Karachi articles

‘Ghost Nation’

KARACHI – Murad Khan Mumtaz’s series of paintings and drawings titled ‘Ghost Nation’ are tiny in size, but vast in their depictions of an idealised landscape.
His paintings present the world of the American Indians as a golden age on the verge of annihilation.
A group of stark graphite drawings on handmade khadi paper accompanies the paintings, presenting abstract windows into an elusive language of symbols inspired by American Indian spiritual life and visual culture.

Mirza disowns Orangi operation

KARACHI – Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza on Wednesday disowned the Rangers action in Orangi Town, expressing strong reservation on the power of the para-military force to conduct a search operation in Karachi.
“The Rangers in Karachi comes under the control of the provincial home department, but neither did my department give approval for this action, nor were any provincial authorities – the chief minister, Sindh inspector general of police (IGP), Karachi’s CCPO or myself –

No ATC judges for city of terrorism

KARACHI – Terrorism is a pressing concern in Karachi but no anti-terrorism court (ATC) in the city will have a working judge from today (Thursday), Pakistan Today has learnt.
There are three ATCs in Karachi, one of which was non-functional since the past six months. The other two have also become vacant this week after the contracts of the respective judges expired; ATC-1 judge Syed Hassan Shah Bukhari’s contract expired on Monday while ATC-3 judge Anand Ram Hotwani’s term

KESC abolishes ‘redundant’ departments; 4,000 axed

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) announced on Wednesday that it has abolished a number of its non-core and redundant departments.
People working in these departments were offered a voluntary separation scheme (VSS) that closed on January 15.
Around 4,000 KESC employees, who did not opt for the VSS, have now been retrenched, said a press release issued by the power utility.
These employees would be paid all their statutory dues along with one month’s

‘Government preparing code of conduct for media’

KARACHI – The government is preparing a code of conduct for the media as it believes in freedom of expression but that does not mean it could be misused, PPP Central Information Secretary Fauzia Wahab said on Wednesday.
Speaking at a press conference in the PPP Media Cell, she complained that baseless stories about President Asif Ali Zardari were still being carried by the media.
“Political opponents, after their failure in damaging the government and democracy through

Three bodies found in separate areas

KARACHI – Three men were found dead in separate areas of the city on Wednesday.
Police found the bullet-riddled body of a man at Shaheed Ground, Malir within the limits of the Malir City police station.
The victim, identified as 29-year-old Zain-ul Abideen alias Naushad, was a resident of Sahib Dad Goth.
The police shifted his body to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for legal formalities. The victim was wanted by the police in robbery and murder cases.

Walking the Musharraf way

KARACHI – Pervez Ali Shah Jilani, a senior politician of Sindh, formally announced on Wednesday that he is joining the All-Pakistan Muslim League (APML) led by former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
At a press conference held at the party’s newly-launched office in a plaza on Shahrah-e-Faisal, the central leadership of APML comprising Barrister Mohammad Ali Saif, Maj Gen (retd) Rashid Qureshi and Chaudhry Shahbaz Hussain welcomed Jilani in the party.

Funds for RBOD? Help yourself!

KARACHI – The federal government has rebuffed the Sindh government’s pleas to release funds for the federally-funded Rs 29.20 billion scheme – the Right Bank Outfall Drain (RBOD) – and asked the province to arrange the money on its own due to the prevailing financial crunch.
Well-placed sources in the Irrigation Department told Pakistan Today that the project, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2008, was extended for two years until June 30, 2010, but the lack of funds from

Just for the record…

KARACHI – The Sindh Wildlife Department has carelessly dumped its decades-old records containing invaluable information in an empty room of the provincial conservator’s office.
The office is located inside the historical building of the Freemason Lodge near Governor House.
Sources in the department told Pakistan Today that the records were previously kept in the library at the office. When the provincial government recently renovated the hundred-year old Freemason Lodge

3,090 children went missing in city in 2010: survey

KARACHI – A survey has revealed that 3,090 children reportedly went missing in Karachi in the year 2010. Child and women rights NGO, Roshni Helpline, said in its annual report out of these missing children, 2,472 (80 percent) were boys and 618 (20 percent) were girls.
“If children are out of touch with their family or guardians, we define them as missing,” said Muhammad Ali, president of the Roshni Helpline. “Everyone below the age of 18 is internationally defined as a child,” he

Disaster or not, Sindh is ready… or is it?

KARACHI – The Sindh government has started various projects to meet the challenges of natural disasters like earthquakes, floods and droughts in the country and the formation of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) is part of these efforts, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information Sharmila Farooqui said on Wednesday.
She said that the country, particularly Karachi, faces the risk of natural calamities like earthquakes and cyclones, however, the government is

Voices from Jamshoro reach Karachi

KARACHI – A painting exhibition titled ‘Tales from the Desert-4 – Voices from Jamshoro’ opened at the IVS gallery on Wednesday, showcasing the works of four young artists from Jamshoro.
The art pieces of Shafique Ahmed Tunio, displayed as the ‘Teeli Series’, depicted his childhood memories of playing with matchsticks and making toys with them.
He then found those matchsticks very close to his self and started expressing his inner self through these tiny, fragile and

500 held in search operation – Thumping boots knock on the wrong doors in Orangi?

KARACHI – The law enforcement agencies conducted a search operation in different areas of Orangi Town on Tuesday and arrested over 500 people.
Around 1,500 personnel of police and Rangers, accompanied by helicopters for aerial surveillance and armoured vehicles, cordoned off Faqir Colony, Farid Colony and Umar Baloch Mohalla in Orangi Town and conducted a house-to-house search operation.
After initial investigations, 300 people were released while the remaining suspects were

18th Amendment restricts Sindh from collecting royalty on oil and gas

KARACHI – The Sindh government wants to collect royalty on the production of oil and gas, but a “19th Amendment” would be needed to the Constitution to ensure this “right” of the provinces, said Sindh Finance Minister during the Sindh Assembly session on Tuesday.
Replying to different supplementary questions furnished by National People’s Paty’s (NPP) Arif Mustafa Jatoi during the question hour, Shah complained that the Federal government passed on incomplete information on

Sindh govt to keep check on guards hired by private security firms

KARACHI – The Sindh government has decided to monitor the hiring process of private security agencies working in the province to ensure that they do not give jobs to terrorists and criminals. It would also take action against security agencies operating without the government’s permission.
The decisions were taken in a meeting on Tuesday between a seven-member All Pakistan Security Agencies Association (APSAA) delegation led by its chairman Muzzaffar Ata Malik and Sindh Home

FROM THE COURTROOM – SHC issues notices in missing person’s case

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notices to the director-generals of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and Pakistan Rangers (Sindh); the Sindh home secretary; the inspector general of police (IGP); Karachi Capital City Police officer (CCPO); and others to file their comments on February 3 in a missing person’s case.
Through her counsel Maqbool Rehman Advocate, Gulfam Bibi filed a constitutional petition impleaded the heads of