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Brigadier (Retd) Haris Nawaz – Sindh’s caretaker minister..

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KARACHI: Brigadier (retd) Haris Nawaz was born on May 3, 1951 to Ahmed Ghareeb Nawaz and Asifa Nisar in Lahore, Punjab where he spent his childhood.

Haris Nawaz’s grandfather used to own Lahore based newspaper called “Wafadar” before partition during early 1900s. The family roots had focused on spreading literacy across the country. After partition, Haris Nawaz’s parents saw the need to educate young girls and decided to open a girl’s school that would teach grade 1 onward all the way to grade 10.

He completed his primary education and pursued his intermediate from Islamia College Lahore. Haris Nawaz joined Pakistan Academy in December 1971 and got commission in Pakistan Army on 20th August 1972.

After getting commissioned in Pakistan army, Haris Nawaz joined 18th Baloch Regiment which later was converted to 3 Sind Regiment. He attended school of infantry and tactics in Quetta and studied at Command and Staff College Quetta and later he was also appointed as an instructor. He served as a brigade major of an infantry brigade before leaving for Saudi Arabia.

He left for Saudi Arabia for his secondment in 1990 during the gulf war where Pakistan Armed Forces deployments included sending its military in support of Saudi Arabia. As the gulf war came to an end, he moved back to Pakistan where his achievements were recognized and was promoted to a leadership position where he commanded an infantry regiment. He was later posted to school of infantry and tactics as a chief instructor where his roles and responsibilities included training of the young officers of Pakistan army.

He was appointed Colonel Staff of Infantry Division in Jhelum and commanded an Independent Infantry brigade at Badin Cantt from 1998 to 2001. He completed his masters from National Defence University, Pakistan in defense and strategic studies and worked as director joint warfare and training at joint staff headquarters Chaklala Cantt Rawalpindi until his retirement in 2004. Brig (Retd) Haris Nawaz spent most of his career in the army in instructional, command and staff roles in Balochistan, Sindh and Northern areas. He commanded the Northern Light infantry regiment at Siachen, the highest battlefield in the world.

Upon retirement in 2004, he settled in Karachi and served in NAB, National Accountability Bureau as Director Financial Crime, Sindh from 2012 to 2013. Haris Nawaz worked closely with ex-president of Pakistan, General Pervaiz Musharraf and worked for 2 years as General Secretary – Sindh of All Pakistan Muslim League (Political party headed by Ex-President General (R) Pervaiz Musharraf).

In 2015, he left the party and started appearing as a defense and security analyst on national and international talk shows. He was also appointed as an advisor to the chief minister Sindh during caretaker government in 2018. He was given the portfolios of four ministries which includes works & services, prison, social welfare and special education. He was one of the few to officially represent Pakistan army on media as defense analyst and was selected by the media wing of the army (Inter Service Public Relations). His role as Geo political and defense analyst was to critically analyze the Geo political developments in the region and its effects on Pakistan.

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Sindh Solid Waste Management Board starts paying for garbage disposal in Pak Rupees

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KARACHI: With an aim to lower the financial burden on the provincial exchequer, the Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) started to pay private companies contracted for garbage disposal in the city in local currency instead of US dollars.

In this regard, Managing Director SSWMB Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah held a meeting with representatives of the private firms responsible for disposal of garbage in the city and apprised them of the decisions made by the steering committee of the Board.

The meeting deliberated upon the new plan of garbage disposal in the city before the expiry of the contracts made with private firms for solid waste management on district West, Malir, Keamari and East.

It was informed in the meeting that the negotiation with the contracting firms for payment in local currency had already been started.

The representatives of the private firms working in district Malir, West and Keamari informed the meeting that the verification of the staff and vehicles had been completed through a third party, while the verification was still going on in district East.

The managing-director directed the officials concerned to take steps to further improve efficiency in the new operational plan.

He asked the officials to make union committee-wise operational plan, containing complete details of daily waste volume, transport, machinery, staff and all resources to further improve the door-to-door waste collection services.

He also directed the private companies to pay the salaries of their respective staff on time. Mr Shah said that the operational plan should also include training of the staff, the strategy of separate collection of waste and date of people who picked garbage illegally.

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SBCA launches crackdown against illegal structures in Karachi

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KARACHI: The Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA) has initiated massive crackdown against illegal constructions in different parts of the city, resulting in demolition of numerous buildings, marriage halls etc.

In a recent operation against illegal constructions in Karachi’s district Central, SBCA officials also came under firing, however, SBCA officials proceeded with the operation and demolished the fourth floor of the targeted building.

Director General of SBCA Abdul Rasheed Solangi has instructed the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Central to apprehend the culprits immediately and file a case against those involved in the firing.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi emphasized the need for fearless enforcement actions against illegal constructions and commended the SBCA staff for their dedication and honesty. He assured them of full support in facing any challenges during their duties.

Abdul Rasheed Solangi along with the demolition squad has bulldozed more than four buildings in areas including Essa Nagri, Paposh Nagar, and Gulberg. Moreover, over 13 illegal portions have been demolished in areas including Saddar Town, Jamshed Town, Gulberg, and Gulshan-e-Iqbal.

Director General of SBCA Abdul Rasheed Solangi is personally supervising the crackdown against illegal constructions. The provincial government is committed to cleansing Karachi from all forms of illegal constructions, the DG adds.

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Sindh CS, British Deputy High Commissioner vow to strengthen bilateral relations, work for environmental challenges

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KARACHI: British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney met with Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah at the Sindh Secretariat on Wednesday to discuss enhancing bilateral relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

During the meeting, Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah briefed the British Deputy High Commissioner on the ongoing efforts in infrastructure development, water supply, sewage, and governance in Sindh. He stated that the Sindh government is actively working on improving water supply, sewage, and road infrastructure to accommodate Karachi’s growing population.

“Pakistan, although only contributing less than 1 percent to global greenhouse gas emissions, is one of the most vulnerable countries to the impacts of climate change.” Said CS Sindh

He highlighted that Pakistan incurred a loss of $32 billion from the 2022 floods and is vulnerable to future environmental risks, underscoring the urgent need for proactive measures to mitigate such disasters.

Furthermore, he expressed concerns about the adverse effects of environmental changes on the River Indus. Chief Secretary Sindh Syed Asif Hyder Shah informed that the federal-level Living Indus project has been initiated, after consultation with environmental experts, stakeholders, and provincial governments. He expressed a desire for technical assistance from the British government to address environmental changes.

Syed Asif Hyder Shah also mentioned investment opportunities in energy, investment, and agriculture sectors in Sindh for British investors. British Deputy High Commissioner Sarah Mooney expressed interest in collaborating on the Living Indus project and other projects related to environment. Chief Secretary Sindh presented traditional souvenir to the British Deputy High Commissioner.

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