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PM Nawaz says Pakistan to become minorities-friendly country under his government



CHAKWAL: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has claimed that the incumbent government was protecting the lives of minority groups and the day was not far when Pakistan will be recognised as a “minorities-friendly country”.

“Islam and all other religions preach peace and those preaching otherwise were not doing a service to the religion,” he said while speaking at the Katas Raj Temples Complex here on Wednesday.

“Followers of all religions have equal rights in Pakistan and they are working hand in hand to defend the country and contribute to its peace and prosperity,” the premier said, adding that he has advised government officials to spare no efforts in hosting pilgrims and in ensuring the protection and expansion of minorities’ places of worship.

PM Nawaz further said that he was the prime minister of all Pakistanis and “not just Muslim Pakistanis” and instructed Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) Chairman Siddiqul Farooq to restore the holy sites in the area to their original state.

Referring to the development regarding education in the country, the premier said that his govt would ensure full support for the construction of the Baba Guru Nanak and Gandhara universities.

“With best educational reforms and improved building infrastructure, we want the children to get a conducive environment at their educational institutions,” he said.

“Pakistan of 2018 would be much improved in terms of education and health sectors as compared to previous years,” the prime minister added.



Sherry Rehman becomes the 1st female Pakistani Senate’s Opp. Leader!



ISLAMABAD: PPPP managed to get its candidate Sherry Rehman  elected as  Leader of the Opposition in the Senate here today. 

Thirty-four senators voted for Sherry Rehman who thanked them and the party leadership for their support. She said that she would cooperate with all opposition parties and they would play their role in making the Govt. answerable. 

Earlier, PTI’s candidate for the same slot Senator Azam Khan Swati challenged the nomination of Senator Sherry Rehman on the grounds that the members’ list supporting her contravened the rules and procedures of the house.

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari took to the twitter to congratulate her: 

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Baldia factory fire victims’ heirs to get monthly pension!




KARACHI: Sindh Employees Social Security Institution (SESSI), working under Labor Department of Sindh government today initiated the process of disbursement of the pension to the legal heirs of victims of Baldia factory fire incident after signing a MoU with ILO yesterday (Wednesday 21st of March). 

The MoU was signed by Abdul Rasheed Solangi, Secretary Labor and HR Department, Government of Sindh and Vic Van Vuuren, Director Enterprise Department of ILO, where as the representatives of labor organizations, ILO and Sindh government were also present at the signing ceremony, held in Karachi.

ILO Country Director Ms. Ingrid Christensen; Mukhtar Ahmed, Deputy Secretary (Labor) Government of Sindh; Nasir Mansoor, Deputy General Secretary of NTUC and Karamat Ali, Executive Director of PILER were also present and signed on the MoU as witnesses.  

The funds  US $ 5.15 million  including a margin of 0.25 million USD has been provided by German company KiK Textilien after the agreement with Pakistan Institute of Labor Education and Research (PILER) in 2012 under which the KIK had initially paid US $ 1 million for emergency relief during the same year. The incident happened on 11th September 2012. 

The ILO, under the Convention 121 – Employment Injury Benefits Convention, has played an important role in finalization of long term compensation, which is now being distributed in the form of pension.  

The German company transferred the amount for long term compensation to the ILO and that fund still lies with the ILO, which would provide the part of it to the SESSI for disbursement. During the initial period of implementation of the Baldia Arrangement, whose duration will be determined by the ILO in consultation with the other Parties during Provisional Period, the Fund will provisionally be held and administered by the ILO, in accordance with the ILO’s applicable rules, regulations and procedures and actuarial practice.

During the Provisional Period, the ILO will transfer the required monies from the Fund as authorized and requested by the Oversight Committee, provided the ILO is satisfied that the funds are used in accordance with the Baldia Arrangement and this MOU.

At the end of the Provisional Period, the ILO will transfer the full remaining principal of the Fund to the authorities appointed to be in charge, under the responsibility of the Sindh Government, of the financial management and reporting of the Fund as acceptable to the OC and the Parties to this MOU with due account of the need for financial efficiency, for the exclusive purposes and uses to which the Fund is intended and subject to certification by the ILO of: satisfactory calculation and disbursement of periodic payments, health and allied care and rehabilitation services; delivery of financial advice and actuarial planning services; and all appeals on entitlements resolved and/or time-barred.

Under the MoU the SESSI can invest the funds in secured investments expected to be capable of a foreseeable annual real rate of investment return expected of at least 2 percent and, taking account of the market conditions; without assuming any further financial liability towards the Baldia victims than that provided under this MoU.

An Oversight Committee with tripartite mechanism has been established to look after the process of disbursement of the pensions. Members of the OC included from the government side, Sindh Government’s Labor and HR department and federal government’s Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource; employers’ organizations including Employers’ Federation of Pakistan (EFP) and SITE Association of Industry, Karachi; Workers’ organizations including Pakistan Workers Federation (PWF) and National Trade Union Federation (NTUF); Non-governmental organizations including Pakistan Institute of Labor Education & Research (PILER) and All Enterprises Factory Fire Affectees Association (AEFA). There are Non-member participants and advisers of the OC, which included Technical advisers International Labor Organization (ILO), Finance Department, Sindh Province (Investments). The executing agency will be Sindh Employees’ Social Security Institution (SESSI), where as funding agency is German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) in a capacity as financial donor to support administrative costs of implementation of the Baldia Arrangement.

Sindh government will report to the Oversight Committee on the status of the account of the Fund, namely its certified annual income and expenditure statements, including its investment performance and its demographic development, on the basis if initial actuarial projections used for the ILO Technical Report 2016, and its effect on the remaining balance of the Fund.

The MoU entrusts the SIndh Govt.  to ensure that the disbursement of the funds is made exclusively for the purpose of funding under the gap benefit payments for loss of earnings and medical and allied care and rehabilitation services of the disabled victims.

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What exactly is Pakistan Resolution or Qarardad-e-Pakistan?



Pakistan Resolution or Qarardar-e-Pakistan  was drafted by 25-member committee of all India Muslim League.

The Resolution demanding Muslim autonomy was written by Muhammad Zafarullah Khan  and presented by Fazl-ul-Haq.

It was adopted at Muslim League General Session on 23rd March, 1940 at Lahore’s Manto (now Iqbal) Park where Minar-e-Pakistan had been built.

Reckoning the declaration as a call for a separate Muslim state, from 23rd March 1940 onwards Muslim League struggled for a state!

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