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WCLA fAILs In Its Duty Due to non-CoopeRAtIon of poLICe LAHORE
HE Walled City of Lahore Authority (WCLA) has become helpless against illegally constructed buildings in the old city area due to noncooperation of the police department despite court orders, Pakistan Today learned on Sunday. According to WCLA building bylaws, no one could construct or modify any building without taking a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the authority, but it was seen that many illegal constructions have been undertaken in different areas of the walled city. Besides, work on a number of residential and multi-storey commercial buildings was progressing at a fast pace. The Lahore High Court (LHC) in its verdict on January 22, 2016, had directed the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) to render full assistance
to WCLA whenever needed. Sources inside WCLA informed Pakistan Today that the authority had failed badly in accomplishing its goals as the local police were reluctant to provide support to the authority in connection with the demolition of illegal buildings in the area. They said that there were several buildings in the walled city that have been constructed in violation of the building by-laws. Among them, around 11 buildings were to be demolished in the first phase of the operation. “The local police were reluctant because many buildings were constructed with the support of police officials due to which personnel from the force did not cooperate with us,” they alleged. They further informed that since the authority was established, it could not get the support of a magistrate and a special police force to enforce the building by-laws. “Hundreds of Istighasas have been pending due to the unavail-
ability of a special magistrate. The Punjab government has given approval for appointing a special magistrate, but despite requesting time and again, no appointment has been made yet,” they said, adding that this delay in appointing the magistrate was hampering the efficiency of the authority and causing hurdles in achieving its goals. WCLA Conservation Director Najam-us-Saqib confirmed that police were reluctant to support WCLA against the violators. He alleged that despite requesting and holding three meetings with deputy superintendent of police (DSPs) of three circles and station house officers (SHOs) of the local police stations, the force still avoided accompanying the WCLA enforcement team to demolition sites. On a question, he said that WCLA rules allowed the demolition of any building that was constructed illegally in the old city area. “After a continuous struggle on our part, the police agreed to be present on
February 24, 2018, but when the time came, they refused to accompany us by making lame excuses. The police again agreed to accompany the authority’s team on March 1, but they did not cooperate yet again and refused to provide security to our workers,” Najam said. “WCLA cannot take any action against the violators on its own,” he said while giving the example of Lahore Development Authority (LDA) and Punjab Food Authority (PFA) teams which were always accompanied by police personnel on raids. Najam said it would be very hard for WCLA to achieve its goals in the presence of such barriers. When contacted, Civil Lines Superintendent of Police (SP) Ali Raza told Pakistan Today that police were always ready to provide support to WCLA. He rejected the allegations that the force was reluctant to accompany WCLA enforcement team during any action. “Police would provide assistance to WCLA team whenever they need it,” he assured.
Rich tributes paid to working women on IWD LAHORE STAFF REPORT
On the occasion of the International Women’s Day (IWD), women belonging to the Women’s Action Forum (WAF), All Pakistan Trade Union Federation, Awami Workers Party, Bonded Labour Liberation Front, Homenet Pakistan, Labour Education Foundation, Tameer-e-Nau, Feminist Collective Lahore and WISE paid rich tributes to working women. The day marks the beginning of the global women’s movement. A century ago on this day, women collectively raised their voice for the right to vote and to be made a part of the political process, in addition to being provided employment opportunities and equal rights. This year, a special tribute was paid to the hardworking Pakistani women associated with the farming industry. The day also celebrated the bravery and commitment of millions of women who worked and toiled in factories, brick kilns and agrobusinesses as bonded labour, and those who worked as low paid domestic workers or who worked in the fishing and farming industries. Women from different walks of life also saluted those who have successfully enacted policies in Sindh and Punjab for the protection of domestic and other workers. Key WAF members lost this year were also remembered on the occasion, including late women and human rights advocate Asma Jahangir. Lala Rukh, a staunch and principled member of WAF, and Nigar Ahmed were also remembered. Women belonging to different social groups and organisations also pledged to support the millions of invisible domestic workers and unpaid family helpers in rural areas and demanded that their struggle should be acknowledged on a larger scale.
Sandhu condemns shoe attack on Nawaz Sharif LAHORE STAFF REPORT
LAHORE: Labourers are busy in construction of a lake at Greater Iqbal Park. ONLINE
PML-N will destroy ‘Niazi-Zardari nexus’, says Shehbaz Sharif LAHORE AGENCIES
Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said on Sunday, ‘If God is willing then his party will break the ‘Niazi-Zardari’ nexus’, adding that they did nothing for the public. The CM addressing a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz rally here at Jinnah Stadium said that Imran Khan and former president Asif Ali Zardari were not competent enough to show their faces to the public in the provinces where their parties were in power. After the next elections, we will introduce metro transit project in Gujranwala too, said the CM Punjab in his address. The CM earlier inaugurated projects before addressing the rally. The projects included Jinnah Flyover, the plan for an e-library, and performed the groundbreaking of a two-way road from Sheikhupura to Gujranwala. While addressing a huge public gathering at Jinnah Stadium Gujranwala, CM said that PML-N government has completed development projects worth Rs 40 billion for the uplift and
CM INAUGURATES JINNAH INTERCHANGE AND OTHER DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS IN GUJRANWALA prosperity of Gujranwala district in the past four years and in the same manner over Rs 60 billion have been spent in this regard in last 9 years. The CM while announcing Metro-bus service for Gujranwala said that work on this project will be started immediately after the success in coming elections. He also announced University of Engineering and Technology, Rachna College up-gradation to university level, construction of multi storey surgical tower at District Headquarters Hospital, flyover worth of Rs 1.5 billion at Alam Chowk Gujranwala and project of widening of Gujranwala to Khanqaw Dogran Motorway Interchange road from 12 feet to 24 feet. The CM promised that if people will give us opportunity to serve in the upcoming elections, all these projects will be started and brought to completion within stipulated time. The huge gathering of people today was a clear proof of
the fact that people were extremely fond of PML-N and Nawaz Sharif and also they were astute enough to judge veracious from worthless. He said that he has come to Gujranwala to congratulate people for Jinnah Flyover which has been completed at an estimated cost of around Rs 8 billion and this project was a wonder of Pakistan which will lighten the hearts of the people with lightening at night and blossom of flowers. Furthermore he added that people from Rawalpindi, Lahore and other cities who used to visit here for food have to face difficulties before but now Jinnah Fly-over will facilitate them in best possible way. He mentioned that Nandipur was in proximity here and PML-N has completed this project four year ago by working day and night on it under the dynamic leadership of Nawaz Sharif. During the government of People’s Party, machinery of this project
stayed unattended on Karachi Port for 4 years and its parts were stolen. Shehbaz Sharif thanked Allah for giving them courage to complete this project and shared further that not only this project but we have installed energy projects of thousands of MW in the past 4 years. He said that Zardari’s government has turned Karachi into Mohenjodoro today and on the other side government of Niazi sahib has pushed Peshawar into darkness. Zardari and Niazi has made alliance however people were well aware of their coalition because both have done nothing in their provinces so they were afraid now to confront public, he added. He said that Niazi Sahib did not have the courage to face people in KPK that was why he was leveling baseless allegations against us because we have provided better educational facilities to the children from less privileged families. Defense Minister Khurram Dhangir Khan, Minister of State Chaudary Mahmud Bashir Wark and Usman Ibrahim also addressed the rally. Provincial ministers, members of the assembly and a huge number of workers of Muslim League were present in the gathering.
Provincial Minister Khalil Tahir Sandhu on Sunday condemned the shameful incident where Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) supreme leader Nawaz Sharif was hit with a shoe during a speech. Sandhu said this incident was extremely shameful and against the ethics of a civilised society. He said that the opponents of Nawaz Sharif were afraid of the growing popularity of the PML-N supremo, adding that the negative statements made by Nawaz’s opponents led to such a deplorable situation. The provincial minister said that another similar shameful incident took place on March 10 where ink was thrown on Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif while he was addressing a workers’ convention. He said that if such incidents continued then any leader could become a victim. The Minister said that we all should have to bring positive changes in our behaviour so that everyone’s honour could be protected.
Another Zainab raped in Gujar Khan LAHORE INP
A man has been arrested over alleged rape of a 14-year-old girl in Gujar Khan district of Punjab, police said Sunday. Police said that the accused, identified as 18-year-old Adnan, was taken into custody after he allegedly abused Zainab in Chakrali Badhal village. The lead investigator and in-charge of Qazian Police Station, Raja Aizaz Azeem, told media that the victim was transferred to a local hospital for medical checkup. Further investigation will be initiated following the medical report, the officer added. The incident follows the kidnapping, rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab Amin in the eastern city of Kasur. Zainab disappeared in January while returning from a Quranic studies class to her aunt’s house; five days later, her battered corpse was discovered in a garbage dump nearby.