‘The new chief minister is disappointing us’: Alamgir Khan intensifies ‘Fix it’ campaign in Karachi

KARACHI: Campaigner Alamgir Khan, whose ‘Fix it’ campaign to cover unsealed manholes in the metropolis gained media attention earlier this year, announced the next step of his campaign which involves placing trash bins near roadside garbage points in Karachi.

In a post on Facebook, Alamgir said “We will place these trashbins at roadside garbage points. With this idea, we will be able to permanently clean the targeted area.”

“Again it is a tactic to awaken the #SleepingBeauties,” Alamgir said on Facebook. “We expect good from the new #Responsibles. They need time. Fair enough. But the new chief minister is disappointing us. More than a month has passed, #AamAadmi issues remain the same,” he said.

If those in power fail to deliver, the ‘Fix it’ campaigner threatened to draw their sketches at garbage points in an attempt to divert their attention towards the issues of ordinary people.

Alamgir told media that the new phase of the campaign will begin next Sunday. Arrangements to dispose off garbage from the trash bins to landfill sites will also be made, he said.

Initially the project will cover the road from Iqra University to the Baloch Colony flyover, but will later be expanded to other parts of the city, he said. There will be 20 trash bins placed along the road in this area.

“During our campaign we mobilise area residents. We clean the area, remove garbage from localities and start plantation at the targeted site, but our efforts are not yielding desired results due to non-cooperation of the concerned authorities,” he claimed.

The campaigner claimed that the city produces 12,000 metric tonnes of garbage, whereas the district municipal bodies only dispose off 3-4 tonnes of garbage at landfill sites.

“We have been closely monitoring the progress of newly-appointed Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, as well as Deputy Mayor Karachi Arshad Vohra, as he declared removal of garbage as his top priority,” Alamgir said.

He added that the campaigners will monitor the situation for up to 45 days. “Then,” he warned, “we will draw their sketches on our trash bins.”

Alamgir appreciated the response the campaign had received so far. People have donated a tractor, manhole covers and other paraphernalia to the campaign, he said. “We also have a web of volunteers at the district level and we have also established an office in Gulshan-i-Iqbal.”

The campaigners are also working to mitigate the water crisis in Karachi, he said, for which they have installed a reverse-osmosis water treatment plant, besides boring for water in several areas.

“We also provide lunch to some 150 people daily at our office,” he said.


Indian, Pakistani troops allegedly exchange fire across LoC in Uri sector

SRINAGAR: Indian and Pakistani troops allegedly exchanged fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir’s Uri sector on Tuesday, two days after a deadly raid on an army base in the sector, Indian army officials claimed.

However, Pakistani military sources denied any exchange of fire taking place across the LoC.

India blamed Sunday’s attack in which 18 soldiers died on Pakistan-based militants.

The attack which was the worst of its kind to hit the region in more than a decade increased hostility between the two neighbours as they gear up for a showdown at the United Nations General Assembly over held Kashmir.

Indian army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia, alleged that there had been a “ceasefire violation” near Uri, where Sunday’s attack took place, but gave no further details. Uri is near the LoC which divides the disputed territory.

“Small arms exchange of fire is on in the area,” a senior police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Occasional violations of a 2003 ceasefire between Pakistan and India are not uncommon. Tuesday’s alleged exchange was the first since Sunday’s attack.

Two killed in separate incidents

TAXILA: A motorcyclist died when a dumper hit him on G.T. Road while another one took his life in Wah by hanging himself from a ceiling fan on Monday.

Bilal Shah, 40, was going on his motorcycle towards Margalla when a speeding dumper hit his motorcycle from the rear as a result he fell and the dumper ran over him killing him on the spot. The driver of the truck managed to flee.

In another incident, a man committed suicide in Benazir Colony in the limits of Wah Cantonment police station. Police while quoting family members of the deceased said Syed Asjid Hussain was upset by family problems.

On Monday he went to his room and hanged himself from a ceiling fan. Police have registered separate cases and started investigation.

Mohammad Amir’s mehndi ceremony begins in Lahore

LAHORE: Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Amir has arrived at the mehndiceremony, being held here at a farm house, in connection with his wedding functions.

Earlier, his bride to-be Narjis was sitting in ‘mayun’at her house.

The wedding ceremony of Amir and Narjis will take place tomorrow at Lahore. Amir will take his ‘barat’ to the wedding place and after a lavish dinner will back home with his bride.

Narjis, a British Pakistani, and Amir had a Nikkah ceremony two years ago.

According to Amir, the marriage is a love marriage and both families happily consented to their union. Narjis frequently takes on her social media and shares updates about her husband and his achievements with her followers.

Amir did not give Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif a wedding invitation card.

Amir, Salman and Asif were involved in a spot fixing case in which they were found guilty.

Pemra has powers to ban channel programme: court

Private channel’s petition dismissed

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday declared that the opinion of Dr Shahid Masood, an ARY television anchor, expressed in his programme was violative of the Code of Conduct and the Pemra under Section 27 of the Pemra Ordinance had powers to prohibit the broadcast.

In a short order announced on Monday, Justice Aamer Farooq dismissed the writ petition of ARY where the TV channel had challenged Pemra’s order imposing a ban of 45 days on its programme host Dr Shahid Masood who has been anchoring a programme “Live With Dr Shahid Masood”.

Pemra had imposed a ban on Dr Masood for casting aspersions on the chief justice of Sindh High Court. A detailed order will be issued today on Tuesday (today). The bench in its order said the Supreme Court through an order dated July 21, 2016 had directed the Pemra to submit details about the television channels involved in negative propaganda about the judiciary and Pemra’s disciplinary actions taken against them.