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Crime reporter shot dead in Baghdadi

Crime reporter shot dead in Baghdadi

KARACHI – A local newspaper’s chief crime reporter was gunned down by unidentified culprits in the Baghdadi police precincts on Saturday. Police said that Zaman Ali, 42, was near the Hussain Bhai Ismailji Road when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him. Ali suffered a bullet to the head and died on the spot, whereas his body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi. The Crime Reporters Association condemned his murder and sought protection for working journalists.

Coordinating and understanding the surroundings and people

KARACHI – Zunaira Sardar’s work deals with personal space and environment. Her work revolves around these lines, yet she tries to coordinate and understand the surroundings and people she deals with on daily basis. “I have a thirst to find and seek the experiences through commitment and interaction on personal and professional basis. The chaos leads to a conclusion, which is natural yet openly dealt with on the whole,” Sardar says. VASL Art is an artist-led initiative that brings

Revival of community police on the cards

KARACHI – The city’s police chief was on Saturday directed to revive the community policing system and ensure effective policing in commercial and industrial areas for protecting the business community from extortionists. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah issued these directives in a meeting with traders and businessmen of the city at the Chief Minister’s House. The meeting was also attended by Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Karachi Saud

MQM demands action against extortionists

KARACHI – Expressing deep concern over the growing incidents of extortion and kidnappings for ransom in the city, the MQM on Saturday demanded that the government should take solid steps for protecting the life and property of the citizens and initiate firm action against those involved in these crimes. In a statement issued by the MQM Rabita Committee, it was stated that despite the claims of the government administration, the criminals are roaming freely on the streets of the city

Traders’ delegation meets Dr Farooq Sattar

KARACHI – A delegation of the All Karachi Tajir Ittehad called on the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Rabita Committee Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar on Saturday and informed him that extortionists are harassing the trader community. MQM Rabita Committee member Wasim Aftab and Karachi Tanzimi Committee In-charge Hammad Siddiqui were also present on the occasion. The delegation told Dr Sattar extortionists are sending them slips demanding large sums of money and threatening them of

No policy to exclude illegal immigrants from census?

KARACHI – The federal and Sindh governments have yet to develop a policy to exclude illegal immigrants living in the province from the first phase of the census that is starting on Tuesday, sources have said. Through several reports, the federal government has admitted that over 2 million illegal immigrants are living in Sindh, including the provincial capital, Karachi. Chief Secretary Abdul Subhan Memon recently conducted a meeting at his office to discuss the census that is to be

Pasban city president’s nephew ‘abducted’ for having ‘close ties with JI’

KARACHI – Pasban Karachi President Usman Moazzam’s nephew was abducted from near his house in Gulshan-e-Hadeed on Saturday. Moazzam said that Aazib Imtiaz Qudwai was kidnapped because he has close ties with the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI). Aazib’s father Nafees Qudwai said, “My son and I were on our way to the mosque to offer the Fajr prayer when an Indus Corolla without a number plate collided with him. Three men carrying weapons got out of the car, forced him into the vehicle and drove

Dawood Public School organises blood donation campaign

KARACHI – The Dawood Public School in collaboration with the Fatimid Blood Bank organised a blood donation campaign on Saturday. VThe school’s students participated devotedly in the campaign and informed their fellow students about the benefits of blood donation. Parents and teachersalso participated in the campaign and the Fatimid Foundation presented appreciation certificates to the volunteering students.
The team of Fatimid Foundation tested the donors’ blood for haemoglobin,

Bhutto’s death anniversary – gathering in Naudero may have a lot on its agenda

KARACHI – The Ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has finalised preparations for the 32nd death anniversary the party’s founder, former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, scheduled on Monday (April 4) in Naudero, the native town of the Bhuttos in Larkana district. Party activists and leaders from across the country have started arriving there. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, who is also provincial president of the party, also reached there on Saturday to supervise the programme,

Culture minister to inaugurate pictorial and book exhibition on ZAB today

KARACHI – Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo will inaugurate the three day ‘Pictorial and Book Exhibition’ today (Sunday) at the Sindh Museum Hyderabad, in memory of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, the founding chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party, on the eve of his 32nd death anniversary on April 4. The exhibition will last till April 5.
Culture Secretary Abdul Aziz Uqaili, Director General Muhammad Ramzan Awan, Director Manzoor Kanasro and others will also attend the

‘Reference to reopen ZAB case a milestone step’

KARACHI – By signing the reference to reopen the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto “judicial murder” case, President Asif Ali Zardari has taken a milestone step in the country’s history that would promote justice discourage decisions that are made on the basis of pressure or prejudice, Pakistan People’s Party Sindh Women Wing Information Secretary Sharmila Farooqui has said. In her statement issued on Saturday, she said that having sent the reference in accordance with Article 186 of the

Transporters take 2,000 public vehicles off roads

KARACHI – Reacting to the recent increase in Petrol Oil and Lubricants (POL) prices, Karachi-based transporters have taken at least 2,000 public buses and coaches off the roads, sources have informed Pakistan Today.
Moreover, the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) has also convened an emergency meeting of all the stakeholders on Monday to announce a wheel-jam strike, discuss the government’s decision and chalk out future course of action. Transporters said that if the government

Jatoi asks Supreme Court to dismiss govt

KARACHI – The Awami Ittehad Party (AIP) led by former Sindh chief minister Liaquat Ali Jatoi on Friday decided to file a constitutional petition in the Supreme Court requesting that the court stops the government from working, forms a caretaker government under Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudry’s guidance, and conducts general elections.
The decision was made during a meeting of the AIP Central Executive Council (CEC) held in a local hotel on Friday. Briefing the media,

Ailing folksinger given Rs 100,000 cheque

KARACHI – Sindh Culture Director General Muhammad Ramzan Awan, Taj Joyo, Sami Baloch and Khalil Channa visited the ailing folksinger Anwer Hussain Vistro at the National Hospital on Friday. They remained

‘Biotechnology vital for rapid agricultural development’

KARACHI – The use of biotechnology approach is vital for rapid agricultural development and healthcare in the country, said University of Karachi’s International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) Director Dr M Iqbal Choudhary on Friday.
“The potential of biotech crops for the future is enormous,” he said while delivering a lecture at the ICCBS. He further said that droughts and floods are predicted to become more prevalent and severe as country faces new

Ordinary objects hold strong meaning in them: Talpur

KARACHI – Playing with ordinary objects has always allowed Amjad Ali Talpur to observe the other side of the picture, said a press release issued by the Canvas Gallery where Talpur’s new work is being shown at an art exhibition until April 7.
Talpur says that ordinary objects hold strong meaning in them. “These objects are necessities of human beings and reflect the current situation of my country, which is afflicted with several crises,” he says. People outnumber resources in

MQM activist among 10 murdered

KARACHI – At least 10 people, including an MQM activist, were killed in different violent incidents in the city on Friday. An activist of the MQM was gunned down by unidentified armed men in the Garden area.
Shahjahan, 24, son of Qasim, was shot in the wee hours of Friday and rushed to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), where he succumbed to his injuries. The deceased was a worker of MQM Unit 30 of Garden Sector. The body of the victim was handed over to his family after