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Afghan refugee registration: 0.5m Afghans live in Sindh, says leader

* Disputes last year’s census figure of 136,000 as it only counts those who voluntarily registered * Says Afghans should be registered to receive legal status * An estimated 300 are registering each day By Razzak Abro KARACHI: More than half a million Afghan refugees are settled in Sindh with a majority of them in … Continue reading

Government to relieve rangers from pipeline protection duty

* Petroleum ministry and Sui gas asked to set up their own force By Razzak Abro KARACHI: The federal government has decided to relieve the Pakistan Rangers from the protection of gas pipelines and has asked the petroleum ministry and Sui Gas authorities to create their own force for the protection of these installations. Federal … Continue reading

Sindh unhappy at FO for issuing hunting permits to foreigners

By Razzak Abro KARACHI: The Sindh government is unhappy that the Foreign Office (FO) has issued hunting permits to foreigners in prescribed areas of the province and has decided to take this up at an upcoming meeting of the Inter-Provincial Coordination Committee, official sources told Daily Times on Wednesday. Thousands of foreigners, especially from Gulf … Continue reading

MPAs laugh and joke the session away

By Razzak Abro  KARACHI: The provincial assembly members laughed and joked their way through Tuesday’s session while the people of the city continued to grapple with the deaths of over 200 citizens and others fought to keep alive in the recurring rain. Representatives of all major parties in the province did not bother themselves with … Continue reading

FO asked to counter Amnesty allegations

By Razzak Abro KARACHI: The Permanent Mission of Pakistan, Geneva has taken notice of Amnesty International’s (AI) report criticizing the Pakistani government’s “inadequate” implementation of a juvenile justice system in the country. The Mission has said that the report casts a negative impression of the country’s commitment to child rights thus asking the Foreign Office … Continue reading

Diamond Bar Island City project: Dubai-based firm to make 85% profit

* PQA cancelled lease with Pakistan Navy to offer land to Emaar By Razzak Abro KARACHI: In exchange for developing the Diamond Bar Island City on Bandal and Buddo islands, the Dubai-based firm M/S Emaar Properties would get 85 percent profit from the project, sources in the Port Qasim Authority (PQA) told Daily Times Friday. … Continue reading

Sindh’s cold mountain resort in cold storage

* Gorakh Hill Station: The one place Karachiites can escape to in the summers has been ignored despite its fantastic tourism potential By Razzak Abro  JOHI (District Dadu):  As Karachi sweltered in the summer’s heat, it was a cool night at Gorakh Hill in district Dadu, which is otherwise known for its cooking 40-degree plus … Continue reading

Troops-militants standoff continues in Sui

* Gas installations remain under paramilitary forces’ control * Nearly 10,000 paramilitary troops and 5,000 soldiers deployed in Sui By Razzak Abro DERA BUGTI Though the security situation in Sui is normalising the security forces in and around the gas field and Baloch militants in Dera Bugti continue to take positions, reports say. A large … Continue reading

Sindh’s old families put on new faces

  By Razzak Abro KARACHI Their names may be new but their families are old. They are the scions of the Jatois, Mahars, Palijos and Marris to name a few. They may not have fought for the Constitution and may be more familiar with Christian Dior but that does not mean they don’t have a … Continue reading

BB’s arrival after eight years

 They came with one roti in their pocket and a head full of memories    By Razzak Abro KARACHI Zaibul Faqiryani is camped outside the Karachi airport to receive Benazir with a single roti that she brought along in the right pocket of her qameez. “Yes, I have brought my own food,” she says confidently, … Continue reading