FAISALABAD

At least six persons including five robbers and a woman were killed in separate shootouts occurred in different areas of the city here on Wednesday.

According to details, three armed robbers barged into a garments shop located on Satiyana Road and started looting cash and valuables at gunpoint. On information, the police reached the scene and attempted to arrest the robbers but they started firing on the police.

However, the police retaliated, killing two robbers on the spot while another accomplice managed to escape but was also chased and shot dead by the police personnel. Arms and booty were recovered from their possession. A woman was also injured in the cross-fire who was rushed to hospital where she succumbed to her wounds.

Meanwhile, in suburbs of Mamu Kanjan, the police approached two robbers who were fleeing after a robbery. Exchange of fire took place during in which both the robbers were killed. The police said that the robbers were wanted by various police stations in number of criminal cases.

Drive launched to enhance literacy: Campaign for enhancement of literacy among industrial workers has been initiated by Punjab government in collaboration with International Labour Organisation, said Sajjad Ahmad Saquib, project director of Literacy & Non-Formal Basic Education Department.

He was meeting with Engr Suhail Bin Rashid, the president of Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The visiting team comprised Abaidur Rehman Usmani, senior board member of Employers Federation of Pakistan, Ms Rabia Razz saque, project manager of Employment and Training, International Labour Organisation, Islamabad.

Giving details of the literacy project, the project director said that literacy rate in Pakistan is 60 percent which is lower in the region. He said that out of Punjab population of about 96 million, 31 million fall in the category of illiterate ones out of which 26 million are adults. He said that after 18th Amendment, the responsibility of education has been shifted to the provinces and according to UN Millennium Development Goals, Pakistan had to improve the literacy rate up to 88 percent by 2012.

He said that the Punjab government has initiated the literacy project in collaboration with ILO to enhance literacy of industrial workers and maximum number of non-formal literacy centres will be opened with the cooperation and assistance of FCCI in Faisalabad.

Earlier, in his welcome note, President FCCI Engr Suhail Bin Rashid emphasised a need for enhancing the literacy rate among industrial workers which is quite helpful to improve their productivity and work ethics. He also highlighted the problems faced by the industries in the context of government institutions related with the industries. It was concluded that preliminary work to start some of the non-formal literacy centres in various areas of Faisalabad be initiated and a Memorandum of Understanding among the stakeholders might be signed to pace up the project.