Injured robber held in hospital
LAHORE: An injured robber identified as Amjad Hussain was arrested early Monday morning at Mayo Hospital where he was brought for treatment. According to sources, two unidentified armed people sacked Akram Medical Store opposite to Services Hospital on Jail Road. Robbers held the store owner, Muhammad Naveed, and salesperson Muhammad Tahir at gunpoint and robbed them. Mr Naveed snatched one of the robber’s pistol and opened fire on them. The accomplices fought back and shot Mr Tahir and Mr Naveed before escaping. The injured robber claimed he was shot by unidentified people and was rushed to the hospital by his parents. The hospital administration informed the Gulshan Ravi police. Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Muhammad Basharat asked the robber about the incident, who said he did not want to register any case. On a tip-off about a robbery, the ASI contacted the police station. The injured Mr Naveed and Mr Tahir were called in, who identified the injured as Amjad Hussain. The police arrested Amjad Hussain at the hospital who then confessed he had robbed three others in Allama Iqbal police jurisdiction. —Staff Report
Qul prayers for Munawar today
LAHORE: Qul for Mirza Munawar Baig, a former senior employee of the Press Information Department (PID) and the father of Business Recorder staff reporter Zahid Ameer Baig, will be held today (Tuesday) at 149, B-1 Block 15, Township after Asr prayers. Mr Baig (61) had cancer and was being treated at INMOL. He died on Sunday. He left behind a widow, four sons and four daughters. Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mian Anjum Nisar and Vice President Shahzad Ali Malik, Punjab Union of Journalists President Bakhtgir Chaudhry and Secretary-General Jalil Hassan Akhter, Lahore Press Club President Arshad Ansari and Secretary Mian Abid have expressed grief over the death of Mr Baig. —Staff Report
Bin Aziz dies
LAHORE: The paternal uncle of Punjab Assembly opposition leader and Pakistan People’s Party Punjab President Qasim Zia, Bin Aziz, died here on Monday and was laid to rest in Miani Sahib Graveyard. Qasim Zia, Senator Sajjad Bukhari, Naveed Chaudhry, Munir Ahmad Khan, Malik Mushtaq Awan, Punjab Health Minister Dr Tahir Ali Javed and hundreds of people attended his funeral. His qul will be held at a local mosque in Samanabad today (Tuesday) after Zohar prayers. Member of the Punjab Assembly (MPA) Uzma Zahid Bukhari, MPA Faiza Malik, MPA Farzana Raja, Pakistan Democratic Party Chairman Nawabzada Mansoor Ali Khan and several Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy leaders expressed grief over Mr Aziz’s death. —Staff Report
2,000 Internet labs planned for govt schools
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) Awais Leghari said on Monday that his ministry has chalked out a comprehensive plan to introduce IT education in 2,000 government high and higher secondary schools.
“We are planning to set up modern IT labs and hire qualified teachers to impart relevant education to students,” he said while addressing the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). He said the government was committed to the WSIS and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali had agreed to lead the delegation to the first phase of the WSIS to be held in Geneva from December 10 to 12. He said significant progress had been made in selected areas since the IT programme launched in the year 2000. “The bandwidth rates were reduced, Internet facility was provided to nearly 90 percent of cities and towns, the total international and domestic bandwidth was increased and mobile telephones saw a phenomenal growth because of the Calling Party Pay regime,” he added.
Syedna’s son hosts Iftar
KARACHI: Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin’s son Shazada Huzaifa Bhai Saheb Mohyuddin hosted an Iftar-dinner at the Burhani Mahal for dignitaries of various communities and a number of foreign diplomats.
Mr Mohyuddin welcomed the guests on behalf of Dr Syedna. Speaking on the occasion, he said the good deed of a Muslim will itself be his voice, which will oblige people to marvel at the virtues of Islam.
He prayed that the honour of Muslims remain unharmed wherever they live, and that the Muslim Ummah be the foremost among the international communities in its efforts to promote fraternity, peace and understanding all over the world.
Former interior minister Lt-Gen Moinuddin Haider (r) also spoke. He praised the noble sentiments expressed by the host. —PR
Thai, Pakistani arrested with heroin
PESHAWAR: The Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) foiled an attempt to smuggle heroin to foreign countries and arrested a Thai citizen and a Pakistani at the Peshawar Airport on Monday.
The ANF officials recovered 1,150 grammes of heroin concealed in capsules from Ms Vannapa, a Thai citizen, and seized 500 grammes of heroin from Hassan Shah, a Pakistani national, concealed in a pair of shoes. The ANF registered a case against them and started an investigation.
4 arrested after fight at PHC
PESHAWAR: At least one person was slightly injured when two groups clashed at the gate of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) after the court rejected the bail application of one of the groups’ members.
Haji Abdul Latif told East Cantonment Police that he had an enmity with Suleman.
After the bail application of a member of one of their families was rejected by the court, a fight broke out at the court’s gate.
Witnesses told Daily Times that hot words led to a scuffle and shooting between both the groups and Mr Latif was injured. Police said Mr Latif was injured in the scuffle and four people including Muhammad Yousaf, Noor Muhammad and Muhammdi Gul have been arrested.