Nine outlaws held

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad police on Tuesday arrested nine outlaws including three drug pushers and recovered 580-gram hashish and weapons from their possession, a police spokesman said.

He said that Noon police arrested a drug pusher Raja Irshad during special checking and recovered 230-gram hashish from him. Bhara Kahu police arrested a drug pusher Rashid Mehmood and recovered 250-gram hashish from him. A bootlegger Usman was arrested for possessing two liquor bottles.

Golra police arrested four persons Idrees, Usman, Atif Sharif and Bilal Ahmed involved in selling petroleum products illegally and decanting gas in cylinders. Shehzad Town police arrested Baqir and recovered one 30-bore pistol along with ammunition from him. Khanna police arrested Azhar Mehmood and recovered two 30-bore pistols along with ammunition from him. Cases have been registered against these nabbed persons and further investigation is underway.–STAFF REPORTER

PPP protests against oil price hike

RAWALPINDI: On call of the Pakistan People’s Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the city chapter on Tuesday staged a protest demonstration at Liaquat Bagh against hike in petroleum prices.

The protest was led by PPP District President Chaudhry Zaheer and Vice-President Raja Nazir Ahmed Advocate while a large number of workers participated in the protest. The protestors burnt tyres and blocked the road for vehicular movement. Resultantly, a massive traffic jam was witnessed on Murree Road and its linking roads posing hardships for commutes and pedestrians.

Addressing the protestors, Chaudhry Zaheer and Raja Nazir Ahmed condemned the government for surging prices of oil products and demanded to withdraw the decision.

They said the increase in petroleum prices has sparked unrest among the common people because it led to hike in prices of edibles and other daily use items. They said the government was not committed in solving the basic problems of masses rather looting them with both hands by surging the prices of POL.–STAFF REPORTER

RDA seals under-construction housing scheme

ISLAMABAD: Rawalpindi Development Authority conducted an operation against unauthorised/illegal under-construction QJ Heights Safari Villas Phase-I Bahria Town, Rawalpindi and sealed it.

RDA’s Building Control Wing has been actively conducting continuous operations against illegal/unauthorised commercial and residential construction activities including plazas/shops, schools and other encroachments within the controlled area of the RDA in Rawalpindi.

Under the direction of Jamshaid Aftab, Director Metropolitan Planning and Traffic Engineering (MPTE), RDA Building Control’s staff carried out an operation against illegal construction QJ Heights Safari Villas Phase-I Bahria Town, Rawalpindi, sealed it and removed shuttering of the under-construction building.

The operation carried out by the RDA’s Building Control staff in the supervision of Building Superintendent Nadeem Jamal, Building Inspectors and others with the assistance of Rawalpindi Police from the concerned Police Station. Qaiser Jabbar, owner of the property started the construction of QJ Heights in violation of the Punjab Development of Cities Act 1976 and RDA Building and Zoning Regulations 2007 under section 39 and 8.2.2.–PR

Commissioner Rawalpindi Division / Director General (DG) RDA Talat Mahmood Gondal has directed the Building Control Wing to take strict action against illegal/unauthorized commercial and residential construction activities and encroachments without any fear or favour.