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Vote of confidence – SHC wants answers with or without Gilani

Vote of confidence – SHC wants answers with or without Gilani

KARACHI – The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday issued notices to the deputy attorney general and other respondents in a constitutional plea seeking a fresh vote of confidence from the National Assembly for Prime Minister (PM) Yousuf Raza Gilani.
Petitioner Rasheed Akhund, an advocate of the Supreme Court who had also moved the court against President Asif Ali Zardari holding dual offices, appeared before a division bench headed by Chief Justice Mushir Alam and submitted

Malik told US Osama could be in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Yemen

ISLAMABAD – Apart from telling them that Afghan police were fighting alongside terrorists in Pakistan, Interior Minister Rehman Malik also told the Americans in September 2009 that Osama Bin Laden could be in Iran, Saudi Arabia or Yemen.
This was revealed by a WikiLeaks’ released diplomatic cable sent by the then US ambassador to Pakistan Anne W Patterson on September, 10, 2009 to Washington. Rehman Malik complained about the involvement of Afghanistan, India and Iran in

To walk or not to walk – that’s the question

NEW DELHI – A dilemma worthy of Hamlet confronts all batsmen in the World Cup on whether they should walk or not after nicking the ball. Australia captain Ricky Ponting clearly belongs to the school that believes the man in the white coat decides when his time is up. Ponting stood his ground after edging the ball to Kamran Akmal on Saturday even though Pakistan’s successful review appeal meant he had to go back. In stark contrast, Sachin Tendulkar, one century away from his 100th

Robbery or terrorism?

LAHORE – Unidentified armed men shot and killed two patrolling constables on Lower Mall late on Saturday. The killers also snatched an SMG rifle and police identity cards from 40-year-old Abdul Razaq, a resident of Sialkot and 26-year-old Sajjad Hussain, a resident of Safdarabad district in Sheikhupura.
The police said they set up a picket behind Ghora Hospital a few days ago. On Saturday, constables Abdul Razzaq and Sajjad Hussain were on a routine patrol in the area. Both were

PML-N asks Imran to answer 13 queries or keep quiet

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) on Sunday said that Imran Khan, who heads the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf (PTI), must reply to 13 questions on the issue of Raymond Davis; otherwise, his allegations would tantamount to a political point-scoring game.
The main questions are as under:
1- Why Imran Khan kept mum till February 6 on the killing of two people which had taken place on January 27?
2- Why PTI did not make any sincere effort for providing any

‘Pakistan must be assured that India has no intervention in Balochistan or Afghanistan’

KARACHI – Veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar belongs to the generation who identified with John Lennon’s give peace a chance. Back in 1969, Lennon stayed in bed to protest the Vietnam War. But Nayar is more of a doer, travelling even at the age of 87 to spread the word: all we are saying is give peace a chance.
Nayar is leading a delegation of Indian peace activists, who are focusing on increasing people-centric solutions for peace amid edgy relations between the governments

CM takes notice of misuse of govt vehicles

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken note of the fact that a number of retired officers are using official vehicles without authorisation while a large number of employees i.e. gardeners, drivers and police constables are also serving them. Similarly, the serving officers are using vehicles and services of such employees beyond their entitlement.
Punjab CM has directed that all administrative secretaries, heads of attached departments; autonomous,

Students teach a thing or two about cleanliness to CHK staff

KARACHI – Serve Our Civil Hospital (SOCH), a non-political, student-run organisation, running a cleanliness and awareness campaign among the patients, non-medical staff and medical staff of the Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK), organised two campaigns ‘Safai Nisf Eman’ and ‘Pegham-e-Sehat’ on Monday under the banner of ‘Soch Hai Sehat Ki’. More than 100 students of the Dow Medical College participated in the campaigns for the awareness of patients at the hospital. The first campaign,

No ouster, or end to hiring of contractual employees

ISLAMABAD – The controversy over FIA Director General Waseem Ahmed’s re-employment on contract after his retirement is turning into a serious standoff between the judiciary and the executive, as the government is not only dilly-dallying in implementing the Supreme Court’s directions to terminate all such re-employments, but also continues to rehire retired officials besides extending the tenures of some top state officials.
A committee of secretaries of the Establishment

Deliver or quit, Shaikh tells tax mandarins

ISLAMABAD – Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh asked the tax mandarins in a stern warning on Wednesday to rise to the occasion by delivering the tax collection target of Rs 1.604 trillion for the current fiscal year, or leave their offices for others to deliver. The minister was addressing a specially convened conference of chief commissioners and Inland Revenue commissioners to review their performance and set revenue collection targets for the remaining four months of the

Ditch turncoats, or face no-trust move: PPP to Shahbaz

LAHORE – Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) on Saturday extended a conditional support to Shahbaz Sharif in the case of a ‘no-confidence motion’ against him in the provincial assembly. Under the ‘revised reconciliation policy’, Opposition Leader in Punjab Assembly Raja Riaz announced that they would not vote against the chief minister if the turncoats were not embraced.
Talking to the media men outside the Punjab Assembly, Riaz said they were ready to let the PML-N rule in the

Sindh doesn’t want to love or house Raymond-types

KARACHI – After the Raymond Davis fiasco in Lahore, the Sindh government has decided to maintain personal and travel data of all foreigners in the province in an attempt to keep a check on their movement and avert a Davis-like episode, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Sources told Pakistan Today that from now on, the Home Department will recheck the visit schedule to Sindh of all diplomats, foreign journalists and representatives of foreign-funded NGOs with the Foreign Affairs

Remove minority affairs minister or else!

KARACHI – The Pakistan Hindu Foundation (PHF) – A Hindu rights group representing the Hindus of Sindh has demanded that provincial Minority Affairs Minister Mohan Lal Kohistani should be sacked immediately as “he has failed to provide security to the Hindus of the province.”
PHF President DM Maharaj also announced that a protest drive would be launched against the Sindh government from March 10, if it does not meet the demand. “The PPP has always claimed that it believes in

Over 80 but hale and hardy… or is he?

KARACHI – An application filed to disqualify Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah due to him being overage was declared maintainable by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Wednesday. The ECP also directed the applicant, Sindh Doctors Ittehad Chairman Dr Muhammad Ali Thalo, to appear before the chief election commissioner on March 12 to argue his case.Thalo tried to file his application at ECP’s Karachi office in June last year, but provincial authorities did not accept his


Journalist Wali Babar’s ‘assassin’: dead or on-the-run?

KARACHI – The rumours mill went into overdrive on Sunday after text messages were circulated that journalist Wali Khan Babar’s suspected assassin, a man named Liaquat, had been killed. Police officials maintained, however, that law enforcers were carrying out raids in an attempt to nab Liaquat.
“These are just rumours; we are carrying out raids to arrest Liaquat, the main suspect of the case, and we are confident that we’ll arrest him soon,” a senior police official, speaking to

Two ‘bandits’ killed in Orangi Town – mob justice or police action?

KARACHI – Two alleged bandits were killed and another injured in Mianwali Colony, Orangi Town on Thursday, as witnesses claimed that an enraged mob killed the two men, contradicting the police’s version that they were killed in an encounter. Witnesses said that three men tried to loot a shop in the area, however, the locals gathered at the spot.
The three alleged bandits tried to escape from the spot by firing at the crowd, but some unidentified person from the mob opened fire at

Meeting criteria or not, here we come!

KARACHI – The University of Karachi (KU) administration has once again been coerced into appointing rejected candidates as teachers owing to mounting pressure from the Sindh Governor’s House, sources have informed Pakistan Today.
The university has appointed two part-time cooperative teachers, who were already declared ineligible for teaching at the university as they had failed to meet the criteria of employment. The KU had declared Muhammad Wasi Fasih Butt and Maqbool Ahmed