Warraich accuses PML-N of putting Punjab on sale

Warraich accuses PML-N of putting Punjab on sale

LAHORE: State Minister for Communications and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich on Tuesday accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of putting Punjab on sale and distributing public-sector educational institutions amongst party leaders and loyalists.
He made these remarks in a press conference at the Lahore Press Club along with PPP Punjab Secretary General Samiullah Khan, Information Secretary Dr Fakharuddin Chaudhry, Finance

I’m happy Sharif is going: Asma

LAHORE: Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President and renowned human rights activist Asma Jahangir said on Tuesday that she was happy on Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif’s retirement and hopes that upcoming LHC CJ Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry would not repeat his predecessor’s mistakes.
She made these remarks while talking to journalists at the LHC premises. Commenting on the LHC CJ’s statement that he would work for people’s welfare, Asma said that

Goodbye Khwaja Sharif – LBA balks at taking cheques for Aiwan-e-Adl affectees

LAHORE: The Lahore Bar Association (LBA) in its meeting on Tuesday expressed hesitation in receiving two cheques recommended and sanctioned by Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Khawaja Muhammad Sharif for LBA members who were injured by police during a crackdown on the Aiwan-e-Adl on October 31.
The LBA would take the final decision in this regard in its meeting to be held on December 8 at the Aiwan-e-Adl Committee Room. According to the details, the LHC CJ had

Fresh Ashura deployments, attack suspected

LAHORE: Lahore Police, to prevent terrorists’ attack as suspected by the Interior Ministry, will deploy fresh troops at and around the route of main Zuljinah procession, especially at Karbala Gamay Shah where the procession concludes, on Muharram 10, police sources told Pakistan Today on Tuesday.
Police officials have declared 184 points as sensitive on the route of Zuljinah processions. Lahore Police has chalked out a ‘comprehensive plan’ in order to avoid any untoward incident

Women must rise against violence

LAHORE: South Asia Partnership (SAP) marked 16 days against gender violence, paying tribute to the three American sisters who were physically tortured when they tried to raise their voice against autocracy.
The SAP event brought together change makers, both women and men, from all districts of Punjab. It was discussed that violence against women was present at, at least, three different levels; personal, community based, and regional/national.
Shamim Malik, a lawyer,

Jamil Fakhri – A tired man mourns

Jamil Fakhri, a veteran actor, and his family were reminded of the words Jamil had spoken only two days ago, “I don’t know if I will receive my son’s body in pieces or ashes,” when the news confirming Ali Ayaz Fakhri’s was murdered came late on Monday night from the Pakistan Embassy in the United States.
Ali’s body was recognized through Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) test as it was feared that he died of burning. Various television and Lollywood stars visited Jamil Fakhri,

A new member joins the Lahore Zoo’s zebra family

LAHORE: This year once again, a zebra at the Lahore Zoo has given birth to a male foal making a total of nine zebras, with four males and five females. After a long gestation of 12 months, the foal born is now suckling on its mother and is healthy.
The Lahore Zoo has been trying to conserve the Burchell’s zebra in-situ (in captivity, not in the wild) conservation since the last few years. “The zoo management has been very vigilant in the breeding and the conservation of this

Transgenders rejoice official acceptance of identity

KARACHI: “Hamari Manzoori Ho Gai!” chanted Fauzia, a transgender, as she clapped and triumphantly danced to the beat of a drum on Tuesday outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC).
Along with many of her ilk, Fauzia was rejoicing the inclusion of the third gender column in the National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) registration form for computerised national identity cards (CNICs). “We have got our identity!” Fauzia said when asked about the benefits of a separate box for

Transfer of ministries to provinces – No funds, only liabilities received, says Sindh

KARACHI: The Sindh government has decided that a letter with serious reservations would be sent to the federal government about the delay in the transfer of assets and funds of the five departments transferred to the provinces by the centre.
The decision was made in a meeting at the Chief Minister’s House headed by Qaim Ali Shah. The meeting reviewed various matters related to the transfer of the five departments from the federal government in accordance with the 18th

PAC restricts Sindh universities from borrowing overdrafts

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on Tuesday restricted all public universities of the province from borrowing overdrafts from banks for meetings their financial needs.
Sindh PAC Chairman Jam Tamachi Unnar presided chaired the committee meeting at the Sindh Assembly in which he directed the universities’ management to contain their expenses within their annual budgetary limits.
The decision was taken after the committee reviewed the 2006-07 and

Experts seek proper execution of Land Tenancy Act

KARACHI: The speakers of a consultative workshop on agriculture issues, jointly organised by Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI), Oxfam GB and European Commission, on Monday demanded proper implementation of Land Tenancy Act in Sindh.
They urged the country’s commercial banks to decrease the interest rate on agricultural loans for small farmers, adding the government should give subsidy to the banks for this purpose.
They also asked the State Bank of Pakistan to

Defence Cogent Plant yet to produce electricity

KARACHI: Defence cogent power plant is not functioning for six months due to compressor faults and the Defence Cogent Ltd (DCL) management, major share holder of the project, is not willing to repair it, sources said on Monday.
The plant is the only steam power plant of the city that can produce 84 megawatts but is switched off because the DCL management claiming scarcity of funds required for plant reparation, sources told Pakistan Today.
The plant generates electricity as

No to GST, no to gas prejudice

LAHORE: Traffic remained jammed on The Mall and other adjacent roads due to a protest by industrialists in front of Governor’s House causing massive commuter inconvenience.
The industrialists were demanding the smooth supply of gas and protesting against GST. Cars, motorbikes and public transport stuck in the traffic and people have to wait hours for reaching their destination. Roads adjacent to The Mall including Davis Road, Jail Road and adjoining roads were cluttered with

Rescue 1122 clarifies, trainer affirms failure, ‘unprofessional attitude’

LAHORE: “We try our best to pass each candidate participating in different courses of basic medical aid,” says Chief Instructor Disaster Relief for Irish and Pakistani People (DRIP) Dr Nauman talking to Pakistan Today on Monday.
The DRIP Chief Instructor Dr. Nauman told Pakistan Today that 43 Rescue 1122 officials (trainers) and 5 Edhi Ambulane Service staff attended a basic medical aid course, Emergency First Responder (EFR).
Dr Nauman said DRIP started the program to

A final happy farewell?

LAHORE: Lahore High Court Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif has recommended and sanctioned the payment of a grant of Rs 2 million for the Lahore Bar and Rs 3 million for the members who suffered injuries and humiliation at the hands of police during the crackdown on the Aiwan I Adl on October 1st.
The Rs 5 million grant to the Lahore Bar and its injured members comes as a last effort by the Chief Justice, retiring on December 8 (tomorrow) to extend a friendly gesture to the

Political pressure blocks appointment of KU Islamic Learning dean

KARACHI: The growing political pressure has become a hurdle in appointment of faculty of Islamic learning dean at the University of Karachi despite passing nearly two years of Jalaluddin Noori’s suspension as a dean, Pakistan Today learnt on Monday.
Faculty of Islamic Learning has been working without permanent dean for the last 21 months due to growing political pressure for reappointment of Jalaluddin Noori as dean. Noori was suspended by syndicate of the varsity when he was

Clerics want govt to leave Aasia matter to the courts

LAHORE: Milli Majlis-e- Shariah forum of clerics from different sects, has warned the government that they would strongly resist any move to procedurally change the Blasphemy Law. Leaders of Milli Majlis ask the government to leave the Aasia Bibi issue on courts instead of poking its nose in judicial matters.
They said that the governor of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has committed contempt of court and blasphemy also by visiting Aasia bibi in jail. In a joint press