Ravians distressed by PM’s unfulfilled grant promise

Ravians distressed by PM’s unfulfilled grant promise

LAHORE: Grant promised by the Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani last year at the 8th convocation of Government College University (GCU) Lahore for development works at GCU has not been sanctioned yet, while the 9th convocation is scheduled to be held on Friday.
Gillani who is also a former GCU student is not available this year at the convocation. GCU faculty members taunted that not only they will miss the prime minister but the walls and corridors of the 133-year-old building

Pillion riding ban proposed for Moharram

LAHORE: Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Muhammad Aslam Tareen on Wednesday has proposed a ban on pillion riding during preliminary days of Muharram-ul-Haram.
CCPO also appealed to the Ulema to restrict loud speakers’ use at mosques and imambargaahs, and that sermons should emphasize peace and solidarity among the people. He expressed these views, while talking to a 15-member delegation of Shia Ulema at his office under the leadership of Haider Ali Mirza. CCPO said foolproof

Artists’ attack – The Caged Bird Sings

LAHORE: A couple of months back a movie titled ‘The Expendables’ came out. Not only did the movie marked the return of the action oriented cinema but also it drove every muscle loving, shell splitting hardcore action fan at the edge of their seats, with the movie cramming with topnotch action heroes.
The recent exhibition at Zahoor-ul-Akhlaq Gallery, National College of Arts, was no small affair, and just like the movie, the list of artists contributing their work for this

Majid stresses the need for ideological consensus

LAHORE: The founder of ‘Khudi’, a social movement against extremism, Majid Nawaz said, “Extremism has been existing since partition, and it cannot be washed away within days. Pakistan is considered as a failed state because of lack of ideological consensus, which needs to be promoted to build a peaceful and democratic Pakistan.”
Quilliam Director Majid Nawaz expressed these views in an interview with Pakistan Today. He said Khudi had a comprehensive programme to eliminate

Punjab to probe, LDA corruption, nepotism

LAHORE: The Punjab government is planning to conduct a large-scale investigation into charges of corruption, nepotism, abuse of power and financial mismanagement in the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Pakistan Today has learnt.
The LDA has come under fire after surfacing of tendering scandals, faulty commercialisation policy, manipulation in 100 plots for LDA employees, silence over action against illegal housing schemes, missing files regarding high-rising buildings,

Institute of Child Health is short of staff

LAHORE: The Institute of Child Health is facing a severe faculty shortage, affecting the performance of the attached Children’s Hospital and inconveniencing patients coming from far flung areas, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The Children’s Hospital is a 700 bedded specialised hospital, which caters to a large number of patients coming from across the province. But due to shortage of senior faculty and specialist doctors patients have to leave the hospital disappointed. The shortage

No petrol or CNG for commuters

LAHORE: Majority of the city’s fuel stations stopped selling petrol and diesel around noon on Tuesday in anticipation of a possible increase in prices of petroleum products, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Citizens’ problems magnified as CNG stations were also closed due to gas load shedding. Petrol pumps owners expected that Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) will increase the petrol price by Rs 2.5 per litre and diesel by Rs 3 per litre.
Thus, the fuel stations in Model

Out in the Open – Land mafia occupies Punjab school land

LAHORE: A large portion of lands belonging to schools across Punjab have been illegally occupied by the land mafia while the Punjab government’s School Education Department is under pressure to vacate the occupied lands, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The lands have been occupied by influential people from decades in almost all districts of the province including Lahore, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Mianwali, Kasur, Rahim Yar Khan and Faisalabad and due to influential personalities and

‘We don’t share our plates with Christians’

LAHORE: We don’t share our plates with Christians,” says Aasma. She sits on a charpoy, next to her sister Aafia. Their old mother is with them. Together they are waiting for the local cleric who is to meet them in their small home in the village.
The two, in their twenties, are the women who accused Aasia Bibi of making blasphemous remarks against the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), when a group of women was out in the fields picking purple falsa berries for the season. Visually the

Who said sugar will be sold for Rs 72 per kilogramme?

LAHORE: Despite tall claims of Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif of selling sugar at Rs 72 per kilogrammes, either sugar is being sold at higher rates or there is no sugar at a large number of shops in the city, Pakistan Today has learnt. Shopkeepers have declined to sell the commodity owing to high price being charged by distributors. They said that in case of not selling sugar at Rs 72 per kilogramme, they were being fined by the district government.
The consumers were

Police clueless about robbery at Khawaja Asif’s house

LAHORE: Defence Police have not been able to trace the robbers involved in stealing valuables worth Rs 2.5 million from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Khawaja Asif’s house in Defence Housing Authority (B) Police Station precincts, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Police have registered a case on the complaint of Asif’s son Khawaja Asad. According to the first information report (FIR) registered with the Defense B Police, Khawaja Asad, a

Govt policies are shattering people’s confidence: Pervaiz

LAHORE: Flawed policies of the federal government are shattering the confidence of the masses and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has failed to show a commitment in resolving the problems of the nation, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Pervaiz Malik said on Monday in a press release.
He said that the federal government was playing havoc with the country and was busy in hurting the business community and the common man. Pervaiz said

Judicial remand of Hamaish Khan, Nisar and Afzal extended till December 11

LAHORE: An accountability court on Monday extended the judicial remand of former President Bank of Punjab (BOP) Hamaish Khan, and former honorary consulate in Qazikistan Seith Nisar, and Sheikh Muhammad Afzal till December 11. The Accused are alleged to be involved in the BOP fraud case in which Rs 12 billion has been embezzled.
American nationality holder Hamesh Khan is the key figure of BOP fraud case in which 12 billion rupees have allegedly been embezzled. Hamish is alleged

Munawar alleged to have received family pension illegally

LAHORE: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Monday filed a reference against former Assistant Advocate General Punjab Seema Munawar in an accountability court on the charge of receiving more than Rs. 3.859 million as family pension on fake documents.
The father of the accused, justice (R) Munawar Elahi Rana died on November 5, 1982, while her mother died on November 1, 1998 After the death of her mother, the accused applied for family pension showing herself to be single and

NGOs mark day against gender violence

LAHORE: Shirakt Gah, South Asia Partnership Pakistan and Kashf Foundation along with other non-governmental organisations (NGO) organised a walk and solidarity rally at the Lahore Press Club to mark the International Women Rights Defenders Day.
The participants carried banners and placards demanding an end to all forms of violence against women and acts of harassment against human rights defenders. November 29 is a day of recognition for human rights activists when activism,

Karachi crash death toll rises to 11

KARACHI: Death toll rose to 11, including eight crew members, as a Russian-made cargo plane crashed in the Naval area near Dalmian in Karachi soon after taking off from airport in the wee hours of Sunday, officials said.
Senior officials of the Civil Aviation Authorities (CAA), Pakistan Navy and other law enforcement agencies visited the scene while investigation into the incident would take a few days, Pakistan Today learnt.
Sindh Health Minister Sagheer Ahmed has sent the

None of country’s 13 air crashes probed properly

KARACHI: Since independence, the country has witnessed 13 air crashes, none of which have been investigated even after assurances by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the government.
Sources told Pakistan Today that orders were issued for their investigation from time to time, but not a single report of any crash was made public.
The situation is so distressing that even the investigation reports on plane crashes of former president Gen Ziaul Haq and Air Chief Marshal