IGPs support spreading out women’s police networks

IGPs support spreading out women’s police networks

LAHORE – In a country where women comprise about 50 percent of the population, and the most crimes that occur do so against women, it is also women police officers (WPOs) that are needed the most in order to make the police force more viable and more gender sensitive.
Campaigning for the inclusion of more women, especially from an educated background, in the police is integral but to achieve this result there must be all-out support given by some of the police high-ups as well.

Ahlesunnat-wa-Aljamaat speaks out for KSA

LAHORE – Ahlesunnat-wa-Aljamaat leaders said on Friday that the campaign against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) was an attempt to fan sectarian violence in the country and that they would not allow any country to use Pakistani soil to promote its agenda.
Addressing a rally outside the Press Club, Sheikh Muhammad Akmal, Maulana Hussain Ahmed and MA Usmani said the government’s silence over wall-chalking in Karachi against Saudia Arabia was deplorable. Akmal said that the forces

March for Education campaign continues in full swing

LAHORE – The March for Education campaign to end educational emergency is going on in full swing on the Internet, as thousands of users are signing the petition in order to urge the federal government to increase the education budget to four percent but Punjab Education Department sources claim that the department is working on its own roadmap.
The campaign started after the Pakistan Education Task Force’s (PETF) report on the “Education Emergency Pakistan Booklet”, which

University of Freshology solves youth problems

LAHORE – Sprite University of Freshology was launched in Lahore on Friday to promote “Fresh Thinking” by creating a youth engagement platform that aims to recognize youth problems in Pakistan and provide witty solutions to them.
The University of Freshology will collect ‘maslas’ of all nature through SMS and e-mail through a nationwide activity promotion and will discuss shortlisted issues through various workshops.
Saad Haroon, a popular standup comedian, will act as the

GCU wins literary gala

LAHORE – The Government College University (GCU) Debating Society (DS) won the All Pakistan Inter Collegiate Literary Gala, beating 16 teams from all over the country, held at the Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi. The GCU’s team comprising Hafiz Obaid Ullah, Muhammad Saad Farooq Ziai, Ali Zafar and Hafiz Ali Moeen Uddin lifted the team trophy at the literary gala. Ziai stood first in the Arifana Kalam Contest, Hafiz Obaid Ullah secured first position in the Qiraat Contest while

Training course concludes for Motorway police

LAHORE – N-5 Central Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Syed Ibne Hussain addressed the passing-out ceremony of the 13th Upper Class course as well as the closing ceremony of the sports festival at Motorway Police Training Institute (MPTI) on Friday. The DIG said that the training standard and facilities provided by the Police Training Institute were not less than that of any other training institute in the world. He hoped that the passed out trainees would serve the nation better than

Flour mills begin 3-day strike in Sindh

KARACHI – Flour mills across Sindh have gone on a three-day strike against ongoing ban on inter-district movement of wheat in province.
Sindh Floor Mills Association (SFMA) argued that the ban has increased the price of flour by Rs.100 per bag.
On the other hand, the Food Department said that there was no wheat crisis in the province.
The ban, it said, has been imposed to curb smuggling of wheat.

When oil powers electrons, KESC wants (at least) 4 rupees more

KARACHI – With the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) now left with only 100 million cubic feet per day (MMCFD) of gas, a likely revision of tariffs will impact the power utility’s consumers – most citizens will now have to shell out over Rs 11 for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumed as opposed to the Rs 7.39 being paid currently.


KARACHI – As many as 89 Indian fishermen began their homeward journey on Thursday, after Pakistani authorities released them from the Malir jail. The fishermen – arrested by Pakistan Navy on charges of violating territorial waters – were put on two buses and sent to Lahore, where they will be handed over to Indian authorities on Friday at the Wagah border.
Some of the released fishermen belong to Kachh in the Indian state of Gujarat, and many also have close relatives in Karachi.

‘Incidents of targeted killings have reduced’

KARACHI – Incidents of target killings have reduced in the city and action against criminals involved in targeted killings and extortions is being accelerated to get more results, said Federal Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Thursday.
He expressed these views while talking to journalists at the office of Sindh Election Commission, where he had arrived along with Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and leaders of coalition parties of the PPP-led Sindh government, to file

Bank robbed of Rs 9.85m with guard’s help

KARACHI – Five men equipped with weapons robbed a private bank in Jodia Bazaar of Rs 9.85 million with the help of the bank’s security guard early Thursday morning, the Kharadar Police said.
According to Kharadar Police Sub-Inspector Ghulam Ishaq, five men entered the Jodia Bazaar branch of the Muslim Commercial Bank at 6:30 am on Thursday with the help of the bank’s security guard, Muhammad Anwar, who was deployed there by Mastan Security.
The robbers held the bank staff

‘Orders to kill journalist Wali Babar issued from South Africa’

KARACHI – Orders to kill journalist Wali Babar were issued by some “influential people” living in South Africa but who have connections in Karachi, according to a report prepared by a joint investigation team (JIT) probing the case and the five suspects that have been arrested thus far.
Babar was murdered in broad daylight on January 13, 2011, with former provincial home minister Zulfiqar Mirza assuring the journalist community that his killers will be nabbed.
Five men

Good samaritans at disaster sites end up creating problems for rescue staff: Edhi

KARACHI – The common people who rush to disaster sites for helping victims, instead create problems for the rescue workers in shifting the injured to hospitals, said renowned philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi.
He said this while talking with Pakistan Today after delivering his speech at a lecture session titled ‘Emergency Medical Care During Disasters’ organised by the Aga Khan University Hospital on Thursday.
“In case of any disaster, most people rush to the site and want to

Quirks in ambiguity

KARACHI – Over the years Asad Hussain has examined a radical change in human psychology, whereas Farooq Mustafa’s works are short stories of himself, his surroundings and his surreal imagination, said a press release issued by the Canvas Gallery where Hussain and Mustafa’s exhibition of artworks titled ‘Ambiguous Journey’ is running until April 21.
Hussain said, “I have observed imbalanced minds and injustice that has unleashed the animal inside us and set it loose. Awareness, as

MQM decries government apathy towards killings of its workers

KARACHI – Eighty-one Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists and sympathisers have been killed since January 2011, arising restlessness and concerns in the minds of MQM workers and people of Karachi about the unremitting acts of terrorism against the MQM, expressed the MQM Coordination Committee members in a press conference on Thursday.
Speaking at the press conference in Nine Zero, MQM leader Raza Haroon said that on Tuesday, armed terrorists had killed Mehmoodabad Sector

SHC wants Sindh to explain why local government polls aren’t being held

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court on Thursday issued notices to the chief election commissioner, the local government secretary and the Sindh advocate general, seeking explanation over the delay in holding the local government elections.
After hearing preliminary arguments from the petitioner, the division bench comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi issued notices to the respondents while directing them to submit their comments on the constitutional

‘Gas load shedding will end by next month’

KARACHI – Petroleum Secretary Imtiaz H Kazi on Thursday assured that load shedding for compressed natural gas (CNG) will end by the next month.
He said this while talking to a delegation led by CNG Station Owners Association Chairman Malik Khuda Baksh, which had called on Kazi and Gas Director General Mohammad Azam for discussing the problems being faced by CNG retailers and consumers due to the ongoing gas load shedding.
Kazi and Azam explained that due to annual repair and