Archive for October 3rd, 2010
The Water and Power Ministry said electricity shortfall in the country reached 5,230 megawatts, with power generation at 11,750 megawatts.
According to the ministry, the current demand for power is 16,662 megawatts, out of which 1,800 megawatts is being supplied to Karachi.
The government on October 2 dissolved the bleeding Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) to follow a crucial IMF diktat and at the same time also hiked electricity prices by another 2 per cent.
Ashraf had said Pepco had been facing huge losses and had been facing a circular debt of Rs400 billion. Distribution companies will now function as independent entities and will be responsible for meeting their own expenses, he said.
Pepco had been putting undue strain on the government’s already limited public resources due to inefficient functioning. Donors had been pressurising the government to de-regulate Pepco and its distribution companies and avoid subsidising electricity.
Irfan Siddiqui is the Urdu columnist, known to be the great supporter of former prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. He started writing his columns on Nawaiwaqt. In July 2008, Irfan Siddiqui left Nawaiwaqt and joined Jang. He has been found criticizing Pervez Musharraf and his regime in Pakistan, very bluntly. He was also unhappy with the late Benazir Bhutto and her Pakistan Peoples Party, and wrote the same in the columns. He is currently serving the Jang group of newspapers
Ata ul Haq Qasmi is one of the leading and most popular columnist of Pakistan who has been writing Urdu columns for more than last 45 years in the leading newspapers with the name of “Rozan-e-Dewar Sey”. The most distinguished character of Qasmi’s column is his satire on social inequalities of the society and his anti dictatorship stance which he boldly takes in his columns. He has a unique style of writing incomparable to any other columnist because of his humorous way which holds the reader till the last line of his column which is his punch line. Qasmi was also elevated to the position of Ambassador of Pakistan in Norway and Thailand during 1997 to 1999. He is also a very famous drama writer and poet. His books of columns include “Column Tamam”, “Shar Goshiyan”, “Hansna Rona Mana Hay”, “Mazeed Ganjey Farishtey” and many more while his TV Drama Serials include the most popular “Khwaja and Son”, “Shab Daig”, “Sheeda Talli” etc. His travelogues are also very popular and one of the best is “Shoq-e-Awargi”. Qasmi has also received the Pride of Performance and Sitara-e-Imtiaz (highest civil awards) from President of Pakistan in addition to many other awards over his literary contributions. Mushtaq Ahmad Yousfi has termed Qasmi as the best columnist of Pakistan while Altaf Gohar has termed him as the most wittiest columnist of Pakistan.
Rauf Kalsara is a Pakistani journalist working for Jang group at the Rawalpindi office.
He is well known in Pakistan for his investigations into the murder of five innocent girls in Nasirabad, Balochistan Province. He usually wrote columns in the daily Jang twice a week and has a reputation of criticising Pakistani political figures.
He is a graduate from Multan University and Gold Smith College/University of London.
Zahida Hina (Urdu: زاہدہ حنا) (born 1946) is a noted Urdu columnist, essayist, short story writer, novelist and dramatist from Pakistan.Zahida was born on October 5, 1946 in the Sasaram town of Bihar, India. After the partition of India, her father, Muhammad Abul Khair, emigrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi, where Zahida was brought up and educated. She wrote her first story when she was nine years old. She graduated from University of Karachi, and her first essay was published in the monthly Insha in 1962. She chose journalism as a career in mid 60s. In 1970, she married the well-known poet Jon Elia. Zahida Hina was associated with the daily Jang from 1988 until 2005, when she moved to the Daily Express, Pakistan. She now lives in Karachi.zahida hina also worked inradio Pakistan,bbcurdu and voice of America.
Abbas Athar is very known and famous columnist belong from Daily Express news paper.He is a famous journalist and analyst.Abbas Ather strongly highlighted the issue of Lal Masid.He has received numerous national awards, including the best Urdu columnist in 2007. One collection of poetry has been published. He has a Masters degree in social work from Punjab University, Lahore.He works in Express News Channel.He Is One of the Leading Columnist of Pakistan.
Nazeer Naji (urdu:نذیر ناجی) is a senior columnist in Pakistan’s Urdu press. He frequently writes in the country’s largest newspaper, Daily Jang, published from Karachi. with Nazeer Naji regarding Mr Naji’s plot allotment in Islamabad. The verified audio recordings of these phone calls were published on the internet on 19 April 2009 by popular Pakistani blog PkPolitics . Contents of this conversation are inappropriate because Naji have used a very abusive and slang language and threatened Ahmed Noorani and Ansar Abbasi (also an investigative journalist), which shows a new face of his personality.
Javed Chaudhry ( Urdu:جاوید چوہدری) is a newspaper columnist in Pakistan. His series of columns have been published in four volumes in Urdu language. His most notable column ZERO POINT has great influence upon people of Pakistan especially Youth and Muslims of Pakistan. He writes for the Urdu newspaper Daily Express four time a week, covering topics ranging from social issues to politics.Javed Chaudhry was born in Lalamusa , district of Gujrat, Pakistan. He received his degree in journalism from The Islamia University Bahawalpur. He has Four children and currently resides in Shahzad Town, Islamabad.He started his career in journalism in 1989. He worked at Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Daily Pakistan, Daily Ummat and Daily Khabrain before joining Daily Jang in 1997.In January 2008, Javed Chaudhry joined Express News (Pakistan) as an anchorperson of a political Talk show “Kal Tak”, in which he analyses current affairs of Pakistan with guests from various think tanks and political parties.
He said Nawaz Sharif got elected twice but both the times he completely failed to deliver. “I worked with him for an entire year and noticed that Nawaz Sharif is totally brainless,” Pervez Musharraf remarked.
He said ‘disciples’ of Nawaz Sharif crossed limits while giving remarks on television. “One whose face is not pleasant should at least talk pleasant,” he added.
Regarding Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, Pervez Musharraf swore to Allah Almighty and said he had no knowledge whatsoever whether Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was picked up from Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Some of the people present at the program resorted to chant slogans against Pervez Musharraf before they were forced to leave by the security men.
ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Saturday took suo moto notice of an incident of Friday which occurred on the premises of District Courts (Aiwan-e-Adl), Lahore, in which reportedly police brutally beat up lawyers.
“The use of excessive force and resorting to high headedness and brutality clearly violate the constitutionally guaranteed fundamental rights i.e. right to life, liberty and dignity. Therefore, the matter has been registered under Article 184(3) of the Constitution,” says a press note issued here.
According to reports after the police torture, lawyers were seen throwing stones on police and beating up media personnel on Saturday.
The notices were issued to the Home Secretary, Punjab, Commissioner and DCO Lahore, PPO, Punjab, CPO, Lahore, DIG, Operations and concerned Superintendents of Police, through PPO, to appear in person on Monday and explain the untoward incident in which excessive force was used resulting in injuries to lawyers including female lawyers.
They are also required to explain their position and produce record, if any, showing whether any action has been initiated against police personnel responsible for using excessive force. Notices have also been issued to the Attorney General for Pakistan well as the Advocate General, Punjab to assist the Court.
The TV Channels and media persons have also been asked to provide CDs/DVDs of the incident. It would also be appreciated if they could play the CDs/DVDs in the Court, if required.
The suo moto was taken on reports of electronic and print reports which showed that the police personnel entered the court premises including bar rooms and library and brutally beaten the lawyers resulting in injuries to many, including females. – Agencies