Hindus suffering brunt of child kidnappings

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

Emergency alert!

KARACHI – The doctors’ fraternity will lodge widespread protests and boycott emergency services if medical professionals are not given adequate protection from extortion, the wrath of patients’ families, and lodging of FIRs without any evidence, argued office bearers of leading representative bodies of the medical community.
Addressing a crowded press conference at the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) office, doctors; representatives claimed that different political parties and

KESC’s ‘blackmail tactics’ work a treat

KARACHI – The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has restored the zero load shedding regime in industrial areas, after receiving around 80 MMCFD gas from the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) without making any payments to the latter.
The SSGC had curtailed gas supply to the KESC due to the non-payment of Rs 3 billion dues for December 2010, but in total, the KESC still owes almost Rs 23 billion to the gas utility, sources told Pakistan Today.
“The KESC was confident that

Sindh Assembly session – Reuse and sale of disposable syringes declared non-bailable offence

KARACHI – The Sindh Assembly on Wednesday passed the Sindh Regulation and Control of Disposable Syringes Bill- 2010, declaring the reuse and sale of disposable syringes in the province a non-bailable offence and punishing offenders with two-year imprisonment.
Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro moved the bill, and Health Minister Dr Saghir Ahmed briefed the members about its salient features. Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro put the bill before the house for voting, and it was passed

Long live Sindh (card)

KARACHI – President Asif Ali Zardari is loved by all. Such is the affection that Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah and Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza graced the Assembly session on Wednesday with their presence, Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s (MQM) Sardar Ahmed nodded vociferously when the chief minister waxed lyrical about his party’s chief, National People’s Party’s (NPP) Arif Mustafa Jatoi had no objections, and Law Minister Ayaz Soomro presented his best toady self. We all love Asif

SIU says three suspects held for KU cracker blast

KARACHI – The Special Investigation Unit (SIU) of the Karachi police on Wednesday claimed arresting three University of Karachi (KU) students for their involvement in the cracker blast at the university.
The SIU also said that it has recovered a large quantity of weapons from the arrested men’s possession.
In a press release issued on Wednesday, DSP Ali Raza said that three suspects – Mohammad Umar alias Chhotu, Syed Fayyaz Ali and Mohammad Hafeezullah – were arrested with

Fast KESC meter, citizens teeter

KARACHI – Power consumers across the city have started receiving inflated electricity bills after the installation of new meters by the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC), on claims of the previous ones being faulty, slow, or tampered, etc.
The consumers complain that the newly-installed meters are moving fast and causing the already poverty-stricken people of the city to bear additional charges.
The KESC is replacing the existing meters across the metropolis with new