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Police being trained in threat perception

Police being trained in threat perception

KARACHI: The Sindh government has chalked out a foolproof security plan to combat possible threats during Muharram, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information & Archives Sharmila Farooqi said on Sunday.
Farooqi mentioned suicide attacks, vehicular bombing, remote-controlled bombing, roadside bombing, planting homemade explosive devices, snipers, rocket and grenade attacks, landmines, mortar fire, poisoning food supplies and water reservoirs, stampede by anti-social elements,

Terrorism threat looms over Ashura processions

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided to close the Mohammad Ali (MA) Jinnah Road, the city’s busiest thoroughfare, for traffic by sealing all the link roads for a four-day period, in the wake of terror threats on Ashura processions, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The plan under consideration is to seal the MA Jinnah Road from Guru Mandir to Tower from the evening of 7th Muharam to thwart any untoward incident.
Well-placed sources in the provincial home department told

SC hears contempt cases against PCO judges today

ISLAMABAD: The newly constituted four-member bench of the Supreme Court will hear toady (Monday) contempt charges against the superior courts’ former judges who took oath under the PCO in November 2007. The bench comprises Justice Mahmood Akhtar Shahid Siddiqui, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Parvez. Besides counsels for the PCO judges, Attorney General Moulvi Anwarul Haq will also appear before the bench on notice.
Earlier on December 6,

SC may direct govt to devise transparent Haj process

ISLAMABAD: A seven-member Supreme Court bench, resuming hearing today of a suo motu action against alleged corruption in Haj arrangements, is likely to direct the government to devise a system to make the Haj process transparent and prevent irregularities.
The bench comprises of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed, Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman

SC takes up fatal drag race case today

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench will today take up a suo motu notice taken against loss of five precious lives in a car race in Rawalpindi, reportedly without permission from the district administration.
The bench will comprise Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday while Punjab Provincial Police Officer (PPO), Rawalpindi Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner will appear before the court.

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