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New bldg. for US-Pak Center for Advanced Studies in Water inaugurated

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JAMSHORO: USAID Mission Director Jerry Bisson & Deputy Mission Director Denise Herbol has jointly inaugurated a new building and research center here at Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET).

Speaking on the occasion Herbol highlighted the US’ long-term commitment to strengthen Pakistan’s education sector and help find practical solutions for the country’s water challenges.

Addressing the researchers, Herbol predicted that their work will have important implications for the growth of the country.  

The facility was constructed with the support of the U.S. government under the U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W) project.  

Education Minister Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar expressed his appreciation for USAID support and thanked US for assisting in many projects in the province, including basic education and health.

Conspicuous among others there were  Vice Chancellor of MUET, Dr. Muhammad Aslam Uqaili and Former Vice Chancellor MUET Prof. S. M. Qureshi.

The new three-story state-of-the-art building has a covered area of 54,721 square feet with an additional 108,600 square feet of open area for landscaping and future expansion.

The facilities include five classrooms, six research labs, a library, a lecture theater/auditorium, a conference room, student common rooms, research scholars’ room and administration offices.

PS: Through USAID, the U.S. government has provided $20 million for the construction of four new research centers at Pakistani universities.  This initiative is part of USAID’s larger $127 million U.S.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies program that is harnessing applied research to find innovative solutions for Pakistan’s water, energy, agriculture, and food security challenges.

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COAS confirms death sentence to 15 hardcore terrorists

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RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa Thursday confirmed death sentences to 15 hardcore terrorists, who were involved in heinous offenses related to terrorism.
According to a press release issued here by Inter-Services Public Relations, the convicts were involved in attacking armed forces/law enforcement agencies of Pakistan, destruction of educational institutions and killing of innocent civilians.
On the whole, they were involved in the killing of 45 persons, which included four civilians and 41 armed forces/frontier constabulary/police officials and injuring 103 others. Arms and explosives were also recovered from their
possession.
They were tried by special military courts. They confessed their offenses before the judicial magistrates and trial courts and were awarded death sentence. Besides, six convicts have also been awarded imprisonment.
The detail of each case of death sentence is as follow: Khiwal Muhammad son of (S/O) Babo Rahman was a member of a proscribed organization and involved in attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan, which resulted in death of Captain Bilal Kamran, Havildar Yousaf Khan along with four other soldiers and
injuries to 39 others. Saddam Ullah S/O Sher Nawab Khan was a member of a proscribed organization and involved in attacking Armed Forces/Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in the death of Havildar Ghulam Yasin, Havildar Syed Ali Ahmed Shah, Havildar Muhammad Ali along with 14 soldiers and injuries to 39 others.
Izhar S/O Bakhat Buland, Jan Bacha S/O Bacha Rawan, Sharafat Ali S/O Muhammad Amin and Habibullah S/O Ghulam Ahad were members of the proscribed organization. They were involved in killing of innocent civilians, destruction of an educational institution and attacking Armed Forces/Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in death of civilian Siraj Ud Din, civilian Shah Nazar, Naib Subedar Muhammad Hanif, Havildar Muhammad Ilyas, Havildar Muhammad Naseer, Havildar Muhammad Qayyum along with five soldiers and injuries to 12 others. They were also found in
possession of firearms and explosives.
Said Ullah S/O Awal Jan, Zar Muhammad S/O Sakhi Mar Jan and Alif Khan S/O Sardar Khan were also members of a proscribed organization. They were involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in the death of Naib Subedar Gul Tayaz along
with a soldier and injuries to two others. They were also found in possession
of firearms and explosives.
Mujahid S/O Yar Wali was a member of a proscribed organization. He was involved in the destruction of Government Boys and Girls Primary Schools, Sheikhmal Khel (Khyber Agency). He was also involved in causing death to a soldier and injuries to two others.
Tariq Ali S/O Bawar Shah was also a member of a proscribed organization. He was involved in attacking Law Enforcement Agencies of Pakistan, which resulted in the death of Sub Inspector Umer Khayam along with three police officials and injuries to six others. He was also found
in possession of a firearm.
Israr Ahmed S/O Taj Muhammad was a member of a proscribed organization. He was involved in killing of police constable Ijaz Ahmed, Mst Zarmina and injuries to two other civilians. He was also found in
possession of a firearm.
Kaleem Ullah S/O Hayat Ullah was also a member of a proscribed organization. He was involved in causing death of a civilian, Jibraheel and attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan, which resulted in injuries to a soldier. He was also found in possession of a firearm.
Muhammad Rehman S/O Sher Ramzan was a member of a proscribed organization. The convict was involved in causing the death of Naik Ahmed Wafa by slaughtering him with a knife. He also kidnapped two soldiers for ransom.
Fayaz Ullah S/O Muhammad Nawaz Khan was a member of a proscribed organization and involved in attacking Armed Forces of Pakistan, which resulted in the death of Sepoy Shahzad Pervez.

 

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Rebuilding of boundary wall around Christian Cemetery starts!

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KARACHI: Sindh Minority Affairs Department, Government of Sindh has started the rebuilding of boundary wall around century-old Christian Cemetery.
The rebuilding work is being executed on the directives of Sindh caretaker Minister for Minority Affairs and Human Rights Simon John Daniel, said a statement on Thursday.
The cemetery remained without boundary wall for more than two months which led to disrespect of graves and security issues, the
statement said.
On the complaints, Minister Simon John Daniel took action and directed the minority affairs department to rebuild wall on an urgent basis.
The Minister along with Bishop of Karachi and Balochistan Sadiq Daniel and Deputy Director Minority Affairs Anwar Babar visited the Christian cemetery and inspected the progress of rebuilding work of
wall.

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Karachi mayor reviews offal removal strategy on Eid-ul-Azha

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KARACHI:  Mayor of Karachi, Wasim Akhtar has stressed the need for adopting a comprehensive strategy for the removal of the offal of sacrificial animals on Eid-ul-Azha.
He stated this while chairing a high-level meeting with the district administration, cantonment boards, KPT, PAF, KWSB, and DMCs, said a statement on Thursday.
He said that the municipal department of Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) has established the central control room in KMC Head Office whereas KMC Complaints Center 1339 will also be activated on round the clock basis to address any complaints during Eid-ul-Azha.
The Mayor said that trenches have been dug up in different districts of the city for the burial of offal on the scientific method. He said that more sacrifice of animals was expected this year and for arrangements for lifting and burial of around 18 lac offal has been made.
He said that the offal fell down from offal lifting vehicles should also be lifted immediately. He also appealed to the citizens of Karachi not to dump or throw the offal or other remains of sacrificial animals in drains and other places and put them only in the open space for lifting and disposal of
municipal staff.

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