Metro Matters 02-07-2018

Green Karachi

Fizzah Shakil Media in-charge Green Karachi Action Forum has announced during the reported week that the Green Karachi Drive is being started Sunday simultaneously at different locations all over Karachi. She said this massive plantation drive is organised by Green Karachi Action Forum, a group of NGOs working on ground to Green Karachi. She announced that the Focal Person of the drive is Shahabuddin Ahmed General Secretary Active Citizens’ Trust ACT.
Massive plantation drive was to be initiated at various locations of Karachi including PECHS Block 6, Gulistan-e-Jauhar (covering Jauhar Morr to Pehalwan Goth), Mausamyatt to Saffora Goth, Shah Faisal Colony, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Abul Isphani Road, Federal B Area (Water Pump to Ayesha Manzil), Lyari Chakiwara, North Karachi and Orangi Town.
The plant saplings was provided free of cost by Alladin Parks.
Fizzah said due to team work and sincere efforts of citizen, every corner of this city Karachi will be looked all green and will produce healthy environment for everyone.


“Daastan-E-Ishq” premiere was showed at Arts Council during the reported week. The play was well-attended and received by stars, media representatives and socialites attending the premiere with rave comments about the stellar performance given by the actors, and the tight-knit plot and storyline based on the popular tragic events of Heer Ranjha.
The famous love story of Heer Ranjha, originally written by Waris Shah, has this time been adapted and written by Zarqa Naz, and based on the script by Kaifi Azmi, who has renamed the story for enactment as Daastan-e-Ishq. The play has been flavoured with our traditions and live music and depicts the popular folklore surrounding Heer and Ranjha who meet at a wedding and fall in love at first sight. Love blooms, but catastrophe strikes in the shape of the evil uncle Qaido, who is determined to thwart their romance.
The fabulous performance by the cast Umair Rafiq as Ranjha, Sabiha Zia as Heer, and the antagonist Sameer Hussain as Qaido, narration by Akbar Ladhani as Raavi, executed in collaboration with Green Eye Production, and directed by Zarqa Naz took the audience on a historical journey to the Punjab.
Speaking on this occasion, Umair Rafiq of Green Eye Production, an entertainment house for theatre, films and TV the primary aim of which is to promote theatrical culture, said, “I want to make my country proud by becoming a trend-setter and promoting our traditions, content, culture, and its people, not just within the country, but abroad as well.”

Naqeebullah’s family demands arrest of Shoaib ‘Shooter’

The Sindh High Court heard a case filed by the family of the late Naqeebullah Mehsud challenging the provincial government’s decision to declare former Malir SSP Rao Anwar’s house a sub-jail during the week. Before the hearing, the family of the deceased demanded immediate arrest of suspect Shoaib ‘Shooter’ and his close aides in a protest held outside the court. Naqeebullah, a shopkeeper and an aspiring model from South Waziristan, was killed along with three others in a fake encounter by Anwar and his subordinates earlier this year.
During the hearing, Advocate Faisal Siddiqui pleaded that the decision to declare Rao Anwar’s residence a sub-jail was unconstitutional, adding that the suspect was demanding further facilities from the authorities despite living at his residence. He alleged that Anwar was harassing the witnesses of the case.

CPD hosts media fraternity Eid Milan

Council for Participatory Development hosted the Eid Milan at Provincial Scouts Headquarters of Sindh at Karachi for sensitizing media fraternity. Prominent journalists and civil society representatives participated in the gathering and share their views for societal change and realize the need for transparent accountability system for strengthening our democracy.
Kashif Bajeer and Dr. Bilquis Rehman shared the current situation with media professionals that instead of allocating billions of rupees for development and non-development budget, the condition of children in Sindh remains stagnant. The government allocates budgets, but its utilization and execution is big challenge for them.
The civil society representatives demands from the government to resolve child related issues immediately in the care taker setup and urge political parties to keep these issues in their party manifestos.

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