad Lone, a teacher by profession, was found dead under mysterious conditions near Lar Maadan Stadium in Wathoo area, this morning.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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Gilani greets Pakistan over becoming HRC member

Srinagar, October 18, 2017 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Huriryat Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has greeted government as well as people of Pakistan over its becoming the member of United Nations Human Rights Council for the next term.

Syed Ali Gilani in his message in Srinagar, today, hoped that Pakistan would continue to raise its voice against human rights violations perpetrated in any part of the world, particularly in Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian occupational forces. Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in a statement strongly condemned the display of weapons in different programmes by the activists of Hindu extremist organization, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in Jammu. The APHC said that RSS was preparing the ground for a large-scale destruction on the pattern of 1947-like genocide in Jammu.

Several people were injured after Indian troops opened fire on protesters following braid-chopping incidents in Islamabad and other parts of the occupied territory. At least five people received bullet injuries when troops opened fire on protesters who caught hold of a braid chopper in Salar area of Islamabad district, today. The braid chopper escaped in the army vehicle. People also captured four braid-chopper Indian soldiers in Kangan and Kralpora areas of Gandarbal and Kupwara districts. They set an army vehicle on fire in Kangan against Indian army’s intervention. More incidents of braid chopping were reported from Uri and Beehama areas of Baramulla and Gandarbal districts.

The Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing an Awami Action Committee meeting in Srinagar, today, denounced the braid-chopping incidents and use of force on people protesting against these shameful acts.

Clashes broke out in Islamic University of Science and Technology in Awantipora, today, after students came out of their classes and protested against the continued arrest of their fellow student, Junaid Ahmad Aakhoon. The students marched on the main road and blocked the traffic. Use of brute force by police on protesting students triggered clashes.

The personnel of Indian forces raided houses in Malik Gund, Turkwangam and Babekhider areas of Shopian district, damaged doors and windows of the houses and vandalized household goods. A teacher was found dead with throat slit in the district.

In utter disregard to basic human rights of inmates, the authorities at Kot Bhalwal jail subjected political under-trials to physical torture and forced them to strip naked. Media reports quoting jail sources said that such incidents were common with the inmates. JKLF Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement expressed anguish over the plight of detainees languishing in different jails from the past many decades.

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Kashmir Media Service
Email: info@kmsnews.org
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736

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Higher Education Commission marks 200th Birth Anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan

Islamabad, October 17, 2017 (PPI-OT):The Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan organised a ceremony to celebrate the 200th birthday of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan in order to pay him a glowing tribute here at the Commission Secretariat on Tuesday. Engr. Baligh-ur-Rehman, Minister for Federal Education was chief guest on the occasion, while Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed, Chairman HEC, Dr. Sheikh Muhammad Ali Khan, Vice Chancellor Sindh Madrasatul Islam, Syed Ahmed Masood and Syed Muhammad Asadullah, great grandsons of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, academicians and a large number of students were also present.

Addressing the audience, Engr. Baligh-ur-Rehman said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan not only created awareness among the Muslims of Sub-continent about the significance of modern, scientific education, but he also advocated their case in front of the British Empire in a strong manner. He said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan laid the foundation of academic pursuits, adding that Pakistan now has 188 universities with a remarkably increased funding for higher education sector. Quoting Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, he said poverty results in increased crime rate. “We have a solution to poverty and crimes in development of knowledge economy,” he underlined.

The Minister revealed that the Government has developed a value-intensive national curriculum which focuses character building of Pakistan youth. He maintained that acquiring the knowledge of Quran is imperative side-by-side with pursuance of modern education. The new curriculum has been developed while keeping in view this basic necessity, he added.

In his welcome address, Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed said the Pakistani nation is indebted to Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, who was a visionary and laid the foundation of educational institutions like Government Muhammad Anglo Oriental College in the Sub-continent. He maintained that Sir Syed was a visionary leader who pulled the downtrodden Muslims out of the darkness of ignorance.

“Sir Syed Ahmed Khan awakened the Muslims and rectified their direction in difficult times by guiding them towards acquiring education,” he stated. He stressed the need for following Sir Syed Ahmed Khan teachings in order to make Pakistan a prosperous country. He emphasised that the nation is duty bound to remember its heroes who contributed to the well-being of Muslims.

In his remarks, Syed Ahmed Masood shed light on different dimensions of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan’s life. He also highlighted the role of Sir Syed’s mother in his upbringing. He said Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was a great reformer, educator, jurist and politician of the 19th century, but he may rightly be called the chief architect and inspired the thought process and philosophy that ultimately led to the creation of Pakistan. He was the unique force that pushed the discouraged Muslims of the post-1857 India to empower themselves by acquiring education.

Syed Asadullah Masood said Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, in his teachings, has stressed significantly upon the training of youth in the light of Islam. “Sir Syed Ahmed Khan did preach acquiring modern education, but he never allowed any compromise on commandments of Quran and Sunnah,” he underscored. He emphasised that Pakistan has to pay attention to training of its youth if it has to make progress.

Sheikh Muhammad Ali appreciated HEC for organising an august ceremony to commemorate Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. He said the Muslims of Sub-continent were a deprived nation, as the Hindus outnumbered them and the British rulers were technologically advanced, however Sir Syed Ahmed Khan redirected the Muslims towards education.

The purpose of organising the bicentennial birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan was to celebrate his legacy and commemorate his services to the Muslims of Sub-continent. The ceremony also contained a live performance and a tableau on ‘Pakistan’ by students of the Aligarh Anthem Sir Syed Education Institution, Rawalpindi as well as a mime performance by students of National College of Arts, Rawalpindi. On the sidelines, HEC organised a Poster Competition among students of NCA Rawalpindi.

For more information, contact:
Director (Media)
Higher Education Commission, Pakistan (HEC)
Sector H-9, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-90402404, +92-51-90402412
Email: aikram@hec.gov.pk
Website: www.hec.gov.pk

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Physical verification of Services vehicles and generators begins in Karachi Metropolitan Corporation

Karachi, October 17, 2017 (PPI-OT):Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar said physical verification of the KMC vehicles was aimed at correcting all irregularities in the issuance of petrol quota to these vehicles and to prepare a complete database of KMC vehicles. Henceforth no out of order vehicle will be issued with petrol quota and only such vehicles and generators will be provided with fuel which are used accordingly in different departments of KMC. He said the officers especially heads of departments must now correct their ways as we are already facing shortfall of funds and no one will be allowed to utilize government resources unnecessarily.

Meanwhile on the directive of the Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar, the committee for verification of KMC vehicles begun the second phase of the physical verification process of the KMC vehicles on Tuesday during which all services vehicles and generators used in various KMC departments would be verified. On the first day15 out of 17 services vehicles of city warden department were verified whereas two vehicles were presently under repair in the workshop.

In the first phase which completed on 22nd September vehicles used by KMC officers were physically verified by the committee at the Vehicle department’s office. The second phase of verification of vehicles and generators would be carried out from 17th to 30th October 2017 during which all services vehicles and generators used in the Municipal Services, Parks and Horticulture, Medical and Health Services, Works and Services, Land Anti Encroachments, CS and R, Store and Procurement, Printing Press, City Warden and Veterinary Services department will be verified physically at the office of the Vehicle department of KMC at KMC Sports Complex, Kashmir Road.

Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar has also directed the committee for physical verification of KMC vehicles to finish its work as soon as possible and ensure issuance of petrol and diesel quota to only those vehicles and generators which are being used in KMC in accordance with the rules and regulations.

For more information, contact:
Administrator Secretariat
Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC)
City District Government Complex, 1st Floor, Civic Centre,
Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi
Tel: +92-21-99232400-01
Fax: +92-21-99232406
Email: administrator@karachicity.gov.pk

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World Bank to continue to support Pakistan Economic Reforms

Islamabad, October 17, 2017 (PPI-OT):The World Bank has informed that it will continue to support Pakistan to implement broad economic reforms and address current risks towards achieving its development aspirations. The statement was made after discuss...

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