Issuu on Google+

Former CBI official claims.... Indian govt behind parliament, Mumbai attacks Both terror attacks were staged ‘with the objective of strengthening counter-terror legislation’ N E W D ELHI —An Indian home ministry former officer has disclosed that a member of the secret service team had accused incumbent governments of ‘orchestrating’ the terror at- tack on Parliament and the 26/ 11 carnage in Mumbai. The former Indian investigator Satish Verma has said that India itself was behind Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai ter- ror attacks. According to Indian media‚ the fake encounter case involving a senior officer Under-Secretary of Interior Ministry Ishrat Jahan has submitted an affida- Nandipur power project Nawaz orders probe into cost escalation Pakistan’s first IPP hydropower project opens today STAFF REPORTER L AHORE —Prime Minister Pak, India to sign power agreement soon ISLAMABAD—For the elimination of energy crisis across Pakistan, an agreement is expected to be signed soon for import of electricity from India as finalisation talks are underway on technical level. Ministry of Water and Power officials in Islamabad said that federal government is extremely serious for overcoming energy crisis in the country and electricity will be imported from neighbouring country India. Continued on Page 6 Nawaz Sharif ordered an inquiry into the increase in the cost of construction of the Nandipur Power Power on Sunday. The Prime Minister directed Federal Secretary Planning Division to submit a report within three days, according to an official handout. The directives of Nawaz stated that all dimensions of the matter be taken into account and the report be submitted after thorough scrutiny. The Prime Minister who is currently in Lahore issued the directive following media reports pointing towards an increase in the cost of the project from $329 million to $570 million. The reports questioned the increase and claimed that the additional funds would go to a certain private sector company, implying that it was part of a scam. The Water and Power vit in the court stating that a member of CBI and SIC investigation team Satish Verma told him that in the terrorists attacks on Parliament in Delhi and Mumbai terror attacks were pre- Crackdown on power/gas thieves intensified; 7 held STAFF REPORTER Ten militants killed as jets hit hideouts STAFF REPORTER PESHAWAR—At least ten sus- Peshawarites, PTI Govt united against WAPDA Situationer Tariq Saeed T HE prolonged hours of scheduled and unsched uled load shedding coupled with low voltage have literally brought the life to standstill in the Provincial metropolis Peshawar and other parts of the province that is a major power producer forcing the law makers of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa to initiate a series of protest demonstration all over the province from Monday (today) if the inhuman load shedding was not stopped forthwith. As a matter of fact the Peshawarites have been experiencing worst kind of load shedding these days that has badly paralyzed the routine affairs leaving them nowhere but come to the streets to record their protests and not a day passes by when the protest demonstrations against the WAPDA authorities are not taken out at one or other part of the city. Irked by the power outage and succumbing to the public pressure the law makers of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-eInsaaf (PTI) in Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Sunday an- Continued on Page 6 pected militants were killed and 12 others injured as jet fighters targeted nine militants hideouts in Khyber tribal region and Darra Adam Khel. Official sources say that the jet fighters struck the militants hideous in Akakhel area of Bara Tehsil in Khyber tribal region destroying at least three of their secret bases while five alleged militants were killed and six others injured. Separately in other strikes carried out by the military jets in Kharmatong, Mansoor Continued on Page 6 that both the terror attacks were set up “with the objective of strengthening the counter-terror legislation. Mani has said that Verma narrated that the 13.12. 2001(at- Secretary Water and Power removed ALI SYED ISLAMABAD—In a new move, LAHORE—City district govern- the government has removed ment, having full backing of federal and provincial governments, has intensified crackdown on gas/electricity thieves to recover outstanding dues worth billions of rupees especially the dead arrears. Spinning into action Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd and Lahore Electricity Supply Company officials abetted by law enforcement agents conducted 12 raids in different areas and held at least 7 chronic defaulters. Briefing the media, District Coordination Office Lahore, said the at least Rs80 million worth of gas pilferage was ministry countered this by stat- stemmed during Sunday’s ing that the revised cost estima- crackdown. “A dozen cases have been tion was owing to a change in price of individual items. Continued on Page 6 Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif called on Nawaz at Jati Umra where it was decided that the Planning Division will be called to resolve the matter. Meanwhile, Bong Escape Hydroelectric Run of the River Continued on Page 6 planned. A key government official, R V S Mani said that Satish Verma, until recently a part of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe team, told him Secretary Water and Power Mr Anwar Khan with immediate effect and the removal of Wapda chairman Syed Raghib Abbas is expected today (Monday). The additional secretary Mr Saif Chattha has been made the acting secretary of Water and Power. Mr Anwar Khan possesses the integrity and honesty within the ranks of bureaucracy. He belongs to DMG (District Management Group). Mr Anwar khan has disposed off his duties tremendously as Secretary Water and Power and no one has come up with any charge against him. Mr Anwar Khan told Pakistan Observer that he didn’t know as to why he had been removed. The sources said that Mr Saif Chattha who is Additional Secretary (Power) in the minis- try has been given the acting charge as Secretary. The removal of Wapda Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas is also on cards may be today (Monday). The official sources said that Ministry of Water and Power has sent three names to Prime Minister out of which one will be selected as future Wapda chairman. “Meanwhile an acting chairman of Wapda may be appointed today (Monday),”. The sources claimed that the Nawaz government has started implementing its plan to bring its own Ministry of Water and Power as per the script with the aim to introduce the good governance in the whole power sector. They said that the removal of Mr Anwar can not be attributed to any negligence and incompetence as he is a man of integrity. However, the official said, Continued on Page 6 tack on Parliament) was followed by Pota (Prevention of Terrorist Activities Act) and 26/11 2008 (terrorists’ siege of Mumbai) was followed by Continued on Page 6 Technical reasons behind Sehr, Iftar power outages: Asif ISLAMABAD—Federal Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Muhammad Asif has said though electricity generation has increased by 2,500 to 3,000 megawatt, demand has also increased in the country, reports INP. Talking to media Sunday, the minister said the country was still facing 3,000-megawatt power shortfall. Replying to a query, he said there were some technical reasons behind power outages during Sehr and Iftar. Asif said that loadshedding was carried out in those areas where people didn’t pay electricity bills. NNI add: Tall claims of the government relating to no load shedding during Iftar and Sehri, seems to have fallen flat, as sev- Continued on Page 6 Sartaj, Ghous hot favourites for presidential crown Sea-change in political scenario in September LIAQAT TOOR other three provinces will have end of the tenure. The ruling party has already the honour to be represented in ISLAMABAD—As the PML (N) occupied two important posi- President House now. Ghouse Ali Shah from Sindh was given green has decided in principle to nomisignal by Prime Minister Nawaz nate political figures from Sharif in its previous stint for the smaller provinces for presidenpost, but at the last moment Rafiq tial election to be held next Tarar was crowned. month, Sartaj Aziz and Ghous The sources close to PML Ali Shah have been tipped as the (N) inner circle told this scribe hot favourites. that due to amendments, PresiPresident Asif Ali Zardari dent has become a constitutional will complete his five years tenfigure with no significant power, ure on September 8. Under the but the PML (N) will be happy Constitution, the process of Presidential election has to be tions—Premiership and to grab this position to complete completed thirty days before the speakership from Punjab, one of Continued on Page 6


Related publications