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CJP to administer oath to new KBA body on 5th

CJP to administer oath to new KBA body on 5th

KARACHI Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will administrate oath to the newly-elected office bearers of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) on March 5, KBA office bearers announced on Thursday at Karachi bar association office.
Addressing a press conference at the KBA office, the association’s president, Muhammad Aqil Awan, and secretary-general, Syed Hyder Imam Rizvi, said that the oath-taking ceremony will be held at the premises of the Sindh High Court,

No classes in 5 varsities as teachers want their perks

KARACHI – Five public universities in the province have been closed for the past 19 days due to the boycott of employees demanding medical allowances, residential plots and removal of contractual staff workers. Sources said the Governor’s House is not taking this issue seriously despite five universities of the province being closed down. The continuing deadlock between the government and the university employees has left more than 50,000 students in a lurch.
The educational

PIA rescues 195 stranded Pakistanis from Libya unrest

KARACHI – The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has always played a pivotal role in relief efforts during difficult times faced by Pakistani nationals, and this time too the national carrier provided facilitation and assistance in bringing back the stranded Pakistanis from Turkey due to unrest in Libya. On the instructions of PIA Managing Director Nadeem Khan Yousufzai, the PIA arranged a relief flight to Marmaris (Turkey) to bring back the stranded Pakistanis who had arrived in

Sindh Secretariat employees enjoy unannounced holiday

KARACHI – The lower grade employees of the Sindh Secretariat enjoyed an unannounced holiday on Thursday following Karachi Transport Ittehad’s strike call to protest the recent raise in fuel prices. The lower staff of almost all administrative departments of the provincial secretariat remained absent from their respective offices following the unavailability of public transport on the city’s roads. The corridors of Tughlaq House, secretariat’s new building, old KDA building and other

DCO begins penny pinching in CDGK

KARACHI – Fifty percent of the security expenditures incurred by the DCO Secretariat have been curtailed, with the move set to start the process of cutting back non-development expenditures in the City District Government Karachi (CDGK).
A decision to this effect was taken by Karachi District Coordination Officer (DCO) Muhammad Hussain Syed at a meeting on Thursday with EDOs and departmental chiefs that was held at the DCO Secretariat.
The meeting was summoned to review

‘Blasphemy laws issue an open challenge to stability of Pakistan’

KARACHI Strongly condemning the brutal murder of Federal Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti on Wednesday, the Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC) has said that the blasphemy laws issue presents an open challenge to the stability of Pakistan.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the PPC observed that Bhatti was killed merely two months after the assassination of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, who too was silenced for his open remarks about the blasphemy laws.
“The blame for

FROM THE COURTROOM – SHC issues notices to CS; E&T minister, secretary on wine shop owners’ petition

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued notices to Sindh Excise and Taxation (E&T) Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla and E&T secretary on a constitutional petition moved by two wine shop owners for not issuing them a permit despite Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s orders. An SHC division bench, headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, issued the notices to the respondents after hearing the preliminary arguments made by the petitioners.
The petition was filed by Harish

POL price hike lands ANP, MQM on the same page

KARACHI – After a long time, the ANP on Thursday supported the MQM for demanding reduction in petroleum prices recently announced by the Oil and Gas Regularity Authority (OGRA). In a statement issued from the Bacha Khan Markaz, ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed stated that the demand for the reduction in prices of petroleum products is right to avoid further burdening the public. “Every time government is advised to adopt alternate sources rather than increasing the prices of petroleum

5-year-old Hindu raped twice, but case registered after 5 days

KARACHI – The gory rape tale of a five-year-old Hindu girl, M*, surfaced on Wednesday: raped multiple times on Saturday (February 26) in Dost Muhammad Goth, her plight remained under wraps for five days as the father mulled over whether his shame was sufficient to kill his own flesh and blood.
M* comes from a family of Bagris – low-caste groups, who are supposed to be guardians of orchards but who usually migrate from place to place in search of seasonal employment. Her family

‘Confused’ IBCC doesn’t hide bias against Cambridge’s marking methodology

KARACHI – The Inter Board Committee of Chairmen (IBCC) on Wednesday refused the Cambridge International Examination’s (CIE) Percentage Uniform Marks (PUM) for the purposes of equivalence, arguing that the committee will follow their own system to grant equivalence.
IBCC Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai, speaking at a press conference in a local hotel, said that committee representatives visited the CIE camp office in Karachi to review their system but found a number of anomalies. He

‘Bhatti’s murder end of the road for minorities’

KARACHI – The religious minorities of Sindh have termed the assassination of Federal Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti ‘the end of the road for religious minorities in Pakistan’ as they are no longer safe in the country.
Representative organisations of Hindus – the largest religious minority in Pakistan – announced celebrating their religious festival Shivaratri on Wednesday evening with simplicity to mourn the minister’s murder.
Talking to Pakistan Today, Pakistan

Miniature art – a craft that goes back centuries

KARACHI – Miniature art is a specialty fine art form. Although many people think drawing or painting miniatures is a faster type of art to create, it actually takes just as long or sometimes longer to complete a miniature than it does to do a larger artwork. This can be because it takes time to mentally downsize a reference photo.
There are many artists who create average or large drawings or paintings, but only a few artists are skilled or disciplined enough to produce

KESC strikes again with change of load shedding schedule

KARACHI – While the citizens of Karachi are braving the unabated power outages, the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has changed the schedule of load shedding by increasing the duration of outages.
Soon after the change of the schedule, many areas of the city have started facing the more hours of power breakdowns. Residents in various parts of Gulistan-e-Jauhar – including Mosamiat, Safoora Goth, Pehalwan Goth and Jauhar Chowrangi – reported bearing long hours of long load

From courtroom – PQA job applicants’ petition dismissed

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday dismissed a petition moved by applicants seeking issuance of appointment letters in the Port Qasim Authority (PQA).
The division bench comprising Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa had earlier reserved the judgment on the petition moved by 42 applicants after hearing final arguments from both sides.
The petition was filed by Saleh Muhammad and others through their counsel Abdul Salam Memon pleading the court

CDGK starts demolishing libraries, UC offices built on parks

Karachi – Acting on the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has started razing illegal structures – including libraries and union council offices – built on the city’s parks. A special operation started on Wednesday and would continue until the razing of constructions at 164 listed parks of city.
Additional EDO Revenue Matanat Ali Khan monitored the operation while Land Management-II District Officer Saif Abbas, Enforcement

PPP disowns two MPAs’ remarks

KARACHI – The PPP condemned the remarks of two of its MPAs at a Sindh Assembly session accusing PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif of murdering former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer and also asking for the registration of a murder case against him.

Three SHC contractual employees get the boot

KARACHI – The SHC on Wednesday dismissed three of its contractual employees from service, in pursuance of the Supreme Court orders regarding contractual staff. The removed officers included SHC Additional Registrar Muhammad Safdar, and readers Muhammad Hashim and Shafiq, and had already been served a one-month notice. The fate of three other contract employees would be decided by the SHC administration committee comprising senior judges.