Rights Watch | June 11th 2021

The Economic Survey 2020-21 has revealed that the literacy rate remains stagnant at 60 per cent in the country for the last six years.

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Literacy rate at 60% for last 6 years

The Economic Survey 2020-21 has revealed that the literacy rate in the country remains stagnant at 60 per cent for the last six years.

According to the Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement (PSLSM) district-level survey 2019-20, the literacy rate of population of 10 years and above is stagnant at 60 percent in 2019-20 since 2014-15, the survey report said.

Punjab has the highest literacy rate of 64 percent followed by Sindh 58 percent, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (including merged areas) 53 percent and Balochistan 46percent.

SHC tells Thatha police to submit report on missing boy

The Sindh High Court has sought a report from Thattha police about the whereabouts of a 10-year-old boy, Ghafoor Mallah, reported missing since he was illegally detained in April.

The court gave the directives on a petition by the boy’s aunt Sher Bano. She told the court that his nephew was detained along with six others in a police raid conducted to arrest the accused nominated in a case. She said a judicial magistrate raided the police station on her complaint and recovered five of the illegally detained persons but her nephew was still missing. Thatha police denied arresting the boy and claimed the woman had filed the petition to pressurise them.

Bajaur tribesmen end boycott of polio drive

Tribesmen in the Tarkho locality of Bajaur district have ended their boycott of the anti-polio campaign after authorities assured them of resolving a local land dispute.

The Hasankhel tribe had boycotted the anti-polio campaign to protest against a land dispute with a local tribal elder. Government officials and local PTI leaders assured the protesting tribesmen that the dispute will be resolved within a week.