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Metro Matters By Manzar Naqvi 29-08-2023

CG China Yundong calls on caretaker CM & CS of Sindh

Yang Yundong, Consul General in Karachi, called on the caretaker Chief Minister of Sindh, Justice (Retd) Maqbool Baqar, and the new Chief Secretary, Mohammad Fakhre Alam Irfan, respectively.
Consul General Yang congratulated to the caretaker CM Sindh and the Chief Secretary Sindh on their appointment. On this occasion, Yundong said that China-Pakistan friendship spans time and space, is unbreakable, and is deeply rooted in the hearts of the two Nation. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has achieved fruitful results since its launch ten years ago, and has extensively benefited the two countries and their peoples. The Chinese Consulate General is willing to work with all walks of life in Sindh to strengthen practical cooperation in various fields and accelerate the building of a closer China-Pakistan community with a shared future in the new era.
Both the dignitaries CM and CS during this meeting with the CG China expressed their gratitude for China’s steadfast and longstanding support to Pakistan. They reaffirmed their eagerness to actively foster enhanced exchanges and cooperation with China. Moreover, they extended a warm welcome to a greater influx of Chinese enterprises, encouraging investments and business ventures within Sindh province to facilitate mutual growth. The Sindh provincial government pledged to take comprehensive measures to ensure the safety and security of Chinese citizens, institutions, and projects. Their commitment further extends to providing unwavering support for the high-quality advancement of the CPEC.

KEC organises interactivesession with JI leader Dr Hafiz Naeem-Ur-Rehman

The Karachi Editors Club orgainsed an interactive session with Dr. Hafiz Naeem-Ur-Rehman, Ameer Jamat-e-Islami Karachi, during the reported week. Colonel (Retd) Mukhtar Butt presided over the event, with Dr. Hafiz Naeem Ur Rehman gracing the occasion as the Chief Guest.
Driven by a commitment to secure basic rights for the citizens of Karachi, Dr. Hafiz Naeem-Ur-Rehman has been at the forefront of a relentless struggle. The city’s dire state, plagued by a lack of infrastructure, has persisted for nearly 15 years, with the ruling party the PPP in Sindh showing no interest in improving the conditions, destroyed all infrastructure of this city and seemingly embroiled in corruption across various sectors.
During this exclusive session, Dr. Hafiz Naeem-Ur-Rehman shed light on how the ruling party has employed various tactics to impede his efforts for the citizens of Karachi. Despite obtaining a clear mandate in the recent local elections, the leadership of the ruling party has seemingly chosen to nominate a Mayor with questionable intentions, further exacerbating the situation. Dr. Hafiz Naeem-Ur-Rehman emphasised the distressing absence of essential amenities for Karachi residents: potable water, sanitation facilities, gas connections, medical services, and overall relief measures. The issue of exorbitant electricity bills and frequent power outages has compounded the challenges faced by the city’s inhabitants.
Dr. Hafiz Naeem-Ur-Rehman voiced his intention to organize peaceful sit-ins in various sites if the situation does not improve promptly. In his address, he also unveiled his comprehensive plans for the city’s development, along with proposed solutions to address the myriad issues plaguing its citizens.
Mubasher Mir, President of the Karachi Editors Club, and Manzar Naqvi, Secretary General of the Club, also delivered their remarks during the event. They expressed the belief that granting the Jamat-e-Islami an opportunity to lead as Mayor could potentially foster an amicable resolution to the city’s public problems and concerns.

AKU Medical College receives int’l award

The Aga Khan University’s Medical College has been awarded the AMEE (Association for Medical Education Europe) 2023 Stellar Award at an award ceremony in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
The Stellar Award is presented to institutions who have won three ASPIRE-to-Excellence awards. AKU received the award for excellence in assessment and student engagement in 2013 and the award for curriculum development in 2022. This year, at the AMEE 2023 conference, AKU received the Stellar Award certificate on account of having won three consecutive awards with delegates from around the world in attendance. These awards, established in 2013, go beyond the traditional accreditation process and reward world-class excellence in education.
Over 50 global institutions have received ASPIRE-to-Excellence award(s), but AKU is only the third ever to get the Stellar Award for receiving recognition across three or more categories and the only one from Asia. The other two are from USA and UK.
“The award recognises AKU’ consistent commitment to excellence which is aligned with local health needs. Faculty development, a supportive learning environment for students, community outreach and utilization of technology are all integral components for the creation of a holistic, forward-looking and solution-based system of healthcare education,” said Dr Sadaf Khan, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Associate Professor of Surgery at AKU.

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