Saturday, May 30, 2009

KESC partners with Engro Polymer and International Industries under Captive Power Policy

As part of the continued efforts to provide maximum relief to its consumers, KESC is moving ahead with introducing short term and long term solution that could benefit Karachi. Apart from adding permanent power and rental power to its grid, KESC also launched a Captive Power Policy lately to utilize the excessive available power capacity of industrial units. This program has created interest among Captive Power Producers & quite a few are advancing to finalization. The first company to join this programme was Engro Polymer & Chemical Ltd (EPCL), which signed an agreement with KESC recently to supply 18 MW to KESC by mid-year 2009. This was yet another break through that was carried forward by a second agreement signing between International Industries Limited (IIL) and KESC.

According to this contract, IIL will supply 4 MW to KESC within the next two weeks. Naveed Ismail CEO KESC says, “Industrial partnership is a critical short and medium-term solution to Karachi’s energy challenges and a key part of how KESC now works. We are very committed to a strategy that balances our supply requirements to KESC’s cost of delivery. We will be announcing a series of arrangements like these and partnering with Engro and IIL is a powerful place to start”.For Further Details, please contact: KESC Corporate Communication Syed Faraz Ahmed, Media Manager at 0301 828 6193 Email: cc@kesc.com.pk

Youthful offenders at Central Prison get beds

KARACHI: It was for the first time in the 62 years of the national history that inmates below 18 years were provided with beds at the Youthful Offenders’ Industrial School, Karachi Central Prison.
A local philanthropist had donated these through Legal Aid Office and Deputy Speaker of the Sindh Assembly, Shehla Raza was invited to hand these 300 beds to the young inmates.
The SA Deputy Speaker addressing the ceremony jointly organized by LAO and office of the Inspector General Prisons of Sindh said President Asif Ali Zardari is also keen to improve the general conditions at the prisons. “As per his directives special funds are being available to improve conditions at the jails,” she said.

Friday, May 29, 2009

President assures Rs 22b funds soon Green signal for green city

KARACHI: Important decisions were taken to make Karachi “Green City” with special focus on improved environmental conditions at a high level meeting held under the chairmanship of President Asif Ali Zardari at Governor House yesterday.
Among others Sindh Governor Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan and Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira attended the meeting.
The President had a comprehensive review of a dozen projects of parks and beautification in city at a total cost of Rs22, 151mln.
Of these, five projects will be undertaken by the Federal Government at a total cost of Rs 18,416mln and seven projects costing Rs 3735mln by Provincial Government.
The five federal government-funded projects will include Central Park, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Memorial River Valley Park, Malir River Bed Park, Night Safari, Thado Boat Basin Dam, Gadap Town and Animal Park Karachi Zoological Garden.
The provincially-funded parks will include Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Park Boat Basin, Beautification of Lyari River, National Park Gattar Baghicha Lyari, National Hill Park, Tree Plantation on major roads, Jehangir Park Saddar, and Jinnah Polo Ground.
Later briefing the press, Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri said the President emphasized on making preparations to cope with deteriorating environmental conditions called for carrying out maximum plantation in this respect.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

City District Govt. Karachi restrained from auctioning 9 amenity plots

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday restrained the CDGK from auctioning nine amenity plots in North Karachi Township till June 9, 2009.

Advocate Khalid Imran approached the SHC over the alleged illegal auction of amenity plots, naming the Sindh local government department secretary, Karachi city nazim and CDGK land management district officer as respondents. Advocate Imran submitted that the CDGK recently announced through newspapers that 70 commercial, petrol pumps and amenity plots in Korangi, North Karachi and Sarjani Town will be disposed off through an open public auction on May 28, 2009.

These include nine amenity plots in North Karachi Township. Two amenity plots, St-1 (measuring 1352 square yards) and St-64 (measuring 960 square yards) in Sector 11-A, are used by the area residents for community purposes and gardens have been developed on these plots.

He stated that the amenity plots specifically meant for parks and gardens could not be converted for any other purpose, as prohibited vide Regulations 19-2.2.8 Karachi Buildings and Town Planning Regulations 2002. Such regulations having statutory force, as such auction of said amenity plots would be against public policy. He prayed the court to restrain the CDGK from auctioning amenity plots, particularly St-1 and St-64 and urged to stay the auction scheduled for May 28.

The SHC division bench, comprising Justice Maqbool Baqir and Justice Abdur Rahman Farooq Pirzada, issued notices to the respondents, as well as the Sindh Advocate General for June 9, 2009, adding that till then parties are directed to maintain status quo.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Caller to prayer gunned down in Karachi

KARACHI: Unknown armed militants have shot dead a caller to prayer of a local mosque while his son sustained critical injuries here in the locality of Gulshan-e-Iqbal on Tuesday, Geo news reported.

According to police officials, the Amanullah Awan, a Mu'adhdhin (caller to prayer) of a local Jama Siddique Akbar mosque located in Gulshan-e-Iqbal block 19, was on his way home with his three sons when unidentified armed militants opened fire at them near Bait-ul-Mukarram mosque, killing Amanullah on the spot and injuring his son while two other sons were luckily had a narrow escape.

Police termed the assassination as target killing incident. Later, the dead body and injured child were shifted to local hospital where their kits and kin stormed and staged protest against the brutality.

On contacting police, SSP Gulshan-e-Iqbal told Geo news that the ambush seemed a target killing endeavor but police is probing into incident.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Govt should nationalise KESC’

KARACHI: MQM’s Rabita Committee has urged the government to review the privatisation of the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) and nationalise the utility immediately.

In a statement, the committee criticised the KESC for the prolonged power outages in Karachi and demanded that the government take concrete steps to relieve the citizens. “Unannounced load shedding by the KESC authorities has disturbed the citizens’ routine life. Industrial and commercial activities in the city have also been badly affected due to the 10-12 hours of non-supply of electricity,” the statement read. staff report

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Four killed, five injured in Karachi violence

Four people including a woman were shot dead and five people were injured in various incidents of violence in Karachi late on Friday, a private TV channel reported.

A girl, 19 and a boy, 7, were among the injured. They were hit by stray bullets in two different incidents on Friday.

According to the channel, unidentified people also set ablaze three vehicles and injured the owner of a hotel in Liaqatabad area of the city.

The armed men also torched buses on MA Jinnah Road and in Garden, North Nazimabad, Gulistan-e-Jauhar areas of the provincial capital.

Friday, May 22, 2009

2 ‘terrorists’ belonging to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi held in Karachi

KARACHI: The Crime Investigation Department (CID) of the Sindh Police has claimed to arrest two alleged terrorists – belonging to the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami in Karachi.

SSP Operations Fayyaz Khan said police also seized a suicide jacket containing 12 kilogrammes of explosives, two detonators, two hand grenades and two pistols along with five bullets from them.

Three other suspects managed to flee. During interrogation, the detained suspects confessed they were planning to carry out attacks on leaders of a political party, officials of CID police, imambargahs, places of worship of Ismailis and Ahmedis in the city, as well as targeting officials of the intelligence agencies.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Evidence shows presence of Taliban in Karachi: Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad Khan said that evidence of Taliban have been found in Karachi and the government is fully alive in this regard and it would not allow extremists and Talibanizaiton to reach Sindh province.
He said this while talking to newsmen at Air Base Faisal where a truck of goods was sent to Swat by Air force on behalf of Khadmat-e-Khalq Foundation here on Tuesday.
Governor made a humble appeal to well-to-do people to donate generously for IDPs, who were compelled to move from their houses after an operation is being conducted against Talibans in Swat, Dir and Buner.
He said that in the APC, all parties have expressed their complete solidarity with the government and endorsed the steps taken by the Army to eliminate Taliban.
Governor said that unity and solidarity is the need of the hour under prevailing situation and circumstances. He lauded the role of Air force in sending relief goods to the affected people.
He stressed that nation should show the spirit for IDPs as it had displayed in 2005 for quake affectees. He also lauded collaboration of Pak Air Force, PIA, Railway and other institutions for shipment relief goods to swat. He maintained that the government is making efforts to channelize shifting of relief goods to the people of the affected areas. He also hailed the performance of KKF in collecting relief goods.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Nazim seeks opening of Indian Visa office in city

City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal has called for opening of Indian Visa office in city as the people of this city had to travel long to Islamabad and bear heavy expenses.
He made the suggestion during a meeting with Indian High Commissioner, Sharat Sabharwal who met him at his office yesterday. The two had an exchange of views. City Nazim said that at present conditions in the region were not good and, therefore, steps were needed to improve the relations between India and Pakistan so that both could counter the situation with mutual action and consolation.
The Indian High Commissioner appreciated the Nazim’s contribution towards development in city and said there is need to carry out speedy development in the cities of developing countries and for this the example of Karachi could be kept in view.

Monday, May 18, 2009


Local al-Qaeda activists arrested in city

KARACHI: The CID police arrested a local al-Qaeda leader and his three accomplices here yesterday. The police also seized a large cache of arms and ammunition from their possession.
According to the details gathered from police sources said that four of their associates succeeded to flee from the scene.
According to CID officials, the police, on receiving a tip-off, raided a house in Model Colony where a meeting of the banned religious organizations was underway.
The police detained four accused, Muhammad Anwar, Rehan, Azeem and Ghulam Haider. While their four accomplices, Jehangir, Saifullah, Azam and Misbahuddin, managed to escape.
The police recovered 50-kg explosive material, 22kg sulphur powder, 35 gallon nitric acid, 100 meter detonating role, two Kalashnikovs, 2 TT pistols, 25 timer devices and more than 1000 capacitors.
The CID officials told that the accused Muhammad Anwar is a local commander of al-Qaeda and also an incharge of a banned religious outfit.
The accused is believed to be the mastermind of Marriot blast. (National Courier Report)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Rebellion in the offing?: ‘PkSF not to abide by ANP directives’

KARACHI: The Pakhtoon students-backed, Pakhtoon Student Federation (PkSF) leadership announced that they would not abide by the instruction and decisions taken by the provincial leadership of its parent political party- the Awami National Party (ANP).

The student leaders claimed that there was no turmoil in its rank after the provincial president of the ANP, taking a disciplinary action, dissolved the PkSF cabinet.

It may be remembered that differences arouse among the provincial leadership of the ANP and PkSF, during the recent ethnic violence in the city, after the PkSF rejected instructions from the ANP leadership and lodged FIRs against the regional leaders of MQM in a murder case.

“When our brother Sohail Khattak was killed, we lodged an FIR against the culprits involved in the matter; the party leaders were apposed to our actions, saying that in retaliation, the MQM would lodge FIR against them,” Ismail Mehsood, introducing himself as the president of PkSF, stated while addressing a press conference on Thursday.

Earlier, ANP Sindh President Shahi Syed, in a press conference, said that the ANP had nothing to do with the then leadership of PkSF. Two days ago, a press release was issued from the Mardan House by the ANP Students Affairs Chairman Bashir Sherpao, nominating a new cabinet of the PkSF on the advice of Syed.

Mehsood alleged that the actions of the provincial leadership of ANP were undemocratic. “They announced a new cabinet without consulting the student leaders and the result is in front of you,” he said, adding that the people in the cabinet that was announced by the ANP had rejected the offer of the party and stood loyal to the organisations leadership and supported Mehsood.

“According to the party’s constitution, the president and general secretaries of the PkSF are members of the Pakhtoon Action Committee and Working Committee, however, ANP has denied these right to us, so how can we abide by them?” he asked.

“Raza Khan Jadoon and Adam Khan Wazir are our vice presidents and Doctor Imran Afridi is the general secretary,” he went on to say. PkSF has announced a five-member committee that will hold dialogues with the central leadership.

On the other hand, ANP Sindh General Secretary Ameen Khattak, while talking to Daily Times, regarded the claims of the PkSF leadership as meaningless. “They have nothing to do with the party of PkSF,” he said, adding that those are the members of PkSF who had been announced by the party leader, Bashir Sherpao. (Daily Times)

Federal Government orders crackdown against land mafia in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Federal Government has constituted a high level committee to launch crackdown against land mafia in Karachi.

Federal Interior Minister Abdul Rehman Malik informed Private TV Channel the committee has been constituted after consultation with Governor Sindh Ishrat-ul-Ibad and Chief Minister Sindh Syed Qaim Ali Shah.

The committee would be headed by interior secretary Syed Kamal Shah and DG Ranger Sindh, IG Sindh, DCO, Secretary Local Government and Member Revenue Board are included in it.

The committee would submit its report within 7 days before the Government and in the light of committee report action would be taken against the responsible.

The committee has been asked to determine those officials of Revenue department and Police officials who are assisting land mafia.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 12 passes peacefully: Karachiites relieved!

KARACHI: The residents of Karachi heaved a sigh of relief on Tuesday as the feared outbreak of violence did not materialise and no untoward incident was reported in any part of the city.

However, routine life remained suspended as shops and markets throughout the city remained closed and traffic remained thin, with public transport largely absent.

Although, mass bloodshed, ethnic clashes and rioting were expected, the day passed peacefully and earned the unique recognition as only the second day after the day of the February 2008 elections when not a single case of street crime was reported.

On Tuesday, roads remained deserted and contingents of Rangers and police staged flag marches. Even the traffic police had been armed and 5,000 additional police personnel were deployed in the city. Petrol pumps remained closed and a strike-like situation was witnessed. Attendance in offices and factories also remained low, as workers could not reach their destinations due to non-availability of public transport. While most industrial concerns too had allowed workers to stay at home, patients at various hospitals faced problems due to the absence of paramedical staff. Many areas faced an acute water shortage, as tanker services remained partially suspended.

It may be recalled that since 2008, several major violent incidents have taken place in the city, claiming hundreds of lives, as law enforcement agencies remained unable to deal with miscreants. However, for the second time since 2008, law enforcers were able to come up with a strategy to combat threats of violence.

On the other hand, Quran Khwanis were separately arranged by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party, while the Jamaat-e-Islami observed a black day in memory of the martyrs of May 12, 2007. On the directives of their respective party leaders, MQM workers hoisted national flags, while ANP workers hoisted black flags.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Visits Karachi Central Jail: CJP irked over poor facilities for inmates

* Protesters outside jail premises demand release of prisoners acquitted by court

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Sunday visited the Karachi Central Jail as his three Sindh day tour comes to end.

Justice Chaudhry was accorded a guard of honour by the prison guards in front of ‘Maari’ (the traditional entrance of the prison). After Sindh High Court Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali’s short briefing, Chaudhry was taken inside for a detailed visit to different parts of the century-old prison.

Although a request for coverage was made by the Assistant Registrar, Karachi Registry of Supreme Court of Pakistan, vide letter A.R (K) /2009 dated May 6, print, electronic and broadcast media was barred from coverage. It was similar to what happened last week at the CJP’s visit to Kot Lakhpat Prison, Lahore when the media was harshly treated. Journalists were kept waiting for hours and later turned back. However, as per officials of the police and the Sindh government seeking anonymity, the CJP summoned the records of old convicts, details pertaining to production of Under Trial Prisoners, health and food problems of inmates, as well as ailments including communicable diseases. According to sources, the CJP has ordered the release of five inmates.

Chaudhry expressed extreme displeasure over the poor emergency health care and poor quality of food, sources said, adding that the CPK superintendent was also taken to task by the CJP and asked to treat the inmates humanely. In this regard, the Sindh IGP has cancelled the contract of the present food supplier.

Meanwhile, about three dozen men, women and children staged a protest demonstration outside the central jail. Amomg the protesters were the family members of Rizwan, an accused in Sheraton suicide attack case who was acquitted a few day ago by the SHC, but his release didn't come into effect.

Demanding justice, the protesters alleged that despite court orders, their family members booked in false cases of terrorism were not being released by the prison authorities. Protesting in hot weather for some time, they dispersed peacefully.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Boiler Blast Landhi Factory in Karachi 3 killed

A factory boiler exploded in a factory in Landhi area here killing three persons and injuring three others.

A boiler of chipboard making factory in Landhi industrial area exploded with loud blast on Saturday setting the premises on fire. Three workers got severe burns were succumbed to their injuries in hospital while other three injured were being provided medical aid at the hospital.

Two fire tenders reached to the factory and extinguished the blaze.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Beach cleaning campaign concludes

The three-day beach cleaning campaign organised by DHA at Sea View beach concluded with fanfare here yesterday. Acting City Nazim Ms. Nasreen Jalil was the chief guest of the function. More than 3,000 students of DHA schools, 1,000 teaching staff and a large number of janitorial work forces participated in the massive cleaning of the beach with great zeal and enthusiasm.

The students reaffirmed the motto “do not litter, let Karachi glitter.” Ms. Nasreen Jalil speaking on the occasion appreciated the positive initiative taken by DHA to keep the beach and the city clean and beautiful. She said that CDGK would soon construct two sewerage treatment plants in the city. These plants would treat and clean the toxic sewer of the city before it is discharged into the sea.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

PPP expedites efforts to defuse MQM, ANP tension

KARACHI: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has expedited its efforts to restrain both its allies, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement and the Awami National Party (ANP), from observing strikes on May 12, in a bid to avoid conflict in the city.

Sindh Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah called on Sindh Governor Dr Ishrtaul Ibad Khan late on Wednesday evening at the Governor’s House in this regard. He left for the Governor’s House soon after attending a series of meetings with cabinet members belonging to the PPP at the CM’s House. He is likely to meet the ANP leadership in this connection.

No official handout was issued by the CM’s House about the chief minister’s lengthy meetings with some of his cabinet members. However, a spokesperson of the CM said that the meetings were related to the forthcoming budget. According to him, the chief minister had called some of the ministers and MPAs belonging to his party to discuss the current budget and the new fiscal year’s budget.

Sources privy to the matter told Daily Times that political issues, particularly the tense situation that is arising as May 12 approaches, came under discussion. The sources claimed that some of the PPP ministers advised the chief minister to declare an official holiday on May 12 to avoid any untoward incident on the occasion.

The sources said that some of the ministers also suggested for an early imposition of commissioner system in the province. They reiterated their stance and said that the present local government system has not only failed to deliver but it is also creating political problems for the provincial government. They referred to the initiatives made by the Punjab and Balochistan governments in this connection.

CJ to visit Karachi ahead of May 12: Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry is scheduled to arrive on May 8 for a three-day visit of Sindh.

He is scheduled to arrive at Hyderabad on the evening of May 8. According to the schedule, the chief justice would attend the oath-taking ceremony of the Sindh High Court Bar Association. On the second day, he would leave for Tando Adam to inaugurate a judicial complex. On the same evening, he would arrive in Karachi via Hyderabad and meet the judges and lawyers here. On the third day, the chief justice is scheduled to visit the Karachi Central Prison besides attending other events. On the same day, he would leave for Islamabad.

It is pertinent to mention here that it would be his first official visit to the Sindh after his restoration. On May 12, 2007, while he was a deposed judge, he had made an attempt to visit the city which had resulted in large scale violence.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Zardari, Altaf on the same page against militancy

President Asif Ali Zardari and Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain held an important meeting at Churchill Hotel in London on Sunday.
During the meeting, both the leaders discussed country’s security situation in general and of Karachi in particular. On the occasion, Altaf Hussain expressed his party’s reservations regarding some police officers of Sindh following violence in Karachi, a private TV channel, quoting sources close to the meeting, said.
Talking to newsmen after the meeting, Altaf Hussain said Talibanisation is a threat to Pakistan and it’s a conspiracy to break up the country. “We have to rise above party politics and join hands to meet this challenge,” he added.
He said there was a consensus in the meeting that militancy will be elimiated at every cost. He said law-enforcement agencies are working to crush Talibanisation. He regretted that Taliban had not surrendered their arms after the implementation of Nizam-e-Adl in Swat Valley.
He said situation in Balochistan is very critical. “We have to demonstrate unity to help our Balochi brethren.”
Responding to a question, Altaf said, “Nawaz Sharif should also be taken on board. I respect Nawaz Sharif’s reservations but the country at the moment needs unity and the PML-N Chief should support the government."
According to sources, CCPO Karachi Waseem Ahmed has also arrived in London.
Sensing the gravity of the challenges the country is currently confronted with, President Zardari and Altaf Hussain renewed their commitment to jointly take the country out of the crisis.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Transporters to observe wheel jam strike on 12th

National Transport Ittehad Karachi Chairman Salim Khan Bangash announced on Friday that transporters will observe a wheel jam strike in the city on May 12 against the killing of four transporters and the torching of public transport vehicles in the recent violence in the city.

Bangash said that during the recent mayhem, rioters gunned down two drivers and two conductors and also set ablaze nine buses, 24 minibuses and six dumpers, which caused a loss of about Rs 20 million to the transporters. “As many as 25,000 minibuses, 10,000 coaches, 5,000 local buses, 60,000 motor rickshaws and 25,000 cabs ply on different roads of Karachi on a daily basis. Around 95 percent of the private transport in

Karachi is owned by the Pakhtoons and their future after the recent riots, has been put at stake,” he said. He blamed that men of a particular ethnic group were involved in this crime however, the Karachi police has registered cases against unknown attackers despite our indication of the responsible elements.

“Taliban are not present in Karachi and only an ethnic group is propagating it in order to damage the interest of Pakhtoons. “Over 0.7million people of Swat and FATA have been internally displaced due to the fight between security forces and militants there. A large number of these displaced people are heading towards Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi to take refuge at the houses of their relatives who are already settled in these cities,” he said.

Pakthoons in Karachi are striving to earn their livelihoods and none of them are involved in terrorism. “Why are the transporters in Karachi being continuously harassed in the name of Talibanisation while they are plying their vehicles on the roads of Karachi to earn a livelihood for several decades?” he questioned. He said that not only were the vehicles torched, but also the shops and houses owned by the Pakhtoons torched during the recent violence.