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Terrorism needs to be dealt with iron fist:: CM

Terrorism needs to be dealt with iron fist:: CM

The menace of terrorism has to be crushed with an iron fist, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday.
The CM made the comments while presiding over a high-level meeting at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat held to review the law and order situation in the province after the Pakpattan bombing at the shrine of Hazrat Baba Farid Shakar.
Members of National Assembly (MNAs) Pirzada Imran Shah, Sardar Mansab Ali Dogar, Member Provincial Assembly (MPA)

LHC seeks report on dengue outbreak

The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday sought report and parawise comments from the Punjab health secretary, the district coordination officer and the Solid Waste Management managing director within seven days, on a petition claiming that dengue fever in Punjab was taking shape of an epidemic owing to negligence on the part of the government.
Justice Sheikh Ahmad Farooq passed the order on a petition filed by Ahmad Ghani, a resident of Lahore, through his counsel

FBR, Customs employees irked by illegal hirings

Illegal hiring of lower staff in the Customs Department has angered employees of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and the Customs Department, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to sources, dozens of lower division clerks (LDC) in Basic Pay Scale (BPS-7) were appointed across Pakistan, primarily in Lahore, in the last two months without following the rules of business.
According to sources, the high-ups of the FBR were not in favour of activating the Customs

Single entrance test for medical colleges from 2011

A single entrance test for admission to medical and dental institutions of Punjab for both FSc and non-FSc candidates will be introduced from next year, a spokesperson from University of Health Sciences (UHS) said on Tuesday.
The format, syllabus and model papers for the Entrance Test 2011 have been updated on the university website: The syllabus, focused on biomedical sciences, was designed by teachers from both FSc and non-FSC systems and was

Police comb Shah Di Khoi for militants, net PU employees

The Muslim Town Police conducted a late night search operation in the Shah Di Khoi area last week following information that militants were hiding there. They took eight suspects into custody that night, only to find out later that three of them were employees of the Punjab University, sources said on Tuesday.
The sources in Muslim Town police station said that police had been monitoring Shah Di Khoi for the last one month, as they had received a tip-off that

LCWU should send students for flood relief: Taseer

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer on Tuesday hailed the efforts of the students of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore and Taxila for helping the flood survivors of Hajipura and Nawabpura, and urged the Lahore College for Women’s University vice chancellor to also send her students to the flood-affected areas for rehabilitation work.
Addressing the 8th Convocation of the LCWU, Taseer said that during the floods, the whole nation showed unity and

Militant links hindering arrest of Harbanspura killers

The police have not been able to arrest the accused who murdered four people in the Harbanspura police precincts on Sunday because the accused were the office bearers of a banned militant organisation, investigating officials told Pakistan Today on Tuesday.
Harbanspura police have registered a case (No 1132/10) against six identified and two unidentified accused on the complaint of Athar Mehmood Shahid Khan, the head of Shahid Khan group and a resident of Afzaal

55 candidates to fight for 21 SCBA seats

A total of fifty-five candidates are contesting to win 21 different seats in the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) polls today.
Sanaullah Khan Zahid is already elected unopposed as the finance secretary of the SCBA, while Chaudhry Afrasiab Khan has been appointed the returning officer for SCBA 2010-2011 elections. There are three candidates in the running for the presidential slot – Ahmad Awais, Asma Jahangir and Muhammad Ikram Chaudhry.
The four candidates

SCBA presidential polls – Awais and Asma fight for the crown today

Experts and pundits from the lawyers’ community have predicted cut-throat competition between Ahmed Awais and Asma Jahangir for the presidential slot of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) polls being held today (Wednesday).
The bigwigs of the lawyers’ community, now being divided in pro-judiciary and pro-government groups, were witnessed struggling yesterday to secure the votes of the 2,130 registered SCBA voters for their respective groups using every trick in

VC’s adviser using PU to further anti-Zardari agenda

Punjab University faculty members on Tuesday expressed their displeasure over the unofficial use of varsity resources by Colonel (r) Ikramullah Khan, the PU adviser to the vice chancellor, for furthering his vested interests that involve a blatant anti-Zardari agenda.
The teachers took strong exception to the anti-Zardari statements issued by Ikramullah at a function held in Cantt, which were later also posted on the varsity’s website. They demanded PU Chancellor

Mismanagement mars Tollington Market

The Tollington Market, which was once famous for bakery items and groceries, has been turned into a filthy and unhygienic business centre due to mismanagement by the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) authorities, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The market located in Shadman has 107 shops and receives more than 500 visitors daily. But citizens are unhappy with the current state of affairs at the market. “The first thing a person notices about the market is thestench as

Nawaz ‘power hungry’, has no principles: Imran

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf could not even think of joining hands with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz because Nawaz Sharif is power-hungry and can forego any principle to attain power, Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan said on Monday.
Addressing a press conference, Imran said the opposition was attempting to save a corrupt system, adding that the only obstacle to the ‘corrupt’ rulers was Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Chaudhry. The PTI chairman warned the PPP

Breaking free from US slavery vital, says JI’s Qazi

Dr Aafia Siddiqui has become a symbol of respect for the country but unfortunately the rulers have failed to repatriate her back with honour, and breaking free from the shackles of the US slavery is the only solution to all problems being faced by Pakistan, former Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Qazi Hussain said on Monday.
Qazi made these comments while addressing a function held in connection with the “Dr Aafia Release Movement” at the Lahore Press Club. Dr Fauzia

Dengue mosquitoes still buzzing in Lahore

The newly-appointed Lahore district coordination officer (DCO) and the executive district officer (EDO) (Health) have failed to control dengue virus, as the number of dengue patients being admitted to hospitals across Lahore is increasing constantly, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif suspended former EDO health Dr Fayaz Ranjha over negligence in controlling the anti-dengue operation, and appointed Health Services Director Dr Umar Farooq

‘Cylinder explosion in Barkat Market mistaken for cracker’

A low-intensity blast occurred in an empty plot causing fear among the Barkat Market traders in the jurisdiction of Garden Town police on Monday evening.
Details reveal that a low intensity blast took place in a heap of garbage in an empty plot near Central Plaza of Barkat Market. Police said no injuries occurred as a result of the blast. Rescue teams, police and bomb disposal squad officials rushed to the blast site and cleared the area after a half-an-hour search

PPP leader, governor’s PS make statements

Pakistan People’s Party Punjab Information Secretary Dr Fakharuddin Chaudhry and Punjab Governor’s Principal Secretary Ahmed Nawaz Sukhaira appeared at the FIA office on Monday to record their statements on a report of the Special Branch regarding the alleged assassination plot of the Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Sharif.
After getting his statement recorded, the PPP Punjab information secretary told reporters that the conspiracy was an attempt to taint the

Govt, CNG association lock horns over 2 weekly offs

The CNG stations would remain closed twice a week owing to gas shortage in winter while the All Pakistan CNG Association has threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the decision was not withdrawn.
According to sources, the CNG Association’s meeting with Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Syed Naveed Qamar Shah failed, as the association could not convince the minister on keeping CNG stations closed once a week.
They said that after listening to the