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This woman vowed to transform lives of street children after APS attack

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. Syeda Anfas Ali, the founder of the Footpath School Karachi, took this saying as her life’s mission statement and vowed to transform lives of underprivileged children. She says 2014 APS attack…

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Daughter of ex-CM asked me to close footpath school: Anfas Ali

Syeda Anfas Ali Zaidi, how is running a school for street children in Karachi under her NGO, has claimed that Naheed Durrani, the daughter of former chief minister Qaim Ali Shah, has asked her to either hand over the school to Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) or shut it down. Watch her views…    

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Future of ‘footpath’ school children at risk

Syeda Anfas Ali Zaidi’s NGO, Ocean Welfare Organisation, is running a makeshift school for around 2,000 street children under a flyover in Clifton near the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine. She has alleged that Sindh government has asked it to either hand over the school with children to the Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) or shut it…

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CJP takes notice of threats to NGO-run school for street children

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, has taken notice of allegations and threats to Ocean Welfare Organization, a non-governmental organization, running a makeshift school for around 2,000 street children under a flyover in Clifton near the Abdullah Shah Ghazi shrine. It has been reported that the Sindh government has asked them to…

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Have no personal enmity with anyone, says Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that he has no personal enmity with anyone. Speaking on the floor of the National Assembly (NA), Nisar said that he received criticism when he supported the opposition after leaving the government. Nisar stated that his statements were being taken out of context. He said,…

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Food Waste: A New War to Fight Against

By Saman Siddiqui It’s a part of routine for many of us, our plates are stuffed with food and when unable to finish, the leftovers are easily scraped off into the bin. On many occasions, after large meals the leftover food is thrown away. It’s a common practice for many of the households without conceptualizing…

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Intensified conditions of Myanmar calls for the need of International Interference

By: Maemuna Sadaf Massive killings of innocent Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are continued even after the protest and letter written to International community. The Rohingya Muslims are 4% minority community living in western region of Myanmar, Rakhine state. The Rohingya ancestors migrated from Bangladesh centuries ago and settled in Rakhine. In 1984, the citizenship of…

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Award-winning authors criticize Israeli occupation

JERUSALEM: By using famous authors, including the winners of three Pulitzers and a Nobel, they were aiming to “sort of trick” people “into paying attention to the occupation by baiting the trap, in a way, with the work of a really amazing writer”. Proceeds from the book will go to Breaking the Silence, an NGO…

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Mystery of Kohat girl murder still unresolved

KOHAT: Mystery surrounding the murder of Hina Shahnawaz could not be untangled as her cousin said he is not involved in the killing. Hina, the most educated girl of Kohat village of Astarzai village was killed with six gunshots she received at her heart, according to social media reports. Police said raids are being launched…

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Removing the Margins: An inclusive approach to Schooling in Pakistan

By: Faizan Afzal Despite prolonged and concentrated efforts, Pakistan’s literacy rate lacks behind the global average. Illiteracy is lethal for the development of any country. It is one of the major issues Pakistan is facing since inception. Pakistan has a literacy rate of 58 percent, which has improved from 35 percent in 1990-91, but still…

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NGO banned from operating in Layyah

LAHORE: South Asia Partnership Pakistan, a nongovernmental organization (NGO) has been stopped from operating in Layyah district of Punjab due to its ‘anti-state agenda’. “It has been informed by the Ministry of Interior, Islamabad that reportedly South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP-PK) has been observed working in south Punjab pursuing anti-state agenda alleging armed forces/LEAs for…

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Candid and inspiring chat with Shehzad Roy

In a recent chat with SamaaTV Shehzad Roy condemned the killing of innocent Kashmiris. He expressed serious concern over the current Kashmir situation. Shehzad plans to launch more projects, relating to education, whereas he also shared further plans for his NGO Zindagi Trust. Watch what else he has has to say in Sarah Raza Ansari’s…

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NGO shuts down after funding suspended

KARACHI: Education Fund for Sindh, a nonprofit organisation helping private schools educate children in low-income neighborhoods across the province, shut down its operations on Wednesday.  According to reports, the nonprofit was receiving funds from a UK-based organisation. However, upon an audit, it was discovered the fund was being embezzled. The funding was then suspended, causing EFS…

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19 INGOs allowed to work in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A meeting chaired by the Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan Tuesday decided to accord approval, in principle, to 19 INGOs allowing them to work in Pakistan in their respective fields. The process of granting them formal approval will be completed within one week by the INGO Committee. The meeting was attended among other…

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Rickshaws begin girl rights campaign

A social work organization jumpstarted an awareness campaign for girl rights by the means of rickshaws. Watch Samra Afzal’s report about the social work drive against domestic torture.

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Medical charity sues “Phantom” filmmakers

NEW DELHI: International charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is taking legal action against the producers of a new Bollywood film, saying its misrepresentation of the medical group could put its aid workers deployed in conflict zones at risk. Action-thriller “Phantom” was released on Friday and features British-Indian actress Katrina Kaif playing a role she has…

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SECP initiates action against 23 international NGOs

ISLAMABAD: Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) has initiated action against 23 international NGOs (NGOs) to strike their names off the register of companies. A statement issued by SECP here Friday said the action was taken in line with the National Action Plan to scrutinize working and accounts of local and foreign NGOs. The…

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Dogs, monkeys tainting India PM's cleanliness drive: NGO

NEW DELHI: An Indian charity petitioned the High Court Wednesday for packing off stray dogs and monkeys to a remote corner of the country, saying they were undermining premier Narendra Modi's cleanliness campaign. The Society for Public Cause, a New Delhi-based non-profit group, said the animals must either be exported or sent to Nagaland, a…

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'Save the Children' Islamabad offices only sealed, Senate told

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Muhammad Ishaq Dar Monday told the Senate that the offices of 'Save the Children' in Islamabad had only been sealed whle the international non-governmental organisation (INGO) was working in other areas of the country as per routine. The INGO's offices were still sealed in the Federal Capital, he added. Dar said that…

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US warns Pakistan over NGO expulsion

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday warned Pakistan it was only hurting itself after Save the Children was expelled for “working against the country,” with Islamabad threatening to throw out more foreign aid groups. Pakistan has toughened its policies towards international aid groups in recent years, accusing them of being covers for spying operations, and…

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Director T2F gunned down in Karachi

KARACHI: Unknown gunmen shot and killed Sabeen Mahmud, the Director of The Second Floor (T2F), in Karachi on Friday evening, police said. The gun attack took place in Defence Phase 2 area of the city. According to police, Sabeen Mahmud was attacked on her way to home while her mother was also wounded. She was…

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