Turkish institute will  bring reforms to Wasa

LAHORE: A high-level delegation of Istanbul Water and Sewerage Administration met Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, here yesterday.

Matters regarding improvement of the system of supply of potable water to the people of Punjab, reforms and capacity building of Wasa besides training of the staff were discussed on the occasion.

The Turk institution assured full cooperation for reforms in Wasa and improvement of water management system. Shehbaz Sharif said that Wasa has a key role in supply of drinking water to the masses and maintenance of sewerage system. He said that Wasa will have to work with efficiency so as to come up to the expectation to the people.–Staff Reporter

Pepco ex-managing director remanded

LAHORE:  An accountability court yesterday handed over former MD Pepco Tahir Busharat Cheema to NAB officials for his involvement in corruption and illegal recruitment with the Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco).

NAB Judge Abdus Sattar passed the order when the NAB officials produced the suspect before the court. An investigation officer told the judge that the former MD had misused his powers by recruiting 500 people with Pepco and made billions of rupees in corruption.

The officer pleaded the judge for handing Cheema over to the bureau for further investigation.

Cheema’s counsel, however, said that the allegations leveled against his client were baseless.

After hearing both sides, the judge accepted plea of the NAB and awarded 14-day physical remand to the suspect in NAB custody.

On Thursday night, the National Accountability Bureau arrested the former managing director of the Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) on charges of misuse of authority. A NAB spokesman said that Tahir Basharat Cheema as MD Pepco disregarded, disobeyed and deviated from the recruitment rules and made illegal appointments in the Gujranwala Electric Power Company (Gepco).

The inquiry was initiated on the directions of the Lahore High Court, the spokesman added.–Staff Reporter

Ulema call for unity

LAHORE: Pakistan Ulema Council yesterday organised “Nida-e-Muslim Conference” where speakers stressed for unity among Muslim world.

The conference was organised to discuss the situation in Middle Eastern countries and Pakistan.

Issues of Muslim world can only be resolved when they succeed in stopping foreign interference in their internal matters, said Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi while chairing the meeting.

He called upon the government to devise new foreign and internal policy in accordance with investigation report of notorious gangster Uzair Baloch and Indian spy Kalbushan Yadav, both in custody of Pakistan’s security agencies now.

Ashrafi said that the Iranian leadership needed to improve relations with Arab countries and Pakistan. He said that Syrian issue could only be settled with Bashar-ul-Asad stepping down from presidency.PUC leader Maulana Abdul Hameed said that elements which were creating divisions in Ummah were enemies of Islam.

Maulana Asad Ullah Farooq said that survival of Muslims was associated with elimination of terrorism and ex­tremism.–Staff Reporter

Qul

LAHORE: Zia-ud-Din, Field Manager, Nawa-i-Waqt Group, passed away yesterday. Quran Khawani will be held today at 8am at his residence near Umar Masjid, Jamshed Street, Ahmad Park, Mohni Road, Lahore.–Staff Reporter