Home secretary’s reply sought over public execution of Kasur rapist

The Lahore High Court on Tuesday sought reply from Punjab home secretary to a petition seeking public execution of Ali Imran, the killer of seven-year old Zainab Amin in Kasur. Senior pusine judge Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq took up the petition moved by Zainab’s father. Advocate Ishtiaq Chaudhry represented the petitioner arguing that the appeals of the convict had been dismissed by all legal forums including the high court and the Supreme Court. He stated section 22 of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 empowered the government to hang a convict publicly. The court will resume on June 28.–Staff Reporter

CTO sets up body to protect women wardens from harassment

Cto Liaqat Ali Malik Tuesday set up a committee to probe into complaints of sexual harassment at workplace. A police spokesman said the committee would work under SP Traffic Sardar Asif Khan while Inspector Nazia Baqir, traffic wardens including Asma Noreen, Humaira, and lady traffic assistants Arooj and Javaria are members of the committee. In a press statement issued on Tuesday, SSP Liaqat Ali Malik said that the woman traffic officers and officials are the backbone of the traffic police department.–Staff Reporter

Man nabbed for ‘harassing’ woman

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Lahore on Tuesday arrested a man involved in harassing a woman on the social media. According to the FIA spokesman, Zainab Shabbir, daughter of Muhammad Shabbir, had filed a complaint that a person namely Muhammad Usman was blackmailing her through sexually explicit images and videos made by him. An FIA team conducted a raid and apprehended the accused from a restaurant on Jail Road. The team also recovered obnoxious material from his mobile-phone.A case was registered against the accused.–APP

Aasi’s book to be launched today

Qalam Foundation will arrange launching ceremony of veteran journalist and intellectual Saeed Aasi’s book ‘Teri Bukal De Wich Chor’ at Quaid-e-Azam Library, Bagh-e-Jinnah on Wednesday (today) at 4pm. Former Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri will chair the meeting while Ex-Chief Minister Manzoor Ahmed Watto, Ex-Information Minister Parvaiz Rasheed and Secretary General MMA Liaqat Baloch will be the chief guests. Syed Afzal Haider, Ata-ul-Haq Qasmi, Salim Bokhari, Zia Shahid, Oriya Maqbool Jan, Qayyum Nizami, Malik Maqbool Ahmed, Manzoor Gilani are amongst speakers.–Staff Reporter

Public Safety Committees dissolved

City Police on Tuesday dissolved all the Public Safety Committees at each police station. A police spokesman said the committees were dissolved by the police department to ensure to free, fair, and transparent elections. “All divisional SPs are directed to immediately dissolve all public safety committees on police station level,” the spokesman said. These committees had been constituted by the department in 2014 to develop close liaison between police and public at grass root level. –Staff Reporter

Anti-encroachment op continues

The district administration continued its operation against encroachments on Miani Sahib Graveyard on the seventh consecutive day Tuesday. The admin acted upon the directives of the LHC. There are 456 places at Miani Sahib Graveyard illegally occupied by land grabbers, 60 percent of the operation has been completed. The district administration during operations retrieved land from the land mafia who had built walls over 1248 kanals of the Miani Shaib Graveyard. Separately, Metropolitan Corporation in an operation against encroachments in Samanabad Town demolished several illegally occupied premises from Alfahah Building to High Court.–Staff Reporter

Chinese acting consul general calls on interim CM

Acting Consul General of China in Lahore Wang Daxue called on caretaker Punjab Chief Minister Dr Hasan Askari at Chief Minister’s Office, on Tuesday. Different matters of mutual interest including promotion of Pak-China relations and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects were discussed in the meeting. The CM said that Pak-China friendship was a bright example of peace, mutual love, cooperation and sentiments of affection. In fact, China is a trustworthy friend of Pakistan and Chinese leadership has always cooperated with Pakistan during difficult times, he added. He said that hearts of peoples of both countries beat together. China does not impose any condition for friendship as its friendship is based on the principle of “love-more”. That is why Pakistan-China friendship has transformed into immortal relations and there is no example like Pakistan-China friendship in the present-day history of the world. “We are proud of friendship with China,” he said. The CM said the journey of friendly relations between Pakistan and China comprised of many decades and the friendship between the two countries is an example of its own.–Staff Reporter

Media conference from tomorrow

A three-day international media conference will be organized by Faculty of Media and Communication Studies, University of Central Punjab from June 28. The media conference will be held at university campus in which scholars from Pakistan, Norway, Nepal, China and the US will participate. Dean of Faculty of Media and Communication Studies Prof Dr Mugheesudding Sheikh shared the details of the conference in press conference at Lahore Press Club on Tuesday. He shared the aims, objectives and importance of the conference emphasizing the role of universities to conduct the debates on contemporary issues. The inaugural ceremony will be held on Thursday (tomorrow) at 9am. German Ambassador Martin Kobler will be the guest of honour while communication scholar Hamid Mowlana from the US, Dr Manju Mishra from Nepal, Prof Lu Quing Dean Communication University China, Dr Elisabeth from Oslo University Norway and Pro-Rector University of Central Punjab Prof Dr Zafarullah will attend the conference.–Staff Reporter

UVAS okays Rs 3.970 billion budget

The Syndicate of University of Veterinary and Animal Science (UVAS) approved Rs 3.970 billion budget for the financial year 2018-19 with focus on development, research and improving facilities for quality education and services. Chairing the 55th Syndicate meeting, Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Talat Naseer Pasha said that focus was on applied research and development projects for further improving the quality of education, research and services at the university. The value of the ongoing 105 research projects is Rs 1.262 billion. Prof Dr Pasha told the meeting that a hefty amount of Rs 2.335 billion had been allocated for development projects. The total development allocation, Rs 2.080 billion will be spent on ongoing projects while Rs 255 million on new projects to be initiated in the financial year 2018-19.–APP