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July 4, 2011

Educationists, intellectuals’ support vital to improve education standard: Pir

KARACHI: Senior Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq called upon the educationists, intellectuals and experts for the upliftment of standard and quality of education in the province as well as in the country.A sincere, honest and gigantic effort is needed to overhaul the system of education for a better future of the country, he said while speaking at lifetime achievement award ceremony of Alumni Association of Government College Hyderabad at Royal Rodale Club here on Saturday.Awards were presented to former Governor State Bank of Pakistan and IBA Chairman, Dr. Ishrat Hussain, Educationist and Burucrate and former Vice Chancellor Sindh University Mazhar-ul-Haq Siddiqui, Senior Cricket Reporter and Writer Qamar Ahmed and Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq for their achievements for the college.We needed the support of experts and dedicated persons for better and quality of education and preparing better breed of students for the future of the country, he said.Pir Mazhar said Dr.Ishrat Hussain, Mazhar-ul-Haq Siddiqui and Qamar Ahmed are role models and great examples for their outstanding achievements in their respective fields.He expressed the hope that future generations will learn from their experiences and achievements and try to emulate them, particularly make endeavors to excel in education. Pir Mazhar recalled a recent incident involving Dr.Ishrat Hussain during a dinner reception in honor of Tajik President at Governor House. He said when Tajik President saw Dr.Isharat Hussain at the reception he personally came to him and thanked him for helping Tajikistan in their economic reforms.Pir Mazhar lauded the Alumni Association of Government College Hyderabad for honoring the old students of the college. He appreciated the efforts of President of the Association and former MNA Abdul Rehman Rajput, Secretary General Prof.Nazeer Hussain Qasmi and his team for conducting such a graceful ceremony.Dr.Ishrat Hussain, who did his Masters in Chemistry from Sindh University said, his rise was a result of sheer hard work and his focus on studies.He said he was feeling great being amongst the school and college fellows of the past and recalled his memories with the college.Mazhar-ul-Haq Siddiqui, who worked in different positions also called for strict steps for reviving the old standard of education and offered his services for the cause. Cricket Writer Qamar Ahmed said he raised his talent after he migrated to United Kingdom 40 years ago. He recalled different incidents as cricketer writer and commentator while reporting for different newspaper of the world.He also recalled meeting with political giant and former South African President Nelson Mandela alongwith former Indian Captain Sunil Gasvakar. Abdul Rehman Rajput in welcome address highlighted the problems being faced by this historical instituation located at the bank of Phulili Canal. He said during the past few months Alumuni Association with support of some former students of the college raised funds to improve facilities in the college and provide scholarships to talented needy students.However, he urged the Senior Sindh Education Minister and ex-student of the College, Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq for renovation and refurbishment of the college.Secretary General of the Alumuni Association Prof. Nazeer Ahmed Qasmi, who conducted the programme, recalled the long history of the establishment of college in 1917 and achievements of lifetime achievement award winners and heroes of college.The ceremony was attended by former students of fifties, sixties and seventies and members of Karachi and Hyderabad Chapter of the association.F.P. Report.

July 4, 2011

Educationists, intellectuals’ support vital to improve education standard: Pir

KARACHI: Senior Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazhar-ul-Haq called upon the educationists, intellectuals and experts for the upliftment of standard and quality of education in the province as well as i
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June 30, 2011

Improve governance or create more provinces 18th Amendment

Speakers urge for creation of provinces on the basis of economic and administrative viability.


Creation of more provinces on the basis of economic and administrative viability will strengthen the federation and make governance easier for the respective provincial governments.

This proposal was put forward by a majority of speakers at the concluding day of a seminar on “Revisiting the 18th Constitutional Amendment”, held here on Wednesday. However, at least one of the speakers opposed the idea, asking the government to improve governance instead.

Academics, lawyers and bureaucrats gave their opinion on different aspects of the 18th Amendment at the seminar, organised by Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and Hanns Siedel Foundation.

“Creation of new provinces would strengthen the federation but can only be done with the consent of the units,”  Professor Razia Mussarat from Islamia University Bahawalpur said.

She added that the people of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa have already demonstrated that they will not tolerate creation of Hazara province on the basis of Hindko language. Similarly Sindhis would not accept ethno-linguistic division of the province. In Punjab, where Bahawalpur claims provincial status — on the basis of the promise that after dissolution of the one unit its former status would be restored — could substitute the demand for separate province which was ethnic based.

She proposed that Lahore and Multan could be made provinces on the basis of their economic and administrative viability.

Quaid-i-Azam University’s Distinguished Professor of Linguistics Dr Tariq Rehman supported Prof. Mussarat’s views and said, “As long as they stay within the federation, there was nothing wrong with creating new provinces.” New provinces are being demanded to secure power, justice and equitable share in resources, he added.

However, Hussain Shaheed Suharwardy of Peshawar University opposed the creation of new provinces. He said ethnic and linguistic forces were essential elements in the provincial integration and new provinces could not be carved out merely on the basis of economic and administrative viability. “Renaming Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on ethnic basis was a blunder, as it would inspire similar aspirations in other parts of the country,” he maintained.

Suharwardy insisted that demand for new provinces was a result of poor governance. “People need easy access to atta, ghee and pulses, not new provinces.”

Barrister Shahid Hamid said, “In structuring a local government system the principle of devolution to the lowest level must be followed,” He noted that local governments have not been allowed to work. He criticized the local government systems introduced by both military dictators Zia and Musharraf as they aimed to strengthen the centre.

“A local school should be administered by a local council,” said Hamid, adding that non-party based elections of local bodies lead toward polarization and promote elite control over governance.

In his concluding remarks, Barrister Hamid also noted that among other good things that came with the 18th amendment of the constitution, the term “freely” after “minorities’ rights to exercise their religion” has been reinstated, which was deliberately omitted from the constitution by the military ruler General Ziaul Haq.

Political analyst Zafarullah Khan said, “One unit and the principle of parity is a cruel constitutional jokes for which the country had paid dearly”. He said that it was wrong to say that provinces were not ready to handle new responsibilities as this transition must be facilitated through creating a federal culture, reforming parties and strengthening provincial civil services. He said that only those projects should be undertaken at the federal level, which are supported by more than one province.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 30th, 2011.