Had Benazir been alive, Indo-Pak relations would have been better: CM

Had Benazir been alive, Indo-Pak relations would have been better: CM

KARACHI – Had Benazir Bhutto been alive, India and Pakistan would have had better relations, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said on Friday at the CM House where a 15-member Indian peace delegation of intellectuals, writers, parliamentarians, educationists and social activists called on the CM. Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that the need of the hour is to make efforts for resolving issues between India and Pakistan. Feelings of hatred should be removed from the hearts of

In search of granite, path to Durga’s temple blown up with dynamite

KARACHI – Despite continuing protest by Hindus in the Tharparkar district, the Sindh government has not taken any action against the extraction of granite from the path leading to the Durga Mata Temple located in Karoonjhar Hills. The Hindus allege that their highly-revered temple in Tharparkar is in danger as a Karachi-based stone-crushing company has been dynamiting away the hills surrounding the temple and if the stone-crushing continues, the temple will be destroyed completely.

Three dead, four injured in separate incidents

KARACHI – Three men were killed and four other injured in separate violent incidents in the city on Friday. A man identified as Muhammad Ali, 35, was gunned down by unidentified armed men in the Dhobi Ghat area. The body of the victim was shifted to the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK). The Sir Syed police found the bullet-riddled body of a rickshaw driver near the Anda Mor. The victim was identified as 22-year-old Rabnawaz. An FIR of the case was registered for further investigation.

FROM THE COURTROOM – 155 lower staff of Edu Dept to be reinstated as SHC declares termination illegal

KARACHI – As many as 155 lower-grade employees of the Sindh Education and Literacy Department, who were appointed by former Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim and sacked by the Qaim Ali Shah-led government, were reinstated on Friday by the Sindh High Court (SHC). In its verdict, an SHC division bench comprising Justice Shahid Anwar Bajwa and Justice Tufail H. Ibrahim declared the Sindh Education and Literacy Department’s orders to terminate these employees as illegal, and ordered the

Financial crunch be damned, Sindh wants a shiny new video conferencing system

KARACHI – Though the incumbent Sindh government is bemoaning its worst-ever financial crisis, at least Rs 6 millions are set to be spent on the purchase of a new video conferencing system for the World Bank-assisted Sindh Cities Improvement Programme, Pakistan Today has learnt. The expenditure, however, is not needed: the parent department of the Sindh Cities Improvement Programme – the Planning & Development (P&D) Department – is in possession of three sophisticated video

Pakistan in dire need of education revolution: Rauf Siddiqui

KARACHI – Pakistan is in dire need of an education revolution so that failures, shortcomings and sense of deprivation among people can be rooted out, said Sindh Industries and Commerce Minister Rauf Siddiqui on Friday while speaking as chief guest at the awards distribution ceremony of the University of Karachi (KU) Department of Mathematics’ Information Technology Programme. “The education system of the country has been plagued by various shortcomings since the past 63 years, and

Women and media: ingredients of change for a better tomorrow

KARACHI – There is a need to formulate a national media policy – one that can bring about positive change in society and perpetuate the reality of women’s vital role in building countries, said Sindh Women’s Development Minister Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto on Friday while speaking at a seminar titled ‘Women as agents of change.” Arranged by the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA)-Pakistan in collaboration with Women Media Centre (WMC), the seminar was organised to deliberate ways and

Hike in milk prices: SHC issues notices to CS, CDGK while Administrator summons meeting

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notices to the Sindh chief secretary, City District Government Karachi and other respondents on a constitutional petition seeking implementation of consumer laws across the province and government action against the price hike in different edible items, including milk and milk products. Rana Faiz-ul-Hassan of the United Human Rights had moved a constitutional petition in which he stated that court had issued directions to the Sindh

Walk on 20th to express solidarity with quake survivors

KARACHI – A walk would be organised in the metropolis to express solidarity with the quake- and tsunami-hit people of Japan, said a press release issued on Friday. The walk would be held under the auspices of the Pakistan-Japan Cultural Association Sindh and the Pakistan Japan Business Forum. The walk would commence near the Salt n Pepper Village restaurant in DHA.

MSA arrests 22 Indian fishermen

KARACHI – Pakistani Maritime Security Agency (MSA) has arrested 22 Indian fishermen, the MSA spokesman said on Friday. The Indian fishermen had violated the Pakistani territorial waters, which resulted in their arrested, and five of their vessels were also seized. The fishermen have been handed over to the police.

Seminar on World Tuberculosis Day on 22nd

KARACHI – Tuberculosis (TB) consumes an estimated 1.7 million lives worldwide every year. The World TB Day is an annual reminder that this infectious disease still exists, and a lot needs to be done in order to completely eliminate it, an Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) official said on Friday. In order to mark the World TB Day 2011, the AKUH is organising a seminar on March 22. The moot would highlight various important steps that need to be taken for prevention and management of

We’re trying to reduce load shedding, but…

STAFF REPORT – The Sindh government will ensure that load shedding is reduced to its minimum possible level, promised Sindh Electric Power Minister Shazia Marri on Friday while talking to media personnel at the inauguration of a spring festival and flower exhibition. Marri said that Sindh has the gotten the right of ownership to 50 per cent share on its oil, gas and other natural recourses under Article 172 (3) through the 18th Amendment. She said that the Sindh government has planned

Births in control, but at mothers’ cost?

KARACHI – Depo-provera, a birth control injection that is said to last for three months, is still being pushed upon unsuspecting women in Karachi despite known hazards of long-term use. According to the WHO, long-term use of the drug causes a loss in bone mineral density – an issue that led the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the US to apply the ‘black box’ warning (the highest that is applied to drugs short of banning them altogether) to Depo-Provera.
Despite these issues,

PPP-MQM differences prevent substantive legislation

KARACHI – Though the MQM members had returned to the Sindh Assembly on Thursday after ending their boycott, the differences between the MQM and the PPP on major issues still persisted. Assembly Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro prorogued the session without waiting for a consensus between the two parties.
It was the second continuous session of the Provincial Assembly that was convened on Tuesday, a day after prorogation of the earlier session. The previous session had started on

‘Give us a few years, you’ll see strong women in Rabita Committee’

KARACHI – The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) perhaps owes a debt of gratitude to Nasreen Jalil’s mother for having brought her daughter and MA Jalil together – the couple have been stalwarts of the party since 1988, being instrumental components of a party that was once a rogue but now the country’s third largest mainstream entity.
“Jalil often jokes that my mother fell in love with when she first met him. But since she couldn’t wed him, she got me married off to him instead,”

Keep peace process rolling, stress Indo-Pak activists

KARACHI – Pakistani and Indian peace activists on Thursday underlined the need for unbreakable peace process until mutual disputes are resolved. These activists were speaking at a reception, hosted by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) in honour of a nine-member peace delegation that arrived from India in the evening.
Leading the delegation, former MP and senior journalist Kuldip Nayar said that negotiations between the two countries should be

Extremism, kidnappings take gloss away from Holi celebrations

KARACHI – Hindus would not be able to celebrate their religious festival Holi with traditional enthusiasm due to the recent floods, kidnappings for ransom of adults and children from Sindh and Balochistan, and increasing religious extremism.
Residents of several towns and cities of Sindh – the hub of Pakistani Hindus – have announced that they would observe the festival with simplicity for various reasons.
Holi – the festival of spring – would be observed on Saturday and