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Militants kill over 235, injure 100 namazis in a Sinai mosque



SINAI (EGYPT): A bomb and gun attack by militants has killed over 235 namazis converged at Al-Rawdah Mosque for Juma prayers in Bir-al-Abed, near Arish city here today.

According to details, following the explosion, gunmen opened fire at namazis who were leaving the mosque.

The militants were not only targeting armed forces personnel gathered there for prayers but at the ambulances too!

It is pertinent to mention here that they also target Sinai tribes reckoning them traitors and abettors of LEAs.

Attackers blocked escape routes by blowing-up cars. Due to resulting burning wreckage LEAs’ personnel failed to follow them.

While President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called an emergency security meeting, Egyptian government has announced three days of national mourning. 


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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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Landmine blast kills 3 as their vehicle crossed border from Iran to Pakistan illegally



CHAGHI (BALOCHISTAN): Two women (Naseema, Maryam) and their driver (Abdul Rehman – all from a local tribe) got killed as their pickup  hit a roadside landmine after crossing border from Iran and entered Chaghi district of Balochistan in Pakistan.

A child travelling with the deceased got critically wounded and is presently being treated at a District Headquarters Hospital. 

According to sources the vehicle was totally destroyed due to the intensity of the explosion. Though LEAs have registered a case against unidentified militants, it is pertinent to mention here that oil and other commodities are smuggled with the collusion of the concerned officials through porous Pak-Iran border. 



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Masked Rao Anwar – alleged extra-judicial killer – arrested as he appears at Supreme Court !



ISLAMABAD: Absconding ex-SSP Rao Anwar, who is suspected of Naqeebullah Mehsud’s murder, appeared before the court today wearing a mask. His vehicle was allowed to enter the boundary of the court. 

Presently IGP Sindh is also present in the court. According to his advocate he appeared voluntarily before court. 

Court reportedly asked Rao Anwar that he himself used to arrest people and posed to be very brave where he had remained all these days.

Court also said that the way he had sent letters was inappropriate and that he had not done any favors by appearing before the court. 

When Rao Anwar said that his life was in danger court asked why he did not trust the court’s assurance that he will be protected. Court has ordered to make his security  

Court has ordered that he be taken to Karachi.  Meanwhile, court ordered unfreezing of Rao Anwar’s bank accounts, passport and NIC. However his name will remain in the ECL. 

A 5-member JIT, headed by Additional IG Aftab Pathan, will be investigating the arrested alleged killer-cop. Murdered Naqeebullah’s father said  he trusted that Supreme Court would deliver justice. 

It is pertinent to mention here that according to police records from 2011 till the murder of Naqeebullah Rao Anwar has killed more than 444 people in 745  ‘encounters’ but miraculously not a single policemen was ever hit by a bullet. 


Rao Anwar – accused of extra-judicial killings – still has a chance to surrender himself: SC


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