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Purging Karachi of weapons remains a pipe dream

Purging Karachi of weapons remains a pipe dream

KARACHI: Despite the fact that authorities at both the federal and provincial levels have time and again hinted at launching a massive campaign to make Karachi a weapon-free city, no serious efforts have been made so far to implement this step.
Illegal weapons are available in abundance and terrorists, political activists, land mafia groups and even petty criminals faced no difficulties in gaining possession of sophisticated arms. The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, the Pakistan

Zardari wants peace in Karachi ‘at all costs’

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza to ensure peace in Karachi “at all costs”.
He was talking to Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Sindh Home Minister Zulfiqar Mirza at the Presidency.
A source in the PPP informed Pakistan Today that the trio discussed various options to restore normalcy to the country’s financial hub. “Mirza proposed the imposition of curfew in some areas of

PM rules out army in Karachi, surgical operation on the cards

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Wednesday ruled out calling in the army to control the spiralling violence in Karachi, while reports poured in that the government was considering a potential surgical operation in the country’s bleeding financial capital.
TV channels quoted sources in the Sindh Home Department as saying that the government could launch a focused surgical operation in the city to restore order, but a final decision on the issue would be

Karachi gas supply to be cut from October 26 to November 4

KARACHI: Gas supply to Sindh will be shut down for the maintenance of the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) gas fields from October 26 to November 4, SSGC Managing Director Dr Faizullah Abbasi said on Tuesday while addressing a lunch hosted by the Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI).
“The arrears on KESC have gone up to Rs 22 billion and there has been no commitment by the power utility about the clearing of the dues. We do not have any plans to cut down the gas

Load shedding up to 9 hours in Karachi

KARACHI: The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) has increased unscheduled load shedding for the residents of the city to as much as nine hours a day, citing shortage of gas-supply to its power plants as the reason. However, the Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) has actually increased gas supply to KESC by 40mmcf.
The KESC has extended the duration of power shutdowns even though the electricity demand in the city has reduced. Besides the six-hour daily scheduled load shedding,

Eight more killed in Karachi violence, death toll rises to 44

KARACHI: Eight more people were killed and another nine injured in various parts of Karachi on Monday, with the death toll in the latest spate of violence rising to 44.
Meanwhile, Sindh Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza ‘re-imposed’ the ban on pillion riding in Karachi on Monday, two days after he had announced its lifting to “respect the wishes of the residents of Karachi”.
The ban was imposed on November 2, 2008 by the Sindh Home Department to control rising crime in the

Two criminals held in Karachi

Two alleged criminals with weapons and snatched motorcycles were arrested by the Korangi Industrial Area (KIA) police on Monday.
During snap-checking near Qayyumabad, the KIA police headed by SHO Ghulam Ahmed Shaikh arrested Vicky Wilson s/o Tailor Masih and Faraz s/o Naimat. They recovered 2 pistols, 2 magazines, 3 bullets and 2 snatched motorcycles were recovered from their possession. An FIR has been registered against them.

South African carrying 84 heroin capsules held at Karachi airport

The Pakistan Customs’ Drug Enforcement Cell (DEC) arrested a South African passenger at Jinnah International Airport Karachi on Monday after it recovered 84 capsules filled with heroin from his body cavities.
The Customs DEC staff intercepted a South African passenger Willem Adriaan Swanepoel at the international departure hall of the Karachi airport when he arrived there to board Emirates Airlines’ flight EK-603 for Antananarivo (Madagascar) using an expensive and complex route

Deserted Karachi mourns loss of life: City remains calm but tensions prevails

A majority of commercial and business centres in Karachi remained closed on Friday as residents mourned the loss of life in Thursday’s suicide attacks on the shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi.
Various political and religious parties, including the Ahl-e-Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ) announced mourning and appealed to the citizens to remain calm.
The city’s usually jam packed roads wore a deserted look, as people remained indoors and little or no traffic plied the roads.

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