Five people were killed while two others were seriously wounded on Tuesday in different incidents of violence in the city. According to police, a man was killed by in Banaras. The deceased was identified as 40-year-old Adam Khan whereas 25-year-old Shaukat was killed while two others were injured near Dhobi Ghat area of Garden. Another man named Kamran Saeed was gunned down in Liaquatabad No 10 while a 45-year old city warden Nadeem was killed in Orangi Town No. 10 area. In another incident, body of 35-year-old Arif was found hanging from a hospital in Azizabad Block-1. Meanwhile, police started search operation in Mauripur and apprehended three suspected criminals and seized weapons from them. Police shifted them to undisclosed location for further interrogation.
The Sindh Police have decided to form rapid response committees in the city’s seven industrial zones after traders and industrialists expressed concern over the deteriorating law and order in the country’s financial hub on Tuesday. Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) President Muhammad Haroon Agar demanded the government take immediate, sustainable and concrete security measures to give Karachiites, particularly the business and industrial community, a much-needed sense of security. In an address to the Inspector General of Police (Sindh), Shahid Nadeem Baloch, and his team during a visit to KCCI, Agar said it was the prime responsibility of the government to maintain peace and ensure the safety of the lives and property of its citizens. He lamented lawlessness in the city’s markets, particularly in the old city area, at places such as Jodia Bazar and Jama Cloth Market. Violence has also been increasing at other markets along M.A. Jinnah Road, and the precious lives of several businessmen have been lost in bloodshed. Criminal activities like extortion (bhatta), kidnapping and killing for ransom, and theft in industrial areas has grown rampant, causing widespread fear and harassment, Agar added. He also noted that the unbridled criminal activity against businessmen has shaken the confidence of the whole community on the reliability of law enforcing agencies. He said that members of the business community and delegations from various markets of the city have been approaching KCCI complaining about life threats or showing him receipts of extortion chits and bullets sent to them by criminals. His concerns were echoed by the Chairman of the Businessmen Group and former President of KCCI, Siraj Kassam Teli. Teli also criticised the government for failing to control the situation, and said that although KCCI had approached all the concerned quarters, commitments to the business community were never honoured and only momentary measures were taken. On the occasion, Baloch announced the formation of committees for seven industrial zones where appointed focal persons will immediately respond to urgent situations such as life threats and the security of transported goods. He added that although resources cannot come overnight, he would make arrangements to ensure their required deployment. The police chief said he can’t deny that in the past, some commitments to the security of the business community might not have been honoured. The police model is based on laws made during colonial rule, in 1861, and the business and industrial community has never raised their voice for police reforms like the availability of resources and technology, he said. Baloch added that it was a bitter reality that dishonest elements also exist within the police, but their number was low. The integrity of the entire department, moreover, should not be questioned seeing as many police officials have been martyred in the line of duty, protecting citizens.
No less than 70 percent of the graduates trained under Women in Trade Management Training and Mentorship Programme (WIT-2012), sponsored by the US Agency for International Development, are gainfully employed at national and international trading companies. While interviewing these graduates at the certificate distribution ceremony organised for Management Trainees on Tuesday. The women in trade (WIT) programme trainees, comprising young graduates from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi University, Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Institute of Business Management and KASBIT have been hired by a wide range of companies at important positions. The scenario is registered to have improved women representation, at managerial positions in the international trade companies based in Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad. Zara Tazeen, with an MBA degree in marketing, acknowledged the quality of trade management training that besides improving her professional capabilities also enabled her to play an efficient role in introducing Pakistan made products to the international market. “The internship not only enhanced my confidence but also groomed me in handling business affairs and this again enhanced employment opportunities for me,” she said. Associated with C&A Sourcing, Zara is an efficient contributor towards promotion of Pakistan-made apparels, knitwear and leather made goods at international level. Khadijah Arshad, with a BBA degree from IBA, is currently working as assistant production manager at a pharmaceutical company and found this an opportunity to efficiently meet the two years job requirement for completion of master’s programme. “The training and exposure I had was tremendous and would go a long way in my career,” she said. The young professional found the internship to have also catapulted her urge to bring about the much needed change in the society. Internees were equally appreciative of the mentorship programme that provided them with needed guidance to solve problems they come across during their dealings with different sections of people. This internship programme provided an opportunity for women not only explore a career in the international trade and sourcing sector but also to gain professional skills in communications, marketing, product development and supply chain management Saleena Beg, senior analyst Human Capital Management for the USAID Trade Project. To a question about relevance of the programme, she said university graduates were selected for WIT internship after a careful scrutiny. “It was important as these young women internees were making an untraditional choice,” she said mentioning that the programme was launched on pilot basis in 2011 and the success led to its inception as a regular annual programme. The international trade sector in Pakistan currently employs very few women in managerial positions; they comprise less than 10 percent of management and 20 percent of junior staff in trade companies. “USAID’s Women in Trade (WIT) initiative works to set up linkages between international firms and local universities, so that more women have opportunities to explore careers in international trade,” said Saleena. The WIT initiative, she said will also help companies select the best-suited university graduates for training and potential future recruitment. Under this cross-country programme the trainees have completed three months of management training with prominent national and international trading organisations including Engro Eximp Pvt Ltd, Interloop Ltd, MK Sons, Masood Textile Mills, Lucky Cement, Herbion International Inc, EuroCentra, Ellery Homestyles, C&A Europe/Mondial Orient Ltd, Target Sourcing Services Pakistan, Texlynx, Nishat Group, and Li and Fung Pakistan. The certificate award ceremony was also attended by the CEOs, Presidents and Senior HR Managers of the partner organisations who supported USAID in improving gender ratio in the international trade sector of Pakistan.
Two more children died due to measles on Tuesday in the province. A seven month infant named Kaswa from Sargodha who was being treated in the Children’s Hospital lost her life, while one more child died in Allied Hospital in Faisalabad. According to media reports, the number of measles infected children is on the rise, and the government has failed to control the situation. Approximately 18,195 cases of measles have surfaced and 160 have lost their lives so far. Further, At least nine more measles affected children have been brought to NishtarHospital in Multan. However, the Extended Plan for Immunization (EMI) Focal Person Dr Younas claimed that there was a fifty percent decrease in registered cases. He said that some days back the ratio of measles cases in hospitals was 50 to 80 cases daily which after an intensive drive decreased them from 20 to40 cases a day. It will further come down with the passage of time as measles vaccine starts developing immunization after three weeks of its administration, he claimed. During the anti-measles drive from April 29 to May 5, around 250,000 children from six months to 10 years of age were administered measles vaccination. He said that anti-measles vaccination was carried out by 900 injectors at fixed points. This facility was also provided in all government hospitals of Lahore. Dr Younas said that an epidemic control room had also been established at EDO Health Office.
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has announced their schedule for an intra-party referendum that will decide if the party should join the People’s Party of Pakistan (PPP) government in Sindh. The nationwide referendum, which will take place on June 20, was announced on Tuesday and will be handled by the new Rabita (coordinating) Committee. MQM Chief Altaf Hussan has directed this committee to decide if the party should join the Sindh government or sit on the opposition benches in the provincial assembly. The call for referendum comes after a Pakistan People’s Party delegation, led by Rehman Malik, visited the MQM headquarters at Nine-Zero and formally invited the MQM to join the Sindh government.
The city police on Tuesday seized 500 cell phones from prisoners of the Central Jail Karachi. According to details, police carried out a search out operation at the Central Jail. Police officials said that 500 cell phones were seized from the prisoners. Under the law prisoners are not allowed to use cell phones in jail but their use is common in jails with the connivance of police officials.
Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan formally took oath today as member of the National Assembly in a session chaired by speaker Ayaz Sadiq. Sadiq, who defeated Imran in the May 11 general elections from NA-122 constituency in Lahore, administered the oath to the PTI chief. Earlier, in a message on social networking website Twitter, the cricketer-turned-politician had said he would be taking oath in the National Assembly on June 19. Khan had also said he would be speaking on the budget the same day. “My address to the Parliament will lay out PTI's policy on crucial national issues and how the KP govt will be a role model of clean, efficient governance,” Khan added.
A two-week long faculty development workshop on "Total Teacher Effectiveness Through Professionalism" (TTEP) organised by National University of Modern Languages (NUML)’s Education Department concluded on Tuesday. 30 faculty members from different departments attended and Dr Sufiana Khatoon Malik was the coordinator. The workshop included interactive sessions, reflective practice sessions, group discussions, problem solving situations, brain storming and classroom situations to create awareness among professional teachers about professionalism, competence, professional attitudes, ethical behaviour and respect for students' diverse backgrounds and abilities. NUML Rector Major General (R) Masood Hasan said at the concluding ceremony that such workshops helped one stay updated with latest teaching methodologies. He said that it also provided an opportunity to teachers to learn from those with more experience. “Now, it is your responsibility to share this knowledge with other faculty members and apply it in your classrooms, he added. TTEP Coordinator Dr Sufiana Khatoon Malik informed that the teaching profession is ever-evolving, adding that fresh developments had increased the teacher’s responsibility and role. The concluding session was also attended by Director General Brigadier Azam Jamal, Registrar Brigadier (R) Saeed Akhtar Malik, Education Department Head Dr Brigadier (R) Allah Bakhsh Malik, resource persons, participants and other university officials. The rector distributed certificates amongst participants and resource persons.
The Pakistan Telecommunications Employees Trust (PTET) and Pakistan Post have developed a computerised PTCL pension disbursement system. According to the Economic Survey 2012-13, over 1.5 million military pensioners are receiving their pensions through the computerised pension payment system. Pakistan Post is also disbursing pensions to over 40,000 PTCL pensioners through this system, and is currently in the process of computerising and re-engineering its services to ensure the best possible service quality. Various measures have been taken to streamline the Post office system according to the latest technology. These measures include the Western Union Money Remittances Business, computerised military payment system, Saving Bank, web-based tracking and monitoring system for funds disbursement for the Benazir Income Support Program, International Postal mail links and a counter automation system. Pakistan Post also introduced the online computerised collection of all utility bills through a centralised software at automated General Post Offices (GPOs).
Islamabad Inspector General of Police Bani Amin Khan on Tuesday arranged a ceremony to honour one transferred and two retired Islamabad Police Superintendents. It was attended by Headquarters Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Khalid Khattak, Traffic Senior Superintendent Dr. Moeen Masood and other senior police officials. The IGP lauded the performance of retired officials Ch. Liaqat Ali, Mehr Muhammad Yar and prayed for their future success. He said that they had served on various posts efficiently and always accomplished their assignments in a responsible manner. The IGP also appreciated SP Faisal Bashir Memon’s hardwork, who has been transferred to Sindh. He said that the officer always ensured effective policing and his contribution to Islamabad Police’success story was monumental. Bani Amin Khan urged the young officers present to learn from their examples. He also awarded shields to the three officers on Islamabad Police’s behalf.
Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said on Monday that the Punjab government has presented a revolutionary budget for the fiscal year 2013-14 in which a number of important measures have been announced for the progress, development and welfare of the masses. The chief minister, while speaking at a meeting at the CM Secretariat, said that the new provincial budget, which was a masterpiece of development vision, will usher in an era of progress and prosperity. He said that tax has been imposed on the elite while the poor and low-income segments have not been burdened. He said that new budget will prove to be a roadmap of consolidated development in social sectors and will bring a message of betterment, prosperity and welfare of the people of the province. Provincial Finance Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman, Local Government and Law for Rana Sanaullah Khan, Education Minister Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan, Advisor Azm-ul-Haq, Secretary Finance, Secretary Information and other concerned authorities were present on the occasion. Congratulating the provincial finance minister, secretary finance and their entire team on presenting a people-friendly budget, the chief minister said that the excellent and revolutionary budget of Punjab has proved that PML-N government, despite its limited resources, is determined to provide maximum facilities to the masses. He said that minimum wage of labourers has been enhanced from Rs. nine thousand to Rs.10 thousand and will be gradually increased to Rs. 15 thousand per month. He said that Punjab government has taken effective measures for bringing affluent classes into tax net which will broaden the tax base and more resources will be available. He said that process of simplicity and austerity has been started from Chief Minister Office and its expenses have been curtailed by 30%. He said that substantial funds have been allocated for education, health and energy sectors. He said that the Punjab government will also launch metro bus project in Rawalpindi, Multan and Faisalabad. The CM said that like the last year, more funds have been earmarked for south Punjab in the new budget, compared to its population. He said that a sum of Rs. 93 billion rupees has been allocated in the budget 2013-14 for the development of south Punjab. The Chief Minister said that a number of measures have also been announced in the budget for maintaining law and order. He said that 500 sub-inspectors will be recruited in the police department through Public Service Commission on merit who will help in implementation of the government policy of transformation of Thana culture. Further, he said that a massive sum of Rs. 20.5 billion has been allocated for energy sector in the budget which will help in overcoming energy crisis. In order to provide solar energy and biogas operated tube-wells to small farmers, an amount of Rs. 7.5 billion has been earmarked in the budget. Shahbaz Sharif said that the government through utilization of its resources and help of private sector will ensure economic development and creation of maximum job opportunities.
Electricity has been suspended in several areas of Sindh and Balochistan after a fire flared up in Guddu Thermal Power House (GTPH) late Sunday night. Sources said that the fire suddenly erupted in unit 6 of GTPH because of heavy rainfall and overloading. The fire subsequently tripped 13 other units of the power plant, halting the power supply to many areas of Sindh and Balochistan. The fire brigade was called immediately after the fire broke out around midnight. In Sindh, the affected areas include Kishmore, Kandhkot, Tangwani, Shikarpur and Jacobabad. In Balochistan they include Jafferabad, Naseerabad and Jhal Magsi.
Rawalpindi District Coordination Officer (DCO) Rashid Mehmood on Monday imposed section 144 in a 200 yards radius around LLB part I, II and III examination centers for supplementary examinations conducted by the Punjab University. According to the DCO Office’s order, no person other than a candidate, teacher, supervisor or duty staff member was allowed to enter within 200 yards of the center. Furthermore, no book, guide or solved papers would be allowed. Examination centers have been set up in GovernmentCollege for Women F Block, SatelliteTown, GovernmentDegreeCollege near Asghar Mall and GovernmentIslamiaHigherSecondary School on Murree Road. The order would remain effective till the exams conclude.
The land grabbers are back to business in Karachi after the return of their supporters to parliament after May 11 polls. Investigation revealed that the land grabbers have started occupying open public properties which they failed to occupy during the last government. Besides, many government offices and residential houses, situated in prime land of metropolis, are occupied by land grabbers for the last many years. Interestingly, the former provincial government had declared some buildings dangerous and issued orders to demolish them but the land mafia forced the government not to even remove a single brick from there. Sources told Pakistan Today that the Postal and Telegraph Colony, commonly known as P&T Colony, situated in Clifton, was occupied by retired employees of the department for the last many years. After the partition, the government established its offices in these flats and some of the employees also started living in these governmental apartments, but after their retirement they occupied them, sources added. The former government declared the occupation of these buildings illegal but due to stronghold of land mafia these buildings were regularised against huge bribes by the officials at that time, sources said further. The government offices situated in Martin Quarters, Jamshed Quarters and Patel Para were also occupied by retired employees with the help of land mafia, sources maintained. A federal minister during former prime minister Shaukat Aziz’s tenure had issued allotment orders to the occupants due to which the Sindh government faced Rs 420 billion losses. The allotment of these plots by the government was challenged in the Sindh High Court (SHC), sources claimed. The governmental apartments of Federal Capital (FC) Area, situated opposite to Al Karam Square, were occupied by “unauthorised persons” and living there for a long time, they said, adding that the occupants were enjoying all utilities at government expense. “Another example of illegal occupation of government land was the Intelligence School, which is situated near PIDC, and many other illegal encroachments at Garden are the example,” sources revealed. They said that at some places the occupants have established small industries and using all utilities at subsidised rates.