PITU VC briefs media about upcoming Thinkfest


Punjab Information Technology University Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif briefed the media about the upcoming Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest. The two day event is being organised begin at Alhamra in collaboration with the Federal Higher Education Commission, Punjab Higher Education Commission and other private organizations. Dr Umar laid stress on following the teachings of Qauid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Allam Muhammad Iqbal to cope with challenges being faced by the country. He said that the event will help motivate people especially women and youth to play their due role in building the nation.  “It was the first time that in Lahore that a Nobel Peace Prize winner, Tawakkol Karman Yemini, will be among the speakers. A total of 112 high-profile speakers would show up at the moot while 25 foreign personalities and 35 representatives from universities will join in” he added. In order to ensure maximum participation by the youth and people from all walks of life, the entry on both days is free.–Staff Reporter


Siraj stresses unity


JI chief Sirajul Haq has said that the real objective of MMA’s revival was to  organise the religious parties against the prevailing  oppressive system and to pave way for the Nizam-e- Musatafa. He was addressing the Ittehad Ummah Ulema convention at Alhamra.  Sirajul Haq said that those trying to deprive the country of its ideological foundation, were not the well wishers of Pakistan.. He said the agents of the colonial powers and the international establishment had brought bad name to the country.  He said Trump, the devil of the preset era, was challenging the Muslims and the Muslims world would have face the challenge through its unity.  He said that the elements causing a split in the religious forces in the country had weakened the nation only to serve their personal ends and it was high time that the Ulema and the religious circles raised their voice against increasing sectarianism.   Sirajul Haq said that the nation at present needed a courageous and honest leadership,   and only the Ulema could provide that. He said that for the last seventy years, there was rule of oppression in the country and the common man was facing numerous problems. The present system was the killer of the common man’s happiness.  The people who had been ruling the country so far had not fulfilled any of their promises to the people.  He said that Allah Almighty had blessed the country with vast resources but only the elite were controlling these resources and the man in the street was deprived of the basic needs of life.–Staff Reporter


PHG board meeting


Minister for Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Kh Salman Rafiq chaired a meeting of Board of Governors of Punjab Health Foundation on Thursday.  Secretary Najam Ahmed Shah, Special Secretary Dr Sajid Mehmood Chohan, PHF MD Ajmal Bhatti and other officials concerned attended the meeting. The Board approved increase of salaries of daily wages employees.  Ajmal Bhatti informed that PHF was providing Rs seven lakh loan without property mortgage. He informed that recovery of PHF loans was hundred percent. He said that soft loan of Rs two lakh was also being offered to nurses and paramedics. The meeting also reviewed the cases of waving of amount of surcharge of the loan of such doctors who were either ill or died. However, the Board advised the PHF to put up these cases in the next meeting along with complete documents proof.–Staff Reporter


Two nabbed over fraud


The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Thursday claimed to have arrested two fraudsters. A spokesman said, Nab arrested Muhammad Abbas from Wazirabad for looting people in the name of double profit from 15 to 30 days.  The team acted on a complaint after verification and formal inquiry. The accused was hiding somewhere in Wazirabad, the official said, adding that the detaine in connivance with his wife Najma Bibi lure public and looted Rs6.539 million. In another case NAB arrested Anwarul Haq from Lahore over allegations of fabricating fake plot files of Mustafa Town of Lahore.–Staff Reporter