It sure does pay to be the home minister’s buddy

It sure does pay to be the home minister’s buddy

KARACHI – The police on Tuesday arrested two sisters allegedly involved in a robbery at the house of the Sindh Home Minister’s friend in Defence. The alleged culprits were arrested in a raid at a makeshift settlement in Azeem Goth, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, within 24 hours when Dr Zulfiqar Mirza took notice of the robbery by two domestic aides at his friend’s house in Phase-V, Defence.
The suspects had allegedly taken away cash, jewellery and wrist watches worth Rs 17 million. However,

Protest at Queen Mary College – A widow asks for justice

LAHORE – A widow and a former employee of Queen Marry College (QMC) Lahore along with her family brought the academic activities at the college and the traffic outside the hospital to a halt in a protest against the QMC administration for not giving her pension.
The widow, Nasreen, bedridden because of a disease, worked as a chowkidar in QMC for 32 years before retiring and the college’s administration has not paid her pension as yet, despite repeated requests. Abid Ali,

CDGL report says 41 percent milk supplied is adulterated

LAHORE – Around 41 percent milk being supplied to the provincial metropolis is reported to be adulterated, the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) Food Department Report 2010 has revealed. The CDGL Food Laboratory compiled a report from January 1 to December 31, 2010 and found 41 percent milk samples impure in comparison to other commodities being consumed by people.
The daily consumption of milk in Lahore is around 1.6 million litres out of which 0.3 million is packed while

Organisation following Shah Walliullah’s thought splits

LAHORE – Tanzim-i Fiqr-i-Waliullahi (TFW), a religious organisation following the ideology of Jamaat Ulema-e-Hind, Shah Waliullah and Maulana Obaid Ullah Sindhi, has split into two parts, Pakistan Today has learnt.
In a convention at Rawalpindi, about five to seven hundred workers and leaders belonging to different cities had launched a second faction, Tanzim-i-Fiqr-i-Waliullah (Nazriati). Old stalwarts of the party, Asloob Qureshi (Ex Central President), Saif ul Islam Khalid (Ex

LHC directs Railways to pay salaries of legal advisers

LAHORE – Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court Tuesday directed Pakistan Railways authorities to pay by February 14 salaries of its legal advisers, outstanding for the last month. On the petition of advocate, Arshad Virk, the court warned the Railyways high ups against holding back salaries of grade 17 to Grade 22 officers upon paying the respondents on the said date.
An executive officer of the department assured the court of paying the legal advisers by that said

Red Crescent trains female students

LAHORE – The Punjab chapter of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society imparted emergency response training to students at Government College for Women, Samanabad on Tuesday.The training continued for five days in which students were trained in emergency response, first aid training, natural disaster management, youth activities and were introduced to the Red Crescent.
Providing bandage, giving first aid in case of a heart attack, helping burn victims, shifting injured to hospital and

LHC adjourns hearing of petition seeking Zardari’s disqualification

LAHORE – A full bench of the Lahore High Court on Tuesday adjourned the hearing on petitions challenging President Asif Ali Zardari for holding dual offices. Now the bench headed by Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry will resume hearing on February 3. The bench was hearing petitions of Pakistan Lawyers Forum (PLF), Engineer Ghulam Jillani and Advocate Asif Mehmood Khan who seek disqualification of President Asif Ali Zardari for holding a political office of co-chairperson of PPP.

Students demand HEC to revise GAT

LAHORE – Students seeking admissions in the MPhil programs in the social sciences and humanities have complained about the paper pattern of the entry test conducted by National Testing Service (NTS). Students claimed that most part of the paper comprised of English language, whereas there was no weight given to subjects like General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
According to the Higher Education Commission, students who sought admission in the MPhil programme had to clear

CDGL constitutes committees to eliminate encroachments

LAHORE – The City District Government Lahore (CDGL) on Tuesday constituted two committees to eliminate encroachments and announced to prepare a list of town officials patronising encroachers. The district-level committee would work under supervision of the Lahore district coordination officer (DCO), members of national and provincial assemblies while TMOs and local policemen would observe the committees’ working at the town-level.
The decision to constitute the committees was

‘UK should help Kashmiris achieve self-determination’

LAHORE – British Deputy High Commissioner Dr Peter Tibber called on Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaqat Baloch at his residence on Tuesday and discussed the international political situation and regional matters. Tibber’s Political Secretary Alistair K Smith accompanied him. During the meeting which lasted for around one and a half hour, the British diplomat was informed about the JI’s policy on important issues.
Baloch told the visiting diplomat that the UK, as an

Curriculum design workshop concludes

LAHORE – A curriculum design workshop concluded on Tuesday at a local hotel. The four-day workshop was jointly organised by the USAID funded Pre-Service Teacher Education Program (Pre-STEP) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC).
The workshop aimed at designing the semester-II courses for the newly-introduced two-year associate degree in Education (ADE) and four-year BEd (Hons) elementary degree programmes. The intended outcomes of the workshop were to design course

Mujahid Squad busts dacoit gang

LAHORE – Mujahid Squad Police on Tuesday arrested three members of a dacoit gang from the Nasir Bagh who were preparing for a robbery. According to spokesman of the Mujahid Squad, a mobile car deputed at the Central Police Office (CPO) saw three suspicious men sitting in the Nasir Bagh at Lower Mall.
The three men, after seeing police, tried to flee on which policemen overpowered them and recovered illegal weapons from their possession. The three men were identified as Anthony

Kamran Michael says reconstruction of Sangla Hill church completed

LAHORE – Punjab Minorities and Human Rights Minister Kamran Michael said on Tuesday that construction of a new building of the affected church and pastor houses in Sangla Hill has been completed at cost of Rs 40 million. He was talking to representatives of the Christian community.
The minister said that besides a state-of-the-art building of the Presbyterian Church, pastor houses have also been constructed. He said that repair and renovation work of more than 100 churches has

Arrest warrants of doctors issued on PMA’s request

LAHORE – Civil Judge-cum-Magistrate Ayesha Khalid on Tuesday issued arrest warrants of Dr Faisal Amin Baig of the Jinnah Hospital, Dr Khalid Mehmood, registrar Jinnah Hospital, Dr Niaz Ahmed Soomro, senior medical officer Sheikh Zayed Hospital and Dr Ajmal, DMS Lahore General Hospital.
The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) through its counsel Bilal Bashir had filed a petition against the above-mentioned doctors for making false allegations against PMA Lahore office-bearers and

Less load shedding to be carried out in summer, PEPCO promises

LAHORE – There will be less load shedding in summer, as the Pakistan Electric and Power Company (PEPCO) has made various arrangements to cope with energy demand, PEPCO Energy and Management Conservation (EMC) Director General Muhammad Khalid said on Tuesday in a press conference.
He said that various distribution companies have been given 0.3 million connections in the last six months. “Around 0.2 million domestic connections, 26,180 commercial, 4,058 industrial, 6,484 tube well

Case registered against three people for threatening NAB official

LAHORE – The Race Course Police on Tuesday registered a case against three people including Kamran Gulzar, Shamshad Gulzar and Azam Shamshad for abusing and threatening a National Accountability Bureau (NAB) investigation officer of dire consequences.
According to details, NAB Investigation Officer Nadeem Sajid, investigating embezzlements in the Lahore Mass Transit System Project arrested accused Danish Shamshad involved in the aforementioned project’s reference from

A SEASONAL VARIATION – People filter out as Spring strolls in

LAHORE – Winter’s tail end has just begun and the sun glows warmly much to the relief of Lahore, after an almost freezing winter season. With a slight rise in temperatures, the public has started to filter out of their homes, visiting nearby parks and other outdoor places. One of these frequently visited parks is Lawrence Gardens.
Virtually abandoned in the gloomy and dreary coldness of December and early January, the Lawrence Gardens, now officially known as Bagh-e-Jinnah, are