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Bokhari’s stunning outburst against judiciary, media

By: Khawar Ghumman ISLAMABAD: NAB Chairman Admiral (retd) Fasih Bokhari has directly accused members of the superior judiciary of trying to influence the outcome of the coming general election. Admiral (retd) Bokhari, in a hard-hitting letter addressed to his appointing authority, the president, has cast serious doubts over the role of the Supreme Court which […]


No cellphone service today

ISLAMABAD: Mobile phone services will stay suspended in major cities of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan’s capital on Friday as part of security arrangements for Eid Miladun Nabi (PBUH) gatherings and processions. Interior Minister Rehman Malik said here on Thursday that requests for suspension of mobile phone services had been received from three provinces. In a […]


Climate change: Regional approach, peace urged to meet challenges

ISLAMABAD: Politicians and experts called for regional approach and peace initiatives to meet the growing threats to national security from climate change. “Around 500 million people in South Asia live on the coastal belt and their livelihoods will be destroyed if the sea levels rise,” Senator Mushahid Hussain said while moderating a seminar. He said […]


Midas counsel fails to satisfy court

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned till Wednesday the hearing of the case regarding irregularities in the advertisement campaign of the Universal Service Fund. The counsel for Midas advertising agency Yaseen Azad maintained that the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority (PPRA) rules do not apply to his client. The government selects an advertising agency according […]


Supreme Court forms commission for media accountability

By: Shoaib A Raja ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday constituted a two-member Media Accountability Commission headed by Justice (retd) Nasir Aslam Zahid and comprising Javed Jabbar. The worthy members of the commission have consented to act as a commission. This commission has been formulated on the request of petitioners Hamid Mir, Absar Alam […]


Justice Zahid tipped to head panel on media

ISLAMABAD: Nasir Aslam Zahid, a former judge of the Supreme Court, is being tipped to head a two-man commission on media accountability. The court is expected to make the announcement on Jan 15. A decision to this effect was made by a two-judge Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, after it approved […]


Mobile services suspension on 14th: Industry to suffer Rs 1b loss

By: Usman Cheema ISLAMABAD: It is expected that the mobile services will remain blocked in several areas of country on March 14 as a preventive measure to stop any possible terrorist activity in long march announced by Tahir-ul-Qadri. Industry would have to suffer a loss of Rs 1 billion again due to blockage of mobile […]


NADRA sends voters’ lists to Karachi for verification

ISLAMABAD: The National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) managed to send 80 bundles (50,000-kilogram) of the reprinted voter lists from Islamabad to Karachi on Tuesday by a PIA plane, after a private courier service plane was denied landing at the Islamabad airport due to fog. The secretaries of the Cabinet Division and the ministry of […]


Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists to stage sit-in on January 28 against government’s failure to arrest journalists’ killers

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Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has given a call of a sit-in outside the Parliament House in Islamabad on January 28, 2013 against the government’s failure to arrest the killers of journalists, delaying tactics to set up the 8th Wage Board and non-payment of salaries to media persons by various media organizations. This decision […]


Chairman barred by Supreme Court still running PEMRA, calls meeting

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By: Ahmad Noorani ISLAMABAD: It’s not only the top constitutional office holders who are flouting the judgements of the superior judiciary, a junior Pemra official, who was given a look after charge of Pemra chairman by PPP government and was removed by Supreme Court two-weeks ago, has started using powers of the Pemra Chairman in […]


Pakistani FM Radio Sector to Establish Platform to Promote Professionalism and Local Community Development Agenda

About 40 licensed independent FM radio stations in Pakistan have decided to establish a formal platform to represent the radio broadcast sector’s interests and to promote greater professionalism and an enhanced and prioritized focus on local communities to become the premier voice of the people across Pakistan. This was resolved at a National Radio Conference […]


Rape of minor Hindu girl taken up with Sindh CM

Usman Manzoor ISLAMABAD: After waiting and seeing that no government official has taken the issue of alleged rape of a six-year-old Hindu girl in Sindh seriously, the Adviser to the Prime Minister on Human Rights has tried to shake the conscience of the rulers who are duty-bound to give protection to each citizen irrespective of […]