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Quirks in ambiguity

Quirks in ambiguity

KARACHI – Over the years Asad Hussain has examined a radical change in human psychology, whereas Farooq Mustafa’s works are short stories of himself, his surroundings and his surreal imagination, said a press release issued by the Canvas Gallery where Hussain and Mustafa’s exhibition of artworks titled ‘Ambiguous Journey’ is running until April 21.
Hussain said, “I have observed imbalanced minds and injustice that has unleashed the animal inside us and set it loose. Awareness, as

MQM decries government apathy towards killings of its workers

KARACHI – Eighty-one Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists and sympathisers have been killed since January 2011, arising restlessness and concerns in the minds of MQM workers and people of Karachi about the unremitting acts of terrorism against the MQM, expressed the MQM Coordination Committee members in a press conference on Thursday.
Speaking at the press conference in Nine Zero, MQM leader Raza Haroon said that on Tuesday, armed terrorists had killed Mehmoodabad Sector

SHC wants Sindh to explain why local government polls aren’t being held

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court on Thursday issued notices to the chief election commissioner, the local government secretary and the Sindh advocate general, seeking explanation over the delay in holding the local government elections.
After hearing preliminary arguments from the petitioner, the division bench comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi issued notices to the respondents while directing them to submit their comments on the constitutional

‘Gas load shedding will end by next month’

KARACHI – Petroleum Secretary Imtiaz H Kazi on Thursday assured that load shedding for compressed natural gas (CNG) will end by the next month.
He said this while talking to a delegation led by CNG Station Owners Association Chairman Malik Khuda Baksh, which had called on Kazi and Gas Director General Mohammad Azam for discussing the problems being faced by CNG retailers and consumers due to the ongoing gas load shedding.
Kazi and Azam explained that due to annual repair and

War on terror hampered by cross-border smuggling: Malik

KARACHI – Pakistan’s war on terror is being seriously hampered because of “massive smuggling” of different items – including arms and ammunition – through the border from Afghanistan, claimed Interior Minister Rehman Malik in his address to cadets of the Pakistan Coast Guards at their passing-out ceremony. “The annual turnover of this illicit trade is five billion rupees,” he claimed.
Malik also announced the induction of 83 Baloch youth into the Coast Guards – a step taken on

APML ready to follow anti-govt movement, if it is led by Pagaro

KARACHI – All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief General (retd) Pervez Musharraf called Pakistan Muslim League Functional (PML-F) chief Pir Pagaro on phone from London, urging him to lead the nation and play his active role against the incumbent government.
Sources told Pakistan Today that Musharraf requested Pir Pagara to step forward against the government’s bad governance. If Pagaro would lead the movement, the APML will fully support him, Musharraf said. A day earlier, on

High Court chucks out over two dozen politically-appointed officers from service

KARACHI – The appointment of over two dozen officers in the Sindh government on high-ranking posts due to their political affiliation was declared illegal by the Sindh High Court on Thursday.
At least four secretaries of different departments, three additional secretaries, three district coordination officers (DCOs), Lyari Development Authority managing director and directors are among the list.
A division bench comprising Justices Shahid Anwer Bajwa and Tufail H Ibrahim

ANP gets written assurances, postpones protest

KARACHI – Awami National Party (ANP)-Sindh has secured a written assurance from Interior Minister Rehman Malik about the acceptance of their demands and pledges to redress them.
At a meeting between ANP-Sindh President Shahi Syed and Interior Minister Rehman Malik that was held at the Sindh Chief Minister’s (CM) House on Thursday, Syed put forward the demands of his party – most of which pertained to development work in Pakhtoon localities. The ANP wants the construction of the

Cricket team gets PIA’s diamond cards

KARACHI – A dinner was hosted in honour of the Pakistan cricket team by the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Speaking on the occasion, PIA Managing Director Nadeem Khan Yousufzai said that the airlines has always supported sports in Pakistan and will continue to play its role for the promotion of sports in Pakistan.

Security guard robs 9 million rupees from MCB

KARACHI – Security guard robbed cash worth nine millions rupees from a local bank in Kharadar(Karachi) by cutting the lockers and fled away.
As per details, security guard with the help of his three friends cut down the lockers and robbed foreign and local currency worth nine millions from a branch of Muslim Commercial Bank located in the jurisdiction of Kharadar Police Station.
Police told that the suspect’s companions were also wearing security guard’s uniform. SSP of

Politicking with numbers

KARACHI – Young men have begun going around to households in ‘Urdu-speaking areas’ in the city – Nazimabad, North Nazimabad, Sakhi Hasan, Azizabad, Ghareebabad and Liaquatabad among others – claiming to be working on the census process. The problem, however, is that none of them carry government-issued identification, and upon questioning, are revealed to be cadres of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM).
A bigger problem is the fact that they don’t reveal this to households that

‘Pakistan needs strong leadership to emerge from its crises’

KARACHI – A crisis of leadership has pushed Pakistan into a quagmire, and the country needs strong leadership to overcome the crises that beset it, argued Germany Deputy Consul-General Dieter Freund during an interview with Pakistan Today late Tuesday evening. Having served his country for the past four years at the Consulate General in Karachi, Freund retired from service on April 12, 2011. Freund was associated with the German foreign ministry for the past 40 years, the last four of

From the courtroom – Process of judges’ appointment to upper courts challenged in SHC

KARACHI – The Human Rights Commission for South Asia (HRCSA) on Wednesday moved a constitutional petition in the Sindh High Court (SHC) challenging the current format regarding appointment of judges to the upper courts.
HRCSA representative Syed Iqbal Kazmi pleaded the court to term the process of judges’ appointment in violation of the constitution, submitting that Article 175(A), included through the 18th Amendment Act 2010 in the constitution, clashes with Article 175(3) over

Sharing the joy of travels and the act of recording journey

KARACHI – Some paths trodden a hundred times, and some only once over a period of several years, have been recorded through lines and markings in Wajid Ali’s latest exhibition of artworks titled ‘Journeys Taken’, which is running at ArtChowk-the Gallery until April 25. “The continuity of the line reflects time and space and takes the viewer on a trip through my personal experiences. My journey is unique and personal,” Ali said.
The viewer’s journey is a completely new experience

Sanitation – Global bodies hail Colombo Declaration

KARACHI – The Freshwater Action Network South Asia (FANSA), WaterAid and the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) have jointly welcomed the Colombo Declaration, which outlines ministerial commitments made in the fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation (SACOSAN) held recently in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In a press statement, FANSA Regional Convener R Murli expressed his pleasure to see that the declaration reflects much of the declaration of the Pre-SACOSAN-IV

‘Govt helpless as public waters in the clutches of the mighty’

KARACHI – The provincial Fisheries and Livestock Department informed the Sindh Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Wednesday that the department is unable to free the province’s public water bodies from the control of influential people despite the abolishment of the contract system on fishing. Provincial Fisheries and Livestock Department Secretary Muhammad Laiq Memon told the PAC that the Sindh Assembly had abolished the contract system on fishing in public waters during

Pakistan ranks 2nd in list of countries with most stillbirths

KARACHI – According to the first-ever set of nationally reviewed stillbirth estimates undertaken with the World Health Organisation, just 10 countries represent two-thirds of all stillbirths and Pakistan is second on the list with a rate of 47 stillbirths per 1,000 births compared to Finland at two and a global rate of 19 per 1,000. The countries with the highest stillbirth rates are ranked in the following order: India, Pakistan, Nigeria, China, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of the