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SC moved for early hearing of KBD construction

SC moved for early hearing of KBD construction

LAHORE – A petition has been moved to the Supreme Court Lahore Registry on Monday for early hearing of a petition for Kalabagh Dam (KBD) construction to meet growing energy needs and save Pakistan from floods and draughts. The application was filed by barrister Zafar Ullah Khan submitting that his petition despite being linked to an important national issue was pending in the Supreme Court since 1996 which showed the collapse of Pakistan’s judicial policy. He said compared to it a

LHC dismisses plea seeking early hearing of Javed’s case

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday dismissed a petition seeking early hearing of an already pending petition seeking disqualification of Punjab Assembly’s Unification Bloc leader Dr Tahir Ali Javed. LHC Chief Justice (CJ) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry observed that the petition could not be fixed for an early hearing, as the court is facing a shortage of judges.
The main petition was filed by Zaheer Ahmed Naz, Allah Rakha Azhar, Nasir Mehmood and Muhammad Aslam through their

Petrol filling stations shut early on pretext of fuel shortage

KARACHI – Coupled with the strike-call given by the Karachi Transport Ittehad (KTI) on Thursday to protest the POL price hike, the announcement to continue the strike on Friday (today) has exhausted the petrol pumps across the city of its supply.
Fearing that the strike’s extension would leave them without fuel, citizens in large numbers took their vehicles to petrol pumps to get them refuelled. Besides that, many people got several bottles and cans filled for storing petrol for

PML-N unlikely to go for early elections

NEWS ANALYSIS – Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif finally announced his party’s split with the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) in Punjab on Friday. While certainly dealing a blow to the PPP and its recent reconciliatory efforts, the PML-N leader stopped short of announcing an all-out war against the PPP for the time being.
The message from Sharif’s press conference – where he announced the decision to part ways with the PPP, blaming President Asif Ali Zardari for leaving

Greek police clash with anti-austerity protesters

ATHENS – Greek police clashed with protesters on Wednesday as around 100,000 workers, pensioners and students marched to parliament in protest at austerity policies aimed at helping Greece cope with a huge debt crisis. Riot police fired scores of rounds of teargas and flash bombs at protesters hurling petrol bombs, choking the main Syndagma square with smoke and sending crowds of striking protesters running for cover.
Public and private sector employees’ 24-hour strike grounded

LHC declines Shumaila’s early hearing request

LAHORE – The Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Friday dismissed an application for early hearing of Shumaila Rana’s petition seeking restoration of her Punjab Assembly membership, because there is a shortage of judges at LHC given the burden of pending cases.
Former MPA Shumaila Rana, accused of credit card theft, filed the application praying to the court for an early hearing, which had been pending in the court since mid 2010. The petitioner counsel

CM prays for Bano Qudsia’s early recovery

LAHORE – Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Thursday sent a bouquet to renowned Urdu writer and Ashfaq Ahmed’s widow Bano Qudsia who is under treatment at the Sheikh Zayed Hospital and prayed for her early recovery. Punjab government spokesman Pervaiz Rashid also sent a bouquet to Qudsia.
The 83-year-old writer has been in hospital for the last one week under neurophysician Dr Nadir Zafar’s supervision. She has been diagnosed with lower limb weakness, a condition occurring

Guest in Town – Early detection is key to fighting breast cancer

LAHORE – Every year 40,000 people die of breast cancer in Pakistan, mostly due to late diagnosis and the “stigma” attached to the fatal disease, the US National Institute of Health MD Jo Anne Zujewski said in an exclusive interview with Pakistan Today.
Zujewski, who heads the breast cancer therapeutics clinical investigation branch in Washington, visited Pakistan to increase awareness about breast cancer. She visited different public and private health facilities in Lahore,

Traders demand early completion of industrial estate

WAZIRABAD – The local traders demanded of the government to complete legal formalities for the early completion of the industrial estate project in the city.
The city has no match in the field of cutlery items, but is suffering a business decline these days. On the request of the late provincial law and education minister Raja Khaleeq Ullah Khan, a site for an industrial estate was selected and a small industrial estate inaugurated in 1993 in Wazirabad. But the provincial

Early completion of uplift projects ordered

SAHIWAL – Sahiwal Division Commissioner Tariq Mahmood Khan, while chairing a meeting in his office, has directed the building department to ensure quality construction and early completion of development projects within the set time so that people can get benefit from these projects as early as possible. DCO Muhammad Khan Khichi, Director Development Habib Jilani and other relevant officers were also present at the meeting. As many as 11 road projects have been initiated with Rs 500

Musharraf says he is ready for early polls

DUBAI – Former president Pervez Musharraf on Monday said his party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), was prepared for possible early elections, as the government scrambled to save its ruling coalition.
Musharraf said he will return to Pakistan before the next election. “We are ready to contest elections,” Musharraf told reporters at his apartment in Dubai. “A little more time would be useful, as we are a new party. However, we will definitely try if the elections come

EU could end China arms embargo early 2011

BRUSSELS – A European Union arms embargo clamped on China in 1989 following the Tiananmen crackdown could be lifted in early 2011, Brussels sources told Thursday’s edition of France’s Le Figaro daily.
The lifting of the embargo on all lethal weapons “could happen very quickly,” a source close to EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told the paper.
An EU diplomat in Brussels refused to confirm the claim, but acknowledged that Ashton recommended as much in a report

Election early birds – Independent candidates gear up for elections

LAHORE – Anticipating the changing political climate and recent moves on the political front as countdown bells for the general elections, many prospective independent candidates have launched public-liaison campaigns in Lahore to introduce themselves among voters as candidates, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Interestingly, political groups have geared up preparations in name of local government elections but political workers have termed their party restructuring, workers contact

Bruce Lee biopic tracks action hero’s early life

HONG KONG: Authenticity is the heart and soul of the new biopic “Bruce Lee, My Brother,” the early life story of the man who put Hong Kong action films on the map, its director told. As its title declares, the film pieces together the superstar’s childhood.
“The Lee family supplied us with all the details and the tidbits of their family life,” director Raymond Yip said. “So we took great care to be loyal to the truth and avoid anything that felt fake, which made it rather

Government likely to move SC for early hearing

The government is likely to move an application in the Supreme Court for an early hearing of other controversial and challenged clauses of the 18th Amendment, so that parliament could re-amend it along with Article 175A in one go, Pakistan Today learnt on Sunday.
“If the constitutional reforms committee reaches a consensus on 175A under the light of the SC decision and brings it in the form of 19th Amendment in parliament for passage, the committee may have to go

Early morning load shedding irks citizens

LAHORE: Load shedding in early morning on Tuesday created severe problems for citizens who were getting ready for offices and schools, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to consumers, there was no electricity when they woke up for having breakfast and getting ready to start their daily routine work. Electricity remained suspended for one hour from 6am in many parts of the city including Model Town, Gulberg, Shadman, Rehmanpura, Township, Faisal Town and Garden Town.