Lahoris shake a leg as Pakistan dump Kiwis

Lahoris shake a leg as Pakistan dump Kiwis

LAHORE – Lahoris, deeply distressed by rising inflation and the country’s overall situation, came to the roads and danced to celebrate Pakistan cricket team’s long-awaited win over New Zealand in the one-day series on Thursday. People chanted slogans in favour of cricketers and especially skipper Shahid Afridi.
Dozens of people gathered at various places and praised the team’s performance, which had brought smiles to their faces in times of deepening economic crisis. They hoped

LHC seeks reply on petition seeking foreigners’ information

LAHORE – Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Thursday sought reply from the federal and Punjab governments on a petition seeking court orders directing the foreign and interior ministries to provide the Punjab government complete information about foreigners living in the province.
The LHC CJ directed the deputy attorney general and Punjab assistant advocate general to ensure submission of the reply within three weeks. Advocate Noshab A Khan filed

ON HER BOOK – Making your way into compassion

LAHORE – Not only did the rare occasion of having a foreign literary figure speak to a local audience in an open discussion, attract people, but the fact that it was Karen Armstrong who was the speaker delivering a speech on her newest book, called ‘Twelve Steps to A Compassionate Life’, was what intrigued the audience the most. Students and professionals, both, along with several others from different walks of life attended this seminar at a local hotel.
Published locally by the

DHA, Punjab govt on warpath over jurisdictions

LAHORE – The Defence Housing Authority (DHA) and Punjab government are on warpath on the issue of controlled areas falling into their jurisdictions as DHA claims to have thousands of acres land in its legal control under notification issued in the Gazette of Pakistan while the Punjab government overrules DHA’s jurisdiction and plans to make the notification null and void.
PML-N senior leader and MNA Khawaja Saad Rafiq is behind the ripple who brought notification into the notice

Firing erupts during IJT-police clash outside PU

LAHORE – An intense clash between students of Islami Jamiat Taliba (IJT) and police was witnessed outside the Punjab University (PU) New Campus’ hostels after what the IJT claims was a protest against insufficient security in the varsity premises. During the protest firing was observed with police and IJT officials blaming each other. IJT activists also threw stones on police.
Sources claim the IJT was actually protesting against the arrest of senior member, Yasir Abbasi,

LHC judges nervous as 4 more expelled

LAHORE – The news of the termination of four more additional judges has unsettled all additional judges at the Lahore High Court, Pakistan Today has learnt. With four of their colleagues sacked, none of the 20 adhoc LHC judges on duty are certain of their future in the higher judiciary. Sources told Pakistan Today that allegations were that the dismissed additional judges were appointed on political consideration during the days of of former LHC chief justice Khawaja Sharif.

Sunni Tehreek workers raid police station

LAHORE – Dozens of annoyed protestors broke into a North Cantonment police station on Wednesday and held hostage the police officers for several hours. Police officers, requesting not to be named, said the protestors of Sunni Tehreek had staged a protest demonstration against the statements of Vatican Pope Benedict when police officers intercepted the demonstrators.
“An ambulance was stuck in the demonstration upon which we approached to rescue the ambulance. The Sunni Tehreek

‘Charge Raymond under anti-terrorism sections’

LAHORE – “There is huge difference between Raymond Davis and Dr Aafia Saddique’s case as Aafia was not a terrorist while Raymond Davis is”, said the families of three young men who died after an American national Raymond Davis opened straight fires in broad daylight couple of days ago.
Raymond Davis should be charged under terrorist sections, the families further demanded while talking to media men during a joint press briefing held at Qartaba Chowk on Wednesday. Dozens of

Drunk neighbour rapes minor in Township

LAHORE – Six-years-old minor girl allegedly raped by a drunken neighbor in the precincts of the Township Police precincts here on Wednesday. The victim’s family staged a protest against the accused demanding the accused’s family be asked to leave the neighbourhood.
Uzma, resident of Township, sector B, block number four, was playing in front of her neighbour’s home. Shahid who was drunk at that time took her in his house and raped her. Maqbool, the victim’s father told Pakistan

LDA makes key decisions

LAHORE – The Lahore Development Authority (LDA) has approved independent building regulations for katchi abadies, project of improvement and rehabilitation work of Ferozepur Road and installation of warning signs displaying height restriction messages at underpasses at Canal Bank Road from Dharampura underpass to Tokhar Niaz Baig.
This decision was taken during a meeting of the LDA governing body, chaired by District Coordination Officer and LDA Chairman Ahad Khan Cheema. The

CDA and UNFPA sign agreement for youth peer education

LAHORE – The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Pakistan has signed a “Letter of Understanding” with a national youth led organization, Chanan Development Association (CDA) to strengthen Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER) in Pakistan as well as carrying out multiple youth development activities across the country.
The activities includes conducting National Training of trainers’ workshops for young trainers to equip youth lead organizations to execute peer education

HRCP calls Punjab govt to investigate honour killing

LAHORE – Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called upon the Punjab government to ensure an early and transparent investigation of an alleged incident of honour killing of a young woman in a village of Bahawalpur district.
The young woman, Saima, left her parents house in November and went away to Karachi with a man named Dilawar she wanted to marry as her family wanted her to marry someone else. Saima’s family had took Dilawar’s father to Karachi with them and brought

Petition seeks information about foreigners’ whereabouts

LAHORE – A constitutional petition has been moved in the Lahore High Court seeking directions for ministries of interior and foreign affairs to provide the Punjab government complete information/functions of the foreigners living in the province.
Advocate Noshab A Khan filed the petition under article 199 of the constitution in the backdrop of murder of two young Pakistanis at Qurtaba Chowk by Raymond Davis. The petitioner-lawyer submitted that scarcity of correct information

Sahil holds workshop for child rights

LAHORE – Punjab chief minister (CM) has been taking interest in working for child rights and will receive regular notifications regarding any issues concerning child rights, said advisor to CM Zakia Shahnawaz at a workshop held by Sahil, a child rights organisation.
The workshop attempted to gather professionals from fields related to child rights and issues, including officials from government departments, such as Social Welfare, Child Protection and Welfare Department, Labour

2011 to be celebrated as Year of Faiz

LAHORE – On special instructions by President Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistan Academy of Letters (PAL) announced the year 2011 as the year of national poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz. PAL is now making arrangements to commemorate the 100th birthday of Faiz. President Zardari is also taking interest in PAL’s activities regarding the celebrations of the Faiz year and has asked Fakhar Zaman, Chairman of PAL, to brief him about the arrangements taken in this regard.
President Zardari has

Judge directs CCPO Lahore to arrange refresher courses for SHOs

LAHORE – Additional District and Session Judge Sana Khan Attique on Wednesday directed Punjab Police inspector general to arrange for the refresher courses for the station house officers (SHO), teaching them how to deal with the public complaints, after Township Police Station SHO repeatedly failed to address to a complaint despite multiple court orders.
The court directed Lahore CCPO to take action against Township Police Station SHO and get the petitioner’s grievance redressed.

Putting Mughal Art to art

LAHORE – FD Toor’s paintings, an artist who started to paint out of pleasure after the age of 60, were works of art that even a professional painter would admire. Mostly Mughal, the title of the exhibition, is currently displayed at the Alhamra Art Gallery, which is showing about 60 paintings, most of them done in water colour – one of the most difficult mediums to work in for an artist – while the others are pencils sketches in black and white.
For Toor, now 70 years old,