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Take out your chequebooks… we don’t want cash anymore!

Take out your chequebooks… we don’t want cash anymore!

KARACHI – Many traders of the MA Jinnah Road have stopped doing business in cash in response to the increasing robberies in the markets. The commercial centre of the MA Jinnah Road is under threat from robbers, who loot traders on gunpoint. Instead of relying on the law enforcement agencies, the traders have started adopting precautionary measures to protect their earnings on their own. Some traders told Pakistan Today that they have stopped wholesale dealing in cash and are demanding

We want to play in India: Afridi

MOHALI – Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi said the performance of his side’s younger players had been among the positives of a World Cup campaign that ended with a 29-run semi-final loss to India.
And he said he hoped Wednesday’s match, watched by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani, would be the catalyst for more games on Indian soil.
Pakistan have been unable to play matches at home since an armed attack on Sri Lanka’s team bus

Tribal youth want varsity

OESHAWAR – Youngsters from the volatile Waziristan and FATA region on Wednesday staged a protest rally to press the authorities to establish a separate university for tribal students and seeking end to drone attacks in Waziristan.
The protest was a strange spectacle as the Young men were beating drums and dancing to folk tunes outside the Peshawar Press Club. They belonged to Ahmadzai and Utman Wazir tribes.

World’s highest hotel opens in Hong Kong

HONG KONG – The world’s highest hotel opened its doors in Hong Kong on Tuesday, housed in the city’s tallest skyscraper and offering unrivalled panoramic views of the world famous Victoria Harbour.
Towering some 490 metres (1,600 feet) above the bustling, chaotic streets of the Southern Chinese city, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel is making a grand comeback after temporarily closing in 2008.
Visitors peered out of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the 118th floor of the International

Govt does not want clash of institutions: Zardari

ISLAMABAD – President Asif Ali Zardari said on Monday the government did not want a clash of the institutions and that “democracy is the best revenge”. “We strengthened the institutions by giving more powers to parliament and we are willing to work and fight for a better democracy,” Zardari said at the 21st All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) award distribution ceremony at Aiwan-e-Sadr. The president said that the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) did not take the path of aggression

JI want OIC summit on desecration of Quran

ISLAMABAD – Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan on Sunday asked the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) to convene a summit on the issue of desecration of Holy Quran and Namoos-e-Risalat in the backdrop of incident of burning a copy of Holy Quran by a US pastor.
Addressing a rally at the Blue Area in Islamabad, the JI chief also urged the government to convene an All Parties Conference on the issue. He condemned in the strongest term the incident of burning

Parties want resumption of political activities in FATA

PESHAWAR – After a series of discussions on reforms in Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) during the last six months, the major political parties have agreed on a single-point agenda to ask President Asif Ali Zardari to extend Political Order 2002 to the tribal region through a notification.
According to reliable sources, the parties have unanimously agreed on the one-point which needs a simple notification from the presidency. “The president should keep his promise that

Swaziland protesters want new govt

MBABANE – Thousands of Swazis marched on the prime minister’s office on Friday in a rare protest to demand the resignation of the tiny southern African kingdom’s government. Swaziland is in the grip of a serious financial crisis and civil servants fear they will not be paid this month after Africa’s last absolute monarchy suffered a huge drop in income from the Southern African Customs Union. Protesters have drawn inspiration from uprisings in north Africa. Trade unions and opposition

Some want to take PPP’s political space away: Zardari

KARACHI – PPP Co-chairman and President Asif Ali Zardari has said that some people were working to “take away our political space”, calling it against the 18th Amendment and in view of the Senate election in March next year.
Chairing a meeting of the PPP Sindh parliamentary committee on Saturday, Zardari said he had convened the meeting to discuss the country’s immediate issues and the challenges faced by the federation and the province.The president said he had sent a written

Kuwait protesters want PM to go, hand out melons

KUWAIT – Kuwaitis demonstrating outside parliament for the prime minister’s ouster came up with a new symbol of Arab discontent on Tuesday by handing out watermelons.
“This is for the parliament’s poor performance,” one of the small band of protesters shouted as he gave a watermelon to a lawmaker making his way into the parliament. The significance was not spelled out, but in local parlance, a person who has a lack of understanding or holds an unrealistic point of view sometimes

Senators want speedy disposal of cases pending with FIA

ISLAMABAD – The Senate Standing Committee on Interior on Saturday asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to speed up investigation into corruption and embezzlement cases and submit inquiry report to committee on monthly basis. The Senate body met here under the chairmanship of Senator Talha Mehmood to discuss current status of corruption/ embezzlement cases/inquiries of Health Department, Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) pending with FIA

No classes in 5 varsities as teachers want their perks

KARACHI – Five public universities in the province have been closed for the past 19 days due to the boycott of employees demanding medical allowances, residential plots and removal of contractual staff workers. Sources said the Governor’s House is not taking this issue seriously despite five universities of the province being closed down. The continuing deadlock between the government and the university employees has left more than 50,000 students in a lurch.
The educational

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

Hindus want minister out, swear they’ll protest for security

KARACHI – The Pakistan Hindu Foundation (PHF) -A rights group representing the Hindus of Sindh – has demanded that 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 providing rights to

Agencies want to revert to old pattern of visa vetting

ISLAMABAD AND LAHORE – Arrest of another US government security contractor amid an already worsening row between Pakistan and the US over the fate of Raymond Davis has exposed the “lenient approach” adopted by the PPP-led government in issuance of visas to hundreds of Americans without proper vetting.
The country’s intelligence agencies have called on the Americans to “come clean” about its network of covert operatives in the country. According to the Guardian, Peshawar police

Sacked by PML-N, Khairpur’s teachers want Qaim to act

KARACHI – The primary teachers removed from their service in 1995-96 by then PML-N government on Thursday warned of self-immolation if they are not reinstated to their jobs.
The protesting teachers – hailing from the Sindh chief minister’s native town Khairpur – were carrying banners and placards inscribed with slogans and chanted slogans against the government’s authorities.
Talking to newsmen, the teachers said that they were appointed as primary teachers in 1995-96 but

Sri Lanka want World Cup win for Murali

COLOMBO – Sri Lanka want to win the World Cup as a farewell trophy for legendary spinner and world record holder Muttiah Muralitharan who will retire from international cricket after the tournament.
The spinner, who holds the records for Test (800) and one-day wickets (521), is playing his fourth and final World Cup. He retired from Tests in July last year. “He is a special person, a legend,” teammate Chamara Kapugedera said of the wily 38-year-old on Thursday.
“Everyone in