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Sindh Child Protection Authority to assist Ranipur’s Fatima case

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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.

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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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