Only six milk brands fit for consumption in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: After conducting tests on 16 brands of packaged milk given Ultra High Temperature (UHT) and pasteurisation treatment, the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR) has found that only six are safe for consumption, the National Assembly was told on Monday.

Dairy companies use UHT treatment to increase the shelf life of packaged milk. For UHT treatment, milk is heated to above 135 degrees Celsius to kill harmful bacteria. Pasteurisation is a similar process, but involves lower temperatures and seeks to preserve microbes that are good for human consumption while eliminating harmful ones.

During a question-answer session in the National Assembly, the Minister of Science and Technology, Rana Tanveer Hussein told the house in a written reply that the PCSIR had conducted tests on 16 brands of packaged and liquid milk on the directives of the Supreme Court.

He said six brands in the UHT category were tested, including Olper’s, Nestle, Milk Pak, Day Fresh, Good Milk, Nurpur Original and Haleeb Full Cream.

“All the UHT milk brands’ samples were found safe except Haleeb Milk, which contains formalin and cane sugar,” the minister said.

The minister said samples from 10 brands of pasteurised milk were also examined, including Anhar Milk, Daily Dairy, Doce Milk, Gourmet Milk, Nurpur, Nutrivi, Al-Fajar, Accha Milk, Prema Milk and Adams.

“Of these, only Prema Milk was found safe for consumption,” he said.

The above findings were also included in a report on the quality of milk submitted to the Supreme Court in Dec 2016 by the Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

The Supreme Court has been hearing a petition filed by Barrister Zafarullah Khan against the sale of substandard milk and drinking water in the country.

Barrister Zafarullah Khan had claimed in his petition that Pakistani citizens have been consuming milk adulterated with different chemicals, including detergent powder. He said the use of contaminated and substandard milk has been leading to serious diseases such as cancer and hepatitis-C in humans, and asked the court to ban the use of contaminated and adulterated milk and water.

The apex court had on September 16, 2016 ordered the University of Agriculture Faisalabad, the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences Lahore and the PCSIR to conduct a chemical examination of all domestic and international brands of packed milk available in the market.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar — who has been hearing the case since it was taken up — had instructed representatives of the three institutions to conduct a thorough analysis of the milk samples without any fear and leniency as the matter involved the lives of children.

Colombo event is a pathway to Women’s World Cup

With pl­en­ty of energy and high hopes, the Pakistan women’s cricket team is ready for the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Colombo. We know the enormity of the task as well as its importance and that makes us more passionate and determined to do well in this event.

If we do well, we not only qualify for this year’s World Cup but also become part of the second edition of the ICC Women’s Championship, which will commence later this year. These are big incentives and will help our progress in the future.

We approach the World Cup qualifier with a positive mindset, and within the unit there is a resolve to not only qualify for the bigger and mega event but also win the event.

Women’s cricket has attained greater heights since it came under the ICC’s umbrella in 2005. We all know that improvement in women’s game is more visible now and the profile of the game has been raised globally.

The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 last year was very competitive, where we saw South Africa tie a game against Australia, we beat India and the West Indies emerged as champions. As a senior pro, I feel women’s game is heading in the right direction and the improvement will be rapid in the years to come.

Coming back to the Colombo qualifiers, I feel the format is very good, competitive and offers all sides equal opportunity. I remember, we were part of the World Cup in 2009 which was played on the same format. The format allows all sides a good chance and that is an encouraging sign.

The format also guarantees each side that will qualify for the pinnacle women’s event a minimum of six matches, which is extremely helpful and useful in preparations for the event proper to be staged in England and Wales from 24 June and 23 July.

From our perspective, we are satisfied with our preparations as we were put into rigorous routines.

As for the competition, the two groups are of five teams each. In our group, we have South Africa and Sri Lanka, both of whom we have beaten in the past. We also have a good record against Bangladesh and Scotland, while we don’t know much about Papua New Guinea as a team but we are sure we can beat them.

So, the first task will be to qualify for the Super Six stages. We know that South Africa will face problems in Asian conditions so we will try to exploit that.

Once we progress to the Super Sixes, we have a few bigger goals — the prime being to beat India and then go on to win the championship. We have not beaten India in a one-day, but last year’s World Twenty20 win over them will surely inspire us this time. There is always a first time and when you aim positively, better results come.

Reaching the ICC Women’s World Cup will be a great achievement. I led the team in the 2013 event, while I was Urooj Mumtaz’s deputy for the Sydney tournament in 2009. The first one in 2009 was the first major event for most of us and we managed to beat Sri Lanka, while in the India event in 2013, we didn’t do well despite having a good squad. So, we need to improve significantly on that, come the 2017 event.

On a personal front, it has been a long journey for me. I am satisfied with what I have achieved. Leading Pakistan has been a great honor. The trust Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has shown in me has been very helpful and encouraging. I have always strived to lift our standards in general and women’s game in particular.

Before the qualifiers, I am reminded of a personal milestone of needing two wickets to become the 15th bowler to claim 100 or more wickets in One-Day Internationals. While it will be a big personal achievement, my main focus is to give a perfect performance for the team.

Lastly, through this message, I would like to pay tribute to Rachel Hayhoe-Flint, the icon of women’s cricket. She was one of the pioneers of our game and no praise is enough for her contributions. Women’s cricket will need more of such icons to get more recognition.

(Sana Mir is Pakistan’s women cricket captain. She has to date represented Pakistan in 90 ODIs and 75 T20Is since making her debut in 2005. In ODIs, she has scored 1,144 runs and taken 98 wickets, while she has scored 664 runs and taken 66 wickets in T20Is).

Published in Dawn, February 3rd, 2017

Australia Day 2017 at Baitul Huda Mosque, Marsden Park


The guests heard speeches from Clean Up Australia Day founder Ian Kiernan, Ahmadiyya national president Imam Kauser, and Muslim elders and youth.

With a barbecue sizzling outside and flags adorning nearly every guest, Baitul Huda Mosque was the epitome of patriotism on Australia Day.

The Ahmaddiya Muslim Association’s ‘Muslims for Loyalty’ campaign took social media by storm in the lead up to the annual celebration.

Mosques around Australia greeted guests for lunch, while Muslims also joined in secular celebrations.

The Marsden Park mosque hosted about 450 people for a formal morning program followed by barbecue lunch.

The guests heard speeches from Clean Up Australia Day founder Ian Kiernan, Ahmadiyya national president Imam Kauser, and Muslim elders and youth.

An Ahmaddiya spokesman said the community has a long association with Clean Up Australia.

The Marsden Park mosque has been recognised several times for topping the country in terms of numbers of volunteers and money raised for the organisation.

“The common theme [of the speeches] was how lucky we are, how grateful we are to call Australia home,” the spokesman said.

“We don’t just talk about it, we put it in our actions as well.”

Imam Kauser said he enjoys that Australia celebrates with a barbecue, rather than fireworks, which promotes the values of brotherhood and friendliness.

Other guests at the Baitul Huda Australia Day celebration included Blacktown Police chief inspector Bob Fitzgerald, WASH House board member Sharron Wood, and Aboriginal elder Greg Simms.

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Donald Trump is ‘NOT a racist’: Black Country Muslim leader calls for US President to be welcomed

Donald Trump is ‘NOT a racist’: Black Country Muslim leader calls for US President to be welcomed
A Black Country based Muslim leader has called for Donald Trump to be welcomed to the UK as he insisted the US President was ‘not a racist’.
Wasim Shah, outreach coordinator for the West Birmingham Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, said it was vital that the UK kept open ‘channels for discussion’ with Mr Trump.

The US President provoked worldwide outrage when he enacted an order barring immigrants from seven majority-Muslim countries from visiting the US, and blocking entry for refugees for 120 days.

Mr Shah, who is based in Halesowen, said: “I don’t agree with some of Trump’s views but we have to respect his opinion. For me he is not a racist.

“He is the President of the United States and as such he is entitled to have his say.

“His comments often cause a great deal of controversy, but I see our task as trying to educate him in a positive light.”

Mr Shah added: “He was elected to lead the American people and it is important we keep open the channels for discussion with him here in the UK.
“Personally I am not against him coming here and won’t be protesting if he does.”

However, other Muslim leaders in the region are at odds with Mr Shah’s view.

Mohammed Yaseen Khan, of Wolverhampton’s Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, said Mr Trump’s decision to single out mainly Muslim countries in his immigration crackdown was ‘a racist move’ that could spark World War Three.

“He has picked seven countries, none of which have ever attacked the United States or its citizens,” he said.

“The likes of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have been left off the list, presumably because he has business interests there.

“The ban is a racist move that could have dreadful consequences.

“Unless his advisors talk some sense into him he might well initiate World War Three.”

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has warned Mr Trump’s travel ban could become a ‘propaganda opportunity’ for ISIS.

She said: “I think the important thing is for this Government to state that we disagree with the ban and we have said that it is divisive, it is wrong. I will continue to say that.”

MPs are set to hold a debate on the Government’s offer of a full UK state visit for Mr Trump on February 20.