Qaim contacts Siraj Kassam Teli on law and order issue in Karachi and protests announced by Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Karachi, October 23, 2012 (PPI-OT): In a press statement Haroon Agar, President of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the information and update of the Business and Industrial Community and the citizens of Karachi said that our Chairman of Businessmen Group Mr. Siraj Kassam Teli was contacted by the Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah on the issue of law and order situation of Karachi and the protests announced by Karachi Chamber.

Siraj Teli informed the Chief Minister of the crimes taking place on daily basis and gave few examples such as incident of Kharadar killings of two innocent traders and their visit to the spot and meeting with the Area Police. Shooting guard of a marble trader on refusing to pay Bhatta by phone in consultation with CPLC Chief and many such incidences of crimes narrated by the Business and Industrial Community and their sentiments.

Siraj Teli also informed the Chief Minister that Business and Industrial Community had no other option as the Police, Law Enforcing Agencies and the State is not providing security to the citizens of Karachi and all the decisions taken in the past meetings with regards to law and order with the Government and Law Enforcing Agencies have never been implemented and the crimes have increased many folds therefore, it was unanimously decided by KCCI and all the Industrial Town Associations along-with Small Traders/Market Associations to protest in these phases:

1. Display protest banners across the city with such slogans to awaken the Government / State.

2. Karachi Chamber to file a petition in the Supreme Court for implementation on the orders of the Supreme Court in the so motto law and order case of Karachi.

3. A peaceful sit in (Dharna) on 3rd November at the Governor and CM Houses simultaneously.

4. Complete strike/closure of Businesses and Industry along with Markets shutter down on 10th November 2012.

The Chief Minister informed that only three days back he had called a meeting of all the Law Enforcing Agencies and has given strict orders to control the crimes and if in any area killings take place the SHO, DSP and SP of that jurisdiction will be held responsible and serious action will be taken against them and also informed other steps taken to curb the crime.

The Chief Minister wanted to come to Karachi Chamber to inform about the measures being taken to provide security and law and order but Siraj Teli stated that since we had a lot of meetings in the past with no results for the betterment of the Law and Order Situation and the decisions of protests have taken place at the platform of Karachi Chamber with all the stake holders of Karachi’s Business and Industrial Community present and enough time has been provided to the Government to act on the ground and show the results.

Siraj Teli stated that the Chief Minister agreed to order the Law Enforcing Agencies to show visible results on the ground for the betterment in Old City Areas and all the Industrial Zones within three (3) days and then we at KCCI will call a meeting of all the stake holders again and the Chief Minister can address them to discuss the matter to decide about the protests with the stake holders meanwhile Karachi Chamber stands by its commitment of Protests.

For more information, contact:
M. Shafiq Baig
Public Relations Officer
Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI)
Aiwan-e-Tijarat Road,
Shahrah-e-Liaquat, Karachi-74000
Tel: +9221 9921 8001 -09
Fax: +9221 9921 8010

North Gyeongsang Province Joins Global Efforts to End Poverty With Saemaeul Movement

2,400 Leaders From 48 Countries Around the World Invited to Share Its Knowledge and Know-How on Fostering Saemaeul Leaders; Saemaeul Movement Selected as One of UN’s Poverty Eradication Programs

DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA–(Marketwire – October 22, 2012) – The North Gyeongsang Province (“Gyeongsangbuk-Do”) is one of the proud faces of South Korea. It has been known for its long and glorious history, almost unprecedented rate of economical growth in the 1970s and beautiful landscape such as mountains, rivers and ocean.

In the province, visitors can find the cultural heritage of the millennium-old Shilla Kingdom, which built the first unified nation in the peninsula. At the same time, it is the region with advanced technologies where the country’s electronic, automobile, shipbuilding, and steel industries started. About 1,500 years ago, a nine-story wooden pagoda rising 100 meters in height was constructed in a temple named Hwangryongsa. This was a structure that could only be built using modern construction technologies. Craftsmanship of the North Gyeongsang Province was the foundation for South Korea emergence as the world’s leading IT technology powerhouse.

Another source of pride for the province is the fact that it is the place of origin of the Saemaeul Movement, which has become a catalyst of industrialization in the country. This community development program started during the early 1970s in a little village located in the North Gyeongsang Province. It contributed to accelerating industrialization across the country, and is now being expanded into almost every corner of the world, including Asia and Africa, as the world’s regional development model.

Under the banner “We Can Do It,” the Saemaeul Movement was formed as a grassroots voluntary community program in local districts, and has played a key role in reformation. Rivaling with Protestantism of American colonists, it is identified as one of the world’s brightest intellectual revolutions. The Saemaeul Movement revived South Korea after it had been ruined during the Korean War, and became the dynamism that led Korea to step up as the world’s 12th largest economic power.

In June 2006, Gov. Kim Gwan-yong was inaugurated as the governor of the province. He shed new lights on the Saemaeul Movement, and has been the driving force for its globalization.

The globalization of the Saemaeul Movement propelled under Kim’s leadership is focused on a variety of projects such as fostering foreign Saemaeul leaders, sending Korea Saemaeul volunteers overseas, and forming Korea-type millennium villages with the UN.

The project designed to host Saemaeul leadership education for foreigners initially started in 2007. The North Gyeongsang provincial office invited 2,417 people from 48 countries around the world to the province to provide education that is required for people wishing to become Saemaeul leaders. Recently, 20 diplomats dispatched to 10 different South Korean embassies voluntarily participated in the education.

The project that sends Saemaeul leader volunteers overseas has been led jointly by the UN since 2010. Until now, 152 volunteers have been sent to 14 villages in four African countries — Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Cameroon — on four occasions. Volunteers created specific project plans with local village leaders and villagers and are acting as Saemaeul evangelists. The provincial office plans to send volunteers to 10 more African nations by 2014.

The provincial office is implementing a Korean-type millennium village promotion (KMVP) with the UN as another form of project that can contribute to foreign expansion of the Saemaeul Movement. This project began in 2009, and is increasing the quality of life in developing countries through the establishment of healthcare facilities, waterworks, and schools in Tanzania, Uganda and other countries. Prof. Jeffrey Sachs from Columbia University praised the Saemaeul Movement by noting that the “Korean-type millennium village promotion project propelled by the North Gyeongsang Province lays the foundation for community development in developing countries.”

Especially, the North Gyeongsang Province Saemaeul Movement Project will join hands with the UN to be promoted as “UN’s official world poverty eradication program.”

The globalization of the Saemaeul Movement, led under Gov. Kim’s leadership of persistence and faith, is evolving into a model for developing nations as well as being established as one of the world’s outstanding brands. It is contributing to constructing a blissful global community for coexistence and the prosperity of mankind.

Contact Information

Media Contact:
Lee Sang-pil
Press secretary
North Gyeongsang provincial office
+82 53-950-3726

Streams Into Stability: Bayat Foundation Launches Beautify Afghanistan Strategic Initiative To Combat Water, Sanitation, and Health Issues; Initial Focus On Restoration Of The Kabul River

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire — Fatema Bayat, Executive Director of the Bayat Foundation, a 501 c(3) charitable organization committed to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan, took advantage of the Foundation’s annual dinner on 12 October to announce the official launch of Beautify Afghanistan, a new strategic initiative for the Foundation in 2013.

“Afghanistan is a nation blessed with tremendous natural resources and beauty,” Mrs. Bayat said.  “Unfortunately, through mismanagement, indifference, desperation, and ignorance, Afghanistan’s bounty of nature has become scarred by overuse, pollution, and neglect.  Many Afghans today struggle to find adequate sources of potable water and polluted water has become a major factor in the spread of diseases such as diphtheria, cholera and malaria.  To help combat this, we are pleased to announce a new strategic initiative for 2013 and beyond – Beautify Afghanistan: Education. Empowerment. Environment.  We are confident that this program will help Afghans to engage with their natural environment in more productive and sustainable ways than at present, helping to ensure a lasting legacy of natural beauty and resource for future generations.”

The program’s mission is to engage, empower, educate, and excite Afghans – especially those most at-risk citizens – to act on behalf of, and take greater responsibility for, their community environments in order to restore hope, pride, honor, beauty, and economic security to AfghanistanIt is designed as an “umbrella” initiative which will initiate, manage, provide catalyst funding, administer, and develop support for multiple environmental programs that will change behaviors and improve communities.  It will be focused on programs that are developed for Afghans, by Afghans, and recognize the inherent interaction between people & nature.  Projects will be about managing people and providing incentives to change behavior as much as managing environmental issues.

Championing principles such as education, individual responsibility, public-private partnerships, and sustainable economic support focused on Afghanistan’s at-risk women and youth, Beautify Afghanistan’s initial focus will be on the restoration of the Kabul River.  The Foundation will turn Streams Into Stability by organizing cleanups of rubbish, promoting new – more sanitary – ways of handling wastewater and sewage, restoring a sense of national pride in the waterway as a symbol of Afghanistan’s vibrancy and natural health, and creating economically sustainable initiatives for at-risk Afghans that revolve around the river.

About the Bayat Foundation
Since 2005, the US-based Bayat Foundation, a 501 c(3) charitable organization, has promoted the well-being of the Afghan people. Founded and directed by Ehsan Bayat and Fatema Bayat, the Foundation has contributed to more than 200 projects dedicated to improving the quality of life for the youth, women, poor, and elderly of Afghanistan.  Projects have included the construction of new facilities and sustainable infrastructure in needy regions, and the promotion of health, education, economic, and cultural programs. In addition to his charitable initiatives, Ehsanollah Bayat founded Afghan Wireless (AWCC) in 2002 – a joint venture between Telephone Systems International, Inc. (TSI) and the Ministry of Communications – which was the first GSM wireless and Internet Service Provider in Afghanistan, and later established Ariana Radio and Television Network (ATN), which includes Ariana Radio (FM 93.5). For more information, please email

CONTACT: Montgomery Simus,, +1-702-809-6772