Bilawl Bhutto appoints Hindu untouchable as advisor

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, leader of the Pakistan People’s Party, has appointed a Hindu ‘untouchable’ as his adviser, an unprecedented office for a low caste Hindu in this conservative society.

Surendar Vallasai, a former journalist, who later joined the media cell of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), was appointed as Bilawal’s adviser on minorities affairs.

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Turkey and Pakistan to enhance the bilateral trade and economic relations

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday vowed to further strengthen the bilateral, trade, cultural, political and economic relations.

They stressed the need that both sides should work for joint ventures and investment in diversified sectors of economy including energy, transport, communication, infrastructure, textile, automobile, agriculture, industry, food . . . → Read More: Turkey and Pakistan to enhance the bilateral trade and economic relations

Arrest warrants issued for Aziz and Musharraf in Akbar Bugti case

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) issued non-bailable arrest warrants against former dictator Pervez Musharraf and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz in connection with the Akbar Bugti murder case on Monday, reported Express News.

The arrest warrants were issued due to repeated absence from the court. The former governor of Balochistan, Owais Ghani and former deputy commissioner . . . → Read More: Arrest warrants issued for Aziz and Musharraf in Akbar Bugti case

India, a future ally?

MUCH has already been made of Nawaz Sharif’s overtures to India during his election campaign. The Indian high commissioner last week called on Sharif at Raiwind to discuss ways in which to boost bilateral ties.

For the international community, the prospect of improved Indo-Pak relations as an outcome of our recent elections is even more . . . → Read More: India, a future ally?

Bangladesh factory inferno leaves 800 dead

The death toll from a garment-factory building collapse last month surpassed 800 Wednesday, as the government forced 18 factories to shut down temporarily for safety improvements.

Two weeks after the collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza building, the disaster is turning out to be one of the worst industrial accidents ever, putting enormous pressure on . . . → Read More: Bangladesh factory inferno leaves 800 dead

Jail violence in India: Pay-back time?

A Pakistani prisoner was badly beaten in an Indian jail on Friday in apparent revenge for a fatal attack on an Indian spy Sarabjit Singh.

Sanaullah Haq was being treated for severe head injuries in hospital in Jammu.

“He was rushed to Jammu Medical College Hospital in critical condition as he had suffered severe head . . . → Read More: Jail violence in India: Pay-back time?

Obesity on the rise

The obesity rate is 27.5 percent higher in New York City neighborhoods where the greatest proportion of people “like” television on Facebook.

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SC dismisses expat voting petition

The Supreme Court disposed of two petitions seeking voting rights for millions of Pakistani expatriates, observing that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) should facilitate Pakistani Diaspora to vote on May 11.

In its short order, a three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, observed that the commission should make all efforts to . . . → Read More: SC dismisses expat voting petition

Interior Minister reviews security arrangements for candidates

Interior Minister Malik Habib on Tuesday reviewed measures taken for the security of elections candidates as well as the public in Sindh and expressed satisfaction over coordination among the law-enforcing agencies in this regard.

The interior minister, who arrived here on Monday from Islamabad, presided over a high-level meeting at the Chief Minister’s House and . . . → Read More: Interior Minister reviews security arrangements for candidates

SHC stops ECP from printing ballot papers before Apr 21

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Monday restrained the Election Commission of Pakistan from printing ballot papers of the 11 recently delimited constituencies of the National Assembly and the Sindh Assembly in Karachi till further orders.

A division bench headed by Justice Maqbool Baqar gave this direction while hearing an application of the Muttahida Qaumi . . . → Read More: SHC stops ECP from printing ballot papers before Apr 21