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Sindh’s law and order gets Rs 119.98bn



KARACHI: Aimed at ensuring safety and security of precious human lives, the Sindh government has earmarked Rs 119.98 billion in the annual budget for the Fiscal Year 2022-23.

This was announced by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah while presenting budget 2022-23 in the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday. For the next financial year 2022-23, the total allocation for home department, including Sindh Police and Jails, has been enhanced to Rs 124.873 billion from Rs 119.98 billion during current financial year.

Murad Ali Shah said that law and order has always remained one of the primary focus of his government, adding that “We are constantly trying our best to provide safe and protected environment to the people and it is our responsibility to protect the life and property of the people.”

Recently there have been few very unfortunate terrorist incidents across Karachi. There were three blasts in Karachi Sadder area and one suicide blast on the premises of University of Karachi killing four people including three Chinese nationals. These incidents have been extremely concerning for the Government of Sindh.

Consequently, we have made significant improvements in intelligence analysis by actively engaging all law enforcement agencies. We are trying our best to ensure that proactive measures are taken to counter the recent wave of terrorism. In acknowledgement of the sacrifices made by the Chinese nationals, killed in the recent Karachi University blast, Arts & Social Sciences Auditorium at University of Karachi will be named after the deceased Chinese.

During the current financial year, several milestones were achieved, I would mention few of them:

  • Rs. 500 million have been disbursed as compensation among families of shuhada and injured personnel of security forces.
  • Approximately Rs.1 billion have been distributed among Police personnel and their families as financial assistance.
  • During last three financial years modern weaponry at Rs. 2.274 billion has been procured for police department.
  • 13 Crime Scene Units in investigation wing of Karachi Police have been established and 23 more are being established in other districts of Sindh.
  • Engraving machines have been purchased for forensic department for Rs. 25 million.
  • An online complaint redressal mechanism has been established in all districts of Sindh with centralized complaint lodging and follow-up mechanism.
  • 0.5% Employment Quota has been reserved for trans-genders in Police.
  • Women police station have been established in all districts of Sindh.
  • 10 Special Investigation Complexes have been established.
  • 07 One Stop Women & Child Protection Centers have been established and a proposal for 24 new ones are with the Home Department for final approval.
  • 24 ADP schemes are at the stage of completion including 15 new police station buildings.
  • Construction of “Sindh forensic science laboratory” has been started in the current financial year.
  • 259 reporting rooms are being established at police station level.
  • Witness Identification Centre is being established in Karachi.


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



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



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



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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