Expanding the arc of knowledge…

Expanding the arc of knowledge…

KARACHI – “The more one absorbs influences through information, the more one understands; and it is this understanding that brings growth to our circles. I call this intellectual and spiritual growth – expanding the arc of knowledge,” says artist Haya Sehgal.
Sehgal’s work could be divided into two categories: the Arabic names of God (calligraphic forms) and the Arabic alphabet.
For her, learning to read and recite the Arabic text (the holy Quran) came from a primal instinct

‘Lashkar-e-Balochistan activist’ arrested

KARACHI – Law enforcement agencies (LEAs) have arrested an activist of the Lashkar-e-Balochistan (LeB) and foiled a bid to set up a wing of the LeB in Karachi, Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Saud Mirza said on Sunday.
“The Crime Investigation Department of the Karachi police arrested him when he was on his way to plant a bomb at the police headquarters in the Garden area,” the city’s police chief added.
He said that the accused has been identified as Abdul Qadir Qalmiti

Awami National Party activist gunned down

KARACHI – An Awami National Party (ANP) activist was gunned down in Lyari, the Chakiwara police said on Sunday.
The residents of Bihar Colony informed the police about a man’s body, which was then recovered by the law enforcers. The deceased was identified as 28-year-old Nasrullah Khan, whose body was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi and later handed over to the heirs.
Police said that the victim had suffered nine bullets in his upper torso, and registered FIR No 70/11

Sindh govt seeks five-year budget for ministries devolved under 18th Amend

KARACHI – The cash-strapped Sindh government is seeking the federal government’s help for ensuring at least five years’ budget for the ministries devolved under the 18th Constitutional Amendment so that the affairs of the departments could be run properly in the future.
The demand was made by the province’s financial experts at a meeting held in Islamabad on January 29, 2011 with senior officials of the Finance Ministry.
The gathering was also attended by finance authorities

‘The power of one’ and the PQA’s Rs 2m loss

KARACHI – The Port Qasim Authority (PQA) has suffered a loss of almost Rs 2 million in litigation over – what the sources say – useless issues at the hands of the authority’s former deputed employee, Abdul Jabbar Memon.
Despite the fact that Memon is a government employee, he is also a member of the Sindh Bar Council (SBC) in clear violation of government rules.
He has been constantly involved in litigation with the PQA after his repatriation, thereby causing the authority

Rich tributes paid to Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

KARACHI – Zulfikar Ali Bhutto strengthened the federation and ensured inter-provincial harmony besides bringing real democracy to the country, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Women Wing Sindh Information Secretary Sharmila Farooqui said on Sunday.
Paying rich tributes to the PPP’s founding chairman on the eve of his 32nd death anniversary, she said that Bhutto wanted to build the country’s reputation worldwide through his great foreign policies.
Farooqui said that the best way

‘Educational institutions should be allowed to contribute towards policy-making’

KARACHI – Educational institutions should be given a chance to contribute towards policy-making and the time has come to catch up with the global phenomena and give top priority to education, said a visiting scholar from the US, Dr Shaheer Ahmed Khan while speaking at Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology (SSUET) on Sunday.
A senior Aligarhian, Dr Khan is associated with various organisations in the US to help students ambitious to get higher education in foreign

Mirza orders foolproof security for Larkana

KARACHI – Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Ali Mirza directed the Inspector General of Police on Sunday to ensure foolproof security measures in Larkana for the 32nd death anniversary of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto today (Monday).
“Necessary steps need to be taken to thwart any security breach as leaders and workers of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) will gather in Ghari Khuda Bux in large numbers to pay homage to their great revolutionary leader,” he said in the directive issued to the

Sana vs Riaz – PML-N, PPP fuel rivalry over doctors’ strike

LAHORE – The PML-N and PPP are fueling their political rivalry on doctors’ strike, a trauma for patients and ordeal for medical practitioners. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has announced the launching of an FIR against Raja Riaz for instigating the doctors on strike.
Rana Sanaullah said that Raja Riaz should convince the doctors to perform their duties rather than inciting them to violation of law and order in the province. He said that Raja Riaz was serving his vested

LDA restructuring Directorate of Estate Management

LAHORE – In order to accommodate District Management Group (DMG) officers on deputation, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has resorted to restructuring the Directorate of Estate Management once again to take action against land grabbers, demolish illegal buildings, retrieve lands from illegal possession, sign agreements for sale of all types of plots and grant extensions in building periods, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The restructuring comes at a critical time when Punjab

Will GCU get a regular registrar?

LAHORE – Government College University (GCU) Registrar Sahibzada Faisal Khurshid’s extended term of office is going to end on April 12 but Punjab’s Higher Education Department (HED) is procrastinating when it comes to appointing a new registrar.
On the other hand, Faisal is trying frantically to get another six-month extension much to the dismay of GCU faculty members.
Faisal became a controversial figure when he allowed a dance performance by stage actress Deedar at GCU in

APCNGA divided over two-day weekly closure

LAHORE – After not getting an encouraging response from its members, the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) decided to postpone the violation of the two-day weekly closure of CNG stations, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The APCNGA had planned to violate the two-day weekly closure by opening CNG stations in Lahore region on Monday and Tuesday but its members did not give an encouraging response, which compelled the APCNGA to drop the idea of violating the ban, sources said. Last

Urban transit – A future for Gunj Bakhsh Town

The idea pitched, of transit-oriented development, must be located within the specific context of Lahore. The argument of this model shall centre around the Data Gunj Bakhsh town forming the central business district of Lahore. The area starts outwards from the Lahore High Court, spanning the Circular Road and The Mall, swelling out to five to seven minutes walking distances.
Forming the centre of the city’s business activity it is faced by a peculiar phenomena: while the city’s

Short film ‘Inaam’ to be screened at Cinegold on 9th

LAHORE – Akifa Mian’s short film Inaam will be screened at Cinegold Cinema, Bahria Town on April 9. Inaam has made its mark at the 13th London Asian Film Festival 2011. Inaam is a short film, which has a universal appeal, as its story is based on a young man who struggles as an immigrant in a new culture.
The short film was filmed at London with an international cast and crew. The film is based on socio political issues faced by Pakistani immigrants living in a small community in

Shop, Lahoris, Shop

LAHORE – The first-ever Lahore Shopping Festival 2011 was opened here at Lahore Polo Club in the presence of hundreds of participants who had flocked to be part of this event. It was expected that Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif would open the festival but later MNA Hamza Shahbaz opened the ceremony. A polo match was also part of the Lahore Shopping Festival opening ceremony.
Hundreds of pigeons and balloons were also released in the air the mark the opening of the Lahore Shopping

Dry weather expected for next few days

LAHORE – After uncertain weather conditions during the last few days, the Met Office on Sunday said that dry weather is expected in most parts of the country for the next few days. Rain and thunderstorm in Upper Punjab made the weather pleasant in Lahore while the maximum temperature remained at 31 Degrees Celsius.
Isolated rain and thunderstorm is expected at a few places of Rawalpindi, Malakand, Hazara divisions, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir today (Monday). Due to the