Khuhro takes on the stooges

Khuhro takes on the stooges

KARACHI – Some moments are priceless. Even better are the ones that give a sense of ecstasy, and galvanise the people – at least the ones in the press gallery of the Sindh Assembly. Many thanks then to Speaker Nisar Khuhro, who called out some ministers on their declarations of nothingness at the Sindh Assembly session on Wednesday. The moment was euphoric, I wish you were there.
Khuhro Saheb is not a pure-bred jiyala (with due respects to you, sir): he started his political

KESC cuts the chord(s) with rental power plant

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC),under fire from various quarters for purchasing extremely expensive electricity from rental plants, has decided to stop purchasing electricity from a Dubai-based power company from next month, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources told Pakistan Today that KESC officials, during the recently-held public hearing organised by National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), confirmed that supply from rental generators will be

MQM may have its way on LG system issue too

KARACHI – The PPP hinted on Wednesday that it might accept the MQM’s local government (LG) system formula in Karachi and Hyderabad. “Our allies have interest in two districts – Karachi and Hyderabad – and we cannot afford to lose the remaining 21 districts of Sindh,” said PPP leader and Sindh Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani, while talking to journalists after attending the Sindh Assembly session.
He said that both parties have agreed to resume talks on the

Lyari’s Amn Committee to be disbanded on MQM demand?

KARACHI – The People’s Amn Committee (PAC) might be abolished on MQM’s demand and merged with the PPP’s Youth Wing, Pakistan Today has learnt. “It was not included in our explicit demands, but it would be better to abolish the PAC since it is a gang of criminals who are involved in extortion and the Sher Shah incident,” said MQM Rabita Committee member Waseem Aftab. Sources said that since the PAC is not formally affiliated with the PPP, no official announcement of PAC’s abolishment

GCU VC’s term of office ends today

LAHORE – Government College University (GCU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Khalid Aftab’s 18-year tenure officially ends today and Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif has ruled out the chance of any extension in his tenure. University officials and educationists are wondering who will be given the charge of GCU’s additional VC, in Dr Aftab’s absence.
GCU sources said Dr Aftab was reluctant to hand over the charge to anybody till the formal appointment of a VC, for which the

Opposition leader serves show-cause notice on ‘turncoats

LAHORE – Punjab Assembly leader of the opposition Chaudhry Zaheeruddin has issued show-cause notice on the house members elected on the Pakistan Muslim League Quaid (PML-Q) tickets in 2008 with bicycle as their election symbol, and who have been disloyal to their original party to form a ‘Lota’ bloc (a bloc of turn coats).
Parliamentary leader of the Unification Bloc, PML-Q dissident group, Dr Tahir Ali Javaid, said Zaheeruddin had no authority to issue notices. According to a

Punjab abolishes key local government posts

LAHORE – The Punjab government has abolished the posts of four executive district officers (EDOs) and three deputy district officers (DDOs) from the district administration, Pakistan Today has learnt. The move is a part of the review and rationalisation of departments initiated by the Punjab government. Punjab chief minister constituted a cabinet committee, headed by Sardar Zulfiquar Khosa to spearhead the rationalisation process, and abolished a total of 234 posts of EDOs and DDOs on

‘Hamza-lovers’ vent spleen on Zardari

Lahore – The Hamza Lovers Organization protested on Wednesday against President Asif Ali Zardari and Sindh Interior Minister Zulfiqar Mirza due to the Pakistan People’s Party’s (PPP) refusal to accept the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) 10-point agenda. The protestors, who had come on motorbikes and two passenger vans, gathered in front of Press Club and blocked the road for a coupe of hours. They hoisted party flags and raised slogans against Asif Ali Zardari. The

UoE VC briefs HEC on academic programmes

Lahore – University of Education (UoE) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Farhat Saleem briefed the Higher Education Commission (HEC) about various programmes offered by the university. The VC also updated the HEC about edifying activities on the campuses. QEC Director Dr Saeed Akhter, Division of Arts and Social Sciences Director Dr Muzaffar Abbas, HEC Executive Director Dr Sohail Naqvi, Member Academics Sheikh Altaf, other senior faculty and HEC members participated in the briefing session.

One ANP man’s arrest, misery for many in Keamari

KARACHI – Socio-economic activities in Keamari were suspended for hours on Wednesday after activists of a political party blocked the roads to protest the arrest of their colleague. The transportation of trade cargo at the Karachi port came to a halt when angry protesters belonging to the ANP took to streets in the afternoon and blocked the main MA Jinnah Road.
The forced cut in supply route slowed down the pace of cargo handling at the port with Pakistan International Container

Over 80 but hale and hardy… or is he?

KARACHI – An application filed to disqualify Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah due to him being overage was declared maintainable by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday. The ECP also directed the applicant, Sindh Doctors Ittehad Chairman Dr Muhammad Ali Thalo, to appear before the chief election commissioner on March 12 to argue his case.Thalo tried to file his application at ECP’s Karachi office in June last year, but provincial authorities did not accept his


PML-N activist gunned down in Gulshan-e-Iqbal

KARACHI – A PML-N activist was gunned down by unidentified people in Gulshan-e-Iqbal in the wee hours of Wednesday, police said. Yousuf Baloch, 40, was shot near Rab Medical Centre in Block 13 of Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
He was being taken to the Patel Hospital for treatment but he died on the way. Later, his body was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for an autopsy. Police believe that the murder could have been motivated by personal enmity.
In another incident, a

World Bank urged to change mind on Thar coal project

KARACHI – The Sindh government asked the World Bank (WB) on Wednesday to review its decision of not assisting in the development of the Thar coal energy project and provide support to make the scheme possible. Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah made this request during a meeting with a WB delegation at the Chief Minister’s House.
The WB officials assured the chief minister that they would review the necessary modalities and further discuss the issue at another meeting to be held

SHC dismisses petition on reopening NRO cases

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) dismissed a petition filed for reopening the cases withdrawn under the National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) on Wednesday due to non-prosecution. The SHC divisional bench comprising Chief Justice Musheer Alam and Justice Syed Hassan Rizvi dismissed the petition filed by Iqbal Kazmi, who has continuously remained absent from hearings.
Kazmi had submitted that on October 5, 2007 former military ruler Pervez Musharraf issued the NRO, under

Sindh govt to stop officers’ hefty project allowances

KARACHI – The Sindh government will stop bureaucrats’ allowances and incentive packages so that money could be saved for plugging and repairing flood protective bunds, sources in the Finance Department informed Pakistan Today.
Government officers working on various projects are drawing funds worth billions of rupees in the form of special allowances, project allowances and incentive packages. Sindh is dealing with one of the worst financial constraints following the floods that

KESC CEO gets pre-arrest bail

KARACHI – A local court on Wednesday granted interim pre-arrest bail to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in an accidental murder case.
KESC CEO Tabish Gauhar and three other senior officials of the power utility are facing charges of carelessness and negligence, owing to which a young man was electrocuted in Malir last year. FIR No 163/2010 was registered against them under Section 319 of the Pakistan Penal Code on a complaint of the

Help the farmer sow the right way

KARACHI – Before sowing any crops or launching water schemes in the flood-hit Dadu district, the government should determine if the soil is fertile enough or not and also create awareness among the flood survivors about using clean potable water for preventing waterborne diseases. This was recommended by civil society and media representatives at a media workshop titled ‘Post Flood Related Issues in Dadu’ jointly organised by Participatory Development Initiatives (PDI) and OXFAM at a