June 2012

SC orders strict action against Arsalan Iftikhar, Malik Riaz

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has wrapped up the suo motu case involving Chief Justice’s son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar and real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, ordering action against the two in its short order issued Thursday, DawnNews reported.

The court has ordered the Attorney General Irfan Qadir to take strict legal action against Dr Arsalan Iftikhar, Malik Riaz and his son-in-law Salman Ali Khan.Read More »SC orders strict action against Arsalan Iftikhar, Malik Riaz

Malik Riaz issued contempt notice over press briefing

ISLAMABAD: Taking suo motu notice Malik Riaz’s press briefing, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued a show cause notice to the real estate tycoon, asking him to appear before the court on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

A three-member bench of the SC’s senior most judges, headed by Justice Shakirullah Jan, was hearing the suo motu case pertaining to the business tycoon’s Tuesday press conference.

Justice Shakirulah Jan read out the text of Riaz’s press briefing in court and said that it appeared as if the judiciary was being scandalised.

Justice Shakirullah said that Riaz had ridiculed the court with the press conference and could be held in contempt of court.

The show cause notice issued to Riaz also said that he had made an attempt to obstruct justice.

The SC had earlier summoned the record of the controversial press conference. Sources had told DawnNews that an informal meeting of the apex court judges had taken place in the chief justice’s chamber. The meeting which lasted for nearly an hour was reportedly attended by 12 apex court judges.Read More »Malik Riaz issued contempt notice over press briefing

I take oath on Quran I never received a penny from Malik Riaz: Imran

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Brushing aside allegations of receiving money from real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan said;  I take oath on Quran I never get even a penny from Malik Riaz. Imran Khan categorically denied that any of his party member had taken money, reasoning if it happened he must have known that. The cricketer-turned politician said he would not let the judiciary to be toppled. He said a politician, sitting in Rawalpindi, should be ashamed of leveling baseless allegations. Imran Khan further said President Asif Ali Zardari had appointed Husain Haqqani as ambassador to US and he was also involved in the memo conspiracy. The PTI chief also spoke against war against terror, saying no issue could be resolved through war. Imran Khan said that he will stand by the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He said that conspiracies against the apex court Read More »I take oath on Quran I never received a penny from Malik Riaz: Imran

Malik Riaz claims spending Rs 342m on Dr Arsalan

Islamabad:Former owner of Behria Town Malik Riaz submitted written statement in SC against Dr Arsalan, statement says he spent a total amount of Rs 342 million on chief justice’s son Dr Arsalan.

The written statement of real estate tycoon Malik Riaz, which he submitted in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, stated that he spent a total amount of Rs 342 million on chief justice s son Dr Arsalan Iftikhar.
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AFRIDI BEHIND THE BARS?

PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER

 My younger son was depressingly disappointed when one day he was reading a headline in a western newspaper, ‘Afridi Behind the Bars’. In a very dismal tone he said to me, “Baba! These western newspapers are simply damaging the repute of our national hero Shahid Afridi by such misguiding headlines.” I said, “Don’t take it so serious; it might be a printing mistake.” The history ofPakistanwould always remember two Afridis, Shahid Afridi and Dr. Shakeel Afridi, no doubt, two extreme contradictions to each other. Shahid Afridi would always be remembered as a beacon of Read More »AFRIDI BEHIND THE BARS?

Pakistan economic survey 2011-12

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Agriculture sector posts 3.15 percent growth 

The agriculture sector posted a growth of 3.1 percent during 20110-12 mainly due to positive growth in agriculture-related sub-sectors, except for the minor crops.

According to the Economic Survey of Pakistan 2011-12 on Thursday, major crops accounted for 31.9 percent of agriculture sector and experienced a growth of 3.2 percent in fiscal year 2011-12 as against the negative growth of 0.2 percent in 2011. The significant growth in major crops was contributed by rice, cotton and sugarcane by 27.7 percent, 18.6 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.
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QS Ranking 2012: 5 Pakistani universities among 300 top Asian universities

Investment in higher education in the country continues to reap dividends as according to QS World Universities Rankings 2012, five Pakistani universities have won a place in the list of top 300 universities in Asia.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) UK is the world’s most renowned and prestigious ranking agency.

National University of Science and Technology (NUST-108), Karachi University, AKU, Lahore University of Management Sciences and Lahore University are now in top 300 Asian universities.

It speaks volumes of the hard work put in by the management and faculty of these universities and consistent support of the Higher Education Commission (HEC).Read More »QS Ranking 2012: 5 Pakistani universities among 300 top Asian universities