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Punjab prepares to take over six more federal ministries

Punjab prepares to take over six more federal ministries

LAHORE – The Punjab government will get six more federal ministries in the second phase of devolution after the 18th Amendment, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The federal ministries which are being devolved to the provinces comprise the ministries of education, special education, tourism, social welfare, culture and livestock. In the first phase of devolution, ministries of population welfare, local government and rural development, zakat and ushr, youth affairs and special

Government of Punjab has failed to protect the its citizens, says Elahi

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML-Q) Senior Central Leader Moonis Elahi said that the people of Punjab are the biggest victims of the ‘target killings wave’ which has now engulfed the whole country.
Referring to the statement made by the Sindh Home Minister on Monday and the recent report of the Human Watch Pakistan which cites the murders of 12 educators of Punjabi origin living in Baluchistan, Moonis Elahi expressed serious concern and dismay at the unfortunate rise in

LHC orders Punjab govt not to take action against teachers

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Tuesday directed the Punjab government not to take any disciplinary action against teachers of public-sector colleges who protested against establishing board of governors (BoG) in educational institutions on December 9 and were tortured by police. The LHC CJ issued these orders while proceeding on a suo motu notice against police torture of protesting teachers and students outside the Punjab Assembly. The

Punjab govt compromises Bhogiwal Road’s merits to protect PML-N interests

LAHORE: The Punjab government, to protect the interests of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz’s (PML-N) local party leaders, has seriously compromised the merits of the under-construction Bhogiwal Road located in NA-123 constituency – considered as a bastion of the PML-N – by rejecting road expansion plans despite National Engineering Services Pakistan’s (NESPAK) recommendations.
A senior official of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) told Pakistan Today that NESPAK’s designs to

Punjab govt spending billions to promote education, says Saira Tarar

HAFIZABAD – Punjab Education Task Force Chairperson Saira Afzal Tarar has said that the Punjab government was spending billions of rupees for promoting education in the province.
She expressed these views while addressing a meeting of headmaster and headmistresses of the different schools in Hafizabad. Hafizabad District Education Promotion Committee Chairman Muhammad Bukhsh, Executive District Officer Education Sohail Azher Khan and attended the meeting.
She regretfully

SC directs Punjab Police chief to arrest all suspects

ISLAMABAD: Having learnt about the lukewarm response of police towards the accused of conducting a drag race that killed five and injured two people, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday directed the Punjab police chief to arrest them all four accused and report in court today (Tuesday).
A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday noted that “prima facie it indicates that without

Top seeds live up to billing in Punjab Tennis C’ship

LAHORE: National singles and junior champion Samir Iftikhar, Heera Ashiq, former Davis Cupper Rashid Malik and junior Davis cupper Faizan Khurrum reached the semi-finals of the Servis Cup Tennis Tournament here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah Courts on Monday.
All the top seeded players in the all the categories advanced to the semi-final stage of the tournament. Heera, Samir, Mohammad Abid and Faizan also reached the last four of the under-18 category. Mehak Khokhar, Sara Mahboob, Annosha

Samir, Faizan in Punjab Tennis semis

LAHORE: Pakistan junior tennis players Samir Iftikhar and Faizan Khurram upstaged the second seed pair and qualified for the Servis Punjab Open Tennis Championship here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah courts on Sunday. Local tennis fans enjoyed the spectacular doubles match as cousins and Junior Davis Cuppers Samir and Faizan upset Heera Ashiq and Waqas Malik 6-4, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals.
The pair, who are also cousins of Pakistan tennis star Aisamul Haq and grandsons of late Indo-Pak

4 new high security prisons being built in Punjab

LAHORE: Four new high security prisons and barracks are being built across jails in Punjab, one each in Lahore, Rawalpindi, Mianwali and Sahiwal at a total cost of Rs 1935.189 million. Inspector General of Prisons Punjab Kokab Nadeem Warraich told APP here on Sunday that in addition to high security prisons, nine more new jails were also being built in various districts at a cost of Rs 6,594.337 million.
He said that new district jails were being built in Okara, Pakpattan,

Punjab reserves 3.5m tonne wheat for export

LAHORE: Punjab Food Secretary Irfan Elahi has said that the Punjab government has reserved 3.5 million tonnes of wheat for export from six divisions.
Providing further details to the media on Saturday, he said that 490,000 tonnes of wheat has been reserved from Faisalabad, 294,000 tonnes from Sargodha, 822,000 from Multan, 584,000 from Sahiwal, 443,000 from D G Khan and 868,000 metric tonnes from Bahawalpur.
Irfan Elahi informed that a special cell has been set up to

Punjab Tennis Tournament – Samir cruises into quarterfinals

LAHORE: Faizan Khurrum, Samir Iftikhar and Rashid Malik moved to the quarterfinals of the Servis Cup Punjab Tennis Tournament here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah.
All these players had an easy sailing to the last eight stage of the championship, which saw another 16 matches played on day three under chilly conditions. All matches in the men’s singles finished in straight sets, except the day’s opener that went to three sets after Asad Abdul Sakoo came from one set behind to win.

Punjab govt to target farmers after teachers and students: Elahi

LAHORE: After teachers and students, farmers would be the next target of the Punjab government, former Punjab chief minister Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi said on Saturday.
He made these remarks while chairing a meeting of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) Nankana chapter office bearers at the PML House. Elahi said that while people were dying of hunger, Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif was ruthlessly using the government machinery to silence the voices of the oppressed.

Plain sailing for top seeds in Punjab Tennis C’ship

LAHORE: All the seeded players of the country advanced to the next round of the Servis Punjab Tennis Championship here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah Courts on Friday. National singles and junior champion Samir Iftikhar, junior Davis Cupper Faizan Khurrum and Pakistan’s non-playing captain Rashid Malik won their matches.
Samir and Faizan clinched their under-18 and men’s games while Malik won in the open category. All the seeded players have now reached the pre-quarterfinals stage of the

Punjab sports officials meet today

LAHORE: The Director General Sports Punjab is holding a meeting today to discuss preparations of the Punjab teams participating in the forthcoming National Games, to be held at Peshawar.
According to an official of the Punjab sports department, the meeting has been scheduled on December 11 with Sports Board Punjab Director General in the chair at National Hockey Stadium. The main issue to be discussed would be the camps of 21 different disciplines for males and seven different

No room for corrupt judges in Punjab: LHC CJ

LAHORE: There is no room for corrupt and dishonest judges and stern disciplinary action would be taken if any such allegation is proved, Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice (CJ) Ijaz Ahmed Chaudhry said on Friday. He made remarks while meeting Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA) and Punjab Bar Council (PbBC) delegations at his chamber who called on him to congratulate him on becoming the LHC CJ. He asked the LHCBA, PbBC and other lawyers to point out corruption in the

Punjab Tennis Championship gets underway

LAHORE: The Punjab Tennis Championship sponsored by Service Industries rolled into action here at the Bagh-e-Jinnah’s courts on Thursday. Tournament Director Rashid Malik said that keeping in view the extensive interest in the championship, they have decided to hold the men’s singles event on the opening day and many seeded junior players have made it to the next round. The championship will be featuring players of the under-12, 14, 18 categories.
Men’s and women’s categories

Warraich saddles up against Punjab govt

LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Punjab President Chaudhry Imtiaz Safdar Warraich has said that the political climate in the province has changed and PPP will launch a massive public contact campaign after Moharram.
He said the PPP public contact move would prove a final nail in the opponents’ coffin as the ‘shallow castle’ of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) was in ‘shambles’ and there was a need to just push the first wall. He said that they would not tolerate any more