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We were unable to give Karachi a transport project, admits minister

KARACHI: It’s tragic that we could not give the city any transport project, said Sindh transport minister Nasir Hussain Shah.  Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV, Nasir Shah said that it was tragic how the government could not finish any transport project but he said that programs had been initiated. “We signed the agreement for Yellow…

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Dissidents used South Punjab as excuse to leave party: Pervaiz Rashid

Speaking on SAMAA TV’s program Awaz, Pervaiz Rashid said that the eight PML-N lawmakers who left the party a day earlier did so since they knew they would not be accommodated in the upcoming election.  “These lawmakers came as independents and they knew the party would not accommodate them hence they left,” he said. “They…

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Karachi to get new buses this month, says transport minister

KARACHI: Citizens will travel in new buses from this month, according to Sindh transport minister Nasir Hussain Shah.  Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV at Naya Din, Nasir Hussain Shah said that Karachiites will be able to travel in new buses which will be part of the ‘People’s Bus Service’ initiative. He spoke about bus drivers…

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Development projects yet to see the light of day in Multan

MULTAN: Development projects for the city have yet to see the light of day while funds have already been issued to the municipal corporation. Multan’s roads are in poor condition and heaps of garbage can be seen in various parts of the city. According to the mayor, funds amounting to Rs 15 crore have been…

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We can either pay electricity bills or raise children, says woman

KARACHI: “We can either pay expensive electricity bills or raise our children. It is not possible to do both,” said a woman fed up of power outage in Karachi.  The woman, a resident of Korangi, said that power outages were frequent in her area. “Load shedding occurs after every hour,” she said angrily. “These rulers…

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MQM-P warns of conspiracy to replace Izhar as opposition leader

KARACHI: Khawaja Izhar, MQM-P’s representative, warned of a conspiracy in the works to replace him as leader of the opposition in Sindh Assembly.  “We are hearing rumours that I will be replaced as the opposition leader,” he said. “Even if that were to happen, it will prove to be beneficial for us,” he added. Izhar…

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Post-mortem: Punjab big on roads, small on hospitals

Punjab has been so focused on building roads that it forgot about hospitals. “Health has never been a priority,” said SAMAA’s Lahore bureau chief Ahmad Waleed. “The Orange Line and Metro projects got more attention and funds.” He was speaking during a special government post-mortem broadcast on Monday. The PML-N government set up 20 new…

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Four DJs organise parties in Karachi where ecstasy, other drugs are supplied: police

KARACHI: Four DJs organise dance parties in the city where ice, ecstasy and other drugs are supplied to party-goers, according to police.  Party-goers in Karachi are issued invites to dance parties on social media. SAMAA TV obtained a footage that was filmed by a suspect at his house in Defence. The suspect drugged women and…

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Did the govt learn any lesson from the ‘killer’ heat wave?

It has been a couple of years since the heatwave killed more than 1,000 people in Karachi. The question remains–has the government learned any lesson?  Faryal Arif said that not enough was done to tackle the heat wave crisis in Karachi. She said that not enough trees were planted in the city. Faryal said that…

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Frere Hall cannot be handed over to NGO: Sindh culture minister

Sindh culture minister Syed Sardar Shah said that Frere Hall was an iconic building and could not be handed over to any NGO. The issue of handing over Frere Hall by Karachi’s mayor to an NGO was discussed during a meeting of the Sindh cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah. The chief…

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TPP makes entry into Sindh politics with impressive power show

Report by: Faqeer Saleem HYDERABAD: A new party has emerged on political landscape of Sindh, promising to bring change in the province. Tabdeeli Pasand Party (TPP), made the entry with a large rally at the National Highway near Hyderabad, creating waves in the politics. Chairman of the TPP is Ali Qazi, a journalist-turned politician. He…

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Women run for their lives in Karachi

KARACHI: A 100-metre race was organised for women to highlight the importance of fitness, on Sunday morning.   Scores of women from all walks of life participated in the races. Prizes were distributed among the winners when the races had concluded. “All you need to do to maintain your health is take out time for yourself…

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Naqeebullah murder: Jirga threatens to besiege Governor, CM houses

Reported by: Kamran Jalil KARACHI: The jirga gave the government an ultimatum to punish Rao Anwar and his associates complicit in the murder of Naqeebullah Mehsud otherwise they would besiege the Chief Minister House and Governor House.  Members of the grand jirga gathered outside the Karachi Press Club on Sunday where they protested against former…

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Three more MQM-P lawmakers join PSP

KARACHI: Three more MQM-P lawmakers jumped ship to join PSP. In the past 10 days, four MPAs and an equal number of MNAs have left MQM-P to join the PSP as general elections draw nearer.  MNA Mehboob Alam, MPAs Kamran Farooq and Saifuddin Khaliq announced their decision to join PSP in a press conference with Mustafa…

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‘FixIt’ chief vows to move NAB against Karachi mayor

KARACHI: Social activist and ‘Fix It’ founder Alamgir Khan has vowed to approach NAB against Karachi Mayor Waseem Akhtar, Samaa reported Sunday. He affirmed this while speaking to media persons outside Karachi Metropolitan Corporation head office. Earlier, he led a rally of dozens of his supporters from Tibet Center to the mayor’s office. There were…

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The fading splendor of 17th century Shahjahan Mosque – Watch

Report by: Zohair Ali The government of Sindh has apparently no proper plan to restore the fading splendor of 17th-century mosque built by Mughal Emperor Shahjahan in Thatta. Its interior was slightly repaired some 18 years ago, according to Khateeb of the mosque. Since then, no restoration work has been carried out to save this…

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Karachi mayor tries to give Frere Hall to board, Sindh govt puts up wall

Karachi’s mayor wants to hand over Frere Hall to a group of architects and prominent citizens who would look after it as a board of Guardians. The cash-strapped city government struggles to maintain this park and heritage site where Sadequain painted a famous mural.  Karachi Municipal Corporation signed an agreement with the Guardians Board, which was…

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Sindh CNG stations closed for 24 hours

CNG stations will remain close from 8am Saturday for 24 hours across Sindh including Karachi. The decision has been made owing to the maintenance work. The gas stations have been closed at 8am today for 24 hours owing to maintenance work in progress on field and load management, according to Sui Southern Gas. The gas…

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Alliance with Nawaz, Zardari impossible, says Imran Khan

HYDERABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan has ruled out the possibility of his party’s political alliance with PML-N and PPP, Samaa reported Friday. “Come what may, we will not make alliance with Nawaz Sharif and Asif Zardari. It’s impossible,” said the PTI chief while speaking to reporters in Hyderabad. Imran Khan is in the city…

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Bus drivers taking Karachiites for a ride with increased fare

KARACHI: Commuters are being cheated into paying more by bus and coach drivers. The transport association and regional transport authority are not supporting this price increase. Bus and coach drivers are providing passengers with fake lists to justify the fare hike. Petrol prices were increased by Rs3.56 per liter last month. Prices have been rising…

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Imran Khan kicks off membership drive from Zardari’s hometown

Report by: Sanjay Sadhwani NAWABSHAH: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan arrived in Sindh on two-day visit, Samaa reported Thursday. During the tour, Khan kicked off PTI’s membership campaign from Nawabshah, the hometown of PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari. Imran Khan was accompanied by senior party leaders including Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Dr Arif Alvi, Aleem Adil…

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