PM directs release of Rs 1.5b to Wapda
Protests against power outages continue, shortfall reaches 8,200 MW
Sharafat KazmiIslamabad—Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Wednesday directed the Ministry of Finance to urgently release Rs. 1.5 billion to WAPDA to settle the remaining claims of IPPs.
He was presiding over a meeting of Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) here to review progress on the private power projects and their future portfolio to increase power generation to overcome electricity shortage in the country.
Hajj corruption case Kazmi indicted
Rawalpindi—A special court on Wednesday indicted former minister for religious affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi in the Haj corruption case.
Special Judge Central Khalid Shabbir indicted Kazmi, former director general (Hajj) Rao Shakeel Ahmad and former joint secretary (Haj) Raja Aftabul Islam in the case.
The three pleaded not guilty before the court which subsequently adjourned the hearing to June 5. The judge also issued summons for 10 witnesses to appear before the court at the June 5 hearing.
Zardari signs Human Rights Commission Bill into Law
Karachi—President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday signed the National Commission for Human Rights Bill authorising the setting up of an independent and powerful human rights commission.
According to the bill, the commission would comprise of 10 members headed either by a retired judge of the Supreme Court or by a human rights expert.
There will be reserved seats — one for a woman and another for a person belonging to a religious minority.
The commission would have the authority to hold accountable any institution for its human rights violations.
Economic targets remain elusive: Economic Survey
Islamabad—No economic target was achieved except tax collection allocated in the fiscal year 2011-12. The country’s economic survey 2011-12 has estimated 3.7 percent GDP growth against the target of 4.2 per cent and actual growth of 3 per cent in 2010-11.
Sources said the survey reveals that chapter on poverty is yet to be finalised as Planning Commission and Finance Division have different statistics of poverty.