Privilege motion triggers fracas at the Sindh Assembly

Privilege motion triggers fracas at the Sindh Assembly

KARACHI – A privilege motion submitted by Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) Shaharyar Mahar -bedded in a controversy over land utilised by the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Sukkur – triggered a fracas at the Sindh Assembly session on Tuesday.
Acting Speaker Shehla Raza rejected the privilege motion despite acquiescing to allow a discussion on the matter to go ahead while she deliberated with the Assembly secretary whether the motion was permissible in the fist

Democratic privileges

KARACHI – Democracy is our privilege and right, but it is no more than a mere slogan of all mainstream parties of this country. More than 50 million are “represented” by 168, but of those, only a handful justify the responsibility of being our representatives. There was only one message to take away from Tuesday’s Sindh Assembly session: political culture is autocratic even in times of democracy.
Had you shut your eyes at Tuesday’s session, you would have imagined yourself in

Conjoined twins battling for survival at NICH

KARACHI – Two-day old conjoined twins, who were born in a private maternity home in Quaidabad, were shifted to the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) on Tuesday. Their parents are residents of Feature Colony, Quaidabad.
The twins are joined at their chest and have single heart and liver as well as one set of external female genitalia.
They have two lower limbs, three upper limbs, one pair of lungs and one common intestine with one stomach. The on-duty doctors said

PPP lawmakers love the 18th Amendment… but implementation is a different matter

KARACHI – Provincial ministers indirectly admitted at the Sindh Assembly session on Tuesday while it was facing complications in the “proper” implementation of the 18th Amendment, the Sindh government had itself delayed implementation in some cases due to political compulsions.
Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo told SA members that the federal government has transferred 126 archaeological sites to the province, but funds for these have not been transferred. Responding to MPAs’

Is Pir Mazhar turning down Zardari, Pagaro’s requests?

KARACHI – The future of 7,187 contractual teachers remains in the balance despite Sindh Education and Literacy Minister Pir Mazharul Haq announcing in the Sindh Assembly session on Tuesday that no individual will be dismissed from service.
Responding to a point of order raised by Pakistan Muslim League-Functional’s (PML-F) Nusrat Saher Abbasi, Haq assured all members his department was reviewing the cases of these employees. He claimed that the tack record of the PPP government

MQM gets its way – Special powers for city’s administrators

KARACHI – Bowing to MQM’s demands, the Sindh government has decided to give special powers to Karachi district and town administrators for utilising development funds on their own.
The decision was taken after the coalition partner in the Sindh government demanded Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to release development funds of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK), which is facing several problems in having them released, reliable sources told Pakistan Today.

Kharadar traders feel the wrath of parchis this time

KARACHI – The traders of the cloth market in Kharadar closed down their shops on Tuesday after a well-known trader was gunned down by unidentified culprits in the wee hours of the day over allegedly refusing to pay extortion money.
The Pakistan Memon Ittehad organised a demonstration, during which the traders of the cloth market burnt tyres at Chagla Street and Bakery Road in Kharadar and allegedly also torched a local office of the People’s Amn Committee.
Abdul Ghaffar, 60,

Four years in the making – Killer quacks beware!

KARACHI – Four years after the bill was drafted, the Sindh Health Department has once again decided to move the draft of the ‘Sindh Registration and Regulation of Private Hospitals and Clinics Bill-2011’ in the provincial assembly for the final approval.
The Health Department has sent the draft of the bill to the Sindh chief secretary for official formalities, after which it would be sent to the provincial assembly through the Chief Minister’s House.
Sources told Pakistan

Two killed in separate incidents

KARACHI – The people were killed in separate incidents in the city in Tuesday.
The body of a 26-year-old man was found at Budhni Goth, Mauripur.Police said that the victim had two deep wounds on his head and his throat was slit with a sharp object.
The victim was identified as Habib, son of Ali Murad. He was a resident of Khaskheli Muhalla, Budhni Goth.
The police suspect personal enmity as the likely reason behind the murder.
Separately, a man was shot dead by two

From the courtroom – Petition disposed of after ‘missing person’ produced in court

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday disposed of a petition regarding a missing person belonging to Karachi after recording the statement of the Special Investigation Unit investigation officer (IO).
A division bench comprising Justices Gulzar Ahmed and Imam Bux Baloch had directed the authorities on Monday to produce the missing person before the court.
Petitioner Anees Fatima had submitted in her petition that her son Pervez Ali was picked up by personnel of the

Seven suspected militants remanded until 20th

KARACHI – Various judicial magistrates remanded seven suspected militants until January 20 at the City Courts on Tuesday.
Tanveer Abbas Rizvi alias Kashif, Abrar Hussain Rizvi, Pervez Zaidi, Rifat Raza alias Jehangir, Hasnain Abbas alias Faisal, Sikander Rizvi and Ali Mehdi, alleged activists of the banned Sipah-e-Muhammad, were booked in 20 criminal cases, including 11 cases of targeted killings.
The prosecution said that the Special Investigation Unit had arrested the

‘Efforts on to eradicate tuberculosis’

KARACHI – The Sindh Tuberculosis Control Programme (STBCP) has been running successfully in 13 districts of the province and the government plans to extend it to the remaining districts as well, Adviser to Chief Minister Sharmila Farooqui said on Tuesday.
“The Sindh government, in collaboration with the federal government and international agencies, is providing free treatment to TB patients,” she told a delegation of doctors and paramedical staff at her office.
The adviser

CM’s adviser demands varsity campus in Shikarpur

KARACHI – Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Tourism, PML-F’s Imtiaz Sheikh on Tuesday demanded the provincial government to immediately implement the directives of President Asif Ali Zardari and establish the Shah Latif University, Sheikh Ayaz Campus in Shikarpur.
In a letter written to the provincial chief minister, he said the president had directed the Sindh government to establish the campus in Shikarpur but despite the passage of eight months, the government still has not

SMIC conducts interviews for 4-year degree programme

KARACHI – The Sindh Madressatul Islam College (SMIC) on Tuesday conducted interviews of students, who had cleared the placement test for admission in four-year BS Education programme.
SMIC Principal Dr Muhammad Ali Sheikh along with other members of the interview committee conducted the interviews. The college has already selected students for the four-year BS Mass Communication programme.
Sheikh said that the classes for BS programmes would commence from January 17 and the

Recreating the milieu of dhabas

KARACHI – “Poets, writers, journalists, revolutionaries and CSP officers used to gather over a cup of tea or coffee for intense discussions on the social, political, cultural and literary concerns of the day. Modernisation and its accompanying frenzied pace of life have all but excluded this forum for cultural exchange and discourse,” says Nafisa Rizvi.
Rizvi was recently a guest curator at the Poppy Seed gallery, which had organised an art exhibition titled ‘Tea House’ that

Over 2,500 acres leased by Auqaf… sans any price floor for bidding

KARACHI – Over 2,500 acres have been leased by the Auqaf Department since 2007 but no price floor was set during the tender process, allowing bidders to rent land for peanuts, admitted Auqaf Minister Abdul Haseeb Khan on Monday during the Sindh Assembly (SA) session.
Three departments – Auqaf, Antiquities and Tourism – were under the scanner at Monday’s session, with most questions directed at the Auqaf department. One of the queries, raised by Heer Ismail Soho, pertained to