Aug 162017
PAT allowed to hold sit-in as one-time exception by LHC

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court Wednesday granted one-time exception to Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and allowed it to hold sit-in on Istanbul Chowk, Mall Road, directing the party to wrap up the show… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Feb 162017
Implementation of NAP

The attacks on Mall Road in Lahore and Hayatabad in Peshawar have proved that we are still far from an ultimate triumph against terrorism. Both attacks killed and injured a number of innocent citizens. These atrocities have been hitting Pakistan intermittently despite the efforts of different regimes – civilian and military – to curb them in the country. It was the gruesome terrorist attack on the Army Public School that had led to the formulation of NAP and other operations against militancy in the country. While some of these operations successfully managed to attain their targets, the full-fledged implementation of NAP seems far from complete. The instability of our security system, particularly at the borders, gives an outlet to the terrorists to easily enter our country where they establish centres and indoctrinate young minds in the false name of Islam. There is a dire need to trace and destroy such centres and enforce all the points of NAP to eliminate militancy immediately. Wajahat Abro Shikarpur Click for detailed story

Feb 142017
Another attack

The traumatic incident that occurred on Mall Road in Lahore is deeply tragic. Around 13 people were killed and more than 80 were injured. Once again, the civilians were targeted and many police officials lost their lives. The rescue teams should act swiftly and provide all basic facilities to the victims of the blast.       Jamatul Ahrar blatantly accepted the responsibility of this reprehensible act. If there was a grave threat of terrorism in the vicinity, the permission to protest there should not have been granted.        We should see given that NAP is being implemented in the country, why are banned organisations operating openly? These attacks highlight the shortcomings of our security measures and also belie the claims of law-enforcement agencies when they state that the situation is under control. There is an ardent need of stern action against the non-state outfits in order to eradicate the scourge of terrorism from the country. Inzamam Qasim Silachi Sibi ***** The suicide bombing in        Lahore shows another security lapse in our system. People losing their lives is nothing new thing in our country but such incidents have increased with time. There is a dire need to implement the security action plan in Punjab to protect the lives of innocent civilians. Moreover, religious scholars must come forward and denounce such acts which are committed in the name of religion. ***** It is sad to know that a high alert was signalled to all security agencies by the National Counter Terrorism Authority on   February 7, [Read More…]

Feb 142017
As Lahore buries its dead, citizens demand answers

Pakistanis Tuesday mourned the victims of a Taliban-claimed suicide blast in Lahore as the city's residents railed at the government for failing to protect them. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif declared a day of mourning after Monday's blast, believed to be targeting police managing a busy protest in front of the Punjab Assembly at rush hour on Mall Road.13 people were killed, emergency officials told, including six police officers. AFP reported the death toll to be higher at 15, with at least 87 injured. Official funerals were held Tuesday for some of the victims. Read more: Bomber traumatises Lahore; police bear brunt of attackSenior police officers were trying to convince the chemists to call off the protest when the bomber, who apparently had mingled with the protesters, stepped forward to get close to the negotiators and blew himself up. The protest on The Mall was being held against recent amendments to the Drug Act which the chemists called a ‘black law’.The toll could have been much higher, Raza said, but for two vehicles — a TV news van and a minivan belonging to the protesters — which absorbed much of the impact of the blast.The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the banned Pakistan Tehreek-i-Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the assault, which came three days after it announced it would carry out a series of attacks on government installations around the country.Also read: Rana Sanaullah shifts blame on protestersLahore residents vented their fury at the militants and the government at the blast [Read More…]

Dec 152016

The Punjab government has initiated the e-challan service in Lahore to deal with the issues of traffic violation. The move calls for applause as it will help maintain traffic law and order in the city which is one of the most densely populated cities in the country. According to details, more than 17,000 traffic violations were observed in a month through cameras installed only on Mall Road and about 1000 citizens had been sent e-challans for breaking the traffic rules in the city. It is hoped that besides generating automated challans this new system would not only monitor the citizens but police officers as well who are often involved in bribery. Shehar Bano Syed Lahore Click for detailed story

Nov 102016

LAHORE: The medics continue to demonstrate throughout Lahore, making commute a nuisance for locals, as the police await government orders to act against the protesting members of the Young Doctors Association. WHEN asked if the police were taking action against doctors, considering the hassle around the city, DIG Operations Dr Haider Ashraf said dialogue between doctors and the government was under way and that they would act as per the government’s directions. Reportedly, only five FIRs have been registered against the protesting doctors for closing down emergency wards and Mall Road, the blockade of which has been declared punishable under Section 144. The doctors’ protest continued for the third day running on Mall Road, choking the adjoining thoroughfares, including Canal Road, Ferozpur Road and Multan Road. Residents of different areas continued to suffer due to protests called by not only YDA and Young Nurses Association but also those by the water board. Mehmood Iqbal, who lives near Davis Road, said he has to pick his son from school near Zafar Ali Road and drop him home. He said he gets up to drop his son home during his lunch break. But, he added, traffic on the routes makes it impossible for him to get back to work on time. Published in The Express Tribune, November 11th, 2016. The post Crackdown: Police still await govt orders appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

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