KP Governor reviews ongoing work in historic schools of Peshawar

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Haji Ghulam Ali has directed to improve the education standard of the schools according to the advance standards.

He said this while chairing a meeting to review ongoing work in historic schools of the Peshawar.

Speaking on the occasion, the Governor stressed to complete the construction and renovation work according to the historic significance of these educational institutions and assured his cooperation.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Students spend a day with FC North

Students of different educational institutions of Peshawar spent a day with the Frontier Corps North.

The purpose of the visit was to create awareness among the students about sacrifices of the armed forces.

During the day, students were briefed about FC responsibilities and activities. The students witnessed military drills and also took part in the plantation drive.

Expressing their views, the students said the professional preparedness of the FC North and steps against terrorism were impressive sight.

The students expressed their firm resolve to stand with the forces till their last breath.

Source: Radio Pakistan

IPS, RIIO to form think tanks’ network on Indian Ocean Region

Pakistan's Institute of Policy Studies and China's Research Institute for Indian Ocean Economics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to create a multilateral cooperative network of think tanks of Indian Ocean Region.

The initiative was launched during the 8th international conference on ‘Common Development of China and Indian Ocean Region’, hosted by Research Institute for Indian Ocean Economics in Kunming.

The conference was held under the theme of ‘Challenges and Prospects of Blue Economy Cooperation in the Indian Ocean: from the Perspective of Security and Development’.

This network will work for the policy analysis and review of Indian Ocean’s strategic issues, undertake joint activities, promote common development between China and Indian Ocean region.

Source: Radio Pakistan

PM Kakar vows to bring higher education in Pakistan at par with world standards

Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar has reiterated to remove all hurdles in the way of bringing the level of higher education in Pakistan equal to the international standards.

He was chairing a meeting of the vice-chancellors of all the public sector universities of Balochistan in Quetta on Sunday.

The Prime Minister said our youth and human resource are an important asset for the better future of Pakistan. He said multiple opportunities will be provided to youngsters in the field of higher education in Pakistan, enabling them to play an effective role in the development of the country.

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar said the lack of innovation is directly linked to the lack of research and higher education in Pakistan. He called for promoting research and new inventions in the universities.

The Prime Minister directed participants of the meeting to undertake effective planning to strengthen the foundations of higher education and modern research in the universities. He said it should be ensured that our graduates have sufficient professional training and skills to meet the requirements of the industries.

He also urged the industrial sector to make incubation centers at the universities to provide students with opportunities for the latest research.

He said such measures would not only provide trained manpower to the country's industries but also pave the way for an industrial revolution in Pakistan. He said consistent provision of quality higher education will improve all spheres of life in Pakistan.

Participants also briefed the Prime Minister about the progress on higher education in Balochistan and the problems being faced in this regard.

Source: Radio Pakistan

High-level committee to address grievances of daily wager teachers: Madad

Caretaker Minister for Federal Education and Professional Training Madad Ali Sindhi has announced to form a high-level committee to address the grievances of daily wager teachers.

He announced formation of the committee during a meeting with a delegation of daily wager teachers in the presence of the Director General, Federal Directorate of Education in Islamabad.

After listening to the plea of the daily wager teachers, the Caretaker Minister assured to provide every possible relief to them.

The delegation also requested the Caretaker Minister for the regularization of services of daily wage teachers.

Source: Radio Pakistan

Sara Sharif was bubbly and confident, says school

A 10-year-old girl found murdered at home was "a bubbly girl" with a beautiful smile, her school has said.

Sara Sharif's body was found at her family home in Woking, Surrey, early on 10 August, prompting a murder inquiry.

Jacquie Chambers, head of St Mary's C of E primary school in Byfleet, said Sara would be "dearly missed".

Three people who travelled to Pakistan before her body was found are believed to have gone to Islamabad and are wanted for questioning.

Ms Chambers said: "She was a bubbly, confident little girl who had the most beautiful smile. She was full of ideas and was very passionate about the things she believed in."

'Grieve and recover'

The head teacher said the pupil had been in Year 5 at the school, adding: "Sara will be dearly missed and, as a school community, we are all deeply affected by this tragedy.

"Our thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with those affected by this heart-breaking news."

Ms Chambers said she could not make further comment due to the police inquiry, but said the school was "fully supporting partner agencies with their investigations".

She added: "Our priority now is to support our school community as they grieve and recover."

The three people who are wanted by the police are Sara's father, Urfan Sharif, 41, his partner, Beinash Batool, 29, and his brother, Faisal Malik, 28.

BBC News has been told two police teams in Jhelum, north Punjab in Pakistan, are looking for Mr Sharif.

Surrey Police have said Mr Sharif, 41, made a 999 call from Pakistan shortly after landing in Islamabad with his partner, his brother and five children, aged between one and 13.

The call led officers to the house in Woking where they found the body of Sara who had sustained "multiple and extensive injuries", likely to have been caused over a sustained period of time.

There is no formal extradition treaty between the UK and Pakistan.

Surrey County Council have confirmed that Sara was known to the authorities and a multi-agency review is under way.

Police have also been searching the family's previous address in West Byfleet in Surrey.

Source: BBC