Samjhota train victims’ heirs not compensated yet

Samjhota train victims’ heirs not compensated yet

MIRPURKHAS: The survivors of the Samjhota Express incident are still deprived of the compensation of one million rupees announced by the Indian government and Rs 0.5 million by the federal government despite the lapse of four years.
Talking to Pakistan Today, a resident of Kharpara, Mirpurkhas, Muhammad Shakeel and his younger brother Muhammad Nadeem said they were coming back from India to Pakistan on late night of 18th February 2007 that suddenly a bomb blast killed more than

Zardari House under security blanket following Taliban threats

ISLAMABAD: Following the gruesome bomb blast at the CID building in Karachi on Thursday, security has been further tightened around Zardari House, located in the heart of metropolis in sector F-8/3 following Taliban warnings of attacking the premises.
Well-placed sources said the entire street had been declared a “Red Zone” and no one would be allowed to enter the premises without methodical checking. It was also learnt that following the Taliban threats, all kinds of political

PML-N says GST will be disastrous for economy

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz Secretary Information MNA Ahsan Iqbal has said that Reformed General Sales Tax (GST) will be a disaster for the national economy.
He told Pakistan Today on Friday that GST imposition would entail another wave of price hike and the PML-N would never allowed the enforcement of this tax. He said the government was trying to achieve a revenue boost by imposing a repressive tax but it was mistaken because such an objective could not be achieved in

Sindh Assembly condemns attack on CID office

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Friday unanimously passed a censure resolution against Thursday’s attack at the Crime Investigation Department (CID) office in the provincial metropolis.
The censure resolution was jointly tabled by Muttahida Qaumi Movement’s deputy parliamentary leader and Sindh Youth Affairs Minister Faisal Sabzwari, Leader of Opposition Jam Madad Ali, National People’s Party’s Arif Mustafa Jatoi and Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid’s (PML-Q) Shehryar Maher.

High prices of animals prompt buyers to visit rural areas

PESHAWAR: Skyrocketing prices of the cattle in Peshawar have prompted the people to rush to far-flung areas of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa to buy sacrificial animals at lower prices.
Though Eidul Azha is approaching near, the sale of sacrificial animals in the city is still very low because the people are not interested in purchasing the animals at very high prices, Pakistan Today learnt during a survey on Thursday.
It is learnt that more than 90 per cent people, visiting the

Indo-US ties don’t bother Pakistan: FM

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is not worried about the close ties between the US and India but opposes India’s bid for a permanent UNSC membership, as it would have a negative impact on peace and stability and balance of power in South Asia, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Friday.
Qureshi told reporters Pakistan was not opposing India’s bid just for the sake of opposition but it had reasons for it. “The expansion and reform of the UN Security Council is a long-drawn and

NA unanimously opposes US support to India for UNSC seat

ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution expressing concern over the US support for India’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
The House urged the international community to take notice of India’s human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir. The joint resolution moved by Shahnaz Wazir Ali says, “This decision has grave ramifications for the direction and prospects of the system of multilateral cooperation as envisaged by the

Figures don’t tally – Mukhtar misleads NA on PIA losses

ISLAMABAD: Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar on Friday attempted to mislead the National Assembly on the amount of losses incurred by the state-run PIA, saying the national carrier suffered losses worth Rs 10.9 million in the first nine months of the current year, while PIA’s third financial quarter report said the losses for the period were to the tune of Rs 11.7 billion.
The Pakistan International Airline report, uploaded on its website, contradicts the minister’s claim, as it

Hepatitis vaccines worth Rs 1bn stolen from NIH?

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Health was stunned to hear on Friday that hepatitis vaccines worth Rs 1 billion have been stolen from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the case has been forwarded to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for inquiry.
Committee chairwoman Kalsoom Parveen expressed doubts whether the vaccines had even been bought in the first place, saying that perhaps the purchase was only shown on papers. She said that 17 official vehicles of

Musharraf casts himself as ‘viable alternative’

LAHORE: Former president Pervez Musharraf underlined his ambitions to return to Pakistan to contest general elections in 2013, casting himself as a tested politician who can turn around the country’s dire economic problems.
“Now that Pakistan is in turmoil, the people of Pakistan remember what they had,” Musharraf said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “They want a viable alternative.” Musharraf last month formally launched a new political party, the All Pakistan

Senators hold govt responsible for increasing terrorism

ISLAMABAD: Condemning the attack on the Crime Investigation Department (CID) building in Karachi, members of the Senate on Friday held the government responsible for growing terrorism in the country.
Addressing the session, Pakistan people’s Party Senator Raza Rabbani said the government had not implemented the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, which had resulted in the unabated continuation of terrorist activities in the country.

Sugar to sell at Rs 72 per kg in Lahore

LAHORE: The City District Government Lahore (CDGL) on Friday fixed the wholesale and retail prices of sugar at Rs 69 and Rs 72 per kilogramme, respectively.
Lahore DCO Ahad Khan Cheema issued a notification warning violators of stern measures, including three years imprisonment. The DCO said the district government had formed special monitoring teams headed by magistrates to ensure that dealers and retailers sold sugar at the prescribed prices.
Talking to Pakistan Today,

Case of missing prisoners – ISI, MI and IB chiefs sent notice

ISLAMABAD: A three-member Supreme Court bench on Friday issued directions to the heads of the Inter-Services Intelligence, Intelligence Bureau and Military Intelligence to submit their comments by November 25 on the disappearance of 11 prisoners from Adiala Jail, Rawalpindi.
The bench consisting of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Tariq Parvez and Justice Ghulam Rabbani was hearing a case of 11 prisoners who went missing from Adiala Jail, after allegedly being

Malik blames LJ for Karachi CID attack

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday accused the banned terrorist organisation Lashkar-e-Jhangvi of attacking the CID building in Karachi, stoking fears that militant networks were expanding their fight in the country’s economic capital.
“Lashkar-e-Jhangvi is behind the attack on the CID building,” the minister told reporters in Islamabad on Friday. Gunmen rode up to the Crime Investigation Department (CID), used to detain terror suspects, on Thursday evening,

Govt tables bill in parliament – Friends turn foes over GST

ISLAMABAD: The government tabled the Reformed General Sales Tax (GST) Bill in both houses of the parliament on Friday as coalition partners – the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the Awami National Party (ANP) and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl – joined the opposition to reject the proposed controversial law.
While the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and the PML-Quaid (PML-Q) announced that they would block the passage of the reformed GST bill in the National Assembly and the

Opp protests after NA speaker denies permission to table resolution

ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi on Thursday belied the myth that the speaker was impartial, as he became a party against the opposition by again stopping it from moving a resolution to reject spiraling prices of the petroleum products as well as other commodities.
As opposition parties protested with bench-thumping and sloganeering against what they called anti-people policies of the government, the deputy speaker ignored their protest and hurriedly

Govt had promised to reduce sugar prices, says Sattar

ISLAMABAD: The federal government had assured the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) that sugar prices would be brought back to their previous position within three days, Overseas Pakistanis Minister Dr Farooq Sattar said on Thursday.
He made these remarks in a press conference. “After our opposition to the Revised General Sales Tax (RGST) and Flood Surcharge bills in the federal cabinet’s meeting, two cabinet members, Naveed Qamar and Hafeez Shaikh, held a meeting with us and