Altaf sees equality essential for idea of a ‘one nation’

Altaf sees equality essential for idea of a ‘one nation’

KARACHI – The idea of ‘one nation’ cannot take root unless people belonging to all nationalities, ethnicities and cultures are treated equally, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said while talking to a delegation of students from various universities of the Punjab at MQM headquarters Nine Zero.
Addressing the delegation, which is on an inter-provincial study tour of various cities of Sindh on the invitation of Provincial Youth Affairs Minister Faisal Sabzwari,

Pak-India cricket diplomacy can open new avenues: Firdous

KARACHI – Cricket diplomacy can open new avenues of composite dialogue between Pakistan and India, Federal Information and Broadcasting Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan on Sunday.
“A peaceful solution to disputed matters between the two countries is not only the need of Pakistan, but of the entire region,” she said while addressing a press conference at a hotel. The federal minister said that trade ties also would also strengthen between Pakistan and India and help them engage in

MQM forms Central Council to expand party structure

KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has created a Central Council in a bid to expand its party structure across the country, announced Rabita Committee Deputy Convenor Dr Farooq Sattar at a press conference on Sunday at the party headquarters Nine-Zero.
A decision to form the Central Council was taken by the Rabita Committee after extensive deliberations, Sattar explained, with the council set to assist the Rabita Committee in meeting important national challenges and

Transformation plays key role in one’s life: Nosheen

KARACHI – “Transformation plays a key role in one’s life. We transform physically and pass through a lot of changes, and along with that our personalities change with time,” artist Nosheen Iqbal said.
Iqbal said that we learn from the changes around us as we are a part of a certain system that we live in. The system changes and so do we by transforming with it, and acquiring and adapting according to these changes, she added. “Nature does it all the time. It adapts to the changes

‘PPP government wants to empower women’

KARACHI – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) government is committed to the socio-economic empowerment of women through efficient and effective skill training programmes for them, Sindh Women Development Minister Tauqir Fatima Bhutto said on Sunday.
“It is with this very objective that efforts are under way to strengthen and expand the Benazir Bhutto Shaheed Youth Development Programme (BBSYDP),” she told delegations of women from different parts of the province at her office.

Whodunit? No fingerprint identification, no way to know!

KARACHI – Despite the present government’s claim of providing the law enforcers with modern crime detection equipment, the Sindh police are still without a proper fingerprint identification system, sources informed Pakistan Today.
The Sindh Information Technology Department had launched four major projects in 2008, namely the e-policing system, the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, the Police Record and Office Management Information System, and the Nationwide

MQM activists being trained for census?

KARACHI – A large number of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) activists are being trained along with government employees for the first phase of the upcoming census, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources within the Sindh Education Department told Pakistan Today that a large number of political workers from the MQM are being imparted training for the census in the guise of “community helpers.”
Spokesperson of the Sindh government and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)-Sindh

Laid off, awaiting a court hearing, KESC employee dies of heart attack

KARACHI – Saleem Shehzad, a former employee of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) awaiting court orders for reinstatement, died on Sunday after suffering a full cardiac arrest.
A resident of Ranchore Lines, Shehzad was among the 294 management-cadre employees sacked in April 2010 by the KESC management on charges of “poor performance and misconduct,” sources told Pakistan Today. The company’s stated reason for firing these officers was that they had failed to deliver

Couple adopts baby rescued by CWA

KARACHI – A couple adopted an abandoned baby that was rescued by the volunteers of the Chhipa Welfare Association (CWA). A CWA announcement issued on Sunday said that the baby has been named Yaqeen.
It said that the couple adopted the baby at a simple gathering held at a private hospital. CWA chief Ramzan Chhipa urged the couple to bring up the infant as their own biological child. He also asked them not to spare any effort for making Yaqeen a good citizen so that he can serve

Sindh govt not taking PML-F into confidence: Shaikh

KARACHI – Even though the Pakistan Muslim League-Functional (PML-F) is a coalition partner of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), the PPP-led Sindh government neither takes the PML-F into confidence on any issue nor invites it to the core committee meetings, PML-F leader Imtiaz Shaikh said on Sunday while talking to party activists at his residence.
Shaikh said that President Asif Ali Zardari always gives importance to the PML-F as an ally of the PPP in Sindh and the federation.

Sun power to ensure your meal is served hot, at a lesser cost!

KARACHI – Pakistan-born American is keen familiarise the people living in the rural areas of Pakistan with the technology of home-made, non-patent and cheap ‘solar box cooker’ as his social responsibility.
“I have come here to show the world’s cheapest solar box cooker, a simple technology that uses sunlight to bake and cook plain rice, prepare lentils and other foods on daily basis in a covered casserole, a porcelain-enamel cooking dish,” said Pakistani expatriate Afzal Syed in

MQM to organise mushaira at Anu Bhai Park today

KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) is organising a mushaira today (Monday) at Anu Bhai Park in Nazimabad in connection with its 27th foundation day. The event will be hosted by the MQM Karachi’s Tanzeemi Committee (KTC), which has finalised all arrangements in this regard, said a statement issued by MQM on Sunday.
It said that the prominent poets are expected to attend the mushaira. The KTC has appealed to the masses to ensure their full participation in the event.

JPMC’s 48th Annual Symposium kicks off today

KARACHI – The 48th Annual Symposium of the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) with the theme ‘Health Profession and Community Understandings and Misunderstandings’ will begin on Monday.
Federal Health Secretary Nargis Sethi will open the three-day event. Its inaugural ceremony will be followed by a scientific exhibition and plenary session. The plenary session would include guest lectures – ‘Myths and Facts of Medical Profession’ by Pakistan Medical Association President

Cricket ‘sweeps’ away Jashan-e-Baharan

LAHORE – The cricket mania has swept way the Jashan-e-Baharan held regularly every year under the aegis of the Pakistan Horticulture Authority (PHA), leaving no option for the Punjab government but to cancel the event in all but name.
“The Punjab government has not made the official announcement to cancel the traditional spring festival to avoid massive criticism by public,” a senior PHA official told Pakistan Today. “The simmering obsession around the Cricket World Cup 2011

Would-be ASIs brave elements

LAHORE – Poor arrangements made by the Punjab Public Service Commission at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore and at Police Training School Multan for around 40,000 candidates, appeared in the written test for 163 slots of Assistant Sub-Inspectors (ASIs) on Sunday, have irked candidates.
More than 15,000 candidates appeared in the written test for assistant sub inspectors (ASI) at the University of Engineering and Technology. The written test started at 9am

India favourites? Imran is wrong: Pervez Rasheed

LAHORE – Senator Pervaiz Rashid of the Pakistan Muslim League-N has expressed his surprise and anguish over the statement of Imran Khan declaring Indian cricket team as favorite for the forthcoming semi-final of World Cup 2011.
He said that it does not behoove a Pakistani politician to predict victory of Indian cricket team over Pakistan. He said that former Pakistan cricket team captain Imran Khan has hurt the sentiments of 160 million people of Pakistan by showing his lack of

Pakistan, India battle it out on cyberspace

LAHORE – There are still four days left for the battle of nerves in Wednesday’s semi final between India and Pakistan but the cyber battle between the two countries has already been begun on the Facebook and Twitter. Pakistanis and Indians are in a competition to create exciting graphics, catchy massages and amazing wall-posts on the social networking websites.
“To all the Indian fans out there….the weather forecast for March 30 is that a storm is coming and it is green in