2 Friday, April 6, 2018 Metropolitan Crocodiles guard secrets of Pakistan’s lost African past KARACHI: Dancing and chanting in Swahili at a crocodile shrine outside Karachi, hundreds of Sheedis swayed barefoot to the rhythm of a language they no longer speak — the celebration offering a rare chance to connect with their African roots. For many Sheedis, the swampy crocodile shrine to Sufi saint Haji Syed Shaikh Sultan — more popularly known as Mangho Pir — is the most potent symbol of their shared African past, as they struggle to uncover the trail that led their ancestors to Pakistan. Many, like 75-year-old Mohammad Akbar, have simply given up the search for their family’s origins. The descendants of Africans who have been arriving on the shores of the subcontinent for centuries, the Sheedis rose to lofty KARACHI : Elevenday Thai food festival was inaugurated on Wednesday at Beach Luxury Hotel by Consu8l General of Thailand in Karachi, Suwat Kaewsook along with General Manager BLH, KARACHI: Sajjad Burfat (2nd R), the custodian of sacred crocodiles, applying saffron over a crocodile next to a pond at the Manghopir Shrine. positions as generals and leaders during the Mughal Empire, which ruled swathes of South Asia. But, actively discriminated against during British rule, their traditions began to fade, and they found themselves wholly shunned when Pakistan was created in M.Azeem Qureshi and Senior Vice President (Operation)of Avari International Hotels Group, Grant Raubenheimer. The diplomats from other countries including France and Sri Lanka were also present. On the very first day of this festival, large number of food lovers poured in, at the site and they appreciated variety of delicious Thai food. The timing will be 7:30 P.M. to 10:30 P.M. The festival has been organized by Avari International Hotels Group in collaboration with Royal Consulate Thailand and Thai Airlines, and it will continue till April 15. It is one of the series of events being held to celebrate 70th anniversary of Beach Luxury Hotel and on getting the status of fourstar hotel after its renovation and up-gradation, said General Manager Beach 1947, absent from the country’s elite political and military circles. Figures are scant but it is generally accepted that Eleven-day Thai food festival inaugurated, gets good response NDMA, IUCN sign deal KARACHI: The NDMA and the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in line with its agenda to implement a Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction approach in preparing and responding to disasters, as well as early recovery. Chairman NDMA, Lt. Gen. Omar Mahmood Hayat and Country Representative of IUCN, Mr. Mahmood Akhtar Cheema signed the agreement. The MoU will facilitate collaborative initiatives between the two organizations in the following potential areas: Climate Change Adaptation, implementation of gender action plans (GAP) on climate change, knowledge management and research on studies in urban resilience and interventions for environmental education in schools. Staff Reporter KARACHI: Mental disorders in Pakistan are increasing day by day; the nation is suffering from mental issues in the background of growing insecurity, poverty, violence, terrorism, economical problems, political uncertainty, unemployment, stressful working conditions, gender discrimination and many other social issues. The department of psychology has a critical importance in order to mentally heal people of our society. These views were expressed by Prof Dr Muhammad Ajmal Khan, Vice Chancellor KU while delivering the presidential Luxury, M. Azeem Qureshi while talking to a group of journalists. He said the celebrations were kicked off, by holding basant-food mela two weeks back. He said Avari Hotels had been holding various cultural and other entertainment programmes including food and literary festivals, and basant mela. Earlier, Pakistan, Chinese and Sri Lankan food festivals were held and after the month of Ramadan, Turkish food festival was scheduled. Beach Luxury was one of the hotels which always focused on authentic cuisines for the foodies. Calcutta House not allowed to be restored KARACHI: In order to save the historic Calcutta House part of which had collapsed recently, Heritage Foundation of Pakistan made all the necessary arrangements, and began work here today for the address at One day International Conference entitled “Redefining Mental Health and Wellbeing” organized by Department of Psychology, University of Karachi in collaboration with HEC at Arts restoration of the collapsed structure. However, the team was not allowed to proceed with the work by a crowd of people who refused to divulge their identity. They also did not permit photographs to be taken. Auditorium, KU. “We are working hard to improve financial conditions of the varsity, it’s quite hard to convince the government for financial assistance but in my tenure of one year, I have made If historic structures that can be easily restored, are not allowed to be taken up for rehabilitation, all the beautiful heritage of Karachi will be lost, and in its place there will only be a modern, concrete jungle. Mental disorder increasing day by day in Pakistan: Dr Ajmal significant progress. In addition to the grants of Sindh governments, I am pleased to inform you that we have recently secured the grant of 1.8 billion Rupees from the federal government which depicts the fact, we are going in the right direction.” , added Dr. Khan. He congratulated the department, Chairperson Dr Farah Iqbal and Conference Coordinator Prof Dr Qudsia Tariq for organizing the international conference and added that it’s quite heartening to see the faculty and departments of the varsity quite active in academic and research activities. Pakistan holds the highest number of Sheedis on the subcontinent, upwards of around 50,000 people. But their history has been scantily written, making it difficult if not impossible for Sheedis — including even those like Akbar whose ancestors arrived in Pakistan relatively recently — to trace their antecedents. “I came to know in the 1960s that my grandfather belonged to Zanzibar, and we contacted the Tanzania embassy to find our extended family,” Akbar told AFP outside his home in Karachi. “We were told that we can never reach them until we can identify our tribe, which we don’t know,” he said. “I never tried again.” His plight is common, with little in the way of documentation or scholarship on the community. JPMC’s fake lady doctor case takes a new turn KARACHI: The case of a fake lady doctor caught from the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC) Karachi here Thursday took a new turn as the public prosecutor raised objection over the charge sheet submitted by police. According to police charge sheet submitted before the judicial Magistrate (South), the accused Ayesha had come for the first time in the hospital and got arrested. The prosecutor intervened and raised objection on the charge sheet, contending that the investigators had submitted the challan without recording statements of the main witnesses including staff nurses. The public prosecutor argued that there are contradictions in the statements of the prosecution’s witnesses and the security guard. According to the watchman's statement, the accused came to the hospital for the first time, but the prosecution said that the accused had been performing duties as a doctor in the hospital for last one year. The public prosecutor further said that JPMC’s administration was not cooperating in investigation and trying to save Ayesha. The Judicial Magistrate adjourned the hearing and summoned the investigative officer to appear before the court on today (Friday). K A R A C H I : Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, (MAJU) Karachi signed two Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kadir Has University, (KHU) and Iskenderun Technical University (ITU) of Turkey to work together to foster collaboration in education and research in order to promote exchanges among their faculties and students. The MOUs have been signed by Mustafa Aydin, Ph D Rector of KHU, Prof. Dr. Turkey Dereli, Rector, ITU and Prof. Dr. Zubair Shaikh, President Mohammad Ali Jinnah University, Karachi. The purpose of signing these MOUs is to identify broad areas of mutual interest, and general activities that could be carried out in support of their shared priorities and objectives. As per MOU signed with KHU, both the universities will not assume any financial KARACHI: Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari shaking hand with Chairman District Council, Salman Abdullah Murad on the occasion of death anniversary of founder- chairman of PPP and former prime minister Quaid-e-Awam Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. KARACHI: Chairman DMC Central, Rehan Hashmi along with Vice Chairman, Syed Shakir Ali, MPA Sindh Assembly, Waseem Qureshi inspecting developments at North Karachi. MAJU signed MoUs with two Turkish Universities KARACHI: A couple was tortured and burnt to death allegedly by unidentified men in Korangi area of the metropolis on Thursday. According to details, a 40-year old man, Shahid Khan and his wife Shamim, was allegedly tortured and burned to death by unknown men at their house in Korangi No- 3 1/2, within the remit of Korangi Police Station. According to Station House Police (SHO) Zaman town police station, Muhammad Ashfaq, two throat-slit and burnt bodies were recovered from a house and shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi for medico-legal formalities. He further said the incident appeared to be a result of obligation except in so far as such obligation may be mutually agreed upon at the time that specific activities envisaged by the agreement are developed and implemented. The areas of cooperation shall include any activity or program at either university as considered desirable and feasible on either side to foster and develop the cooperative relationship between two universities, subject to mutual consent. The assistance to be provided by each of the two universities will include teaching, research, exchange of faculty and students, staff development as demanded beneficial by two universities. The implementation on this MOU start in the academic year 2018-2019 according to witch KHU and MAJU will exchange undergraduate and graduate students up to two students during each semester. Students will pay tuition and fees to their home institution; their tuition and fee will be waived by the host university. As per MOU signed between ITU and MAJU, both the universities will actively seek to encourage and implement exchange of academic staff, faculty members and students. Both the universities will cooperate to exchange information and materials on the program of research, to carry out collaborative research projects and to organize symposiums, conferences and meetings on research issues. Besides, each university may send and accept up to five undergraduate or postgraduate students each year. However, the number of exchange students can be changed through mutual consent by both universities. The implementation of each specific exchange based on this MOU shall be separately negotiated and agreed upon by both institutions with separate agreement. Couple burned to death in Korangi KARACHI: Ranger officials inspecting a house after fire incident. A couple reportedly killed in a fire in Korangi No. 3 1/2 locality of the city late Wednesday night is said to have been murdered prior to the inferno, police informed on Thursday. old enmity. Police have registered a case and started further investigation. KARACHI: A Group photo on the occasion of strategy session organized by German Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry The session was attended by Consul General Germany, Rainer Schmiedchen, along with President GPCCI Qazi Sajid Ali, Senior Vice President Nadeem Kazmi, Secretary General GPCCI Danesh Dinshaw and Other participants were Islam Salim, Mr. Ayaz Thaver, Sohail Yasin Suleman, Ashraf Bawany, Amir Iqbal others also see in . Mayor asks KMC officers to improve performance KARACHI: Mayor Karachi Waseem Akhtar while presiding over a high level meeting of the heads of revenue recovery departments urged the officers to bring further improvement in the recovery and achieve their target by June 2018. He said as only collective efforts could make the organization better and strengthened; therefore, such methods should be adopted which could enhance the revenue resources. The meeting was also attended by the Metropolitan Commissioner Dr. Asghar Abbas, Chairman Land Committee Syed Arshad Hassan, Chairman Finance Committee Nadeem Hidayat Hashmi, Chairman MUCT Rahat Hussain Siddiqui, Director Technical to Mayor S.M Shakaib and other officers. The mayor said though some improvement was seen in the recovery performance during the third quarter of the fiscal year, but we still have to work hard to achieve the full target for the year. He said the list of all empty plots be provided along with details of NUF Recovery and the empty plots be marked with such signs that could show them as the property of KMC. KARACHI: Chairman DMC Malir, Jan Muhammad Baloch along with, Vice Chairman DMC Malir, Abdul Khaliq Marwat inspecting ongoing cleaning work. KARACHI: Municipal Commissioner DMC West, Ashfaq Ahmed Mallah inspecting cleaning work at Site Area.
Kashmir Solidarity Day to be observed today I S L A M A B A D : Kashmir Solidarity Day will be observed on today (Friday) to condemn ongoing state terrorism and violence in Indian Occupied Kashmir. A resolution to this effect was adopted in an emergency meeting of the federal cabinet held in Islamabad on Monday last with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair. Rallies, functions and walks would be held in different parts of the country as well as by Pakistanis and Kashmiris living around the globe to expose Indian atrocities and highlight the need for peaceful resolution of the ISLAMABAD: A threemember bench headed by the Chief justice on Tuesday resumed the hearing of Katas Raj suo motu case. During the hearing, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar noted that cement factories had destroyed the area of Kalar Kahar. Chief Justice questioned that when cement factories would get water from river. On this the counsel of Punjab government Asim Hamid told that the apex court according to the study longstanding dispute. Government has decided to initiate a number of measures to apprise the international community about grave human rights of Punjab government the cement factories were the main cause of this. He added that Punjab government has imposed ban on 979km area from total area of 8862km. On this the Chief Justice remarked that notices were issued to all cement factories. The counsel for one of the factories informed the court that they have hired an expert to help resolve the issue. The chief justice noted violations by Indian occupation forces. Special envoys would be sent to selected world capitals to highlight Indian atrocities in the Occupied Kashmir. that the apex court had already issued notices to the factories and directed them to use the river water earlier this year but to no avail. The court does not desire to see drought-like conditions and people suffering from lack of water, he observed further. However, during the hearing Chief Justice of remarked that Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former chairman of the Evacuee Trust Property Board World bodies like the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and other human rights organizations will also be Apex court resumed hearing of Katas Raj suo motu case Kunduz attack condemns JACOBABAD: Activists of PTI protesting against US airstrike on the seminary in Kunduz, Afghanistan. Our Correspondent JACOBABAD: The number of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf [PTI] workers took out a protest rally from Pathan House Jacobabad which marched through various routes culminated at DC Chowk Jacobabad, mob of people set the flags of America, India and Israel on fire to record their protest on attacking on a seminary in Kunduz, Afghanistan, here on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Raaz Khan Pathan, the PTI district information secretary Jacobabad, said that attack on innocent students of seminary is regrettable act and condemnable act and America proves to have become a enemy of Muslims and humanity as well, on the other hand Indian army has been killing innocent Kashmiris for a long as well as Philistines are also being killed Israeli army despite world is silence over atrocities’ of America, Israel and India. Mr Khan lamented over the silence of Muslim rulers and demanded the United Nations and other world organizations to take notice of the killing of innocent children, innocent Kashmiris and innocent Philistines’ for larger interests of the human rights. The number of activists of Party was chanting slogans against America, Israel and India on the occasion. (ETPB) Siddiqul Farooq frequently gave anti-judiciary statements. Later the hearing of the case was adjourned till April 20. It is worth mentioned here that historic pond, a revered site for Hindus. In a previous hearing, the bench had also issued notices to four factories situated near the Katas Raj temple complex after residents claimed that underground water in the area was receding due to the functioning of the cement factories. A mother of 4 children gunned down over criticism Our Correspondent SHIKARPUR: A mother of four children allegedly gunned down by her brother incident took place at village Mehmood Panhwar near Rustam Town over criticism of honour, in the limits of Rustam Police Station, some 40 kilometers away from here, on late other day. Muhammad Hajan Gadani, the SHO concerned police station, told this scribe that a divorced woman identified as Shaharbano, a mother of four, was shot dead with shot gun, by her brother named Abdullah Panhwar with his abettors and ran away from place of crime. An apple of discord was said to be “criticism” over the character of his sister between two groups of Panhwar tribesmen, which resulting, such incident took place, SHO elaborated. SHO further added that victim woman had divorced by her husband about 8 to 10 years back when her husband leveled allegation of Karo- Kari over her and her relative, which matter was settled down soon after the incident and victim woman kept on living with her brother Abdullah Panhwar. approached in this regard. Following special cabinet meeting, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi visited Muzaffarabad and addressed the AJK Legislative Assembly and Azad Jammu and Kashmir Council. He emphatically stated that Pakistan stands shoulder to shoulder with its Kashmiri brethren in their just struggle for the right to self-determination. He said the government, the people and all political parties are united on Kashmir issue and will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri brethren. Corrupt in-charge changes honest Customs officer ISLAMABAD: Big bosses of the Customs Department in connivance with the smugglers had transferred Dr. Muhammad Adnan Akram, an honest officer of customs intelligence department , who had successful countered smuggling attempts. The credible sources disclosed that Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has issued orders and directed him to immediately report at customs office Lahore. Earlier he was doing duty at Multan Dry Port. According to sources, Adnan Malik had started investigation against corrupt officers of Multan Dry Port and had successfully stopped smuggling, which saved billion of rupees to national exchequer. But a FBR high level Officer Shoukat Ali had some links with smuggling mafia, who changed Adnan from operational post to research department to save the skin of the smugglers . Bureau Chief H Y D E R A B A D : Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) Sindh president Dr Arif Alvi urged Sindh Friday, April 6, 2018 National ISLAMABAD: Anti Narcotics Force Pakistan seized 1.877 Tons narcotics and 2.52 Tons Acetic Anhydride valuing Rs 1.5 Billion internationally and arrested 29 persons including 6 ladies and 3 foreigners involved in drug smuggling. According to press release issued by Anti Narcotics Force Information Department around 9 vehicles while conducting 24 counternarcotics strikes across the information country were impounded. The seized drugs comprised 1826 Kg Hashish, 40 Kg Opium, 5.5 Kg Amphetamine, 5.5 Kg Heroin, 200 Gram Cocaine and 2520 Liters Acetic Anhydride. ANF Quetta seized mega cache of drugs comprising 1792 Kg Hashish, 2520 liters Acetic Anhydride and 40 Kg Opium in five separate intelligence based operations conducted at Qilla Abdullah, Panjgur, Kech and Quetta. According to details, ANF Quetta raided a desolate site located at Killi Khargai, Tehsil Gulistan, District Qilla Abdullah and seized 917 Kg Hashish. In another operation, ANF Quetta on receipt of regarding smuggling of huge cache of Hashish established a road check at general area Killi Khargai, Tehsil Gulistan, District Qilla Abdullah. During the course of surveillance, a Toyota Corolla Car suddenly stopped at some distance from ANF Road Check. Suspecting the 3 ANF seizes 1.877 tons drugs, 2.52 tons acetic anhydride worth Rs 1.5 billion in 24 strikes Bureau Report H Y D E R A B A D : Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI) Sindh president Dr Arif Alvi, Jamiat Ulema-i- Pakistan-Noorani (JUP-N) and Milli Yakjehati Council president Dr Sahibzada Abul Khair Mohammad Zubair agreed to fight for corruption-free Pakistan and against corrupt rulers. Dr Alvi with his delegation met Dr Mohammad Zubair at Ruknul Islam Jamia Mujaddadia here on Wednesday. He finalized meeting of PTI chairman Imran Khan with Dr Zubair during his upcoming visit to situation, ANF Team approached the vehicle and took it into custody. However persons onboard managed to flee from the scene leaving behind the vehicle. Search of the vehicle led to recovery of 808 Kg Hashish. In yet another intelligence based operation, ANF Quetta seized an unattended Zamyad Iranian Single Cabin in mountainous area of Grog Nullah near Turbat City, District Kech and recovered 2520 liters Acetic Anhydride from the it. In fourth operation, ANF Quetta intercepted an unattended Toyota Land Cruiser at general area Chakul, Tehsil Gulistan, District Panjgur and recovered 40 Kg Opium and 15 Kg Hashish from the vehicle. ISLAMABAD: People hold pictures of their missing family members during a protest in favor of their demands outside National Press Club. PTI, JUP-N join hands against corruption ISLAMABAD: Selfdeprecating jokes are the best — unless I make them. See what I did there? Judging by my humor (or lack thereof), you may think that I'm not a very self-confident person or have a tendency to be sad. According to a new study, however, nothing could be farther from the truth. Laughing at yourself can do wonders for your wellbeing, suggests a new study. Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain set out to investigate different types of humor, and they came to some surprising conclusions. employ Contrary to popular belief, they say, those who make self-deprecating jokes do not have low selfesteem, nor are they prone to depression. They may, in fact, be happier and better socially adjusted than most people. "In particular," says lead study author Jorge Torres- Marín, "we have observed that a greater tendency to self-defeating humor is indicative of high scores in psychological well-being dimensions such as happiness and [...] sociability." So, in other words, my self-deprecating jokes may actually be a sign that I'm a happier and better-adjusted person who probably has more friends than you do. Secretly though, I may also hate everybody — and that's the truth because, well, I would never joke about that. Four types of humor and what they mean Hyderabad. Dr Zubair said that his party was making all-out efforts to eliminate corruptions and lawlessness. He called for imposition of Nizam-i-Mustafa to bring about a significant change in the country and nip all evils in the bud. PTI questions NAB silence over naked corruption in Sindh govt National Accountability Bureau to speed up its actions against “naked” corrupt mafia of Sindh, otherwise it would vitiate upcoming general elections. “The NAB remains tight-lipped over naked corruptions of Sindh, while corruptions of PPP leaders dr Asim Hussain, Sharjeel Inam Memon and others were raised, but there are many more including PPP co chairman Asif Ali Zardari and his companions,” he said this while speaking to reporters during a press conference held at the district office of the party here on Wednesday. PTI Hyderabad district president Ghulam Rasool aka Ali Hingoro and others party leaders were present. Dr Alvi stated that United Kingdom (UK) passed the Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO) aimed to fight against corruptions and curb ill-gotten gains. He said that this law was imposed throughout the world and according to evidence and proof, the NAB imposed the same law on disqualified prime minister Nawaz Sharif to explain his ill-gotten assets. Speaking about issues being faced by Sindh farmers, he said that despite fixing sugarcane rates between Rs180 to 170 per maund, sugarcane growers were forced to sell cane at between Rs100 to Rs130 per maund. He said that when PTI activists with growers held protest demonstrations then sugarmills started crushing after an inordinate delay. He said that all responsibility of this mess rested on Asif Ali Zardari and Omni group as the captive market has been established in the province. He said that now the issue of gunny bags for wheat was being concocted and this happened every year. He said that bribe of Rs200-Rs300 per bag would be taken and billions of rupees would be pocketed during this wheat season. He stressed that the NAB must take notice of these burning issues otherwise this injustice would continue. Commenting on acute shortage of drinking and irrigation water, he said that he was grateful to Supreme Court appointed judicial commission on water quality and drainage head retired justice Amir Hani Muslim who was personally visiting places to check them. He said that there was 80 percent polluted water and there was no proper disposal of sewage in any towns or city of the province. He said that US banned fish import from Pakistan because of contaminated water while 90 percent fish were destroyed in between the coastal areas of Sindh and Balochistan and they could not be recovered now. He said that 420 million gallon water of Karachi were being thrown into sea. He said that people of Sindh were being coerced to drink contaminated water. He said that it was Sindh government which took a heavy toll on both potable and irrigation water and water rights. He said that Sindh government could not streamline this system. How making fun of yourself can make you happy The researchers reached their conclusions — which are now published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences — after applying psychometric analysis to study the humor of 1,068 adults aged 18–65. To study the link between different styles of humor, well-being, and personality traits, Torres- Marín and colleagues applied the traditional division between four types of humor: "affiliative, aggressive, self-enhancing, and self-defeating." The researchers explain that pro-social, or "affiliative" humor, is "characterized by saying amusing remarks or telling jokes, being considered a type of benevolent humor."