Govt increases petrol prices ahead of new budget


ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister, Senator Ishaq Dar here on Sunday,with concurrence of the Prime Minister, announced new prices of five PoL products i.e Petrol, HSD, Kerosene Oil, HOBC and LDO which would be effective from 1st of June 2015.

The Minister said that OGRA had proposed increase of Rs. 6.19  per litre in MS Petrol but we have only increased the price by Rs. 3.50. So the new price per litre of Petrol will be Rs. 77.79.  For HSD against Ogra’s suggested increase of Rs. 7.91 per litre, we have only increased the price by Rs. 3.51 and new price per litre would be Rs 87.12. For Kerosene oil the government has enhanced the per litre price by Rs. 3.50 against Ogra’s proposed increase of Rs. 6.53 and the new price would be Rs. 64.94 per litre.  Ogra suggested Rs. 13.25 per litre increase for HOBC, but we increased the price by Rs. 3.50, so new price is Rs. 83.81 per litre. For LDO, the Minister said against Ogra’s suggested increase of Rs. 7.62 per litre, the government has increased price only by Rs. 3.57 per litre. So the new price would be Rs. 61.51 per litre.

The Minister on this occasion added that though Ogra had proposed increase per litre in the range of Rs. 6.19 to Rs. 13.25 in the above said five products but for benefit of the consumers, suggested increase in prices had been considerably lowered. After these changes in the prices, Government, the Finance Minister said would have to shoulder the burden of around Rs. 6 billion worth of subsidy for the month of June.


16 countries Officers get Master Degree in Naval War from Pak Navy War College, Lahore

Seventy-Nine officers get Master Degrees in War Studies (Maritime) from Pakistan Navy. Officers belonging to Pakistan Navy, Air Force, Pak Army and from Allied countries like Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Yemen did Master in Naval War Studies.

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LAHORE, 29 May 2015:

The Convocation ceremony of 44th Pakistan Navy Staff Course was held at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore. Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, graced the ceremony as Chief Guest and conferred Master Degrees in War Studies (Maritime) to 79 graduates from Pakistan Navy, Pak Army, Pakistan Air Force and 21 officers from Allied countries including Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Fiji, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Oman, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Yemen.

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The Naval Chief while addressing on the occasion emphasized the significance of maritime domain, rapidly changing regional and international dynamics have put a heavy responsibility on us to remain relevant and effective both at political and military levels. He envisioned Pakistan Navy to be “a modern potent Navy, manned by motivated professionals, that contributes effectively to deterrence and national security across the full conflict spectrum, capable of radiating influence region-wide with a global outlook”.

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He highlighted that my principal focus is on developing a quality human resource and enhancing the combat potential, by acquiring new potent platforms, improving maintenance and logistics capacity in a manner that we remain ever ready for undertaking any task assigned by the Government. He also said that as hegemonic and domineering mindset solidifies in our neighborhood, we cannot be oblivious to threats to our sovereignty and national security.

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While advising the graduating officers, Admiral Zakaullah said that always bear in mind that learning is a continuous process, and everyday there will be a new thing for you to learn about your demanding profession.

Therefore, strive hard to keep pace with the rapid technological advancements in the domain of modern naval warfare. I expect you, not only to live up to the glorious traditions of your predecessors, but also to raise the bar further by your own distinguished accomplishments. In the execution of your job, there should be nothing higher or greater than the dictates of your conscience. No doubt, your path would be full of challenges and trials, but let it not be forgotten that it is the quality of fighting men that is the real force multiplier. And in this journey of professionalism, honesty, integrity and passion, may Allah be your protector and guide.

Earlier in his welcome address, Commandant PN War College, Rear Admiral Abdul Aleem summarized the professional and academic activities in which the graduating officers were skilled over a period of 41 weeks. He said that the presence of sizeable number of graduating allied officers is indeed encouraging and signifies the fraternal bonds between these countries and Pakistan and above all between our Navies.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of distinguished civilian guests and Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of Pakistan.

How can you claim “No. 1 & Pure”, Competition Commission initiates probe against 16 Cos

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28 May 2015: The Office of Fair Trading of the Competition Commission of Pakistan (CCP) has recently initiated 16 inquiries against undertakings violating Section 10 of the Competition Act, 2010 while 9 inquiries have been completed and 27 show cause notices issued.

This was informed by Dr. Shahzad Ansar, Member Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and Advocacy, while addressing an advocacy session organized by CCP at the Quetta Chamber of Commerce & Industry on Thursday, as part of its awareness programme to educate the business community on Competition Law.

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The advocacy session was attended by President QCCI Moosa Khan Kakar, Vice President Naseebullah Achakzai and members of QCCI in large number. Dr. Shahzad Ansar gave a presentation on the performance of the OFT while CCP Member Legal, Cartel and Trade Abuses, Ikram Ul Haque Qureshi gave a detailed overview of the Competition Act, 2010 and the enforcement measures being taken by the CCP.

While addressing the session, Dr. Shahzad Ansar urged businesses to avoid the distribution of false or misleading information and making unsubstantiated claims such as “No.1 in Pakistan” or “100% pure” etc without reasonable basis. He said that CCP recently imposed 1 Million penalty on a paint company over an advertisement campaign where it made the claim of “No. 1 in Paints” without any factual justification to prove the claim.

Ikram Qureshi while emphasising the benefits of healthy competition in the economy asked the participants to contact CCP in case they had the knowledge of any violation of the Competition Law by any undertaking. It is the responsibility of CCP to correct the behaviour of those who are involved in anti competitive activities, he said adding that under the Competition Act, CCP was empowered to take action against anti-competitive practices such as cartelisation, abuse of dominant position and deceptive marketing practices. Under Section 11 of the Competition Act, CCP is empowered to review mergers and acquisitions that were likely to distort competition in the market, he further said.

Mr. Qureshi said that CCP was enjoying full support of the government in discharging its statutory obligations. “CCP is there to help the business community in enhancing and protecting competition in the best of interest of the economy and the consumers,” he maintained.  He gave examples of various countries who have developed their economies by effectively enforcing the competition regime.  It is also imperative to effectively enforce the competition regime in order to provide level playing field to all the parties engaged in commercial or economic activities.

“The local as well as foreign investors prefer to invest in countries where competition is protected by restricting the anti competitive activities such as abuse of dominant position and cartelisation,” he said adding that CCP has done significant work to promote competition despite having limited resources in terms of funds and human capacity. He urged a close liaison between CCP and the achieve the goal of a competitive economy. He has also informed the audience about the leniency and Reward payment scheme of CCP to restrict anti trust activities.

The participants while appreciating the CCP for holding the interactive session raised a number of issues faced by the business community of Baluchistan. CCP Members assured to address any issues dealing with competition and urged the business community to assist CCP in highlighting the relevant problems.


SANA holds condolence reference for Sindhi nationalist Arriser in Houston


Houston, USA: Sindhi Association of North America (SANA) held a condolence meeting for Sindhi nationalist and intellectual Abdul Wahid Arriser, in Houston, USA, last night, which was largely attended by Sindhi community leaders.

The President SANA Jamil Daudi while addressing the condolence gathering paid rich tribute to Abdul Wahid Arriser and said that he was a role model in the progressive political activism in Sindh who never surrendered and remained in struggle for the rights of Sindh and its people.

Jamil Daudi said that apart from political or ideological differences with Abdul Wahid Arriser, it can be said that he was a brave politician who faced atrocities of martial laws and even the democratic dictatorships, and characters like Arriser get birth in decades.

General Secretary SANA Ms. Noorunisa Ghanghro also addressed the audiences and said that in the nationalist politics of Sindh, after Sain G M Syed, Abdul Arriser was the person who struggled for the sovereignty of his motherland, and his love with his motherland and its people was matchless. She said that undoubtedly Arriser will be remembered in the history of Sindh for years.

Konya Governor, Mayor distribute prizes at Chughtai Awards ceremony

Group photo of prize winners of “Chughtai Art Awards 2015” with Governor and Mayor of Konya, Ambassador of Pakistan and Education of Director of National Education Ministry at Konya on 25 May 2015.

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Konya, Turkey, 26 May 2015:  Governor Muammer Erol and Mayor Tahir Akyurek of Konya participated in the Chughtai Art Awards 2015 ceremony held at the Konya Public Library on Monday and distributed prizes to the winning students. Pakistan’s Ambassador to Turkey Sohail Mahmood, local dignitaries, participants of the art competition, and large number of students, academics and parents were present on the occasion.

As part of Cultural Diplomacy, the Pakistan Embassy in Ankara organized this year’s Chughtai Art Awards competition in the Konya province. The thematic focus of the competition was “Art & Architecture of Pakistan.” The event was organized in collaboration with Konya branch of National Education Ministry of Turkey. High school students of the Konya Province participated in the competition.

(Governor Konya, Mayor Konya and Ambassador of Pakistan visiting exhibition of paintings of “Chughtai Art Awards 2015” competition at Konya).


A total of 36 paintings were shortlisted for consideration of a panel of independent judges, who selected nine paintings for prizes in three categories. A painting made by Mr Engin Sayin of Mehmet Akif Ersoy Anadolu Lisesi won the first prize while paintings of Ms. Fatma Vural of the same school and Ms. Esra Ergun of Konya Çimento Güzel Sanatlar Lisesi got second and third prizes, respectively.

Speaking at the Prize Distribution Ceremony, Mayor Tahir Akyurek highlighted the close ties between Pakistan and Turkey, emphasized the connection between Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi and Allama Muhammad Iqbal, and lauded the efforts of the students supported by the Pakistan Embassy and the Education Directorate.

Ambassador Sohail Mahmood commended students and teachers for their active participation. He stated that the ties of brotherhood and cultural affinity between the peoples of Pakistan and Turkey reinforced this special relationship. The Ambassador said that Pakistan’s  national poet Muhammad Iqbal and great mystic and Sufi saint Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi are great symbols of the spiritual connection between the two nations. He reiterated the desire to further strengthen Turkey-Pakistan relations in political, economic and cultural fields.

Konya province Director of National Education Directorate Mr. Mukadder Gürsoy said all students in Konya had love for Pakistan and a reflection of it could be seen in these paintings. He showed keen interest in holding this competition on a regular basis. The exhibition will remain open to public from 25-29 May 2015 at the Public Library.

Earlier, as part of his official visit to Konya, Ambassador Sohail Mahmood separately met with Governor Muammer Erol and Mayor Tahir Akyurek. He emphasized the importance of strengthening relations with Konya within the framework of Sister City Protocol with Multan. The Ambassador also underlined the importance of deepening mutual links on the basis of Iqbal-Rumi affinity. Ambassador Sohail Mahmood also noted Konya’s tremendous economic progress and its significant contribution to Turkey’s external trade.  Both sides agreed on strengthening economic and commercial collaboration.

(Ambassador Sohail Mahmood presenting a book on Pakistan to Governor Konya Mr. Muammar Erol at Konya on 25 May 2015).

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(Mayor of Konya Tahir Akyurek presenting Mesnevi of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi to Ambassador Sohail Mahmood at Konya on 25 May 2015).

Separately, the Pakistan Ambassador was also invited to participate in the opening ceremony of an exhibition of items prepared by women graduates of vocational training. During his opening speech on the occasion, the Mayor of Konya highlighted the special bonds between Pakistan and Turkey and expressed the hope that multi-dimensional cooperation between the two fraternal nations would be further enhanced.


Just levy fix duty, drop 30% taxes on computers, laptops imports

By Javed Mahmood/ISLAMABAD
On the request of computers and laptop importers association, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) is reviewing a budget proposal to levy Rs 3000/- import duties/taxes  on the import of laptops and desktops computers in the budget (2015-16) to generate an additional revenue and provide an opportunity to informal importers to declare and clear imports on fixed assessment rates.
Munawar Iqbal, Chairman Pakistan Computer Association (PCA) told weekly Corporate Ambassador that the common consumers at present are forced to pay 30 % additional price in the form of various taxes (17% GST; 3% Advance Tax, 6% Income Tax, 1% Custom Duty, up to 3% other miscellaneous charges) on computer and other
accessories and thus chose low-priced smuggled computers and accessories that deprive the government of tax revenue and encourage illegitimate business of smuggled items.
Munawar Iqbal emphasized the need to rationalize the existing tax structure in the country to generate additional revenue in the government tax next. He said the PCA has carried out a detailed analysis and comparison of imports made by documented importers and informal sector for Ministry of Finance and FBR.
The working paper has provided an opportunity to the government to simultaneously achieve two objectives i.e. documentation of all importers in computer industry and secondly major jump in revenue collection from computer
sector in 2015-16.
Through introduction of fixed tax regime in budget 2015-16, the broadening of tax-base as well as major increase in revenue collection would be witnessed. The industry is also willing to give assurance/guarantee for expected rise in revenue and documentation of all importers following fixation of tax rates on the import of said items, he added.
If the FBR Chairman Tariq Bajwa provides an opportunity to the computer vendors before budget, the industry would share detailed analysis for tax mangers and budget makers to enhance revenue and increase documentation of the computer vendors across the country, he said. Moreover, smuggling would decline and revenue would rise by making a tax policy shift for the computer industry, he said.
The fixation of tax rates at Rs.3000 on the import of laptops and desktops computers from 2015-16 would discourage the importers in informal sector to illegally import computers. The cost of smuggling would become higher as compared to the fixed rate of taxes at Rs 3000 for legal imports.  Due to absence of incentive to smuggled computer apparatus, everyone would be happily ready to declare and pay Rs 3000 fixed tax without bypassing the legal system of the FBR, he added.
Besides, people belonging to the low-income group will be able to afford to buy a standard notebook.
Chairman PCA Munawar Iqbal said that according to some estimates based on the market size, around 420,000 laptops at present are being imported annually and only 35% of these are imported legally.
The annual revenue collection on these 147000 laptops under legal import doesn’t exceed Rs.1.146billion.  In contrast, if taxes are rationalized at a fix charge, the illegal business would lose its charm and would have to be part of legitimate business resulting in Rs819million becoming the part of the tax revenue.
By presenting analysis of the price mechanism, he said the fixed tax of Rs.3000 on laptops would certainly discourage smuggling and at the same time provide the low income groups affordability of buying an expensive notebook.
This win-win situation would result in a considerable increase in the revenue to the tune of Rs.1,260,000,000, he said.  Similarly, if the government charges the same fixed tax of Rs3000 on desktops computers, with a market capacity of 600000 annually, it could get a huge amount of Rs.180,000,0000 in the tax net, he added. This would remarkably increase the IT industry’s share in the national economy, he added.
He said that the common consumer at present is forced to pay 30 % additional price in the form of various taxes (17% GST; 3% Advance Tax, 6% Income Tax, 1% Custom Duty, up to 3% other miscellaneous charges) on computer and other accessories and thus have to resort to illegitimate business channels like buying smuggled items, he concluded.

Why common man is indifferent to new budget


Why common people have become indifferent to the new budget being announced on June 5, 2015, for the financial year 2015-16, starting from July?

What the common man would get from the new budget?

These were the two main topics that were discussed in yesterday’s live programme “Hotline KSE” on Businessplus TV channel. I was invited as an expert and it was one-to-one talk show _ anchor M. Yasir and myself.

My opinion _ twenty years ago we people used to sit before Televisions to listen anxiously to the budget speech, because changes in taxes and duties was announced in the budget only and mini-budget culture was very rare. Now every month we hear about new tax, new regulatory duties, new gas tax, increase/decrease in petrol, gas and electricity prices.

If you remember 15 to 20 years ago, a week before the announcement of the budget, cigarettes, sugar, cement, beverages, etc., were stocked by the hoarders amid speculations of increase in their prices.

Now free market culture is prevailing where the industrialists, whole-sale and retail dealers fix prices of commodities according to their own choice. If you buy one item from five different shops, you see that every shop keeper is charging different price mainly because of the failure of the governance in curbing artificial price hike and exploitation of the consumers.

Secondly, in every budget, common man gets nothing but two things _ disappointment and price hike. In coming budget we are hearing about eliminationg of subsidy on electricity, tax exemptions and imposition of Gas Infrastructure Development Cess and all these measures would lead to price-hike at a time when the holy month of Ramazan is starting just a few days after the announcement of the budget. The fasting month is expected to begin from June 17 or 18 and this time the consumers will face the double price hike _ one traditional price hike is linked with the beginning of the fasting month and the new budget will add fuel to fire as far as the price hike is concerned.

When Shoukat Aziz was the Finance Minister (before becoming Prime Minister) during Musharraf’s regime, he invented the formula of segregating the important items from the budget like petrol prices, electricity tariff, gas tariff and impositions of taxes, duties out of budget and that formula is still in place. Now budget making is just confined to fixing target of income, expenditures, budget deficit, borrowings and development expenditures that are revised throughout the year.

A strong mechanism is required to control the artificial price hike and government must come up woth decisions and policies in new budgets that address the concerns of the common people. For example, how much loadshedding will be reduced in new budget, we would not get answer to this question.

How many cities, towns and villages would be made free from loadshedding and gas crisis in 2015016? You can guess it yourself. Wish you good luck

Is it the time to ban traditional schools or revolutionalize them?

By Erum Khan/KARACHI

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“Under the urge of nature and according to the laws of development, though not understood by the adult, the child is obliged to be serious about two fundamental things … the first is the love of activity…The second fundamental thing is independence.”

(What You Should Know About Your Child: by Maria Montessori) We are living in a world where everything is controlled by Policy makers, so the fate of human species in different regions of the world is directly influenced by national or International policy making. Forget about the trade policies which affect our economies depending on the goals of policy makers, even our ‘learning’ is also impacted by the so called ‘good policies’.

When a child is born in any modern society, he is not free to learn in his own Natural way but his parents are been convinced by the policies that he can learn best when he start living in a cage. They are been told that unless he is ‘locked up’ in the classroom, he cannot even know how to learn and it is the teacher who knows how to teach, because he is the one who can control his ‘learning process’. Upon those assumption millions of children are been admitted to schools just to be ‘Experimented upon’ by those who don’t even know the law of nature and how it is unfolded.

Education quoteSo one day our children, find themselves in a ‘cage’, just like ‘Lab-rats’, only to discover that they are not only be experimented upon but they are been controlled by the authorities who has all the right to do what they want, to implement what they wish, to test what they think they should, to humiliate when they desire in the name of discipline, to kill their natural talents once and for all. Modern man call this LAB a school.

(Below is a one-paragraph description taken from an article published few weeks back in ‘Films of Action’)

“Any wildlife biologist knows that an animal in a zoo will not develop normally if the environment is incompatible with the evolved social needs of its species. But we no longer know this about ourselves.

We have radically altered our own evolved species behavior by segregating children artificially in same-age peer groups instead of mixed-age communities, by compelling them to be indoors and sedentary for most of the day, by asking them to learn from text-based artificial materials instead of contextualized real-world activities, by dictating arbitrary timetables for learning rather than following the unfolding of a child’s developmental readiness. Common sense should tell us that all of this will have complex and unpredictable results. In fact, it does. While some children seem able to function in this completely artificial environment, really significant numbers of them cannot. Around the world, every day, millions and millions and millions of normal bright healthy children are labelled as failures in ways that damage them for life. And increasingly, those who cannot adapt to the artificial environment of school are diagnosed as brain-disordered and drugged.” (Taken from a research which can even be done by a child , the only requirement is SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATION)


So collecting data on how human species based on School environment is like collecting data on how Tigers learn to run fast in a zoo. We need to OBSERVE children in their most natural environment: where they actually live.

Naturalistic Observation:

Ethologist believe that in order to study species-specific behaviors, a species must be observed in its natural environment. One can only understand the function of a behavior by seeing how it specifically fits into the ‍‍species‍‍ natural environment in order to fulfill a specific need. So if we want to really improve the conditions of learning we should ‘Discover’ how children learn in the natural environment and that can only be done by Scientific Observation. There are few amazing scientists who studied children using Observation as a method and we should be learning from them. But that’s not where we stop, we should carry on by training our teachers into Scientific Observers so they can carry on the process, discovering new elements each day. Teacher is like an Observer as he teaches little and observes much…

At last the question which needs to be answered by educationists is ‘do we want our children to be Schooled or do we want them to be Educated?

In the words of Dr. Montessori,”… we have learnt from him certain fundamental principles of psychology. One is that the child must learn by his own individual activity, being given a mental freedom to take what he needs, and not to be questioned in his choice. Our teaching must only answer the mental needs of the child, never dictate them. Just as a small child cannot be still because he is in need of coordinating his movements, so the older child, who may seem troublesome in his curiosity over the why, what and wherefore of everything he sees, is building up his mind by this mental activity, and must be given a wide field of culture on which to feed.” (To Educate the Human Potential)

About the Writer _ Erum is a specialist in Play based and Nature based learning, she advocates for the Right based education system in K-12, she is working with many International organizations to promote Play a s right of a child, to enhance the importance of Education Diplomacy and to develop the unique Training Programs for educators and child care professionals.

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Over 95% online pharmacies selling fake drugs: WHO

“Pakistan in violation of the WHO Guidelines “

drugsOver the last few decades, our country has repeatedly failed in providing basic health care to its people. Despite massive influx of funds through foreign private funding over the years, massive indulgence in fraud and corruption.

OTC drugs available illegally, fake-doctor prescriptions, rampant human organ smuggling, dangerous hygiene conditions in hospitals, lack of clean water in OPD units, inexperienced nurses, no health insurance to citizens and bad governance within the Ministry of Health are some of the shortlisted causes that remain. Recently a new trend has started surfacing where online drugs are available through the internet offering quick saving deals and free delivery with absolutely no checks by the government on thousand of internet sites, reaching millions every day.

As per the WHO, over 95% of pharmacies on the internet are illegal, selling fake medicines to illiterate compute savvy people obsessed with internet buying. MOH in Pakistan is redundant as in so many years, not a single health warning has been issued on this by the provincial or even the federal government. We are playing with the lives of people every day and we pride ourselves in being called an Islamic country, where everything is illegally sold in the name of Islam.

Our newspapers and TV channels are busy giving press coverage to hard liner criminal masterminds, corrupt politicians and mediocre experts as public remains disillusioned.

Personally, the entire country is in violation. Recently I was shocked to see a newsflash on one of the channels announced that one of the major hospitals in Karachi had to postpone over 100 emergency surgeries due to no water available in the hospital. Did anyone do a program on that ? No clarification statement has been issued by the health authorities so far. Pakistan has already failed miserably on the MDG s on health care and is rated one of the worst countries on health legislation.

On policy and licensing, we cannot even point out who exactly in the government is responsible for such negligence and extreme failure. Majority of online companies in our country are not registered as drugs and food supplements are sold fake. From hypertension to obesity, diabetes to myocardial infarction, even vitamins and enery boosting medicines are fake. Counterfeit products come in different shapes and forms.

They are sold deliberately and fraudulently and are mislabeled with respect to identity and source, applying to both branded and generic products. Also, these drugs contain inactive or insufficient ingredients and have fake packaging.

Other serious issues include substandard herbal medicines, re-labeled drugs with intentions for misuse, animal drugs not approved for human consumption, unapproved infant drugs for child consumption and expired products that have been withdrawn from the market -giving rise to another dangerous channel for black marketing in the country.

People in general fail to understand that the most common “candidates for counterfeiting “ are the well known, easily manufactured, fast-moving brands that pose the major risk of infection, disease and death. How many drug manufacturing laboratories have been inspected by the Ministry?

How can our policy makers run a comprehensive checks on illegal drug sales through clinics, pharmacies or even hospitals?

First of all, the public needs to know the registered number of units in each city, area, block, community. Globally, WHOs vigilance and safety department undertook a massive hunt identifying drug cartels and fake drug smugglers, capturing over 57000 illicit pharmacies, seizure of over 1000 tons and over 50 million units of illegal drugs channeled through Europe through Asia Middle East.

Interpol reports also indicate that there is a constant risk within South Asia as countries like Pakistan and others are marked as high-risk , due to poor governance, rising populations, illegal economy, and extremely weak laws and regulations. With an extremely high mortality rate in Pakistan , the need for vigilance and cross border checks must be enforced in a country where transit smuggling and black marketing is rampant and unchecked for decades.

We have one of the highest mother and child death rates than most underdeveloped countries. Our hospitals record keeping is one of the most pathetic in the world and our medical students, compounders, clerks and nurses pose as certified medical experts with fake degrees issued and available easily from the internet. This culture is not only in violation of WHO regulations worldwide, it is also an extreme violation of human rights in the country where this corrupt government takes direct and indirect taxes from the poor community and in return deliver them with no safety of life and no health care.

Private hospitals cater to select clients who have money to pay for treatments that costs and arm and a leg while government hospitals do not differentiate between animals and human beings when it comes to health care. Patients are treated with no respect and little dignity. Empathy is nowhere to be found. We have no insurance and have to rely solely on hospitals and health care of abnormally dismal levels- extremely substandard and in complete violation of acceptable human care. Question remains – How can we test these institutes for legitimacy & legality. Only our governments can. If they choose to look beyond filing their own pockets with loads of illegally earned currency while they beg to donor agencies for more funds, in the name of this forgotten and lost public of Pakistan.

Let us take an example of the average educated family in Pakistan. We are on average four to five people per house or apartment, where almost two thirds do not work and depend on the rest who actually earn for a living. In a culture where family takes care of their own, it is by demand that we exert more pressure involuntarily on ourselves just to be able to take care of our immediate family, parents, siblings and children.

The inherent pressure to ensure “ All is well “ is the biggest challenge for a standard Pakistani family in their own country as the nearest medical store to them might be selling substandard medicines might be an illegal pharmacy with a fake license.

Who will take action on all this?

Pakistan has failed to provide basic health care to its people. Though worldwide our doctors are recognized as intelligent, skilled and committed, most of them leave the country for better opportunities overseas, leaving the public at large at the mercy of counterfeit drug suppliers, illegal clinical specialists, fake degree holder medical professionals and a shameless Health Ministry being run by a shameless government.

Rule of law in Pakistan is a dream so far. Unfulfilled aspirations of a few like-minded people must now see the light of day, to address this chronic and dangerous challenge that has become a virtual nightmare for the public and threatens our very core fabric of society and the lives of our citizens. Whether you are averaging a hundred thousand dollars a year average or less than ten thousand rupees, whether you have a job or not, whether you live in posh locality or a slum, whether you have one child or six children, whether you are educated or not – all of us are subject to the same challenge when it comes to consuming illicit and illegal drugs posing the same percentage of risk on our health.

We have a thriving drug mafia in the country which is protected by respected citizens of our own country, using money and influence to keep this business flourishing and minting illegal billions of rupees at the cost of lives. This is a matter of grave consequences where we need credible media and law enforcement agencies to help put an end of this savagery before another worldwide scam lands its way to our shores and we become another haven for all things illegal.

About the writer: Zeeshan Shah writes on IR & Public Policy – is a banker and media broadcaster _ Email :