US to help with 150MW wind power project

US to help with 150MW wind power project

ISLAMABAD: The US and Pakistan on Sunday signed a 150 megawatt wind power generation project.
“Today, the governments of Pakistan and the US, together with American power company AES Corporation, agreed to create a public-private partnership to develop a 150mw, $375 million wind power generation project in the Gharo Corridor area,” said a US Embassy statement.
“The project will produce 150 megawatts of new, “clean” power serving some 600,000 homes and will reduce Pakistan’s

Gilani seeks enhanced market access

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday asked international donors for enhanced markets access for Pakistani goods saying serious economic challenges confronting the country could not be overcome through aid alone.
Addressing the Pakistan Development Forum (PDF) participants at a dinner, the prime minister said, “For Pakistan, its people and its democratic government, development remains an overwhelming strategic priority.”
“The PDF affords a useful platform

JCP to nominate 2 SC, 40 high court judges after Eid

ISLAMABAD: The third meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan (JCP) is expected to be held just after Eidul Azha holidays to nominate two Supreme Court judges and 40 high courts, including the Islamabad High Court chief justice.
According to sources in the JCP, the meeting would discuss nominations for two SC judges to replace Justice Rahmat Hussain Jafferi, who will be attaining the age of superannuation on November 20 and Justice Chaudhry Ijaz Ahmed, who retired on May 5

Happy with taxing rich – US will do more for Pakistan, says Holbrooke

ISLAMABAD: Encouraged by the government’s decision to tax the rich through legislation, the US has indicated that it is now ready to do more and help the cash-strapped ally meet its domestic financial needs.
“No more words, we want action on table,” US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke said on Sunday at a Round-table discussion arranged by the Radio Pakistan.”I will make an important announcement on Monday (at the Pakistan Development Forum

Provinces give thumbs up to General Sales Tax

ISLAMABAD: All the four provinces, as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir, have said they were on board for the implementation of the reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) on goods and services during the current financial year.
This was stated by the representatives of the four provinces at a media briefing the Pakistan Development Forum on Sunday. The representatives said that their RGST on services bills would be presented in their respected provincial assemblies as soon as parliament

Flood Tax Bill soon to be tabled in Sindh Assembly: Qaim Ali Shah

ISLAMABAD: The legislation on imposing the Flood Tax will be presented in the Sindh Assembly for approval in the next few days, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah said on Sunday.
Giving a presentation on mobilising additional resources for the flood victims of the province at the Pakistan Development Forum (PDF), he said that the intended Flood Tax would be a surcharge and collected in addition to the existing provincial taxes, fees and provincial levies.
Although there was

Sindh PPP angry with federal bureaucracy

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party Sindh has urged the federal government to remove all the obstacles in the way of Sindh receiving international help directly to start rehabilitation and reconstruction programme that the provincial government had prepared.
PPP Sindh General Secretary Taj Haider, in his statement, said the province continued to suffer as the resources needed for draining out the standing water and rehabilitation were not reaching it expeditiously. Looking at the

ANP leader Haji Jeelani laid to rest in Chaman

QUETTA: Haji Jeelani Khan, tribal elder and central leader of the Awami National Party, who died after being injured in an armed attack, was buried in the border town of Chaman on Sunday amidst a large gathering of people from different sections of society.
Jeelani, the ANP joint secretary and head of his clan Asheyzai of the Achakzai tribe, was critically wounded when unidentified, armed militants opened indiscriminate fire at his vehicle when he was on his way home from the

PIA losses – Marvi to move privilege motion against Mukhtar

ISLAMABAD: PML-Q MNA Marvi Memon will table a privilege motion today (Monday) in the National Assembly Secretariat against Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar for misleading the House by giving wrong figures on the PIA losses.
“A report published by daily Pakistan Today on Saturday has reflected that the minister submitted false figures in his written reply to a question raised by MNA Sheikh Salahuddin about the PIA losses from during the first nine months from January to September

Investigation team formed to probe Hindu labourer’s torture case

MIRPURKHAS: An inquiry committee was set up on Sunday to investigate the case of the labourer who was allegedly set on fire by a landlord and his aides in Kot Ghulam Mohammad taluka of Mirpurkhas district on Saturday (November 13).
The investigation team comprises of Sindhri Supervisory Police Officer (SPO) Mohammad Ayub Dar, Satellite town SPO Bilawal Maher, Kot Ghulam Mohammad (KGM) Station House Officer (SHO) Lala Javed and KGM Police Investigation Officer Abdul Sattar

Police’s failure accounts for rash of crime

ISLAMABAD: Crime rate in the federal capital is increasing day-by-day, as car lifters stole 19 vehicles and robbers struck at 22 places in various parts of the city in the last week compared to 10 vehicles stolen and 19 robbery incidents reported in the week before, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to data collected by Pakistan Today, the Margalla Police Station had the worst record in the last week, as five cases of car theft, three cases of robbery and one case each of car

All CID attackers except truck driver escaped

KARACHI: Investigators probing the blast at the Crime Investigation Department (CID) Civil Lines office have found no evidence about the attackers, except about the driver of the explosives-laden truck, and therefore, they are of the view that all other assailants managed to escape after the attack.
Sources told Pakistan Today on Saturday that of the 17 people killed in the blast, there was only one mutilated and unidentified body, and investigators believed it was the body of

Suu Kyi release – World to wait and watch, Burma insists she’s free

PARIS: World leaders hailed the release of Myanmar’s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi from years of house arrest on Saturday but warned the country’s junta not to restrict her, even as a senior government official insisted she was “completely free”.
US President Barack Obama said that “while the Burmese regime has gone to extraordinary lengths to isolate and silence Aung San Suu Kyi, she has continued her brave fight for democracy, peace, and change in Burma. She is a hero of mine

Incomplete parliamentary body may hinder LHC CJ’s appointment

ISLAMABAD: Differences within the ruling coalition on nomination of members for the parliamentary committee for judges’ appointment may hinder the nod for the appointment of the new chief justice of the Lahore High Court (LHC).
Although the Judicial Commission of Pakistan on Saturday finalised the name of Justice Ijaz Ahmad Chaudhry to replace the outgoing LHC CJ, his nomination needs a nod by the parliamentary committee. But the indifference of the prime minister to nominate

People without CNICs barred from entering capital’s Red Zone

ISLAMABAD: In the wake of recent terrorist attacks across the country, the Interior Ministry on Saturday banned the entry of people not having CNICs into the capital’s Red Zone.
The decision was made in a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Rehman Malik. The federalminister directed the Islamabad inspector general of police and the chief commissioner to enhancing security across the federal capital.
He also directed the IG to maintain record of all students of religious

Flood tax for six months, says Gilani

LAHORE: The flood tax will be levied for a six-month initiatory period and the government has redressed all reservations of the provinces over the Reformed General Sales Tax (RGST) before presenting the bill in parliament, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Saturday.
He was talking to the media here Saturday in a private hospital after visiting Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) veteran leader and Senator Gulzar Ahmed Khan. Gilani said that there was no foreign pressure on the

Pakistan wants effective UNSC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s acting Ambassador Amjad Hussain Sial said his country was committed to a reform that would make the UN Security Council more representative, transparent and effective.
He was speaking in the United Nations General Assembly’s annual debate on achieving equitable representation in the 15-member council. According to a Foreign Office statement, the two-day debate took place in the wake of the United States support for India’s bid for a permanent seat of the UN