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KESC gets hefty increase on security deposit

KESC gets hefty increase on security deposit

KARACHI: People in Karachi are faced with a fresh dent as the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has allowed KESC to swell the security deposit for installation of new connections by five times the previous amount.
The previous charge was a meager one thousand rupees, however, the revised charges mean that a five kilowatt power connection would cost six thousand rupees, sources said.
NEPRA has accommodated majority of the KESC demands and has allowed

India protests envoy’s US airport security check

NEW DELHI: The Indian government made an official protest to Washington on Saturday over the security frisking of its envoy at a US airport and hinted it could lead to tit-for-tat action, a report said.
Donald Lu, deputy chief of the US embassy in New Delhi, was summoned to the Indian foreign ministry, the Press Trust of India (PTI) quoted officials as saying.
Lu was told the airport check was “contrary to the normal diplomatic practice and inconsistent with the excellent

DIG inspects security for Muharram

LAHORE: Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Rao Sardar Ali Khan visited processions and Majalis held in different areas of the provincial metropolis on Friday and checked the security arrangements. He visited a procession held in Islampura and Majalis held in Zaidi House Shah Jamal and Imambargah Qasre Abu Taalib, Shadman.
He directed the officials to remain alert during the month of Muharram to avert any untoward incident. He appealed to the participants of Majalis and processions

ISI refuses to brief NA defence body on security

ISLAMABAD: The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has refused to brief the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Defence on the US’ reported intention to expand drone attacks to Quetta and the latest position of the war against terrorism, a source told Pakistan Today on Wednesday.
Directing the Ministry of Defence to organise a special briefing for committee members at the ISI Headquarters, the committee in its recent meeting had asked the ISI director general (DG) to give a

Comprehensive security plan for Muharram unveiled

ISLAMABAD: A comprehensive security plan with an appeal to all the religious leaders to create harmony and avoid any remarks which may hurt the sentiments of others was unveiled here on Monday that would help maintain peace in the month of Muharram.
A meeting was held at the Ministry of Interior under the chairmanship of Interior Minister Rehman Malik to review the arrangements for the month of Muharram. The meeting was attended by the secretary interior, all the provincial home

Karzai shelves plan to ban private security firms

KABUL: Afghanistan announced Monday that it would scrap plans to ban private security firms working across the country, announcing instead new restrictions on their operations.
All 52 licensed companies will now continue to provide security to the international forces, the Pentagon, the UN mission, aid and non-governmental organisations, embassies and Western media companies in Afghanistan.
“Their future operations will continue in accordance with the law and regulations in

NUML closed for three days for security fears

ISLAMABAD: The National University of Modern Languages (NUML)’s management on Thursday decided to close the varsity for three days after getting threats of an attack.
A large contingent of police, led by Industrial Area Station House Officer (SHO) Rana Akram, cordoned off the university and reviewed security arrangements. The security supervisor of the university, Mazhar Hussain, confirmed that the Interior Ministry had warned the university of a possible suicide attack,

PM summons DCC today to discuss security, WikiLeaks

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday summoned an important meeting of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) to discuss matters related to internal and external security today (Friday) at 11am. The meeting was summoned following a phone call from US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to President Asif Ali Zardari.
A source told Pakistan Today that the DCC had been summoned to review the on-going war against terrorism and take a decision on launching a

Tribesmen resent Muharram security measures in Peshawar

PESHAWAR: The tribesmen on Friday rejected the district administration’s security plane for the Muharram citing that it would deny them entry to the metropolitan.
They said it was discriminatory decision as it implied as if all the tribesmen were terrorist or saboteurs. On 24 November, the district administration had imposed Section-144 and banned wall-chalking, use of tinted glasses in the vehicle, pillion-riding and brandishing weapons at the public places.

Security protocol being ignored in issuing visas to Americans

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Embassy in Washington is issuing visas to Americans intending to travel to Islamabad, ignoring all the clearance requirements set by the country’s security agencies.
“There was a need to resolve a months-long row between Washington and Islamabad over the delay in visa issuance by both sides, which lasted up until August this year that led to the decision by the Presidency to empower Ambassador to US Hussain Haqqani to start issuing visas to Americans on

EU will assist Pakistani security agencies

ISLAMABAD: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the programme ‘Civilian Capacity Building for Law-Enforcement in Pakistan’ aimed at assisting Pakistan for capacity building of its law enforcement agencies and to enhance the capability of the National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) was signed between the European Union (EU) and Pakistan on Wednesday.
According to MoU, EU would provide technical assistance to build the capacity of provincial police forces in Khyber

Shahbaz, Malik call on army chief to discuss security

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday called on Army Chief General Ashfaq Kayani to discuss the country’s security, with emphasis on counter-terrorism efforts by the military and provincial law enforcement agencies.
“Shahbaz called on the army chief and whenever he meets General Kayani the discussion is only on the security situation,” Senator Pervez Rashid told Pakistan Today. A security official said the army chief discussed matters pertaining to the law

IGP determined to ensure security during Moharram

LAHORE: Punjab Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tariq Saleem Dogar on Tuesday said law and order should be maintained at all cost during the month of Muharram.
He issued directives while addressing Regional Police Officers’ conference in Central Police Office. RPOs from across the province and the CCPO Lahore attended the conference and briefed the IG about security arrangements in their respective areas in Muharram.
The IGP said no one should be allowed to carry weapons

German Reichstag partly closed after security scare

BERLIN: The Reichstag in Berlin was closed for tourists on Monday following reports of a plot by Islamist extremists to attack the German parliament building.
One of Germany’s most popular tourist attractions, the cupola on the Reichstag is visited by some three million tourists each year. On Monday, only groups with an advance booking were allowed through police barricades set up outside.
A spokesman for the Reichstag offered no explanation for the closing of tourist

Meeting reviews Sindh PA’s security today

KARACHI: In light of the recent terrorist attack on the Crime Investigation Department (CID) office, the provincial assembly speaker has called a high-level meeting at the Sindh Assembly Secretariat today to review security arrangements for the assembly premises, Pakistan Today has learnt.
After the devastating bombing of the CID headquarters that left at least 17 people dead, security at all government installations including the assembly premises had been put on high alert.

Increase in security required

Bosses behind the Twilight movies have stepped up security to protect stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart at their shoot in Louisiana to make sure no over-zealous fans get near the set.
The actors are currently working on the two-part finale of the vampire series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, and filming was moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana this week.
The cast will be shooting scenes at the Raleigh Studios lot and producers have asked for a drastic increase in

Zardari House under security blanket following Taliban threats

ISLAMABAD: Following the gruesome bomb blast at the CID building in Karachi on Thursday, security has been further tightened around Zardari House, located in the heart of metropolis in sector F-8/3 following Taliban warnings of attacking the premises.
Well-placed sources said the entire street had been declared a “Red Zone” and no one would be allowed to enter the premises without methodical checking. It was also learnt that following the Taliban threats, all kinds of political