NAB nabs exporter over bank default

NAB nabs exporter over bank default

KARACHI – A leading exporter has been arrested by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) -Sindh for alleged wilful bank default of Rs311 million. According to an announcement of NAB-Sindh on Wednesday, Abdul Qadir Jangda, proprietor of M/S Bukhari Commercial Exporters was arrested from Lahore for defaulting on commitments to KASB Bank and National Bank, and submitting fake property documents.
A complaint was filed through the State Bank governor against Jangda, and Muhammed

Dry wells in Achhro Thar, residents yet to get river water

KARACHI – The residents of Achhro Thar (White Desert) are demanding the government to provide them with river water. Achhro Thar is believed to be the most backward area of Pakistan, and is often affected by droughts due to which the underground water level has dropped drastically.
During former president Pervez Musharraf’s government, Thar Desert was provided with adequate river water with the help of pipes and vast networks of roads. However, no government since then has

Fascinations on nature and culture

KARACHI – Faiqa Qayyum Uppal’s artwork includes beautiful cityscapes, breathtaking landscapes and lively figure compositions, painted in watercolour and gouache, using the palette knife technique. Her artistic vision expresses her deep fascination and love for nature and culture. Each of her watercolour paintings represents a place or an object of significance in her life.
She obtained her Bachelors degree in Fine Arts with silver medal, whereas her Masters degree in the same

FAP shuts down Port Qasim’s grain cargo terminal

KARACHI – The country’s first dedicated Fertilizer and Grain Terminal (FGT) at the Port Qasim was locked down for an indefinite period on Wednesday, after dozens of workers were injured in a violent mob attack the previous day.
Cargo handling at the state-of-the-art terminal was suspended as hundreds of ’employees of stevedoring companies’ entered the terminal premises and started beating up the on-duty labourers while trying to ransack cargo-handling equipment at the facility.

Refusing OPV makes infant third polio victim

KARACHI – Almost every new polio case in Sindh so far has appeared in those places where people have refused oral polio vaccine (OPV) being administered to children under five, Expanded Programme for Immunisation (EPI) Sindh Manager Dr Mazhar Khamisani said.
One-year-old Ayaz Muhammad Hayat is the third victim of the crippling virus in the province, bringing the total number of cases in the country this year to 15. Tando Muhammad Khan’s Hayat had absolutely no history of

SITE audit uncovers massive irregularities

KARACHI – Setting aside the concerns by industrialists over massive irregularities in audit reports, the Sindh Industrial Trading Estates (SITE) Limited is continuously approving the erroneous financial reports from a firm.
Reliable sources told Pakistan Today that despite the SITE General Body private members terming the accountancy firm’s performance as unsatisfactory; the SITE senior management was insisting to carry out auditing from the same firm to cover up its financial

1.8m flood affected families unlikely to get 2nd instalment of Watan Cards

KARACHI – Over 1.8 million families that were adversely affected by the floods are unlikely to receive the second instalment of Watan Cards as the Sindh government has no funds due to severe financial constraints, sources informed Pakistan Today.
Following the floods in the country, the federal and provincial governments had announced a number of measures for proper rehabilitation of the displaced people. The Sindh government had also initiated the rehabilitation process of the

Rs 42m provided to combat AIDS inside prisons

KARACHI – The Sindh AIDS Control Programme (SACP) provided a special grant of Rs 42 million for medical treatment of prisoners lodged in jails across the Sindh, while another 15 million rupees would be provided after the provincial chief minister approves a summary, argued officials of the health department on Wednesday before a bench of the Sindh High Court (SHC).
A single bench of the SHC, comprising Justice Ghulam Sarwar Korai, was hearing a petition moved by Syed Iqbal Kazmi

Stay within your limits, SHCBA chief warns executive

KARACHI – The incumbent government is trying to curb the independence of judiciary, ignoring court orders and adopting a confrontation policy with the judges, but any interference into judicial affairs by the government will not be tolerated by the legal fraternity, argued Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) President Anwar Mansoor Khan on Wednesday.
Khan was speaking at an event organised by the SHCBA, and attended by SHC judges as well as a large number of members from the

National Defence University delegation calls on Qaim

KARACHI – A 60-member delegation of the National Defence University, Islamabad along with senators, elected representatives from all provinces, civil society representatives, journalists, bureaucrats and social workers, led by Maj Gen Azhar Ali Shah called on Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Wednesday.
Sindh Senior Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, acting Chief Secretary Abdul Subhan Memon, secretaries of Education, Mines and Mineral

Stand strong Japan… we are with you

KARACHI – Several civil society organisations on Wednesday expressed deep sorrow and grief over the loss of thousands of lives and billions of dollars worth properties in Japan due to the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake and the resulting tsunami, which hit the northeast coast of Honshu, Japan on March 11.
In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, a group of civil society organisations, including PILER, PFF, SAP-PK, SPO, SAFCOW, CPCS and SUNGI, expressed solidarity with the

Altaf concerned over doctors’ strike in Punjab

KARACHI – Expressing concern over the continuing strike of doctors in Punjab, Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain on Wednesday said the legitimate demands of the protesting doctors should be accepted immediately. He said the doctors have been protesting for the past two weeks because of low incomes and problems being faced by them due to the sharp increase in cost of living.
Altaf regretted that the Punjab Government was not doing anything to solve the issue, due

Davis release – US Consulate barricaded

LAHORE – “Pakistanis should take to the streets to provide justice to our family,” Mashood-ur-Rehman, brother of Obaid-ur-Rehman, invoked protesters outside the US Consulate and the Lahore Press Club on Wednesday.
The protest against Raymond Davis’s release at the US Consulate was joined by the Jama’at-e-Islami, the Pakistan People’s Front and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) student and political wings. Slogans and stones: Protestors threw stones on the policemen and burnt US

Rangers take charge of consulate security

LAHORE – The security of the US consulate has been handed over to the Pakistan Rangers, while the provincial capital’s security has been beefed up to curb violence during demonstrations against the release of Raymond Davis on Thursday.
Sources in the Lahore Police told Pakistan Today that about three to four thousand policemen have been deployed to secure important places in the city. They said that extensive security measures have been adopted by the Lahore Police to especially

Davis release – Citizens speak out…

LAHORE – Raymond Davis’s release on Wednesday left the citizens of the provincial metropolis reeling with many questions. The locals showed anger and disappointment over the court’s order to release Davis, a murderer of two Pakistanis, after the victims’ families settled for blood money.
Pakistan Today took a survey regarding Davis’ release, and below are some of the comments received from interviews of a cross-section of society. Shahnaz, a resident of Old Anarkali, says that it

Resorting to an affordable resort

LAHORE – Urbanization has always remained the worst enemy of forests and recreation centers, especially huge parks. Lahore, a city once known to be the city of parks, is now one of the most polluted cities. Private farmhouses have come to the rescue of the distressed rich urban man, who can afford his solace somewhere in a less polluted and more greenish area.
Some such men have also decided to make their private farmhouses public, using them as a profitable business. Rana Luxury

Notice issued to Interior Ministry, NAB head

LAHORE – A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday issued notice to the Interior Ministry and the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman on a petition challenging Rana Zahid Mehmood’s appointment as Punjab NAB director general (DG).
The bench comprising Justice Chaudhry Iftikhar Hussain and Justice Ahmad Farooq Sheikh issued notice to the attorney general , Punjab advocate general, Federal Investigation Agency and the police inspector general (IG) for