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LARKANA: After 31 years of graduation, the graduates of batch-5 of Chandka Medical College, currently employed in different departments, had a reunion event here at Sir Shahnawaz Bhutto Memorial Library where the participants peeped into their past and shared the bitter and beautiful memories. Prof Nek Muhammed Shaikh, the then the Principal of CMC and later retired as director general health services, Pakistan, was the chief guest on the occasion. A galaxy of doctors serving in various sectors in country and abroad traveled all the way from United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Islamabad, Karachi, Giglgit sat together with families.
They recapitulating past with clear and dim reel of memories said, the college and its hostels are still unchanged. The colours of hostels rooms were same which they had left in 1983-84 while girls hostels were in dilapidated state. We entered the college in 1976-77 and the graduation period grew lengthy due to Martial-Law days of General Zia. The college remained the hub of the activities where police raids were very frequent.
Protests, arrests and disturbed classes were a routine feature in the college, the speakers said. Giving standing ovation to the then Principal Prof Nek Muhammed Shaikh, the participants praised his bold steps and managing very difficult situations, where keeping students protected was his first and foremost duty. This college grew amidst the shortage of teaching faculty, books, specimen, buildings, hostels and what not but it was the courage, commitment and conviction of Prof Nek Muhammed Shaikh who save the college and the students, the participants said.
Many of the graduates of this batch did CSS, joined army, journalism and other sectors of life. Dr Sain Rakhiyo Mirani is now DIG Larkana, Dr Fazlullah Paichoho is secretary education Sindh government, Dr Najmul Saqib is Major General, Dr Aslam Sandelo chief Medical Officer Pakistan Railway, Dr Khalil Memon general secretary Sindhi Association of North America (SANA)Dr Aslam Paichoho Additional Secretary Health and an many more have occupied important positions.
After 31 years space, some have become even grandfathers and their off springs were doing medical graduation. The shining faces of classmates, filled with past memories were under one floor and seen sharing happy moments.
Prof Nek Muhammed Shaikh the chief guest of the event in his speech was very much critical of giving appointments to the patients with big space. He said doctors should understand the degree of illness of the patient first, instead of focus on increasing the consultation fees and involved in practice of carrying out series of investigations. The investigations itself was a costly process which the poor patients could not afford. He supported the idea of treating the patients with whatever knowledge and experiences the doctors have. They must go after doing more investigations after their initial treatment. While given standing ovation and clapping, he asked the participants ‘don’t make me cry oh boys’ and in choked voice spoke to his old students, who according to him were his love.
Dr Khalil Memon general secretary SANA announced three scholars for the students passing MBBS with flying colours. The old graduates also announced holding another such gathering of batch-5 after three years, prior to one year in retirement. They appreciated the organizers and enjoyed music might. On next days, the old graduates visited Chandka Medical College, attended a lecture.
SINDH AWAMI PARTY BACKS ALTAF’S DEMAND FOR GOVERNOR RAJ IN SINDH
HYDERABAD: Sindh Awami Party has ridiculed the worst governance in Sindh and adding that there was no government in the province as such SAP has supported the demand of MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain to impose Martial Law in Sindh by dismissing the present PPP government which has not only failed to deliver but also made life of people miserable.
Addressing news conference at press club here Sunday advocate Roshan Sunder Chandio chairman of SAP said there was no writ of law in villages,towns and cities in Sindh as whole Sindh was in grip of lawlessness including murders, kidnapping, extortion, robberies, corruption, unemployment, poverty and hunger.
The government has recruited criminals in police and honest officers have been sidelined. He said the responsibility of this situation lies on Waderas and Jagirdars due to their cruelties Sindh was burning under crimes.
He said he supporting MQM Quaid Altaf Hussain declares was against Jagirdars and Wadera and asked all nationalist parties, lawyers, writers and human rights organizations to join hands with him.
He also condemned mass killing of people in Karachi and demanded from General Raheel Sharif to launch army operation in Karachi and all cases of terrorists be sent to military courts. Advocate Roshan Sunder Chandio also told that SHO Radhan Munawar Ali Mirzani Chandio, Aslam Chandio, Nadir Chandio and Burhan Chandio were threatening him as they had occupied his land and taken away the standing crop.
He was under death threat from these persons. He demanded from chief justice Pakistan, chief justice Sindh, IG Sindh and DIG Hyderabad to take notice of death threats to him and his family and take action against SHO Radhan and his accomplices.
Politicians interfere caused of delay in investigation against huge corruption
BADIN: Investigation against the corruption committed in various departments in district Badin has been succumbed of delay due to interfere of some politicians.
According to a report, after the numerous grievances & complains by citizen, representatives of civil society & specially protest demonstration by former home minister Sindh & PPP leader, Dr. Zulfiqar Ali Mirza against the corruption in various departments of district Badin, an investigation was initiated to probe for more proofs against the committed corruption.
In this connection, Coordinator CMIT, Muzfar Shujra and Chairman Subhan Memon earlier visited Badin & held meeting with citizen, heads of departments & journalists & also directed to heads of various departments of district Badin to submit record of all development schemes within week at Karachi.
On interfere of politicians, the investigation has been succumbed of delay & consequently common people of Badin are facing hurdles to complete their work in govt departments.
Other hand robbery & dacoity increase day by day in district Badin due to hidden support of authorities and police also failed to overwhelm on the crimes. According to source, due to interfere of some politicians the investigation has been stopped & it cause to provide shelter & benefit to corruption committers.
SHIKARPUR: Some group of unidentified armed men kidnapped a truck driver after looting at Indus highway Khanpur jurisdiction of Faizo police station some 35 kilometers from here on Sunday late night about 2:30 AM.
According to reports, some group of unidentified armed men busy on looting to Truck, Mazda and other vehicles at Khanpur Indus highway at Lahori Shaakh, after looting a truck one truck driver identified as Shoukat Ali Jatoi residential of Baluchistan province kidnapped by armed group and fled from scene.
Receiving information about looting and kidnapping of truck driver, area police reached on the spot and chasing to dacoits but police have failed to recover kidnapped driver.
Relative of kidnappee driver staged a protest demonstration and blocked Indus highway at Gohar Shaakh early in the morning and chanting slogans for early recovery of their relative truck driver namely Shoukat Ali Jatoi.
Divisional Superintendent of Police (DSP) Khanpur Zahid Memon and Station House Officer (SHO) Manthar Ali Shar reached on the spot and assure to them for early recovery of kidnapped truck driver and Indus highway opened.
DEMANDED ARREST OF KILLERS
SHIKARPUR: Several relatives of Brohi tribesmen protest demonstration of demanded arrest of killers at Lakhi Gate Clock tower here on Saturday.
According to reports, some days back two persons of Brohi tribesmen Ali Asghar Brohi and Aslam Jaan Brohi had killed by two armed men at Ottaq of Syed Bodal Shah in Madeji jurisdiction of Madeji police station.
Talking to the media men protesters including Niaz Hussain Brohi, district leader of PPP, SB and others said that police have registered a murder case on the complaint of Muhammad Akram Brohi against 14 accused of Panhwar tribesmen including Yaseen, Muqeem, Abdul Manan, Abdul Khalique, Rustam, Zaman, Abdul Aziz and others all of Panhwar tribesmen but police have arrested only two accused named Mubeen and Abdul Manan but main accused Yaseen Panhwar and others are not arrested by police and police have failed to arrest of killers due to which Brohi tribesmen is anxious of police attitude.
On the occasion protesters demanded to higher authorities to take immediate notice of the matter and provided justice to Brohi tribesmen otherwise he threatened to that 27th January of 2015 we could shut to Majedi and its surrounding area for demand to arrest of killers if 27th January till killers could not be arrested we could enlarge protest circle to District Shikarpur.
On the occasion, protesters were chanting slogans against killers and demanded to early arrest of killers.
CHILD MARRIAGES IS TRADITIONAL PRACTICE.
SHIKARPUR: Child marriages or common throughout the Pakistan where there are three dominant underlining factors like socio cultural norms, weak protective measures and powerity or deprivation related factors. While in child marriage girl children or more vulnerable to under age marriages because these girls are neither physically nor emotionally ready to become wives and mothers, who are at for greater risk of experiencing dangerous complications in pregnancy and childbirth becoming infected with disease and suffering domestic violence.
Where as child marriage or underage marriage is prohibited under the child marriages restraint at 1929 at federal level. Under this act child marriage is not cognizable offence but police can act through application to concerned magistrate in public interest.
The speakers while highlighting over the matter of child marriages have further pointed out that Sindh government has passed the law on 28th April of 2014 according in which new law in cases of underage marriage the parents, bride and groom can all be sentenced to 3 years imprisonment and can be fined (unspecified).
While the age of both boy and girl has been raised to 18 years to be attained to the age of maturity for conducting marriage. Thus this act declares the offence as cognizable, non-billable and non-compoundable and any one can file a complaint against such marriage in a court of a Judicial Magistrate and the court will insure the case is decided within 90 days. In order to bring this problem of child marriages under control with law.
This was stated by the speakers on the occasion of one day police training workshop on the subject prevention of early marriage organized by National Commission of the status of Women in collaboration with Save the Children Shikarpur at Shikarpur Gym-Khana here on Monday evening.
Iqbal Detho the provincial manager Save the Children, Mubashar Soomro Program Manager Dev Con and others while defining the PPC and CRPC sections made the police officers participated in workshop responsible to comply with the relevant sections of the new law passed by provincial Assemble of Sindh 2014 as per act, The Sindh child marriages restraint-Act 2013.
In the last SSP Shikarpur Saqib Ismail Memon said that conviction rate of such cases of early marriages as well as violence against women and other offences is remaining low due to lack of real evidences and poor investigations in the cases made by police before prosecution. However he said the cause of poor investigation was to non-provision of essential facilities of all relevant laws translated in Sindhi and Urdu together with other required equipment to be utilized to meet the purpose.
Besides he emphasized the need of sold training and vehicles etc for the police to achieve the purpose of better investigation in the cases.
SHIKARPUR: Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat conference held at Sadar Mohalla Shikarpur by Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Shikarpur here on Sunday.
According to press statement issued by Pakistan Sunni Tehreek Shikarpur District President Allama Habib Ahmed Qadri addressing to activists said that Muslims are ready for Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat sacrifice of their anything including lives, children and any precious thing of world.
He further said that the printing and reprinting of the blasphemous caricatures of the Holy Prophet of Islam (Peace Be Upon Him) took serious notice of the continued trend of their reproduction in numerous newspapers and magazines of other Western capitals and he strongly condemned such practices he further said that the editor of the journal must tender unconditional apology to the Islamic world.
On the occasion he demanded of the United Nation Secretary General to take immediate notice of the high handedness of so-called free European media by which they have been exposed in their discriminatory attitude towards Islam and Muslims France should be expelled from UNO.
On the occasion chief guest Allama Shabir Ahmed Naqishbandi also addressed.
SHIKARPUR: The ongoing dispute over Karo-Kari between two groups of Juneja community men was put in end in a Jirga (Traditional court) at village Moar-ji-Waand within the jurisdiction of 20-mile police station in Katcha area.
Two minor girls named Maqsoodah of 03, daughter of Sobhal Junejo and Fadia of 06, daughter of Muhab Junejo were given in Nikah with two young men named Bajal of 35, and Tajal of 38, the near relatives of Meenhal Junejo after the Jirga virdiction given by the notables of Juneja community Imtiaz Ahmed Junejo, Ali Gohar Junejo and Moor Khan Junejo as Ameens nominated by the accused and complainant parties belonging to Meenhal Junejo and Sobhal Junejo groups.
The Jirga was organized at the Otaq of Moor Junejo at his village Moor-g-Waand some seven days ago to settle the dispute developed over the Karo-Kari matter took place between Sobhal Junejo and Meenhal Junejo when Sobhal Junejo was allegedly involved in allegation of Karo with Ms Kurari of 20, the aunty of Meenhal Junejo some four weeks ago.
According to DSP Headquarter Badaruddin Bhutto that while receiving an information from local sources and publication of Newspapers on Saturday SHO of 20-mile police station Wakeel Jaffari lodged FIR on behalf of state against the Ameens of Jirga including Imtiaz Ahmed Junejo, Ali Gohar Junejo and Moor Khan Junejo, complainant Meenhal Junejo, accused Sobhal Junejo, Muhab Junejo, Grooms Bajal and Tajal Junejo, Molvi Abdul Jabbar and others all by caste Junejas under crime No. 2/2015 under section 355-311 PPC.
The raids for arresting the culprits involved in Jirga at village Moor-g-Waand and other villages were conducted by police but inspite of that neither any arrest of the culprits was reported nor the victim minor girls were recovered so far by police.
Further police investigation is in progress.
Showcasing hidden talent: SRSO aims to provide steady income to female Sindhi artisans
SUKKUR: A Government-funded NGO Sindh Rural Support Organization (SRSO)
with the support of different partners and sponsors will organise the Sartyoon Sang Crafts Exhibition in Karachi’s Ocean Mall market from January 30 to February 1, 2015, said a spokesman of SRSO.
The exhibition will bring a variety of traditional arts and crafts to Karachi. These colourful and captivating products will be the work of hundreds of rural women from different remote villages of Kashmore-Kandhkot, Shikarpur, Ghotki, Jacobabad, Khairpur and Sukkur. A wide mixture of Sindh’s handicrafts including home textiles (made up of intricate patch work, cut work and embroidery), basketry, jewelry, dresses, dupattas, and shawls embellished with traditional embroidery and cutwork will be exhibited
These women are the poorest of the lot,” said Spokesman of the SRSO Jami Khan. “We are aiming to be the link between these women and the modern market. They will be soon in Karachi. We work with women because they are the most deprived members of the society and need to be empowered, said Jamil Ahmed.
Some of the women, such as Gul Khatoon of Khairpur district`s remote area, will the sale income-earners in their households. She will go to the exhibition to show the applique work she has done on bed sets. “They involved us in this project and have helped us fight poverty,” he said, adding that she makes between Rs10,000 and Rs15,000 per month, which she claims is enough for her family.
SRSO is an NGO that operates in ten districts of upper Sindh aims to provide women with a platform through which they can earn a living.