Islamic seminary sets new trend to tackle climate change in Pakistan

07:20 PM | 29 Mar, 2023
Islamic seminary sets new trend to tackle climate change in Pakistan
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KARACHI – A seminary in southeaster Pakistan has adopted a unique approach of planting fruit tree on large swathes of land to tackle the growing impact of the climate change and ensure its economic independence.

Jamia-Tul-Uloom-il-Islamia, located in Hala village of Sindh’s Matiari district, has introduced new trends for religious schools in South Asian country as they mostly rely on donations to run their educational activities.

The seminary has also been leading the edge with its emphasis on receiving modern-day education and enrolment of female students.

Umar Farooq, who supervises the religious school’s agricultural farms, told Arab News that the institute had opted scientific methods to build its own orchards after previously cultivating various crops on 300 acres of land.

“What’s happening due to climate change makes it essential for us to plant more and more trees to stop its adverse effects,” he said while highlighting the scorching heatwaves and massive deluges faced by country last year.

Pakistan, which is among the top ten countries most vulnerable to the climate change despite less than 1% contribution in carbon emission, suffered from massive floods that sinking one third part of the country underwater last year. More than 2 million houses have been damaged or destroyed while deluges overall affected 33 million in the South Asian country.

The deluges also swept away the cotton crop cultivated by the seminary, though the institute has been dependent for its revenue on mangoes and other fruit plantations in recent years.

Farooq revealed the seminary raised 8,500 mango trees in the last four years, adding that the lemon and date orchards are collectively spread over 20 acres of land.

Another official said a religious scholar Shafi Muhammad Nizamani had donated the land to the seminary in 1950 to grow crops and generate revenue to run its affairs. However, the senior faculty recently decided to turn towards the plantation of fruit tree.

The religious school is also motivating its students to play their role in plantation of new tree in order to effectively tackle the impact of the climate change. 


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar amid ongoing talks with IMF

KARACHI – Pakistani rupee, which is facing blows in the open market, remained stable against the US dollar, in the inter-bank market on Wednesday.

The local currency moved slightly upward during the opening hours of trading in the inter-bank market. Before noon, PKR was hovering around 285.22, with a slight increase of Rs0.13.

As the situation remained under control in the interbank market, the rupee hits a fresh record low in the open market and was selling at 315 per dollar.

In a recent development, the IMF mission chief shared positive news, confirming that talks are underway with Pakistani authorities. The resumption of the IMF programme remains important for the crisis-hit country.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 31 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,300 on Wednesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,160.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Karachi PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Islamabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Peshawar PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Quetta PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sialkot PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Attock PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujranwala PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Jehlum PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Multan PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Bahawalpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Gujrat PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nawabshah PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Chakwal PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Hyderabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Nowshehra PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Sargodha PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Faisalabad PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485
Mirpur PKR 232,300 PKR 2,485


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