Orangi violence escalates; 4 more gunned down

Orangi violence escalates; 4 more gunned down

KARACHI – Four people were gunned down in separate incidents across Orangi Town on Wednesday, Pakistan Today has learnt. Police said that two friends – Muhammad Yaqoob, 42, and Ziaur Rehman – were passing through Qaddafi Chowk in Mominabad when four men on two motorcycles opened fire at them. Both friends died on the spot and their bodies were shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) before handing them over to the heirs, the law enforcers added. SHO Imtiaz Niazi said that

‘Change the unchanged, break the status quo, embrace enlightenment’

KARACHI – Saqib Mughal’s art exhibition titled ‘Break the Silos’ is a call for action to change the unchanged, break the status quo and embrace enlightenment, said a press release issued by the VM Art Gallery where the exhibition opens today (Thursday). In Mughal’s art, all of these themes get amalgamated with various symbolic forms – door hangers, closed books, mechanical brains, etc. These metaphors represent the state of the affairs of a common man at micro level, and of the whole

Lawyers observe ‘Youm-e-Iftikhar’

KARACHI – The lawyer fraternity on Wednesday observed ‘Youm-e-Iftikhar’ on the fourth anniversary of former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s illegitimate dismissal of Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudry on March 9, 2007. Praising the judges for taking a stand against the dictator, the lawyers said that Chaudhry and other judges did not compromise on their principles to resist against the unconstitutional act.
They were speaking at the Karachi Bar

Rs 2.5m too much… even for Sarafa Bazaar traders

KARACHI – Peeved by extortionists’ harassment, the traders of Paposh Nagar’s Sarafa Bazaar (gold market) took to the streets on Wednesday to demand justice and protest the law enforcement agencies’ pathetic performance. The traders blocked the roads leading to the Board Office and Golimar Chowrangi. “Criminals have been threatening calls to us for the last two weeks and demanding huge sums of money,” a trader told Pakistan Today requesting anonymity. “We have repeatedly informed the

Tajikistan to support Pakistan’s power sector

KARACHI – The Tajikistan government will cooperate with Pakistan for the establishment of power plants so that the persistent power shortage in the country can be overcome, said Tajikistan President Emomali Rehmonov on Wednesday. He said this while talking to Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah at a local hotel where Rehmonov is staying. The president of Tajikistan assured the chief minister that his country can establish 600MW hydel power plant while another power plant of 220MW would

Acting Sindh CS carries on, other contractual workers don’t

KARACHI – The Sindh government has extended the contractual services of the senior member of the Board of Revenue, who also holds the additional charge of acting chief secretary (CS), for an indefinite period, in violation of the apex court’s orders.
The provincial government removed a number of contract employees from various departments last month in compliance with the Supreme Court’s orders. However, the appointment of a senior member of the Board of Revenue, Ghulam Ali Shah

Khanani and Kalia case – Judge asks FIA DG to submit evidence and record

KARACHI – Sindh High Court’s Justice Sajjad Ali Shah directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Director-General (DG) on Wednesday to appear before him on March 11 and bring all evidence and relevant record about the Khanani and Kalia money laundering case. On Tuesday Chief Justice Sindh High Court Mushir Alam had assigned Justice Sajjad Ali Shah to conduct an inquiry over the acquittal of the eight men accused of involvement in the money laundering case and submit a report. The

‘K-IV project to be completed in three phases’

KARACHI – Sindh Planning and Development (P&D) Department Additional Chief Secretary Muhammad Ishaque Lashari said on Wednesday that the Greater Karachi Water Supply Scheme – K-IV project – would be implemented in three phases. The Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KWSB)’s K-IV project aims at bringing additional 650 million gallons per day (MGD) or 1,200 cusecs of water to the city from Indus River. According to details, the project’s phase-I with the capacity for drawing 130 MGD

Shakespeare remembered but Bhittai neglected, says Khuhro

KARACHI – There is a need to initiate a move for the development of the Sindhi language just like religious scholars and leaders do for promoting their religions, said Sindh Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro. He said this while addressing the two-day national literary conference on ‘Analysis of promotion of Sindhi language and literature’ organised by the Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science and Technology (FUUAST) Sindhi Department in collaboration with the Higher Education

Official lawyers’ help sought in petition against Arbab

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday directed official provincial and federal lawyers to assist the court in a petition seeking the disqualification of MPA and former Sindh chief minister Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim due to his unauthorised absence from assembly sessions. An SHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Mushir Alam and Justice Hasan Azhar Rizvi directed Deputy Attorney General Rizwan Ahmed Dodani and Assistant Advocate General Sarwar Khan to assist the court in

Ferozabad police abetting the Shahrah-e-Faisal bhatta mafia?

KARACHI – Businessmen operating on Shahrah-e-Faisal are now being extorted by the bhatta mafia, who have replaced parchis with direct threats over cell phones to wring money out of corporate facilities. Many businessmen suspect that the Ferozabad police is abetting the bhatta mafia, as police vans stationed near offices take no action against the extortionists while officials at the station are reluctant to register FIRs. One such businessman is the owner of Overseas Employment

Protest-savvy NGOs leave a distressed woman in the lurch

KARACHI – Sakina Nautkani, a woman camped on the pavement outside the Karachi Press Club (KPC) since the past eight months, seemed adrift while dozens of women’s rights activists came to protest on International Women’s Day, and went home after their shift was over. Not a single one of them came to ask why Sakina was there. “No, I have never heard of such a day,” Sakina innocently told Pakistan Today, even after multiple demonstrations held to celebrate women and their achievements,

‘Madressahs do not serve as an alternate to State-sponsored education in Pakistan’

KARACHI – Contrary to the presumption of the media, both domestic and international, the education gap in Pakistan is not actually being addressed by madressahs – only six percent of students attend Madressah, according to the ‘Education Emergency Pakistan Report’ released on Tuesday by the Pakistan Education Task Force (PETF) as part of its March for Education Campaign. As far as the results of State-sponsored education are concerned, only 35 percent of school children in Pakistan,

Home Dept receives list of areas hit by extortion

KARACHI – The Sindh Home Department has received a list of areas prone to extortion and street crime, with town police officers submitting reports of cases registered in over 100 police stations of the city. A Home Department statement on Tuesday claimed that in light of these lists and recommendations, an action plan is now being chalked out. The Home Department has decided to deploy uniformed and plain-clothed policemen in the affected areas to investigate the cases, with Advisor on

‘Refusing to examine our past, we are in a state of denial’

KARACHI – An art exhibition titled ‘Amnesia: The Loss of Cultural Memory’ opens today (Wednesday) at ArtChowk-the Gallery where it would run until March 22. The show is curated by Aasim Akhtar, and features the works of Abeerah Zahid, Ayesha Kamal, Rabeya Jalil, Sana Ali and Zara Mahmood. According to a press release issued by ArtChowk’s Bushra Hussain, this exhibition studies the loss of cultural memory in Pakistan today.
“By refusing to critically examine our past, we are in a

RSO-2000: a draconian law that exists only in Sindh

KARACHI – At a time when the provincial assembly is struggling to make new laws, civil servants in Sindh continue to be held in check with General (retd) Musharraf’s draconian decree Removal from Service (Special Powers) Ordinance (RSO)-2000 – a law that has not only been repealed by the National Assembly but also scrapped by the provincial assemblies of Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa.
The RSO-2000 provided absolute power to the government of the time to remove those

Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s new friends and foes

KARACHI – During his recent visit to Sindh, former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi did not meet any PPP leaders in the province, but only contacted those party workers, who are annoyed with the party’s leadership over different issues. This was Qureshi’s second visit to the province after he developed differences with the party’s leadership after being denied his previous portfolio of foreign ministry.
Qureshi met PML-F chief Pir Pagara on March 6 and later tried to clarify