Karachi articles

From the floor of the sindh assembly – Fisherfolk and nomads in… illegal immigrants out of census

From the floor of the sindh assembly – Fisherfolk and nomads in… illegal immigrants out of census

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution demanding the enumeration of people living on water bodies and far-flung areas of the province and the exclusion of illegal immigrants during the census to be started on April 5.
The resolution was jointly moved by PML-F member Nusrat Saher Abbasi and some PPP and MQM members. “This assembly resolves and recommends to the Sindh government to approach the federal government for issuing directives to the

KCCI announces strike against extortion, AKTI rejects

KARACHI – Karachi traders announced a strike on April 5 against increasing incidents of extortion in the city, as both the federal and the provincial government failed to control criminal activities.
Karachi Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) announced a strike after the attack on two auto parts traders by extortionists on Tuesday. KCCI President Muhammad Saeed Shafiq told Pakistan Today that in the face of the government’s failure to curb extortion, the chamber finally

Gang war terrorists active in Burns Road, Urdu Bazaar: MQM

KARACHI – The MQM Coordination Committee on Thursday said the growing influence of terrorists belonging to the gang war, who are most active at the Burns Road and Urdu Bazaar areas among other areas of the city, is a cause of serious concern. In a statement, the committee said the gang war terrorists have been given a virtual licence to operate freely in the city and are sending extortion slips to traders, businessmen and shopkeepers without any fear of the law The city of Karachi is

Sindh govt orders extraordinary security across province

KARACHI – The Sindh government has issued strict orders for security of all political parties’ offices and political and religious gatherings across the province after the Swabi and Charsadda incidents. Issuing orders to Sindh inspector general of police (IGP), Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza said that extraordinary security should be provided to all mosques, imambargahs and other places of worship. Mirza directed the IGP to maintain tight security and vigilance on April 4 on the

IATA gives thumbs up to PIA Training Centre

KARACHI – The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Training Centre has become the first aviation training centre in South Asia to be authorised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The PIA Training Centre will offer IATA courses for the aviation sector in collaboration with IATA to provide quality training that will benefit the travel and cargo agencies as well as regional airlines. The IATA certified training courses offered initially will include airline

MQM chief condemns attack on Fazlur Rehman

KARACHI – Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain has condemned the suicide attack on the convoy of JUI-F chief Maulana Fazalur Rehman that claimed several lives. Hussain expressed grief and sorrow over the death of the police personnel and citizens, praying for the early recovery of the wounded. He said that several people had lost their lives a day earlier as well because of a bomb blast on the convoy of Rehman in Swabi, adding that the same thing was repeated in

Sindhi, Chinese bhai bhai (in business)… but Centre doesn’t understand

KARACHI – The federal government is showing reluctance to financing the establishment of the China Industrial Zone that is aimed at promoting industrialisation in Sindh, sources in the provincial government have informed Pakistan Today. Under President Asif Ali Zardari’s initiative, the Sindh government had decided to set up the China Industrial Zone at Shahdadpur in Sanghar district, adjacent to some small industries already operating in the region, to promote industrialisation in

Gang of arms smugglers busted

KARACHI – Agang of arms smugglers was busted on Thursday and two arrested in a raid conducted near Hotel Mehran Hotel by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) police. The gang is accused of providing illegal weapons to different groups of gangsters operating in the city – albeit with the assistance of legal arms dealers.
“The two men arrested are Shahzado Bhalkani and Dhabani alias Rabbani, and this gang has links with different ethnic, political, sectarian and terrorist

A daring escape – Woman kidnapped seven years ago seeks justice

KARACHI – “I was kidnapped and forcefully married by Abdul Rashid Magsi with the help of local police seven years ago. Every day before leaving the house, Magsi used to lock me inside. During the period, even my parents were not allowed to see me and being poor, they could do nothing,” said R, while narrating her ordeal to media persons.
For seven years, she was locked inside a house. She faced the wrath of her cruel captor, who even married her forcefully. She finally made her

Sindh wants to take control of all its historical sites

KARACHI – Although 126 different cultural sites, monuments and historical places have been transferred to Sindh, the provincial government will approach the Federal government to hand over several others still under their control, said Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo on Thursday while reviewing the progress of devolved matters pertaining to the Culture Department.
Culture Secretary Abdul Aziz Uqaili briefed the minister about the sites, monuments and historical places that

CDGK to construct more pedestrian bridges

KARACHI – Karachi Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed has directed City District Government Karachi (CDGK) Transport Department to construct more pedestrian bridges in the city and make Shahrah-e-Faisal a model corridor in coordination with traffic police. He said this while addressing a meeting on Road Safety and Injury Prevention at the DCO Camp Office. Indus Motors CEO Parvez Ghayas, Municipal Services executive district officer (EDO) Masood Alam, Health EDO Dr Nasir Javed, Works

Anti-climax ends festivities

KARACHI – “At least they put on a fight and did not go down disgracefully. But this defeat is hard to swallow because it was against India,” said 30-year-old Ali, dismayed over the failure of the Pakistan cricket team to reach the World Cup final.
This summed up the gloom that descended upon the city on Wednesday night as the citizens – distraught with the 29-run defeat of the Pakistan cricket team to its arch-rivals India – returned home from several spots, where large screens

Renowned comedian Liaquat Soldier passes away

KARACHI – Renowned Pakistani comedian Liaquat Soldier passed away due to a heart attack on Wednesday.
He was participating in a special television transmission for the Cricket World Cup semi-final when he suffered a heart attack and breathed his last on the way to hospital.
His real name is Liaquat Ali, and is survived by a daughter and three sons. He belonged to the Memon community, and had started his career as an actor in the mid-70s.
He also had a passion for

New power boss in Shah Faisal Town

KARACHI – Shah Latif Town Block 20-C has a new power boss: Seher Electrical Services, a private contractor, has been providing electricity connections, installing meters, collecting bills from residents of the area and even penalising defaulters, Pakistan Today has learnt.
None of the revenue collected by the Seher Electrical Services goes to the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC), as officials in the power utility claimed they had no information about this illegal

Exploring existing art practices outside colonial legacy of gallery

KARACHI – Durriya Kazi is a Karachi-based sculptor whose work reflects her concerns with tradition and change. Her work consists of three dimensional works, drawings and installations.
Focusing on wider audiences and exploring existing art practices outside the colonial legacy of the gallery, she seeks to create sites to voice ‘hidden histories’, attempting to bring coherence to the dispersal and fragmentation common in the wake of imposed cultures of both colonial as well as

Cash-strapped Sindh begins resurveying flood-hit districts

KARACHI – In an attempt to woo the Centre into releasing promised funds, the Sindh government has again started surveying the flood-hit districts of the province to ascertain the actual number of displaced people.
Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that with the government already deciding not to provide any more compensation to the flood survivors, this move is merely an eye-wash only to give some false hope to the people of the flood-affected areas, who had lost each and

PPP all set to fight on political and legal fronts

KARACHI – The PPP is all set to face the contempt notices issued by the Supreme Court both on legal and political fronts.
PPP’s Provincial Secretary General Taj Haider is ready to appear in the Supreme Court on April 1, however, he would seek more time to submit his reply on his reaction on the apex court’s verdict against former NAB chairman Justice (retd) Deedar Hussain Shah,.
Talking to Pakistan Today on Wednesday, he said he had received a 350-page notice and needs