Man ‘robbed of life’

Unidentified motorcyclists shot and killed a 50-year-old man on offering resistance during a road robbery attempt in Shahdara, police said on Thursday. The deceased was identified by police as Abbas, who received multiple bullet wounds and died on the spot. The incident took place on a busy road late Wednesday night. The body was moved to the morgue for an autopsy. Police sources said two gunmen opened straight fire on the victim as he fought back bandits during a road robbery attempt. The robbers collected cash and valuables from the deceased and managed to escape from the crimes scene. The police were investigating the incident with no arrest made yet.–Staff Reporter

Three bodies found

Three persons including a 40-year-old woman were recovered dead from different parts of the metropolis on Thursday, police said. The police removed the bodies to the morgue for autopsy. According to rescue workers, a 40-year-old woman was lying unconscious alongside a footpath in the Shera Kot police precincts on early Thursday. She was shifted to a hospital where she died later. Police investigators said the woman was poisoned to death by some swindlers. The victim was named by police as Fozia Bibi. The police were investigating the death. In another incident, a 66-year-old man was found dead near a market in the Baghbanpura police area. The deceased was identified as Nadeem Iqbal. Also, a 60-year-old man was found dead alongside a road in the Mughalpura police area. He was identified by police as Syed Aftab. The police were investigating his death.–Staff Reporter

Man attempts self-immolation

A man attempted self-immolation at his house over some domestic dispute in the South Cantonment police precincts on Thursday afternoon. Police sources said the man identified as Muhammad Nadeem set himself on fire after an argument with his wife. Nadeem was admitted to the Services Hospital with multiple burns. The police were investigating the incident.–Staff Reporter

PHP performance reviewed

Additional Inspector General of Police Amjad Javaid Saleemi on Thursday reviewed the performance of the Punjab Highway Patrol and ordered his force to improve their working within a month. The officer was presiding over a meeting at the central police office. DIG Ghulam Mehmood Dogar, SSP Babar Bakht Qureshi, Muhammad Yousaf Malik, SP Shujat Ali Rana and Huma Naseeb were also present during the meeting. On this occasion, DG Khan Region SSP Muhammad Baqir and Sargodha Region SP Hassan Jamil Haider were given letter of displeasure over rising road accidents. The Additional-IG directed the officers to evolve a fitness program for all the personnel. He said that strict action must be taken against the policemen who were found absent from duty.–Staff Reporter

PPP lawmaker lashes out at PML-N

PPP Senator Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan said next general election should be held on time; however, the PM had the powers to announce early election. He said the National Assembly speaker on one side said that assemblies seem to be dissolved but claim to run the same on the other side. “It has become habit of the ruling party that they accused unknown persons (of plot against it. Its leader is crying as to why he was ousted,” Aitzaz told reporters at the Lahore High Court Thursday. “Why does the PML-N not naming the conspirator(s)?” he said. Aitzaz said that the PML-N was still enjoying relief from the judiciary. The army did not make any conspiracy against the ruling party.–Staff Reporter

NPT holds Seerat Conference

The Nazaria-i-Pakistan Trust (NPT) organised Seerat Conference for women in connection with Eid Miladun Nabi on Thursday. Speakers of the seminar laid stress on following Sunnah. They urged all schools of thoughts to forget their differences and get united to strengthen Pakistan. Samia Raheel Qazi said no Muslim can ever compromise on the finality of prophethood. She urged today’s women to follow the character of mother, daughters and wives of Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). The prophet granted a respectable status to women in the society, she added. Memoona Murtaza Malik said Islam has ensured all rights to women. Begum Mehnaz Rafi said Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) introduced humanity with revolutionary thinking and liberated the oppressed sections of society from the atrocities of oppressors. Sabahat Ramzan Sialwi, Khalida Hamill, Dr. Perveen Khan, Begum Safia Ishaq and Prof Syeda Taskeen Shahid also spoke on the occasion.–Staff Reporter

Another centre for AIDS patients soon

The Punjab AIDS Control Programme will open a new centre, Director Dr Asim Altaf said at a meeting on Thursday. The director said necessary arrangements have been made for opening a new centre in Jalalpur Jattan. He said the Minister Primary and Secondary Healthcare has inaugurated a centre at Chiniot last week. He said that ample amount of Anti Retroviral Medicines was available at all PACP Centers. The Program provides anti-retroviral medicines, counseling and testing services to all patients in Punjab. He said the Program has set up 15 treatment centers and 11 Voluntary Confidential, Counseling and Testing Centers (VCCT) in the province. The PACP leads the Provincial response for HIV/AIDS and ensures monitoring and accountability of organizations working under its ambit. “In order to ensure transparency, stringent accountability measures are adopted. The PACP is in process of completing audit of organizations working under its ambit,” he said.–Staff Reporter

Lawyers to go on strike

lawyers will observe strike on Friday (today) to record their protest against FIRs against Multan lawyers and raids for their arrest. The strike call has been given by the Punjab Bar Council and Lahore High Court Bar Association at the high court level as well as at the lower courts. The lawyers will appear just in cases of urgent nature and boycott all other cases. On Wednesday, a large number broke windowpanes of the sessions court during their protest against the missing facilities at new Judicial Complex in Multan. The lawyers’ leaders say that FIRs against their colleagues and raid at their houses was condemnable and unlawful.–Staff Reporter

Obituary

Chaudhry Riaz Ahmad, owner of Brothers Catters and YMCA Restaurant died on Thursday. His qul ceremony would be held on Friday (today) after Friday prayer at 2 pm at 766-N, Samanabad, Lahore. Imtiaz Ahmad 031-7866645