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  1. LARKANA: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressed grief at the loss of lives in several terrorist attacks and the Bahawalpur oil tanker accident in the last days of Ramazan. Talking to the media in Larkana, Shah said the government has put the issue of fighting terrorism on the backburner. When asked why the government is not holding a meeting of the Sindh Apex Committee, he said the meeting is called when and as needed and has nothing to do with [the government?s tussle with] Sindh Inspector General of Police AD Khawaja. The chief minister also stated that whether elections are held or not, the work of the Panama Papers case Joint Investigation Team (JIT) will have an effect on the country?s politics. Opposition leader in Sukkur Talking to the media in Sukkur, Opposition Leader Khursheed Shah said it seems from the present circumstances that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif could not satisfy the JIT during his questioning. ?The premier should have given the same answers he gave in Parliament,? he said. The government tried to make the JIT controversial, he claimed, and added that the prime minister should resign and appoint someone in his place.
  2. Photo: File The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Monday said that a seasonal low lies over North Balochistan and its adjoining areas on Monday. A westerly wave continues to affect upper parts of the county, with monsoon currents expected to penetrate in Pakistan, the PMD said. Hot and humid weather is expected in most parts of the country. However, rain and dust-thundershowers with gusty winds are expected at isolated places in Zhob, Kalat, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Mirpurkhas divisions, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Islamabad, FATA and Kashmir. Light rain and drizzle are expected at a few places along the Sindh coast. Past weather The weather remained hot and humid in most parts of the country, however, rain and dust-thundershowers with gusty winds occurred at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Rawalpindi, Kalat divisions, and Kashmir. Rainfall in the last 24 hours (mm) KP: Lower Dir 23, Saidu Sharif 12, Malamjabba, Balakot 05, Kashmir: Rawalakot 23, Garhi Dupatta 04, Muzaffarabad 03,Balochistan: Khuzdar 05, Punjab:Murree 05. Today's highest maximum temperatures Sibbi 48°C, Dalbandin, Dadu 47°C, Nukkundi, Bhakkar 45°C.
  3. Photo: File The Pakistan Meteorological Department, on Thursday, said that moist currents from the Arabian Sea were penetrating into upper and central parts of the country. A westerly wave continues to affect most upper and central parts of the country and is likely to persist till Friday, the PMD forecasted. More rain and thundershower with gusty winds are expected at isolated places in Malakand, Hazara, Mardan, Rawalpindi, Gujranwala, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir. Light rain and drizzle are expected at few places along the Sindh coast, whereas hot and humid weather is likely to prevail in most parts of the country. Past weather Rain and dust-thundershower with gusty winds occurred at scattered places in Punjab, Kashmir, Quetta, Hazara, Peshawar divisions, FATA, and Gilgit-Baltistan Rainfall in the past 24-hours (mm) Punjab: Gujranwala 57, Noorpur Thal 53, Bahawalpur (AP 45, City 29), Okara 43, Sialkot (A/P 41, City 13), M.B. Din, Multan, Faisalabad 39, Jhelum 37, R.Y Khan 34, Gujrat 33, Khanpur 29, T.T. Singh 25, Lahore (Punjab university 30, PBO 23, AP 16), Mangla 23, Jhang 22, D.G. Khan 21, Murree 17, Kasur 18, Sahiwal 10, Kamra, Bhakkar 08, Mianwali 07, Sargodha (City 06, PAF 06), Joharabad 06, Chakwal, Bahawalnagar 04, Layyah 02, Kot Addu, Rawalpindi 01.Kashmir: Muzaffarabad 44, Kotli 25, Rawalakot 16, Garhi Dupatta 14, Balochistan: Barkhan 35, KP: Kakul 27, Cherat 23, Balakot 12, Parachinar 06, Peshawar (City 04, A/P 01), Gilgit-Baltistan: Astore 04, Chillas 01. Yesterday's highest maximum temperatures Nokkundi 46°C, Turbat, Panjgur 44°C, Shaheed Benazirabad, Dadu 43°C.
  4. KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples? Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Monday expressed complete satisfaction on the performance of Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and his entire team while lambasting PTI over its performance in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Speaking to the media after inaugurating a fly-over in Malir the PPP chairman lauded the progress in Sindh including Karachi under his party?s government. He highlighted that sanitation work was improving and multiple roads were being built. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari added that if progress continued at the same pace, his party would surely secure its share in Karachi in the next elections. Taking a swipe at the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Bilawal said that they are complaining that they have been held accountable during his mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto?s tenure and during the rule of Pervez Musharraf. The PPP leader said that every time the PML-N was held accountable during PPP rule they colluded with the establishment to remove the PPP government. He asked what accountability the PML-N leadership faced during the Musharraf years, highlighting that they had signed a document and fled the country. Training his sights on the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Bilawal Bhutto said he met with the young doctors who informed him that PTI is destroying the health services setup in the province. Taking a jab at the PTI Chairman Imran Khan, who is quite active and has a massive following on social media, Bilawal said the change Khan had promised is limited only to Twitter.
  5. Photo: File Moist currents from the Arabian Sea are penetrating into upper and central parts of the country on Monday. A westerly wave is expected to affect most upper and central parts of the country from Monday evening and likely to persist till Thursday, the Pakistan Meteorological Department forecasted. Hot and humid weather is expected to prevail in most parts of the country in the next twenty-four hours. However, rain and dust-thundershower with gusty winds are expected at scattered places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, D.G.Khan, Multan, Faisalabad, D.I. Khan, Malakand, Hazara, Peshawar, Mardan, Kohat divisions, FATA, Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan, and Kashmir. Light rain and drizzle are expected at a few places along the Sindh coast. Past weather: The weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain and thunderstorm with gusty winds occurred at isolated places in Lahore, Gujranwala, Bahawalpur, Quetta & Zhob divisions. Rainfall in the past 24 hours (mm): Punjab: Khanpur 08, M.B din 05 Kasur02,Balochistan: Barkhan 17,Zhob 02. Today's highest maximum temperatures: Nokkundi 49°C, Dalbandin 48°C, Sibbi 47°C, Sh.Benazirabad 46°C, Dadu 45°C. Data Courtesy: Pakistan Meteorological Department
  6. Photo: File A weak seasonal low lies over northeast Balochistan on Sunday. Moist currents from the Arabian Sea are penetrating into upper and central parts of the country, the Pakistan Meteorological Department said. Mainly hot and dry weather is expected in most parts of the country in the next 24-hours. However, rain and dust-thunderstorm with gusty winds are expected at isolated places in Rawalpindi, Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Faisalabad, D.G. Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, Sahiwal, Hazara, D.I. Khan divisions, FATA, Islamabad, and Kashmir. Light rain-thunderstorm and drizzle are expected at few places along Sindh and Makran coast. Past weather The weather remained hot and dry in most parts of the country. However, rain and thunderstorm with gusty winds occurred at isolated places in Lahore, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Rawalpindi, Multan, Malakand, Peshawar divisions, and Islamabad. Rainfall (mm) Punjab: Sialkot (AP) 27, Lahore 25, Gujranwala 22, Kasur 15, Chakwal 14, Rawalpindi (Shamsabad 14, Chaklala 11), Islamabad (Zero Point 08, Bokra 03), Gujrat 09, Mianwali 08, Multan 06, M.B. Din 05, Mangla 04, Bhakkar, Jhelum 01, KP: Cherat 09, Kalam 03, Dir 02. Today's highest maximum temperatures Dadu 49°C, Nokkundi, Sibbi 48°C, Dalbandin 47°C, Jacobabad, Shaheed Benazirabad 45°C. Data Courtesy: Pakistan Meteorological Department
  7. KARACHI: The Sindh Government on Thursday issued notifications banning pillion riding for motorcycles and scooters and the use of ?heli-cams? on the occasion on Youm-e-Ali (RA). The ban will be effective from 12AM on Friday in Karachi and Hyderabad to maintain the law and order situation, the notifications said. Notification issued by Sindh Government banning pillion riding on Youm-e-Ali, to be observed on June 17. However, the ban will not be applicable to ?women, children below the age of 12 years, senior citizens, journalists, personnel of law enforcement agencies/ security agencies in uniform and employees of the essential services.? Another similar notification issued by the Sindh Government banned the use of ?Heli-cams? by media outlets for video recording the processions to avoid ?any untoward incident.? Notification issued by Sindh Government banning the use of Heli-cams to record Youm-e-Ali processions.
  8. CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah inaugurated the three-day Sachal Sarmast Urs on Saturday. Photo: Geo News screen grab KHAIRPUR: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah said on Saturday that Sindh is not being provided electricity intentionally. He was speaking to the media during a visit to Sachal Sarmast shrine. He reiterated that load shedding in held for 20 hours daily. "The federal government has failed in completing its legal duties," he remarked. "I spoke against K-Electric and Hyderabad Electric Supply Company in my budget speech." He also said that Imran Khan will never succeed in defeating Pakistan Peoples Party. Speaking about the protest by city council members over budget allocation, he said that funds have been allocated as per the law. The CM also inaugurated the three-day Urs at Sachal Sarmast Shrine.
  9. Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on one of his snap-checking visits of the ongoing developmental projects in Karachi. June 8, 2017. KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday night visited the metropolis' various areas to observe the progress of certain ongoing developmental projects, Geo News reported. Shah, who was accompanied by Zia-ul-Hassan Lanjar, Nasir Hussain Shah, and Jam Khan Shoro ? the provincial Ministers for Law, Information, and Housing & Town Planning, respectively ? went to Burns Road, Empress Market, and Hassan Square, a spokesperson for CM Sindh said. The chief minister stressed that the developmental projects currently underway should be completed as per schedule, adding that delays in their progress will not be tolerated. "There should be no compromise in terms of work," Shah mentioned, highlighting that action will be taken against any officer found to be involved in causing hold-ups in the projects.
  10. Cars parked at a CNG filling station in Karachi. KARACHI: Compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Sindh, including Karachi, will remain closed from Thursday to Friday, owing to gas load management. The stations will remain close from 8am on Thursday to 8am on Friday, according to a notification issued by Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC). CNG stations in Sindh remain closed for three days a week, owing to gas load management. The supply of gas also remains suspended to the industrial sector and captive power plants for one day a week.
  11. CM Murad presenting budget for fiscal 2017-18 in provincial assembly KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio of the finance minister, today presented budget of Rs1.043 trillion for the fiscal year 2017-18 in the Sindh Assembly. Before the provincial assembly session the provincial cabinet met to accord approval to budgetary estimates of the upcoming financial year and revised budget for the outgoing fiscal 2016-17. ?The task before is ardous...[but] we are armed with the vision of Shaheed Zulfikar Bhutto and BB,? he said prior to presenting figures, complaining that Sindh has been discriminated against by the federal government. For the upcoming fiscal year, the outlay represents an increase of 20% compared to previous fiscal year?s figure of 869.12 billion. Opposition creates uproar during Punjab Assembly?s budget session Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghous?s budget speech was constantly marred by sloganeering from the opposition benches The budget deficit is expected at more than Rs14 billion for the upcoming fiscal year, Shah said. Total revenue is expected to see a 20.4% increase at 1.028.8 trillion from previous fiscal year. Amount allocated for the province under the Annual Development Plan is Rs244 billion, out of which Rs151.83bn has been allocated for 2,158 ongoing schemes. The chief minister said 816 new schemes are being introduced in the province, for which Rs92.163bn have been allocated. The Sindh government has also proposed a 10% increase in the salaries and pension of government employees, besides announcing creation of over 46,000 new jobs. This is expected to include 14,000 vacancies to regularise the services of lady health workers and 10,000 new jobs in the police force. The government has proposed a property tax for 120-yards houses and an entertainment tax on cinemas. An amount of Rs92 billion has been earmarked for security-related costs. The provincial budgetary estimates for non-development expenses are expected to be Rs 665 billion, while the overall development budget will be around Rs346 billion. As per its provincial share under the National Finance Commission Award, the government is likely to be allocated Rs 627 billion from the federal government, whereas it is likely to collect Rs200 billion under provincial taxes. A sum of over Rs 42 billion, collected with foreign assistance, will be reserved for ongoing development projects of the province. In the upcoming financial year, the Sindh government is to spend an amount of around Rs320 million on projects to be developed in the province with the centre?s assistance. The ongoing Karachi development package in the next financial year is likely to contain 14 new projects for which a sum of Rs10 billion is likely to be allocated.
  12. KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio of the finance minister, is presenting budget of Rs1.043 trillion for the fiscal year 2017-18 in the Sindh Assembly. Before the provincial assembly session, which is reported to convene soon, the provincial cabinet met to accord approval to budgetary estimates of the upcoming financial year and revised budget for the outgoing fiscal 2016-17. The cabinet approved a budget of Rs1,043 billion, according to sources. Opposition creates uproar during Punjab Assembly?s budget session Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghous?s budget speech was constantly marred by sloganeering from the opposition benches It is expected that the Sindh government would face a shortfall ranging between Rs12 billion to Rs16 billion in meeting its overall expenses in the upcoming financial year. The provincial budgetary estimates for non-development expenses are expected to be Rs 665 billion, while the overall development budget will be around Rs346 billion. Reports also stated that an amount of Rs82 billion has been earmarked for security-related costs. As per its provincial share under the National Finance Commission Award, the government is likely to be allocated Rs 627 billion from the federal government, whereas it is likely to collect Rs200 billion under provincial taxes. A sum of over Rs 42 billion, collected with foreign assistance, will be reserved for ongoing development projects of the province. How do Pakistanis see Budget 2017-18? We spoke to the common Pakistani and this is what they had to say In the upcoming financial year, the Sindh government is to spend an amount of around Rs320 million on projects to be developed in the province with the centre?s assistance. The district Annual Development Programme (ADP) is likely to stand at Rs30 billion, with an upward revision of Rs0.05 billion than the previous financial year. The provincial ADP would stand at approximately Rs245 billion, with an increase of around Rs45 billion compared to the passing year. The budget is also expected to include new expenditures worth around Rs20 billion. The government is likely to announce around 46,000 government job vacancies. This would include 14,000 vacancies to regularise the services of lady health workers and 10,000 new jobs in the police force. The ongoing Karachi development package in the next financial year is likely to contain 14 new projects for which a sum of Rs10 billion is likely to be allocated.
  13. KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio of the finance minister, is likely to present a deficit budget of Rs 1 trillion for the fiscal year 2017-18 in the Sindh Assembly on Monday (today). In the provincial assembly session which is reported to convene at 3 PM, the Sindh cabinet would start off with according approval to budgetary estimates for the upcoming financial year and revised budget for the outgoing fiscal 2016-17. Opposition creates uproar during Punjab Assembly?s budget session Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghous?s budget speech was constantly marred by sloganeering from the opposition benches It is expected that the Sindh government would face a shortfall ranging between Rs12 billion to Rs16 billion in meeting its overall expenses in the upcoming financial year. The provincial budgetary estimates for non-development expenses are expected to be Rs 665 billion, while the overall development budget will be around Rs346 billion. As per its provincial share under the National Finance Commission award, the government is likely to be allocated Rs 627 billion from the federal government, whereas it is likely to collect Rs200 billion under provincial taxes. A sum of over Rs 42 billion, collected with foreign assistance, will be reserved for ongoing development projects of the province. How do Pakistanis see Budget 2017-18? We spoke to the common Pakistani and this is what they had to say In the upcoming financial year, the Sindh government is to spend an amount of around Rs320 million on projects to be developed in the province with the centre?s assistance. The district Annual Development Programme (ADP) is likely to stand at Rs 30 billion, with an upward revision of Rs 0.05 billion than the previous financial year. The provincial ADP would stand at approximately Rs245 billion, with an increase of around Rs 45 billion compared to the passing year. The budget is also expected to include new expenditures worth around Rs 20 billion. The government is likely to announce around 46,000 government job vacancies. This would include 14,000 vacancies to regularise the services of lady health workers and 10,000 new jobs in the police force. The ongoing Karachi development package in the next financial year is likely to contain 14 new projects.
  14. KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah, who also holds the portfolio of the finance minister, is likely to present a deficit budget of Rs1 trillion for the fiscal year 2017-18 in the Sindh Assembly on Monday (today). Before the provincial assembly session, which is reported to convene at 3pm, the provincial cabinet would start off with according approval to budgetary estimates of the upcoming financial year and revised budget for the outgoing fiscal 2016-17. Opposition creates uproar during Punjab Assembly?s budget session Finance Minister Dr Ayesha Ghous?s budget speech was constantly marred by sloganeering from the opposition benches It is expected that the Sindh government would face a shortfall ranging between Rs12 billion to Rs16 billion in meeting its overall expenses in the upcoming financial year. The provincial budgetary estimates for non-development expenses are expected to be Rs 665 billion, while the overall development budget will be around Rs346 billion. As per its provincial share under the National Finance Commission Award, the government is likely to be allocated Rs 627 billion from the federal government, whereas it is likely to collect Rs200 billion under provincial taxes. A sum of over Rs 42 billion, collected with foreign assistance, will be reserved for ongoing development projects of the province. How do Pakistanis see Budget 2017-18? We spoke to the common Pakistani and this is what they had to say In the upcoming financial year, the Sindh government is to spend an amount of around Rs320 million on projects to be developed in the province with the centre?s assistance. The district Annual Development Programme (ADP) is likely to stand at Rs30 billion, with an upward revision of Rs0.05 billion than the previous financial year. The provincial ADP would stand at approximately Rs245 billion, with an increase of around Rs45 billion compared to the passing year. The budget is also expected to include new expenditures worth around Rs20 billion. The government is likely to announce around 46,000 government job vacancies. This would include 14,000 vacancies to regularise the services of lady health workers and 10,000 new jobs in the police force. The ongoing Karachi development package in the next financial year is likely to contain 14 new projects for which a sum of Rs10 billion is likely to be allocated.
  15. KARACHI: The Sindh home minister has taken notice of a ?fake? FIR filed late Thursday night by the Gulshan-e-Maymar police against four brothers who were reportedly involved in a road accident with a police vehicle, Geo News reported. In what is being termed a car-collision accident, a policeman driving an official vehicle hit a private vehicle from the rear Thursday night, following which he got out and allegedly assaulted all four passengers, called backup and then took the passengers of the private vehicle to the Gulshan-e-Maymar Police Station. The policeman, along with his colleagues at the police station, continued to thrash the four passengers ? all brothers ? in the police station as well, and then went on to register a case against them. In the FIR filed at the Gulshan-e-Maymar police station on the complaint of police official Kamran, the blame for the entire episode has been put on the four brothers. It has also been mentioned that the brothers? vehicle hit the police van from the rear-end. However, the dents on both vehicles belie those claims as the front side of the police vehicle has been damaged along with the rear-end of the private car. Moreover, the policeman was also allowed to take away his official vehicle without any examination being conducted on it by the Gulshan-e-Maymar police. When the news of the treatment meted out to the private citizens was reported in the media, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial took notice of the incident and ordered corrective action. ?We will not let Karachi become a police state,? Siyal stated, adding that action will be taken against the policemen who filed the false case and the SHO of the Gulshan-e-Maymar police station. The minister, who noted that the policemen wrongly favoured their colleague, ordered the DIG East to conduct an inquiry into the incident. However, till this report was filed, the four brothers continue to languish in the police lockup.
  16. KARACHI: The Sindh home minister has taken notice of a ?fake? FIR filed late Thursday night by the Gulshan-e-Maymar police against four brothers who were reportedly involved in a road accident with a police vehicle, Geo News reported. In what is being termed a car-collision accident, a policeman driving an official vehicle hit a private vehicle from the rear Thursday night, following which he got out and allegedly assaulted all four passengers, called backup and then took the passengers of the private vehicle to the Gulshan-e-Maymar Police Station. The policeman, along with his colleagues at the police station, continued to thrash the four passengers ? all brothers ? in the police station as well, and then went on to register a case against them. In the FIR filed at the Gulshan-e-Maymar police station on the complaint of police official Kamran, the blame for the entire episode has been put on the four brothers. It has also been mentioned that the brothers? vehicle hit the police van from the rear-end. However, the dents on both vehicles belie those claims as the front side of the police vehicle has been damaged along with the rear-end of the private car. Moreover, the policeman was also allowed to take away his official vehicle without any examination being conducted on it by the Gulshan-e-Maymar police. When the news of the treatment meted out to the private citizens was reported in the media, Sindh Home Minister Sohail Anwar Sial took notice of the incident and ordered corrective action. ?We will not let Karachi become a police state,? Siyal stated, adding that action will be taken against the policemen who filed the false case and the SHO of the Gulshan-e-Maymar police station. The minister, who noted that the policemen wrongly favoured their colleague, ordered the DIG East to conduct an inquiry into the incident.
  17. KARACHI: No police officers have been stopped from attending Thursday?s meeting called by the newly reappointed Sindh home minister Sohail Anwar Sial. This was said in a statement by the Sindh Inspector General AD Khawaja, wherein he alleged that some elements want to achieve their nefarious objectives by spreading misinformation. The statement was released by the spokesperson of the Sindh Police, who explained that officers leaving their designated headquarters for the meeting must inform the relevant departments, which is part of official procedure. Earlier, reports were being circulated in the media that the Sindh IG had barred police officers from attending the home minister?s meeting without his explicit permission. The home minister is expected to chair a meeting at 11am on Thursday regarding security arrangements in the province for Ramzan. Senior police officers from across the province are expected to attend the meeting. Sindh government appoints Suhail Anwar Sial as home minister The provincial government shuffled the allocated portfolios of different ministers On Tuesday, the Sindh government reshuffled portfolios in the provincial cabinet, giving back the home ministry to Sial ? a close aide of the top Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leadership. The PPP leader from Larkana was earlier appointed the home minister in May 2015 but lost his ministry in July 2016 following ?objections? of security agencies. The differences erupted after the Rangers attempted to arrest a close aide of the minister, Asad Kharal, from Larkana but locals obstructed the paramilitary force and helped Kharal escape. The incident led to a public spat between the provincial government and the Rangers, which forced then chief minister Qaim Ali Shah to relieve Sial of his post as the home minister. In March this year, the provincial government surrendered the services of the IG back to the federal government but the move was stayed after rights activists petitioned the Sindh High Court. Want to relinquish post in the best interest of the force: AD Khawaja SHC rejects Khawaja's request to end the stay order and remove his name from the respondents' list Last week, the Sindh IG had informed the court that under the present circumstances it had become difficult for him to continue with his job and requested the bench to allow him to relinquish his post but the court did not agree and continued the stay against his removal. The case is ongoing in the high court.
  18. A policeman in Karachi warns visitors from swimming too far into the sea. Photo: AFP KARACHI: The Sindh government on Wednesday banned swimming in Karachi's beaches after continuous cases of drowning surfaced in the last several days. The ban will last for six months unless otherwise stated, according to sources. The provincial government usually bans swimming in the sea as a preventive measure during public holidays such as Eid when people throng beaches. On Tuesday, at least six people drowned while bathing off different beaches in Karachi, rescue members confirmed. In the first incident, four school friends drowned while bathing off Sandspit beach. Rescue members recovered all the bodies. The deceased were residents of Orangi Town. Three others drowned off Sea View, out of which one was rescued, while bodies of other two were recovered later. The number of bathers drowned in the last four days has jumped to 12, raising questions on administration's performance.
  19. A policeman in Karachi warns visitors from swimming too far into the sea. Photo: AFP KARACHI: The Sindh government on Wednesday banned swimming at Karachi's beaches after continuous cases of drowning surfaced in the last several days. The ban will last for six months unless otherwise stated, according to sources. The provincial government usually bans swimming in the sea as a preventive measure during public holidays such as Eid when people throng beaches. On Tuesday, at least six people drowned while bathing off different beaches in Karachi, rescue members confirmed. In the first incident, four school friends drowned while bathing off Sandspit beach. Rescue members recovered all the bodies. The deceased were residents of Orangi Town. Three others drowned off Sea View, out of which one was rescued, while bodies of other two were recovered later. The number of bathers drowned in the last four days has jumped to 12, raising questions on administration's performance.
  20. K-Electric chairperson says duration of load-shedding during Ramzan will be reduced- File Photo KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Murad Ali Shah appealed to K-Electric on Tuesday to reduce the duration of load-shedding to the minimum possible. ?K-Electric should have solved its operational problems before the arrival of the summer season,? the CM said during a meeting with K-Electric officials. Also present on the occasion, K-Electric Chairperson Waqar Siddique assured the chief minister that duration of power outages in the city will be reduced during Ramzan. The citizens of Karachi have suffered due to unannounced load-shedding for extended hours and an increase in the duration of announced outages. However, industrial areas will not receive electricity from 11 PM till 7 AM, a K-Electric spokesperson said. The outages are also a result of six electricity breakdowns that occurred within the past 20 days.
  21. Picture: Suhail Anwar Sial KARACHI: The Sindh Government on Tuesday appointed Suhail Anwar Sial as Sindh's home minister and added the Agriculture and Mineral department to his portfolio. The additional portfolio of Information Department was assigned to the Minister of Transport Sindh Nasir Hussain Shah, while the department of Religious Affairs and Zakat and Ushr was added to Dr Sikandar Mendhro's portfolio, as per the notification issued by the Sindh government. The ministers' portfolios were shuffled on the instructions of Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Pary Asif Ali Zardari.
  22. Picture: Suhail Anwar Sial KARACHI: The Sindh Government on Tuesday appointed Suhail Anwar Sial as Sindh's home minister and added the Agriculture and Mineral department to his portfolio. The additional portfolio of Information Department was assigned to the Minister of Transport Sindh Nasir Hussain Shah, while the department of Religious Affairs and Zakat and Ushr was added to Dr Sikandar Mendhro's portfolio, as per the notification issued by the Sindh government. The ministers' portfolios were shuffled on the instructions of Co-Chairman Pakistan Peoples Pary Asif Ali Zardari.
  23. KARACHI: People who were agitated at the closure of Shahra-e-Faisal should be ready for the entire city to be shut down, said Pak Sarzameen Party chief Mustafa Kamal on Sunday. The people who are facing trouble in providing basic facilities to their families will take to the streets and even the entire province, Sindh, could be closed down, he said while talking to the media. "We will not move an inch from our 16-point demand." During the news conference, Kamal also welcomed Pakistan Muslim League-Functional's Nawab Rashid, who has joined PSP. "Rashid bhai said he will spend the rest of his life working for this good cause," Kamal said. About Shahra-e-Faisal, the PSP chief was referring to the incident of May 14, last Sunday, when Million March of PSP was intercepted. Police had baton-charged the party workers and officials and also arrested many of them, including Kamal, who was later released. The step was taken to prevent the party workers and officials from marching towards Chief Minister House, situated in Red Zone, where the city commissioner had imposed Section 144 earlier that day.
  24. KARACHI: As many as 67 suspects were taken into custody during law enforcement agencies? search operations in Sindh and Punjab. Operations were also carried out in different districts of Punjab. During the operations, 47 suspects were taken into custody. Weapons and contrabands were also seized from the suspect?s possession. Operations in Karachi About 15 suspects were detained during a Ranger?s search operation in Karachi?s Chanesar Goth. During the operation, the area was cordoned off and house-to-house searches were conducted. Moreover, a suspect was killed after an exchange of fire with police in Karachi?s Quaidabad area. Weapons, stolen mobile phone and looted valuables were seized from the suspect. A man, identified as 25-year-old Zafar, was killed after unidentified men opened fire on them. On the other hand, a person was injured after he resisted a robbery attempt in Saeedabad area. Three suspects were arrested during a search operation within the jurisdiction of Preedy police station. The suspects were allegedly involved in targeted killings, extortion and robberies cases. According to the Rangers spokesperson, the suspects belonged to Muttahida Qaumi Movement-London. Two dacoits were arrested during operations in Jamshed Quarters and Korangi. Related: 16 suspects detained following police operations in Karachi CCTV footage of bank robbery Geo News acquired CCTV footage of robbery at a mobile phone shop on May 17. At 11:15am, three dacoits entered a shop in North Karachi. One of the robbers had hidden the weapons in a plastic bag, he took the pistols out and gave them to the other two. Within three minutes, the dacoits stole dozens of mobile phones and cash. In the footage, the faces of three dacoits, wearing shalwar kameez, is quite evident.
  25. SEHWAN: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah said on Wednesday that a review application has been filed in the court pertaining to goods transporters’ strike in the city. “We are sympathetic to the problems of goods transporters,” he remarked while speaking to the media during a trip to Sehwan The development comes as the goods transporters strike entered its 10th day on Wednesday. The movement of ships has been temporarily closed as there is no more space at ports to hold more containers. The goods transporters have refused to carry goods from the ports to the markets, the containers stand full at Karachi International Container Terminal and Pakistan International Container Terminal. Read more: Containers choke Karachi Port amid transporters’ strike, piquing exporters’ distress Fears emerged that there will be shortage of imported goods in the domestic market. Transactions worth Rs214 billion could not occur due to transporters’ strike, according to Chairman Pakistan Apparel. Transporters had entered into a strike to protest heavy vehicles being barred from moving inside the city, due to which goods worth millions of rupees sit immobile in warehouses. CM takes a jibe at PSP On Pak Sarzameen Party protest, CM Sindh said that “everyone has the right to protest. Sindh government has given everyone the right to protest. They [PSP] has succeeded in getting NOC of certain places.” When asked if cases will be registered against the PSP politicians, he took a jibe at the party leaders and said “no cases were registered. They [PSP leadership] are already booked in plenty of other cases.” On Lal Shahbaz Qalandar Urs, he said “we have tried to improve the arrangements for the Urs.” About two million people have come to the shrine this year, he claimed. Speaking about his trip to China, he said that he met many Chinese officials and other senior executives. He remarked that with their help, the government is trying its best to start the Karachi Circular Railway project this year. He also reiterated his stance on load-shedding and pointed out that it is unfair that 20-hour load-shedding is being held in the province. We want people to have complete access to water, electricity and gas. “They are the basic rights of people. Gas is our constitutional right.” He also claimed that government is trying to best to solve the electricity and water crises in Sindh.