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Cinemas observe 2nd strike

KARACHI: Film exhibitors closed their business on the second consecutive Thursday to protest against the government’s failure to curb film piracy, a Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association (South Zone) official said. “All 54 cinemas in the southern circuit of the Pakistani film industry comprising Sindh and Balochistan remained closed, said Chairman PFEA (South Zone) Nadeem Mandviwala. […]

Khalid Khawaja shifted to high security prison

RAWALPINDI, Feb 22: Khalid Khawaja, a former official of Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) and human rights activist, was shifted from Adiala Jail to the high security prison, Faisalabad, on Thursday, Dawn has learnt. He was arrested by Aabpara police on January 26 on the charge of inciting people against the government, distributing hate material and […]

Missing journalist recovered

PESHAWAR: Tribal political authorities on Wednesday recovered Daily Express Resident Editor Sohail Qalandar and his friend Niaz Mohammad from Bara in Khyber Agency after 53 days in captivity. “The kidnappers kept me in a mountainous area and also tortured me. I was asked to sign an agreement to stop writing against kidnappers, smugglers and anti-state […]

Tortured wireless operator brought to Karachi for treatment from Thatta

KARACHI: An operator at the police wireless and “Madadgar 15” control room in Thatta has been brought to Karachi for treatment by his family after he was tortured severely by two SHOs and three other policemen who were in an inebriated condition, his relatives said Wednesday. On Sunday night, wireless operator Imran Ali Sheikh was […]

‘Why aren’t you in Islamic dress?’

GUJRANWALA – Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Zille Huma Usman was assassinated on Tuesday noon soon after her arrival at PML House Gujranwala to hear complaints of the people in an open kutchery. She was removed to DHQ hospital from where she was shifted to General Hospital Lahore where she succumbed to injuries. The killer […]

Much-awaited recognition for writers, poets of Sindh

KARACHI: The first Shah Latif excellence award ceremony will be held in the middle of March to honour writers and poets of Sindh. The selected names for these awards have also been finalised. This was stated by the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Social Welfare, Rauf Siddiqi, during a press conference at his office on […]

Counsel in Pearl case transferred

KARACHI: The High Court of Sindh (SHC), on Monday adjourned hearing of appeals filed by Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh and three others convicts against their conviction in US journalist Daniel Pearl kidnapping and killing case due to non-appearance of appellants’ counsels. The adjournment came as Khawaja Sultan, Sher Afghan, Khawaja Naveed Ahmed advocates, appearing for […]

Law against use of mobiles while driving on cards

ISLAMABAD: The Law Ministry will soon approve a new law to prohibit the use of mobile phones while driving and promote use of seat belts, Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) Senior Superintendent (SSP) Sultan Azam Tamuri told Daily Times on Monday. According to the new laws, vehicle manufacturers would be bound to fix seat belts in […]

Parliament to have own TV channel

ISLAMABAD: The Senate Finance Committee okayed a proposal to set up a parliamentary TV channel to ensure free flow of information and to keep general public aware of the elected representatives’ activities of in the House. The meeting, chaired by Chairman Senate Mohammadmian Soomro, said the channel would also telecast the proceedings of the House […]

150 illegal FM radio stations closed down, National Assembly told

ISLAMABAD (February 20 2007): The National Assembly was told on Monday that government has closed down 150 private FM radio stations, which were operating illegally and various complaints were being received against them. Answering a question on the number of FM radio stations in the country, State Minister for Information and Broadcasting Tariq Azeem said […]

System to block stolen mobiles

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in collaboration with mobile operators has evolved a system to block snatched/stolen cellular handsets. Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has also constituted a cell with the help of police to counter increasing incidents of mobile snatching, said Parliamentary Secretary of Cabinet Division Dr Kausar Firdous during National Assembly (NA), Question […]

Unprecedented growth takes place in media: Shaukat

ISLAMABAD (February 18 2007): Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz has said unprecedented growth has taken place in media as a result of the liberal policies of the government and the passage of Pemra Bill will further facilitate and streamline growth in this sector. Chairing a meeting here on Saturday to review the working of Pemra, he […]

Journalists to boycott official functions

PESHAWAR, Feb 16: The journalist community in the province has decided to boycott official press conferences in protest against the government’s failure to recover Sohail Qalandar, Resident Editor of daily Express, and his friend Niaz Mohammad, missing since January 2. An announcement to this effect was made here on Friday after a meeting of the […]

Implementation of labour laws urged

HYDERABAD, Feb 16: The secretary general of the All-Pakistan Trade Unions Organisations (APTUO) Ghulam Sarwar Chandio has urged the government to implement labour laws in letter and spirit and ensure that the employers give their workers appointment letters, social security and EOBI cards enabling them to avail of all the legal facilities. Mr Chandio said […]