JI team, lawyers meet Chaudhrys

PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujat Hussain has said that the government should refrain from changing Namoos-e-Risalat laws. He said this while talking to a delegation of JI who met him at his resident Tuesday. The JI delegation comprised of Liaquat Baloch, Farid Piracha and Mian Maqsood Ahmed. Ch Shujat Hussain said first the government under cover of the election laws interfered with the Khatm-e-Nubawwat matter and now under a peculiar foreign and un-Islamic agenda in the garb of human rights attempts were being made to play dangerous game of further hurting sentiments of the Muslims. He claimed were being made to get Namoos-e-Risalat laws changed through the Senate. He said that Khatm-e-Nubawwat and Namoos-e-Risalat is basic faith of every Muslim without which no person can be a Muslim at all. He said  the government should refrain from this dangerous game. He emphasized upon the members of the Senate and the National Assembly not to carry forward foreign and un-Islamic agenda of the rulers.  Meanwhile, a delegation of lawyers met PML-Q leader Chaudhary Parvez Elahi at his residence.He discussed with lawyers the legal aspect of Model Town incident and future line of action.  It was decided that PML-Q lawyers will participate fully in the lawyers convention being hosted by Pakistan Awami Tehreek on December 14. –Staff Reporter

 Secretary visits hospital

Secretary Specialized Healthcare & Medical Education Najam Ahmed Shah has directed the officials concerned to take steps for bringing immediate improvement atthe allied hospitals, attached with the medical universities/ medical colleges. He was presiding over a meeting at his office, as a  followup to his surprise visit to Government Teaching Hospital  Mozang and Lady Wellingdon Hospital. The secretary expressed his strong indignation over the poor conditions at the Mozang Teaching Hospital. He said the hospital affairs had been neglected by the authority concerned and the resources were not properly being utilised to provide better healthcare services to patients. He lamented that during his surprise visit to the Government Mozang Hospital Monday night, many of the beds were found empty while senior medical officer was also absent from duty. He said that on the one hand, Mayo and Sir Ganga Ram Hospitals were overloaded with patients, and on the other hand resources of allied hospitals were not being fully utilised. He said that teaching faculty should accept its responsibility to run the respective allied hospitals according to their capacity and directed that every medical university and college should hold meetings fortnightly with the MSs of the hospitals concerned to remain aware of the situation as well as to monitor the performance of the allied hospitals. The report of the meeting should be sent to the Secretariat as well, he added. –APP

 Expat gets properties back

Overseas Pakistanis Commission (OPC) Punjab has got vacated a house and four shops belonging to an expatriate Pakistani from illegal occupants. OPC Vice Chairperson Shaheen Khalid Butt informed in this regard that Muhammad Abbas, settled in Saudi Arabia, filed a complaint that some persons have forcefully captured his four marla house and four shops situated at Butter Road, New Nokhar, Farooqabad, District Sheikhupura.  The complaint was referred to District Overseas Pakistanis Committee, (DOPC) Sheikhupura for further proceedings. After efforts of members of DOPC and local police, the said house and shops were got vacated and handed over to its owner. Shaheen Khalid Butt further said that expatriate Pakistanis could contact OPC any time and so far thousands of complaints of Overseas Pakistanis had been redressed amicably. This has been happening as different groups seek to reconcile the exigencies of modernity, local and global pressures to ensure women’s rights with prevailing Islamic and cultural views.  Unless the state provides leadership to create a consensus on women’s rights, these ‘culture wars’ will ‘rip the country apart’, she added. –APP

 Police to carry out security audit of banks

The city police will carry out security audit of all the banks to avoid any untoward incident in the metropolis. The security of the banks will also be improved with the help of modern equipment and trained guards. Lahore’s SP (Security) Ammara Athar stated this while presiding over a meeting at the police Headquarters on Tuesday. At least 200 security in-changes of different private banks also attended the meeting.  The officer directed the administration of banks that the standard operating procedure (SOP) devised for the security of banks should be implemented fully. She said that the police would soon launch a training programme for the security guards of private banks. The guards will be given training in gunfire and other security related issues. –Staff Reporter