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Dangerous division | Instant News

The US elections have shown us how dangerous a country divided is. It also highlights the risks posed when a leader, in this case Donald Trump, publicly speaks out for racists, fascists and others who hold extreme views.

The fact that Trump has been doing it for four years appears to have prompted those who hold such beliefs to express them publicly. Their prejudice, hidden for years under layers of deception and political correctness, has emerged in the emergence of groups that believe in various types of extremism, and in some cases, also violence. They include the all-white, all-male Proud Boys whom Trump mentioned in one of his debating speeches, as well as a mixture of neo Nazis, skinheads, fascists, and even remnants of the Ku Klux Klan.

The challenge for Joe Biden is to knit the country back together and bring it together. Whether he can do it is hard to say. It will take some time. It will take patience, it will take some effort and it will probably take a decade or more of changes and gradually returning to the older norm.

Trump’s example takes us back to our own country. Our prime minister publicly praised Trump as a man who behaved spontaneously and frankly. Imran Khan said that Trump and him have similar traits. This is all fine, but scary too. We asked because some observers said Imran’s Tiger Force was some kind of potential militia.

But, of course, the problem of division goes far beyond the existence of extremist groups. These have existed for many years in the US and include organizations such as the National Alliance founded in the 1970s by William Pierce, whose son later left the group and closed it after entering the complex on which it was based. There is always a danger that such groups can gain stronger and stronger power in Pakistan, where some already exist.

The real problem, however, is about divided countries. The US is currently divided – on the basis of race, on the basis of faith, on the basis of loyalty, and on the basis of the color blue or red, representing Democrats or Republicans. But there are also other differences based on gender, beliefs and ways of life. Pakistan is not that different. Our political reality has been cut off completely without any real ability to unite, or work as one, for the country and its people. A democratically elected government, however, is expected to work for the people. So can other leaders from other parties, who may not be part of the government, but are part of parliament.

In our situation, we saw hatred expressed openly between PTI and PML-N. The PPP has at times changed its position from one way to another, making it a little unclear what Bilawal Bhutto actually meant when he gave his speech. And we have resentment in Karachi, among influencers in that troubled city. The challenge for the leaders must be to unite our country and create a more harmonious federation. This is not an easy task; the fact that we have witnessed in the US where riots broke out as soon as the polls opened, even if some were limited, shows us how important it is to prevent a total split between groups and political forces. They need to be able to sit together, maintain their gaze, but at least be able to talk.

Currently, we are not at this point. There is no possibility that the main parties will be willing to sit down together to discuss issues with the country, which currently numbers a lot. The dangers range from inflation, which literally puts food out of reach of millions of people in the country, to the Covid virus and incoming problems, such as smog caused by environmental pollution and climate change, which have severely affected farmers.

We also have differences between society and government. There is absolutely no logical reason for the Punjab government and its police to act so cruelly against farmers who have chosen to protest peacefully in Lahore and raise their demands for higher prices for the goods they sell, or reduced prices for fertilizers, pesticides, and other equipment they need to produce the food and other items we use every day. Attacks with water cannons, tear gas and clubs, resulting in the death of at least one farmer were completely unnecessary. But we have seen such violence against students and social activists, and other groups before. Even the teachers and nurses have been attacked just like the junior doctors.

We need to create more tolerance for harmony, and a greater willingness to accept different points of view. We also need to learn from America and develop the capacity to be able to speak, no matter what differences there may be. Until this happens, there is no real hope for a future that is nonviolent and unrest.

The job of our prime minister and his team must be to create these situations so that people can learn to live in a place that offers the safety, security and tolerance that all human beings need, wherever they live and what they do.

The writer is a freelance columnist and former newspaper editor.

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Karachi men’s and women’s teams won the Sepaktakraw Inter-Divisional title | Instant News

KARACHI: Karachi men’s and women’s teams won the 9th Sindh Inter-Divisional Sepaktakraw Championship in Hyderabad on Sunday.

In the men’s final, Karachi took the trophy by beating Benazirabad 2-0 after an exciting match. In the women’s final, Karachi won the title by beating Mirpur Khas 2-0. Previously, Karachi beat Sukkur 2-0 in the first men’s semifinal played at MCB Hall, Hyderabad. In the second semifinal, Benazirabad beat Mirpur Khas 2-1.

In the first women’s semifinal, Karachi beat Benazirabad 2-0 and Mirpurkhas beat Hyderabad 2-0 in the second semifinal. Karachi’s Farhan Khan was declared the championship’s best player.


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The elimination of class-based divisions in education, the government’s top priority: PM | Instant News

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday said that eliminating existing class-based divisions in the country’s education sector was the government’s top priority at the moment.

The uniform education system is not only a necessity of modern times but also a basic right of every child, he added.

The prime minister expressed this view while chairing a meeting here on the uniform curriculum.

The meeting was attended by Minister of Federal Education and Professional Education Shafqat Mehmood, Minister of Education of Punjab Province Murad Ras, Minister of Higher Education of Punjab Province Yasir Humayun, Minister of Education of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Province Shehram Tarkai, Parliament Secretary of Federal Ministry of Education Mohtarma Wajiha Ikram and senior officers.

The prime minister said the new generation should fully realize the life and sunnah of the Prophet (s) because “Hazrat Muhammad is the only role model for us and His Sunnah is a beacon of light for us”.

He emphasized that the National Education Policy in addition to bringing an increase in the quality of education will also empower all levels of society and provide equal opportunities.

However, the prime minister added that the success of the system depends on the selection of teaching staff and increasing their capacity.

He said that the new policy would enable quality education in Pakistan, while the uniform education system would serve as a role model for other countries in the region to follow suit.

Federal Minister Shafqat Mehmood said at the meeting that the introduction of a uniform curriculum at the national level aims to foster students’ analytical and creative abilities.

Apart from promoting curricular education and Pakistanism, the new system also aims to equip students with golden principles such as honesty, justice, tolerance, respect, mutual harmony, awareness of the environment, democracy, human rights, sustainable development and self-defense. .

The meeting emphasized the need for character building of students to be given special attention in the uniform education system.

During the meeting it was informed that the new curriculum has been formulated with reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and will be implemented in all public and private schools and religious seminaries across the country.

“The promotion of Islamic teachings, Islam will be taught as a separate subject in the curriculum from grades 1 to 12. For minority students subjects have been introduced to separate subjects, namely religious education which will be taught in Grade One,” said the meeting.

The meeting also discussed that the focus of uniform curricular education is to equip students with contemporary needs and in that the consultation process with all stakeholders has been completed.


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PCIC proposes a separate waste disposal, establishing a regulatory agency at the divisional level | Instant News

The coordination committee for federally funded projects implemented in Sindh has proposed a separate autonomous body at the division level for waste disposal work while assigning policy formulation responsibility to the Sindh Waste Management Council (SSWMB).

Similar arrangements have also been proposed for the control function of the building, which is currently under the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA).

This came up in a Provincial Coordination and Implementation Committee (PCIC) meeting held at the Main Minister’s House on Saturday with CM Murad Ali Shah as chairman.

The meeting was attended by federal ministers Asad Umar and Aminul Haq, provincial ministers Saeed Ghani and Nasir Shah, Karachi Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Humayun Aziz, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Ali Shah, Chairman of Planning and Development M Waseem, GOC Major General Karachi M Aqeel, Chief Secretary CM Sajid Jamal Abro, Administrator Karachi Iftikhar Shallwani, Commissioner Karachi Sohail Rajput, Transport Secretary Sharif Ahmed, Regional Government Secretary Najam Shah, Managing Director of Karachi Water and Water Discharge Agency (MD) Asadullah Khan, SSWMB MD Zubair Channa, and others.

After discussing the cleanliness of rainwater drains in the city, the meeting concluded that the drains would remain clogged until and unless an efficient garbage disposal system was not developed in the city.

This suggests that due to the improper disposal of garbage from the roads, solid waste is dumped into waterways, choking it resulting in city flooding during heavy rains.

Meeting participants proposed to the provincial government to allow SSWMB to function as a central policy-making organization and to establish separate and autonomous bodies at all head offices in the province for door-to-door waste collection, and municipal solid waste transport to waste transfer stations and then to landfill sites.

Under this proposed arrangement, Karachi, Hyderabad, Larkana, Sukkur, Mirpurkhas and Shaheed Benazirabad will have separate solid waste.

management agency to keep these cities neat and tidy.

The meeting was told that there are 422 dangerous buildings in the city but the buildings that have collapsed over the past few months are all illegal construction.

It said that stopping illegal construction was necessary to protect people’s lives and property. The meeting proposed to the provincial government to allow the SBCA to function as a policy-making organization while Karachi, Hyderabad and other divisions may have separate autonomous bodies for building control functions.

It was also shown that every newly constructed building must have a certain life span and if it collapses before its life is complete, the builder must take responsibility.

CM said that the Provincial Government would consider the coordination committee’s proposal.

The meeting also proposed hiring a consultant to design the aqueduct according to the master plan and submit a report so that encroachment could be removed from the canal. The meeting decided to draw up a detailed plan for the rehabilitation of people living along the waterways.

During the meeting it was informed that the PC-I project K-IV was being changed because the construction cost had increased rapidly.

It was informed that the Wapda chairman and his team will visit the K-IV site on 5 November. The completion of the K-IV project has been submitted to the federal government while augmentation work will be carried out by the provincial government.

Advocate General Sindh was directed that the judicial stay order be emptied so that obstacles in completing the K-IV project could be removed.

During the meeting it was informed that local government departments were working to check whether the capacity of the water supply scheme from Haleji to Karachi could be increased from 65 million gallons per day (MGD) to 130 MGD. Wasim said, Nespak was conducting a study regarding this matter. CM directed local government departments and KWSB to stop illegal water and hydrant connections.

The meeting also agreed to increase the capacity of the Thado Dam to protect against water loss and prevent flash floods during heavy rains.

The Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project was also being discussed and the meeting decided to let the railway authorities submit their proposal regarding the KCR at the next meeting.


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Humma FC remains on top in Division ‘B’ football league | Instant News

LAHORE: Humma FC continued their winning run in the Pakistan Football Federation League Club Finals, beating Wohaib FC 2-0 at the Punjab Stadium in Lahore.

Humma FC remains at the top of Club Leg standings, with Ali Maihwan and Ammar Iqbal scoring goals in the 50th and 90th minutes respectively. In the Leg Department, Karachi United pulls out the Pakistan Railways in a thrilling meeting at the Drigh Union Football Ground in Karachi.

Karachi United and Pakistan Railways play neck and neck matches. After a goalless first half, the match ended in a 2-2 draw. Anees opened the scoring for Karachi United in the 59th minute before Hamzah equalized for Pakistan Railways in the 62nd minute. Railways took the lead thanks to Amir Hussain’s attack but it didn’t last long when Amir scored for Karachi United.


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