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Election 2018: Demystifying the manifestos of PTI, PPP, PML-N!



KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf Imran Khan has come up with his party’s most-anticipated *manifesto entitled Road to Naya Pakistan for the forthcoming general election 2018 on Monday (today), claiming to turn Pakistan into an Islamic welfare state based on Madina model after coming into power. 

It is yet to be seen how the westernized cricketer of yesteryears and former son-in-law of billionaire Jewish Goldsmiths, comes to power by means of electables and emulates the Madina Model to create a New Pakistan.

Cynics go haywire observing his modus operandi … for instance, when Judiciary disqualified one of his billionaire financers Jahangir Tareen, the  New Pakistan’s Quaid unabashedly (towing the mauroosee siyasat line) allowed his son Ali Tareen contest the elections. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah too followed the same formula and gave tickets to those seths who were able to pay for the election expenses. Jinnah died in a marooned ambulance while those so-called electable dirty dozen are still bleeding the country.

The most significant points of PTI’s manifesto are as follows:

  • To make the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sovereign as to counter corruption;
  • To authorize the people and transmit the power to the village level;
  • To initiate a non-political and inclusive judicial model to make sure that Pakistanis get justice forthwith;
  • To bring eminent changes to the administrative structure in Karachi;
  • To ensure affluent completion of Fata’s merger with KP while providing specific funds for it;
  • To promote politics of understanding in Balochistan; raise the movement of south Punjab province, and empower Gilgit Baltistan;
  • To uplift the economy by providing 10 million jobs and promoting small-to-mid-level industries;
  • To make Pakistan a business hub and turn the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) into a game-changer by elevating bilateral relations;
  • To preserve water through building dams, resulting in making the agricultural industry profitable for the farmers;
  • To launch educational reforms in schools, religious seminaries, and vocational centers;
  • To defend national security and resist the terrorists’ narrative, human resources, finances and weaponry as to handle the internal threats the country goes through;
  • To curtail the proliferation of arms and ammunition at the international level by inviting India for strategic discussions;
  • To tackle environmental havoc by planting 10 billion trees.

PPP manifesto?

On the other hand, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) – that has the honor of having an ex-Chairman who was nick-named Mr. 10% when Benazir Bhutto was alive – unveiled a detailed manifesto yet almost similar to the last two editions, claiming to provide the Pakistanis with opportunities.

The noteworthy points of PPP’s manifesto are:

  • To control water and energy scarcity;
  • To cease rising poverty;
  • To make labor policy reform;
  • To emancipate women;
  • To enhance the rule of law;
  • To develop the sector of Information Technology.

PML-N manifesto?

Whereas, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Shehbaz Sharif – whose father’s small foundry yielded so much money that the Sharif clan boasts to be one of the richest in the region – exposed his manifesto while asserting that people will decide which party accomplished its 2013 manifesto.

Claiming that his party fulfilled the promises of ousting security concerns and power outage, he presented the following manifesto:

  • To safeguard socio-economic aspects;
  • To provide health and education facilities;
  • To empower the people;
  • To curb unemployment by allotting 100,000 jobs;
  • To complete the Diamer-Bhasha Dam to eliminate water scarcity;
  • To introduce low-cost housing schemes for the poor;
  • To improve security conditions across the state.

After comparing all the three manifestos presented by the prominent political parties, it has been observed that PPP and PML-N are going to contest the elections on the old copy/paste manifestos. However, PTI – seemingly with the unique pronunciamento – is likely to give tough time to opponents.

The former government vowed to correct the system visà-vis energy while developing infrastructure and law and order back in 2013. In actuality, the masses, to this date, suffer electricity scarcity of up to 18 hours of power outage per day.

Similarly, the economic hub Karachi faces the severest water scarcity of the history. As a matter of fact, those vicinities with water have contaminated water. Hence the nation is bound to buy bottled water, which cannot be afforded to underprivileged people. Thus, much of what was pledged did not even dispatch because of a corrupt system.

Development has only been made in the province of Punjab, leaving behind the other provinces. Many say that instead of equally distributing the funds all over Punjab, the lion’s share had been invested only on certain parts of Lahore (that too for the sake of kickbacks). Unfortunately, the recent rains had shown threadbare some negative aspects of whatever was done for the betterment of people or for the commission. Not to mention that PMLN failed to provide jobs to people during its five-year tenure. Augmenting inflation had made the people’s lives more miserable. Whatever has been done for improving health, education, and environment seems vague.

Coming towards PPP, in the past, it claimed that needy people would be provided a hundred thousand houses. Regrettably, all went in vain. They talked much about women empowerment, however, innumerable ladies are being raped, murdered and abused in Sindh to this day because again and again narrow-minded feudal and their offsprings are voted to the corridors of power. The women employees rates have been estimated low than their counterparts with 86 percent males and 14 percent females only.

Cynics, while comparing the latest manifesto with the past one, go haywire wondering how PPP will fortify IT here when the nation is sans bread, clothes, and homes, the long-lost slogan of PPP?

Juxtaposing PTI’s manifesto, it has been observed that changes are being made in KPK. The system of police is being transformed. Also, the government had planted one billion trees as to curb the impacts of global warming and natural disasters as Pakistan secures the seventh slot on the list of the states most likely to be influenced by global warming with one of the highest deforestation rates in Asia.

It is pertinent to mention here that our governments have been cutting a number of trees in the name of so-called developments, resulting into shrinking the country’s forests to less than three percent of its land area with some 40 percent of the remaining forests are in KPK. Besides, PPP and PMLN have not even discoursed much apropos saving milieu in their latest manifestos as if they, being oblivious with the deadly impacts of global warming, do not know what is happening around the globe.

Back then, PTI’s manifesto talked much about youth as the party claimed to provide them with jobs and better opportunities to acquire education. PTI developed schools with having about 40,000 more teachers, rebuilding institutions exploded by the Taliban and providing others with toilets and electricity. Teacher absenteeism has been reported reduced. The overall health sector is improved with providing better facilities of comprehensive health-insurance cards to poor families.

The most important development ever to happen in the history of Pakistan is to bring corrupt politicians to account and Khan has always been talking about this since 2013. Due to his immense efforts, a judicial commission had been formed to look into the Panama scandal.

Yet again in his yesterday’s address, Khan maintained that influential personalities from PPP are likely to go through the same consequences as PML-N soon. And right after 24 hours, the apex court referring to fake accounts case has ordered to place Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur’s names on Exit Control List (ECL).

On the ending note, it is pertinent to point it out her that merely the faces are changing but the politics are the same with bogus claims and promises here in Pakistan. The condition of government schools and other sectors predominantly health and public transport is getting fragile with the passage of time.

Status quo prevails for decades and common people are still sans basic necessities i.e. roti, kapra or makaan, potable water, electricity, and employment; in point of fact, the top ruling elite yet again is trying hard to usurp fountainhead of power by offering old wine in new bottles.

Hence, considering the manifestos, pundits at the helm of affairs are of the view that it is useless to rely on the fake promises of those, who could not deliver during their past tenures! Ironically, in the absence of better options, people will either remain at home or vote those who belong to their caste, creed, and belief.

*Manifesto is considered as a published declaration by which parties illustrate their intentions, views, and vision pertaining to national and public concerns including their motives and objectives that they plan to fulfill following assuming charge.

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Withdrawal services for drug addiction more effective at home



Withdrawal services for drug addiction more effective at home

SYDNEY: Detoxification and withdrawal services to help patients with their drug and alcohol addiction may be more effective when carried out in their homes, amid growing demand for such treatments in Australia, according to the latest research.
“This research suggests that home-based withdrawal services for people struggling with alcohol and other drug addictions may offer an acceptable and less expensive option, particularly in cases where home-based and inpatient detoxification are considered medically appropriate,” said Curtin University researcher Cameron Wright in a statement on Monday.
The study analyzed 1,800 patients receiving the home-based services in Western Australia state capital Perth. Treatment services to help patients withdraw from their drug and alcohol addiction are typically offered at facilities including rehabilitation centers and hospitals.
“Our study indicates that offering these treatment services at home are especially effective if spending time away from home is likely to be disruptive to the patient or if the substance abuse is most problematic at home,” said Wright, lead author of the findings published in the Australian Journal of Primary Health on Monday.
The research offered valuable information at a crucial time when demand for drug and alcohol treatment services was outstripping the supply of such services across the country, he said.
The proportion of patients in the study who identified with methamphetamine use alone rose from 4 percent in 2011-2012 to 23 percent in 2015-2016, indicating the recent rise in the use of the illegal drug in the community, said Wright.
“Our research also showed the effectiveness of the home-based withdrawal services, with just 23 percent of surveyed clients indicating they used their drug of primary concern most days or most often at the end of the program, down significantly from 94 percent at the start of the program.”

Relevant pieces published earlier: 

Drug abuse in Pak schools, colleges and varsities!

i) Drug abuse in Pak schools, colleges and varsities, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) conducted the last comprehensive survey of drug use in the country in 2013, which found that drug use was more common among those aged between 25 to 39 than 15 to 24 – the age bracket these legislations target.

And despite the fact that there has been no comprehensive survey for drug use conducted in the last 5 years there is a progressive move by PML-N MNA Asiya Naz Tanoli to make sure that someone is held accountable for the fact that drug use is more common in educational institutions.

A progressive move agreed but what Miss Asiya Naz Tanoli doesn’t see here is the underlying conditions that promote drug use and what course of action she takes will somehow make the situation worse.

Most students that are known to use drugs (and I use this term broadly here) from O level’s state that they are under too much pressure by parents to achieve high results and not only that.

Family issues, having trouble dealing with people, having a girlfriend. All the mentioned scenarios are dangerous in the fact that as humans it is in our nature to find the easy way out.

Doing drugs is one such way, one of the correct methods however is to improve the parenting skills present and advance them in such a way that parents are able to pick up on their children’s issues (and I use this term broadly here) to help the child out, not berate, scold and demoralize them to the point where they feel that there should be an easy way out. Effective prevention of many issues requires younger people to have a caring and nurturing environment.

Another issue brought up here by MNA Shahida Rehmani’s Prevention of Drugs in Educational Institutions Bill  is the invasion of student’s privacy since the method’s that she wants to use in the identification of drug users is not something that secures student’s data or encrypts it simply employs either the institution to handle this paperwork or the state to.

A counterproposal that any intellectual proposes is that the system here hasn’t been considered since information is passed around by government workers who are employees of a state that currently has no penalties for information distribution and does not discourage the abuse of power that any position within the government is owned by an individual.

Does MNA Shahida Rehmani not consider the fact that students will feel humiliated, if and when suppose they get good results academically yet fail a drug test. Does the pressure not increase to a higher level when the parents berate the child?

The Prevention of Drugs in Educational Institution Bill says that if a student tests positive for drug use more than once, they will be “referred to [a] drug rehabilitation center”. The expenses for the facility will be borne by the student.

“If the student cannot afford such a facility, the cost shall be borne by the federal government and in case private facility (approved by the federal government) is availed, the expenses equivalent to those incurred in public-sector rehabilitation [center] shall be covered by the federal government,” it says.

But the ANF official Talal Zubair was skeptical of the private rehabilitation centers in Islamabad as well. “Government-run centers will be the best option for students if such a project is ever undertaken. That is because one, private rehabilitation centers are not regulated so we do not know what sort of treatments they are providing and two, because most of them are interested in making money they will extend treatment unnecessarily,” he said. (Courtesy Daily DAWN for pieces of information)

ii) Karachi Police has arrested a man Mohammed Adeel alias Vicky from Badar Commercial area here of yesterday (Thursday 15th of March) for selling drugs to youths of DHA and Clifton. According to details the accused acquired a degree in Management Information from University of North Carolina and has been pushing drugs since 2014. It has further been learned that he shot a man dead in 2008 and was booked for murder. He built contacts and learned the ropes vis-à-vis acquisition and sales of cocaine.  Later he started selling ice and got arrested twice. An ever-expanding market with dealers present in the highest echelons of society social media is also being used to sell drugs by creating event pages for parties. According to sources not less than 25 men and women are involved in selling drugs to the kids of well-off parents. They gradually become addicts. (16th March, 2018).

iii) News of capturing a young-educated drugs dealer from the posh locality of this Megapolis has shocked parents and health/wellness officials.

One cannot say what is going on in the educational institutions where parents send their kids to nurture their future: reality can be the opposite too.

As the time goes by, parents are getting busy in their professional lives as they want to provide the best for their kids. However, a lack of concentration in children’s lives is making the situation worst.

In such, is equipping its viewers with the possible signs to know if your kids are on drugs, where to look at to find their secret activities and how to keep them off from taking up this lethal substance.

Possible signs of taking up drugs

Experts are of the view that it all begins with fun, as kids are more vulnerable and today’s generation is open to experimenting. They try it for getting pleasure and excitement but gradually, they become its addict.

It has been scientifically proven that kids with an average age of 12 or 13 years are more likely to indulge in such activities. However, teens often go off the rail, resulting into lending themselves in trouble.

The following signs could help us in recognizing whether our kids are doing drugs:

  • Difficulty in sleeping and waking
  • Lack of or excessive energy
  • Reduced or increased appetite.
  • Watery or bloody eyes.
  • Strange odors
  • Extreme talkativeness or hyperactivity.
  • Slurred speech
  • A sudden drop or gain in weight
  • A subtle change in personal appearance
  • Clenching of the jaw
  • Shakes or chills
  • Flushing or paleness in the face
  • Disturb personal and professional life
  • Secretiveness and isolation
  • Sudden fluctuation in mood
  • Disturbed behavior and negative or demotivated thoughts
  • Dishonesty
  • Demand for lots of money or even stealing 
  • Strange cravings and urges
  • Confusions
  • Widespread episodes of fever
  • Taking up lots of chewing gums and mints to hide bad breath
  • Avoiding eye contact
  • Spending more time outside the home
  • Headaches
  • Sweatiness
  • Extreme desire to drink water
  • Sores and spots around mouth

Nevertheless, if the situation goes out of the hands, addicts could have nosebleed, seizures, vomiting, depression. Also, they are highly likely to get involved in unsafe intimate relationships and crimes.

Some preventive measures:

  • So as to keep your kids off from adopting such deadly activities, parents should involve in their lives and goings-on. They should keep a watchful eye on their friends and gatherings.
  • However, parents, while avoiding strict attitudes and measures, should try to be their friends. Just talk to them on a daily basis no matter how much busy you are. Support them and motivate them when they tell you every day’s story.
  • Educate your children regarding negative activities by talking to them openly about the possible consequences.
  • Take them to physicians for routine check-ups once a month.
  • Do not think that your child is too young to take up drugs that would be your biggest mistake. Never assume never as anyone can fall in the pit of addiction.
  • Be open to search their rooms. Mind you, kids tend to hide the substance in the spots such as under the drawers, between the clothes, CDs,DVDs,Tape/Video cases, small boxes such as jewelry and pencil etc, backpacks, inside the pillow, foam and comforter, inside plants, books, fabricated lipstick tubes or compacts, medicine containers and empty candy bags. under a loose plank in floorboards etc.
  • Also, check their mobiles and social media accounts frequently.

It is pertinent to mention here that in the localities such as Clifton and DHA, party culture is prevalent. One can wonder what is going on in such gatherings in the name of parties, where potential people look for the Kids from well-off families so as to ensnare them.

It has further been learned that such parties are usually arranged in private farmhouses and bungalows of influential personalities, where drinking and drugs are common. Goli is the common word to ask for drugs in such parties.

Parents, in this advanced world, cannot say no to their kids when they ask to hang out with their friends. Ask questions regarding weekend plans as to what are they going to do etc.

However, they can make some restrictions. First thing first, set time restrictions. Ask them to avoid frequent gatherings.

Always keep a watchful eye on your kid’s company and friends. Talk to them and their parents too. Have a real, face-to-face conversation when your son or daughter comes home following socializing with friends.

Give them a hug whenever they return to home after school or parties as if they engage in secretive activities, the smell of drinking and drugs will be on their breath, clothing and in their hair. (17th of March, 2018) 





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Power Division to ensure electricity supply on Election day




Power Division to ensure electricity supply on Election day

ISLAMABAD: Power Division has established two control rooms to ensure uninterrupted electricity supply during polling and completion of the counting process across the country on the Election Day (July 25).
These control rooms have been established in Islamabad and Lahore. The industry will remain off on polling day in order to meet any demand and supply gap, Radio Pakistan reported.
Federal Compliant Cell at Power Division will also function to address complaints of the consumers across the country.
It can be contacted on telephone numbers 051-9103888, 051-9204430 and 051-9206834


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Polish daredevil skies down K2 mountain in world first



ISLAMABAD: Daredevil Andrzej Bargiel has become the first person to ski down the world’s second-highest mountain, the Polish national said Sunday.
Bargiel whizzed down from the summit of Pakistan’s 8,611-metre (28,251-feet) K2 to the mountain’s base camp after reaching the peak with around 30 others on Saturday.
“Andrzej Bargiel reached the base of the mountain. The first complete descent on ski from K2 is done!” he posted on his Facebook page.
The feat was the 30-year-old’s second bid to enter the record books, after an attempt, last year was scotched by bad weather.
Three years ago Bargiel became the first skier in the world to descend from the nearby 8,015-meter Broad Peak.
He has now skied from the summits of five of the 14 highest mountains in the world after earlier conquering Shishapangma and Manaslu peaks in the Himalayas, according to Polish media.
Known as “Savage Mountain” among climbers, K2 is often deemed a more challenging ascent than Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak.
Less than 350 people have made it to the top of K2 since it was first summited in 1954.  A further 80 have died trying, including a Canadian national who fell to his death earlier this month.


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