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Sindh Child Protection Authority to assist Ranipur’s Fatima case



KARACHI: The Sindh Child Protection Authority to assist Ranipur’s Fatima case after finding it as horrific case of child labor, domestic abuse, and murder.

Soon after the reports of a minor girl died in Ranipur town of district Khairpur allegedly by torture at the Haveli of Pir of Ranipur, the most experienced and honest Secretary Social Welfare Department Shereen Narejo took note of the situation and instructed Director General Sindh Child Protection Authority Nisar Ahmed Shaikh to personally supervise minute to minute development of the case, gather all the details and assist the victim family.

According to DG Sindh Child Protection Authority Nisar Ahmed Shaikh, the Child Protection Officer took hold of all relevant information leading to exposing the culprits behind this heinous crime, visited residence of the victim family, pursued the process culminating in lodging of FIR against the actual perpetrators of the crime.

According to report of the Child Protection Officer, who shared it with Sindh Child Protection Authority, that a 10 years old girls Fatima Phuriro has been subjected to severe domestic violence, torture, insult and physical abuse that eventually caused in her death at the Haveli of Pir of Ranipur where the little girl was detained to work as a maid servant by family members of renowned Pir of the locality exploiting the poverty of the family. CPO further disclosed that the victim girl belonged to the village Ali Muhammad Phuriro near Khan Wahan, taluka Sobhodero.

Moreover,  the facts of the case as reported by the CPO are that the girl has been bonded labor to work at the Haveli of Pir of Ranipur for the last 8 months and was from a very poor family who was unable to afford-up bringing of their children thus sent them to carry out labor from tender-age under compulsion of their economic plight. She was among three female siblings detained to work at Pir’s Haveli.

The police have registered FIR against the nominated culprits, a copy of which has also been obtained by the CPO. Few accused/culprits have been arrested including the main accused Asad Shah, SHO of the area and DHO concerned as the latter two were allegedly found attempting to suppress and cover up the facts in order to protect and save the culprits of heinous crime.  The investigation is underway for further verification. 

However, another main accused Hina Shah has been granted protective bail by the Sindh High Court at Sukkur.  In the meanwhile, the police has obtained permission for exhumation of the body for post-mortem examination as the girl was buried secretively by parents – apparently out of fear of influential people/

The Sindh Child Protection Authority is fully committed to provide all legal and other help to the victim family and will leave no stone unturned in bringing the culprits to the justice as the CPO Khairpur and other officers of SWD have been directed by the Secretary, DG Sindh Child Protection Authority to pursue the case  regularly sharing the development constantly with SCPA and SWD.

Furthermore, the CPO have also been directed to extend legal support to the family of victim with close-coordination of Khairpur Bar Council so that the culprits must not be got away with and an example be set in order to create deterrence against recurrence of such acts in the society.


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



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



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



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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