THATTA: At least 17 people drowned to death when two overloaded boats – carrying some 200 pilgrims from Dawoodi Bohra Community – collided and capsized near Bohara coastal town here today.
According to details devotees were fast approaching the Shrine of Saint Meinh Pathahi located in Mirpur Sakro’s Bohara Creek, when the mishap occurred.
While seventeen bodies have been taken out of the water, atleast 23 pilgrims are still missing.
Emergency has been declared in the Thatta district hospitals.
Minister directs to ensure adequate arrangement on Shah Bhitai’s Urs
HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Culture, Tourism and Education Syed Sardar Ali Shah has asked the officers of all concerned departments to ensure adequate arrangements for celebrations of three-day annual Urs celebration of a great Sufi saint and poet Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai to commence from 24th October 2018, at Bhitshah district Matiari.
The Minister issued such directives while presiding over a meeting here in Shahbaz Hall on Monday which reviewed the arrangements of three-day annual Urs celebration of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai. The meeting, which attended among others by Sajjada Nasheen Dargah Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai Syed Waqar Shah Latifi, Nazan Sain, Sindh Secretary Culture Akbar Leghari and Commissioner Hyderabad Muhammad Abbas Baloch, has reviewed at length the arrangement of facilitating tens of thousands devotees including the security measures in order to avert any untoward incident during urs celebration.
The Minister directed the officers of the Police department to ensure foolproof security arrangements including the installation of CCTV cameras, walk through gates as well body and vehicles search equipment so that peaceful atmosphere could be provided to devotees. He also asked the curbing of the tendency of anti-social activities during the urs.
The Minister directed the officers of the health department to set up medical camps with the availability of round the clock medical, paramedical staff, sufficient quantity of medicines and a reasonable number of ambulances in order to provide adequate medical facility to the devotees. The Minister also directed the filling of Karrar Lake with fresh water, lighting in and outside the premises of dargah, installation of street lights, cleanliness with the proper drainage system. He also advised the management of Hyderabad Electric Supply Company to avoid load shedding during the Urs celebrations and also asked the officers concerned to arrange standby generators in order to recover the power outage if occurred.
The Minister also asked the Director Information Sindh Hyderabad to prepare a comprehensive media plan for effective coverage of all activities of the Urs celebrations. He also directed the officers of livestock departments to allow best and precious animals in the cattle show. The participants of the meeting including Sindh Secretary Culture and Commissioner Hyderabad also briefed the Minister about the proposed plan of the Urs celebrations while SSP Matiari gave details of the security plan along with arrangements of vehicles parking and smooth flow of traffic on National Highway.
Sindh offers vast opportunities for Iranian investors
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s southern Sindh province offers vast opportunities for investment and Iranian entrepreneurs can benefit from them by investing in different projects.
This was stated by Irani Consul General Ahmed Mohammadi while talking to the Media. He further said that Iran was willing to provide Pakistan with technical and engineering services in all sectors.
He added that Iran and Pakistan have a strong geographical position and this area has a very old civilization. The diplomat added trade between Iran and Pakistan should be further enhanced which will also help to boost bilateral ties.
Mohammadi stressed the need for exchange of delegations between the business communities of Iran and Pakistan.
He was of the view that private sectors of Iran and Pakistan must benefit from the vast business opportunities available to them in the two countries.
He noted that after a gap of fifteen years, many Iranian companies participated in Pakistan’s industrial expo held recently in Karachi.
He said that many Iranian companies and entrepreneurs displayed their products at the expo. Iran consul general went on to say that participation of Iranian businessmen in the expo provided a conducive environment to enhance trade ties between Iran and Pakistan.
He said that because of such activities, Iran-Pakistan bilateral trade has witnessed the growth of 16 percent. Mohammadi added that various steps such as reduction of prices have been taken to export Iranian candies and chocolates to Pakistan. The envoy said that Iranian businessmen can invest their money in different sectors of Sindh Province like, ceramics, dairies, and tiles.
He said that Iranian businessmen can easily open their offices in Karachi to export their products. He said that Iran and Pakistan right now are considering launching ferry service between Karachi and Bandar Abbas ports. He strongly believed that such a service would also help to enhance trade activities between the two friendly neighboring states.
He said that Iranian investors can also help Sindh province in improving its health facilities, enhancing waste management system, providing drinking water and infrastructure projects. Earlier Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah while addressing the Iran-Pakistan Business Forum had said that Sindh Province boasts vast investment opportunities, particularly in energy, infrastructure development, education, health, agriculture and in various other sectors.
Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his visit to Pakistan also traveled to Karachi leading a high-level delegation of Iranian businessmen to explore investment opportunities in Sindh and boost trade between the two countries.
The Sindh government has already introduced the Public Private Partnership concept that is producing good results.
Governor of Sindh Imran Ismail during a meeting with Consul General of Iran in Karachi Ahmed Mohammadi had said that Iranian companies must benefit from tremendous investment opportunities emerging fast in Sindh Province.
A 2016 study commissioned by Pakistan Ministry of Planning found that urban Sindh and northern Punjab province are the most prosperous regions in Pakistan. Its GDP per capita was $1,400 in 2010 which is 50 percent more than the rest of the nation or 35 percent more than the national average.
Historically, Sindh’s contribution to Pakistan’s GDP has been between 30% to 32.7%. Its share in the service sector has ranged from 21% to 27.8% and in the agriculture sector from 21.4% to 27.7%. Performance wise, its best sector is the manufacturing sector, where its share has ranged from 36.7% to 46.5%.
In April this year, a high-level Iranian delegation led by Minister for Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhundi had visited the Karachi Port Trust (KPT) to explore avenues of cooperation with Pakistan.
The delegation took a keen interest in the deepwater container port project of the KPT along with other future projects like multipurpose bulk terminal, Cargo Village, LNG Terminal and Port Elevated Expressway.
The delegation was briefed about the KPT infrastructure, the overall setup and the ensuing discussion specifically focused on the avenues of investments available to the private sector in Pakistan marine sector.
The delegation complimented the development works and offered to join hands for an interconnection linkage of the KPT and Bandar Abbas.
Sindh is the third largest province of Pakistan by area and second largest province by population after Punjab. The provincial capital of Sindh in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city and financial hub.
Sindh has Pakistan’s second-largest economy. Karachi hosts the headquarters of several multinational banks. Sindh is home to a large portion of Pakistan’s industrial sector and contains two of Pakistan’s commercial seaports, Port Bin Qasim and the Karachi Port.
Sindh also has an agriculture-based economy and produces fruit, food consumer items, and vegetables for the consumption of other parts of the country. Sindh is also the center of Pakistan’s pharmaceutical industry.
Karachi is an attractive destination for national and international investors, due to its geographical location, provides ample investment opportunities to Iran too.
Huge potential exists for increasing cooperation between Government of Sindh and Iranian investors through joint venture Projects specifically in power and energy, shrimp farming and infrastructure development projects. Iran and Pakistan have already agreed to enhance the bilateral trade volume to $5 billion in the next five years.
6 members to be inducted in Sindh Cabinet on Mon. 15th Oct.
KARACHI: According to the sources privy to Newspakistan.tv six more members – four ministers and two advisors – will be inducted in the Sindh Cabinet tomorrow (Monday 15th of October).
Muhammad Taimur Talpur, Awais Qadir Shah, Ghulam Murtaza Baloch, and Abdul Bari Pitafime will become ministers in the cabinet that will also harbor two women lawmakers.
Governor Imran Ismail will administer the oath at 4 (-5) PM tomorrow.