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Auditors question PTCL privatisation

A post-privatisation decline in financial performance and service delivery of PTCL has been witnessed. Auditor General of Pakistan’s special audit report reveals Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) was privatised even without the

900 question papers for 1,800 candidates… keep it up BSEK!

KARACHI – The administrative weaknesses of the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) came to the fore on Tuesday – the second day of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) annual examinations – when one of the exam centres was provided only 900 question papers even though 1,800 female students had to appear there for the Pakistan Studies paper. This was the Government Girls Higher Secondary School (GGHSS) in Block-6, Gulshan-e-Iqbal where the centre superintendent had to get the

No one should question spy agencies’ role: PM

ISLAMABAD – Defending the role of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani told the National Assembly that ISI DG Lt Gen Shuja Pasha had visited the US with the consent of the government and Islamabad would fully support Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s initiative for reconciliation in his country. “We should not doubt and cast any aspersion on the roe of our intelligence agencies as they watch Pakistan’s interest,” he said in response to leader of opposition

Bhutto reference lacks specific question of law: SC

ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday pointed out that no question of law to meet the requirement of Article 186 was framed in the presidential reference for revisiting the death sentence of former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, directing Babar Awan, the federation’s lawyer, to assist the court over relevant questions of law to revisit the ZAB case.
A three-member bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Muhammad Sair Ali and Justice Ghulam Rabbani

Formation of new provinces out of question: Rana Sanaullah

LAHORE – Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah has made it clear that his party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz will oppose formation of new provinces. In an exclusive chat with a private TV channel, the provincial law minister said that Punjab cannot be divided and if formation of new provinces is mandatory then Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa should be divided. Answering a question, he said, there is no space of technocratic government in the constitution and law.
Any move

A million dollar question for consideration

ISLAMABAD – Sport should be taken as sport, but the Mohali defeat has raised many questions, among them the most critical one being: why had Pakistan not opted for the power-play when Shahid Afridi and Misbah-ul-Haq, captain and vice captain respectively, were at the crease?
What makes everyone suspect that it was a fixed match, with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani being the chief guest on the historic event, was the way the Indians took a start and Pakistan clearly appeared

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

Coalition with PML-Q out of question: Nawaz

LAHORE – Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif said on Monday forming a government with the Chaudhrys (Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi) was like a curse so the coalition with the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) was out of question.
Addressing PML-N party workers from Gujranwala and Rawalpindi divisions at his Model Town residence, Nawaz said, “We will continue per our routine in Punjab while proving its strength in the House.” He said

Quitting PPP is out of question: Farooq Saeed

FAISALABAD – Former textile minister and PPP leader Rana Farooq Saeed Khan has denied the speculations that he is quitting PPP over his non-induction in the cabinet.
“We have always offered sacrifices for the party and we ill continue to do so in future as well,” he said. His statement has brought to an end the rumours that he is leaving the party after being dropped from the cabinet.
“To me it is a sin to disobey the party policy as I strongly feel that becoming a minister

Deal on Afghan parliament opening ‘in question’

KABUL – A deal between Afghan President Hamid Karzai and rebel lawmakers on opening the country’s new parliament looked in doubt on Sunday amid disagreement over a special tribunal on electoral fraud.
It had seemed that constitutional crisis in the war-torn country had been averted after lawmakers said late on Saturday that Karzai, under heavy pressure from the West, had dropped a plan to delay parliament’s opening by a month.
But now lawmakers are rejecting a key condition

Analysts question govt’s decision to up Eurobond yield

KARACHI – The government has further increased the debt servicing cost on Pakistan Eurobonds for foreign investors by almost half basis points to 10.44 percent in what the analysts believe as an ‘unwise’ move.
It was just last week, on January 7, when yield on Pakistan Eurobond was raised by 15 bps to 9.99 percent by Islamabad after succumbing to a government-falling political pressure against the recent oil price hike.
“Pakistan Eurobond yield has gone further up by 45bps

Ponting wrong to question umpires, says Gatting

LONDON – Former England captain Mike Gatting insisted Australia skipper Ricky Ponting had overstepped the mark with his angry questioning of the umpires during the fourth Ashes Test in Melbourne on Monday.
Gatting said Ponting was wrong to berate Pakistan’s Aleem Dar for a verdict confirmed by the Decision Review System (DRS), as this should now be treated as a final judgment. Gatting, himself involved in an infamous finger-pointing row with umpire Shakoor Rana during England’s

FIA going to question ISI, MI officials over Benazir’s murder

ISLAMABAD – The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has decided to expand the scope of the inquiry into Benazir Bhutto’s murder by including officials of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Military Intelligence (MI) and Intelligence Bureau (IB).
FIA Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfikar said on Thursday that during the investigations, senior police officials had named some ISI, MI and IB officials. “We will also interrogate these officials,” he told reporters after court proceedings

ATC to question CPO, SP in BB murder case

RAWALPINDI: The Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) hearing Benazir Bhutto murder case on Saturday decided to question former City Police Officer (CPO) Rawalpindi Saud Aziz and former Superintendent of Police (SP) Rawal Town Khurram Shahzad.
Judge Nisar Ahmad Khan of ATC No.3 announced the decision after the two senior police officers Aziz and Shahzad appeared before him in Adiala Jail where the trial is being held. Earlier, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had charged both the officers