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.

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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)
Gilgit-Baltistan (GB)
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) / Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA)
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.


NDF & NOWPDP organized camp for Special CNICs & Disability Certificates registration through one window operation



NAWABSHAH: (12-12-2017) NDF & NOWPDP organized camp for Special CNICs & Disability Certificates registration through one window operation in Nawabshah on dated 12-12-2017. The camp was inaugurated by Deputy Director Anti Corruption SSP Mr. Mir Nadir Ali Abro, Mr. Ali Mardan Umrani Medical Superintendent PMC Hospital, Nawabshah, Mr. Abdul Rehman Khaskheli District Officer Social Welfare, Mr. Rafiq Bular, Regional Officer NADRA, Mr. Abbas Jeevani from NOWPDP, & Mr. Abid Lashari President NDF. During the visit of camp Mr. Mir Nadir Ali Abro encouraged the efforts of NDF & concerned stakeholders to provide quick service through one window operation, he said the CNICs registration will give national identity & enables individual with disability to gain benefits of 50% fare in transportation i.e Road, Railway & Air, Free education, Jobs against reserved 05% quota & others. This kind of drive will benefits to 100s with disabilities, it must be replicated in other districts. Mr. Ali Mardan Umrani MS PMC Hospital said that Disability Assessment Board is available to provide its services individually or camp base. The camp is encourage able good source to increase outreach. Mr. Abdul Rehman Khaskheli District Officer Social Welfare said disability certificate & CNICs are basic documents for individual with disability. The camp has provided the services at one place which is easy & accessible for all. Mr. Abid Lashari said that individual with disability has difficulty to get their disability certificate & CNICs. The camp has facilitated more than 200 visitors. Mr. Abbas Jeevani from NOWPDP said that these camps are scheduled throughout Sindh under collaboration with NDF.


One Day Seminar on GBV, Community Policing & Disability Rights At Shaheed Benzir Bhutto University

NAWABSHAH: (05-12-2017) National Disability & Development Forum (NDF) & Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University in collaboration of Pakistan Forum for Democratic Policing (PFDP), Pakistan US Alumni Network (PUAN) & New Zealand High Commission, Pakistan organized one day seminar to mark world Disability day “Awareness rising on disability rights & prevention Gender Balance Violence through Democratic Policing”. Mr. Arshad Saleem Vice Chancellor Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University (SBBU) pressed need of education among persons with disabilities; he announced free education in university for special students. He said education is only source prove ability of persons with disabilities. He urged upon society to take unified efforts to reduce gender based violence. He said community police is ideal form of policing if this practice is implemented. Mr. Asim Jasra SP Nawabshah said that disability is not inability; they are very much capable if offered equal opportunities. He said the efforts of PFDP & NDF regarding community Police are encouraging & laud able. He said Community Policing efforts are under process in the department & Police serve for the nation. Police has good system to redress complains of women regarding GBV, mostly GBV cases are unreported because of societal customs. He said Women Police Officers are deployed to deal with women complains. Mr. Abid Lashari President NDF said that observance of 16 days activism is to make aware public regarding understanding GBV related cases & redress. He said Community Police empowers community not dictates. Community Policing is tie up of Police & community. Police is not ever regarded as Muhafiz, public ownership is lesser, this is the time to tie up Police & Community to mitigate FEAR of Police to promote a more positive, accessible image of the police and support the positive elements within the police working for good under Community Policing with slogan MY POLICE FOR ME, to own Police as first service provider. He further said that Community Policing is the way the police engages the public. This concept started from Police Reforms in American Police a century ago. It broadens the police mission from narrow focus on crime & law enforcement to a mandate encouraging exploration of creative solutions for host of community concerns including crime, fear of crime, and perception of disorder, quality of life & neighborhood conditions. Community policing rests on the belief that working with people, police will be able to improve quality of life. The Police must see themselves as part of Community rather than separate from the community. Mr. Ghulam Nabi Nizamani Focal person Sindh Social Welfare Department said that Government is committed to serve persons with disabilities through providing jobs against 5% quota & law on Disability is also passed, the amendments are under process to ensure facilities to disabled community. Mr. Sarfraz Korejo Founder member Pakistan US Alumni Network (PUAN) Sukkur Chapter said PUAN believes in financial empowerment of persons with disabilities, in this regard PUAN implemented 03 projects for vocational training of persons with disabilities, as a results hundreds were benefited, still PUAN is committed to deliver. PUAN has included persons with disabilities in leadership cabinet of PUAN Sukkur, Mr. Abid Lashari is with disabilities and elected as General Secretary. During the Seminar 15 Graduates of Vocational Training of English Language & Information Technology project funded by New Zealand High Commission Pakistan, were awarded certificate. NDF distributed 05 wheel chairs among persons with disabilities to ensure their mobility. Ms. Asma Munir, Mr. Abdul Rehman & others also spoke on the occasion.