Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sindh High Court issues notice to CCPO on police stations construction on public property

Sindh High Court issued show cause notice to CCPO Karachi Waseem Ahmed, questioning under what authority police stations were being constructed on public property without lawful land acquisition.
A division bench, comprising Justice Mushir Alam & Justice Aqeel Ahmed Abbasi, passed order on petition of Sheikh Barkat Ali, who challenged construction of police station building on plot adjacent to his house R-80, B-4/A of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town.
He impleaded Sindh Home Secretary, Sindh Police Chief, City Police Chief, Chief Controller KBCA, Town Police Officer & SHO Gulshan-e-Iqbal Town police station as respondents. He submitted Mobina Town police illegally occupied 40 feet wide lane & plot meant for community clinic in Block 4/A. Police authorities neither fulfilled legal formalities nor acquired land nor made compensation.(NC Report)

Monday, February 22, 2010

Errors in Karachi University semester mark-sheets

Errors and omissions in mark-sheets of many semester students of various departments of Karachi University have become a source of irritation for students and wakeup call for concerned authorities to rectify the system at earliest.
Many students studying in different departments of KU witnessed inaccuracies in their recently issued semester mark-sheet, commonly known as ‘Performa’.
Several sorts of mistakes were observed in these mark-sheets including false entry of subject marks, year of semester, and subsidiary subjects. In some cases candidates were mentioned fail or absent despite securing passing marks.
To make the matter further complicated the process of rectifying these mistakes is lengthy and cumbersome. Affected students complain that the procedure to get their Performa corrected is really annoying as they had to pay several visits to Semester Examination Cell (SEC), where they generally receive cold and uncooperative response. Maimuna Ejaz, morning student at the Department of Mass Communication was grieved after getting her Performa.
She said that she actually had got 80 marks in subsidiary subject Sociology, as it was also apparent in the marks list provided by her teacher; however, the Performa issued to her showed she secured just 54 marks in the same subject. Another student of the said department told that he had got back his Performa after entire processing from SEC with some errors still persisting.
Interestingly one of the BS evening batch at aforementioned department has observed an unusual case as some 25 students amidst a total strength of 42 students in the class were declared ‘absent’ in their subsidiary subject International Relation. (NC Report)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


Nazim Karachi Syed Mustafa Kamal has said that Haq Parast City Government has completed 2496 projects in Karachi during last four years while 126 mega projects were still under progress. This list includes only those projects which have cost more than Rs30million.

He expressed these views while addressing a press conference at a local hotel on Wednesday. City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil, all town nazmeen, naib nazmeen, DCO Karachi Javed Hanif, M.D KWSB Qutubuddin Shaikh and other senior officers of city government and water board were present on this occasion.

Nazim Karachi said that a total of 52 months have been completed since the time we took oath on 17th October 2005. Out of 1560 days we had 1252 working days. City Government has averagely completed 2 projects per day and 48 projects per month during this tenure to provide maximum facilities to citizens.

He said that a total of 35 flyovers and underpasses were completed in last four years with 316 major and supplementary roads. City government also completed 451 educational projects besides 194 water and sewerage projects and 356 parks while 110 projects were completed in rural areas. He said that in the transport sector 255 bus stops and 116 pedestrian bridges were completed with the construction of Pakistan’s first car parking plaza and the intercity bus terminal. City Government also brought 75 CNG buses on roads and a total of 337 new machinery and vehicles were provided during this period. He said that a modern command and control center was installed in the city while the citizen’s complaints information system 1339 was introduced to solve public’s problems on immediate basis. The CCIS 1339 has got ISO 9001 certification which is another major achievement of city government. City Government has also initiated green Karachi campaign during which more than 1.2million saplings were planted in different parts of the city. Haq Parast city government also gave a new concept of Karachi Development Fund to ensure hurdle free journey of development.

Nazim Karachi said that with the completion of so many projects we have also planned lot of projects for future including K-IV and S-III projects, Karachi Mass Transit project and Circular Railway project to provide further facilities to citizens. He said that already three signal free corridors have been completed in the city while the fourth one was underway. The whole corridor from P.I.D.C to Airport will be made signal free by January-February 2011. The signal free corridor –V will be from Sohrab Goth to M.A Jinnah Road.

City Nazim also thanked all those who have been supported and helped him during last four years. He said that he was thankful of Quaid-e-Tehreek Altaf Hussain Bhai for providing full support and guidance during this period. He also thanked President Asif Ali Zardari, Governor of Sindh Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan, City Naib Nazim Nasreen Jalil, members of city district council Karachi, media representatives, people of Karachi and his whole team including DCO Karachi, M.D KWSB, members of town and union’s administration, employees of city government, his personal staff, Afaq Hussain Affan, Zahoor, his telephone operator, peons, drivers and all those who were worked day and night with him.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

KESC cuts power supply to police stations

The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) Monday disconnected power supply to over a dozen police stations and their adjoining residential quarters and installations for non payment of dues.
The disconnected police installations included Garden police Headquarters, Baldia police lines, Elite force, Artillery police lines, DIG office, Saddar and Jamshed Quarters. Residents of some of the police line came out on roads raising slogan against KESC management and demanding restoration of power.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Shoaib Siddiqui to Inaugurate First iLEAD Volleyball Tournament on Monday

KARACHI: Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs, Government of Sindh will be inaugurating iLEAD’s first volleyball tournament on 15 February, 2010.

iLEAD – Inspiring Leadership, Empowerment and Development in Youth is a public- private partnership program between the Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh and Habib University Foundation (H.U.F.), with technical support provided by the British Council, Pakistan. Mr. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Secretary of Sports and Youth Affairs Department, Government of Sindh will inaugurate the ceremony.

The volleyball tournament will be held at the Institute for Advancing Careers and Talents, one of iLEAD’s partner institutes. Eight colleges are participating in the tournament: Two pools consisting of four institutes each will contest in the tournament. Volleyball matches begin on February 15, 2010 and will last to February 19, 2010, when the final will be played.

Thursday, February 11, 2010


British High Commissioner Adam Thomson called on City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal at his office on Thursday. During the meeting it was agreed that Karachi is not only the biggest city and economic hub of Pakistan but an important city of the region. Business and trade activities in this city should increase further which would be beneficial for Pakistan as well as the whole region. Karachi offers lucrative investment opportunities to business community worldwide where they can earn maximum profits on their investments.

The British High Commissioner on this occasion appreciated recent infrastructure uplift and development projects in Karachi and called it a good omen. It was agreed that the current development process should be carried on as any halt in this process would raise the problems for citizens.

He said that City Government Karachi has also taken great measures to control environmental pollution. The Green Karachi Campaign has been appreciated all over the world.

City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal apprised the high commissioner about the development process that has been carried out in Karachi. He also informed him about the provision of basic facilities to citizens including water and sewerage system and road infrastructure development. He said that city government has constructed many signal free corridors in Karachi to overcome traffic problems while lot of projects in health and education sector were also been completed during last four years.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

City of Karachi honours Jan-e-Alam Fazli

By Syed Khalid Mahmood

Jan-e-Alam Fazli’s contribution as one of the most prolific bridge players of his time has been recognized by the City District Government Karachi (CDGK) by means of dedicating a street after his name.

Tariq Rasheed Khan, President, Pakistan Bridge Federation (PBF), broke the good news that Jan-e-Alam, who holds the distinction of being the highest ranked Pakistani player at the international level, has been honoured by the City of Karachi by naming with the street where he lived in his early days after him.

“It’s a matter of great pleasure and pride for all of us. It’s a moment to cherish for every bridge player of the country. We are delighted to have the Jan-e-Alam Fazli Street in Karachi,” Tariq Rasheed remarked.

The sentiments of the bridge players are very clearly reflected in those remarks of the PBF President. It’s not often that the bridge legends of the country have been recognized in much manner at the governmental level.

Jan-e-Alam happens to be the only player in South Asia and Middle East Zone to have been conferred the rank of International Life Master by the World Bridge Federation (WBF).

He was an integral part of the national team in the golden era of the 1980s when Pakistan had reached the final of the Bermuda Bowl World Championship two times within six years. He was nominated for the coveted Presidential Award but the change of guard in 2008 deferred his case.

When contacted the modest and unassuming veteran bridge player explained that the city government has named the road housing his childhood residence in Block A of North Nazimabad as the Jan-e-Alam Fazli Street.

“I feel really honoured and elevated by this gesture of the city government. This is an acknowledgement of my contribution to the cause of sports. I thank the concerned officials for having taken up this initiative. I am sure the whole fraternity of sports will welcome this move,” Jan-e-Alam observed.

Jan-e-Alam very rightly reckoned that the athletes do get inspired by their recognition like these and they try to payback by performing even better.

He has been acclaimed one of the greatest sportsmen of Pakistan, having contributed significantly for putting on the bridge map of the world. He was one of the illustrious contemporaries of the great Zia Mahmood, a World Bridge Federation (WBF) and American Contract Bridge League (ABCL) Grand Life Master.

The City District Government Karachi (CDGK) has made a praiseworthy move by honouring the bridge legend. Now the authorities in the federal capital should also expedite his case for the Presidential award.

The Pakistan Bridge Federation (PBF) should also try to pursue his case in Islamabad because he thoroughly deserves the award. It would be another major boost for the development of the mind sport in the country should he get it.

One hopes that the red tape or the political considerations would be overcome by the saner elements in the Federal Ministry of Sports who must be aware of Jan-e-Alam’s massive contribution to the sport of bridge.

Sunday, February 7, 2010


The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Karachi as part of his ambition to promote Indonesian Cultural and Art to the people of Sindh, especially to the young generation to educate them about their most cordial and friendly country Indonesia, took active part in the LYthreatre Drama Festival of Lyceum School, Karachi recently.

Three differences Indonesian performances were demonstrated by the Indonesian and Pakistani students, who were particularly trained for this purpose. The first performance was an Indonesian folk dance called “Puspawresti Dance”, the second performance was “Sajojo Dance’ while the third performance was an Indonesian traditional dance “Indang Badindin Dance”.
Puspawresti is a traditional dance from Bali, Indonesia. Bali is the island of God. It is a tribute dance performed by the youth in Bali to welcoming honorable guest. Sajojo dance is traditional dance from Papua. This dance is about the soul and cheerful of Papua people in every day activity. And Indang Badindin dance tells about the first time for Moslem religious arrived in Minang Kabau land (West Sumatra). This dance will be presented in sitting position and movement is dominated by arm. It also depicts about daily activity of Minang Kabau society living around the coast area as fisherman to fulfill their daily demand.

Ms. Merita Yenni, Consul, of CG Indonesia said that the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Karachi, is continuously trying to employ every forum to bring the people of both the brotherly countries at all levels, whether there is any Exhibitions, like ‘International Gourmet”, “Hamara Karachi”, and “My Karachi’ and participate any Festivals whether it is “LYtheatre Drama Festival” in order to enhance the bilateral most cordial relations between the two Islamic brother countries, Pakistan and Indonesia.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia is very much optimistic to achieve his goal by bringing the people of both the friendly countries more closer and will definitely succeed in educating the young generation about Indonesian Culture, Arts, Tourism, Trade and Economic so that most concrete foundation could laid.

Large number of audiences and the students of Schools enjoyed the Indonesian performances with great interest.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Agha Siraj Durrani lashes out at CDGK —Advices nazims, other officials to go to the hospital for their mental checkups

By Saleem Chandio and Bachal Chandio
KARACHI: Sindh Local Government’s Minister, Agha Siraj Khan Durrani on Tuesday strongly criticized the City Nazim, Syed Musafa Kamal and said that the City Government had no power to interfere in the affairs of the Karachi Building Control Authority.
He was speaking on a point of order in reference to a statement of the City Nazim and City Government’s announcement of canceling the building plans approved by the KBCA during the past six months.
Referring to a TV interview of the City Nazim, the Local Government Minister said, amidst slogans of shame-shame, that he had no authority to come live on TV and utter abuses.
He said that if they had any problems, they should come and discuss the same with them.
He said that they were pursuing a policy of reconciliation and it was the kindness of President Asif Ali Zardari that funds were being provided to them. He said that he neither dictates anyone nor takes dictation from anyone but would do whatever he felt to be right.
He said that the Nazims were making illegal appointments and using funds illegally and he could not sit silent on that. He said that the government gives funds to the defunct KMC and city Government and when they did not get funds, they start raising hue and cry.
He advised them to go to some hospital where they could get their mental checkup and get themselves treated there. (RT)