These women-exclusive taxis are launching in Karachi today

Among the various programmes planned for International Women’s Day, to be observed on Wednesday, there is also going to be the Paxi, which is the first women-exclusive taxi — “for women and by women”.

By this the Paxi Pakistan Company means that the taxis will be driven by women and they will have women passengers only. And this service will be introduced in Karachi on Women’s Day, helping women feel safe when hailing a cab. Women face a lot of issues during transit owing to the unfriendly environment in buses or any other form of public transport. But having a mode of public transport catering to them alone can solve many of their transport issues.58c05ff87ca29

Paxi is starting with 10 drivers, referred to as ‘pilots’, but intends to expand to Lahore and Islamabad in the next three to four months followed by other parts of the country. “Our pilots are housewives, young women, students, too,” shares CEO Sheikh Mohammad Zahid.

According to Sheikh Mohammad Zahid, Paxi Pakistan’s CEO, they are starting with 10 drivers, referred to as ‘pilots’, but intend to expand to Lahore and Islamabad in the next three to four months followed by other parts of the country. “Our pilots are housewives, young women, students, too,” he said.

Asked if the women required commercial licences to drive the cabs, the CEO said that was only needed for driving heavy vehicles. “But we do train our pilots. Although we have 10 female pilots to begin with, there are many more enrolled with us for training. They, too, will be inducted soon,” he said.

The CEO also explained that the service could be accessed through four modes such as hailing a cab on the road, the phone app, call centre and SMS service. The latter two involve providing one’s name and phone number so that the dispatcher is able to verify the call or message and issue a four-digit PIN so that when the cab reaches the customer she can ask the pilot the code to book or initiate a ride. She will also have to provide her name and number when hailing a cab on the road in order for the pilot to be able to feed it in the system.

“It only takes a few seconds,” he said. “And the call centre, SMS and just stopping a cab are options for those who may not have smartphones,” he added.

He said that the verification would also help as they have accident insurance though each vehicle has a medical kit and a fire extinguisher.

Other than the women-exclusive service, Paxi is also going to launch a motorbike taxi for single commuters who don’t have to be female and a normal cab service on the lines of Uber and Careem that anyone can access. The date for their formal launch is said to be March 23 but there will be an orientation ceremony for the pink taxi and its pilots at the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides’ Headquarters here on Wednesday.

Earlier, in December 2016, Careem had also added about seven women captains to their ride-sharing service in Karachi and Lahore.

UK: Outrage over Ahmadiyyas’ plans to turn former pub in Burton into a mosque

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK have appealed to the council for planning permission to convert it into a place of worship. 

A former pub’s regulars are up in arms over plans to convert it into a mosque.

Muslim leaders say the site of the Wetmore Whistle boozer in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, is perfect for teaching, meetings and Friday prayers.

But those living nearby say it is an “utter contradiction” for Muslims who are teetotal to worship there.

Shop worker Sam Thomson, 24, said: “Muslims aren’t allowed to drink yet they want to go to a pub to pray.

“It’s an utter contradiction to everything they stand for.

“If a pub landlord wanted to knock down a mosque to build a beer garden they’d be uproar but it’s ok if it’s the other way round? Why?”

Members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association UK have appealed to the council for planning permission to convert it into a place of worship.

A decision will be made next month.

Sierra Leone: Humanity First on Class Room Transformation drive

Ahmadiyya is one of the biggest religious mission in sierra Leone that has help greatly in the socio-economic and academic development of Sierra Leone.

Humanity First is a non-governmental organization operating in Sierra Leone has on Saturday 4th. February, 2016 commenced a nation- wide activities at the Ahmadiyya Muslim primary School, Goderich to refurbish class rooms in the country so that school going pupils would have a conducive learning environment.

Mr. Muhamed Akbar Iqeal from UK Class Room Transformation Project said the project is to encourage pupils to stay at school and attracts other children that have dropped out of school to go back to school.

He added that the project is a long -term project that aim at keeping the class rooms clean and tidy always so that pupils and children would live in a health environment. Mr. Muhamed went further that part of the project activities includes painting and decorations of the class rooms with learning materials to enable school going children to learn easily and adopts healthy practices throughout the country. He continued that head teachers and head mistress should take ownership of the project by ensuring that they monitor and supervised school going pupils not to destroy the facilities.

Muhamed Akbar Iqeal also admonished school going pupils to take proper care of the facilities as it would help them greatly in their academic endeavour.He maintained that the project has already commenced and so far, they have transformed over six class rooms in the Western Area of Freetown.  He disclosed that the project has long started in Jordan, Gambia and Uganda in which school going children have benefitted immensely. He added that Sierra Leone also stands to benefit greatly as it will encourage school going children to stay at school and learn.

The chairman for Humanity First Sierra Leone chapter, Mr. Sidique Sankoh said at the end of this year they will paint and decorate over thirty (30) schools nation-wide. ‘’We are expecting to cover over thirty schools throughout the country,’’ he said. He added that after the end of the Ebola fight in the country, some school going pupils voluntarily abandoned schools for no good reasons and the project would go a long way in attracting them to go back to school and take their academic work seriously. He went on that part of the project package is not only to decorate the class rooms but they will also provide learning materials to school going children. Mr. Sankoh said they embarked on this project principally to encourage school going children to stay at school and take their academic work seriously.

Humanity first is a non-governmental organization under the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone.

Ahmadiyya is one of the biggest religious mission in sierra Leone that has help greatly in the socio-economic and academic development of Sierra Leone.

US Ahmadiyya youth group to come out full force for #MeetaMuslim campaign | Madeel Abdullah

On Saturday, March 11, 1000 Muslims from 50 cities will be out in public to help bridge the gap between American Muslims and their non-Muslim counterparts with the #MeetaMuslim campaign.

#MeetaMuslim campaign by Ahmadiyya Youth Assoc. starts Saturday, March 11.

Dear Editor,

Many Americans have misconceptions about Islam and a majority (62%) don’t even know a Muslim.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association aims to erase these misgivings and answer any concerns our fellow Americans may have about Islam.

On Saturday, March 11, 1000 Muslims from 50 cities will be out in public to help bridge the gap between American Muslims and their non-Muslim counterparts with the #MeetaMuslim campaign.

Madeel Abdullah, MD
Newtown Square, PA 19073

— USA Ahmadiyyas come out full force  #MeetaMuslim campaign