MNA Muhtarma Faryal Talpur inaugurates NDF CDP Rehab Center in Nawabshah

 

  

NAWABSHAH: (21-01-2018) NDF Pakistan established NDF CDP Rehab Center was launched formerly through inauguration by MNA Mohtarma Faryal Talpur in Nawabshah. MNA Mohtarma Faryal Talpur said that NDF is providing basic rehabilitation to the intellectual with disabilities, which is very difficult task but NDF commitments are very high to tackle. She said it is dire need to tackle mental health issues over all Sindh especially in Nawabshah. She termed NDF efforts encourage able to tackle disabilities issues in Sindh. Pakistan Peoples Party always supported disability cause, Sindh Government is providing jobs against disabled quota. MNA Faryal Talpur ensured for providing plot & building for the center in Nawabshah & recommended NDF plea for annual grant to Chief Minister Sindh. Earlier Mr. Abid Lashari briefed about Rehab Center establishment, said that the center was established through grant of Community Development Programme (CDP), UCBPRP, Planning & Development Department Government of Sindh under allocated budget PKR-24 Million. The facility will cater needs Life Therapies such as Physiotherapy, Psycho-Therapy, Occupational Therapy, & Speech Therapy, the center will provide boarding facility to 50 children with disabilities & Day-care Facilities to 50 children with disabilities. The 100 beneficiaries belongs to different districts of Sindh. He said that the main objective of center was To enable children with disabilities to live their life with dignity and confidence as equal citizens of Pakistan, to alleviate poverty in Sindh by reducing economic-burden on families/communities living with disabled children, to develop a ‘Center of Excellence’ to produce in future cadre of qualified professionals, generate new knowledge and needs-based responses about child disability challenges in the area, develop good practices of rehabilitation services to replicate the approach in other parts of Sindh. He further told by sharing achievements that synergies developed with CDP & NDF to establish a unique PPP (Private Public Partnership), new knowledge generated about situation of intellectual disability in target areas via baseline research, holistic mapping of target beneficiaries (120 children), community mobilization & engagement activities initiated, awareness enhancement & training activities started, identification & hiring of qualified staff completed, installation of state of the art machines for disability treatment, linkages established with research, health, academic & disability-rights organizations across Pakistan, shaheed Benazir Abad/Nawabshah soon to become a hub for child disability-related rehabilitation activity in Sindh and Pakistan. Mr. Lashari also shared challenges for children with Intellectual in Target Areas, that lack of quality care facilities for children with intellectual disabilities in Shaheed Benazirabad/Nawabshah & Sindh, knowledge & awareness about disability not available in target communities/parents, difficult coping strategies. Some people sent to institutions/mental hospitals for life, children with intellectual (mental) disabilities are not understood at early stage , hence they become victims of their own family. Some treated also as possessed, teachers unaware/unskilled to cater special learning needs, institutions in rural Sindh need more equipment for these type of centers. He requested help in sustainability initiatives through linking ups with INGOs, NGOs, local Philanthropy, Foreign Embassies & Consulates & Sindh Government to allocate annual grant to sustain the services of the programme. Mr. Zia ul Hassan Lanjar Law Minister Sindh, Mr. Jam Tamchi Unar Chairman District Council Shaheed Benazir Aad, Mr. Hasham Khan Director CDP/UCBPRP P&D Sindh, Mr. Saleem Raza Jalbani Chairman Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Sindh, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Nizamani Focal Person on Disability in Sindh Social Welfare Department, Haji Azeem Mughal Taluka Chairman Nawabshah, NDF Consultant Mr. Aftab Iqbal Director, PCDC Islamabad, Mr. Aftab Ahmed Zardari, Mr. Ali Hassan Zardari, Mr. Razi Khan Jamali, Sher Baz Mari & others were also present during the ceremony.

  

 

NDF & CRAN holds protest demo for the Justice for Zainab in Nawabshah

 

NDF & CRAN holds protest demo for the Justice for Zainab in Nawabshah

NAWABSHAH: National Disability & Development Forum (NDF) & CRAN child rights network held protest demo at Nawabshah Press Cl;ub. The Protestors Abid Lashari, Zulfiqar Khaskheli, Abdullah Langah & others said that murder rape case of Zainab is one of tragic incident of Pakistan. This kind of incidents leads to insecurity to children. Children rights must be protected at any cost, the children are most vulnerable population, sexual abuse in District Kasur is in rise, the authorities must take stern actions against culprits. Kasur District has witnessed numerous such incidents, but some hidden hands protect the culprits. It was demanded immediate arrest of involved culprits with exemplary punishment. Mean while NDF Women Wing led by Ms. Shumaila Arain, Asma Munir Arain & others also hold protest demo at NDF office Nawabshah. For justice for Zainab.

NDF-PFDP participation during helmet distribution by Sindh Police

NDF and PFDP participation during helmet distribution ceremony organized by SSP Mr. Sajid Ameer Sadozai at SSP office Shaheed Benazir Abad. Mr. Nauman Siddique DC Shaheed Benazir Abad, Lala Arshad from Shah Sacha Sami Foundation, Mr. Abid lashari from NDF and PFDP, media persons, students, social activists participated during the ceremony. During the ceremony 170 helmets were distributed and awareness campaign about helmet benefits were launched. Speakers SSP Mr. Sajid Ameer Sadozai, DC Mr. Nauman Siddique Latki and DSP Mr. Mobin Parhiar and others said that the helmet is life saving instrument, every biker must wear during motorbike driving, head injury caused 80% accidental deaths, this is the time to reduce this practice through using helmets. Youth must cooperate in this regard. The NGOs showed commitment to cooperate in awareness campaign.

NDF participation during Taleemi Kachehri organised by CDF Sakrand

Sakrand (31-12-2017): NDF participation during Taleemi Kachehri organised by CDF Sakrand. The speakers Mr. Abdul Razaque Umrani, Mr. Abdul Hameed Arain, Mr. Abid Lashari, Mr. Ghulam Nabi Keerio & Mr. Aajiz Jamali said that Sindh Education Day (08th January 2018) should be observed to ensure quality education. They said the status of education is very miserable. We should keep stand to ensure quality education.

NDF participation during helmet distribution ceremony organised by SSP Shaheed Benazir Abad

  

  

NAWABSHAH: (03-01-2018) NDF and PFDP participation during helmet distribution ceremony organized by SSP Mr. Sajid Ameer Sadozai at SSP office Shaheed Benazir Abad. Mr. Nauman Siddique DC Shaheed Benazir Abad, Lala Arshad from Shah Sacha Sami Foundation, Mr. Abid lashari from NDF and PFDP, media persons, students, social activists participated during the ceremony. During the ceremony 170 helmets were distributed and awareness campaign about helmet benefits were launched. Speakers SSP Mr. Sajid Ameer Sadozai, DC Mr. Nauman Siddique Latki and DSP Mr. Mobin Parhiar and others said that the helmet is life saving instrument, every biker must wear during motorbike driving, head injury caused 80% accidental deaths, this is the time to reduce this practice through using helmets. Youth must cooperate in this regard. The NGOs showed commitment to cooperate in awareness campaign.

NDF participation during capacity building training on child rights

  

NAWABSHAH (31-12-2017): NDF participation during capacity building training on child rights conducted by DAVCON & CRAN Shaheed Benazir Abad. During the training Trainer Mr. Iqbal Detho shared information regarding establishment of Remand Room & Dar ul Aman in Shaheed Benazir Abad. He said that child rights must be protected through involvement of all stakeholders including Government Institutes & civil society. He said Child Protection Units will support child rights in Sindh. He shared structure of District Legal Empowerment Committee, Child Protection Authority, Child Protection Unit, Women Crisis Center, Dar ul aman, District Monitoring Cell for Child Marriages Restraints & Sindh Health Care Commission.

NDF participation during Youth Convention Khairpur organised by NEEDO

      

   

KHAIRPUR: (29-12-2017) Annual Youth Convention held at Khairpur organised by NEEDO Khairpur under collaboration of SAP-PK Lahore. During the convention DIG Police Mr. Khadim Hussain Rind, Mr. Irfan Mufti Deputy Director SAP-PK, Mr. Jami Chandio, Mr. Mazhar Shaikh and Mr. Waseem Shaikh from Needo, Mr. Ali Hassan Mahar VDO Ghotki, Mr. Abid Lashari from NDF Nawabshah & 100s youth participated. During the session youth were encouraged to play their vital role in Development & each field of practical life.

Civil society concerned over move to close 21 INGOs

  

KARACHI: (28-12-2017) Civil society organisations (CSOs) from across Sindh have expressed concern over the government’s notification asking 21 international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) to shut down their operations for not being regularised under the official policy.

Terming the notification a violation of international conventions and fundamental rights, they said the decision would negatively impact the already underdeveloped Pakistan, which needed international support to improve its health and education sectors.

Organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education & Research (Piler) on Thursday, the meeting – ‘Intimidations to Civil Society in Pakistan and Way Forward to Tackle the Issue’ – stressed that the role of INGOs in making efforts to ensure human rights was crucial given the fact that Pakistan was part of many international conventions.

“We express solidarity with INGOs and fear that this step would bring a bad name for Pakistan at international forums,” stated a resolution passed on the occasion.

The gathering resolved to challenge the government’s policy for regularisation of INGOs and local NGOs in the superior courts, saying that such a policy violated the fundamental rights of association and expression. It is not law but a government policy, which can be challenged in court, they added.

The meeting underlined the need for unity among CSOs, creating linkage with all sections of society and conducting advocacy with stakeholders such as legislators and political parties. They said political parties were currently drawing up their manifestos for the 2018 general elections so they would be asked to clear their policies on CSOs.

Piler Executive Director Karamat Ali said freedom of association and freedom of expression were important rights and if we were to compromise on them, we would return to the era of slavery. “We have to tell the bureaucracy they are public servants and not our rulers.”

Ali said that banning INGOs was a serious issue and, in fact, a violation of the fundamental right of association, adding that martial law regimes compromised on fundamental rights of citizens.

He said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, who was president of the All India Postal Staff Union in 1926, had struggled for the passage of the India Trade Union Act 1926 in the Imperial Legislative Council.

Later, when Ayub Khan was the country’s president, he scrapped the important law, usurping the rights of association and collective bargaining for workers, he added.

Ali said that in 1947 some 209 trade unions were registered, their membership exceeding 500,000 and overall trade union participation was 25 per cent, but now only one per cent of the workers were registered.

He said the interior ministry had written to INGOs, asking them to shut down their operations within 60 days, adding that the affected organisations could file an appeal with the committee that had revoked their registration within 90 days. He remarked that the step was taken without any legal reason. The Piler chief said that even the partners of these organisations were considered INGOs, thus facing similar actions. He cited a newspaper report in which an official of the interior ministry claimed that the 21 INGOs were banned because they were spreading awareness of fundamental rights among residents of remote areas. “This is an attempt to turn Pakistan into a police state.”

He pointed out that such government policies were illegal and unconstitutional because they were against fundamental rights. “We have to challenge this policy in court.”

Pakistan Press Foundation Chairman Owais Aslam Ali said a narrative was developed that the media were not behaving properly, adding that during dictatorial regimes the media were restricted, but they expanded after launching of private TV channels in 2002.

Human rights activist Iqbal Detho said that many international institutions were available to file complaints against violation of fundamental rights, while Punhal Sario of the Sindh Hari Porhiat Council said we lived in a controlled democracy where the media and civil society were controlled. In the past 20 years, de-politicisation has rapidly increased, he added.

Another human rights activist Kapil Dev said that now “for-profit” management firms and foreign consortiums were being strengthened and being allowed to take over the space of INGOs, while Ghulam Mustafa Khoso of the Sami Foundation said a united voice should be raised against the government’s decision to ban 21 INGOs.

Piler’s Zulfiqar Shah said that many heavyweight organisations such as ActionAid, Trócaire and Open Society Foundations, which were working in Pakistan for the past many years, had been asked to shut down their operations, adding that the entire process of regularisation of INGOs was vague.

Jamil Junejo of the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) said a policy for regularisation of INGOs was notified in 2013 under which it was made essential for all NGOs and INGOs to be cleared by the Economic Affairs Division (EAD) and to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with it for three years.

In case an NGO or INGO was found to be violating a section of the MoU, the entire registration of the organisation would be cancelled and not just the MoU, he added.

Noor Muhammad Bajeer of the Civil Society Support Programme said that when the EAD policy was announced, many organisations had rejected the guidelines and taken the stance that they were already registered so they did not need to get registered with the EAD as well.

PFF Chairperson Muhammad Ali Shah claimed on the occasion that only rights-based and advocacy-based organisations such as ActionAid were targeted under the EAD policy.

Mr. Abid Lashari from NDF, Mr. Talib Chandio from Hari Welfare Association, Jan Odhano from CDF, Mr. Anwar Ali Mari from NARI also spoke on the occasion.

News links….

https://www.dawn.com/news/1379415

https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/261738-civil-society-concerned-over-move-to-close-21-ingos

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1595399/1-civil-society-censures-govt-banning-ngos/

  

NDF MFF-IUCN funded Project brings changes in lives of Fishermen community

  

  

KETI BANDAR (15-02-2017): NDF is implementing the project under IUCN-MFF Small grant under title “To reduce harmful fishing Nets at Village Ali Hassan Dablo (Tippun) “at Hajamro creek of Keti Badar District Thatta. Dr. Stean Regional Head of IUCN came from Thailand to perform visit project activities. Mr. Stean held meetings with project staff, beneficiaries & concerned stakeholders & showed his sanctification. Earlier Mr. Abid Lashari briefed about project activities that the project has semsitized local community to refrain use of harmful nets & adopt legal fishing nets & alternate livelihood options. NDF MFF have provided legal nets, ice boxes, Mud Crab Fattening forms & training to increase their fish catch, market outreach & mud crab fattening. Fisheries Department Sindh collaborated with NDF during implementation phase. Mr. Stean visited mud crab forms, distributed nets & ice boxes meanwhile Fisheries department destroyed illegal fishing nets. During the visit Mr. Ghulam Qadir Shah National Coordinator MFF, Mr. Niaz Hussain Soomro, DFO Forest, Mr. Nadeem Mirbahar, Mr. Akhtar Samoo & others also spoke on the occasion.

  

 

PUAN Sukkur Chapter organised Reunion in Sukkur

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUKKUR: (22-08-2017) Pakistan US. Alumni Network (PUAN) Sukkur organised reunion in Sukkur. The leadership Mr. Anwar Ali President, Mr. Abid Lashari General Secretary, Ms. Diksha Ahuja Finance Secretary & Ms. Nameera Fayaz Youth Director welcomed all the participants. During the Reunion Mr. Anwar Ali Siyal said that PUAN Sukkur is providing social services at community level, the 10 Districts are part of the chapter. The Alumni are proactive. Mr. Abid Lashari said that In 2008, U.S. Embassy Islamabad launched the Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network (PUAN), an association of U.S. exchange alumni who are committed to making meaningful contributions to Pakistan though community service, conferences, mentoring future generations, and reaching out to inspire and recruit new exchange participants. All current and former Pakistani participants of U.S. federal government-sponsored exchange programs are eligible to become members of PUAN.

The network is jointly administered by the U.S. Embassy and the United States Educational Foundational in Pakistan (USEFP). The network is one of the largest and most active USG exchange alumni networks in the world, with more than 22,000 registered members and 12 local chapters throughout Pakistan. Active alumni chapters are located in the following cities/regions:

Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK)
Bahwalpur
Quetta
Gwadar
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB)
Islamabad-Rawalpindi
Jamshoro
Karachi
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) / Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA)
Lahore
Multan
Sukkur
U.S. Embassy Islamabad has responsibility for the AJK, GB and Islamabad-Rawalpindi chapters. Our U.S, Consulate in Lahore covers the Bahwalpur, Lahore and Multan chapters, while the U.S. Consulate in Karachi covers the Baluchistan, Karachi, Jamshoro and Sukkur chapters. U.S. Consulate Peshawar covers the KP/FATA chapter. Mr. Lashari further said PUAN Pakistan strives to bring religious & cultural harmony between Pak-US.