‘Politics of revenge is not PPP’s policy’

‘Politics of revenge is not PPP’s policy’

LAHORE – Politics of revenge has never been the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) policy while the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) history is full of retribution and victimisation of political opponents, PPP Punjab chapter office bearers said on Saturday reacting to PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif’s statement that the federal government wanted to implicate him and Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif in former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer’s assassination case, said the PML-N that persecuted

Bus project to be started next month

LAHORE – The project of the urban transport buses will be implemented from February 2, 2011, inaugurated by the advisor to chief minister and Lahore Transport Company Chairman Khawaja Ahmed Hassan, and operational subsidy will be given to old and new urban buses in the city, said LTC General Manager (Operations) Asad Rehman Gillani talking to a delegation of First Bus Urban Transport Company.
First Bus Transport Company Managing Director Noor-ud-Din Ahmed headed the delegation.

Salt processors praised for serving humanity through iodised salt

LAHORE – Punjab Director General Health Services (DGHS) Dr Aslam Chaudhry said the companies producing iodized salt were serving the humanity through elimination of iodine deficiency disorders.
He delivered these remarks while inaugurating the Best Salt Processor Award Ceremony under IDD/USI Program on Saturday at DGHS Punjab conference room. He said the children who use iodized salt improve their IQ 13 points more than the children that consume non-iodized salt.

Pak-Turk Schools and Colleges Annual Funfair held

LAHORE – The Annual Science, Art and Funfair of the Pak-Turk International Schools and Colleges, Islampura Branch was held on Saturday at the campus from 10am to 4pm. Punjab Education Secretary Aslam Kamboh was the chief guest while PTICEF Education Director Kamil Ture and PTICEF Regional Director Turgut Puyan also attended the event.
Students of classes from pre-nursery to fifth grade prepared models, projects, presentations and stalls and displayed them at the event. Special

LDA acting DG transfers 4 directors

LAHORE – Lahore Development Authority (LDA) acting Director General Muhammad Ihsan Ul Haq has ordered transfers and postings of four directors. C&I Director Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Chaudhry has been transferred and posted as LDA Chairman’s Headquarters Director, relieving LDA PSO to Chairman Jamshaid Siddiqui from the additional charge of the said post.
Estate Management Director Chaudhry Ishtiaq Ahmad has been posted as LDA C&I Director. LDA Katchi Abadis Director Muhammad

HEC’s video conference held at PU

LAHORE – Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran participated in the Higher Education Commission’s video conference in the PU Centre for Undergraduate Studies on Saturday.
HEC Operation and Planning member Prof Dr Mukhtar Ahmad presided over the conference in which various research and development projects being executed in the participating varsities were discussed.
PU Centre for Undergraduate Studies Director Prof Dr Amir Ijaz, Planning and

The forgotten gardener

To find Ali Mardan Khan’s tomb, travelling east on G.T. Road, you should turn right (south) on Mughalpura Road (formerly Wheatman Road or Vetman Road as it is locally called). As you approach the railway tracks, you need to keep a lookout for a small sign saying ‘MET-1’ on your right. Immediately after the sign is a small gate (presently painted green) for pedestrian entry.
The gate is normally locked and is open only on Thursdays. Although it is said that it is open on other

Breaking the sound barriers

LAHORE – The ground shook and ears were left ringing, as five underground bands played their guitars on stage, the audience too screaming away in excitement. The Octave Project, organised by the Curtain Call Society, held its second concert after November and for the audience, it was nothing more than something they craved for.
Even though bands played some English cover songs which most had not heard of, belonging to rock bands that people were not aware of, the overall

Relatives grieve as funeral held – Families demand justice

LAHORE – The funeral of the three young men, two of whom were shot and one run over by American ‘officials’ on Thursday noon was held in their respective localities on Friday. The families of Faizan Haider and Faheem Shamshad, who were gunned down by American official Raymond Davis in Qartaba Chowk, lodged protests on Friday claiming police officials were pressing them to withdraw the cases.
On Friday, Lahore Police handed Faizan and Faheem’s bodies to their heirs after

Citizens condemn killing of 3 people by US national

LAHORE – Civil society activists and intellectuals on Friday condemned killing of three Pakistani citizens by an American national on Thursday. Political analyst Orya Maqbool Jan said that the incident is shameful and challenges Pakistan’s sovereignty and independence.
“They don’t even behave in this manner in places they have occupied,” Jan said while referring to Americans and their occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq. He said that this sort of behaviour is seen in jails managed

A GRAVE CONCERN – To find a grave in DHA’s graveyard…

LAHORE – The Defense Housing Authority (DHA) has changed the burial policy but have failed to live up to the DHA members’ demands, Pakistan Today has learnt. Sources in DHA said the members had a ‘long-standing’ demand with the DHA to allow the burial of the son-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandkids and grandparents.
Members voiced that such people were also family members and graves must be provided to them as well, sources added. However, DHA did not live up to the aspirations of

PU and ASA hold anti-US protest

LAHORE – A large number of Punjab University (PU) students and the Academic Staff Association (ASA) on Friday organised an anti-US rally against killing of three citizens by an American national Raymond Davis. Protestors said that they were annoyed on death of Pakistanis and demanded death sentence for Davis while they also chanted anti-US slogans.
After Friday prayers, a large number of students and teachers started gathering in front of the PU Mosque, as PUASA President Dr

‘Chaudhrys panicking as NICL scam investigation continues’

LAHORE – As the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) land purchase scam investigation is moving ahead in the Supreme Court, the Chaudhry brothers are panicking and their fright at surfacing of solid evidences against their blue-eyed political successor of involvement in fraud of billions of rupees is natural, a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) spokesman said on Friday.
The spokesman advised the Chaudhrys to refrain from levelling allegations against the PML-N and worry

‘Maalik never implicated any politician in NICL scam’

LAHORE – At-Tahur Co Manager Muhammad Maalik has not implicated any politician in the National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) land purchase scam, Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Information Secretary Kamil Ali Agha said on Friday. Revealing Maalik’s court statement, he said that a slander campaign has been initiated against PML-Q Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) Chaudhry Moonis Elahi for implicating him in the NICL scam.
Agha said that it has been reported that

Accountability court summons former food minister Tikka

LAHORE – An accountability court on Friday summoned former minister for food Iqbal Tikka with his brother Azam Tikka, son-in-law Hammad Tikka and Adil Saleem Tikka, newly nominated co-accused in a reference filed against Sheikh Muhammad Ayub the owner of renowned Qasr-e-Zauk for February 2.
National Accountability Bureau had nominated Iqbal Tikka, Azam Tikka, Hammad Tikka and Adil Saleem Tikka by following the direction of Supreme Court during the hearing of a suo motu notice

CDGL and LDA stop action against road cuts removal

LAHORE – The City District Government Lahore (CDGL) and the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) have stopped action against removal of more than 50 unauthorised road cuts traced out on various roads, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Both departments had planned to close all illegal road cuts considered as big hurdles in smooth flow of traffic after Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif ordered in July 2010 that no road cuts would be allowed after completion of new roads and departments

PR lauds inauguration of Prem Nagar dry port

LAHORE – The Pakistan railways inaugurated a dry port on Friday and announced that it was a ‘good omen’ that a 60-container-train had reached the dry port of Prem Nagar because this was the first private sector container-train.
The PR in with collaboration with two private companies has made a landmark by creating the dry port of Prem Nagar, said PR Chairman Shahid Hussain Raja. He made these statements after the inauguration of the dry port. He said that there were few railways