Conservation of Chotiari’s biodiversity may be possible now

Conservation of Chotiari’s biodiversity may be possible now

KARACHI – The Chotiari Conservation Information Centre (CCIC) established by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Pakistan under its Indus for All Programme was inaugurated on Friday in Chotiari, Sanghar district. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Netherlands embassy’s First Secretary (Environment and Water) Jan Willem Cools said that all segments of the civil society need to play their due part in preserving, conserving and protecting natural resources and biodiversity of the

CDGK Anti-Encroachment Dept razes two more illegal structures

KARACHI – Following the directives of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, the officials of City District Government Karachi (CDGK) Anti-Encroachment Department on Friday razed two more illegal structures built on the city’s parks. An anti-encroachment team, headed by District Officer Abdul Malik and Mansoor Ahmed Khan, demolished a football club office in Nishtar Park and a building in union council No 11 of Jamshed Town.
Though some sportsmen resisted the football club office’s

Altaf condemns Nowshera mosque attack

KARACHI – MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Friday strongly condemned the bomb blast in a mosque near the shrine of Akhund Baba in Nowshera and termed the attack as outrageous.
“Islam is a religion of peace and such a brutal attack in a mosque can only be carried out by diabolical minds that have nothing to do with Islam,” said Altaf. Expressing profound grief and sorrow over the loss of precious lives in the attack, he prayed for the early recovery of the injured and stressed upon the

Transporters refuse to wheel off strike

KARACHI – The city’s hustle and bustle wheeled off on Thursday as much of the public transport stayed off the road in compliance with the Karachi Transport Ittehad’s strike call. Frantic government efforts to convince the transports to call off their strike came to naught, with Transport Minister Akhtar Hussain Jadoon returning from the KTI office to the Chief Minister’s House with more demands from transporters.
Transporters are now demanding that the government pays them at

Zardari wants weekly progress report on plugging Torhi Dyke breach

KARACHI – The breaches in the Torhi Dyke are lo longer left to provincial ministers: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday flew from Karachi to Kashmore to inspect the plugging of breaches in the dyke, and after inspecting the state of affairs, ordered Irrigation Minister Jam Saifullah Dharejo to submit a weekly progress report to him.
Dharejo had informed President Zardari that repair works on the Torhi Dyke would take another two months more, according to a press release

Petrol filling stations shut early on pretext of fuel shortage

KARACHI – Coupled with the strike-call given by the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) on Thursday to protest the POL price hike, the announcement to continue the strike on Friday (today) has exhausted the petrol pumps across the city of its supply.
Fearing that the strike’s extension would leave them without fuel, citizens in large numbers took their vehicles to petrol pumps to get them refuelled. Besides that, many people got several bottles and cans filled for storing petrol for

Five fall victim to targeted killings

KARACHI – At least five people, including a policeman, were gunned down by unidentified armed persons on Thursday in a fresh wave of violence in the metropolis. Two neighbours, one of them a police officer, were shot dead by unidentified armed men riding a motorcycle while they were sitting inside the parking area of the Sindh Government Qatar Hospital (SGQH) in the Orangi Town.
The deceased identified as Muhammad Saleem, 38, son of Abdul Majeed, and Abdul Rashid Khan, 29, son of

From intricate methods of miniature painting to large-scale pieces

KARACHI – Aisha Khalid is one of Pakistan’s leading artists with a prominent reputation both internationally and within the country. She was born in Faisalabad, and currently lives and works in Lahore. She received her degree in miniature painting from the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore. She then went on to teaching at the NCA, and later undertook a two-year residency at the world-famous Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She takes the intricate methods of miniature

KU teachers begin movement for restoration of democracy in Syndicate

KARACHI – Karachi University Teachers Society (KUTS) President Abid Hasnain on Thursday wrote a letter to Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan – also the KU Chancellor – apprising him about legal irregularities in the university’s system as the KU Syndicate has been working without any representation from the varsity senate and that memberships of six syndicate members have expired. The teachers of University of Karachi (KU) have pit themselves against the administration and warned of

Sindh to acquire ‘urgent loan’ of $405m for Indus dykes’ rehabilitation: Bengali

KARACHI – Sindh would be acquiring an urgent loan of at least $405 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for immediate rehabilitation of the Indus dykes that were adversely damaged by the worst-ever floods in the province. This was stated by Chief Minister’s Adviser on Planning and Development (P&D) Kaiser Bengali at a press conference held at the committee room of the P&D Department on Thursday. With the approval of the federal government, the funds of $405 million would be

CJP to administer oath to new KBA body on 5th

KARACHI Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry will administrate oath to the newly-elected office bearers of the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) on March 5, KBA office bearers announced on Thursday at Karachi bar association office.
Addressing a press conference at the KBA office, the association’s president, Muhammad Aqil Awan, and secretary-general, Syed Hyder Imam Rizvi, said that the oath-taking ceremony will be held at the premises of the Sindh High Court,

No classes in 5 varsities as teachers want their perks

KARACHI – Five public universities in the province have been closed for the past 19 days due to the boycott of employees demanding medical allowances, residential plots and removal of contractual staff workers. Sources said the Governor’s House is not taking this issue seriously despite five universities of the province being closed down. The continuing deadlock between the government and the university employees has left more than 50,000 students in a lurch.
The educational

PIA rescues 195 stranded Pakistanis from Libya unrest

KARACHI – The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has always played a pivotal role in relief efforts during difficult times faced by Pakistani nationals, and this time too the national carrier provided facilitation and assistance in bringing back the stranded Pakistanis from Turkey due to unrest in Libya. On the instructions of PIA Managing Director Nadeem Khan Yousufzai, the PIA arranged a relief flight to Marmaris (Turkey) to bring back the stranded Pakistanis who had arrived in

Sindh Secretariat employees enjoy unannounced holiday

KARACHI – The lower grade employees of the Sindh Secretariat enjoyed an unannounced holiday on Thursday following Karachi Transport Ittehad’s strike call to protest the recent raise in fuel prices. The lower staff of almost all administrative departments of the provincial secretariat remained absent from their respective offices following the unavailability of public transport on the city’s roads. The corridors of Tughlaq House, secretariat’s new building, old KDA building and other

DCO begins penny pinching in CDGK

KARACHI – Fifty percent of the security expenditures incurred by the DCO Secretariat have been curtailed, with the move set to start the process of cutting back non-development expenditures in the City District Government Karachi (CDGK).
A decision to this effect was taken by Karachi District Coordination Officer (DCO) Muhammad Hussain Syed at a meeting on Thursday with EDOs and departmental chiefs that was held at the DCO Secretariat.
The meeting was summoned to review

‘Blasphemy laws issue an open challenge to stability of Pakistan’

KARACHI Strongly condemning the brutal murder of Federal Minority Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti on Wednesday, the Pakistan Peace Coalition (PPC) has said that the blasphemy laws issue presents an open challenge to the stability of Pakistan.
In a statement issued on Thursday, the PPC observed that Bhatti was killed merely two months after the assassination of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer, who too was silenced for his open remarks about the blasphemy laws.
“The blame for

FROM THE COURTROOM – SHC issues notices to CS; E&T minister, secretary on wine shop owners’ petition

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday issued notices to Sindh Excise and Taxation (E&T) Minister Mukesh Kumar Chawla and E&T secretary on a constitutional petition moved by two wine shop owners for not issuing them a permit despite Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah’s orders. An SHC division bench, headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam, issued the notices to the respondents after hearing the preliminary arguments made by the petitioners.
The petition was filed by Harish