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Ministry plans to counter petrol shortage

Ministry plans to counter petrol shortage

ISLAMABAD: The petroleum minister has drawn a new plan to counter the petroleum products’ shortage by stressing private oil marketing companies (OMC) to build more oil depots at centralised places and establish refineries in the northern parts of the country. According to official sources, the plan was made after the suspension of oil supply due to the floods in July this year.
They said the supply position at present was normal as local refineries were producing 4,000 tons of

Dacoits involved in hijacking oil tankers held

FAISALABAD: The Thikriwala police, in a leading case of robbery, arrested the four dacoits who hijacked an oil tanker, carrying furnace oil worth Rs 3 million, four months back.
Thikriwala SHO Haji Shaukat Ali and his team arrested a gang of four dacoits, Riaz and Abdul Majeed from Khanewal and Akhtar Khursheed and Muhammad Munir from Multan. The incident occurred near Sadhar bypass on Jhang Road.
During the investigation, the accused confessed to the robbery. On their

MINOR’s MURDER CASE – SHO arrested, IGP condoles with girl’s father

GUJRANWALA: After Punjab Police Inspector General Tariq Saleem Dogar ordered arrest of the suspended Garjakh Police Station SHO Mian Abdul Jabbar for releasing the culprit involved in molestation and killing of a three-year-old girl, the SHO has been arrested.
Dogar directed the RPO Tariq Masood Yasin to ensure the arrest of the accused that SHO let go after initial investigations. The SHO also showed negligence in tracing the girl. Dogar said, “Incident is alarming and

Both PPP, PML-N pursuing power agenda: ex-MNA

FAISALABAD: Former City District nazim Rana Zahid Tauseef has criticised both the major political parties, the Pakistan People’s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-N, and predicted that the masses will vote them out of power in the next general elections.
“There is a widespread anger among the people against these parties and they are fed up with them,” the PML-Q leader and ex-MNA said. “There is a gross dissatisfaction prevailing in the community because they are pursuing a

Sialkot junction’s remodeling still a dream

DASKA: There is no implementation on Pakistan Railways (PR) nine-year-old plan of converting the Sialkot junction into a model railway station, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The local business community and the general public had urged former PR chairman to start the conversion of Sialkot railway station in to a model railway station, to affix two lower AC bogies to Sialkot-Karachi bound Allama Iqbal Express and to change the old railway tracks between Sialkot-Sambrial-Wazirabad

Railway wire stolen from Khanewal-Lahore section

OKARA: Electric copper wire was stolen from Khanewal-Lahore section allegedly in connivance with the railway staff. The cases had been registered with the police stations of Okara, Sahiwal, Khanewal and Raiwind but the wire has not been recovered yet. Railway spokesman denied the involvement of the railway staff.
From the last many years, a mafia has existed within the system which has succeeded to discontinue running of trains on diesel instead of electrically and the electric

Key TAPI pipeline agreement signed

ASHGABAT: Pakistan on Saturday signed broad agreements with Afghanistan, India, and Turkmenistanat a summit on a transnational gas pipeline, though talks yielded few concrete details.
The 1,700-kilometre TAPI pipeline, Ashgabat’s dream project that first appeared in 1995, has been on hold for many years due to the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. The presidents of Turkmenistan, Pakistan, and Afghanistan met for the first time to discuss the project, while India was represented

Sometimes unpopular decisions are needed, says Gilani

LAHORE: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Saturday parliament would decide the fate of the Reformed General Sales Tax, adding that sometimes unpopular decisions need to be taken for the country’s progress.
Talking to reporters at the 19th convocation of the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Gilani said the restoration of student unions was a provincial matter, adding that the Punjab government should resolve the issue of privatization of educational

Reformed GST is unacceptable, says Nawaz

SHEIKHUPURA: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif on Saturday said his party would not accept the reformed general sales tax (RGST) at any cost.
“The tax will increase inflation and aggravate the suffering of the consumers,” he said while addressing party workers on Saturday. He was in town to condole with PML-N leader Arif Khan Sandhila over the death of his mother.
The PML-N leader said his party would oppose the imposition of unnecessary taxes and

NA committee rejects GST on agriculture

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Agriculture rejected the proposed reformed general sales tax (GST) on agriculture sector on Saturday.
A meeting chaired by Javed Iqbal Warraich was convened to discuss the impact of GST on agricultural commodities, with the members opining that the tax would destroy the agriculture sector. However, officials of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) said the tax would prove beneficial in the long run.
Briefing the

PCO judges’ case – Dogar seeks recusal of two more judges from larger bench

ISLAMABAD: Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar on Saturday filed a civil miscellaneous application with the Supreme Court, demanding recusal of two more members of the reconstituted four-member bench seized with hearing of contempt of court issue.
Filed through his lawyer, Ahmed Raza Kasuri, the former SC judge pleaded that he had recommended the names of Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez, members of the larger bench, as head of the superior

Holbrooke critically ill, FO perturbed

ISLAMABAD: Perturbed over the illness of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the Foreign Ministry has directed the Pakistan Embassy in Washington to keep it posted about the US special envoy’s “critical” health condition.
“We are worried at the sudden illness of Ambassador Holbrooke not only because of his key role in this region, but also because of his sympathetic attitude towards Islamabad and especially his active involvement in flood-relief activities,” a Foreign Ministry official


India unwilling to talk to Pakistan despite US efforts: WikiLeaks

ISLAMABAD: The US has been urging India to engage Pakistan in talks on bilateral issues, but the latter has not been receptive on this count citing “no follow-up action” by Islamabad against the perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, revealed a diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
A diplomatic cable sent by the US embassy in New Delhi to Washington DC on June 29, 2009 quotes former US National Security Adviser James Jones asking the former Indian army chief General Deepak

‘Foreign Ministry not yet involved in Haj affairs’

ISLAMABAD: Religious Affairs Secretary Agha Sarwar Qazilbash on Saturday told the special committee of the Public Accounts Committee that his ministry had not yet received any directions from the prime minister regarding the role of the Foreign Ministry in Haj affairs.
The special committee of the PAC met with Riaz Hussain Pirzada in the chair to review audit reports of the Ministry of Religious Affairs for the year 1996-97. Qazilbash told the committee that investigations into

Journalists reminded of media ethics

KARACHI: The startling disclosures by WikiLeaks have further underscored the importance of media ethics at a time when contemporary media is changing fast, said Patrick Butler, vice president (programmes) of the International Centre for Journalists (ICFJ) Washington, on Saturday.
“It is important to decide who qualifies to be called a journalist, as besides the formal print and electronic, there are many other types of alternate media like social media, citizen-journalists,

Ethnicity fissures Sindh lawyers ahead of PBC polls

KARACHI: Fissures have emerged among members of the Sindh Bar Council (SBC), with Sindhi-speaking lawyers forming a panel of their own ahead of the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) polls on December 22 in an attempt to combat “discrimination on ethnic basis,” Pakistan Today has learnt.
Two panels had traditionally existed in the SBC; one led by Rasheed A Rizvi and the other by Yasin Azad. A third panel has now emerged, and is being led by SBC Vice-Chairman Ali Muhammad Dahiry

Blasphemy laws should be repealed, says Shahbaz Bhatti

ISLAMABAD: Blasphemy laws have been misused, especially against the minorities, Federal Minister Minorities Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti said while talking to reporters after a consultation meeting with representatives of religious minorities on Saturday.
The laws should be repealed after discussions among the Ulema from all school of thoughts, representatives of civil societies and scholars, he said.
Earlier, the meeting arranged by All Pakistan Minorities Alliance (APMA),