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Application filed to restore Saad Rafique’s disqualification case

Application filed to restore Saad Rafique’s disqualification case

LAHORE – Lahore High Court Justice Umar Ata Bandial on Tuesday issued notice to PML-N MNA Khawaja Saad Rafiq on an application by PML-Q’s Humayon Akhtar seeking to decide a disqualification case against Saad on merit, which the court had earlier dismissed on technical grounds. Justice Bandial on April 1 dismissed Akhtar’s petition. Now Akhtar, through his counsel Chaudhry Fawad Hussain, filed an application to restore the proceedings. The counsel pleaded that the case should be

JI chief supports army troops withdrawal from Sui and Gwadar

LAHORE – Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hasan welcomed on Tuesday Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s announcement of troops’ withdrawal from Sui and Gwadar and termed it a step in the right direction. He said General Kayani’s statement that the army would be withdrawn from Sui and Gwadar within two months and it would not take part in any operation in Balochistan in the future indicated the realization that issues could not be resolved by force and military operation, adding

LDA retrieves illegally occupied land

LAHORE – LDA Avenue-I Estate Management Directorate staff retrieved an eight kanal piece of land in connection with its action against illegal occupants in the government employees’ housing scheme on Tuesday and handed over the land to LDA Chief Engineer. The chunk had been illegally occupied by a private housing scheme.

17th Intensive Obstetric and Gynaecology Review Course

LAHORE – The 17th Intensive Obstetric and Gynaecology Review Course for the postgraduate trainee of Member of College of Physicians and Surgeons, Fellow of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, MRCOG, Masters will be held at the Shaikh Zayed Federal Postgraduate Medical Institute and Hospital from May 30 to June 11.

Snakes thrive in barren NAB complex

LAHORE – Before the shifting of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore’s staff to the newly-constructed NAB Complex in Thokar Niaz Baig, snakes have occupied the building and have started to make their appearance from different corners of the complex. During the last four days, three snakes (including a nine feet long) appeared from the different corners of the newly-constructed complex and were killed. No snakebites were reported.
The NAB Lahore staff started shifting

Internet still carries ‘objectionable’ videos

LAHORE – Videos showing students indulging in ‘socially unacceptable’ activities are being frequently uploaded on the Internet, especially social networking sites, causing embarrassment to not only students but educational institutions as well, Pakistan Today has learnt. Varsity administrations claim a section of people is trying to malign the name of good educational institutions and most videos, which are named with some specific institution are fake. Most of the available videos

Ban sought on dual nationals contesting elections

LAHORE – Jaago Tehreek, a group of like-minded people, on Tuesday demanded a ban on dual nationality holders from contesting the next general election. Jaago Tehreek has initiated a campaign to strengthen the political acumen of citizens from Lahore. Renowned journalist Qayyum Nizami, Scientist Dr Muhammad Sadiq and Engineer Abdul Majeed Khan are among the main founders of the organisation. They have requested the general public, through their message, that they should cast their

FIA directed to file complete challan against Moonis

LAHORE – Special Judge Banking Offence (central) on Tuesday adjourned the hearing
of the NICL scam against Moonis Elahi till May 3. Earlier, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) authorities produced Moonis in court seeking adjournment to file the complete challan of the case. The court on the request for adjournment from the prosecution, sought the opinion of defence counsel, Muhammad Iqbal Bhatti, who advised the court to give more time to prosecution for the completion of the

‘Civil servants should perform their duties diligently’

LAHORE – Civil Servants should perform their duties efficiently and diligently by keeping themselves above from all sorts of fear, influence and favoritism, Punjab Additional Inspector General (IG) Chaudhry Tanveer said on Tuesday. He was chairing a briefing on behalf of Punjab IG Javed Iqbal arranged for 20 probationary officers of the 38th batch of the Civil Services Academy, Lahore at Punjab Police Headquarters, Lahore.
Operations Additional IG Rafique Hassan gave a detailed

PU’s Christian staff celebrates Easter

LAHORE – Punjab University’s (PU) Christian staff organized a ceremony in connection with the Easter in the Seminar Hall of the History Department on Tuesday. The Resident Officer (RO) and the chief guest I Javed Sami said citizens should work together for the progress of Pakistan and PU and congratulated entire Christian staff of the varsity on Good Friday on behalf of the varsity administration.
Sanitary Supervisor Mushtaq Masih thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran,

Teachers protest for pay raise

LAHORE – Various organizations of teachers community staged a protest demonstration for the demands of pay raise and other benefits, here in front of Press Club on Monday. The protesters were carrying placards and banners were chanting slogans in favour of their demands.
Addressing the gathering Muhammad Nasir and others urged the government’s concerned authorities for giving proper benefits to the teachers. They demanded of the government to increase the pay package of the

Moonis case hearing adjourned

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) leader Moonis Elahi indictment in the National Insurance Corporation (NICL) case delayed until May 3.
Moonis Elahi was presented before a banking court in the National Insurance Corporation (NICL) case here on Tuesday but hearing was adjourned.
Moonis was expected to be indicted in the case on Tuesday, but the Federal Investigation Authorities (FIA) told the court that the investigation officer was busy in the Lahore High Court,

The mystery of the SP’s dead maid

LAHORE – The maid of a superintendent of police (SP) died under mysterious circumstances in the Garden Town Police Station precincts on Monday. The deceased was identified as Balqees, a residence of Okara, who was living and working at the house of SP Imtiaz Sarwar located at Abu Bakar Block Garden Town. Police said that Balqees was working at the house since three years and staying at a servant quarter. Police claimed that residents, in order to awake Balqeees, knocked the door of

Syndicate’s elections turn the heat up at PU – VC’s ‘favourites’ shift loyalties

LAHORE – Some faculty members at the Punjab University (PU), who were allegedly ‘favoured’ by the PU Vice Chancellor Professor Dr Mujahid Kamran, have united against the PU VC in the varsity’s upcoming syndicate’s elections, Pakistan Today has learnt. The faculty members say that they will cast votes against the Teachers Front (TF), a pro-administration and pro-VC group.
According to some faculty member, the VC was asked several times to stop illegally favouring the teachers, who

No new gas connections for commercial users

LAHORE – The provision of new gas connections for industrial and commercial use would halt for one or two months, sources in Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL) told Pakistan Today on Monday. Prime Minister Yosaf Raza Gilani on Sunday said that provision of new gas connections would halt for the next six months. The SNGPL officials said that the government was not in a mood of stopping gas connections for domestic use, as it could result in the loss of public support for the

Pharmacists and doctors be treated alike: PPA

LAHORE – Pakistan Pharmacist Association (PPA) demanded federal government to award pharmacists Special Pay Scale (SPS) 9. They rallied from the Punjab University (PU) Old Campus to the GPO on Monday, protesting that the government had awarded SPS 9 to doctors but had discriminated against pharmacists by only awarding them SPS 7. A number of pharmacists from different public sector hospitals participated in the rally, headed by Prof Dr Bashir Ahmed.
PPA appealed to the prime

‘Provision of social services necessary for SAARC’s development’

LAHORE – Provision of social services to the masses, especially the vulnerable sections of society, as well as the development of available human resources has paramount importance for overall development in the SAARC region, Benazir Income Support Programme (BISP) Chairperson Farzana Raja said on Monday.
She was addressing the inaugural session of the training course on ‘Social Services for Human Resource Development in SAARC Region: Priorities and Programs’, organised by the