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Non-bailable warrants issued against Farooq Sattar, other MQM-P leaders for ‘violence’ outside CM House



KARACHI: A district judicial magistrate today issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan’s Chief Farooq Sattar and other party leaders for ‘resorting to violence’ during a protest outside the Chief Minister Sindh House.

The warrants were issued during a hearing where the investigation officer presented a progress report before the District South judicial magistrate against the violence carried out by MQM-Pak leaders and supporters.

Police had booked Farooq Sattar, deputy convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Sindh opposition leader Khawaja Izharul Hasan, and Karachi mayor Waseem Akhtar last month.

However, police failed to arrest them and produce them before the magistrate.

The investigation officer insisted before the magistrate that the party leaders incited their workers to cause a riot in the Red Zone by blocking roads as well as disrupting law and order.

The judicial magistrate has directed authorities to arrest the absconders and submit a compliance report on the next hearing on August 17.


Growers demand implementation of court’s decisions for payment of sugarcane price



KARACHI: Sindh’s sugarcane growers’ organizations on Tuesday decried over double jeopardy with them as on one hand they are unable to get appropriate rates of their products from sugar mills and on the other hand there is shortage of irrigation water, which has caused them huge financial losses.

Addressing a joint press conference at Karachi Press Club (KPC), the representatives of five growers’ organisations including Sindh Agriculture Research Council, Farmers Organisation Council, Sindh Abadgar Association, Tail Abadgar Association and Hari Abadgar Ittehad urged the Cane Commissioner of government of Sindh to implement the Sindh High Court’s orders regarding sugar mills’ payment to growers.

“We have faced financial hardships due to non payments or low rates delayed payments by sugar mills. Another problems is we are unable to sow next crop due to shortage of irrigation water at the tail-end,” said Ali Palh, a representative of the growers.

Civil society’s leaders Karamat Ali, Qazi Khizar and Shaikh Majeed were also present during the press conference. They also supported the demands of the growers.

Palh said Sindh government had issued a notification, fixing the price of sugarcane at Rs. 182 per maund, but mills refused to start the crushing. Later Sindh High Court fixed the rate at Rs. 172 and then Rs. 160 per maund but even those verdicts were also not implemented. Due to adamant attitude of the sugar mills, the growers are facing hardships. Protests marches, hunger strikes and sit-ins are held across the province, but our problem is not solved.

Currently, the sugar mills are purchasing sugarcane at a rate of Rs. 80 and 90 through their agents. They have stopped directly purchasing sugarcane from growers. The mills have stopped issuing the “Supply Indents” to the growers, they just issue simple chits, in which rates or weights are not written, he added.

Palh said the federal government is providing a subsidy of Rs. 20 billion to sugar mills, which is directly paid to them but they refuse to provide benefit to growers. “We demand the subsidy amount should be directly paid to sugarcane growers,” he added.

He said everyone knows the sugar mills in Sindh are mostly owned by the families of ruling political party, therefore, the provincial government is reluctant to provide any support or relief to the growers.

Talking about the problems of shortage of irrigation water at the tail end of the irrigation system in Sindh, Javed Junejo of Farmers Organisation Council said that small growers are unable to cultivate crops due to acute shortage of irrigation water in canals in Sindh. Even we are unable to receive water for drinking purposes, he added.

He recalled that the Supreme Court of Pakistan, in 2013, had ordered to cancel all water courses, which were getting water directly from the canals, but the Sindh government has not implemented that verdict.

The growers organizations had organized a three-day hunger strike outside Karachi Press Club for their demands and the speakers regretted that the provincial government has not taken any notice of their protests.

They expressed thanks to the civil society activists for extending their support to growers.

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Russian CG to Karachi Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin observes Diplomats Day!




KARACHI: Consul General of Russian Federation Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin and Mrs. Valentina G. Kuznetsova welcomed crème de la crème of the Metropolis at a reception hosted at the Consulate General here to observe the Diplomats Day.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin spoke about the first landmark bilateral act of the 9th century – the agreement on peace and love of 1860 within Byzantine Empire – as a result of which Russia was first internationally acknowledged.

“In the year of 1720 Peter the Great recognized Ambassadors Department and in 1802 a full-fledged Ministry of Foreign Affairs was formed under Emperor Alexander the 1st”.

He told that the Russian Foreign Service groomed talented diplomats who laid down the main principles and techniques of Russian diplomacy which later continued to develop and improve.

The Russian diplomat went on to state: “On this day we recall our colleagues who fell on the battlefield in the Great Patriotic WW-II who died in their line of duty like as you may well remember Ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov who was outrageously assassinated during his speech at the Center of Modern Art in Ankara in December 2016.

“We salute the prominent Russian diplomats and our veterans who have worked until now to lay the basis of successful modern policy.

“We also pay tribute to the active diplomats who have proved, by their work and high professionalism, that diplomacy is one of the most important tools for safeguarding national interests”.

Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin snapped engrossed in a conversation with the PPPP leader Nisar Ahmad Khuhro!Consul General of Russian Federation poses for the lens flanked with the Editor (official partner BBCNEWS) M. M. Alam and  Acting Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamidullah Tarin. 



(VIDEO AND TEXT) Pakistan occupies a significant place in Russia’s foreign policy priorities: Russian CG Dr. Aleksandr G. Khozin

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Arts & Literature

(VIDEO AND TEXT) 9th Karachi Literature Festival!




KARACHI: Literati from all over the Metropolis converged at creek-side Beach Luxury Hotel where 9th edition of 3-day Karachi Literature Festival commenced on Friday 9th of February. 

The event opened with welcome speech by Managing Director Oxford University Press Ameena Saiyid (OBE). Besides diplomats (including American, German, French, British, Indian and Italian) a number of prominent speakers addressed the ladies and gentlemen in the audience.

Ameena Saiyid while talking to (Official Partner BBCNEWS) has told that literary giants from all over Pakistan and eight other countries were participating in the festival. 

Terming KLF as the mother of all fests Ameena Saiyid pointed out that towards the naissance of such events and music/film/theatre festivals in other cities. Noorul Huda Shah held that Literature, culture and art were necessary to keep nations alive. Consul General of USA Grace Shelton maintained that connections and new ideas were generated during the festival that serves to inspire the minds of writers, scholars and academics and artists. Grace Shelton noted that KLF was Metropolis’ most anticipated cultural event. Deputy High Commissioner of UK Elin Burns noted that through the rich literature of Pakistan KLF showcased both talent and diversity. German Consul-General Rainer Schmiedchen stated that his countrymen were proud to be associated with the KLF, which was the nicest annual intellectuals’ gathering in Pakistan.  


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