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Remarks of ‘some judges’ criticised: Altaf hits out at media

KARACHI, Sept 11: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has said that the attitude and remarks of some judges of a seven-member larger bench of the Sindh High Court hearing a suo motu petition regarding May 12 mayhem was against judicial norms and reflected their bias. “How a court decides a case when its judges […]

Transporters thrash journalist

RAWALPINDI:Transporters of route No-1 thrashed journalist on complaint of not completing the route besides snatching his cell phone, cash, press card and national identity card on Monday. As per details, the PPI Islamabad Staff Reporter, Syed Agha Ali RazaNaqvi was coming from his residence, Sadiqabad to his office located at Super Market Islamabad through public […]

Journalists barred from Islamabad airport

Islamabad: Airport Security Force personnel (ASF) have ordered journalists to leave the airport premises immediately and have asked media to remove their equipment. PIA flight carrying ex Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif is expected to land at Islamabad airport at 7.30 a.m. this morning. Security has been tightened around seven airports across the country due to […]

CD shop blown up

SWAT, Sept 9: A CD shop was blown up by unidentified attackers near the Islampura area in Saidu Sharif late on Saturday night with an improvised explosive device. The blast also damaged some nearby grocery shops. The bomb was planted outside the shop of Gul Shad situated in Fazal Bacha Market. Panic gripped the area […]

Taliban bomb music and video markets for “promoting obscenity”; over 50

**For further information on previous bombings of music and video stores by religious extremists, see IFEX alerts of 28 August, 9 July, and 8 and 7 May 2007** (PPF/IFEX):A powerful explosion in the town of Mingora, in the Swat district of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, destroyed over 50 shops in two […]

Department heads cannot talk to media any more?

KARACHI: All high-ranking officials of different government departments have been prohibited from disclosing any kind of information to the media by Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad. He issued these directives through provincial ministers to all department heads, Sindh Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) Director General (DG) Abdul Malik Ghauri told Daily Times. “Provincial Environment Minister Dr […]

OIC issues code of ethics for Mass Media for member states

ISLAMABAD, Sep 9: Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) has issued code of ethics for the mass media institutions and practitioners in its member states. The code of ethics states that in pursuance also of the recommendations of the Seventh Session of the Islamic Conference of Information Ministers held in Jeddah on September 13-14 2006, the […]

Monitoring SMS messages

Sir: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has directed all the mobile operators in the country to start monitoring SMS text messages sent by mobile users in order to impose censorship and block mobile connections of users spreading anti-government content. Speaking purely on technical grounds and without going into the separate debate on the morality of […]

AGP summoned on pleas against PEMRA

LAHORE: A full bench of the Lahore High Court has admitted identical petitions challenging the PEMRA (Amended) Ordinance 2007 and summoned Attorney General of Pakistan for assistance on October 8.The full bench headed by Justice Muhammad Muzammal Khan passed this order while hearing two identical petitions filed on behalf of the Peoples’ Lawyers Forum (Punjab) […]

40 video shops blown up in Mingora

MINGORA: As many as forty video shops were destroyed when explosives planted inside two adjacent CD and video markets went off simultaneously here on Friday morning. However, no loss to life was caused as the incident occurred at 4 am when no one was in the market. Eyewitnesses told The News that over two-dozen shops […]

Journalist killed

HYDERABAD, Sept 3: A reporter of Daily Halchal, Hyderabad Rab Nawaz Chandio was gunned by unknown assailants in Khursheed Colony, on Monday night. He was going to his work place when some armed men opened fire on him and left him seriously injured. He was being taken to the Liaquat Medical University Hospital Hyderabad but […]

Journalists protest rally

BADIN – Journalists of Talhar and activists of PPP took out a procession in protest against the kidnapping of President Talhar Press Club Haji Khan Lashari and Vice president Ammar Singh here on Saturday. The procession converted into a rally, in front of the press club Talhar which was led by former MNA Badin Dr […]

Public transporters asked to stop music

MINGORA: Public transporters in Swat district on Saturday received threatening letters by unidentified people, believed to be Taliban militants, asking them to remove “obscene” photographs and stop playing music in their vehicles or their vehicles would be blown up. The threatening pamphlets were delivered at the Matta Bus Stand here and the short warning for […]

Net cafe damaged in bomb blast

SHABQADAR: A bomb blast damaged a net café in Shabqadar Bazaar in Charsadda district on Saturday evening. However, no loss of life was reported. The bomb that went off at 7.45 pm damaged the café owned by one Arif at Ihsanullah Market. Shabqadar Tehsil Nazim Muhammad Ashfaq while talking to The News alleged that the […]