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AMMAR AHMED KHAN

SUKKUR: Oh great you think. Another article regarding the wonders of Sindh and how you, as the reader should get up off your chair and travel. You’re half right here, since every article starts off like that but why should we follow a pre-determined rule.

Why not do something different occasionally. Right!

First things first, if you go by car, make sure that you have multiple people who can drive and an abundance of snacks. The route to Sukkur is 8 hours with light traffic, so make sure that music blares in the car and your passengers are decently distracted throughout.

The second advice of importance is, never ever make the mistake of not looking outside. As a passenger, if you’re a foreigner visiting Pakistan or a Pakistani it is your duty to know and see the potentials that are present in Pakistan and try to make a difference. The landscape, even if travel by train or plane is taken, is a wonder.

If you’re lucky you might see gur (brown cane sugar) being made. A wonder, despite the price being high you should get a decent amount since the stores in Pakistan will not sell you the original stuff.

When you reach Sukkur the first thing you will see is the Sukkur Barrage. A barrage that holds a great volume of water from the Indus River. A sight that depicts a great deal of activity.

Also present in Sukkur is a very old Hindu temple, a sight to see due to the architecture and the spiritual presence.

As you move away from Sukkur you come across areas unique for very few sights such as Jacobabad.

Jacobabad is well known due to a clock built by Brigadier-General John Jacob (an officer of the British East India Company who served in colonial India for the major portion of his career).

This clock is famous due to its ability to tell the time in both Pakistan and in London at the same time and is the only clock in the world able to do so.

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At a time drive away of 3 to 4 hours is Mohenjo-Daro now being preserved with UNESCO’s help. A wonder to behold as the architecture is still one of the greatest to be uncovered.

You wonder how do the people irrigate, maintain and then harvest acres of crops, along with the fact that if previous generations of people without the technological advancements of today made such awe-inspiring buildings. You wonder as a human being, just what your potential is and why you aren’t trying to achieve it really.

Forgive the ramblings of the writer; he tends to distract himself from the moulds of the present society.

Back to our topic, the reason you, the reader, chose this article to read despite everything. There is a multitude of sights and historic wonders in Pakistan but the reason we don’t want to see them is simple: They’re not maintained. Would you look at a thousand-year-old clay pot, yes you would.

However, you would be more inclined to see the same clay pot if there were a copy of it made and the original maintained.

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Lashari tribesmen block CJP’s route!

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DADU: Protesters belonging to the Lashari tribe here blocked the CJP’s route on Saturday manifesting against the murder of their six confreres a day earlier.

According to details, many members of Lashari Tribe held the demonstration in order to block the route of JCP and other judges at the approach road of Manchar Lake and Pir Shakh.

Sources privy to NPTV have informed that six members of the Lashari tribe were gunned down by a group of Marri tribesmen near district jail here as they were going to court for a hearing of an attempted murder case.

It has further been insinuated that the attack carried out by Marris had a blessing of area police. A Lashari tribesman claimed that official weapons were used in the assault. 

Demonstrators, in order to stop the entourage of CJP,  burned tyres and put barricades causing a six-hour-long traffic jam. Meanwhile, CJP and his entourage did not visit a number of places and thus did not pass through the blocked road.  

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HR ministry pays blood-money!

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ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Human Rights (MOHR) and Government of Pakistan has released Rs 1,680,270 on account of Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund for payment of Diyat to legal heirs of a prisoner Javed Ali, confined in Central Prison Hyderabad.

The prisoner, Javed Ali son of Ashraf Ali confined in the Central Prison Hyderabad under Section 302 Pakistan Penal Code in First Information Report No. 09/2014 of Police Station Border Farm, District Umerkot. An official of MOHR told Media that on the directive of the Ministry of Human Rights, Islamabad, the Regional Director Human Rights Karachi met District and Sessions Judge Umerkot and handed over a cheque amounting to Rs. 1,680,270 for payment of Diyat amount to legal heirs of the victim to release the convicted prisoner from Central Prison Hyderabad.

This fund has been approved by the Administrative Committee for Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund in its 5th meeting held on May 16 in the ministry. The case was recommended by Provincial Sub-Committee on Diyat, Arsh and Daman, Government of Sindh, he informed.

The Federal Government has established Diyat, Arsh and Daman Fund to provide financial assistance to convicts, who are confined in jails on account of nonpayment of Diyat, Arsh and Daman amount to the legal heirs of victims due to poverty and weak financial position, he said. Soft loans or financial grants out of the fund is also provided to the convict prisoners who fulfil the prescribed criteria, he informed.

The Federal Government has placed this fund under the administrative control of Ministry of Human Rights. Provincial Sub Committee scrutinize, process and recommend eligible cases to the Administrative Committee for its consideration and approval for the grant of Diyat, Arsh and Daman, he said.

Heirs can pardon the convicts taking blood money according to the provision of Islamic laws. However, the same is not allowed if the case is registered under the terrorism laws. 

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900 Eid congregations to be in Hyderabad district

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HYDERABA: Eid prayer congregations will be held at over 900 places, including 115 big and small Eidgahs of the Hyderabad district amid tight security arrangements on Saturday.

According to a police spokesman, some 2,500 policemen and 250 police commandos, besides the lady police would be deployed for security of the congregations.

The spokesman said the police would also be deployed at recreational places, restaurants, and fast food streets. The police had also been deployed at all the entry and exit points of Hyderabad as well as the transport hubs for security, he added.

Around 60 large congregations will be held at Eidgah Qasimabad, Bagh-e-Mustafa Latifabad, Qadam Gah Moula Ali (RA), Eidgah Hussainabad, Eidgah Cantt, Eidgah Amani Shah Colony and Masumeem mosque in Tando Agha, among other places.

The Hyderabad Metropolitan Corporation (HMC), Qasimabad Municipal Committee and District Council Hyderabad have announced that the municipal staff had been directed to maintain cleanliness in the district.

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