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Sattar visited the seats, demanding the release of the missing person | Instant News

KARACHI: Senior politician and chairman of the Muttahida Qaumi-Pakistan Movement faction Dr Farooq Sattar on Sunday called the enforced disappearance of youths a gross violation of human rights and called on the government and state institutions to resolve the issue.

He expressed this view while visiting the protest sit-down camp of the Shia community which has been protesting in front of Mazar-e-Quaid since April 2 for the recovery of their missing loved ones. The Joint Action Committee for the Shia Missing Persons has organized seated camps.

Sattar said that only claims to the supremacy of the constitution and law were made in the country.


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PM Imran Khan says less money to spend on people’s development because ‘Pakistan is in debt’ | Instant News

  • Prime Minister Imran Khan said the PTI government was “struggling in a historic battle for the rule of law”.
  • Announcing the launch of PTI’s Ehsaas Program ‘Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ initiative in Peshawar, Lahore and Faisalabad.
  • Free food to distribute to workers, day laborers and low-income people who may not have access to Panahgah and Langar Khanas.

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has admitted that there is not enough money left to spend on people’s development anymore since Pakistan is “in debt”, Geo News reported on Sunday.

Speaking at the virtual launch event of the ‘Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ initiative of the ruling PTI’s flagship Ehsaas Program in three Punjab cities and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), PM Imran said the PTI government “is struggling in a historic battle to enforce the rule of law”.

Punjab and KP chief ministers – Usman Buzdar and Mahmood Khan, respectively – were also present at the virtual events being held simultaneously in Islamabad, Faisalabad, Lahore and Peshawar.

The ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ – to be launched in Peshawar, Lahore and Faisalabad – will distribute free food through mobile kitchens among workers, day laborers and low-income people who may not be able to access it. Arrowss and Langar khanas.

Pakistan is blessed if ‘the country feeds the poor’

The prime minister said the program would benefit the deserving and disadvantaged classes. A mobile kitchen network will be set up across Pakistan to provide food for hungry people, he added.

He also underlined that Pakistan – one of the few countries where people give a lot of charity – will be blessed when “the country feeds the poor”.

However, Pakistan, which remains “in debt”, “has less money left to spend on people’s development”, he added.

PM Imran said Pakistan was created in the name of Islam, which emerged as a new civilization in a very short time and Riyasat-e-Madinah – or the welfare state of Madinah under Islamic law – established itself as a model for rule of law. and services for humanity.

“God gives His blessings to those who feed the hungry and care for the poor,” he said.

Prime Minister Imran Khan met with the Saylani Welfare International Trust (SWIT) delegation – consisting of Maulana Bashir Farooq Qadri, Afzal Chamdia, Manzar Alam and Farrukh Amin – who summoned him today for a meeting which was also attended by PTI MP Farrukh Habib. Twitter / Prime Minister’s Office, Pakistan / Screengrab via The News

Arrowss and Langar khanas, or shelters and alms houses, each run by the PTI regime in collaboration with the private sector.

Under the ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ initiative, four trucks in each city will distribute food to 500-1,000 people daily at certain service points.

‘This network of facilities’

The prime minister explained that while he was planning to set up the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Research Center and Hospital (SKMCH & RC), even doctors told him that it was difficult to run the facility.

Now, however, the hospital provides free treatment to 70% of cancer patients, he added. “We keep promises with the community and provide free treatment to cancer patients and arrange their meals and accommodation,” he said.

PM Imran mentioned that he first set up SKMCH & RC in Lahore with Rs700 million, with the cancer hospital having spent Rs 50 billion on treating people to date. The second, he added, will be built in Peshawar and the third will be built in Karachi.

People gave money for the construction of the three hospitals, he said, adding that the same would now make the ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ a success. “There will be a network of these facilities throughout Pakistan,” he added.

The prime minister underlined how, for the first time in Pakistan’s history, arrows were being prepared for workers who had come from other cities and had nowhere to stay. They also get food at the facility and send the money they save to their families back home, he added.

The Panahgah network will also be expanded, he assured.

Give Zakat, donations for Ehsaas programs

PM Imran also talked about how universal health coverage will be provided to everyone in Punjab and KP. Every citizen of the country will enjoy insurance worth Rs. 1 million to spend on their medical needs.

Conversely, in the next phase, the hospital network will be expanded and further reforms carried out in the health sector.

The PM praised CM Buzdar and Khan, Saylani Welfare International Trust (SWIT), and their aide for poverty alleviation and social protection, Senator Dr Sania Nishtar, for successfully running various components of the Ehsaas program, managing finances and ensuring transparency.

People should give Zakat and donations in the holy month of Ramadan for various Ehsaas programs, he urged.

Expansion of the program by the end of 2021

Initially, PM Imran Khan launched the ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ in Rawalpindi and Islamabad on March 10 – both of which have so far served food to more than 38,000 people via mobile kitchens.

The ‘Ehsaas Koi Bhooka Na Soye Program’ is part of the prime minister’s vision for 2021. By the end of the year, the program will be expanded to various parts of Pakistan.

According to him, the program will ensure that no one can sleep at night on an empty stomach.

Dr Nishtar, the aide, explained to the participants about various aspects of the Ehsaas program. Bank account numbers will be announced Monday to allow benefactors to deposit their charity funds.

PM Imran met with the Saylani Trust delegation

Separately, the SWIT delegation – consisting of Maulana Bashir Farooq Qadri, Afzal Chamdia, Manzar Alam, and Farrukh Amin – visited PM Imran Khan today for a meeting which was also attended by PTI MP Farrukh Habib.

SWIT welcomed PM Imran Khan’s move, a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office was read out. He offered to expand the scope of the program to various cities, he added.

“The Prime Minister appreciates SWIT’s role in the Ehsaas Langar Khanas ‘Koi Bhooka Na Soye’ Program,” he said.

“The Prime Minister is assured that all possible facilities will be provided to expand the program,” wrote the Prime Minister’s Office on Twitter.


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The toll road for the Easter weekend rose to seven, critically one person | Instant News

A pedestrian and motorcyclist were among the seven people killed since Thursday evening. Photos / Files

The Easter toll roads have reached seven – almost double the combined 2019 and 2020 Easter tolls of four.

The newest death is a motorcyclist who collided with a car north of Te Kao, on Far North Road or State Highway 1, around 11.30 this morning.

The other two suffered moderate injuries and were being treated at the scene.

The road remains closed.

On the other end of the North Island, a driver died of their wounds in hospital after hitting a power pole on Tasman Rd in Ōtaki, Kāpiti Beach, at around 9:30 p.m. last night.

In nearby Wellington 30 minutes later, a male pedestrian died after colliding with a bus on Taranaki Street

The police spent the night inspecting the scene and the roads didn’t reopen until after 7 this morning.

A police spokesman said it was a “significant” accident site in terms of area size and took time to process.

A spokesman for the Greater Wellington Regional Council confirmed the vehicle involved was a Metlink bus, but said they could not provide further details as the problem was with the police.

Earlier on Saturday, a motorcycle and car collided in Waimangu, south of Rotorua.

One person was killed and another injured in the collision on SH38 at the Okaro Rd intersection at around 11.00.

On Good Friday, Kellie Jane Greer, 49, a local resident of Tauranga, died in a two-car accident at the intersection of State Highway 30 and 32 near Whakamaru. Greer is the driver of one of the vehicles.

One of the vehicles caught fire after an accident at an intersection at midday.

On Thursday night, a man was killed on SH2 in Mangatawhiri, 60 km south of Auckland.

The victim was Kalam Safari Watkin-Mamode, 22, who lived in Mangatawhiri.

About 90 minutes earlier on Thursday, at 8 p.m., someone died in an accident involving trucks and cars on SH27 in the Waikato settlement of Kaihere.

Three other people were lightly injured in the accident.

In South Auckland this afternoon a person has been taken to Middlemore Hospital in critical condition following a car crash in Papakura.

Emergency services responded to the accident at the intersection of Liverpool St and Settlement Rd at around 14.30.

Motorists have been told to avoid the area.

The seven deaths marked the rise of the Easter road toll last year when no fatalities were recorded while the country was on a level-4 lockdown to stop the spread of Covid-19.

In 2019, New Zealand’s Easter highway tolls totaled four.

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The happiest country in the world: How is New Zealand doing in the year of Covid? | Instant News

Finland is at the top for the fourth consecutive year. Photo / Julius Jansson, Unsplash

The coronavirus brings a year of fear and anxiety, loneliness and lockdowns, and sickness and death, but the annual report on happiness around the world released today shows the pandemic has not crushed people’s spirits.

The editors of the 2021 World Happiness Report found that while emotions change as the pandemic begins, long-term satisfaction with life is less affected.

“What we’ve found is that when people take the long view, they’ve shown a lot of resilience in the past year,” Columbia University economist Jeffrey Sachs, a co-author of the report, said of New York.

That annual report, produced by the United Nations Network for Sustainable Development Solutions, ranks 149 countries based on gross domestic product per person, healthy life expectancy and population opinions.

The survey asked respondents to indicate on a scale of 1-10 how much social support they would feel when things went wrong, their freedom to make life choices on their own, their feelings about how corrupt their society was and how generous they were.

Due to the pandemic, surveys were conducted in less than 100 countries for this year’s World Happiness Report, the ninth of which was collected since the project began. The index ranking for other countries is based on estimates from previous data.

Lots of happiness aboard the Te Rehutai last week.  Photo / Dean Purcell
Lots of happiness aboard the Te Rehutai last week. Photo / Dean Purcell

The results of both methods saw European countries occupy nine of the top 10 spots on the list of happiest places in the world, with New Zealand completing the group.

The top 10 countries are Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Austria.

That’s a small mistake for NZ, which is ranked 8th in 2020.

It was the fourth consecutive year Finland came out as champions. The United States, which was ranked 13th five years ago, has slipped from 18th to 19th place. Australia comes in at No.12.

“We find year after year that life satisfaction is reported to be happiest in social democracies in northern Europe,” said Sachs. “People feel safe in those countries, so trust is high. The government is seen as credible and honest, and trust in each other is high.”

Finland’s comparative success in curbing Covid-19 may have contributed to the lasting trust that the country’s people have in their government. The country is taking swift and extensive action to stop the spread of the virus and has one of the lowest Covid-19 death rates in Europe.

Overall, the index shows little change in happiness levels compared to last year’s report, which is based on pre-pandemic information.

“We ask two kinds of questions. One is about life in general, we call it a life evaluation. How is your life? The other is about mood, emotions, stress, anxiety,” Sachs said.

“Of course, we are still in the midst of a deep crisis. But the response to long-term life evaluations has not changed conclusively, even though the disruption in our lives is enormous.”

Australia doesn't quite hit the top of the 10 happiest nations.  Photo / James Horan
Australia doesn’t quite hit the top of the 10 happiest nations. Photo / James Horan

Problems affecting the well-being of people living in the United States include racial tensions and rising income inequality between the richest and poorest, say happiness experts.

“As to why the US ranks so much lower than other similar or even less wealthy countries, the answer is straightforward,” said Carol Graham, an expert at The Brookings Institution who was not involved in the report. “The US has a bigger gap in the happiness rankings between rich and poor than most other rich countries.”

People’s perceptions that their country is handling the pandemic well is contributing to improving overall well-being, said Columbia’s Sachs.

Several Asian countries fared better than last year’s ranking; China moved to position 84 from 94 last year.

“It is a difficult period. People go through it when they are looking for the long term. But there are also a lot of people who suffer in the short term,” he said.

Finnish philosopher Esa Saarinen, who was not involved in the report, argues that Finland’s own character could help explain why the country continues to lead the index.

“I think the Finns are satisfied on a certain level to be like us,” he said. “We don’t really have more.”


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PM Imran Khan wants to solve the problem of people: Sh Rashid | Instant News

ISLAMABAD: Home Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on Friday said Prime Minister Imran Khan had given direction to all ministers to improve their performance because the PM wanted to solve all the problems of the people.

Speaking with private news channels, he said PM Imran Khan was a brilliant man and as a mature and experienced politician he respected him even more, adding that the PM was well aware of the realities and problems of society on the ground.

He said the Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) was not a natural alliance and was shattered as a result. He said Imran Khan and his government would finish their term, because the PM was never afraid of opposition.

Answering a question, Sheikh said the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) had committed massive corruption during their rule and plundered national wealth mercilessly.

The Home Minister said corruption cases registered against the leaders of the two parties would reach a logical conclusion because the government would not make compromises on accountability.

He said the door was never closed in politics and he himself supported dialogue with all political parties. Against another question, he said the Chief Minister of Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar did not act as a performance person like Shahbaz Sharif, saying that CM had full confidence in the prime minister. He predicted that the opposition would not submit their resignation from parliament or go on a long march before Eid.


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