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‘LJ planning attacks on Muharram processions’

‘LJ planning attacks on Muharram processions’

LAHORE: Terrorists of Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi, arrested recently from various cities, revealed during interrogation that they had plans to attack Shia processions in Muharram, security officials on Friday told Pakistan Today.
The officials said that this Muharram would be the biggest challenge for the law-enforcing agencies across the country as it appeared that Punjabi Taliban led by Lashkar-e-Jhanghvi had set to inflict maximum damage to Shia community, during Muharram. The

Sindh CM’s adviser booked

KARACHI: A case was registered against Chief Minister’s Adviser Jehangir Dilawar Khanji at the Darakhshan police station on Friday for harassing and torturing a custom officer. According to the police, Customs Assistant Collector Mrs Shah Bano lodged a report against Khanji under articles 452, 506, 337, 34 and 252 of the Pakistan Penal Code.
“The allegations against me are baseless and I am not aware of any report lodged against me,” Khanji told Pakistan Today. Sources said that

’90m people without two meals a day’

KARACHI: More than 130 million people in the country are poor and around 90 million cannot even afford two square meals a day, said prominent economist Dr Shahid Hassan Siddiqui.
He was speaking at a seminar titled “Price hike, unemployment and curse of poverty,” organised by the Shura Hamdard Karachi chapter and presided over by its president Sadia Rashid.
The meeting urged the government to use the Zakat fund for providing jobs to the unemployed particularly the youth and

Zardari and Gilani discuss GST

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Friday called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency.
Both leaders discussed the overall political situation in the country and exchanged notes on the party’s progress on winning the support of political parties on the reformed general sales tax.
The prime minister also briefed the president about his visit to Turkey.
The president congratulated Gilani on his successful and productive visit to Turkey and his

Raja Aftab sent on 3-day physical remand

ISLAMABAD: The district courts granted three-day physical remand of Ministry of Religious Affairs Joint Secretary Raja Aftab-ul-Islam to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for his alleged involvement in corruption while hiring buildings for Haj pilgrims in Saudia Arabia.
Raja Aftab who was heading a committee responsible for hiring buildings in Saudi Arabia for pilgrims was arrested the other day by the FIA. The FIA team on Friday produced the accused before the court of

Nizam-i-Adal judges being posted, KP minister tells House

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa government is firm on its resolve to establish Islamic Nizam-i-Adal (Islamic judicial system) in Malakand division and appointment of qazis (judges) are in progress in Swat and other districts.
Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar said while speaking in the provincial assembly on Friday. Barrister Javed Abbassi PML (N) MPA from Abbottabad had questioned about posting and appointment of judges in according to 2009 Nizam-i-Adal

Drone victims stage sit-in outside Parliament

ISLAMABAD: The affectees of drone strikes and their relatives from North and South Waziristan staged a sit-in here on Friday in front of the Parliament House against the killings of innocent civilians.
The protesters demanded the government take immediate steps to stop drone assaults on civilians in the North and South Wazirstan that, according to them, had so far left 1,500 civilians dead.
A 14-year-old boy, Saad Ullah who lost his both legs and one eye in a drone strike,

Legislation against domestic violence in limbo

ISLAMABAD: Contrary to its claims to providing equal rights to the women, the government has done little, as legislation against the domestic violence is still a distant dream.
The government took six years (previous and incumbent) to draft a piece of legislation to curb domestic violence and got the Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Act passed by the National Assembly in August last year but the Bill lapsed as the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs could not

Chinese firm will assist Sindh govt on wastewater treatment

KARACHI: The Sindh government is likely to a form a joint venture with a Chinese firm, Asia Pacific for setting up combined effluent treatment plants (CETPs) in Karachi’s industrial areas with an equity ratio of 20:80 between the two partners, sources told Pakistan Today.
The Chinese firm along with its joint venture partners recently expressed interest to invest in establishing CETPs in Karachi’s industrial areas to abate environment pollution and promote cost-effective

Ministers defying orders to vacate suites in Lodges

ISLAMABAD: Some powerful ministers are not only violating laws pertaining to requisition of official residences but have also defied the directions of Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi to vacate suites in the Parliament Lodges.
Following a row over residential suites between PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon and Senator Humayun Khan last month, Deputy Speaker Kundi wrote a letter to the premier, asking the latter to direct those ministers to vacate

Tunnel farming gains popularity

DASKA: The tunnel technology for vegetable farming is gaining popularity among the district’s farmers. Provincial Agriculture Department is promoting this new technology for enabling the farmers get off-season crops round the year.
Official sources of agriculture department told Pakistan Today that the provincial government would provide 50 percent subsidy on ‘walk-in tunnels’ and ‘low tunnels’ to the growers in the province. As many as 70 farmers have successfully installed

Policemen arrested for kidnapping drug dealer

FAISALABAD: In a case of abuse of police authority, three policemen were arrested for kidnapping a drug dealer who was recovered later from their custody. CIA SP Ahmed Nasir Virk narrates that he raided a hotel where the accused Ashraf Gujjar, a CIA constable posted at Makkuana, had come to collect ‘monthly tip’ from a notorious drug dealer Ramzan alias Jani, a resident of Factory Area.
Both the constable and the dealer were arrested by the police and during the interrogation,

Anti-corruption dept vows to eliminate corruption from Okara

OKARA: Anti-corruption Deputy Director Khalid Mehmood and Circle Officer Mian Muhammad Anwar, while talking to correspondents on International Anti-Corruption day, said that they were struggling hard to eliminate corrupt employees from the department.
Millions of corrupted amount has also been recovered from the corrupt employees, whereas, cases have also been registered against dozens of such employees, they said. Khalid said the majority of the complaints were from the Police

JI stages rally against land mafia

WAZIRABAD: Jamat-e-Islami Wazirabad took out a protesting rally consisting of thousands of people who voiced against the illegal occupation of 24 canal land situated at Daska Road Wazirabad.
The rally was lead by town Amir Khalid, Anwer, Rawal, Abdul-Wahed Alvi & others. The participates of the rally marched from Islamic centre. The participants of the rally raised slogans against patwari of the area and Wazirabad tehsildar.
They demanded the transfer of the said persons

Unity can help maintain Pakistan’s sovereignty: minister

GUJRANWALA: Provincial Minister for Food Abdul Ghafoor has said that the menace of sectarianism is over in the province due to sincere efforts of religious clerics and now it is time to eradicate the scams designed against sovereignty of the country.
He stated this while addressing a meeting held at circuit house to review security measures in Gujranwala division. The meeting was attended by religious clerics, MNAs, MPAs, DCOs and DPOs of all six districts of the division.

Spy agencies submit statement to SC on 11 prisoners

ISLAMABAD – Intelligence agencies submitted a written statement before the Supreme Court regarding the 11 prisoners, who had been missing from the Adiyala Jail Rawalpindi since their acquittal on terrorism charges, a private TV channel reported on Friday.
Advocate Raja Muhammad Irshad, counsel for the Inter-Services Intelligence and the Military Intelligence, submitted the statement before the three-member Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry,

15 killed in Hangu suicide bomb blast

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomb attack near an under-construction hospital on the outskirts of Hangu in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa killed at least 15 people and injured several, private television channels reported on Friday.
Quoting Kohat Commissioner Khalid Omarzai and other police and security officials, the channels reported that the bomb exploded in explosion-laden vehicle. “We cannot say if it was a suicide attack. The blast took place near a hospital,” Kohat Commissioner Khalid Omarzai