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Karachi police will get mobile tracking system

Karachi police will get mobile tracking system

KARACHI: A special mobile tracking system will be provided to Karachi police to help them maintain law and order, a meeting attended by members of the National
Assembly’s Standing Committee on Interior and Sindh police officials held at the Inspector General of Police (IGP)’s Office on Thursday decided. A detailed summary of the law and order situation in the city was given by Karachi CCPO Fayyaz Ahmed Leghari.
Similar announcements were made earlier but 101 police stations

NAB a tool to exonerate ‘friends’ or hunt ‘foes’?

ISLAMABAD: Contrary to its claim of abolishing the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), the government, under a new strategy, has decided to sharpen its teeth to either victimise some ‘foes” and exonerate some “friends” from corruption charges, Pakistan Today has learnt reliably.
Well-placed sources said on Thursday that the idea, a brainchild of a leading minister, has been given a nod by the President’s House and the appointment of the new chairman of the NAB was part of this

‘Zardari’s father wanted petrol pump – PTDC fails to build tourism village

ISLAMABAD: Despite the passage of 27 years, the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has been unable to construct a tourism village at the National Park in Rawalpindi as Hakim Ali Zardari, senior politician and father of President Asif Ali Zardari, wanted to establish a petrol pump on the land in question, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was informed on Thursday.
In a meeting of the special committee of PAC held under its convener Zahid Hamid, the members took note

Mother protests kidnapping of son by the police

KARACHI: A protest was staged outside the press club by a grieved 17-year-old boy’s mother with the assistance of civil society organizations to condemn the kidnapping of her son by the police five months ago.
On May 20, Imran Jokhio was on his way to his village in a rickshaw when Head Constable Ilyas Sehto and Constable Ghulam Rasool Marri ‘abducted’ him at Mafi Faqir Bridge in Naushehro Feroze district, Shahina, his mother, said.
“My son worked at a tailor’s shop in

Is govt serious about ending power crisis and circular debt?

KARACHI: With the power crisis worsening with each passing day, it seems the consumers’ misery has failed to convince the government to take serious measures for redressing the root causes of the problem, the circular debt issue being the foremost one.
Further, the politically-embattled federal government also seems slapdash towards its commitments with international power companies, like M/s MAN of Germany, in terms of the timely materialisation of the Construction Contract.

WAR proposes new medico-legal services for effective litigation

LAHORE: Medico-legal reforms are integral for effective litigation process for rape victims, War Against Rape (WAR) Director Sarah Zaman said on Thursday.
Addressing a workshop and presentation on medico-legal services in Karachi and Lahore, Zaman made some suggestions to improve their performances. In 2009, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) estimated that around 60 percent of crimes against women translated into rape, while non-governmental organisation Sahil’s data

Militants threaten attacks on Bari Imam and Golra Sharif shrines

ISLAMABAD: Bari Imam and Golra Sharif shrines have received fresh threats of terrorism that endanger the life of hundreds of devotees visit the shrines everyday.
The managements of shrines informed the law enforcement agencies on Thursday that they had received fresh threats from unknown people saying they would carry out subversive acts on the shrines. “The threats have intensified fears and concerns among the devotees about their safety”, a police official told the Pakistan

Six killed in drone strike in N Waziristan

PESHAWAR: Six suspected terrorists were killed and several others injured when a US drone targeted a militant compound in Ismael Khel area of Datta Khel region in North Waziristan on Thursday.
The drone attack was the third strike in less than 24 hours. The compound targeted was in use by militants and was hit by two missiles. The identity of killed and injured could not be ascertained, but locals said they included local and foreign militants. A day earlier, seven people were

2010 ‘exceptional year’ for weather disasters

BERLIN: Catastrophic floods in Pakistan, wildfires in Russia, hurricanes in Mexico — 2010 has so far been an “exceptional” year for weather-related disasters, German reinsurance giant Munich Re said on Thursday.
“This year really has been a year of weather records,” Peter Hoeppe, an expert from Munich Re’s Geo Risks Research department, told reporters. “The first nine months of the year have seen the highest number of weather-related events since Munich Re started keeping

Japanese consulate vehicle attacked in Karachi, two injured

KARACHI: Two employees of the Japanese consulate in Karachi were injured when unidentified assailants opened fire on a vehicle of the consulate in Artillery Maidan police precincts on Thursday.
The injured were identified as the consulate’s driver, Gul Muhammad, and another employee, Ghulam Haider. They were rushed to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for treatment.
A police official said that in light of initial investigations, the incident appeared to be a robbery, as

PML-Q dissidents rule out joining the Chaudhrys

The Pakistan Muslim League-Q Likeminded group has ruled out chances to return to the Chaudhrys, saying they were playing the role of PPP ‘B’ team instead of respecting the public mandate.
Unveiling a roadmap for the country’s recovery on Thursday, Likeminded group President Saleem Saifullah told reporters that his group was ready to sit with all political forces in the best interest of the country.
He said that PML-F leader Pir Pagara had invited his group for

PBC names Khalid Ranjha to Judicial Commission

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) on Thursday nominated senior lawyer Dr Khalid Ranjha as its member for the Judicial Commission constituted for appointing Supreme Court of Pakistan judges under the 18th Amendment.
Dr Khalid Ranjha, a former law minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) senator, was nominated as the Judicial Commission member in a PBC meeting held at the council’s office. The meeting was summoned by Attorney General Anwarul Haq, who is ex-officio

Haqqani group in peace talks with Turi tribe

ISLAMABAD: The Taliban are negotiating a peace deal with a Pakistani tribe in the northwest, tribal elders said on Thursday, adding that the deal in this regard could give militants access to remote strategic areas on the Afghan border.
The talk of a deal between members of the Haqqani network – one of the most dangerous Taliban factions – and the Turi tribe in Kurram Agency is likely to raise concerns in the US, which has been demanding Pakistan get tough with the militants

PPP joining Opp in Punjab if ‘N’ doesn’t behave

ISLAMABAD: Disappointed with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has asked his party leadership to explore ‘other options’ as he now feels that enough is enough and the time has come to deal with the Sharifs-led party in the Punjab politically because a policy of reconciliation is not working any more.
Insiders told Pakistan Today that on the suggestion of the prime minister, the PPP leadership has decided that the party will sit on the

Four Shias killed in Quetta

QUETTA: A noted local trader belonging to the Shia community was killed along with his son and two bodyguards in Quetta on Thursday.
“Keeping in view past incidents and preliminary investigation, it appears to be an act of sectarian killing, however, a detailed probe will establish the cause of the murder,” said Hamid Shakeel, Quetta operations deputy inspector general.
According to details, Haji Ali Akbar, his son Abdus Samad and two body guards were leaving for home after

ADB report won’t be ignored: CJP

ISLAMABAD: Heading a three-member Supreme Court bench on Thursday, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry observed that the report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) leveling serious allegations of corruption in the contract to Rental Power Projects (RPPs) would not be ignored while deciding the outcome of case.
The bench, also comprising Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, was hearing a suo motu case along with pleas regarding allegations of corruption

US will continue encouraging Pakistan-India dialogue

WASHINGTON: The US will continue to back dialogue between Pakistan and India for the resolution of their tensions because it wants improvement in relations between its two “very important” South Asian friends, the White House said on Thursday.
Days ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to India, a senior Obama administration official said the US leader looked forward to visiting Pakistan next year, adding that the US had a “positive” and “deepening” partnership with