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Many know Arfa Karim as the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional, as a child prodigy or as an IT whiz kid, but how many of us knew her as a singer, a poet or as someone who would avoid studies?

An up close and personal interview with Arfa’s parents by ThinkTwicePakistan, reveals another side of her that people barely knew.

Her father tells the story of her life – an admirer of Allama Iqbal, Arfa loved poetry and wrote a poem for Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates when she went to meet him.

Moved by her gesture, Gates wrote a small thanking note for her. He described her as the “other side of Pakistan,” but Arfa’s father, Amjad Karim Randhawa, differs from his views. He says, “This is Pakistan – Arfa is Pakistan.”

Despite crossing territorial bounds, Arfa was deeply attached to her roots. The video shows her pictures in which she is seen in the fields – sitting on a tractor, gathering the crop.

Her mother, Samina Amjad, explains how she never studied without music playing in the background. Her teacher also tells that she was hardly seen studying, but she scored six As in her O-levels.



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WASHINGTON: Pakistan, a country is run by a civilian elite that steals all it can and pay almost no taxes, has been ranked 13th in the latest ranking of failed states.

The unique ranking compiled by the prestigious Foreign Policy magazine is topped by African countries Somalia (114.9 points), Congo (111.2), Sudan (109.4), Chad (107.6) and Zimbabwe (106.3).

Afghanistan with 106 points is ranked at number 6, followed by Haiti, Yemen, Iraq and Central African Republic.

Pakistan with 101.6 points, the magazine said, is ranked 13, a slight improvement from the previous two years. In 2011 it was ranked 12th in the list of failed states, while in 2010 and 2009 it was ranked 10th.

“The country is run by civilian elite that steals all it can and pays almost no taxes,” Robert D Kaplan, the chief geopolitical analyst at Stratfor, wrote for the Foreign Policy.

The absence of the state makes for 20-hour daily electricity blackouts and an almost nonexistent education system in many areas,” he wrote.

Explaining the reasons for Pakistan being in the list of a failed state, Kaplan said the root cause of these manifold failures, in many minds, is the very artificiality of Pakistan itself: a cartographic puzzle piece sandwiched between India and Central Asia that splits apart what the British Empire ruled as one indivisible subcontinent.

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Faisalabad: “God made me perfect”, says Mohammad Qamar Nizami, a 30-year-old senior accountant who was born with a physical handicap. “Out of the millions of people God created, if He created me a bit different, He also gave me the strength to work with my condition. Disability is a state of mind, not a physical flaw” he adds. As the oldest of 5 siblings, Nizami understood his responsibility towards his family early on in life and did not let his disability hinder in any of his ambitions. Setting forth with courage and positivity, Nizami has achieved all the success an exemplary person would. Not only does he support his family, but his life is so abundant that he is able to help other people living with disabilities set up their lives. Nizami is an example of how having the right attitude can mean the difference between being able and disable.

Courtesy by : Mera Passion Pakistan

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مبین کے آخری لفظ،
مبین کی طرف سے خود کشی سے قبل اپنی ماں کے نام لکھا جانے والا خط –

This story is really heartbreaking & Scary part is that it’s becoming all too familiar in Pakistan look at these stories from Abbotatbad & Karachi in last one week. The sad incident of suicide of Mobeen just because he did not want to live in hostel, this incident raised many questions against our persistent unchecked failed educational system & for our parents.
This is a wakeup call for parents we need them to get more involved in their kids’ lives just sending them school is not good enough we just can’t outsource everything to these boarding schools and teachers . As parents we need to talk to our children on daily basis ask them how they feel? How’ school, who are their friends? Are they happy at school or their class? Explain them what is sexual harassment and child abuse in a decent but informative way? Encourage them to report and share everything with us.
HCP will continue to follow this story and will do its part to Stop Child Abuse. We will do more public’s awareness messages on this topic and will request all our viewers to do their part. Through awareness and education. Our goal is to join with other organizations and individuals who wish to ultimately put a stop to child abuse! We are speaking out for for the children who have no voice, who have no choice and who have no way of stopping the violence! We are stepping stones to help, and we are trying to wake up the Pakistan.

Mubin’s Suicide: What Education is doing with kids?

The boy killed himself because he disliked to live in a hostel. Following Mubeen suicide one more boy from Karachi committed suicide because he failed in an English test.

Imagine what a grim situation in surrounding education. Complete chaos and no one knows how to educate their children. Mostly parents do not follow their child’s God gifted talents and intelligence instead pursue their children only to enroll in such subjects which are a vogue and “In ”  in the society.

Result is this! The child could not continue because (s)he does not have a passion and likeness for these forcedly subject and got failed grades.

Our society, school and parents collectively failed to understand the nature of education and learning in ever evolving scenario of today. Our old paradigm of education still prevailed and we only follow what is an earning profession, and which can make our children powerful.

Status quo is the game of the day. If we want to save lives of millions student in future, we have to work on a new paradigm of learning and development.

We have to leave old concept and practices based on 19th century requirement. We live in a more interactive technology enabled and networked era. Our problems are different from those of last century.

Our parents specially need to know their children need more than before. It is a time of collaboration not commanding and controlling parenthood. Our children deserve to be taken on board on key career and learning decisions. Imposing decision can result the birth of rebellious behavior in children especially in youths.

It is a very sad to state that mostly people involve in education do not have clear understanding of objective of education and schooling. They only know and have concern on subject and completing curriculum and exams.

They do not bother to reflect on outcome of course. Their primarily responsibilities is to please parent with good grade of their children. There are very little institutions which are working something other than grade. Majority of educational institutions run without learning goal and objectives.

It seems that these institutions only care about results not the child and its personality. Bringing the educational institutions on learning and development paradigm is a challenging task but it’s the only way to look forward and give our children a bright future.

A 13-year old student, Mobin has committed suicide after being dismayed by what he described as unacceptable attitude of his teachers. – File : PHOTO

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Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh – File: PHOTO

ISLAMABAD: Amid protests by Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh announced the Federal Budget for the fiscal year 2012-13 with an outlay Rs2.96 trillion. This was the fifth budget of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government.

Shaikh gave the speech with earphones plugged in, while members of PML-N encircled him and resorted sloganeering against the government. PML-N MNAs continued to ignore Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza’s call for order in the house, and chanted slogans against the government.

A scuffle also broke out between PPP and PML-N parliamentarians during the budget speech, who resorted to punching, slapping and shoving each other.

The Federal Cabinet had earlier approved the budget during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

During the speech, the finance minister announced that no new taxes will be introduced, and the income tax slabs have been brought down from 17 to 5.

Salaries of government employees have also been increased by 20%.

Shaikh also announced that the Prime Minister House will be converted into an institute for advanced studies, and the premier will live in a small house.

Express News reports that the budget brings a Rs20 billion increase for the defence sector, with an allocation of Rs264 billion for the Army. The Navy has been allocated Rs52.7 billion, which is around Rs230 million lesser than the previous budget.

The Air Force has been allocated Rs114 billion.

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According to the budget, the government will open up to 2,000 new utility stores, in an effort to provide relief to around 300,000 families.

The government has set Rs10 billion for the export development fund.


The finance minister has concluded the speech.


The Prime Minister House will be converted into an institute for advanced studies and the prime minister will live in a small house.

“For the progress and development of solar tube-wells, subsidy will be given to them, so that the energy crisis can be curbed… No matter how much money is needed to curb the energy crisis, we will provide it,” says Shaikh.


“All items which have a GST tax of more than 16%, efforts are being done to bring their tax down to 16%.”

“We have decided to lessen the customs duty… All customs item which were in the maximum range of 35% will be brought down to 30%,” says Shaikh.

The finance minister says that Rs183 billion has been allocated to deal with the energy crisis.


The total amount of the budget for the year 2012-13 will be Rs2.96 trillion, announces Shaikh.

The income tax limit has been raised from Rs300,000 to 400,000. “For the ease of taxpayers, the slabs have been brought down from 17 to 5. This will bring relief to taxpayers.”


“The government made a sacrifice of Rs70 billion to relieve people from the rising petroleum prices,” Shaikh points out.

“Tax collection was the basic objective of the government.”


The finance minister says that the growth rate has reached up to 3.4%, adding that the country maintained economic stability without taking any loans from the IMF in those two years. “We returned $1.2 billion to IMF.”

A scuffle broke out in the National Assembly during the budget speech, with PML-N and PPP MNAs exchanging blows.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was seen at the centre of the fight.

“Power was delegated to provinces after the 18th Amendment. Around 70% of the budget was allocated to them,” says the finance minister.


The finance minister starts off speech by congratulating Gilani for being prime minister for the longest time in the history of the country.

Raja Pervaiz Ashraf is standing right next to Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh. PML-N members are also standing around the finance minister holding placards.


Finance Miniser Abdul Hafeez Shaikh has begun the budget speech.

Dr Fehmida Mirza has called for order in the house amidst protests and sloganeering by PML-N members. Party members are shouting “Shame, shame”.


PML-N is expected to encircle Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh during the speech to protest. Party members have also arrived inside the building with placards.

Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has arrived inside the National Assembly.

Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza will chair the National Assembly session.


No new tax will be introduced in the upcoming budget and the Federal Board of Revenue has been directed to make legal changes to facilitate people, reports The Express Tribune correspondent Sumera Khan.


The Federal Cabinet, during a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, approved a budget of Rs3.1 trillion for the year 2012-13.

Express News correspondent Khalid Mehmood reports that Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) is expected to protest during the budget session and will also stage a walk-out.

Chaudhry Nisar, speaking to reporters, said that the government has never paid heed to the opposition’s recommendations.


Express News reports that a decision has been taken to increase the salaries of government employees by 20%.


APP reports that the government has allocated Rs22,877 million for 37 development projects of the Pakistan Railways in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2012-13.


Opposition Leader in the National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan criticised the ruling government in a press conference earlier during the day and said that even after not being able to achieve targets, the government has the audacity of still staying in power.

“In the past four years, inflation has increased, loadshedding has increased. No target was achieved, the finance minister admitted this himself. If the government had any element of decency, then it wouldn’t have presented the fifth budget,” he remarked.


Following is the list of funds allocated to various divisions of the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) as part of the 2012-13 federal budget.   

Rs2.177 billion for Cabinet Division

Rs791.5 million for Capital Administration and Development Division

Rs135.0 million for Climate Change Division

Rs653.8 million for Commerce Division

Rs142.1 million for Communication Division (other than NHA)

Rs3.205 billion for Defence Division

Rs2 billion for Defence Production Division

Rs211.7 million for Economic Affairs Division

Rs8.0 million for Establishment Division

Rs25.0 million for Federal Tax Ombudsman

Rs13.616 billion for Finance Division

Rs200.0 million for ministry of Foreign Affairs

Rs1.5800 billion for Higher Education Commission

Rs2.591 billion for Housing and Works Division

Rs126.0 million for Human Rights Division

Rs774.5 million for Industries Division

Rs412.3 million for Information and Broadcasting Division

Rs787.4 million for Information Technology and Telecom Division

Rs195.0 million for Inter Provincial Coordination Division

Rs6.509 billion for Interior Division

Rs20.055 billion for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Division

Rs1.200 billion for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Division

Rs311.1 million for Narcotics Control Division

Rs495.0 million for National Food Security and Research Division

Rs75.4 million for National Heritage and Integration Division

Rs39.167 billion for Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission

Rs400.o million for Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority

Rs268.1 million for Petroleum and Natural Resources Division

Rs37.840 billion for Planning and Development Division

Rs325.0 million for Ports and Shipping Division

Rs612.0 million for Production Division

Rs2.951 billion for Professional and Technical Training Division

Rs22.877 billion for Railways Division

Rs806.8 million for Revenue Division

Rs1.311 billion for Science and Technological Research Division

Rs16.000 billion for States and Frontier Regions Division

Rs140 billion for Statistics Division

Rs227.0 billion for Textile Industry Division

Rs47.192 billion for Water and Power Division (Water Sector)

Rs29.655 billion for WAPDA (Power)

Rs50.727 billion for National Highway Authority

Rs27 billion for Special Programmes

Courtesy By: www.tribune.com.pk


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ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, Students travel on the bus roof put their lifes in danger
due to the lack of public transport in the Capital City showing the negligence of concerned
department in Islamabad 

ISLAMABAD – Student travel on the roofs of passenger buses in the twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi due to unavailability of any proper transport arrangement for them.

A large number of students coming from suburbs of city to their respective schools and colleges have to confront with jostling in packed public transport, besides misbehaviour of the drivers and conductors.
Rayan Asif a student told that the school and college buses ply only on specific routes and he always uses local transport to reach his college. He said this is one of the major problems for all those who come from far-off areas.
Raza Qasim Another student complained that majority of the local transporters do not stop their vans when they see students waiting. Majority of the Institutions have not enough buses to provide pick and drop facility to all the students enrolled in the morning and evening classes. Due to absence of proper transport system, the local transporters always over-load vans while students not allowed to travel or they forced to travel on rooftop.
Parents said “we can’t afford pick and drop service so our kids travel on local transport to reach their schools and colleges. Students waiting for bus on Islamabad Highway said that transporters avoid picking them from stop and this is routine of them. They said that there is no option for them except to travel on rooftop of vehicles, which is also very risky.
Local transporters said that the students do not pay fares so they are not responsible for their transportation and their parents and schools should arrange transport for them. They said that it is difficult for them to facilitate a large number of students, so they only allow them to travel on rooftop

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Islamabad  – With the start of the new school year now underway, UNICEF is encouraging parents and communities around the country to ensure that all children of primary school-age are enrolled in class.

An estimated 7.3 million primary school aged children in Pakistan do not attend school, depriving them of their right to education, and preventing them from reaching their full potential. Around 20 million children in Pakistan, including those of primary school-age, are not in school.

“The realization of Pakistan’s vision for social and economic development depends on the success of its education system,” said UNICEF Pakistan Representative Dan Rohrmann. “Investing in children and their education is both a right in principle and in practice due to the positive impacts it has on so many socio-economic dimensions.  It is therefore vital that all children in Pakistan, both boys and girls, have the opportunity to attend and complete their schooling.”

UNICEF is supporting the nationwide ‘Every Child in School’ campaign, which encourages parents and communities to ensure that all primary school aged children are enrolled for the new school year. A special focus is being placed on enrolling girls, who represent 57 per cent of primary school aged children who are not attending school. Girls from poor families in rural areas, for example, receive just over one year of education, on average, compared with boys from wealthy urban families who receive an average of more than nine years of education.

The right of children to receive an education is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  The 18th Amendment of the Pakistan Constitution is providing an added opportunity to realize this right as Article 25a requires the State to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the ages of five and 16, as determined by law.

“The disparities in education are influenced by multiple factors such as wealth, gender, ethnicity, geographic location, early learning opportunities, access and quality of learning and it is therefore critical that all those that can positively influence children’s learning opportunities put their best foot forward to ensure that this year’s start of schooling will be more successful than ever,” said Mr. Rohrmann.

“We must ensure that all children are in school. Free and quality education for all children, especially the most vulnerable and disadvantaged – and which is utilized by all children – is essential to Pakistan’s economic and social development. An investment in children is an investment in Pakistan’s future,” added Mr. Rohrmann.

More Information:
Amal Masud, Media Specialist, Mob: 0300-855-4539, Email:amasud@unicef.org

Musarrat buttons up her son, Saqlain, after giving him a bath. Saqlain, 5, belongs to a poor family of five that lives in a slum and barely gets by. PHOTO: MYRA IQBAL

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