JSQM condemns abuse of blasphemy laws, to protest after 17th

JSQM condemns abuse of blasphemy laws, to protest after 17th

KARACHI – The Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM) Bashir Qureshi group, the biggest nationalist party in Sindh, has condemned the abuse of blasphemy laws; the party would announce a protest after GM Syed’s birth anniversary on January 17, JSQM chairman Bashir Khan Qureshi told Pakistan Today on Thursday.
“No murderer should be valorised, and terrorism is not to be condoned under any circumstances,” Qureshi said. “Sindh is a land of peace. We neither believe in, nor support, bigotry and

Workshop on water issues and options

KARACHI – Considering water as lifeline of Pakistan’s sustainable development, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) would organise a two-day workshop on ‘Water – Issues and Options’ in Islamabad.
In a statement issued Friday, IUCN Pakistan Education, Communication and Outreach Programme Officer George Sadiq stated that the organisation undertook a study on the issues and options for the upper and lower riparian of the Indus River and based on it and several

Not for the faint of heart…

KARACHI – ArtChowk the Gallery is running an exhibition of Saba Qizilbash’s artworks titled ‘Not for the Faint of Heart’ until January 22.
Qizilbash was born in Lahore in 1977; she received her Bachelor in Fine Arts degree in Painting from the National College of Arts, Lahore, in 2000.
She also received a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004; she is currently residing in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where she is an adjunct professor at the American

Four arrested as law enforcers sweep Pehlwan Goth

KARACHI – A six-hour-long operation in Pehlwan Goth on Thursday ended a three-day-long siege-like situation, as law enforcement agencies stepped in to break up skirmishes among warring groups and arrested four suspects.
Pehlwan Goth had been witnessing a siege-like situation for the past three days due to clashes between two groups. A contingent of the police had tried to enter the area early Thursday morning, but armed men perched atop a muti-storeyed building, Soneri Heights,

Merit gives way to PPP-MQM reconcilation

KARACHI – The visit of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to MQM Headquarters Nine Zero has finally resolved the issue of appointments in various government departments and the Sindh government has decided to make fresh recruitments for 3,800 vacant positions in the Health Department on quota system.
Reliable sources told Pakistan Today that the premier had assured the coalition partner on quotas of job in each government department, while directing the PPP leaders to share the

KU to start generating its own electricity

KARACHI – The University of Karachi (KU) would start generating its own electricity through a substation that was launched at a ceremony held at the Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (KIBGE) on Thursday.
The project of the substation, funded by the Higher Education Commission, was constructed with a cost of Rs 9 million.
With its 802-kilowatt installation capacity, the substation would be able to provide uninterrupted power supply to the institute, so

Hindus suffering brunt of child kidnappings

KARACHI – Kidnapping for ransom of minor children in the northern parts of Sindh notorious for crimes, particularly Kandhkot in Kashmore district, is becoming a lucrative business.
This was revealed in a detailed research study conducted by Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) National Manager Salam Dharejo.
He informed that the majority of children kidnapped in the area were Hindus – the biggest religious minority of Pakistan.
The three-year

TWO AMENDMENTS APPROVED – Sindh Assembly showers blessing on fisherfolk and lawyers

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly (SA) showered its blessings on fisherfolk and lawyers, with two bills being passed into law on Thursday that offer greater livelihood opportunities for both.
The first Bill, Sindh Fisheries (Amendment) Bill-2011 cancels all leases granted for the fishing trade. In their place, the government will issue licenses for fishing to the fisherfolk community. For the first time, the government also sought to define a “fisherman,” with the logic aimed at

Lawyers’ fraternity lauds amendment

KARACHI – The lawyers’ fraternity, by and large, has welcomed the amendment in law granting civil courts the authority to hear property suits worth up to Rs 15 million.
“The previous bodies of the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) and the Karachi Bar Association (KBA) reached at a joint decision regarding the jurisdiction of civil courts during my tenure as SHCBA president,” Rasheed Razvi told Pakistan Today,
Razvi went on to explain that when the colonial judicial

Success due to our struggle, says PFF

KARACHI – Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum welcomed the amendments to the Sindh Fisheries Ordinance that were approved by the Sindh Assembly on Thursday, arguing that the changes were a logical conclusion of their struggle.
“Due to the contract system on inland waters, poor fishermen of the province were unable to earn their livelihoods. After a struggle of more than a month, in which all fisherfolk communities participated, the government has finally considered amending the ordinance,”

Caan yoouuu feeeel the looove…

KARACHI – Adore the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) or hate them, you’ve got to admire the love between two of their couples: Senior Minister Pir Mazharul Haq and Law Minister Ayaz Soomro, and Katchi Abadies Minister Rafiq Engineer and Fisheries Minister Zahid Bhurgari.
And love it was at the Sindh Assembly session on Thursday, and by god, it was sizzling.
Pir Mazharul Haq and Ayaz Soomro are neighbours on the front row of the treasury benches. Soomro, who often has to get to

NADRA officials assisting agents involved in forgery ? – Duped diplomat unaware of becoming Asif Zia’s father

KARACHI – Criminal elements have gained inside access to the National Database Registration Authority (NADRA) and use it to make fake national identity cards, it has been learnt.
Sources in NADRA told Pakistan Today that a few staff members were in contact with agents involved in the business of forged identity cards, who charge huge amounts for making fake computerised national identity cards (CNICs).
Dozens of applications have been submitted at NADRA for inquiry against

Altaf calls for alliance against religious extremism

KARACHI – The chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, has called for liberal forces and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to form an alliance against the increasing religious extremism and terrorism in the name of Islam.
Hussain was addressing a delegation of different NGOs working for human rights at the MQM headquarters, Nine Zero, over the telephone on Thursday.
The MQM chief said that according to the current conditions of the country, every

Revealing strength in a strong female narrative

KARACHI – Attiya Shaukat is a contemporary miniature artist who has honed her skill in the miniature studio and created exquisite paintings of her personal tribulations and joys, Amna Tirmizi Naqvi of the Gandhara-art Space said.
Gandhara is running an art exhibition of Shaukat’s works under the title of ‘Damsel in Shining Armour’ until February 12.
“Much like Shaukat’s contemporaries, her work depicts a current and personal narrative rather than a historical one. Her

City witnesses yet another politico-bloody day

KARACHI – At least nine people including three activists of ANP and two of MQM were killed in separate incidents on Wednesday.Three ANP activists were gunned down after a clash with the Muttahida Organising Committee, a sister wing of the MQM, in Bhittaiabad on Wednesday morning.
Khayal Wazir, son of Muhammad Wazir, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen near the ANP Ward in Bhittaiabad. He was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for legal formalities.Within 10