Ibrahim Hyderi to have desalination plants

Ibrahim Hyderi to have desalination plants

KARACHI – The Sindh government has been directed to prepare a feasibility study for establishing desalination plants in Ibrahim Hyderi and submit the PC-1 of the project.
In the light of President Asif Ali Zardari’s meeting with the Sindh chief minister, cabinet members, advisers, provincial assembly’s speaker and members held at Bilawal House on December 29, the President’s Secretariat (Public) has directed the government to take necessary action. The secretariat also wrote to

Does Karachi need a ‘crimometer’?

KARACHI – Some might remember the early 90s when people were shocked to watch videos of bomb blasts, mass killings and curfews on the streets of Baghdad, Iraq on the state-run TV channel’s ‘Khabarnama’, however, the same have become a routine matter in Karachi.
The once famous city of lights has witnessed the worst form of violence in the recent past. From bodies found in gunny bags and ethnic killings, which are now called ‘targeted killings’, the situation is becoming worse

Loads of investment to clean up loads of sewage

KARACHI – The National Water Engineering (NWE), through the Kyoto protocol, has lined up several foreign environmental investment companies that are willing to invest $2 billion to develop small to large sewage treatment plants in Pakistan.
The NWE is the only accredited sewage treatment technology provider in the country.
“The company has been granted approval from several foreign environmental investment companies to develop small to mega treatment plants in Pakistan,”

KESC holds consumer information session

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric supply Company recently held a consumer information session in Pari Mall-Hyderi as part of its energy conservation programme, a social service initiative with the principal goal of saving 200MW.
The energy conservation team demonstrated different ways and methods to create awareness on how to conserve the energy on specially designed demo boards.
The KESC team managed to acquire information from 250 consumers regarding their family, lifestyle

‘Rs 250m for minorities’ welfare in next budget’

KARACHI – The Sindh government would allocate Rs 250 million for minorities in the next budget and presently, many projects are under way for their welfare at a cost of Rs 100 million, Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Information and Archives, Sharmila Farooqui said on Monday.
“These funds will be used to renovate minorities’ religious and cultural places, give stipends for poor students and provide financial assistance to needy families,” she said while talking to a delegation


KARACHI – Interior Minister Rehman Malik may have roared on television that a curfew-like operation will be conducted in some parts of the city, Rangers and police personnel -including Orangi Town Superintendent of Police Khurram Qaris -received no instruction on the modalities of any such operation.
Citizens of these areas also took Malik’s orders with a pinch of salt, with a survey carried out by Pakistan Today of the areas in question revealing that little has changed on the

Even Sunday was no-fun day thanks to KESC

KARACHI – Many areas of the city, including Clifton, Keamari and Shirin Jinnah Colony, were without electricity for over nine hours on Sunday.
Sources claimed that faults at a Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) grid station were the reason for the power outages.
Power supply was suspended to these areas at around 9:00 am. Residents of the affected areas were upset as Sunday is a weekly holiday.
“KESC should upgrade its transmission and distribution network while

Better wear a gas mask if you live in Karachi

KARACHI – The Sindh government is openly opposing the idea to ply 2,000 environment-friendly CNG buses in Karachi and leave other districts with a shabby transport system.
The Environment Ministry, in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), had planned to bring in 2,000 environment-friendly CNG buses for the province; however, federal authorities are trying to use them only on Karachi’s major arteries, sources in the provincial government told

GM Syed’s birth anniversary today

KARACHI – The sleepy town of Sann in Dadu district lights up twice every year for GM Syed, the founder of the Sindhi nationalist movement – on January 17 for his birth anniversary and in April for his death anniversary.
While Syed and his followers are branded as traitors now in the mainstream narrative on account of their demand for an independent Sindh, few are aware of the fact that in 1940, as then-Sindh education minister, Syed was the first person from the Muslim League to

AKUH wages bloody war on Acinetobacter

KARACHI – The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) has started running different tests in its various wards to ascertain the presence and intensity of Acinetobacter – a lethal and infectious agent contracted during treatment (nosocomial pathogen), Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources told Pakistan Today that the AKUH administration has started conducted the tests in all the wards and corridors of the hospital to find the incidence of Acinetobacter, with the intensive care unit

Delegation of Christian scholars visits Nine Zero

KARACHI – A delegation of Christian scholars headed by Marilyn Hickey Ministries National Director Evangelist Rhonson Asghar called on members of the MQM Rabita Committee on Sunday and discussed with them the political situation of the country, particularly in Karachi.
Other members of the delegation comprised Faith Prayer Ministries Chairman Pastor Amjad Farooq, Pastor Muntazir Gul, Pastor Robbin Raz and Pastor Muazzam Jan.
The delegation members appreciated steps taken by

Govt’s job quota offer to MQM worries Sindh-based think tank

KARACHI – The Sindh Democratic Forum (SDF) – a Sindh-based political think tank comprising intellectuals, educationists, thinkers, economists, writers, professionals and concerned citizens – has expressed grave concern over the recent announcement by the Sindh government to allocate 50 percent of its job quota to the MQM.
The SDF would start a series of protests throughout the province if the PPP does not immediately reverse its decision, said a statement issued on Sunday.

Cultural village to be set up for Bhittai’s Urs, says Palijo

KARACHI – A meeting reviewed arrangements for the 267th Urs of the great saint, poet and philosopher, Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai, on Sunday.
On the occasion, Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo said that a ‘cultural village’ would be set up where handicrafts of various artists would be displayed, a 24-hour Sufi mehfil would be arranged and book stalls would also be set up to promote and project various aspects of the Sindhi culture.
“Promotional steps would be taken to

‘Nine Meritorious Artists’

KARACHI – The Art Scene gallery, in collaboration with the Ejaz Galleries, is running a group art exhibition titled ‘Nine Meritorious Artists’.
The artists whose works are being featured in this show are Ahmed Khan, Ali Azmat, Irfan Hasan, Ishtiaq Sandhu, Jamil Baloch, Mansoor Rahi, Mudassar Manzoor, RM Naeem and Saeed Akhtar.
This exhibition would run at the Art Scene gallery until January 23.
Photos courtesy Art Scene gallery

Orangi Town becomes city’s worst badland

KARACHI – esidents of Orangi Town were confined to their homes on Saturday following the murder of MQM’s former town naib nazim Badshah Khan.
The town wore a deserted look and fear prevailed in area because of intermittent aerial firing.
Some men kept firing at passers-by and shops and commercial centres in the town remained closed the entire day. The roads were also devoid of any public transport.
The residents faced a lot of troubles in buying items of daily-use due

MQM demands action against murderers

KARACHI – The MQM on Saturday demanded that action be taken against those involved in targeted killings in the city with the backing of a political organisation.
An MQM delegation led by Dr Farooq Sattar met Interior Minister Rehman Malik and briefed him about the situation arising out of the ongoing wave of targeted killings in Karachi.
Sattar presented details about the involvement of a political party in the recent killings in various parts of the city.

ANP leader assassination bid – Two suspects remanded till 25th

KARACHI – Two men, who allegedly tried to assassinate ANP’s deputy general secretary Bashir Jan, were remanded into police custody on Saturday.
Judicial Magistrate East Zabiha Khattak remanded the two alleged accused identified as Zeeshan and Shahnawaz until January 25.
According to the prosecution, the police had arrested the two suspects in an injured condition from the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) on Friday and they had confessed before the police about their