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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nawaz tried to stop 2008 presidential poll: ex-ISI official, For the Mayor of Karachi,

Talking to media persons outside an Anti-Terrorist Court here on Wednesday, former ISI director Khalid Khwaja alleged that PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif had persistently asked him to use his influence to stop the 2008 presidential election. Khalid Khwaja was presented in an Anti-Terrorist Court in connection with his alleged involvement in the Lal Masjid case. Maulana Abdul Aziz ‘khateeb’ of Lal Masjid, his wife Umm-e-Hassan, daughter Tayyabba Dua and some 50 students of Jamia Hafsa were also present in court. The court adjourned further hearing of the case till October 15. Former ISI director Khalid Khwaja said that PML-N Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif asked him to help the party to stop the presidential elections 2008. But he refused to do so and said that he could not do anything in this matter. He claimed that former Supreme Court Chief Justice Saeed-uz-Zaman Saddiqui was a witness to this conversation. He said that PML-N leader Siddiq-ul-Farooq was approaching his witness Ali Ahmed Mehr on behalf Nawaz Sharif. They are trying to purchase him but have failed, he said. Nawaz tried to stop 2008 presidential poll: ex-ISI official

I am stunned. I am shocked. I am dismayed. I am distressed. Why? Because the finance minister of my country expresses complete helplessness in the face of blatant manipulation by the sugar barons when he says:: "The sugar baron lobby, occupying both the treasury and opposition benches, is too powerful owing to which a probe against the swindlers who created artificial sugar shortage appears impossible. The country has enough sugar, but the mill owners, who are holding the stock of the government, are not allowing the Trading Corporation of Pakistan (TCP) to lift the stock as per the requirement just because the sugar barons want to bring the price of domestic sugar at par with international level" (The News, September 3). Syed Anwar Mahmood - Bitter pills and sweeteners

Nasim Zehra adds: Similarly the sugar scandal has also brought into focus the involvement of the government's top men. Politicians from Punjab to Sindh own the majority of sugar mills. Names that are reportedly doing the rounds include the Sharifs, the Speaker and the Sindh home minister and the president himself

For the Mayor of Karachi
The former mayor of Bogotá, Enrique Penalosa, argues that inadequate and poorly maintained road and cycling infrastructure is a sign of a lack of democracy in a society: "it says that those who walk or cycle are not equal citizens to those who ride in cars". He believes that the "importance of pedestrian public spaces cannot be measured, but most other important things in life cannot be measured either: Friendship, beauty, love and loyalty are examples. Parks and other pedestrian places are essential to a city's happiness." In congested, low-income housing settlements in Karachi, footpaths and surrounding land serve as places for social interaction. Developing and expanding these spaces, besides giving immediate benefit to poor communities, would give citizens a sense of pride and ownership in the city.
* Tariq Road has a high walkability index as it has a high number of pedestrians and the quality of infrastructure is better than in the other three areas. Tariq Road also has the highest numbers of pedestrian users. Still, the walkability index of Tariq Road is lower than that of Bangkok. Arif Pervaiz


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