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DAUGHTER OF PAKISTAN TAKES ON CORRUPT NAWAZ SHARIF & SHAHBAZ SHARIF HEAD-ON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PAKISTAN STRONG: Sohni Dharti’s Daughter, Malala Yousafzai among Nobel Favourites

Malala Yousafzai among Nobel Favourites

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Malala Yousafzai is among favourites to win a Nobel Peace Prize this year. If she wins, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl will be the youngest person ever to win the award. The Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on Friday 11 October 2013 at 2 PM Pakistan Standard Time. The Nobel Prize announcements can be watched live on http://www.nobelprize.org/. Let’s hope for the best.

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FOCUS ON SHINING DAUGHTER OF PAKISTAN: HUMAIRA BACHAL

Struggling from age six, 24-year-old Bachal finally catches up with her dreams

 
Published: July 14, 2013
 

Pop singer Madonna with activist Humaira Bachal and filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid.

PHOTO: MADONNA FACEBOOK PAGE

KARACHI: 

In the densely populated cluster of houses in Baldia Town’s slum settlement of Mawach Goth, residents believe that a young woman in her early 20s has the potential to pave the way for their future.

In this neighbourhood, where education was deemed worthless merely a decade ago, now stands a one-storey building in Bohri Muhalla, where over 1,200 children, receive formal and vocational education by 25 volunteers in 11 spacious rooms.

The school is named Dream Model Street School and residents of the neighbourhood know only one face behind the change – 24-year-old Humaira Bachal – whose incessant efforts, spanning over a period of 12 years, they have witnessed, opposed but ultimately welcomed.

A long journey

Bachal’s journey started back in 2001, when she was merely a grade six student. Along with her sister and three friends, she took up teaching the neighbourhood children at her house on her own expense. At that time, her higher education was at stake in the face of stiff resistance from the elders of the family, whom she grew up with in the feudal setting of Tando Hafiz Shah in Thatta district. Bachal’s father moved with his family to Karachi and settled in Mawach Goth but could hardly break free from his family traditions.

Humaira Bachal, 24, has finally succeeded in opening up Dream Model School in Mawach Goth. She had been pursuing this dream for the past six years. The school is open to both girls and boys. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/EXPRESS

Mawach Goth comprises different communities, who cumulatively shaped a culture, which Bachal believed was not any different from that of rural Sindh. “Going out for girls even for the purpose of education was considered a taboo. The lone public school in the locality was not functioning as parents did not want to spend money on even educating the boys.”

In this setting, she mustered the courage to take responsibility of the education of other girls. An incident that cemented her determination was when she witnessed the tragic death of her cousin’s eight-month-old son. “The child turned blue one day and everybody believed the mother had killed him,” she recalled. “She had given the child an anti-fever syrup which expired around two years ago as she could not read.”

By the time Bachal got her Matriculation in 2004, she decided to expand her small home-school to a bigger premises. “It was certainly odd for  the elders that a 15-year-old girl was asking them for a place to educate others.”

Finally, they managed to acquire a two-room place at Rs1,000 monthly rent , which they paid for from their pocket money until 2007, when Shirkat Gah- a women’s rights organisation- took notice.

“The school managed to survive due to the books collected from public schools in nearby areas. We also organised door-to-door campaigns to counsel parents,” said Bachal. “On one particular instance, some people got so infuriated that they pelted stones at our school.”

Inspired by the title of a Shirkat Gah documentary, the makeshift school finally got a name in 2009 with Bachal also establishing Dream Foundation Trust through which she intends to focus on 114 similar slum settlements located across Keamari.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 15th, 2013.

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REHMAN MALIK’S GHADARI & NAWAZ SHARIF’S MEMORY LOSS: Pakistan never responded to US efforts for repatriation of Dr Aafia to Pakistan: Diplomatic Sources

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American diplomatic sources informed that in the past US had contacted number of times with the government of Pakistan for repatriation of Dr Afia Siddiqui to Pakistan but never receive any response adding that Dr Aafia could be returned to Pakistan if Pakistan signs Int’l prisoners’ agreement for exchange of Dr Aafia. According to a private TV channel report, US Diplomatic sources had informed government of Pakistan after court’s verdict in February 2010 that repatriation of Dr Aafia to Pakistan was possible and for the first time Interior Minister Rehman Malik was contacted that if Pakistan signed world agreement for prisoners exchange then it could be decided, how Dr Afia could be repatriated to Pakistan, however, government of Pakistan didn’t respond from April 2010 to July 2010 to solve the issue. It is also worth mentioning that a visiting American delegate that had arrived for strategic dialogues in month of July had also indicated that Dr Aafia could be repatriated to Pakistan. American Diplomatic sources clarified that if till now Dr Afia had not been handed over to Pakistan and even in future it didn’t happen-government of Pakistan would be responsible for it. When Interior Minister Rehman Malik was contacted he stated that the government had done its best to get Dr Aafia back from American detention, however foreign office has been responsible to sign world prisoners exchange agreement.
 

Federal Investigative Agency

Before independence, the security forces of British India were primarily concerned with the maintenance of law and order but were also called on to perform duties in support of the political interests of the government. The duties of the police officer in a formal sense were those of police the world over: executing orders and warrants; collecting and communicating upward intelligence concerning public order; preventing crime; and detecting, apprehending, and arresting criminals. These duties were specified in Article 23 of the Indian Police Act of 1861, which (together with revisions dating from 1888 and the Police Rules of 1934), is still the basic document for police activity in Pakistan.

 

The overall organization of the police forces remained much the same after partition. Except for centrally administered territories and tribal territories in the north and northwest, basic law and order responsibilities have been carried out by the four provincial governments. The central government has controlled a series of specialized police agencies, including the Federal Investigative Agency, railroad and airport police forces, an anticorruption task force, and various paramilitary organizations such as the Rangers, constabulary forces, and the Frontier Corps.

Benazir Bhutto appointed Rehman Malik as chief of the Federal Investigation Agency which then launched a secret war against the Islamists, which amounted to a direct attack on the ISI. The Pakistani military was equally dismayed by reports of FIA contacts with the Israeli secret service, the MOSSAD, to investigate Islamist terrorists. The FIA leadership under Bhutto also angered Islamist elements because they allowed the extradited Ramzi Yousaf to the US for trial on the New York Trade Centre Bombing. One of the first acts of President Leghari after dismissing Benazir Bhutto on 05 November 1996 was to imprison the Ghulam Asghar, head of FIA, suspended on non specified corruption charges, and Rehman Malik, Addl. Director General FIA, was also arrested.

The Federal Investigation Agency conducts the investigations on receiving reports of corruption, either through the P.M.’s Accountability and Coordination Cell or directly from the public. After the investigations, the cases are referred to the Chief Ehtesab Commissioner for trial by the Ehtesab courts. However, the Chief Ehtesab Commissioner, Mr Mujaddad Ali Mirza, has complained that the Federal Investigation Authority and the Anti-Corruption Police have failed to cooperate with the Commission.

 

Sources and Methods

  • Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency plans to set up counter-terrorism unitThe News, Islamabad, July 22, 2002
  • The Aristocrat and the General, Indranil Banerjie, SAPRA INDIA MONTHLY Bulletin Jun-Oct 1996

 

 
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CHINA DAILY: Combat Fighter Pilot Ayesha Farooq: Salute to Daughter of Pakistan & Defender of Motherland

 

The Only Criterion From Allah (SWT) For Distinguishing Among Humanity, irrespective of race,ethnicity, and GENDER.

[49:13] O people, we created you from the same male and female, and rendered you distinct peoples and tribes, that you may recognize one another. The best among you in the sight of GOD is the most righteous. GOD is Omniscient, Cognizant.

More women join Pakistan Air Force

Updated: 2013-06-13 09:34

 

More women join Pakistan Air Force

Ayesha Farooq, 26, Pakistan’s only female war-ready fighter pilot, poses for photograph as she sits in the cockpit of a Chinese-made F-7PG fighter jet at Mushaf base in Sargodha, North Pakistan June 6, 2013. Farooq, from Punjab province’s historic city of Bahawalpur, is one of 19 women who have become pilots in the Pakistan Air Force over the last decade – there are five other female fighter pilots, but they have yet to take the final tests to qualify for combat. A growing number of women have joined Pakistan’s defence forces in recent years as attitudes towards women change. Picture taken June 6, 2013.[Photo/Agencies]

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