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SC seeks details of $233.7m ‘Safe City Project’

SC seeks details of $233.7m ‘Safe City Project’

ISLAMABAD – Heading a two-member Supreme Court bench, which is hearing a petition challenging a $233.7 million security venture signed with a Chinese firm to keep the cities of Islamabad and Peshawar secure, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Friday observed that the agreements with foreign companies should be transparent and there would be no compromise on transparency.
The court directed the Planning Commission to produce details of the agreement within three weeks.

Yemen’s Saleh offers handover to ‘safe hands’

SANAA – President Ali Abdullah Saleh pledged to hand over power but only to “safe hands”, in a defiant speech to massed supporters on Friday, after talks with a top defector failed to defuse Yemen’s crisis.
“We will stand firm with you … steadfast in the face of all challenges,” Saleh, wearing a suit and sunglasses and confidently waving his right hand, told vast crowds in the Yemeni capital.
“We don’t need power. We need to hand it over to safe hands, and not to corrupt

Provision of safe drinking water a challenge for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – The fast pace of urbanisation is a big challenge for the provision of safe drinking water in Pakistan thus the country is confronting serious challenge of depleting water resources.
Environment Director General Javaid Ali Khan said this while addressing a national workshop to commemorate World Water Day. The workshop was organised by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Habitat, Pakistan Institute for

Karachi, Chashma N-plants safe: PAEC

ISLAMABAD – With increasing fears of a nuclear disaster in Japan in the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami, Pakistan has decided to review safety and durability of its own nuclear power plants. The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) said in a statement on Tuesday that the nuclear power plants located in Karachi and Chashma were functioning safely.
The PAEC said that it was continuously monitoring the flow of events in nuclear plants in Japan in the wake of the

Dow Jones removes two Pakistani firms from SAFE Index

KARACHI – Dow Jones Indexes (DJI), a leading international global index provider, has decided to remove two Pakistani firms listed at the country’s stock exchanges from its international indexes.
The total free-float market capitalisation of the reconstituted Dow Jones SAFE Pakistan Titans 15 Index has increased by 2.1 percent or $17 million to $ 8.12 billion from the previous level of $7.95 billion while the total free-float market capitalisation increased to $370.88 billion

France backs its ‘safe’ nuclear reactors

PARIS – The unfolding nuclear accident in Japan is reviving the debate over safety in France, which relies on nuclear for 80 percent of its power needs, but there appears scant prospect it will turn its back on the industry.
In stark contrast with neighbouring Germany, where Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of her nuclear energy policy, France signalled it would not pull the plug on its flagship nuclear industry, one of the country’s key exports.

Sukheki-Sangla Hill Road becomes safe haven for looters

HAFIZABAD – At least six people were deprived of Rs 128,000 on Sukheki-Sangla Hill Road as the area had been turned into a haven for looters. Reportedly, landlord Shoukat Ali, a resident of village Mochiwala, was coming from Sangla Hill to Sukheki on his car.
When he reached near Rattian Railway Station, five unknown armed dacoits stopped him at gunpoint and snatched thousands of rupees and a mobile phone.
The dacoits also looted thousands of rupees and mobile phones from

President, PM tell FO to ensure Pakistanis in Libya are safe

ISLAMABAD – President Zardari and PM Gilani have ordered Foreign Affairs Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir to ensure the safety of Pakistani expatriates in Libya, Foreign Office Spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said in a statement on Sunday.
“In implementation of this directive, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set up a Special Task Force that is working round-the-clock to monitor the situation and provide assistance through our embassies in Tripoli and

Pakistanis in Libya are safe: envoy

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Ambassador in Libya Ali Javed Sunday said all the Pakistanis living in the country were safe and attending their offices but the children were not going to schools because of security reasons.
Talking to a private TV channel from Tripoli, he said the Pakistanis were not taking part in any protest and they had nothing to do with the latest developments. He said the situation in Benghazi was critical where most of the Pakistanis were living and working,

Peshawar jail becomes a safe haven for militants

PESHAWAR – Whatsoever may be the claim or justification by the rulers, it is a fact that Peshawar Central Jail has become a “safe haven” for the militants.
The militants have established a state within the state and are forcing prisoners, particularly criminals, to join them. Some highly-placed sources told Pakistan Today that around 170 militants had formed a pressure group inside Peshawar Central Jail. Of them 90 are very active members of different wings of Tehrik-e-Taliban

‘Rescue 1122 to make 2011 safe’

LAHORE – The year 2011 will be made safe by preventing untoward accidents, Punjab Emergency Service Rescue 1122 Director General Dr Rizwan Naseer said while talking to reporters on Monday.
The community safety initiative, a programme to prevent accidents by creating awareness, shall be implemented through district emergency boards in collaboration with Chamber of Commerce and Industries, District Governments and community emergency response teams, he said.
Even though an

Pakistan has made progress against extremists’ safe havens: US review

WASHINGTON: Pakistan has made progress against extremist safe havens, taking action in six of seven agencies of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, a new US Afghan war review said on Thursday.
It said, “We worked jointly in the last year to disrupt the threat posed by Al Qaeda, and Pakistan has made progress against extremist safe havens.” “These gains came at great cost, as Pakistan has endured thousands of casualties in their military ranks and among their civilian

Jirga seeks safe return for Dr Ajmal

PESHAWAR: Prof Dr Ajmal Khan is a respectable educationist and apolitical person who should be freed by Taliban on purely humanitarian grounds without attaching any conditions or his family members, friends and politicians of Charsadda should be directly contacted.
This was stated by Family members, friends, well-wishers of Dr Ajmal and prominent political figures from Charsadda at a jirga held at Marhwand, a small native town of Dr Ajmal Khan, on Tuesday to express solidarity