UN-Habitat & Coca-Cola launch Water, Sanitation project in Rawalpindi and Islamabad

Rawalpindi, MTT News Desk: United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) has initiated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for Schools and Ground Water Recharge in Rawalpindi and Islamabad project with the collaboration of Federal Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Directorate of education Islamabad and District Education office Rawalpindi and with generous support from Coca-Cola foundation.

While addressing the occasion of the launching Workshop today in Islamabad, Mr. Javed Ali Khan, Director General, Ministry of the Climate Change, highlighted need of the water, sanitation and hygiene promotion intervention in the twin cities informing hazards associated with the use of contaminated drinking water and unsafe sanitation. Most water borne diseases related to children spread through schools and we should focus our attention for the provision of safe drinking water along with good sanitation services to our school children, he further said.

Ministry of Climate Change will continue support to all the departments and international organizations for the WASH interventions including ground water recharge across the country and the contribution of Coca Cola Pakistan and UN-Habitat is highly commendable, he added.

Ms. Bella Evidente, Officer In-Charge, UN-Habitat Pakistan welcomed the participants and thanked Ministry of Climate Change, Federal Directorate of education Islamabad and District Education office Rawalpindi for their keen interest in this project which aims to evolve behavior change through schools.

Ms. Bella said, UN‑Habitat Pakistan has been instrumental in addressing issues that cater to improve access of basic services in schools around urban slums. Besides many other projects related to Water and sanitation improvement, UN-Habitat has recently implemented two specialized projects related to safe drinking water and sanitation improvements through gender mainstreaming.

The overall purpose of this particular project is to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene in poor urban schools to reduce vulnerability of these communities from water borne diseases and impact of climate change, she concluded with thanking note to Coca-Cola for providing close support for this intervention.

Mr. Qazi Zahoor ul haq EDO education district Rawalpindi said that school children will be the primary beneficiaries of this project and government schools administration acknowledges efforts of UN-Habitat for implementing this project.

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Youth Parliament of Pakistan and its contribution to national development

By Aslam Kanwan

Youth parliament of Pakistanis a platform, which was established in 2008. Its prime aim is to empower the youth of Pakistan with the ability to understand the importance of their role in community services and to nurture their leadership qualities and who have the potential to do something productive and who have desire to utilize their positive and constructive qualities for national development.

Youth Parliament of Pakistan initiated many programmes to empower the youth of Pakistan. At the beginning youth parliament started its projects in 18 districts but now it is working in nearly 25 district and many district soon will be included

The first project of youth parliament was active citizens, which was initiated with the collaboration of British Council. Active Citizens programme aims to develop leadership skills in young people of Pakistan. It facilitates community and political participation amongst young people through interaction with local community, local and national governments.

Youth parliaments completed this project successfully and train thousands of people in whole Pakistan. These people are performing their role for the welfare of society and they have also completed social action projects, which are awarded by British Council.

Second project of youth parliament is HRE (Human Rights Education), which is started with the collaboration of Ministry of Human Rights Government of Pakistan.
The aim of HRE is to aware the youth of Pakistan regarding Human Rights. In this project Youth Parliament organized trainings on Human Rights Education in selected district of Pakistan to educate the youth about their rights and responsibilities.

Nearly 5.5 trainings of Human Right Education were completed in 20 districts of Pakistan and trained thousand of youth. Youth Parliament also stated Human rights programmes on different Channels and organized an Human Rights Education Forum in Lahore where the youth from every part of Pakistan participated and shared their experience about human right education and trainings.

HRE project is still going on and YPP is going to conduct its second training of Trainers of Human Rights Education and YPP is going to start its second round in remaining districts.

Youth Parliament of Pakistan started its 3rd project of YAD (Youth in Action for Democracy). This project aims to promote and inculcate democratic values and democratic behaviours and Strengthening Democracy by Empowering Youth in Pakistan.

This project was started in 2010. YAD is an initiative of Youth Parliament of Pakistan in collaboration with United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF). Youth Parliament conducted many sensitisation seminar and workshops in targeted districts to aware the youth of Pakistan about democracy and its importance. Youth Parliament also started awareness programmes about democracy on TV, and also organized and essay competition on “Democracy in Pakistan” and three best essays was awarded with cash prizes and international tours.

Recently Youth Parliament of Pakistan organized an “Intergenerational Democracy Symposium” in Lahore on mega level. Where youth from whole Pakistan was invited. Politicians, Journalists and social workers were also there and they delivered speeches on the Importance of Democracy. It was a mile stone day for the promotion of Democratic values and democratic behaviours in the Youth Of Pakistan.

Youth Parliament is largest and greatest Youth Platform in Pakistan, which is working for the development of Youth in Pakistan, and it is fastly growing day by day. There are nearly 2 lakh registered member of YPP from whole Pakistan and member of YPP are leading social actions projects in their areas for the welfare of local communities. By this they are serving the nation and contributing a lot for National Development.

Our prominent members and District Project Manager of Rawalpindi Islamabad are going to organized 2nd free medical cam in slums area of Islamabad. They organized First medical camp in 2011 where hundreds of poor peoples were treated freely.

Terrorism against Islam – Rawalpindi Blast

Four terrorists approached and attacked a mosque located inside officers’ residential area near Parade line Rawalpindi. According to Major General Athar Abbass Director General ISPR 37 individuates embraced Shahadat and 75 injured. 17 children and seven army officers have been martyred.  All victims of terrorists were offering their Friday prayer.  Two terrorists entered in the mosque and blew themselves. Meanwhile two others started firing on the Namazies while standing outside the mosque.  Security forces personnel in the area responded immediately and killed two terrorists in exchange of fire. Reportedly, More than 200 people have been killed and many injured in the last 15 blasts of Rawalpindi since 1987. Early on December 2, 2009 Islamabad, A suicide bomber blew himself up outside Pakistan’s naval headquarters in Islamabad killing a guard and injuring two navy soldiers. It is notable here that the attack on the mosque was the ninth violent assault in the past 18 months.

Article Source: http://www.markthetruth.com/terrorism/225-terrorism-against-islam-rawalpindi-blast.html

FATA: The Troubles and the Solution

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FATA: The Troubles and the Solution

Rawalpindi/Pakistan – November 25, 2009

Article Source: http://www.markthetruth.com/press-releases/219-fata-the-troubles-and-the-solutions.html

Contrasting responses to catastrophes

Tens of 9/11 in USA, 12/12 in New Delhi and 26/11 in Mumbai, and 7/7 in London have taken place in Pakistan during the last five years. Devastating terrorist and suicide attacks killing scores of people and destroying property worth billions have occurred in major cities. Balochistan, FATA, NWFP, Malakand Division including Swat are engulfed in flames of terrorism while Lahore, Islamabad, Rawalpindi and Peshawar have faced the maximum brunt. From October onwards, there was hardly a day when Peshawar was not struck by terrorists. These attacks have been undertaken by dissident Pakistanis duly cultivated by foreign agencies to serve their ulterior motives. Unlike the paralytic and revengeful responses of USA, India and Britain, Pakistan response to never ending catastrophes has been cool and composed. Pakistanis have and still are weathering the onslaught bravely. While the terrorists working upon foreign agenda wrought havoc on innocent people mercilessly and ceaselessly in their mad drive to scare the people, weaken the resolve of federal and provincial governments and to force them to stop military operation in South Waziristan, the people and the administrators are displaying extraordinary grit and resolve to beat the designs of anti-Pakistan elements. Knowing full well that RAW helped by other agencies stationed in Kabul are fully behind acts of terror and are working on a set piece agenda to harm Pakistan, both the government and the people have neither got frightened nor have they lost their sense of composure and balance. They have refrained from hurling wild accusations. An odd muffled protest is casually made when the pain becomes unbearable. The media has not created any hype to stir emotions of the people or raise a war cry.

Article Source: http://www.markthetruth.com/terrorism/218-contrasting-responses-to-catastrophes.html

Triple III Agency Targeting Pakistan

On November 2, 2009 Suicidal bomber entered in National Bank building and blasted him. According to the media reports 35 individuals died and many injured. Reportedly, most of the individuals present in the banks to draw their monthly salaries .It may be mentioned here that during last few weeks suspected foreign sponsored militants have struck Pakistan several times , killing about 250 people. In the evening again near Babu Saboo Interchange two suicidal bombers came in the car and blasted them once they were stopped by the police personals on duty. In this blast 15 police personals have sustained injuries. The current blasts reveal that foreign hand have hijacked the Pakistani Taliban militant movement and speeded up their intrigues against Pakistan. An army offensive in a Taliban stronghold area is progressing well and determined security forces under the government direction have decided to continue with the operation to defeat foreign sponsored terrorism. The recentterrorists attacks in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, and Islamabad and on GHQ are the continuation of series of planned commandos actions against security forces and innocent people. These commandos are also known as Indian Black Cats and American Black Waterterrorists organization.

Article Source: http://www.markthetruth.com/terrorism/180-triple-iii-agency-targeting-pakistan.html

GHQ Attack – India Strikes Again

At about 1130 hours on October 10, 2009, a white color Suzuki Car tried to target General Headquarters of Pakistan Army located on Mall Road Rawalpindi. According to the witness the shooting began when a carry vehicle was intercepted by army personnel for routine checking at army check post near GHQ. Four miscreants wearing camouflage uniform opened heavy and indiscriminate fire while sitting in the vehicle. According to Major General Athar Abbas brave soldiers of Pakistan Security Forces killed the terrorist and brought the situation within one hour after sacrificing their lives. The current attack is a series of Indian proxy war against Pakistan and its security Agencies.

Article Source: http://www.markthetruth.com/terrorism/161-ghq-attack-india-strikes-again.html

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