IUCN Pakistan, FPCCI sign MoU for Promoting Sustainable Development in Pakistan

Sameer Nazir
IUCN Pakistan and Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for joint initiatives towards sustainable development in Pakistan. The MoUwas signed at a simple ceremony held at the office of the FPCCI. The MoU was signed by the IUCN Pakistan, Country Representative, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema and FPCCI President Mian Mohammad Idrees.
FPCCI is the apex body representing Pakistan’s trade, industry and service sectors and IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, working for sustainable development. IUCN has implemented a number of programmes and projects in Pakistan ensuring ecological sustainability and a healthy balance between human and ecosystem wellbeing using multi-stakeholder approaches involving partnerships with government agencies, the private sector, academia, research organizations and communities.
This MoU provides a framework for IUCN and FPCCI to collaborate towards the cause of environment and sustainable development in Pakistan. Under this MoU, IUCN and FPCCI will identify opportunities for projects and activities, which will be jointly undertaken.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema said that “this MoU provides an opportunity to these two organizations to develop a broader road map to move forward more proactively in dealing with environmental challenges in Pakistan.
“IUCN has an advisory role in environmental conventions such as the Convention on Biological Diversity, CITES and the Framework Convention on Climate Change – and it has been instrumental in crafting the national and provincial Conservation Strategies for Pakistan. He added that IUCN was already engaged with some of the major private sector companies and trying to help them align their business practices to more environmental friendly ones.

Commending the joint efforts, MianMohamamadIdrees appreciated that IUCN had come forward and offered to work jointly with FPCCI,which is the hub of private sector associations and businesses, towards the cause of sustainable development. He added that FPCCI and IUCN would pursue environment as a concern which can affect lives – and conservation of nature should be seen as a priority.

Staff Reporter
Sindh Minister for Information and Local Government Sharjeel Inam Memon has said that foreign hand could not ruled out in the terrorist attack on Bus in Karachi and declared that the government is fighting with these terrorists whether they belonged to Indian secret service RAW or agent of any groups.
Winding up the debate in Sindh Assembly on behalf of the Chief Minister over the resolution moved to condemn the terrorist act on Bus in which 46 innocent people belonged to Ismaili community were killed and many were injured.
Sharjeel Memon said that the country is in grip of the terrorism and pointed out that the operation Zarb-e-Azm could not start if the situation was ideal in the country. he said the forces was engaged in fighting against the terrorism and large number of target killers and criminals involved in extortionists have been arrested.
Appreciating the police and Rengers the minister said that the officers and personnel’s of the police and rangers also killed. Sharjeel Memon said he paid slut to police and Rangers for their sacrifices and nation also proud of them.
He said the government have respect for all religious parties but there is no law and mechanism to monitoring the Madarris . He said most of the Madaris teaching religious education but the some of the Madaris also teaching extremists and there is need to monitor these Madaris.
Rejecting the impression of political interference in the transfers and postings in police and pointed out that 90 percent CSP officers posted in the province who were appointed by the establishment not provincial government.
The Minister said everu person in the country was sad over the killing of innocent 46 Islamili community members. This community if peaceful and law abiding and they are tax payers.
He pointed out that some of the religious leaders issued Fatwa against the people and added that despite banned on some religious groups such elements are working under other religious organizations. He said there is need to impose ban on all such groups who involved in terrorism.
The Minister said the National Action Plan is implementing in Sindh while the salary of the police have enhanced equal to Punjab and the Rs two million is being paid as compensation to martyred police men and services if being provided there family member.
Sharjeel said modern weapon and equipments including bullet proof vehicles also provided to police. He requested not to criticized whole police forces due to bad practice s of some of the policemen.
He said the network of the terrorists and criminals crushed due to operation but it was not 100 percent and government is committed to continue the operation till the last terrorist was not killed.
While rejecting the demand of the resignation of the Chief Minister Sindh Sharjeel Memon defended the CM and said there was no demand in Punjab and other provinces while they were also effected terrorism.

Staff Reporter
All major ongoing development schemes among Scanners, CCTV surveillance worth Rs 1447.216 million allocated funds at various Dargahs/Saint places could not be utilized since all in vain.
A number of development schemes for Dargahs in Sindh still in doldrums due to apathy of Provincial Department Auqaf & Religious Affairs Sindh. Auqaf failed in utilization of funds told in quarterly report by the finance department in Sindh Assembly.
According to details, there are several schemes still in doldrums among the expansion and repair and renovation of famous Dargah Lal Shahbaz Qalander at Sehwan Sharif with cost Rs. 460.797 million could not be utilized since 2013-14 and till the date.
There have been no single penny utilized at various other Dargahs in province and a complete failures of concerned department reported in financial brief to elected representatives in Sindh Assembly as for proper budget preparation and suggestions before 2015-16 annual budget.
It is also pertinent to be mentioned here that the Auqaf Sindh allocated funds Rs. 20 million to cop up terrorist activities and security surveillance and installation of CCTV cameras, walk through gates, scanners were not placed at various Dargahs of Sindh as yet.
It is observed that Auqaf Sindh is not sincere to protect the lives of common men despite of allocated funds issued for the objectives to protect the saint places/Dargahs in Sindh.
The corrupt official serving for long years in one department but no changes have been made since the illegal appointment made confirmed the sources.
Auqaf Department Sindh have observed violation of High Court orders and heavy corruption in various schemes, there is no such development work have been completed at various Auqaf properties and places told sources.
Sindh Auqaf Department had issued tenders in various locations for new schemes 2012-13 but no work done or still in doldrums and some of ghost schemes have been reported sources disclosed.
Sources in Auqaf Department Sindh proposed schemes at various locations of province but did not completed or heavy misappropriation have been observed, these schemes are incomplete at various Dargah/Saint places in Karachi, Sukkur, Hyderabad Larkana, Jamshoro-Sehwan, Mattiari, T.M Khan, Dadu, Badin and other parts of Sindh.
When contacted Chief Administrator Abdul Rehman Channa working for a long in the department and there is no transfer have been made of him as for High Court cases still pending against him for his violation he did not respond the calls even asked to comments.
Chief Administrator Auqaf Sindh at Hyderabad continuously violates Court orders with reference of an ongoing CP No: D 287/2013 against Sindh Department Auqaf in Karachi High Court regarding appointments and other contractual positions, those yet not decided for 3 years.
Despite of obeying the orders, Chief Administrator of Auqaf Department had made further three appointments, a complete violation of High Court orders sources confirmed.
Among a working employee Riaz Hussain, who is on contractual position have also filed a petition against the appointment as he is waiting for salaries and his regular job with department.
Applicant Advocate Riaz Hussain had filled his CP No: 6730/2014 against the regularization and equal opportunity with other his colleague appointed named Faiz Mohammed Awan he told.