Paragon Housing Society director arrested from Khairpur

ICMD, Nov 14, 2018 The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on Wednesday arrested Paragon Housing Society Director Qaiser Ameen Butt from Khairpur, where he had gone into hiding ever since the National Accountancy Bureau (NAB) launched a probe into the housing society scandal. Reports said Qaiser Ameen was hiding in PPP leader Mubeen Jumani's house in village Bakhar Kanasro. Jumani is a sugar mills owner and affiliated with PPP whereas his guest belongs to PML - N. The police also arrested another person namely Kamran Butt. For the past 15 years, Butt was in partnership with Khawaja Saad Rafique and Salman Rafique, who are already facing the Paragon corruption probe. The Interior Ministry, on the request of the anti-graft watchdog, had placed the names of the two brothers and Qaiser Ameen Butt on the blacklist. NAB had launched an investigation into the scandal after protests by dozens of victims against the housing society fraud. On November 12, in a letter written to NAB Chairman Justice (r) Javed Iqbal, Khawaja brothers had sought transfer of the ongoing cases against them form NAB Lahore after expressing distrust over NAB DG Shehzad Saleem. “On November 8 he [NAB Lahore DG] completely disregard the standard norms of the investigation process by participating in various talk shows,” the brothers had stated in their letter. -- PT

Registration of Beaconhouse, City School suspended

ICMD, Nov 14, 2018 Sindh government on Wednesday suspended the registration of all campuses of the Beaconhouse school system and The City School, over their ‘failure to comply with the court orders.’ On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said the hike in fee by private schools should be reasonable, with the chief justice offering to preside a session of the committee formed over the issue. The top judge urged the stakeholders to find a solution agreeable to all, saying the court would take up issues not resolved by the committee. He had lamented that the committee remained unable to make any headway in the matter. In September, the Sindh High Court ruled that private schools cannot increase tuition fees beyond 5% per annum. The bench also issued notices to the federal government on the imposition of income tax on school fees. The court had announced the decision after more than 100 parents of school children moved the court against, what they termed, unilateral fee hikes.

Six laborers die in boiler explosion in Malir factory

Increase in gas pressure causes explosion: initial reports KARACHI: ICR, Nov 14, 2014 Six laborers, injured in a boiler explosion in Karachi factory, succumbed to their wounds at the city's Civil Hospital late Wednesday. The incident took place at a private factory located near Manzil Pump area in Malir. Seven laborers had been injured critically after a boiler exploded in the factory. They had been shifted to Civil Hospital. Hospital sources said six out of seven injured succumbed to their wounds late Wednesday. Initial reports said the blast took place because of an increase in gas pressure in one of the furnaces. The deceased laborers were identified as Amir, Saleem, Shadman, Imran, Khalid, and Inayat.

Armed men intrude into Karachi Press Club

KARACHI: ICMD, Nov 8, 2018 Several gunmen in plainclothes entered the Karachi Press Club (KPC) late on Thursday night and harassed journalists, according to a statement issued by the KPCs office-bearers. Dozens of gunmen in plainclothes entered the KPC at 10:30pm, harassed journalists, examined different rooms, kitchen, upper floor of the building and sports hall. They forcibly made videos and took pictures with mobile cameras. The incident caused concern among journalists and when some of the KPC members inquired about them, they did not get any satisfactory reply. The armed men came in at least six double-cabin vehicles, land cruisers, Prado and other vehicles, besides a police mobile. The KPC office-bearers immediately informed Additional IG Karachi, Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh, about the incident. He assured them of an immediate inquiry. The clubs president, Ahmed Khan Malik, and secretary Maqsood Yusufi termed it a violation of sanctity of the club and urged the governor and the chief minister of Sindh to order an inquiry and take action against the intruders. Journalists have called for a protest on Friday afternoon against the incident. -- Dawn

Fawad trying to divert attention from PTI govts performance: Wahab

He has the honor of serving the dictator of recent times KARACHI: ICMD, Nov 4, 2018 Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister (CM) for Information said Sunday the information minister Fawad Ch was trying to divert the attention of people from his own governments inability to run the affairs of country suggesting Fawad Choudhry concentrate on the performance of his own government. He said that it was a reflection of a dictatorial mindset. He then said that the PTI minister should not be blamed for this statement since he was politically groomed by dictators, Fawad had the honor of serving the dictator of recent times in the capacity of his spokesperson, he said. Barrister Wahab further said that the federal governments tactics would not succeed in diverting the peoples attention from the Tsunami of price hike caused by the PTI governments policies.

Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park to be renovated by next month

Part of the park is under a private party control for long KARACHI: ICR, Oct 31, 2018 Karachis Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park will be renovated and opened for the public by the next month, Sindh Minister for local government Saeed Ghani said on Wednesday. The restoration plan of the park includes additions which will attract more public, he revealed during a visit to the park. The park which was being looked after the City Government was later handed over to the Karachi Development Authority (KDA) which failed to maintain it as the city government staff was pulled back. Now Ghani said the park would be renovated and restored under KDA authority and be restored within a month. The park is on the creek which is polluted and thus requires cleanliness measures which the minister stressed upon during his visit. Also, a part of the park had been given in the control of a private party which the KDA officers allege damaged the park. Now the party will pay the damages after vacating the space within two months. Ghani said the KDA had never requested for the funds for park ask as there was no dearth of money for this purpose. His attention was shifted to the park after media reports about its bad condition.

New local train service inaugurated in Karachi

The train will run between City and Landhi via Drigh Road and Malir City KARACHI: ICR, Oct 31, 2018 Pakistan Railways on Wednesday launched a local train service for Karachi. President Arif Alvi inaugurated the service which would begin for the general public from tomorrow (Nov 1). This train will start from City Station and end up at Landhi Station. Initially, two trains would be running on the route at 7 am and 5 and 5:45 pm. Drigh Road and Malir City would be two major stops on the route. The fare would be between Rs25 to Rs80 per person. President Alvi congratulated Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed saying the people of Karachi had faced with commuting issues for long. Sheikh Rasheed said that railways and people associated with it are crucially important to the countrys economy. Adding the service had been inaugurated upon the directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan. In Karachi, local train service was active in the past and more than two dozen trains with three different routes used to operate across in the city.

Child helpline 1121 to be upgraded by next month

Material being incorporated in curriculum to keep children safe: Murtaza Wahab KARACHI: ICR, Oct 30, 3018 On the directives of Chief Minister Sindh, a meeting was held to develop a systematic and effective mechanism for protection of children and bringing improvements in the performance of Sindh Child Protection Authority on Tuesday, chaired by Sindh Minister for Minorities Affairs, Social Welfare and Food Hari Ram Kishori Lal. Advisor to Chief Minister for Information, Law & Anticorruption Barrister Murtaza Wahab, Secretary Social Welfare department Taha Farouqui, Director Sindh Child Protection Authority Azeem Ahmed Meo, Head of Madadgar Helpline Zia Awan Advocate and others attended the meeting. Addressing the meeting Provincial Minister Hari Ram Kishori Lal said that Chief Minister Sindh has issued strict directives to improve the performance of Sindh Child Protection Authority and added that SCPA was being reconstituted as the tenure of previous members was ended. He agreed to a proposal for convening a meeting of authority at least once in a quarter to review its performance and added that the emergency meeting of authority could also be convened at any time when required. He said that Child Help Line setup under social welfare department was working effectively, however, he added that by the end of November, child helpline would be upgraded and state of arts facilities would be provided to developed rapid response system for citizens help. He added that 90 percent development work of Korangi Street Children Rehabilitation Center was completed which consisted of nine blocks with accommodating facility for 200 boys and 100 girls. Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh for Information Barrister Murtaza Wahab informed that curriculum was being revisited to incorporate material on child protection so that children are made well aware of safety measures at a very early age. He further said that Sindh cabinets committee was constituted on the issue of beggary and added that committee will soon present its recommendation in Sindh cabinet for the elimination of menace of children beggary from the province. Provincial Advisor said that Child Helpline 1121 was an important wing of the social welfare department which needed proper projection in print and electronic media so that common man could be acquainted with this facility. Advocate Zia Awan said that Chief Minister Sindhs intervention for the protection of children was positive step added that we had to move forward for a systematic approach for keeping our children safe as fifty percent of the population consist of children. He said that Sindh enacted inspiring legislation and now, it was time to build an effective institution for implementations of rules. -- HO

Shahrukh Jatoi shifted to death cell

ICMD, Oct 27, 2018 The relevant authorities shifted Shahrukh Jatoi to death cell at the Central Jail on Saturday. Earlier on Saturday, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar paid a visit to Landhi Jail where he checked the arrangements and listened to prisoners. When CJ saw Jatois prison room, he became annoyed at C-Class facility available to him and questioned how someone convicted in a murder case could be allowed such facilities. CJP ordered prison authorities to transfer Jatoi to death cell and summoned a report from Prisons inspector general (IG) regarding the matter. Jatoi and Siraj Talpur were convicted in Shahzeb Khan murder case. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) in 2013 had awarded death sentences to Jatoi and Siraj Talpur for murdering Shahzeb, while life sentences were awarded to Sajjad Ali Talpur and Ghulam Murtaza Lashari. Shahzeb was gunned down by Jatoi in a posh locality of Karachi on December 25, 2012. The Sindh High Court (SHC) later set aside punishments awarded to accused by the ATC and ordered a retrial of the case in a sessions court. The SC earlier this year took a suo motu action and nullified the SHC order.

Murad Shah suggests CJ to meet A.N.G Abbasi

I requested CJ to visit Thar with me, witness our efforts KARACHI: ICMD, Oct 27, 2018 Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah Saturday met Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar to discuss purported lack of cooperation by the provincial government in the fake bank accounts case. Speaking to media after the meeting, the chief minister said he informed the top judge that the joint investigation team (JIT) constituted to probe money laundering case has sought a detailed record of last 10 years and the same is being provided to them, however it will take some time to furnish the complete record. Shah said there are about 80 engineers in the Irrigation and Works & Services departments. We have asked all of them to provide record of the contracts they have awarded during the last 10 years. Of course, it is a time-consuming job to compile details of such a long period, he said, adding that the JIT wanted provision of such a huge record within two days which was not possible. He said the chief justice appreciated the provincial government for cooperating with the investigators. My meeting with the chief justice was held in a pleasant atmosphere, the chief minister said, and added that he briefed the chief justice about governments initiatives for the betterment of the people of Thar. I briefed the chief justice about health facilities established in Thar. I requested him to visit Thar with me and witness the efforts we have made in health, education, infrastructure, livelihood and energy sectors, he said, and added that he was happy that the chief justice accepted his invitation. Shah proudly said that the chief justice told him that he [CJP] had visited hospitals of KP but the hospitals of Karachi were much better than those of KP. I have requested the chief justice to visit NICVD and he has kindly agreed to my request, he said. Replying to a question, the chief minister said that the Bhasha Dam project was actually conceived and approved by the PPP government in 2010. I have given a proposal to the chief justice to meet with ANG Abbasi who has done a great work in the water sector, he said, and added that once the meeting is held, a committee could be constituted to identify the quantum of water which could be brought in the system and explore ways and means to conserve the water. The chief justice said that lifting of garbage from the city was the job of the government but he had taken notice just to wake up the authorities concerned and create awareness among the people about the problem, according to the chief minister. To a question, the chief minister said PPPs stance on the 18th amendment was very loud and clear. If anybody attempts to roll it back, I cant do anything but it is not as easy as is being thought, he said, and added that the provinces should be made more autonomous instead of making attempts to take away their autonomy. Talking about Pakistan Quarters operation, Shah said police did not consult with the district administration but coordinated with land department of the federal government and launched an operation. I have ordered an inquiry into the matter and action would be taken accordingly, he said. -- DT