Jamaat-e-Islami Punjab Ameer Dr Syed Waseem Akhtar has asked the government to discharge its national duties in a well-manner and ensure recovery of all missing persons. Talking to the journalists here on Wednesday, he added that the secret agencies had established a state within the state as a result of which the issue of missing persons further worsened. "This situation is highly condemnable. If anyone is involved in anti-state activities, he should be arrested and tried properly instead of picking citizens up mysteriously," he maintained. He alleged that the secret agencies picked up citizens on the basis of suspicion and kept them in detention for years without any solid proof.

He regretted that the relatives of missing persons wandered here and there helplessly but no one helped them out. He claimed that hundreds of citizens were still missing and courts ordered their recovery but the law enforcement agencies did nothing except blaming one another. He said that the powers and limits of ministry of defence should be defined very clearly and the persons involved in kidnapping of citizens should be punished as the issue brought insult to Pakistan at international level.

DELIMITATION: The process to finalize the limits of wards of union councils has begun in Multan as the concerned Assistant Commissioners have summoned the secretaries of union councils and patwaris along with their records. Sources said that the Assistant Commissioners will decide the limits of the wards in light of revenue record. Earlier, the ACs had done the delimitation of local government constituencies.

Teachers prodded to help bring down dropouts: Programme Director, Directorate of Staff Development Punjab, Ehsan Bhutta, has said that the teachers will have to adopt modern methods to impart quality education to students for reducing dropout rate. Addressing a stakeholders conference held in connection with a teacher training programme here at Government College for Elementary Teachers Training, he added that the District Teachers Educators (DETs) were appointed to upgrade the skills and capabilities of teachers and they needed to produce good results. He added that solid efforts were being made to make teachers training programme further effective and properly coordinated in view of Chief Minister's Enrolment Emergency Programme.

He stressed upon the teachers to utilise all out means to bring dropout rate to zero and ensure 100 per cent enrolment. He warned that the DETs showing poor performance would be sent back to their departments and highly educated energetic youth would be recruited at their place. He asked the education officials and DETs to improve their coordination for achieving 100 per cent results.

Speaking on this occasion, Deputy Director Planning, Shahid Saleem, disclosed that the DSD had imparted training to six lac teachers and teaching managers during the last three years. Regional Programme Manager Multan Kh Mazharul Haq said that the programme caused a visible positive change in the skills of teachers as a result of which the learning process among students improved considerably.

Earlier, four working groups were formed during the meeting which made recommendations for improving monitoring process and upgrading the skills of teachers.