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8-month-old girl becomes 7th polio sufferer in province this year

KARACHI – A new polio case was reported in Karachi on Friday, according to Sindh Health Department’s Public Relations Officer Saleem Khan.
18-month-old Maria Tawab Khan, resident of Baloch Colony in Orangi Town, was diagnosed with the onset of polio on March 29, whereas, according to the final report, it was confirmed on Friday that she has polio.
“Her vaccination status is zero plus seven and she is suffering from P-1 type polio virus,” Khan said.
With this new case,

Siraiki province, politico-economic policy to be cornerstone of PPP manifesto

ISLAMABAD – The maiden meeting of the manifesto committee of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) decided to make the party’s politico-economic policy and a separate Siraiki province as the cornerstone of the party’s manifesto for the upcoming general elections.
A source told Pakistan Today on Friday that the recently-formed committee decided to form sub-committees on each subject, including the proposal of formation of a Siraiki province. He said the sub-committees would be

Sindh govt orders extraordinary security across province

KARACHI – The Sindh government has issued strict orders for security of all political parties’ offices and political and religious gatherings across the province after the Swabi and Charsadda incidents. Issuing orders to Sindh inspector general of police (IGP), Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Ali Mirza said that extraordinary security should be provided to all mosques, imambargahs and other places of worship. Mirza directed the IGP to maintain tight security and vigilance on April 4 on the

Taliban shut down cell phones in Afghan province

KABUL – All mobile phone services in a southern Afghan province whose capital will be among the first towns to be placed under local control have been shut down on Taliban orders, an operator said on Thursday. The move underscores the power still wielded by the insurgents in Helmand, Afghanistan’s largest province and the heartland of the global opium trade, as NATO prepares to hand over control of its capital Lashkar Gar this summer. MTN, one of Afghanistan’s four mobile phone

PPP committed to Siraiki province: Raja Riaz

LAHORE – The PPP shall advocate for the Siraiki province in its party manifesto, Punjab Assembly Opposition leader Raja Riaz announced on a point of order during the 23rd ongoing session of the Punjab Assembly on Monday. Continuing his speech he expressed full support for the demand raised by the people of Southern Punjab and vowed to fulfill the demand.
On another point of order, Raja Riaz drew the attention of the house on the episode of the concocted murder plot of former

PPP likely to table resolution for Seraiki province

LAHORE – The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) is likely to table a resolution in the Punjab Assembly in favour of Seraiki Province, Pakistan Today learnt Tuesday.
Reliable sources in the party told this scribe that the PPP was mulling for an open and clear support to the long-standing demand for a Seraiki province at both provincial and federal levels.
The sources claimed that the PPP was finalising the modalities and the resolution might be tabled in the ongoing or next

Durrani asks PM to clarify demarcations of Seraiki province

LAHORE – Senator Muhammad Ali Durrani has demanded the prime minister to inform the people of Bahawalpur about the geographical demarcation of a Seraiki province within 48 hours. Addressing a press conference at the Lahore Press Club on Monday, Durrani said that instead of making political statements for garnering support for next election, the prime minister should announce the plans that the PPP government had in mind for creating the Seraiki province.
He said the people of

Durrani asks JUP secretary to support Bahawalpur’s province movement

LAHORE – Former information minister Muhammad Ali Durrani called on the Jamiat Ulema Pakistan (JUP) Secretary General Qari Zawar Bahadur in his office and asked to support the Bahawalpur’s movement as a separate province.
Zawar announced to support the movement for the establishment of further provinces in order to improve administrative matters and to facilitate people. He said that the restoration of Bahawalpur’s status as a province was a part of their manifesto.
He also

Sindh National Front backs movement for Hazara province

KARACHI – The Sindh National Front (SNF) will back the demands of the Hazarewal for a separate province for their people, SNF chief Mumtaz Bhutto said on Saturday after a meeting with a delegation representing the Hazara Qaumi Jirga.
Members of the delegation apprised Bhutto about their movement as well as alleged injustices against the Hazarewal people. Any group with a distinct language, culture and shared history is a ‘nation’ that deserves a separate province, the SNF chief

Gunmen kidnap 18 Afghan deminers in southeast

GARDEZ: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 18 Afghan deminers on Thursday in southeastern Khost province, the provincial police chief said, the second abduction of a mine clearing team this month.
The group from the Kabul-based Mine Detection Centre were travelling in Musa Khel district when they were stopped by a group of gunmen and then seized, said Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai. “They had gone to the area on the request of the elders to clear mines from their village,” Ishaqzai told