PML-N’s “Defense Day for Democracy” in full swing

Leadership asks workers to prepare for Long March
Hamza Shabaz, Saad Rafique condemn Zardari,Musharraf
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) held a "Defense Day for Democracy" demonstration at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal today, condemning Zardari and Musharraf and asking the party members to prepare for a Long March towards Islamabad to rid the country of the virus of corruption.
Protesters swarmed on the Edgerton Road and the Mall hurling slogans of "Go Zardari Go",

2 killed in road accidents

Two people were crushed to death by speeding vehicles on Tuesday while a boy lost his life after falling down from his house roof.
A speeding tractor-trolley crushed a motorcyclist in the Manawan police precincts. According to details, victim Maqsood, resident of Dogar Kallan village, was returning back home when the trolley hit him resulting in his instant death. After reaching the spot, police handed over the body to its heirs and registered a case against an

PU VC to welcome new graduation, masters students on 14th

Punjab University (PU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran would address the welcome party of over 2,000 newly-admitted students of BA/BSc and MA/MSc to be held at the Faisal Auditorium, New Campus on Thursday, October 14.
PU Advisor Students Affairs (ASA) Iftikhar Ahmed Chaudhry made this announcement while chairing a meeting to finalise the arrangements of the welcome party. Chaudhry emphasised upon the participants that they should exhibit a sense of

PU hostel boarders call off protest

Students end protest after Dr Akhter assures to take back mess dues' increment
We had to protest as Dr Akhter was not heeding to our demands, says a hostel boarder
Jamiat was using protest for personal goals, says Dr Akhter
Punjab University's hostel boarders called off the protest today after the PU Chairman Hall Council Dr Amin Akhter called on the hostel wardens and withdrew the increment in the mess dues, officials claim.
Dr. Akhter told Pakistan

MSF protests against Musharraf’s rule

Muslim Student's Federation (MSF) held a protest rally against Musharraf's military coup. The protestors marched from Regal Square to Assembly hall and blocked Mall road for 2 hours.
MSF activists chanted slogans against the former dictator and demanded the initiation of a judicial trial against his unconstitutional rule. The protestors stated that the dissolution of Nawaz Sharif's government and the proceeding imposition of emergency were acts of treason. President

‘Overloaded trucks on the highway: accidents in making’

Overloaded and improperly loaded trucks were an important factor leading to accidents on the highways and motorways, said National Highways & Motorway Police (NH&MP) Inspector General Dr Wasim Kauser while inspecting the N-5 central zone (Lahore-Multan-Rahim Yar Khan) with patrolling officers.
He said that overloaded trucks posed a very serious danger as they had a tendency to loose control especially during an attempt to avoid any collision with road side animals

PPMA to provide medicines to poor patients

Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PPMA) Chairman Khawaja Shahzeb Akram said the pharmaceutical industry would provide the Punjab government medicines for distribution to poor patients.
Shahzeb was leading a fifty member delegation in a meeting with the Punjab health secretary. Shahzeb said, "We will continue to support the health department". He also briefed the Punjab health secretary on the problems faced by the Pharmaceutical Industry with regards

Accountability courts not producing verdicts

Long list of witnesses, use of unnecessary documents and delaying tactics by suspects main reasons for delay
The accountability courts in Punjab are not announcing verdicts of references within the timeframe given by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Ordinance 1999 due to a long list of witnesses, use of unnecessary documentary record and delaying tactics by the defence.
Accountability courts take several months to announce a verdict on a reference after

Mayo Hospital Superintendent denies doctor’s negligence

Mayo Hospital Medical Superintendent (MS) Dr Zahid Pervaiz has claimed that the doctors of Mayo Hospital were not negligent whilst treating a patient, who died on October, 11.
He said that the patient, Shehzad, was being treated by an unqualified doctor before he was brought to the hospital on Friday October 8. The unqualified doctor had prescribed the wrong treatment, which led to the spread of infection in the patient's body.
The patient was admitted in the

LHC directs SBP to submit loan write offs list

Lahore High Court (LHC) has ordered the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) to submit the list of individuals whose loans were written off by commercial banks in the last 40 years.
State Bank of Pakistan Assistant Chief Manager Zahid Pervez appeared in the court of Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Shairf and requested an extension for submitting the list. Pervez submitted that he had only received a copy of the petition the day before and had forwarded it and sent it to SBP

Cancel Pakistan debts, urge campaigners

The anti debt campaigners in Pakistan called on the donor countries as well as the international financial institution (IFIs) to cancel all foreign debt of Pakistan owed to bilateral and multilateral creditors besides an immediate freeze on foreign debt repayments of Pakistan, here on Sunday.
Talking to the media at Lahore press club, the Campaign for Abolition of Third World Debt (CADTM) international member for Belgium Stephanie Jacquemont, who is currently visiting Pakistan to

Agha Khan University Examination Board introduce new syllabus

Agha Khan University Examination Board (AKUEB) is introducing a new teaching syllabus for Class VIII in order to ease the transition from middle to secondary and higher secondary school. This initiative will develop a new teaching syllabus for English, Urdu, Mathematics, General Science and Social Studies.
As students have to switch from a rote learning regime to an active learning approach in grade eight, AKUEB has decided to develop a course of study which promotes active

ICS teacher issues clarification

Shafia Bhatti, a contractual lecturer at Punjab University Institute of Communication Studies (PUICS), has responded said that the student Adnan Qurban a BS honor's student was failed and now he is trying to make sectarian issue.
However Adnan Qurban insisted on claiming a bias was behind him failing.
Shafia Bhatti's statement said that Adnan did not contribute to the final group project and was not present on the day of viva voice of the term paper. She further claimed his

Prices spiral up as monitoring officials take the weekend off

The fearless vendors in the Sunday bazaars, in the absence of price magistrates, officials from the City District Government Lahore (CDGL), livestock and food departments and the market committees, openly charged exorbitant prices for fruits and vegetables. Overall escalating trend in the prices of fruits and vegetables was registered this week as compared to the last week at the Sunday bazaars of the city.
Visitors were of the view that this hectic exercise of placing these

CM shelves Metro Train Project

After scrapping the Sasti Roti scheme, the Punjab government has shelved the metro train project called the Lahore Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS) in order to divert Rs 5.2 billion allocated for the project to the rehabilitation of the flood affectees, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The metro train was supposed to run through different areas of the city in order to minimise the load on public transport routes, reduce the dependency on road vehicles, facilitate safe and

Inefficiencies, victimization a decade-old NAB habit

During the last ten years, five accountability courts in Lahore dismissed 105 cases on the request of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), on the basis of lack of evidence against the accused. This track record shows serious defects in the procedure of collection of evidence adopted by NAB courts.
Sources said that most references filed by NAB in the last ten years had no legal grounds and were filed only to serve as tools of political victimization. An example of this is

CJ takes notice of dilapidating Badshahi Mosque

During his visit at the Badshahi Mosque and the Allama Iqbal's mausoleum on Saturday, the chief justice Lahore High Court (LHC) took notice of the poor maintenance at the mosque and directed the secretary Auqaf government of Punjab to ensure proper cleanliness and initiate repair works.
The chief justice expressed his discontent on the poor cleanliness conditions prevailing in the mosque. Irshad Ullah Rana, Secretary to LHC chief justice, wrote in a letter to the secretary Aukaf,