CDA should draft balance policy for construction of aggro farming. Talha Mahmood

Meeting of the senate standing committee on cabinet division&CAD held in parliament house, chaired by senator Muhammad Talha Mahmood . Senator Shahi Syed, Meer Mohammad Yousuf Badeni, Kamil Ali Agha, Haji Saifullah and Usman Saifullah Khan also attend the session. Member’s condemned about the irresponsibility of the care taker of Islamabad ZOO (Marghazar). During the meeting media rais point about irregularity in care taking of Elephant in Margazar Zoo. Media complains about Zoo management that they do not  allow  media inside. Chairman committee instructs the administration to allow media to report. Zoo is  public entertaining place, will not allow to stop any one.  Members committee also raised voice to stop discrimination of the public in the policy of Aggro Farming in CDA. They advice CDA, to draft balance policy for aggro farming constructions. Committee also discussed about land provided to PIMP hospital in I-12. Also called authorities of CDA, PIMS and PM secretariat to draft the advises of the committee properly. Chairman committee senator Mohammad Talha Mahmood condemned PIMS authorities about Salary payment & irregularity of Heart Care unit staff .Committee also takes notice on shortage water supply and development issue. While talking to the media, Senator Mohammad Talha Mahmood said, Hotels at Margalla hills also effects the natural Environment. They are dropping wastewater in SaidPur area which is cause for deferent disease for residents. He said, Committee focused on these keen issues. Concern authorities will call in front of the committee to brief the permanent solutions.

Dar discusses NFC award with Murad Ali Shah

ISLAMABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah met federal Finance Minister Ishaq Dar on Tuesday to discuss the National Finance Commission award. 

Speaking to media personnel in Islamabad, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar stated that with regard to the National Finance Commission award, all provinces had done their related work. He said that with regard to the NFC award, a meeting will be called on September 5 in Lahore.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah spoke briefly to media and stated that the federal government believed the NFC award should be finalized as soon as possible. He said that the federal government had stated that it would try to finalized the National Finance Commission award by December 31st.

Syed Murad Ali Shah had also held a meeting with the federal Minister for Water and Power, Khawaja Asif, where both had discussed load shedding in interior Sindh and the payment of arrears issue.

K-Electric confirms acquisition talks

KARACHI: K-Electric Ltd (KEL) has confirmed that Dubai-based private equity firm Abraaj Group is evaluating the possibility of divesting (directly or indirectly) its stake in the power utility.

In a filing to the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) on Monday, KEL acknowledged that it received the following notification from its majority shareholder KES Power Limited: “We would like to notify that Abraaj is evaluating the possibility of divesting (directly or indirectly) its shareholding in K-Electric which will be subject to prescribed sale process, due diligence and execution of binding documentation (including receipt of applicable regulatory approvals and satisfaction of other conditions precedent). We will keep you informed of material developments.”

KEL released the material information statement under the requirements of the Securities Act of 2015 after it received intimation from the company secretary of KES Power Limited.

Last week, China’s state-backed Shanghai Electric Power announced its intention to bid for the acquisition of a stake in KEL, which has a total market value of $2.3 billion.

Although Abraaj Group was thought to be looking out for a buyer of its 66 per cent holding in K-Electric valued at around $1.5bn, the Karachi’s power utility continued to insist that it had not been notified about any transaction or acquisition.

Shanghai Electric had affirmed in a statement on the Shanghai Stock Exchange last week that it was not the only company participating in the bidding process. Reports earlier said that Chinese clean-energy group Golden Concord Holdings was also in the run for control of KEL.

Bangladesh Jamaat leader loses final appeal against execution for war crimes

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s top court on Tuesday rejected a final appeal by a leader of religious Jamaat-i-Islami party against a death sentence for atrocities committed during the 1971 war of independence, lawyers said, meaning he could be hanged at any time.

The verdict comes as the Muslim-majority nation suffers a series of militant attacks, the most serious on July 1, when gunmen stormed a cafe in the capital, Dhaka, and killed 20 hostages, most of them foreigners.

In March, the Supreme Court had upheld the death penalty for Mir Quasem Ali, 63, a media tycoon and key financier of Jamaat, for murder, confinement, torture and incitement to religious hatred during the war to leave Pakistan.

“Now it is only a matter of time to execute the verdict, unless he seeks clemency from the president,” Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told reporters after a panel of five judges headed by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha rejected the appeal.

Lawyers for Ali could not be reached immediately for comment on whether the party leader would seek clemency.

The war crimes tribunal set up by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 has sparked violence and drawn criticism from opposition politicians, who say it is victimising her political opponents. The government denies the accusations.

Human rights groups say the tribunal’s procedures fall short of international standards, but the government rejects that assertion, and the trials are supported by many Bangladeshis.

Authorities have deployed additional security forces in the capital, Dhaka, and elsewhere, as similar previous judgments triggered violence that killed around 200, mainly Jamaat activists and police.

Since December 2013, four Jamaat leaders, including former top leader Motiur Rahman Nizami, and a leader of the main opposition party, led by former premier Khaleda Zia, have been executed for war crimes.

Official figures show about 3 million people were killed and thousands of women raped during the nine-month war, in which some factions, including the Jamaat-i-Islami, opposed the break from what was then called West Pakistan.

But the party denies its leaders committed any atrocities.

9 people you’ll meet at every exclusive fashion party, according to an insider

Most of us are well-acquainted with the fashion after-party — digitally, at least.

The fashion industry’s after-parties may be ‘exclusive’ and ‘invite-only’ but they’re also all over Instagram and Snapchat: the babes, the boys, the bright lights and the bubbly (environment, of course). Really, our tech-savvy social media consumers are all in the know about what goes on when celebs and stars get together to party.

Simmering just beneath life’s sedate, everyday routines, this is the unruly, throbbing ‘other’ side of Pakistan – quite the usual thing for the fashion set. But for the ordinary amongst us, these parties are curious, riveting affairs, replete with décor, costumery, decadence and the occasional scandal or two.

For the uninitiated, then, here’s a guide to the fashion after-party. You never know, you may find yourself at one soon.

Contrary to popular belief, invites are fairly easy to obtain. All you have to do is befriend an event sponsor, or flatter a big-shot (or even small-time) designer, clutch an i-Phone and join fashion’s burgeoning bloggerati or hey, just become friends with the venue’s electrician and you’ll be in!

And once you’re there, here are some of the people you’ll see:

1) The host

The host is a lively soul with a love for showing everyone a good time and enough moolah to keep the entertainment going through the night. A lot of times, the host may be a deep-pocketed businessman with the wherewithal to sponsor events, the hope to associate his or her brand with fashion’s glamour and a secret, unrequited desire dating back from teenage years to be featured on the social pages with the prettiest models. If the host has to throw a party to achieve all this, so be it.

At other times, the host is a fashion personality – designer, model, event organizer, stylist, for instance – who makes the mistake of organizing the soiree at his or her home. In such a case, the host’s joie de vivre wears out fairly quickly, replaced with a domestic desire to wipe table-tops, pick cigarette stubs off the floor and silently bemoan the breakage of the family crystal by the increasingly raucous guests.

Didn't know what hit him
Didn’t know what hit him

2) The not-really friends

These characters are particularly prevalent in fashion-centric parties. They’re not really the host’s friends but they are always on the guest list because they can’t not be.

'We make the party cool'
‘We make the party cool’

Also, if the party’s in celebration of something, this bunch isn’t really feeling too congratulatory. In all probability, they’ll whisper to you about how bad the party is and how they don’t really want to be there. But these are also the famous faces who are going to get the media cameras whirring and will ensure that the party’s pictures make it to the social pages (which is unfathomably an essential requisite for a successful party in Pakistan).

Later in the night, they’re most probably going to be the ones having a go at the host’s family crystal.

But they’re still going to be invited to the next party… because they can’t not be.

3) The Instagrammer/Snapchatter/insane mobile-phone enthusiast

Now here’s someone who’s ecstatic to be at the party and he or she proves it by perpetually taking pictures and posting them.

Ducks meet faces
Ducks meet faces

The Instagrammer is easy to spot: he or she has a penchant for pouting and making strange duck-faces and usually does so with a range of bleary-eyed party attendees. Pet phrases for posting on social media: ‘Rocking night out!’, ‘Having a blast!’, and ‘Muah! Muah!’

4) The hungry

The existence of this individual depends on the nature of the party.

There are a few that boast lavish dinner spreads; there are many others where waiters whisk about miniature hors d’oeuvres that don’t suffice as nourishing, energy-giving food (although other ‘offerings’ are available aplenty).

Unlike the Instagrammer, this character isn’t too happy to be at the after-party. He or she may be a newbie at such affairs and came expecting dinner, as one tends to do at most parties. Chances are, he or she will sulkily leave early – hobnobbing with the rich and famous loses its allure when all you want is a good ol’ chicken tikka.

5) The fashionably bored

These guests are trying very hard to be cool. They roll their eyes occasionally, stifle yawns and keep looking at their watches. Apparently, they’ve been to much better shindigs and this one’s a drag.

'What's my next stop?'
‘What’s my next stop?’

But then, why don’t they just leave? And why do they keep posing for selfies on their phones? These people are just plain old party-poopers.

6) The leerer

Also, it is absolutely imperative to stay away from the leerer. All-too-prevalent at shaadis, dinner parties and shopping malls, the leerer also runs rampant at the fashion after-party. And he has plenty to leer at there!

Eventually, the leerer summons the courage to hit the dance floor and take the leering to another level. Definitely the seedy, shoddy side to the fashion after-party.

7) The angry designer

The angry designer is most likely to surface when a party takes place during or after fashion week. The designer’s collection has just been trashed by critics and it makes him or her so, so angry. This character is likely to fall into a fight and indulge into choice language. If nothing else, he or she will have a go at the long-suffering host’s family crystal.

Totally not smiling for the camera
Totally not smiling for the camera

On the upside, when the angry designer gets into a fight, the party definitely makes it to the news.

8) The couples

An inevitable feature at any party, the couples are no fun – unless you’re part of one.

Like seriously, do you really need to do this here?
Like seriously, do you really need to do this here?

Usually in the initial rosy phase of a romance, they’re too moony-eyed and inseparable to be great company. Also present at most parties, random people that find each other interesting and become couples… for the time being.

9) The party people

The people who are actually, genuinely, happy to be at an event and know how to have a good time. These are officially the ‘cool’ people to hang out with and it’s easy to identify them: they’re swanky dressers and they usually know their way around the dance floor.

Look at these LOL-ers!
Look at these LOL-ers!

The downside to this group: they don’t want to leave the party until the very end. From this perspective, they’re much like the pesky neighbor/phuppo/cousin who is initially fun but doesn’t know when the fun should end. Not very cool.