IJT wants Baloch sent packing

IJT wants Baloch sent packing

LAHORE: Islami Jamiat Taliba (IJT) activists on Wednesday staged a protest in Punjab University demanding the termination of former principal of College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES), Professor Dr Iftikhar Ahmad Baloch.
IJT activists from different institutions of the city gathered at PU Chemical Engineering Department and took out a rally against Baloch.
Shouting slogans like “Zinda hay Jamiat Zinda hay” and “Baloch is a rapist”, the activists abused the

Seven dead in road accidents

Lahore: Seven people died and several others were injured in seven road accidents in the provincial capital on Wednesday.
Ahsan, a resident of the Ravi Road, was knocked down by a trolley loaded carrying iron rods. Severely injured, Ahsan was rushed to the hospital where he died. Ahsan’s relatives staged a protest on Ravi Road and demanded the police to arrest the trolley driver who escaped after knocking Ahsan down. The protesters dispersed after the police assured to arrest the

Doctors manhandled, Mayo OPD shut down

LAHORE: Mayo Hospital doctors closed the Out Patients Department (OPD) on Wednesday in protest against the manhandling of medical staff, including two female colleagues, by families of two patients who succumbed to bullet injuries in the hospital’s surgical wards late on Tuesday night.
The two patients were being treated for serious bullet injuries in the north surgical and east surgical wards of Mayo Hospital for the last several days.
According to Mayo Hospital doctors,

Another day without CNG

LAHORE: With commuting problems continuing on the second day of the government-announced CNG holiday on Wednesday, citizens received marginal relief from the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) who announced they will not observe a CNG strike today (Thursday).
Adding another day to the CNG closure schedule, the government had announced Wednesday as a day-off for CNG. Citizens using CNG for travel faced tremendous trouble as the second day of the closure passed by.

Fish production up, prices also up

LAHORE: The price of fish has risen considerably despite increased production this year. The price of fish ranges between Rs 150 to Rs 350 per kg, depending upon the size and type.
Put in comparison to last years prices when prices ranged between Rs 140-320 per kg but production was lower, this year’s increase in price is significant. The fish market works by a simple logic: fish of larger size sells more expensive, fish of smaller size sells cheaper.
The varieties popular

Food department cracks down on tainted milk

LAHORE: The Food Department of City District Government Lahore has launched a raid against milk suppliers delivering contaminated milk to the city. Complying with DCO Lahore Ahad Cheema’s orders, District Officer Food Dr Masood has set up a team and launched a drive against impure milk being supplied to Lahore from the city’s outskirts.
Inspection teams have been monitoring four entrances into the city namely Sherakot, Roohi Nala, Sagian Bridge and GT Road Baghbanpura. The food

LHC admits petition challenging LDA’s commercialisation fee

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed on Tuesday admitted for regular hearing and granted an interim stay on a petition challenging the commercialisation and conversion fee imposed by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA).
On the petition filed by Tahir Zia, the court as an interim order, required the petitioners to deposit six percent of the conversion fee and stayed the authority from resorting to any coercive action against them.
The petition,

J-Block park won’t be turned into commercial plaza for now

LAHORE: Succumbing to stiff public pressure, the Model Town Society (MTS) has shelved its controversial plan to convert the J-Block park into a commercial plaza and constituted a eight-member committee to decide the park’s fate measuring 55 kanals located at the right side of the Model Town Morr’s entrance, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The decision was taken place during the society’s annual general meeting held at the MTS Head Office on Sunday after some society members blasted

WASA to review daily wagers’ termination

LAHORE: Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) Managing Director Javed Iqbal has sought a detailed report about the daily wagers who had served for many years and were sacked after being considered as temporary employees appointed during the monsoon season.
The decision was taken after an uproar against the termination of more than 1000 daily wagers. WASA spokesman Imitaz Ahmed told Pakistan Today that WASA MD had directed all SDOs to prepare a report on the complete case history of

Arresting Data Darbar, Gamay Shah terrorists could take months: CCPO

LAHORE: It could be months before the police is able to trace and arrest the terrorists involved in the Data Darbar and Karbala Gamay Shah incidents, CCPO Aslam Tareen said on Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference at Police Lines Qila Gujjar Singh, Tareen admitted that investigations into the attacks were showing little progress, but promised that the people involved in the incidents would be arrested soon. Responding to a query about police officers who avoid registering

Unbiased dengue bites Chinese workers as well

LAHORE: Liu had had little idea of viral diseases, let alone dengue, in his entire life. Being a civil engineer from the Sichuan University, China, working on a Punjab government project in Lahore, it was the last thing he should be bothered about.
As an employee of the state-owned China Construction Company, completion of the Lahore Technology Park had mainly occupied his mind throughout his three years in the city. It was almost ten days ago that he heard of the deadly dengue

Anti-IJT stance put Baloch in hot water

LAHORE: Affiliation with the Teachers’ Front, having leftist ideas and being anti-Islami Jamiat-e-Talba (IJT), are stated to be the reasons behind the suspension of Punjab University (PU) College of Earth & Environmental Sciences (CEES) Principal Dr Iftikhar Hussain Baloch, who was being threatened with dire consequences from ‘quarters with vested interests’ active in the varsity, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to CEES teachers, Baloch was facing charges of sexually

Religious group organises rally against shrine blasts

LAHORE: The Tahafuz-e-Namoos-e-Risalat Mahaz organised a rally on Monday at the Mall Road against terrorist blasts at various religious shrines and staged a sit-in outside the CM’s House.
The rally started from the Data Darbar and was attended by around 200 to 300 people mostly belonging to various religious seminaries, a number which was confirmed by an intelligence official. The participants chanted slogans against the US, UK, Jews and other Western countries.

Shrine attacks – Protest brings Lahore to a halt

LAHORE: Traffic remained at a halt at Lahore’s major roads due to a protest by the Tahafuz e Namoos e Risalat Muhaz on Monday whom traveled across the road.
Commuters were disturbed by the traffic blockades and found themselves stationary on the city’s main arteries for hours at a stretch. Traffic at The Mall, Davis road, Bhatti gate, Jail Road and Ferozepur Road was choked as the rally proceeded towards the CM House.
During the same period, traffic was also choked for more

Violent guards, complicit administrators – PU guards thrash IMPP students outside VC’s office

LAHORE: The Punjab University (PU) turned into a battlefield on Monday, as varsity security guards thrashed students of the Institute of Mycology and Plant Pathology (IMPP) including girls outside the VC Office.
The students were protesting for their demands when the security guards charged at them and started beating them black and blue. To make things worse, PU VC Dr Mujahid Kamran, the varsity registrar, resident officer and Hall Council Chairman Dr Amin Ather acted like

156 new dengue cases in last 24 hrs!

LAHORE: During the last 24 hours, 142 cases of dengue virus in Lahore and 14 in the city suburbs have been reported, which are being treated in various government hospitals figures issued by the Punjab Health Department said on Sunday.
The figures continued to claim that around 1,599 patients have recovered from the dengue virus and been discharged from government hospitals, while 157 dengue patients are still being treated. One patient was reported to have expired of the disease

CNG closure this week too, and for three days

LAHORE: Commuters continue to suffer and complain as with the two-day scheduled CNG closure, an extra one-day closure will be observed this week on account of a protest by the All Pakistan CNG Association (APCNGA) against the two-day closure.
The gas will remain suspended on Tuesday and Wednesday as scheduled, and on Thursday APCA will shut down the stations in protest. “The government has closed the CNG stations for two days a week and we are closing one day in protest.