Last updated when July 29, 2020 4:34 p.m.
Governor Sindh calls the President
ISLAMABAD (Dunya News) – Sindh Governor Imran Ismail on Wednesday asked President Dr Arif Alvi to discuss the situation in Karachi after the recent rains.
According to press releases, they discussed solutions to problems that arose in Karachi after the recent rainfall and reviewed various proposals in this regard.
During the meeting, Pakistan’s chief organizer Tehreek-i-Insaf Karachi Saifullah Nizai was also present.
The Governor will submit this proposal to the Prime Minister.
Call to pull the country out of crisis
Lahore:Jamaat-e-Islami Naib of the Amir Liaquat Baloch warned that conspiracies are being hatched to create chaos in the country.
Ministers and secular lobbies were involved in the scheme to different groups will compete to the detriment of the country’s peace and sovereignty, he said during a conversation with the Director of Jamia Urwatul Wusqa, Syed Jawad Naqvi and custodian of the MIAN Mir Shrine of PIR Haroon Gilani called on him at Mansoora on Monday.
He said that the country’s leadership must understand the danger and to sit together to develop a strategy to pull the country out of multiple crises. Baloch said government has requested the support of the opposition before the end of the process, accountability and compliance with IMF and FATF. It was expected the so-called mainstream opposition parties support the proposal of the government, in their own interests, he said, adding the people of Pakistan, however, never take this step.
visit: the Secretary of the Department of Punjab tourism, Mr Ehsan Bhutta visited the various monuments in Lahore. During his visit, he inspected the volunteer, action of the monsoon, the preservation and development of the Chauburji gateway, Bahadur grave Khan, Shalamar gardens, tombs Budhu, in Gulab Bagh gateway and Dai Anga tomb.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Benetick Maddison was born in Majuro, the capital of the Marshall Islands. Now, he works as a project specialist for the Marshall community group in Springdale, and he does what he can to help a minority populations affected by COVID-19 disproportionately.
Maddison said he was surprised state legislators did not act last week on proposals to allocate funds towards targeted responses in the Latin and Marshall communities.
“We have tried to put information out there for the community and try to update whatever the CDC is sharing with the public,” Maddison said. “This is a very difficult time for the community. We just want to try to do what we can to reduce the cases here but also save lives. “
Last Friday, the state legislature of the Arkansas Legislative Council (ALC) refused to postpone its rules to consider the Department of Health’s request for $ 7 million more in spending authority to provide federal coronavirus funding to the Northwest Arkansas Council’s Health Care Transformation Division. The proposal outlines more COVID-19 contact tracing and testing for the Hispanic and Marshall communities.
“The Board proposal will provide comprehensive COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and case coordination within the Latin and Marshall communities in Northwest Arkansas, along with the counties of Independence, Randolph, Sevier, and Yell,” said Nelson Peacock, President and CEO of the Council Northwest Arkansas. “The efforts outlined in this proposal are recommended by the CDC and the Arkansas Department of Health. UAMS NW and the Community Clinic were asked to coordinate this effort due to longstanding relationships with community leaders and partners in the Latin and Marshall communities in Northwest Arkansas. “
Legislators who vote against considering proposals cite fiscal concerns, lack of clarity or encouragement for alternative measures as reasons why they make decisions.
Because we have placed $ 20 million on very critical needs and another $ 16 million in reserves. Very important! Once the importance of the work has begun. I think someone is trying to make this political? https://t.co/qMDDE9NRKl
– Robin Lundstrum (@RobinLundstrum) July 25, 2020
Let’s look at some members of the NWA Board.
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– Bob Ballinger (@Bob_Ballinger) July 25, 2020
State Senator Bob Ballinger (right) said there were too many unanswered questions to sign because he moved $ 7 million.
“I think what we are doing now is a good start,” Ballinger said. “At present, the Department of Health is engaged, targeting these communities. The governor assembles a task force that is directly responsible for finding ways to reach these communities. “
Ballinger said he would not close the door to re-evaluate the plans of the Northwest Arkansas Council in the future.
“Honestly, if the Northwest Arkansas Council can show that they can do it better than the state of Arkansas can do it, I can relate it to that, and we can see that,” Ballinger said. “I would say what we need to do is start educating people from their perspective about why the legislature, which has the responsibility for allocation, needs to invest in more than the $ 40 million we have spent on contact tracing.”
Other legislators such as State Senator Jim Hendren (right) said they were disappointed they could at least not consider the proposal. Hendren said the plan stipulated the need for separate contact tracing specifically for Marshall and Latin cultures and languages, and this was not done through the Department of Health.
Maybe there is a time #arleg must refuse to agree to the suspension of rules that allow additional calendars to be heard. Approving federal dollars for CDC-recommended assistance to minority communities damaged by COVID is not one of those.
– Jim Hendren (@ JimHendren1) July 24, 2020
“They gave us proposals that had been available for five days for members to read, and I visited the Senate Steering Committee members before the ALC meeting,” Hendren said. “So, I’m rather surprised that we refused to approve it.”
Hendren said he supported an emergency meeting to review and consider the plans of the Northwest Arkansas Council, citing the need to act quickly before more cases and deaths engulfed the hardest-hit minority community.
“I don’t think we can wait another month, which is the next time ALC meets to approve these steps,” Hendren said. “We will have many people infected over the next 30 days, and every day we wait, hundreds more will be infected in this population that is very struggling. Usually, there are six days’ requirements for ALC to be fulfilled, but we defer the rules, so that will give us the ability to fulfill [this] Sunday.”
Governor Asa Hutchinson (right) reiterated his support for passing the Northwest Arkansas Council plan in a tweet Sunday.
See my statement about the failure of the Legislature to approve funding for more resources to fight COVID-19 in minority communities. pic.twitter.com/80hYi92gkr
– Asa Hutchinson Government (@AHHutchinson) July 26, 2020
“I hope this will be reconsidered next week, but every day that passes without action only increases the chance of the virus spreading,” said the Hutchinson statement, in part.
April Brown is the President of the Marshallese Educational Initiative (MEI), and he says the minority population he works with deals with threats in COVID-19, and he agrees with the governor’s sentiment.
“It is the government’s obligation to protect its people, protect the population,” Brown said. “That must be the first priority. After everyone is recovered, the economy will return. “
In Washington County, 60% of corona virus-related deaths have occurred in the Marshall community even though the group is a small part of the overall population. Brown links this to their work in places like poultry mills, and many members of the Marshall community are unable to oppose the cycle that has been applied to important workplaces.
MEI’s work has been expanded to feed the Marshall family, help pay rent and provide other services that were tense during the pandemic. Nonprofits work from donations, which means MEI relies on Northwest Arkansans to become community administrators. Brown said that he has appreciated aid since the pandemic began.
“We were overwhelmed by requests, and we ran out of funds,” Brown said.
Most of the funds allocated to minority communities are distributed without serious input from groups who work with Marshall and Latino people every day, Brown said, which means targeted responses are not as direct as they should be.
“There is a lot of good intentions and trying to get money where it is needed,” Brown said. “People who don’t have an agency or loud voices, those who don’t hear, but those who need [aid] the most.”
Brown said he hoped to see a legislative committee look at the Northwest Arkansas Council proposal.
“I think it’s very important that this be approved,” Brown said. “I still don’t have a clear answer why [this wasn’t approved]. Medical experts all over the world say this is how you will stop [COVID-19]”
Maddison agreed with Brown, and he said something needed to be done before school continued and opportunities for family-to-family distribution increased.
“First of all it doesn’t make sense to open [without a better response to the virus]”But that’s something to think about,” Maddison said. “I don’t know if these officials really thought about it.”
KARACHI / LAHORE / PESHAWAR: A four-month long protest by workers from the Jang-Geo Group continues against strict restrictions on media freedom, crackdown on the Group and prolonged detention from Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakilur-Rahman. Held throughout the country, protesters including lawyers, journalists and media organizations join hands with Group workers to protest against the government. They held placards and raised slogans criticizing government policies to suppress the press.
In Karachi, former president of the Supreme Court Association Yasin Azad said that prime minister Imran Khan should focus his energy on getting Pakistan out of the economic crisis rather than retaliating against independent media. Speaking at the protest, he said that the editor-in-chief paid the price for refusing to surrender under the incessant government pressure to determine his editorial line. The secretary general of the Confederation of Employees of Pakistan’s Newspaper Shakil Yamin Kanga said that the National Responsibility Bureau had to be dissolved after the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Khawaja brothers case. In Lahore, Jang, The News and Geo workers protested against troops illegally arresting the Group’s chief editor. Group Editor Jang Shaheen Qureshi said Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman would not bow down before tyrants. If he is subject to coercion, that would have happened long before. Mir Shakil never wavered from the position he took. Daily Jang, The News, and Geo News always experienced the tyranny of the dictators but the Group persisted. Among those who spoke on the occasion were Khizer Hayat Gondal, Sher Ali Khalti, Nasim Qureshi and Awais Qarni, Muhammad Shafiq, Ishaq Shakir, Munawwar, Afsar Khan, Aziz Sheikh, Javed, Muhammad Farooq, Khalid Qureshi, Muhammad Wajid, Wahab Khanzada, Shahid
Likewise in Peshawar, Jang Group workers continued their protest against the detention of the Chief Editor.
Lahore – the court of responsibility (TSO), on Tuesday called Chan /editor in chief of the Group of companies geo-Shakeel-ur-Rahman Mir (MCP) on 5 August, accused of illegal land allotment case.
The court also issued notices to former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former Lahore development authority (LDA) Director General Humayun Faiz and former LDA Director of land development MIAN Bashir Ahmed in the case.
Liability of judges judicial Asad Ali conducted the proceedings on the reference filed against Shaquille the world and others. A request to the court about the absence of the accused, the Prosecutor NAB Haris Qureshi said that he was in custody only Shaquille the world, while Muhammad Nawaz Sharif went abroad.
He further claimed that former Director General LDA Humayun Faiz and former Director of the LDA of the Land, MIAN Ahmad Bashir had not been arrested.
The court questioned that why Shaquille the world has not been made. Which the NAB Prosecutor said that he was not made due COVID-19 of the Protocol. Subsequently, the court postponed further proceedings on the link until August 5, and summoned all the accused.
It is appropriate to note here that the National accountability Bureau (NAB) has filed reference against Mir Shakeel and others.
KARACHI – The National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on Saturday directs the provinces to ensure strict compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Eid al-Adha and during the holy month of Muharram together with encouraging public compliance with safety guidelines.
The NCOC special session was chaired by the Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar flanked by NCOC Lieutenant General Coordinator, Hamood Uz Zaman Khan and the forum’s central team.
Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah when hosting an exclusive NCOC session welcomed the NCOC central team and said that NCOC’s role in dealing with the pandemic was important. The NCOC session in the provincial capital will improve coordination and are proven to assist provincial management in combating the pandemic. However, at the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the provincial government faced problems related to hospital facilities for COVID treatment that were collectively resolved by the federal and provincial governments.
He added that health facilities were in a better position and there was a need to take preventative measures to manage Eid al-Adha, Muharram and Rabi-ul-Awwal.
Speaking at the occasion, Federal Minister and NCOC Chair Asad Umar said the purpose of holding a special session in the province was to hold consultations on core issues with the provincial government and acknowledge their efforts in combating COVID-19.
He also said that selective locking was being carried out in hotspot areas against the spread of coronavirus in the province. He said that two separate hospitals for the treatment of coronavirus patients had been established in Karachi.
He also said that selling and buying sacrificial animals on the streets had been banned in the province.
He added that the use of masks and adherence to SOPs along with applicable monitoring mechanisms are very important in the livestock market for containing a coronavirus pandemic. “The reduced death of COVID-19 patients and active cases does not mean complacency and avoids following safety protocols because it will worsen the situation.”
He added that the doctors, paramedics, administration and law enforcement agencies of Sindh including all provinces have provided meritorious services.
Federal Minister for Interior Brigadier (R) Ejaz Ahmed Shah said that all provinces were involved in the process of designing SOPs and guidelines where implementation was also ensured. He added that the guidelines were shared with provinces where punitive measures were launched against illegal cattle markets.
Ejaz Ahmed Shah said that a strong control mechanism would also be created to ensure strict compliance with SOPs in the livestock market.
He added that guidelines for the holy month of Muharram were also ongoing and would be distributed to the provinces.
The forum praised Sindh’s test and traceability mechanism and also acknowledged that they had strongly implemented the Test, Trace and Quarantine (TTQ) strategy.
Provincial ministers for health, education, local government, Sindh police inspector general, provincial chief secretary and others via video link participated in the meeting.
Federal Minister Asad Umar along with Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar visited the COVID-19 Infection Research and Disease Center which was set up at the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Speaking to the media after the visit, Asad Umar said that the number of records allocated to the health sector in the federal budget for fiscal year 2020-21, added that efforts were underway throughout the country with help from each provincial government.
He said that basically health is the subject of the province but because we are facing a pandemic and emergency situation, we have decided to build 7,000 beds across the country until July 2020. “Of these 7,000 beds, 500 beds will be built in Karachi. I am grateful that Abbasi Shaheed Hospital has completed its task of building beds, “he added.
The Federal Minister said that modern laboratories should also be established together with the Center for Research and Infectious Diseases. “This center will fully support KMC for the improvement of the Abbas Shaheed Hospital,” he said.
Asad Umar said that he would speak with the Chair of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority to ensure the supply of oxygen kits for isolation rooms in KMC hospitals. “I will also ask the Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah to resolve the financial problems of health institutions including the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital,” he added.
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Despite assurances from the Sindh health department that all vaccine providers’ demands will be met, hundreds of vaccine providers from various districts in Sindh have promised to follow their plans to sit at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) today (Tuesday) and warn that if their demands unfulfilled, they will begin marching at the Chief Minister Sindh’s House in the afternoon.
Around 300 vaccination centers remained closed in Sindh on Monday as hundreds of vaccine providers reached KPC from various districts in Sindh as well as various areas in Karachi to protest and pressurize the provincial government to accept their demands, which included regularizing jobs, paying salaries and increasing service structures. they are the same way as Punjab and other provinces.
“Today, the Additional Secretary of Health Mushtaq Soomro together with Project Director of the Immunization Expansion Program (EPI) Dr. Akram Sultan and Dr. Sikandar Memon visited us at KPC and assured us that all our demands had been accepted but we told them that without publishing the notice, we will not end our protest, “Khuda Bux Qureshi, general secretary of the Vaccination Joint Action Committee told The News.
Hundreds of vaccinations chanted slogans in support of their demands outside KPC, saying that all vaccination centers will remain closed until their demands are met.
“Vaccine has been forced to work without salary for the past few months. They are not given facilities by the department. We are experiencing injustice while large funds are being received from international donors to facilitate the vaccination program. It will not continue like this anymore, “Qureshi said, adding that they felt sorry for unvaccinated children for delaying the tactics of health ministry officials.
Other vaccinators alleged that several health department officials were involved in delaying tactics because they wanted to extort money from the vaccinators’ salaries. They said that instead of bowing before the demands of corrupt health ministry officials, the vaccinators decided to take to the streets and raise their voices against injustice.
“Sindh Health Minister Dr Azra Pechuho asked people to have their children vaccinated at EPI centers but he was actually misled by officials because vaccination centers had been closed for weeks in Sindh because vaccinators were protesting. The fact is that the vaccination program in Sindh has been suspended indefinitely. Children were not vaccinated for 11 diseases. We suggest that the government meet our demands and help children get vaccinated, “Qureshi said.
Dr Sultan, who visited KPC to negotiate with the protesting vaccine providers, said all the demands of the vaccine providers, including the regularization of 58 GAVI and WHO vaccines, salary expenditure and the improvement of their service structures, had been received and now notification in this matter would be issued. in time.
“All vaccine provider demands are genuine and in principle accepted by the health department. I am their biggest advocate and today I together with Mushtaq Soomro’s Health Secretary visited the vaccine providers who protested and assured them that their demands had been accepted and a notification in this matter would be issued soon, “said Dr. Sultan.
Lahore:Jamaat-e-Islami Naib Amir Liaquat Baloch said the powerful judiciary and a Strong parliamentary system based on genuinely democratic principles are needed in the country to exit current crisis and achieve progress.
Speaking at a meeting of the delegation of the party Friday, he said that every ruler in Pakistan considered himself a king, is not answerable to anyone, forgetting the fact that one day he/she must leave the corridors of power.
The JI leader said the Supreme court of Pakistan should make recommendations for religious scholars, banning them to make controversial statements, causing unrest in society. Baloch also expressed regret about human rights violations in the Indian occupied Kashmir and Palestine. He said that the international community’s silence on the atrocities in the occupied territory was a criminal.