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June 22, 2006
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June 22, 2006

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LHC reschedules execution of murderer

LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday while vacating the stay on execution of death sentence of a murder convict directed Gujranwala jail superintendent to reschedule the execution. Earlier, the bench had granted stay on the execution of Tahir Mehmood alias Tari, which was scheduled for June 15. The mother of the convict, Rashida Bibi, had filed a petition, submitting that a compromise with the respondents was in progress so the execution of death sentence should be stayed. On Wednesday, counsel for the respondent advocate Hafiz Ansar informed the bench that no compromise was reached so the stay on execution should be vacated. A trial court awarded death sentence to Tahir in 2000 on the charge of killing Umer Farooq on December 6, 1994. Later, the convict had moved to LHC and the Supreme Court but order of the trial court was upheld. A mercy appeal of the convict was also dismissed by the President of Pakistan.



Fata dwellers demand share in NFC award

By our correspondent

PESHAWAR: The Fata Grand Alliance (FGA) on Wednesday underlined the need for allocating share in the National Finance Commission (NFC) award for Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata). Besides, it also demanded of the government to make public the national and international assistance, announced for the uplift of Fata. “The utilisation of the funds should be made transparent and be spent on the welfare of the masses through elected councillors, jirga and Fata Council.” During a meeting held at a local hotel here, The FGA categorically stated: “Any reforms in the tribal belt without the consent of the tribesmen and ignoring tribal traditions would bear no fruit.” The participants of the meeting unanimously stated any bid to change the present status of tribal agencies would be unacceptable. “The tribesmen wouldn’t accept any move aimed at declaring the tribal agencies as settled

areas.” Referring to the recommendations of the FCR Reforms Committee, the alliance stressed that they must be in line with the aspirations of the tribal people.



Concession in Railways fare for journalists

LAHORE: Pakistan Railways has announced on Wednesday the concession in fare, which was promised to mediapersons by Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmad. According to the announcement journalists would be provided 80 per cent and their spouses 50 per cent concession on rail fare. New application forms for the requisite journalistsí concession cards have been sent to the offices of all divisional superintendents by the Railways Public Relations Department, said a press release issued here. Applications should include photocopies of the journalistís accredition and ID cards and two recent photographs, as well as a copy of the ID card and two photographs of the spouse. The journalist staff of leading print and electronic media as well as of news agencies will be eligible for the rail concession.



SM Zafar named PML’s rights wing chief

ISLAMABAD: President Pakistan Muslim League Chaudhry Shujaat Husain has appointed Senator S M Zafar as president of the newly formed Human Rights Wing of the party. The HR wing will work to preserve, protect and promote the HR cause within the country and suggest remedial measures for improvement of the HR, a press release issued by the PML Central Secretariat said on Wednesday. Senator Seemeen Siddiqi will be general secretary of the HR wing based at the PML House, Islamabad. The wing will have chapters in all provinces and will also hold seminars and conferences on HR issues.



BHC orders fresh polls in UC Panjgur

QUETTA: A division bench of Balochistan High Court (BHC) suspended the order of the Election Tribunal (ET) Gwadar and ordered the Chief Election Commissioner on Wednesday to hold fresh elections in Union Council Bonistan, district Panjgur. The bench, comprising Chief Justice Amanullah Khan Yasinzai and Justice Akhtar Zaman Malghani, issued the order while hearing a joint petition filed by Ghulam Jan and Abdul Khaliq on December 26, 2005. The petitioners claimed that they had returned winner in local bodies election in August 2005 but Muhammad Akbar and Zahoor Ahmad, who had contested for the same seats, challenged their educational qualification and approached the ET Gwadar (Senior Civil Judge) and the ET ordered to notify Akbar and Zahoor as returned candidates on December 22, 2005. The petitioners prayed to BHC to set aside the ET’s order. The bench ordered the CEC to hold fresh elections.



Demolition of Pakhtuns’ houses in Karachi flayed

By our correspondent

PESHAWAR: Central leader of Awami National Party (ANP) Muhammad Afzal Khan on Wednesday voiced grave concern over demolition of Pakhtun residential areas in Karachi. “Pakhtuns are living in Karachi for the last many years and have played significant role in the development of the city. It’s altogether unjustifiable to deprive them of their houses they made after decades-long struggle.” He also criticised the Karachi City District Government for its new policy for auto-rikshaws, terming it “murder of Pakhtuns”.



Forced labour un-Islamic: LHC

LAHORE: Justice M A Shahid Siddiqi of the Lahore High Court set at liberty nine kiln workers on Wednesday after their recovery from illegal detention of a kiln owner. The detainees were found locked in a quarter adjacent to the kiln. The court observed that forced labour was forbidden in Islam.



10 held on Afghan border

QUETTA: Federal Investigation Agency arrested 10 foreigners who were trying to cross the Pak-Afghan border on Tuesday. Sources said that the FIA arrested 10 Uzbek and Tajik nationals, who entered the country illegally through the border.



Wana victims

By our correspondent

PESHAWAR: Political Administration of South Waziristan Agency has accelerated the process of compensation disbursement to the families of the people affected in Wana operation. Compensation of Rs 51.35 million has been paid so far to 109 victims. The sixth instalment of Rs 5 million was released to affected families in a ceremony held in Wana on Wednesday morning.



Chiltan Express escapes disaster

By our correspondent

MULTAN: Lahore-bound 21-up Chiltan Express narrowly escaped a bomb blast on Tuesday night. The train coming from Quetta, was detained at Rajanpur railway station for 45 minutes due to a technical fault. In the meantime, a bomb planted on the track exploded at 9:45 pm, when the train was supposed to reach there. “The train plying on the Dera Ghazi Khan-Kashmore section escaped the disaster because it was delayed for 45 minute,” said Railways divisional superintendent Multan on Wednesday. He added the railway traffic has been restored at 1:30 am and Chiltan Express was delayed for four hours. The train was to reach Kot Chutta some 20 kms from DG Khan and 100 km from Multan at 9:45 pm. The bomb explosion had caused a 10 feet wide crater, he said and added an inquiry has been ordered and the police was also investigating the case.



Man jailed for attacking judge

By our correspondent

MAILSI: Civil Judge Masroor Anwar Khan on Wednesday awarded two-and-half-year imprisonment to former councillor and Awami Qiyadat Party Central Executive Council member Sheikh Abdul Jabbar for attacking a judge. The prosecution said the convict had attacked Civil Judge Hafiz Muhammad Iqbal Kalyar during the hearing of a civil suit.



Manchhar lake water unfit for human consumption

By our correspondent

JAMSHORO: Water samples collected from the Manchhar lake and Adah Wan in Sehwan and Johi Talukas of Dadu districts have been found hazardous to human lives, officials said on Wednesday. A team was formed to collect samples by Adviser to the Prime Minister, Dr Ahsan Siddique, for checking the water quality in these areas. Dr Ahsan Siddique himself led the team. According to the tests, the samples contained 2000-PPM silt, which makes it hazardous for human lives if consumed. Talking to villagers during the visits to Sehwan and Johi Talukas, Dr Siddique said that after completion of the RBOD project the wastewater would be drained out. He also announced installation of four filter plants at a cost of Rs 15 million in the affected areas.



Local participation urged to improve education

By our correspondent

THATTA: Education Sector Reform Assistance (ESRA), Thatta chapter, organised a workshop titled ‘Policy Dialogue on Education and Focus on Professional Development’ at the Makli Gymkhana here on Wednesday. Speakers spoke at length about the problems facing the education sector. They said that active participation of local communities and elected representatives at the UC level could bring improvement in the standard of education. They also put forward some suggestions for its improvement. It was informed that there were 2,798 schools with the enrolment of 159,354 students. Out of these, 2,291 schools were functioning, according a survey conducted by ESRA.

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