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Six lawmakers owe SR 182,000 to Pakistan House

Six lawmakers owe SR 182,000 to Pakistan House

ISLAMABAD – Six parliamentarians owe SR 182,000 to the Pakistan House, Mecca, the monitoring and implementation committee of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was informed on Wednesday.
With Yasmeen Rehman in the chair, the committee was also informed by audit officials that SR 155,000 were outstanding against Syed Khurshid Shah while SR 6600 were outstanding against Malik Farid Ullah, Attaur Rehman and Rana Nazir Ahmed, SR 3200 against Basheer Virk and SR 8800 from Fida

NAB chairman’s appointment – Supreme court allows counsel to consult govt

ISLAMABAD – A four-member Supreme Court bench on Wednesday granted time to Abdul Hafeez Pirzada, counsel for the federal government, to consult his client over the issue of appointment of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman and inform the court today (Thursday).
The bench comprising Justice Javed Iqbal, Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, Justice Raja Fayyaz Ahmed and Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa was hearing petitions moved by Leader of Opposition in the National

TTP distributed anti-Pak Army CDs at TNR rally

LAHORE – Last Sunday, while Tehrik-i-Namoos-i-Risalat was holding its rally on the Mall Road, Lahore, apparently some zealots of the banned outfit Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) sneaked into the demonstration and started a free distribution of CDs among the participants.
Enclosed in a light pink CD cover and bearing the title “Namoos-i-Risalat”, hundreds of these CDs changed hands silently. The recipients of these CDs later discovered that CD started with a eulogy of Jihad in

Woman ‘would-be suicide bomber’ held in Bajaur

KHAR – Security forces on Wednesday arrested a woman allegedly planning to blow herself up in a lawless tribal region where 43 people were killed two months ago in a female suicide attack, officials said. “Security forces and local administration officials raided a house near Khar on Wednesday morning and arrested a woman wearing a suicide vest,” senior local official Sohail Khan told AFP.
He said the raid was ordered on a tip-off that women were being trained as suicide bombers

KP govt launches self-employment scheme

PESHAWAR – Reaffirming his government’s resolve to ensure the return of peace and an end to militancy and extremism, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Amir Haider Khan Hoti Wednesday said such objectives could be achieved by addressing the economic needs and hardships of the people.
“Amidst threats of terrorism and a plethora of other challenges, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has initiated steps for stimulating economic and development activities,” the chief minister remarked

‘ZTBL assisting farmers to boost agriculture’

LAHORE – The Zarai Rariqitai Bank Ltd is poised to develop agriculture and alleviate rural poverty through increased lending of modern farm practices. This was stated by President ZTBL Zaka Ashraf in a meeting with farmers of Sindh province in Benazirabad (Nawabshah).
He said agriculture was the mainstay of economy and the ZTBL was playing ‘pivotal role’ to finance entire added chain of agriculture through farm mechanisation. The representatives of farmers apprised Zaka about

Al-Khair launches Healthy Child drive

LAHORE – Al-Khair Welfare Society had launched Healthy Child Campaign on January 31, 2011 that aimed at examining health conditions of school going children. This initiative from Al-Khair Welfare Society is a step towards providing good health facilities to the people of Pakistan as on the first day of this campaign, the team has examined 500 children.
A team of four doctors from Al-Khair Free Hospital will also visit 22 schools to examine 22,000 children in the month of February.

Residents block highway to protest against WASA

FAISALABAD – Poor sanitation, bad smell, boiling gutters and flooding streets forced the residents of Rasoolpura and Mehar Colony to take out rallies against Water and Sanitation Agency (WASA) and their elected representatives. Hundreds of protestors blocked the main Jarranwala Road at NFC Chowk, disrupting the two-way traffic by burning tyres and throwing stones on the main road.
The protesters were carrying placards and banners inscribed with anti-WASA and anti-government

Daska will celebrate Faiz’s 100th anniversary

DASKA – Faiz Ahmed Faiz’s 100th birth anniversary will be celebrated internationally on February 13 as he was born on that date in 1911 in Kila Kader village in Sialkot. Different events will be held in Daska, Sambrial, Pasrur and Sialkot in this regard. Faiz is known to be one of the most prolific poets of the 20th century.
Dubbing the voice of a revolution, he extended an asylum of sorts to the masses in a period where freedom of speech was crushed to a bare minimum. He

Bosnia invites SCCI to world moot

SIALKOT – Bosnia-Herzegovina Ambassador to Pakistan Arman Limo invited the business community of the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) to the 2nd International Investment Conference being organized by Bosnia. He invited the Sialkot businessmen to participate in the event to explore more business opportunities. The three-day conference is being held in Sarajevo on April 6-8.
He said that both the countries had common religious and cultural relations. He underlined

Commissioner asks officers to help people

SAHIWAL – Sahiwal Division Commissioner Qazi Muhammad Ashfaq has urged the public servants in the division to provide maximum relief to the general public and take steps to eradicate corruption and mismanagement from all government offices. “The government servants should dedicate themselves to the welfare agenda of the Punjab government and redress public complaints,” he added.
He was addressing the government officers of all provincial and district government departments in his

Call to set up drug treatment centre in jail

GUJRANWALA – Gujranwala Central Jail Superintendent Malik Zia-ud-Din has requested the Punjab IG prisons to sanction a drug treatment centre in the jail for addicted prisoners. In a letter, the superintendent revealed that Gujranwala District and Sessions Judge Kazim Raza Shamsi and Hafizabad DSJ Sheikh Muhammad Yousaf, during their visit to the jail on October 27, 2010, had ordered the establishment of such centre due to the miserable condition of the addicts.
He said Mian Afzal

Opp sceptical about president’s moot

ISLAMABAD – As President Asif Ali Zardari is striving hard to make his roundtable conference a success, the opposition seems wary of the agenda of the moot, with the PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif pressing for the implementation of his 10-point agenda within the 45-day time limit.
Zardari continued consultations with political leaders for the second consecutive day, the most significant being his telephone call to Nawaz for inviting him to attend the proposed moot. A source in the

SC orders force 7 re-employed officers to quit Punjab govt

LAHORE – Seven “dear ones” of the Punjab government given re-employment after retirement resigned on Wednesday to avoid any legal action. The resignations came in response to a Supreme Court ruling in January against the re-employment of retired officers. Moreover, the S&GAD had also sought details of all such employees in various government departments across Punjab.
Some of the officers offered re-employment contracts and who resigned on Wednesday are prosecution secretary Rana

Three blasts rock police offices in Gujranwala

GUJRANWALA – Three low intensity bomb explosions rocked Gujranwala on Wednesday, with the targets being a police station, an office of a senior police official and the police barracks. The first bomb targeted the office of the Central Investigation Agency followed by one targeting the office of the regional police officer shortly before 7am.
The blasts damaged outer walls and created craters. The third blast, which was comparatively of greater intensity, rocked the residence of

MQM, JUI-F won’t join PM’s new ‘lean and mean’ team

ISLAMABAD – The en masse resignations of the federal ministers enabling Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani to form a new “lean and mean” team triggered an intense lobbying for the slots in the new cabinet with President Asif Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani making a last ditch effort to convince the MQM and JUI-F to join the federal cabinet.
The resignations of the federal ministers, ministers of state and advisers were sent to President Zardari for acceptance. However, they

US arm-twisting over Raymond Davis increases

ISLAMABAD – After an open threat by the US congressmen to suspend aid to Pakistan, the US has warned it would shut down its consulates except the embassy in Islamabad if the Pakistani government failed to release detained American citizen, Raymond Davis.
Davis was arrested in Lahore on January 27 after he shot dead two Pakistanis claiming they were trying to rob him.
A diplomatic source revealed to Pakistan Today that the US had warned Pakistan that it could reduce its