Tag: Govt

AI urges govt to probe killing of missing Balochis

Amnesty International on Tuesday asked the Pakistani government to investigate the alleged torture and killing of more than 40 political activists of Balochistan over the past four months.
"Activists, politicians and student leaders are among those who have been targeted in enforced disappearances, abductions, arbitrary arrests and cases of torture and other ill-treatment," the rights watchdog said in a statement on Tuesday.
"The violence takes place against

Govt, CNG association lock horns over 2 weekly offs

The CNG stations would remain closed twice a week owing to gas shortage in winter while the All Pakistan CNG Association has threatened to go on an indefinite strike if the decision was not withdrawn.
According to sources, the CNG Association's meeting with Petroleum and Natural Resources Minister Syed Naveed Qamar Shah failed, as the association could not convince the minister on keeping CNG stations closed once a week.
They said that after listening to the

Tanners demand govt restrict livestock export

Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has assured his full cooperation to tanners and will put across their case to the prime minister in the federal cabinet meeting to be held on October 27, 2010 here at Governor House.
He was addressing a group of tanners at luncheon hosted by the Pakistan Tanners Association (PTA) on Monday. Taseer urged the PTA to develop a working paper on lather tanning industry, which would be helpful for them to contest their case with the prime

Sindh govt stops funds for dengue cure

As the number of cases of the deadly mosquito-borne disease Dengue is on the rise, Health Minister Sindh Dr Sagheer Ahmed has warned that the number of cases this year is much higher than the total number registered in last three years, adding that the government needed to take an immediate notice of the situation.
The government, least interested, has stopped the release of the annually allocated Rs 20 million for the treatment and prevention of the disease and has

‘UK to assist Punjab govt in health and education’

The British government will continue to extend cooperation with Punjab in the education and health sectors as well as supporting the province in its anti-terrorism initiatives, British Interior Minister Theresa Mary May said on Sunday.
May made these comments when she called on the Punjab CM here in the provincial metropolis. After meeting Shahbaz, the British interior minister, along with her team, attended a meeting of the Punjab Security Board at the Chief

Govt ignoring Opp on crucial issues: Nisar

Yousaf Raza Gilani's government is not taking the opposition into confidence over crucial national issues just like the previous regime, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday.
Addressing a press conference, Nisar said, "Pakistan's strategic dialogue with the US is very crucial in which the opposition should have been taken into confidence by the government but, Gilani's government did not even share the agenda of the

Local govt polls delayed for another 180 days

The Punjab Assembly (PA) on Thursday passed the Punjab Local Government (Amendment) Bill 2010 enabling the Punjab government to delay the local government elections for another 180 days.
The amendments to the bill, which were moved by the opposition, could not be passed but the treasury benches succeeded in passing the bill. Opposition Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) Seemal Kamran staged a walkout from the house to express solidarity with the LG

Ruckus in PA as PPP berates PML-N’s attack on Sindh govt

LAHORE: The Punjab Assembly on Wednesday was the scene of a uproar after a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislator made a derogatory comment against the Sindh government, while the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) reciprocated in the same coin.
The tense situation arose when the coalition partners - the PPP and PML-N - charged each other with corruption and some PPP lawmakers staged a token walkout from the House over the presence of Prosecution Secretary Rana Maqbool in the

Govt to complete infrastructure at Thar coal field

KARACHI: The Sindh government announced on Tuesday the feasibility study for Thar coal had been completed and some two billion tons of coal reserves were in block-II that would generate 5,000MW electricity for the next 50 years.
The announcement was made at a ceremony held at the chief minister's House in presence of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah, provincial ministers and advisers of the finance, planning and development departments, and officials of the Engro Coal Mines

Govt fails to explain omission of clauses from accountability bill

ISLAMABAD: The government on Monday failed to explain why it did not want to retain certain clauses of the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Law 1999 that pertain to mutual assistance and international cooperation in dealing with corruption in the proposed National Accountability Bill 2010.
The National Assembly's Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs met Begum Nasim Akhtar Chaudhry in the chair to discuss the Accountability Bill 2010, which will

PPP accuses Punjab govt of corruption, raps bureaucracy

LAHORE: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) legislators' difference of opinion sparked the Punjab Assembly proceedings on Monday when the PPP members of provincial assembly (MPAs) condemned the 'indifferent attitude' of the bureaucracy leveled allegations of corruption against the Punjab government.
With Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana Iqbal in the chair, the house proceedings were running smoothly until PPP MPA Shaukat Basra said that the MPAs

‘Govt won’t withdraw executive order’

ISLAMABAD: The government has no intention of withdrawing its notification of March 16, 2009, Attorney General of Pakistan Maulvi Anwarul Haq told the Supreme Court on Monday.
Appearing before a 17-member larger bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry which was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to media reports alleging the government of contemplating the withdrawal of the March 16, 2009 notification reinstating the superior judiciary, the AG informed the court

City district govt has non-functional website

LAHORE: City District Government Lahore (CDGL) official website is currently dysfunctional. The official web address of CDGL given on government flyers, news letters and on official letter heads is www.lahorecity.gov.pk.
However, even mega search engines such as Yahoo and Google do show the official website belonging to the CDGL in search results. CDGL sub-department websites and those of other cities like Rawalpindi, Faisalabad, Hyderabad and Peshawar are currently

Taliban warn Dutch govt

THE HAGUE: A senior Afghan Taliban official has warned of an attack against the Netherlands if its new government implements the agenda of anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, the Volkskrant daily reported Monday.
"If the Netherlands maintains or intensifies its anti-Islam policy, it is certain that the Netherlands will be the target of an attack by a jihadist group," Zabiullah Mujahed, a long-time Taliban spokesman, is quoted as having told the newspaper.
"If he (Wilders) succeeds

Govt to convert public sector schools English medium by June

Question hour began yesterday with the Punjab Education Minister Mian Mujtaba Shuja-ur-Rehman put at the answering pedestal. The day was embarrassing for the minister as he was forced to apologise over various lacks in information provided by the education department on questions raised by the house.
Government schools to be English medium:
All public sector schools in Punjab would be converted into English medium by the end of this fiscal year, said the Punjab Education

Govt installs clean water supply systems in Chasmai, Wali Jan Kach

Chasmai village water supply system benefits over 4000 people
Flood protection wall built in Wali Jan Kach village to benefit over 2000 people
In order to provide clean drinking water facilities to the residents of Chasmai village in Bannu, the government has installed a drinking water supply system comprising of 3 surface tanks and having a storage capacity of 10,000 gallons. They have also installed 2,940 meters of distribution pipelines.

Govt will change lawyer irrespective of SC order: Awan

Law Minister Babar Awan has said the government would change its lawyer in the NRO implementation case whether the Supreme Court allows it or not.
"We have a right to change our lawyer and we will do so; we will never infringe constitutional limits," Babar told reporters on Monday outside the Punjab Assembly after attending the parliamentary party meeting of the Pakistan People's Party. He was accompanied by PPP Punjab senior minister Raja Riaz.
He said the