SHC orders govt not to remove ‘absorbed’ officials

SHC orders govt not to remove ‘absorbed’ officials

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court restricted the Sindh government on Monday from removing those officials, whose posting on absorption was declared illegal by the same court, till April 29. Allowing a request of the officials including Chaudhry Muhammad Ali, a bench headed by Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa ordered the provincial government not to follow the SHC’s prior directive till the given date.
Earlier on April 14, the SHC had declared two dozen government high ranking officers’

Edu minister wants dictatorial mindset ‘rubbed out’ from textbooks

KARACHI – Senior Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq has ordered the authorities concerned to rub out the dictatorial mindset from the National Textbooks and Learning Policy 2007. He gave the directives at a meeting held to review the work plan for improving the quality of textbooks at the office of Reform Support Unit of the Education Department on April 16.
Education and Literacy Department Secretary Naheed Shah Durrani, former-vice chancellor of the University of Sindh

KESC inaugurates water purification plant in Korangi-10

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) recently inaugurated a water purification plant in Korangi Sector 10 – a part of the company’s resolve to implement social reforms and interventions for the prosperity and betterment of Karachi and its residents. The plant, with a capacity of 1,000 gallons per hour, will provide clean drinking water to a population of around 12,000, said a KESC statement issued on Monday. The chief guest on the occasion was MNA Asif Husnain.

Provincial depts asked to assist Anti-Narcotics Force

KARACHI – In order to eradicate the menace of drugs and save innocent people from this anti-social habit, the provincial departments should join hands with the Anti-Narcotics Force, Sindh Chief Secretary Subhan Memon said on Monday. The chief secretary was presiding over a meeting to discuss the under-preparation Drug Control Master Plan Sindh in accordance with the Drug Control Master Plan 2010-14.
The meeting focused on controlling trafficking and distribution of narcotic

First ‘Youth Theatre Festival’ from 27th

KARACHI – The first ‘Youth Theatre Festival’ would be organised from April 27, Sindh Minister for Youth Affairs Faisal Ali Subzwari announced on Monday. Presiding over a meeting held at his office, the minister said that the two-day event would be organised in collaboration with the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi.
He further pointed out that the festival would help provide a platform to youngsters to display their talents and abilities. Sindh Youth Affairs Secretary Shoaib

Flood survivors demand land in cities, deplore ‘urban apathy’

KARACHI – Speakers at a seminar on the rehabilitation of flood affected people – with the focus on ‘choices imposed and choices made’ – have demanded that the lands of Karachi, allotted to the people of other provinces, should be given to the flood survivors of Sindh.
“The flood-affected people living in relief camps are being forced to leave the city,” they added. The seminar was organised at the Jashn-e-Faiz event by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research

Economically troubled, Thatta’s flood survivors fear next floods

KARACHI – Despite the passage of over eight months, thousands of survivors of the unprecedented monsoon floods last year in Thatta district have not unable to start their routine life again.
Though the majority of these flood survivors, who were displaced from their native residences during the floods, have returned to their homes, they are still emotionally and economically troubled. Most of them are afraid of more floods in the next monsoon starting in August. Many

Milk-ing retailers still charging Rs 6 more than fixed price

KARACHI – Despite the government’s fixed retail price of fresh milk at Rs 60 per litre in the city, the citizens are still being forced to pay at least Rs 66 for a litre of milk. With the beginning of summer and the hot weather in full swing, the consumption of fresh milk has increased considerably for making yogurt and the traditional milk-derivative cold drink ‘lassi’.
While in the absence of any administrative controls over commodity pricing, the retailers have also jacked up

Commenting on aggressive global politics, subsequent suppression of differences

KARACHI – Tazeen Qayyum’s work comments on aggressive global politics and the subsequent suppression of differences. She uses insects as motifs, her favourite being dead cockroaches that are repeated in a pattern and are simultaneously rendered as compelling and repulsive.
Through these dead insects, she comments on human rights violations and human fatalities in the current wartime environment. The paintings have an attractive appeal, but only when the works are looked at

Sindh lagging behind in meeting wheat procurement targets

KARACHI – The Sindh government has procured 19,744 metric tonnes (MT) of wheat by the 7th of this month from 15 districts against its target of 1.3 million MT for the year 2010-11 – an indication that the province could be headed towards a wheat shortage crisis. The procurement process in the province had started on March 25.
According to details, the government has acquired 5,456MT wheat from the Hyderabad region against the target of 265,000MT. This includes 3,666MT from

Terrorism linked to the absence of democratic institutions, norms

KARACHI – Speakers at the seminar linked Pakistan’s existing problems, including terrorism, to the absence of democratic institutions and norms. They observed that the state itself is complicit in usurping people’s rights and promoting an elite centric model of development. Denying people the right to have a say in national life has promoted divisions and frictions in the society.
The seminar titled ‘Impacts of Extremism on Working Class’ was organised by the Pakistan Institute

Target killing spree claims 8 more lives

KARACHI – The target killing spree which had begun on 13th April entered its fourth intermittent day, targeting 8 including three women and 14 injured.
Majority of those killed are said to be political activists killed or abducted by ‘unknown persons’, while a suicide by a policeman has also been reported, bringing the toll to 38 in four days.
After the ousting of vociferous Provincial Home Minister Zulfiqar Ali Mirza, the ‘coalition partners’ have heaved a sigh of relief,

Sindh wants at least 7 more days to complete house count

KARACHI – The Sindh government on Saturday asked the federal government to extend the ongoing house enumeration process by seven to 10 days because, according to the provincial government, it might be impossible to count all the houses within the scheduled time.
The house count process, which was initiated on April 5 is supposed to end on April 19. However, according to several reports received by the government, house enumeration has either not been initiated or might not be

Police say killers of Haqiqi leader identified, will be arrested soon

KARACHI – The Karachi police have reportedly identified the men involved in the killing of Akhter Hussain, the vice chairman of Mohajir Qaumi Movement-Haqiqi (MQM-H) Afaq Group, and his two aides, it was learnt on Saturday.
Hussain and his two aides were killed on Shaheed-e-Millat Road near Bahadurabad on April 12. A female passerby was also killed and a child injured when the assailants fired at the MQM-H men’s car.
A Karachi police official said the suspects were being

Wildlife Dept doesn’t bother to find out stats on migratory birds

KARACHI – The bad news for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts is that they would be unable to find out how many migratory birds from cold countries visited Sindh this year, as the provincial Wildlife Department failed to conduct a survey to ascertain the number of these birds.
The survey’s finding could have been more interesting than usual considering that there might have been an increase in the number of the guest birds in the aftermath of the last year’s floods.

CM issues orders ‘in light of PPP-MQM ministerial committee suggestions’

KARACHI – Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah has issued orders for curbing targeted killings in Karachi and improving the overall law and order situation, Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani said on Saturday.
“The directives have been issued in light of the suggestions presented by the ministerial committee of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM),” Durrani, a ministerial committee member, said while talking to the media during a visit

Flood survivors of seven districts get the nod for compensation

KARACHI – Flood survivors of at least seven flood-ravaged districts of Sindh are likely to be compensated by the federal government for their losses suffered during last year’s devastating floods, but only after a thorough survey of actual losses has been completed.
Well-placed sources told Pakistan Today that the decision to this effect was taken at a high-level meeting held in the federal capital recently, so that the flood-affected families could be provided with some