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Roads vital for development, prosperity, says Qaim

Roads vital for development, prosperity, says Qaim

KARACHI – Roads play a vital role in the development and prosperity of any country, and the present government is paying full attention to the construction, repair and renovation of Sindh’s essential roads, said Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House on Tuesday.
Presiding over the fifth meeting of the Public-Private Partnership Policy Board as the board’s chairman, Shah said that by initiating various projects under public-private partnership, the provincial government

BSEK chairman ‘forced’ to take month-long leave 20 days before exams

KARACHI – The Sindh governor has sent the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) chairman on a month-long ‘forced’ leave and temporarily appointed the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK) chairman in his place just 20 days before the start of the annual examinations 2011.
On Tuesday, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan – the controlling authority – issued a notification appointing BIEK Chairman Anwar Ahmed Zai as BSEK chairman in place of Anzar Hussain Zaidi.

Home minister orders probe into Empress Market blaze

KARACHI – Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza has ordered the IGP to investigate the reasons for the fire that destroyed the shops located in the historic Empress Market in Saddar area on Sunday.
He asked the IGP to form an investigative team to look into the reasons behind the fire, which engulfed over hundred shops. The minister also directed the IGP to figure out ways – in consultation with the city government – to provide the affected shopkeepers alternative places to run

Customs seizes 4kg amphetamine from Malaysian youth

KARACHI – The Pakistan Customs’ Drug Enforcement Cell-Karachi Airport Unit has recovered four kilogrammes of synthetic psychotropic drugs worth millions of rupees from the suitcase of a Malaysian youth.
Muhammad Rizwan, who was leaving for Penang, Malaysia, was intercepted at the International Departure Hall on suspicion. Since Rizwan could not furnish the authorities with satisfactory responses to their queries and was arousing suspicion in them with his body language, his

8,000 officials for city’s housing census

KARACHI – The housing census in Karachi would take place from April 5 to 19 in which more than 8,000 officials would participate wearing special caps issued by the government, Karachi Administrator Muhammad Hussain Syed said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference at the DCO Camp Office, he appealed to the citizens to take special interest in the campaign and cooperate with the staff deputed for the housing census as all future planning and allocation of resources relies

Youth Affairs Dept to start career counselling project

KARACHI – A career counselling project worth Rs 15 million for youths is being initiated, said Sindh Youths Affairs Minister Faisal Ali Subzwari on Tuesday. He was presiding over a meeting held in his office.
The minister said that the Department of Youth Affairs is initiating a career counselling programme for youngsters at a cost of Rs 15 million. He said that this will help guide the youths to adopt a career that is in accordance with their aptitude and abilities. Sindh Youth

CS for investing funds adequately, transparently

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Secretary Abdul Subhan Memon has called for devising a strategy for investing various funds adequately as well as transparently. He was chairing a joint meeting of the boards of various funds on Tuesday.
These included Sindh Social Relief Fund and the General Provident Investment Fund. The chief secretary said that these funds should be invested in a transparent manner. He stated that all the relevant rules and regulations should also be followed.

Daycare centre at KU soon

KARACHI – A daycare centre would be set up soon at the University of Karachi (KU), Sindh Women Development Minister Tauqir Fatima Bhutto said on Tuesday. The minister was speaking with a four-member delegation of the KU faculty that met her at her office.
The delegation was led by Prof Samina Qureshi, who is also the convener of KU day-care managing committee. The minister said that the Department of Women Development in collaboration with the KU would soon set up the daycare


More gestures of nothingness? – Vizier of reconciliation finally sees 11 political target killers

KARACHI – Law enforcement agencies have arrested 11 of the most-wanted target killers, who are responsible for killing over 100 citizens, disclosed Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Monday at a joint press conference with Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Qaim Ali Shah at the CM House. The press conference was held after a meeting to deliberate the law and order situation in Sindh, particularly in Karachi. The top brass of the Sindh Police and Pakistan Rangers- Sindh as well as others

Dawood College’s principal commits suicide on campus

KARACHI – Dawood College of Engineering and Technology (DCET) was left in a state of shock on Monday after its principal, Professor Salman Baloch, committed suicide on campus. Baloch jumped off the rooftop of the four-storey DCET building, but he was still breathing when his colleagues and students found him. He was immediately rushed to the Liaquat National Hospital, but he breathed his last on the way. The principal had come to the college as per normal, DCET students told Pakistan

Target killer of more than 100 nabbed

KARACHI – A suspected target killer of “more than 100 people” was nabbed on Monday by the Sindh Police’s Crime Investigation Department (CID) from the New Karachi area. Sources claimed that the apprehended man, Ajmal ‘Pahari’, is an activist of a political party in the coalition government. Pahari was also arrested in 2000 over his alleged involvement in 53 murders, but he was released in 2005. Police officials allege that he has committed 58 murders ever since.
The arrest was

Sindh Assembly in session again from today

KARACHI – Despite the government managing little business of note during the last Sindh Assembly session, the provincial legislature returns in session from today after Governor Ishratul Ebad issued a notification to convene the Assembly. The new session comes sooner than expected, as parliamentary year requirements have already been met and the days of business will be counted in the current year. The new Sindh Assembly year will officially begin from April 6.
Tuesday will be a

War Against Rape wins another case with hallmark judgement

KARACHI – In what can only be referred to as a hallmark judgment and a refreshing change from the manner in which rape cases are generally dealt with by lower courts, Additional District and Sessions Judge Karachi East Ch Wasim Iqbal sentenced a rapist to 14 years’ imprisonment with a fine of Rs 50,000. The accused was convicted on Monday under Section 265-H (2) of the Criminal Procedure Code for the offence punishable under Section 376 (i) of the Pakistan Penal Code. Failure to pay

KESC’s ‘Misery Hours’ increased to 8 hours

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has increased load shedding to up to eight hours due to, what the company claims, shortage of gas for running its electricity generating plants, sources have informed Pakistan Today. Moreover, the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) would be receiving 60 percent less gas from one of its major gas fields, causing the KESC to face further shortage of gas and, consequently, multiplying the sufferings of the people of Karachi.

Bodies of man and woman found in bushes

KARACHI – The mutilated bodies of a man and a woman, both in their 20s, were found in the bushes near Hamdard University within the jurisdiction of the Surjani police station on Monday. Police shifted the bodies to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for legal formalities. The identity of the victims could not be ascertained until the filing of this report. Separately, a man was shot dead by unidentified armed men in Mochko area.
Police said that 50-year-old Asghar Ali was gunned down