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  1. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/52e07ab2587534a5548cad28928109b1.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8yMy8yMDE4IDU6MTU6MDUgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT11ekg4bzRJNWQxVmp3NW9aNzhxaUJBPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] DUBAI: Lahore Qalandars play their first match of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2018 against high-flying Multan Sultans in a much-awaited Punjab Derby tonight. Multan Sultans marked their PSL debut with a seven-wicket win against title defenders Peshawar Zalmi in the opening match of the tournament on Thursday. Kumar Sangakkara hit 57 and skipper Shoaib Malik scored a blistering 42 not out, chasing down Zalmi?s 151 comfortably and sending out a clear message to their opponents: they may be playing in the PSL for the first time, but they are fully prepared. Lahore Qalandars, reeling from a fresh blow as explosive batsman Chris Lynn was ruled out of the PSL with a shoulder injury, are looking to turn around their fortunes after finishing bottom of the table in both the earlier editions. Skipper Brendon McCullum has said he is focused on gelling the players together so they can deliver as a unit. It won?t be an understatement to say the Qalandars have the Youngster of the Year in their arsenal this time: Shaheen Shah Afridi, who bagged 12 wickets in the recently held ICC U-19 World Cup. Here's a look at the two teams: Lahore Qalandars Head coach: Aqib Javed Captain: Brendon McCullum Squad: Brendon McCullum (c), Fakhar Zaman, Umar Akmal, Dinesh Ramdin, Anton Devcich, Bilal Asif, Cameron Delport, Bilawal Bhatti, Aamer Yamin, Ghulam Mudassar, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sunil Narine, Raza Hasan, Shaheen Afridi, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah Spotlight geo_embedgallery Multan Sultans Head coach: Tom Moody Captain: Shoaib Malik Squad: Shoaib Malik (c), Ahmed Shehzad, Darren Bravo, Abdullah Shafique, Saif Badar, Nicholas Pooran, Kumar Sangakkara, Sohaib Maqsood, Kashif Bhatti, Shan Masood, Thisara Perera, Mohammad Abbas, Umar Siddiq, Ross Whiteley, Imran Tahir, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Hardus Viljoen Spotlight geo_embedgallery
  2. Former director general of Lahore Development Authority Ahad Cheema was arrested on February 21, 2018 over accusations of corruption. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Friction between the Punjab government and National Accountability Bureau (NAB), on Friday, was observed over the arrest of Lahore Development Authority (LDA)'s former director general Ahad Cheema. It said that Cheema, by misuse of authority and with criminal intent, awarded a contract of the Ashiana-e-Iqbal project of approximately Rs14 billion to Lahore Casa Developers ? a joint-venture which was ineligible for the contract. He is also accused of receiving illegal gratification in the form of a 32-kanal land valuing Rs30.09 million approximately from the owners of Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd. An emergency meeting of the Punjab Cabinet, to be held later today, was summoned following Cheema's arrest. The opposition members in the Punjab Assembly registered their protest over Cheema's promotion from Grade 19 to Grade 20 and walked out of the assembly after they were not allowed to speak about the matter. Civil officers adopt resolution against Cheema's arrest During an emergency meeting of the civil services officers at the Government Officers' Residences (GOR) in Lahore, a resolution against Cheema's arrest by the NAB was adopted. Over 200 civil services officers, in attendance, have demanded a suo motu notice of Cheema's arrest on February 21, sources informed Geo News. 'Won't support Cheema if there is evidence against him' Law Minister of Punjab Rana Sanaullah. Photo: Geo News file Speaking to the media in Lahore, the Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said that the provincial government has never supported any corrupt officer. "We have always taken action against corrupt oficers, and if any solid evidence is brought forth against Ahad Cheema we shall not support him," Sanaullah told the media. A spokesperson of the Punjab government stated that no reason was given for Cheema's arrest, adding that the former DG LDA would have appeared before NAB if the latter had sent a request to the chief secretary. Cheema remanded in NAB custody An accountability court on Thursday granted physical remand of Cheema to NAB in the Ashiana housing scheme inquiry. Cheema was presented before accountability judge Muhammad Azam, where the NAB prosecutor had told the court that the accused distributed the contract of Ashiana housing scheme on the basis of nepotism. The court agreed to a physical remand of 11 days in response to NAB's request to grant a 14-day remand of the accused.
  3. VEHARI: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has reached the venue of a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz rally in Burewala and will soon be addressing the rally. Prior to his arrival at the rally, the Punjab chief minister unveiled the foundation stones of several development projects in the district.
  4. A file photo of police in Multan. Photo: AFP LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took on Sunday a suo motu notice of extrajudicial police encounters in Punjab. The chief justice ordered the Inspector General of Police to submit a report in a week on the total encounters conducted in the province and the people killed. The notice was taken while the three-member bench of the Supreme Court was hearing the suo motu case on the provision of clean drinking water and removal of security barricades, among other public issues. Reacting to the suo motu notice, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry welcomed the development, saying that PTI Chairman Imran Khan had already demanded a judicial commission on encounters. Imran addresses Lodhran rally despite ECP warning, says Shehbaz using police to carry out extrajudicial killings Imran Khan addressed by the Lodhran by-poll rally despite an ECP warning He added that in Kasur District alone, 137 people have been killed by police in fake encounters. Speaking to a rally in Lodhran on Friday, Imran said Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif asks the police to carry out his "dirty work" and blamed him for asking the police to carry out extrajudicial killings. The PTI chief slammed Shehbaz for politicising police and said a number of extrajudicial killings occurred in his tenure as chief minister. CJP takes suo motu notice of Naqeebullah?s extrajudicial killing SSP Malir Rao Anwar claimed killing four terrorists, including Waziristan native Naqeebullah, in an encounter on Jan 13 Former policeman Abid "Boxer" in a statement had admitted that he carried out killings on the orders of Shehbaz, claimed Imran. The Supreme Court has already taken a suo motu notice of the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Meshud, a Waziristan native who was gunned down in a fake police encounter in Karachi last month.
  5. Sanaullah addressing the media after the Punjab CM had left. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah assured to remove all the barricades pointed out by the Supreme Court today. Addressing the media outside the court's Lahore Registry after the chief justice ordered the removal of barricades, Sanaullah said the government will complete the task before the deadline. He explained that a suicide bombing attempt was averted due to the barriers outside Shehbaz?s Model Town office. Earlier today, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the authorities to remove barricades outside Nawaz's Jati Umra residence, Shehbaz's Model Town residence and office, Governor House, Aiwan-e-Iqbal, the residence and seminary ? Jamia Al Qadsia ? of Jamaatud Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed, residence of late Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, Qilla Gujjar Singh Police Station, passport office and other sites. The court also ordered the home department to assure the court that the barricades will be removed by midnight tonight Talking to the media, Sanaullah said the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) respects the courts and any perception to the contrary is wrong. When asked to respond to the chief justice's comment today that Shehbaz should be made the prime minister, Sanaullah said if the PML-N wins the next general elections, the next premier will be made on the wishes of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, not the chief justice. 'Provision of justice also important' Talking to the media outside the court before the hearing commenced, Sanaullah said the provision of justice is as important as provision of clean water, adding that the government will make sure to follow the apex court?s directions on this issue. "It is most important for people to have access to basic justice in my opinion," he added. Responding to a question, Sanaullah said "there are some elements misusing the court's remarks for their own cause," adding that remarks which can be used by someone?s opponent for their own benefit should not be made in court proceedings.
  6. LAHORE: A spokesman for the Punjab government has rejected the statement of National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal that some departments of the provincial government are not cooperating with the Bureau. In a statement issued Friday, the spokesman said there was no truth in the statement as all the departments of the Punjab government were fully cooperating with NAB. He said a person working on the important seat of NAB chairman should avoid giving such a statement on the public platform against the government whose hallmarks were transparency and merit. ?If he (NAB chairman), or his department, has had any complaint to any of the provincial government departments, he should have communicated through the official level to redress it,? the spokesman said. The NAB chairman had also warned that he would take to task all those government officials who avoided cooperating with the Bureau in future correspondence. Meanwhile, in response to the Punjab government spokesman?s clarification, NAB stated that the Bureau had written four letters to the Punjab government for provision of records besides many verbal requests by the Lahore NAB to the Punjab government. Responding to the Punjab government, the NAB spokesman said it issued a press release on January 23, 2018 after report for non-provision of record from the Punjab government and asked the Punjab chief secretary to provide the record. The NAB spokesman said on Feb 8, 2018, the NAB chairman took notice of non-provision of record by the Punjab government and asked the bureaucracy in Punjab to provide the record to NAB and abide by laws as non-provision of information/record to NAB, which is conducting inquiry of 56 public limited companies of the Punjab, is against the law and comes under hampering with inquiry of NAB laws. The NAB spokesman said clarification of the Punjab government is, therefore, not based on facts. ?NAB has used all channels of communications for getting record of 56 public limited companies of the Punjab but still NAB has not received complete record,? he said.
  7. MULTAN: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Wednesday said that he will try his best to bring back to the country money looted by former president Asif Ali Zardari. Addressing a ceremony to inaugurate a healthcare centre, Shehbaz also slammed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan and called him a liar. He repeated PML-N?s accusation against PTI-led Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government saying that the government never produced a single watt of electricity. Shehbaz also inaugurated numerous heath facilities during his visit to the city. These include extension of the Children?s Hospital, Burns Unit at Nishtar Hospital and Multan Institute of Kidney Diseases.
  8. LAHORE: Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah said on Wednesday that the only way the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police were able to arrest the suspect involved in the brutal murder of four-year-old Asma was through the DNA results provided by the Punjab Forensic Science Agency. KP Police claimed the arrests of two suspects for their alleged connection in the Asma murder case on Wednesday. The prime suspect, 15-year-old Muhammad Nabi, worked in a local restaurant and was also a relative of the deceased. The case was resolved by tracing a drop of blood on a leaf in the sugarcane field where the minor was killed, the police claimed. KP Police claim arrest of prime suspect in Asma murder case KP Police says that the case was resolved by tracing a drop of blood on a leaf in the sugarcane field where the minor was killed Sanaullah said that the suspect lived in the same locality where police are stationed for the last three weeks but they failed to trace him on their own, adding that it was only through the DNA report from Lahore that the law enforcement authorities were able to trace him. Taking a jibe at the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan, the law minister said at least today Imran should publically appreciate the role of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency. He added that the KP Police attempted to misdirect the case earlier by claiming that the minor had died of natural causes.
  9. KASUR: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that Sunday's rally in Peshawar reflects the popularity of the ruling party. "If there is any political party or leadership that has served this province, that is the PML-N. The rally in Peshawar yesterday is a reflection of this." said the chief minister after visiting the DHQ Hospital where he inaugurated a CT Scan machine. "The language used by Imran Khan is such that I cannot even repeat it. He has tried to adversely affect the nation's attitude," Shehbaz added. The Punjab chief minister also spoke against Asif Ali Zardari, saying the former president had stolen the nation's wealth from both hands. Moreover, talking about the gruesome Kasur incident, he said: ?It?s a request of the entire nation to the courts that if the law allows the convict should be hanged at any roundabout of Lahore or Kasur so that the entire world could see it.? Zainab rape-murder: JIT to probe seven other similar cases TV anchor who claimed that the murder suspect holds 37 bank accounts did not appear before JIT today Zainab was kidnapped from near her aunt?s house on January 4 in Kasur. Her body was recovered from a garbage heap on January 9. The post-mortem of the minor revealed that she had been raped before being murdered. During the visit, the chief minister announced to name schools in the memory of the children murdered by the suspect, said to be a serial killer. Shehbaz commended the role of Punjab Forensic Agency (PFA) for their role in apprehending the suspect as well. ?In a 14-day period, the PFA using scientific measures apprehended the killer. The entire nation appreciates their role,? he said. ?Our lab is better than similar international laboratories. There is no such lab of PFA?s standard in South Asia,? he claimed. The chief minister said that he apologised and expressed his regret on the brutal rape, murder to the families of seven other children, who were raped and killed by the suspect, adding that he has constituted a committee to review the role played by authorities in the incessant rape, murder cases of the city. ?If someone is found negligent. I will take strict action,? he announced.
  10. ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday imposed a fine of Rs100,000 on Punjab government and issued a notice to Chairman Evacuee Trust Board Property (ETPB) Siddique ul Farooq in the Katas Raj case. The three-member bench expressed its reservation on the absence of Punjab Chief Secretary Zahid Saeed and chairman Planning and Development Commission in today?s suo motu hearing. The chief justice remarked that if the water of the pond adjacent to Katas Raj temple is depleting because of the cement factories located close to it, then the factories should make other arrangements to get water. The historic pond, a revered site for Hindus, is said to have depleted due to the operations of cement factories nearby which have sucked out the underground water. Chief Justice Nisar stated that Katas Raj?s temple and pond should be restored to its original state. He observed that China Pakistan Economic Corridor is an important developmental project for Pakistan, adding that the court wants the resolution of all disputes related to it. Chief justice berates ETPB chairman during Katas Raj hearing Chief Justice Nisar observed that protecting minorities is part of our religion In its previous hearing, the Supreme Court came down hard on the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB), which looks after affairs of minorities' properties in the country, and its chairman, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's Siddiqul Farooq. During the hearing, the chief justice summoned from the ETPB details of the properties operated by it and the funds generated from them. The chief justice warned that if the details are not presented at the next hearing, ETPB Chairman Siddiqul Farooq should leave his post. ?Where institutions will not do anything, we will,? he remarked, adding that in such cases there should be no complaints of the court exceeding its jurisdiction. "Farooq?s credentials for the appointment are his 30 years of political service," observed the chief justice, adding that someone who collected newspapers in the party office was appointed to such an important post.
  11. Pakistani commuters ride on a bridge during a cold foggy morning in Lahore on January 29, 2018. Photo: AFP LAHORE: Various cities of Punjab remained under a dense blanket of fog on Monday morning. A thick layer of fog paralysed routine life and disrupted normal road, rail and air traffic to and from various cities in the province. The authorities also temporarily closed the motorway from Lahore to Pindi Bhattian, Gojra, Faisalabad, Khanewal and Multan. Moreover, fog engulfed the highway leading to Chicha Watni, Mian Chunnu, Khanewal, Bahawalpur and Ahmed Pur with low visibility. Lahore?s Allama Iqbal International Airport was temporarily closed in the morning and opened after 10am today. As a result, dozens of flights were cancelled and postponed. Pakistani commuters ride on a bridge during a cold foggy morning in Lahore on January 29, 2018. Photo: AFP The Pakistan Meteorological Department has predicted that a westerly wave is likely to enter parts of the country tonight (Monday night) and rain-thunderstorm is expected at isolated places. Rainfall is expected in different cities including Malakand, Hazara, Marda, Quetta, Zhob, Bannu, Peshawar, Kohat, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Islamabad, Kalat, Gujranwala, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The Met department said that cold and dry weather is expected in other parts of the country.
  12. Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri on Sunday said that dozens of Rao Anwars in Punjab continue to operate and oppress citizens. Photo: Geo News1 LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri on Sunday said that dozens of Rao Anwars in Punjab continue to operate and oppress citizens. "There are dozens of Rao Anwars in Lahore who are openly operating and we strongly demand their arrest," Qadri said while addressing a press conference in Lahore. He was referring to the suspended Malir SSP Rao Anwar who is on the run after an investigative committee was formed to probe into the extrajudicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsud in Karachi. "The state cannot be allowed to killed citizens," he said. "And were the victims of the Model Town incident on June 17, 2014 not citizens?" The PAT chief claimed that the Lahore police were tasked to kill innocent people in the Model Town incident and they accomplished it. "Justice Baqir Najfi's report has established that not even one worker of PAT opened fire, not even in self-defence," said Qadri. He implored the apex court to take notice of the irregularities and corruption in the Punjab police department. "The Supreme Court is constitutionally bound to pay attention to the Rao Anwars of Lahore the same way that it is doing in other provinces," he said, adding that the judiciary has to play its part when the administrative authorities fail to deliver. "The Senate chairman himself has said that Parliament has failed to fulfil its duties, he said. "He has even admitted to having failed to deliver his duties as the chairman of the upper house. So at a time when the administration and parliament have failed, the judiciary has to play its part." He stressed that the 'system needs to be fixed.' Qadri said that the entire world is looking to the judiciary to serve justice to model town victims. "I know Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar in three ways: as a humanist, as a good lawyer, and as the country's chief justice," he said. "You know how the law is being manoeuvred by the affluent to oppress the common man...victims of the Model Town incident are calling you."
  13. A man rides a bicycle ? carrying sacks of recyclables ? amid morning smog in Lahore, Pakistan, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza/Files ISLAMABAD: The plain areas of Punjab are set to experience intense fog, with low to zero visibility on the roads, Geo News reported citing the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD). Portions of major throughways were closed off for commuters Saturday night and Sunday morning. These comprise M2 motorway ? from Lahore to Pindi Bhattian ? and M4 motorway ? from Khanewal to Multan. Further, the National Highway ? from Lahore to Ahmedpur Sharqia and from Sialkot to Narowal ? were also closed due to heavy fog and low visibility. Officials of the motorway police have advised caution to drivers and commuters alike, urging people to stay indoors unless travelling is absolutely necessary. Rainfall expected On the other hand, the PMD forecasted rain in various areas of the country on Monday and Tuesday, saying cities that can expect downpour include Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sargodha, Gujranwala, Peshawar, Quetta, Kalat, and Zhob, as well as some locales in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), and Kashmir. Snowfall forecast In a separate note, however, Murree, Galiyat, Naran, Khagan, and Quetta are expected to experience snowfall. This development comes as good news for tourists.
  14. At least seven people were injured as dense fog continues to blanket parts of Punjab Friday morning. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: At least seven people were injured as dense fog continues to blanket parts of Punjab Friday morning, Geo News reported. A passenger bus overturned near Dera Ghazi Khan due to low visibility. Seven people were injured in road accident. Many motorways and national highways have also been closed by authorities for the safety of people. The intersections of Motorway closed for traffic include M2, which has been closed from Babu Sabu to Kot Momin, M3 from Rawalpindi to Faisalabad, M4 from Gojra to Faisalabad. The motorway from Multan to Khanewal has also been closed for traffic. Motorway police advised the people to avoid travelling due to low visibility, adding that people should use fog lights while driving cars. On Thursday, several people were injured as 10 vehicles crashed into each other on Lahore's Kasur Road due to fog. Similarly, several people were injured as a van and bus turned turtle in Rahim Yar Khan and Sheikhupura.
  15. ISLAMABAD: Senator Aitzaz Ahsan criticised the Punjab government over its handling of the Zainab murder case questioning how the provincial government can claim it handled the case well when the facilitators are still out there. Speaking to Geo News, Ahsan asked what the Punjab chief minister will do when the facilitators start issuing threats to Zainab's family. He said another important issue was the matter of the 250+ children who were sexually abused in Kasur. "The world raised hell over the issue on the media but the Punjab government was not even aware of the matter. 260 children were sexually abused in Kasur and their videos were made, those involved are still roaming free in Punjab in cahoots with the police and are threatening the mothers and the victims." The Senator was pointing towards the Kasur child abuse scandal that surfaced in August 2015 when a local journalist uncovered the story of hundreds of videos of children performing sexual acts that were filmed in Kasur between 2006 and 2014. The incident was recognised as the largest child sexual abuse scandal in the country's history.
  16. A man rides a donkey-drawn cart supplying steel rods on a smoggy morning in Lahore, Pakistan, November 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mohsin Raza/Files LAHORE: A dense fog blanketed the National Highway Wednesday night on a portion from here, near the city, to Tranda Muhammad Panah, Geo News reported. Various sections of the Motorway ? including that from Pindi Bhattian to Faisalabad and Gojra, as well as from Khanewal and Multan up to Burhan Interchange North ? were closed Commuters and drivers have been advised to stay cautious on the road. In addition, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) forecast heavy fog in plain areas and upper parts of Sindh Thursday morning.
  17. Chief Minister of Punjab Shehbaz Sharif addressed a press conference on the Zainab rape and murder case in Lahore on Tuesday, January 23, 2018. Photo: Geo News MARDAN: Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday extended 'sincere' cooperation to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government in the Aasma rape and murder case. "Aasma was a daughter of the soil just like Zainab," said Shehbaz while addressing a press conference about the Zainab rape and murder case. "I plead political leaders to not be insensitive toward these issues." "Never do politics over the dead. Let us sit together and accept challenges unanimously." He offered the services of the Pakistan Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) for the DNA profiling of suspects in the Aasma rape and murder case. Zainab's murderer caught, is a 'serial killer', confirms CM Shehbaz According to sources, the accused has confessed to the heinous crime The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Police have been unable to apprehend the rapist and murderer of four-year-old Aasma ten days after the incident was reported. Aasma went missing on January 13 from the Gujjar Garhi area and was found dead the next day at 3pm. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector-General of Police Salahuddin Mehsud confirmed on Wednesday that the minor was strangled to death, but added that the post-mortem report points towards sexual assault. The Mardan police had arrested as many as six more suspects were arrested on January 19, 2018. DPO Mardan had said that DNA samples of the suspects will be taken, adding that the authorities have conducted geo-fencing of the area.
  18. Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz president Nawaz Sharif. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) president Nawaz Sharif praised the efforts of Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif and the province's police to catch seven-year-old Zainab's murderer. "Well done Shehbaz Sharif, well done Punjab police," Nawaz said, soon after the Punjab CM addressed a joint press conference where he disclosed details of the rapist and murderer -- Muhammad Imran. PML-N leader Maryam Nawaz also lauded the efforts of the Punjab police for the case. "Punjab govt employing latest technology to track down criminals must be lauded. Other provinces should also have similar forensic labs," she tweeted. Maryam Nawaz Twitter Maryam also praised the Punjab CM and the government of Punjab, labelling the Punjab Police as 'unsung heroes.' Maryam Nawaz Twitter
  19. LAYYAH: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif bashed Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Pakistan Peoples Party while addressing party supporters in Layyah on Tuesday. Shehbaz promised the people of the district that he would transform the area and bring it on par with districts such as Multan and Sargodha if the PML-N is elected to power in 2018. Shehbaz also said they would inaugurate the metro bus project in Layyah, just like they did in Lahore. However, he added, medical facilities in Layyah were the same as those in Lahore and Multan. Speaking about the work the incumbent government has done in Punjab so far, Shehbaz said the PML-N government and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif provided subsidies to farmers for manure and tube wells. Moreover, Shehbaz announced Rs300 million for universities in Layyah.
  20. The clash broke out late Sunday night when one student group attacked another over their preparations for a cultural festival in the Electrical Engineering Department-Geo News LAHORE: Police have booked three different cases against 15 people and 100 unidentified persons for their alleged involvement in a clash between two student groups on late Sunday night. Terrorism acts were also included in the FIR, registered by the university against the student groups. Moreover, the university administration stopped 35 students from attending classes and entering department premises. Academics activities resumed today, though attendance by students remained low. Four hundred police officials have been deployed at the university to avert any untoward incident. The clash broke out late Sunday night when one student group attacked another over their preparations for a cultural festival in the Electrical Engineering Department. Students attacked each other with batons and bricks. They also torched a room inside the department and a number of cars parked on the varsity?s premises. A large contingent of police was later deployed at Punjab University, and the protest came to a halt after successful negotiations between student groups and the police. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and ordered CPO Lahore to submit a report of the incident. Speaking to Geo News on Monday, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Mohammad Zakria Zakar said those involved in disturbing the peace at the varsity were being identified using CCTV footage adding that strict action would be taken against them. "Not only will they be removed from the university, there will be legal action against them," Prof Zakar said. Last year in March the Punjab University had imposed a ban on student organisations from holding any kind of event. The ban came as a reaction to a brawl between two student groups at the university on March 21, 2017 in which 18 students were injured. A student group was celebrating their cultural day outside the Faisal Auditorium when a rival student group arrived and began chanting slogans against them which led to the clash.
  21. LAHORE: A large contingent of police stands guard at the Punjab University where two groups clashed over a cultural event in the wee hours of Monday morning. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif took notice of the incident and ordered CPO Lahore to submit a report. Speaking to Geo News, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Muhammad Zakria Zakar said the situation was under control and those involved in disturbing the peace at the varsity were being identified using CCTV footage adding that strict action would be taken against them. "Not only will they be removed from the university, there will be legal action against them," Prof Zakar said. The clash broke out late Sunday night when one student group attacked another over their preparations for the 'pioneer festival' in the Electrical Engineering Department. Students attacked each other with batons and bricks. They also torched a room inside the department and a number of cars parked on the varsity?s premises. Last year in March the Punjab University had imposed a ban on student organisations from holding any kind of event. The ban came as a reaction to a brawl between two student groups at the university on March 21, 2017 in which 18 students were injured. A student group was celebrating their cultural day outside the Faisal Auditorium when a rival student group arrived and began chanting slogans against them which led to the clash.
  22. Women participants of Women on Wheels (WOW) raise their helmets at the start of a rally launching the Women on Wheels campaign in Lahore on July 13, 2016. Photo: AFP/file LAHORE: The Chief Minister?s Strategic Reforms Unit has launched its much-awaited programme by the name of ?Women on Wheels: Motorbike Subsidy Scheme?, as Phase II of its Women-on-Wheels project. The campaign has been launched in collaboration with the transport department and Bank of Punjab. It aims to provide more than 3,000 customised motorcycles at subsidised rates through a 100 percent transparent balloting process. It aims to provide women in Punjab, more than 3,000 customised motorcycles at subsidised rates through a 100 percent transparent balloting process. Candidates can apply for the campaign starting from January 22 until the deadline of February 25. In this regard, Salman Sufi, director general, Strategic Reforms Unit, said the campaign is solely geared towards the Punjab chief minister?s promise to deliver women?s empowerment, to serve as a powerful counter-narrative at a time when bigotry and attacks on women have dominated headlines in the country. SRU (Strategic Reforms Unit) introduced the Women-on-Wheels initiative in collaboration with the respective City Traffic Police and district governments in November 2015 to empower women through provision of free motorcycle training. The campaign has been launched in Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Sargodha where it has trained over 3,000 women and continues to train further candidates. To avail subsidised motorcycles, eligible women must be between the age of 18-40, must possess a valid learner?s licence or actual licence. All relevant documentation including passport-sized photograph, valid CNIC, Punjab domicile certificate, Secondary School/Matriculation Certificate, and in case of a student, an affidavit stating that maximum income does not exceed Rs30,000 along with Rs3000 non-refundable application fee needs to be submitted to BoP branches. The Punjab government will be providing equity subsidy of Rs24,975 and 100% markup on the motorcycle. The applicant will make down payment worth of Rs27,000 and payment in 12 easy instalments of Rs1,856 monthly. Women interested in availing the training can visit any of SRU and Punjab Traffic Police training centres. The ultimate aim of the WoW campaign is to promote mobility of women in Punjab and empower them to become independent individuals.
  23. Front window of a car smashed by the students during the clash at the Punjab University. Photo: Geo News LAHORE: Two student groups clashed over a cultural event at the Punjab University here early Monday morning. According to the varsity's administration, a student group attacked another over their preparations for Pioneer festival in the Electrical Engineering department. The students were seen attacking each other with batons and pelting bricks. They also torched a room inside the Electrical department and broke a number of car windows parked in the varsity?s premises. Upon worsening of the situation, authorities called in the police who dispersed the students immediately. 18 injured as IJT activists attack Punjab University cultural show Vice Chancellor Punjab University says action would be taken against those responsible Punjab University Vice Chancellor has taken notice of the clash. Commenting on the incident, he said that the research lab was vandalized during the clash, and promised to take strict action against the students responsible for the incident. The administration has barred access of media to the university. On March 21, as many as 18 students were left wounded due to a clash between rival student groups in the same university. According to reports, a student group was celebrating their cultural day outside the Faisal Auditorium, when a rival student group arrived and began chanting slogans against them. Soon, both the groups were raising slogans against each other, which led to an all-out brawl. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah had put the responsibility of the clash on Islami Jamiat Tulba activists. The IJT, on the other hand, had said their camp first came under attack by the rival group.
  24. Seasonal influenza can spread through contact with the bacteria discharged by an infected person's coughing and sneezing-Geo News MULTAN: Thirty-five people in total have died of seasonal influenza in the past one month in Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur, a spokesman for the Multan Health Department said on Friday. In Multan, 106 cases of influenza have been confirmed since December 15, while 24 patients under treatment in the city?s Nishtar Hospital have died. Ten more patients are under treatment in the hospital for or on the suspicion of suffering from the disease. The epidemic claimed yet another life in Rahim Yar Khan?s Sheikh Zayed Hospital, bringing the tally in the city to six since December 15, it was reported on Friday. Six more patients are under treatment in the hospital. According to the focal person on seasonal influenza in Bahawalpur, five women and a man has died of the disease in the past one month. Five more people are under treatment. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif has already taken notice of the spread of influenza and directed relevant authorities to take all possible measures for its prevention. He also advised them to organise awareness campaigns regarding the illness. Seasonal influenza can spread through contact with the bacteria discharged by an infected person's coughing and sneezing. Pregnant women, senior citizens, and children are at higher risk of contracting the disease.
  25. Lieutenant General (retd) Maqsood Ahmad LAHORE: Lieutenant General (retd) Maqsood Ahmad has been appointed chairman Punjab Public Service Commission, according to a notification issued on Wednesday by the Punjab government. According to the notification, Ahmad has been appointed ?for a period of three years under the provisions of Article 105 and 242 (1B) of the Constitution?. The notification has been signed by the governor Punjab. Maqsood Ahmad belonged to Frontier Force Regiment in the 61st PMA Long Course during April 1980. After reaching the rank of Major General, Ahmad headed the 12th Infantry Division in Murree. In 2013, Maqsood Ahmad was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General. Not only that, Ahmad also served as the Corps Commander of IV Corps, Lahore. In August 2013, Lt Gen Maqsood was made Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations of the United Nations by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Lt Gen (retd) Ahmad had also served as deputy director general of Inter-Services under Lt Gen Ahmad Shuja Pasha and then under Lt Gen Zahirul Islam.