Local body politics: LHC cancels increase in union councils for Rawal, Potohar towns

RAWALPINDI:  After the submission of almost 6,000 nomination papers by candidates for the upcoming local body elections, the Lahore High Court’s Rawalpindi bench on Wednesday voided the new delimitation of union councils (UCs) by the district administration after it was challenged by two local politicians. LHC Justice Shehzada Mazhar cancelled the decision of the district administration while setting aside two ...

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In the shadow of giants: Service in the halls of justice

ISLAMABAD:  When the court is in session, Muhammad Roshan, 60, dozes off on the carpet, peacefully tucked away behind a wooden desk. Then, just as the bell rings, he gets up immediately, sets his white turban firmly on his head and moves confidently to where he should be at that specific moment – just behind the chair of Chief Justice ...

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Oil spill captain acquitted

An oil tanker captain was acquitted Wednesday of the central charge in what’s widely considered Spain’s worst environmental disaster — a spill that blackened hundreds of miles of coastline.

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Time for a trim: K-P govt relieves 22 parliamentary secretaries

PESHAWAR:  The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) led government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) on Wednesday decided to relieve 22 MPAs of their duties as parliamentary secretaries. Sources privy to the matter said the provincial government has decided to issue a notification to this effect, retaining only 10 of the earlier appointed 32 parliamentary secretaries, who had not yet been assigned any department. The ...

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Muharram plan: 219 gatherings and 331 processions on 9th and 10th

FAISALABAD / BAHAWALPUR:  As many as 219 gatherings and 331 processions will be held in Bahawalpur division on the 9th and 10th of Muharram. 12,500 policemen have been deployed across the division for security. Sharing details of the security plan for the two days with The Express Tribune, Regional Police Officer Shahid Hanif said the plan would be strictly abided ...

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Tragic accident: Four labourers hurt while dismantling water tank

SUKKUR: At least four labourers were injured when an old overhead water supply tank they were dismantling collapsed on the ground near Shah Latif Park in Ratodero on Tuesday. The four labourers Abid Shaikh, Imtiaz Shaikh, Allah Dino Shaikh and Babar Shaikh were dismantling water supply tank constructed over four pillar 30 feet above the ground level. Half of the structure ...

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Ensuring immunisation: Pindi prepares for anti-polio drive next week

RAWALPINDI:  A five-day campaign to administer anti-polio drops to all children under the age of five in Rawalpindi district will start from November 18. Any negligence on part of the vaccination teams will not be tolerated and strict action will be taken against lax officials. This was decided in a recent meeting to review the arrangements for the campaign. The ...

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Business of brown-nosing: PM’s former opening partner wants free plot

ISLAMABAD:  A man who once got himself run out to protect the incumbent prime minister’s wicket in a game of cricket thinks he deserves a plot for his trouble. Now, city managers are in the process of writing a letter to the prime minister’s secretariat saying that playing cricket with the country’s premier does not qualify one for a residential ...

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Honouring the heroes: Governor Shaukatullah visits Tirah, surveys destruction

PESHAWAR:  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Governor Shaukatullah Khan visited Tirah Valley on Wednesday after nearly 18,000 internally displaced families were repatriated to the valley which was recently cleared of militants by the Pakistan Army. “We are here to personally witness the immense destruction caused to the assets of tribesmen, and to explore possibilities for meeting the immediate needs of internally displaced persons ...

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Local elections: ECP must stick with new poll date, says PTI

LAHORE:  The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should ensure that the local government elections are held according to the new schedule and there is no further delay, said PTI Punjab President Ejaz Chaudhry on Wednesday. Speaking to The Express Tribune, Chaudhry said that the ECP and provincial governments should complete all the required arrangements in time. The ECP should also ...

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Karachi railways: New superintendent promises punctual trains

KARACHI:  The new superintendent promises that his main focus is punctuality of trains, according to an announcement issued on Wednesday. The announcement said that Maqsoodun Nabi has taken over as the new divisional superintendent at the Pakistan Railways, Karachi. “My main focus will be to make trains punctual and help passengers,” he said, adding that he had taken up assignment ...

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Workplace harassment: Victims can now lodge e-complaints

ISLAMABAD:  The victims of workplace harassment can now electronically lodge complaints at the Federal Ombudsperson Secretariat’s website. The Federal Ombudsperson Secretariat (FOS) for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplace in collaboration with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) on Wednesday launched a Grievance Redressal System, which is a webpage where complaints can be filed in English or Urdu and ...

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Spousal abuse: Battered woman’s family want IO transferred

RAWALPINDI:  The family of a woman who was tortured and poisoned by her husband have demanded that the investigation officer (IO) on the case be removed after the man fled from the court on Tuesday when his bail was cancelled.   Noreen Dil Kabeer, 20, who hails from Chakwal, was allegedly tortured and poisoned by her husband, Amjad Shezad, 45, ...

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