ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (APP):President Dr. Arif Alvi Tuesday said that presently, only 2 per cent Pakistanis were donating blood and there was a need to motivate people in this regard through various available platforms, including mosques.
The first aid services played a critical role in saving precious human lives and the Pakistan Red Crescent (PRC) was rendering admirable services, the president said in a briefing given by the Pakistan Red Crescent at the Aiwan-e-Sadr.
ISLAMABAD: The government has approved construction of about 30 roads and five bridges across the two districts of Chitral.
In this regard, funds for the projects have been transferred from the federal to the KP government. The provincial government has asked the deputy commissioners to prepare project concept 1 (PC-1) and submit the details on a priority basis.
The projects will be implemented under the Sustainable Development Goals Achievement Programne.
The KP government stated that the federal government has transferred over Rs4 billion to it for the implementation of the schemes across the province under the programme.
Except two roads, all the schemes in Chitral include construction of link roads and bridges inside villages and towns, documents seen by ChitralToday showed.
It may be noted that as per government announcement, Rs1 billion have been allocated for the construction of the Chitral-Shandur road in the budget 2019-20.
However, work on the project is nowhere in sight. All major roads across Chitral are in poor shapes as they have not been rehabilitated for years.
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KARACHI, Aug 20 (APP):KARACHI, Aug 20 (APP): Treasury Management Division of
National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) on Tuesday issued the following
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By Prof. Rahmat Karim Baig
This summer Chitral experienced the worst aspect of global warming in July when GLOF hit the narrow valley of Golen, washing away the channel of the 108 mg hydel powerhouse, three irrigation pipelines and two water supply schemes within minutes. It was because of the unusual heat that forced out the volume of water in the lakes in the glaciers of the said valley.
This caused havoc and power supply has not been restored, water supply is still far behind and the affected people are clamoring for relief but with low results. The people of the valley suffered greatly and remained besieged for weeks in the absence of the bridges which were the only source of exit from the valley. All the Government functionaries made much hue and cry and spoke of their efforts but conditions have not been brought to normalcy. Much work is yet to be done.
The same type of GLOF condition hit other glacier-fed rivers of Chitral where the lakes inside the glaciers in the floors of the higher valleys burst out and flooded every other day. This situation was seen in the Terich valley where the source of the river lies in the glaciers of the base of Terich Mir and its sister peaks that flooded, rose considerably higher than usual and carried away live and dead wood of the uplands and broke protection walls at many places along the side of the river.
The Udren Darband glacier also did the same feat as well as the Roshgol and Ziwar valley rivers. The sediment and debris which they carried down from the higher basins of the rivers diverted the old riverbeds and caused damages to cultured forests and poplar trees on both sides of the rivers concerned. To the government functionaries the damaged and broken protection walls, the uprooting of cultured forests and poplar trees count little but for the owners concerned these are valuable and bring cash as source of income and should be treated as damages to assets because the growth of the trees takes dozens of years and the erection of protection walls needs millions of Rupees either from the govt. funds or from other sources and individual contributions.
This happened this year and may happen the next year but PDMA stands unconcerned, and takes it sufficient to issue ALERTS on and off … as if it is the only solution that is known to them. Last year this scribe submitted an application for construction of a protection wall to save a certain high school building but in reply they wrote an evasive answer ‘ that compensation is not the duty of PDMA’ whereas in the said application the word ‘compensation’ had not been written in any line of the application and it had repeatedly asked for CONSTRUCTION OF PROTECTION WALL’.
That is an evasive tactic of the offices concerned. I have the copy of the said reply from PDMA and will show to the Prime Minister at some suitable stage. Moreover the damages sustained by the people in scores of villages of Chitral have not been recorded by any agency for relief even at normal scale and as a show of sympathy from the PTI government. Most of the resources have been routed to a certain district and the rest are at the mercy of circumstances.
The reoccurrence of GLOF has now been a chronic threat for uplands and the people living along the rivers and streams and all such vulnerable settlements must be identified and relief articles should be stored in each valley for quick response before the people die of shortage of food, medicines, shelter, etc. It all falls on the shoulders of the PDMA and local administration. Those who claim to focus on GLOF cases are bond to one petty valley and unaware of the gigantic glaciers that lie in the heart of Hindu Kush and stretch for dozens of kilo metres and drain into the valleys such as upper Terich glacier, Darband glacier, Roshgol glacier, Nurughi glacier, Hushko glacier, Kotgaz glacier, Chati boi glacier- all of them are more than 20 km long and have vast accumulation of ice that breaks and release immeasurable volume of water within minutes, and no one from GLOF has visited those far off valleys but they must per claim.
There are people living around with their own identities. Socio-cultural, religious and global identities and divides encounter with ethics of globalism on the one hand and tribalism on the other. It has increasingly been highlighted that moral grounds of decision(s) have faded, now globally and seen in local contexts also. The populism in geo-politics has its own dynamics of attracting public attention for ‘appealing’ demands, and wishes of the people realized politically. The electoral politics, globally, couched in nationalism in US, EU and South Asia has given a political edge to the political leaders to win power on those policies which turn identities into divides. The politics of power, as local and global dynamism impact it and determine, has its own patterns making the things to happen in a particular setting. It can easily be seen that how local appeals are determined by political will in societies where people have their own political demands from their leaders; and mandating parties or institution (s) to run the machinery of administration the way what were demanded for. There the societies, how developed and conscious of identity (crisis), determine where the tribalism makes its presence in our midst, and to highlight identities. It is, however, a line which has to be drawn whether the identity, even furnishes into power, does qualify to be sensitive of tribalism against globalism or vice-versa. For collective thinking and being important is a way forward to accept pluralistic view of world which celebrates comforting identities. Some countries, and leaders, have come to power couched in nationalistic appeals to float in both waters of globalism and de-globalized enterprises have transformed much needed global worldview into an aching direction.
There were, and are, tribal dynamics which have determined decisions, rule and nature of power politics, and get their mileage from those patterns which either test to preserve their precinct identities or barely accommodating divides. The policy of assimilation, however, has widely been critiqued for its challenge to multiple identities and its reinforcement into monolithic imaging overemphasizing the cause of greater unity within, and outside. There are people, around the world, have their own history, culture, beliefs and identities which they keep, and being remembered on the backdrop of the nature of response they pose to a natural and social impacts. It is but for their survival of identity, may unusually be peculiar, they sustain it. Every individual writes one’s own history. The crisis of identity(ies), a major fallout, where there it starts, with the course of time, may turn into divides; and vice-versa. It depends on the nature and extent of purpose, policy targets at state level, whether social or political; and its application in a socio-political and cultural setting. Keeping the context protected, from negative fallouts, is a major challenge which needs continual tracking on trail what had been targeted for common weal. The necessity, in case we are deeply obsessed with our personal identities, is not letting them to harm our co-existence in the age of globalism. There, no doubt, are multiple identities of individuals and entities, and there are histories and living ethics of different communities, should be respected, preserved and promoted but not on the expense of embolden divides. The societies, led by socially conscious leaders, one way or the other, may help building coordinated efforts from collective consent against the backdrop of individualistic tendencies, in social context, for the realization of our social ecosystem and harmony. It may help to build knowledge societies for better knowledge economy, reconstructing local knowledge into productive capacities and skills required for developing conditions. Our worldview, with respect to identities and divides, changes when societies bring indigenous knowledge and wisdom in line with science of 21st century skills and market demands. Time, in this age, is something most precious commodity one can sacrifice for collective thinking of making societal arrangements and setups stronger than individualistic tendencies in our social settings to think globally against tribalism locally. (The writer is a researcher based in Chitral).
ISLAMABAD, Aug 20 (APP):Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Tuesday welcomed reconciliatory role of United States President Donald Trump on Kashmir situation and the regional peace.
In a series of tweets, the SAPM said the nation was proud of the fact that Prime Minister Imran Khan strongly contested the case of Kashmir at international level.
She said the international community has taken cognizance of the situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir and has been expressing concerns over the unilateral Indian actions there.