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Model Town Massacre: PPPP, PAT and PTI leaders join hands at Lahore Rally!

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LAHORE: Occasion was the commencement of PAT-led movement to force PML-N out of power and to celebrate marriage of convenience, a large crowd converged at the Mall Road here waving a plethora of colors today.

Protesting the 2014 Model Town Massacre PTI, PAT and PPPP leaders joined hands.

Speaking on the occasion PPPP’s Asif Ali Zardari thanked PAT for inviting his party to struggle seeking justice  for Model Town victims and termed Sharif family a threat to the country.

Imran Khan holding that PML-N Govt. deliberately killed the PAT activists at Model Town, maintained that police of no country opened fire on citizens. He called Sharif family a mafia that threatened or bought its opponents.

PAT’s Qadri announced that the opposition parties’ leaders would meet in the next couple of days to ponder upon the modus operandi.

Earlier AML’s Sheikh Rasheed, while announcing  his resignation from the Parliament, asked Imran Khan to quit the Assembly.

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PTI’s Malik Asad Khokhar wins by-election

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar Thursday congratulated PTI candidate Malik Asad Ali Khokhar on his success in the by-election of PP-168.
He said, “The result has proved that people fully trust the policies and leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan and wonderful performance of PTI has ensured its success in the election.”
The success was also a win of new Pakistan and the agenda of change, he said.  It was also writing on the wall for the opposition political parties as it had been proved that people were with the sincere leadership that was serving them, the Chief Minister concluded.

 

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Paragon City director remanded in NAB custody

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Monday granted 15-day physical remand of Paragon City Director Qaiser Amin Butt to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) in Paragon Housing Society scam.
The accused has been facing charges of involvement in the commission of offenses of corruption and corrupt practices
in alleged connivance with co-accused Nadeem Zia and others in Paragon City (Pvt) Limited. During the hearing, NAB Prosecutor requested the Accountability Court to grant a 15-day physical remand of the accused, which was granted.
Qaisar Amin Butt was arrested by NAB on November 14, 2018 on the charges of launching an illegal housing scheme known as “Paragon City (Pvt) Ltd in connivance with Nadeem Zia and others during the year 2005 on the basis of forged and fabricated documents in alleged connivance of the TMA Aziz Bhatti Town, Lahore officials.”
Around 89 affectees approached NAB Lahore for redress of their complaints and compensation of their financial losses.

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No petrol for motorcyclists sans helmets

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LAHORE: The City Traffic Officer (CTO) Lahore has written a letter to the Deputy Commissioner asking him to impose a complete ban on selling petrol to motorcyclists without helmets by fuel stations.
According to a spokesperson of City Traffic Police (CTP), the decision was taken to minimize the number of causalities in accidents involving motorcyclists. He said it was witnessed that motorcyclists not wearing helmets received fatal head injuries which sometimes caused their deaths.
The CTP on the directive of Lahore High Court had launched a campaign to make Helmets compulsory for motorcyclists, he added.
He said the District Administration Rawalpindi has already issued a notification and imposed a complete ban on the purchase of petrol by motorcyclists without helmets.

Relevant: The district administration has imposed a ban on motorcyclists without helmets to get petrol from petrol pumps and also barred them from entering the Mall Road and Peshawar Road. In a drastic move, the district administration will take strict action against petrol pumps giving fuel to motorcyclists without a helmet. According to a notification issued by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (General) Maliha Jamal, the ban would be imposed from first December. The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Rawalpindi Dr. Umar Jahangir on the recommendation of City Traffic Officer has issued directions to all petrol pumps not to give petrol to motorcyclists without a helmet. The Rawalpindi district administration on the recommendation from the Rawalpindi  Chief Traffic Officer has also issued a notification to ban the entry of helmet-less motorcyclists to the Mall Road and Peshawar Road from the first of December. CTP spokesman talking to APP said that the CTP had launched a campaign to make helmets compulsory for all motorbike riders on the directives of the Lahore High Court (LHC). As part of the drive, he said the CTP has issued nearly 21,000 tickets to bikers for not using helmets and imposed over six million rupees fines for violating the rules in just the past 17 days. Moreover, he said the CTP had impounded over 3400 motorbikes within the remits of different police stations during this period. He said the CTP had decided to strictly implement the rules for motorbike riders to ensure their safety. In order to facilitate bikers, the local management and traffic officials have also established stalls of helmets where motorcyclists could buy all kinds of helmets on cheaper prices than open market shops.  The local management has established helmet stalls here at Kutchery Chowk, Mareer Hassan, and Jhelum Road. The stalls of local management are selling a low-quality helmet at Rs. 500 against Rs. 700 in open market shops while fine quality helmet at Rs. 800 against Rs.1500 in open market shops. Amid the ongoing crackdown of City Traffic Police (CTP) Rawalpindi against helmet rule violators, the motorcyclists are decrying the heavy fines being imposed and skyrocketing prices as well as poor quality of the helmets, which the authorities concerned have failed to keep a check on. People have complained that taking advantage of the action, the helmet traders are either selling them at exorbitant rates and those cheaper are substandard.  During a survey conducted in different helmet markets, it was observed that the traders have almost double the prices of helmets from the rates prior to the campaign.  The basic purpose of a helmet is to protect a rider from head injuries in case of a road mishap; however, it has been observed that citizens are buying helmets without checking their quality. Most of the helmets available in markets are made of substandard materials, thus putting bikers’ lives at stake. A helmet buyer, Mushtaq while talking to APP said that he was not aware of the quality standards of helmets, but could tell that prices had been jacked as compared to last month.  He said that he had no other option but to buy a helmet to avoid challans and was of the view that authorities should take action against the high prices and low quality of helmets to protect motorbike riders from injury. Faisal, a motorbike spare parts dealer said traders had to increase prices of helmets as the wholesale prices had been increased. He said only 15 to 20 percent bikers used helmets in the city and therefore, there had never been such a demand for helmets earlier. He lamented that the government had not given ample time to importers and commented that traders should at least been provided three months so they should import more helmets.

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