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For Women to file FIRs – ‘Police stations need policewomen’

LAHORE – Saima, 24, says that she is not one of those people who would opt to go to a police station to report a crime. “Muggings are increasing in Lahore it seems, because I keep hearing of near relatives and friends who have been affected in various areas by this. But if for instance it ever happened to me, I would probably not report it myself. I would send my brother,” she says.
This is not just one woman’s sentiment. It is reflected in many women of all ages and the general

Urdu-speakers ‘barred’ from attending MQM solidarity convention

KARACHI – Urdu-speaking people were barred from attending the Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s National Solidarity Public Meeting on Sunday, and as per party orders, none were allowed inside the Jinnah Ground. MQM chief Altaf Hussain had prohibited the participation of the Urdu-speaking population of the metropolis – ostensibly to promote an impression of the MQM being a pan-nation party.
Urdu-speaking worker and supporters were advised by the party hierarchy, as per Hussain’s orders,

Want power tariffs to remain the same? Chalo chalo, Islamabad chalo!

KARACHI – The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) will be organising a public hearing in Islamabad on February 1 vis-a-vis Karachi Electric Supply Company’s (KESC) petitions seeking a hike in power tariffs, but neither the Karachi-based interveners nor citizens are likely to attend the hearing.
On January 18, sources told Pakistan Today, the KESC through a petition (No.CMF/NEPRA/071/529) had demanded NEPRA to sanction an increase of Rs 1.30 per kilowatt (kW) for

Namoos-e-Risalat rally chokes city traffic

LAHORE – Traffic remain choked at various roads of the city on Sunday, as religious parties organised a rally against proposed amendments in the blasphemy law from the Nasir Bagh to the Chairing Cross. Motorists were irked by blockades placed on main arteries of the rally’s route, which caused severe problems for commuters in reaching their destinations.
All kinds of transport were abandoned on the rally’s route and almost half of the Walled City was cordoned of due to security

Citizens walk against rising religious extremism Lahore

LAHORE – Citizens of Lahore, mostly the youth, gathered at the Liberty Chowk and later walked to the Kalma Chowk, rallying for ‘peace and against religious extremism’ on Sunday. This rally, titled ‘rally to restore sanity and conscience’, was organised over Facebook and the participants of this walk said that they did not want Pakistan to be ‘hijacked by irrational hate mongers’.
People from all walks of life protested against intolerance and disharmony in the society and

Tourism secretary jives with TDCP

LAHORE – Tourism and Development Corporation of Punjab (TDCP) has nosedived in deep crisis as Tourism Secretary Aamir Ashraf Khawaja is at loose to violate administrative and financial rules, giving no regards to the orders of Lahore High Court.
According to sources in TDCP, Aamir, also the acting TDCP managing director, ‘never bothered sanctity of rules’ and terminated Senior Tourism Officer Muhammad Arif from his service, setting aside procedural requirement laid down in TDCP

PU geography teacher ‘cheats’ administrations

LAHORE – A teacher from the Punjab University’s (PU) Geography Department, Safder Ali Sherazi, is allegedly cheating on PU, Karachi University (KU) and Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to PU sources, Safdar took a two-year study leave from PU in 2006 to do his PhD from KU, which he later did not extend in 2008, and kept on getting salary from the PU accounts. After four years, he is still studying at the KU, and allegedly is also involved in

Fire erupts in Defence S Block house

LAHORE – Valuables worth Rs 1.5 million were reduced to ashes when a fire erupted in a house located in Defence Police Station precincts on Sunday. According to details, the fire erupted due to short-circuit in Abdul Majeed’s house located in 155 S-Block Defence Housing Authority (DHA) close to the residence of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif (240-S) due to which appliances, furniture and valuables were reduced to ashes but no casualties were reported.
According to police,

MML says Davis case is litmus test

LAHORE – The leaders of Muthidda Muslim League (MML) have said that the case of Raymond Davis will be litmus test for the Punjab Government as the people wanted to see prompt justice in Davis case.
The MML leaders spoke while addressing a press conference at the office of Awami Muslim League (AML), Punjab chapter on Sunday after taking part in the alliance’s steering committee meeting. The leaders of four-faction alliance of Leagues including Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, Khursheed

Rescue 1122 to ready itself for Firefit Championship

LAHORE – The Rescue 1122 will participate in the International Firefit Championship next year and also send its officers for training at the Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service, UK, Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 Director General Rizwan Naseer said on Sunday.
He made these remarks after returning from the UK where he not only received three fire appliances as a donation but also discussed matters of mutual interest and cooperation with Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service Chief

70 political workers join PTI

LAHORE – More than 70 political workers of the Union Council-138 belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) and other parties have joined the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI).
Talking to Pakistan Today, PTI UC-138 President Arif Mehmood Sheikh alias Koku said that prominent local residents including Syed Zaheerul Hassan, Nadeem Warsi, Akram, Hafeez and Imran Mahmand along with 70 other political workers expressed full confidence on

COMMENT – Bringing Basant back from the dead

LAHORE – Some days ago, Nawaz Sharif constituted a committee consisting of some of his own party men and renowned socialite and cultural arts promoter Mian Yousaf Salahuddin to finalise proposals for celebrating the spring season, popularly known as the Jashan-e-Bahara’n and the kite-flying festival of Basant. This can be seen as an attempt to revive the identity, which had faded in recent years.
It is amazing that since entering politics in 1981, Nawaz has never openly supported

Govt should not increase fuel prices, says Pervaiz

LAHORE – The federal government should not increase fuel prices otherwise a “tsunami of inflation” will hit the country, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Pervaiz Malik said on Sunday.
In a press statement, he said that the federal government would not be allowed to increase fuel prices on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) pressure and if people come on the roads following protests in Tunisia, Egypt and Yemen, rulers would have to

Prices fall, consumers rejoice at Sunday bazaars

LAHORE – Vegetable and fruit prices decreased for the second consecutive week at the city’s Sunday bazaars. Almost all vegetable prices including garlic, ginger, tomatoes, peas, apples, bananas and guavas came down while onion prices also fell owing to a ban on exporting the commodity to India.
Both customers and vendors expressed joy on the reduction in prices. Vendors said that sales had increased by 15 to 20 percent because of low prices.”When vegetable prices were high,

KC to hold TEDx Kinnaird in February

LAHORE – The Kinnaird College for Women will hold the Technology, Entertainment, Design TEDxKinnaird event in February. According to KC officials, the TEDxKinnaird is an event which provides students a centre stage to share ideas worth spreading.
The first TEDxKinnaird conference was held in February 2010 and this year its theme is “Believe in Tomorrow” which aims to create an environment that is intellectually stimulating for both speakers and participants, allowing them to

NH&MP starts campaign against overloading

LAHORE – The National Highways & Motorway Police (NHMP) N-5 Central has started a campaign against overloading, NH&MP Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Syed Ibne Hussain said on Sunday while inspecting the road-safety campaign and special patrolling on the national highway.
Hussain said that economic growth demands an adequate transport infrastructure. Overloaded vehicles, especially freight vehicles, are destroying our roads, impacting negatively on economic growth. The NH&MP DIG