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Mobile phone dealers overcharging customers

Mobile phone dealers overcharging customers PESHAWAR – The cell phone dealers are making huge profits from the sale of Ufone pre-paid connections and charging the consumers between Rs500 to Rs1,000 more illegally. Ufone on May 12 morning launched its new pre-paid Josh Package and by afternoon the three legal franchises in the city announced the […]

Women’s education vital for nation

KARACHI – The annual function and award distribution ceremony of Defense Authority Jamia Fatimatuz Zehra was held on May 12. Begum Rukshana Maqsood, wife of administrator DHA was the chief guest on the occasion. She appreciated high standards and dynamic approach of the institution in producing forward looking, cultured and well versed young women imbibed […]

Inquiry into murder of two girls demanded

HYDERABAD – The authorities concerned should order an inquiry into the killing of two cousins, Tehmina, 17, and Abida, 18, in Shikarpur on a jirga order. This was demanded by the Asian Human Rights Commission in a message faxed to Dawn on May 12. The commission maintained that the girls were killed because they had […]

Policemen maltreat journalists

LAHORE – Police maltreated journalists and human rights activists at a picket on Amjad Chowk in the cantonment on May 11. Police highups, who announced on May 10 that journalists would be allowed to go to the airport, did not honour their words. Both Lahore police chief DIG Tariq Saleem and Operations police chief Aftab […]

Heavy-handed treatment of media

Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) lambasted Pakistan for its heavy-handed treatment of the media as journalists tried to cover an attempted return from exile by opposition politician Shahbaz Sharif, brother of ex-Prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Intense official pressure was brought to bear on private ARY Digital TV, a CNN journalist was arrested and police […]

Govt delaying new private TV channels

ISLAMABAD – Despite the proclaimed liberalization of the information and media sectors of the economy, the government was still reluctant to issue licenses to the private TV channels as the PEMRA goes slow on drafting amendment in its ordinance. The process of amendment in the PEMRA Ordinance would take sometime, nevertheless the cabinet had already […]

MMA takes up press freedom issue in Senate

ISLAMABAD – The Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) has moved three adjournment motions in the Senate against the recent incidents of violation of the press freedom. The MMA leader, Senator Professor Khurshid Ahmad, expressed his strong reaction over the incidents and moved motion to take up the issue in the Senate. He reacted strongly to a report […]

Canada to invest in IT, telecom, mining

ISLAMABAD – Canadian business delegation has expressed keen interest to invest in the fields of IT, Telecom, Mining, Minerals and Agriculture. The delegation comprised Stewart Hall, President of Canadian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Vice President Strategy Tec, Shariq Qureshi and President Milcon Gulf Group; Shameem Qureshi met with Chairman Board of Investment (BOI), Waseem […]

CNN producer under house arrest

LAHORE – CNN regional producer Syed Mohsin Naqvi was detained at his residence here on May 10 evening. The police personnel managed their entry into the house of Syed Mohsin Naqvi while giving a pretext that somebody had planted a bomb somewhere inside the premises. The cops upon being asked informed the CNN producer that […]

CPJ protests journalist’s detention

In a May 10, 2004, letter to the president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, CPJ expressed concern about the prolonged detention of Newsweek stringer Sami Yousafzai and called on the government to release him immediately. Yousafzai was last seen on April 21, when he was detained with U.S. freelance journalist Eliza Griswold at a military checkpoint in […]

Woman’s body exhumed from her house

KARACHI – The body of a woman, who was killed by her husband’s elder brother on suspicion of illicit relationship, was exhumed on May 10. The 17-year-old victim, Hafia, was married to Zaid Ali six months ago. The couple was living in Saudabad with Zaid’s brother, Abid Ali, who admitted to have stabbed the woman […]

TV channel fails to telecast interview

ISLAMABAD – A private TV channel failed to telecast a live interview of Pakistan Muslim League-N president Mian Shahbaz Sharif on May 9 night without giving any specific reason leaving a large number of viewers in deep mystery as to why the interview was not telecast. The London-based Pakistani news and current affairs channel kept […]

Press Freedom Day and Punjabi dailies

By STM “More journalists were killed in 2003 than in any year since 1995… A black year if ever there was one,” Reporters Sans Frontiers said in its annual report released to coincide with the World Press Freedom Day (which fell on May 3 last). Forty-two journalists were killed “while doing their job or for […]

Initial report denies rape of girl

MULTAN – Initial medical report of the unmarried victim of the Kabirwala case has belied the claim that she was raped. The report says ‘Mz’ is still virgin and there are no torture marks on her body that suggest any violent act committed against her. However, the police want to have her detail examination from […]