KARACHI - Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Karachi Ameer Muhammad Hussain Mehanti Thursday expressed his deep concern over the SHC verdict on the pressure of Hindu community to send the newly-converted Muslim girls, Dr Hafsa and Faryal, to the shelter house.

He demanded the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take immediate action against the pressure of the Hindu community on SHC to send these girls to the shelter home and not with their husbands. Mehanti added that these girls embraced Islam on their own will and they wanted to live with their husbands, but some Hindus and NGOs were spreading religious hatred to fulfil their vested agenda. He said that these girls, in front of media, accepted that they embraced Islam without any pressure.

JI city ameer maintained that the SHC verdict to send these girls to shelter home was completed immoral, inhuman and non-Islamic, saying that it’s looked the SHC gave this verdict on the pressure of Hindu community and NGOs. He vowed that we would not allow the conspirators to pressurise these girls to change their religion again.

Night blindness termed threat to road safety: Almost 16 percent of people across the country suffer night blindness and particularly children of 15 years of age are exposed to this problem but they do not realize on time. The problem is also a serious obstacle in road safety. This was said by participants at a road safety seminar on the “Night Blindness-A Threat to Road Safety” which was conducted by National Highways & Motorway police (NH&MP) in collaboration with the Vision Foundation here on Thursday.

The seminar was attended by NH&MP Inspector General Wajid Ali Khan, AIG Operations and Development Farooq Azam, Prof Mohammad Idress Adhi, Vision Foundation President Engineer Akram Lodhi and others. It was said that like other threats to road safety, night blindness is also one of the serious issue, as about 16% people in Pakistan suffer from this disease.  There is dire need to spread awareness amongst road users, practically amongst the drivers of heavy vehicles and public service vehicles (PSVs) about destruction of this menace, said IG NH&MP Wajid Ali Khan.

Khan, who was the chief guest, said that people consider NH&MP same as traffic police but it is a different setup. He said since its inception NH&MP has adopted friendly policing way to deal with public and took numerous initiatives for the improvement of the road safety conditions on the highway and motorways.

He said that there was a difference between driving and driving with traffic sense and in order to create that sense NH&MP adopt extraordinary way to teach people traffic rules. “We targeted children and students for the awareness which is appeared to be successful as children intercept their parents and elders over breaking traffic lights or not tying seat belts.

Wajid Durrani said safety of road users comes first; however, the issue regarding night blindness has not been addressed as yet which is posing great threat to road safety on motorways and highways. NH&MP in collaboration with Vision Foundation, who is partner of NH&MP in its road safety awareness drive, it taking steps to give public awareness about the issue.

While appreciating Engr. Akram Lodhi who founded Vision Foundation, he assured him full moral support.

Presenters at the seminar told that Night blindness is the inability to see well at night or in poor light. The night blindness is not a disease itself, but is the indicator that its patients have some other problems that include myopia, cataract, retinitis pigmentosa, and malnutrition. It also occurs sometimes due to genetic problems of vitamin A deficiency.

President of the Vision Foundation said doctors suggest use of eggs, milk and other vitamin-A rich foods to meet their nutrition needs. He said that his organization has discovered some treatment methods whose results are very amazing and encouraging but they would announce, officially, in this regard later.

He stressed need of increased research in Pakistan to improve life standard of people suffering from night blindness.