ISLAMABAD – In a blatant violation of Establishment Division (ED) directives, federal education secretary appointed a blue-eyed professor as the deputy director general of the National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE). Education Secretary Athar Tahir appointed a professor of MehranUniversity, Dr Rafiq Ahmed Jhatial, against the seat of deputy DG of BPS-20 on a deputation basis for two years at NISTE Islamabad. The influential secretary made the move at a time when
KARACHI – British Deputy High Commissioner Robert W Gibson held a farewell meeting with Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the Chief Minister’s House on Wednesday.
Gibson was accompanied by Daniel Tarshish and Shaharyar Niazi, whereas Senior Sindh Education Minister Pir Mazharul Haq, Sindh Local Government Minister Agha Siraj Durrani and Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro were also present on the occasion.
The participants of the meeting discussed matters of mutual
ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Friday confirmed the interim bail earlier it had granted to former Adiala Jail Superintendent Saeedullah Gondal and Deputy Superintendent Khalid Bashir allegedly involved in the 11 prisoners’ disappearance from the jail in June last year.
A three-member bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani, heard the bail application of both the officials whose bails were canceled by the
ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan People’s Party on Monday appointed Mian Shams as party’s Deputy Secretary Information. He has replaced Haider Zaman Qureshi who earlier in the day tendered resignation from the position saying that he was resigning for “his own reasons and principles.”
The PPP workers from across the country have lauded party decision of bringing dedicated activist like Mian Shams to its mainstream. Mian Shams remained spokesperson of President Asif Ali Zardari till his
ISLAMABAD – Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on Saturday ordered that the services of Arjum Ram K Talreja, the Karachi deputy registrar, and Pervez Ahmed, the Lahore deputy registrar, be dispensed with after giving them a month’s notice. The two officials are working on contract.
The CJP also ordered putting up the file for promotion of eligible assistant registrars against the two vacancies immediately. The decision was taken in view of a recent order
KARACHI – The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), warning of risks related to e-banking components like Automated Teller Machines (ATMs), has urged banks to mitigate perils prudently.
“The rapid development of e-banking capabilities, in addition to benefits, carries risks of its own,” State Bank Deputy Governor Muhammad Kamran Shehzad told participants of a discussion on ‘Managing ATM Security and Risks in its Operations’, organised by Messrs Phoenix Armor at a local hotel on
LAHORE – The Punjab Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) on Monday arrested Lahore Arts Council (LAC) Programme Deputy Director Zulfiqar Ahmad Zulfi red handed while taking bribe for allotting dates for a stage play. Play producer Muhammad Siddiq had submitted an application to the ACE alleging that Zulfi received Rs 70,000 from him as a bribe for allotting dates for staging a play at the Alhamra Arts Council and was demanding Rs 20,000 more. An ACE team consisting of ACE Deputy
LAHORE – Punjab Higher Education Secretary Haseeb Ather has violated the rules of the department in appointing a former federal secretary’s son Ahsan Mumtaz as Deputy Director Colleges Lahore, Pakistan Today learnt on Wednesday.
Educationists have shown concern over the appointment made against Basic Pay Scale 18.
Unrest in the HED: HED sources claim the HED Secretary’s violation of merit came as a surprise to department but they were helpless given that the HED Secretary
ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Deputy Speaker Faisal Karim Kundi on Monday lost his temper when Health Minister Makhdoom Shahabuddin failed to apprehend successive questions raised by members of the Lower House of Parliament.
Kundi’s harsh remarks left the minister high and dry and he was speechless. Earlier, when a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislator asked the minister whether his ministry was working on some joint public-private venture to install a liver treatment
LAHORE: Hearing of a petition challenging the pardon granted by President Asif Ali Zardari to Interior Minister Rehman Malik was adjourned to December 24 by a full bench of Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday. Earlier, Deputy Attorney General Naveed Inayat Malik had requested adjournment on behalf of the federation, citing Rehman’s pending adjudication in Supreme Court as an excuse.
Barrister Farooq Hassan, representing the petitioner, opposed the request saying the government was
LONDON – A deputy speaker in Britain’s parliament outed himself as gay on Sunday, claiming a former lawmaker was threatening to make his sexuality public.
Conservative lawmaker Nigel Evans, one of three who deputises for speaker John Bercow in the lower House of Commons, declined to name the Labour ex-member of parliament behind his decision.
“The MP was saying to anyone who would listen: ‘Why is it that Nigel Evans leads a life whereby he is gay to some people and not
ISLAMABAD: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Deputy Chief Michael Morell is in Islamabad on a clandestine visit, which is part of the Obama administration’s efforts to mitigate the damage caused to the Pak-US relations by recent disclosures by WikiLeaks.
In a significant development, American military commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus will also arrive in Islamabad today (Monday) for a day-long visit to meet Pakistan’s top political leadership and Army Chief General
QUETTA: Ministers and members of Balochistan Assembly were warned of a ‘strict action under law’ if they continued to show lack of interest in the sessions by Deputy Speaker Balochistan Assembly Matiullah Agha on Saturday.
“Important session cannot be held because of their non-seriousness,” Agha said while talking to reporters, adding that strict action would be taken against the members who remain absent without a reason.
Explaining his position for proroguing the assembly