Tag: Punjab

Warraich accuses PML-N of putting Punjab on sale

LAHORE: State Minister for Communications and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) Punjab President Imtiaz Safdar Warraich on Tuesday accused the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) of putting Punjab on sale and distributing public-sector educational institutions amongst party leaders and loyalists.
He made these remarks in a press conference at the Lahore Press Club along with PPP Punjab Secretary General Samiullah Khan, Information Secretary Dr Fakharuddin Chaudhry, Finance

Punjab Assembly assured ‘prices will be settled’

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Food Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor and Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah on Monday assured the House that the government was committed to resolving all issues relating to price hike and law and order.
The ministers said this in separate speeches while winding up the 'General Discussions on Price Hike of Essential Commodities' and 'General Discussion on Law and Order' pending from the last session ending in the last week of October.
Sanaullah said the

PPP starts restructuring Punjab chapter

LAHORE: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP), as part of its preparations for the upcoming local government (LG) elections, has started restructuring its Punjab chapter, Pakistan Today has learnt. State Minister of Communications and newly-appointed PPP Punjab President Chaudhry Imtiaz Safdar Warraich in order to organise party workers and stalwarts, has summoned the PPP Punjab Executive Council meeting on Friday at the party provincial secretariat at Faisal Town, Lahore.

Punjab government’s overdraft within SBP limits: Tanvir Kaira

LAHORE: The Punjab government's overdraft was within the limits of the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), Punjab Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira said on Monday. He made these remarks while meeting members of the provincial assembly (MPA) and Pakistan People's Party (PPP) workers at his office. He said that the Punjab government had accelerated the pace of development projects so that the public could get benefit from the welfare-oriented schemes as early as possible.

Punjab govt credibility at stake after WikiLeaks exposure

LAHORE: After Wikileaks' revelation that Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif tipped off Jamaatud Dawa (JD), a banned militant outfit, about expected UN sanctions well before time which helped JD empty its bank accounts, a big question mark has been put on the credibility of the Punjab government.
The Punjab government is already in hot waters due to its soft corner for extremist organisations and disclosure by WikiLeaks has strengthened the growing belief that there are close

Punjab to probe, LDA corruption, nepotism

LAHORE: The Punjab government is planning to conduct a large-scale investigation into charges of corruption, nepotism, abuse of power and financial mismanagement in the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), Pakistan Today has learnt.
The LDA has come under fire after surfacing of tendering scandals, faulty commercialisation policy, manipulation in 100 plots for LDA employees, silence over action against illegal housing schemes, missing files regarding high-rising buildings,

Out in the Open – Land mafia occupies Punjab school land

LAHORE: A large portion of lands belonging to schools across Punjab have been illegally occupied by the land mafia while the Punjab government's School Education Department is under pressure to vacate the occupied lands, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The lands have been occupied by influential people from decades in almost all districts of the province including Lahore, Sheikhupura, Gujranwala, Mianwali, Kasur, Rahim Yar Khan and Faisalabad and due to influential personalities and

Punjab holds Centre responsible for sugar crisis

LAHORE: The Punjab government informed the Lahore High Court on Tuesday that the federal government was responsible for the sugar crisis as it did not import sugar when its shortage started in 2009.
The Punjab government submitted a detailed report in the court of Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, taking a plea that there was shortage of 1.1 million metric ton sugar in the country in 2009, out of which the Punjab required 0.75 million metric ton sugar.
The court was hearing a

Victorious hockey team honoured by Punjab CM

LAHORE: Pakistan hockey team, winner of Asian Games hockey event, was on Sunday awarded Rs10 million in a reception hosted by Punjab Chief Minister, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, at the CM House.
The Chief Minister presented cheques of Rs 500,000 each to all the members of the hockey team and also promised his full support to PHF President Qasim Zia in the team's preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.
Mian Shahbaz Sharif termed the hockey players as the shining stars of the

Federal Implementation Commission to meet Punjab officials

LAHORE: The Federal Implementation Commission members would meet Punjab government departments officials on Monday to sort out different "contentious" issues related to dissolution of federal ministries, Pakistan Today has learnt.
The federal government had announced transferring 10 federal ministries to provinces, while Federal Finance Minister Dr Hafeez Shaikh had announced that five federal ministries would be shifted to provinces under the 18th Amendment by end of 2010.

Punjab Muttahida Ulema Board chairman resigns

LAHORE: Member of National Assembly and Sunni Ittehad Council Chairman Haji Fazl-e-Karim tendered his resignation as the chairman of the Punjab Muttahida Ulema Board on Friday.
Fazal, who was chief of the Markazi Jamiat-e-Ulema Pakistan, was elected from Faisalabad on a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz ticket in the February 2008 elections.
Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif appointed him as the Muttahida Ulema Board chairman and the government also allotted him an office at

Punjab bans Sunni Ittehad Council’s long march

LAHORE: The Punjab government has banned the long march organised by the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) for today.
According to details, SIC, an alliance of the Sunni school of thought, planned to embark on a long march from the Darbar Bari Imam in Islamabad to the Data Darbar in Lahore today at 10am. Before starting the long march, SIC also arranged the Khatm-e-Chehlum at the Bari Imam shrine for the martyred who lost their lives in the blast at the Baba Fareed Gung Shakir shrine

125,000 tonnes of sugar destined for Punjab

KARACHI: Eight out of 45 sugar mills in Punjab have begun crushing and the rest will commence processing shortly, Punjab Food Minister Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor stated on Wednesday.
"The remaining sugar mills have ignited their boilers and farmers have started harvesting standing cane crop," he said, while addressing a news conference after reviewing the loading of Punjab's sugar quota from the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP). "At least 25,000 metric tonnes of imported white

Punjab Police is an unbridled horse, AG tells Supreme Court

ISLAMABAD: Punjab Advocate General Khawaja Haris Ahmad on Wednesday informed the Supreme Court that police was neither in the control of provincial government nor did it act on its advice.
He appeared before a three-member SC bench, comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Ghulam Rabbani and Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday, which was hearing a suo motu case pertaining to a clashes taken place between police and lawyers at Aiwan-e-Adl on Oct 1.
The court

Punjab being discriminated against in gas supply: CM

LAHORE: Punjab is being discriminated against in the supply of sui gas, which is badly affecting the industrial sector of the province, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif said on Tuesday.
He made these remarks while addressing members of the Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Shahbaz said that he wants economic prosperity of Punjab and the province be granted its due right. Shahbaz said that he had raised the issue of gas load shedding with the prime minister and the

Punjab, Sindh agree on enhanced water releases

ISLAMABAD: To limit the hydel power shortage to 1500MW from the estimated 3500MW, Punjab and Sindh on Tuesday agreed to increase water releases during the forthcoming canal closure period - December-January.
According to official sources, the agreement was reached during an inter-provincial meeting chaired by Minister for Water and Power Pervez Ashraf to review the current water availability, forthcoming annual canal closures and its impact on hydropower generation.

Punjab lost Rs 2.91b to bad debts

ISLAMABAD: The Punjab government suffered a loss of Rs 2.9 billion as it failed to recover loans forwarded to certain autonomous bodies having little payback capacity or eligibility to avail such loans, said a report by the Auditor General of Pakistan (AGP).
The report said the Punjab government granted loans in violation of rules to some financial and non-financial institutions for execution of various development and non-development projects from its own resources or through