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Environment Ministry to set up nature clubs in Sindh schools

Environment Ministry to set up nature clubs in Sindh schools

To create environmental awareness at primary and secondary levels, the Sindh ministry of environment has decided to set up Nature Clubs in schools across the province, Sindh Environment Minister Khalid Omer said while addressing a gathering on the occasion of the tree-plantation campaign organized by the World Wildlife Fund – Pakistan and the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) under the ‘Green Learn-n-Fun Programme’ in collaboration with the City District Government Karachi

‘Bureaucracy spares no one, not even US’

All set and ready, the opening of the American consulate in Quetta and the shifting of the Karachi consulate to its new building has become a victim of the Pakistan bureaucracy.
“US authorities have made all arrangements for the establishment of a consulate in Quetta and the prime minister’s secretary has also issued an official approval, but the Pakistani bureaucracy is a major barrier in implementing this plan,” US Consul General William Martin said in an

AKU puts its laboratories online

The Clinical Laboratories of Aga Khan University Hospital on Monday launched an e-reporting service. The patients will get their reports online, if they wish, instead of collecting them from the laboratory collection centres.
AKUH Clinical Laboratories Administrator Sohail Baloch said that the facility would provide greater convenience to the patients and save their time and money adding that it would also enable faster report turnaround as the patients would not be

ANP won’t replace Asfandyar as party head

The Awami National Party (ANP) has shelved a proposal to elevate party President Asfandyar Wali Khan to the post of Rahbar and appoint a new leader in his place – just to keep the party intact and avoid any internal divide and breach of the party constitution.
The ANP is now set to follow PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, who had got himself elected for a third term in violation of party constitution. As per the decision, Asfandyar will be elected the party

PAC seeks report on misuse of development funds

Taking notice of alleged corruption in the utilisation of development funds for members of parliament, the Public Accounts Committee on Monday sought a report from the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in on the matter.
The Public Accounts Committee met under Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan to review audit objections to Pakistan Railways accounts and misuse of official vehicles by various government departments. The chairman of the prime minister’s

Sherpao demands judicial inquiry into Karachi killings

The Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao (PPP-S) demanded a judicial inquiry into the recent assassinations in Karachi and also suggested that a reconciliation commission should be set up, comprising political parties and civil society organisations to resolve the issue.
The residents of Karachi, especially those who came from Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa, were facing a very difficult situation said PPP-S President and former interior minister Aftab Ahmed Sherpao while

I’ll change justice system in 1 year as SCBA head: Asma

After the successful conclusion of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) presidential elections, decisions will be taken in the larger interest of the community with consensus of all members of the body, SCBA presidential candidate Asma Jahangir said on Monday, while claiming to ‘change the justice system within one year if elected president’.
Addressing a big gathering at a reception hosted in her honour, the renowned lawyer said that she was in the run to end

Awan-Elahi meeting: change of hearts

All main political parties have started making moves to cover their tracks, keeping in mind worst-case scenarios. The meeting between PML-Q central leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi and Law Minister Babar Awan, the PPP firebrand who is taking on the Sharifs and the Punjab government head-on these days, is part of these very moves, political leaders believe.
The meeting, according to the Chaudhrys camp, was held on the request of Awan, who dashed to city on Sunday

CJP chairs meeting to nominate JCP members

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, who is also the chairman of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP), on Monday chaired a meeting to establish and make the JCP operational under Article 175-A of the constitution.
The CJ held consultation with the two senior most judges of the Supreme Court – Justice Javed Iqbal and Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan. The issue taken up in Monday’s meeting was nomination of a former chief justice or former

Pakistan to defend its troops at UNSC today

At meeting of the UN Security Council in New York today (Tuesday), Pakistan will defend its position against allegations that its troops had violated the UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which calls on all parties to an armed conflict to protect women against all forms of abuses.
An official source privy to the development, told Pakistan Today that some NGOs had alleged that Pakistani troops fighting outlaws in troubled areas had violated the provisions of the

SC seeks AG’s explanation

The Supreme Court on Monday served notices on the attorney general to explain articles of the constitution related to ‘consultation’ in the appointments of government’s institutions.
The three-member bench comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, was hearing petitions challenging the appointment of Deedar Hussain Shah as NAB chairman.
The court also issued notice to the federal government through the Law and

Foreign agencies warn MQM leaders to be on red alert

International intelligence agencies on Monday warned the central leadership of the MQM to maintain vigilance and remain careful, as the party leaders’ lives were under threat in the present situation.
Sources said the Interior Ministry had forwarded a report to the MQM leadership, warning that following the unremitting target killings in Karachi, some of their leaders could be targeted, therefore Dr Farooq Sattar, Haider Abbas Rizvi, Mustafa Kamal, Faisal

UK asks Pakistan to boost anti-terror effort

The UK on Monday asked Pakistan to increase its counter-terrorism efforts, assuring Islamabad of all-out support for the success of its efforts in this regard.
British Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality Theresa May, who arrived in Pakistan on Sunday on a three-day visit, met President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
She had a detailed discussion with the Pakistani leadership on various aspects of terrorism, especially

Bomb blast at Ganj Shakar’s shrine kills six

A bomb explosion at one of the main gates of Baba Farid Ganj Shakar’s shrine in Pakpattan killed six people on Monday, a city government official said. The explosive was planted on a motorcycle, city police chief Mohammad Kashif told Reuters over telephone.
“According to initial reports, two men came on a motorcycle and parked it near the gate minutes before the blast,” he said, adding that 12 people had been inured in the attack.
No group has so far claimed

PPP, PML-Q agree on ‘strengthening’ democracy

The PPP is following the principle of inclusiveness by taking all political forces along whether in parliament or outside it, Law Minister Babar Awan said on Monday.
Addressing a joint press conference with PML-Q leader Pervaiz Elahi, Awan said the elected government’s term duration was written in the constitution, adding that bringing an in-house change in the parliament or provincial assemblies was the right of the democratic forces.
To a question regarding the

GDP growth 4.1pc

In its annual report on the state of the economy for the year 2009-10, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) on Monday said that the country’s economy witnessed a noticeable improvement in the macroeconomic indicators, as it grew at a rate of 4.1 percent compared with only 1.2 percent in the preceding year.
The report said there was a substantial decline in the annual inflation and the current account deficit. Foreign exchange reserves also rose to historic highs during

Bomb blast near Baba Farid’s shrine in Pakpattan

At least seven people were killed and over dozen injured in a remote control bomb blast at the shrine of Hazrat Baba Ghulam Farid Ganjshakar in district Pakpattan early on Monday, private television channels reported.
Quoting eyewitnesses and local security personnel, regional police officer of Sahiwal told Geo News channel that two men riding a motorbike left a milk container near the main gate of the shrine, which then exploded in a huge fireball.
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