Row with judiciary out of question: PM

Punjab govt’s long march would tantamount to treason
Sharafat Kazmi
Islamabad—Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Tuesday said no province could launch a long-march against the federal government because it would be tantamount to be treason. He was speaking in a PTV programme “Prime Minister Online” here Tuesday night. Replying to a question regarding the long-march announced by the Punjab government, the Prime Minister said such act could be considered as “treason” as it would be a step of the provincial government against the federal government. “It is totally unacceptable,” he added.

Blast in Quetta kills 5

Staff Reporter

Blast in Quetta kills 5 Quetta—A powerful blast ripped through Quetta’s Sariab Road on Tuesday, killing at least five people while injuring 10 others. Rescue officials confirmed that at least five people had been killed in the incident. The dead also included Frontier Corps (FC) personnel, according to reports. The loud explosion, which was reported to be so powerful that it shook several buildings in the provincial capital, took place at around 2:15pm inside a car parked near the Sariab grid station. The area, located near Quetta’s Irrigation Colony, is known to be a busy locality.

Nawaz predicts chaos if Govt defies SC

Salim Ahmed

Lahore—Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif said Tuesday that Pakistan may face chaos, if the decisions of the Supreme Court were not implemented. While addressing a function held to distribute keys among 1296 labourers in a Labour Colony at Raiwind Road, Nawaz said that violation of verdicts of the apex court cannot be tolerated. “Pakistan is the country of 180 million people of Pakistan instead of Asif Ali Zardari and Yusuf Raza Gilani,” he said, adding, “We are moving forward and taking right decisions in the interest of the country. Whosoever would join hands with us would get success. ”

Imran to move Apex Court

Islamabad—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) decided to file a reference to the Supreme Court of Pakistan against Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani eligibility for premiership, PTI sources said Tuesday. The decision was taken during the meeting of PTI Central Working Committee headed by Imran Khan. According to the sources, the PTI would file the reference regarding the qualification of the prime minister after his conviction and to seek SC direction on whether Gilani could still remain a prime minister after being convicted.

Govt reforms claims prove false

Islamabad—Despite claims by the Cabinet Committee on Restructuring (CCOR), the government has failed to reform the Public Sector Enterprises (PSE) during 2011-12. The government had earlier announced the management would be replaced with professionals to make the entities profitable. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani announced in December last year to form a task force headed by Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, to address the issue of energy crisis and for the transformation of public sector entities, including Pakistan International Airline (PIA), Pakistan Railways and Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM).

Minimum wage of labour increased to Rs 8000

Islamabad—The minimum wage of workers in Pakistan has been increased to eight thousand rupees, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani announced on Tuesday. Additionally, the Employees’ Old-Age Benefit Institution pension has been increased to Rs 2,000 from Rs 1,500. Gilani, addressing a Labour Day event at the Convention Centre in Islamabad, also handed over ‘regular’ appointment letters to the employees of Capital Development Authority (CDA), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

Global unemployment will rise to 202m: ILO

Islamabad—Global unemployment will rise to 202 million by the end of the year – compared to 196 million people last year – unless governments can combine austerity measures with job creation, warned the International Labour Organisation (ILO). According to Raymond Torres, director of the ILO’s Institute for International Labour Studies, “the strategy of austerity actually has been counterproductive from the point of view of its very objective of supporting confidence and supporting the reduction of budget deficits.” Europe, in particular, was guilty of “ill-conceived fiscal austerity”, said Torres, which coupled with tough labour market reforms, had caused a loss of confidence and skills among jobseekers.
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