MQM shifts rally to Football Stadium

MQM shifts rally to Football Stadium

LAHORE – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Isteqam-e-Pakistan Convention, scheduled to be held at Qaddafi Stadium on Sunday, was shifted to the Football Stadium at the 11th hour due to security concerns, traffic problems and traders’ protest against closure of their shops and food outlets along the outer wall of the stadium.
Security has been kept as the highest priority as the MQM gets ready for its biggest showdown in Lahore. The Punjab government, showing deep concern over

Acting GCU VC following in predecessor’s footsteps

LAHORE – Government College University (GCU) Acting Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Ikramul Haq is nowadays coming in for a lot of criticism for trying to appoint his handpicked GCU Deputy Registrar Nauman Jamil as registrar, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources in GCU said Haq and GCU Registrar Faisal Khurshid, whose extended term is going to end on April 12, want to have Jamil appointed as registrar before a regular VC is appointed and stop a fair audit. They alleged that Jamil, who

‘People must stand by army in resisting US’

LAHORE – Former Finance Affairs minister Dr Mubashir Hassan, in an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today on Friday, urged people to support Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and Joint Chiefs of the Staff Committee (CJCSC) Chairman General Shamim Wyne in their efforts to resist the bullying tactics of the US.
The Pakistan People’s Party-Shaheed Bhutto (PPP-SB) leader criticised American interference in Pakistan’s internal affairs and said that the US always had

Diversity thy name is human

Have you ever imagined a society full of robots? Will it then be called a ‘society’? What is so special about erring humans that lacks in robots which work with undoubted perfection? Among other things, robots lack the will to differ… the choice to be diverse… Diversity is the word for today.
In the heart of a country known (in good and bad ways both) to be ‘exceedingly’ multiethnic, Grass Root Organization for Human Development and Social Welfare united the assorted tastes of

Suffering of an immigrant – Inaam premiered

LAHORE – Akifa Mian’s short film Inaam was screened at Cinegold, Bahria Town, on Saturday in the galaxy of various stars. Inaam made its mark in the 13th London Asian Film Festival 2011. Inaam, a short film which has universal appeal, is a story based on a young man who struggles as an immigrant in a new culture. Inaam was shot in 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

Hoax call sparks terror alert at NIPA, CSA

LAHORE – Civil Lines and Cantt Division Police carried out a thorough search operation in the surroundings of the National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) and Civil Services Academy (CSA) after receiving a hoax call about a terrorists’ plan to infiltrate the two buildings on Saturday.
An anonymous caller told CCPO Lahore Aslam Tarin that terrorists were planning to attack NIPA in the Civil Lines police area and CSA in the Cantonment area The CCP sent two police teams

LHC moved to stop HEC dissolution

LAHORE – A petition was filed in the Lahore High Court (LHC) challenging the dissolution of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Saturday. Petitioner Advocate Fahad Ahmed Siddiqi submitted that the objective of the HEC is to facilitate institutions of higher education.
He said that the federal government has decided to devolve and dissolve the HEC to the provinces and started consulting with provincial governments in this regard. Siddiqi said that the federal government was

ECO train a permanent feature: Railways

LAHORE – The Pakistan Railways administration has said that the Gul Express, ECO container train, between Pakistan and Turkey via Iran, has become a permanent feature as it promotes regional and international trade links.
While contradicting a news item published in a local paper, PR Director Public Relations Mohsin Yousuf, in a press statement on Saturday, said the train had become a monthly service since August 2010 and runs on first Thursday of each month between Pakistan and

PLF hails presidential reference on ZAB’s case

LAHORE – The People’s Lawyers’ Forum (PLF) Punjab chapter on Saturday hailed the presidential reference filed in the Supreme Court (SC) to revisit the Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (ZAB) hanging case.
PLF Punjab Senior Vice President Malik Nasir Awan and Additional General Secretary Rana Sufyan Arshad said that ZAB’s death was a judicial murder, as the judges who gave the decision have also accepted that it was a wrong decision. They said that revisiting the case will also be helpful to

Home secretary to receive canal breaches report

LAHORE – A judicial inquiry report on canal and spur breaches in floods will be officially handed over to the Punjab Home Secretary on Monday. The Judicial Flood Inquiry Tribunal registrar will hand over the report in a ceremony at the Lahore High Court.
The Judicial Flood Inquiry Tribunal Chairman Justice Syed Mansoor Ali Shah along with members Abdul Sattar Shakir and Shafqat Masood, completed the report on April 8, titled “A Rude Awakening”, which consists of 475 pages

Lahoris witness light rain

LAHORE – Lahoris witnessed light rain on Saturday but according to the Met Office, weather remained dry in most parts of the country. Rain and thunderstorm were witnessed at isolated places of North Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sargodha and Multan.
According to the Met Office, widespread rain with dust and thunderstorms are expected in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa today (Sunday) while scattered rain with dust and thunderstorms are expected in Quetta, Zhob, Kalat, Sukkur, Larkana,

National Project Management Conference kicks off

LAHORE – The National Project Management Conference kicked off Saturday to tackle the issues relating to development in Pakistan. More than 150 professionals attended the conference. Noted speakers included Expert Systems CEO Khalid Ahad Khan, Prof Rizwan Amin Sheikh and Dr Faheem-ul-Islam.
As part of PMI’s focus on education and advocacy for project management and its role in the social and commercial development in Pakistan, a two-day NPC conference is being held on the 9th and

LDA gears up for the monsoon

LAHORE – The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has approved the construction of storm-water drains and gully gratings at 21 drainage-deficient locations of the city. The project will cost Rs 151 million and will start before the start of monsoon.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the LDA governing body on Saturday. District Coordination Officer and LDA Chairman Ahad Khan Cheema chaired the meeting, which was attended by LDA Director General Abdul Jabbar Shaheen, LDA

ACE books schoolteacher for taking bribe

LAHORE – The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on Saturday registered a case against a school teacher for taking bribes from sanitary workers of TMA Gujjar Khan to provide age relaxation from the government.
According to details, Muhammad Irshad, school teacher at the Government Middle School Jhand Nagar, Gujjar Khan took Rs 30,000 from 13 work charge sanitary workers on the pretext of getting age relaxation orders from the government and providing them fake documents

84 accused nabbed by police in Sindh

KARACHI – The Sindh Police have arrested 84 accused involved in various crimes in the province during the past 24 hours.
An announcement to this effect was made in a police statement on Saturday.
It said that weapons and narcotics were also recovered from their

MQM delegation invites PPP to meeting

LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party Secretary General Jahangir Badr has termed the start of politics by Muttehida Qaumi movement (MQM) in Punjab a good omen for the country.
Talking to media after a meeting with MQM delegation at his residence here on Saturday, he said that MQM was working for the deprived and middle class which was in line with the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founder of PPP.
He appreciated the MQM for its entry to Punjab and hoped it would benefit

Boom Boom Afridi comes home to boisterous fans and unruly media

KARACHI – Bereft of heroes in our age and time, eager fans (relatives and children of ministers and bureaucrats) and an unruly media turned the congratulatory reception of the Green Shirts at the Chief Minister’s (CM) House on Friday into real hell for our cricketing heroes.
The event was condemned to mismanagement soon after the Pakistan team arrived in the lawn of the CM House, with security personnel desperately trying to catch relatives and children of ministers and