Tag: Govt

JI demands govt stance against Qazi’s UK visa cancellation

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Secretary General Liaquat Baloch has called upon the federal government to protest against the cancellation of British visa to former Jamaat chief Qazi Hussain Ahmed and other (Jamaat) leaders of the country.
In a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi, he said that Qazi Hussain Ahmed had to visit Britain on the invitation of the UK Islamic Mission to attend various events. The British High Commission in Islamabad had issued a

Fallout from accusations – Punjab govt to remove beds from faculty...

LAHORE: The Punjab government is planning to remove beds from the retiring rooms of teachers of public sector universities after Prof Dr Iftikhar Baloch of the Punjab University was alleged to have harassed his female colleagues in his retiring room almost six months ago, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Department heads, principals, directors, deans and senior administrative officials in the public sector universities are entitled to use beds in retiring chambers. A senior official of

Govt likely to reduce tax exemptions in new sales tax bill

ISLAMABAD: The government is likely to reduce tax exemptions in new proposed revised sales tax bill with certain fundamental changes related to enforcement and audit, Pakistan Today reliably learnt on Tuesday.
According to sources in the Law Ministry, the Federal Board of Revenue has sent the proposed bill to the Law Ministry a few days ago, proposing the withdrawal of all kinds of exemptions on sales tax, except on life saving drugs and food items.
The exemptions would help

Afghan govt drops charges against Karzai aide

KABUL: The Afghan government has dropped corruption charges against a top aide to President Hamid Karzai who was indicted by a US-backed task force for taking a bribe, an official said Tuesday.
Mohammad Zia Salehi, a senior official in Karzai's National Security Council, was arrested by the Major Crimes Task Force, a US-funded anti-graft body, in July after he was caught on a wiretap soliciting a bribe.
In return, Salehi reportedly held up an investigation into a company

Abducted VC asks govt to get him released before 20th

PESHAWAR: Abducted vice chancellor of the Islamia University, Professor Ajmal Khan, on Sunday appealed to the government to expedite efforts to secure his release.
In his second video message, the abducted professor said his captors had given November 20 deadline and "if the government failed to come to the negotiation table before that, they will kill me". He said that the government should initiate efforts for his liberation, as he was in poor health.
Khan said it was

PML-N govt did nothing for Punjab: Elahi

LAHORE: Instead of threatening another long march, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) should tell public what it had done and achieved to eradicate inflation and unemployment in the province of Punjab, PML-Quaid's central leader Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said while addressing an Okara workers' meeting in Lahore on Sunday.
Nawaz Sharif needed to reform his younger brother before telling others what to do, he said, adding that the decisions of the incumbent government had broken the

Govt warns UK to refrain from mistreating Pakistanis

ISLAMABAD: Expressing concern over the reported targeting of Pakistanis in the UK by immigration authorities, Pakistan on Thursday warned the British government that ill treatment of its citizens would have an impact on bilateral ties.
The warning was conveyed by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi to British High Commissioner Adam Thomson, who was summoned to the Foreign Office in the wake of media reports that Pakistanis living in the UK were being targeted by the UK

KP govt allocates Rs 2.5m for Hindus’ temple

PESHAWAR: An amount of Rs 2.5 million has been allocated by the Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa government for the renovation and preservation of Hindu temple in Gorghathari, Peshawar High Court was informed on Tuesday.
A sample application had been filed by Phool Vati, a Hindu woman, pleading before the Peshawar High Court that the temple had been declared their personal property in 1955 but was occupied by the provincial government. The local Hindus will not be able to celebrate the

Monsanto trying to strong-arm govt on cotton seed technology

LAHORE: The Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Tuesday warned the Punjab government that its plan to sign an agreement granting exclusive rights to Monsanto, a US company, for the hybrid Bt cotton seed would spell disaster for domestic seed producers and place a heavy burden on the public exchequer.
"There is uncontested that country's future lies in biotechnology to bring Pakistani agricultural practices to modern standards.
But the granting of exclusive rights

Govt preparing its case to get paid by Saudi bank for...

ISLAMABAD: The government of Pakistan is going to lodge a case in the Saudi court for the recovery of millions of riyals lying with State Bank of the Kingdom as price money of the demolished residential buildings once owned by Nawab Bahawal Khan Abbasi in Makkah for its inclusion in the Haram Sharif premises, Religious Affairs Secretary Agha Sarwar Raza Qazlibash told a press conference on Monday.
The said property was purchased by Nawab Bahawal Khan Abbasi in 1893 and later

Govt ignoring Hingol National Park – a potential tourist resort

KARACHI: One of the largest in the country, Baluchistan's Hingol National Park Baluchistan offers a unique and versatile habitats including the mountains, desert, flat valleys and a view of the Arabian Sea, beautiful landscapes, wonderful mountains, mud volcanoes and with variety of animals, reptiles, birds, fish, cetaceans and other protect wildlife but has been very conveniently ignored by both the provincial and the national government.
Many of the wildlife species found in

Sindh govt mulling prize on assassins’ heads

KARACHI: The Sindh government is planning to place a bounty on the heads of criminals involved in the assassinations in Karachi, Home Minister Dr Zulfiqar Mirza told the Sindh Assembly on Monday.
"There is no amnesty for the criminals who surrender," he said during the Question Hour. Mirza said that from May to October 2010, 822 kidnapping had been registered in the province and out of them, 520 had taken place in Karachi.
At least 56 honour killings occurred during the same

Enraged senators blast govt over petroleum prices

ISLAMABAD: Charged with anger and disappointment over the government's failure to curb inflation, the opposition and the treasury members in Senate on Monday lambasted the government for 'dropping a fuel bomb' on the people by increasing the prices of petroleum products by as much as nine percent.
Speaking on a point of order, Leader of Opposition Senator Wasim Sajjad took the lead when he plainly announced a token walk out against the recent hike in petroleum products' prices.

Govt will curb misuse of Watan Cards, says Malik

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to take strict action against the misuse of Watan Cards by flood victims. It has come to notice of interior ministry that certain flood victims had sold their Watan Cards at Rs 20,000 and the user of such Watan Cards would be arrested and charged under the fraud act.
The flood affected people are getting Rs 20,000 on each Watan Card as well as assistance of Rs 80,0000 for rehabilitation. In a statement issued here on Sunday, Interior Minister

Is govt serious about ending power crisis and circular debt?

KARACHI: With the power crisis worsening with each passing day, it seems the consumers' misery has failed to convince the government to take serious measures for redressing the root causes of the problem, the circular debt issue being the foremost one.
Further, the politically-embattled federal government also seems slapdash towards its commitments with international power companies, like M/s MAN of Germany, in terms of the timely materialisation of the Construction Contract.

Govt cannot nab corrupt officials: Ahsan Iqbal

Grilling the government for its inability to nab the corrupt officials, PML-N Secretary Information Ahsan Iqbal, on Wednesday said that the government did not establish any accountability department to watch over corrupt politicians under the government's wings.
Addressing a press conference on the Transparency International report, Ahsan Iqbal said that due to the corrupt practices of the government, Pakistan had jumped eight steps in the most corrupt nations

Govt should mend its ways before it’s too late: Nawaz

The people will take to the streets if the government does not mend its ways and fulfill its promises, and it should deliver on the people's demands before its too late, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday.
Criticising the government for its performance, Nawaz said the government should be more committed to the country's cause, ethics and democracy. "If the government does not mend its ways and makes good on its promises made with the