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Altaf ask Punjabis to stand up against plunderers

Altaf ask Punjabis to stand up against plunderers

LAHORE – The chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, has asked the people of Punjab to stand up against looters and plunderers of national wealth.
Addressing office bearers of MQM from Lahore and other districts of Punjab, as well as students from Punjab University on Friday, Altaf said revolutions only started from cottages and this time too, the poor of Pakistan would root out the capitalists, feudal lords and industrialists involved in depriving the people

Senators not being taken seriously; ANP tells Gilani

ISLAMABAD – A delegation of ANP senators met Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday, asking him to tell his ministers that senators were not someone to be trifled with.
“We have told the prime minister that his ministers do not give us due respect and do not take the business of the Upper House seriously. They do not consider the Senate worth-while,” Haji Adeel told Pakistan Today after the meeting.
Adeel said the delegation asked Gilani to announce a development

The Year 2010 – Crime galore in the capital

ISLAMABAD – The crime ratio showed an upward trend in the year 2010 as over eight hundred cases of car theft, over seven hundreds cases of robbery, dacoity, burglary and theft, near two hundreds cases of kidnapping and over hundred cases of murder were reported to the city’s different police stations.
In 2010, over 851 vehicles were stolen, 786 cases of robbery, dacoity and burglary occurred, 131 people were murdered and 133 cases of attempt of murder and 147 cases of kidnapping

Aafia and US terror trials made headlines

WASHINGTON – A number of legal cases held in US federal courts caught world attention in 2010, including two high-profile terror trials linked directly to Pakistan-born nationals.
While some argued that legal proceedings relating to terrorism should be conducted by military tribunals, most of these trials took place in New York Civil courts.
One such trial that remained in the media for weeks was that of Pakistani neuroscientist Dr Aafia Siddiqui, when a jury of New Yorkers

Judiciary-executive row heightened in 2010

ISLAMABAD – A row between the top judiciary and the executive continued throughout the year 2010, but the latter continued exercising judicialism as well as judicial restraint while the executive did not implement even a single verdict in letter and spirit in high-profile constitutional cases. Although the superior judiciary emerged as an independent organ of the state after the incumbent government came into power in the 2008 general elections, its decisions irked the executive after

Pakistan, China to name 2011 as ‘year of friendship’

ISLAMABAD – The Foreign Ministry approved a comprehensive plan on Friday to observe 2011 as a ‘year of friendship’ between Pakistan and China and both countries will celebrate the year at leadership, government, business and public level.
The year also marks the 16th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
According to the foreign office statement, a meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Task Force including provincial representatives

JUI-F’s credibility crisis

ISLAMABAD – The year 2010 saw Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) flip-flopping, as it kept trying to tie the two poles together i.e. Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the religious parties of the country simultaneously.
JUI-F’s desire to ride two boats at the same time- pursuing for the revival of Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) while being part of the PPP-led government-and its maneuvers to appease the both, landed the JUI-F where it neither the confidence of PPP nor that of

In KP and FATA, girls are denied education

PESHAWAR – Khwendo Kor, a non profit non governmental organization, is vigilant to the plight of women and children, this was stated by Rohi Bano, the regional manager of Khwendo Kor while talking to Pakistan Today.
She said the organisation has been cautious to monitor the human rights situation in the country, especially the problems being faced by the woman and children in the backward areas of KP and FATA.
She said the Khwendo Kor has carried out surveys to assess the

Marriage of necessity manages to survive… but to what avail?

KARACHI – The PPP-led Sindh coalition government managed to survive yet another year despite political and administrative challenges. However, it became more difficult and troubling by the year end.
In real terms, the so-called coalition government completed another year in which no alliance was witnessed among the partners for collectively handling the province’s political and administrative affairs. Whether it was the PPP, the MQM, the ANP or other parties, each of them went

2010, a deadly year for Sindh’s wildlife

KARACHI – The year 2010 was the worst year for the wildlife in Sindh, which has always been a low priority of the provincial or the federal government. In the past the wildlife faced threats from the humans but this year it was the nature’s fury that took the flora and fauna of Sindh literally by storm -in the form of devastating floods.
The year began as usual with the man-made threats to the wildlife. In February last, former prime minister and PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif made

‘Loss-making SoEs are not being sold’

ISLAMABAD – Privatization Minister Waqar Ahmed Khan said on Friday that the government had no plans to dispose of loss-making state owned enterprises (SoEs) Pakistan Steel Mills,
Pakistan Railways and Pakistan Post. Talking to a group of journalists, he said the government intended to turnaround the SoEs and the official endeavour was only limited to make value addition in these entities for getting optimal production from them.

CDA to take ICT on board for bus service

ISLAMABAD – The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to take Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) administration on board regarding launching of bus service in Islamabad.
“This was decided in CDA’s board meeting and Traffic Management directorate has been asked to give the project’s presentation to ICT,” a CDA official said, adding that two local firms had already been approved for the project in the last meeting.
The bus service will start with 35 buses, each with

PBC elects 22 members for five years

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Friday officially announced the names of its 22 members, who have been elected for the next five years in polls held on December 22.
Per official results, Amanullah Kanrani was declared successful in Balochistan, while Qaiser Rashid Khan, Abdul Lateef Afridi, Muhammad Saeed Akhtar and Roohul Amin Chamkani won the election in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. In Sindh, Salahuddin Panhwar, Akhtar Hussain, Zia Ahmed Awan, Rasheed A Rizvi, Muhammad

19th Amend Bill gets Senate’s nod

ISLAMABAD – The Upper House of parliament on Thursday passed the 19th Amendment Bill with all 80 votes in favour and none against it.
The National Assembly could not pass the bill unanimously as MNA Kashmala Tariq voted against it.
Senators Hafiz Rasheed Ahmed and Muhammad Idress Safi had jointly proposed an amendment in Clause 246 of the bill seeking inclusion of 25 villages of Charsadda and Peshawar districts in the Tribal Areas. However, the House rejected the

Govt will defend ISI in US lawsuit

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan on Thursday said it would fight a US lawsuit against the ISI as well as its present and past directors general.
“The government of Pakistan has taken a firm decision to strongly contest the suit filed against the ISI, its present and past directors general,” Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit said. “The government of Pakistan and its embassy in Washington shall defend the legal suit on behalf of the ISI and its directors general fully and properly.”

Petroleum prices likely to increase by Rs 2 to 6/litre

ISLAMABAD – The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) has proposed a hike in petroleum prices from Rs 2 to Rs 6 per litre for January, an official source said on Thursday.
The final decision to implement the new prices would be decided by the government today (Friday), the source said, adding that the government had maintained the petroleum prices in December and picked up the Rs 2 billion differential in prices in January.
He said the crude oil prices had risen by 20

Another long march if ‘political mess’ continues, says Nawaz

LAHORE – PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said his party would never support a corrupt government, warning that if the political mess persisted, the PML-N would launch another long march to free the country from the rule of illegal occupants and the establishment.
Addressing a workers’ convention at the 104th foundation day of the Pakistan Muslim League, Nawaz said it was ridiculous that those who enjoyed being partners with the corrupt government for three years were also