Next generation report 2023 is a timely resource for all stake holders in Pakistan: Shaza Fatima Khawaja

Islamabad, March 15, 2023 (PPI-OT): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Youth Affairs Shaza Fatima Khawaja attended the launch ceremony of Next Generation Research Report 2023 in London. While addressing the event, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister said that about 68 percent of Pakistan’s population consists of youth. This means that almost two-thirds of people in Pakistan are under 30 years of age.

These young people are the strength of our country, our future. The government of Pakistan is aware of the problems of the youth. And is making every possible effort to solve those problems. The aim is to lead the youth towards mass improvement through various initiatives.

SAPM Shaza Fatima Khawaja said that the Government of Pakistan and the British Council have been working together since 1948 in a trusted and long-term partnership, with the aim of establishing bilateral relations. The Next Generation Report is a timely resource for all stakeholders in Pakistan to formulate policies to address the multiple crises facing Pakistan.

She said that the government of Pakistan is determined to empower its people socio-economically. In this regard, the Prime Minister’s Youth Program is the flagship initiative aimed at empowering the youth by providing various facilities through various initiatives under Prime Minister’s Youth Program.

These initiatives include the Prime Minister’s Youth Business and Agriculture Loan Scheme, the Laptop Scheme, Skills and Qualifications through Toyota Institutes, Sports Focused Engagement Programs through the Higher Education Commission, and climate change initiatives.

All the programs are run under the Public Sector Development Fund and almost all are linked to development goals that serve the overall goal of youth development. The British Council and the government of Pakistan have collaborated in the higher education sector, such as the Pakistan Education Gateway, gym clubs, collaboration with TVET departments, and promotion of local schools.

Pandemic has increased marginalization in our society and also in 2022, Pakistan was hit hard by the worst floods in the country’s history, one-third of the land was under water and 33 million people were directly affected.

While addressing about the Youth and the problems faced by the youth, she said that despite a gap of 13 years, the 2023 report reflects the same challenges and disappointments for the youth of the country as the 2009 report. In particular, economic problems such as lack of employment resources and lack of better education systems fail to meet the needs of the youth.

She further said that we are keen to work with the British Council and stakeholders to provide opportunities and technical assistance to address these major challenges facing our youth and also would like to thank the British Council and their partners, and the Task Force, for producing a report containing very important research, which will help the government, citizens and all key stakeholders to determine the way forward to benefit from Pakistan’s demographic dividend.

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Modi govt disallows seminar on ‘Media Blackout in Kashmir’

New Delhi, March 15, 2023 (PPI-OT): Modi government has disallowed a seminar to discuss media blackout and state repression in Indian illegally occupied Jammu Kashmir, scheduled to be held in New Delhi, today. The Delhi police in an order made a lame excuse that it had inputs that there could be a law and order problem if the event is allowed to happen.

It said its inputs mentioned that the event was being organised by an “anonymous group” and that efforts to contact the organisers remained unsuccessful, although the poster announcing the seminar has a long list of fairly well-known organisers like the Students Federation of India (SFI), All India Students Association (AISA), the Delhi Teachers’ Forum (DTF) and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM).

All of these organisations have offices in Delhi and remain quite active on different issues. The speakers are also fairly well known across India, and included former IIOJK high court judge Hussain Masoodi; M.Y. Tarigami, former CPI-MLA in IIOJK; Nandita Narain, professor at St. Stephen’s College; renowned documentary filmmaker Sanjay Kak; and public commentator Anil Chamadia.

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Guterres calls for action to stamp out poison of anti-Muslim hatred

New York, March 15, 2023 (PPI-OT): Secretary General AntOnio Guterres has called for an action to stamp out the poison of anti-Muslim hatred. In a message for the first International Day to Combat Islamophobia, the UN Chief said, “The world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims reflect humanity in all its magnificent diversity. But they often face bigotry and prejudice for no other reason than their faith”.

“Beyond structural, institutional discrimination and the wholesale stigmatization of Muslim communities, Muslims suffer personal attacks, hateful rhetoric, and scapegoating. We see some of the worst impacts in the triple discrimination against Muslim women because of their gender, ethnicity, and faith” he stated. The growing hate that Muslims face is not an isolated development: it is part of the resurgence of ethno-nationalism, neo-Nazi white supremacist ideologies, and violence targeting vulnerable populations including Muslims, Jews, some minority Christian communities and others. “Discrimination diminishes us all. And it is incumbent on all of us to stand up against it” he underlined.

Guterres said “We must strengthen our defenses by pushing for policies that fully respect human rights and protect religious and cultural identities. We must recognize diversity as richness and ramp up political, cultural, and economic investments in social cohesion.” “We must confront bigotry by working to tackle the hate that spreads like wildfire across the internet” stated the UN Chief. “For well over a millennium, Islam’s message of peace, compassion, and grace has inspired people the world over. Every great faith and tradition summons the imperatives of tolerance, respect, and mutual understanding” continued Guterres his message.

He added “At the heart, we are dealing with universal values: they animate the United Nations Charter and lie at the core of our quest for justice, human rights, and peace.” “Today and every day, let us strive to realize these values and counter the forces of division by reaffirming our common humanity” ended Guterres his message.

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Maulana Tauqeer detained for demanding ban on Hindutva outfits

Bareilly, March 15, 2023 (PPI-OT): A Muslim Indian scholar who asked his supporters to take out a march in New Delhi to press for a ban on Hindutva organisations has been placed under house arrest. Ittehad-e- illat Council chief Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Barelvi and his three supporters were placed under house arrest for three days on Tuesday night. District Magistrate (DM/Collector) Shivkanth Devidi said that Maulana’s detention period can be extended if necessary. Bareily City Magistrate Renu Singh says that Maulana did not take permission to take out the march. He only informed the senior officials.

Maulana had announced the plan to take out a Tanga March from Bareily to Delhi on Wednesday. He was planning to submit a memorandum to Indian President Draupadi Murmu asking for placing a ban Hindutva organisation. Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan Barelvi had said in Moradabad last week that the Modi government, which registered a case of treason against the Sikhs for demanding Khalistan, should do the same against those demanding a Hindu Rashtra.

In the video that went viral, the Maulana said that if Muslim youth too start demanding a Muslim Rashtra, then what will happen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s slogan of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas is false, he said and added that some religious fanatics are sowing seeds of hatred in the country. He said that hatred against Muslims is increasing. There is a need to protect mosques and madrasas. Moradabad police registered a case against him on Sunday for his alleged remarks.

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47 employees dismissed, so far, IIOJK Governor admits

Srinagar, March 15, 2023 (PPI-OT): In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Governor Manoj Sinha on Wednesday admitted that 47 employees have been dismissed from their services on the charge of having pro-freedom links. While talking to reporters in Srinagar Sinha made ridiculous claim by saying, “The statement I made a day ago about jobs were given to militants was based on facts as action has already been taken against many people”.

However, independent sources refuted the Governor’s claim and said that the Modi regime is dismissing Kashmiri employees from their jobs to replace them with Hindutva-minded people from India to advance its Hindu-Rashtra agenda in the occupied territory.

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AJK PM thanks political parties for raising united voice on Kashmir

Islamabad, March 15, 2023 (PPI-OT): Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Sardar Tanveer Ilyas Khan on Wednesday extended gratitude to all the political parties for raising voices in favour of oppressed people of Indian Illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir(IIOJK) despite having political differences.

Addressing the special commemorative session summoned to celebrate the golden jubilee of the Senate of Pakistan, he said, “The Kashmir issue does not belong to any particular party but it is the common agenda of all political forces of Pakistan.”

The AJK PM thanked Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani for inviting him to attend the commemorative session of the Senate to celebrate the golden jubilee.

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Another Indian army man dies of suspected cardiac attack in IIOJK

Srinagar, March 15, 2023 (PPI-OT): An Indian army man died of a suspected heart attack in Sawjian area of Poonch district, almost a fifth such case in the past few days among Indian armed forces in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir. One Naik Sunil Kumar faced a major heart attack while on duty and died instantly. A police party reached the spot to collect necessary details. A police official has in the meantime also confirmed the death of the Indian army man.

It is worth mentioning here that an Assistant Sub-inspector of Border Security Force identified as B L Jonko, died of a cardiac attack in Mendhar, Poonch on March 13, an Indian army officer Col R.S. Kadwasara in Leh, Ladakh on March 7, a constable of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Lethpora in Srinagar on March 6 and a colonel, name not disclosed, died of a heart attack in Baramulla district on March 3.

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