NEWSLETTER

Issue 4 March 2014

INSAAF KI AWAZ
ISLAMABAD

By Insaf Professionals Forum (IPF) – Islamabad

About Insaf ki Awaz
‘Insaf Ki Awaz’ is a literary journal with the primary objective of showcasing Pakistan Tehreek-iInsaf's enigmatic and resilient professionals and youth. The journal publishes both creative and critical arguments and offers a wide range of interesting articles including inspirational stories, youth centric awareness drives, educational and welfare oriented articles, interviews, and proposals for a progressive future, especially for Islamabad.

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What’s inside:
 Social Ethics – Our Least

priority By: Annie Tariq
 The courts should have been

moved By: @mbabarhaq
 New Security plan for

Interview with President Women's Wing, Mrs. Munaza Hassan
1. Do you know about IPF and what it does? Do you think it's an important forum for PTI? Definitely it's a very important forum because professionals are important, not just for PTI but for Pakistan. The whole country can benefit from the professionals. 2. How effective was the dharna against NATO supply for PTI and what goals were achieved? NATO supply dharna was very effective and it made an impact. Because of that many things changed later on including the Pakistani and the US Government. If you don't agree on certain things and you have to make a point and we have done exactly that.

Islamabad approved By: Sulaiman Malik
 Corporate Analysis PTI

performance in KP Compiled by Umair Akhtar
 Corruption in Health Sector of

Pakistan By: @Hafeez Ahmad

Editor: Sulaiman Malik

Design Strategy: Asim Hussain & Salman Burki

Photography: Annie Tariq

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3. Do you support the idea to punish corrupt ministers in KP government to curb corruption at all levels? As long as you have proofs of corruption not just allegations, only then you can take specific steps against it. It's not just about ministers but anyone who is involved should be punished and be made an example. 4. Please share your views regarding the performance of PTI government in KPK so far? The infrastructure of PTI government in KP needs time to prove itself. It's too early to judge the performance at this stage because everything is in the pipeline. They realize how important the performance is and many projects are in the process of completion. Not just the government, the party knows how important the performance is for 2018 elections. 5. How do you evaluate the visit paid by PM Nawaz Shareef to meet IK at his place in current circumstances? What would you say to critics who call it muqmuqa or friendly opposition? If a PM visits a senior party leader it doesn't mean there was a muqmuqa. There were issues related to KP, especially the peace talks. Prime Minster wanted both Imran Khan's opinion and advice on the negotiations. The meeting was a good gesture from the Prime Minster and reciprocated equally with a very hospitable attitude from Chairman PTI, Imran Khan. 6. Do you foresee peace talks being fruitful? How do PTI and Central Government plan on countering forces that may sabotage peace talks in the future?

It depends on how sincere and committed they are for the talks. PTI is certain that talks are the only way forward. Until and unless the two parties sit across the table, the issue can't be resolved. This issue must be resolved in the interest of KP and Pakistan in general. We want to give peace a chance and bring stability to Pakistan. 7. What are your views on the utility and output of Islamic Ideology Council with their suggestions and advice on multiple marriages, underage marriage and forensic evidence relating to rape cases? Do you think this council is doing any justice to tax-payers money and their suggestions should be taken seriously as it is a constitutional body? The matter needs to be discussed more and it has to come in the parliament and then it should be taken up from there. The party stance will be shared on the floor of the house since that's the right forum. Lots of tax-payer's money is wasted in many organizations, so many of them are not doing the kind of work expected of them. It needs to be reviewed. 8. Do you think PTI should be considered a rightist party because of its stance on Taliban, anti US drone rhetoric, and alliances and collaborations with the likes of Jamaat e Islaami and Maulana Sami ul Haq? We don't believe in politics of right or left, we are in the center. We are a party that wants to bring peace and stability to Pakistan. We have our own ideology and we can't be influenced by Jamaat e Islaami or any other party. We are moderate liberals who believe in the interest of the people of Pakistan.

Social Ethics – Our Least priority
Where Does Civic Sense Begin? “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” ― Aristotle Primary source of inculcating civic sense among children is their home and school. No matter where you graduate from, if you are not told about the social ethics at an early age, chances are high that you won't show responsible behavior towards society. Children should be taught civic sense as a way to live their life. They should be told how responsible and civilized behavior could make a difference to both the quality of their life and their society. Keeping their surroundings clean, avoiding waste of natural resources especially electricity and food, should be taught to them in their early age at homes. I believe we should encourage our children to mingle with the children of different backgrounds and respect their cultural and religious beliefs. They should be encouraged to study and understand other cultures and religions and should be shown relevance in them, so that they can see the spirit behind and similarities between their and other cultures and religions. This way, they will be more open to accept the differences in society and help them in becoming a better and tolerant human being. Different NGOs can play their role in creating awareness of social ethics among the citizens. Banners can be displayed in the city with different awareness messages. Leaflets with social

By: Annie Tariq

Civic sense (social ethics) has been discussed and argued too much in our society but unfortunately we completely lack sense of social responsibility. We, as a nation, are so driven towards our personal goals that social ethics have become our lowest priority. Being civilized is much more than living in cities, owning big houses, having computers at home, and smart phones in our pockets. It is a general perception that civic sense is all about keeping our surroundings clean, which is totally a misperception. To be civilized, is above all, to know how to treat your fellow countrymen, how to live in peace and tolerate your neighbors, to follow the traffic laws on the roads, avoid being aggressive drivers , avoid racism and religious extremism, and to be respectful to each other.

responsibility content can be distributed on the traffic signals, in the schools, colleges, and universities. The corporate sector can play its part in the form of corporate social responsibility. Print and electronic media, can play a vital role in spreading the message. We hardly see any public service message on the TV Channels, which is very disappointing. Before we demand change from Government or the system, we have to change ourselves, the way we function in the society.

Editor: Sulaiman Malik

Design Strategy: Asim Hussain & Salman Burki

Photography: Annie Tariq

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The courts should have been moved
by @mbabarhaq

Corporate Analysis PTI performance in KP
Compiled by Umair Akhtar

We often see Islamabad being mentioned as one of the better planned capitals of the world. We, the residents of Islamabad, can testify to these mentions. Islamabad city is divided into several sectors and zones. Each sector has a central business hub of its own, commonly known as markaz (center). Being a relatively new city, certain administration sections of the city were set up in temporary buildings. In 1980s, after F-8 markaz was developed, the government decided to bring district courts there.

Initially this worked but as Islamabad's population boomed this place started looking like a fish market. A place designed to be an open and airy market could never be affectively used for courts/commissioner offices. The place started to shrink as lawyers started occupying open areas to build their chambers. In the current security situation in Pakistan, these courts became a nightmare. Hence there have been multiple attacks on these courts in recent years. The trader association of the markaz was the first group of people who asked for these courts to be moved. This was obviously hurting their business. Early 2013 lawyers started occupying a public park near the markaz. This ended up in an ugly

tussle between trader associations and lawyers. CDA eventually took action and demolished all of the chambers being built in the park. A building was being constructed in G-10 for these courts. However in 2007, newly formed Islamabad High court was established there instead since its own building was not yet ready. In October 2013, former vice president of the Islamabad High Court Bar Association (IHCBA), Chaudhary Muhammad Akram, filed a petition in Islamabad High Court for shifting district courts from F-8 Markaz to the judicial complex in G-10. Like all cases in Pakistan, it's still under hearing. Media has also brought this issue into limelight multiple times but to no avail. After the latest terrorist attack on these courts on 3rd March, 2014, the incumbent Central Government (PMLN) briefly talked about shifting of these courts. Sadly they announced that courts cannot be moved until Islamabad High Court building is completed. Common sense suggests that Islamabad High Court should be immediately moved to a temporary building to make space for f-8 courts. Instead government has decided to further fortify F-8 court premises ruining our capital's beauty. Some offices in that markaz are not interested in moving the courts as this will raise their office rents. Sadly, they give more importance to personal interests over national interest. Our individualistic approach worsens our problems. Residents of NA 48, Islamabad, have given a clear mandate to PTI in 2013 elections. They look towards them to pressurize the federal government to move these courts at the earliest.

Question: Rate the performance of the current KPK Government, as you perceive, on a scale of 1 to 10 against the following parameters:
a) Reducing Corruption

51% of the respondents' feel the performance of the current KPK Government towards 'reducing corruption' is good/excellent whereas, 28% feel the performance is satisfactory.

b) Law & Order/Security

New Security plan for Islamabad approved
By Sulaiman Malik
Additional Session Judge, Rafaqat Awan, was murdered by 3 bullets fired mistakenly by his own guard. The theory has been refuted by the Fact Finding Committee, claiming that he was murdered by one of the terrorists. It's quite surprising that the Minister would waste time on accusing and forcing people to testify against the guard instead of finding the real culprits of the attack. He also insisted there were 3 attackers, while the report concludes there were 6 attackers. The report also says that 35 out of 43 Policemen were absent and the remaining escaped from the attack, only 3 Policemen fired shots at the attackers but failed to injure or kill any of them. The SSP reached after the attack was over and called upon the Rangers instead of his own staff. Clearly Police needs to be reformed and so does the Interior Ministry. The story also talks about the appointment of a new NADRA Chairman based on transparency and merit without any political influence or pressure. It quo te s the Inte rior M inis ter saying that advertisements for this purpose would be circulated in both the national and international media to invite the best talent for this key slot. However, it has been 2 months since the previous NADRA Chairman resigned but no advertisement has been floated yet. Despite the fact that NADRA Ordinance doesn't allow interim Chairman to be in office for more than 2 months, the current acting Chairman NADRA has been granted a 3 month extension already. There has been a great deal of talk about NADRA recently but there have not been any serious attempts of appointing a Chairman who has the vision needed for the key post, by the Interior Ministry or the Central Government.

28% of the respondents' feel the performance of the current KPK Government towards 'law & order/security' is good/excellent whereas, 37% feel the performance is satisfactory.

c) Public Complaint Management

This refers to the story “New Security plan for Islamabad approved" in The News by Mr. Shakeel Anjum on March 17th, 2014. The author seems to be talking about expected improvement in security conditions in the capital due to the new security plan as if claims of Islamabad being a safe city were not made in the past. The story talks about joint patrolling of the capital by Police and Rangers and the recruitment of retired Army personnel in the police. I fail to understand why Rangers and Army are supposed to help the Police with carrying out their duties when all the witnesses of the F-8 Katcheri terrorist attacks claim that all the police officials were the first ones to escape and disappear when the attack started. They should be trained and equipped and the honorable Interior Minister should mobilize the quick response force he proudly announced recently. It's a shame that the terrorists came and left without any resistance or any serious attempts of cordoning the area in order to arrest them. The Interior Minister was evidently too eager to come to the parliament and start discussing the tragedy before the Fact Finding Committee could submit its findings. He insisted that the guard of

48% of the respondents' feel the performance of the current KPK Government towards 'public complaint management' is good/excellent whereas, 30% feel the performance is

d) Public Infrastructure Development

33% of the respondents' feel the performance of the current KPK Government towards 'public infrastructure development' is good/excellent whereas, 35% feel the performance is satisfactory.

Editor: Sulaiman Malik

Design Strategy: Asim Hussain & Salman Burki

Photography: Annie Tariq

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Corruption in Health Sector of Pakistan
In order to improve the health and wellbeing of all Pakistanis, particularly women and children, through providing easy access to essential health services requires promoting an accountable health service that is responsive to the needs of the citizens of Pakistan, particularly the poor and marginalized ones. The news of corruption in the health sector in Pakistan particularly in provinces is reaching headlines these days. Corruption in the health sector can mean the difference between life and death. Deliberate lack of attention towards the health sector, lack of effective administration and inspection at governance level, inattentiveness towards the financial budgets, wrong purchase of medicines and supplies without approval, unfair hiring of people for positions or offering positions to the relatives and friends, use of public leverages for private benefits and increment of bribes for offering positions are some of the unethical ways which result in mismanagement of health care system. Medical staff in government hospitals sometimes demands bribes for medication which should be free. Or they may let patients who bribe them jump the queue. Corruption also costs lives when fake or adulterated medications are sold to health services. The reason for demanding bribes by medical staff is reflected in recent strikes by Doctors, Nurses and other Paramedics where they are under-paid, they have concerns about their job security and other unavailable allied facilities to meet their basic life necessities. Without proper checks from regulators, public health funds can easily disappear. World Bank surveys show that in some countries, up to 80 per cent of non-salary health funds never reach local facilities. Ministers and hospital administrators can siphon a lot of money from health budgets or they can accept bribes. Stolen funds also hamper efforts to beat major health challenges, such as Polio, Dengi, Hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. For promoting anti-corruption strategy in KPK, Imran Khan has reminded on certain occasions that PTI was given an electoral mandate on two main commitments: One, to bring peace to the country, especially KPK and second to stamp out corruption and there can be absolutely no compromise on these two commitments. He further iterates PTI would not tolerate any corruption at any level but would act immediately to punish the guilty. The forced resignation of KP Health Minister, Shaukat Yusufzai is a brave and bold decision that proves the commitment to end corruption in KP Government. This is the first time any political party has forced its own Minister to resign and it shows how committed PTI is to the cause. The KPK government should ensure that law against corruption should be enforced equally for everyone. There should be penalty or punishment for violation of laws against corruption which should include, supply of

By: Hafeez Ahmad

dangerous drugs in black, quackery and other issues which lead to corruption. Secondly, there is a need to review financial management and budget planning policies in the health sector. This will help to build up transparency of leaking of certain drugs, leaking of public funds and hence eliminate abuse such as paying to ghost workers. Thirdly, use of technology should be promoted in health sector for establishing and promoting transparency in health system records. If no steps would be taken against this corruption, it would result in the downfall of our entire health projects which are badly affected by this corruption.

Message from IPF Islamabad:

Chairman IPF Islamabad: • Arshad Dad IPF Islamabad Executive Committee: • Abdul Hafeez Khan • Fahad Ali Panni • Naureen Ibrahim • Sulaiman Malik • Syed Najaf Afghan IPF Islamabad Advisory Board: • Asad Umar • Col (Rtd) Younas • Sardar Azhar Tariq Special Thanks: Amna Zareef - Designer IPF Islamabad Contact Info: www.facebook.com/IPFISB ipf.islamabad@insaf.pk

The tag-line for IPF Islamabad is "Change Institutionalised" and this precisely is the solution to Pakistan's growing problems. We need to institutionalise change in our professional environment, our political parties, and our national policy.

Editor: Sulaiman Malik

Design Strategy: Asim Hussain & Salman Burki

Photography: Annie Tariq