‘Iqbal now freed from the grip of ideology of Pakistan’

‘Iqbal now freed from the grip of ideology of Pakistan’

LAHORE: The time is gone when only sons and relatives of judges were appointed to the superior judiciary, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Asma Jahangir said on Tuesday.
She made these remarks while addressing a ceremony held at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal in connection with Iqbal Day. “From now on, family members or relatives of the members of the judicial commission will not be allowed to be inducted as judges and bar associations would monitor the process diligently so

Nation asked to revive Iqbal’s philosophy

LAHORE: he revival of Iqbal’s thought is vital to find a path out of the current crisis opinioned the delegates at a colloquium organized under the aegis of Markaz-e-Majlis-e-Iqbal at the start of the Iqbal Day celebrations on Tuesday.
Participants highlighted the problems being faced by the nation and speculated on how Iqbal’s intellectual force could help tackle the multiple crisis’s. In celebrating Iqbal the delegates celebrated the creation of Pakistan. The function was

Sindh sets up new dept for rehab of flood victims

KARACHI: On the directive of President Asif Ali Zardari, a new provincial department for rehabilitation of flood victims has been established with Muzaffar Shujra as its first minister while it has also been decided to post Syed Asad Ali Shah as the Sindh Bank president.
President Zardari during his meeting with the Sindh government high-ups has issued directives that for a speedy rehabilitation of flood victims in the province, a separate department would be established. And

1,381 killed during 10 months in Karachi

KARACHI: Over 1381 people, including political activists, have been killed during ten months this year in Karachi, challenging the tall claims of Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik and testing the performance of the law enforcement agencies.
Most of the criminals arrested were released because of political pressure, officials from the Police Department asking not to be named told Pakistan Today. Statistics collected by Pakistan Today revealed that from amongst those killed

Men with guns call the shots in city of fear

KARACHI: US President Abraham Lincoln once said, “If I am killed, I can die but once; but to live in constant dread of it, is to die over and over again.”
Lincoln’s words adequately sum up the state of mind that most people living in Karachi share and the agony they have to suffer every day. They are hapless souls residing in a city that is gripped by fear and taken hostage by those who possess not only arms but also the callousness to kill without any pity or remorse.

maritime colleges ruining careers

KARACHI: The Ministry of Ports and Shipping is patronising a gimmick of around Rs 50 million a year just by ignoring private maritime colleges providing GP3 training to students aspiring to be professional seamen.
It has been learnt that these private colleges pay commissions to their agents for enticing young students for the costly GP3 training, commonly known as seaman training, despite the fact that some 500,000 seafarers are idle and have no jobs. Every year some 1,200

NHA chairman arrested in bridge collapse case

KARACHI: The police on Saturday arrested National Highway Authority (NHA) Chairman Chaudhry Altaf and two other officials after West Additional District and Sessions Judge Gulshan Ara Chandio rejected their interim arraignment.
However, former NHA chairman Major Gen (r) Farrukh Javed and the project director of the ECIL Company, Mohammad Yousaf Barakzai, who passed the architectural design of the bridge, managed to flee from the court premises. The men were appearing in court in

Reconciliation will help Pakistan: Malik

KARACHI: Federal Minister for Interior Rehman Malik said on Saturday that the government was fostering reconciliation and consensus in the national interest.
Talking to media at the Jinnah International Airport, he said that the government intended to take all coalition partners into confidence on the national issues and it was because of this trust that “the PPP and the Muttahida Quami Movement arranged a peaceful funeral for Dr Imran Farooq,” he said.

Nailbiting contest makes for entertaining affair

LAHORE: FC College parliamentary debates continued on the second day. Top debaters put their well honed skills to test against debutant rivals in the second round of the competition.
Newcomers provided a tough opponent for experienced debaters as their enthusiasm and freshness made up for their lack of expertise. The result was that most debates were nail biters.
A galvanizing atmosphere was experienced throughout the campus on day 2 with both organizers and participants

LHC acquits accused on benefit of doubt

LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has set aside a death sentence and two life imprisonments of three convicts and ordered to acquit them from murder charges on benefit of doubt, on Saturday.
An FIR had been registered against the accused at Police Station Sadar Samundri, Faisalabad, and according to the prosecution, the accused gunned down Muhammad Sajjad and injured Asif in 2003.
The trial court of Faisalabad on March 29, 2005 had awarded death

CM increases Gulab Devi Hospital’s grant

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Shahbaz Sharif on Saturday increased the annual grant of Gulab Devi Hospital from Rs 100 million to Rs 130 million. He was addressing a ceremony in connection with the 75th founding day of Gulab Devi Hospital.
Members of the national and provincial assemblies, Gulab Devi Hospital Managing Committee Chairman Syed Shahid Ali, philanthropists, local and foreign health experts, senior doctors and paramedical staff were at the ceremony.
He said

Scarcity of senior judges puts LHC image at stake

LAHORE: The working and performance of the Lahore High Court (LHC) is suffering because of a shortage of senior judges; 87 percent of LHC judges are junior judges with little grasp over judicial matters, sources told Pakistan Today.
The court sources said the scarcity of senior judges at LHC was a big hurdle in clearing the ever-increasing backlog of the cases or doing full justice to the cases, and as a result public finds itself in dire straits. Court officials including

WASA to submit itself to new Walled City authority

Lahore: The Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) shall soon be onboard the “Sustainable Development of the Walled City of Lahore” (SDWCL) project funded by the World Bank, Pakistan Today has learnt.
WASA is likely to sign a Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) with SDWC on November 15 with all WASA assets being transferred to the new municipal authority.
The SDWCL project was initiated in 2006 in partnership with Agha Khan Cultural Services with Rs 1.5 billion made available to

Dengue death confirmed, platelet kits unavailable

LAHORE: A dengue patient died for lack of platelet kits in Lahore on November 3, despite the government’s claims that there has not been a single ‘verifiable’ death because of dengue across Punjab, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Muhammad Rafique was admitted to Omar Hospital and was diagnosed with dengue on November 1. His relatives could not arrange more than one kit for platelet transfusion which ultimately resulted in his death owing to the Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS) – the most

Six-year-old girl’s only chance to live costs Rs 2m

KARACHI: Bhooro Menghwar, a landless peasant belonging to the Dalit caste of Hindus (so-called untouchables), sold his last pair of goats and a cow after having sold everything else in his house to save the life of his six-year-old daughter Veena, who is suffering from severe aplastic anemia.
“The cure is bone-marrow transplant,” doctors told him, which he cannot afford.
“What can I do? I have sold almost everything I had,” said Menghwar, adding, “I have no option left but

Parents in a quandary as schools up tuition fee

LAHORE: An increase in tuition fee of various private schools across Lahore has stirred a wave of anger and concern among parents and students, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Private schools including Beaconhouse School System (BSS), Lahore Grammar School (LGS), Salamat School System, Lahore College of Arts and Science (LACAS), Resource Academia and City School have increased their fee by 10 to 20 percent for the new academic year.
Parents have expressed their disapproval over

LPG price hike adds to people’s woes

LAHORE: An increase in Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) prices by Rs 12 per kilogramme on Wednesday has left the people thunderstruck.
People have expressed displeasure over the decision of the government, adding that the officials did not care about the living conditions of the public. LPG is used in rickshaws and other means of transport used by the lower and the middle class.
Roadside stalls and khokhas also use it in their stoves. An increase in the prices of LPG will