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June 2012

ISLAMABAD: New residential sectors, interchanges, flyovers figure in Rs 28bn CDA budget

Associated Press of Pakistan

* Rs 6.5bn project will replace Islamabad’s 65,000 streetlights with LED lights

The Capital Development Authority on Wednesday approved its annual budget 2012-13 with total outlay of Rs 28 billion, with main focus on launching of two residential sectors and construction of interchanges, flyovers, and signal-free avenues.

“We have approved Rs 28 billion budget. It will be announced within a couple of days,” Chairman Farkhand Iqbal told APP. The all-powerful CDA Board has approved the annual budget and it has almost approved all budgetary proposals put forward by the CDA’s Finance Wing.Read More »ISLAMABAD: New residential sectors, interchanges, flyovers figure in Rs 28bn CDA budget

The two judgments

Article by I. A. Rehman, published in Daily Dawn on 21st June 2012

ALL praises to the Almighty that the people of Pakistan have been blessed with two history-making judgments of the apex court and this within a matter of days.

The more momentous of the two verdicts has ended the months-old agony of Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani by pushing him off the prime ministerial gaddi. Since the issue was contempt of the highest court in the land the verdict was not unexpected, though the scale of punishment is.

While all Supreme Court verdicts must always be honoured even if they do not appear to be sound, it may not be possible to avoid a prolonged discussion on the present judgment. There are quite a few issues that will need to be clarified.Read More »The two judgments

Supreme Court Disqualifies Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gilani


ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) has disqualified Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani in its short order of the NA Speaker ruling case.

  Yousuf Raza Gilani is disqualified from membership of parliament from April 26, the date of his conviction. He has also ceased to be the prime minister of Pakistan,” said chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reading the order.

 The Election Commission shall issue a notice of disqualification and the president is required to take necessary steps to ensure continuation of democratic process,” he added.Read More »Supreme Court Disqualifies Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gilani

Islamabad Diary: Et tu Brute?

By Ayaz Amir

We know the kind of influence Malik Riaz Hussain of Bahria Town has been famous for peddling: chummy with presidents and prime ministers, close links to all major political parties, ex-generals and air-marshals in his employ, leading champions of the fourth estate in his pocket, or at least beneficiaries of his largesse. We can even go a step further and for the sake of argument say that he is the biggest wheeler-dealer this side of Suez.

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Usually in a democratic set-up, the responsibility of maintenance of law and order must go indirectly onto the shoulders of the political forces but inPakistanthe politicians are most of the time least interested in the solution of problems that a common man has to face in his every day life. A general indifference and lack of concern regarding the common man’s problems has become a traditional trait of political and democratic rulers. So eventually all eyes turn to the law enforcing agencies for a positive and fruitful solution of the problem. It is a day-light actuality that maintaining of law and order is a wearisome, mind-numbing and somewhat unrewarding job, demanding higher level of discipline, professional brilliance and selfless dedication. Following their professional obligation the law enforcing agencies have to perform their best to come up to the public expectations regardless of unfavorable circumstances blemished with moral corrosion, social malice and political impiety. Read More »LEARNING FROM THE WESTERN MEDIA