How important is girls' education
Closure of all girls schools in Swat condemned
Islamabad, Jan 16: The closure of all schools for girls in Swat was condemned here
on Thursday by members of civil society organisations, while a video titled
'Allaho: A Lullaby for You, My Daughter' was also launched on the occasion.
'Allaho' is a beautiful lullaby, produced by renowned filmmaker,
anthropologist and rights activist Samar Minallah in Pashto and Dari languages,
to highlight the importance of education for girls in Afghanistan and the
Pashtoon regions of Pakistan.
The video is launched by the Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in which tribute is paid to all those girls, whose
schools are being destroyed, depriving them of their right to education.
Speaking on the occasion, Samar Minallah said that hundreds of schools
have been burnt down recently, both in Pakistan and Afghanistan, by those who
are not ready to allow girl's education despite the fact that women constitute
almost half of the population of both the neighbouring countries. She said that
parents and students have lost hope of the schools reopening in this volatile
atmosphere. "Adding to the worries of the girl students and their parents, even
girl education was also banned in Swat, though later, primary-level schooling
was allowed," she said.
The participants of the event termed the closure
of the schools as barbaric, inhuman and un-Islamic, saying that the first word
of the Holy Qur'aan is 'Iqra', meaning 'read', and is not confined to the male
species only, while the 'Hadith' also enjoins all Muslims to seek knowledge from
cradle to the grave, even if it means travelling to China.
condemn and protest against Mullah Fazlullah, who has forced Swat's all industry
owners to sack their women industries' workers, who are the sole breadwinners of
the low income families, living in dire poverty," said Tahira Abdullah, a civil
society activist. She said that criminal silence and indifference of the NWFP
provincial government and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on this burning issue is
indeed condemnable. "We condemn the total absence of the writ of the state in
Swat and Fata despite the prolonged and ongoing military operations there," she
Rukhshanda Naz, a civil society activist, said it is not only
Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) that is playing havoc in Swat and other areas
but also dozens of other groups, which are fulfilling their evil intentions
under the cover of TTP. "The government and media are trumpeting the evil deeds
of TTP, but not highlighting the activities of other groups, who are involved in
the destruction of the affected areas," she said.
Naz also pointed out
the inefficiency of the government, as various unauthorised and illegal FM radio
stations are still functional in the affected area and are being used as a tool
to spread the militants massages.
She said the brutal loss of life and
livelihoods in Swat has reached gigantic proportions, but since neither the
military nor the Taliban permit media coverage, we do not see the daily
brutalities in these areas in a manner in which the international news channels
have been covering Israel's brutalities in Gaza.
Famous poet Kishwar
Naheed on the occasion said the situation in Swat is far worse than it has been
reported in newspapers and TV channels. "The women and children are starving, as
they have nothing to eat in their homes, while the law and order situation of
the area does not allow them to go out to buy some edibles." She said women
residing in Swat are facing immense difficulty as far as their reproductive
health is concerned, as they could not access a health centre for delivery
services and lose their lives due to unavailability of trained midwives. The News
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HEC initiatives for higher education lauded
Karachi: The Director International Center for Chemical and Biological
Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University, Prof Dr Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, has
lauded the role of the Higher Education Commission.
He was speaking at the
concluding ceremony of the Second International Symposium-cum-Training Course on
Molecular Medicine and Drug Research on Thursday. The four-day moot was
conducted at the premises of the ICCBS at Karachi University campus.
as 100 scientists from 30 countries participated in the international event
organized by Dr. Panjwani Centre for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research
(PCMD), Karachi University.
Prof. Iqbal said that the HEC has made a remarkable progress in higher education
sector by spending the enormous funds. He stated that the universities always
play a key role in the process of economic growth in any country; such
institutions have been the greatest source of knowledge generation for
scientists and engineers who work in industrial laboratories.
It was pointed
out that the aim of the event was to develop understanding and appreciation of
this emerging field (Molecular Medicine and Drug Research) in Pakistan, to bring
together the leading experts in the field of molecular medicine from all around
the world and forge global partnership for the common benefits of humanity and
rapid development of the countries in the South.
Around 40 lectures of the
national and international scientists have been delivered in the symposium.
Prof. Iqbal further stated that the international mutual cooperation among the
chemical scientists was the need of the hour for the benefit and welfare of the
He said that to strengthen the cooperation among the scientists of the world,
such types of programmes, including symposium, seminar, conferences, workshops
etc, can play vital role.
The fatal diseases could be treated easily if the
government gave acceleration in the progress of molecular medicine in the
country. The international delegates emphasised the need for doing some concrete
work protection of medicinal plants that were depleting in this region, and said
that the south countries were required to use positively their natural resources
for obtaining the required growth and advancement.
They also underlined the
need for carrying out new research work on medicinal plants and natural
compounds keeping in view of their great medicinal potential to prevent diabetic
complications and other diseases.
Meanwhile, Dr Iqbal and other foreign
delegates distributed the certificates among the participants and position
holders of the posters' competition. The Nation
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