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  1. KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Home, Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal on Wednesday expressed determination to contain street crimes in the city soon with more efficient use of Sindh Police. ?The situation of Karachi is not as ideal as you want. Although it is much better compared to that of 2007. Extortion and terrorism incidents are under control and soon street crimes will be eliminated," he assured the business community during his visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Earlier, KCCI President Muffasar Atta Malik, senior Vice President Abdul Basit Haji Abdul Razzaq and Vice President Rehan Hanif welcomed the minister, who was accompanied by a team of senior police officers including Additional Inspector General of Police Mushtaq Mahar. The minister assured of strict legal action against the encroachment in markets, on streets and roads of the city. However, he urged the traders associations to support the police in removing encroachment. The businessmen were of the view that the police was facilitating the persons involved in encroachments in the markets and other public places and called for strict punishment to the ?black sheep? in the police. The minister in response said that on proof of involvement, the police official would be fired from the job immediately. Sohail Anwar Khan Siyal, who is also the provincial minister for agriculture, said that Sindh Government was soon going to announce agriculture policy, which would be the first one in the country. He said Sindh government was also taking more steps to strengthen the price control mechanism in the province. KCCI President Muffasar Atta Malik and other businessmen representing different trade and market associations apprised the minster on the law and order, and traffic issues in the city. Both the sides agreed on increased interaction and cooperation between the police and the business community.
  2. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: The Director-General (DG) Rangers Major General Muhammad Saeed on Wednesday stressed that forces against the country won't be tolerated. "Forces operating against Pakistan won't be tolerated and nor will [the Rangers] allow any [political] party to create a target-killer wing," General Saeed said while addressing senior journalists earlier today (Wednesday). He added that law enforcement agencies could not monitor 'thoughts' but they would also not allow any illegal use of weapons. ?There has been a noticeable decrease in crime within four years of the [Karachi] operation,? he said. ?No incident of terrorism has been reported [so far] in 2017.? He also said that ?those who terrorised Karachi? will not be forgiven. Citing the city?s crime statistics for the current year, the DG Rangers said that only four incidents of extortion were reported this year and the paramilitary force handed over more than 1400 criminals to the police during the present year. ?Karachi was on the sixth spot on the crime index in 2013, and it now stands on the fifty-second position on the same index,? Major General Saeed during the media talk. 'Karachi operation has yielded positive results' Major General Saeed on Tuesday has said that the Karachi operation had yielded noticeably positive results, which were obvious from the improved peace situation of the metropolis. He had said that the paramilitary force is taking every possible measure to improve the peace and security situation and the Karachi operation will continue till 'its objectives are achieved.' Karachi operation has yielded positive results: DG Rangers 'We are taking every possible measure to improve the peace and security situation' The Ministry of Interior in October this year issued a notification calling for a 90-day extension in the Ranger's operation in Karachi on the request of the Government of Sindh. The extension was granted under clause 1, sub-section 3, of section 4 of the Anti-terrorism Act 1997(XXVII of 1997) and stood effective from October 18. The paramilitary force was granted certain special powers including arrests and raids when the Karachi operation started back in 2011. Under the National Action Plan and the Anti-Terrorism Act, the federal cabinet granted special powers to the Rangers to lead a targeted joint operation with the police against criminals involved in targeted killings, kidnappings for ransom, extortion, and terrorism in Karachi. The operation was launched in September 2013 in Karachi. Ansarul Shariah chief among eight terrorists killed: Sindh Rangers Exchange of fire during raid in Raees Goth, Karachi last night left one CTD officer and two Rangers personnel wounded The paramilitary force has been engaged in combing out terrorist factions inhabiting the city including the terrorist outfit Ansarul Shariah. The Rangers and Counter-Terrorism Department conducted a raid earlier this year in October and killed the chief of terrorist outfit Ansarul Shariah. A large number of wanted suspects have been nabbed and large caches of weapons and explosive materials, among other things, have been recovered from terrorists' hideouts since the operation commenced.
  3. Photo: File KARACHI: The Sindh home department extended on Tuesday for six more months the ban on protest rallies and gatherings in the Red Zone of the metropolis. Section 144 prohibits public gatherings of five or more people and public displays of weapons. According to a notification, Section 144 has been imposed in specific areas of Karachi. The decision has been taken to ensure the security of people. The notification further stated that the present law and order situation and implementation of National Action Plan warrants the imposition of a ban on the following activities to avoid any untoward incident: 1) Display of arms 2) Guards wearing civil clothes except for personnel from law enforcement agencies 3) Security guards wearing uniforms having resemblance with the uniform of police and other law enforcement agencies 4) Private vehicles having a resemblance to vehicles of police and other law enforcement agencies
  4. All public and private educational institutions across Sindh would remain closed from December 22 to December 31. Photo: file KARACHI: The Sindh government announced on Sunday that all educational institutions will remain closed for winter vacations for 10 days, starting December 22. All public and private educational institutions across the province would remain closed from December 22 to December 31, according to a notification. The vacations have been announced due to cold and dry weather in the province. Many schools and colleges across Sindh lack heating arrangements due to which students have to suffer from seasonal diseases.
  5. Cheif Justice Mian Saqib Nisar. Photo: File KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar remarked on Friday that he has come to realise after arriving in Karachi that there is no discipline in Sindh. While hearing a case at Karachi's registry on a petition over using the Ladies Club Larkana for commercial purposes, the chief justice observed that he may have to shift to the metropolis for six months to hear all the pending cases. He said that even US President Donald Trump doesn't have authority to allot a Khokha (road-side cabin), but in Sindh, whoever desires allots land to people. Advocate general Sindh informed the court that the total land area of Larkana's Jinnah Garden is 20,000 square yards and the Ladies Club is established at 3,000 square yards. He said that the National Health Centre, Press Club and government schools are located in the Jinnah Garden. He further informed that the municipal committee of the city has given shops for rent and it had the authority to give allotment. The chief justice remarked that parks are public property and the government cannot construct anything on it. The court then directed the advocate general to restore the parks in their original state.
  6. Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah during a news conference in Karachi on 12 December 2017 - Geo News screengrab KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah was critical of a documentary shown during the Supreme Court?s hearing of a case pertaining to water contamination. ?The documentary is made by the petitioner. I have always said there are problems but positive things were not shown,? Murad said in a news conference on Wednesday. Sindh?s water being deliberately contaminated with human waste: CJP Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar is conducting the proceedings During the apex court?s proceedings at the Karachi registry, a documentary show in the courtroom highlighted the issue of contaminated water. After viewing the documentary, Chief Justice Saqib Nisar remarked that human waste was being deliberately released in water. Chief Minister Shah said he had informed the Supreme Court that 88 per cent of water is contaminated in Gujranwala, Gujrat and Sialkot. ?There is a report from Lahore which states that 100 per cent of water has arsenic.? Shah emphasised that the issue of contaminated water was not specific to Sindh, rather it was a nationwide problem. ?There is a problem in the entire country which was acknowledged by the chief justice and judges.? According to the chief minister, during the hearing of the case, the apex court bench said they had committed an injustice by coming to Sindh first and should have gone to other places. Earlier Chief Minister Shah and former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal appeared before the Supreme Court. Stressing that the government was responsible for providing clean water to residents, Chief justice Nisar observed that the chief minister had been summoned so they could resolve the issue together. "If you say, we both can go drink and check the quality of water from any stream in Mithi," Chief Justice Nisar remarked. Justice Nisar added: "I wish [PPP leader] Bilawal Bhutto Zardari knew of the [water] situation in Larkana". Justice Faisal Arab also observed that people go to court after witnessing the failure of the government.
  7. Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah. Photo:File ISLAMABAD: Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah said on Wednesday that judiciary and institutions hold different criteria and principles of justice for Sindh and Punjab. Shah said that there have been no arrests of Sharif family, neither their names have been put in the Exit Control List despite serious graft cases against them, adding that former Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon voluntarily presented himself before the court but he is not getting justice. Referring to the National Accountability Court cases against the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz leader and his family, the leader of the opposition said that the cases are a test for the judiciary. "This is a test for the Supreme Court, from now on dual standards of justice won?t continue," he said. Sharjeel Memon challenges arrest in accountability court Memon said his arrest warrants weren?t issued on October 23, the day he was taken into custody, hence his detention should be declared illegal Memon was arrested by NAB on October 23, after hours of being holed up in court premises. He was taken into custody as he left the court. Memon was shifted to NAB headquarters Sindh after being escorted from the court. "The accused persons are charged for embezzlement of Rs. 5,766,479,766 purportedly paid to seven advertising agencies for awareness campaigns between 2013 and 2015," said a press release by NAB. "The accused persons jointly and severally in connivance with each other have been alleged for awarding the contracts to favor certain advertising agencies and to their own favor, in violation of relevant laws and rules and against exorbitant rates," added the release.
  8. Sindh High Court KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Tuesday annulled the provincial government?s decision to re-conduct entry tests for admission in government-run medical colleges following allegations of irregularities in the earlier examination. The court, in its ruling, directed to retain the previous results of the entry test conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS) in October. It further said any party may approach the Supreme Court regarding the matter if it may wish. An investigation was launched after a questionnaire of the pre-admission test for medical colleges in the province was leaked a day before the exams. Following the allegations, the Sindh government had decided to hold fresh pre-admission tests for government medical colleges in the province under the Higher Education Commission (HEC). The provincial government had announced its decision to re-conduct the exams in a notification, on the recommendation of a five-member committee formed by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to investigate allegations of irregularities in the test.
  9. KARACHI: Sindh IG AD Khawaja on Monday directed DIG South Azad Khan to give special attention towards illegal street racing on Seaview. Responding to a question at a ceremony in Karachi, Khawaja said: ?This is a valid point, especially on Sunday, children come and race on the roads." The IG then addressed DIG South by name and added, "We have to give our special focus on this issue." The comments of the provincial police chief come on the backdrop of a road rage incident at Sea View on Sunday when a Mercedes sedan and a sports bike collided, resulting in shots being fired that left one dead and one injured. Speaking to, DIG South Azad Khan said that deployment at known racing venues will be increased and a crackdown against illegal street racing will be launched. He explained that there were two types of illegal street racing, the first is when two drivers going down the road suddenly start competing with each other and the second, when planned illegal street racing events are organized. While the increased deployment will have an impact on the planned illegal street racing meet-ups, Azad added that the police will have to collaborate with the Traffic Police to combat the other unplanned street racing phenomenon. When asked when asked if there needs to be a collaboration between other government departments to restrict vehicles from being modified specifically for illegal racing purposes, Khan responded that it was an area that would also be looked at. Sea View incident According to eyewitnesses, four youth in the Mercedes sedan hit a sports bike from behind and then sped away. The vehicle was then chased down by a Toyota Hilux and was fired upon by the people inside. Twist in Sea View killing case as injured biker denies knowing victim or shooter The incident occurred after shots were fired from a pick-up vehicle at a car, which had hit a motorcycle a few minutes earlier Police said that after firing at least nine times at the car, the men in the pick-up truck disembarked and beat up the passengers of the sedan. The tragedy, while not directly related to illegal street racing, isn't the first life lost due to the phenomenon. Illegal street racing has been glamourized in movies for decades, leading to the concept spreading across continents. However, unlike certain countries where open spaces are provided; drivers risk their own and the lives of others when satisfying their thrill for speed across the world as well as in Pakistani cities. A quick search online, reveals multiple videos and images of accidents that were caused by rash drivers involved in illegal street racing in Karachi - both in the daytime and at night. However, the worst incident dates back to 2010 when a Toyota Supra ripped into the crowd at a racing event in Rawalpindi killing five spectators.
  10. KARACHI: Pakistan Peoples Party Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari shared on social media that he is glad that Sindh chief minister will get an opportunity to present the case of PPP government in Supreme Court. Earlier in the day, SC?s Karachi Registry had summoned CM Murad Ali Shah in a water pollution case. Over the matter, Bilawal tweeted: ?1 of biggest crisis affecting all of Pakistan is water. The Sindh Govt has taken practical steps to address this from investing in the most RO plants across the province, linging of our canals and construction of damns. I?m glad CM will get a chance to present our case in SC.? PPP chair also claimed that the issue is not Sindh-specific, adding that the province is always ?singled-out?. Bilawal wrote: ?Water is not just a Sindh issue. While we beat the drum of CPEC in Balochistan many areas have no access to water. South Punjab has its own water issues as does southern KPK. Islamabad even has water access problems.What have other provinces done? Why is Sindh always singled out?? SC hears water contamination case The Supreme Court summoned on Monday Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on December 6 while hearing the air and water pollution case at the Karachi Registry on Monday. The three-member bench, which was hearing a case on the provision of clean drinking water for people of Sindh at Supreme Court?s Karachi Registry, also summoned former city mayor Mustafa Kamal on December 6. Supreme Court summons CM, Mustafa Kamal in Sindh pollution case Judiciary must intervene when government fails to fulfill its responsibilities, remarks CJP During the court proceedings, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nasir observed: ?This is a matter of people?s lives, it cannot be ignored. The chief minister will be asked about all the steps he has taken in this regard.? The chief justice also remarked that the judiciary must intervene when the government fails to fulfill its responsibilities. ?There will be no compromise on air and water pollution,? he remarked, adding ?the high officials will also be summoned in the case if necessary.?
  11. KARACHI: The Government of Sindh has requested the federation for suspending cellular and internet services on Friday, to ensure security on Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH). The Sindh home department wrote a letter to the Ministry of Interior requesting suspension of cellular and internet services in Karachi, Hyderabad and Sukkur. It requested the ministry to suspend these services from 8am to 8pm on Friday, in view of security concerns on the occasion. However, a decision whether or not to suspend the services is pending with the interior ministry.
  12. KARACHI: Much to the relief of Sindh?s sugarcane growers, the provincial government after a month-long delay on Wednesday, fixed the official procurement price of the tropical grass and announced commencing its crushing season from today. The price at which the plant will be made available to buyers has been fixed at Rs182 per 40kg (maund). The decisions were taken by the provincial Sugar Cane Control Board in a meeting presided over by Sindh Agriculture and Home Minister Sohail Anwar Siyal. Addressing media personnel on the occasion, Siyal said the fresh procurement rates have been fixed keeping in view the legitimate interests of both the growers as well as sugar mill owners in Sindh. ?Centre to also be blamed? Speaking of the delay, the agriculture minister claimed that the federal government was also to be blamed as it failed to take a timely decision over whether to export or not to the sugar stocks available in the country. The people of Sindh had to suffer a lot owing to the federal government?s indecision over the matter, Siyal stated. Had it not been for the centre, Sindh would have fixed the official sugar cane price a long time ago, added the minister. He said the current decision much like the previous decisions taken by the Sindh government has been taken in accordance with the vision of Pakistan Peoples Party leadership which aims to resolve public issues in light of the common people?s aspirations.
  13. File Photo KARACHI: Governor of Sindh Muhammad Zubair has asked the Swiss investors to come up with investments here as a conducive atmosphere prevails following the restoration of law and order. Zubair was talking to Thomas Kolly ? the Swiss Ambassador to Pakistan ? who called on him at the Governor House here on Tuesday. Bilateral ties and matters pertaining to investment and trade came up for discussion during the meeting. The governor spoke of bilateral relations between the two countries spanning over six decades and said these relations are growing further with the passage of time. He was of the view that the Swiss investors can invest in various sectors in the provinces and extend assistance in the realms of science and technology. Zubair informed that a very conducive investment prevails especially in Karachi after the restoration of law in the metropolis. He assured that the government on its part would extend every possible cooperation. The Governor also lauded the role of Kolly towards further enhancing the bilateral ties. The Envoy, in response, said the Swiss investors are interested to invest in various sectors. He added that enhanced ties between Switzerland and Pakistan are the need of the hour. Kolly lauded the role of the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) for their role towards the restoration of law and order. He was of the view that improved law and order has also enhanced the confidence of the Swiss investors. The Envoy said that with China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Pakistan will enter a new era of prosperity.
  14. KARACHI: The Sindh government has announced public holiday on Friday (December 1) on the occasion of Eid Milad-un-Nabi (PBUH) in a notification issued on Tuesday. The notification is in effect for the staffers of all offices, autonomous, semi-autonomous bodies, corporations and local Councils under the administrative control of Sindh government excluding essential services. Meanwhile, a number of religious, social and cultural organisations are finalising their programmes to organise Milad and Seerat gatherings where speakers will highlight various aspects of the life and teachings of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Mosques? homes? plazas? roads and all kinds of buildings will be decorated with green flags? colourful buntings? and fancy lights, a sign of great reverence and devotion.
  15. ISLAMABAD: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah shared that he doesn?t see the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) as any ?threat? in the upcoming general elections. While speaking on Geo News show, Naya Pakistan, on Friday, the CM said that ?PTI has been trying to win over Karachi but they remain popular only in small pockets now.? He said that the confidence comes from their support base. ?People know that no one can serve them better than PPP [Pakistan Peoples Party]. We have crowded out everybody.? ?At one point MQM [Muttahida Qaumi Movement] used to have total control over Karachi but we have encroached upon their support base,? he said. Weighing in on the MQM-Pakistan and Pak Sarzameen Party saga, he said that everyone knew that an alliance was brewing. ?I was personally happy with the decision and was not surprised.? However, he shared that he was disappointed as the alliance was so short-lived. ?It didn?t even last 24 hours and it became very bitter,? adding that they even tried to drag PPP into it. 'Have no problem with current IG' Murad also clarified that Sindh government has no problem with Inspector General of Police Allah Dino Khawaja. ?We have no problem with the individual but the verdict of the high court. We think that the verdict was in contradiction to the country?s law and Constitution.? Not disappointed by court's verdict in IGP case: CM Sindh 'We have a few reservations [with the IGP's case] but consultations are underway, In a verdict passed on September 7, the Sindh High Court (SHC) dismissed the provincial government's order to remove Khawaja as Sindh Police?s top boss. The two-judge SHC bench also restored the IGP?s powers of transfers and postings within the police department, declaring all postings and transfers carried out in the province after July 7 as illegal. Census process Murad said that when the census process was started he had shared his reservations during a meeting of Council of Common Interests. However, they were dismissed on the grounds that the census process will remain confidential. "I want transparent process so that people can be taken into confidence over it," he said, adding "I can't say if the census process was correct or not." Pakistan?s population reaches 208 million: provisional census results The annual growth rate has been recorded at 2.4pc over a time period of 1998 to 2017 However, he shared that he doesn't want elections to be delayed because of the census results. "It is important to ensure that the democratic process is not derailed and elections should be held on time," he added. Earlier in the day, the Council of Common Interests (CCI) decided to verify five percent results of the census by a third party. Improvements in Karachi On the development in Karachi, he shared that the garbage situation in the city is much better than before as the cleanliness was outsourced to Chinese companies. ?Especially in districts South and East, there is a vast improvement.? He also claimed that there is no tussle between the Sindh government and municipal corporation. The District Municipal Corporation just needs to sign an agreement with Sindh Solid Waste Management, he said, adding ?We even told them we are willing to help them if they want to outsource cleanliness drives.? Murad remarked that the health situation has also improved. With regards to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases, he shared that the institute was handed over to Sindh government in 2011. ?Federal government should to allot Rs700million funds to the hospital, while we have allotted Rs5.8 billion.? Moreover, plans are in process to inaugurate NICVD satellites all across Sindh, he added. It is not feasible for the government to open a hospital in every village, but we have given special packages to doctors to encourage them to help people in far fetch areas, he said.
  16. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: The Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar on Thursday accepted that the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had been at the center of corruption in the hiring of teachers in the province. ?The [relevant] department was bribed to hire teachers by the dozen in 2012, some of whom are not even acquainted with Arabic language,? Dahar said. ?There were 23,000 ghost hirings in the province, with 11,000 in Karachi alone, at a time when there were no vacancies,? he said, adding that the Sindh government has decided to take retests of all the teachers. The provincial minister?s statements came after teachers protesting non-payment of salaries since 2012 on Thursday marched towards the Sindh Assembly and protested at its gates. Teachers protesting non-payment of salaries since 2012 on Thursday marched towards the Sindh Assembly and protested at its gates. The protesters claimed that Secretary of School Education Abdul Aziz Uqaili had assured two months back that their salaries would be paid but he had failed to keep the promise. In a statement to media, Dahar also claimed that the protesters were planted. [embed_video2 url= style=center] A heavy contingent of the police was deployed outside the Sindh Assembly earlier today and roads leading to the building were blocked prior to the arrival of the protesting teachers. Commuters faced inconvenience on the route from Sindh Assembly to I.I. Chundrigar Road due to the protest, as a traffic jam halted the flow of traffic in the area. Indian SIMs used in leaking exam papers: Sindh education minister Jam Mehtab Dehar says all agencies are on alert and the CTD and FIA have been involved in the investigation In September this year, the police had baton-charged and injured teachers who were protesting non-payment of salaries outside Karachi Press Club. Three teachers were arrested during the protest, after the police tried to disperse the protesters with the use of water cannons. The protesters had claimed that the authorities had assured them that they will be paid before Eid. They called a strike when their salaries were not released after Eid. The protesters also threatened to surround Chief Minister House if their demands are not met. Following the incident, provincial Information Secretary Nasir Hussain Shah reached the protest site and discussions with the protesters are under way. On July 25, around 300 government school teachers renewed their demand for salaries outside KPC. A similar protest was held earlier as well, which ended in front of Sindh Assembly on June 5, the same day provincial budget was announced. The protest ended after Uqaili had assured the protesters that their problems will be resolved within a week. Teachers across the provinces have been protesting non-payment of salaries since the last five years.
  17. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: Governor Sindh Mohammad Zubair said on Wednesday the delay in completion of Green Line bus project in Karachi is due to the provincial government, however, added the project would become operational by May, next year. The statement was made as the Sindh governor interacted with newsmen during his visit to Karachi's Hyderi area, where he reviewed progress of work on the project. Zubair said Karachi used to be considered as one of the most dangerous cities in the world. "The megapolis has witnessed a miraculous change over the last four years, with major crimes eliminated from the city." He said Rangers performed brilliantly in the city and the purpose to have the paramilitary force in the megapolis is to not allow the law and order situation to deteriorate again, and for the people to remain satisfied. The Sindh governor further said a major chunk of the Karachi package has been allocated for the city's infrastructure. He said the Green Line bus service would be operational by April or May, 2018.
  18. Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal speaks to the media in Karachi. KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal has said that the provincial police are like a child that they have fostered and pampered, but cannot question. While addressing the media in the city on Tuesday, Siyal spoke about the issue of removal of the provincial inspector general, saying they have written to the federal government regarding the matter. However, he added, their letter has not been responded to yet. Moreover, Siyal said IG Sindh has not been deprived of any power and that the Sindh High Court did not show the complete picture of the matter. The minister further said he did not have the authority for transfers of police official and the Sindh government was implementing all orders sent by the court. When asked about the knife attacks in Karachi, Siyal said the police did not book any innocent person in the cases. A few days back, the anti-terrorism court granted bail to Shahzad, who was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the knife attacks in the city. However, police told the court no evidence was found against the arrested suspect. About street crime in Karachi, Siyal said effective measures were being planned to rid the city of the menace.
  19. PM Abbasi meets CM Murad Ali Shah and Governor Muhammad Zubair. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi met Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah on Monday. Sources said the two discussed the ongoing development projects in the province which are funded by the federal government, as well as the present political situation of the province and country. Sindh Governor Mohammad Zubair was also present in the meeting. Abbasi arrived in Karachi Sunday night on a two-day visit. He is expected to visit Port Qasim later today with regards to an LNG terminal. PM Abbasi and Governor Zubair in Karachi Earlier, Radio Pakistan reported that the premier said the federal government will complete all development projects in Sindh, including in Karachi. He reportedly made the comments in a meeting with the governor. Matters of law and order, ongoing development projects and trade activities were discussed in the meeting. The premier said Karachi is the lifeline of the country and steps are being taken for durable peace and law and order in the city. The governor informed the prime minister that after the completion of projects under Karachi Development Package, the problems of citizens will be resolved to a great extent.
  20. KARACHI: IG Sindh AD Khawaja submitted a report containing names of police officials involved in different criminal activities and violation of code of conduct in the Supreme Court Karachi Registry on Friday. On Thursday, a two-member bench of Supreme Court had expressed discontentment on lack of action against as many as 66 police officials named in criminal records. The judges had shown their reservations on leniency shown to certain police officials. The report submitted today contained names of 130 police officers and personnel who were forced to retire. The ones forced to retire from the force included inspectors Hameedullah Niazi, Hummayun Ahmed and Hayatullah, according to the report. ?Leniency? for police officials with criminal records displeases Supreme Court Justice Sajjad Ali Shah said that politicians are involved in supporting certain police officers Sub-inspectors (SIs) Ghulam Rasool, Abdul Sattar, Amjad Pervez, Mohammad Yasin, Mohammad Mumtaz, Mohammad Afzal, Riasat Ali, Lal Khan Khatak, Akber Hameed Ghauri, Khalid Mahmood Butt, Rehmat Ali, Syed Hussain Raza, Atta Mohammad, Muneer Hussain Chandio, Luqman Bangash, Mohammad Javed, Mohammad Shafi and Mohammad Yousuf were also among the ones relieved from service, it said. The report stated that assistant sub-instectors (ASIs) Fakhar Awais, Lal Mohammad, Altaf Raza, Sabir Hussain, Syed Mehboob Ali Shah, Mohammad Shafi, Ghulam Yasin were also among officials who faced forced retirement. It said that 19 officers were dismissed from service. The IG Sindh assured the court that no one will be discriminated against in the investigations into the matter.
  21. CM Sindh chairing the Apex Committee on November 15, 2017. Photo: Geo News screen grab KARACHI: The Apex Committee decided on Wednesday to take necessary measures to ensure peace in Karachi sustainable by launching a crackdown against street criminals. The decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The meeting was also attended by Rangers Director General Major General Muhammad Saeed, Inspector General AD Khawaja among other high-level officials. During the meeting, the CM remarked that: ?the street crime must be controlled at all costs.? Weighing in on the topic, Rangers DG shared that street crime will only be controlled once the criminals are given severe sentences. The CM remarked that he has requested the chief justice for a separate court for street crimes. He also shared that he will speak to the federal government for amendment in Anti-Terrorism Act. Murad said that cases should be classified. Police and rangers will conduct a special operation against street crime, the CM added. The matter of cyber crime was also discussed. ?Cyber crime is an important issue,? he said, and requested the Rangers to formulate a policy to control it. On the safe city project review committee, Murad said that a notification will be issued as soon as he get the names of the people. The meeting participants also discussed increasing the security around shrines. ?A policy would be implemented after holding talks with interior minister,? CM added.
  22. KARACHI: Opposition parties in the Sindh Assembly will table a no-confidence motion on Tuesday (today) against Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza for her "uncooperative attitude". The motion will be tabled by parliamentary leaders from opposition parties, including, PML-F, PTI and PML-N, on Tuesday. The opposition contends that the speaker does not listen to their questions and concerns, doesn?t allow them to speak on the agenda, while all questions from the treasury members are included. Pakistan Muslim League-Functional Nusrat Seher Abbasi said Raza?s behaviour with her is particularly unpleasant. Seher, while talking to Geo News, said that the deputy speaker passes uncalled for comments and sometimes switches off their mics. "The treasury members can go on and on though," she said. The PML-F MPA said that it is unfortunate such treatment is meted out to MPAs, especially those who raise important issues in the assembly. She also added that Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan has refused to join the move to send the motion.
  23. KARACHI: The Government of Sindh has imposed a ban on pillion riding in Karachi on October 9 and 10, according to a notification issued Wednesday. The ban has been imposed to ensure security during Chehlum of Imam Hussain (RA) and companions. A ban has been imposed on pillion riding in Karachi under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) on Oct 9 and 10, the notification issued by the Sindh home department read. On the other hand, Balochistan home department also banned pillion riding in Quetta on account of Chehlum Imam Hussain (RA).
  24. [embed_video1 url= style=center] KARACHI: The family of slain Karachi University (KU) Professor Dr. Shakeel Auj is still seeking justice despite three years have passed to the incident, which came as a shock to many of his associates and disciples. Dr. Auj, who was then the dean of Islamic Studies, was murdered in September 2014, when unknown hitmen fired shots at his vehicle on the University Road. Ironically, the bereaved family has neither been served justice nor the compensatory amount promised to them. Dr. Auj's family members say the Sindh government has issued the compensation sum. His son, Hassan Auj, told Geo News Friday that the Sindh government had announced Rs30 million compensation for them, but they never got it. He said all efforts on behalf of the family and KU teachers' association proved futile. Suspected killer of Professor Shakeel Auj freed for lack of evidence Others accused of being involved in the murder are absconding. "On Nov 1, I received a call from Commissioner Officer and they asked me to collect the cheque," Hassan said, adding, "When I went there it was only Rs200,000 cheque for which they demanded Rs5000 commission as well." In July, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) freed a suspect accused of Dr. Auj's murder over lack of evidence. The suspect, Mansoor, was freed after the court stated that the state prosecutor failed to provide sufficient evidence in the case. Four months after Professor Auj's killing, the then Karachi police chief Ghulam Qadir Thebo, held a press conference and claimed the police had apprehended the murderer of two professors including Prof Shakeel Auj. The alleged shooter, identified as Mohammad Mansoor, was said to be a worker of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.
  25. KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Friday observed a minute's silence to mourn the passing of Dina Wadia, the only daughter of Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. The members of the provincial assembly also prayed for the departed soul and for her father, the Quaid-i-Azam. She was 98-years-old at the time of her passing. Dina Wadia, born August 15, 1919, was the only child of Quaid-e-Azam. She visited Pakistan in 2004, which was the second time she visited the country. Memorable pictures of Quaid-e-Azam's daughter Dina Wadia's Pakistan visit During her visit to the country, Jinnah's daughter paid her respects at Quaid's mausoleum where she wrote in the guest register: 'This has been very sad and wonderful for me. May his [Jinnah] dream for Pak come true' Wadia first came to Pakistan after her fathers passing in 1948. During her second visit she paid her respects at her father's mausoleum where she wrote in the guest register: "This has been very sad and wonderful for me. May his dream for Pakistan come true," In 1947 when Pakistan was founded, Dina Wadia had opted for Indian citizenship. Wadia's relationship with her father, according to uncorroborated accounts, but claimed by Muhammed Ali Currim Chagla, had fallen apart when she chose to marry a Parsi, Neville Wadia.