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Over 150 buildings in Karachi ‘dangerous’

Over 150 buildings in Karachi ‘dangerous’

KARACHI – The Karachi Buildings Control Authority (KBCA) has declared as many as 157 buildings “dangerous”, including 22 protected heritage sites, said Sindh Culture Minister Sassui Palijo at the Sindh Assembly session on Friday.
Responding to questions asked by different members during the question hour, the minister said that the issue of repairing historical buildings will be raised at a meeting of the National Heritage Committee, which is headed by the Sindh chief

PPP offers to call in Army for protection of Karachi businessmen

KARACHI – The Sindh government can summon the Army to provide factory owners with security in industrial areas, claimed Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro on Thursday at the Sindh Assembly session in response to a point of order raised by MQM leader and Industries Minister Rauf Siddiqui.
Siddiqui had argued that the lives of industrialists in the SITE area were unsafe, with a businessman named Waqas also being murdered three days ago and many others receiving life threats.

Karachi Stock Exchange falls 4pc since January

KARACHI – Gains, bagged by the KSE-100 index in January, have been overshadowed by the recent slump as the local bourse has now dwindled four percent since the start of 2011. The decline is more pronounced in recent times, as KSE has slid nine percent since January 17.
A closer look on individual stocks suggests that majority of the blue chip stocks have actually declined more than the headline index weakness and stocks like thinly traded Nestle (+28% since Jan 17th) have played

LJ shooter arrested in Karachi

KARACHI – Police arrested a member of a banned organisation involved in target killings in Karachi on Tuesday and recovered a weapon from his possession.
Police said the accused, Sajid Ali, was an active member of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) and was involved in the targeted killings of five people, including the chief of Shia Muslims mourners’ organisation, Nayyar Zaidi, and a local leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Yawar Abbas.

Welcome to Qaim’s utopian Karachi

KARACHI – Targeted killings have come to an end in Karachi and an efficient monitoring system is in place in the city to curb terrorist activities, Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah claimed on Saturday while talking to the foreign media at the Chief Minister’s House. According to an official handout, the chief minister said that only two terrorist attacks have occurred in the province during the present government’s tenure.
He said that owing to the collaboration between federal

PMA to hold 22nd Karachi City Marathon on 27th

KARACHI – The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) announced on Tuesday that it would hold its 22nd Karachi City Marathon and Health Walk on February 27. The walk with the theme ‘Cancer Kills – Early Diagnosis Saves Life’ will start from PMA House, Sir Aga Khan- III Road at 8am.
Interested participants have been advised to join at PMA with their friends and family.
For registration, they can contact the PMA office between 11am to 6pm on any working day. They can also call the

FIA sees greater opportunity in Karachi than greener pastures of Gulf, Europe

KARACHI – Hundreds of youngsters from Sindh, and particularly from Karachi, hoping to head to the Gulf and Europe for employment, are falling prey to fake overseas recruiting agencies in the city that operate under the alleged patronage of Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) authorities, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The FIA has received many complaints against fake overseas recruiting agencies, but no punitive action has been taken against these agencies due to the influential

Australia shuts Lahore, Karachi consulates

LAHORE – Australia has shut down its Lahore and Karachi honorary consulates over security concerns. Per reports, Australia foresaw riots in the country, therefore, it has warned its citizens and diplomats to be cautious about the prevailing situation in the country.
Reports also revealed that Australian officials had also advised their citizens to follow Pakistani laws. Experts believe that the closure came as a result of the growing tension between the Pakistani and US

Twin blasts rock 2 police stations in Karachi

KARACHI – Two bomb explosions on the premises of two police stations in Karachi on Monday morning jolted sleeping cops. The blasts were declared by the Crime Investigation Department (CID) in their initial investigations as planted and operated with a time device. At least two people sustained injurie.
The first explosion took place in the backyard of Eidgah police station at 9.03 am. Five minutes later, cops who were still asleep at Shah Latif Town police station, were woken up

Karachi Circular Railway set to become broken dream

KARACHI – The $1.58 billion Karachi Circular Railway (KCR) project might be cancelled as the government is not taking any interest in solving various related issues for the past one year, sources have claimed. One such issue that needs to be handled immediately is the re-lending of funds by the Japanese government.
The government of Japan would invest $1.58 billion for reviving the KCR to mitigate the traffic problems in the city. These funds would be directly provided to the

Karachi to host referees course

LAHORE – Karachi will host the PFF Grass Root Referees Course from February 2-7. Sindh Football Association (SFA), with the collaboration of Pakistan Football Federation (PFF), will organize the six-day course during which 24 participants from various districts of Sindh and Balochistan will turn up.
It will be one of the two such courses in year 2011 during which prominent AFC/PFF referee instructors will give lectures to under-24 referees. “The course will equip referees with

Warid brings Bombay Dreams to Karachi

KARACHI – Over the years, the English theatre in Pakistan has experienced remarkable growth. The Warid Telecom has also joined in promoting arts in the country, said a press statement issued here Friday. It said, “Greatly supporting the young talents, Warid GLOW has become synonymous to quality theatre in Pakistan.
The much hyped and awaited play ‘Bombay Dreams” is now being staged at the Karachi Art Council and it will run for 25 days, starting from January 27th.to February

PPP-MQM talks save ‘Karachi killers’

KARACHI – The release of the alleged attackers and nominated accused in the Shershah scrap market carnage case was secured under an understanding and pre-planned arrangement between coalition partners Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Pakistan Today has learnt.
Nine named accused were acquitted by an administrative judge of an Anti Terrorism Court two days ago, after the complainant of the case could not recognise the accused in an identification

MQM must recognise Pashtuns’ existence in Karachi, says ANP

PESHAWAR – Awami National Party chief Asfandyar Wali Khan has called upon the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to recognise the existence of Pashtuns in Karachi, otherwise peace in Karachi would be nothing more than a “dream”.
“Dialogue is the only way for restoration peace in Karachi, but we should be recognise each other, otherwise the restoration of peace will remain a dream,” ANP chief said at Nishtar Hall while addressing a gathering to mark the 5th death anniversary of Khan

Army can be called into Karachi, says Malik

ISLAMABAD – Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said that if needed, the army could be called in to handle the Karachi in situation. He was talking to the media outside the parliament house. “There is no operation under way in Karachi and the government has no intention to take such initiative either”, he said.
He, however, did not rule out the possibility of calling out the army if the situation demanded so. He said that the law-enforcement agencies were only taking targeted

‘MQM must focus on rule of law in Karachi’

GUJRANWALA – Former Federal Minister and PML-N leader Ghulam Dastgir Khan has criticised the MQM for supporting martial law in the Punjab and added that the ethnic party should concentrate on the rule of law in Karachi and adopt better attitude to become a mainstream political party instead of promoting target killings.
While talking to PML-N USA chapter office-bearer Nasir Ahmad Butt, Khan expressed deep concern over target killings in Karachi and MQM’s alleged involvement in

Carnage in Lahore, Karachi claims 17

LAHORE/KARACHI – Two bomb attacks in Lahore and Karachi killed at least 17 people and left more than 80 injured on Tuesday. A teenage suicide bomber in Lahore blew himself up in Ghora Chowk Lohari Gate on the eve of Chehlum of Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) and Urs of Data Sahib, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 50, in the attack claimed by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Fidayeen-e-Islam group.
About 90 minutes later a motorcycle bomb detonated in Kala Board, Malir