Tag: Public

Jordan to ease restrictions on public assembly

AMMAN - Jordan is expected to remove restrictions on public gatherings, allowing protests to take place without prior permission as part of political reforms, a minister said in remarks published on Tuesday. Interior Minister Saad Hayel Srur asked the cabinet on Monday to amend the public assembly law and scrap an article that requires in-advance government permission to hold rallies and protests, the state-run Petra news agency said.
"Instead, organisers of such activities have

Sindh Public Service Commission member, 2 others get four years for...

KARACHI - An anti-corruption court sentenced a Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) member and two others to four years in prison on Saturday on corruption charges. Judge Rashida Asad of the special anti-corruption court sentenced SPSC member Ramesh Udeshi as well as Rehana Minaj and Shahid Ahmed Khan to two years imprisonment in two separate offences.
The court also directed all the accused to pay Rs 50,000 each as fine, and failing to pay the same would result in additional

ICC judgment may not be made public

LAHORE - Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were sent full written judgments on the verdicts and sanctions they were handed by a three-man tribunal on Saturday.
Whether the judgment becomes public is, however, still not clear; the ICC is keen to publish it the same day, but complications have arisen in the wake of the decision of the UK's Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to press charges against the three.
On Saturday, a short statement was read out by Beloff,

Zulqarnain asks ICC to make public fixing evidence

LAHORE - Just minutes after an independent tribunal of the ICC slapped bans on three cricketers, Zulqarnain Haider was once again to be found on his Facebook and had something to say. Haider, who left Pakistan team in UAE was of the view that the ICC should make public the evidence.
He wrote: "pakistan k players pe ban saboot pure dunya ke media p aane chaie take kise ke pure dunya main himat na ho match fixxing krne ke take wo kabi apne mulk ko na beche (the ICC should bring out

Dejected Hashmi warns MPs of massive public reaction

ISLAMABAD - Frustrated by the entire political leadership of the country, PML-N's Makhdoom Javed Hashmi on Thursday warned the parliamentarians against a massive public reaction, asking them to rise and revolt against their party leaders to get Pakistan freed from their dynastic clutches and monopoly.
"Pakistani leaders say that situation in Pakistan and Egypt is not identical. Had it been true, I would have been happy, but it's not so. Uprising of the suppressed will not stop in

Public park land retrieved from mafia

GUJRANWALA - Deputy District Officer (Revenue) Sara Qureshi led a restoration operation at Qila Mian Singh and retrieved from the mafia 14 kanals of government land allocated for a public park.
Reportedly, DCO Nabil Ahmad Awan issued directives for this operation and Sara Qureshi along with Naib Tehsildar Mian Nazir, Tehsil Municipal Officer (TMO) Aslam Ghuman and police force launched an operation and retrieved the public property. Khiali Shahpur TMA will now establish a park at

IG has no time to address public problems

LAHORE - Newly appointed Inspector General of Police (IGP) Punjab Javed Iqbal, despite assuming charge of his duties, has not got a chance to sit in his office and address the general public's problems, Pakistan Today learnt on Monday.
Well placed sources in Central Police Office (CPO) told Pakistan Today that IGP Javed Iqbal has assumed charge of his duties on Friday Jan 07. The day was marked with a ceremony called 'guard of honour' to welcome the new occupant of the coveted

Taliban attack kills 17 at Afghan public bath

KANDAHAR - A Taliban suicide bomber on Friday assassinated a police commander and killed 16 others at a public bath in southern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, the deadliest attack in months.
The militia claimed responsibility for the attack. Policemen, who are generally less well protected than soldiers, are common targets in the Taliban's nine-year insurgency against the Western-backed Afghan government. The bombing underscored the perilous security in parts of the

Public hospitals lack swine flu facilities

LAHORE - Public hospitals across Punjab lack the facility to diagnose H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, as cases with the deadly virus have started surfacing in other parts of the country, Pakistan Today has learnt.
According to details, the disease is called swine flu because of its similarity with influenza viruses which infect pigs. It is also one of the droplet infections and is highly contagious. Those infected with the virus have either inhaled droplets that have

Petroleum price hike is PPP’s New Year’s gift to public

LAHORE - PML-N senior leader Ashan Iqbal has condemned the hike in petroleum products and said this is New Year gift to people by the government.
In a statement issued here on Friday, PPP-led government had been involved in lavish spending, corruption and mismanagement and people had been bearing the brunt. "Common man's life has turned worst due to government's anti-people policies,' he added.
Ahsan Iqbal deplored that if government implemented the suggestions recommended

How public prosecutors performed

LAHORE - During the year 2010, all anti-terrorism and district courts of Punjab convicted 34 terrorists, nominated in 20 different cases.
Anti-terrorism courts also heard eight cases related to throwing acid on women. An anti terrorism court convicted an accused nominated in such a case for 77-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs 1.2 million.
According to the details issued by Punjab Prosecutor General Dr Muhammad Anwar Khan Gondal, during the last eleven months,

ECB says it bought 1.1b euros more public debt

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank said on Monday that its government bond purchases amounted to 1.121 billion euros (1.47 billion dollars) last week, almost double the amount of the previous week.
Total purchases of public debt under the controversial Securities Markets Programme that began in May have now risen to 73.5 billion euros, an ECB statement said. On December 20, the bank said that weekly purchases had fallen to 603 million euros from 2.677 billion in the previous

Schools in residential areas a public nuisance

LAHORE - Private-sector school campuses located in residential areas, including posh housing societies, are causing traffic problems and disturbing local residents, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The mushroom growth of private academies and tuition centres also has a role in creating traffic mess and a security risk for residents. A majority of such educational institutions shared their walls with houses and residents had to limit their mobility when the schools and academies opened

FIRs against public office heads refusing audit

ISLAMABAD: The audit director general on Tuesday told the Public Accounts Committee that the auditor general of Pakistan would register FIRs against those public sector organisations which refused to produce audit records.
He was briefing the special committee of the PAC, which was chaired by Zahid Hamid. Federal Audit Director General Syed Gulzar Hussnain told the committee that the Ministry of States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) had illegally sold goods donated for Afghan

DHA ban on public Muharram processions flouting constitution

LAHORE: In defiance of fundamental rights and religious freedom enshrined in the constitution of Pakistan, the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) has imposed a complete ban on the conduction of Muharram processions, barring people from even hold gatherings and meetings on religious, political and social basis in public.
As it was framed in DHA by-laws since its inception, there would be no Zuljinnah procession on the 10th Muharram in the upscale locality same like the past many

Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s GST protest annoys public

LAHORE: As a repercussion of the approval of the General Sales Tax by the Senate on Friday, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) took to the streets, resulting in one of the worst traffic jams.
The traffic, bumper to bumper, took at least half an hour to make its way from the Al-Hamra turning at Mall Road, through Egerton Road to cross over to the other side of the protest rally, that encroached itself in the middle of the city's most important artery.
Irate commuters were

Sindh will propel public and private firms to help flood victims

KARACHI: Dejected by the weak response from international donors, the Sindh government is planning to mobilise public and private firms, both local and international, for the reconstruction of flood-hit areas in the province, Pakistan Today has learnt.
Governments of Sindh and Punjab have slashed down their development and non-developmental expenditures by Rs 45 billion and Rs 30 billion, respectively following almost zero response from the international community.