Shallwani checks security for Muharram processions
The Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani in connection with the main procession of Muharramul Haram visited the whole route starting from Nishtar Park, during the reported week. He was accompanied by Special Assistants to CM Waqar Mehdi, Rashid Rabbani, DC East Ahmed Ali Siddiqui, DC South Syed Salahuddin DIG South Sharjeel Kharal, high officials of Rangers, Police MD Water Board Asadullah Khan, Chief Engineer Aftab Chandio, ED Solid Waste Nisar Soomro, KMC officials and Focal Persons of main Procession Shabbar Raza, Sarwer Ali, Rashid Rizvi and Green Line Project officials Col. Zaid Shamshad, Shafi Chachar and others.
The Commissioner Karachi got briefing about the so far development works carried out to give way to the main procession on 10th Muharram. He was briefed by Col Zaid about required works at Green Line Project which would be completed by 4th Muharram with all requirements of the procession.
The Commissioner Karachi was also told by the FPs about the required works at site before the date saying that 90% percent work had been completed but 10% work is still pending so far. He directed the concerned to speed up the remaining work before the date, task should be completed in letter and spirit way otherwise responsible will be dealt accordingly.
The Commissioner Karachi has also directed the KMC and Water Board to provide the pedestrian way to the people and ensure all their work before the main procession day, open manholes, patch work of the roads, ways must be completed in time.
During the visit of main procession route from Nishtar Park to Mazar-e-Quaid, Lines Area, car parking plaza, Empress Market, Regal Chowk, Tibet Center, Radio Pakistan, M.A Jinnah Road, Jamia Cloth, Denso Hall, Kharadar and Anjuman Iranian. He directed the DCs East and South to hold meetings police and rangers personnel to ensure safety and security of the people during Muhrramul Haram.
Chinese CG Wang Yu addresses KCFR
Under second phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), 27 new projects will be launched at the end of this year in the fields of agriculture, education, healthcare, water supply, vocational trainings and others. China is standing with Pakistan.
This was stated by Wang Yu, Consul General of China in Pakistan during a dialogue arranged by the Karachi Council on Foreign Relations (KCFR) here at a local hotel. It was attended by Ikram Sehgal, Chairman KCFR, former governor Sindh Lt. Gen. (Retd) Moinuddin Haider, Commodore (Retd) Sadeed A. Malik, Secretary General KCFR, office-bearers and members of Board of Governors, Thatree Chauvachata, Consul General, Thailand and others.
Chinese Consul General informed the gathering that Pakistan and China has already signed second phase of CPEC few months back and its new projects will be started soon. China is especially focusing people to people relations with Pakistan. Following this vision, a large number of students from Pakistan are studying in China under Chinese government scholarship program, perhaps more than any other country. Likewise Chinese students are also studying here in Pakistan. Chinese Consulate sends 20 journalists every year to China, where they produce documentaries and run the same here in Pakistan so Pakistanis should know about China, he said.
We also invite Pakistani artists to China. On the other hand, Chinese Consulate invites Chinese doctors here in Pakistan, where they provide free services for patients. Chinese doctors have done over 500 cataract surgeries here in Karachi alone, he further told. People from every walk of life in Pakistan should promote these bilateral relations and such programs are very beneficial to attain this goal, he emphasized.
About border situation, Wang Yu assured that China is standing beside Pakistan. Kashmir is a historical issue and should be solved with negotiations. Ikram Sehgal, Chairman KCFR offered vote of thanks.
AMTF appeal for blood donations
Ateeq Ur Rehman (CSR & CSI Activist for Eradication of Thalassemia from Pakistan and Executive Director, AMTF) has said that recent monsoon has been a big hit for shortage of blood in Karachi, therefore, there is a dire need of blood donations for thalassemia children, other blood disorder patients, trauma patients, emergencies and for advance stage of surgeries at different hospitals said says a Press release.
Ateeq requested for strong & persuasive blood donation drives by MNCs, public bodies, educational institutes, financial institutions, chamber of commerce, etc.
He said, hundreds and thousands of thalassemia children die unnecessarily every year without access to quality care, determination, dedication, social, financial protection and shortage of Blood.
Ateeq said the thalassemia centers alone cannot save lives of so many children without the help of government and which is beyond their capacity. He requested PM Imran Khan to direct officials concerned in the Federal as well as Provincial Governments to undertake effective blood donation campaigns to save lives of deprived thalassemia children.
He emphasized to promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and encouraging people to care for one another. Also to promote awareness that blood donation is a philanthropic action that benefits all of society and that an adequate supply can only be ensured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid donors.
KEC celebrates 80th birthday of Mukhtar Butt
Karachi Editors Club (KEC) in its Executive Committee Meeting during the reported week celebrated 80th birthday of senior founding member and member Executive Committee KEC Colonel (Retd) Mukhtar Butt who is also a renowned TV Anchor and Columnist. After the KEC meeting renowned food expert and businessman Waseem Bhatti hosted lunch for the participants of the meeting. After lunch, cake-cutting ceremony was held. Col. Mukhtar thanked all KEC friends for this honour. Mubasher Mir President, Mukhtar Aqil Sr Vice President, Manzar Naqvi Secretary General, Masood Zaidi Joint Secretary, Agha Masood Hussain, Syed Ibne Hassan, Azfar Masood were present in the KEC Executive Committee meeting.