Arrest everyone involved in human trafficking, Malik tells FIA

Arrest everyone involved in human trafficking, Malik tells FIA

KARACHI: Taking serious note of the deportation of 106 Pakistanis, 54 from Punjab and 52 from Balochistan, at the Taftan Check Post, Interior Minister Rehman Malik ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) director general on Sunday to ensure that every last man involved in human trafficking is put behind bars.
He issued this order while presiding over a high-level meeting held at the National Crisis Management Cell in Karachi to review the grave issue of human trafficking,

Oman national day message

KARACHI: HE Khamis bin Mohammed bin Abdullah AI-Farsi Consul General in Karachi issued following message on the national day of the Sultanate of Oman.
It reads: “Firstly I want to thank Almighty Allah for all his benefits for peace and harmony, and for our creation. We give prayers and salam to the best human being the holy Prophet Mohammed (Peace be upon him). I would like to convey to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, my heartiest felicitations on the joyous occasion of the

Hide collection a chronic conflict in Karachi

KARACHI: A mucky mixture of blood and water fills the streets and the smell of raw meat permeates the air. People, including children, delightfully gather to witness the scenes which are enough to give long-lasting nightmares to a person. And if you are lucky, someone won’t dump offal outside your home.
Yes the occasion was Eidul Azha and it was celebrated in a typical fashion this year. But buying sacrificial animals at the prices at which you can buy a car and then spending the

Syed Iqbal Haider goes candid

LAHORE: The present rulers though claim to be elected have not taken any steps for mitigating people’s suffering and now people’s faith in democracy is shaking, said former senator and human rights activist Syed Iqbal Haider.
Iqbal Haider, founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), was talking to Pakistan Today before leaving for India to get the 4th Mother Teresa Memorial Award, which has been conferred upon by the Global Harmony Foundation this year in

Irregularities in haj affairs – FO to coordinate Haj arrangements in future

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has taken serious notice of below par arrangements made by the Directorate of Haj for Pakistani pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and ordered an immediate inquiry into the matter.
“The prime minister has also recalled the haj director general to Pakistan,” an official statement issued on Saturday said. Gilani said the shifting of responsibility and blame game was unacceptable and ordered that the Foreign Ministry should coordinate all

Karachi has power on Eid, runs out of water

KARACHI: During the second and third days of Eidul Azha when water is used more than usual to wash away the blood of slaughtered sacrificial animals and other purposes, the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB) reduced 20 million gallons of the city’s water supply.
“Yes, the city faced 20 million gallons water shortage on the second and third days of the Eid because there was a power shutdown at Dhabeji and Gharo pumping stations,” a KWSB official told Pakistan Today on the

Fire breaks out at Mayo Hospital ICU

LAHORE: Panic spread in the Mayo Hospital’s Emergency Ward after a fire broke out in the main electricity board in the hospital basement on Friday. The fire also caused sparks in the switch board in the intensive care unit (ICU) of the emergency ward producing a lot of smoke in the emergency ward. But the news of the incident created panic in the emergency ward, as patients and attendants rushed towards the exit gates, trying to vacate the building and shift their patients.

Ahmadis come under attack again

LAHORE: Unidentified armed men opened fire at the worship place of Ahmedis at Ganjbakhsh Bazaar in Mughalpura Police Station precincts on Thursday. No one claimed responsibility for the shooting but according to police, some drunkards had carried out the firing.
Police officials told Pakistan Today that the firing was result of a scuffle between two groups who had carried out aerial firing in the area saying that the attack was not in line of the attacks on worship places of

Religious groups fight social workers for animal hides on Eid

LAHORE: Besides the traditional festivities and the observance of the sacrifice ritual, this Eidul Azha also witnessed a severe cold war between the religious parties and humanitarian organisations for the collection of animal hide.
According to sources, more than 50 percent of the hides collected were given to religious groups, including banned outfits, which continue to operate in the city despite the fact that the government had announced a zero tolerance policy for the

Traffic snarled at toll plazas

LAHORE: Toll plazas on the Lahore-Islamabad Motorway remained congested and witnessed a heavy traffic flow throughout the three days of Eid, as citizens continued returning to Lahore after celebrating the festival in their hometowns.
The toll plazas resembled a parking lot, as long queues of cars were seen lined up there. The provincial metropolis, being the largest city of Punjab, offers numerous employment opportunities and most non-Lahoris prefer travelling on the motorway

LWMC and CDGL slog their guts out

LAHORE: Staff of the Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) and the City District Government Lahore (CDGL) worked tirelessly during Eidul Azha in order to look after the cleanliness of Lahore, as people were busy sacrificing animals.
The CDGL tried its level best to keep Lahore clean and its staff was seen working around the clock during the festival. The LWMC had cancelled the Eid holidays of its staff and assigned duties to them for keeping the city clean. Various teams were

Of Eid, meat and celebration

LAHORE: Like in other parts of the country, the faithful in the provincial capital observed all three days of Eidul Azha with religious zeal and fervor and around 3 million animals including goats, oxen and camels were sacrificed to observe in accordance with the religious ordainment.
The first day of Eid began with Eid prayers, for which special security arrangements were made at all mosques and Eidgah’s. The Eid prayers were offered at over 1,000 Eidgah’s, mosques,

An Unglishman in Lollywood

LAHORE: The English-speaking, English-reading, English-watching crowd likes what reinforces its values to itself. The more sensitive amongst the crowd likes what raises critical questions in their system of values. The values of Punjabi films have little to do with the values of an English-speaker. Sitting in a cinema playing a Punjabi movie is to be transported into a different value world.
Sitting in Prince Cinema watching the ‘first day, first show’ of Ilyasa Gujjar, one was

Forgive them Lord, for they know not what they do!

LAHORE: Aashiq Masih, with his stooped posture, frail body and dull yellow eyes, stands in a small compartment with his three daughters, Sidra, the eldest, followed by Eesha and Eeshum.
The girls are weeping silently. On the other side of the metal grille is Aasiya, the first woman to be given the death sentence for alleged blasphemy.
Eeshum, about twelve years old, whines like a baby for her mother, asking her when she will be back. The child suffers from retardation and

Lahore empties as outsiders leave for Eid

LAHORE:The mass exodus emptied the provincial capital as according to an estimate over three million people belonging to different parts of the province left to celebrate Eidul Azha with their families at their respective home towns, on Tuesday.
Almost half of the people living in Lahore belong to other districts and they all try to celebrate Eid with their families. Lahore’s total population is about 9 million and when over three million returned to homes, the city traffic took

PU, the new dengue breeding ground

LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) administration has started watering all big and small lawns and grounds within the university premises, turning them into breeding grounds for the deadly dengue mosquito, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to PU sources, the drive was started on Tuesday from the lawns in front of the Political Science and History departments and would cover all small and big lawns and grounds of the varsity during the Eid holidays. Even the students sitting

And when Eid was only a night away…

LAHORE: Even soaring prices could not harness the joy of the public as markets were crowded with chattering men and women and giggling children. ‘Chaand Raat’ as always had people rushing in and out of malls, and arcades of Gulberg and Defence, while the narrow streets of places like Icchra and Anarkali were never deserted even for one second.
Hawkers cried out with good bargains for busy haggling women, while their husbands admired themselves proudly in shop mirrors,