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Khosa visits Nine Zero

Khosa visits Nine Zero

KARACHI – All political parties must honour each other’s public mandate to promote democracy in the country, Punjab Governor Latif Khosa said during his visiting to the MQM headquarters, Nine Zero on Sunday. “A grand coalition of political parties is the need of the hour to eliminate extremism and terrorism,” he added.
MQM Coordination Committee Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar, Senior Provincial Minister Pir Mazharul Haq and Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro were also present on

Sindh govt asks KESC to reinstate sacked employees

KARACHI – In its second meeting on Sunday, the committee constituted by the Sindh government for the reinstatement of sacked employees of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) asked the company management to immediately reinstate the sacked employees.
The meeting was held at the Sindh Chief Minister’s House with Shazia Marri in the chair. Besides KESC Managing Director Tabish Gohar and other officials, the meeting was attended by committee members Amir Nawab, Rafiq Engineer,

Government, security forces ruling Balochistan with an iron hand, says Bezinjo

QUETTA – National Party Senior Vice President Senator Mir Hasil Khan Bezinjo has strongly criticised the government, saying that they had sought an apology first and then unleashed atrocities against the Balochs, setting new records comparable to their predecessors.
He said that Balochs could not present flowers to the rulers after receiving decomposed bodies of their youth. He was addressing a public gathering in Dera Allayar of Jaffarabad district on Sunday. “The incumbent

Shahzain urges parties to join long march

LAHORE – Leader of the Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP), Shahzain Khan Bugti, has announced that he would lead a long march towards Dera Bugti on Januray 28 and called on all political forces to join the march.
Flanked by party leaders, Shahzain, grandson of slain Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti said Dera Bugti had turned into a “no-go area” after the assassination of Nawab Bugti and now it was the need of hour to save it. He said as long as security forces remained in the area, peace

Landmine explosion kills two in Dera Bugti

QUETTA – Two Bugti tribesmen were killed in a landmine explosion in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan on Sunday. According to Levies officials, a landmine laid by unknown militants in Gandari near Loti area of Dera Bugti exploded with a huge explosion when two persons riding a motorbike rolled on it. As a result, both were killed on the spot.
Soon after the blast Levies and other law enforcement agencies rushed to the site and shifted victims to hospital where they were

PBC will elect its vice chairman today

ISLAMABAD – The newly elected executive body of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) will hold its first meeting here today (Monday) to elect its vice chairman, most probably from Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
According to a senior lawyer affiliated with Pakistan People’s Party, the new vice chairman will be elected from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said although the names of Muhammad Yaseen Khan Azad from Sindh, Amanullah Khan Kunrani from Balochistan and Saeed Akhtar Awan from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were

Punjab govt allows IGP to appoint DPOs without interview

LAHORE – For the first time since the PML-N took over the provincial government in 2008, district police officers (DPOs) will be posted without interviews, solely on the recommendation of the inspector general of police (IGP), Pakistan Today learnt reliably on Sunday.
Posting DPOs without interviews shows how authoritative and assertive newly-appointed IGP Javed Iqbal is, as officers at this level are usually appointed after the approval of the chief minister after interviews.

Chronology of Islamic Laws – 1947 to 2009

November 15, 1947
An Inter-Dominion Minority Board to protect the interests and rights of the minorities of India and Pakistan is set up at Karachi.
August 27, 1948
The Governor General declares “state of emergency” in Pakistan.
March 12, 1949
The ruling party sets the ideological frame-work of the future constitution moving – by the Prime Minister himself – the Objective Resolution in the Assembly. The Resolution is adopted after a stimulating debate. It

No funds for technical education and vocational training

KARACHI – The Sindh Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (STEVTA), which was established by the present government, lacks funds to improve its Technical, Education and Vocational Training (TEVT) system.
Moreover, STEVTA officials recently approached the World Bank (WB) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for financial assistance to successfully manage the authority’s affairs and ensure its effective working, well-placed sources in the Sindh government

Govt trying to improve Karachi’s productive capacity’

KARACHI – Karachi is the economic heart of Pakistan and the Sindh government has always strived to strengthen the city and enhance its productive capacity, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information Sharmila Farooqui said on Sunday.
“The PPP government has increased the beauty of Karachi during the last three years by completing 230 schemes at a cost of Rs 50 billion and different projects are being completed with an amount of Rs 16 billion during the current year,” she said

DPDC permits road commercialisation

LAHORE – District Planning and Design Committee has allowed commercial activities on 37 roads situated in the Lahore Development Authority’s administrative area, besides notifying 24 roads where commercialisation has not been permitted.
However, the Interim Policy issued in November 2010 would be applicable on the roads belong to Central Business District (CBD) and Lahore Urban Regeneration Studies (LURS) till the approval of CBD’s new development plans.

PML-N rejects transfer of curriculum development to provinces

ISLAMABAD – PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday said the transfer of powers pertaining to the curriculum development to the provinces would fail the objective of a uniform syllabi and educational system.
“The educational system is controlled by the Centre in all countries of the world, as it helps promote national integrity. The PML-N dissented from the decision of transferring education to the provinces when the 18th Amendment was being finalised because we believe it would

A voice for those who cannot hear

KARACHI – The Family Educational Services Foundation (FESF) has started constructing a school in Rashidabad and a hostel for the deaf; and the projects are scheduled to be completed by 2012.
The FESF is also opening a school in Punjab and completing the second stage of building the Pakistani Sign Language Lexicon. The foundation plans to increase the number of trained teachers for the deaf by 50 percent, expand the youth volunteer training programme and involve youth in social

Drones kill 13 in Waziristan

PESHAWAR – A series of unmanned US drone strikes in North Waziristan on Sunday killed at least 13 militants, officials said, as tribesmen took to the streets to protest the aerial campaign.
According to local intelligence officials, in the first attack that took place in Datta Khel area, two missiles were fired on a vehicle seconds after it was parked outside a house, killing four suspected militants. The militants were said to be members of the Tehreek-e-Taliban North Waziristan

Vital cases being heard today

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court will today (Monday) resume hearing on various high-profile cases, including over Rs 22 billion-corruption in the Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM), losses of billions of rupees to the national the exchequer by National Insurance Corporation Limited, contempt of court proceedings against PCO judges and petitions against the appointment of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman.
A three-member bench of Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar

Govt not sending blasphemy reference to CII

ISLAMABAD – The government is reluctant to send a formal reference to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) to have the top religious body’s opinion on the blasphemy law in the light of Islamic injunctions, as seeking an opinion would make it mandatory for the government to legislate in accordance with the recommendations.
A source in the CII told Pakistan Today that the CII had the mandate to examine any of the prevailing laws in the country to determine whether they were in

Punjab should be handed over to Army, says MQM

KARACHI – Criminal activity has risen by 109 percent in Punjab, therefore the province should be handed over to the army to curb the rising violence and terrorism, members of the MQM Rabita Committee said on Sunday.
They also alleged that criminals in Punjab were being protected by industrialists and landowners in the province, while the police were busy torturing and killing innocent citizens. They said that the situation was particularly alarming in those areas of the province