Parliament helpless, sovereignty over: Khursheed Shah

ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah remarked on Thursday that the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government has never given importance to the parliament which has become helpless and its autonomy has ended.

While speaking in the National Assembly, the Pakistan Peoples Party leader said that the government has remembered the parliament now. “We told the government official countless times to come and sit with us to resolve our issues,” he said.

While speaking about deceased PPP leader Benazir Bhutto, Shah said that she was a global leader.

“Benazir was advised not to return to Pakistan as she will be martyred here,” he shared, adding that the efforts were made to conceal regarding her death.

“Why were the people responsible for Benazir’s death let go,” he questioned. “Today, none of the politicians are safe,” he added. He also condemned the assassination bid on interior minister Ahsan Iqbal during Narowal corner meeting.

“The politicians of Pakistan have been made unsafe. When we are murdered, the killers are left free. Pakistan is already facing numerous problems,” he asserted. “When Musharraf came under attack, a mobile phone chip was recovered from the crime scene.

The evidence led the security officials to the terrorists who were sentenced to death,” he said. “But a political leader was martyred. All the proofs are obvious but the murderers have been acquitted,” criticized Shah.

NCHD enrolls around 150,000 learners; established 6000 literacy centers

ISLAMABAD: National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) has enrolled around 145,761 learners in its ongoing literacy programme during last year.

Talking to state-run media, NCHD official, Rai Riaz Hussain said the commission has established around 6000 literacy centers under PC-I across 91 districts of the country with an aim to improve Human Development Indicators.

The project covers all the four provinces Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) and Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), he added.

Rai Hussain said NCHD being the national lead agency for literacy in pakistan has been working to improve literacy situation in the country and to contribute towards Vision-2025 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Commenting on the progress of the project, he said the project is working successfully as 200 staff members had been trained to execute the project while 600 Local Area Supervisors had also been hired and trained to assist 6000 teachers that were appointed to impart education under the programme.

He said the designed literacy centers were made functional just after the completion of the teachers’ training while the local area supervisors mostly comprising of women were trained for five days.

NCHD, National Program Coordinator, Syed Akbar Ali told reporter that Pakistan was facing a huge challenge of widespread illiteracy with around 64 million adult (10+ age) illiterates and 5.2 million out of school children of primary age (5-9) group in the country.

According to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2015-16, he said, the overall literacy rate of the country was 58 percent while the literacy rate of rural areas was 49 percent against 74 percent in urban areas.

Pakistan is one of the least literate countries in Asia and the fourth largest contributor to the world’s non-literate population, he added. He said the government is well aware of the situation and has taken important initiatives particularly one of the goals of Pakistan Vision-2025, to achieve 90 percent national literacy rate by the year 2025.

NCHD since its inception had established 164,190 Adult Literacy Centers across the country and admitted about 3.84 million adult learners (mostly women). It also covered 134 districts of the country and provided 15 million books to the learners while 3.5 million students were graduated till 2013, he concluded.