Eminent scholars, famous poets and senior coloumnists of Peshawar visited the historical ruins of Takht-Bhai on Sunday Feb 19, 2012. The visit war arranged by President of Pakistan society of Criminology, Fasihuddin (PSP). The 50 members delegation, including 20 famous lady writers and poetesses of the Women Writers Forum, was led by veteran coloumnist and Secretary General of Abasin Arts Council, Mr. Mushtaq Shabab. Members of the Pashto Literary Society of Takht-Bhai and Uthman Khel Qaumi Movement welcomed the guests. Prof. Pir Zahir Shah and famous Pashto Poets Gul Muhammad Gran, Waseer Lewanay and Javed Khattak presented their poetry and spoke to the guests on the academic and social activities in Takht-Bhai. Later on a Mushaira was held which was the first Hindko-Urdu-Pushto Mushaira in Mardan Division in which poets and poetesses of all the three languages presented their literary work and poetry and received a great applaus. Prof. Nasir Ali Sayed presided over the Mushaira where as renowned author and poet Prof. Nazir Tabbassum performed as stage secretary, well-known scholar, poet and coloumnist Prominent amongst them were Aziz Ejaz (MD, PTV), Ismail Awan, Prof. Hassan Hur, Prof. Sabeeh Ahmad, Prof. Tanvir Ahmad Khan, Sophia Ahmad, Bushra Farrukh, Prof. Ishaque Wardaq, Shakeel Nayab, Hammed Hassan, Rani Bano, Sameena Qadir, Salama Qasir, Zoobi, and many more. It was an excellent gathering of scholar and writers who enriched the audience with their views and melodious poetry.  


WFP News Release   

February 23, 2012


ISLAMABAD The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) have agreed to bolster the country's response to future emergencies by the construction of state-of-the-art storage and training facilities at nine locations in Pakistan.

NDMA Chairman Dr. Zafar Iqbal Qadir and Acting Humanitarian Coordinator and WFP Country Representative, Mr. Jean-Luc Siblot signed a Memorandum of Understanding  today in Islamabad.

WFP plans to construct nine Humanitarian Response Facilities across the country – worth more than 1.5 billion rupees -  to build national capacity to be better prepared for future emergencies.

Under the agreement, WFP will enhance the storage capacity of the NDMA and the PDMAs, enabling them to preposition around 30,000 metric tons of emergency stocks of food, non-food and medical supplies for the humanitarian community.

"I am confident that these facilities will ensure a robust, effective and timely response to possible future emergencies, " said Mr Siblot.

While WFP will build the facilities and provide the required trainings to government and humanitarian staff, the Government, will be responsible for the management and maintenance. The proposed sites for construction are Gilgit, Peshawar, Lahore, Quetta, Muzaffargarh, Hyderabad, Muzaffarabad, Sukkar and Islamabad.

The facilities will include covered storage, mobile storage units, equipped office space  prayer rooms, large open areas for training and temperature-controlled spaces.

Australia, Canada, Denmark, Japan and the Netherlands have provided funds to WFP to support the Humanitarian Response Facilities.

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