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Pak on alert after series of attacks
ISLAMABAD: Pakistani officials said the capital Islamabad and other parts of the country have been put on high alert after a series of militant attacks. Police officer Zahid Awan said on Monday that extra checkpoints have been set up and patrols intensified in the capital. The Pakistani Taliban and their allied militants have carried out a string of suicide bombings in recent weeks, killing over 125 people.
 
 
98% households spend on charity in Pakistan: Report
ISLAMABAD: Almost 98 per cent of households surveyed contribute more than Rs250 billion ($2.4 billion) a year to philanthropic activities while corporate Pakistan gives less than 0.7 per cent of its profits (Rs9b) back to society. This has been brought to the fore by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) in two separate studies The State of Philanthropy in Pakistan 2016 and Corporate Philanthropy 2015 released
   
Marwat says he met Zardari but didn’t join PPP
ISLAMABAD: Shortly after the daughters of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) chief Asif Ali Zardari and slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto made it clear that Irfanullah Marwat was not welcome in the PPP, Marwat said that he just met Zardari but did not join his party. Marwat was until recently associated with the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and won the 2013 general election from Sindh assembly constituency (PS-114)
 
 
Pilot, others face action for loading extra passengers
ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has issued show-cause notices to a pilot and two other officials for loading seven extra passengers on a Karachi-Madina flight on Jan.20 in a violation of air safety regulations, officials said on Monday. PIA spokesman Danyal Gilani said disciplinary action has been taken against all concerned officials. Captain Anwer Adil, senior purser Hina Turab, and terminal manager Akbar
   
Lawmakers fail to hold consensus on Fata reforms
ISLAMABAD: The fate of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan seems to be hanging in the balance as lawmakers of the region continue to spar over the efficacy of the proposed Fata reforms. While a group of independent politicians support Fata’s merger with Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP), another group led by Jamiat-Ulema-e-Fazl (JUI-F) backs a separate province for the locals. A third group demanding across-the-
 
 
Authorities ordered to put Liaquat’s name on ECL
ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Karachi on Monday instructed the police to get in touch with the relevant authorities to put the names of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Pakistan leaders Farooq Sattar, Khalid Maqbool and former MQM leader-turned-TV anchor Amir Liaquat on the Exit Control List (ECL). The direction was given after the police failed to produce these absconders in the court in five identical cases
   
Qadri’s shrine reveals challenges for government
BARA KAHU: Pakistan has renewed its vow to root out extremism after a fresh wave of attacks, but a rose-covered shrine in Islamabad built by hardliners to glorify a Mumtaz Qadri sends a different message. Followers of Qadri were set to fete him as a hero at his tomb on Monday, the start of a three-day festival marking the anniversary of his hanging on Feb.29, 2016. Qadri assassinated liberal Punjab governor Salman Taseer in
 
 
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