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PPP-Q meeting is routine: PM

PPP-Q meeting is routine: PM

KARACHI
PPP leader Babar Awan’s meeting with PML-Q leader Pervaiz Elahi was just a routine matter and part of the PPP’s reconciliation policy, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday.
Talking to editors of Sindhi newspapers at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House, Gilani said the PPP government did not want a conflict with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, adding that the policy of reconciliation was necessary to strengthen the institutions of the country.
“All political

PM directs TCP to move food, fertiliser cargoes to FAP terminal

KARACHI
Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has directed the Trading Corporation of Pakistan to move its food and fertilisers cargoes to the new terminal set up at Port Qasim at a cost of Rs 10 billion.
The prime minister issued this directive to the TCP while inaugurating Pakistan’s first fully-automated terminal, built to handle dry grains and fertiliser cargoes in bulk. He said the setting up of the country’s most modern terminal in Karachi would promote economic growth,

SC objects to RPP bidding

ISLAMABAD
The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Water and Power Ministry to submit a complete record of rental power plants (RPPs) contracts by October 28.
The bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, asked the ministry to submit the record of RPPs’ biddings, determination of power tariff and enhanced demand for power generation until the next hearing. The court noted that the award

PML-N in catch-22

LAHORE
The Pakistan Muslim League-N leadership held an important meeting at Raiwind on Tuesday to devise a strategy to counter new political developments in the wake of the PPP-PML-Q meeting, insiders told Pakistan Today.
Punjab Chief Minster Shahbaz Sharif was in contact with his elder brother, PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, all day and discussed the possible consequences of the Babar Awan-Pervaiz Elahi meeting, as well as efforts to unite the Muslim League.
A source said

Pakistan is now 34th most corrupt country

ISLAMABAD
Pakistan has gone further up in the list of most corrupt nations, receiving an index score of 2.3 this year against 2.4 in 2009, a report on Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) issued by Transparency International (TI) said on Tuesday.
The report said of the total 178 countries, Pakistan’s ranking had dropped seven places, from the 42nd most corrupt country in 2009 to the 34th-worst country in 2010. The report said around three quarters of the 178 countries in the

Joining PPP-led coalition – PML-Q facing resistance within party

ISLAMABAD
Some elements in the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid are opposed to joining the Pakistan People’s Party-led coalition, Pakistan Today learnt on Tuesday.
According to a source close to Chaudhrys, the PPP move to rope in the PML-Q might not work as the party does not only want to join the coalition in the centre but also wants a power-sharing deal in Punjab. The source said that the PPP had invited the PML-Q to join the PPP-led coalition government in the centre.

Exploring the roots of Karachi problems

KARACHI: An operation in Karachi against those responsible for targeted killings makes sense, considering that the situation has reached the boiling point. And what makes the operation more interesting is the fact that it is “covert”, as described by the interior minister.
It is a separate debate how an operation could be covert when the minister is publicly making an announcement about it, but let us move on to the key questions. “Who are responsible for the killing spree in

Environment Ministry to set up nature clubs in Sindh schools

KARACHI
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’

KARACHI
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

KARACHI
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

ISLAMABAD
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

ISLAMABAD
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

KARACHI
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

LAHORE
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

NEWS ANALYSIS
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

ISLAMABAD
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

ISLAMABAD
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

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