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Board of directors meeting of Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited

December 5, 2017 |

Karachi, Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited informed Pakistan Stock Exchange that board of directors meeting of the company will be held on December 14, 2017 at Karachi. The agenda of the meeting will to review Company’s operational performance and other matters. Any decision by the Board requiring dissemination will be communication after the board meeting. Further, the company has declared the closed period from December 07, 2017 to December 15, 2017 Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited is a limited liability company incorporated in Pakistan. The foundations of the company are formed under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. It manufactures and sells consumer and commercial food products under brand names of Rafhan, Knorr, Energile, Glaxose-D and Foodsolutions. The company is listed on the Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges of Pakistan. The registered office of the company is located at Karachi. The company is a subsidiary of Conopco Inc. USA, whereas its ultimate parent company is Unilever N.V. Holland. Unilever represents in 150 countries globally with over 200,000 employees. In Pakistan, Unilever made its debut in 1948, and today it is one of the most prominent multinationals in the country operating though two affiliated companies viz. Unilever Pakistan and Unilever Pakistan Foods. The two public listed limited companies have 5 wholly owned and 7 third party manufacturing sites across Pakistan and employees around 1,500 people on their payroll and many thousands indirectly. The symbol “UPFL” is being used by the stock exchanges for the shares of Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited.

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Board of directors meeting of Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited

December 5, 2017 |

Karachi, Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited informed Pakistan Stock Exchange that board of directors meeting of the company will be held on December 14, 2017 at Karachi. The agenda of the meeting will to review Company’s operational performance and other matters. Any decision by the Board requiring dissemination will be communication after the board meeting. Further, the company has declared the closed period from December 07, 2017 to December 15, 2017 Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited is a limited liability company incorporated in Pakistan. The foundations of the company are formed under the Companies Ordinance, 1984. It manufactures and sells consumer and commercial food products under brand names of Rafhan, Knorr, Energile, Glaxose-D and Foodsolutions. The company is listed on the Karachi and Lahore Stock Exchanges of Pakistan. The registered office of the company is located at Karachi. The company is a subsidiary of Conopco Inc. USA, whereas its ultimate parent company is Unilever N.V. Holland. Unilever represents in 150 countries globally with over 200,000 employees. In Pakistan, Unilever made its debut in 1948, and today it is one of the most prominent multinationals in the country operating though two affiliated companies viz. Unilever Pakistan and Unilever Pakistan Foods. The two public listed limited companies have 5 wholly owned and 7 third party manufacturing sites across Pakistan and employees around 1,500 people on their payroll and many thousands indirectly. The symbol “UPFL” is being used by the stock exchanges for the shares of Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited.

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Protected but Stifled, a Pakistani Minority Feels Imprisoned in its Own Community

December 5, 2017 |

QUETTA, PAKISTAN Ali Haris dreamed of getting a college degree and a well-paid job. Instead, he had to quit his education after high school. Going to Balochistan University, the only public university in the area that he could afford, would require him to travel through areas unsafe for him, putting his life at risk.

At that time, around 2013-14, there was no chance that if we went there we would come back alive, he said. He wasn’t alone in giving up the prospects of a comfortable future.

Out of my class in school, almost 70-80 percent quit higher education, he added. Some who could afford it migrated to other cities or other countries. The ones left behind were doing odd jobs in the area.

The 21-year-old belonged to the Hazara community, a minority Shiite sect that primarily resides in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran. For years, Sunni militant groups in Pakistan have targeted Shiites across the country for their faith, but the Hazaras seem to have an extra-large target blazed on their backs, and for good reason.

While it is usually hard to physically distinguish between Shiites and Sunnis, the Hazaras are an exception. Their distinctive facial features, a mixture of Mongolian and Central Asian ancestry, make them easily identifiable. In addition, many of them live in two large clusters in Quetta, the capital city of Pakistan’s restive Balochistan province, making attacks easier to plan.

Over the last 10 or so years, hundreds have been killed in suicide bombings or targeted attacks. Stories of near death experiences are aplenty.

We were saved just because the car took a turn. If we were a few seconds late, we would be gone, said Daud Changezi, describing the day when a massive blast ripped through Quetta’s Alamdar road, killing more than 90 people. In the car with Changezi were his wife and four kids.

He now works from home, consulting for various NGOs, but feels his professional growth has stagnated.

The favorite part of my job was field work. Now I can’t go out, he said, although he still feels he is one of the luckier ones�at least he has a job. Many of his friends were less fortunate.

My friend Abdul had a mobile phone shop in the main bazaar, but he closed his business and left the country. He is now in Indonesia, in a transit center for refugees, Changezi said.

Protection for Hazaras

After several particularly heinous attacks in 2013, the government started providing Hazaras extra protection. A paramilitary force called the Frontier Corps set up check posts at main entrances to Hazara areas. Anyone going inside is now stopped, their identity documents checked. Peripheral entrances are blocked by thick walls.

While these measures have helped stem attacks on Hazaras, they have also stifled the community’s social and economic life. The designated safe areas for Hazaras mean the rest of the city is inherently unsafe for them.

We’ve been economically strangled. We had a lot of shops around town. Now there are none. We had a successful transport business across town. Now we are limited to our own areas, said Ahmed Ali Kohzad, a politician and a member of the Hazara Democratic Party.

Many have left their jobs because they feel unsafe traveling to work. Haris recalled how one of his friends was called for a job interview. It could be a lucrative career in a government office. But he was the only son and the family decided against sending him.

Others, like a local journalist Qadir Nayel, complained of social isolation.

While the city is multi-cultural, our kids are learning only one culture and one language. They are not getting ready for the world, he said.

The government says it has taken remedial steps and the situation has significantly improved as a result.

Since the beginning of the violence, several thousand Hazaras from Pakistan have tried to migrate to other countries, sometimes illegally. Several thousands of them are languishing, along with Hazaras from Afghanistan and Iran, in transit camps in Indonesia, waiting, sometimes for years, for the UNHCR to help them settle in another country. Meanwhile, since Indonesia does not recognize refugees, they cannot enroll in a school, work, or travel.

Meanwhile back in Pakistan, the young Hazara men who once hoped to support families are now struggling to support themselves.

Right now I am working here as a laborer, Haris said. The dreams I had, the prospects of income I imagined, they’re all gone.

Source: Voice of America

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Joint US-Afghan Operation Kills Top al-Qaida, Taliban Leaders

December 5, 2017 |

ISLAMABAD Afghanistan’s security forces, in joint counterterrorism raids with U.S. partners, this week have killed several high-profile leaders of al-Qaida, along with 80 other members of the terrorist network and the Taliban insurgency,The Afghan in…

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Afghan land being used in creating law & order problem in Pakistan

December 5, 2017 |

Home Minister Balochistan Mir Sarfraz Bugti has said that the land of Afghanistan is being used in creating law and order problem in Pakistan.Addressing a news conference in Quetta on Tuesday, he said that Indian and Afghan intelligence agencies are in…

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Peace prerequisite for development: Hafeez

December 5, 2017 |

Chief Minister Gilgit-Baltistan Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman says peace is prerequisite for development and the government is utilizing all available resources for lasting peace in the area.This he said while addressing a seminar held under title of role of …

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Jhagra lauds Pakistan Scouts’ services

December 5, 2017 |

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governor Iqbal Zafar Jhagra says Pakistan Scouts have always rendered innumerable services in natural calamities and proved its worth in every hour of need in the country.Presiding over a meeting of the Boy Scouts Council in Pesh…

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