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Non-bailable arrest warrants issued for 25 senior MQM leaders



KARACHI:  Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of 25 senior leaders of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) in a case registered against them for facilitating Altaf Hussain’s July 12 speech critical of the military establishment.

The MQM leaders were named in different FIRs by private complainants who alleged that the applicants had attended a public gathering and listened to Altaf Hussain’s outburst against the security agencies on July 12 this year.

In his speech, Hussain had accused the paramilitary forces of torturing and killing his party workers.

Compiled on the basis of FIRs registered against the MQM leaders at police stations in Malir cantonment, Sukhan, Bin Qasim Town, New Town and Steel Town, Karachi police presented before the ATC a charge sheet in which the MQM leaders were charged under Section 12 (collection of evidence in the absence of accused) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Accepting the charge sheet, ATC-I judge Bashir Ahmed Khoso issued non-bailable arrest warrants for 25 MQM leaders, including MQM chief Altaf Hussain, MQM’s mayoral candidate for Karachi Waseem Akhtar and senior party leaders Farooq Sattar, Khawaja Izharul Hassan, Rauf Siddiqui, Qamar Mansoor, Rehan Hashmi , Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui, Rasheed Godil, Kaiful Wara and others.




Bs. community urged to lodge complaints sans fear



Doctor's strike of OPDs enters into 3rd day

HYDERABAD: Advisor Federal Tax Ombudsman and Incharge Regional Office Karachi Manzoor Hussain Shah has called upon the business community to lodge complaints of their issues against FBR and Customs with FTO for timely settlements.
The taxpayers should not be afraid of FBR or Customs while lodging their complaints with FTO related income tax, sales tax, customs duty or federal excise duty, he stated while speaking as chief guest at an awareness seminar organized here at the secretariat of Hyderabad Chamber of Small Traders and Small Industry on Monday.
He also suggested the business community to submit proposals to his office regarding tax-related issues through their respective chambers so that the same could be forwarded to concerned departments for consideration. His office would remain open for receiving complaints of the taxpayers, he assured.
He informed all the decisions of the Federal Tax Ombudsman were being implemented in letter and spirit.
President HCSTSI Muhammad Farooq Sheikhani in his welcome addressed apprised the Incharge FTO Regional Office to forward the proposal to the federal government regarding the translation of all tax-related laws in national and regional languages so that the taxpayers could understand these laws.
He said the taxpayers were ready to file complaints but they had fear of retributions from tax collecting departments. There was a need to remove such fears so that the taxpayers could lodge complaints of their grievances with FTO, he added.
Among the members of the executive committee, former HCSTSI President Muhammad Akram Ansari also attended the event.


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Sindh CM assures support for advancement of KU’s IT infrastructure



Sindh CM assures support

KARACHI: Chief Minister of Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah has assured to extend all support for the advancement of IT infrastructure in Karachi University coupled with upgradation of its technological labs functional in its varied departments.

Addressing the concluding ceremony of the first two-day International Conference on Information Science and Communication Technology (ICISCT), organized by Computer Sciences department of KU,
last evening, he said relentless efforts were needed at every level to sustain quality standards of the institutions, particularly the centres of learning and research.

With regard to development in the fields of computer and information technology, Shah said this has changed the lives of human beings in an extremely stark manner.

“We cannot refute the fact that the life of each one of us is highly dependent on the scientific inventions and modern day technology,” he said highlighting importance of its promotion at every level.

Mentioning that its effect has been well observed in spheres like medicines, education, infrastructure, electricity, aviation, information, computer, metallurgy, physics, nuclear energy, space technology, defense research, biotechnology, household, sports, job, tourism, agriculture and numerous other fields, Sindh CM said concerted efforts are needed across  the country for its promotion.

Syed Murad Ali Shah said technology, to an extent, has even  conquered the space, and once added in corporate the use of cloud computing, artificial intelligence, predictive analysis, machine learning and business intelligence devices, and others are helping to find new avenues in management, operation and conduct of business.




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Thari students sweep 7 top positions in SBTE Exams



HYDERABAD: Youth from one of the most backward districts of Pakistan, Tharparkar makes it marked by an unprecedented achievement during Sindh Board of Technical Education Exam as seven out of the top ten positions including the top two positions were secured by the fellows from Thar Associate Engineer Programme (TAEP).

According to announcement here on Sunday, fully sponsored by Engro Powergen Thar Limited (EPTL) and currently studying at Technical Training Centre Daharki, the 95 percent of the TAEP fellows also secured A+ grades.

According to the board results, first position was secured by Laleet Devdas from Mithi with 956 marks, second by Suhel Kumar Mehendro Mal of Diplo with 950 marks, 4th by Partab Singh Kessar Singh of Mithi with 938 marks, 7th by Jaswant Chhagan Lal from Mithi with 932 marks, 8th by Ladha Ram Karman from Nagarparkar with 931 marks, 9th jointly by Ayaz Amirudin of Dahli and Jodh Singh Sawai Singh of Chachro with 930 marks and 10th position jointly by Tarachand Debo of Chachro and Utam Harji of Diplo Talukas with 929 marks.

Congratulating the entire batch of TAEP, newly appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Engro Energy Limited (EEL) Ahsan Zafar Syed said that it is a proud moment for the company and for entire Thar.

The fellows’ relentless hard work has yielded the results and the pride they have brought to their families and people of Tharparkar, he said.

The first position holder, Laleet thanked Engro Powergen Thar Ltd for giving the platform, which has enabled to showcase our potential. “This platform can change the landscape of Thar as it provides promising youngster from our region with an opportunity to develop themselves and reach their potential and for someone like me,” he said.

Suhel Kumar was of the view that under TAEP programme, he has an opportunity to fulfill his dreams. “The youth of Tharparkar can benefit from this programme and contribute to the prosperity of Thar and Pakistan,” he said.

In continuous efforts for a prosperous Thar, Thar Foundation is steering a three years Diploma of Associate Engineering (DAE) programme for eligible Thari candidates on 100 percent scholarship by EPTL.

The objective of this programme is to prepare candidates for technical employment opportunities at Thar Coal and future projects. EPTL is sponsoring a batch of 30 young Thari students to undertake this comprehensive programme in a reputable technical institute at Daharki and under registration with Sindh Board of Technical Education (SBTE).

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