Shafqat Aziz

Hundreds of dead fish have washed up at Seaview Beach and are driving away tourists

Fishermen throwing small fish back into the ocean is a huge problem

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Congo virus death toll in Karachi rises to 10 as 25-year-old dies at Jinnah hospital

The man, identified as Haider Ali, was a resident of Mehmoodabad and was brought to the hospital two days ago

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Fire at Jinnah hospital’s emergency ward contained

Three fire brigade vehicles have arrived at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center and are trying to douse the flames

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Doctors in Karachi successfully install breathing pacemaker inside human body

Doctors at a private hospital in Karachi have successfully installed a breathing pacemaker in a paralyzed patient. The patient, Dr Daniyal, was paralyzed when the blood supply to his lungs from his brain was suspended. British and American doctors took part in the five-hour long operation. Dr Daniyal’s father, Dr Zafar Ali, was also on the…

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No swimming in Karachi’s seas this Sunday

A one-day ban was imposed on swimming at the beach in Karachi on Sunday.  The city’s mayor, Wasim Akhtar, imposed the ban under Section 144 of the PPC. The ban has been imposed due to strong winds and high waves.

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Money laundering case: Asif Zardari, Faryal fail to appear before the JIT

Former president Asif Ali Zardari and his sister Faryal Talpur failed to appear on Saturday before the FIA’s joint investigation team formed to investigate a Rs34 billion money laundering scandal. The two PPP leaders were summoned to the FIA office at 11am on Saturday. Their lawyers appeared on their behalf and submitted replies to the…

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With doctors recruited for election duties, who will run Karachi’s hospitals?

Doctors at government hospitals have been assigned duties at polling stations on July 25 so who is going to treat patients? An emergency is ordinarily declared at public hospitals on polling day but the lack of doctors may pose a problem. In Karachi, the staff of the Sindh Government Lyari General Hospital, Sindh Government Hospital…

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Eight-year-old drowns at Karachi’s Sandspit Beach

An eight-year-old boy drowned at Karachi’s Sandspit Beach on Sunday. Workers from rescue services searched the beach for his body for hours. According to them, the boy, eight-year-old Meesum, came to the beach with his family for a picnic. He was swimming in the water when a strong current carried him away. The family lives…

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Musharraf gets nomination papers for Karachi’s NA-247

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has acquired nomination papers to contest the elections from National Assembly seat NA-247 in Karachi, SAMAA TV reported Saturday. The former military ruler, who has been living in London for the last two years, acquired the documents from the Election Commission of Pakistan office through his counsel. After the…

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We can’t pray as there is no water, say Orangi residents

Residents of Orangi Town say they can’t pray in Ramazan as there is no water to wash oneself. “I collect water from the filter plants for making my sehri,” said one woman. “Sometimes I get it, sometimes not even a drop.” Orangi residents pay up to Rs3,000 for water tanker service. Women say they have…

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Is Conocarpus causing heatwave in Karachi?

It is believed that conocarpus plants are destroying Karachi ecosystem. Nearly 2.2 million conocarpus plants were planted to deal with the effects of heatwave in the sprawling megacity of 15 million, where high temperatures are exacerbated by an absence of green space. The problem now needs a solution.

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Welfare organisations brace for more bodies as authorities deny deaths in Karachi

Welfare organisations working in Karachi are making preparations to tackle with more deaths as a heatwave has hit the port city. Temperature in the city is likely to remain 44 degrees Celsius on Tuesday like the past two days. The situation has become unbearable for the people as intermittent power outages continue in the months…

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Karachi has plenty of heat but no camps to beat it with

The sweltering heat is taking its toll on the city’s residents who have been warned time and again from venturing out unnecessarily outside. However, Karachi has plenty of heat but no heat camps to beat it with.  The temperature in the city reached 43°C but there were no heat camps in the city which could…

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Exams delayed, madrassa students get three-day break as Karachi heats up

The intermediate board and Karachi University delayed their exams scheduled till May 24 while madrassas gave a three-day off to their students in Karachi on Monday (today). The temperature in the city is all set to compete with the hottest day of the year. On Sunday, the city braved the hottest day of the year…

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Toxic seawater causing skin diseases in Karachi

The seawater at Karachi’s Clifton beach has become toxic. It’s causing skin diseases, according to a study by Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources. The sun-kissed Clifton beach is being polluted, with sewage water directly discharged into the sea through two major sewage nullahs. But thousands of citizens daily visit the beach without knowing…

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Sweat all you can as Karachi braves hottest Ramazan day so far

On Sunday, Karachi is set to brave the hottest day of Ramazan so far. Weather in the city will remain hot and dry as sea breeze was cut off, says the Met Office. Maximum temperature for the next three days will be 43 degrees Celsius. Minimum temperature expected is 40 degrees Celsius. Humidity in the…

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Water tankers will be just a click away with KWSB’s mobile app

Ordering water tankers just got easy as Karachi Water and Swerage Board announced the launch of a new mobile application that will allow users to order tankers with a simple click.  “People will be able to order tankers just by clicking on the application,” said Mr Khalid Mehmood Sheikh, MD KWSB. “You can check out…

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Karachiites turn to the beach for relief—only to be charged twice for parking

It seems as if the local government is hell-bent on making the lives of Karachiites miserable. As the heat turns up and residents take to the beach to cool off, they’re being charged twice for parking by local government officials.  KMC and District Council Karachi officials are charging people two times on Sandspit road for…

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After ER scuffle, doctors boycott OPDs at Jinnah hospital

KARACHI: Medics associated with the Young Doctors Association boycotted out-patient clinics at Jinnah hospital, Samaa reported Tuesday. The doctors refused to work in protest against the registration of an FIR against a doctor, according to YDA chairman Omer Sultan. The FIR was recently registered by a patient’s attendant after a clash with the staff of…

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Load-shedding in Karachi is “enmity with Sindh”

As Karachi sizzles in 40 degrees and suffers frequent power cuts, Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah smells a conspiracy. Load-shedding in Karachi speaks of the Centre’s enmity with Sindh. “Sukkur, Larkana and my constituency, Sehwan, are facing 14-, 16- and 18-hour-long power cuts,” he said at a press conference Thursday. “What is it if not…

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