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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 Food Authority inks MoAs with ICCBS to ensure safe, hygienic, healthy food

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KARACHI: Sindh Food Authority (SFA), Government of Sindh, has signed two Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi.

Sindh Food Authority signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Halal Certification Testing and Research Services (HCTRS) and the Industrial Analytical Center (IAC), ICCBS, University of Karachi.

This MoA aims to create a long-term framework of collaboration, cooperation, and development of a strong linkage between SFA and the research centers of the ICCBS for the testing of food products, which is in the interest of both institutions.

The SFA Director General Agha Fakhar Hussain and Prof. Dr. Farzana Shaheen, the Director of the ICCBS, University of Karachi, signed the agreement in a meeting held at the HEJ, Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi on Friday evening.

Among others who attended the meeting were officials from SFA Prof. Dr. Asad Sayyed, Dr. Naveed Bhutto, Dr. Seema, Danish Arshad, and officials from ICCBS, including Prof. Dr. Abid Ali, Prof. Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf, Prof. Dr. Shabana Simjee, Prof. Dr. Asmat Salim, Dr. Imran Malik, Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan, Dr. Shakil Ahmed, Jawaid Riaz, and others.

In his talk, the SFA Director-General praised the efforts made by the ICCBS administration to make this agreement possible in the interest of Sindh province. He also praised the industrial support and national services of the International Center (ICCBS).

He said the authority’s goal was to guarantee that the people of Sindh were fed in a safe, hygienic, and healthy manner by standards.

I want to have strong relations between SFA and the ICCBS, University of Karachi, he said, adding that SFA is trying to make all possible efforts to provide better food items to the people of Sindh.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof. Farzana Shaheen congratulated the officials of the SFA and ICCBS on the signing of the agreement. She hoped that this agreement would further strengthen the University’s HCTRS and IAC in the province.

Halal Testing Laboratory works to standardize and uplift the high-quality standard of nutrition & hygiene in Halal-certified food & other products by international export quality standards, she said.

Talking about IAC, the director said that IAC was doing their best to meet customer’s testing requirements with integrity, reliability, accuracy, precision of data, and timeliness of reports to achieve customer satisfaction and define specifications in compliance with ISO/IEC Laboratory Accreditation System and ISO 9001Quality Management System.

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DG Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar disburses certificates

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KARACHI: Director General of the Sindh Food Authority Agha Fakhar Hussain distributed certificates among the participants at the HEJ, University of Karachi.

The certificates were given away to the participants of the highly prestigious Training Programme over Halal Food and Meat Detection Methods Training and Inter-laboratory Comparison for Organisation of Islamic cooperation (OIC) countries (2022-SMIC-006) held at Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in hybrid format on October 23, 2023. The certificate were signed by the SMIIC General Secretary.  

Prof. Dr. Syed Ghulam Musharraf (Tamgha-e- Imtiaz) and Prof. Dr. Farzana Sheen attended the event.

The SMIIC (Standards and Metrology Institute for Islamic Countries) is an intergovernmental and one of the 17 affiliated organizations of the OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation). Its primary focus is on standardization and metrology technical elements.

Pakistani candidates participated through online sessions. The participants were selected through a detailed procedure and tests.

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Sindh Food Authority appoints Dr Rashida Irtifaq as its Ambassador

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KARACHI: The Sindh Food Authority (SFA) is to appoint prominent educationist Professor Dr Rashida Irtifaq Ali as Honorary Senior Food Safety and Hygiene Ambassador.

In light of this significant appointment, a ceremony has been scheduled for January 9, 2024 at Jinnah Auditorium Dr AQ Khan Institute of Bio-Technology and Genetic Engineering, University of Karachi.

Caretaker Chief Minister Sindh Justice (R) Maqbool Baqar, Secretary Food, Government of Sindh and other dignitaries will attend the event to support the vision of the Sindh Food Authority.

Professor Dr Rashida Irtifaq Ali has been an integral part of Karachi University for the past fifty years where she not only fulfilled her teaching responsibilities but also played a pivotal role in establishing the Department of Food Sciences and Technology.

At the age of 85, Dr Rashida Ali continues to serve in academia and the industry, demonstrating an unparalleled commitment to education.

While talking to Sindhnews, Sindh Food Authority’s Director General Agha Fakhar Hussain said that the food authority had recognized contributions of Professor Dr Rashida Irtifaq by appointing her as the Honorary Senior Food Safety and Hygiene Ambassador, a position that reflects her expertise and dedication to the field.

The appointment of Dr Rashida Irtifaq will not only acknowledge her achievements but will also provide an opportunity to raise awareness among university students about the principles of health preservation related to food consumption.

In the event, Dr Rashida Irtifaq will also be presented with a shield by the Sindh Food Authority as a token of appreciation for her outstanding contributions, says Agha Fakhar.

The Sindh Food Authority was established in April 2018 under the SFA Act 2016 and the Authority has been established Under Section-3 (1) of the Act ibid with the mandate to provide safe, hygienic and health food to the people of Sindh, he adds.

The Authority is performing its functions accordingly as per the Sindh Food Authority Act 2016 but the major hurdle is the lack of awareness among general masses and food handlers at large, regarding the food safety and hygiene principles.

The authority’s mandate to provide safe, healthy and hygienic food to the people of Sindh can not only be achieved witht eh coercive measures but it requires general awareness campaign among the masses and food handlers and the issue demands the participation of all segments of the society, the DG concluded.

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